Mercy Without Repentance

In his homily dated June 15, 2013, Pope Francis preached mercy without repentance.

We look for Jesus Christ and say: “This is your sin, and I will sin again.” And Jesus likes that, because it was his mission: to become the sinner for us.

Pope Francis was actually preaching a different gospel. Jesus never encouraged us to sin. In fact, He repeatedly stressed the importance of repentance, as we read in the following verses:

So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” (Luke 17:3–4)

And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:46–48)

And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:31–32)

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17)

Mercy without repentance is humbug. Asking God for forgiveness with the intent to sin again is never repentance. Repentance is feeling genuine regret for someting we did in the past and wish we had not done. Repentance is making a commitment not to sin again.

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