I believe Immortal GOD alone is Infallible, any mortal human’s presumption of infallibility usurps GOD’s place. For any professed “Christian” person or institution to act with the presumption of infallibility is a blasphemous error, not singly of the Vatican but also of the Seventh Day Adventist and countless other denominations. You may encounter this practice in any simple matter where the authority of God’s Word (Bible) is set aside for the “church” knows best.
Note: Out of the 266 mortal human Popes listed by the Catholic Encyclopedia http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12272b.htm 264 of them are deceased. The Vatican’s claim that the Pope is Infallible is a blasphemous attempt to usurp God’s throne.
l-r) George W. Bush, Laura Bush, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and Andrew Card, US dignitaries paying respects to John Paul II on 6 April 2005 at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Religious institutions who unjustly act against the innocent, ignorant, disadvantaged, weak, gullible, trusting, etc. need to be challenged loudly because of their self-proclaimed higher moral standards. Hypocrisy, is one of the worst sins an individual/institution can commit.
The most vulnerable members of society are the young people who, most of statistically, come from dysfunctional houses and are looking for the stability and security of the “Christian dream.” I define the “Christian dream” as heaven: where pain, suffering, jealousy, bitterness, anger, hostility, narcissism, destruction and all evil things are absent; instead reigns Agape love, friendship, honesty, self-less service to others, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and all good things.
The irony is the very same professed “Christian” individuals/institutions which market the “Christian dream” are too many times, historically, the very ones who substitute heaven for hell on earth in their abuse of others.
We must recognize how institutions which practiced the Christian dream in their early history are corrupted as they grow and expand into global religious-political-financial-military-educational-medical-manufacturing powers.
When the sum of individuals is small in number and each one is fully committed to the Christian dream it is heaven on earth; as new members are brought in they are taught unadulterated standards and methods. However, as the subsequent generations come along and are not taught the unadulterated standards and methods, a natural degeneration of the standards and methods occurs. (Faithfull Early Christians vs. Apostate “christians”)
The Christian dream is a short and long term goal, as a foretaste of heaven in this world and the actual heaven face to face with Jesus afterwards. As the Christian dream goal fades away with the lowered standards, the methodology adapts to match the goal of the Unchristian dream. The contemporary Unchristian dream includes but is not limited to every person is their own god and defines their own paradise, riches, opportunity for life achievements, social order, fame and basically “do what thou wilt.”
We are what we believe; and it makes all the difference. So, hypothetically the institution begins with 100% fully committed practicing Christians in the first generation. When the first generation retires the second generation takes the helm but at only 99% fully committed practicing Christians. Then the third generation takes the helm but at only 97% fully committed practicing Christians. The fourth generation is at 94%, the fifth generation is at 89%, the sixth generation is at 83%, and by the seventh generation there are only 75% fully committed practicing Christians left in the institution.
This is alarming when we consider that 1 out of 4 “members” positioned at every level of the organization from the least to the greatest is a non-committed non-practicing pseudo-Christian. The toxic and subversive influence, passive or active, constitutes “foreign” invaders attacking the immune system of the body.
So, hypothetically the non-committed non-practicing pseudo-Christian goes through everyday life masquerading as a True Christian. People who do not know them assume they can trust them because True Christians are a blessing to be around. Some of the pseudo-Christians take advantage of others in every way, from being an uninvited guest and abuse of friends’ and family’s hospitality to being a pedophile.
I want to make this point very clear, True Christians are a True Blessing, thus be alert for victimizing people who are not True Christians yet profess to be. How can you tell a True Christian from a pseudo-Christian? The Christian’s Book which is their life’s manual says in Matthew 7:20 “Therefore by their fruits (thoughts-words-actions) you will know them.” The True Christian’s Master Jesus instructed in Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Paulsen is also the first Adventist Church world president to hold a doctorate degree, which he obtained from the University of Tubingen. In 1966, Joseph Ratzinger was appointed to a chair in dogmatic theology at the University of Tübingen, where he was a colleague of Hans Küng.
Therefore, if a person produces the good fruit of the Holy Spirit we will clearly see it. I have met people of various Christian denominations and various other religions and they have shown me their fruits. Based on their fruit I can tell which spirit leads them. It is interesting to note that the closer a person lives according to the Word of God the better the fruit; I believe that is a result of a universal principle “We are what we believe.”
One would expect True Christians to oppose such things as false witnesses, concealed evidence, secret courts of the Patriot Act and torture at Guantanamo.
But there seems to be no recognizing the origins of this things, Vatican’s Inquisition. The presumption of infallibility is symptomatic of the arrogance and narcissism of those in leadership who are enamored with their unethical and immoral deeds.
It is important to note the pyramid structure of corrupt organizations, a few at the top make the truly important decisions while the powerless base quietly supports them, blindly, no matter what.
Irony, no learning can take place by such narcissistic complexes, because they have all the answers, like unrestrained children in charge. The narcissism fuel is constantly supplied by “yes” people; as you have figured out by now, I am not one of the “yes” people. Corruption, where ever it is found, must be challenged. Are you a “yes” person?
How long will you sit silently by and support wrongdoing of ______________________?