What’s with the new pope? Today (in The Drudge Report) he’s saying you don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven. All you gotta do to gain salvation, says Pope Francis, is obey your conscience. So I guess sincere Nazis, who honestly believed they were doing the right thing by running death camps, are now sitting at the Lord’s table with the saints.
Salvation by the individual conscience–where did he get that idea? Depending on who you are and what you are inclined to do, your conscience will let you get away with worshiping false gods or no god at all, idolatry, blasphemy, abusing the sabbath, abusing your parents, committing murder, adultery, or theft, bearing false witness against your neighbor, or coveting your neighbor’s goods. I mean, look at what people do! Their consciences can’t be giving them that much grief over it, can they?
Not one of the Ten Commandments is safe from the human conscience.
Your conscience is part of you. When you get saved by faith in Jesus Christ, your conscience gets saved, too. Only then can it become a reliable guide.
This is Christianity 101.
God only knows what Pope Francis is trying to do by teaching otherwise.