PJ Media: Pope Francis, a leading advocate of Doormat Christianity, is at it again. Although it is traditional for papal podiums to depict the crucifix, during his recent visit to the island of Malta, Pope Francis ditched the cross lest it offend Muslim migrants. As the archdiocese of Malta openly admitted, “The podium will not be adorned with a crucifix, given that the majority of migrants are Muslim.”
Instead, the podium backdrop used by Francis consisted of recycled plastic bottles with red blobs meant to highlight the two primary reasons Francis was visiting Malta — to defend migrants and the environment. “When you look deeper, you will see that the sea is made of recycled plastic bottles, because there is more plastic than fish in our sea,” artistic director Carlo Schembri explained. “And the red blobs are life jackets — the lives of people lost at sea.”
While this was meant to highlight the hazards illegal Muslim migrants experience while crossing the Mediterranean, one wonders (but doubts) if Francis remembered the dozens of Christian migrants who were intentionally thrown overboard and drowned in the Mediterranean by their Muslim counterparts.
Meanwhile, Dr. Philip Beattie, an economist at the University of Malta, explained the reality of his island’s migrant situation. “The majority of the illegal immigrants trafficked to Malta on rickety boats leaving the Libyan coastline are not genuine refugees, but economic migrants — and are mainly Muslim young men aged between 18 and 28,” he said.
Beattie also got to the heart of the matter:
Saint Paul preached “Christ crucified — a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles” [1 Cor. 1:23] when he brought the gospel to Malta. The Apostle boasted in the scandal of the Cross. Why is the pope ashamed of the Cross before Muslims, especially during Lent?
Opinion: The pope should be concerned with the salvation of Malta’s 520,000 souls, not religious correctness.
Without the cross of Christ, who gets the glory?
One day, possibly in the very near future, a voice will call out “Come up hither” (Rev. 4:1 KJV). Only those who have accepted the pardon for sin that the cross of Jesus Christ provides will hear that voice (1 Cor. 15:51-42; 1 Thess. 4:16-17). They will be gone in an instant. What follows is a period of trouble unlike anything the world has ever seen.
Don’t take my word for it, take Jesus’ word:
“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Matthew 24:21
When that happens a new charismatic leader (Rev. 6:1-2) will rise quietly at first. He will come to bring peace to a very confused world who will be searching in vain for an explanation of missing people. In short order, wars and conflicts will spring up all over the world (Rev. 6:3-4) that will bring economic chaos (Rev. 6:5-6) and death to 25% of the world population (Rev. 6:7-8).
As the popularity of the world leader rises, a well known religious leader will come alongside the first leader who will have survived an assassination by an illusion of Satan (Rev. 13:4).
This religious leader will be granted seemingly miraculous power and cause men and women to worship the beast:
“He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.” Revelation 13:13-14