As a man who was born and raised in the Roman Catholic Church, I presume I should share some of my reflections on a day when talk of the happenings in Rome will be the norm. I’ve been talking about my past in the Catholic church quite a bit lately and it breaks my heart that some of it brought out some of the worst in people I thought were otherwise kind thoughtful, and possibly even among the redeemed.
Today Rome selected for itself a new infallible ruler. I pointed someone who was excited about this to 1 Samuel 8 where we see God’s own reaction to the people of Israel demanding a king – and the subsequent warning from his prophet. I caution anyone about putting any mere man, no matter who pious and godly he seems in the place of infallible mouthpiece for the God of the Universe. There was one man, not a mere man who was perfectly that – and his name is Jesus Christ.
Today Rome selects what to many was a surprise candidate- Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Cardinal of Buenos Aires to be it’s own appointed “successor to Peter”. I scratch my head when I think of some group of men, even apostles thinking they can appoint a man to be an Apostle of Christ, or a successor to an Apostle. Reading Acts 1:12-26 where the remaining 11 apostles selected Matthias, who by all account was a believer and a good man, never really amounted to anything since he is not heard of again in scripture. We know better, that Jesus himself selected none other than Saul, who became Paul, through whom He gave us the majority of New Testament. Other traditions about Matthias aside, I think just about anyone would have to say Jesus selection for Apostle had a much larger impact for the Glory of God than the one selected by men. An example of this happened again today – men want a man who they can influence, cajole and control, not a man under the control of the Holy Spirit who will speak the truth to them in love.
What of the so-called “prophecy” of “saint” Malachy we’ve been hearing so much about lately? I have to admit it never really set right with me. It had the warning signs of fraud in that it failed to surface or be attested to for centuries after the supposed “prophets” death. It’s fulfillment is also fully in the hands of sinful men that I believe have invited the influence of Satan due to their proud statements and rejection of clear scriptural truth. If was fulfilled clearly and perfectly, I would still be suspicious that it was not completed by the work of a very clever but very evil spirit to distract us from the true prophetic word that comes from God alone via the scriptures. Will anyone claim it was fulfilled? They probably are already – even though he’s from Argentina, he’s the son of an Italian rail worker. They will point loudly and say see! see! see! – he’s “The Roman”. The last time I checked though the name “Peter” was not the name “Francis” in any language so I can hardly wait what convoluted logic they use to make that one fit.
The other possibility with the whole Malachy document – a deception intended to discredit prophecy altogether. So many Christians have asked me what I thought of it. In some ways, even myself, I wanted it to be a true word from God. I long to know that the last pope has taken his throne – since by that I know the rule of my Lord over the whole earth is near. If anything we need to careful about what we affirm as prophecy – and the we are committed to being BOTH wise as serpents and innocent as doves since we are sheep sent out among the wolves.
To all of you who read and post here regularly, I pray that you will resist the schemes of the devil and see through his deceptions. Keep me in your prayers as well, that I would not make any provision for the flesh and do all I can for the glory of God.
Update 3/14 – Thanks to Hisown for forwarding this effort to make the appointment of the new pope fit Malachy’s “prophecy” – and provide a commercial for their own reasonably price book at the same time! http://www.stevequayle.com/index.php?s=33&d=317
Second Update 3/14 I am very troubled that the Catholics would choose a Jesuit though. This Christian research site “The Master’s Table” wrote on the Jesuits and their vigorous promotion of global ecumenism
While I still hold the same stand on Malachy – even if it appears with some convoluted logic to be fulfilled I can’t find any reliable evidence that it is a word from the Lord which leads me with just one assumption that is clever counterfeit from the enemy – who we have been warned will perform “false signs and wonders” (2 Thessalonians 2:9)