THE CONVERTS CATECHISM OF CATHOLIC DOCTRINE (112 pages)
Out of the 448 Questions in the above mentioned book there were 776 answers due to the fact that many of the questions had multiple answers. Some had as many as 17 answers to a single question. Out of all these questions regarding "Catholic Doctrine" there were only 56 Bible verses listed! And more than 75% of those Bible verses were taken completely out of context! 56 Bible verses used for 776 answers equates to 13.8% of the questions had Bible verses given to explain them. That means 86.2% of the answers were NOT found in the Bible!
On this page I hope to share as time goes by all the evidence Scripture blesses us with that prove the Catechism of Roman Catholic Doctrine is not of God. I expect this page will grow larger as time goes by as well because research in this area is never ending. Rome has such an extensive area of lies to address that this may take some time to expose. Still, I felt it was best to share with any and all that frequent this site a "work in progress" as the evidence, as it grows, can be used in numerous areas to evangelize the dear souls trapped in Rome to a safe haven outside the walls of the Antichrist.
The Catechism of The Roman Catholic Church
Part 1: Tradition Is Equal With Scripture
Part 2: Interpreting The Word Of God Is Only For The Magisterium Of The Church
Part 3: Mary Is Sinless, A Perpetual Virgin, The Queen Of Heaven, And Co-Redeemer With Christ
Part 4: The Rosary And Prayers To Mary
Part 5: Salvation Only Comes Through The Catholic Church
Part:6 All Grace Comes From the Catholic Church
Part 7: No Christian Unity Apart From The Catholic Church
Part 8: The Doctrine Of The Supremacy Of The Pope
Part 9: The Christian Sabbath - The Lord's Day Is SUNday
ADDITIONAL INFO ON PART 9
Part 10: The Veneration Of Images.
Part 11 - The Doctrine Of Purgatory
Part 12 - The Doctrine Of Indulgences.
NEW MODERN DAY ENTRIES BY ROME:
1: Tradition Is Equal With Scripture
Roman Catholicism's standpoint on Bible doctrine is at best equal to tradition and philosophy and at worst subservient to Biblical doctrine.
(80) "SACRED TRADITION AND SACRED SCRIPTURE, then, are bound closely together and communicate one with the other. For both of them, flowing out from the same divine well-spring, come together in some fashion to form one thing and move towards the same goal." Each of them makes present and fruitful in the Church the mystery of Christ, who promised to remain with his own "always, to the close of the age." (Page 31)
(82) As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, "DOES NOT derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. BOTH SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION MUST BE ACCEPTED AND HONORED WITH EQUAL SENTIMENTS OF DEVOTION AND REVERENCE.(Page 31)
Unfortunately, "Sacred Tradition" does NOT agree with Holy Scriptures. Therefore, "sacred tradition" is not applicable to the Christian and should be emphatically and totally abandoned. The Word of God declares the following:
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the TRADITION OF MEN, after the RUDIMENTS OF THE WORLD, and not after Christ.
1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by TRADITION from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
The so-called "sacred tradition" of Roman Catholicism is not of God, but of the world. They stooped quite low and compromised and took upon themselves the "rudiments" of paganism and bequeathed that as a "sacred" legacy of which they demand the world to abide by. Nowhere in God's Word are we told that tradition is equal to Scripture.
Many Roman Catholics are not aware of the unBiblical heresies propagated by catholicism. Oftentimes, doctrines are taken at face value and never questioned. This applies to members of all denominations. Knowledge is necessary in order to make an intelligent choice. Knowledge provides the key, power, and freedom to exercise our God-given right to choose. It is with this purpose in mind that the presentation of the teachings of the catholic catechism and scripture are given. Not to force a certain creed, (for that is antichristian) but rather to disseminate knowledge and to provide encouragement to facilitate research to determine "if these things are so."
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2: Interpreting The Word Of God Is Only For The Magisterium Of
One sure-fire way of assuming authority over the Lord's people is to make them believe that the laity are not qualified to interpret Scripture. People are led to believe that they must be educated in the Greek, Hebrew, and Latin languages in order to understand God's Word. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth!
The catechism states the following:
(100)The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted SOLELY to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion with him. (Page 35)
Here we have an instance of where catholic tradition takes precedence over the Word of God!
Search high and low in the Bible and this teaching is nowhere to be found. By contrast, here's what the Bible has to say:
Acts 17:11 "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES DAILY, whether those things were so."
John 5:39 "SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."
1 John 2:27 "But the anointing (Holy Spirit) which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye NEED NOT THAT ANY MAN TEACH YOU: but as the same ANNOINTING TEACHETH you of all things, and is TRUTH, and is no lie, and even as it hath TAUGHT you, ye shall abide in him."
2 Timothy 2:15 "STUDY to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH."
Evidently the Bible is in sharp contradiction to the teachings of the catechism! Each Christian is to study and learn the Scriptures. And it's the Holy Spirit that provides the teaching, not the catholic magisterium! So, who should we obey?
Acts 5:29 "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN."
Very straight-forward stuff here. No need to trust the magisterium to interpret the Word. God wants His children to be free, not shackled to the fallible whims of a fallible magisterium, a magisterium that DENIES the very Word that it boasts its claim to interpret.
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3: Mary Is Sinless, A Perpetual Virgin, The Queen Of Heaven, And
Co-Redeemer With Christ
The following is from the catholic catechism regarding their teachings of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, the Saviour of the world:
(491) Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that MARY, "full of grace" through God, WAS REDEEMED FROM THE MOMENT OF HER CONCEPTION. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854.
The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, FROM THE FIRST MOMENT OF HER CONCEPTION, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, PRESERVED IMMUNE FROM ALL STAIN OF ORIGINAL SIN.(Page 138)
Mary was "redeemed from the moment of her conception"? Mary was "preserved immune from all stain of original sin? Where does it say that in the Bible? NOWHERE! This is Roman Catholic "sacred tradition" again being elevated above Scripture! Again God's Word speaks the opposite of catholicism. We are informed in the Word that NO ONE is without sin.
Romans 3:10-12 "As it is written, There is NONE righteous, no, NOT ONE: There is NONE that understandeth, there is NONE that seeketh after God. They are ALL gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is NONE that doeth good, no, NOT ONE."
Romans 3:23 "For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
It would be impossible to use plainer language to convey the message that we are ALL sinners, including Mary.
(494) At the announcement that she would give birth to "the Son of the Most High" without knowing man, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary responded with the obedience of faith, certain that "with God nothing will be impossible": "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word." Thus, giving her consent to God's word, Mary becomes the mother of Jesus, Espousing the divine will for salvation wholeheartedly, WITHOUT A SINGLE SIN TO RESTRAIN HER, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she did so in order to save the mystery of redemption with him and dependent on him, by God's grace:
As St. Irenaeus says, "Being obedient SHE BECAME THE CAUSE OF SALVATION FOR HERSELF AND FOR THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE." Hence not a few of the early Fathers gladly assert . . : "The knot of Eve's disobedience was untied by Mary's obedience: what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief, Mary loosened by her faith. Comparing her with Eve, they call Mary "the Mother of the living" and frequently claim: "DEATH THROUGH EVE, LIFE THROUGH MARY." (Page 138)
While Mary was, indeed a godly virgin when she conceived the Lord Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, she by no means was without sin as the catechism falsely claims. The catholic church makes the claim in their catechism that life comes through Mary. Again, so-called catholic "sacred tradtion" takes precedence over the Bible. For the Bible says:
Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation IN ANY OTHER: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME."
1 John 5:11-12 "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."
Notice that ALL the glory goes to Jesus. His glory is NOT to be shared with another. It will also be noticed that one of the earmarks of the catholic church is that they indeed rob God Almighty of ALL the glory due to him by reason of all their unBiblical doctrines.
(495) Called in the Gospels "the mother of Jesus," Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as "the mother of my Lord." In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father's eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the CHURCH CONFESSES THAT MARY IS TRULY "Mother of God"(Theo-tokos). (Page 139)
(966) "Finally the Immaculate Virgin, PRESERVED FREE FROM ALL STAIN OF ORIGINAL SIN, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, AND EXALTED BY THE LORD AS QUEEN OVER ALL THINGS, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death." The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son's Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.
In giving birth you KEPT YOUR VIRGINITY; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O MOTHER OF GOD, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, BY YOUR PRAYERS, WILL DELIVER OUR SOULS FROM DEATH"
Notice in the catechism, Mary is called the MOTHER OF GOD. In Scripture, Mary is referred as the "mother of Jesus". Although Jesus is very God and very man and He retains his deity, to label Mary as "Mother of God" elevates her as well to the level of deity. The catholic church teaches that Mary is forever a virgin. The Scriptures say differently. Scripture informs us that Mary had several other children. Jesus had sibling brothers and sisters - they were NOT cousins as the catholic church falsely claims. Notice the following Scriptures:
Acts 1:14 "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS, AND WITH HIS BRETHEREN."
Matthew 13:55-56 "Is not this the carpenter's son? is not HIS MOTHER CALLED MARY? AND HIS BRETHEREN, JAMES, and JOSES, and SIMON, and JUDAS (not Judas Iscariot)? And HIS SISTERS, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?"
Galatians 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save JAMES THE LORD'S BROTHER.
And where in the Bible is it to be found that Mary is "exalted queen over all things." Where is it???? Again, here's yet another example of how false, pagan, "sacred tradition" takes precedence over and above the Word of God! Although the Bible does in fact speak about a "queen" that's over all things. She's called the "queen of heaven" - and it's NOT Mary, the mother of Jesus! Here's one of a few Scriptures:
Jeremiah 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make CAKES TO THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN, and to pour out DRINK OFFERINGS UNTO OTHER GODS, THAT THEY MAY PROVOKE ME TO ANGER.
The old pagan worship of the queen of heaven. It sees it's counterpart in catholcism in the worship of Mary as "queen over all things." And if that kind of activity provoked the Lord to anger back in Old Testament times, the Lord, who "changes not", is provoked to anger by this display of christianized paganism. And to boot, the current pope, JPII, has given himself TOTALLY to Mary! Embroidered on his robe in Latin is the following: "Totus Tuus Sum Maria" - translated, this means: "Mary, I am ALL YOURS."
So, then, the pretended "vicar of christ" gives all of himself - not to Christ, but to Mary, the "queen over all things"! Unbelievable! The Bible does NOT command us to uplift Mary, but rather the Bible says: "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." John 12:32. So Jesus says we ought to be lifting HIM up. We ought to "obey God rather than men."
(508) From among the descendants of Eve, God chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of his Son. "Full of grace," Mary is "THE MOST EXCELLENT FRUIT OF REDEMPTION" (SC 103): from the first instant of her conception, she was TOTALLY PRESERVED FROM THE STAIN OF ORIGINAL SIN and she REMAINED PURE FROM ALL PERSONAL SIN THROUGHOUT HER LIFE.(Page 142)
Luke 1:28 "And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou AMONG women."
The Bible says that Mary is blessed AMONG women, not ABOVE women. And to say that Mary was pure from personal sin is to be in direct contradition to God's Word. For His Word says:
1 John 1:8 "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the TRUTH IS NOT IN US."
1 John 1:10 "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and HIS WORD IS NOT IN US."
Neither is His Word in the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.
(964) Mary's role in the Church is INSEPARABLE FROM HER UNION WITH CHRIST and flows directly from it. "THIS UNION OF THE MOTHER WITH THE SON IN THE WORK OF SALVATION is made manifest from the time of Christ's virginal conception up to his death"; it is made manifest above all at the hour of his Passion:
Thus the Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and faithfully preserved in her union with her Son unto the Cross. There she stood, in keeping with the divine plan, ENDURING WITH HER ONLY BEGOTTEN SON the intensity of his suffering, joining herself with his sacrifice in her mother's heart, and lovingly consenting to the immolation of this victim, born of her: to be given, by the same Christ Jesus dying on the cross, as a mother to his disciple, with these words: "Woman, behold your son." (Page 273)
One must not allow oneself to be fooled by these loving words. Because the fact is that Mary has not been given an exalted position in the salvation of mankind. She's quietly resting in her grave until the Lord Jesus returns and resurrects her with all the rest of God's sleeping saints.
(968) Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still further. "In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the Savior's work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason SHE IS A MOTHER TO US IN THE ORDER OF GRACE." (Page 274)
Where is this found in the Bible? It's not. It sounds nice. But it's not Biblical. The Bible warns us that Satan himself is "transformed" into an "angel of light". He makes himself look nice and sound nice. Just like a "wolf in sheeps clothing" looks nice and harmless - but it's not! It's just man's vain philosophy and babblings. The Word says:
2 Timothy 2:16 'But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness."
Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, AND NOT AFTER CHRIST."
We are to beware of these kinds of teachings that permeates the catholic church.
(969) "This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. TAKEN UP TO HEAVEN SHE DID NOT LAY ASIDE THIS SAVING OFFICE but BY HER MANIFOLD INTERCESSION CONTINUES TO BRING US GIFTS OF ETERNAL SALVATION....Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of ADVOCATE, HELPER, BENEFACTRESS, and MEDIATRIX."(Page 275)
One word only is need to describe the above quote from the catholic catechism....BLASPHEMY!!!
Mary can't save us. She doesn't help Jesus in His saving office! He doesn't need it. He NEVER elevated her to the office of co-redeemer! Where's that to be found in the Bible??? Again, NOWHERE!!!!! This is part 3 of this presentation. Is there a pattern yet visible????
Yes, it's catholic, false, "sacred tradition" placed ABOVE the Word of God! What does the Word say? Read on:
1 John 2:1 "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous"
Who's the advocate? Mary??? - No The Word Says: Jesus. All the glory goes to Jesus!
Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation IN ANY OTHER: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
I don't see any room for Mary in this Scripture. Again, all the glory goes to Jesus!
John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME."
Does Jesus say here "No man cometh unto the Father but by me and my mother?" NO, only to Jesus. All the glory goes to Jesus!!!
The Roman Catholic Church does not propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ. They propagate another gospel. The Bible has something to say concerning those that propagate another gospel:
Galatians 1:6-9 "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would PERVERT the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED. As we said before, so say I now again, If ANY MAN preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, LET HIM BE ACCURSED."
Stong words! The Bible pronounces a curse on ANYONE who preaches any other gospel than what's in the Word of God! The catholic church fits this bill perfectly. May more eyes be opened to the truths of God's Word!
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4: The Rosary And Prayers To Mary
Nowhere in the Bible are we commanded to worship Mary! In fact, the word "worship" is found 188 times in the Bible and NOT ONCE is it used in conjunction with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Roman Catholics say that they do not woship Mary, they just do acts of adoration and veneration. Nowhere does the Bible command us to "adore" or "venerate" Mary. It's nothing but a feeble play on words; they are acts of WORSHIP! I had a catholic education and I know firsthand that we were worshipping Mary. Every month of May, all the children were gathered out to the nun's convant grounds in front of an image, a statue of the virgin Mary and a crowning ceremony was performed. Every year, a girl was chosen to climb up a ladder with a crown of blossoms to put on the head of the image/statue of Mary. While the little girl was busy crowning the statue, the rest of us were singing hymns of worship to Mary. Any catholics out there remember the words of these hymns:
"Oh Mary we CROWN THEE with blossoms, today!
QUEEN OF THE ANGELS, QUEEN OF THE MAY"
or what about this one:
"Hail HOLY QUEEN ENTHRONED ABOVE - Oh Maria,
Hail MOTHER OF MERCY AND OF LOVE - Oh Maria ,
Triumph all ye cherubim
Sing with us ye seraphim,
Heaven and earth resound a hymn,
SALVE, SALVE, SALVE REGINA!"
Folks, as kids growing up and going to a catholic school, we were taught that Mary is the QUEEN OF HEAVEN! We sang hymns in honor of that teaching! A little girl CROWNED AN IMAGE of Mary as "Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May"! We sang hymns saying "Salve Regina" - Queen of Salvation! OK? This is BLASPHEMY, this is nothing but "christianized" paganism. Period! I, as a catholic, worshipped Mary in ignorance. I thought I was doing right and pleasing God. UNTIL I read the Bible for myself, then REALLY made a commitment to Jesus, and REALLY wanted to KNOW His will, and became knowledgeable in Scripture and in history. Then I realized I was duped and deceived. And so are most catholics. Those who are "in the know" regarding the truth and STILL practice this "christianized" paganism are in jeopardy of the wrath of God and their very salvation is at RISK. Jesus said: "unto whom much is given, much is required." If you've been blessed with the knowledge of the truth and you continue to practice falsehood, you are responsible for your rebellion, brother/sister. God may "wink" at ignorance, but when enlightenment comes, you are COMMANDED to REPENT - no if's, and's, or but's about it! Now here's official catholic teaching straight from the catechism:
(971) "All generations will call me blessed": "The Church's devotion to the Blessed Virgin IS INTRINSIC to Christian WORSHIP." The Church rightly honors "the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed
Virgin has been honored with the title of 'Mother of God,' to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs
. . . This very special devotion . . . differs essentially from adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration." The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an "EPITOME OF THE WHOLE GOSPEL," express this devotion to the Virgin Mary. (Page 275)
Where in the Bible are we commanded or even nicely asked to say the Rosary, have a Rosary, or pray to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ????? Where in the Bible does it say that devotion to Mary is "INTRINSIC TO CHRISTIAN WORSHIP????? Where is it?????? It's not there, NEVER was there, and NEVER will be there. This is yet ANOTHER instance of false, unBiblical, "sacred tradtion" taking precedent over and above the Bible - plain and simple! This isn't "deep" theology requiring the mind of a "rocket scientist" to comprehend. Anyone whose IQ is barely at the equivalent of a brain-dead turnip would see how opposed the Word of God is to the teachings of Roman Catholicism! All that's needed is for folks to pick up and seriously study their Bibles. His Word is so beautifully simple and simply beautiful!!! And how easily it's double-edged sword slices and dices the herisies taught by Roman Catholicism and all other false religions! Now what does the Bible say?
Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and HIM ONLY shalt thou serve.
Exodus 20:3-5 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any LIKENESS of any thing THAT IS IN HEAVEN above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not BOW DOWN thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.
It says "HIM ONLY" shalt thou serve. NOT HIM and HER ONLY shalt thou serve. This is Jesus talking here to Satan. He's quoting Scripture. He's affirming it's validity and INFALLIBILITY. We are to serve GOD ONLY. We are NOT to serve Mary or anyone else besides or along side of God Almighty!!! Jesus is supposed to be the example for the Christian, not the pope. Jesus gives us the example of putting God FIRST. The pope, antichrist, gives us the example of putting Mary FIRST. He's the one who has his robe embroidered with the following in Latin: TOTUS TUUS SUM MARIA - Mary I'm ALL YOURS!!! Does the pope follow the command of God? Is he worshipping "the Lord thy God and HIM ONLY shalt thou serve"????? No! How could he, if he's given himself ALL to Mary?????
What about the second commandment as written above???
That has been conveniently removed so that they can have the pretended license to worship images and statues of Mary, St. Jude, St. Anthony, etc....The catholic church totally disobeys that commandment. Of course they don't think so because THEY REMOVED it from the ten and then divided the last commandment into two in order to maintain the count of ten. Do you know what their reasoning behind this is? Well, according to Roman Catholicism, the second commandment was too redundant. The first commandment embodied it and they, (Roman Catholicism) were merely INTERPRETING the commandments the way God really wanted it. When I first heard that lame excuse, I was on my drive home and laughed so hard, I almost hit a tree! Some of you might wish I did - :-) You know, if someone's going to lie, you must be consistent with the lie to give yourself some credibility. So, what the catholic church did is combine the first and second commandments into one and divide the tenth into two, thus defeating their own modus operandi in trying to explain their sin of breaking the second commandment. Notice how easily truth defeats error!
People need to wake up to the truth. The truth is out there and easily seen. It's not a needle in a haystack. Although the Roman Catholic church has attempted to and did a good job of obscuring truth, they can't shut it out. The truth is there, probably right under your nose on your dusty shelf? If you want to know truth, you can. God wants you to. Jesus loves you and died for you. Should we requite that great love by practicing ancient pagan rituals?? No matter how good and loving it sounds, it's not of God. "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" Choose Life and His way of life! Amen!
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5: Salvation Only Comes Through The Catholic Church
The Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism states:
"For it is through Christ's CATHOLIC CHURCH ALONE, WHICH IS THE UNIVERSAL HELP TOWARD SALVATION, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained. It was to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, that we believe that our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant, in order to establish on earth the one Body of Christ into which all those should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the People of God."
The Catholic Catechism states:
(846) How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers? Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body: Basing itself on SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION, the Council teaches that the CHURCH, a pilgrim now on earth, IS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism AS THROUGH A DOOR. HENCE THEY COULD NOT BE SAVED WHO, KNOWING THAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WAS FOUNDED AS NECESSARY BY GOD THROUGH CHRIST, WOULD REFUSE EITHER TO ENTER IT OR TO REMAIN IN IT. (Page 244)
Let's look at this text from the catechism. Thus far, in this, the fifth part of the presentation comparing Roman Catholic theology with the Bible, can easily be seen a common thread. And that is how catholic so-called "sacred tradition" has once again taken precedence over and above the Word of God! VaticanII and the catholic catechism both agree that salvation only comes through the catholic church. That the catholic church is "the door" entered into by baptism, which is the pagan form of sprinkling, not immersion as the Bible teaches, to salvation.
This, of course is a direct contradiction of the words of Jesus Christ, who proclaims of Himself: "I am the door." This whole teaching that the catholic church "is necessary" for salvation, is by their own admission based on "Scripture and Tradition". Of course that's false. It's not based on Scripture at all, just catholic tradition. That statement would be more accurate. Another common thread that will be noticed in comparing catholic doctrine with the Bible is how the catholic church aggandizes itself by assuming the glory that's only due to God.(The work of antichrist)The glory goes to Jesus. Salvation is in Him ONLY.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation IN ANY OTHER : for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Salvation is through JESUS, not the CATHOLIC CHURCH!!! What does the word "church" mean?
It means "the called out assembly". So, the church of Jesus Christ is made up of PEOPLE who have been CALLED OUT of the world and have ACCEPTED that call and now live for God Almighty and not the world. That means that they OBEY the the teachings of Christ through His Word, the Bible and no longer conform themselves to "the rudiments of the world". This can't be said regarding the catholic church. Because they ARE OF THE WORLD! Their doctrines are CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD. Many centuries ago they CONFORMED themselves to the pagans around them to gain popularity, power and control. This is NOT the church instituted by Jesus Christ. No Way!
They may in fact do many, many wonderful works in the world. They help feed the hungry, clothe the naked, help the poor, help the sick through their many hospitals and medical centers, provide education through their many schools, high schools, colleges, etc., they even have exorcists to cast out people that are demon possessed! So! What does that prove???? The demons themselves "believe and tremble" before the Lord. Are they saved??? NO!!! What good are all the wonderful works that the catholic church does supposedly in the name of Jesus Christ?? What matters to God is DOING THE WILL OF HIS FATHER!!!! Jesus says: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven!!!!!" Matthew 7:21. Jesus further states: "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have CAST OUT DEVILS? and in thy name done MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? And then will I profess unto them, I never KNEW you: depart from me, ye that WORK INIQUITY!!!" Matthew 7:22-23.
What's iniquity? It's SIN! What's sin? "Sin is the transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4 "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
What's the law? The law of God - the 10 commandments, which the catholic church changed, breaks continually, and teaches mankind to do so as well. This is what the leaders of the catholic church and those who follow them have to look forward to if they continue in their sins and keep teaching these herisies!!!
So, the church is NOT the place where grace and salvation reside. It's in Jesus Christ ONLY. Jesus saves you, THEN, you become one of his "called out" saints - a part of His church. And as a member of His "called out" ones, we are to preach about Jesus and Him crucified for our sins. We are to lift up Jesus, so that people will be drawn to HIM. The catholic church has it all backwards. They "lift up" themselves and try to FORCE people to join in with them. Their history of horrible cruelties amply illustrates this fact. And in modern times, where the catholic church has enough power and political clout, she employs the same means to further her own ends. So, I urge all to: accept Jesus Christ as your saviour. Read His Word and study it. Research history and learn all you can so you can make an intelligent choice on what's true and what's false.
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Part:6 All Grace Comes From the Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic Church believes that THEY are the holders and dispensors of the grace of God Almighty. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reads:
(819) "Furthermore, many elements of sanctification and of truth" are found outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church: "the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements" Christ's Spirit uses these CHURCHES AND ECCLESIASTICAL COMMUNITIES AS MEANS OF SALVATION, whose power derives from the fullness of grace and truth that CHRIST HAS ENTRUSTED TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him, and are in themselves calls to "Catholic unity(Page 235, 236)
Here the false claim is made that Christ ONLY works through the catholic church. That salvation comes ONLY through the catholic church.
And we have yet ANOTHER example of how the catholic church exalts herself over and above the Holy Scriptures by adding her false "sacred tradition" And again, true to form, the glory is transferred from the Lord Jesus to the Roman Catholic Church. Scripture disagrees with the above from the catholic catechism. For grace, you see, comes from God the Father, through the Lord Jesus Christ, NOT THE CHURCH!!! Read Scripture:
John 1:15-17 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE AND TRUTH CAME BY JESUS CHRIST.
Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: GRACE TO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER, AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Romans 16:24 The GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST be with you all. Amen.
So, the contrast being - the RCC says that grace comes from God, THROUGH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. And GOD SAYS IN SCRIPTURE that grace comes FROM GOD!
Who do you want to believe and obey? God, or the catholic church. The choice is yours. You have free will.
The catechism further states:
(834) Particular Churches are fully catholic through their communion with one of them, the Church of Rome "which presides in charity." "For with this church, by reason of its PRE-EMINENCE, the whole Church, that is the faithful everywhere, must necessarily be in accord" Indeed, "from the incarnate Word's descent to us, all Christian churches everywhere have held and hold THE GREAT CHURCH THAT IS HERE [AT ROME] BE THEIR ONLY BASIS AND FOUNDATION since, according to the Savior's promise, the gates of hell have never prevailed against her." (Page 240, 241)
Notice how the church of ROME is given the PRE-EMINENCE! They are not even referring to the church as the "body" of christ, but rather to the INSTITUTION which is THE CHURCH OF ROME! The church of Rome gives THEMSELVES the PRE-EMINENCE. Notice, in contrast who the Scriptures give the pre-eminence to:
Colossians 1:18 And he (Jesus) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things HE MIGHT HAVE THE PREEMINENCE.
Praise Jesus!!! It's HE who has the PRE-EIMINENCE. Scripture makes no mention to the church of Rome! Is it not the work of antichrist to EXALT himself ABOVE God? Most definetly it is and most definitely does the catholic church fulfill that role masterfully! The Roman Catholic Church does not teach the Word of God. They do NOT teach the pure doctrines of Scripture. Therefore:
2 John 1:9-10 Whosoever transgresseth, AND ABIDETH NOT IN THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, HATH NOT GOD. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, RECEIVE HIM NOT INTO YOUR HOUSE, NEITHER BID HIM GOD SPEED.
Pretty strong words, eh? The Word of God pulls no punches. Scripture is NOT carefull to be politically correct. Truth MUST NOT be compromised! The Roman Catholic Church has foolishly compromised the truth of God's Word and conformed their practices with the pagan people of their day. They have brought in multitudinous pagan practices and superstitions that remain with them to this day. Many, many centuries ago did Roman Catholicism depart from God and have been in a fallen condition. They cite the fact that they have been around for so long as proof positive that the "gates of hell have not prevailed against them". But the gates of hell are to be found right through their doors. For the Lord God Almighty is NOT the author of this religio-political pagan-originated idolatrous gospel of falsehood.
Read and study the Scriptures. For in them you will find the TRUTH and the TRUTH will, indeed set you free. Free from the shackles of sin and free from the shackles of false doctrine. Amen!
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7: No Christian Unity Apart From The Catholic Church
The Catholic Catechism states:
(820) "Christ bestowed unity on his Church from the beginning. THIS UNITY, WE BELIEVE, SUBSISTS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH as something she can never lose, and we hope that it will continue to increase until the end of time." Christ always gives his Church the gift of unity, but the Church must always pray and work to maintain, reinforce, and perfect the unity that Christ wills for her. This is why Jesus himself prayed at the hour of his Passion, and does not cease praying to his Father, for the unity of his disciples: "That they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be one in us, . . . so that the world may know that you have sent me." The desire to recover the unity of all Christians is a gift of Christ and a call of the Holy Spirit. (Page 236)
Yes, it's true that Jesus prayed for unity among His people. Jesus also said that the gospel would divide people. Is there a contridiction in the Word of God? Absolutely not! We are to be ONE in the faith of Jesus Christ and ONE in His doctrine. Truth creates division. Not division among truth, but division of all that's AGAINST truth. The TRUTHS of God's Word and the DOCTRINES OF MEN are what's in division. They cannot have a peaceful co-existance. They are at variance with eachother. The catholic church declares that there can be no christian unity apart from her. Here we have yet again another example of how the Roman Catholic Church exalts ITSELF above the Word of God and God Himself. It's NOT the INSTITUTION of the church that provides unity, but rather it's the Holy Spirit that effects unity:
1 Cor 12:13 For by ONE SPIRIT are we all baptized into ONE BODY, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to DRINK INTO ONE SPIRIT.
Therefore the Holy Spirit is NOT guiding the catholic church and the multitudinous sects that have proceeded from her which still hold to a greater or less degree of the false doctrines that have originated with her. In order to have true unity, me must possess:
2 Cor 4:13 We having the SAME SPIRIT OF FAITH according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; WE ALSO BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK.
The various contradictory churches and creeds do NOT possess the SAME SPIRIT OF FAITH, therefore the resulting confusion that exists today. One thing they ALL have in common, though. They've thrown away the law of God. Therefore the Spirit does NOT guide them!
1 John 3:24 AND HE THAT KEEPETH HIS COMMANDMENTS DWELLETH IN HIM, AND HE IN HIM. And HEREBY WE KNOW THAT HE ABIDETH IN US, BY THE SPIRIT WHICH HE HATH GIVEN US.
2 John 1:6 And THIS IS LOVE, that we WALK after HIS COMMANDMENTS This is the commandment, That, AS YE HAVE HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING, ye should WALK IN IT.
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, and the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that DO HIS COMANDMENTS, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
The attempted "unity" of today between catholics and protestants is not a unity based on TRUTH and the pure doctrines of the Word of God, but on political activism and a uniting to fight a common societal enemy in secular humanism and the moral decline of our society. That's the focal point of their so-called unity. Lacking in the power of the Spirit of God, they turn to themselves and then the civil authorities of the world in an attempt to legislate christian ideals and morality. At this juncture, I would be remiss if I didn't pause and add that the societal ills as diagnosed by both catholics and protestants are quite correct and society would be improved if all the wickedness that they are fighting against were eliminated. I AM AGAINST the SAME wickedness that they are against. I'm also against the political activism and the desire to build the kingdom of Christ via civil legislation. These churches should be more concerned with PREACHING THE GOSPEL and relying on the POWER OF GOD to effect change in the hearts of men. This would be in harmony with the EXAMPLE set forth by Jesus and the apostles. Not in our legislative halls to FORCE men to be christians. This is not the way of Christ. This is the way of AntiChrist!
So, the conclusion of the matter is that true christian unity, as prayed for by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is NOT dependent on the INSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH catholic or not. It's dependant on the leadership of the Holy Spirit, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit is promised on condition of "WALKING" in the FAITH OF JESUS and in "DOING' His commandments. The catholic church neither REACHES that standard or TEACHES that standard. They are their own self-styled standard unto themselves.
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8: The Doctrine Of The Supremacy Of The Pope
The Catholic catechism says:
(882) The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter's successor, "is the perpetual and visible SOURCE AND FOUNDATION of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful." "For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as VICAR OF CHRIST, and as PASTOR OF THE ENTIRE CHURCH HAS FULL, SUPREME and UNIVERSAL POWER OVER THE WHOLE CHURCH, a power which he can ALWAYS EXERCISE UNHINDERED." (Page 254)
That's a very haughty statement. It's not Biblical either! From the books of Genesis to Revelation, there will not be found any doctrine on the Supremacy of the pope or bishop of Rome. There is ONE that has the supremacy in the Christian church. That's the church's FOUNDER and FOUNDATION, Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in ALL things HE might have the PREEMINENCE.
Does this Scripture say that the pope is to have the preeminence in all things??? No, it's JESUS. One thing the RCC has is consistency. Consistency in applying the authority and glory that rightly belongs to Jesus and transferring it ALL TO THEMSELVES! Part 8 and we STILL have the SAME COMMON THREAD of lies in the catechism. It's amazing, eh? - how Mary, priests, and the pope, and the catholic institution itself take on the authority and attributes of Jesus. This institution is most definetly the fulfillment of prophecy where "man" is exalted and God effectively put on the back burner. They verily take the place of Almighty God and His Christ - definition of AntiChrist!!!
(891) THE ROMAN PONTIFF, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this INFALLIBILITY in virtue of his office, when, as SUPREME PASTOR and teacher of all the faithful--who confirms his brethren in the faith--he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. . . . The INFALLIBILITY promised to the Church is also present in the body of bishops when, together with Peter's successor, they exercise the supreme Magisterium," above all in an Ecumenical Council. When the Church through its supreme Magistrium proposes a doctrine "for belief as being divinely revealed," and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions "must be adhered to with the obedience of faith." This INFALLIBILITY EXTENDS AS FAR AS THE DEPOSIT OF DIVINE REVELATION ITSELF. (Page 256)
The pope is infallible? A mere man is INFALLIBLE???? What does the Scriptures say?
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and DESPERATELY WICKED: who can know it?
1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, WE DECEIVE OURSELVES, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins , he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE NOT SINNED , WE MAKE HIM A LIAR, AND HIS WORD IS NOT IN US.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are ALL as an unclean thing, and ALL our RIGHTEOUSNESSES ARE AS FILTHY RAGS; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
So, the pope is infallible, eh? Someone's lying here. I'll bet it's NOT the Word of God, either!!! So, the "Pontiff", the decendant of the Roman Pontifex Maximus, the high priest of the ancient pagan Roman religion is infallible - according to the catholic catechism. Why don't we just all throw away our Bibles and replace it with the catholic catechism? That would be one way for all to have unity of faith, right? That would effectively solve the problem of the multiple sects and religions and the ensuing confusion the world over. That would surely rid the earth of the problems resulting from all the twisting and distortions of Scripture. Yes, Jeremiah spoke well when he said via inspiration of the Holy Spirit: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desparetly wicked: who can know it?" Of course this doctrine of the supremacy of the pope is based on a Scripture which was twisted and distorted and mangled:
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The catholic church takes the above Scripture to build their false doctrine of the supremacy of the pope. They say that the church is built on Peter (rock). Not Christ - "the ROCK OF AGES". It's interesting to note that the other three renditions of the gospel make no mention of this statement of Jesus. On this ONE Scripture verse does the hierarchy of the catholic church stand - or FALL. The catholic church maintains that the book of Matthew, since it was written in Aramaic and was then transliterated into Greek, did not provide the accurate translation of "petra" (large rock) and applied "petros"(small stone) instead because of the gender rendering. The actual word, they say is "kepha" which is a massive rock. They render the verse to say: "You are Peter (kepha - massive rock) and upon this kepha(massive rock) I will build my church. To simplify it further, they say that Jesus was saying: "You are a MASSIVE ROCK, and on you, a MASSIVE ROCK, I will build my church." In another Scripture, the Scriptures THEMSELVES provide the interpretation of what Peter's name meant: John 1:42 " And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A STONE." Either way, no matter how you look at it. Peter is NOT the foundation of the church - JESUS IS!!!!! What manner of sinful desperation would lead men to assume the glory and preragatives of Almighty God??? The catholic church says that Jesus is the FOUNDER of the Christian church, but Peter is the FOUNDATION of the christian church. So, according to catholicism, Jesus, the Son of the Living God started the christian church, but BUILT in on the man, Peter. Kind of inconsistant, eh? The church, which means "the called out assembly", which consisted of people was FOUNDED by Jesus and built on the FOUNDATION of Peter one of the "called-out" people, according to the teachings of catholicism! Actually, the truth of the matter is that the church of Jesus Christ was not only FOUNDED by Christ, but Jesus Christ is also the FOUNDATION of the church. If the supremacy of Peter was already settled, already a done deal, why the strife among the deciples?????
Matthew 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, WHO IS THE GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN?
Mark 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way THEY HAD DISPUTED AMONG THEMSELVES, WHO SHOULD BE THE GREATEST.
Luke 22:24 AND THERE WAS ALSO A STRIFE AMONG THEM, WHICH OF THEM SHOULD BE ACCOUNTED THE GREATEST.
Strife among the deciples, eh? About who should be the greatest????
Who had the supremacy???? This would have been the perfect opportunity for Jesus to settle this question once and for all!!! He would have told them - "Hey, I already told you all, Peter is the greatest among you. He's the ROCK upon which I'm building my church. Listen to him. I have given him infallibility in all the oracles of God Almighty." Nothing even remotely close to that was said by Jesus. Besides, with the BIG MOUTH that Peter possessed, he himself would have straightened out the rest of the deciples. He would have said something like: "The Lord said it's ME that's the greatest and has the supremacy, I'M the ROCK that Jesus is building His church upon!"
Then Jesus would have concurred. Make sense???? It NEVER happened! Jesus wouldn't have left them in the dark as to the answer of such an important question. It took CENTURIES after the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven and the death of the apostles for this false doctrine of the pope to be formulated. That should be enough of a tip-off of the falsehood of such a claim. Paul well knew that the "mystery of iniquity" was already beginning to work in the church which would eventually develop into the antichristian system of Roman Catholicism.
So, it's Jesus that's the FOUNDATION of the church. He's the ROCK upon which the church is built. When reading Matthew 16:18 in it's ENTIRE CONTEXT, we get the truth and the meaning. Jesus was with his deciples and asked the question: "Who do men say that I am?" The deciples answered " some say......" Then Jesus asked them:
Matthew 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto
thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Now you can see the entire picture here, the entire CONTEXT. The rock that Jesus is building His church is on the ROCK OF THE STATEMENT OF FAITH SPOKEN BY PETER: "THOU ART THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD." Our faith is built on the ROCK of Jesus Christ! The gates of hell CANNOT PREVAIL AGAINST SUCH A FAITH! Throughout all the years of persecution by Imperial Rome, the gates of hell did not prevail against the church of Jesus Christ. Throughout all the 1260 years of persecution by Papal Rome, the gates of hell did not prevail against the church of Jesus Christ. Why??? Because the FAITH of those christians that preferred cruel torture and death by the hands of the Roman Empire and by the hands of the Roman Papacy could NOT be conquered. They could not, did not and will not EVER prevail against such a FAITH. Their FAITH in Jesus the ROCK made them "more than conquerors!" That's the message. Jesus is the ROCK. Not Peter, nor any of the haughty pontiffs. Praise be to Jesus Christ for HIS LOYALTY to HIS own that are LOYAL to HIM!!!! Amen!
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9: The Christian Sabbath - The Lord's Day Is SUNday
1166 "BY A TRADITION handed down from the apostles which took its origin from the very day of Christ's Resurrection, the Church celebrates the Paschal mystery every seventh day, which day is appropriately called the Lord's Day or Sunday."36 The day of Christ's Resurrection is both the first day of the week, the MEMORIAL OF THE FIRST DAY OF CREATION, and the "eighth day," on which Christ after his "REST" ON THE GREAT SABBATH inaugurates the "day that the Lord has made," the "day that knows no evening."37 The Lord's Supper is its center, for there the whole community of the faithful encounters the risen Lord who invites them to his banquet:38
The catholic church says correctly that SUNday keeping is a TRADITION. And also they correctly state the phrase "ON THE GREAT SABBATH". They say, incorrectly, that this TRADITION was handed down by the apostles. You may bang your head against a wall until either your head or the wall cracks, but you will NEVER find ANYTHING IN SCRIPTURE that shows that the apostles broke the FOURTH commandment regarding the keeping of the seventh day Sabbath. Neither did the apostles teach anyone else in any of the churches they established to break the FOURTH commandment!
The Lord's day, the day of Resurrection, the day of Christians, is OUR day. It is called the Lord's day because on it the Lord rose victorious to the Father. If PAGANS CALL IT THE "DAY OF THE SUN," WE WILLINGLY AGREE, for today the light of the world is raised, today is revealed the sun of justice with healing in his rays.39
1167 SUNDAY IS THE PRE-EMINENT DAY for the liturgical assembly, when the faithful gather "to listen to the word of God and take part in the Eucharist, thus calling to mind the Passion, Resurrection, and glory of the Lord Jesus, and giving thanks to God who 'has begotten them again, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead' unto a living hope":40
The catholic church declares that SUNday is OUR day. In this they are quite correct. Saturday, the seventh day, the Sabbath, in CONTRAST, is the LORD'S DAY! And there's no doubt that "pagans called it the DAY OF THE SUN", and the catholic church SHOULD AGREE - since they have transferred the solemnity of the Sabbath to SUNday - by THEIR OWN AUTHORITY. Not by the Word of God! The catholic church has exalted a common work day - a PAGAN SUN-WORSHIPPING day to the "PRE-EMINENT DAY" - in OPPOSITION to the day that God Almighty set aside and SANCTIFIED! God COMMANDS the world to OBEY HIM and keep HIS COMMANDMENTS. Satan, through the catholic church COMMANDS the world to OBEY HIM and keep HIS FALSE COMMANDMENTS. And WHO does MOST of the world agree with???? Jesus says: "Straight is THE WAY and NARROW is the gate.....and FEW there be that find it "- and "BROAD IS THE WAY that leads to destruction and MANY THERE BE THAT GO IN THEREAT"!!!!! Following the crowd can be most dangerous to your salvation. You think the majority is ALWAYS right? In the things of God, they have proven to be most MISERABLY WRONG!
THE THIRD COMMANDMENT
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work.90 THE SABBATH WAS MADE FOR MAN, NOT MAN FOR THE SABBATH; SO THE SON OF MAN IS LORD EVEN OF THE SABBATH. 91
So far, so good! Except for ONE thing. The Sabbath commandment is the FOURTH commandment of the decalogue!
I. THE SABBATH DAY
2168 THE THIRD COMMANDMENT of the Decalogue recalls the holiness of the sabbath: "THE SEVENTH DAY IS A SABBATH OF SOLEMN REST, HOLY TO THE LORD."92
The THIRD commandment? Why is it that the catholic church numbers the Sabbath commandment as the "THIRD COMMANDMENT OF THE DECALOGUE"? It's not because they can't count past TWO! Rather, it's due to the FACT that the SECOND commandment which FORBIDS IMAGE WORSHIP was DELETED from God's Holy Commandments. Look in ANY Bible, including the CATHOLIC BIBLE and you will see ALL TEN in tact. But NOT in the catholic catechism. Why did they do this? The answer will be provided in another presentation.
2169 In speaking of the sabbath SCRIPTURE RECALLS CREATION: "For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; THEREFORE THE LORD BLESSED THE SABBATH DAY AND HALLOWED IT."93
This is correct! The Lord "BLESSED THE SABBATH DAY AND HALLOWED IT." He did NO SUCH THING FOR SUNday!
2170 SCRIPTURE ALSO REVEALS IN THE LORD'S DAY A MEMORIAL OF ISRAEL'S LIBERATION FROM BONDAGE IN EGYPT: "You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out thence with mighty hand and outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God COMMANDED YOU TO KEEP THE SABBATH DAY."94
Very interesting! The catholic church ADMITS that the Sabbath Day is "THE LORD'S DAY." But THEY also declare that SUNday is the "LORD'S DAY"! How can this be??? The Lord ONLY set APART and HALLOWED the Sabbath, the SEVENTH DAY! We are getting closer to the core issue here.
2171 God entrusted the sabbath to Israel to keep as a SIGN OF THE IRREVOCABLE COVENANT.95 The SABBATH IS FOR THE LORD, HOLY AND SET APART FOR THE PRAISE OF GOD, HIS WORK OF CREATION, AND HIS SAVING ACTIONS ON BEHALF OF ISRAEL.
Yes, the Sabbath is a "SIGN OF THE IRREVOCABLE COVENANT" which was NOT ONLY for the literal decendants of Abraham, but for those 'who are in Christ are ALSO ABRAHAM'S SEED AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE"!
2172 God's action is the MODEL FOR HUMAN ACTION. If God "rested and was refreshed" on the seventh day, MAN TOO OUGHT TO "REST" and should let others, especially the poor, "be refreshed."96 The SABBATH BRINGS EVERYDAY WORK TO A HALT and provides a respite. It is a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money.97
Yes, and man should be resting on the DAY THAT THE LORD HIMSELF SANCTIFIED, not the pagan day of the SUN that the catholic church has exalted!
2173 The Gospel reports many incidents when Jesus was accused of violating the sabbath law. But Jesus NEVER FAILS TO RESPECT THE HOLINESS OF THIS DAY.98 He gives this law its authentic and authoritative interpretation: "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath."99 With compassion, Christ declares the sabbath for doing good rather than harm, for saving life rather than killing.100 THE SABBATH IS THE DAY OF THE LORD of mercies and a day to honor God.101 "The SON OF MAN IS LORD EVEN OF THE SABBATH."102
Yes, Jesus RESPECTED the Sabbath, He OBEYED the Sabbath command that HE HIMSELF COMMANDED AND IS LORD OF! He also expounded on it and TAUGHT how the Sabbath should REALLY BE KEPT. And the christian is COMMANDED to FOLLOW the example of the LORD and KEEP the Sabbath, not of the "man of sin", and CHANGE AND BREAK THE SABBATH!
II. THE LORD'S DAY
This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.103 The day of the Resurrection: the new creation 2174 Jesus rose from the dead "on the first day of the week."104 Because it is the "first day," the day of Christ's Resurrection recalls the first creation. Because it is the "eighth day" following the sabbath,105 it symbolizes the new creation ushered in by Christ's Resurrection. For Christians it has become the first of all days, the first of all feasts, the Lord's Day (he kuriake hemera, dies dominica) Sunday:
Yes, Jesus rose from the dead on SUNday. However, that historic act DOES NOT, DID NOT, and WILL NOT change the ETERNAL commandments of God Almighty! The seventh day is the "Sabbath of the Lord thy God...."
We all gather on the DAY OF THE SUN, for it is the first day [after the Jewish sabbath, but also the first day] when God, separating matter from darkness, made the world; and on this same day Jesus Christ our Savior rose from the dead.106 Sunday- fulfillment of the sabbath .
We all DO NOT gather on the "DAY OF THE SUN" only the catholic church and THEIR offshoots that have also rejected the Word of God as their SOLE AUTHORITY continue to break the FOURTH commandment. The catechism declares that SUNday is the "FULFILLMENT" of the Sabbath! Where's the Scriptures to substiantiate this claim? Nowhere!!!!! The fact is that SUNday as the "christian sabbath" came into being VERY VERY GRADUALLY. The
change came somewhere in the 200AD to 400AD timeframe. There arose a dispute over picking one day during the year to honor Christ's resurrection of which there is NO BIBLICAL COMMAND. So the church at Rome picked Sunday for this. Then, later, when the doctrine of "Lent" was BROUGHT(not Commanded by Christ) into the church, each SUNday during the forty days of Lent was designated to honor the resurrection of Jesus. Then, in the FOURTH CENTURY, the church at Rome made the decision to keep EVERY SUNday in the year! And then they commanded christians to "stop Judaising" on the seventh day of the week. For at this time christians were obeying the seventh day sabbath and also honoring the resurrection on SUNday.
So the Roman church which was increasing with policical clout, had LAWS passed to ensure SUNday observance on pain of death! So the Roman church made life increasingly difficult for those who were OBEDIENT to the Sabbath command. So, the Roman church, in a gradual manner, forcibly ANNULLED the seventh day Sabbath of the Lord. And this SAME institution is hell-bent on making THEIR false sabbath, SUNday the law of the lands of the world today! Read JPII's encyclical Dies Domini which was published in the summer of 1998. The catholic church is urging that THEIR FALSE SABBATH be made into LAW. And the protestants, the once-called "heritics", then called "separated brethren" and now "allies" are working with their FORMER enemies to exalt into LAW, to be enforced by the CIVIL AUTHORITIES, the FALSE sabbath - a decendant of pagan sun worship and the boasted "MARK" of the catholic church's ecclesiastical authority, the SUNday! One only needs to read history and currrent events. The handwriting is definetly ON THE WALL!
2175 Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its CEREMONIAL OBSERVANCE REPLACES THAT OF THE SABBATH. In Christ's Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man's eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ:107
Baloney!!!!! The sabbath of the decalogue was NEVER a CEREMONIAL ordinance. The Sabbath commandment was written on the stone tablets WITH THE FINGER OF GOD ALMIGHTY and placed into the Ark of the Covenant under the MERCY SEAT, in the Holy of Holies in the temple. The CEREMONIAL ORDINANCES were written by the pen of MOSES and were, at GOD'S DIRECTION, placed on top. God gave a DISTINCTION between His ETERNAL, UNCHANGEABLE LAW and the CEREMONIAL shadows which were antitypical of the true - which were fulfilled in Jesus's sacrifice.
Nice try - but misses the mark MISERABLY!
Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, NO LONGER KEEPING THE SABBATH, but the Lord's Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death.108
2176 The celebration of Sunday OBSERVES THE MORAL COMMANDMENT INSCRIBED BY NATURE in the human heart to render to God an outward, visible, public, and regular worship "as a sign of his universal beneficence to all."109 Sunday worship FULFILLS THE MORAL COMMAND of the Old Covenant, taking up its rhythm and spirit in the weekly celebration of the Creator and Redeemer of his people.
WRONG!!!! The hope was always the same! Those who lived in the days of the Old Testament placed their HOPE in the future SACRIFICE OF THE MESSIAH, Jesus Christ! Those of us who live in the days of the New Testament place our HOPE in the FINISHED SACRIFICE OF THE MESSIAH. The Sabbath commandment remains the SAME IN BOTH DISPENSATIONS!
The catholic church says that the "celebration of SUNday OBSERVES THE MORAL COMMANDMENT INSCRIBED BY NATURE......"
The Child of God is to OBEY the seventh day Sabbath, which OBSERVES THE MORAL COMMANDMENT INSCRIBED BY THE HOLY CREATIVE FINGERS OF GOD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF!!!!. SUNday worship DOES NOT fulfill the MORAL COMMAND of the Old Covenant. It does, however, FULFILL the PROPHECY of the "man of sin", who would "THINK TO CHANGE TIMES AND LAWS", the Roman Catholic Church in it's role as AntiChrist, who did in fact change the law having to do with TIME, God's TIME, the seventh day Holy Sabbath, Saturday - along with DELETING the SECOND commandment which FORBIDS the worship and/or veneration of IMAGES!!!
This is Part 9 in this presentation of the doctrines of the catholic catechism. And, no different from the previous - we see that SAME OLD COMMON THREAD of the USURPER! Appropriating for HIMSELF, the prerogatives of God Almighty! What's DESPARATELY NEEDED to defend the change of the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first day is AUTHORITATIVE SCRIPTURE which COMMANDS the child of God to OBEY this change. What's needed is to have the words of Jesus Christ, the SON OF THE LIVING GOD to have been recorded as saying something like the following: "My new covenant, shed in MY blood will now effect a CHANGE in MY LAW. From henceforth and FOREVER, all MY children will keep the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK in HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE OF MY RESURRECTION. This is MY New Commandment that ye all do well in if you OBEY." A COMMANDMENT to woship God and keep sabbath on SUNday is what's needed and which the catholic church and all that agree with her MISERABLY LACKS! There is no such command in ALL OF THE BIBLE. Nothing even REMOTELY RESEMBLING this statement. The VERY FACT that NO CHANGE was even SLIGHTLY intimated as a term or ramification of the NEW COVENANT is PROOF-POSITIVE that there has been NO SABBATH change for the Christian in the New Testament Dispensation. In fact, the VERY OPPOSITE is taught in the Bible. For in the NEW HEAVEN and NEW EARTH in which God will create and which dwells RIGHTEOUSNESS, ALL the REDEEMED will be honoring GOD'S SABBATH THROUGHOUT ALL ETERNITY!
Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, AND FROM ONE SABBATH TO ANOTHER, SHALL ALL FLESH COME TO WORSHIP BEFORE ME, SAITH THE LORD.
It doesn't say "all jews". It doesn't say "all seventh day Baptists". It doesn't say "all seventh day adventists" - what does it say????? ALL FLESH. The SABBATH was "MADE FOR MAN" - not "MADE FOR THE JEW", not MADE "AS A SHADOW" TO BE NAILED TO THE CROSS.
The child of God WILL OBEY God rather than men!
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ADDITIONAL INFO ON PART 9 (The Christian Sabbath - The Lord's Day Is SUNday)
Below is additional information from Catholic sources in
addition to the catechism regarding the change in the Sabbath
1.)"Sunday is founded, NOT ON SCRIPTURE, but on TRADITION, and is DISTINCTLY a CATHOLIC institution. As there is NO SCRIPTURE for the transfer of the day of rest from the last to the
first day of the week, Protestants ought to keep THEIR Sabbath on SATURDAY and thus leave Catholics in FULL POSSESSION of Sunday." Catholic Record, September 17, 1893.
So, the catholic church ADMITS that Sunday is:
a - NOT founded in Scripture.
b - FOUNDED on TRADITION.
c - THEIR POSSESSION.
2.)Father Walter Drum says: "They [the Protestants] deem it their duty to keep the Sunday holy. Why? Because the CATHOLIC CHURCH tells them to do so. THEY HAVE NO OTHER REASON. ... The observance of Sunday thus comes to be an ecclesiastical law entirely DISTINCT from the DIVINE law of Sabbath observance. ... The AUTHOR of the SUNDAY LAW ... is the Catholic Church." Ecclesiastical Review,February, 1914.
The catholic church says that Protestants keep Sunday because:
a - The Catholic church TELLS THEM SO.
b - They have NO OTHER REASON for observing Sunday.
The Catholic Church further ADMITS:
a - The keeping of Sunday is a catholic ecclestical law ENTIRELY DISTINCT from the DIVINE LAW of Sabbath observance.
b - The AUTHOR OF THE SUNDAY LAW is the Catholic Church.
3.)"NOWHERE in the Bible do we find that Christ or the apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the SABBATH day, that is the SEVENTH DAY of the week, SATURDAY. Today most Christians keep Sunday BECAUSE it has been REVEALED to us by the church [CATHOLIC] OUTSIDE the Bible." Catholic Virginian, Oct. 3, 1947.
Roman Catholicism further ADMITS:
a - That the Sabbath change is NOWHERE TO BE FOUND in the Bible.
b - That the Sabbath is the Seventh day of the week, SATURDAY.
c - That Sunday keeping has it's origins in the Catholic Church OUTSIDE OF THE BIBLE.
With such well documented bold admissions of catholicism itself, catholics who attempt to defend their keeping of a false sabbath via the Holy Scriptures do more hurt to their church than if they would be just as honest as their church is and be just as bold to come out and say:
"I OBSERVE SUNDAY AS THE SABBATH BECAUSE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TELLS ME SO! I REJECT THE BIBLICAL COMMAND BECAUSE MY MOTHER, THE CHURCH DOES SO AND I WISH TO FOLLOW HER, NOT THE BIBLE! MOTHER CHURCH HAS ALL THE AUTHORITY, NOT THE WORD OF GOD."
By all the half-hearted, feeble efforts of defending Sunday through the Bible, which is NOT working, they are implicitly saying the above anyway; so WHY NOT JUST COME OUT AND ADMIT IT, like MOTHER CHURCH DOES???? Since they prefer to follow HER example in BREAKING the commandment, why not ALSO follow HER example in making the proper ADMISSION, as SHE, MOTHER CHURCH does??
Or better yet, why not just RENOUNCE these errors and follow God according to HIS way - if you LOVE HIM, it won't be so hard. If fact, the experience will prove to be quite joyful.
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10: The Veneration Of Images.
The catholic catechism states:
(2131) Basing itself on the mystery of the incarnate Word the seventh ecumenical council at Nicaea (787) justified against the iconoclasts the VENERATION OF ICONS OF CHRIST, but ALSO OF THE MOTHER OF GOD, THE ANGELS AND ALL THE SAINTS. By becoming incarnate, THE SON OF GOD INTRODUCED A NEW "ECONOMY" OF IMAGES. (Page 573)
The Son of God "introduced a new economy of images"??? Where, in Scripture does Jesus say this????? He doesn't!!! It's part 10 and we still see the SAME COMMON THREAD where the TRADITIONS of men are placed above the COMMANDMENTS OF GOD! Now, the charge of LYING can be added to the charge of USURPATION. It's a lie to declare that the "Son of God introduced a new economy of images". Jesus did no such thing. The Bible records NO SUCH THING! What does the Bible have to say about image worship/veneration????? The second commandment, i.e., commandment number two of the decalogue states the following:
"Thou SHALT NOT MAKE UNTO THEE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE, or any LIKENESS OF ANY THING THAT IS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, or THAT IS IN THE EARTH BENEATH, or THAT IS IN THE WATER UNDER THE EARTH: THOU SHALT NOT BOW DOWN THYSELF TO THEM, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."
That commandment states that the child of God is NOT to have any graven images of any possible likeness or representation. This is not talking about paintings, pictures, and artwork of that sort. But the commandment does forbid kneeling in front of a statue of the virgin Mary, or St. Anthony, St. Jude, St. Lucy, etc.....and serving them and/or praying to them! Praying to anyone besides God through the Lord Jesus is SIN. Plain and simple. The catholic church leads their flock to SIN! There are no two-ways about it. This second commandment is not to be found in the catholic catechism. Now you know why. Because in the same catechism, the catholic church is venerating a "new economy" of images. The second commandment which forbids image worship would be a thorn in the side of the
catholic church, since she unequivacably breaks that commandment and teaches others to do so. Therefore, they deleted it from the decalogue. Hence, in the catholic catechism, in the decalogue (ten commandments), the commandment regarding the Sabbath is numbered as the "third", while in the Scriptures (including the catholic bible), the sabbath commandment is numbered as the fourth. Where there is no law, there is no sin.
(Romans 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. )Except that there REALLY IS A LAW which forbids image worship. The catholic church may have deleted it and it shows a different enumeration in their catechism, but the LORD made sure that HIS WORD stayed in tact. So the honest child of God can see the contrast and still KNOW what the LORD commands. And also for the dishonest, that they may be comdemed thereby! Praise Jesus for the preservation of HIS Word!!!! God equates loving Him with the keeping of His commandments. Right at the end of this second commandment, which the catholic church has ATTEMPTED to nullify is stated the following:
"and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." There are some in Roman Catholicism that say that they do not worship images, they are just representations of either Jesus, Mary, or a departed saint. They also say that the first commandment embodies the second. Really? Are they better than God? Did God need the popes and prelates to expound on His commandments? Did God need the help of the popes and prelates to decide what God meant? So, in essence, the catholic church ripped out the second commandment because the catholic church said that the second commandment was redundant, because it is embodied in the first. But then they go totally AGAINST their line of reasoning and DIVIDE the tenth commandment into two to maintain the count of ten! So, I guess, in their estimation, the catholic church believes that God really wanted commandment number two rolled up into one in the frst commandment and then wanted commandment number ten divided into two because this is how God intended for it to be understood. Make sense? No? Don't feel bad, 'cause they don't make sense - it's total NONESENSE! It just goes to show the depth of DESPARATION which was evident by those trying to TWIST the Scripture to VALIDATE THEIR SIN! And worshiping images is SIN!!! Those kinds of statements hold not a drop of water. I was a catholic, was educated in their system. I know first hand that we worshipped images. I used to visit the shrine of St. Anthony. Why did I do it? Because I was taught to send my petitions of prayer to him. I would go to the shrine, and before the image of St. Anthony, I would KNEEL on the kneeler and pray to him. I was breaking the second commandment and didn't even know it. I was taught that the second commandment forbad the "taking of the Lord's name in vain". I was also taught to pray to Mary, as well for protection. That's putting another god before God, thus breaking the FIRST commandment. I could go on and on. But the bottom line is , the catholic church teaches people to break God's commandments and keep rather the commandments of the catholic church. It is so much better to worship Jesus in "spirit and in TRUTH"! His Word is so beautiful and cohesive. It contains ALL that is needed for the child of God to know in the matters of God.
So, in conclusion, the worhiping of images is SIN. This violates the SECOND commandment of the Law of God. SIN is the TRANSGRESSION of the law - the law of God.
(1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. )
Jesus DID NOT introduce a "new economy of images". This is a lie. You will not find this "new economy" in Scripture. It all boils down to this question:
Who will we obey: The authority of God Almighty or the authority of the Roman Catholic Church??? The Bible says: "We are to obey God rather than men."
Acts 5:29 -Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (The popes would do well to take this advice from Peter! - If they did, there would be no such thing as a pope.)
Daniel 7:25 - And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to CHANGE TIMES AND LAWS: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Well did Daniel prophesy regarding AntiChrist. For great words were spoken against the most High, and for 1260 years the saints were indeed wore out and he also did "think to change times and the law" by removing the second commandment and dividing the tenth into two and changing the part of the law dealing with time, God's time, the seventh day Sabbath, from Saturday, the seventh day, to SUNday, the first day of the week, the ancient pagan day honoring the sun-god!
Scripture Is Scripture
History Is History
Truth Is Truth!
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11 - The Doctrine Of Purgatory
(1030) All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation, but
after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. (Page 291)
The doctrine of purgatory is totally and compeletely man-made. There's not one iota of Scripture that would even remotely lend credence to such a silly teaching. Not only does this doctrine propagate error as to man's condition in death, it also nullifies the imputed righteousness of Christ which is conferred to His believers.
James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
(1031) The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the
damned. The CHURCH FORMULATED her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Council of Florence and Trent. The
TRADITION of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire. As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come. (Page 291)
The catholic church FORMULATED the doctrine of purgatory. The Scriptures did not! Purgatory, by the catechism's own admission is a TRADITION of the catholic church, not a doctrine of Christ.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
The purifying process is accomplished by God through our redemption, to gather for Himself His peculiar people and make them zealous for good works, not to some disembodied spirit essence writhing in the flames of purgatory, zealous not for good works, but eagerly awaiting their release from that torture chamber, and hoping and praying that some loved one might purchase an indulgence thereby shortening their stay in that hellish place that their loving Redeemer has placed them in.
What utter nonsense are men reduced to believeing in when they place their trust in the catholic magisterium instead of the Word of God!
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12 - The Doctrine Of Indulgences.
The Catechism of the Catholic church says:
(1471) The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.
What is an indulgence? "An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints."
"An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin." Indulgences may be applied to the living or the dead. (Page 411)
(1478) An indulgence is obtained through the Church who, by virtue of the power of binding and loosing granted her by Christ Jesus,
intervenes in favor of individual Christians and opens for them the treasury of the merits of Christ and the saints to obtain from the
Father of mercies the remission of the punishments due for their sins. Thus the Church does not want simply to come to the aid of these
Christians, but also to spur them to works of devotion, penance, and charity. (Page 413)
(1479) Since the faithful departed now being purified are also members of the same communion of saints, one way we can help them is to
obtain indulgences for them, so that the temporal punishments due for their sins may be remitted. (Page 413)
Here is another example of unScriptural doctrines straight from the pit of hell. Indulgences can be purchased with money or good works, consequently granting grace to the sinner. This is a wicked and unScriptural doctrine designed to fleece the masses. Throughout the centuries the catholic church has amassed much wealth by thus extorting funds from their flock. This hellish doctrine is still in force today. Recently pope John Paul II, in a quote taken from the San Diego Union Tribune, stated: "throughout the millennium celebration, penitents who do a charitable deed or give up cigarettes or alcohol for a day may earn an 'indulgence' that will eliminate time in purgatory". This is to be part of the "Great Jubilee 2000 " celebration.
All you have to do is give up smoking and drinking for only one day and/or do a charitable deed and ouila!, your friends and loved ones will get reduced time in purgatory - reduced time on YOUR good behavior!
Not only is this a false doctrine, catholicism also misrepresents man's condition in death. So, this is what the catholic church teaches. Now, what does God teach through His Word?
Acts 8:20-22 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart IS NOT RIGHT in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
And let not the large membership of the catholic church(1Billion) lead any to believe that this is an indication of their being right. If anything, it's a good indication of how wrong they are. The Bible says:
Matthew 7:13-16 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for WIDE is the gate, and BROAD is the way, that LEADETH TO
DESTRUCTION, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and NARROW is the way, which
LEADETH UNTO LIFE, and FEW there be that FIND IT. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing , but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits..."
God instructs His people to study His Word to learn truth:
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
1 John 2:27 "... font color="red">ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie..."
Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of HIMSELF to God.
The conclusion of it all is: The doctrine of INDULGENCES IS NOT IN THE BIBLE! And is therefore NOT BINDING in christian practice!
(Above study is a compilation of online data as a joint effort by this ministry and a friend of the ministry many years ago that helped me build a bulletin board that was eventually hacked, attacked and shut down by Roman Catholics. His name was Lou.)
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NEW MODERN DAY ENTRIES BY ROME
My (and the Catholic) Bible says:
1 John 2:22-23, "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also."
All Muslims deny Jesus is Lord. But then so do all Catholics and so this is to be par for the course in their ecumenical charge towards their long prophesied New World Order.
My (and the Catholic) Bible says:
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2 Thessalonians 3:6,14 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Have you seen the News the last decade or so about how Muslims torture and kill Christians? Nuff said?
...more to come
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