Pope Francis continues to be a controversial figure among Christians.
He’s taken several positions that put him at odds with church orthodoxy.
And Pope Francis left Christians scratching their heads with these eight words.
There are certain precepts that all Popes follow. But there other issues where individual Popes have moved the Catholic Church in different directions.
Pope John Paul II was instrumental in lifting the pall of communism from the eastern bloc.
But Pope Francis is a devotee of liberation theology, which has its roots in socialism.
That’s why Pope Francis frequently issues statements that ingratiate him with the political Left when they otherwise would be hostile toward religious Christians.
Pope Francis repeatedly bashed President Trump on issues like open borders and wealth redistribution.
And now he’s tackling an issue that left many Christians confused by saying Christians shouldn’t spread the gospel.
“The last thing I should do is to try to convince an unbeliever. Never,” he said. “The last thing I should do is speak. I should live my faith with consistency. And it will be my witness that will awaken the curiosity of the other who may then ask: ‘But why do you do this?’ And yes, then I can speak.”
“But listen, the gospel is never, ever advanced through proselytism,” he continued. “If someone says he is a disciple of Jesus and comes to you with proselytism, he is not a disciple of Jesus. Proselytism is not the way; the Church does not grow by proselytism.”
Ignoring the Great Commission recorded in the gospels of Matthew and Mark, Pope Francis declared, “The gospel is never, ever advanced through proselytism . . .”
Pope Francis’s comments were certainly alienating to evangelicals and other denominations who feel compelled to spread the word of God.
But Pope Francis will likely continue to be a controversial figure in the Church.
Leftists like to promote him when he talks about unfettered immigration and strained countries taking in more refugees. But they ignore him when he makes stern pro-life statements.
This could likely be another statement irreligious liberals use to beat Christians over the head.
Do you think the Pope should’ve contradicted the scriptures by issuing his statement condemning those who seek to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations?
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