Pope Francis: “Quiet Please!”

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emblem of the Papacy: Triple tiara and keys Français : emblème pontifical Italiano: emblema del Papato Português: Emblema papal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pope thinks we should not talk so much about homosexuality and abortion as though not talking about it will somehow make things better as pertains to the relative divide between Christians and the world.

Granted, he is speaking for the Catholic Church, but the issue is the same for all Christians. And he is right: If we will stop talking about it they will like us more. But ultimately, we will come to the point where we will either have to be true to our convictions or simply put them aside for the sake of being liked. The idea that somehow if we just be nice the culture will eventually simply self-convert or that they will come to Jesus without ever having to hear the truth of the Bible is simply a fallacy.

Here are more of my thoughts on the matter . . .

12 thoughts on “Pope Francis: “Quiet Please!”

  1. Clare Flourish

    Hello again, Scott.

    I don’t think it is quite that. He says that if all those outside the church hear is an insistence on rules- mostly rules about sex, as the rules about murder and thieving are uncontroversial- they will be driven away. The first thing to preach is the Gospel of Love and Salvation.

    Rules come in sometime. But- what do you think of his example, of the woman who had an abortion in her past?

    1. cscottfowler Post author

      Hi Clare, I really do understand the sentiment and the desire to reach people with the love of Christ and not drive them away with harsh preaching, etc. But in this case, it must be said that 1) The idea of salvation first and then addressing sin gets things out of order. It would be like saying to the thief, come and accept Christ and then we will negotiate about your sins. Part of counting the cost of discipleship is understanding ahead of time what that cost is. 2) I would agree that where Christians are being hated because they are hateful and obnoxious, correction is needed. However, where the Church is hated because it lovingly preaches the truth, then it must live with its unpopularity. 3) As for the woman who had an abortion in the past, her sin would be no different than anyone elses past sin: it requires genuine remorse and repentance. The issue with the Church’s discussion of homosexuality and abortion etc., is that it is speaking to those who condone those sins, not those who have repented and desire to change.

    1. cscottfowler Post author

      Hi spookchristian. I can sympathize with your view here. I personally place no importance on the Pope as a spiritual leader unless he lines up with Scripture. Since I have major problems with Catholicism, I do not recognize the Pope. However, because he speaks and others listen, I felt it necessary to counter his statements. Thanks spook christian for joining the conversation. I’d love for you to check in at http://ccithink.com/ and at http://scottythinks.wordpress.com/

      1. spookchristian

        I will have to wait till Monday,coz my android tablet is slow.
        I did have a quick look though.
        Definitely gonna have a closer look.

      2. spookchristian

        I’m not a genius or anything,..but if I know your a Christian brother,then will help anyway I can,…if possible..
        Is leonard ulrich a false teacher??
        Is he a secret catholic.??

      3. cscottfowler Post author

        If Leonard Ulrich is the same person as Eckart Tolle, then my understanding is that he is all about the universe and other wierd new age type concepts.

      4. spookchristian

        I need to know really.
        He did a good vid on illuminati,NWO,But I did not like his application of Rev17,to New York/USA etc..

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