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God and “The Pope” Agree!

          According to the “Living faith” section C of The Huntsville Times, Friday, June 14, 2013, the article on Religion & Church News carried an item titled, “NO, I did not want to be Pope.” It was an interview from McClatchy-Tribune that quoted the 3-month-in-office “Pope” of the Roman Catholic Church, Francis, as saying: “’No, I didn’t want to be pope. A person who wants to be pope does not love himself,’ the pontiff added, in a trademark show of humility.’”  Based upon his comments, God would agree that:

1. Since “Pope” is a Latin term for “father,” and since Jesus Christ forbade anyone using the term “father” as a term for a spiritual leader (Matthew 23:9), then God would agree that Francis should not be “pope!”

2. Francis “didn’t want to be pope,” a position which is supposed to be the head of the Roman Catholic Church. But the Apostle Paul claimed that “the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:9-11). Since God’s “mighty power” raised Jesus from the dead and “put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:22-23), then God placed Jesus Christ over His church, not a “pope!” Thus, God would agree that He didn’t want Francis to be “pope” over the church!”

3. Francis said, “A person who wants to be pope does not love himself.” God’s Word has said that, after “the falling away,” “and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4), but whose followers would be “among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10), then Francis must not “love himself” for taking the position of apostasy that God condemns! God would agree that any man who takes such a position “does not love himself” or the truth, either!

4. Contrary to the article cited above, there is no “trademark show of humility” in anyone who opposes God, sits in God’s temple, or claims to forgive sins which only God can do (Matthew 9:1-8)! Jesus Christ condemned public displays of the Pharisees, which are remarkably like that of a “pope:” “all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues” (Matthew 23:5-6). No “pope” has ever manifested a “trademark show of humility,” while claiming to be equal with God! The real head of the church of Christ, “humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). No “pope” has ever humbled himself to die on a cross for the church of Christ! God would agree that there is no “trademark show of humility” in this, or any other “pope.”

It’s too bad the “pope” refuses to tell his followers what Jesus said would give salvation in Mark 16:16: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” Will this “pope” agree with God?

#church-of-christ, #father, #god, #humble, #hypocrisy, #jesus-christ, #pharisees, #pope, #roman-catholic-church, #salvation, #show-of-humility, #teaching

If I were to choose America’s greatest president…

If I were to choose America’s greatest president, I would not hesitate to choose Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln had shortcomings, but he was truly a great man. One quality that made him so great is the fact that he didn’t see his own greatness. He was humble with a genuine humility. When the National Cemetery at Gettysburg was dedicated, the featured orator was Edward Everett. He delivered a eloquent speech fitting for the occasion. Lincoln was moved by it and later admitted his embarrassment at his brief address. It seemed so unworthy when contrasted. But how unfounded his regrets were. 100 years later no one knows what Everett said but every school child has heard of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. I like the way Phillips translates Galatians 6:3:” if a man thinks he is somebody he is deceiving himself, for the very thought proves he is nobody.” This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#humble, #just-a-minute, #president

Learning Opportunity

In preparation for a sermon on Mark chapter nine, an article by Brother Ben Flatt in one of the Getwell Church of Christ lectureship books was helpful.

Flatt wrote verses 17-29 was an opportunity for the twelve to learn two lessons from the boy possessed by a demon. The apostles should not have taken the power given them in Mark 3 for granted. They had evidently become self-sufficient and forgotten they must remember to rely on God. This was the reason why they found it impossible to heal the boy themselves.

They also needed to understand that greatness does not lie on the mountain of ceremony, Flatt wrote. After the transfiguration, Peter had wanted to build three tents to honor Moses, Elijah and Christ. Peter’s mind reveals he was still worldly because the worldly mind strives to achieve and live in glory. Jesus, however, reminds us that true greatness is in the valley of need.

This is why Jesus calls to him a child to teach the haughty-minded disciples the blissful youngster is unassuming and innocent, without lofty goals of glory, is humble and dependant.

The child’s mind really defines what the Christian must be. Wouldn’t the world be remarkably different if that were true?

#child, #humble, #innocent

Father, may we laud and magnify Your nam…

Father, may we laud and magnify Your name today, as we worship You, the only true and living God. As we observe the Lord’s Supper, may we do so in honor and remembrance of Your Son’s sacrifice on our behalf. As we listen to Your powerful Word proclaimed, may we have open and receptive minds, allowing the message of the hour to mold us into humble and obedient servants, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

#god, #honor, #humble, #laud, #living, #magnify, #name, #obedient, #observe, #powerful, #remember, #sacrifice, #true, #worship

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is …

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

John Wooden, basketball coach, UCLA Bruins

The wisdom of Coach Wooden:

#careful, #give, #grateful, #humble, #talent

“How can I humble myself before God?”

I saw this on  another blog  today— “How can I humble myself before God?” A good question. I said that as for me a study of God always humbles me. His wisdom and knowledge are unsearchable, His paths beyond tracing out (Romans 11:33). What say you?

#humble, #humility

What is my spot to be alone with God? Li…

What is my spot to be alone with God? Like Mike, one of my spots is in my study in the morning. Another is my walk-in closet at home. Both have the positive aspect of having locks on the door so I can have some privacy and humble myself before God. This is greatly helpful every day, but also just before I go and stand in front of people. There’s something about humbling ones self before God in prayer that helps one stand before people.

#humble, #meditation, #prayer

Share a verse from your Bible reading to…

Share a verse from your Bible reading today: 1 Samuel 13:14; cf. Acts 13:21-22.

“But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

The difference between David and Saul, was simply their attitude of heart – David’s heart was humble and contrite, whereas Saul’s heart was a self-centered heart, never thinking about anyone but self. We too can be a man or woman after God’s own heart, if we will display an humble and contrite heart, desirous of being fully obedient to His will (Psalm 51:17; Matthew 7:21).

#attitude, #commanded, #contrite, #heart, #humble, #kingdom, #obedient, #self-centered, #will