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by Richard Bennett
In Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore” (“Praise be to you, my Lord”): On The Common Care Of Our Home the Pope identifies himself as “the Holy Father,” and as a Christian. Nevertheless, Francis teaches the following in this encyclical:
“In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. ‘Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.’”1
Is Francis endorsing the idea that the earth “governs us” rather than the Lord? Nowhere in the Bible is the earth called “Mother” or “Sister.” This is demonic theology rooted in the “mystery religion” of Babylon. Anthropomorphizing the earth, especially as female, has always been a mark of Pagan and Satanic worship. As Alexander Hislop points out,
Pope Francis is first and foremost a Jesuit. As a Jesuit, he is known to be cunning as a fox. In the third paragraph of the encyclical, he clearly specifies a crisis and targets his intended audience. “Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet...about our common home.”3 It remains to be seen, then, why Pope Francis has so early in his reign come forth with a statement of gross paganism as part of his supposedly Christian world view.
The truth is that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. As the Bible states, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”4 These foundational words aside, Francis has chosen instead to quote twelfth century Catholic St. Francis’s pagan understanding of the issue. Therefore, it cannot be by accident that Pope Francis has chosen to cover his papacy in the supposedly benign robes of Francis of Assisi.
A major fact to be considered is that Pope Francis believes in his absolute authority. As his own Roman Church teaching proclaims that the Supreme Pontiff, in virtue of his office possesses infallible teaching authority.5 However, the reality is that Jesus Christ alone possesses all power and teaching authority, as Christ Himself proclaimed, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”6 Thus does Jesuit Francis, having first covered himself in the pagan mantel of Francis of Assisi, attempt to usurp divine authority in a claim that is totally counterfeit. Another example of this Roman Catholic counterfeited authority by Pope Francis is seen in the following. Francis professes to impart Christ by Masses and the Holy Spirit by Sacraments, including his current idea that “As Christians, we are also called ‘to accept the world as a sacrament of communion, as a way of sharing with God and our neighbors on a global scale.’”7 Where is there any evidence of scriptural truth and the Gospel in this spiritually blind Papal teaching? The Scripture commands each man to repent and believe the Gospel, but no man can do this without the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Yet these elementary facts are silently set aside as the Pope expands his argument by stating that the Papacy’s worldview is relevant for today. However, his teaching ends up in totalitarianism.
Francis starts with our supposed sin against “sister earth,” as the encyclical states, and moves in an entirely unbiblical direction:
Francis’s stated view is utterly pantheistic. The Bible states:
The Bible states the truth. Contrarily, Francis teaches that the heaven and earth are parts of the Lord God. This is utter Pagan philosophy.
Pope Francis’s Cunning Conjectures
What must be understood is that Francis’ encyclical, with its elevated and inspiring tone in pursuit of ethical excellence, is heavily laden with all the classical assumptions of the Papacy. Principally, what is being presented in the encyclical is an idealized plan for the world. It is based on the Vatican’s view of both what the world presently is, and what it could be, as if the Pope were the temporal “lord-director” of all things spiritual, political, and economic. The whole argument of the encyclical hangs upon the veracity of its alleged self-evident axioms. However, the assumptions are false. If Pope Francis wants to be a prophetic voice in the modern world, allegedly speaking on Christ’s behalf, then his assumptions must be evaluated according to the measure given in the Word of God, namely, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”9 The Lord Jesus Christ was emphatic that Scripture is absolute truth, that it cannot be refuted. As Scripture states, “Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying; ‘All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.’” Thus, from the outset, it becomes clear that Pope Francis is an impostor with an objective.
What Francis does not make explicit in this encyclical is that since the Council of Trent in the mid-sixteenth century, the Roman Church has held that there is no salvation outside the Roman Catholic Church, and formally denied the Gospel. Rome formally went apostate at the Council of Trent. It has never revoked the Council of Trent. Thus rather than the Gospel to make one right before Holy God, Rome has only sacraments to offer. These do not deliver salvation, for it is only “the gospel of Christ: it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth....”10 Therefore the Papacy must take in hand another tool, it must find another route by which to snare people into the folds of Modern Babylon. Dialogue on environmental issues is the current mode. Near the end of the encyclical, there is much religious talk about God and the duty of Christians. But this is in fact only a post-script to the encyclical. The real thrust of the encyclical is promotion of a political agenda couched in pagan terms. It cannot be otherwise because in its conception, objective and method, it stands contrary to Scripture.
In face of this the Lord Jesus Christ’s message to those who are His own is totally different. He proclaims:
Following on this message is the assurance that those who by grace alone believe on Christ alone through faith alone, i.e., the true spiritual family of people across the globe, are the real family of God. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”12 As presented in the Gospel, those who by God’s grace alone through faith alone believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, have been declared “sons of God” through the Lord Jesus Christ’s perfect life and sacrifice. As the Apostle Paul proclaimed, “...you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”13
Pope Francis’s Agenda
Throughout the encyclical Francis’s environmental theme cannot be ignored. With over one hundred seventy references to global warming, climate change, environment and environmental issues, it is clear this is the means to his end. While we are rightly concerned with what Francis is saying, it is also imperative to grasp why he is saying it. Francis’s encyclical is not in any sense a labor of original thought. Both his analytical style and argumentative form are firmly grounded in the Vatican’s preeminent sense of its own self-importance and presumed lordship over every aspect of human life.
Francis exhaustively demonstrates that his views truly represent the historical essence of Rome’s religious and social teaching. However, that teaching is not the teaching of the Bible. Thus, Francis shows himself again to be a cunning fox. His objective is to firmly ground his institution’s own welfare and future in terms of an “integral human development” that acknowledges his primacy as the sole arbiter of ethics and moral order. It is quite clear that Francis is writing his encyclical to assert once again the Papacy’s autocratic claims. The aim of Francis in this encyclical is to propound and promote a type of world government.
Specifically, he envisions a renewed and rejuvenated “globalized society” over which the Roman Church rules as the principal ethical entity. And what better way to gain moral authority but by weaving together environmental activism based upon global warming and climate change synthesized by modern “science falsely so called.”14 Truly it is a cunning plan to solidify a political base with the non-religious left, thereby creating a harmonious Church and Global State. The ecumenical activity since the early days of Vatican II has been extremely successful in unifying the religious right under Papal dominance. If this continues, it is just a matter of time before all are ushered in to another chapter of the Dark Ages.
Real Legal Power to Implement the Pope’s Agenda
Francis’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, called for “a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth.”15 Social and religious dominance, upheld and maintained by means of civil law throughout the European nations, is what the Catholic Church enjoyed and thrived on throughout the Dark Ages and Middle Ages. It is to that same end which Francis now moves. Listing global warming, pollution, poverty, global inequality, over-consumption by first world nations and like issues, he states:
After personifying the earth, Francis moves smoothly to state, “[To commit] crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God.”16 He then calls for “[t]he establishment of a legal framework[,] which can set clear boundaries and ensure the protection of ecosystems[,] has become indispensable....”17 His solution of changing the culture by his enforced legal prescriptions rather than evangelizing the world with the true Gospel of grace is absolutely unbiblical̶ but it fits seamlessly into the ongoing papal agenda.
Moreover, the Roman Catholic Church has much influence in the formulation and implementation of national and international laws, particularly in the nations in which she has papal nuncios as ambassadors. At present, she maintains diplomatic relations with one hundred seventy-four countries at embassy level. Expediency, deceit, and cunning have always been defining elements of the Roman Church’s geo-political pronouncements. Pope Francis and his Vatican desire to maintain official diplomatic relationships. Their understanding is that political civil power is subordinate to the spiritual control of apostate Rome. Pope Francis, the present necessary and willing instrument, is seeking to fulfill these aspirations and objectives.
That Francis and his encyclical are intent on ruling religious, political and economic activities worldwide should not be surprising. Papal arrogance tallies well with Scripture’s prediction for such claims, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”18 There can be but one Vicar of Christ who is infinite, supreme, omnipotent, and all sufficient; namely, the Holy Spirit. The Papacy is a demonically energized apostate system that will be judged and utterly condemned by the Lord.19 Biblical insight apprehends that “the whole world lies in wickedness”20 and, “the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand.”21 The Papal program is wicked and willful, and its genius in means and method, satanic.22 From the beginning, the Lord God purposed to glorify Himself “in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end Amen.”23 He created the world and formed man for this purpose. His all-wise design was not defeated when Adam and mankind fell, for Jesus Christ the Lord was the Lamb “slain from the foundation of the world.”24 Almighty God’s will is from eternity, and reigns supreme in time. He sovereignly orders, directs and controls all events. He it is “who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.”25 Satan and his present neo-Babylonian empire cannot resist Him. It is written, “The Lord reigns; let the people tremble.”26
Please join us in prayer that many people will understand this, and that they also would be drawn by God’s Spirit to seek His grace. Grace is unmerited, divine favor. By mercy alone, He saves hell-deserving sinners, demonstrating that all the glory of redeeming power is His alone. Since God works all things after the counsel of His own will, Papal Rome’s modern manipulation of civil power, false ecumenism, and unbiblical economic policies are merely instruments that God for His Sovereign purposes has allowed.
We can be sincerely thankful that Almighty God in His supreme wisdom has set limits to the intrigues of Rome. Pope Francis and the Roman Church will be punished for their willful rejection of the Lordship of Christ. The Lord’s people will not be deceived by the powerful delusion that has descended on the world.27 Rather they “should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”28 True believers are those who adhere only to God and His written Word: these know that they are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, and that to God solely is due all glory and praise.
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