By Patrick Hawthorne
In my last post, Compromise: The Path Leading to Hell!, I wrote, “Unfortunately, many who claim Jesus as Lord have taken to the trail of compromise. Setting themselves up as spiritual authority, they are leading many straight to the pit of hell with ear tickling messages of unity and finding common ground. With God, there is no common ground and no happy medium. It is His way or no way.”
Little did I know that, as I was writing my post, Pope Francis had just signed a peace treaty with Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar, during an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi. The treaty is entitled, “A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.” A written statement from the Pope is as follows:
“The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings.” (bold/underline mine)
No, no, no, and again no! Jesus said, “I AM, the way the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6.) No where in the Word of God is it written that God’s will is for man to seek Him through pluralism or diversity of religions.
Not wanting to accept the first article I read as fact, I then read another article from the Catholic Herald. What I found was much worse. In an attempt to clarify what the Pope meant, Doctor Chad Pecknold, associate professor of systematic theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., wrote the following:
“In sensitive inter-religious contexts, it is fitting for the Holy See to acknowledge that despite serious theological disagreements, Catholics and Muslims have much in common, such as a common belief that human beings are ‘willed by God in his wisdom,’” Pecknold told CNA.
“The idea that God wills the diversity of color, sex, race and language is easily understood, but some may find it puzzling to hear the Vicar of Christ talk about God willing the diversity of religions,” he noted.
“It is puzzling, and potentially problematic, but in the context of the document, the Holy Father is clearly referring not to the evil of many false religions, but positively refers to the diversity of religions only in the sense that they are evidence of our natural desire to know God.”
“God wills that all men come to know Him through the free choice of their will, and so it follows that a diversity of religions can be spoken about as permissively willed by God without denying the supernatural good of one true religion,” he added. (Bold/Underline Mine)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks about the Church’s relationship with the Muslims: “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”
There is more. However, in an effort to shorten this already lengthy post, the link is, https://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2019/02/05/pope-signs-declaration-saying-god-wills-religions-pluralism-what-does-this-mean/.
Much is written the the Book of Revelation concerning the antichrist and the establishment of the one-world religious system. While I do not believe the Pope is the false prophet of Revelation, I do believe that he is unknowingly paving the way for the establishment of such a religious system.
These are exciting times we are living in as it relates to Bible Prophecy. We are seeing events unfold at a tremendous rate. The question is, “Are you looking?” In the words of Jesus, “When you see these things coming to pass, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. (Luke 21:28.) Be blessed.