The proposed visit to Belfast by the current pope is unwelcome at best.
The News Letter editorial of March 28 makes comment to the effect of Christians of all denominations should have more in common with each other than the countless billions of irreligious people in the world.
However, it is clear that there is no common ground between Christianity and the papacy. The pope claims to be the head of the Church on Earth when in fact the Bible tells us that The Lord Jesus Christ is the sole occupier of that position (Ephesians 5:23).
The Roman Catholic Church stands in the way of its adherents coming to God while the truth of the gospel tells us plainly that The Lord Jesus is the only way to God (John 14:6).
The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church places praying to saints and confessing sins to a mere human priest higher than talking to God, when Scripture tells us that The Lord Jesus is the only mediator between mankind and God (1 Timothy 2:5).
We should therefore pray in His name only (John 14:13-14). These are just a few points of many where the pope’s doctrine clashes with the true doctrine of Almighty God.
Any visit by the head of a church so grievously contrary to the Word of God should be opposed and there can be no accusations of bigotry when our opposition rests on the Bible.
In the event of such a visit I would humbly pray that all true gospel-proclaiming, evangelical and reformed churches would take the opportunity to present the gospel alone which is able to make men wise unto salvation (2 Timothy 3:15).