At a recent Mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis said those who have closed their hearts to the surprises of the Holy Spirit are obstinate idolaters and rebels and will never arrive at the fullness of truth. The fullness of truth, presumably, is the idolatrous Catholic Mass. Those who refuse to join in Rome’s ecumenical ways would, no doubt, then be considered obstinate rebels and idolaters by Rome.
The pope quoted the book of Samuel and said that Saul was rejected by God as the king of Israel because he disobeyed, because he said, “it’s always been done that way.” Apparently the pope means that those who reject the papal system of worship are like Saul.
He also quoted Christ who said, “No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”
Again, if a Christian does not open his heart to Rome’s overtures, he is pouring new wine into old wine skins and is obstinate. “If you have a heart closed to the newness of the Spirit (presumably, the ecumenical spirit), you will never reach the full truth,” he said. A closed heart, means you are not able to change the wineskins.
“There is the Holy Spirit who leads us into the full truth,” the pope added. “And for this reason he needs an open heart, a heart that will not stubbornly remain in the sin of idolatry of oneself, imagining that my own opinion is more important than the surprise of the Holy Spirit.”
Rome is framing her arguments against those who refuse to join her ecumenical projects and come into line with Rome’s purposes. Those who place Bible truth above the teachings of men will be accused of being obstinate and rebellious.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” Revelation 13:7