Pope “Changes” RCC’s Stance on Death Penalty; Yet Will Assist “Protestants” in Enforcing The Same

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As Satan used the medium of a serpent to deceive Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and stated that “the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field,” so Satan and his chief agencies operate so stealthily that if individuals do not exercise godly discernment, and rely solely upon God’s word, they will be deceived by the evidence of their senses.  The Roman Catholic Church, the primary agency through which Satan is working in these last days, is working assiduously to deceive individuals so they will not perceive her true character.  This entity and her representatives are diligently promoting what seem to be charitable and noble causes to benefit humanity while advocating for the poor, helpless and marginalized of society. The Jesuit Pope Francis has not once seemingly diverged from Roman Catholic tradition under the appearance that the Church is reforming.  However, Bible prophecy is clear that the Roman Catholic Church cannot and will not change; true she may adapt her strategies to become more effective in accomplishing her objectives, but change, never!  

Pope Francis topped the headlines of all the major media outlets with words such as the ones used by USA Today: “Pope Francis changes Catholic Church teaching on death penalty, declares it 'inadmissible.’”[1]   As reported, “Pope Francis changed the Catholic Church's stance on the death penalty in a new policy published Thursday, saying it is ‘inadmissible’ because it ‘attacks’ the inherent dignity of all humans.The Vatican said the pontiff approved a change to the catechism.. Previously, the catechism said the church didn’t exclude capital punishment ‘if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.’ Francis announced his intention to change church teaching on capital punishment in October. The new text was approved in May and published Thursday.”[2] 

Only those who are unaware of Bible prophecy and history are deceived by this move of Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church.  The Bible depicts this haughty power as having the body of a leopard (Revelation 13:2); and according to Jeremiah 13:23, the leopard cannot change its spots and neither can those who are accustomed to do evil do good. Additionally, the prophecies of Daniel chapters 2, 8, 11, and 12 along with Revelation chapters 13,17, and 18 indicate clearly that the Roman Catholic Church will regain its lost supremacy, subvert liberty of conscience and rekindle persecution for those who deny its authority and choose to obey God rather than man. The all important question to be considered is, “are we going to believe the Bible, or are we going to allow our senses to deceive us?” 

The only change that the Roman Catholic Church makes is like that of the chameleon. “The papacy is just what prophecy declared that she would be, the apostasy of the latter times. 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4. It is a part of her policy to assume the character which will best accomplish her purpose; but beneath the variable appearance of the chameleon she conceals the invariable venom of the serpent. ‘Faith ought not to be kept with heretics, nor persons suspected of heresy…’ she declares. Shall this power, whose record for a thousand years is written in the blood of the saints, be now acknowledged as a part of the church of Christ?”[3]   

“The Roman Church now presents a fair front to the world, covering with apologies her record of horrible cruelties. She has clothed herself in Christlike garments; but she is unchanged. Every principle of the papacy that existed in past ages exists today. The doctrines devised in the darkest ages are still held. Let none deceive themselves. The papacy that Protestants are now so ready to honor is the same that ruled the world in the days of the Reformation, when men of God stood up, at the peril of their lives, to expose her iniquity. She possesses the same pride and arrogant assumption that lorded it over kings and princes, and claimed the prerogatives of God. Her spirit is no less cruel and despotic now than when she crushed out human liberty and slew the saints of the Most High.”[4]   

Even though the Roman Catholic Church asserts that it no longer supports the death penalty under any circumstance, it must be mentioned that the successor board of the inquisition is still alive and active.[5]   To reiterate, the Roman Catholic Church may have claimed to change its stance on the death penalty throughout the Catholic world, yet we know assuredly and have shown that according to Bible prophecy the Roman Catholic Church cannot change. Dear reader, as we head to earth’s final conflict, we implore you to not only keep your eyes on Popery but also to focus keenly on the Protestant world and Protestant America; for according to Revelation 13:15-17, it is apostate Protestant America that applies the death penalty and the Roman Catholic Church, will, with its centuries of experience, and with much alacrity, come to her help. “Marvelous in her shrewdness and cunning is the Roman Church. She can read what is to be. She bides her time, seeing that the Protestant churches are paying her homage in their acceptance of the false sabbath and that they are preparing to enforce it by the very means which she herself employed in bygone days. Those who reject the light of truth will yet seek the aid of this self-styled infallible power to exalt an institution that originated with her. How readily she will come to the help of Protestants in this work it is not difficult to conjecture. Who understands better than the papal leaders how to deal with those who are disobedient to the church?”[6]  

The only other (attempted) change this system of iniquity has made and has deceived many thereby, is its change of times and laws according to Daniel 7:25. “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints [persecution and infliction of the death penalty] of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” As she has done in times past she will do again as history always repeats (Ecclesiastes 1:9 Ecclesiastes 3:15)  “Those who would not receive the mark of the beast and his image when the decree goes forth, must have decision now to say, Nay, we will not regard the institution of the beast.”[7]  

 1. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/08/02/pope-francis-changes-church-teaching-death-penalty/887495002/

 2. Ibid

 3. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 571 

 4. Ibid

 5. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1509185/Inquisition-was-a-mistake-but-legally-justified-claims-Vatican-official.html

 6. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 580

 7. White, Ellen. Early Writings (1882), page 67

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Pope “Changes” RCC’s Stance on Death Penalty; Yet Will Assist “Protestants” in Enforcing The Same

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