OK, somebody needs to rush some Bibles to the Vatican ASAP! Pope Francis has spoken again….and it’s really not that pretty. This is the same guy that seemed to open the door to heaven for ‘good’ atheists, called for world government – (that will be the purview of the Antichrist and the False Prophets), held Islamic prayers in the Vatican and declared a personal relationship with Christ to be a “temptation” that is “harmful and dangerous.” In a New Year’s message, Francis declared everyone who worshipped any god – to be children of God. That is biblically nonsensical. We are all God’s creation, made in His image. But there’s a qualification for becoming a child of God. John 1:12-13: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” So now here’s the latest. Pope Francis was speaking with a man, we’ll call him Juan Carlos Cruz – (‘cause that’s his name) – about the fact that Cruz had been sexually abused by a Chilean bishop. During the course of their talk, it came up that Cruz was a homosexual. According to Cruz, the Pope answered: “That you are gay does not matter. God made you like that and He loves you like that.” The Vatican has not disputed this account. Regarding homosexuality, back in 2013 Pope Francis said: “Who am I to judge?” The Daily Mail / Reuters account remarked that this, “if accurate, would mark an historic shift in attitudes toward homosexuality within the Catholic church.”[i] But you know, that really doesn’t matter – because scripture doesn’t change. And scripture is quite clear on the matter.
Leviticus 18:22: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” Not fond of the Old Testament? Here’s Romans 1:26-28. “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.” Doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot open to interpretation there! As the uber-Catholic Pat Buchanan argues, the Pope’s position “implies that what Catholics regarded for centuries as moral truth was wrong or that moral truth has evolved and must be made to conform to modernity.” The normalization of homosexuality really began its charge when a lobbying campaign finally forced the American Psychiatric Association to take it off the list of mental disorders in 1973.[ii] Up until then the APA was fully in line with the historical beliefs of Western culture – as well as the inspired word of God. But I guess politics has a way of changing things. Even truth….or at least the perception thereof!
[i] ‘That you are gay does not matter’, Daily Mail / Reuters, May 21, 2018
[ii] Pat Buchanan, Can a Pope Change Moral Truth?, May 22, 2018