Question: Was John Paul II saved? Did he go to heaven?
This is a question I have now received from several people. I can answer this question honestly because I do not have any of the encumbrances that some people, like Billy Graham seem to be afflicted with. Neither can I be fired from my job as Mark Minto, a radio talk show host at WORD-FM was for addressing this question. I mention these two people because for some people even addressing the question is an emotion charged issue.
Billy Graham was credited with saying on the Larry King Live show April 2nd that there was no question in his mind that Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II was with the Lord. At the same time it seemed Billy raised some question about his own salvation. Quotes from that interview and others with Billy Graham has left me wondering if, in spite of his preaching, he has some belief in a works based salvation? But that is another matter. The important thing is that Billy Graham has long had ties with the Church of Rome, and they have worked with him, so his opinion is hardly without prejudice. He could hardly afford any other opinion.
Mark Minto, a pastor with a Pittsburgh radio program, says he was terminated after telling listeners that Catholic beliefs such as purgatory and devotion to Mary had no basis in Scripture. It was in response to listeners that had called in to ask whether he believed Pope John Paul II went to heaven after his death. "I responded by opening the Bible and making it very plain and clear of Jesus' words, that unless a man be born again he will never enter nor see the kingdom of heaven (John 3:2) -- and that salvation is something that is personal [and] intimate between an individual and their Creator, who's God." (Minto was quoted by Agape Press) Reverend Minto was right on with what he was saying, but he was apparently terminated because the station he worked for wanted to be “more ecumenical.”
My response is only concerned with what sayeth the Scripture, because it does not matter what men believe but only what we have God’s Word for. During the past half century there has been a blurring of the distinct message of salvation from the Scripture because of ecumenism. The Roman Church has been highly involved in perpetrating this delusion, and over half of that time John Paul II was Pope. But that is a discussion for another day.
"Jesus said 'I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6) So unless the pope was born again through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, and truly had the Spirit of the Living God dwelling within him, he would not enter into heaven. Of course the transaction of belief and rebirth that passes between God and man is highly individual, we do not know except by a person’s testimony whether they are saved or not, we can inspect their fruits and their profession to see whether they are in the faith or not.
We have two witnesses against Pope John Paul II concerning his salvation. The first is the doctrine and doctrinal statements of the Roman Catholic Church, and the second is Pope John Paul II’s own statements and the goals he has worked toward during his lifetime. The witness of the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church is the Worship of Nimrod and his mother/wife, and has been growing more so since Constantine made the Roman Empire to be nominally converted. Much has been written on that subject and information about it is easily found. The gospel that John Paul II preached was a false gospel. It is gospel of grace plus works and sacraments, a gospel that is cursed by the Word of God in Galatians 1: 8 & 9.
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again. If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received let him be accursed.”
The faith John Paul II held was not the faith of those who believe and follow the Bible. It was a faith that added to Scripture heretical and even blasphemous teachings such as the papacy, ecclesiastical hierarchy, the veneration or worship of Mary known as Mariolatry, the Mass as a repetitive sacrifice of Christ, intercession of the saints, prayers for the dead, infant baptism, baptismal regeneration, the priesthood, and the inquisition. Only the spiritually blind would praise this Pope, or any pope as a great Christian leader or voice.
During the time of the Pope John Paul II’s rule one of the books I outlined for my pastor’s readfile was a book on Mariolatry. One of the things in preparing information for him was that this Pope had wanted to press forward with the official embracement in a more practical way of the heresy that Mary was co-mediatrix with the Lord Jesus Christ. He was kept from doing this by his council of cardinals in order to continue the project of trying to bring Protestant churches again under Roman domination. But there is no doubt from his personal statements that the person he worships is not the True and Living God, but Mary, Queen of Heaven, a person invented by the pagan Semiramis, that she herself claimed to be, shortly after the flood and people began to again multiply upon the earth.
Do I think Pope John Paul II was saved? No, I do not. Do I think he is in heaven? No, I do not. But I am not the righteous judge before whom he must appear. I only know what the Bible says, what he has said, and what I might conclude from the facts/
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