The Roman Catholic church has always taught, contrary to the Bible, that salvation is attained via sacramental grace and merit. Back in time, the Catholic clergy taught that only baptized Catholics could possibly merit Heaven, but in the modern era, that stance has softened, and the RCC now grants that all “good” and sincere religionists – Protestants, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. – can also possibly merit Heaven. Pope Francis has said on several occasions that even “moral” atheists can merit Heaven.
Last month, Francis met with a group of Italian high school students and advised the (c)hristians among them to NOT to try to convert* those of other faiths. Below are some quotes from Francis’ remarks:
- [Speaking of having Jewish and Muslim friends]: “We are all the same, all children of God.”
- “It didn’t occur to me, and it doesn’t have to be like, saying to a boy or a girl: ‘You are Jewish, you are Muslim: come, be converted!'”
- “We are not in the times of the crusades.”
- “In front of an unbeliever the last thing I have to do is try to convince him. Never.”
- “But listen: Never, never bring the gospel by proselytizing.”
- “If someone says they are a disciple of Jesus and comes to you with proselytism, they are not a disciple of Jesus.”
- “The Church does not grow by proselytism.”
None of the above is surprising in light of Catholicism’s wide-is-the-way teaching that EVERYONE is a child of God. Contrary to what the pope claims, God’s Word declares that only those who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone and are born again spiritually in Christ become God’s children:
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” – John 1:12
Should we believe the pope or God’s Word?
Let’s see what evangelist, Ray Comfort, has to say about the pope’s un-Biblicalness in the 15-minute video below:
For more information, see the news article here.
*Please, no angry letters. I readily agree that it’s the Holy Spirit Who converts, not Christians, who merely sow the Gospel seed. I’m only conveying the pope’s words.