Reminders on the election of a new pope

In all the media adulation of a new pope, let’s not forget that praying to Mary is idolatry (Deut. 6:13); we can approach God directly through Jesus Christ apart from any human mediator (Heb. 4:16); Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and men – not Mary or saints or the pope; (I Tim. 2:5) the mass is a denial of the once and for all finished sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:11-14; I Cor. 11:23-26); justification is by grace alone through faith alone apart from the works of the law (Rom. 3:28; 4:5); the Bible alone is the only rule for our faith and practice (II Tim 3:16-17); elders and bishops are the same office in the Bible (Tit. 1:5-7); and Jesus Christ is the only King and Head of the Church on earth – not the pope (Eph. 1:20-23).

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