What Kind of “Reformation” Does Pope Francis Have in Mind?

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Vatican Files

Evangelical Theological Perspectives on Roman Catholicism

As the Pope commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, what he has in mind is an altogether different kind of reformation, i.e. a reformation that will make his church more catholic and more Roman, doubtfully more evangelical.

LEONARDO DE CHIRICO

What Kind of “Reformation” Does Pope Francis Have in Mind?


Leonardo De Chirico (1967) planted and pastored a Reformed Baptist church in Ferrara (northern Italy) from 1997 to 2009. Since 2009 he has been involved in a church planting project in Rome and is now pastor of the church Breccia di Roma…
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Incredible quotes – Leonardo De Chirico

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Romans 16

19 For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. 20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.


De Chirico’s article “What Do You Think About Pope Francis?” is really helpful. In it he states that it is “vitally important for evangelicals to know who Pope Francis really is.” If you read only this excerpt, you will be wiser.

“It comes as no surprise then that the first saint that Pope Francis proclaimed in 2013 was Pierre Favre (1506-1546), a French first generation Jesuit with a ‘smiling face’ who more than others tried to look like a Protestant in order to drive people back to the Roman Church.

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Pierre Favre (Peter Faber), Co-founder of the Company of Jesus

“Furthermore, the Jesuit side of Pope Francis is clear enough given his published (and never retracted) opinion that Luther and Calvin destroyed man, poisoned society, and ruined the church! In his 1985 lecture on the history of the Jesuit order, he gave severe evaluations of Luther (a ‘heretic’), and especially of Calvin (a ‘heretic’ and ‘schismatic’) bringing about the ‘Calvinist squalor’ in society, in the church, and in man’s heart. According to that lecture, Protestantism lies at the root of all evils in the modern West. The fact that this lecture was republished unchanged in 2013 in Spanish and translated in 2014 into Italian with his permission, but without a mitigating word of explanation, indicates that this assessment still lingers in the Pope’s heart and mind. He recently added a harsh comment on the Puritans, falsely associating them with a bigoted and merciless form of Christianity. This friendly Pope to Evangelicals is a Jesuit whose entire mission of order is to defend the Roman Church against Protestantism. Certainly Francis is a smiling Jesuit, but the anti-Protestant still beats in his heart.”

Leonardo De Chirico

What Do You Think About Pope Francis?

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Pope Francis and Evangelicals

Some evangelical leaders pray with Pope Francis in May 2015

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The Revelation as comfort through all ages

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Brothers and sisters, I found this passage truly edifying and so I offer it to you. Revelation – the Apocalypse – is for the Church in every age, I believe – for Jew and Gentile.

Acts 2:39

For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.


Trésor découvert près de Gourdon (Saône-et-Loire), en 1845. Or, turquoise et grenats cloisonnés, fin du Ve-début du VIe siècle, photograph by Clio20

“The Holy Spirit, foreseeing, no doubt, that the Church of Rome would adulterate the truth by many ‘gross and grievous abominations’ (I use the words of the judicious Hooker); and that she would anathematize all who would not communicate with her, and denounce them as cut off from the body of Christ and from hope of everlasting salvation; foreseeing, also that Rome would exercise a wide and dominant sway for many generations, by boldly iterated assertions of Unity, Antiquity, Sanctity, and Universality; foreseeing also, that these pretensions would be supported by the Civil sword of many secular Governments, among which the Roman Empire would be divided at its dissolution; and that Rome would thus be enabled to display herself to the world in an august attitude of Imperial power, and with the dazzling splendour of temporal felicity: foreseeing also that the church of Rome would captivate the Imaginations of men by the fascinations of Art, allied with Religion; and would ravish their senses and rivet their admiration by gaudy colours, and stately pomp, and prodigal magnificence: foreseeing also that she would beguile their credulity by Miracles and Mysteries, Apparitions and Dreams, Trances and Ecstasies, and would appeal to their evidence in support of her strange doctrines: foreseeing likewise, that she would enslave men, and, much more women, by practicing on their affections, and by accommodating herself, with dexterous pliancy, to their weaknesses, relieving them from the burden of thought and from the perplexity of doubt, by proffering them the aid of Infallibility; soothing the sorrows of the mourner by dispensing pardon and promising peace to the departed; removing the load of guilt from the oppressed conscience by the ministries of the Confessional, and by nicely-poised compensations for sin; and that she would flourish for many centuries in proud and prosperous impunity, before her sins would reach to heaven, and come in remembrance before God (Rev.xvi. 19; xviii. 5): foreseeing also, that many generations of men would thus be tempted to fall from the faith, and to become victims of deadly error; and that they who clung to the truth would be exposed to cozening flatteries, and fierce assaults and savage tortures from her: – The Holy Spirit, we say, foreseeing all these things in His Divine knowledge, and being the Ever-Blessed Teacher, Guide, and Comforter of the Church, was graciously pleased to provide a heavenly antidote for these wide-spread and long-enduring evils, by dictating the Apocalypse.”

Christopher Wordsworth

Union With Rome – Chapter 3

HT: Meg, The Antipas Chronicles, who introduced me to Wordsworth whose work can be found at the European Institute of Protestant Studies

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Quote of the day – Carlos Gonzalez

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Recently I’ve come to see how important this simple statement is:

“The Roman Catholic Church is called apostate by Protestants because they were not always a false church.”

Carlos Gonzalez

THE POPE = THE MAN OF SIN (PART 2)

COVENANTER REFORMATION

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other posts in this series:

THE POPE = THE MAN OF SIN (PART 1)

THE POPE = THE MAN OF SIN (PART 3)

anOther pertinent post:

PROTESTANT CONFESSIONS CONDEMNING THE POPE AS ANTICHRIST

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Who is This Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition?

These things must be made known and acknowledged once again.

The X Mass H8rs Blog

From this site, European Institutes of Protestant Studies:

Notes of John Wesley on the New Testament II Thessalonians 2:3:-

“However, in many respects, the Pope has an indisputable claim to those titles. He is, in an emphatical sense, the man of sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure. And he is, too, properly styled, the son of perdition, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers, destroyed innumerable souls, and will himself perish everlastingly. He it is that opposeth himself to the emperor, once his rightful sovereign; and that exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped. Commanding angels and putting kings under his feet, both of whom are called gods in scripture; claiming the highest power, the highest honour; suffering himself, not once only, to be styled God or vice-God. Indeed no less is implied…

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