4/19/2005

New Pope: And More

Well, the new Pope has been elected by the conclave of Cardinals in the Vatican. And as you may well all know, his name is now Benedict the XVI.

I was very happy to hear that Benedict is a conservative Pope, and we hope that he will lead to more reformation in the Catholic Church.

What reformation? Don't the Catholics believe the same things as you do as an Evangelical?

Well, not quite. I won't go into deep detail, but I believe that much of the Catholic Churches teachings are in error. They have almost created a religion of their own.

I believe that there are many Christians who are Catholics. I believe it whole heartedly. They just have a different worship style, one that is much more formal. Their "good works" are just acts of their faith that follow belief in Christ.

But I'm here to tell you, living in a state that has more Catholics than almost any state, most Catholics believe in a works religion. They believe it takes more than faith to get to heaven, and they do that by doing good works. It's by grace through faith that your are saved, not of yourselves, it is a gift of God. They have the wrong theology. If the Catholic church is teaching this, they are absolutely wrong. Benedict must believe that it is by grace you have been saved, and that works is just the fruit of your salvation.

I will go on to say that we must remember that Christ did tell us to store up treasure in heaven. And how do we do this? By living a righteous life. Nothing we do can get us into heaven, and even when we get to heaven, will we not turn all of that treasure back to our Creator?

A huge problem in the Catholic church is one that I found out just recently. They have removed the second commandment. And to keep it ten they've split the tenth into two parts.

Just read it for yourself:

"The Tenth embraces both the Ninth and Tenth of the Catholic division. It seems, however, as logical to separate at the end as to group at the beginning, for while one single object is aimed at under worship, two specifically different sins are forbidden under covetousness; if adultery and theft belong to two distinct species of moral wrong, the same must be said of the desire to commit these evils. "

So they can keep worshipping Mary and other objects. And because they have learned their catechism well, they see no fault in this. But they must read Exodus 20:4,5:

"You shall not make for yourself any graven image...You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them."

I pray this pope will fight relativism as he has said he will. I like that, I like it a lot.