In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
2 Corinthians 13:5
Your works will never get you to heaven, no matter how many you do, because you owe an eternal penalty, and you can’t work off an eternal penalty because it literally takes forever. I hopes of keeping the world under the thumb of the “Holy See,” the popes are working very hard toward an ecumenical (universal) one-world religious church (the woman), riding atop a one-world religious government (the beast).
Pope John Paul II, in order to accomplish this ecumenical church, is pushing a false “universalist” concept, which teaches that all men will be saved and in heaven eventually.
“The Church’s universal mission is born of faith in Jesus Christ… For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven… Each one is included in the mystery of the redemption and with each one Christ has united himself forever through this mystery… It is necessary to keep these two truths together, namely, the real possibility of salvation in Christ for all mankind and the necessity of the Church for salvation… Newness of life in him is the ‘Good News’ for men and women of every age: all are called to it and destined for it.”
-John Paul II, quoted by William H. Willimon, Who Will Be Saved?, Abingdon Press, 2008, ISBN: 9780687651191
This is a big contradiction to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and can be demonstrated in many verses. Here are just a couple:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
In order to push this universalist agenda, John Paul II has attempted to soften the idea of hell, and has taught others they must not present hell in a way that causes any concern:
“Eternal damnation remains a real possibility, but we are not granted, without special divine revelation, the knowledge of whether or which human beings are effectively involved in it. The thought of hell… must not create anxiety or despair,”
-Pope John Paul II, Speech given to a general audience, July 28, 1999; See also The Pope Speaks, Our Sunday Visitor Inc, 2000, Vol 45, p. 36; See also Jack Mulder, Kierkegaard and the Catholic Tradition: Conflict and Dialogue, Indiana University Press, 2010, p. 248-249, ISBN: 9780253222367
A spoon-full of sugar makes it taste better, doesn’t it? A child would not normally get into a stranger’s van, but when he has candy, it takes away the threat of the situation.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
We are all destined to burn in hell for eternity because of our sins, OR, Jesus Christ can pay the penalty for us, and bring us to heaven to be with God the Father. However, the Catholic Church, via the pope, is teaching that all can come to Christ by different works-based methods, which is preventing those would seek the truth from finding it, and is preventing those would know the truth of Christ from being saved.
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
-2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
I have no clue who the final antichrist will be, and there are thousands of authors over the past century who have claimed they know who it is, but I contend that until we see Solomon’s temple construction, we will not know for sure. 1 John 2:18 tells us there will be many antichrists before the final one, and most authors ignore that fact. (i.e. The popes have all been antichrists.) However, it is interesting to note that the final antichrist (son of perdition) will claim to be God, just as the popes have done.
“The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth.”
-Pope Pius V, quoted in Barclay, Chapter XXVII, p. 218, “Cities Petrus Bertanous.”
The pope is declaring himself (first from Constantine in 326 AD, to today) to be the “Vicar of Christ.” As we stated earlier, in Latin, the Catholics call him Vicarius Christi, but in Greek in means “Antichrist:”
“But in process of time, by a strange perversion of the original meaning of the word, Vicarius, came to be understood by the adulators of the See of Rome, in the opposite sense of a ‘vicegerent’ or ‘deputy.’ And thus, by an ominous fatality, the title Vicar of Christ, most unwittingly, and in disgrace of the boasted infallibility of the Roman Pontiffs, became the exact rendering of the obnoxious term [*greek spelling*]’Antichrist:'” [The book goes on to break down the Greek composition.]
-The Antijacobin Review and Magazine, Vol. 27, Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster-Row, 1807, p. 511
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
The rejection of the concepts I’ve brought to light here are not remitted due to any logical merit, but rather they’re rejected because it seems impossible that this many people could be deceived. This is common in many areas of Biblical truth, as many people are not prepared to hear how many well-intentioned people could be deceived, but as I always tell people, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, andSatan, which deceiveth the whole world:
The Bible tells us that in the last days, Satan will deceive the entire world. In light of this Scriptural evidence, we can see a clearer interpretation of Christ’s teaching:
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
|When Christ tells us to beware of false prophets, I don’t think we take it literally enough. When he says they will “come to you in sheep’s clothing,” that means they will come to us with all manner of kindness and charity. They will seem to be morally correct. They will seem to have the Salvation of Christ in their hearts. Even though the Pharisees seemed morally correct and seemed to love the Lord, Christ still scolded them because they had a form of godliness, but they denied Jesus Christ.
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
The Pharisees were probably kind and giving men who did their best to be morally virtuous, but their hearts were far from the Gospel. When Christ pointed out their error, they began to despise him, and likewise, when I point out the error of the Catholics, they begin to despise me, but I love them enough to tell them the truth.
As a Catholic, take some time to ponder the following verses:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
There can be only one truth. There can’t be multiple truths. Somebody’s wrong. Our very souls are at stake in this battle for the truth, and this subject should be handled with the upmost seriousness. We had better be ABSOLUTELY certain we know the truth, and certainty cannot come from thoughts of men.
And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. Andhereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
-1 John 3:24
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Ignorance is understandable, but willful ignorance is not. The Lord Jesus Christ will not hold you accountable for what you don’t know, but He will hold you accountable for what you refuse to learn.