As we watched the non-stop coverage of the pope's visit to America last month, many of the scenes appeared to be apocalyptic. We saw multitudes of people flocking to get a glimpse of a mortal man who was unknown three years ago. The national excitement for this false prophet was overwhelming as gullible people hung on his every word. Warnings were ignored from the true head of the church who said, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves" (Mat. 7:15). The Lord Jesus said, "I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him" (John 5:43). Clearly, the pope not come in the Father's name, but he arrogantly wears the title reserved for the one and only "Holy Father" (John 17:11). Tragically, most Catholics do not know the Word of God and their ignorance makes them easy prey for the worst kind of deception. 

Pope Francis did not mention Jesus Christ a single time in his entire address to Congress, yet he claims to be the Vicar of Christ and the Head of Christ's Church. Knowing that the Lord Jesus is the very foundation of the Christian faith, the pope's omission speaks volumes about his worldly agenda. In a message the next day at St. Patrick's Cathedral, pope did mention Jesus but in a deceptively misleading way. He said, "we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus... and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross." 

This pope is clueless when it comes to understanding God's will. The life of Christ was anything but a failure at the cross. His death, which satisfied divine justice for the sins of His people, was according to the predetermined plan of God (Acts 2:23). When the sinless Savior accomplished everything necessary to save His people, He cried out in victory, "it is finished!" (John 19:30). The good shepherd laid down his life for the sheep (John 10:11). No one took the Lord's life; He laid it down on His own accord (John10:18). How dare the pope say the life of Jesus ended in failure! The pope, and all other false prophets, are described by Jesus as hirelings who come to steal and kill and destroy the sheep (John 10:10).

It was heartbreaking to see the total lack of discernment as multitudes praised the most influential false prophet in the world. The false prophet of Rome also showed his true colors when he did not refer to one Scripture from God's Word during his hour long speech before Congress. Instead he encouraged people to follow the "Golden Rule." The next day, iIn his message to bishops of the Catholic Church, the pope said, "Our mission as bishops is first and foremost to solidify unity." In other words, the bishops primary goal is not to proclaim the Gospel, but  to unite all people under the power and influence of the papacy. True Christians must contend against Rome's ecumenical agenda and silence the ignorance of foolish people (1 Pet. 2:15).

 It is my prayer that Roman Catholics will start abiding in God's Word. Only then will they come to know the truth that will set them free from religious deception (John 8:31-32).