Martin Luther would be proud!
Francis drops another Heresy Bomb:
“Friendship with Jesus cannot be broken”
Every year on Dec. 3 the United Nations observes an “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”. Not surprisingly, the secularist organization’s garrulous de facto chaplain, Jorge Bergoglio (“Pope Francis”), has released a message for the occasion:
There is nothing wrong, of course, with a Catholic Pope — which is what Bergoglio pretends to be — releasing a message for disabled people. In fact, it is perhaps a particularly opportune time to reach souls. However, one should reach souls in order to teach them the true Gospel, not to lead them into heresy (cf. Gal 1:8-9; 2 Jn 9). Minor detail!
In his message, which was released today but is dated Nov. 20, 2021, Francis teaches unmistakable heresy. He proclaims: “Friendship with Jesus cannot be broken”. In saying this, he is quoting his own words from a prior document, namely, his post-synodal exhortation Christus Vivit of Mar. 25, 2019:
Friendship is so important that Jesus calls himself a friend: “I do not call you servants any longer, but I call you friends” (Jn 15:15). By the gift of his grace, we are elevated in such a way that we truly become his friends. With the same love that Christ pours out on us, we can love him in turn and share his love with others, in the hope that they too will take their place in the community of friendship he established. And even as he enjoys the complete bliss of the life of the resurrection, we, for our part, can work generously to help him build his kingdom in this world, by bringing his message, his light, and above all his love, to others (cf. Jn 15:16). The disciples heard Jesus calling them to be his friends. It was an invitation that did not pressure them, but gently appealed to their freedom. “Come and see”, Jesus told them; so “they came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day” (Jn 1:39). After that unexpected and moving encounter, they left everything and followed him.
Friendship with Jesus cannot be broken. He never leaves us, even though at times it appears that he keeps silent. When we need him, he makes himself known to us (cf. Jer 29:14); he remains at our side wherever we go (cf. Jos 1:9). He never breaks his covenant. He simply asks that we not abandon him: “Abide in me” (Jn 15:4). But even if we stray from him, “he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself” (2 Tim 2:13).
In this way, we can experience a constant closeness to him, greater than anything we can experience with another person: “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20).
(Antipope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit, nn 153-154,156; underlining added.)
The only way man can have supernatural friendship with God is through sanctifying grace. This Francis himself admits in the above-quoted passage, for he says: “By the gift of his grace, we are elevated in such a way that we truly become his friends”. He confirms this a few paragraphs later when he quotes St. Paul’s testimony to the Galatians that Christ now lives in him.
Thus, read in proper context, the false pope is making clear beyond all doubt that he is teaching, at least in that particular instance, that it is not possible for someone who has been regenerated (cf. Jn 3:3-5) to lose this sanctifying grace. That is unmistakable heresy because it directly contradicts a defined dogma of divine and Catholic Faith:
Against the crafty genius of certain men also, who “by pleasing speeches and good words seduce the hearts of the innocent” [Rom. 16:18], it must be maintained that the grace of justification, although received, is lost not only by infidelity, whereby even faith itself is lost, but also by any other mortal sin, although faith be not lost, thereby defending the doctrine of the divine law which excludes from the kingdom of God not only the unbelievers, but also the faithful who are “fornicators, adulterers, effeminate, liers with mankind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, railers, extortioners” [1 Cor. 6:9 ff.], and all others who commit deadly sins, from which with the assistance of divine grace they can refrain and for which they are separated from the grace of God.
(Council of Trent, Session 6, Chapter 15; Denz. 808.)
If anyone shall say that a man once justified can sin no more, nor lose grace, and that therefore he who falls and sins was never truly justified; or, on the contrary, that throughout his whole life he can avoid all sins even venial sins, except by a special privilege of God, as the Church holds in regard to the Blessed Virgin: let him be anathema.
If anyone shall say that there is no mortal sin except that of infidelity, or that grace once received is not lost by any other sin however grievous and enormous, except the sin of infidelity: let him be anathema.
(Council of Trent, Session 6, Canons 23, 27; Denz. 833, 837.)
If anyone shall say that one who is baptized cannot, even if he wishes, lose grace, however much he may sin, unless he is unwilling to believe: let him be anathema.
(Council of Trent, Session 7, Canon 6; Denz. 862.)
Francis’ teaching is also, of course, directly contrary to Sacred Scripture, including the very Words that proceeded from our Blessed Lord’s Mouth:
“Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.” (Mt 7:21-23)
“But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Mt 19:17)
“But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.” (Mt 24:13)
“Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me not to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you covered me not: sick and in prison, and you did not visit me. Then they also shall answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee? Then he shall answer them, saying: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me. And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.” (Mt 25:41-46)
“Now they upon the rock, are they who when they hear, receive the word with joy: and these have no roots; for they believe for a while, and in time of temptation, they fall away.” (Lk 8:13)
“If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; as I also have kept my Father’s commandments, and do abide in his love. You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you.” (Jn 15:10,14)
“See then the goodness and the severity of God: towards them indeed that are fallen, the severity; but towards thee, the goodness of God, if thou abide in goodness, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” (Rom 11:22)
“For I am not conscious to myself of any thing, yet am I not hereby justified; but he that judgeth me, is the Lord.” (1 Cor 4:4)
“Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor 6:9-10)
“But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.” (1 Cor 9:27)
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.” (Gal 5:19-21)
“For know you this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person (which is a serving of idols), hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” (Eph 5:5)
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, they shall have their portion in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Apoc 21:8)
The testimony from Holy Writ is beyond clear: The justification we have attained through Christ in sanctifying grace can be lost.
Notice that in the above quote from Christus Vivit, Francis quotes 2 Tim 2:13 in apparent support of his heretical thesis, but he conspicuously omits the preceding verse, which confutes him: “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him. If we deny him, he will also deny us” (2 Tim 2:12). So much for “unbreakable friendship” with Christ!
Clearly, Francis the Lutheran has struck again. Alas, one more heresy will not make a difference to all those who have long decided that Bergoglio is a true Pope, no matter what he teaches.
And so he continues on his way, able to deceive and mislead countless souls unto eternal perdition precisely because he is recognized as Pope, and almost no one is willing to challenge his claim.
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