Air Date: September 28, 2015
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Mike Gendron
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From Time-Warner Cable’s Papal Visit Channel to the throngs of people who waited hours on end just to catch a glimpse of him, over the past several days we’ve seen just how messiah-like the reception has been toward Pope Francis.
Just because Pope Francis represents a religion of approximately 1.2 billion people around the world, does that justify the kind of reception he received and the titles he claims such as Holy Father and Vicar of Christ?
Joining Jim to look at these and other questions was Mike Gendron. For over 30 years Mike was a devout Roman Catholic and was taught to rely upon the authority of the church. He followed the priests, the sacraments and was depending upon his own good works for salvation. However in 1981 after attending an apologetics seminar called, ‘Evidence for the Christian Faith’ the Bible became his sole authority in all matters of faith. As he searched the Scriptures he was amazed to see how often the Bible contradicts the teaching and tradition of the church he had been a part of for so long. Mike placed his trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and the Bible became his sole authority in all matters of faith. He founded a ministry, ‘Proclaiming the Gospel’ that points people to Jesus Christ as the all-sufficient Savior.
Mike began by quoting Jesus who 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) Since this was the reaction of so many to the Pope, Mike sees the throngs of people as victims of the worst kind of deception, following a mortal man rather than Christ and his Word for the answers to life’s most critical issues. Mike feels this scene will be played out again when the false prophet points the world to the anti-Christ.
We know that there’s only one Holy Father. Mike noted that this expression is used only one time in the New Testament. That was when the Lord Jesus Christ prayed to the one and only Holy Father in his high priestly prayer from John 17. So for the Pope to be acknowledged as the Holy Father, Head of the Church and the Vicar of Christ on earth, those are titles given to the triune God.
Paul warned us in 2 Corinthians that such men (as the Pope) are false apostles. They are deceitful workmen disguising themselves as apostles of Christ and no wonder for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it’s no surprise if his servants disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. That makes the Pope clearly a pawn of Satan, carrying out his agenda to deceive the world.
Mike carefully noted that he doesn’t present this warning to be harsh but instead to warn Roman Catholics that you must look to Christ and his Word as your supreme authority for truth.
There is so much more to hear and learn as Mike lovingly warns listeners about the following:
–What Catholicism adds to the Gospel of Grace and in the end nullifies it.
–Why Catholics still have Christ on the cross.
–Why Catholic salvation is conditional.
–Why Peter was not the first Pope.
…and much more.
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