Facebook is all a twitter J with clever (by half) “confessional” wags and “cards” popping off about the latest news from the Vatican.
Of all the anti-Christs that I’ve seen during my lifetime, Pope Benedict XVI is one that I respect the most. Notwithstanding his error and anti-Christian affirmation of Trent, he has been indefatigable in his defense of the unborn as well as a proponent of peace and the “just war theory” that Lutherans would do well to study and digest. He has also done his best in the Roman communion to stem the tide of rabid feminism and the satanic, heretical drive/push to ordain women as priests. Where I have been able to commend him I have done so.
Into the gap the Romanists now proceed. I hope for the sake of world-wide Christianity that the next pontiff will be at least a “traditionalist” and not a proponent of Vatican II’s liberalizations in worship and ecclesiology. We can deal forthrightly and honestly with an opponent who openly anathematizes us and puts “his cards on the table.” To fight the smoke and mirrors of modernists and liberals is always more dangerous and tricky.
The Church of the Augustana (the Unaltered Augsburg Confession of 1530 and the Book of Concord of 1580) has no fellowship with Rome, but nonetheless should wish the future leader of world-wide Romanism to be as pro-life as has been Benedict.
All the while we will continue to pray for a truly evangelical conversion of said Pope, and that he and his flock might truly find life in the world to come as well as preserving life in this veil of tears.