Vatican pushing climate change and interfaith agendas: It still does NOT realize that the Old Covenant was replaced and Jesus must be confessed to be saved

Vatican City (photo by Joyce Thiel)


The Vatican has been pressing world leaders to implement ‘climate change’ agreements and proposals:

December 14, 2015

(ANSA) – Bologna, December 14 – Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said Monday the merit for the historic climate change agreement was due in part to the pope and his encyclical on the need to protect the planet.

“We brought a little bit of Pope Francis’…encyclical with us to Paris,” said Galletti of the United Nations COP21 climate change conference that produced the deal…

Back in the Vatican, the environmentally conscious Catholic pope also hailed the Paris climate change agreement.

“Enacting it will require a collective commitment and generous dedication on the part of each and every one,” said Francis, adding he hopes “special attention will be guaranteed the most vulnerable populations”.

December 14, 2015

United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, French Foreign Minister and president of the COP21 Laurent Fabius, and French President Francois Hollande (L-R), applauded after the final meeting of the UN conference on climate change…

ROME — Pope Francis on Sunday praised what he called an “historic” agreement reached at a United Nations climate change summit in Paris and called for a global commitment to implement it, including special attention to the poorest populations.

“Its implementation will require unanimous commitment and generous dedication by everyone,” the pontiff said after his weekly Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square. He urged the international community to “pay special attention to the most vulnerable populations” and “to carefully follow the road ahead, and with an ever-growing sense of solidarity.”

Behind the scenes pressures from the Vatican help get the deal.  A deal that as recently as last Thursday various ones thought was not going to happen.

I would like all to consider that the pontiff referred to “an ever-growing sense of solidarity.”

Pope Francis and the United Nation’s Ban ki-moon share the same agenda (see United Nations: Humankind’s Last Hope or New World Order?).

Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical and his keynote address to promote the United Nations’ “New Universal Agenda” in New York last September are parts of his plan to attempt to gain international unity.  A unity that the Bible warns against (cf. Revelation 17-18).

By promoting the climate change agenda, various world leaders found a powerful ally in Pope Francis and he now has even more allies for the rest of his agenda.

But climate change rules are not all that Pope Francis and the United Nations want.  They also want to have more interfaith dialogue and cooperation.

Somewhat in this regards, the Vatican recently released a report about Jews:

New Vatican Document on Jews, Salvation, and Evangelization

December 13, 2013

It’s titled The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable(GCGI), and it was released by the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews.

The title is a quotation from St. Paul, who refers to how the Jewish people “are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable” (Rom. 11:28-29).

The document itself commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican II’s decree Nostra Aetate, which dealt with the Church’s relations with other religions and, in particular, with Judaism. …

The first surveys the history of Jewish-Catholic relations in the last fifty years, and the last deals with goals for the dialogue between the two communities (e.g., deeper understanding of each other, practical cooperation on social problems).The middle sections deal with various theological questions.Section 2 deals with the unique status of Jewish-Catholic dialogue. It makes the point that Christianity is rooted in Judaism, that Jesus and the first Christians were Jews, and that this means that the Church relates differently to Judaism than to any other world religion. …What does the document say about the Old Covenant?

It repeats established Church teaching that the covenant God made with Israel remains valid and has not been revoked.

Interestingly, it points out that this teaching was not articulated by Nostra Aetate but was first taught explicitly by St. John Paul II in 1980 (GCGI 39).

The document thus quotes the Catechism when it says:

The Old Covenant has never been revoked (CCC 121).

What, precisely, this means is something that the document does not explore fully. However, here is a helpful discussion by Cardinal Avery Dulles. …

What does the document say about salvation? …

Therefore there are not two paths to salvation according to the expression “Jews hold to the Torah, Christians hold to Christ.” Christian faith proclaims that Christ’s work of salvation is universal and involves all mankind. God’s word is one single and undivided reality which takes concrete form in each respective historical context. . . .Since God has never revoked his covenant with his people Israel, there cannot be different paths or approaches to God’s salvation. The theory that there may be two different paths to salvation, the Jewish path without Christ and the path with the Christ, whom Christians believe is Jesus of Nazareth, would in fact endanger the foundations of Christian faith. Confessing the universal and therefore also exclusive mediation of salvation through Jesus Christ belongs to the core of Christian faith. . . . [T]he Church and Judaism cannot be represented as “two parallel ways to salvation” . . .

[T]he Christian confession that there can be only one path to salvation . . .

There cannot be two ways of salvation, therefore, since Christ is also the Redeemer of the Jews in addition to the Gentiles (GCGI 25, 35, 36, 37).

It also says:

That the Jews are participants in God’s salvation is theologically unquestionable, but how that can be possible without confessing Christ explicitly, is and remains an unfathomable divine mystery.

Does the document imply that non-Christian Jews cannot be saved?

No, and one would not expect it to. The Church acknowledges that salvation is possible for people who, through no fault of their own, do not embrace the Christian faith in this life. Thus Vatican II stated:

Those also can attain to salvation who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel of Christ or His Church, yet sincerely seek God and moved by grace strive by their deeds to do His will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience (Lumen Gentium 16).

In such cases, because Christ is the Savior of all men, it is still through Jesus that these people are saved.

No one, Jew or Gentile can be saved without accepting Jesus.  Notice what the Apostle Peter, the one the Church of Rome claims was its first pope, taught:

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” ( Acts 4:8-12).

The interfaith movement, as led by the Church of Rome, DOES NOT TEACH that it is only the name of Jesus whereby humans can be saved.

While the Bible does reveal a plan for those who are not Christians in this life, all who actually wish to be saved will have to intentionally claim Jesus in order to do that.  More on the plan is in the article Universal Offer of Salvation: There Are Hundreds of Verses in the Bible Supporting the Doctrine of True Apocatastasis.

The other point to mention is that the Old Covenant is not in place now to save the Jews.  That covenant was replaced:

1 Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; 3 and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, 4 which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; 5 and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

6 Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services.  7 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; 8 the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. 9 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience —  10 concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.

11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.”  21 Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another —  26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.  (Hebrews 9:1-26)

The Vatican does not agree with several points in the above verses as they do not support some parts of its agendas.  The Old Covenant has been replaced and the Jews are not under it.  Also, the fact that they are not currently sacrificing shows that they do not hold to all of it either (and yes, I know that for a time they will sacrifice animals again–see also Why is a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem Not Required?).

Now we see more international cooperation and more interfaith acceptance being touted. While cooperation can be good, and people should try to get along peaceably with others (Romans 12:18), the drive between the international interfaith agenda is not good.  It will end up in destruction (Revelation 18) and not peace.

The Vatican has an international interfaith agenda as it wants all to accept its leadership.  Many of its Jewish and other proposals are misguided steps in the pursuance of that goal.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

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