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One-World Religion

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE: The Bible clearly teaches that there will be some kind of universal religion that will use its influence to enable the Beast, a world military and economic dictator, to rise to power.

There are already religious movements working toward the goal of a "United Religions," modeled after the United Nations. Once born-again Christians have been taken up to meet Christ in the Rapture, what is left of Christianity will be willing to cooperate with other religions in the name of peace.

According to the prophecy in Revelation about the "Mark of the Beast," all people will be required to worship the Beast in order to receive permission to buy or sell. His world religious movement will be led by the False Prophet of Revelation 13. It's influence will be symbolized by the spiritualy adulterous woman who rides the Beast in Revelation 17.

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Pope Francis attacks 'diseases' of Vatican in Curia address

Dec. 22, 2014 - Pope Francis delivered a surprising message to the Curia - the Vatican leadership. Instead of a simple Christmas greeting, he listed a number of "diseases" they need to eliminate in order for the church to be healthy. He spoke against the "disease of feeling immortal or indispensable," the "pathology of power," the loss of compassion," a variety of organizational mistakes, and in a reference to the child-abuse scandals, the "disease of closeness."
Source: CNN

Prophetic Significance of a One-World Religion

'Hip' church gives biblical Christians new label: 'Hater'

Dec. 18, 2014 - Writer Jim Fletcher points out that a growing number of young millennial pastors, are challenging traditional evangelicals "to basically get out of the way, because their time is past."
Witness Mr. Jonathan Merritt. I consider Merritt – son of former president of the Southern Baptist Convention Dr. James Merritt – to be a leading change agent within evangelicalism, in the broader attempt to move evangelicals to center-left perspectives.
One example is Merritt's approval of Rob Bell, who lost his standing with mainstream Christianity when he questioned whether or not hell was real. He then moved into the orb of the Oprah Winfrey Network. Commenting on the affair, Merritt said that Bell did well, “by quietly bidding his haters adieu, leaving his church and attaining even more success.”
Source: Jim Fletcher - WND

Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns

Dec. 16, 2014 - In a new video, megachurch leader and author Rick Warren calls for “an ecumenical vision for Catholics and Protestants to work together to defend the sanctity of life, sex and marriage."

Apologist Matt Slick from Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) warns that there are major differences between Protestants and Catholics.

“Though it’s technically correct to say that Catholics believe in salvation through Jesus Christ, they reject justification by faith in Christ alone. Instead, it teaches that good works of various kinds are necessary for salvation.”
He also points to serious non-biblical teaching about Mary and "offering of money for the sins of the dead.”

Source: Christian News

Pope Francis: Christian Persecution, Prohibition of Worship Signs of the End Times

Nov. 29, 2014 - Preaching on Jesus' Olivet Discourse in Luke 21, Pope Francis said that Christian persecution and the cultural fear of public expressions of faith are signs of the end times.
"Worship is prohibited – this is at the center of the end of time." Once we "reach the fullness of this pagan attitude truly the Son of Man will come in a cloud with great power and glory."
Source: Christian Post
Editor's Note: The Catholic Church does not believe in the Rapture or the thousand year Millennium, but they do believe that things will get much worse before His return. See our blog: Understanding the Future

Pope Francis in Turkey to boost faith ties

Nov. 28, 2014 -
Pope Francis is in Turkey on a three-day trip aimed at promoting religious dialogue, only the fourth visit by a pope to the Muslim-majority nation.
Source: BBC
Profile: Pope Francis - BBC

Pope Francis Irritating Conservative Catholics in US

Nov. 3, 2014 - Rev. Paul Sullins, a sociology professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., said that many conservative Catholics in America are unhappy with some of Pope Francis' statements.
"Their feeling is, 'We're out here on the front lines in the culture wars — fighting abortion, gay marriage," he said. "It seemed Benedict had our back, and Francis doesn't.''
Source: NewsMax

Is Gospel Amnesia Creating a Third Great Schism?

Oct. 31, 2014 - The book Deep Church Rising: The Third Schism and the Recovery of Christian Orthodoxy, by Andrew Walker and Robin Parry explores a third great schism in the Christian church. Many people are not aware of the controversy because it is not a division along denominational lines, but between those in any denomination who view the essence of Christianity in different ways.
On one side stand those who affirm a broadly supernaturalist Christian orthodoxy embodied in the Nicene and Chalcedonian Creeds. And on the other, you find those who can at best recite the creeds with their fingers crossed.
Those who adhere to the ancient creeds see them as careful, time-honored distillations of what the Bible teaches about the Trinity and the supernatural nature of Christ. The other side is influenced by modernism and postmodern thinking, and are skeptical of supernatural claims. They doubt the idea of objective truth. To them Jesus is the greatest of teachers and examples, but not a miracle-worker.

The authors of the book are concerned about a widespread loss of the gospel within the Christian community. They liken the situation to the early-20th-century's debate over liberalism. J. Gresham Machen made the case that the choice between orthodox Christianity and Liberalism wasn’t between different branches of Christianity, but rather between two wholly different religions.

Source: Derek Rishmawy - Christianity Today

Catholic bishops reject welcome to gays in sign of split

Oct. 18, 2014 - The synod of Catholic bishops rejected the wording of a proposed statement that would have welcomed the "gifts and qualities" of gay Catholics. It would also have advised pastors to "avoid any language or behavior" that could discriminate against divorced Catholics. The decision was a set-back for Pope Francis, who has projected a more tolerant tone.
Last year, the pope made waves when, in response to a question about whether gays could be good Christians, he asked, "Who am I to judge?"
On the other hand, the bishops praised conjugal love — love within the bounds of traditional marriage — calling it "one of the most beautiful of all miracles and the most common."
Source: USA Today
Pope Francis Wants To Know What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage - Christianity Today

Pope Denounces Perversion of Religion for Violence

Sept. 21, 2014 - Albania is the first majority Muslim nation Pope Francis has visited since the Islamic State crackdown on Christians in Iraq. He commended them for thier interreligious harmony, and called their Christian-Muslim coexistence was an "inspiring example" for the world. He said,
"This is especially the case in these times in which authentic religious spirit is being perverted by extremist groups, and where religious differences are being distorted."
Source: NewsMax
Editor's Note: The need for world peace could be the basis of a prophesied "United Religions" that compromises the distinctive aspects of all religions in order to avoid violence.
9/24/14 - 'No God Condones This Terror;' Obama Calls on Global Leaders at UN to Help Defeat ISIS, Stop Danger of Religious Extremism - Chrisian Post

Pope Francis: World's Many Conflicts Amount to WW III

Sept. 14, 2014 - Speaking at a war memorial in Italy, where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried, Pope Francis said "War is madness."
"Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction," he said.
However, last month the Pope said that it would be legitimate for the international community to use force to stop "unjust aggression" by Islamic State militants.
Source: NewsMax

Pope Says Communists Are Closet Christians

July 2, 2014 -
Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, said in an interview published on Sunday that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity.
Source: NewsMax

Islamic prayers to be held at the Vatican

Jun. 8, 2014 -
For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders will be involved in the prayer meeting.
Pope leads Israeli-Palestinian peace prayer - Al Jazeera
Pope Francis peace plea at Israel-Palestinian prayer meeting - BBC

Berlin prayer house unites Jews, Christians, Muslims

Jun 8, 2014 - A fundraising event will be held in Berlin this week to build an multii-faith building on the site of St. Peter's Square in the center of Berlin.
Not a church, nor a synagogue, or a mosque as such, but a bit of all three, the center known currently as a “House of Prayer and Learning” will be unlike any other religious venue in the world, its initiators say.
Christians, Muslims and Jews, will some day all be praying under the same roof.
Source:Times of Israel

Pope Francis Gets Involved In Middle East Peace Process

Jun. 6, 2014 - Pope Francis will host an "intense prayer session" this Sunday with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He told reporters that he is not getting involved in the stalled peace process, but observers say the prayer meeting is a bold move. Daniel Petri at the Catholic University of America in Washington, said that his previous accomplishments make him “the world’s best politician.”
The pope is already seen as a maker of miracles by many of his followers. His prayer vigil for peace in Syria on Sept. 7, 2013 was followed by an agreement a week later that prevented U.S. air strikes over the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.
Source: Voice of America

Pope Francis throws farewell curveball: Peace prayer summit in Rome

May 28, 2014 - Ending His historic three-day visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis did something that his predecessors never did.
Pope Francis took the unexpected step of calling for a prayer meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, leaving people on both sides of the divide abuzz with the potential implications.
Leaders from Israel and the Palestinians accepted the invitation to continue the pursuit of peace with the Pope in Rome.
Source: Haaretz
How the pope triumphed over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - Times of Israel

After meeting Peres, Pope set to speak with prime minister

May 26, 2014 - Yesterday Pope Francis visited the Yad Vashem holocaust museum. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau were in attendance when he spoke there. He asked God to “grant us the grace to be ashamed of what we men have done,” adding that the Nazi genocide was a “massive idolatry” that must never happen again.

Today the Pope is scheduled to visit the Temple Mount and the Western (Wailing) Wall. He will also meet with Netanyahu.

Source: Jerusalem Post
Pope Extends Dramatic Vatican Summit Invitation to Israeli, Palestinian Leaders - NewsMax
Pope calls Muslims 'brothers' at Dome of the Rock - Yahoo

In Bethlehem speech, Pope Francis calls for end to conflict

May 25, 2014 - Pope Francis is visiting the Holy Land for the first time since becoming the leader of the Catholic Church. His first stop was in Jordan where he called for peace in Syria. Next, he travelled to Bethlehem by helicopter and held a mass at the Church of the Nativity.
The pope made several endorsements of Palestinian national aspirations. He referred to the “state of Palestine” in a speech alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and stopped for a prayer alongside Israel’s security barrier in Bethlehem.
The Pope called the tension between Israel and the Palestinians a "situation which has become increasingly unacceptable.”

He will now visit Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and several holy sites in Jerusalem — including the Temple Mount, the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Source: JTA
Pope Extends Dramatic Vatican Summit Invitation to Israeli - NewsMax
Great Expectations: Can Pope Francis Bring Peace to the Middle East? - NBC
Pope prays at Israel's West Bank separation barrier - BBC
Netanyahu to Pope: Israel committed to maintaining ‘status quo’ at holy sites - Times of Israel

Pope Will 'Recognize Palestine, Call to End Occupation'

May 21, 2014 - Pope Francis will begin his trip to Israel in Bethlehem. Palestinian Authority and Arab Christians are claiming that the Pope will be sending a political message meant to "recognize Palestine" and "oppose the occupation." He plans to meet with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and then visit a Palestinian refugee camp.
Source: Israel National News
Pope: Holy Land Trip Is 'Strictly Religious' - ABC
Pope to lay wreath on Herzl's tomb, righting a historical wrong - Israel Hayom
Vatican Says Pope Will Demand 'Sovereign Palestine' - Israel National News

Rabbi, Muslim join pope’s delegation in Holy Land

May 15, 2014 - When Pope Francis visits the Holy Land he will bring with him a rabbi and a Muslim leader from his home country, Argentina.
Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud, a leader of Argentina’s Islamic community, are on the official delegation for the May 24-26 trip to Jordan, the West Bank and Israel.
This is the first time an official papal delegation has included members of other faiths.
Source: Times of Israel

Pope Francis to World: Redistribute The Wealth

May 10, 2014 - Yesterday Pope Francis addressed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other U.N. leaders gathered in Rome with a call for world leaders to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor.
The comments were in keeping with the Pope’s previous critiques of income inequality at the World Economic Forum in January and in a private March meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama.
Source: Time
Pope Francis should stick to doctrine, stay away from economic 'redistribution' - By appearing to sanction what amounts to forced redistribution, Francis grievously exceeded his authority and became what amounts to a robe-wearing politician. - John Moody - Fox

Vatican declares Popes John Paul II and John XXIII saints

Apr. 27, 2014 - In the Vatican Pope Francis presided over the ceremony that declared Popes John Paul II and John XXIII saints. Pope Emeritus Benedict, who stepped down as pope last year, was also present. This was the first time in history that two popes were canonized at the same time. According to analysts, Pope Francis is trying to balance the conservative legacy of John Paul with the reforming zeal of John.
At the climax of the service, Pope Francis said in Latin: "We declare and define Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II to be saints and we enroll them among the saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole Church."
Source: BBC
Pope Francis makes history with dual canonization of Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II - Fox
Popes John XXIII and John Paul II Become Saints in Historic Dual Canonization - NewsMax
Pope John Paul II - BBC
John XXIII - the 'Good Pope' - BBC
Papal Canonizations a Lesson in Subtle Art of Catholic Politics - Pope Francis promotes unity by recognizing leaders from two different wings of the Church. - Ashley McGuire - NewsMax
Read our notes about the origins of the priesthood and the papacy - Rejoicing in Revelation
The Roman Empire and the First Pope - Not against Catholics! - Ron's Blog

Pope Francis tops Fortune's 'World's Greatest Leaders' list, but no Obama

Mar. 21, 2014 - Pope Francis was chosen for the number 1 spot because he has begun to clean up vatican scandans.
He also has "set a striking new tone through his personal example of modesty and inclusiveness — this is what a great leader does,” the magazine said about the Pontiff.
Recently Pope Francis was also named Time's "Person of the Year."
Source: Today

Pope Francis' popularity rivals that of John Paul II among American Catholics, survey finds

Mar. 6, 2014 - A new Pew survey reports that Pope Francis is one of the most popular pontiffs of the modern era among American Catholics.
And the percentage who view him very favorably is close to rivaling the percentage who felt the same about Pope John Paul II in the 1980s and 1990s.
Source: Fox
Pope Francis: Church could support civil unions - CNN
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