I’m sure most everyone has already seen the news reports about Notre Dame (Our Lady) cathedral in Paris, France catching fire today.
Notre Dame cathedral was completed in 1260 and is probably the second most famous Roman Catholic church in the world, next to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
I hope no one was injured in the massive blaze. I don’t applaud the destruction of property or the endangerment of people’s lives, but I must comment that in 760 years, the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone was NEVER preached inside of Notre Dame, no, not once. What was taught was Roman Catholicism’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit. Countless Parisian natives and visitors entered into Notre Dame over the centuries and never heard the Gospel.
People are impressed by grandiose religious structures. Jesus wasn’t (Mark 13:2). Those imposing medieval cathedrals were monuments to the great temporal wealth and power of the Roman church, not to the Gospel of grace. Yes, artisans and peasant laborers worked for one hundred years to create a remarkable building, no denying that, but it was dedicated to a spiritually deadly false gospel.
If you think this post seems rather harsh and inopportune in light of the news, you’re welcome to send in a comment. I’m just saddened that people, including some “evangelicals,” will be distressed by the destruction at Notre Dame today, when millions upon millions of souls have been misled by the false gospel preached within those walls for close to 800 years. THAT is the real tragedy.