Anti-Pope Bergoglio, the “cleric” everyone loves to hate, has, as everyone by now knows, decided to finally tear off the mask and come right out and endorse same-sex marriage. Although he’s still not quite prepared yet to force the Catholic Church to bless the practice (he was careful to demand specific recognition only of civil unions), knowing Bergoglio as we do, a papal fiat making same-sex unions sacred under church law is only a matter of time.
Not only should this move on Bergoglio’s part surprise no one, it should remind us again of the painful yet clearly observable fact that nearly ALL incorporated Christian denominations are dogmatically committed to keeping one foot firmly planted in the World, usually the foot that they most favor. Once church denominations decided to become non-profit corporations rather than strive to remain parts of the Body of Christ, they opened themselves up to the inevitable corruption that is part and parcel of adhering to temporal practices. A nonprofit corporation, like a for-profit corporation, cannot exist without customers/donors. Given that a true rebirth in Christ requires commitment to commandments, covenants, and rules that are anathema to the World and its ways, few will truly seek such a genuine rebirth. A key difference between the church congregations of the First Century and the sham churchian corporate franchises that have replaced them today is that the belief and commitment of the overwhelming majority of the former was genuine, people who truly had separated themselves from the World and were risking their very lives in doing so. Precious few such people can be found in today’s churchian franchises, which must therefore bow to the World in order to remain “going concerns” (to use a corporate commercial term fitting for the type of organizations they are). This of course means catering to the culture to the greatest extent possible, and at the moment the culture (and the government that reflects it) loves same-sex marriage. Since churchian franchises are creations and worshipers of Caesar, they defer first and foremost to Caesar’s laws. They cannot remain going concerns otherwise.
This is why, abominable and heretical as Anti-Pope Bergoglio is, it is rather hypocritcal for us Protestants to single him out for criticism. Given the deterioration of all of the Protestant denominations now (some having begun the convergence sooner than others), it would be foolish to believe that prominent leaders of most, if not ALL of the Protestant sects will be following Bergoglio’s lead soon. Protestants have already given themselves over to the Temporal World on so many other issues that there is no reason to believe that this one will be an exception.
I will assert that only certain branches of the Eastern Orthodox Church and non-denominational Protestants not formally incorporated (a.k.a. “home churches”) will refuse to follow the false churches and the World on this. Consider gravitating towards one of these two options now, unless you look forward to fighting what is bound to be a futile battle against “churches” that you already know to be well on their way to full convergence and ultimately apostasy.