“When Francis says economic poverty is at the center of the gospel, he is saying that it is not by faith in Christ alone that we are saved. He is saying there must be more—that we must ‘reach into our pockets’ or our faith is not genuine. But this contradicts what the Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9: ‘for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.’ Again, in Galatians 2:16: ‘So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.'”

 

(D.C. McAllister, The Federalist, “Pope Francis Doesn’t Get the Gospel,” 24 June 2015)

Francis Misunderstands the Gospel Message

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