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Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 23

When studying Roman Catholicism, one finds that the stock and trade is deceit.  There are many books that have been claimed to have been originals that never were heard of even in the mother language. They are most universally accepted as forgeries.  Of the early centuries, a work called the apostles Creed most Protestants accept.  It is recited as reverently as if it had really been given by one of the apostles.  The myths surrounding it would have us to believe that one apostle wrote one part and another apostle wrote a different part, when it is really a product of fourth century writing; according to the Catholic Encyclopedia: volume 1 page 629 and 630.  It is said to be legend and unhistorical, even by them.  It is a curious fact that it is very difficult to put your finger on anything a Catholic writers affirm to be an infallible utterance of a Pope!, yet they spend most of their time representing things that are not. Another writing called the Epistle of Barnabas is one of the earliest forgeries they use which figures prominently in Catholic writings and even in their works it is called pseudo-Barnabas.  Writing from a literary point of view, they state: “this epistle of Barnabas has no merit; the style is tediously poor in expression, deficient and vague in elegance and incorrectness.  The author’s logic is weak and his subject matter is not under his control.”  From this fact arise numerous expressions from other works.  Another of this type is the shepherd of Hermes.   Acknowledgment that this is a forgery is expressed as follows: “the writer wished to be thought to belong to the preceding generation.”  Again, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia number seven page 270.  We could go on and on listing more works like the “Apostolic Church Ordinances.”   One of the strangest forgeries is that which was not until the Middle Ages ever heard of and its true origin was forgotten, even by the most learned of that time. These apocryphal stories began to enter largely in the sacred legends and miracle plays, then in Christian art and poetry, and finally were accepted as established doctrine

Roman Catholics now glibly tell you that Mary’s mother and father were named Jochin and Anna.  The Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception has to do more with Mary’s mystical mother Anna than with Mary. One lie just necessitates another, doesn’t it?   Nobody is born with original sin!!  To do so Mary’s mother would be born without original sin, so that Christ could be born without original sin.  The  names of Jochin can and Anna rest on clumsy forgery and the doctrine called “Original Sin” rest on the doctrine of damnation.  It is told that Mary was donated to the temple worship at the age of three and stayed there till her womanhood.   The birth, education, and marriage of the Blessed Virgin are described in great extreme.  The truth of this was never and could never be verified and absolutely a figment of somebody’s fertile imagination.

The Rosary, wherein you say Hail Mary and Our Father between one of them is something that came into existence in the middle 1300’s.  It supposedly was brought into existence and published by a St. Dominique.  This is affirmed when as late as 1883 Pope Leo the 13th affirmed its doctrinal and biblical existence.  “Hail Mary seems to have some mythical miraculous way to solve problems, even for birds.  It is said that a bird was setting on a limb and a young boy was throwing a rock at it and the bird cried out “Hail Mary” and the rock fell short, right in front of the bird and the bird was not harmed!

Imagine an infallible, holy church perpetrating thousands of frauds for centuries and to add insult to injury, they continue to encourage the worship of these things because they enrich the Catholic Church!, while at the same time, they even admit them to be spurious.  No wonder the Scriptures speak of them as having “their conscience seared with a hot iron.” First Timothy 4:1-3

Then, there’s the “doctrine of mental reservation.”   Mental reservation is where if Catholicism was to be harmed you can mentally reserve to tell a lie and it not be a sin. It is a general law permitting Catholics to live if by so doing they can further the Roman Catholic Church.  Being asked if he is a Roman Catholic, he can deny that he is. They can even deny their faith if such answer is a fitting reply to an impertinent question.  There is a difference, so they teach, between religious and legal oaths; they can even make an oath without intention of keeping it!!

Then, there is the story of the three wise men which we will discuss next week!

Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 22

In the days of persecution, there was a very perceptible slipping away from the original moorings.  Almost every detail of divine order was being gradually changed to conform to human ideals.  The New Testament predicted this.  Please read 1 Tim 4; 11Tim 4; 2 Peter 2; Galatians 1; 2 Thessalonians 2; and Acts 20.  The most outstanding thing in church history is the great apostasy.  Men were not satisfied with the work of the Holy Spirit and intended to mold and change His work into something the world could accept.  This increase in apostasy continued until the sixteenth century when the reformation movement started the main current of religion back toward the Bible, though by no means was this very desirable end attained in that day.  It was about three hundred years later, or about two hundred years ago, that men decided to go back to the original ground, and as yet only a small minority has decided to so do.  Even some of us who declare our intention to “speak where the Bible speaks, be silent where the Bible is silent, do things in Bible ways, and call things by Bible names” have turned back toward Egypt (spiritually speaking) and desire the fellowship of “believers” instead of converted, convicted, disciples of the written Word.  The greater number of those who claim to follow Christ have chosen to pitch their tents at various points on the road from Rome to Jerusalem.  Most of those wearing the general title Protestant, are nearer Rome than Jerusalem in the doctrine they espouse.  They are indebted to Rome for their model of church polity and most of their faith and practice.

Creeds and manuals were written by uninspired men as vain attempts at unity.  When Constantine became Emperor of Rome early in the fourth century and saw the great numbers who were members of the Church of Christ while the paganistic religions were on the rapid decline, he nominally embraced Christianity; though in reality he was never a Christian.  While the New Testament meaning of the word heresy is party or sect, it soon began to mean anything contrary to the majority opinion.  Christianity had become the state religion.  Heathens were driven from their magnificent temples with their works of art hanging on their walls of a naked breasted woman with a baby in her arms with a halo around his head, were given to the Christians.  The Christians (?) covered her breast and re-naming them Mary and the baby Jesus.  Christianity was now popular and millions forsook heathenism and were soon prominent in the “new” Christian (?) cause.  For a while they who had been Jews and those who been worshippers of Baal relinquished many of their false beliefs but by and by they began to introduce these beliefs into Christianity.  Unconverted pagans flocked into the Church by countless thousands and began clamoring for the retention of their time honored “traditions.”  It only made sense to “save” the works of art which hung on the walls of the Pagan temples and after all, Mary and Jesus needed some representation, the Lord’s Supper just was not enough!!  This hybrid religion needed some credibility, so they changed the structure of the Lord’s Church into a power mongering institution where all the power in heaven and on earth would now be invested in the Church instead of the words of the Holy Spirit.  Becoming more like Judaism and heathenism, from which they had recently come, Christianity possessed none of the mysterious and pompous ceremonies so desirable in a state religion  A new religion needed to have tribute to men, worship in a fashion to which they had been accustomed. They dressed their new “leaders of worship” in the clothing of old mother Israel to make them visibly different as the priesthood of Aaron’s tribe and family had been.  They now would have value ONLY if “they were worshipped as god, in the temple of god opposing and exalting themselves above all that is called God, or is worshipped, so that as God, they could sit in the temple of God, showing themselves, that they were God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4

It was then that Constantine declared himself Pontifex Maximus, or high Priest of Christianity.  He called the Nicene Council to legitimize his new position and take over the controls of this new found political power he now held as a “Christian”?).  In order that he might have some power in this new found position, at this council they formulated a new “creed” called the “Nicene Creed” in which power was given him to force this down the necks of those who were humble followers of Christ.  After this, force began to be applied to those who did not readily subscribe to this “new” doctrine!!

Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 21

It has been a long road from Jerusalem in the first century to Roman Catholicism of today.  No one could recognize they who claim to children of God and they who claim to be Roman Catholics were ever of the same beliefs and conviction, yet they were.  The early church had no creed except the sacred writings.  This continued until 325 AD, when the Nicene Creed was formulated, and an attempt was made to bind it upon Christians.  Through the ages other human creeds were written, or rather the old ones were remodeled which brought about denominationalism as we know it, today.  This effort saw a great increase in effort from the 5th to the 16th century when millions were tortured to death for simply believing the divinely written Word of God, only.  In the hazy travel this road took, primitive Christianity was equated with the doctrines and teachings of men who were never inspired by the Holy Spirit nor claimed to be.  Nothing is Christianity that the Bible does not teach but when men have been told it is a sin to read that book from our God, blasphemy and intolerance have to be expected.

At first, it was the Jewish nation which offered the most stubborn opposition to Christianity, but a generation after the establishment of the Church their capital city, Jerusalem, was taken by the Romans.  Their temple was destroyed, their form of worship made impossible, and their ancestry impossible to verify.  No man or woman could prove their genealogical past once the temple was taken down stone by stone by the Romans in AD 70.  After this, the Jews as a religious group were an unimportant factor.    There is still (the Seventh Day Adventist) some who claim to be Christians who try to bind the Law of Moses upon men.  For more than a hundred years after the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus, there existed a Judaizing party in the Church of Christ called Ebionites.

There came to be a college of Elders of equal rank governing each congregation, and one of the first steps, in the great departure from the divine pattern, was to make one of these men more important that the rest.  This began nearly a hundred after the beginning of the church on the day of Pentecost in the year AD 33.  These men soon began to meet together, from different congregations, at some central point, to discuss religious matters, and thus Councils began.  When they met in these Councils they couldn’t help themselves, they had to improve their position among equals.  Like true politicians, these brethren wanted to make a name for themselves and be greater in importance than any others among them.  Whatever was decided on in these councils or synods was bound upon the people with no recognition of the teachings or support of God’s written Word, and by this time it was “once delivered to the saints”. Jude vs. 3   they then dispensed with a plurality of elders in each congregation and brought about something never taught in God’s Word, the single elder, they called a bishop.

Christianity soon became widely scattered, and, giving way to local customs and notions, church leaders began to put in local “holy days” favored in their different countries that had been a part of religion before Christianity was ever born.   In those days there were three great theological schools; Alexandria, under Clement and Origin; Asia Minor, under Irenaeus; Carthage, in North Africa, under Tertullian and Cyprian.  These men had different ideas, and all were very noticeable different from the New Testament.  In the course of time, the preacher disappeared and evolved into a priest (Latin for elder), the Lord’s Supper gave way to the Eucharist, then the Mass; repentance became penance; and the meeting place became the building owned by the wealthiest members and those priest they favored that favored them and their pet sin.  Never think these changes came about quickly, they were gradual and most people seemed not to realize they were being led off in a direction the Holy Spirit had not authorized.  Greek soon ceased to be the common language; it became increasingly difficult if not impossible for those who could not read Greek to know the New Testament teachings.  The door was opened for men of determined desire for power to “translate” (interpret, alter to suit themselves), the Word of God into the language of the people without any consideration for the God’s Book from heaven.  The doctrine of hereditary total depravity began to be believed by the majority in the third century and the companion doctrine of Infant Baptism soon followed.  And we were off to the races!!

Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 20

The assumption of Mary is a doctrine from the heart of Catholicism.  It involves the same subterfuge and theft of history that we have become accustomed to when they decide to teach a doctrine that will place themselves in the position as the “teachers of Christ” on the earth.  Pius XII made official what had been rumored among the Roman Church for over 12 centuries when on November 1, 1950 he exercised his “right to speak ex cathedra” making the assumption of Mary, official.  Papal Infallibility was made a part of Catholicism by the council called Vatican I, in 1870.  Papal Infallibility is when the Pope speaks for Christ making Law that that has never been obeyed.

It is taught that when Mary was born she had a “grace” given her.  Unfortunately, this “grace” is one she did not need.  It relieved her on in-born sin they tell us (which is another Roman Catholic lie; she never had sin when she was born).  August 15th is the date of celebration which they assigned, which, by the way was the date of celebration for Caesar Augustus.

Again, it is taught that Mary may have never died as men die, but was taken (the definition of assumption- it means a taking) immediately before death or immediately, thereafter, they cannot decide.   It is also taught that all the apostles were transported to her death bed which was in Jerusalem or Ephesus in the hour of her leaving this earth, except Thomas.  When Thomas arrived, the tomb was opened and was found empty, then miraculously, heaven was opened and Mary dropped an intimate piece of her clothing down to Thomas to prove she was in heaven.  What began as a teaching in the 3rd and 4th centuries, became a part of doctrine in the 5th finally made the status of “doctrine of the church” by the” ex cathedra” by Pius XII.  It took a long time for Mary to get situated, didn’t it?

They always like to give Mary the label “mother of God”!  Mary was only the mother of the humanity of Christ!!  Mary is not a mediator between God and man, either.  “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5   Mary is called the “favored one” (highly favored), Luke 1:28, but not because she was Christ’s mother but because she was chosen to bring the Christ into the world in a special way.

Did she sin?  I do not know.  Sin sometimes involves time to rebel, when there is no rebellion, repentance is the name of the act of obedience.  I know that if Mary had not repented and been baptized for the remission of sins on the day of Pentecost, she would have become a sinner, like the Roman Catholics!!  If she did not remain faithful unto death, she would have died a sinner.   The word translated “highly favored” is also used in Ephesians 1:6 for members of the Churches of Christ where the word is translated “accepted.”  It was Christ who said of Mary and His brethren when they came to shame Him into not preaching the gospel of preparation. “Matthew 12:46-49   the truth is, a man’s relations are as different and distinct as are his own flesh and spirit.  His blood-relatives are often not his spirit-relatives, unfortunately.  Blood relations are of time and for time; kindred spirits are of eternity and for eternity.  Natural life has its own associations, as does the Divine.  When the Divine life is quickened in a man, he enters into a new world of relationships.  In proportion to the reality and fervor of his new life will be his attachment to his new kindred, and his power of attaching them to him.

Mary had five sons, Jesus, Joseph, James, Jude, and Simon.  She also had at least sisters.  As the word for brothers so was the feminine for sisters, the Greek word adelphos (masculine) and adelphe (feminine).  Of these sons, Joseph was the father of the last four sons-they were half-brothers and daughters (Nicephorus tells us their names were Esther and Tamar).  Matthew 12:46; 13:55; Mark 6:3; John 2:12; 7:3, 5, 10; Acts 1:14; 1 Corinthians 9:5; and Galatians 1:19   Jesus relates: “A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.”  The word for “kin” is suggenes in the Greek language and is defined as “related by blood.”

Mary was a member of the Church of Christ, not Roman Catholic Church.  The Roman church had not come into existence at this time and when it did, it began in Rome, not Jerusalem.  She “repented and was baptized for the remission of sins and received the gift of the Holy Spirit as proof she was now a child of the King.”  She and Joseph were very special people and we thank God for them!!

Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 19

It is claimed by the Roman Catholic Church that Peter was the first pope.  In Matthew 16:18, they try and make their claim biblical.  “”Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build My Church.”  Notice the word “thou” refers to Peter and “this” refers to the rock.  Peter was the stone and Christ was the rock.  In Deuteronomy 32: 1-5 Moses relates “Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak, and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.  My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.  He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a god of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.”   Christ is referred to four more times in this song of Moses; 32:15. 32:18; 32”30; and 32:31.  The Hebrew word, tsur, appears in several proper names of the Mosaic period; Numbers 1:5; the name is an epithet and is applied to God, in a name of the same import as Pedahel, “God delivers.” Numbers 1:10 all the strength and firmness of earth’s stones is but a small description of His unchangeable nature, rectitude, and faithfulness.  THIS COULD NOT BE A DESCRIPTIVE NAME OF A HUMAN BEING!!

The intent of this passage was not Peter, it was Christ.  Paul, the apostle of Christ, settles that question for sure in 1 Corinthians 3:10-11.  “As a wise masterbuilder I have laid the foundation and another builds thereon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

It is also asserted by the Roman Catholic Church that Christ conferred on Peter singularly, the “keys to the kingdom of heaven,” which in no way is true.  The same language is used by the Lord in Matthew 18:18 when He addressed the twelve, not singling out any one over the other, but collectively, showing that Peter had NO authority that all did not have, and exercised NO power that all did not exercise, and possessed no keys that all did not possess.  The whole claim of the Catholics concerning Peter’s primacy over the twelve is a fallacy.  Christ taught: “You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.  But is shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” Matthew 20:25-27

Peter is never referred to as the “prince of apostles” nor does he claim such as the Holy Spirit directed him to write.  In 1 Peter 1:1, Peter writes: “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ…”  In his second epistle, “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ…” never calls himself the “vicar” of Christ or “prince of the apostles” as does the Pope of Rome.    Also, in 1 Peter 5:1, Peter refers to himself as “an elder” (ancient one) and calls Christ the “chief shepherd” (archipoimen), that “great Shepherd of the sheep,” Hebrews 13:20.    Peter nowhere and in no place claimed any supremacy as did the apostle Paul.  2 Corinthians 11:23-31; 2 Corinthians 12:5-12.  In the records of the early church, its councils when held during the first six centuries, nor during the writings of the brethren of that time was the “Chair of Peter” ever mentioned.  In 1870 the Vatican Council declared the infallibility of the Pope to be a church doctrine.  How could a fallible council declare infallibility on a man?  Prior to 1870 the Catechism plainly said: “It (infallibility) is no article of Catholic faith,” yet today daddy Fran claims infallibility.

The charge to Peter in Luke 22: 24-32, is their final claim to any scriptural proof of “the see of Peter”.   Aside from being a mere assumption, the message of verses 24-30 contradict that claim.  John 21:15-17, where Jesus told Peter to “feed My sheep” they say entitles Peter to the position of pope.  The ignominy of Peter’s failure to follow Christ was what is under discussion.  They tell us that Peter took the lead in appointing Judas’ successor, the censure and deaths of Ananias and  Sapphira (Acts 5), the rebuking of Simon Magus (Acts 8), the shadow of Peter’s garment, and the special trip Paul made to see Peter in Jerusalem after his conversion.   The exploits of Paul far out-weigh those of Peter in Lystra, the island of Melita, Elymas, the sorcerer, and the public rebuke of Peter by Paul in Galatia subordinates the primacy of Peter to the prominence of Paul.

 

Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 18

Purgatory is one of the cardinal doctrines of Catholicism.  As you would naturally expect, the word does not have a Greek equivalent.  It is a Latin word.  It means to cleanse.  Here, werewolves, Muslims, high Lutherans, Episcopalians, some Jews, and faithful Catholics congregate until they are released by their God, either the Pope or Allah.  The satisfaction due God for sins is taught to made up, not during life, but in death and by a dollar bill, not the blood of His only begotten Son.  It is mentioned in the extra books the Catholics hang on to that they call the “inner testament books” and in 2 Maccabees 12:46, but is said to be a venial (a sin you can be forgiven if committed and you don’t get to a priest with your money), not a mortal sin (a sin you cannot be forgiven when committed—keep your money, but there are not many of these!! ).  Venial sins are the light weight sins while mortal are the heavy hitters.  I call them miller light and miller heavy.     Paul wrote: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1-2 The Pope writes: “No man, no matter how devout in life is ready for heaven.  He must go to purgatory unless exempted by special dispensation-and the price is high!!  The location of purgatory is in great doubt (whether in this world or out of this world) It seems an infallible Pope should know, but they if they know, they have not saidMaybe daddy Fran will get around to telling us!!  In 1438 the Council of Florence invented it, yet, they did not locate it—oops!!  It is a relic of ignorance and superstition handed down from vague delusions possessed by some fanatics that taught three centuries before Christ came to this world.  Pagan mythology was its father but even the doctrine of purgatory was worked over a little bit to be what it is today.  Needless to say, the state of the dead, as taught by the divinely inspired Word of God denies this false doctrine.  “As a tree falls, so shall it be..” Ecclesiastes 11:3; 9:10;   “They would not repent though one could go to this place…” Luke 16:28   All the walls of the Hadean world cry out eternal, eternal, eternal; yet the boys of Rome bid them to be silent while they are raking in the money.  “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7   With such a divine assurance one would think the boys of Rome would back off their false doctrine—sadly, they won’t.  “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:9   When approaching death, a devout Catholic will give all they possess to escape purgatory and after death, their families will give great amounts of money to buy them out or get them as far as they can so they can jump the rest of the way out (my joke).   They admit it is not found in the New Testament, but what does that matter if the Councils or a Pope says it does??  “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Revelation 22:11

One of the things that brought the errors of Catholicism to the forefront was the selling of indulgences.  Indulgences are defined to be “a remission of the temporal punishment of our sins the church grants outside of penance.” Deharbe’s Catechism:  The obvious meaning of that definition is—pray and pay.  Indulgences may be paid prospectively, before entering purgatory, to shorten the stay or lessen the misery.  Or they may be paid vicariously, that is one for another, or retrospectively, that is after one has gone out of this world into the purgatorial realm (wherever that is!).  It became obvious that the sole purpose of indulgences was for the obtaining of money.  Sin forgiven for a price of money (sounds a little like Judas selling Christ for 15 pieces of silver).  This is a big money-maker for the boys of Rome!!   “There remains no more sacrifice for sin.” Hebrews 10:26 “Now where there is remission of sin, there is no more offering for sin.” Hebrews 10:18 There is no SECOND CHANCE, the New Testament is the law of the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God; this covenant is the FINAL Law from Deity.  Indulgences violate the “shed blood, from the foundations of the world” and does “despite to the law of grace.”

The doctrine of vicarious baptism follows in hot pursuit to purgatory and indulgences.  It asserts that a living person in this world may be baptized for a dead person in the other world, who had not been baptized in this life.  Like infant baptism, children praying, and forgiveness of sin by partaking of the Eucharist, this practice of baptizing for the dead also brings in a lot of money.

Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 17

“Every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil, continually,” Genesis 6:5.    This is the sad plight of denominationalism.  “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12 Be it blinded passion or self-will, man thinks his own way best and most desirable.  We cannot judge by conscience if conscience is not guided by God’s Word and ruled by God’s will to make it a safe guide.  An uninstructed conscience does not excuse us of error.  If it is not ruled by the will of the Almighty feelings, ancestry, nor “the way we have always done it”, these will give us no release from God’s justice.  Warped by prejudice, weakened by disuse and disobedience, judicially blinded in punishment and in consequence of sin, it loses all power of moral judgment, and becomes incapable of good!  If we be charged by those with the burden of corruption, we will never discern the things that are of God!!  A faithful witness cannot be induced to swerve from the truth by threat or bribe, but when fruits of truth are all that fall from the tree, the strength of a child of God is satisfied.  When you “cut off Sampson’s hair,” you put man in blindness.

The Roman Catholic Church is the church that did not accept the writings of the apostle Paul as the Spirit instructed him to write; “you have become dead to the Law by the body of Christ”  Theirs is a religion that has brought IN the teachings, feast, and separated priesthood of Judaism.  Feast days like Easter, Lent before Easter, Ascension Day, Whitsunday, and Christmas all came from the feast days of the Law of Moses or paganism.  Circumcision is worked over in the sprinkling of the child.  The clothing of the priest appears to be the clothing of the Levitical order under Moses.

The Old and New Testament teach that death ends all the opportunities man has to change his or her eternal destiny: “it is once appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27, yet they come along and have a doctrine called “purgatory” where the state of the dead can be altered.
This first raised its ugly head in Florence in 1438 which came from pagan mythology.  Sadly, every Roman Catholic has to go this place until God releases them.   Although they admire and worship many of their community who have left this life and declare them to become what they title as “saints,” no one who is alive can be called a “saint,” even those who are called priest who take their confessional box as the place to become a god where one kneels before a man who can “absolve” them of their sin(s) for a small fee. The “confessional” was unknown in the primitive days of Christianity and was an abomination to the medieval ages.  The confessional booth becomes a cross examinational booth where people are cross examined.  It makes the forgiveness of sin a business proposition, not a blessing of a repentant heart.  This could be called “pay while you pray.”  Attend the confessional, receive absolution, visit the confessional often and repeatedly; Rome gets the revenue!!  This is where men and women share the innermost secrets of their lives, marriage, children-things they might prefer death rather than to reveal; the pains of purgatorial fires are the means of getting this sensitive information.  Rather than be damned, men and women have spoken unspeakable things into the ear of a priest too eager to hear them.  This practice is far and beyond the command to “confess your faults one to another” of James 5:16.  This is done in privacy and to only ONE man’s ears.   It became a doctrine and practice of the Catholic Church in 1215 after the Council of Lateran, and originated with Innocent III, known as the criminal pope of the Inquisition.  Is it right for your wife to have two men to be subject to and reveal her secrets?

Celibacy was first enjoined in Rome by Gregory VII in 1073 A. D.  It was established in England by Archbishop Anselm in 1175.  It is the pope’s greatest source of power in the church through the clergy.  Although the apostle Paul wrote about the doctrine of “forbidding to marry” (2 Timothy 4:3) as one of the specific things the Spirit expressly mentioned to “mark” the seducers of damnation, the church at Rome imposed this on all the clergy from pope to priest.  This makes Rome a magnet for pedophiles and is today one of the greatest monetary expenses the Roman church has.  Infanticide is a horrifying result of this doctrine.  How easy and often has spiritual consolation turned into fleshly relations?  My brethren better watch out about all this “marriage counseling”!!  Our job is to preach the Word!!

Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 16

The” Mass” is one of the most famous observances of Catholicism.  The word “mass” is Latin  for “missa” derived from the verb,” mittere” which means to send away, set free.  They think the “mass” originated in the first centuries, and became common in each church by the fourth century, according to Visible Church: page 87.  The underlying doctrine is false.  It advances the idea that in the partaking of the emblems of the Lord’s Supper the sin of the observer is forgiven.  This has NEVER been taught in the New Testament of Jesus Christ.    The meaning is a supposed observance of the unbloody sacrifice of the body and blood of Christ.  They teach the doctrine of transubstantiation-the physical substance of body and blood transferred to bread and liquor.  The amount of money charged by a priest and how often they can administer mass in one day is fixed by diocesan rule.  It is interesting that a church can charge its members a sin-price and limit how many of these services that church can perform in one day or week!!  Every mass the priest hits the liquor, he feels good after the 3rd or 4th mass!!

There are several kinds of mass.  The solemn mass where the deacons aids; the pontifical mass, where the bishop presides; the papal mass, by the pope himself; and the high mass, done by a priest; the low mass, aided by servants; the parochial mass, for parish church Sundays; the capitulars mass, which is high mass on Sundays in Catholic countries; the conventual mass, offered daily before the chapter of canons; the votive mass, at the choice of the celebrant; and finally, the requiem mass, this one done for the dead (he still has to pay!!).  There are 10 masses for various classes who have the “passes”!  The “pass” is whatever they charge.  Not ONE of these is found in God’s Word!!  They exist by a dictum of the hierarchy of Rome.  This is a money-making institution!!

The mass has grown over the centuries, growing until it became the mass of today: this is an admitted fact by all Catholic scholars.  Visible Church, page 92, concedes its gradual development.   Every utterance of Rome becomes a proof of its fallibility and of its human origin, yet they have the audacity to bind a man-made law on millions of men.  A “mass” must be held in a chapel, an altar must be present, the crucifix and candles must be lighted (without lighted candles Christ cannot be transubstantiated), nor can His flesh and blood be transferred to the bread and cup.  They specify “wheatened bread unleavened and fermented wine (the New Testament nowhere uses wine referencing the cup, it uses fruit of the vine), they allow several vessels and all of them look like they come from a 14th century pawn shop.

Sacraments are things which remit venial sin.  They excite good thoughts, increase devotion, and remit venial sin.  The most famous is the “sign of the cross.”  This sacrament gains 50 days-100 days of “indulgence” if holy water is used.  Pope Pius IX made this a grace which meant those who made this sign were delivered from the power of Satan.   “Indulgences” are paid for permission from the Pope to go on a sin spree by being pardoned in advance!!  How do you like that: sin in advance- forgiveness!!  The “cross” itself is supposed to remind us, they teach of the redemption of mankind.  They changed the observance to teach it forgives sin and the cross as the great reminder that our sins are forgiven-somebody forgot to consult the Holy Spirit.  He taught that the Lord’s Supper is the great “reminder.”  “As often as you eat of that bread and drink of that cup, you show forth (set forth the purpose) the Lord’s death till He comes again.” 1 Corinthians 11:26

The “crucifix” is a cross with an image of the body of Jesus, attached.  “Holy water” is water blessed by the priest to beg God’s blessing on those who use it.”  There are 4 kinds of holy water (water mixed with a little salt in it) and all are blessed on Saturday by a priest.  There are 5 uses of holy water (matrimony, extreme unction, anointing of the sick, services for the dead, and exorcisms).  You get 100 days for using holy water as an indulgence.  Imagine that, holy salt water, not the blood of Christ!!   The “Rosary” of Mary, the mother of the Lord in prayer, the prayer being made to her (begun in the 8th century after she was resurrected and sent to Heaven to make Jesus mind), counted on beads which are the transferred prayers of dead saints from ages past that get an instant replay button pushed which are credited to the modern day worshipper of the Pope.  You get 100 days for these, too! Wow, wow, wow!!

 

Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 15

With the Council of Nicea and the power it held in the political world, the era of man-made religion began to sweep the known world.  Coming on and blindsiding the existing faithful body of Christ, they had our pulpits, people, and persuasion.  They could now go among us and not be a part of our plea and purpose of existence.  No longer did they want to crown Christ as King of Kings, they began the doctrines that would replace Him with their father, the Devil.  Isaiah 28:15

A great political struggle was fired by this new control with freedom to preach a different message.  It would take three centuries until this could be publicly announced to the world and another five centuries for a schism to occur which would propel their movement, yet make it stronger because it would now remove the one argument which had held it back since the crowning of Boniface III in 606 AD. .  The movement would become regional with the division of Catholicism in the 11th century when the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic movements divided.  Historically, this occurred when a classical “hit” was ordered by the Pope of Rome on the Patriarch of Constantinople.  Wanting to bring the entire Church of Christ into unity, politically-not religiously, when uncovered caused the great schism which even today has not been repaired.  Finally, headquartered in Russian under the strength of the Czar of Russia, the Greek Orthodox actually became the more Biblically accurate of the two.

The Holy Roman Empire came next.  It seems the dream and desire of all Papal aspirants is to “rule the world” both politically and religiously like their father, the Devil. John 8:44   Satan had offered our Lord this position while on the Earth.  We know this was one of his desires.   From the 5th century on, this brought into existence the great hoax which would require all rulers to be pedigreed by Rome.  When the Roman Empire was divided into the Eastern Roman and Western Roman Empire, the papacy gained strength.   No emperor in Europe would ever be allowed to rule without being crowned by the Pope of Rome.  Constantine, Charlemagne, Otto the Great, Hapsburgs, and the German houses would give credence to this false premise; thereby giving false power and dominion to the Pope.  During the “Babylonian Captivity of the Papacy” when the papacy was moved to France, the Holy Roman Empire was a successful reality.  The religious “War of the Roses” (when there were 2 Popes at one time, one in France and one in Rome), still its power increased.

It has always been a dream of Catholicism to re-invent the Judaic, earthly rule of religious leaders.  The reason for pre-millennialism with its earthly reign of Christ on the earth and all the “advent” churches of all stripes (which we have seen in all the denominational movements of the 17th and 18th centuries) the preaching of the literal reign of Christ on the earth is a central doctrine.  Men cannot give up on controlling the world even if they have to invent a false religious doctrine to so do.  They have never believed Christ who said: “My kingdom is not of this world, if it were, My servants would fight” and because of this, this sinful teaching is a part of every denomination that exist.

Since world dominion, not Heaven, is the goal of all denominationalism; Catholicism and its children (all the denominations that sprang from her) have been the leaders in satisfying the heathenistic doctrines of all its conquered peoples with their insistence on emotional, false spiritual, physical “feelings” and miracles.  Its latest disciple: the Pentecostal movements.   Roman Catholicism in Mexico is a far cry from Roman Catholicism in Europe.  Its religious holidays, superstitious beliefs, and glorified idolatries are defined by its location and peoples it has enslaved.  What began by bringing the separated priesthood of the Mosaical Covenant into Christianity (so-called), even down to the lackluster worship of its people (which has to be beefed up by emotional “witnessing,” special music, and holy days) where forgiveness of sin was forgivable by penance and not by the blood of Jesus Christ, comes at the cost of a turtle dove, lamb, or grain offering (the coin of the realm determined) offered through and only by the Roman Catholic priesthood that they re-introduced; Rome has written her rules in a catechism (their creed) that mirrors the Jewish monarchy of King David and Solomon as world conquerors, in the glory of its emperors, and wealth .  Yet, she is a religion where sin is forgiven by the coin of the realm as cold as the heart that gives that token only and not the heart of the worshipper!!

Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 14

The next raging battle in the religious world of the first century was the rule and authority over the Bride of Christ.  Paul as usual was a leader in the warning that went unheeded: “After my departure shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your won selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” Acts 20:29-30 The very men who listened and wept would arise, speaking perverse things, and draw others after them.  How sad this must have been to witness.  The depth of teaching the Holy Spirit had allowed the apostle to minister to the Church of Christ at Ephesus, the preachers who followed Paul, such as Onesimus, John, the apostle, Timothy and others show how much the Lord had invested in this group of the saved, yet, among them, some would divide the Body of Christ!!  None had the greater mysteries revealed than the Ephesian preachers, yet, when Christ rebuked Ephesus in Revelation 2, Ephesus was spiritually defunct: “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”  Revelation 2:5

What was sad was that error began before the death of the apostle!!  As soon as Paul “departed,” they did not even wait until Paul had left the earth.  They started immediately to organize their followers and assign themselves positions that not even the apostles had held among them.  They began to preach that their brethren were to “worship” them instead of Christ.  They declared they were over multiple congregations, and came up with vaunted names that equaled God in identities!!  They changed the organizational structure of the Lord’s Church and began to add pagan deities to their identities as equal to the Lord.    These men, called “grievous wolves” were found so named even by the Lord and said to beware of them.  “But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf (false teachers) coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolves catch them, and scatters the sheep.”  John 10:12    Whether Paul had in mind the Judaizers who had given him so much trouble in Antioch, Jerusalem, Galatia, Corinth or the Gnostics the shadow of whose coming he already foresaw is not perfectly clear.  But it will not be many years before Epaphras will come to Rome from Colossae with news of the new peril there.  In writing to Timothy, Paul had warned him against some who had already made shipwreck of their faith, preachers of the gospel named Alexander and Hymenaeus.  These wolves were without mercy, selfish, conniving, and desperate to control the Lord’s heritage as is defined in the word “grievous.”  The problem was their hearts!!  “Beware of false prophets, in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15

“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old appointed to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying, the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude vs. 4.  But, the most fearful description is given by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4; “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”  2 Thessalonians 2:4 The “mystery,” which was lawlessness or apostasy, “the man of sin was soon to be unveiled in all his naked deformity.  He, No longer working secretly, but openly, this false Christianity, having been laid like the fermenting of leaven, would no longer confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh and was God.”  This “man of sin,” the “son of perdition” possessed the energetic power of sin and would be irresistible in they who would perish because they received not the love of the truth which Christ had advised to “buy, and sell not.”

“They went out from us, but they were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us, but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” 1 John 2:19  In 314 AD, in the Council of Nicea, the Roman Catholic Church made its debut in all her filth and devastation.  Armed with the agreement of Rome and its political power, they would no longer need the gospel of Christ, the apostles of Christ, nor the Church of Christ.  The “seeds of destruction” had surfaced and the world would never be the same; after her coming.