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This is a MUST read post by End Time Headlines. Please notice that this Pope comes in Peace. There is a lot of talks about bridges being built in the name of Peace. Bridges are the horizontal path between chasms. But there is another path that is MUCH more important than this horizontal one, and it’s vertical in nature. This vertical path is explained in the quote below.

In recent times some have thought that reconciliation ought to be seen in what we may term a horizontal rather than a vertical direction. Sin is thought of as something that erects barriers between a man and his neighbour, rather than between a man and his God. Reconciliation then becomes a way of enabling men to live together in meaningful community. there is , of course, something in this, for the man who has felt the healing touch of Christ upon his life is concerned with breaking down barriers which divide men.

But there must be a right order here. First comes reconciliation of the sinner with God, then reconciliation with man follows. Ephesians 2 is instructive in this connection. There, in connection with the great division of men into Jews and Gentiles, it is pointed out that Gentiles were separated from Christ as well as from one another. But the blood of Christ that brought them near to God brought them also near to one another. Peace was made between man and man, but it was the consequence of peace between man and God. (J. Denney, The Christian Doctrine of Reconciliation 1918)

But, again, the gospel is about man’s alienation from God and what He has done through Christ to reconcile us to Himself (Romans 5:6-11), not about the ozone layer and elimination of poverty. Neither Jesus nor the apostles made these latter things the focus of their ministries; it was the reconciliation of souls to God that was at the heart of their message. Once we begin to draw our gospel from the culture, no matter what culture that might be, we have altered the true gospel. Dr Gary Gilley

Originally posted on END TIME HEADLINES:

Speaking on Friday at an audience held for diplomats accredited to the Vatican, Pope Francis said that he hoped to “intensify dialogue” with other religion, particularly Islam. He noted the pope is also known as the “pontiff”–or “a builder of bridges”–and that St. Francis was a peacemaker. “In this work, the role of religion is fundamental,” said the pope. “It is not possible to build bridges between people while forgetting God. But the converse is also true: it is not possible to establish true links with God, while ignoring other people. Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam.”
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Heartfelt thanks to your Dean, Ambassador Jean-Claude Michel, for the kind words that he has addressed to me in the name of everyone present. It gives me joy to welcome you for this exchange of greetings:…

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