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South Jersey Evangelism Monthly Newsletter

written by Bob Ponchot, Director of Evangelism  


September 1, 2015

THERE IS ONLY ONE HOLY FATHER

   Guess who’s coming to town. It’s the Pope! He is coming to Philadelphia this month. There will be bows, accolades, and the kissing of his ring. But the most blasphemous language directed toward the pope, with his approval, is the title "Holy Father.

 In the Catholic Church, the Pope is the Vicar of Christ. He stands in place of Christ. He is a substitute for Christ. I didn’t know that Christ was missing. The tomb is empty. Jesus is alive!

  He needs no one to take His place. And certainly, not a pope!  

  Jesus is the Head of the Church, not some human being. Ephesians 1:22 says, "And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way." He "is the Head of His Church," not "was the Head of His church." Colossians 1:18 says, "And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy." Paul is talking about Jesus; not the pope!

  Jesus made it clear that the title, Father, is to be given to God and God alone. He said in Matthew 23:9, "And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven." To refer to a man as "Father" or "Holy Father" is to blaspheme against Almighty God. God alone is Holy.

 In Jesus’ prayer in John 17, He says in verse 11, "I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. HOLY FATHER, protect them by the power of your name-the name you gave me-so that they may be one as we are one." Jesus says in verse 25, "Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me."

 In Revelation 4:8 we have the words of the four living creatures: "Day and night they never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.’"

 How dare any man take the title "Holy Father." This title belongs to Almighty God , alone. Yes, the pope is coming to town. You need to know that he is just a sinful man like the rest of us. And he will not see the real Holy Father unless he gets right with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. THERE IS ONLY ONE HOLY FATHER!

SUMMER IS ABOUT GONE

  We are glad for September to come. It has been really hot here in New Jersey. The work in our three churches continues on. It has been really difficult for the church in Egg Harbor Township. We have had five families move in the past two years. Four families have moved out of state, and the other to the north of us. When you are a small work, to lose five families is tough. But, we shall continue to carry on His work. The Gospel still will bring a harvest.

Please continue to pray for us. Pray especially for Karen. She has some health issues. Thank you for standing with us with your prayers and financial support.

 




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