The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) remains today as the direct line of descent of the Christian church established by Jesus Christ through his disciple, Peter:
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.Matthew 16:18, KJV
Certainly the RCC has been through many turmoils with episodes of corruption and apostasy reaching up to and including the papacy. Yet despite decline, scandals, corruption and heresy in the modern era, the church remains, waiting to be reborn.
Today, however, the RCC faces a most serious heresy embracing the current thinking in the Holy See (the Vatican). It starts at the top with Jorge Mario Bergoglio, otherwise known as Pope Francis. It is contained in the message to be delivered by Bergoglio titled “MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 56th WORLD DAY OF PEACE 1 JANUARY 2023“. Underneath this is the problematic subtitle “No one can be saved alone.”
Salvation As A Solitary Act
A true Christian knows that there is one and only one way into the kingdom of God (Heaven) and that is by salvation through Jesus Christ:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.John 14:6 KJV
Jesus tells us the way to salvation is simply to invite him into our heart with true sincerity:
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.Revelation 3:20 KJV
This is the state sometimes referred to as being ‘born again’ (John 3:3-5). There are many texts in the New Testament that explain in more detail what is expected of a person in this state of grace which I won’t try and cover here. The point I wish to make is that salvation is a transaction between a solitary person alone and Jesus Christ. It has to be done by the individual. Jesus did not offer a discount for people to be saved in groups.
Enter ye in at the strait [“narrow” in the New Oxford Annotated Bible] gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits.Matthew 7:13-16, KJV
Let the reader understand the warning of “false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing”.
The Communist Ideal of Fraternity and Solidarity
The broader theme of the message is fraternity centralized under a global authority:
… the need for everyone, including peoples and nations, to restore the word “together” [‘Build Back Better‘ in the parlance of the WEF with which the Vatican is associated] to a central place. For it is together, in fraternity and solidarity, that we build peace, ensure justice and emerge from the greatest disasters. Indeed, the most effective responses to the pandemic came from social groups, public and private institutions, and international organizations that put aside their particular interests and joined forces to meet the challenges. Only the peace that comes from a fraternal and disinterested love can help us overcome personal, societal and global crises.MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 56th WORLD DAY OF PEACE 1 JANUARY 2023, section 3.
There are many statements around the pandemic which are certainly false or at least open to chalenge. I won’t go into them here because they are extraneous to the point that I am making.
On rereading this it struck me to ask what even is “disinterested love” other than a political or philosophical abstraction apart from the human being from whom love can only come?
The idea in the subtitle that “No one can be saved alone” is expanded in section 3 of the message as:
That our greatest and yet most fragile treasure is our shared humanity as brothers andIbid, section 3.
sisters, children of God. And that none of us can be saved alone. Consequently, we urgently need to join together in seeking and promoting the universal values that can guide the growth of this human fraternity.
This is the fundamental error, that our salvation is through universal values expressed in human fraternity. Our greatest treasure is not our “shared humanity” but salvation through Jesus Christ, offering an eternal place in the kingdom of heaven.
The theme of fraternity is reflected in the notion of a “common good”.
… instead, we must think in terms of the common good, recognizing that we belong to aIbid, section 5.
greater community, and opening our minds and hearts to universal human fraternity
The notion of a “common good” does not appear in the KJV and appears once in 1 Corinthians 12:7 ESV: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” This is not a collectivist notion but that of the use of a gift to benefit all. If it does not appear in the bible it certainly appears in the literature of socialism if you do an internet search on the terms. It also appears in modern Vatican thinking such as the papal encyclical “Laudato Si’” which references it 30 times.
I have touched on Bergoglio’s exposure to socialist, communist, and Jesuit thinking in my web page The Catholic Church. It is consistent with his alignment with the WEF whose agenda is a global technocratic communistic government under the UN.
I have shown that salvation in the Christian context is achieved by the individual alone through Jresus Christ who speaks to individuals and not governments. The notion of some idealistic form of brotherhood as the only way to salvation is not only wrong but a great heresy for Bergoglio and the Holy See to promote.
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