Here we go again, an interview with Pope Francis has caused another division in the Body of Christ. The article titled, “Pope Francis stirs debate yet again with interview with an atheist Italian journalist” quotes Pope Francis as saying this: “Each person must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them” and calling efforts to convert people to Christianity “solemn nonsense.” The following is an excerpt from the Washington Post. It describes what the So. Baptist Convention has to say, and I agree with them. Relativisim and Universalism are dangerous man made doctrines. Doctrines we were warned about by Jesus and the Apostles.
(Wash. Post) A top official with the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, took the unprecedented step of rebuking Francis, writing that the pope’s interview was “a theological wreck” and that Francis was dabbling dangerously in relativism.
“What these interviews seem continually to do is what evangelical theologian Carl Henry warned Protestants of in the 20th century, of severing the love of God from the holiness of God,” wrote the Rev. Russell Moore, a past dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and head of the convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. “We must speak with tenderness and gentleness, but with an authoritative word from God.”
According to the Church and to some philosophers, relativism, as a denial of absolute truth, leads to moral license and a denial of the possibility of sin and of God. Whether moral or epistemological, relativism constitutes a denial of the capacity of the human mind and reason to arrive at truth. Truth, according to Catholic theologians and philosophers (following Aristotle and Plato) consists of adequatio rei et intellectus, the correspondence of the mind and reality. Another way of putting it states that the mind has the same form as reality. This means when the form of the computer in front of someone (the type, color, shape, capacity, etc.) is also the form that is in their mind, then what they know is true because their mind corresponds to objective reality.
The denial of an absolute reference, of an axis mundi, denies God, who equates to Absolute Truth, according to these Christian philosophers. They link relativism to secularism, an obstruction of religion in human life[disambiguation needed].
Pope Leo XIII (1810–1903) was the first known Pope to use the word relativism in the encyclical Humanum Genus (1884). Leo XIII condemned Freemasonry and claimed that its philosophical and political system was largely based on relativism.
Wow! There are many shepherds of Christ Church that are leading the masses astray. Man’s doctrine is not God’s or Christ’s doctrine. It’s a different gospel. Now lets look at the definition of Universalism:
In Christianity, universal reconciliation is the doctrine that all sinful and alienated human souls—because of divine love and mercy—will ultimately be reconciled to God. Unitarian Universalism believes that religion is a universal human quality, emphasizing the universal principles of most religions and accepting other religions in an inclusive manner, believing in a universal reconciliation between humanity and the divine. Universalism has had a strong influence on modern Hinduism, in turn influencing western modern spirituality.
Well there you have it. Both are false doctrines, doctrines which many including the Pope are bent on taking the Gospel of Christ. This is the wide path that Jesus warned about. Matthew 7:13-15 ‘Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. ‘
This doctrine is a false doctrine, and dangerous to the Church, if it is to remain true to Christ, and the words of God. This all about love doctrine is indeed taking away from the Holiness and the authoritative word of God!
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