In October of this year, Pope Francis and the Vatican launched the “eRosary” app with the hopes of drawing in more young people to pray the rosary. A BBC article, “Vatican launches new ‘eRosary’ bracelet,” states:
The Vatican is hoping to pull in tech-savvy youngsters with the launch of an “eRosary” bracelet.
The gadget, which costs $109 (£85), can be worn as a bracelet and is activated by making the sign of a cross.
It is connected to the “Click to Pray eRosary” app, which is designed to help Catholic users pray for world peace and contemplate the gospel.
On ChurchPop (a Catholic news source part of the EWTN Network), an article announcing the release of the eRosary states:
The Vatican recently launched and promoted an eRosary, a digital and wearable prayer aid activated by the Sign of the Cross. The official website describes the eRosary as “an innovative way to help you pray for peace in the world.” . . .
Aimed at the peripheral frontiers of the digital world where the young people dwell, the Click To Pray eRosary serves as a technology-based pedagogy to teach the young how to pray the Rosary, how to pray it for peace, how to contemplate the Gospel.
Therefore, this project brings together the best of the Church’s spiritual tradition and the latest advances of the technological world.
The Catholic Church has worked very hard at not only rounding up their own young people to become more committed to the Catholic Church but has also worked very hard at bringing in what they call “the lost brethren” (the Protestants and evangelicals). They have also worked tirelessly to convince the world that if the Catholics, Protestants, and evangelicals would just come together in unity, then world peace could be achieved.
A little history worth mentioning: In 1917, an apparition of “Mary” appeared in Fatima, Portugal to three young shepherd children. “Mary” told the children:
God wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace.
Continue to say the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the war, because only she can obtain it.
Roger Oakland discusses the Marian apparitions, including the one at Fatima, in his book, Another Jesus: the eucharistic christ and the new evangelization and ties them in with end-time deception throughout the world:
The world is being prepared for great deception through lying signs and wonders; according to the Bible it is a deception that is so great it has the potential to unite the religions of the world for the cause of peace and in so doing give the world a false sense of security that everything is just fine.
As the Catholic Church is stepping up its efforts (as we can see with the new eRosary app) to bring all into unity under its authority, Protestant and evangelical leaders are showing less and less resistance to the Catholic “gospel” and more and more comradeship with the Vatican. And as Warren B. Smith points out in his booklet Be Still and Know That You Are NOT God, Roman Catholic doctrine teaches that man can be God as shown in these quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians, but Christ himself. Do you understand and grasp, brethren, God’s grace toward us? Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ. (#795)26 (emphasis added)
For the Son of God became man so that we might become God. (#460)27 (emphasis added)
The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods. (#460)28 (emphasis added)
In an article by Ray Yungen titled “Christian Leaders—A New Openness,” Yungen documents how Christian leaders are helping the Catholic Church to bring about its “new evangelization” plan. Yungen names Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Kenneth Copeland, Nicky Gumbel (of the Alpha Course), Wheaton College, Franklin Graham, and Southern Baptist Convention as those who are doing this. Yungen further explains:
It is not just a fluke or an aberration that the evangelical churches and the Catholic Church are coming into alignment with each other. The Catholic Church is taking a softer approach to the evangelical church, and the evangelical church is starting to downplay the traditional and significant differences that have kept it at bay with the Roman Catholic Church. While church history has witnessed martyrs who would not bend on doctrinal issues concerning salvation, today, we are witnessing a paradigm shift from an emphasis on biblical doctrine to the experiential and the mystical. The consensus is becoming that it’s not so important what we believe anymore but what we do—namely that we need to experience God and get along with everyone. And this is where the Catholic Church comes in as it promotes oneness (a unifying of all religious traditions under the umbrella of the Catholic Church) and a vast array of religious practices stemming back to the Church fathers to satisfy the draw to the experiential.
With the new eRosary app, it is the ambition of Pope Francis and the Vatican that many young straying Catholics will begin praying the rosary and thus, pledge their allegiance to Rome. And with Christian leaders like Beth Moore and Rick Warren (who are followed by millions) doing their part to show the evangelical church that there is nothing seriously wrong with linking arms with Rome, maybe the eRosary will be attractive to evangelical young people as well. That is not as far fetched as it may sound to some. Catholic priest and mystic activist, Richard Rohr, said in an interview called “The Cosmic Christ” that one of his publishers told him his biggest audience was young evangelical men!1 With that in mind, the eRosary may far exceed the Catholic Church’s expectations in creating their unity and peace throughout the world.
Only time will tell how well-received the eRosary will be; but, no doubt, it is another step toward a future described in the Bible as a time of great apostasy and “falling away.”
It is so sad to see that today Protestants and evangelicals will go so far as to compromise the Gospel itself, while our forebears were willing to give up their lives for its soul-saving truth.
Satan’s final effort is to deceive the whole world for the purpose of bringing vast destruction to the world and his own harvest of souls. Those who overcome will do it through the Gospel itself while clinging to our one true Savior, Jesus Christ, whom the world has rejected.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)
Below is a short promo for the eRosary.
1. The Liturgists Podcast (April 11, 2016, http://podcast.theliturgists.com/e/episode-35-the-cosmic-christ-with-richard-rohr).