A Moralmatters Reader offers his comments about Pope Francis and the forgiveness of sins:
The Magnanimous and “HOLY” Pope Francis, the so-called head of the Catholic denomination, will now permit Catholic priests to forgive women who have had abortions.
It is clear that this mocker Pope does not understand the New Testament of the Bible and that he has no idea about forgiveness. He seems to be relying on the ignorance of the masses when he makes his blasphemous statements to the media.
This statement alone should put us all on notice as to what Bergoglio’s REAL agenda will be when he comes to the United States, later this month, to hold court in a Joint Session of the US Congress, and the next day, at the United Nations General Assembly.
Forgiveness, as it is documented (clearly) in the Bible:
“If we confess our sins, He [the LORD] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
Evangelist Franklin Graham, the son of the well-know Evangelist Billy Graham, uses two examples of sin when he gives his altar call: 1) homosexuality and 2) abortion. As he calls on people to receive the LORD, Franklin Graham gives these well-understood sins as examples of the types of sins the LORD will forgive and forget. Many people feel the LORD will never forgive such sins, but Franklin Graham tells them they can confess those sins, repent of them, and call on the Name of the LORD to receive His grace and His forgiveness.
NO Popes, NO Priests, NO cult leaders, and certainly NO mere mortals have any measure of power to forgive and forget our sins.
” ….. there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
It is sad that many church attendees don’t understand that genuine forgiveness from Savior Christ entails genuine contrite confession of sins – on (their) part! The aforementioned Moralmatters Reader is correct in his understanding. 1 John 1:9 is an integral (principle) Scripture in understanding other Scriptures about forgiveness of sins. Without genuine confession of sins there can be no divine forgiveness. And without divine forgiveness there can be no abundant life and eternal life.
But then it must be stated that there is no Biblical injunction against Lord God’s People confessing their sins to one another, whether it be to another Christian or to a pastor or priest – James 5:13 – NKJV
When this Christian emeritus pastor distributed “The Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood,” he announced the Grace of God to the recipients. He then proceeded (in the stead and by the command of the Lord Jesus) with the pronouncement of that divine forgiveness of sins to those who confessed their sins and made profession of their faith in Christ’s Words, upon receiving the human elements of bread and wine. I pronounced Lord God’s forgiveness upon the professing contrite and believing souls who professed their faith in Christ’s Words, “given and shed for you for the remission of sins.” I only acted as Christ’s priestly representative and conveyed the divine forgiveness that is promised in the Holy Communion Sacrament to those who confessed.
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Also related to the above. Please note that this author takes no pleasure in pointing out where the current Catholic Church pope, falls short. Not all popes have been “good” popes. Some (as history relates) have been “bad” popes:
- Pope Francis Erroneously Disses Personal Faith Apart From Catholicism – moralmatters.org
- Pope Disregards And Disrespects Holy Scripture’s Documentation – moralmatters.org
- 10 Worst Popes of all time – oddee.com
“A thinking person will question what he hears; examine what he sees; and evaluate what others would have him believe.”
“When did big government and its mainstream media tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?”
[Pastor emeritus Nathan M. Bickel]
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