This is a transcript from a worship service at First Baptist Hendersonville right after the pope’s death. A fellow saint wrote this up to show how the evangelicals are falling all over themselves praising the pope.
Glenn Weekly’s praise for the pope on Sunday morning, 4/3/2005
[Speaking to the congregation]
Today, we come to pray. We come to pray for our country. We come to pray for one another. We come to pray for the whole of Christendom today. We’ve lost a great leader. Listen to what the chairman of our Traditional Values Coalition said:
“The death of Pope John Paul the Second is the cause for mourning all over the world. Throughout his leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Paul’s theme has always been ‘Be not afraid’. He lived this belief and served as an inspiration to millions of Christians. He was unafraid to challenge the Nazi regime when he was in Poland. And, later, the communists in Poland. And he stood strong with President Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher when they worked together to bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union. His faith in Jesus Christ was what motivated him to speak out fearlessly about tyranny and to always defend the right to life of the unborn and those who could not speak for themselves. His own physical illness had slowed him down during the past few years but during those times his strong faith in Jesus Christ gave him the strength to carry on with dignity. He was a man of righteousness never wavering in his belief that the holy scriptures were to be obeyed in matters of morals and human sexuality. He will go down in history as one of the world’s greatest leaders. His character and vision for freedom will be sorely missed.”
And we say “amen” to that today because regardless of our theological beliefs and our difference, we need men of stature like Pope John Paul to stand up and oppose evil and he did. We’ve lost a great leader today and so we come today to pray for our brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church as they seek for someone, hopefully, of that same stature that will stand up for the unborn and stand up for what’s right and defend life and we certainly pray for them today. We need leaders like that.
[Part of prayer]
Today Father we pray – realizing that we’ve lost a great world leader. We pray for our brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church. Ask for wisdom for them. We need someone to be appointed there, Father, and chosen that will carry on this great tradition of Pope John Paul. We thank You for men who stand up for right whoever they may be and whatever denomination or religion they may represent. Father, we just need men who will stand up for what’s right.
You can download it for yourself from there site:
Or, you can just listen to my shortened mp3 version here.
I do agree with praying for our brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church…that they leave the harlot immediately! I do believe that it is possible for a very small, tiny amount of true Christians who are on babes milk to still belong but have severe misgivings about the following: the pope putting himself in the position of Christ as head of the Church, worship of and prayer to Mary, the eucharist being the actual blood and body of Christ, men forgiving sins, infant baptism, idolatry, purgatory, etc. They need to leave IMMEDIATELY and thank God for removing them from a path to destruction.
You will notice that the pastor seems to not want to focus on these “theological differences” as he only wants to talk about common social issues. Well, those petty “theological differences” are of the utmost importance as the difference is between heaven and hell.