One of the most interesting aspects of the recent visit to the United States by Pope Francis was how people responded. It’s clear that he has his critics. Nevertheless, it’s obvious he’s also one of the most popular Popes in recent memory—a man with true celebrity status—a man often described as a very humble person.
I in no way want to question this man’s motives and caring heart. However, I’m concerned with spiritual leaders who are extolled in ways that lead people to believe that they are in some way more holy because of their admiration and close proximity to a spiritual leader. This can easily communicate that salvation is by works, not by grace through faith.
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