Everytime a catholic person calls the pope "Holy Father" they are calling him God!
The name "Holy Father" is found only ONE time in the entire Bible and it refers to God the Father! They are calling the pope by God's name! It is extreme blasphemy to call a man by God's name. The following passage shows Jesus praying before He and His disciples went to the garden of Gethsemane:
John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
Lord, please help people to see the truth!
The pope is even looked upon as the Holy Ghost--catholics are told that they need him to teach them what God says from the Bible. That's why they have all those encylical letters and supplementary books. Look at the catholic t.v. channel one day. They are always quoting from popes--so are "lay" catholics. Now all of a sudden, he is not only God the Father, but God the Holy Spirit too! The Bible tells us that:
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye NEED NOT that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
The Bible says that the antichrist will call himself God. I'm not saying that the current pope is the beast himself, but I am saying that he is an antichrist:
1 John 2:18, Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there MANY ANTICHRISTS; whereby we know that it is the last time.
If it was the "last time" when 1 John was written, how much more so now hundreds of years later! Let us open our eyes and look for these things for they were written for our admonition and spiritual well-being.
CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER:
There is not one single excuse for calling the pope God--it is BLASPHEMY
FOR THE RECORD: This article was written on 1-30-97. Do not be surprised if a new Bible version comes out changing the Bible to:
1) include more "Holy Fathers" or
2) delete Holy Father from John 17:11 or
3) change the capitalization in John 17:11 or
4) add/delete/change in some other combination.
The purpose of many (if not all) of the new Bible versions is to waterdown the truth so that people won't know what the scriptures really say and they'll be fooled. The Jehovah Witness bible changes around things like this and when you try to reason with them out of the Bible, they argue with their corrupted version. The same thing recently happened to me when I was speaking to a catholic person about Exodus 20:4 (I was told, "my bible doesn't say that"). Satan is a deceiver. But God is not without witness, you can rely on the Authorized King James of 1611--it's been around a long time and Satan hates it. The beast is coming and I forewarn you that men playing around with the Bible and changing it has something to do with ushering him in.
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