‘Pagan Christians’ go to church, but don’t put God first, pope says

by Cindy Wooden  |  published on November 10, 2014

People who go to church on Sundays, but spend the rest of the week cultivating their attachment to money, power and pride are “pagan Christians,” Pope Francis said.

When St. Paul wrote his Letter to the Philippians, the Christian community was composed of two groups, real Christians and those who were “enemies of the cross of Christ,” the pope said Nov. 7 during his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.

“Both groups were in the church together, they went to Sunday Mass, praised the Lord and called themselves Christians,” he said, according to Vatican Radio. But some of them were “worldly Christians, Christians in name only, with two or three Christian characteristics, but nothing more. Pagan Christians!”

Today, the pope said, “there are many of these. And we, too, must be careful not to slip” into being Christians in name only. Being half-hearted Christians, “accustomed to mediocrity” is a danger for all, he said.

No comments yet - you can be the first!

Comments are closed.