“And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and produce no fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus… and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.”
There are those that have suggested that what the Pope said might have been taken out of context, or perhaps he meant something different.
We cannot argue the context, we can only argue a possible translation error. However, the Vatican confirms the translation. So, now we are left with an ambiguous game of semantics. I stand firm on the fact that the POPE suggested that Jesus failed at the cross. Even the cane or staff that the Pope uses during his ceremonies is defeating! Everything always shows the DEATH OF JESUS’ rather than the GLORY of the RISEN SAVIOR. This to me, bears much witness to his statement that JESUS was defeated at the cross.
God wanted us to FOCUS ON THE RESURRECTION, the meaning of LIFE through JESUS. So the carrying around of JESUS dead on a cross, is defeating that message! Another failure of the Catholic “CHURCH”!
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. – Romans 8:34 (KJV).
Regardless of what Mr. Francis MEANT, did not mean, Pope Francis said, “JESUS FAILED AT THE CROSS.” A disturbing sentence, even with explanation.
Some have argued that he meant it within the context of 1 Corinthians 2:8: “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.“ So, if that is what the POPE meant, then one would be looking for him to QUOTE this verse, and the POPE did not mention this verse, at all! So offering this as an excuse is stretching the facts. The fact also that the POPE takes away the deity of Christ, by referring to him as a MAN! JESUS IS GOD. He came as man to overcome satan. JESUS WAS A MAN is different than saying JESUS IS A MAN! That is another point that bears even more witness to his deception.
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:2 (KJV).
Let us be clear: there was no failure on JESUS’ part, but on MAN’s part. Jesus even explained the unbelief of the Jews before he was crucified:
22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.30 I and my Father are one. –John 10:22-30 (KJV).
Scripture further tells us that the unbelievers hearts were hardened and they were ignorant to the voice of God (Ephesians 4:18). None of these verses say, JESUS failed, or JESUS did not know how to reach them! It was man who failed to recognize JESUS, it was MAN who hardened their hearts, and it was MAN who was ignorant. And we are told what God thinks of that ignorance:
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: -Acts 17:30 (KJV).
We have to understand that DECEPTIONS are subtle, some so subtle that many miss the deception. We must have the spirit of discernment!
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: -Ephesians 1:17 (KJV).
False prophets are not always easily recognized, but looking at all the evidence mounting, there is plenty of other things that cast POPE FRANCIS into the heretic pile, and he could very well be the FALSE PROPHET spoken of in Revelation 13:11-15, 16:13, 19:20, and 20:10.
Even more troublesome is the deceptive message that Pope Francis delivered before congress. His ambiguous speech, laden with veneers of peace, was nothing more than a message of socialism, Marxism, and dictatorship.
Aside from that, let us consider the following also:
The fact that POPE FRANCIS DID NOT EVEN OPEN WITH PRAYER at the congressional address should wave a HUGE RED FLAG TO all! Even the Wiccan Witch invited to the Iowa House of Representatives invoked a prayer before the meeting began! and remember the AMAN of the Islamic Society that caused such a stir? WHY? because he was allowed to open the meeting at the House of Representatives with a prayer to allah! ALARMS ARE GOING OFF!!!!
Pope Francis’ CLIMATE CHANGE stance, blaming man for the woes of earth, is not only ignorant, but HERESY! God told us the earth is dying and wearing old like a garment. Yet the Pope insisted that man was to blame. He even called for punishment of men who destroy the earth. This would be acceptable for oil and nuclear spills, but he was talking about much more control, and never made mention of the biblical fact the earth is wearing old like a garment.
Another troubling aspect of Pope Francis’ speech was his refusal to take a stand, much less mention the sin of homosexual marriages and abortion (I urge you to click on this link and READ the comments below the article, there is mass confusion in the gay community). They felt the Pope was including them in protection of rights, and recognizing their importance to family. Here are the excerpts from his speech:
On abortion: “The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.” (This was his only direct reference to abortion in the speech.)
On same-sex marriage: The closest he came to addressing same-sex marriage was in a passage about the importance of family. And does this mean GAY MARRAIGE? Your guess is good as mine. “I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. “Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life.” (This did not appear to be an explicit denouncement of marriage equality.)
Ask yourself this question after reading those statements:
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. -Galatians 1:10 (KJV).
IS THAT THE MESSAGE GOD WOULD SPREAD? Did the prophets and disciples not make it perfectly clear, as told to us in the bible, that murder aka abortion and homosexuality are wrong? Didn’t God state a marriage was between a man and a woman? YES! GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION! God also clearly says, THOU SHALL NOT KILL and that he hates hands that SHED INNOCENT BLOOD (Proverbs 16:17). He clearly tells us (See picture below) that homosexuality is a sin, punishable by death. There is no confusion in God’s word. He is very clear.
The Pope’s reluctance to admit these facts, reminded me of two pastors who recently stated: “I don’t want to be defined by my stance on homosexual marriage.” And who can forget when the pope first took “office.” In response to a gay man’s question of “Is homosexuality wrong?” Francis responded: “Who am I to judge?”
No matter what context you put it in, the POPE clearly said JESUS “failed at the cross”, there is no excuse, or explanation that can be offered to counter this statement. The failure is that the Catholic Church continues to usurp the authority of Christ and replace it with the vain teachings of man. The pope is an agent of SATAN.
Let us set the record straight by turning to scripture. The defeat of satan, was prophesied in Genesis BY GOD HIMSELF and the bible explains it very clearly. After satan enticed Eve to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree, we are shown that this is where MAN FAILED. EVE was beguiled by SATAN! As a result, man and earth were cursed (hence the reason for our dying earth, too!) AND, let us not forget, that Satan was cursed into a snake,and that was way before the GLORIOUS sacrifice of our RISEN SAVIOR:
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: – Genesis 3:14 (KJV).
And God further told satan that he would be defeated:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. -GENESIS 3:15 (KJV).
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. – ROMANS 16:20 (KJV)
The prophecy of Genesis 3:15 was fulfilled when JESUS died on the cross, JESUS did INDEED defeat satan, and overcame DEATH when he rose again THREE DAYS LATER!
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; – Hebrews 2:14 (KJV).
The undisputable blow was delivered to satan when JESUS died on the cross. This is one of the reasons why JESUS had to become a man—so that he could be tempted and overcome sin (Hebrews 4:15, Matthew 4:1, Romans 8:3). Further proving that SIN IS OVERCOME by the power of JESUS CHRIST!
Colossians 2:14-15 describes what JESUS’ death on the CROSS represented: a VICTORY over law, sin, SATAN, and death:
“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” -Colossians 2:13-15 (KJV).
When Christ died for our sins, Satan was not only defeated, but through the blood of JESUS, man was able to disarm and defeat satan and the second death, which is eternity in hell. The eternal punishment of death, the very weapon of satan, was stripped from him! Satan was defeated! Those guilty of sin could now be renewed and saved by the blood of JESUS.
Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.- Acts 2:24(KJV).
You see, the accusation of sin was nullified when Christ died! All those who faithfully believe and give their lives to Christ will never perish. Satan cannot separate them from the love of God in Christ! AMEN!!!
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.-Romans 8:37-39 (KJV).
When Jesus said, “IT IS FINISHED,” it was FINISHED. The defeat of satan was finished. Jesus paid the ultimate price, purchased us with his blood, and offered salvation to all mankind.(1 John 3:16). That was not a failure, that resulted in every human who professes JESUS as savior, the ability to have eternal life, the ability to be cleansed by the blood of JESUS!
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.- John 19:30 (KJV).
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. – John 17:4 (KJV).
All of this just screams, “My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.” (Jeremiah 51:45) and “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).
Jesus Christ was born, lived, died, and rose again for the sole purpose of saving us from our sins. Are you saved? The bible declares that “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:13 (KJV).Salvation is turning your life over to Jesus Christ, believing that Jesus is the son of God, and renewing your mind with his spirit, that is done through repentance of sin, and following JESUS with all your heart, mind and soul. JESUS transforms lives, if you are ready for this life saving step, call upon your savior TODAY!
The bible warns us of FOLLOWING false teachers and chasing after traditions of Man
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils – 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV).
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- Colossians 2:8 (KJV).
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect -Matthew 24:24 (KJV).
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry – 2 Timothy 4:3-5 (KJV).
These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence- Colossians 2:23 (KJV).
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.- 1 John 2:18 (KJV).
To the Dearly Beloved Brothers and Sisters who FOLLOW JESUS, and not the false teachings of MAN:
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even Godwith a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped – Isaiah 35: 4-5 (KJV).
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;- Isaiah 61:1-2 (KJV).