Franklin Graham writes today on his Facebook page:
The news has reported that Pope Francis said in a new documentary that “homosexuals have a right to be part of the family” and is calling for civil union laws for same-sex couples. I find these comments from the Pope unthinkable in light of the Word of God.
For Pope Francis to attempt to normalize homosexuality is to say that Holy Scriptures are false, that our sins really don’t matter, and that we can continue living in them. If that were true, then Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection wouldn’t have been needed. No one has the right or the authority to trivialize Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.
Yes, God makes it clear that He loves us and does want us to be part of His family, but He also tells us how that can happen. The Bible says, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).
I want everyone to know the truth and to find the peace that comes only from fully surrendering our lives to Him and His commands. The consequence of an unrepentant, unbelieving heart is also clear in the Word of God — eternal death.
Unless we repent and receive His offer of forgiveness, surrendering our lives to Him, we will spend eternity a part of a different family when we leave this earth—the family of the condemned.
I think from what I have read and watched today the Pope has been preaching acceptance and opening the church to gay people since he was a bishop before becoming Pope. He is in the middle of a firestorm from what I have read. There are a lot of gay priests who are tired of hearing they are going to hell while they are also the means to heaven and forgiveness for the people. But there are hardliners who are openly and actively against the Pope’s stance of inclusion and for years have fought him over doctrine. There is a few Archbishops who openly say he is not the real Pope but the prior Pope still is. The prior Pope even added to a book condemning many of the current Popes positions, which he publicly had to take back claiming he did not understand what was being asked. Yes he did but his cushy gay lifestyle was about to end so he retreated fast. The fact is the current Pope understands the church is dying, losing members due to two things. The molestation scandal while claiming moral superiority, and the fact the majority of the public has moved on from their stance on moral issues and are leaving the church. He knows if he wants to rebuild the church they need to keep the younger people, they need to rebuild the brand. The diehards don’t want the brand to change. They are willing to accept death of their religion thinking such a thing can never happen, their money and their god wont allow it. The more realist people in the church realize their god is spiritual and the world is realistic. So this Pope has for years been trying to bridge the two, the fanatical dogmatic dictatorial side of the church and the more open less dogmatic more modern accepting side of the church.
I do not have enough back ground in either religion or Catholicism to truly grasp the fight here or where it will go. I think this baby step is all the Pope thinks he can do now, but I think he can read polls that say the majority of Catholics support gay people. What do you think on this? Hugs
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