Pope Francis, in his catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday August 18, 2021, made the following controversial and blasphemous words in relation to God’s Law and Christ’s Grace. The statements are recorded in the final two paragraphs of an article published by Vatican News.
The Pope expressed the following:‘It is good for us to ask ourselves if we still live in the period in which we need the Law, or if, instead, we are fully aware of having received the grace of becoming children of God so as to live in love.’ It is a good question, he said, and added a second: ‘Do I despise the Commandments?’ He also gave an answer: ‘No. I observe them, but not as absolutes, because I know that it is Jesus Christ who justifies me.’ Rome is truly spewing relativistic heresy by confusing God’s law and love.
The Pope has concluded that God’s law is not “absolute.” This is setting the Christian world adrift into a sea of doubt that will only lead to more lawlessness and sin. It is obvious that many of the major denominations are no longer reading the Bible anymore. Why should they if they believe that God’s word is no longer absolute and should not be trusted?The existence of absolute truth is controversial. The preaching of absolute truth is even more controversial, because it does not sit well with a lot of people who like their God subservient to their own distortions of truth. In this modern age of multiculturalism nobody wants to be bothered with the fine print in the Bible. The world just wants a God who loves everyone and tolerates everything.
In fact, if God’s law wasn’t absolute, there would not have been a flood in Noah’s day. Sodom and Gomorrah would not have been turned to ashes. Jerusalem would not have gone into captivity to Babylon. There would not have been a crisis of faith in Daniel 3 or Daniel 6. Jesus would not have been turned over by the Jews to the Romans to be crucified. But because God’s word speaks in absolute terms when it says, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), Jesus had to step up and choose to give his life so that we can live.
There was no other way but through atonement. On the cross Jesus suffered and died so that we could have eternal life.If God’s law was not absolute, there would have been no early Christian martyrs; there would be nothing to be persecuted for. There would have been no Protestant Reformation. How can you have a reformation without an absolute standard to bring about favorable changes according to God’s will? Without absolute commandments there can be no obedience, no purity among the people, no sanctification and no Remnant Church in the last days. Tragically, it also means that there will be no mark of the beast, no test between Saturday versus Sunday. And don’t worry about Revelation 12, 13, 14, 17, 18. None of that matters whenever God’s will is not absolute.Pope Francis has created a false dilemma, and his ideas are entering all the churches, including many Adventists circles.