Pope Tells Christians Not to Evangelize

Source: Thomas D. Williams, PH.D., "Pope Francis Tells Christians Not to Try to Convert Nonbelievers," Breitbart, 22 December 2019.

Source: "Visit to the 'Pilo Albertelli' Classic High School in Rome: Dialogue of the Holy Father Francis with the Students", Vatican Publishing House, 20 December 2019.

"Pope Francis told Christian high school students this weekend they should respect people of other faiths and not attempt to convert them to Christianity, insisting 'we are not living in the times of the crusades.'"

"The pope said that 'we are all the same, all children of God' and that true disciples of Jesus do not proselytize."

"The pope went on to say that a Christian should never try to convince others of the truth of Christianity, but should simply give a testimony of consistency and wait for others to ask about the faith."

"If someone says he is a disciple of Jesus and comes to you with proselytism, he is not a disciple of Jesus. Proselytism is not the way; the Church does not grow by proselytism."

"And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age'" (Matthew 28:18-20).

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men" (II Corinthians 5:10-11).

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