Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Babylon Bee Strikes Again. . .

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Pope Francis Warns Against Narrow Gate, Says Wide, Broad Road Is Fine
Church · Oct 3, 2023 · BabylonBee.com

VATICAN — Pope Francis today released a papal decree warning Christians against going through the narrow gate, and instead encouraging everyone to take the broad road.

"Take it from me - the broad, easy road is just fine," said Pope Francis. "Tell those troublemakers admonishing people to walk through the narrow gate to R-E-L-A-X."

While faithful Catholics still hold to the Church's teachings on homosexuality and gender, even in the face of increasing persecution, Pope Francis has called on them to just chill out and stop being so uptight. "If people are persecuting you, you're doing something wrong," said Pope Francis. "Forget the two millennia of the Church standing its ground -- embrace the culture! I've been doing it for years, and now the Chinese Communist Party loves me, the LGBT community loves me, and all the newspapers and magazines love me. I must be doing something right."

At publishing time, Pope Francis had begun to wonder why there was always a little guy with a pitchfork on his shoulder whispering into his ear.


The sad truth is that the outrageous things the Babylon Bee so successfully turns into humor and satire are based upon real issues, questions, challenges, and responses.  The net equivalent of the slow progress to normalizing the LGBTQ+ agenda that seems to be resistant to conservative challenge and the fast pace by which this occurred within the liberal churches is to replace Jesus' narrow way with the broad boulevard that He warns about.  And it is all being done in the name of Christ.  There is no joke there -- only the cruelest twist and turn of events in which those charged with proclaiming the Gospel have changed it and gutted it of any power to save or redeem anyone.  Whether or not Francis will lead the Roman Catholic Church to officially embrace same sex marriage and the gender confusion of the day, he has already allowed it and given it place and status by making such accommodations the concern of a Synod.  Confusion is just as damaging as apostasy.  In some respects, it just may be worse.  Confusion makes muddy the waters of doctrine but apostasy can be clearly marked for what it is.  When confusion reigns, the true doctrine is itself wounded by the fog of contradiction and conflict and no one knows what is right before God and therefore everyone does what is right in their own eyes.  Even if it is rejected, when true doctrine is clearly marked against that which is false, you know where you stand.  The enemies of Christ do not have to force the Church to betray Him -- only to render the confession fuzzy and to allow error the same status as truth.  It is sort of like when, in the history of Israel's and Judah's kings, good kings failed because they did not tear down the idols but allowed them to stand along side the Temple.  In the end, the people were confused and that confusion allowed them to drift into error.  In this way, confusion can have worse consequences than error.



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