In his weekly address this week in St. Peter’s Square to an audience of thousands, Pope Francis stated several times that the Roman Catholic Church is symbolic of the Virgin Mary and the Church is therefore a mother “who gives us life in Christ and, in the communion of the Holy Spirit, brings us into a common life with our brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis went on to say the Virgin Mary’s “motherhood continues through the Church, who brings forth sons and daughters through baptism, whom she nourishes through the Word of God. The birth of Jesus in the womb of Mary as firstborn of many brothers is a prelude of the new life that Christians receive in baptism.”
As if that isn’t heretical enough, he continued by claiming the RCC “nurtures us throughout life by illuminating our path with the light of the Gospel and by sustaining us with the [seven] Sacraments, especially the Eucharist.”
His words are in diametrical opposition to the false bill of goods told to Pentecostals earlier this year by the late Bishop Tony Palmer (who sadly lied then died in a horrific motorcycle accident) and Kenneth Copeland as seen in the videos below. They proudly proclaimed the “Protest” is over since the RCC has renounced salvation by works to embrace salvation by faith alone. Pope Francis’ words above prove this isn’t true.
The Bible plainly states that baptism is “not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,” (1 Peter 3:21). Under what circumstances are we to be baptized? “…the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water … and he baptized him,” (Acts 8:36-38). Confessing belief (the sign of salvation) must precede baptism.
How are we saved? Not through Mary or the RCC, “[f]or 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,” (Ephesians 2:8-9). How do we become sons and daughters? “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God,” (John 1:12-13).
How are we sustained? We “are kept [sustained] by the power of God through faith unto salvation…” (1 Peter 1:5). “…the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil,” (2 Thessalonians 3:3) when we continue to focus our faith on him resulting in works. Works such as Sacraments don’t sustain us in our faith. I pray that many who are blindly devoted to this “mother” will come out from among them and be separate.
Pope Francis Commits Blasphemy As He Says We Become Christians Through Mary, Now The End Begins blog, September 3, 2014.
Elise Harris, Pope Francis: the Church is a mother who guides her children, Catholic News Agency, September 3, 2014.