The Vatican is looking to develop a new doctrine that calls for excommunicating Catholics for mafia association and corruption, but that raises a serious problem.
“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:6 (KJV)
The Catholic Church has always bragged that they “never change”, but in reality their doctrine has changed a lot. Their latest “update” centers around having an official legal doctrine to deal with Mafia members, mobsters and other killers and murders. I wonder why that would be when the Bible clearly declares God’s position on how unsaved murderers should be treated.
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8 (KJV)
The AP reports that “In a statement Saturday, the Vatican said the need had come to develop a new legal doctrine for the Catholic Church about “excommunication for corruption and mafia association. That’s the decision reached this week after the Vatican hosted its first-ever conference on fighting corruption and organized crime. The meeting gathered 50 prosecutors, bishops, victims and U.N. officials for a day of talks.” source
So let me get this straight because I’m a tad confused. After 1,692 years of allowing all manner of unregenerate, soulless killers to be “Catholics in good standing”, Pope Francis has suddenly grown a conscience? Isn’t that interesting.
Here is a partial listing of people that were considered to be ‘good Catholics’ by the Vatican:
- Al Capone: Catholic
- “Lucky” Luciano: Catholic
- Adolf Hitler: Catholic
- Albert “Lord High Executioner” Anastasia: Catholic
- Carmine “The Snake” Persico: Catholic
- Jimmy “Jimmy the Weasel” Fratianno: Catholic
- Benjamin “Lefty” Ruggiero: Catholic
We can stop there, I think you get the idea. The point being is that the Vatican and the Catholic Church has always been the friend of unredeemed killers. People have applauded Pope Francis’s “excommunication of Mafia members“, but in doing so it raises an ugly, ugly question. If the Vatican has let Mafia members be “Catholics in good standing” since the Mafia was first formed in the 19th century, and allowed them to have “last rites” when they are dying, then why are Mafia members suddenly anathema now? Hmm…Houston, we have a problem.
What does the Vatican, Nazi Germany, 20th Century Fox and the NIV have in common?:
This video was made when Pope Benedict was still in power, and reveals the stunning connection between the Vatican, the Nazis, and the Roman Catholic lust for world power.
If the Vatican wants to create an official doctrine now in 2017 to boot out Mafia members, then they will also have to admit that allowing Mafia members to become and remain Catholics for well over 100 years was a sin. And as a sin, the Vatican would have to officially admit they were wrong, that all popes who allowed that were wrong, and then also issue a formal letter of repentance from the Vatican and signed by the pope.
The moment that happens, of course, out the window goes other Catholic “doctrines” like the infallibility of the popes, and ridiculous claims like they are the “vicar of Christ”. Because Jesus Christ would not allow an unsaved mafia member into His Church for one, single second. In fact, there is only ONE requirement for becoming part of the Church, and that’s to become born again.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (KJV)
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23 (KJV)
That brings us to our last point – salvation
No where in the Bible does it ever say that if a baby is sprinkled with water by a black-robed “priest”, that that baby has become born again. No where in the Bible does it mention “the mass”, or magic “elements” that appear to be bread and wine but somehow are “transformed into the body and blood of Christ”. No where in the Bible does it mention confessions of sins to another human being, “last rites”, nuns or the “stations of the cross”.
You can be a “Catholic in good standing” and still die and go to a Hell from which you will never escape. Because salvation is not Catholicism, and “last rites” won’t change your final destination one, little bit.
The Church that Jesus Christ shed His blood for is not a 501 C3 corporation, it is not the Vatican or any other religious organization. The Church of Jesus Christ is a body of redeemed, born again people, sinners who have accepted the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross as their payment for their sins. And you can’t get it from a wafer, wine, or dispensed from any other human being.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9 (KJV)
The entire structure on which the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church is based is not based on the Bible, it is based on their own writings and ideas. As such, no Catholic who remains a Catholic can ever be born again by Biblical standards. If you are A Catholic who wants to go to Heaven when you die, then RUN out the door of your Catholic “church”, get you a King James Bible, and start reading in the book of John. After that read Romans to Philemon. After that get on your knees and ask God to saved you based on the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and rising again on the Third Day. That’s how you become born again, and that’s how you get to Heaven.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (KJV)
Go thou and do likewise.
NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.