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False Teaching
Thanks to Tutu and the “Pope”

Some of the biggest troubles in religious matters are brought about by wolves in sheep’s clothing. These are men and women who make it look like they are followers of God but who live and/or teach in ways that are contrary to God’s revealed Word. Jesus warned, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15). In giving the appearance of righteousness, these individuals lead astray countless numbers of souls who put their trust in them.

It seems to me that every time a “Christian” religious leader clearly shows either his ignorance of or disregard for the Bible, those who are striving to abide in God’s Word should pause and give thanks, for such actions make it easier to distinguish between that which is true and that which is in error. When one sheds his sheep skin of deceit, he makes it much simpler for the real sheep to identify him as a wolf.

Recently, two religious leaders have made statements that are so clearly anti-Biblical that great doors of opportunity might have just opened among those who have been following them. Hopefully they will see that their leaders don’t have as much concern for God’s revealed Word as they thought they did.

“Archbishop” Desmond Tutu of the Anglican church commented, “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this. I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place.” First of all, God is not homophobic. He is not “phobic” about anything or anyone. He does, however, condemn homosexuality, and those who are homosexual “shall not inherit the kingdom of God” if they do not repent and obey the Lord (I Corinthians 6:9-11). Mr. Tutu has overlooked those Bible verses. Secondly, for one to say that he would choose hell over heaven is to show his utter ignorance of the Bible’s description of hell. It is a place reserved for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). It is a furnace of fire whose residents wail and gnash their teeth (Matthew 13:42). Mr. Tutu seems to think that he will have a choice in his eternal home when he stands before God. Matthew 25:41-46 makes it clear that no such choice shall be afforded to any of us in judgment. In making his statements, Mr. Tutu has shown himself to be one who has either little knowledge of or little concern for God’s truth.

Now let’s turn to comments made by the head of the Catholic church. Also speaking on homosexuals, he said, “If they accept the Lord and have good will, who am I to judge them? They shouldn't be marginalized. The tendency (to homosexuality) is not the problem ... they're our brothers.” We could offer the same response to the “pope” as that given in the previous paragraph to Mr. Tutu. Interestingly, these words from the “pope” came on the heels of another “out there” statement he made regarding atheists. He said, "The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can... "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!".. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.” Not long after the statement was made, the Vatican tried to explain away the comments but, really, to no avail. There are so many other areas in which Catholicism runs opposite of the Bible. These comments from the “pope” just add to the number.

Faithful Christians should see these incidents as opportunities to ask those who follow these men about their statements and how they measure up to the Bible. Doing so might get them to study the Bible on their own and start listening to what God has said rather than what man teaches. We’re always looking for open doors. Perhaps these two men have presented some to us.

Mike Gifford

2462 Oak Bluff Drive
Dacula, GA 30019

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