The Pope is Wrong about Lord’s Prayer

Unfortunately the Pope is Wrong about the Lord’s Prayer. Let’s examine his recent edict and see why Jesus got it right and the Pope has it wrong.

In this recent NPR article (READ HERE), the Pope suggested we change the translation of the Lord’s Prayer that has been said the same way for 2000 years!

The Pope is Wrong About Lord’s Prayer

Did the Pope base this new translation on the underlying Greek words? NO! He based it on his own misunderstanding of what the Lord’s prayer is about! This is truly, truly a sad situation, when the leader of hundreds of millions attempts to change what the Bible says to suit himself.

Now in the Pope’s defense, the passage in question has been misunderstood by many in the past as well.

And do not lead us (Gk: eisphero) into temptation (Gk: pierasmos), but deliver us from evil (Matt. 6:13)

The Pope noted that both the English and the Italian feature this translation. His comments were: “It is not He that pushes me into temptation and then sees how I fall,” Francis said in Italian. “A father does not do this. A father quickly helps those who are provoked into Satan’s temptation.” The Pope has suggested a change to the Catholic liturgy to reflect his thinking on this. The new wording will be  ‘Do not let us enter into temptation.’

Unfortunately, the Pope did not read Revelation Deciphered (ORDER HERE) which explains this passage , nor did he apparently consult any Greek linguistic experts for that matter. He simply assumed Matthew made an error in recording our Lord’s words. And that blatant disregard for God’s Word scares me.

Understanding the Petition

The Pope chose to change the translation of the Greek word eisphero (bring or lead), but didn’t consider changing the second Greek word translated “temptation” (pierasmos). There is zero question that eisphero means “bring,” so the prayer is definitively asking God not to bring us into pierasmos. With that in mind, let us look at what this second word means:

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 3986 peirasmós (from 3985 /peirázō) – temptation or test – both senses can apply simultaneously (depending on the context). The positive sense (“test”) and negative sense (“temptation”) are functions of the context (not merely the words themselves).

From this we see there two possible meanings to this word. The Pope is correct that God does not tempt (Jam. 1:13). However, he does test us. He tested Jesus:

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (Matt. 4:1).

This is a clear case of God leading into a trial! In fact this verse uses a verb form of pierasmos for “tempted.” It is exactly the same principle as God permitting Satan to test Job. What part of this doesn’t the Pope get?

Now is it okay to pray to be delivered from this type of trial? Of course! In the garden Jesus prayed to have the cup be taken away from him (but he submitted to the Father’s Will.) Paul prayed three times for the “thorn in the flesh” to be taken away (but he also submitted when this didn’t happen.)

End Time Meaning

What the Pope also misses is that the Lord’s Prayer is both a prayer for every day life AND a prayer for the end times! In it’s everyday context, it is a prayer for God not to test us (as Job was tested). It is also a prayer for him to not bring us into “the” test that is coming upon the whole world – the Wrath of God.

Look at the parallel nature of these three great Bible passages:


Trial or Temptation (pierasmos)

Matt. 6:13 And do not lead us into temptation
2 Pet. 2:9 the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation,
Rev. 3:10 I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world


Are all three discussing the same “trial” (pierasmos). Interestingly, in 2 Pet. 2:9, the word “rescue” is the same Greek word as we see in the second half of Matt. 6:13 which is translated there as “deliver” as in “deliver us from evil.”

The Lord’s Prayer and the Seals

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer are we are also praying for deliverance from the eschatological pierasmos, the Wrath of God.

The rest of the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer are in exact order of the seals as well.


Petition in Lord’s Prayer

First (Deception by false messiahs) Hallowed be THY NAME (only)
Second (Expansion of Antichrist kingdom by war) THY Kingdom come
Third (Famine and Price Fixing) Give us our daily bread
Fourth and Fifth (Martyrdom) As we forgive those who trespass against us
Seventh Lead us not into the trial
End of 70th Week Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory


So although this end time application is not the primary meaning of the prayer, Jesus in his infinite wisdom has built into the prayer this end time meaning. His saints will realize this as they pray during the distress of the 70th Week.


My greatest concerns with the Pope’s announcement are first, his disregard for the authority of God’s Word, and second, his disregard for advice. OBVIOUSLY, there many in the Vatican who understand this simple petition from the Lord’s Prayer and could have explained it to him. Without question, he must be acting as a lone gun, firing off official edicts without taking the advice of counselors.

This edict, in combination with last month’s denouncement of Trump’s acknowledgement of Jerusalem, certainly makes me question whether the Pope is Spirit-led.  That is quite a sad situation for someone who leads the largest Christian congregation in the world.

We should all be praying for him and the Catholic Church at this critical time in Biblical history.

15 thoughts on “The Pope is Wrong about Lord’s Prayer”

  1. Hi Nelson,

    The last days’ aspect of the “Lord’s Prayer” is also reflected in the first priority: “Our Father who is in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name”.

    In Ezek 38 and 39, YHVH mentions several times that He is going to sanctify, magnify, glorify His Name among all peoples when He defeats Gog and his horde when they come into the Land of Israel to seek Israel’s destruction. (Ezek 38:16, 23; 39:7-8, 25-29)

  2. The Gospel of Matthew was written in Hebrew originally,
    not Greek.
    No one should be concerned about the Pope`s disregard
    for the authority of God`s Word. What`s knew?
    They declared the greater part of the Bible as invalid (OT)
    by decree.
    The Roman Catholic “Church” is founded on heresy and
    apostasy, changed Feastdays, Calendar and God`s Law
    as “done away with”, misinterpreting Paul`s letters.
    A Persecutor of Jews, Jewish- & Gentile-believers, who
    held on fast to what was once delivered by the Apostels,
    throughout their history. Gal. 1:8,9

    Inventing a “Spiritual Israel”, corrupting the Gospel “the
    kingdom here and now”. The Pope is not ashamed of to
    be called “holy father on earth”, Pontifex Maximus. They
    created a pseudo-priesthood (full of sex. immorality),
    appearing as “sin-forgivers” and presenting continually
    a blood-dripping dead body on a pagan Roman Cross.
    Not honouring Him as our resurrected glorified Messiah,
    Eternal King and High Priest forever.

    Why should the Pope aknowledge Jerusalem? He did and
    will do it, if possible, to expand influence and world power,
    which belongs to Yeshua only.
    Inclined therefore to join Islam (to survive), the ancient
    Crescent-Moon & Star-God, but the Pope (Sun-God-
    Worship) will be deceived too by them.
    Anti-Messiah & False Prophet?

    The Catholic “Church” celebrates their own “Mount Zion”
    in Rom/Vatican, former seat of Emperor Constantin,
    nearby the Financial Center “Banco di Santo Spirito” .
    Such a “Church” is never led by the Spirit of Yahwe,
    but of the Evil One.
    Matth. 7:22,23: “..did we not .. in Your Name .. depart
    from me .. I do not know you!”

    We as believers should not pray for such an institution,
    but for people only to come out of it!


    1. The early church leaders, fathers, believed that Matthew wrote his gospel first in Hebrew (Aramaic) then translated it himself into greek. This is why there is no evidence of a difference in meaning, whether in Greek or Hebrew of Matthew. Therefore the original gospel of Mathew was written by him in both languages. This evidence makes the Pope’s statement even more of a calculated deception. Certainly he must know this about Matthew’s biographical gospel of the Word of God.

      Only the omnipotent God could ensure accurate translations would endure to the end. Mathew wanted to be certain that the Truth would be identical in both the Jew and gentile languages of the day. The remaining three gospels were written originally in Greek. IMO using Greek was deliberate by Jesus to sever the Hebrews (since they did not accept him as Messiah) and adopt the gentile language of greek that the 12 Apostles were also proficient in speaking. Hebrew is what I AM spoke to Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses the Fathers of the chosen people.

      The Hebrew gospel of Mathew fell into disuse and passed away due to the Greek popularity. Historians believe it was taken by the Ebionites and textually corrupted in the second century.

      Therefore all four gospels are in agreement with one another, accurate and truthful in the Greek language and Aramaic.

      1. Interesting information Ken. I certainly trust the Greek NT and believe Jesus had the writers write in Greek to make the good news more available to the gentiles. Koine is a fairly precise language as well.

  3. I have always questioned the line ” Lead us not into temptation” because I felt that we are assuming that God could lead us into temptation and if we were to succumb to temptation then why would He punish us… So I have always replaced that line with “Let us not succumb to temptation” as it is a plea for guidance and saving. Am I wrong?

    1. There is nothing wrong with praying not to succumb to temptation, however, our Lord said “Bring (or Lead) us not into (the) trial.” Praying and searching for what he meant is better IMO than succumbing to change his wording; especially in such a crucial prayer.

  4. I am glad you recognize the end time meaning. God has consistently prophesied about the time of the end from the very beginning of the book. Yet, few seem to realize it. This Lord’s prayer verse essentially confirms what Jesus said here:

    Luke 21:36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.

    A matter is true when confirmed by two or three witnesses. God’s follows His own method of determining truth in the Bible by confirming every matter at least two or three times. A matter that only recorded once is likely a misinterpretation.

    Those who are left at the rapture will indeed be lead into temptation.

    Zechariah 13:8 And it shall come to pass in all the land,” Says the Lord,
    “That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one–third shall be left in it: 9 I will bring the one–third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested.

  5. A number of Catholics are concerned about him to.
    I heared 3 people this week saying he could be The False Prophet. Like Sadhu Sundar on the Jim Baker program.

  6. Sadly, this Pope also accepts evolution and in fact stated that “God is not a magician” as if the Genesis account of Creation is a magic act. The process of death and suffering before Adam contradicts God, who stated that the creation was good indeed very good on the final day of creation. Death and suffering were a consequence of Adam’s sin.

  7. Good article, I actually have an elderly friend who has all her life refused to even read that part of the prayer, for the reasons the pope gave, we tried to explain to her that of cause Jesus doesn’t tempt us, she just wouldn’t have it.
    Very good point about the Spirit leading Jesus into the wilderness to be tested! I’ll have to bring that up in future talks.


  8. I wonder how the past two Popes would have viewed this prayer. For one thing, Benedict was much more scholarly as, I believe, was Pope John Paul II. The current Pope, not so much. He is, IMO, an intellectual lightweight. I’ve never been impressed with him.

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