There has never been a lack of “spiritual leaders” in the world who have brought their religious talk, and their religious agenda to the gullible millions who are willing to listen to them. The current Roman Catholic Pope Francis recently gathered the Presidential leaders from Palestine and Israel to pray for peace in the Middle East, but who was the “god” to whom they were praying? Were they praying to the only true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? (Exodus 3:6, Matthew 22:32) Were they praying to the God who created all things? (Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 44:24, John 1:1-3) Do the scriptures back up that kind of prayer? It is rather interesting because the Pope previously entrusted the entire “Holy Land” into the care and protection of the Roman Catholic version of the “Blessed Virgin Mary”, before he left for his recent trip to the Middle East. Not only that but Mahmoud Abbas, the Islamic President of Palestine is a Muslim, and Muslims do not believe that God Almighty even has a Son. Add to all of that the truth that Shimon Peres, the Jewish President of Israel, does not believe that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), nor the Son of God! So which “god” were those three leaders praying to? Does God honor the prayer of those who refuse to honor the Son whom he sent into the world? The scriptures show us that God the Father desires the Son to have the same honor as himself! Not only that but the Father has given ALL judgment to the Son of God, so it would be imperative that Pope Francis (Rome), President Abbas (Palestine) and President Peres (Israel) men get their priorities straight, and make their peace with the true and living God, before it is too late.
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:22-24)
Were All Three Praying to a false “god”
The present Pope Francis talks a lot about the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of truth as is declared in the following verse:
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John 16:13)
Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit will always testify about Jesus Christ:
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: (John 15:26)
Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as the comforter, and I can assure you that the Holy Spirit will comfort you, and he will always point you to Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God will point you to the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, and the blood which Jesus Christ shed for you. The Holy Spirit will always guide you through the scriptures, and it is quite obvious that a person must be born again of the Spirit in order to comprehend and understand these things.
Now as far as the Roman Catholic Pope Francis goes, I assure you that he is NOT representing the true born again believers in anyway. It was the Holy Spirit of truth who pulled me out from the cultish deception of the Roman Catholic church. The Holy Spirit showed me that the teachings of the Roman Catholic church were false and wicked to the very core. I would have been in gross disobedience to the Lord if I remained inside the Roman catholic church. Why? Because I would have been yoked with a system which preaches a false gospel, is filled with idolatry, and places their man-made tradition on an EQUAL level with the scriptures. That is why the Jewish apostle Paul wrote the following:
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
Rome teaches that a person is born again when they are baptized as an infant, and I know that is not true, because I was baptized as an infant and I was not born again at that time. More importantly though we learn that a person is born again of the spirit by faith in Jesus Christ. It is a spiritual transaction between the believer and the Lord.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:6-7)
The new birth is a spiritual birth, and without it a person is simply dead in their own sins, and on the dark road to an eternal Hell. That is what the Lord Jesus Christ told the Jewish ruler by the name of Nicodemus, and those words still stand are in effect today. The Lord would speak those same words to Pope Francis, President Shimon Peres, and President Mahmoud Abbas. “You must be born again!” In fact every person in the world must be born again if they ever want to get to Heaven!
Every person must be regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact the Bible tells us that if a person does NOT have the Holy Spirit then they do not belong to Christ!
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Romans 8:9)
A person cannot earn the Holy Spirit, nor can they pay for him to come inside.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (Titus 3:5)
The Roman Catholic Pope is also the leader of a church that promotes the teachings of the council of Vatican II, which in turn uphold the teachings of the council of Trent. That same Council of Trent had over 100 anathemas (curses) against people who do not agree with their teachings. Those teachings include the teaching of the Roman Catholic Mass which declares that the Mass satisfies the Justice of God for sins committed against him. Folks if you know the Lord Jesus Christ, and you know that you have been born again of the Spirit, then you know that the teaching of the Mass is absolute blasphemy. The church of Rome promotes the worship of Mary, and you will always find the Popes regularly reciting their “Hail Mary” prayers before tens of thousands in St Peter’s Square in Rome. The church of Rome still teaches that there is a place called Purgatory where souls can be purified after death. St Peter’s in Rome was built on the funds contributed by deceived Roman Catholic people as they purchased indulgences. Some have been told by well known “Protestant” preachers that indulgences are no longer around, but that is not true. In fact the present Pope offered indulgences to those who followed a youth meeting in Brazil last year! Not only that but millions of Roman Catholics continue to have their Catholic Masses said by the local Priests so that their deceased loved ones can get out of Purgatory sooner! Where is the voice of the true men and women of God who will speak out against such deception? Why do they remain silent? Why do they talk about revival (and expect it) when they refuse to stand against such falsehood in our time? Do they believe that God is hiding in the clouds unaware of the apostasy that is taking place?
How Deception Works
Many of you may not have heard these things before, because you have been bamboozled by the modern day preachers. I have written about the compromisers such as Billy Graham who has been compromising with Rome for many decades now, and he has led many to believe that the Roman Catholic church is just another Christian denomination. Luis Palau is another compromiser from South America, and he has been accurately described as the “Billy Graham of South America” Listen to his own words from a “Christianity Today” article from March of last year, regarding Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis)
What can you tell me about Bergoglio’s leadership style?
He’s a very Bible-centered man, a very Jesus Christ-centered man. He’s more spiritual than he is administrative, although he’s going to have to exercise his administrative skills now! But personally, he is more known for his personal love for Christ. He’s really centered on Jesus and the Gospel, the pure Gospel. [Luis Palau: Why It Matters that Pope Francis Drinks Mate with Evangelicals, An interview with international evangelist (and native Argentine) on his friend, Jorge Bergoglio. Melissa Steffan/ MARCH 14, 2013]
Evangelist Luis Palau put his hand of approval upon the Pope, who preaches a false gospel, and he has also declared the Pope to be a Bible centered man. Did Luis Palau say that the Pope was a Bible centered man? Go tell that to the hundreds of thousands of martyrs who were butchered by Rome for trying to get the scriptures into the hands of the common people. The Roman Catholic Bible has additional books including two additional chapters to the book of Daniel, as well as numerous books in their apocrypha. Not only that, but they put their own man-made tradition on a totally equal level with the scriptures (the Bible). So when you listen to the words of Luis Palau, you need to keep that in mind. Luis Palau said that the Pope (Jorge Bergoglio) was centered on “the pure gospel” and I find that statement to be absolutely amazing. The pure gospel of Jesus Christ has nothing to do with a Roman Catholic priest satisfying the justice of God for sins committed against him, and that is EXACTLY what the Pope’s Roman Catholic Church teaches! I must tell you that this is how deception works. People will simply take the words of a well known Christian such as Luis Palau and believe them as if they were true. Luis Palau declared the Pope to be centered on the pure gospel, but the teachings of Rome of which the Pope is the head is anything BUT the pure gospel of Jesus Christ.
Here is where you come in. Do YOU believe the words of Luis Palau regarding the Pope and his gospel, or do you believe the Bible and what it declares to be the pure gospel? The Bible tells us that there is a curse upon all false gospels and if the Roman Catholic gospel is NOT a false gospel, then there is no such thing as a false gospel!
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:8-10)
The problem in our present day has intensified, because the “big name Christians” in Christianity will continually elevate, and adulate, people such as Billy Graham and Luis Palau, and thus they strengthen and amplify, the great deception that has been created. Many in the modern day church have risen to the high places in the “church world” because of their man pleasing ways. They believe the words of men, rather than the word of God! There is a price to pay for all of that in the end though, because the word of God will never return void.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
The word of God can never fail, and the Lord will always have his way. In other words it is impossible for a false gospel to get by the all seeing eyes of God, and thus the Lord is not unaware to what is happening in the world today. The Lord is totally aware of every so called man, or woman of God, who has allowed the false teachings of Rome and other false religions to enter into the church, while they closed their eyes and looked the other way. The Lord is also aware of those who have given their endorsement to the church of Rome, and who have thus allowed their congregations to be swayed by their “leadership.” If you want a supreme example of what can happen to the leader of a church when they get seduced by Rome, take a look at what happened to Swedish Pastor Ulf Ekman, who has recently converted to Roman Catholicism. This is a must read post for all Christians who might be interested.
Many well known ministers fudge, and sugar-coat the gospel, simply because they do not want to endure the persecution, and rejection which naturally comes when a person speaks out against such things. Some do this because they are already working hand in hand with some of these “Christian leaders”, and they do not want to lose their “connection” with the “in-crowd” of modern day Christianity. They know that the funds to their ministries and churches would suffer greatly, and they make the wrong choice, by going the wrong way. Multitudes have gone that same way before them also, so there is nothing new under the Sun!
The Bible also tells us that there is only ONE mediator between God and man, and his name is Jesus Christ. Mary has nothing to do with anything, and she is the one whom the present Pope Francis entrusted the “Holy Land” into.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5)
The Holy Spirit of truth showed me that I did not have to call upon Mary, or go through her to get to Jesus Christ. For years I prayed my Hail Mary prayers on my rosary beads, UNTIL I got saved, and the Spirit of truth brought me out. Luis Palau and Billy Graham ought to be rebuked by every “Holy Ghost filled” Pastor in North and South America, and every other true Pastor who comes in contact with them. The blood of countless martyrs who stood against Rome, is screaming out against Luis Palau and Billy Graham even as I write. That is how deception works, and the leaders of Christian churches throughout the world are responsible for what they tell their congregations, and they are responsible for warning them too!
What About Shimon Peres (Jewish) and Mahmoud Abbas (Muslim)
What about the other two who prayed with Pope Francis? Shimon Peres is the Jewish President of Israel, but he does not believe that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah). How does the Bible deal with that? How can we know whether or not Shimon Peres is serving the true God or not? Did Jesus Christ have anything to say about this? Yes he did, and he held nothing back either:
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (John 8:42-45)
Jesus Christ spoke those words to the Jewish religious leaders who believed what the Jewish religious leaders of today believe. They rejected Jesus as Messiah, and they made no bones about it either. Here is another passage of scripture which show you how the Jewish religious leaders felt about Jesus calling himself the Son of God!
And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. (John 5:16-18)
Jesus declared that he was sent from God, and if a person rejects that then they make God out to be a liar!
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (1 John 5:10-12)
The Jewish President does not believe that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), nor does he believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The Muslim President of Palestine does not even believe that God has a Son, but they believe Jesus to be one of God’s prophets. So what “god” were they praying to when the Roman Catholic Pope invited them to pray for peace? Was it the God of truth or were they praying to a false “god”?
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:10-12)