There seems to be acceptance in today’s world of the statement: “Truth is relative.” If you agree with this statement, perhaps you shouldn’t read the rest of this post. If, on the other hand, you are hungry for truth, please read on.
My husband and brother in law have been struggling a lot the past few days with the Pope’s latest “meet and greet” – this time with some well known American Christian leaders. They are wrestling with the way these Christian men have thrown out truth, to praise a man wading in the murky waters of universalism (in regards to religion, this essentially means that all religions are equal and can get you access to God).
First, let’s have a (very short) look at what Catholics vs Protestants believe, as there seems to be a belief that we are really all just brothers and sisters in Christ. Here I’m going to cheat and copy Glenn’s words. He wrote this in response to the article put up by Kris Vallotton.
Do we expect Catholics to change their doctrine, or are we willing to change ours? Or is the aim just to be friends who disagree on salvation, intercession, apostles, baptism, church authority and every other major theological issue? He claims to be Christ’s representative (his authority and voice) on earth, the head of the church with the power of salvation, and has himself said that there is no salvation or communion with God outside of the Catholic church. To him protestant leaders are heretics bound for hell.
Either one is for the Catholic church with its doctrines and authority or against it. There really is no middle ground here for friendly compromise. Either the pope is the highest authority on earth or he isn’t, either salvation is through the Catholic church alone or it isn’t, either Jesus and the Holy Spirit intercede for man or they don’t and Mary does. Either Mary died an immaculate virgin, became queen of heaven and equal to the trinity or did not. At the end of the day either protestants are heretics preaching false teachings or the Catholics are.
If the pope teaches truth and is a true apostle then protestants should accept his teachings and come under his authority. If he teaches falsehood and is a false apostle, why are protestant christian leaders befriending him and seeking out his company?
Now in Kris’ article on his meeting with the Pope, he declares that the Pope answered their question about his supposed universalism with: “We might be surprised by who we meet in heaven. BUT the only way into heaven is through Jesus Christ. There is no other way into heaven.” Yet he has released a clip that is a CALL to universalism!
In the above mentioned clip, the Pope declares (in reference to ALL people, of ALL faiths): “. . . there is only one certainty we have for all: we are all children of God.”
Now let’s leave the Catholics, and look at this from a Protestant perspective. To say that we are all ‘children of God’, regardless of religion, is to declare that man is essentially good. If we are all essentially good, then there is no need for Christ, for a Saviour. If we are not in need of salvation, then God would be unjust to condemn us, and any religion could bring you to God.
Scripture, on the other hand, shows clearly that man is NOT inherently good, that we are fallen, and that we cannot even follow a Law to cleanse ourself. The Law was not to bring salvation, but to show us our need for a Saviour.
The is a reason Jesus declared: “I am THE way, and THE truth, and THE life. NO ONE comes to the Father EXCEPT through me.” (John 14:6)
Christian leaders need to stand up and protect our faith, not bow to the world’s celebrities, or popularism.
I am disturbed by Kris’ statement: “The meeting was so surreal – I mean a guy from Weaverville meeting with the Pope! What are the chances?“. Where is his identity? Does he rank the Pope as a higher spiritual authority than himself? We, as Christians, are seated in the heavenlies with Christ (read Colossians!)! We are the children of God – Scripture tells us that we are all image bearers of God, but only those who are in Christ are called children of God.
Here are some final questions to mull over:
We are told in Scripture that we will face persecution. Are we, as a church, too scared to stand by the truth, for fear of criticism and persecution?
Do we know what truth is? Christians leaders, even mighty men of God, are fallible; God is not! Do you know the Word of God for yourself?
Seek out truth in the Scripture so you can weigh what others tell you. Let us not be sheep easily led astray, but ones grounded in the truth, the Word.