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Pope Calls Jesus, the Cross, a Failure #StillProtesting

The Roman pontiff, who is – according to the 1689 London Baptist Confession and others – the or an antichrist, spoke yesterday at St. Patrick’s cathedral in New York.

For the full transcript of the Pope’s words, click here. Among his words, were the following (video below)…

The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds. God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.

Of course, for the Church of Rome, the cross is a failure. The crucifixion must be made again at every mass, only effectual when combined with the works of men.

The Bishop of Rome ended his homily with Mary’s Magnificat, saying “Let us commend to our lady the work we have been entrusted to do.” The Pope ended, in other words, with an appeal to a dead woman, our self-righteous works. For this, beloved, is Catholicism in a nutshell.

But for we Protestants, let us end with this…

Lift high the cross,
the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore
his sacred Name.

Come, brethren, follow where our Captain trod,
our King victorious, Christ the Son of God. Refrain

Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
the hosts of God in conquering ranks combine.

We are still here, still protesting.