by Mike Gendron
As we watched the non-stop coverage of the pope’s visit to America last month, many of the scenes appeared to be apocalyptic. We saw multitudes of people flocking to get a glimpse of a mortal man who was unknown just three years ago. The national excitement for this false prophet was overwhelming as gullible people hung on his every word. It was heartbreaking to see such adoration given to a deceiver who holds people captive in his false religious system. Warnings from the true head of the church were ignored. The Lord Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Mat. 7:15). Jesus said, “I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him” (John 5:43). Clearly, the pope did not come in the Father’s name, but he arrogantly wears the title reserved for the one and only “Holy Father” (John 17:11). Tragically, most Catholics do not know the Word of God, and their ignorance makes them easy prey for the worst kind of deception.
Pope Francis did not mention Jesus Christ a single time in his entire address to Congress, yet he claims to be the Vicar of Christ and the Head of Christ’s Church. Knowing that the Lord Jesus is the very foundation of the Christian faith, the pope’s omission speaks volumes about his worldly agenda. In a message the next day at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the pope did mention Jesus, but in a deceptively misleading way. He said, “We need to remember that we are followers of Jesus… and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.”
Where is the outrage among Roman Catholics? When will they awake from their stupor and run from this blasphemer? The life of Christ was anything but a failure at the cross. His death, which satisfied divine justice for the sins of His people, was according to the predetermined plan of God (Acts 2:23). When the sinless Savior accomplished everything necessary to save His people, He cried out in victory, “It is finished!” (John 19:30). The good shepherd laid down His life for the sheep (John 10:11). No one took the Lord’s life; He laid it down on His own accord (John10:18). How dare the pope say the life of Jesus ended in failure! The pope, and all other false prophets, are described by Jesus as thieves who come to steal and kill and destroy the sheep (John 10:10). The pope knows the difference between success and failure. No one has been more successful in directing people towards the wide road to destruction with his perverted gospel.
By the authority of God’s Word, we know the pope is under divine condemnation for preaching a gospel contrary to the Gospel of God. The apostle Paul warned us: “There are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:6-9). Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to Scripture alone, for the glory of God alone. The pope’s distorted gospel deceives people into believing salvation is by baptism, sacraments, good works, law-keeping, and the Mass. Paul warned us: “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:13-15).
We know the “father of lies” does his deceptive work through religious leaders, and the pope is the most influential false teacher in the world today. He continues to shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces and will not allow them to enter because of his false and fatal gospel (Mat. 23:15). He must be exposed as a pawn of the devil. Some may think I am unloving and harsh for saying this, but the truth must be told for the sake of those who are being deceived. The Lord Jesus pronounced many “woes” on false teachers who lead people to hell (Mat. 23). It was tragic to see such a lack of discernment as multitudes praised and adored the most influential false prophet in the world.
The counterfeit head of the church also showed his true colors when he did not refer to even one Scripture from God’s Word during his-hour long speech before Congress. Instead, he encouraged people to follow the “Golden Rule.” The next day, in his message to bishops of the Catholic Church, the pope said, “Our mission as bishops is first and foremost to solidify unity.” In other words, the bishops’ primary goal is not to proclaim the Gospel, but to unite all people under the power and influence of the papacy. True Christians must contend against Rome’s ecumenical agenda and silence the ignorance of foolish people (1 Pet. 2:15).
I have great compassion for the precious Catholic souls who are where I was for many years of my life — believing I was in the one true church but destined for the eternal fires of hell. The nature of deception is such that people do not know they are deceived until they are confronted with the truth. It is my prayer that Roman Catholics will start abiding in God’s Word. Only then will they come to know the truth that will set them free from religious deception (John 8:31-32). We have an excellent Gospel tract shows how their religion nullifies, opposes and rejects the Gospel.
Pope’s Deception Countered by Biblical Truth in Interviews with Mike Gendron on Christian Radio
Mike was interviewed on six different radio and TV programs during and after the pope’s visit to America. You can hear some of his comments and interviews by clicking on the following links:
Crosstalk on VCY America with Jim Schneider
Janet Mefferd Today
Worldview Weekend Radio with Brannon Howse
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