A few weeks ago I was invited back to speak at Calvary Chapel in Appleton, Wisconsin. The topic for the morning was taken from my DVD "Universalism: Is Everyone Already Saved?" (See video clip from the service in Appleton below.)
The same week I spoke in Appleton, the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church made a misleading and, in my opinion, even reckless statement in his Wednesday homily. Before I get into it let me make clear that my purpose here isn't to discuss the numerous errors, flaws, or noted heresies of Roman Catholicism. That discussion is for another time. Though some Roman Catholics may possibly take offense at what I'm about to say, I hope they will also take a long, hard look at these statements made by the man many claim is the voice for God on the Earth to see if what is said harmonizes with the Bible. That's the test the Scriptures themselves demand.
According to the Huffington Post (May 22, 2013), Pope Francis stated: "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists. Everyone!"
Pope Francis' curious statements may be old news to some of you. But as astounding as they were, the majority certainly never heard them because only a few media outlets even reported the story, let alone lent any understanding as to what they mean. In fairness, I want to say that the Bible does indeed agree with the particular statement by the pope that I quoted here above. However, without any sort of explanation his words could prove eternally lethal for untold numbers who may have heard his address. Let's examine the implications.