The Papacy of the Catholic Church has long held to the idea that they are successors of‘Peter’, and the Vicar of Christ. Even though Jesus made one statement in Matthew that clearlycontradicts this, He said: ‘Do not call anyone on earth Father, you have but one Father and He is inHeaven.’ They base their belief off of one passage where Jesus told Peter, ‘You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church.’There is much debate about this statement, and that is not my intent to go into this. I want to point out, that there is a huge campaign not just among the Catholic denomination, but other’s as well to change the meaning of Scripture. Especially where sin is defined, and as Paul said ‘The wages of sin is death.’ ‘But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.’ If we followed our conscience there would be no need to believe in Jesus, the Apostles or God. Jesus would not have had to die for our redemption.
The following is an excerpt from the Telegraph on the Popes remarks:
The Pope wrote: “The question for those who do not believe in God is to follow their own conscience. Sin, even for a non-believer, is when one goes against one’s conscience.
“To listen and to follow your conscience means that you understand the difference between good and evil.”
He said that the “mercy of God has no limits” and encompassed even non-believers, but his remarks failed to impress the Italian Union of Atheists and Agnostics.
“Why should a non-believer seek legitimisation from the Pope?” the association asked.
It dismissed what it called the pontiff’s “nice words” and said: “What interests non-believers is certainly not ‘forgiveness’ from an entity whose existence we do not trust.”
Now Peter is who they base their belief of Pope on, so lets look at what Peter say’s in 1 Peter 4. Peter was teaching about suffering for being a Christian. He tells us that we are blessed for our suffering, for it shows that the Spirit of God rests on us. Then he say’s this: ‘For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God’; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” He goes on to speak to the ‘Shepherds’ of the flock of God, and then warns to be ever vigilant for the ‘Devil roams the earth as a ravenous lion waiting to devour’. He tells us to resist him.
These are very trying times. The great falling away is here. It will get very, very confusing. Jesus gave a clue in Matthew when he told us ‘Many will come in my name, he was speaking of Antichrist’s. But he was warning us that we could not believe everyone who say’s they are from Christ. Jesus also said, ‘My sheep know my name and I know theirs.’ He warned us not to take the wide, easy path that leads to destruction, but to take the narrow path that few will find that leads to life.
There are numerous televangelists who are very popular and are so convincing and eloquent in the speech, just like the Pope, that if you weren’t paying attention you would not see that they have taken a right turn toward the wide easy path that leads to destruction. You can not affirm sin such as denying God, homosexuality , and murder and expect to be greeted with open arms at heaven’s gate! It won’t happen. Jesus didn’t say do good works, have a good conscience and all will be well. You can deny me, you can sin, just make sure you do it in good conscience. Conviction of the conscience is what draws us into repentance, it will not save!
I will end with Peter’s words:
‘To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.’
- Pope Francis tells atheists to ‘obey their conscience’ (religionnews.com)