2 “Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3 I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. 4 And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, 5 then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech (Lev 20:2-5).30 take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ 31 You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods (Deut 12:30-31).10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer (Deut 18:10).27 Then he took his oldest son who was to reign in his place and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. And there came great wrath against Israel. And they withdrew from him and returned to their own land (2 Kgs 3:27).
According to these passages, doesn’t the Bible treat gross immorality as a mark of false religion? The moral abomination of child sacrifice was one reason the cult of Molech was a false religion.
This raises a question for Roman Catholics. Can representatives of Rome do anything sufficiently heinous that this would call into question Rome’s claim to the one true church? Is there any line they cannot cross?
Suppose the Vatican ordered priests to perform child sacrifice every Sunday. Burn a baby alive at the alter.
Would that be sufficient to discredit Roman Catholicism, or would loyal Catholics resort to the usual excuses, viz. the Pope is not impeccable, God never promised sinless priests, &c.
Is there any conceivable scenario under which the church of Rome could, in principle, be falsified by the same standards as the Bible applies to pagan practice?