Pope Francis Said What?

I was reading an article today from the Huffington Post and it was Pope Francis saying that “Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed, Not Just Catholics.” Referring to a recent sermon, everyone is saved. This is one step away from universalism but two steps into heresy!

By “Good” according to Roman Catholic dogma, he is speaking of “Good Works”. “Works” based Salvation is not biblical. Not to mention that not believing in God is obviously not biblical. Even Satan believes in God and we know where he and his fallen angels are heading at Judgment Day and it certainly will not be heaven! James 2:19 (NASB)

19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

This kind of ridiculous statement makes me wonder what Stalin’s role will be in Heaven? Maybe he will be heading up the tea and social club for young anarchists and God-Haters? Maybe he did “good” in the eyes of his regime? But what does the actual Holy Bible say about this nonsense? As a Christian I go by the Word, not by perpetrated lies.

Again a reminder to anyone that wants to die on the hill of works based Salvation read Galatians 2: 16 (NASB95):

16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.

It is actual grace, a gift from God that is necessary for salvation. It is a faith, a faith in Christ’s work on the cross so that we are justified by faith alone in Christ’s work alone. Read Romans 4: 5-6:

5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,
6 just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

Just read the book of Galatians and see if the Pope’s ear-tickling words of nonsense weighs up to the truth of God? Beware of false teachings. Matthew 24:24 (NASB95)

24 “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

I ask fellow believers of Jesus and His Word to pray that the Holy Spirit comes over the Roman Catholic “Pope Followers” to see the true Gospel. Maybe a statement as stupid as this one by Pope Francis may pry open the eyelids of truth and reason.

God Bless

Brian Mason

16 thoughts on “Pope Francis Said What?

  1. Alright, well this is your space to do with what you will. At least I was able to read all the interactions before they were removed.

    Peace to you in your witness of the love of Christ, Brian.

  2. I understand if you feel the need to delete comments, but will you also have the courtesy to remove your responses? Seems like poor form to leave yours standing.

  3. For a blog that is intended to be a ‘defense of the Christian faith’ there is certainly a lack of grace and love in your interactions with Joseph. Please reconsider the way in which you are speaking of the Catholic faith tradition. I want to see unity among Catholics and Protestants. Surely, we can celebrate our shared beliefs while holding some different doctrinal views, would you agree?

  4. Joseph I pray for you as I was saved from Roman Catholicism. Of all the ex-catholics I was able to become a Christian. Most of my ex-catholic friends have become atheists, I pray you repent. Dump Mary as your idol. When the pope is the only one that is allowed to interpret scripture, fascism comes to mind. You have a good blog with lots of wonderful art pieces on it, however I see nothing but falsehood. You will say the same of mine as you have, however when you use external sources and not scripture, I have no respect for it. RCC is a heresy.

  5. Joseph thanks for your well wishes and thankfully the city is recovering.
    Pope Francis did say something unorthodox agreed. I would think that the Pope would not ever say anything unorthodox when you consider he is the only one in the RCC that can interpret Bible scripture. Christ died for believers not the foolish atheists.
    You say that RCC’s do not believe in works salvation? Is it not true that the RC must observe the sacraments? Is it not in the CCC? Let me cite some:

    977 – Our Lord tied the forgiveness of sins to faith and Baptism: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved.” Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification, so that “we too might walk in newness of life.”

    980 – It is through the sacrament of Penance that the baptized can be reconciled with God and with the Church: Penance has rightly been called by the holy Fathers “a laborious kind of baptism.” This sacrament of Penance is necessary for salvation for those who have fallen after Baptism, just as Baptism is necessary for salvation for those who have not yet been reborn.

    1129 – The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. “Sacramental grace” is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The Spirit heals and transforms those who receive him by conforming them to the Son of God. The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior.

    1456 – Confession to a priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Penance: “All mortal sins of which penitents after a diligent self-examination are conscious must be recounted by them in confession, even if they are most secret and have been committed against the last two precepts of the Decalogue; for these sins sometimes wound the soul more grievously and are more dangerous than those which are committed openly.” When Christ’s faithful strive to confess all the sins that they can remember, they undoubtedly place all of them before the divine mercy for pardon. But those who fail to do so and knowingly withhold some, place nothing before the divine goodness for remission through the mediation of the priest, “for if the sick person is too ashamed to show his wound to the doctor, the medicine cannot heal what it does not know.”

    1471 – The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance. What is an indulgence? “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.” “An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.” The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead.

    I can go on.

    God Bless Sir

  6. Hi. I pray the flooding is receding where you are. I’m on my phone but wanted to respond to this. A couple of quick points:

    You should not take Pope Francis’s comments out of context. The secular media seized on this, misunderstood it, and blew it out of proportion, but what he said was actually quite orthodox and I hope even you will agree. It had nothing to do with “works’ salvation” or any other such. The context was Mark 9:38–40, and his statement was that even atheists can do good works. AND even atheists are redeemed by Christ. Those two statements are not directly related. By “redeemed,” he did not mean “saved.” He meant that Christ died for the sins of atheists, too; He redeemed them with His Blood, so that they *could* be saved. Read this link for the full context: http://www.osv.com/tabid/7621/itemid/10954/Understanding-what-Pope-Francis-said-about-atheist.aspx

    Second: Catholics don’t believe in “works’ salvation” at all. This is a Protestant misconception and there is no truth to it at all. Catholics believe in salvation solely by the grace of God and always have.

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