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2014-10-27

During his Monday morning Mass, Pope Francis explained that there are three types of Christians.

Those who are full of light and serve God. Then, the so called 'dark Christians' who live in sin. The third type, said the Pope, are gray Christians.

POPE FRANCIS
"These gray Christians are here one second and there the next. People ask themselves: "Is this person with God or with the devil?” They are always in the gray area. They're lukewarm. They aren't full of light or darkness. And God doesn't love them.”

The Pope encouraged Christians to reflect on what type of Christians they are. He then added, that analyzing the way one speaks is key, since 'dark Christians' he said, usually talk in a hypocritical, empty and obscene way

EXCERPT OF THE POPE'S HOMILY
(Source: Vatican Radio)
"Are our words hypocrisy? Taking a little from here, a little from there, to fit in with everyone?  Then they are vacuous, of no substance, empty.  Are they vulgar words, trivial, or worldly? A dirty, obscene word? These four [types] of words are not of the children of light, they are not the Holy Spirit, they are not of Jesus, they are not words of the Gospel ... this way of talking, always talking about dirty things or of worldliness or emptiness or hypocrisy".

"Paul says: 'Be imitators of God, walk in love; walk in goodness; walk in meekness. Those who walk in this way ... 'Be merciful - says Paul - forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Be, then,  imitators of God and walk in love', that is, walk in mercy, forgiveness, love. And these are the words of a child of light”.

"They are the Christians of gray areas. And these Christians of gray areas are on one side first and then the other. People say of these: 'Is this person with God or the devil?' Huh? Always in the grey area. They are lukewarm. They are neither light nor dark. And God does not love these. In Revelation, the Lord says to these Christians of gray areas: 'No, you are neither hot nor cold. If only you were hot or cold. But because you are lukewarm – always in the gray areas- I will vomit you out of my mouth'. The Lord has strong words for these Christians of gray areas. 'I am a Christian, but without overdoing it!' they say, and in doing so cause so much harm, because their Christian witness is a witness that in the end only sows confusion, it sows a negative witness". 


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