Raymond Ibrahim - The Pope Who Gained the World, But Lost His Own Soul

June 2, 2016 – Irvine, CA – PipeLinenews.org – In the following video Raymond Ibrahim discusses a vital issue in the clash of civilizations which is currently underway between a Judeo-Christian West and the Muslim world.

Though we find it self-evident that this conflict is actually a full-blown religious war, the West has been reticent to identify it as that - and consequently failed respond accordingly - for a variety of reasons which we will not go into here at this moment.

As Mr. Ibrahim makes clear, the matter at hand is Pope Francis’ recent, troubling statement conflating Islam’s sacralized [scripturally bound] mandate to forcibly establish global primacy with an allegedly similar motivation he magically found in the Gospel of Matthew:

“It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam,” the pope said Tuesday, the Catholic newspaper reported. “However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.”

This is the phrase, often called "The Great Commission," to which Francis referred:

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” [Matthew 28:19, King James version of the Bible]

Ibrahim then illustrates the completely disingenuous nature of Francis’ relativistic Christianity, quoting a widely accepted Hadith:

"I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one but Allah is worshipped, Allah who put my livelihood under the shadow of my spear and who inflicts humiliation and scorn on those who disobey my orders..."

Any similarity between the two exists only in the mind of the increasingly controversial Francis.

Ibrahim likens Francis conceptual assertion of a “service based” meek faith with what he calls “doormat Christianity. This necessarily implies that since the preaching of Jesus can be equated with that of the warlord Mohammed, that it’s the duty of Christians to welcome members of an historically hostile, violently expansionistic ideology into the bosom of the West, which is of course insanity.

So what is Francis up to and why is his preaching bordering on the heretical?

We have been critical of Francis odd conception of the faith he is sworn to defend for some time now, for example this July, 2015 piece, The National Security Implications of a Marxist Pope and more recently, and pointedly An Apostate, Pedophilic Catholic Church, Led by a Marxist Pope Offers Voting Advice? , where Francis explicitly enters the partisan world of American politics, condemning the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump’s oft stated intention of building a wall along the United States’ Southern border to prevent illegal immigration with the claim that “Building a wall is not Christian.”

We remain perplexed as to what Francis’ ultimate intent is in asserting a Catholicism that has been put through the cultural Marxist thresher, but the fact remains that this Pope appears far more interested in castrating and globalizing the oldest of the Christian sects than fulfilling his duty to resolutely defend the 2,000 year old Catholic religion.

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