Unless you have been living in a cave for the past week, undoubtedly you have been exposed to the lengthy news footage covering Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. I have been amazed at how much focus and coverage has been put on this one man. I was also amazed as I listened to his address both at the White House and to the Congress, although he referenced multiple hot-button political issues in his speech to Congress, Pope Francis didn’t mention Jesus Christ even a single time. During his remarks, which were regularly interrupted by rounds of applause from the assembled lawmakers, Pope Francis condemned the death penalty, called for better environmental stewardship, and even talked about the ills of political polarization. He did not, however, mention Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection form the very foundation of the Christian faith.
I was reminded what Charles Spurgeon said concerning the papacy of his time;
“Popery is contrary to Christ’s gospel and is the antichrist and we ought to pray against it. It should be the daily prayer of every believer that the antichrist might be hurled like a millstone into the flood and for Christ, because it wounds Christ, because it robs Christ of his glory, because it puts sacramental efficacy in the place of his atonement and lifts a piece of bread into the place of the Savior and a few drops of water into the place of the Holy Spirit. And puts a mere fallible man like ourselves up as the Vicar of Christ on Earth. IF we pray against it, because it is against him, we shall love the persons though we hate their errors. We shall love their souls though we loathe and detest their dogmas. And so the breath of our prayers will be sweetened because we turn our faces toward Christ when we pray.” C.H.Spurgeon
Pope Francis is referred to as the “Vicar of Christ”. The word “vicar” is defined as a person who acts in place of another; substitute. According to the Bible, Christ is our substitute and there is only one mediator between man and God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6
I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll stick with the real deal. I don’t see where God ever exchanges His glory for that of a mere man.