Great Stuff Found on the Web — Habemus Liberatorem!

Found on ELS.org, a fine and timely reminder from the Evangelical Lutheran Synod:

Unless you haven’t turned on the TV, radio, or visited a website today, you’ve heard the news that a new leader of the Roman Catholic Church has been elected—a new pope, Francis I.  Should we, as Lutherans, care who that leader is?  After all, he’s not our leader and we don’t agree with many of the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings.GoodShepherd-200x200

We should care for at least one reason:  how the world views biblical teachings on moral issues.  Whether we like it or not, the news media often looks to papal teachings as representative of “conservative” Christianity.  And, while we disagree with the pope on many serious areas of doctrine, we do often agree on teachings such as male ordination, abortionhomosexuality, and sex outside of marriage.

But far more important than the views of any earthly church leader, is God’s own Word.  We’re reminded in Hebrews, Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. (Hebrews 13:7)  What is most important for any Christian leader?  That He speaks and teaches the true Word of God.  Habemus papam?  We have a pope?  No, more importantly for all the world to hear is HABEMUS LIBERATOREM!   – We have a Savior!  That is, Jesus Christ and him alone!

Jesus Christ alone is the Lord of the Church.  Jesus Christ alone is the hope for the world.  Jesus Christ alone is the one who has made full atonement for all sin through his death at Calvary.  Jesus Christ alone has risen and has assured all that through faith in him alone, apart from any works of man, salvation for eternity is a certainty!

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

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Great Stuff Found on the Web — Habemus Liberatorem! — 1 Comment

  1. “And, while we disagree with the pope on many serious areas of doctrine, we do often agree on teachings such as male ordination, abortion, homosexuality, and sex outside of marriage.”

    No! All of these papal doctrines bear the mark of the Man of Sin, namely his contempt of women (AP, Of the Marriage of Priests; Daniel 11:37).

    The pope will not permit ordination of priests who do not refuse to marry woman (AC, Of the Marriage of Priests). The Pope will not permit a husband to abort his child to save the life of his wife (SC, 5th Commandment). Pope encourages homosexuality that rejects women and sex outside of marriage that degrades women by forbidding scriptural marriage and divorce (Of the Power and Jurisdiction of Bishops, 77).

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