These days the Pope makes it very clear just who he is, the Man of Sin (according to 2 Thessalonians 2:2-7), the man of lawlessness and the apostate organization that he sits as the head of, mystery Babylon, the mystery of iniquity (Revelation 17:4-6). While God has given clear evidences of the identity and insidious purposes and practices of the Papacy, many remain ignorant because of the image of love, mercy, inclusivity and brotherhood which the Pope has created for himself and the Catholic Church. While Pope Francis has clothed himself in a garb of sanctity, his very words, spoken in the open, show his hypocrisy and condemn him while revealing his true identity and what his purposes are. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” 2 Corinthians 11:14 and 15.
In Monday’s Mass (held April 11, 2016), Pope Francis states that “a heart that clings to the letter of the law is closed to the Holy Spirit and God’s truth…Such hardened hearts often were behind the persecution of innocent men and women seeking to follow God’s will.”1 The Pope’s assertions and statements made during the mass place God’s law at variance with His truth, when God’s law is truth and is righteousness according to Psalms 119:142 and Romans 2:20. He continues, “The history of the church ‘tells us of many people who were judged and killed, although they were innocent — judged according to the Word of God, against the Word of God…’ This incident shows how ‘the heart closed to God’s truth is only clinging to the truth of the law, of the letter,’ the pope said, ‘and finds no other way out than with lies, false testimony and death.”2
In his homily, Pope Francis continues to reiterate and give examples of those who were martyred for standing for God’s laws, the truth, who were condemned by God’s laws. This is a very dangerous and subtle lie, because it is clear from God’s word that Bible martyrs were not judged according to God’s laws, but rather the man-made laws and institutions that had absolutely no scriptural foundation (see Matthew 15:9), the same reason that the Protestant reformers were brutally tortured and massacred by the very entity that the Pope leads today. During the 1260 years of her reign, all those individuals who did not acknowledge the supreme authority of the Roman Catholic Church and follow her dogmas, were excommunicated, deemed heretics, subjected to the cruelest treatment, being made a sport to the enjoyment of onlookers, and brutally killed.
He also uses his speech as an opportunity to uplift the practice making confessionals—the confessing of sins and asking forgiveness of earthly priests, something that is clearly unbiblical according to 1 Timothy 2:5. Upholding Judas in a favorable light as one to be commended for his confession to the priests, he says “he is especially saddened when he reads St. Matthew’s account of Judas deeply regretting his betrayal of Jesus, and yet — seeking repentance — finds nothing but indifference and derision from the chief priests and elders. When Judas tries to give back the 30 pieces of silver he took from them to betray Jesus, the priests respond: ‘What is that to us? Look to it yourself.’ The pope said this reflects ‘a heart closed before this poor repentant man, who didn’t know what to do. And what do they do when Judas goes to hang himself? Do they talk and say, ‘Oh, poor man…’ The life of a man doesn’t matter to them, Judas’ repentance doesn’t matter to them,’ he said. ‘The only thing that matters to them is their framework of laws, many words and many things they built.”3
By praising Judas’ confession and repentance to the priests, Pope Francis is sending the message that all should follow this example. Jesus Christ, man’s only mediator is completely taken out of the picture. It should have been Jesus, not the priests that Judas sought repentance of. There is nowhere in the Bible that sanctions man confessing sins to another mortal man. What is ironic is that the Pope’s homily is condemning those who “kill in the name of God’s law” while he is upholding the traditions of Catholicism and demoting God’s law which was responsible for the horrible cruelties of the past committed by Popery.
It is no wonder that the Pope feels such sympathy and has so strong an affinity with Judas. The parallels between Judas and the Pope are undeniable. They are both referred to as the son of perdition in the Bible (John 17:12, and 2 Thessalonians 2:3). They both present themselves as having great concern for the wellbeing of the poor, while concealing their greed (John 12:4-6). And most striking is their betrayal, denial of Jesus as the Savior, the only Mediator, the only way to salvation.
The persecution in the “name of the law” that Pope Francis verbally decries is the very persecution that soils the history of the Papacy, and will be rekindled again when her laws become the laws of the land, and the small company of God’s faithful people refuse to comply.
“God’s word has given warning of the impending danger; let this be unheeded, and the Protestant world will learn what the purposes of Rome really are, only when it is too late to escape the snare. She is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men. She is piling up her lofty and massive structures in the secret recesses of which her former persecutions will be repeated. Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike. All that she desires is vantage ground, and this is already being given her. We shall soon see and shall feel what the purpose of the Roman element is. Whoever shall believe and obey the word of God will thereby incur reproach and persecution.”4
4. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 581