Reported by New York Post on December 8, 2021, "Pope Francis says ‘sins of the flesh’ aren’t that ‘serious.’"
"Sins of the flesh are not the most serious," the 84-year-old religious leader said regarding sex outside of marriage. Top transgressions instead include pride and hatred.
Francis' rankings of the worst wrongdoings followed the resignation of a Paris archbishop, who quit over a relationship with a woman earlier this month. However, the 70-year-old French cleric, Michel Aupetit, denied being intimate with the anonymous female, behaviour that would break his promise of celibacy. "It was a failing against the sixth commandment (You shall not commit adultery) but not a total one, one of small caresses, massage given to his secretary — that is what the accusation is," Francis clarified about Aupetit's actions. "There is a sin there but not the worst kind."
While there is a valid, biblical argument to there being degrees of sin, the spiritual consequences of sins are all the same. Every sin will lead to eternal condemnation (Romans 6:23). All sin, no matter how “small,” is against an infinite and eternal God, and is therefore worthy of an infinite and eternal penalty. All sin separates from God (Isa. 59:1-2).
Has the Pope considered how many Catholics will read this and then justify their sexual immorality because "the Pope said it's not that bad"? There are a multitude of scriptures condemning sexual immorality. Here are some:
[1Th. 4:3-4 ESV] 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor…
[Jde 1:7 ESV] …just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
[1Co 6:18 ESV] Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
[Eph 5:5 ESV] For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Does Pope Francis not know of these scriptures? Or is he willfully disregarding God's word? Instead of warning the world of the danger of this sin, he tried to cover the catholic church from this new scandal. He's nothing but a politician, huh?
This makes me think of this passage spoken by Jesus,
[Mat 5:18-20 ESV] 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Pope Francis is relaxing a command, so God's kingdom will call him the least. If Jesus were alive today he might say, "Unless your righteousness exceeds that of Pope Francis, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
Bobby Price was born and raised by Christian parents in Perrin, Texas. Bobby decided early in life to become a preacher of God's word. He attended the Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas where he graduated in 2015 with his Bachelors of Biblical Studies with a focus in Congregational Ministry. Afterwards, he interned for a year at the valley view Church of Christ in Jonesboro, AR. He is currently working on his Masters of Biblical Studies, through the Sunset International Bible Institute Graduate School.