A Voice in the
"It is no longer necessary to believe in Jesus" to get to heaven. This, a statement I read recently from a submission quoting from literature the Catholic Church has recently drafted. All one needs to do is "believe in God."
Now, for a Catholic, this is nothing new, since "salvation" for the RCC has always been by being a "good Catholic" and submitting to everything the "fathers" teach...whether it was Scriptural or not.
But, as the current Pope has been making deep in-roads to other "faiths" for the cause of unity, the "church" is making every effort to make it possible for all faiths to "fellowship." Thus, if a simple "statement" is made, it "makes it so." Thus, Muslims and Jews, who all claim a heritage to Abraham (and his "god") can now be easily joined with "mother church" and all become "one." Because, the issue of Jesus Christ/Messiah is what divides these faiths from each other.
Who is the "God of Abraham?" And what did He promise? "And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." (Gen3:15)
Who is this "seed of the woman?" To Abraham God promised, "in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Gen12:3)
To David God covenanted, "Your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever." (2Sam7:16)
When the birth of Jesus was announced, "You...shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David." (Lk1:31-32)
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (Jn14:6)
And the early apostles preached, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name [Jesus] under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
When Abel offered a "more excellent sacrifice" (Heb11:4) which God "respected" (Gen4:4) he was doing so in faith of the promised coming of the woman's "seed." When the Jewish sacrifices were established, the sprinkled blood was a foreshadow of Christ's shed blood.(Heb9:22)
If we do not believe in Christ and His shed blood, there is no remission of sins. We are still "dead" in sin. (Eph2:1) As Jesus told Peter, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." (Jn13:8,Tit3:5)
John writes, "..it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. ...WHO IS A LIAR but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who achnowledges the Son has the Father also." (1Jn2:18,22-23)
THE Antichrist is yet to be revealed. However, it is apparent that this recent RCC statement is one of the MANY antichrists.
DO NOT BE DECEIVED by pushes for "unity." Jesus said, "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. "But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. (Mat 10:32-34)
Rather than joining in with the Christ-denying "unity" movements let us strive to ultimately hear from our Master, "Well done, good and faithful servant...enter into the joy of your Lord." (Mt 25:21)
"..at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil 2:10-11)