It’s sadly amusing to watch the long line of admirers in this video attempt to kiss Francis’ ring as he repeatedly pulls his hand away. We’ve seen previous examples of Francis’ strong distaste for slavish reverence directed towards him. This disdain for tradition and ceremony upsets Catholic conservatives to no end. It wasn’t all that long ago when visitors to the Vatican were required to kiss the pope’s toe. Francis may be toning down some of the blatant idolatry accorded to the pope, but the institution he heads still teaches a false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit.
- Christians Who Support Trump Are Morally and Spiritually Superior Than Other Devotees, Pastor Robert Jeffress Tells Fox News
Falwellian pastors, like Jeffress, do a tremendous disservice to the unpolitical Gospel of grace.
We’re seeing more and more of these mega-church hipster pastors and para-church leaders, like Chan, throwing doctrinal distinctives to the wind and associating with heterodox prosperity gospel and New Apostolic Reformation types. Chan also appeared at the ecumenical “Together 2016” event, which included a video from pope Francis.
Catholicism is a dichotomy. On the one hand it insists baptism and participation in its sacraments are essential in meriting salvation. On the other hand, it grants that those of other religions and even atheists can also merit Heaven if they “follow the light they are given” and are “good.” The Catholic layperson reasonably assumes they can safely stay home Sunday mornings rather than go to obligatory mass since their pope says even atheists have good a shot at Heaven. Catholicism is (c)hristianity without Christ.
This article provides some details on how the Catholic hierarchy covered up for abusive priests and the church’s “reputation” even when the predators died.
“Saint Death” is very popular throughout Latin America where superstitious paganism and superstitious Catholicism exist together, hand-in-hand.
My Lord, Jesus Christ, sits at the right hand of Father God, mediating for all those who trust in Him as Savior by faith alone. He is NOT a victim on Catholic altars or hanging from Catholic crucifixes. Hebrews 10: 12-14
I don’t have the statistics, but I think it’s safe to say that these days the VAST majority of Roman Catholic families choose not to have a “mass of Christian burial” as a part of the funeral services for their deceased loved one. Why not? They reason to themselves, “If even ‘good’ atheists are going to merit Heaven, as the pope has said, who needs to sit through all of that boring liturgical rigmarole?”