Pope Francis –
Following is the reported partial exchange between Presidential Nominee Donald Trump and the Pope where the Pope said that Trump is “Not Christian” because of his position on immigration. “This man (Trump) is not a Christian if he has said things like that.” (Referring to building a wall between Mexico and the U.S.) We are not the judge as to whether Trump is a Christian believer or an imposter for political purposes, however we can say that by the “fruit” that is produced by his life, he doesn’t always act like a Christian, if by definition a Christian is a follower of Christ. But one thing for sure, we can say by the testimony from his own words that the Pope is not a Christian because at the very least a Christian must worship the God of the Bible which is the only true God.
Deut 6:13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
Mat 4:8-10 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; v-9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. v-10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
However in a message delivered at the Vatican on Sept. 29, 2014 Pope Francis said that we need to pray to angels as was reported in an article by Elise Harris as follows:
Pope Francis: Satan seduces by disguising evil as good
by Elise Harris
Vatican City, Sep 29, 2014 / 06:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday’s feast of the archangels Pope Francis spoke of the ongoing battle between the devil and mankind, encouraging attendees to pray to the angels, who have been charged to defend us.
“He presents things as if they were good, but his intention is destruction. And the angels defend us,” the Roman Pontiff told those gathered for his Sept. 29 Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha
He continued by explaining that although the Bible tells us that the devil is astute and cunning in his attacks, we have the angels to defend us.
“They defend mankind and defend the God-man, the superior man, Jesus Christ who is the perfection of humanity, the most perfect.”
“This is why the Church honors the angels, because they are the ones who will be in the glory of God – they are in the glory of God – because they defend the great hidden mystery of God – namely, that the Word was made flesh.”
It is therefore the responsibility of the People of God “to safeguard man, the man Jesus,” the Pope went on, because “he is the man who gives life to all men.”
“This struggle is a daily reality in Christian life, in our hearts, in our lives, in our families, in our people, in our churches,” the Pope went on, adding that “if we do not struggle, we will be defeated.”
Pope Francis concluded his homily by encouraging those present to pray to the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, and to recite the prayer to Saint Michael often.
We should do this “so he may continue to do battle and defend the greatest mystery of mankind: that the Word was made Man, died and rose again. This is our treasure. That he may battle on to safeguard it.”
We question that either “The Donald” or the Pope has a clue that the Apostle Paul had something to say on this subject, but I will put my money on “The Donald” over the Pope as to which one is the closest to being a “Christian.” Of Course the only place that close works is with horseshoes and hand grenades.
Paul dealt with the issue of worshipping angels when he wrote to the church at Corinth with these words: Col 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
And then the Apostle John was gently rebuked on the Isle of Patmos when he was receiving his vision of the Apocalypse when he fell down and worshipped at the feet of an angel, but was told that he was a man and not an angel with the following words: Rev 22:8-9 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. v – 9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
In conclusion we might also say that Pope Francis is on record of worshipping and praying to the Virgin Mary. The scripture says 1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.