thankful The Lord uses ANYTHING or ANYONE He chooses to convey truth, (ie Balaam, his donkey, Nebuchadnezzar Daniel 4:34&35, many demons proclaimed/announced the Christ and/or His apostles). The pope's salvation isn't the question. Did he speak truth, and a truth I praise God that has pricked my heart. I was on fire. However from seeing "Christian's" ignoring biblical teachings, to financial worries and being taken out of my comfort zone, I confess (no pun intended) I feel luke warm. The worst part is sometimes it doesn't even bother me. Please, please pray for me. Pray for all those being deceived into misplacing value.
Explanation When I said the Pope was lost I meant as we all are apart from Christ until He saves us. Jesus says in the gospel of John in ch 3 that if we have not believed we are condemned already. Jesus also spoke several parables that give the picture of an unconverted person as a lost sheep, lost coin, and a prodigal. In that since the Pope is lost. Whether he is one of the elect, I can't say that. If he dies holding on to his false doctrine not repenting then that can be said about him. I stand by my statement that he is an antichrist based on what John says in I John. The teaching based on the council of trent that whoever believes that salvation is in Christ alone apart from works let him be accursed. He has not recanted from that. Galatians is plain that Christ + works = anathema not the other way around. I can find some truth in many religions and cults. That is what makes them credible to unbelievers. The issue is a heretic who claims to speak infallibly to Christ people. If I go to church on sunday and pastor preaches a messaged based on a message from the pope and does not repent, I am outta there seeking a new place to worship. May God have mercy on us and grant us to stand for His truth no matter what the cost. I believe intense persecution is around the bend.
A Response 1. It would be wonderful if those commenting would include an email address so more correspondence could occur.
2. I doubt anything I say will be acceptable unless I were to repent and recant.
3. No one knows whether the Pope is lost or not. While we may suspect he is a hell-bound sinner because of his leadership of this false church whether he is elect of God is known only to God.
4. At this point no one can say the Pope is the 'Anti-Christ.' That is pure speculation. You may call him 'anti-Christ' if you are referring to many anti-christs but to say he is a member of the unholy trinity of the beast, dragon and anti-Christ is simply speculation until more unholy fruit is manifest. Every pope has been the 'Anti-Christ from some people's perspective.
5. Finally how can I quote from someone without considering the person? The Apostle Paul did. In Titus 1.12 Paul quotes from a false prophet. This poet or prophet is a sinner--an unbeliever--a idolater and rebellion against God but he was right when he said or wrote 'Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.' And the Pope is right when he quotes from the Word of God in Philippians 3:18 in CONTEXT. If tomorrow the Pope were to say Christians need to be kinder--more loving--charitable I would agree.
Careful now Just what Allie said . Great deception in these last days and many Christians seem to be falling for Pope Francis's charm offensive . Losing you Sean ! How can we focus on the words and not consider out of whoms mouth they were spoken.
Great Sermon! I also have to agree with Allie.....And In respect to Pastor Harris, I listened to a sermon approximately 2 yrs ago I haven't forgotten....... Wolves in sheep's clothing..... WOLF! WOLF!! WOLF!!! ..........POPE is the MOTHER of Them all!!!!!!!!
No The Pope is lost. He is an unbeliever. Sir, you ask for comments so I share. I am hesitant since you are an Elder and I do not want to give the appearance of rebuking an Elder. I think that if the Pope makes a statement and we then proclaim it and make application to our lives than we are affirming him to be the Vicar of Christ when he is not. The Pope does not even see that he was speaking of himself. A pagan claiming to be a Christian. Our society wants to know what the Pope thinks and says. Who cares? He is an Antichrist. He is to be exposed and ignored. Satan can transform himself into an angel of light and speak truth. We see that when he tempted Christ in the wilderness. Christ did not dialogue with him and tell him he was speaking truth, He rebuked him exposing his use of scripture inappropriately and for his own purposes. When the Pope speaks I shall not look to redeem what he says and apply it to my life. It dishonors Christ, the sufficiency of scripture, and dishonors all those who lost their lives for not regarding the papacy. Thank you kindly.
CJW I disagree Obama was stating that he did not want the high cost of child care being the reason mothers choose to stay at home. Of course Obama has his priorities wrong but this was an attack on the high cost of child care NOT stay at home moms.
Of course moms belong at home with their little ones. Stay at home moms have the most important job in the nation. On that we agree.
Great Sermon! If any of u get the chance listen to at sermon called " The Gap in Mark Five" preached by, James Knox. The parallels of this chapter in mark, us today and, the history of Isreal will blow ur mind. Never seen it presented the way he does and it's amazing the many other times in the bible this happens. I really enjoyed the comparisons in both of these messages. Thanks
Another sign of cultural shift... I understand why it may appear that this quote was taken out of context.
But let us examine the context.
He was talking about making sure that daycare was available and affordable to all - so mothers could be part of the workforce.
He was constrasting staying at home to raise your kids (presumably, when they are young) because you can't "afford to work" (childcare costs are so high that it is not worth it).
It IS an attack on the choice of staying at home with your children, because it is presumed that staying home and raising your babies and young children is not important work and worth the loss in education/pay that would have resulted in staying in the workforce during those years.
Loving, nurturing care by parents is CRUCIAL in the proper physical, emotional, and spiritual development in our children.
No paycheck can be worth more than that.
Great Sermon! Pastor Seam, " thank you" for your outstanding lesson and message on Baptist beliefs. A lot has happen in three yrs concerning beliefts . It seems the world is caving in to theprogressive's. Thanking you for standing firm. Your sister I'm Christ??