False Doctrines and Traditionalism
6 He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: 'This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' 8 "For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men--the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do." 9 He said to them, "All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
The true Church will be raptured out of this place and I am looking forward to that day. But there will be a church in the tribulation period that is apostate. They will have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. I believe a Pope will lead this ecumenical apostate church.
I have no problem calling Pope Francis a heretic because that is exactly what he is. Who in the Catholic Church appoints these so called successors to the apostles? Nowhere in the Scriptures will you find that doctrine. When the last Apostle died, that was the last of the inspired Apostles. Purgatory is not in the Scriptures but it's taught in the Catholic Church. Peter was married but they say he wasn't. They preach that Mary remained a virgin even after the birth of Christ but the Scriptures teach that she had other children. There is so much more but the most damning doctrine is the Pope's word has as much authority as the Word of God. Those false doctrines and many more came from the Popes. Pope Francis came to America and everyone is so excited. What does all of this pandering to the Roman Catholic Popes have to do with the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ? Absolutely NOTHING! Especially this one who happens to be a full blown liberal socialist bathed in Marxism.
Someone asked the question if I thought the Pope was the antichrist. No, he is not the antichrist! The end of the world or tribulation period will involve Satan acting through two key figures, both the Antichrist and the False Prophet. The Antichrist will be a political leader, described in the Book of Revelation as “the Beast.” He will poison the minds of his followers with half-truths, false love, and, above all else, sheer charisma. Most importantly, he will gain much of his power and influence by being endorsed by the False Prophet, a mighty religious leader with wicked and goals.
Pope Francis could be the false prophet but even if he is not, I believe the False Prophet will be a pope of the Roman Catholic Church. His true mission will be to convince his followers that the Antichrist is a man deserving of respect and admiration. He will use his position as a religious figurehead to shepherd his flock into accepting the Antichrist in his mission of establishing a rebirth of the Holy Roman Empire.
Pope Francis is not Holy Father. He may think he is but there is only one person who deserves the title of “Holy Father” and he is sitting on a throne in Heaven, not on a throne over in the Vatican. Catholics say that Peter was the “first Pope” of the Roman Catholic Church, but when you study the scriptures you will find that Peter was just another Christian who refused and disdained the praise which came from man. If Peter were to walk through St Peter’s Square, and visit the Vatican in Rome he would be appalled by all of the gaudy idolatry and man-made traditions of the Catholic Church. If you study the scriptures you can get the true picture of Peter fairly easily. In the book of Acts Peter rebuked a man who fell down on the floor to worship him, because he knew that he was merely a redeemed sinner, who was saved by the mercy and grace of God.
And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and WORSHIPPED HIM. But Peter took him up, saying, STAND UP; I myself also am a man. (Acts 10:25-26)
Peter would NOT put up with such idolatry, and he let Cornelius know right away. Look back to the past centuries right up to today, and you will see people bowing down like little puppy dogs before the Catholic Popes, kissing their rings, and paying homage to them wherever they may go. This is not something new, it's been going on for centuries. The Catholic Popes, including Pope Francis, are often referred to as the “Holy Father” or “His Holiness” when the true Christian knows that those titles are reserved only for God himself. The apostle Peter walked side by side with the Lord Jesus Christ, so he would have heard, and known the instruction which the Lord gave addressing any man as Father!
And call NO MAN your FATHER upon the earth: for ONE is your FATHER, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for ONE is your MASTER, even CHRIST. (Matthew 23:9-10)
Roman Catholics are taught to address their local parish priest as “Father” from the time they are a small child. They will continue to address their Catholic priests as Father until the day they die, unless of course they get saved, and are delivered out from that deceptive system. This whole idea of multitudes of people bowing their knee to a man, and calling him “Holy Father” or “His Holiness” is demonic in origin, and rotten to the very core. People by the millions have been ensnared over the centuries, because they are worshiping and following a man, and not the Lord.
An x catholic priest told me that tradition, the oral word of the pope and the Written Word of God are on the same level. That is blasphemy! Do not be deceived by this counterfeit religion that has been around since 312 AD when Constantine the great brought a form of Christianity and paganism together. Last of all, to all my Catholic friends, "Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful." God Bless!