On November 23, 2014, Pope Francis said in his homily:
The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus’ works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom.
I am not surprised at all that Pope Francis got it backwards. After all, his 10-point plan for happiness doesn’t even include Jesus.
Yet we read in Matthew 7:21–23:
Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
It is clear from this passage that acknowledging Jesus as our Lord and Saviour is the starting point of salvation. How can He save you if you don’t even acknowledge Him?