Pope Francis Erroneously Disses Personal Faith Apart From Catholicism

Based upon recent disturbing comments by the Catholic Church’s current leader, St. Paul could not have possessed salvation apart from Catholicism. Neither can anyone possess saving faith apart from the Catholic Church — so the misconception and false teaching.

The pope’s reported remarks were very disconcerting; not only because they were anti-Scriptural, but because they are illogical. Pope Francis processed an “either or or” proposition [argument]; and, in so doing, ruled out Christianity’s basic and foremost tenet, that the saving of one’s soul [“salvation”] is initiated by the Triune God’s free unmerited favor:

The Bible makes it unmistakably clear. Priceless souls come to faith by the true God's grace, through personal faith. Nowhere in the Scriptures does it say that the Catholic Church is the dispenser of grace and faith. [Ephesians 2:8-10]

The Bible makes it unmistakably clear. Priceless souls come to faith by the true God’s boundless grace, through personal faith. Nowhere in the Scriptures does it say that the Catholic Church is the dispenser of grace and faith. [Ephesians 2:8-9] An institution cannot take the place of God. It cannot take the place of the divine means which sow saving faith within the human heart. N.T. Romans 10:17

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:8-10 – KJV

This Moralmatters Christian emeritus pastor [author] is not surprised that pope Francis has parroted the traditional [and erroneous] Catholic teaching that priceless souls must come by way of the Catholic Church in order to enter into heaven’s blessedness. That damnable doctrine (and various forms of it) deny Creator God’s unlimited grace and God, the Holy Spirit’s work of regeneration [conversion] which brings a soul to personal faith in Christ – not the “Catholic Church,” or any other made-made religious structure or institution.

Please note the 3 minute youtube [linked below] and the Catholic News Service linked article following it. Also take note of the related links from The Christian Message website:

Anti Christ! Pope Francis Says ‘Personal Relationship With Jesus is Dangerous’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB4zdEDljPo&index=8&list=UUFjOi1ZpZVErr8EYxg8t1dQ


Related Informational Links:

Church is essential for faith; there are no ‘free agents,’ pope says – by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service |   Jun. 25, 2014 – ncronline.org


It is interesting to note that Christ told His disciple Peter that Peter did not come to faith on his own or by some church structure. When Peter gave his confession of Christ, the Lord Jesus emphatically stated: "......for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven....."[Matthew 16:13-17]

It is interesting to note that Christ told His disciple Peter that Peter did not come to faith by his own merits or by some church structure. When Peter spoke his profession of Christ, the Lord Jesus emphatically stated: “……for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven…..” [Matthew 16:13-17] Other Scriptures emphasize the divine source of faith – not a human institution such as Catholicism.

Christians are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the church, Pope Francis said.

At his weekly general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his series of audience talks about the church, telling an estimated 33,000 people that there is no such thing as “do-it-yourself” Christians or “free agents” when it comes to faith…..

……Pope Francis described as “dangerous” the temptation to believe that one can have “a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ without communion with and the mediation of the church.”

Obviously, he said, it is not always easy to walk the path of faith with other people. “Sometimes it’s tiring. It can happen that a brother or sister creates problems for us or scandalizes us, but the Lord entrusted his message of salvation to human beings, to us, to witnesses,” he said.

“It is through our brothers and sisters with their gifts and their limits,” the pope said, “that he comes to us and makes himself known. This is what belonging to the church means. Remember: Being Christian means belonging to the church. If your first name is Christian, your last name is Member of the Church.

At the end of his talk, the pope asked people to join him in praying that they would never “give into the temptation of thinking you can do without others, without the church, that you can save yourself, of thinking you can be a laboratory Christian.”……. – http://ncronline.org/blogs/francis-chronicles/church-essential-faith-there-are-no-free-agents-pope-says

Related informational links from The Christian Message:


Posted by:

Pastor emeritus Nathan M. Bickel




Note source of featured pic toward the upper left the the article:


Pope Francis celebrates the Easter mass on March 31, 2013 at the Vatican. Pope Francis prepared to lead his first Easter Sunday celebrations with tens of thousands of people expected in St Peter’s Square for a mass marking the holiest day in the Christian calendar. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI,ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)


13 thoughts on “Pope Francis Erroneously Disses Personal Faith Apart From Catholicism

  1. Douglas says:

    The Catholic church is irrelevant in the extreme. It has its feet still firmly planted in the medieval Middle Ages….pathetic really.

    1. Douglas –

      To certain political degrees I would have to agree with you. For instance, the Catholic Church in our day and age is not engaged in burning people at the stake as such was the fate of the 13th Century, Christian, John Hus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Hus

      In the spiritual realm though, the Catholic Church is very relevant. Its sad and pathetic relevance is that it foments erroneous doctrines [teachings] contrary to the divine revelation of Scripture. I ask myself:

      “How many priceless souls have and will be damned [in hell] for eternity because they heeded Catholicism’s damnable teaching about purgatory? How many priceless souls will there be (in the final) ‘hereafter count’
      who embraced the false teaching of purgatory, took it seriously and as a result attempted to redeem their own sinful souls, rather than embracing [firmly believing] in the 100% sin sacrifice by the Savior Christ?”

  2. K. Williams says:

    I believe Pope Francis misread the Scripture in Matthew 7:13 & 14. He may believe that the Catholic Church us “the straight gate “about which Jesus speaks in those two verses.

    But in the next verse (Matthew 7:15), Jesus tells us, “Beware of false prophets” (like Pope Francis).

    Matthew 7:13, 14 & 15

    13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

    14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

    15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    1. K. Williams –

      I would have to agree with you that pope Francis is a false prophet. Certainly his teaching is not Biblical and consistent with the whole of Holy Scripture.

      However, I do realize that even though the papacy is part and parcel of the Roman Catholic Church, the two are distinct. And, I do realize that I’ve witnessed some wonderful Christian faith by some Catholics who I was privileged to minister to in hospice and hospital settings as hospice volunteer and hospital volunteer chaplain.

      One enormous danger of the papacy is that it was erroneously derived from a misinterpretation of Scripture. Also, the papacy makes itself the last word and ends up dissing the Word of God and the Holy Spirit who brings a soul to faith through that written and spoken Scripture Word.

      1. Douglas says:

        When it comes to religions I have learned one important thing in my life. Religion is merely a thin veneer overlay…usually an accident of your birth. Basically all humans are the same…especially if you check their blood. I looked at various people’s blood under a high powered microscope….I could not tell a Catholic from a Buddhist, from a New Yorker..

  3. Douglas –

    Here, following are some informational links that help substantiate my comment. Three are about “purgatory.” And the rest are on different subjects related to erroneous Catholic Church teaching:





    Does Purgatory Deny the Sufficiency of Christ’s Sacrifice?


    Other interesting links:

    Is Peter supreme among the Apostles?


    Who is the true Vicar of Christ? – The Roman Catholic Pope or the Holy Spirit?


  4. Joe says:

    The Catholic Church has the same position on this that it has had since the beginning. Breaking with this as the Protestants have done was just a wedge to tear people from the Church. It exists today in it’s worst and by far most bastardized form which is essentially the view that everyone has their own relationship with God. Whatever thought that one brewed up in their mind is what God thinks. This country is weakening because of the softness of modern Christianity. Our self-loathing and guilt will be our own destruction. We have swaths of people in this country which are almost exclusively a criminal classes and living on theft, welfare and violence because we cannot say anything about it because it is “Mean or racist.” Or that we have an obligation to feed, clothe and educate the world because they are poor. To hell with that!

    I didn’t want to get too far off tangent but it has been accepted as Church tradition since the beginning that the apostles were the founders of the Catholic Church. As long as it has been officially recognized as a specific church.

    No one even disputed this until relatively recently in Christian tradition until they realized they had to claim an apostle to gain street credit. Then all of these other strange morphing of the Catholic Church continued from outright maniacs, to snake handlers, barbarians, and sluts.

    You can take Benny Hinn and Tammy Faye Bakker. I will take the Holy Father. The successor to Jesus Christ and the designated leader of his church in an unbroken line of succession.

    1. joe –

      Thank you for your comment. I can understand your frustration regarding the people you highlight in your last paragraph block; but, I cannot accept as you that the Catholic Church’s papacy is the “succession” to the Lord Jesus Christ. Nowhere in the historical Gospel record or New Testament record is there a designation as such. Christ (though) did tell His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit to commandeer them [and us]. Apparently Catholicism has overlooked that and contrived the papacy to attempt to take command.

      1. Douglas says:

        Jesus sent his Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth and that is what I rely on as a teacher. There is none better.

        Why? The Holy Spirit is the actual personality of Jesus. How much better can you get than that, eh?

        Pentecostal? You bet I am.

        1. Douglas –


          1. Joe says:

            The spirit? Are you sure it’s not indigestion? Psychosis? The devil? Mental illness? Your own imagination? Or your lack of one? Millions of people claim this talent to channel a holy spirit… And millions of people say conflicting things.

          2. Joe –

            There is a huge difference between “spirit” and what Christ foretold of the on-coming “Holy Spirit” as He instructed His disciples and helped to prepare them after His cruxifiction and resurrection from the dead.

            Please read the later chapters of the Gospel of John – speciifically, John 15 and 16 where Christ introduces the Holy Spirit – The “Spirit of Truth” to them.

            Furthermore, the Scripture teaches that it is the Holy Spirit who regenerates the unregenerate sinful human heart to believe and to repent. A couple of those Biblical passages are:

            “Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 12:3 – NKJV

            “….not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,…..” – Titus 3:5 – NKJV

            Please note that saving faith is not credited to any pope or the sanction of Catholicism.

            Finally, please note the following Scripture divinely inspired and humanly written by St. Paul:

            “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

            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 8:5-9 – KJV

            Please again note the supreme importance of The Spirit – The Holy Spirit – The “Spirit of Truth” as Christ proclaimed Him to be!

            that last Romans 8:9 verse in the New King James Version:

            “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” – Romans 8:9 – NKJV


          3. Douglas says:

            Its a waste of time and effort to debate someone like ”Joe”.. His snarky comments add nothing to this discussion.

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