Thursday, May 11, 2006I'm probably going to be called a "very bad man" for this...
In French Canadian circles, the on-going Jeremy Gabriel story is all over the media. I first became aware of this 9-year-old boy at the beginning of a Montreal Canadiens hockey game I watched on television. This young deaf lad, his body deformed by a rare genetic disease sang the Canadian national anthem and didn't miss a beat. It was a great moment.
Well, Jeremy is in the news again... and the news ain't good. Oh, don't worry, physically, the boy is fine. He is happy and healthy (all things considered). It is spiritually that poor Jeremy finds himself in peril. Jeremy, sadly, took a trip to Rome:
"A nine-year-old boy from the Quebec City area lived his dream of singing for the Pope on Thursday in Rome."
It kills me to see that while Jeremy has struggled courageously for his physical life and have won great victories, spiritually, he is being led to the idolatry of Romanism, which ultimately, will lead him to spiritual death. Consider:
"The boy later had a private audience at the Vatican with the Pope, who hugged him and gave him a rosary."
And then, Jeremy's own words, when speaking of the blessings in his life:
"...c'est grâce à Dieu, et le pape, c'est comme Dieu!"
This French phrase was incorrectly translated like this by the English media: "It's thanks to God, and the Pope is the closest thing." The correct translation is: "It's thanks to God, and the Pope, IT'S LIKE God."
In idolatrous Quebec, all youth are exposed to the teachings of Romanism. It's in their schools, on the television, and in their literature. The deception is great, and by adulthood, most Romanists in Quebec actually believe that the Pope has a special "direct line" to God, and that on Earth, there is none more holy. Kneeling before the Pope, is like kneeling before God as far as they are concerned.
What a grievous, detestable lie.
May the Lord be gracious to Jeremy Gabriel, not just in the physical realm, but especially in the spiritual realm. I pray that the Lord would break the power of Romanism in my country, that all the little ones in the land would be spared this terrible path of idolatry.
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36)
"Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry." (1 Corinthians 10:14)
"Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen." (1 John 5:21)