News from Evangelist Mike Gendron
** September 2014**
Pope: "Don’t Proselytize to be Happy"
In an interview published by the Argentine Weekly “Viva”, the pope listed his Top 10 Secrets for Happiness. One of them was quite shocking in view of the Great Commission given to the church by our Lord Jesus Christ. Pope Francis disagrees with the true Head of the Church in saying that we should not proselytize. He said we should respect others’ beliefs because “the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes.” The word “proselytize” means to try to convert somebody to a religious faith. The pope said “the church grows by attraction, not proselytizing.”
*Mike’s Comment: The pope’s church does indeed grow by attraction to its “smells and bells.” Catholicism has always appealed to the flesh with its pagan rituals, including the solemn worship of the Eucharist, the flowing priestly robes, the flicker of the candles, the smell of incense, the pomp and pageantry of idol worship, and sacrifices for the dead. The influence of the secular media also encourages the world to love the “humble” man in white who declares himself to be the “Vicar of Christ” and “Holy Father.” It is no wonder the Lord Jesus declared, “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you” (Luke 6:26). Why wouldn’t the world love this pope? He says atheists and homosexuals can follow their conscience into heaven. It is no wonder the pope says “the worst thing of all is religious proselytism.” He thinks everyone who has a conscience will make it through the pearly gates. *
*The Lord’s church does not even resemble the pope’s church. God’s Church is the body and bride of Christ. It is His purchased possession. It is the Church of the first-born, whose names are written in heaven (Heb. 12:23). This is the Church to which the Lord Jesus promises “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”(Matt. 16:18). Every member of the Lord’s church has been evangelized with the glorious Gospel of grace. After they heard the word of truth and believed in the Lord Jesus, they were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, *who is the guarantee of their inheritance to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:13-14). Every member has been born again as a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). This is the only Church of which no one member can perish; they are safe in the hands of God for all eternity. The calling of God the Father, along with the continual intercession of God the Son, coupled with the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, protect all who have been divinely chosen. They joyfully proclaim the voice of the Good Shepherd so His lost sheep will hear and follow Him (John 10). They are not citizens of this world because they are only passing through on their way to heaven. This church will be presented without spot or blemish before the Father’s throne. To God be all glory, praise and honor!
There’s plenty of propaganda and misinformation in this one my friends so feel free to visit the link above and take a swing at any of the particulars.
I’ll start off with this one because it’s so badly yanked from context and even somewhat hypocritical of Gendron. To see what I mean about this hypocrisy look at my next post below, which is from Gendron’s previous newsletter and which I never got around to discussing with you. (Sorry…I’ve been pretty busy.)
What Pope Francis actually said was both true and wise.
[size=3]9. Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing,” the pope said
. We had this sort of topic for discussion a while back. Proselytizing vs. Missionary evangelization, and Michelle Arnold answers a question about it in What is the difference between evangelism and proselytism … all of which should speak to this “issue” from a Catholic perspective.
I would even go so far as to say that the Catholic Church more closely follows the great commission of Matthew 28:19-20 where Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ tells us. "
 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." because we do indeed evangelize by teaching. Our RCIA classes are an excellent example of that. [/size]