This man and his predecessors have been opposing and exalting themselves over everything that is called God, setting themselves up in God's temple, proclaiming to be God (2 Thessalonians 2).
The Lord Jesus Christ entrusted the universal care of souls into the safekeeping of the Divine Person of the Holy Spirit, the true Vicar of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ promised that,when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8). The Holy Spirit convicts of sin as He makes the sinner realize his lost condition and convicts him of his need of Christ's righteousness. He it is who brings a soul dead in sin to life. As Christ Jesus had been the Master, Counselor and Guide to believers, He promised to send the Holy Spirit as His substitute so that He might abide with them forever (John 14:16). [continued below]....
..... In believers' lives, the Holy Spirit has full, immediate, and universal influence, as the Scripture so wonderfully teaches, now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (II Corinthians 3:17-18).
In the face of these awesome truths concerning the role and ministry of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, it is horrendous to learn that the papacy proclaims, The Pope enjoys, by divine institution, supreme, full, immediate, and universal power in the care of souls (Catechism, paragraph 937).
1 Timothy 4:4 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
These wolves among the sheep who are hypocritical liars started out as Bishops of Rome claiming to be The vicar of the prince of the apostles, that is, the vicar of Peter. Thus, in the early fifth century, Bishop Innocent I (401-417 A.D.) insisted that Christ had delegated supreme power to Peter and made him the Bishop of Rome. Following this, he held that the Bishop of Rome as Peter's successor was entitled to exercise Peter's power and prerogatives. Boniface III, who became Bishop of Rome in 607, established himself as Universal Bishop, thus claiming to be vicar and master of all other bishops. First, Apostle Peter was never a Bishop of Rome. Second, Christ never delegated supreme power to Apostle Peter.
In the eighth century, these hypocritical liars claimed that the particular title Vicar of the Son of God was found in the fraudulent document called The Donation of Constantine. Although this notorious document was proven false in the early sixteenth century, the Bishops of Rome have used the title Vicar of Christ since the eighth century. This title has been the Pope's supreme claim to spiritual and temporal supremacy. The taste of divine power, with which the title resonates, has proven to be addictive. The Vicar of Christ is able to recognize no authority other than his own. He looks upon himself as Master of all, and boldly proclaims, The First See is judged by no one.
Pope Benedict XVI boldly decreed in the document that he issued on September 5, 2000 called, Dominus Iesus that the Roman Catholic Church is the only instrument for the salvation of all humanity. This is yet another lie.
The major enemy of Christ and His Gospel is the spiritual pride and the apostasy of the very one who pretends to be His Vicar. The first lie of Satan, ye shall be as gods (Genesis 3:5) reaches its full fruition in the Papal claim to be Vicar of Christ.
Christ Jesus constantly spoke about His Father, the word Father was seventy times on His lips to show true believers that they have a Father, a Father in Heavenmy Father, and your Father my God, and your God (John 20:17). Distinctively true believers have an Abba Father, in the words of the Apostle, for ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father (Romans 8:15). It is precisely because believers have an Abba Father that they are commanded not to call any man Father in the spiritual sense. Thus the Lord's command, call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven (Matthew 23:9). The Lord Christ Jesus prayed to the only Holy Father that exists, Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are (John 17:11). The Lord used His usual appellation Father, but prefixed it with the word Holy. He wanted to emphasize the absolute perfection of the Father's nature.
The Roman Pontiff not only takes to himself the office of Vicar of Christ but also the very title of the Godhead, The Holy Father. We must therefore ask the question that Apostle John asks, Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son (I John 2:22). In assuming these titles to himself, the Pope shows that he truly is a vicar of Christ in the biblical sense of the Antichrist!
(Revelation 15:4 "Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy ....")
The words inscribed in the Pope's official miter are Vicarius Filii Dei, Latin for Vicar of the Son of God. Since there can be but one Vicar of Christ who is infinite, supreme, omnipotent, and all sufficient, the earthly pretender can be none other than a self-energized apostate system which will eventually be judged and utterly condemned by the Lord.
Apostle Peter spoke of the 2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought thembringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
Jesus said in Matthew 23:5 Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called Rabbi by others. 8 But you are not to be called Rabbi, for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth father, for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Joseph Ratzinger aka Pope Benedict and his predecessors are all liars, hypocrites and false teachers They claim The Supreme Pontiff, in virtue of his office, possesses infallible teaching authority when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithfulhe proclaims with a definitive act that a doctrine of faith or morals is to be held as such. (Canon 749). This is completely against what Jesus taught to the crowds and his disciples.
Believers are saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. Joseph Ratzinger aka Pope Benedict and his predecessors are liars, hypocrites and false teachers.