[left]In reading some of the threads on birth control, it is the view of some that up 90%, of one billion Catholics, disobey Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II’s, Humanae Vitae. It is said that these Popes have used the authority of the “Keys to the Kingdom” to bind artificial birth control as a mortal sin. Some say that the Pope does not bind the Protestants in the same way he binds Catholics when he uses the “Keys to the Kingdom”. Are Catholics bound to two thousand years accumulation of papal bindings while Protestants, inside the Church through their baptism, are free from the authority of the “Keys to the Kingdom"?[/left]
[left]Obviously using the “Keys to the Kingdom” to bind sins to souls is a very deadly deterrent (spiritually deadly). I know of very few Catholics, who otherwise are very obedient to God, who plan to repent of using condoms, [font=‘Times New Roman’]vasectomies or tube tying. If the Pope can bind condoms as mortal sin, then Humanae Vitae has potentially to [font=‘Times New Roman’]decimated the Catholic population in heaven. [/font]Should not Protestants benefit from papal spiritually deadly deterrents as well as Catholics? Jesus never put any limits on which humans Apostolic Successors could bind to sin. Should the Pope discontinue limitting His Christ given authority to only Catholics?[/font][/left]
[left]What do you think?[/left]
[left]**NAB MAT 16:13 **[/left]
Jesus replied, “Blest are you, Simon son of John! No mere man has revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. I for my part declare to you, you are ‘Rock,’ and on this rock I will build my church, and the jaws of death shall not prevail against it. I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven; whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Peace in Christ,