Pope Francis showed his rebel side Thursday, urging young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith. It's a message he put into practice by visiting one of Rio's most violent slums and opening the church's World Youth Day on a rain-soaked Copacabana Beach.
Francis was elected pope on a mandate to reform the church, and in four short months he has started doing just that: He has broken long-held Vatican rules on everything from where he lays his head at night to how saints are made. He has cast off his security detail to get close to his flock, and his first international foray as pope has shown the faithful appreciate the gesture....
Matthew 7 26 "And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. 27 "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall."---NASB
2 Corinthians 11 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.---NASB
Such a rebellious Pope. He won't wear Prada shoes or be tucked into his jewel encrusted bed at night. Please. To me, a rebelious, renegade Pope would be one who calls the faithful to Vatican square and starts screaming, "You have been lied to! " and then goes on to explain why, using the Bible. He would be shuffled away to the local insane asylum real quick though, I'm sure.
Michael, I think it's pretty sad that I know the vast differences so much more so than the seasoned Christians you speak of. Things are becoming so intertwined that biblical Christians are are becoming apologists for the Roman machine. I think this is because Rome has hired some very intelligent, and ever so clever apologists that do nothing but travel the world, infecting the masses with their cunning, almost right, but not quite, words. They are very good at pointing out the similarities, but they never finish with the rest of the story...they cover the very basics to make people believe that we are one, believe the same, and are striving for the same goals.
Christopher000 IMHO it is so easy to UNDERestimate the cunning of Satan. In our present time only a small, a very small remnant of those genuinely born again believers among Baptists, Evangelicals, Presbyterians, whatevers see any differenc (and it is truly enomorous) between Roman Catholics and genuine Biblical Christianity.
So what Francis 1 makes sense, send young zealous (don't know any better) Catholic youth out into their communities to convert (deceive) the gullible, the hurting, the needy into Roman Catholicism BECAUSE for the most part even modern day pastors of Churches of churches (remember essentially prayerless churches) that profess to be Bible believe are so embarrassed by the Truth of the Gospel of Christ they don't even preach the Gospel in their own churches let along go out on the street to preach.
Much, Much learning and growing to do in this.
btw Christopher Numerous Roman Catholic authors are now writing about a Roman Catholic Evangelism, not a Biblical Evangelism, but a Catholic Evangelism of the World, and their books are already being promoted on supposed Christian websites.
I still wonder how long this Pope will be around. Rome is not a fan of change or anything that shakes up the faithful, long held traditions, etc. He may prove to be a bit too edgy for the real powers that glue the Roman Machine together. I just don't see him being around for long...one way or another. I will say though that this is the only Pope that I ever thought could potentially see the light and be a witness to it. Probably not though because as edgy as he Iis, he is still deeply rooted and deceived by the machine.