When the bottom drops out: What’s a Catholic to do when their pope is a heretic?

…A wife happens to pick up her husband’s smart phone and discovers hundreds of romantic texts he sent to her best friend.

…A mother answers the doorbell and gasps at the sight of a policeman standing there. He notifies her that her teenage son was just killed in a motor vehicle accident.

…An employee of twenty-five years is called into his boss’s office and is told that the company is trimming costs and he is being let go immediately.

…A person has some abdominal pain and his doctor arranges for x-rays. The following day, the doctor calls and asks him to come to the office to discuss the results.

If you haven’t been confronted with these kinds of life-changing circumstances yet, your time is coming. We live in a fallen world and bitter disappointment, pain, sorrow, and death are a part of living in this world.

But there is Hope!

This week, I’ve written quite a bit about the growing controversy within the Roman Catholic church regarding pope Francis’ ambiguous lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees. By this change, Francis is de facto nullifying a teaching that has been considered unchangeable for one-thousand years. While this is all dry information to disinterested observers, it has shaken conservative Catholics to the core. They have always believed, as their church has always claimed, that a pope could never lead their church into error, and yet this is precisely what has happened.

Yesterday, I visited a number of blogs belonging to conservative Catholics, which feature posts and commentary discussing this controversy. These poor souls are extremely upset. Their pope is propagating heresy. Their pope is leading the church into error. They are confused. They are hurt. They are angry. They don’t know what to do next. The one thing they thought they could always count on in this life, the Catholic church, has betrayed them. The bottom has dropped out from beneath them. My heart goes out to these hurting people.

But my message to these confused souls is that there is a Rock who will never change and never disappoint. Catholicism took the simple, saving faith of the early Christian church and transformed it into a religious system that would be unrecognizable to the apostles. The Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone devolved into a complicated system of rituals and legalism administered by an increasingly authoritative and powerful hierarchy.

Come to Christ my Catholic friend. He is the Rock, not the pope, not the Vatican. He never changes. He never disappoints. The Lord is exposing the corrupt Catholic system for exactly what it is with this controversy. The church’s unscriptural claims and boasts are empty words as this scandal clearly demonstrates. Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and ask Him to lead you to an evangelical church in your area that teaches God’s Word without compromise.

What does it mean that God is the Rock of salvation?

16 thoughts on “When the bottom drops out: What’s a Catholic to do when their pope is a heretic?

  1. In this fallen, cynical world usually the term ‘poor souls’ is used in a mocking tone. I’m certain there are some, rather then trying to tend to these poor souls, that rather enjoy poking fun at the current circumstances. That is not the case when you use this phrase brother, your heart felt concern for the loss is clear and evident. I pray they hear that, and hear the truth of the Gospel you’ve written here. God bless you, brother!

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    1. Thanks sister! As I wrote this, I vividly recalled with a few tears the very real confusion and panic I felt as I was reading my Catholic Bible and the Lord was opening my eyes to the genuine Gospel. The bottom was dropping out from under me as well. We all need to experience something similar to that before we will reach out in desperation to Christ. Thank you and God bless you, too!

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    1. Thanks, brother! I can really relate to these folks who are experiencing a “crisis of faith” over this controversy because I also had a crisis of faith when I was reading the Bible and Scripture contradicted my Catholic beliefs. I remember being very upset at the time.

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      1. Yup, Wally, this is a very real crisis for many. As real as the death of a loved one or a divorce. Thanks. I come down hard on the institution at times but these poor folks, and I was one of them, are sheep without a shepherd.

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  2. How very true Tom. Our Lord is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The time we live in, one can be let down by the closest of relations, including parents and siblings. Praise God for His love through Christ Jesus our Lord!

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    1. Thanks, Nathan! Yes, it’s a paradigm shift in thinking that only comes from being born again. Our trust isn’t in an individual or an institution, but in Jesus Christ!


    1. Thank you! Yes, I can relate to these hurting souls. The bottom dropped out from under me as I read Scripture and slowly began to realize the teachings of my Catholic church were contradicted by God’s Word. It was a difficult period until I accepted Christ.


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