Pope: ‘The Devil is dividing Christians’
In a recorded video statement released at the weekend, Pope Francis claimed that evangelicals and Catholics are one, and that it’s the Devil who’s divided the two groups.
“Oh no they not, and the Devil’s got bugger all to do with it. You’re talking out of your big pointy hat”, was the gist of a reaction from Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries.
According to this report, Gedron, above, said:
Jesus prayed that His Church would be sanctified by the truth. This means there cannot be unity with those who believe another gospel.
Believers cannot be unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14). Evangelicals can never have unity with Catholics because we are divided on the essentials of the gospel, how one is born again, how one is justified, how one is purified of sin, who can mediate between God and man and the efficacy, sufficiency and necessity of Jesus Christ for salvation.
Pope Francis preaches another gospel and denies that salvation is by grace alone through faith in Christ alone. He preaches salvation is by water baptism, the sacraments, good works, keeping the law and attending the sin offering of a Eucharist Christ on an altar.
Gendron also insisted that that Francis is incorrect in blaming the divisions on Satan.
The pope has pronounced a fatal error by attributing the word of Christ to the work of the Devil. The Lord Jesus is the one who divides believers from unbelievers (Luke 12:51-53). This Jesuit pope is the one who is doing the work of the Devil by rebuilding the religious tower of Babel with his attempt to bring all Christians back home to Rome. Tragically, some evangelicals are jumping on his ecumenical bandwagon and departing from the faith (1 Tim. 4:1-3).
In his original video message, Francis said:
Division is the work of the ‘Father of Lies,’ ‘the Father of Discord,’ who does everything possible to keep us divided.
The eight-minute video was for the “Celebration of Christian Unity” event organized by John 17 Ministries based in Pheonix, Arizona, which seeks to unite Christians and Catholics. In it he declared:
The Devil knows that Christians are disciples of Christ, that they are one, that they are brothers! He doesn’t care if they are Evangelicals or Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic … He doesn’t care! They are Christians.
The pontiff asserted that the devil is persecuting both evangelicals and Roman Catholics alike because they are all Christian.
It is he who is persecuting us. It is he who is persecuting Christians today, he who is anointing us with (the blood of) martyrdom. Dear brothers and sisters, we are living in an ‘ecumenism of blood.’
Francis said that he unity must be achieved by each individual as he doesn’t believe it will occur at the hands of Bible scholars.
I am convinced it won’t be theologians who bring about unity among us. Theologians help us … but if we hope that theologians will agree with one another, we will reach unity the day after Judgement Day.