I read this article and was rather taken aback, but not so surprised.
John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
In this video the Pope says that the “only way” to connect with God is through the church. And that a personal relationship with Jesus is wrong. Which is incorrect. To have a personal relationship with Jesus wherever you are is Bible Scripture truth!
Here is what he said:
“There is no “do-it-yourself” in the church, no “freelancers.” How many times did we hear Pope Benedict Describe the church as a “we” church? Sometime you may hear someone say, “I believe in God, In Jesus, but the church… I don’t care.” How many times have we heard this? This is wrong. There are those who believe you can have a personal, direct and immediate relationship with Jesus Christ outside the communion and mediation of the church. These temptations are dangerous and harmful. They are, in the words of the great Pope Paul VI, “absurd dichotomies.” It’s true that journeying together is challenging, and sometimes it can be tiring: it may be that some brother or sister (in the church) makes us face a problem, or scandalizes us. But the Lord entrusted his message of salvation to humans, all of us, as witnesses; and in our brothers and sisters, with their gifts and limits, who come to us and make themselves known. This means belonging to the church…”
I don’t know about you, but I was taught that there is but one mediator between us and God…and that is Jesus the Christ! Not any of the Angels, nor the saints, nor even Mary (the Virgin). The bible is quite specific that Jesus is the only way to the Father:
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” ~John 14:6
No one can lead us to God except His Son! No one…not even the pope, or priest, or bishop, or pastor, etc. God grants us the Spirit that illuminates and highlights and piques our interest and desire to follow our Creator! It is only that Spirit of God that will push us onward to following Jesus.
“And those who stood by said, “Do you revile God’s high priest?” Then Paul said, “I did not know, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’”” ~Acts 23:4-5
““You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.” ~Exodus 22:28
Of course, these were the other scriptures that came to mind when I read this article. Now, I do not see the Pope as the leader of the Christian people, but rather as the head or leader of the followers of Catholicism. However, the Church is the focal point here on earth of the Christian people, and because there are so many different variations of the Christian Faith and hence a multitude of different leaders. Therefore, the only thing that remains constant is the actual church…not the brick and mortar building, but the people.
But, on the other hand, were we not also told to question and test every Spirit? Which also means that we should question even those who are our leadership when they have overstepped their boundaries with respect to the tenets of the bible which they are purportedly teaching us.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” ~1 John 4:1-3
Even though people in leadership positions are teaching something, does not mean that what they are teaching is right and proper according to the scriptures, eh? Does this not mean we are to test those teachings? Testing those tenets? It is our job to ensure we stay on the straight and narrow path! It is also our job to ensure we follow God’s word, not the Church leadership’s teachings, not the church’s doctrine, and not just take something as the Gospel truth without checking or testing it!
We all have a job to do, we as leaders within our homes must ensure that our spouses and children are learning what is right. We have that obligation and mandate of God!
May God Richly Bless You ALL!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD