Friday, April 22, 2005

The Pope of the Church of Rome

I have been wondering since Pope John Paul II's death, how to best respond to this historical event. I've been watching, listening, and reading much about it. I know much about him and his office. I know what the Bible says about him and his office, and others of this sort.

I could right volumes about Rome and her religion. But it seems this would be redundant considering Steve Camp's website. He has written in article about the works based "gospel" that Rome specializes in. It starts by describing what it must be like for religionists to stand in judgment before God:

The most frightening words anyone could ever hear would be those of our Lord found in Matthew 7:21-23, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' Can you imagine, you called Him Lord; you did works in His name, even works of ministry; and He declares that you were only workers of lawlessness and that He never knew you? Thinking you were on your way to heaven, you wake up instantly upon your death in Hades in the full conscience of your sin, His Lordship and the eternal punishment that awaits you? Can there be anything more loathsome to fall on an unregenerate yet religious man?

He aptly continues with what the Bible says about man's best works compared to a Holy God:

Man's best works, even those mentioned above, are nothing but "filthy rags" before a holy God (Isaiah 64:6). Paul makes it abundantly clear that our salvation is because He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4). Even when/if we had done all things in perfect obedience to the Lord, Jesus still calls us "unprofitable [or unworthy, useless] servants" (Luke 17:10).

Sinner: you will stand in 1 of 2 places on the Day of Judgment. You will stand before God dressed in the "filthy rags" of your own righteousness, or you will stand before Him dressed in the spotless robe of Christ's righteousness.

One is eternal damnation and the other is eternal life in His presence.

Which is it going to be?


At 4/26/2005 11:16 AM, Blogger 1000 black lines said...

Wow, Steve Camp doesn't pull any punches. I've only met him once (in Greenville, SC) and it appears he hasn't lost his passion over the years. It's refreshing in this climate of pluralism to have someone unmovable in sound doctrine.

At 4/26/2005 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I just went over to check out Steve Camp's website, and I liked it. I apprecaited that he didnt tap dance around the gospel like most do. It's such a disservive to the unbeliever when people do that. I like how he states the truth and lets it stand as it is. Thats' the way it should be.
I can see now why you like him.


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