1/19/2005

The Anti-Christianity of Catholic Leaders

The title of this post might seem a little insulting to roman catholics. That is not the intent of the title or this post. The purpose of this post is to show, albeit not extensively, the betrayal of Jesus Christ and Biblical truth being perpetrated by Catholic leaders. While I believe the roman catholic church falls under the anathema of Galatians 1:6-9 - and while I believe strongly that the totality of roman catholic teaching disqualifies it as being Christian - I think the majority of congregants of that church do not understand the full scope of their church's departure from biblical authority. I also recognize that catholics share many doctrinal positions with evangelical Christians and that there is a strong sense of ecclesiastical allegiance that roman catholics express towards their 'mother church'. In addition I will grant catholics the distinction of having a heightened cosmetic religious reverence made obvious by their pomp and ritual. But for the sake of the Biblical Gospel I cannot, in the context of rightly representing Christian truth, grant them anything beyond a golf clap for diligence and a secular tip of the hat for sincerity and superficial piety. To slightly change the wording of a previous post, while many truths can be found within the labyrinthine teachings of the catholic church, it is by the presence of so many errors, additions and denials that these truths are rendered null. The presence of truth is never an impetus by which the totality of it's source should be embraced. In other words, just because a religious institution contains truth, it does not follow that the entire corpus of that institution is free from error and should be followed - especially when it elevates oral tradition and the writings of the magisterium to the same level as, or above, scripture. The catholic church does this to their own peril.

I would like to demonstrate that many catholic leaders - while perhaps wearing the sheepskins of 'Christian' piety - are nothing more then religious pluralist wolves. There has been, for quite some time now, a growing spirit of ecumenism within the halls and walls of the roman church that seeks to unite the adherents of many faiths under the cold shadow of the vatican's dark umbrella. Catholic leaders have been, and are now, promoting an interfaith unity to bring together many different religions that have previously been separated by the tenets of their respective teachings. Having at one time been the monstrous tyrants of the inquisition and the innovators of unmentionable torture, the once exclusive roman church is now embracing anyone willing to reciprocate religious courteousness. The church that killed millions of true Christians throughout the centuries is now opening its arms to embrace her "separated brethren". Not only is she willing to extend a religious courtesy to evangelical Christianity but the roman catholic church is also bridging gaps between herself and religions such as judaism, islam, and buddhism - to name a few. In the process they are abandoning the traditional Biblical understanding of salvation (at least their previous distortion of it) for an all-inclusive approach and they are departing from objective biblical truth to a universalist position that implies God gives His blessing to idolaters and 'Jesus-haters'.

This type of religious pluralism and unbiblical ecumenism is not only being perpetrated by catholic leaders. So-called evangelical Christian leaders are extending a welcoming hand to catholics, not to evangelize, but to validate the corrupt catholic gospel as one that is in harmony with Biblical truth. The tragic ecumenism of ECT ('Evangelicals and Catholics Together') and ECT2 testifies to the current climate of unbiblical unity and speaks volumes about the departure from the Biblical Gospel to a deficient gospel born out of false unity and poor motives.

But in this post I am going to focus solely on the anti-christianity of catholic leaders. It is their blatant disregard for Biblical Truth that must be exposed to the light of the Gospel.

Before we have a look at some of the things Catholic leaders and thinkers are saying regarding salvation, Jesus Christ, and other religions, lets take a look at some primer verses from the Word of God that point to salvation ONLY through Jesus Christ:

John 14:6 - Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me".
Acts 4:12 - "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life
Matthew 10:33 - "But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven"
John 10:19 - I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture

Now let us take a look at the betrayal of Christ being perpetrated by catholic leaders. These are men supposed to be shepherding the flock - instead they are leading goats into darkness:
(Note: I have bolded the parts I felt are really serious attacks on Christ and biblical understanding)

Potential Pope Declares Jesus Is Not The Only Way! CardinalFrancis Arinze, who's considered a possible successor to Pope John Paul II, has denied Jesus is the only way to heaven. In a recent interview the pope's spirited 66 year-old deputy for outreach to other religions was asked, "So was Jesus wrong when he said he was the way, the truth and the life?" Arinze responded, "If a person were to push what you said a little further and say that if you're not a Christian you're not going to heaven, we'd regard that person as a fundamentalist...and theologically wrong. I met in Pakistan a Muslim. He had a wonderful concept of the Koran. We were like two twins that had known one another from birth. And I was in admiration of this man's wisdom. I think that man will go to heaven. There was a Buddhist in Kyoto, in Japan. This man, a good man, open, listening, humble--I was amazed. I listened to his works of wisdom and said to myself, 'The grace of God is working in this man." The interviewer then repeated the question, "So you can still get to heaven without accepting Jesus?" "Expressly, yes [he laughs with the audience]." (Dallas Morning News, 3/20/99)
So here we have a potential successor to the pope saying that Jesus is not necessary for salvation. Here we have a Cardinal of the "true church" founded by Jesus Christ (I am using 'catholic speak') essentially calling Jesus Christ a liar! He also gives his blessing to a muslim - who denies the trinity, denies Christ as God (among other denials of God's truth) - and says he admires his 'wisdom'. The cardinal also says that the grace of God is working in a Buddhist! One wonders if this cardinal has ever read the Bible!

How about the apparent 'successor of Peter', the supposed representative of Christ on earth? Here is Pope John Paul II with what can only be described as a universalist, pluralistic approach to God and salvation. This is anything but Christian:


On Wednesday, Sept. 9th 1998 at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, the Pope spoke on the theme of "The Spirit of God and the 'Seeds of Truth' in non-Christian Religions." "The 'seeds of truth'," said John Paul II, are "'the effect of the Spirit of truth operating outside the visible confines of the Mystical Body'," Pope Paul explained that "in all authentic religious experiences, the most characteristic manifestation is prayer. ... Every true prayer is inspired by the Holy Spirit, Who is mysteriously present in the heart of every person."

"Through the practice of what is good in their own religious traditions, and following the dictates of their consciences, members of other religions positively respond to God's invitation and receive salvation in Jesus Christ, even though they may not recognize Him as their Savior."

"The attitude of the Church and of individual Christians with regard to other religions is characterized by sincere respect, deep kindness, and also, where it is possible and appropriate, cordial collaboration" (Vatican Information Service 9/9/98)


All I can say is...wow! Any Christian has to, in the very least, shake their head at such unbiblical confusion. Since when is the Spirit of God in non-Christian religions? Here's what the Word of God tells us: "And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him" (Acts 5:32); and also: Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). God does not give the Holy Spirit to those who deny Jesus Christ. God does not give the Holy Spirit to anyone other than those whom He calls to be kept by Jesus Christ. Those who repent and believe in Jesus Christ are given the Holy Spirit. How can the pope claim that the Spirit somehow operates in a limited capacity within the adherents of other religions? That would imply that the Holy Spirit maintains the beliefs of religious people who actively deny the claims of Christianity. Such are the ramblings of an anti-Christ. For the pope to say that the spirit of God is present in other religions is not only erroneous but is blatantly blasphemous.

The pope also claims that the prayers of all religions are inspired by the Holy Spirit. Every prayer is inspired by the Holy Spirit?! So when a Muslim (who denies the existence of the Holy Spirit) prays to allah, the Holy Spirit (whom they blaspheme) is the inspiration for that prayer?! The pope is not only wrong - he is speaking against the clear understanding of God's Holy Word.

The pope, having not said enough to misrepresent and malign biblical Christianity, follows with a self-condemning statement saying that even though members of other religions do not recognize Jesus Christ as Savior, they nevertheless receive salvation through Jesus Christ having somehow subconsciously assented to an invitation by God while remaining faithful to their pagan system of religion. The pope has, in so many words, proclaimed that one can be saved without having to believe in Jesus Christ! With this he has departed from the Word of God, betrayed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and has issued his own ticket to eternal judgment. The pope also claims that Christians should approach other religions with respect, kindness, and cordial collaboration. While I would never advocate a position of taking action against people through hatred towards other religions, I don't think our God has asked us to respect other religions as being representative of a sound approach to worshipping God. But Isn't that what John Paul II is implying? That, rather then tolerance with a mind to evangelize, we should in kindness respect other religions and serve to work together? This certainly does not come from the Bible. While God does tell us to love our neighbor, He does not tell us to leave them in their sins. He does not endorse a hand-shaking between a believer and an unbeliever for the sake of a Christ-less unity. Here is what the word of God has to say about spiritual fellowship with non-Christians: "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14); and , "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Ephesians 5:11). The pope is suggesting that we bind ourselves together with unbelievers; that we have a partnership with lawlessness; fellowship with darkness; and that there is no need for reproof. The pope has departed from biblical Christianity, if he was ever there in the first place, and has entered the realm of religious pluralism endorsing other religions as means by which people can be saved. In doing so, and yes while giving lip-service to the gospel, he has established himself as anti-Christ.

VATICAN CITY, (ZENIT.org) - "How is it possible to explain the unique characterof Christ and of the Catholic Church to a Jew or a Lutheran", a reporter asked Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, during a press conference to present the "Dominus Jesus" declaration, which is concerned, precisely, with the unique and universal salvation of Christ and the Church. Referring to a believing Jew, Cardinal Ratzinger clarified that "we are in agreement that a Jew, and this is true for believers of other religions, does not need to know or acknowledge Christ as the Son of God in order to be saved, ....". (6-Sep-2000 -- ZENIT News Agency)
Cardinal Ratzinger has, along with the pope, betrayed Jesus Christ and the truth of His Word. What more needs to be said after reading the last sentence of the above quote?! The biblical Peter would have a heart attack if he heard anyone claiming that Jews did not need to hear the Gospel in order to be saved. Peter was tortured and killed for passionately evangelizing Jews, preaching to them pleading with them to understand the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy in the person of Jesus Christ. His whole ministry was to the Jewish people, proving to them the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and reinforcing salvation through Christ alone. If a Jew does not need to hear the Gospel and believe in Jesus Christ to be saved why did Jewish Christians after the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior implore the Jews to hear the Gospel and believe in Jesus Christ to be saved?! I guess their work was in vain. All that effort was pointless because it was never necessary. Thanks Cardinal Ratzinger for clearing that up. What anti-Christian, universalist blasphemy! Cardinal also throws in that believers of other religions also do not need to believe in Jesus Christ to be saved. So, for any animal worshipers, witches, voodoo practitioners, and others who hate the name of Jesus Christ - good news - you have the blessing of the roman catholic church!

Next we have a famous catholic apologist claiming that a muslim - again who denies Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, among other things - somehow practices his anti-Christian religion in the presence of Christ and His grace:

"When a pious Muslim practices his islam, his submission, might this be
taking place through Christ and His grace and presence
, though the
Muslim does not know it or acknowledge it? I think this is very likely.
God loves to hide
. (Catholic Apologist, Peter Kreeft)
On a Larry King interview on CNN, a catholic priest reinforced the pope's stance on the lack of a need for Christ as a means of salvation:

Catholic priest Michael Manning was interviewed by Larry King on December 1,2001. King, who is a Jew, asked, "Now Father, if you don't believe in Christ when you die, are you going to hell?" Manning replied: "No, not at all. It's the Catholic belief that Jesus is the source of salvation, Jesus is God; we believe that. But what [do] we say to the millions and billions of people who don't even know about Jesus, are they just thrown into hell? Or what about a Rabbi who really follows the Lord as best he can? As a Catholic, I'm very comfortable that he attains salvation by doing this." King then asked, "So he achieves it without believing in Christ?" Manning replied, "Correct." King asked, "[H]ow do you view Mohammed?" Manning replied: "As a very wise man. I see the beauty of Islam in a very strong way. A simple approach to God. I'm very touched by Ramadan, by the fasting; the beautiful presence of God and the power of God. And as a Catholic, I need to learn from that."

I think the above excerpt speaks for itself. Catholic leaders are abandoning Jesus Christ as the means of Salvation - to the Catholic, Christ is no longer needed for all men. What a horrible tragedy!

More catholicism against Christ...


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In their relations with Jews, Christians cannot conceal the strong missionary dimension of their faith, but also must recognize that Jews do not have to convert in order to be saved, a top Vatican official said. Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, said Nov. 6 that Christians take a different missionary approach toward Jews than toward followers of other non-Christian religions. That's because Christians and Jews share a long biblical and religious tradition, a belief in the same God and a conviction that God will complete human history, he said.


And still more...

EVANGELISM OF JEWS NOT NECESSARY, SAY U.S. CATHOLICS - Washington, D.C., USA .... [Bettina Krause/ANN] Roman Catholic leaders in the United States declared last week that they will no longer target Jews for conversion to Catholicism. According to a document released jointly by the Catholics and a major U.S. Jewish organization, the Old Testament covenant between God and the Jewish people is "eternally valid." The Bishops conclude in their portion of the statement that there is no need for Jews to embrace Christianity in order to receive salvation.

I am happy that roman catholics will no longer target Jews for conversion to catholicism. They can leave missionary work to true Christians who still believe the necessity of Jesus Christ for salvation.

While 'mother' Theresa should be commended for her humanitarian work, she is an example of some of the most blatant universalism and pantheistic religiosity ever expressed by a professing 'Christian':


"We never try to convert those who receive [aid from Missionaries of Charity] to Christianity but in our work we bear witness to the love of God's presence and if Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, or agnostics become for this better men -- simply better -- we will be satisfied. It matters to the individual what church he belongs to. If that individual thinks and believes that this is the only way to God for her or him, this is the way God comes into their life -- his life. If he does not know any other way and if he has no doubt so that he does not need to search then this is his way to salvation." ('Mother' Theresa; Life in the Spirit: Reflections, Meditations, and Prayers)

What a shame! She was satisfied with leaving unbelievers in their sin. She never tried to convert the lost to Christianity. Here is more of the religious pluralism of the soon to be 'Saint':


"I love all religions. ... If people become better Hindus, better Muslims, better Buddhists by our acts of love, then there is something else growing there."

"All is God -- Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, etc., all have access to the same God." 'Mother' Teresa (12/4/89, Time magazine, pp. 11,13)

"These people are waiting to die. What are you telling them to prepare them for death and eternity? She replied candidly, 'We tell them to pray to their Bhagwan, to their gods.'" 'Mother' Theresa (reported in Christian News)

It is sad to read that Theresa thought this way and held to beliefs that clearly oppose Biblical Christianity. It grieves me to think someone so devoted to helping the sick, disease ridden, and dying - and whom so sincerely felt she rightly represented Christ - might not have repented and believed the true Gospel before passing.


The following is from an interview with a Catholic nun, "Sister" Ann, who worked in Kathman-du, Nepal, with "Mother" Teresa's organization Missionaries of
Charity. The interview was conducted 11/23/84 at the Pashupati Temple:
Q: Do you believe if they die believing in Shiva or in Ram [Hindu gods] they will go to heaven?
A: Yes, that is their faith. My own faith will lead me to God, ... So if they have believed in their god very strongly, if they have faith, surely they will be saved.
Q: Today it does not seem that the Catholic Church is trying to convert anymore. I know that John Paul II is saying now that those of other religions are saved. You do not believe they are lost anyway, right?
A: No, they are not lost. They are saved according to their faith, you know. If they believe whatever they believe, that is their salvation.
Universalism; Religious Pluralism; unbiblical; anti-christ. Just one more from Theresa...



When "Mother" Teresa died, her longtime friend and biographer Naveen Chawla said that he once asked her bluntly, "Do you convert?" She replied, "Of course I convert. I convert you to be a better Hindu or a better Muslim or a better Protestant. Once you've found God, it's up to you to decide how to worship him" ("Mother Teresa Touched Other Faiths," Associated Press, 9/7/97)
Well...there you have it. Theresa did not attempt to evangelize unbelievers living in sin. Rather she encouraged them to be better pagans - to remain in a systems separated from God; even more: systems that God hates. She encouraged them to stay in religions that hate Christ - that choose to actively deny Him. I think it is clear that nothing in the above quotes are indicative of someone practicing Biblical Christianity.

Just in case you thought that these leaders do not represent the true teaching of the catholic church, let us take a look at what their catechism says:


"The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God" (Catechism #841)

"The Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life." (Catechism #843)

"Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, as they know it through the dictates of their conscience-those too may achieve eternal salvation." (Catechism #847)
So again, this church grants salvation to Muslims - who deny and blaspheme Jesus and the Holy Spirit - claiming that they both adore the same god. I am beginning to think that may be the case but their god certainly is not the God of the Bible. The catechism also claims that God gives "goodness and truth" to religions that hate Him. Enough said.

In addition (by now I am sure you get the point) the roman church claims that 'sincerity of heart' and 'dictates of conscience' are in themselves adequate for salvation. The tragedy is not just that this "true church" is making these anti-Christian claims but that so many people either do not know they are trampling on the Word of God, actively choose to ignore these grave errors and remain in bondage to this church, or agree with this teaching and pass it on to their children. If only they knew and understood the wrath to come for all those who steer people away from, and compromise, the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

While I am sure the quotations cited in this article do not represent the beliefs of all catholics I think it is blatantly obvious that the current ecumenical climate of catholic leaders is characterized by an unbiblical motivation for unity and is therefore anti-Christian. To claim to be the church founded by Jesus Christ and then turn around and claim He is not necessary for salvation is very disturbing to say the least. If it wasn't enough that catholicism already finds itself submerged to the neck in man-made tradition that nullifies the Word of God, a labyrinthine "economy of salvation" that tramples on the sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice, an ever-increasing marian idolatry, and a works-based false gospel, they have to hammer the proverbial nail in the coffin of their spiritually adulterous system by betraying Jesus Christ as the sole means of salvation. While hiding behind a thin veil of Christology, the fullness of the roman system lurks in the shadow of truth as an enemy of the cross of Christ.

Am I a hater of Catholics? Heavens no! My whole family - excepting me, my wife, and my children - are entrenched in roman catholicism. I love my family and I love catholics. It is my love for them that compels me to defend Biblical Christianity, and effectively witness to it, with the hope that they will see the light of the true Gospel. I would be remiss if I retired to an unbiblical ecumenical stance simply because I did not want to offend anybody. It is for the sake of the Gospel that I find myself in opposition to the catholic system. While I strongly believe the catholic system is not Christian I know that catholics sincerely believe it is and will defend their case quite passionately. I also know that catholics are some of the strongest defenders of morality in today's society, strongly fighting for the unborn, for the traditional definition of marriage, and opposing the sexual immorality so apparent in today's society. If only they would put as much passion into reading the Bible and submitting in obedience to Him and His Word rather than relying on the 'wisdom' of their fallible magisterium and retiring to tradition rather than scriptural truth. As indicated at the beginning of this post it is by so many unbiblical and extrabiblical tenets through their attempt at representing Christianity that they deeply immerse themselves in error. My prayer is that God would use the truths that are still preached to catholics, the biblical truths that are not compromised, and that He would call them out of that false system and into the light of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I felt it fitting to again refer to God's Holy Word as it pertains to Jesus Christ as the only way by which we can be saved. These are by no means the only verses that speak about this, but let them sink in - really read them:


John 14:6 - Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through Me".

Acts 4:12 - "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life

Matthew 10:33 - "But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven"

John 10:19 - I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture

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