Meme Theology

Anyone who has been in the cyber world knows what a meme is.  They are usually a picture with a message in them.  In the Christian world there are plenty of memes floating around on Facebook and other sites, some good some not good.  This is about the not good.

This is one example:

I’ve seen this used by those who are not believers.  Why?  Because they think that even if you don’t believe, you’ll be ok with God just by being nice, a good person, and doing good works.  That sounds great right?  Well, not really.  This falls under the “if is sounds too good to be true it probably isn’t” category.

There is some debate if the pope actually said this.  But he has said or alluded to the basic concept of this statement.

The basic salvation theology of the Church of Rome can be broken down like this:  you get to heaven if you keep all the sacraments, keep all the commandments and do good works.  Sounds simple right? Well it isn’t.  And all that is not needed.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and  that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 1For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Clearly, works are not enough to get to Heaven. No, despite the rules of Rome, all you need is faith through grace.

Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.   (John 14:6)

It is the simplest verse in the Bible to understand, but many act like it’s not in there.  The Church of Rome adds works to it, that is not how salvation works.  Just being a good person is not enough.  Only if you believe in Christ crucified and risen will you spend eternity with Him!  Regardless of what Rome says or atheists say, there is only one way there are no other options!

For example, consider these quotes of the late Mother Teresa.
““All is God—Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, etc., all have access to the same God.” (12/4/89 Time Magazine Interview with Edward Desmond, pp. 11, 13)

“I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic” (A Simple Path, p. 31).

That is not the point of being a missionary.  You preach your faith as you help them, despite that many will not choose Christ, some will.  Why keep them dead in their false religions?  That is not how it works,  by doing as she did, she let people remain lost forever.

If anything, the pope is preaching universalism, not Christianity.  John 14:6, as referenced above, tells us there is no other way to salvation but through Christ crucified and risen and believing it and trusting Him!  No amount of good works, Catholic doctrine,  no amount of money, nothing we can do on our own will save us!

This current pope is now on a tour of Cuba and the United States.  The news media is covering this trip non-stop, praising this pope for being so humble and soft spoken.  An American  priest actually constructed a model of the Vatican out of thousands of Legos:

Although it is impressive, it is applauded the riches of the Church of Rome.  It was built from the money gained through the unbiblical sale of indulgences, a system that the RCC has been using for centuries.

The Church of Rome owns billions of dollars worth of property.  Their priests, bishops, cardinals and popes wear extravagant vestments made of the finest fabrics. They use altars and communion chalices of gold.  All paid for by indulgences.

As a side note:  “But was not Solomon’s temple most magnificent? Yes, but it was uniquely designed and commanded by God.”  “”No such pattern or approval was given by God for any other religious structure.” (Hunt, Dave (2014-09-24). The Nonnegotiable Gospel (Kindle Locations 246-247). The Berean Call. Kindle Edition. Hunt, Dave (2014-09-24). The Nonnegotiable Gospel (Kindle Locations 241-246). The Berean Call. Kindle Edition.)
No other religious building in the world was designed and commanded by God besides the Temple of Solomon on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  But I regress.

The meme of the pope and the quote is dangerous doctrine.  No one is saved by good works, no one.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and  that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

And yet, just like John 14:6, this passage from Ephesians is very easy to understand…..yet so many ignore them both.

Do not place your trust in the RCC or the pope.  As for memes—be very discerning.

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