Maher: ‘They’re going to poison’ Pope Francis; The Protestant Pope?

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Commentator Bill Maher made the news for his comments about Pope Francis:

June 1, 2013

Maher: They’re going to ‘poison’ Pope Francis for being too progressive…

Bill Maher said the he thinks newly-appointed Pope Francis and some other Catholic Church leaders may be secret atheists…Maher began by pointing out that when people want to ask if something is self-evident or obvious, they say, “Is the Pope Catholic?”

“Well,” said Maher, “I think he might not be.”…“They’re going to poison him,” opined Maher.

In last book, as well as some posts at COGwriter (e.g. Is Pope Francis Catholic?), I have asked the question, “Is the Pope Catholic?”  If Pope Francis is the final antipope/Antichrist, he will not be Catholic.

The poison reference from Bill Maher seems to be an allusion to Pope John-Paul I.  John-Paul I was only pontiff for about five weeks and then died.  Some have suggested that he was murdered.  Whether he was or not, Pope Francis remains one to watch.

Pope Francis’ ecumenical and other moves have gotten others to wonder about him and his commitment to Roman Catholicism as well.  Notice some other reports:

in 2010…Speaking about how he would converse with an atheist, Bergoglio wrote: “I would not tell him that his life is condemned because I am convinced that I have no right to pass judgment.”

That, friends, is Reformed Tradition theology…{and} what Bergoglio was saying in On Heaven and Earth, co-written with Rabbi Abraham Skorka.

When I read what Bergoglio said on this subject, I had a provocative thought that I was tempted to throw into the lede of this column. Something like this: “Hey, Catholics: Do you know what you’ve done? You’ve chosen a Protestant pope.”

But the day after I read the pope’s words, I discovered that someone had beat me to that conclusion. Writer Jonathan Merritt asked this question about Pope Francis in this Religion News Service piece: “… could the growing popularity (of Francis) among non-Catholics make him ‘the first Protestant Pope?’ ”

Merritt added this: “The combination of the new Pope’s concern for justice issues and his conservative theology seems to be appealing to many of these socially conscious Protestants.”

Pope Francis spoke with Israeli President Shimon Peres about the possibility of a meeting that would bring together leaders of the world’s three great monotheistic religions to join in a call for peace, according to an Israeli government report.An official Israeli summary of an April 30 meeting between the Pope and Peres reports that the Pope “wholeheartedly supported” the Israeli leader’s condemnation of religious terrorism, and suggested a meeting in Rome of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders to join in teaching that violence is an offense against God.

While the goal of peace can be a very good one, the reality is that Pope Francis has been pushing an ecumenical agenda and this may be another step in that direction.
The final Antichrist/antipope will not be Catholic.  He will end up supporting a warring power and try to transfer worship to support that power.  He will likely, at first at least, feign Roman Catholicism.  Whether or not that will be Pope Francis is still too early to tell for sure.
But whether it is or not, Pope Francis is setting the stage for the rise of the final warring Beast power (Revelation 13:1-8).  And some, in and out of the religious world are noticing that Pope Francis may not truly be Catholic.

Some items of related interest may include:

Could Pope Francis be the Last Pope and Antichrist? According to some interpretations of the prophecies of the popes by the Catholic saint and Bishop Malachy, Pope Francis I is in the position of “Peter the Roman,” the pontiff who reigns during tribulations until around the time of the destruction of Rome. Do biblical prophecies warn of someone that sounds like Peter the Roman? Could Francis I be the heretical antipope of Catholic private prophecies and the final Antichrist of Bible prophecy? This is a YouTube video.
The Malachy Prophecies and “Peter the Roman” An Irish bishop allegedly predicted something about 112 popes in the 12th century. Pope Benedict XVI was number 111. Francis would seem to be number 112–if he is that one–and if so, he is to reign until Rome is destroyed. May he be an antipope/final Antichrist?
Will You Be Deceived by Antichrist? 1964 article by David Jon Hill, originally published in the old Good News magazine.
False Conversion Have you really been converted? Herbert W. Armstrong wrote this article on this important subject.
Why Should American Catholics Should Fear Unity with the Orthodox? Are the current ecumenical meetings a good thing or will they result in disaster? Is doctrinal compromise good?
Orthodox Must Reject Unity with the Roman Catholics Unity between these groups will put them in position to be part of the final end time Babylon that the Bible warns against as well as require improper compromise.
Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Continuing Church of God? Do you know that both groups shared a lot of the earliest teachings? Do you know which church changed? Do you know which group is most faithful to the teachings of the apostolic church? Which group best represents true Christianity? This documented article answers those questions. [Português: Qual é fiel: A igreja católica romana ou a igreja do deus?]
Some Doctrines of Antichrist Are there any doctrines taught outside the Churches of God which can be considered as doctrines of antichrist? This article suggests at least three. It also provides information on 666 and the identity of “the false prophet.” Plus it shows that several Catholic writers seem to warn about an ecumenical antipope that will support heresy. You can also watch a video titled What Does the Bible teach about the Antichrist?

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