Thursday, June 8, 2017


According to LifeSiteNews, while speaking to crowds at the Vatican, June 7, 2017, Pope Francis declared that “God cannot be God without man:

·       Dear brothers and sisters, we are never alone. We can be far, hostile; we can even say we are ‘without God.’ But Jesus Christ’s Gospel reveals to us that God cannot be without us: He will never be a God ‘without man’; it is He who cannot be without us, and this is a great mystery! God cannot be God without man: this is a great mystery!

Instead, this is a great heresy. God was certainly God before He created the world along with man, and from all indications, He was not languishing without us.

Is this unbiblical proclamation significant? Will it affect our relationship with God? Certainly! For one thing, God requires that we worship Him in “spirit and in truth” (John 4:22-24). When we worship Him with the belief that we have satisfied God’s need to be God, we are failing to worship and relate to Him as He wants us to do.

For another thing, that idea that “God needs us” can lead to boasting and arrogance – the very thing that God had purposely eliminated through His grace to the undeserving (Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Corinthians 1:26-29). Admittedly, the Pope’s claim is very humanly appealing and self-exalting. Therefore, many cults make use of it and preach that “God also depends on us.”

To guard against such hubris, Scripture instructs us that we are unable to give God something that He requires to make Himself complete:

·       Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”  “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” (Romans 11:33-35)

If we have given God the gift of completeness, He owes us. Instead, He wants us to understand that grace and salvation are perfectly free gifts. Jesus didn’t die for us because He owed us but because He loved us.

When we believe this way, God will humble us. Jesus explained:

·       …For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14)

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