Saturday, November 29, 2014

Pope Francis declares war on fundementalists

Pope Francis declares war on fundementalists

Editorial | Advent Messenger

Pope Francis was recently in Turkey promoting interfaith relations. During this trip he called “for an end to all forms of fundamentalism.” His version of interfaith dialog and cooperation is one that would eliminate the “fundamentalists” from every religious tradition and leave a watered-down version of religious faith that has no objective, fundamental truth.

It seems that more and more religions are heading towards Rome to find answers and solutions for the religious tensions that we see today. But why would Pope Francis want to eradicate “fundamentalism” when the truth is that not all fundamentalists are evil? There are genuine, peace-loving, religious-liberty conscience, fundamental Christians that don’t believe in violence. They are not radicalized in the sense of today’s post-911 culture. They do, however, believe in the Bible and in the prophetic interpretations of Revelation that warn against an end-time one world religion that would attempt to eliminate the important truths for these last days.

Are the people following this great apostate that is predicted in Bible prophecy that would sacrifice the truth in the name of peace?

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” Daniel 8:25.

Pope Francis is promoting interfaith peace and cooperation as the only way to move ahead. But this means that fundamentalism, which he claims is in conflict with his vision of a peaceful future, must be removed from society.

If fundamentalism means radical revolutionaries who are bent on killing those who do not yield to their views, then let it be clearly defined as such. But if Pope Francis’ definition of fundamentalism includes peaceful Bible believing Christians who just so happen to preach the prophetic interpretations of Revelation that identify the great antichristian, one-world-religion that is trying to destroy the truth for these end-times, then we need to be careful.

Why? Because in Pope Francis’ attempt eliminate fundamentalism, perhaps he might even dare to eliminate Jesus from our society because Christ himself, by the standards of His own day, was labeled as a dangerous fundamentalists that dared to challenged the corrupt religious leaders of His day. And according to Bible prophecy, these are the kind of preachers that society needs in these last days. We need men and women who cannot be bought or sold, but who will fearlessly declare the truths of God’s word.

“But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines, and the basis of all reforms. The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science, the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majority,—not one or all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith. Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain “Thus saith the Lord” in its support.” The Great Controversy, p. 595.

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