Wednesday, July 11, 2007

WE OWE THE POPE THANKS FOR THIS ONE!


Joseph Ratzinger, who is the current Pope has always been known to be a man who has been of the more conservative type. He is staying true to his history with the release of a document recently that says Protestant and Orthodox faiths are not "proper churches". From the wires;

"The document said that the Orthodox church suffered from a “wound” because it did not recognise the primacy of the Pope. The wound was “still more profound” in Protestant denominations, it added.

It was “difficult to see how the title of ‘Church’ could possibly be attributed to them”, said the statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Roman Catholicism was “the one true Church of Christ”.

You have to give this Pope credit for being honest in what his church believes. In the past some in his position have tried to position the Catholic Church as some type of Unitarian faith that sees all as a part of the church. There was the infamous tragic document Evangelicals and Catholics together that purported to show the commonality of both. A task impossible considering the Catholic Church teaches salvation by works, compounded by the fact that they have never taken the Anathema away, that was pronounced on all Protestants.

The truth is that the Catholic Church believes the true church is Rome. They believe salvation is something earned by works, and they have never changed that. They do not believe in justification by faith alone, in Christ alone, regardless of the propaganda they have put out in recent years. So give credit to this Pope for publicly displaying the truth of what his church believes, and has for years.

I believe it is important that this has taken place. It is important for people to know the truth of Rome so they can understand the need to share the gospel with their catholic friends. It is not the same faith, it is not the same gospel and as God says through the Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:8, if someone comes along and preaches a different gospel from the true one, they are to be accursed, even if it is an angel. This pope gives us an opportunity show the truth that the Roman Catholic Church is not a Bible believing church. They teach and preach a different gospel. Works, not grace. Therefore it is incumbent on all who truly know the Lord Jesus Christ to share the true gospel with those who are trapped in this belief system.

For those who want to believe that the Catholic church is a part of Gods Church, and that there are no important differences, they are simply whistling past the graveyard. It is a false religion that proclaims a false gospel. We can thank this pope for coming out and allowing all to see that this indeed is true!

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pastor tom
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