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An Evangelical Pope?

nero Wrote: Feb 23, 2013 12:47 PM
Jesus Jesus is the only one needed for salvation. Catholics are not encouraged to read their Bibles. Most Catholics I know don't know anything other than what their priests tell them. Dreadnaught- I'm afraid it is you that is lost.
dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Feb 23, 2013 9:14 PM

You can be a Catholic all your life and still be damned. What we must be is FAITHFUL Catholics. A faithful Catholic is always saved in the end; even a sinner.

You may be an evangelical all your life. But being evangelical is NOT being faithful. You will very likely be damned because nothing about believing men's teaching has power to obtain you grace. You'll die at last in sin. You can study the Bible every day and never arrive at forgiveness of sin.

Catholics have it either way. We do, definitely read the Bible, and we have forgiveness of our sins. We receive grace from Jesus Christ and enduring faith. Faith in HIM, not faith in Bible study.

The media, including some in the Christian media, throw around the word evangelical with little understanding of its proper definition. Most recently, the media has done this in referring to Pope Benedict XVI as the “Evangelical Pope.”

In an attempt to say he’s a missionary-minded Pope, or a proselytizing Pope, they impart a title that would probably make him most uncomfortable.

I have a deep respect for Pope Benedict. Respect for his impressive intellect. Respect for his strong stand on moral issues. Respect for his belief in the uniqueness of Jesus Christ for salvation. Respect for his levelheadedness in understanding other...