Pope Francis says even atheists can merit Heaven!!!

It used to be the Catholic church taught that only baptized Catholics who participated regularly in the sacraments could have a chance of going to Heaven. My, how things have changed! These days the church teaches that the Separated 1428864343000Brethren, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and members of every other religion can merit Heaven if they “seek the true God given the light they have received.” Pope Francis has said EVEN ATHEISTS can make it to Heaven if they obey their conscience and lead a “good” life.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/12/pope-francis-letter-atheists_n_3909425.html

Catholicism is a mixture of sacramental grace and merit. While Catholics give lip service to grace and faith they teach that people must ultimately “cooperate with grace” and merit their salvation. Since good works are the deciding factor in the Catholic “gospel,” it follows that they finally conceded that followers of other works-righteous religions, and even non-believers, would merit Heaven if they were also “good.”

But pope Francis’s wide-is-the-way Catholic “gospel” has nothing in common with the Gospel found in the New Testament. The Bible says no one is “good,” which is why Jesus Christ came.

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” – 1 Timothy 1:15

We can’t save ourselves by being “good.” Here’s 101 Bible verses that teach salvation is NOT by works:

http://gochristianhelps.com/tracts/stl/notworks.htm

Who are we to believe, Francis’s wide-is-the-way “gospel” of “If you can’t be Catholic just be good!” or God’s Word? Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. Trust in Him, not your own merit.

 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…” – Acts 16:30-31

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

The pope’s wide-is-the-way “gospel” offends no one except for genuine followers of Jesus Christ.

 “For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” – 1 Corinthians 1:21-23

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6 thoughts on “Pope Francis says even atheists can merit Heaven!!!

  1. Grace is what makes Christianity stand apart from any other religion because it’s totally based on what Christ has done for us and not on what we do. The Catholic Church has long held to works-based salvation (always has?), and their own catechism states that, in their view, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross “imperfectly purified us.” Yet if Jesus, being God in the flesh, couldn’t perfectly purify us by His death, how can we, being mere men, expect to purify ourselves? It’s a deception too many have been caught up in. The longer this pope goes, the more questionable I find his theology.

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  2. sdcharg,

    Admittedly I’m curious to know what your actual position is. Do you believe that everyone in all of history who has not heard the Gospel (but did not refuse it either) goes to hell automatically? What about babies who die in the womb or children who never get old enough to believe specifically? What if people live according to the natural law and their conscience, and serve God and love others as best as they possibly know how… is Christ’s sacrifice insufficient to remove their sins? Are they to be punished for not knowing something?

    The verses you quote are true, and are understood to apply to people who hear and understand the significance of the words. Shouldn’t we be hesitant to condemn so many souls to hell? Isn’t God the Judge, not us?

    -Ben

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    1. Hi Ben, Yes, “What about the pygmies in deepest Africa who never heard about Jesus?” was the classic objection posed by unbelievers when I was younger. As you know the Bible does speak about this in Romans. All are without excuse. The writings of John, Peter, and Paul and the entire New Testament leave absolutely no doubt that the Apostles understood salvation was exclusively through Jesus Christ. Can anyone offer an example in the New Testament that teaches today’s popular ecumenism? Spreading the Good News of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Christ, often at the expense of their lives, was the mission and focus of the early Christians. In contrast, today’s Catholic leadership says members of all religions will merit Heaven if they are “good.” But who is “good”? Absolutely no one according to the Bible but I see you are a proponent of meriting salvation by “trying your best,” a popular concept in Catholic circles. Inclusive, tolerant, wide-is-the-way ecumenism is the rule these days but it can’t be found in the New Testament. It’s certainly not Christianity. Admittedly, Romans doesn’t address the objection to the complete satisfaction of unbelievers. But the early Christians didn’t seem to dwell on this “problem,” they focused on delivering the Gospel message. We’ll understand more when we see Him face-to-face. As for little children who die, I believe, along with all other Evangelicals, the Bible verse that says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

      Here’s some messages from John MacArthur on the subject for your review.
      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermon-series/197/without-excuse-principles-of-gods-judgment

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      1. sdcharg,

        You said, “…the Apostles understood salvation was exclusively through Jesus Christ.” I agree with that statement 100%. It’s only through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross that anyone (past/present/future) might be saved. Now… the process of salvation, the ordinary means or an extraordinary way that God might choose, is a secondary question. And it is this secondary question that I’m referring to in my questions to you above. You seem to claim that God cannot save whomever He will.

        You said, “Spreading the Good News of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Christ, often at the expense of their lives, was the mission and focus of the early Christians.” I totally agree with that, and the need to spread the Good News of salvation is no less important today. All Christians should want to see as many people as possible on their way to heaven. The question I’m asking is what about the people who don’t hear or understand the Good News? Are you declaring them to be automatically in hell? Most people would probably leave it up to God to decide that.

        By the way, the verse you quoted is one that is a great help in explaining infant baptism to people.

        Spreading the Gospel, baptizing, and doing good works are all done with heaven in mind and those things are meaningful thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross… not as an attempted replacement of His sacrifice. We do indeed cooperate with His grace, even just by believing. As a Catholic, I wouldn’t say that the unbaptized/unbelievers absolutely do go to heaven, but I wouldn’t say that God absolutely would not save any of them either. IF they do get to heaven, it would be due to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, obviously not just because they were “good”.

        -Ben

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  3. Ben, Certainly the exclusivity of faith in Christ as the only way of salvation as taught in God’s Word is not popular in our “post-modern” age.

    Some surmise that the blood of Christ and God’s grace covers everyone, even the deniers if they follow their conscience as best they can (Francis’s theory), but that is not message of Christianity:

    Romans 10:14-17
    How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

    John 14:6
    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

    Acts 4:12
    And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

    John 3:16
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

    John 3:36
    Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

    1 Timothy 2:5
    For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

    Romans 10:9
    Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

    Matthew 7:13-14
    Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

    John 10:9
    I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.

    Matthew 25:41
    Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

    John 5:23
    That all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

    John 3:18
    Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

    John 8:24
    I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.

    Matthew 10:32-33
    So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

    Matthew 7:23
    And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

    2 Peter 3:9
    The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

    Acts 13:38-39
    Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

    John 3:3
    Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

    Acts 16:31
    And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

    Matthew 7:15
    Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

    Ephesians 2:1-22
    And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— …

    1 Corinthians 10:20
    No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons.

    Romans 5:1-21
    Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. …

    Acts 10:43
    To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

    John 10:8
    All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.

    1 John 5:11-12
    And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

    So are we to throw the Bible out the window and preach the post-modern gospel? There is actually no Gospel needed in post-modern religious thinking because EVERYONE’S going to Heaven.

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