Saturday, April 02, 2005sad, sad, sad...
It finally happened, the ailing leader of Romanism has died, and in complete honesty, I feel sad. My sadness, though, may not be of the kind you are thinking of. Most Romanists today (and probably for days to come) will be in deep chagrin over the loss of a man they viewed as good and spiritual; I have no such sadness.
This pope, like all the others before him, was an evil man. Now he didn't curse and revile anyone (that I know of anyway) nor did he physically harm anyone (again, as far as I know), but he was the leader of an abominable, idolatrous religion. He has directed and deceived thousands (if not millions) into grave heresy; this is why he was an evil man. Do I say this with some sick pleasure? No. The Scriptures are far too clear:
"Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him." (Proverbs 24: 17-18)
So in light of all this, this is why I feel sad:
-Another fallen sinner, and I will give credit where credit is due, a peaceable and gentle fallen sinner is MORE THAN LIKELY in Hades right now, in agony, reserved for the Day of Judgement.
-Romanists around the world will MORE THAN LIKELY spend the next few days in all sorts of abominable, idolatrous masses and other evil Romanist practices.
-The promotion of Romanism will be all over the media, which will most likely deceive even more sinners into joining the evil religion.
-Finally, if things follow the normal route, another pope will be selected, and the evil institution will continue as before; same abomination, new heretic at the helm.
It's all pretty grim, but in the end, all this is part of God's design for the Church Age, and we know that whatever the Lord does, it is PERFECT. Some how, even through all this sin and error, God's will is being accomplished, and in the end, HE WILL BE GLORIFIED! Praise God!
The Lord show as much grace and mercy to this poor, sin-filled world as He wills.