What doctrinally off-the-wall quotes has Pope Francis made?
Pope Francis has quickly established himself among the masses as a very popular religious leader, but at the same time, he has generated strong resistance from key Catholic leaders. Much of the controversy he has caused is due to his tendency to make off-the-wall comments that produce widespread confusion.
Who is this Pope? Where did he come from? And what is he up to? We've asked these questions of Mike Gendron, the founder and director of a ministry in the Dallas, Texas area called Proclaiming the Gospel. Driven by a deep compassion for Roman Catholics, Mike brings the Gospel of grace to those who are victimized by the deception of Roman Catholicism.
The Pope on Aliens
Dr. Reagan: Pope Francis has demonstrated an incredible capacity for off-the-wall quotes which just drives the Vatican crazy. They are always calling press conferences to clear up the mess after the Pope has made such statements. Here's an example from May of 2014, stating that if Martians were to land on earth tomorrow, he would be happy to baptize them. The Vatican hurriedly called a press conference and explained that the Pope was simply trying to say that the Catholic Church is committed to inclusion of all peoples.
Mike Gendron: You're right. This Pope really does say some things that are out in left field. In fact, often times what he says goes against historic Roman Catholic theology, as well as the Bible.
It's been noted that this pope has really been good for my ministry, because every time he says something bizarre, radio stations call me up and ask me, "What did the Pope really mean by that?"
It's really an interesting dilemma for Catholics, because they look at the Pope as infallible, meaning he cannot err in matters of faith and morals. As you said, the Vatican is constantly having to correct what he says.
You mentioned about the Martians. Francis is a very inclusive pope. It goes back to his agenda that claims all people are in the mercy of God. That was another one of his quotes which again goes against the book of Hebrews and says, "God gives mercy to those He wills and hardens those He will." This pope is unbiblical and he is un-Roman Catholic.
Dr. Reagan: I have a whole list of quotes from key Catholic leaders in which bishops we're talking about having to strongly criticize this pope for some of the comments he's made.
Mike Gendron: I hope that Roman Catholics will begin to realize that they cannot trust their bishops, or their pope, but they can find assurance in knowing that the Word of God is the supreme authority. We look through every man's teaching through the lens of Scripture, including your teaching and mine and the Pope's. We all need to be Bereans and follow Acts 17:11, which tells us test every man's teaching.
Dr. Reagan: Right. And who were they testing? Paul. If they are going to test Paul, they should test me, you, the Pope, and everybody else.
The Pope on Atheists Going to Heaven
Mike Gendron: Another one of Pope Francis' crazy statements was how Atheists can follow their conscience and so go to Heaven.
Dr. Reagan: Yes, Pope Francis' exact words: "Atheists who do good are redeemed, not just Catholics."
Mike Gendron: Again, there's his inclusive gospel again. This teaching goes against historical Roman Catholic theology. The Bible calls Atheist fools. Why? Because they suppress the truth of God and unrighteousness. God has revealed Himself, so these are fools for willfully ignoring the evidence. But the Pope says Atheists who do good works will go to Heaven.
Dr. Reagan: If Atheist can be saved by simply doing good, why should we even bother to preach the Gospel?
Mike Gendron: That is a good point. Roman Catholicism is no different from any other religion of works righteousness. Biblical Christianity says Christ did it all. You are saved by grace through faith, but every other religion including the Pope's Roman Catholicism says you must do things to appease God.
The Pope on the Big Bang
Dr. Reagan: Here's another recent quote Pope Francis made: "The Big Bang Theory does not contradict the role of God as divine Creator."
Mike Gendron: That's amazing that he would make a statement like that. At least he got the second half of it right. Look at the Genesis account. God the Creator spoke everything into existence in six days. That directly is opposed to a Big Bang Theory.
Dr. Reagan: He's pretty well indicated that he believes fully in Evolution. Several of his statements have indicated this.
The Pope on Homosexuality
Dr. Reagan: Pope Francis said, "If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?"
Mike Gendron: Here again the Pope declares himself to be God's representative on earth. Why doesn't he say that God has already judged homosexuality, not only as a sin, but according to Leviticus 18, as an abomination to God. The only hope for a homosexual who is living in this kind of sin is to repent and believe the Gospel, therein he will find the power to overcome homosexuality.
Unless the Pope identifies homosexuals as sinners, then they will continually believe the Pope that sexual immorality is sin not so serious enough to disqualify them for Heaven.
Dr. Reagan: Yes, when Paul talks about homosexuality, for example in the Corinthian letters in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, one of the things that I think is very encouraging is that he points out that some of those in the Corinthian Church had been homosexuals. They had been, but were washed by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ through their faith in Jesus. Once saved, they weren't continuing to practice homosexuality.
Mike Gendron: The Apostle Paul went on to say, "This is what some of you were, but now you've been sanctified, you've been justified, you've been cleansed with the precious blood of Jesus."
The Pope on the Divinity of God
Dr. Reagan: This is to me the most off-the-wall statement I have ever read by Pope Francis: "God is not a divine being or a magician."
Mike Gendron: Where is the outrage? Why aren't Roman Catholics asking, "Okay, this is enough! He's gone too far."
Clearly God is a divine being. That is our only hope. God is a supreme, divine being who not only created us but sent us His Savior to save us from our sins. The only mediator between God and man is the man, Christ Jesus. And so, it is outrageous what he is saying.
Unfortunately, many people believe Pope Francis because of his humility, a false humility I might say, because he wears the titles of God. He wears the title Holy Father and Head of the Church. Francis never died for the Church, but he stole that title from Christ. He says he is the Vicar of Christ.
Pope Francis also is loved by the world because of his ministry to the poor. Why doesn't he sell the riches of the Vatican and give to the poor if he's really concerned about the poor? There's a facade here. He is deceiving the world.
In the fourth segment of my interview of Mike Gendron on Pope Francis, we'll look at some of the good the Pope has been doing in battling the corruption in the Catholic Church's leadership.