One day after Pope Francis made his famous and surprising statement that Atheists can be saved if they do good works because Jesus died for everyone, the Vatican felt the need to clarify his remarks. Of course, his statement was patently false, for salvation is by faith in Christ, not by good works.
But the Vatican sent a fallible priest to enlighten the world as to what the “infallible” pope really meant. It was more like a correction. Vatican spokesman Rev. Thomas Rosica released a statement saying that the church was necessary for salvation and that all who “refuse to enter or remain in her” cannot be saved.
This is just as false as the pope’s statement. Salvation is not found in church membership, whether it is the Roman Catholic or any other church. Salvation is based solely in a relationship with the person Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth and the life. Knowing and following Jesus, will lead away from Roman Catholic teaching to the Bible, and to the full truth for these last days. It will also lead to membership in the church that upholds all of His truth.
Irish Catholic commentator, Cahir O’Doherty, wrote, “It makes for an interesting spectacle to see the infallible pope being corrected by his handlers, doesn’t it?” Before closing his article he said, “If I was Pope Francis, I’d be employing a food taster right about now!”
Pope Francis’ remarks were obviously ecumenical and intended to reach out to those who have no religious belief. The Papacy wants them to accept her leadership too, if not her theology.
“It is one of the leading doctrines of Romanism that the pope is the visible head of the universal church of Christ, invested with supreme authority over bishops and pastors in all parts of the world. More than this, the pope has been given the very titles of Deity. He has been styled “Lord God the Pope” (see Appendix), and has been declared infallible. He demands the homage of all men. The same claim urged by Satan in the wilderness of temptation is still urged by him through the Church of Rome, and vast numbers are ready to yield him homage.” Great Controversy, page 50