Throughout all of Scripture, it’s made extremely clear that when sins are committed, our just God and Judge must hand down punishment. After all, if He pardons the guilty, then He isn’t a just judge. His uncompromising justice is made clear in several passages, including this one:
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent — both are detestable to the Lord. -Proverbs 17:15
This is why Jesus was on the Cross. He desired that the punishment for the sins of His people be paid, and so our Savior took that punishment upon Himself so that they might go free. At least, that’s what the Bible teaches us. But I learned today that perhaps Jesus didn’t have to go through all that trouble, agony and torture. All He really had to do was to set up a Twitter account and grant forgiveness of sins to anyone who follows Him. If you think this sounds not only ridiculous but also blasphemous, please let me be quick to tell you that this isn’t my idea! According to the international news site France24, Pope Francis has granted indulgences (forgiveness of sins) to all who follow him on Twitter. Speaking as the Vicar of Christ, meaning he is the spokesperson for Jesus, he made the announcement prior to his much-anticipated trip to Brazil (click HERE for article). You don’t have to be a professional theologian to realize something is seriously wrong here. Our Lord takes sin to be a very serious matter. Sins are crimes against His law that must be paid for with blood. Our Lord shows Himself to be a God of incredible love when He sacrificed His own blood to save His people, and to trivialize that is to rob Jesus Christ of the glory He deserves for what He has done. Yet that is what we see here - the Pope using the forgiveness of sins as a marketing stunt carried out through social media.
So, just to be clear, allow me to clearly point out what is wrong here: 1) Pope Francis places himself in the position of offering forgiveness when that position belongs to our Lord alone, and so stands in direct rebellion of God. 2) Francis is also offering forgiveness of crimes (sins) without the penalty being paid and in doing so compromises the justice of God in the eyes of millions. 3) And as if that wasn’t enough, he offers forgiveness without even a mention of Jesus Christ’s work on the Cross, and so robs Him of the glory He deserves. Like I said before, you don’t have to be a theologian to know something is seriously wrong here!
Are you a Roman Catholic? May I suggest you take a few moments to think about the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church? I am fully aware of how zealous those raised in Roman Catholicism are, but at some point you really need to stop and think about what you believe regarding sin, Christ, and forgiveness. I pray that you do it today with a Bible in your hand and a prayer for understanding on your lips.