On our “date day” this past Thursday, Bill and I watched the video, “The Two Popes” – a kind of dramatized documentary about the relationship between Pope Benedict (who resigned as Pope in 2013) and his successor, Pope Francis.
I have to admit, it was a really GOOD movie, and we literally cried our way through it, because it’s so clear that these two men both love God with all their hearts; and they’ve clearly studied Scripture and believe they’re doing His will - yet they have never realized that their theology is completely skewed and does not reflect the Word at all.
I find it mind-boggling that such learned “men of the cloth” have been completely unable to grasp that YHWH has some non-negotiable divine rules to follow … for ALL who accept Him as their ELOHIM. (See Exodus 12:49, Numbers 15:13-16, Isaiah 56:6, and Romans 10:12-13 for starters; and then truly STUDY the entire Torah for more clarity.)
He kept His people in the “wilderness” for FORTY YEARS to teach them to OBEY and look to Him for everything – yet, somehow men keep feeling the need to stray and “do their own thing.” (Men seem to forget that YHWH KILLED Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, on the spot for “adding to” the incense/offering “strange fire”….
Leviticus 10: 1 But Nadav and Avihu, sons of Aharon, each took his censer, put fire in it, laid incense on it, and offered unauthorized fire before Adonai, something he had not ordered them to do. 2 At this, fire came forth from the presence of Adonai and consumed them, so that they died in the presence of Adonai. (CJB)
Yet – like the Jewish Rabbis – Catholic Popes (as well as every pastor who insists “those old rules were just for the Jews”) adhere mostly to traditions and the writings and interpretations of men.
YHWH must be so very sad….