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Over the past twelve years I have accumulated numerous bits of information from all areas of the media as well as Catholic writings that aided me in my ability to share with friends and family what has become a melting pot for decadence and immorality over the years. I always felt troubled and tense when a loved one would defend the Catholic church without having all the facts they needed to make a rational choice. I realized it was time for someone that has walked in their shoes to show what Catholicism is really like, not only behind closed doors, but out in the open. I prayerfully hope you take this document seriously. Think about this, if what I present is so easy to prove, why would anyone decide to ignore it?
I truly thank God for having the patience with me when I would not listen to all those laborers He sent to me while I was so deep into Catholicism. I was so convinced beyond all doubt that they were wrong and I was right. I even tried to convince them they were the ones in error. But never did I use Scripture to make my point. I always had a wonderful story of a saint, a priest, or a pope that I thought proved the Catholic church genuine. Still, the Lord didn't give up on me. After years of denial, I opened a Bible to teach some children, and there He was waiting with untiring open arms of forgiveness to show me His truth.
Again, please have a Bible open when you go into this area. It is best to trust the Word of God more than anything or anyone else in the universe. His Word is truth in its purest form.
I recall a wonderful story told to me as a young child in Catholic grade school. I was told that the very first miracle Jesus ever performed was on a river bank when He was a young child. I was told the young child Jesus was waiting along side a river bank for His mother Mary to finish washing the family laundry. It was told that the child Jesus formed twelve birds out of the earth on the river bank. When Mary His mother finished the laundry, Jesus realized it was time to go home. However, He was sad that He had to leave the little birds He formed behind. So He breathed on them and they became live sparrows and flew off into the heavenly blue sky.
Needless to say I was genuinely amazed that Jesus would do such a thing. Later as I was searching the Scriptures to find the truth, I realized that this was nothing but a story told to a child.
John 2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
As can plainly be seen, Jesus performed His first miracle at the wedding in Cana. I only shared this story to let you see that a little child can and does remember things all the way to adulthood. I know we all remember things that happened in our past, good or bad. This is mostly what makes up our personality. Well the church is a lot like that, there are things that were started long ago, good or bad, that make it what it is today.
I want you to be prepared for what your about to read however. Some of the things you may have always believed as authentic Bible teachings, may very well be just myths told to you for one reason or another. You are not at fault here. You MUST understand this. I recall as a young Catholic a strong devotion and trust of whatever my priest told me. I was loyal all the way to the bone. I believed absolutely everything he said. This is mainly because he was my only source of information. I trusted him to read the Bible so I could ask him anything I wanted about Jesus. I found later that if you are truly seeking the truth, what better source of truth than the Holy Written Word of God Himself.
Many of the excerpts I have researched for this document deal with traditions of men that have become prophetically realized by nearly every man women and child on earth. The Bible teaches that we must "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.". [Colossians 2:8] Since we understand that the Bible is infallible in every aspect, we must also understand that yes, one day we will all experience a confrontation with traditions of men. If we were never to have a problem with this, the Bible would not have commented on it. That's why the Bible is truly considered an ..."inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" [2 Timothy 3:16]
Some of these traditions of men have been practiced for so long that when they are Biblically exposed, most people ignore the Biblical facts and cling to the traditions of their forefathers. They can't believe that something from ancient times could be an evil concoction of the devil. They figure the traditions or doctrines must be right because they are so old. Why do we do that I ask? I was so guilty of this in my Catholic ministry. I recall many times realizing that the tradition was un-Biblical, but decided to continue out of respect for my church. It wasn't until the Holy Spirit latched unto my soul that I realized the danger of what I was doing. I was choosing to believe in the traditions of men rather than the Holy Word of God. The Scriptures warned me that there will be churches that will teach in this way of error, but I always attributed it to the other guy. This CAN'T be happening to me and my family! Well, I was wrong. By denying the warnings in Scriptures, we are actually saying the traditions are holy and the Bible is wrong. This is a hard fact to realize, but true none the less. If this is the case, then the worship is routed toward the traditions, which in fact are of man, an in so doing we now worship mankind. Pretty scary, no?
In the following pages I hope to illustrate not only a blatant acceptance of tradition over Scripture. But some excerpts will illustrate an actual acceptance of immorality over Scriptures as well. It is not a pretty picture, but it must be exposed. There are too many honest and loyal children of God within the Catholic church to ignore. These are those children of God, that once they realize the truth in His Holy Bible they will decide to worship the Lord as His Word requests, and not as the Catholic dogma suggests. One of the most horrendous and vulgar sins of our time has to be the sin of homosexuality. The Bible is very plain about this lifestyle as being an abomination unto God.
Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them
People the world over claim this as obsolete mainly because it is found within the pages of the Old Testament. Even though the Lord God states ever so plainly in Malachi 3:6 "For I am the LORD, I change not;..." Just because it's in the Old Testament doesn't mean its abolished. If that were so, why did Jesus and His Apostles before and after His resurrection and ascension quote so often from the Old Testament? Also if the Old Testament is no longer valid on this subject, then explain these verses...
Romans 1:26,27 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
It is easily seen in the New Testament that the sin of homosexuality is still considered an abomination unto the Lord. Yet the Catholic church has been wrestling with this sin for hundreds of years. And now they are even stating to the world that being a homosexual is no longer considered sin. In an article about gays in San Francisco we see Bishop Levada making the following statements...
Catholic Charities has more than $5 million worth of contracts
with the city, but for Levada, more important is Catholic doctrine
that says while simply being a homosexual is not a sin... Chgo
SunTimes Feb. 16, 1997 Section Religion p. 34 art. S.F., Catholic
Charities battle over benefits for gay partners
This statement is in direct conflict with what the Word of God reveals. And one would wonder why the church would take such a stand and make such a statement. Well reading further in the same article it's very easily revealed why Bishop Levada would make such a error filled remark.
Gays and Lesbians are a significant voting bloc in San Francisco. Chgo SunTimes Feb. 16, 1997 Section Religion p. 34 art. S.F., Catholic Charities battle over benefits for gay partners
Did you notice the beginning of the article? It states the church has more than $5 million worth of contracts with the city. Do you think if they would have kept the faith according to God's Word they would have jeopardized their meal ticket in this city by being voted down? YES indeed. It's oh so sad when a church that is trusted by billions of faithful people, falls by deciding to put the "almighty" dollar before the Almighty. Think of all the trusting souls within this church that may have been wrestling with homosexuality in their lives, or the lives of their loved ones. They just got the final sign they needed to make the decision whether to explore this burning sensation of sin from within themselves. The other outlook is, their family and friends have just been told it's no longer sin, so why bother preaching to their loved ones about the dangers of this sin filled lifestyle.
Another article on the same subject goes even further in its acceptance of immorality over godliness.
Cardinal Bernardin writes... On homosexuality: he says gays
are children of God, that they should be loved and that
Catholics ought to defend their rights. ... God's plan for
sexuality ... is best fulfilled in a stable union... But to teach
that in no way is to belittle a person who may have a homosexual orientation.
Chgo SunTimes Oct. 21, 1994 p. 18 art. Bernardin Letter
Tackles Hot Topics for Teenagers
I am not saying we should go out and show hatred toward every homosexual we meet. Not at all. But to say they are the children of God lends one to believe this lifestyle is accepted by God. A child of God is one that believes and follows their Heavenly Father in all aspects of life, including sexuality. For the Bible tells us how to be the children of God. Ephesians 5:1 says we must "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;" If we walk in conflict to His Word, how can we be His children. Reading a few verses further we find the true description of one who would delight in this sinful lifestyle. Ephesians 5:6 states... "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience."
For Bernardin to say that all Catholics must defend their rights, would mean all Catholics must now acknowledge sin as an alternative lifestyle approved by their church. And this is one very lethal mistake.
Now for Saint Patricks day. Yes, good Ol' St. Patty's day. A day that will go down in infamy as one of the deadliest days in history that regardless is still celebrated every year. A day that was invented and sanctioned by the Catholic church as a day of celebration. Every backyard party, neighborhood bar, lounge, night club, and yes even church basement celebrates this day with a new found wealth of loyal green beer drinking Catholics. Some cities have even become a little lenient with the droves of drunken drivers due to the fact that this drunken madness is encouraged by their local Catholic church as a holy festive occasion. It's not just St. Patricks day either. The church has found a bevy of ways to celebrate there freedom to consume large quantities of alcohol.
B.J. McMahon's (bar) triumphantly crosses the finish line ahead of St. James place (bar), which ran into a bit of trouble, during the Oak Lawn Bed Races on Sunday sponsored by the Knights of Columbus in Oak Lawn. The fundraising event, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus in Oak Lawn, drew participants from local bars, businesses and organizations. Daily Southtown Newspaper Aug. 11, 1994 Front page section Your Town art. Oak Lawn Bed Races a nightmare to riders.
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization. Can you imagine being a Catholic who is having a tremendous battle fighting off the enticements of alcohol. You finally give up and admit to yourself that you are totally unable to fight this battle alone. So you seek out guidance from your parish priest, only to be turned away at the door. You find out it's because your parish priest is at the local gin mill getting zonked with the neighborhood drunkards in a bed race through the center of main street in your hometown!
Last weekend, a church-sanctioned beer party turned ugly. The Rev. Steven Lanza, pastor at the Notre Dame De Chicago Catholic Church, 1335 W. Harrison, was arrested for disorderly conduct after a college beer bash held on church property got out of hand.
Ald. Ted Mazola (1st) told me he had dropped off his
babysitter and was returning home about 1 a.m Saturday when he saw "about
300 kids" who had poured out of the beer blast but were
still hanging around the neighborhood. "They were blocking the
streets, jumping on cars, ...they pounded on my car and swore
at me,... and they were using the front lawns and driveways as public urinals.
Hey it wasn't only the guys," the alderman said "Women were
doing it too." "This isn't the first time the
neighborhood has had a problem with the church throwing or allowing
parties, it's more like the 21st time." said Mazola, who
lives nearby. Chgo SunTimes Sept. 1, 1994 p.11 art. It's
Time for Parishes to Go on the Wagon.
Proverbs 22:6 says to "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Is the Catholic church training their children to grow up to be drunks? It appears that way when you read about stories like this. Is this Christlike behavior? How can a church ever sanction something as obviously evil as drunken coed parties or drunken bed races through the center of town? Is this accepted normal behavior of the Catholic church? Sorry to say, it appears so.
I recall not long ago sitting on the trunk of my car sharing Jesus with a neighbor. All of a sudden the entire neighborhood was shocked to hear extremely loud music coming from all around. It turned out the local Catholic church had begun it's annual carnival that night. So everyone within a 6 to 8 block radius of the church found themselves dealing with blaring music from the church carnival. This wasn't just any music, no, this was heavy metal music howling throughout the area. It's a fact, I was six blocks away when it started. My wife and children had to deal with songs from such demonic heavy metal bands as AC/DC, all the way to ZZ-Top singing blasphemous tunes about heaven and hell. Plus a bevy of other Top 40 types like Madonna, or Sheila Easton singing about their sexual preferences until the stroke of midnight for four straight days! Driving by the carnival made you wonder if your windshield would shatter under the intense pressure from the sound waves. Signs all over the place informed you of the many other blessings to be found on the church parking lot. "Gambling for Luxurious Weekend Getaways, Raffles of every type, Beer and wine tents, Cigarette games, games of chance, and the ever popular death defying carnival rides." Would Jesus approve of this?
Gambling has always been a favorite pastime of the Catholic church as far as I can remember. Why is this accepted when the Word of God tells us that we should use our financial blessings wisely. According to the Catholic church, gambling is a godly pastime. Anything this church does will be looked upon as being moral and Christlike, they're a church, this is how churches are supposed to be viewed. But when a church tells its flock they should gamble their hard earned money on church held casino nights or bingo games, it's no wonder they wake up flat broke realizing "...he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes." [Haggai 1:6]
Now we look around to see gambling becoming more accepted in our cities. None of us should be surprised when we see all the Mafia controlled riverboat casino's coming into our neighborhoods. Thanks to the Catholic church making it appear to be Christlike recreation all these years. The officials keeping it out of our towns have decided, "it must not be that bad if the church is doing it." It use to be the only place you could legally gamble your paycheck away without having to go all the way to Las Vegas was your local Catholic church basements. But now the church is seeing a drop in their gambling revenue. The neighborhood mob boss has moved in with numerous opportunities to fleece the people, and now the church is upset. And rightly so, some may say, bingo is big business.
Roman Catholic officials don't mind a little wagering now and then but the church now says Iowa has taken gambling far enough. -"One of the reasons we didn't speak earlier was that some of the Catholic parishes in the state use bingo for revenue raising." Said Timothy McCarthy for the Catholic Conference Board. "But when you compare it to horse racing and dog racing and riverboats, it's kind of minor league gambling." McCarthy said.
According to the Iowa Revenue Department, the States 1,170
licensed bingo operators grossed $51 million in
1993. "Bingo is a small thing." said Dubuque Archbishop
Daniel Kucera, who heads the Iowa Catholic Conference Board. Daily
Southtown Dec. 10 1994 Section Religion p. A9 art. "Iowa
Catholics want to halt riverboat gambling growth"
Of course the church is upset about the people going elsewhere for their gambling pleasures. $51 MILLION is a lot of money for just one year, in one state! This is Iowa by the way, there are states that have far more than 1,170 Catholic churches within their borders. But for the sake of illustration, lets say all the churches in each state of the USA profit only $51 million a year from gambling revenues statewide. That's would mean 2.7 BILLION dollars coming into the church in one year in this one country alone! Yet, Archbishop Kucera says, "Bingo is a small thing" Is he kidding? I wonder what is considered a big thing? 2.7 Billion dollars is no chump change. Yet the church will try to use the argument that bingo is small in comparison with the other forms available today. Does this make it less sinful? Does this make it ok? Can the same argument be used elsewhere? If a man kills three people is he less sinful then one who kills thirty three? Where will it end? What's next?
Well, to give you an idea, in Chicago on August 19 through the 21st
in 1994 the Italian Gambling Fest was held on one of the lakefront
Piers. They even went so far as to inform the general public that the
local Catholic churches will be moving their church services to 1:00
pm that Sunday to accommodate the gambling festivities. They
are now allowing the greed of money to dictate to them when they will
worship the Lord, if at all. Again I ask, what of the fallen
sinner that reaches the end of their rope? What if they decide after
years of denial to go to church that Sunday to talk to the priest
about their gambling problems and find the doors closed and no one
around? God forbid he or she finds out the priest is downtown at the
pier getting "loaded" in more than one way. Money is
a powerful temptation for some, but for the Catholic church it
appears to be a curse.
A Catholic priest and an ex-guerrilla from Northern Ireland were convicted Monday of charges related to the $7.4 million robbery of a Brink's armored car depot. Daily Southtown Nov. 29, 1994 p. A9 Section Nation/World art. Priest Guilty
This priest was obviously absent the day they taught of the billions generated in bingo. This kind of behavior within the church has been going on for centuries. Why do you think so many priest's today have fallen into sin? They're being taught errors to be doctrine only because they are old and accepted by their teachers, and their teachers, teachers. Some of these priests have beliefs, that if found out by their congregation would cause them to be ostracized from the church. Some keep their beliefs private, only to be convincingly expressed behind closed doors on a one-on-one basis. Others however, boldly proclaim their corrupt fabrications for all to see.
The following three articles were written by a Roman Catholic priest who happens to have a column in this Chicago area newspaper. Every Sunday at the end of his column he has a small bio on himself for all to read substantiating his Catholic roots. It states, "Andrew M. Greely is a Roman Catholic priest, author and University of Chicago sociologist...etc." He writes...
If this God who loves little children because they are Her little children loved them so much as to become himself a little child at the first Christmas... Daily Southtown Dec 4, 1994 p. A19 Section "Opinion art. In praise of St. Nick" Author Andrew M. Greely
I honestly thought this was a typographic error by the newspaper because the priest called The Almighty, "Her" and then he uses the pronoun, "himself" in the same sentence. I just tucked the article away in my filing cabinet for later, just in case. Well, about six or seven weeks later, he did it again.
"...I am rather suggesting that the only one who knows how personally guilty there were is God and She does not phone in to talk radio programs..." Daily Southtown Jan. 22, 1995 p. A21 art. "A Christian country?"
~And again, almost a month later~
...His presence going before the armies of the Children of
Israel. Both the Hebrew name for her and the Greek translation
"Spirit" are feminine in gender. Daily
Southtown Feb. 19,1995 o. A21 art. "Womanly image of God"
Did you ever see such boldness? Not only does this Catholic priest believe God is a woman, he is now writing articles to try and convince faithful Catholics everywhere. Did you notice the headline of the last article? "Womanly image of God" Is he trying to persuade Catholics that God the Father is really God the Mother? I know many Catholics and they all agree after reading this article that something is definitely wrong within the church itself when they preach such lies, or ALLOW one of their priests to do so without correction.
It doesn't stop there either, not by a long shot. The hierarchy of the Catholic church has been very busy all along proving where their devotion lies.
Cardinal Bernardin's lecture at Hebrew University: -on anti-Jewish statements in St. John's Gospel (see John 8:44) - that these statements can no longer be taught as authentic doctrine or used as catechesis by contemporary Christianity and can no longer regarded as definitive teaching. Christians no longer may believe that the words that the Jews are the children of the devil are words Jesus actually said or are the revealed word of God. Daily Southtown April 9, 1995 p. A21 art. Bernardin and the Jews
The verse in question = John 8:44
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father
ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in
the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie,
he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
How can a mere man suggest that the Word of God is no longer valid
and needs to be changed so it can "go with the flow"
so as not to jeopardize relations between nations. I am sorry, but I
see such arrogance as being evident in this statement. The Almighty
and ever living God of the ages writes a book for His children to
read so they know what to expect in this evil world. Then Cardinal
Bernardin, out of the goodness of his heart believes he has the
answer to everyone's political problems. "Let's re-write the
Word of God so we can all be friends" Nevertheless, the God
of all creation has a plan, and His book was finished
long ago as part of this plan.
Psalms 89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
No man walking this earth has the authority to change the revealed Word of God. Many have tried and have reaped the rewards of their foolishness with their lives. How can some believe that they can escape the truth of God? The book of Proverbs tells us we should "Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." [Proverbs 30:6] Only those that don't believe the Word of God would have the guts to try and re-write it, they don't believe the Almighty will prove them for what they are. Jesus put it so eloquently plain when He said, "Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" [Matthew 15:7-9]
It is indeed a very dangerous deed to put ones faith in the error filled flesh of a very fallible creature known as man. In just a few weeks time and to the surprise of everyone involved, Cardinal Bernardin breathed his last due to a cancer riddled body. How did his church respond to his death? On November 14, 1996 every radio and television station in the Chicago area announced that the church will be selling tickets to view his body laying in state. Their greed of the almighty dollar has proven to be so much more substantial than the love of their fellow faithful Catholic and friend. The Lord plainly says all throughout His Scripture... Trust the Word of God. Not the men of this world.
A Roman Catholic priest makes the statement for all the viewing area to hear. "Fellow believers stoned Stephen" OakLawn Cable Channel #51 "Catholic Television" 11:00 a.m. May 5-2-95
Many honest and trustworthy Catholics will believe this priest when he says fellow believers stoned Stephen, simply because it's a priest saying it. Trusting man is so dangerous though. Lets look at what the Bible reveals about this statement. First of all, we need to find out who these people are that Stephan is talking to. In Acts 7:51 Stephen tells us that they are "stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye." Does this sound like Stephen is talking to believers? Do believers always resist the Holy Ghost? I don't think so. Reading further you will find that they were very angry with Stephen for revealing the truth about them. He told them how they persecuted the prophets of old and how they murdered Jesus on the cross. He let them know he knew how they rejected the Law of God, and when they realized deep inside themselves that he was speaking the truth, they viciously attacked him. When the angry mob seized him and actually started biting him with extreme hatred, Stephen realized his life was coming to an end. He then did what all true Christians do, he left it all in the trustworthy and loving hands of Jesus. His faith was so that he actually saw the heavens opened and Jesus sitting at the right hand of God the Father. Even now, even though they were literally ripping Stephen to shreds, he wanted them to know the God he knew. He declared... "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God." [Acts 7:56] After hearing this they got even more intense and violent with him. If they were fellow believers as the Catholic church believes, they would be rejoicing with Stephen. Instead they took Stephen "...out of the city, and stoned him:..." [Acts 7:58] Are these the loving acts of fellow Christians? The Catholic church seems to think so.
Is the Catholic church saying they are fellow believers because Saul who later becomes the great Disciple Paul is present at the stoning as a young man in Acts 8:1? Saul was still a NON-BELIEVER at this time in his life. He has yet to get to the road leading to Damascus in Acts chapter nine where he meets Jesus first hand. Saul was greatly persecuting Christians all the way up to the day he had his eyes "opened" on this road to Damascus. Plus, it wasn't until after Saul becomes a believer is his name changed to Paul. Saul was absolutely and positively NOT a Christian the day Stephen was martyred. In fact the Bible says that "Saul was consenting unto his death" [Acts 8:1] This is not normal Christlike activity is it? To consent to the death of someone is the same as killing them, and this in direct conflict with commandment # 6. How is it possible to say that fellow believers stoned Stephen? I am truly confused by this statement of the Catholic church, as are many of my Catholic friends today.
Many Catholics are wondering "how did it get so bad?" It's a sad tale to tell, but if it isn't told it will continue until all is lost, and there are too many devoted children of God still within this church of error. Lets look to the leaders of the church, maybe they can tell us how it got so bad.
Pontiff praises Buddhism
Declaring he had come as a "friend from Rome," an
exhausted Pope John Paul II offered a message of religious harmony...
Buddhist leaders has threatened to disrupt the visit unless the
pope apologize for passages... that they view as critical
of their religions doctrine of salvation. As he did before
leaving Rome Jan. 11, John Paul issued conciliatory remarks...
Daily Southtown Jan. 22, 1995 p. A11
Is this scary? Does this not give one the idea that if someone gets in your face about your God you should drop to your knees and beg their forgiveness and tell them their god is ok too. I don't mean to be sarcastic but when a man who is supposed to be an ambassador for Christ is confronted on issues of faith he should stand firm in Jesus. What kind of picture is being placed in the heads of all those young Catholics out their that want to share Jesus with their Buddhist neighbors? Their leader is now telling the Buddhist religious leaders that everything is copecetic with God and their idea of worshipping another god. This is what's happening, think about it, the Pope is the leader of the world wide Catholic church. He doesn't try to share Jesus with these Buddhist monks, instead he wants to join hands with them and sing kumbaya. Is it not written, "...be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." [1 Timothy 4:12] How can the Pope claim that praising the idol worshipping leaders of Buddhism as being righteous acts of godliness. Instead of setting a good example, or exposing their misgivings of Buddha, or even trying to share Jesus with them, he apologizes for offending them.
CHICAGO- Buddhist monks draped in saffron robes joined black
turbaned Sikh priests in gold and white, ...Roman Catholic Cardinal
Joseph Bernardin mixed with Jain nuns, who were wearing
mouth coverings that prevented them from harming even an insect that
might fly into their mouths. ...More than 6,000 representatives
of faith traditions from Protestantism to Zoroastrianism have
registered for the nine-day conference. Chgo SunTimes
Aug. 29, 1993 art. Praying for world peace
The Bible is very plain about walking with the heathen. It is not a safe practice. Yet the Catholic church teaches it is a must if we are to have world peace. Again, is it not written... "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" [2 Corinthians 6:14] Is this a difficult verse to understand? I think not, yet the church teaches that embracing the heathen is an accepted practice. Again, don't get me wrong, I am not saying to ignore the unbeliever. I am saying that we should not let them pressure us into an open denial of Jesus just to make a friend. All of us should step out and share Jesus the One true God with every non-believer we can find. When asked, "Why does the Catholic church participate in Hindu feasts?" The church's reply is, "To make friendly relations"
Walking arm in arm, the leaders of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches began a series of meetings Tuesday designed to pull their faiths closer nearly 1,000 years after they split. -The pope embraced Bartholomew outside the Vatican guest house where the Orthodox leader will stay till Friday. Bartholomew - called the "first among equals" - has a full schedule of talks with Vatican officials. -The pontiff also has made improving Catholic - Orthodox bonds a principal goal. Daily Southtown June 28,1995 p. A11 art. Church leaders strive for unity
The photo along side the article shows the Pope embracing "the first among equals" as an open sign of unity. Is the church teaching it's flock to evangelize Jesus? Or is the church embracing the world religions to try and create friends by lenience? Catholics the world over are finally starting to realize the extreme errors running rampant in their beloved church due to the revelations of the Holy Spirit's truth in Scripture. Ask yourself this question, why after 1,000 years is the Pope wanting to "pull their faiths closer"? Did the Orthodox church change its doctrine? Did the Buddhists? Did the Catholic church change? How can they join, unless they aggree?
We all know that we mostly learn by example when it comes to our religious leaders. When they do something that is Scripturally wrong, we get the thought in our minds that it must be ok. It's like we sometimes assume that they are blessed with additional information that we don't have that allows them to do the wrong. Some of us however are blessed with discernment to see it for what it is. Sin. Plain and simple.
When our religious leaders show an obvious lack of faith in the Almighty, it causes the children in the church to experience a lack of faith as well. Take for example the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II...
On May 13, 1981, he was shot at close range and severely
wounded in an assassination attempt as he entered Saint
Peter's Square in the Vatican, but he recovered fully "John
Paul II," Microsoft (R) Encarta Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft
Corporation. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.
I understand it's a terrifying thing to be shot at close range. I also understand that this is a man who is supposed to be an ambassador for Christ, and the leader of an extremely large church. Every act of this Pope is an example for all Catholics world wide. Every move this Pope makes is noted as divine appointment. He speaks and the people listen. He prays and they join him. He is the leader of their church and he is supposed to be an ambassador of Jesus. He should be the embodiment of every man's faith in the ever living God of the ages. So what does he do after he gets shot and survives? He purchases a bullet proof "pope-mobile" to show the entire Catholic population that his faith in God to protect him is null and void. However, his faith in man and his invention of bullet proof glass is ever faithful, so much so, that he is paraded through the streets of cities waving for the world to see, "protected" by man.
Should not the pope let the children of his church hear him say that, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me" [Psalms 23:4] Why doesn't this Pope trust God to protect him? Doesn't this Pope believe that the Word of God says, "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;" [Psalms 91:5] How can he expect the church to follow his example if he is not willing to follow the example of Jesus? Jesus had many threats to shorten His life and prevent Him from doing God's will. Did He run and hide? No, He trusted His Heavenly Father to protect Him all the way till He finished His work on the cross. Plus, what of Paul? Did he not often find himself in situations that would cause many to cower in fear? Paul shares with us in II Corinthians...
2 Corinthians 11:23 -27 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
It seems Paul could have used a bullet proof hiding place as well. But Paul, as did Jesus, trusted the Almighty and ever living Creator to protect him until his work on earth was finished.
Think on this... Let us say for a moment, you find yourself walking in the worst gang infested area of Chicago to share Jesus with a friend in need. All of a sudden you hear shots ring out. Do you run and hide and decide not to share Jesus with your friend today? Or do you come to the decision that God Almighty has control over absolutely every aspect of creation. If today is your day to die, you will. Plain and simple. If today you are not to die, you won't. Plain and simple. Even if a gunman were to stick a gun right in your face. Rest assured, if the devil is out to stop you he MUST first get permission from God before ANYTHING can happen to you. If he gets permission, it's God's will. Period. If he doesn't, it's God's will. Period! Surrender ALL, and you will see God in ALL! Understand, I am not saying hurry to the nearest gang infested area of Chicago you can find. If the Lord has not "convinced" you that you must enter in, DON'T GO! You must understand that "... Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." [Matthew 4:7] Do not put the Lord to a foolish test, you may get shot!
It is a frightening thing when you see a religious leaders as the priests, bishops, cardinals, and even a pope doing things that are un-Biblical and outright evil. The thing that is frightening is that some of the loyal Catholics will trust these leaders simply because they are asked to do so.
Last month in manila, Pope John Paul II said loyalty to the papacy is essential for acceptance by the Catholic church. ...loyalty to the pope is a must for reconciliation. He said: "Consequently, a Catholic who wishes to remain such, cannot reject the principle of communion with the successor of Peter." -Calvary Contender & The Sword of the Lord Feb 10, 1995 p. 2. art. Pope says Loyalty to Him is Essential
Do you understand what's being said here? "loyalty to the pope is a must for reconciliation." If you are not loyal to the Pope, your sins are not forgiven! I won't even comment on the statement "communion with the successor of Peter"
I pray for all those loyal and trustworthy Catholics out there that trust these leaders as infallible. I pray that they open their Bibles and see for themselves the truth about what is actually happening all around them. It is no fault of their own, they trusted their religious leaders to do the right thing, and they were let down.
This church has gotten the people so wrapped up in trusting mankind over God for everything in life, that it's becoming evident in every day life for some. I used to have a hard time leaving the house in the morning without first praying the rosary to Mary first. I would go out of my way to tell my friends about what my priest did, or some bishop did, etc.. Never did I tell them what Jesus did! I'm not the only one either. I know many Catholics that talk all about the clergy like they are some earthly angels on a mission from God. Some even go so far as to trust the faith of a priest over their own faith to get them by.
"Father O'Donovan will help us go forward, with his faith
and caring. Daily Southtown Public Forum Nov. 27, 1994 p. A18
Art. Church will survive
Will we not be standing ALONE on that last day? However, many loving and loyal Catholics have succumbed to the charms of their religious leaders. They look to them to be their saviors it seems. They seem to believe their parish priest will get them through their rough times by his faith alone.
This is a very dangerous trick of the devil. In the nineteenth
chapter of the book of Acts we see a similar situation where quite a
few Jews took it upon themselves to try and cast a demon out of a man
by using Paul's faith in Jesus, instead of their own faith.
Acts 19:13-15 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
The seven sons of a Jewish chief priest tried to cast the demon out by using the name "Paul preached about." They did this because they knew of Paul's ministry and they saw all the wonderful works Paul was able to do in Jesus' name. They had an immense faith in Paul. So they figured all they needed to do was recite the name of Jesus "whom Paul preacheth." The demon in the man knew Jesus, and he even knew Paul, but these faithless men standing before him he knew as no threat. So the possessed man attacked all seven of the men and sent them away naked and beaten. It is because they had no faith in Jesus the Saviour, they only had faith in Paul the man. Their faith in Paul couldn't cast the demon out, nor will their faith in a priest save them on that last day.
I have noticed during my many years as a devout Catholic that my parish priests and nuns always seem to be more involved in the glorification of their fellow man rather than God. We have been warned in advance in the Word of God that this will happen. Romans 1:25 tells us that there will be those "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen." I was guilty of this as well. I recall many times telling friends about what my priest did, or what the Pope did as a way of what I thought was ministering to them. Never once did I tell them what Jesus did for me on the cross. Or never did I tell them what Jesus was doing in my life at that very moment. Glorification of the creature rather than the Creator is so evident to me now when I see all the statues of dead saints or "creatures" standing as religious icons in the church. And yet all along this sin of idol worship is so plainly warned about in God's Word.
Exodus 20:4-6 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. 5 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; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
This is actually the second Commandment. The Almighty actually wrote these Ten Commandments upon stone with His own finger, and we choose to ignore them when our church sanctions them as obsolete. We all know that God Almighty inspired 40 men to write His Holy Bible. But did any of us ever realize that God Almighty wrote the Ten Commandments with His Very Own Hand? And yet this is the very focal point of attack the world over, and it's not just the Catholic church either.
However, the Catholic church has actually gone so far as to RE-WRITE the ten commandments. Does the Word of God warn us of this outright attack? Does the Bible tell us that the devil will try to change the Law of God? Yes it does. In Daniel 7:25 we find that the devil will, "think to change times and laws:" of God in the end times. In order for the devil to do this he needs mankind to do his bidding. What better way than with a church, because he knows everyone trusts their church.
The Law of God The Law of God
Changed by the Catholic church As it is written in the Holy Bible.
I. I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not I. Thou shalt have no other gods before
have strange gods before Me. me
The 2nd commandment of the Bible
has been removed and the 3rd was moved up/
II. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord the
II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any God in
vain. graven image, or any likeness of anything that 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
III. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
III. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God
in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that
taketh his name in vain.
IV. Honor thy father and thy mother.
IV. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days
shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the
seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in
it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor
thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant,
nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh
day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day,
and hallowed it.
V. Thou shalt not kill.
V. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may
be long upon the land which the LORD thy God
VI. Thou shalt not commit adultery. VI. Thou shalt not kill.
VII. Thou shalt not steal. VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
VIII. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy VIII.
Thou shalt not steal.
IX. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife. IX.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou
shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his
manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his
ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
See General St. Joseph's Catholic
See Exodus 20:1-17
If you will notice, to make up for the empty space created by commandment number two being removed in the Catholic doctrine. The church took the actual commandment number ten and then split it in two to make commandments number nine and ten in their catechism books.
One more thing can be noticed here. The Roman Catholic church is ADMITTING THEY KNOW there should be TEN Commandments. And in one fell swoop they are exposing themselves as crafty liars by removing one of them and then splitting the tenth into two parts to MAKE TEN commandments after all!
Many people don't understand why the Catholic church removed the second commandment. But when you read the second commandment and then step into a Catholic church, you see why they removed it. If they were to keep the second commandment in, they would have to remove all the statues. Instead they decided to change the ten commandments even though God Almighty says, "For I am the LORD, I change not;" [Malachi 3:6] "My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips." [Psalms 89:34] "...all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever," [Psalms 111:7]
The Catholic church has actually gone so far as to sanction
the worship of images (statues) in their very doctrine! This
means they have again re-written the Word of God to reflect "the
commandments of men" as the preferable method of worship.
The second council of Nicea, A.D. 787, was called to establish image worship in the church. This council is recorded in Ecclesiastical Annals, by Baronius, Vol. 9, pp.391-407. (Antwerp, 1612); and Charles J. Hefele, A History of the Councils of the Church From the Original Documents book 18, chapter 1, sec. 332-333; chapter 2, sec. 345-352 (T. and T. Clark ed., 1896), Vol. 5, pp. 260-304, and 342-372.
It makes what Jesus said in Matthew 15:6,9 much clearer now doesn't it?
Matthew 15:6,9 ...Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
The Catholic church has for many hundreds of years taught their loyal and loving flock that their doctrines are more important than that of the Word of God. Over the centuries we have seen many inventions of the Catholic church that have become doctrines or should I say, "the commandments of men." I say that because, nowhere are they considered legal and holy doctrines according to the Bible. Remember, this is a church. What they say is doctrine MUST be verified in the Word of God ALWAYS. The Bible MUST be the base and foundation of the church or it cannot be considered a church of God.
Another tactic of "worshipping the creature more that the Creator"
would be the technique the 1-900 IMA-LIAR Psychics use as their main
method of persuasion, "Astrology." Notice the
scanned in graphics found in the "Saint Andrew Daily Missal."
This is a book that all Catholics are required to use during the "Mass."
"The Missal is thus the sure guide by which the Church, charged with the care of souls, traces herself in us, with a maternal solicitude, and we should follow it in order to attain unto God, through Jesus Christ our Lord." The Saint Andrew Daily Missal Regular Edition 1940 E.M. Lohmann Co. Preface Page X
Images scanned from St.Andrews Daily Missal Regular Edition
Copyrighted 1940, by the E.M. Lohmann Co. St. Paul Minn. Images are
that of the "Liturgical Calendar" pages XXX, XXXI, XXXVI
First of all I would like to ask forgiveness for my inability to hold the scanner steady. Notice the "images" to the left of each of the months within this "Liturgical Calendar." These are the astrological "Signs of the Zodiac!" Once more we see the Catholic church teaching its flock to worship the creatures over the Creator. Putting ones faith in the movements of the stars always confused me even as a child. I always wondered how people can actually believe that God Almighty who made the stars in so many billions of different sizes, shapes, colors, and distances would only create twelve different types of people on this planet! What they are truly saying is, God Almighty can make every fingerprint different, every snowflack unlike another, every DNA strand unique, but when it comes to the routines of the day, God is limited to only twelve possible outcomes. Rather comical is it not?
For a church to say that we must look to the "created"
stars for guidance instead of the one who created those stars is a
very confusing method of instruction. The Word of God puts it rather
plain. "Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand."
[Psalm 31:14,15] To put faith in the creature instead of the Creator
is a very dangerous habit for the soul. Deadly
in fact is a better word.
Isaiah 47:13,14 Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. 14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.
Easily understood verse? Those who trust the stars are truly trusting the celestial bodies to save them. Of course this cannot be done for the Word is exact in its description as to the method of salvation. It is written, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." [Romans 10:13] How can a church teach such dangerous methods to its flock and still consider themselves a Christian church?
By the way, did you notice the images to the right of each month? These are PAGAN symbols! I scanned November just to give you an idea as to how evil these images actually are. Just where in fact is the Christlike connection found within the deathmask image of the skull and crossbones?
I will now share with you many inventions of the Catholic church that can be verified as Catholic doctrine or dogma within the pages of every general St. Joseph's catechism. They can also be verified as commandments of men very easily in the Word of God. Some of these false doctrines are actually the complete opposite of what's found in the Scriptures.
In the year 600A.D. the Catholic church sanctioned the Latin Language as the language of prayer and worship in the church. This was done by Pope Gregory I. However, the Word of God very plainly states that this is a forbidden practice and should never be done. Reason being is, the Latin language is no longer used on this planet. It died with the Roman nation. The Bible says we shouldn't teach or preach in an unknown tongue. The Catholic church did change back to English in this country back in the 60's. But recently some of the Catholic churches have decided to go back to saying the mass in Latin.
1 Corinthians 14:9,19 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. 19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
The Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible translates verse nine
like so, "So with yourselves; if you in a tongue utter speech
that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you
will be speaking into the air." If no one can uderstand you,
will your speech be effective? No it will not.
Why does the Lord consider this forbidden?
1 Corinthians 14:11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
The Lord is not one to be disrespected. Our God has the ability to speak to His children in their own language world wide so they may understand His will for their life. Where is the sense in preaching in a language that no one on this planet can call their native tongue? It's makes as much sense as the vow of silence Catholic monks take. This too is a very hard thing for me to understand. You're a young man, you find the Lord Jesus and accept Him as you Saviour for life. You are overflowing with excitement about your new found love in Christ. You want to tell everyone you meet about your Jesus. You are literally bursting at the seams with eternal joy and happiness. You run to your parish priest and tell him the good news of your burning desire to tell the world about Jesus Christ and all His glorious works. So your parish priest asks you to sit down, and in a calm and gentle voice he tells you to become a monk, and take a vow of silence!
Take a vow of silence? Can a person contain such a burning desire as is experienced when touched by the Lord? Can a person ignore the prodding's of the Holy Spirit to speak the Oracle's of God? There is one named, Jeremiah that spoke the truth of God, as did all the Prophet's. Jeremiah was even placed in the stocks by Pashur for not keeping silent. He prophesied the truth. Jeremiah even explains to Pashur how he is unable to take a "vow of silence." In Jeremiah 20:9 (RSV) we see Jeremiah telling Pashur, "If I say, "I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name," there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot" So why does the Catholic church have it's monks keep silent? Did not Jesus Himself explain to us that, "No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light." [Luke 11:33]
The office of Pope itself is in direct conflict with
the Scriptures as well. Jesus dealt with this wanton greed of
greatness among His own Apostles, and it is recorded in Scripture for
all to see and learn from.
Luke 22:24-26 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. 25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
It is obvious human nature for some to want to be the leader or greatest at something in life. Especially something that is so highly thought of by the one and only God of all creation. But Christianity is not about that. Christianity teaches us that we should "not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another." [1 Corinthians 4:6] We are in no way in need of a human leader of the church. We have our leader, His name is Jesus, and God His eternal Father "hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church," [Ephesians 1:22] Yet the papacy still maintains that it is the head of the church. And as can plainly be seen, this is in direct conflict with the Word of God. The foundation of the church is built on Jesus. Jesus is the cornerstone, "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." [1 Corinthians 3:11] Jesus didn't start the office of pope, He said, "But ye shall not be so!"
To take this office of pope into an even larger view we see just how far this greed of greatness can escalate in a mans heart. In the year 709 A.D. the Catholic church sanctioned the act of kissing the pope's feet as a necessity for all those that approach him in the hierarchy. Not only is this a custom brought into the church from pagan origin, but it is also a practice that is strictly forbidden in the Word of God. Even the one who the Catholic church mistakenly claims as its first pope, is appalled at the thought of someone falling to his feet.
Acts 10:25,26 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
Peter knew that he was nothing without Jesus. When Cornelius fell before him, Peter could have easily accepted his show of reverence, affection, and yes, even worship. But Peter had a complete knowledge of who he was and who Jesus was. Jesus is to be worshipped, not mankind. Again we hear the tones of Romans 1:25 and how they "worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator."
We also see in the book of Revelation that John the Apostle fell to the feet of an Angel in worship, but the Angel corrected him.
Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God:...
NOTE: The Angel acknowledges that falling to his feet is an act of WORSHIP!
Revelation 22:8,9 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
Peter saw fit to correct Cornelius, and Cornelius acknowledged his error. An Angel corrected the Apostle John and he too understood his mistake. And now we have the entire Bible correcting an entire church system, and what do they do? They continue to RE-WRITE the Bible to sanction their god of choice.
There are so many obvious differences between Catholicism and Christianity to the naked eye that it really confuses me as to why I took so long to see them. One of the more obvious and easily acknowledged as worldliness is the wealth of the Catholic church. This church is without a doubt the richest religious organization on the earth in all recorded history. Yet Jesus acknowledged that, "...The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." [Matthew 8:20] But if you look to the blueprints of the Vatican you will find that the Pope has 1400 rooms to lay his head. We all know that Jesus was tempted with this wealth firsthand by the devil on the mountain top. I Praise God Almighty, Jesus is His Son.
Matthew 4:8,9 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Yes, Jesus rejected the temptation of the devil, and did not "fall to his feet." The Catholic church however seems to be doing very well these days. If only the loyal children of God within the Catholic church will open their Bibles to see they are grieving the Spirit of God. We must continue to pray for all of them, they must see this for themselves. They must have it click in their minds as it has in so many others that they are headed for destruction if they continue to ignore the truth in God's Holy Word. If God could be worshipped in any way we see fit, why would He write us a Bible to explain how to worship Him? We should follow His example in His Word. If we don't, then we are not worshipping Him, plain and simple. It's that easy.
In the year 1215 A.D. the Pope Innocent III decreed the doctrine of transubstantiation. This is the doctrine that states the priest has the ability to perform the miracle of changing the wafer into the body of Jesus Christ for all Catholics to receive as communion. Five years later in 1220 A.D. Pope Honorius sanctioned the adoration of the wafer as doctrine.
Luke 22:19,20 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you
These are two verses that have indeed been taken out of context. As a devoted Catholic, I actually believed that the priest had that ability to change the wafer into the body of Jesus every single time I went to mass. Many people from all other churches have time and time again tried to explain to me that Jesus was speaking in a symbolic way when He said the bread was His flesh, and the wine was His blood. But I would have no part of their explanation. Even though I read John 6:35 about how "Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst..." I realized Jesus was saying He was the meaning of life. But I quickly blew that off because I didn't want to believe that my church was wrong. It would mean that Jesus wasn't really asking us to eat Him as a cannibal in Africa eats his prey. However, reading John 1:14 makes one realize that, "...the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,..." So when Jesus said we must eat His flesh, He actually meant,We must eat His Word. But I was still confused. It wasn't until I read Jeremiah 15:16 that I understood, "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart..." Could it be the Catholic church is having a hard time understanding what Jesus meant when He said He is the bread of life? This is not uncommon, even back then "The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" [John 6:52] And sadly yes, even "Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?" [John 6:60] And because they couldn't understand what Jesus meant we read that, "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him." [John 6:66] And still to this day people the world over still worship the wafer as Jesus incarnate. The Almighty is not one that has to be placed in a wafer to be worshipped. The Bible tells us very plainly that "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." [John 4:24] To go one step further in the discussion of this doctrine of transubstantiation, or "turning the wafer into Jesus Christ incarnate." I would like to bring to your attention the following decree that the Catholic church still considers binding doctrine today.
"If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist (communion wafer) are contained truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as a sign, or figure or force, let him be anathema." (Anathema = To be damned and put to death) Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent. Original text with English translation, by Rev. H.J. Schroeder, O.P., B. Herder Book Co. 1960, p.79, Canon 1.
Put to death? Does this appear to be Christlike behavior? I was shocked when I read this. Doesn't Jesus tell us in Luke 6:27 that everyone should "Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you," God Almighty does not want worship out of fear. If He did He would have killed Satan and his fallen angels the first day of their Heavenly revolt. However, this would indeed have caused many of the angels to fear God, wouldn't it? The Almighty wants us to make a choice to worship Him out of our own free will. If we are forced into worship, is it true worship? Have you ever been forced into doing something you didn't want to do? Did you feel happiness? Did you feel joy? Did you want to continue doing it forever? Did you want your friends or loved ones to join you? Was it something you looked forward to? We are either a Christian, or we are not a Christian. There are NO gray areas in Christianity. Still, there are those laws of the Catholic church that makes forced worship a doctrine accepted by God.
"If anyone says that in the holy sacrament of the Eucharist (communion wafer), Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is not to be adored with the worship of latria, also outwardly manifested, and is consequently neither to be venerated with a special festive solemnity, nor to be solemnly borne about in procession according to the laudable and universal rite and custom of the holy Church, or it not to be set publicly before the people to be adored and the adorers thereof are idolaters, let him be anathema." Ibid., p.80, Canon 6
The priest says mass, and he presumably turns the wafer into Jesus, or he publicly carries the wafer in a religious parade. If anyone steps forward to say the wafer is merely a symbol of Jesus, and really isn't the body, blood and soul of Jesus Christ, or they refuse to bow to it, or call it idol worship. They MUST be killed. Is this Christlike? Would Jesus approve? Some will say, "This is ancient history, it doesn't apply today" Even if they're right ancient or current history, is this right for a church to do? Besides, it is no longer ancient history. The FACT is the Vatican II council kept this particular doctrine on the books as present day legal binding Catholic doctrine.
Adoration of the communion wafer is one thing, plain and simple. It is the worship of a god that is made by human hands. Unless the wafer is miraculously created without the aid of a human to form or cook it in an oven, it is made by human hands. Period. Worship belongs to the Creator, not His creation. Paul tells us in Romans 1:25 that there will be those "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen." Is not the wafer a creation? Even if it is broken down into its base elements, the molecules within the wafer were created by an Almighty and Ever Living Creator God.
After realizing the truth in this sacrament of the Catholic church, I wondered, "What of the rest?" Are all the sacraments of my childhood church based on error? I decided it would be best to let the Bible tell me what's right and what's wrong. After my experience with my parish priest, I was afraid to trust anyone's opinion. I didn't let anyone know of my distrust, I just went to the Bible because I knew the Lord would never lie within His Word. I found within the pages of the Lord's Holy Word that He did in fact have sacraments, however, there were only "two," and they did indeed have Biblical requirements that I did not find in the Catholic church.
The first sacrament was discussed briefly in Area #1. The sacrament of baptism. The Bible is rather easily understood when the subject of baptism is researched.
Acts 8:36-38 "And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? *And Philip said, IF THOU BELIEVEST with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and THEY went down both into the water, BOTH Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him."
Again you will notice that this particular verse (Acts 8:37) was removed from the Catholic Bibles. Because of so many devoted Catholics finding out about this, some of the newer Catholic Bibles of today do however add the number "37" in between the verse's 36 and 38. Yet, you will noticed that they split the verse # 36 in half and place the bottom half in their replaced verse # 37. Some however, split the verse # 38 and replace verse # 37 with the top half of # 38. This is not uncommon for the church to do. If you recall they did this as well to the ninth and tenth commandments in their doctrine. They did it to fill the gap created when then removed the second commandment that proved statues are an abomination unto the Lord.
Needless to say, I needed to find a Bible with all the verses intact, so I could make a proper decision for myself with all the facts. After I read the REAL verses # 37 of Acts chapter eight. I realized a person cannot be baptized unless they believe with all their heart, that Jesus Christ is the Lord. This made me wonder how it was possible for them to baptize me when I was an infant. I couldn't make any decisions for myself at that time. I couldn't even feed myself without help, let alone make a proclamation of my personal faith in Jesus. The Bible made perfect sense to me here. How can a person be baptized as an infant? Not only is the infant incapable of knowing who Jesus is. The people holding the baby don't know who the infant will grow to become. So how can they make a life changing decision or even speak for this infant as an adult?
Roman Catholics, and certain Anglicans believe in seven sacraments—"Eucharist, Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, Anointing the Sick, Matrimony and finally, Holy Orders" —which they hold, bestow grace. However, the Word of God plainly teaches that there are only two sacraments that Jesus sanctioned. And it is faith that provides the grace, not the sacraments.
Sacrament # 1 Baptism, Sanctioned by Jesus Himself:
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Sacrament # 2 Communion, Sanctioned by Jesus Himself:
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake
it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is
my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to
them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of
the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Jesus our King, tells us there are only two sacraments that we need to partake in. For the Catholic church to say that the seven sacraments bestow grace upon the person participating, is to say that faith is unnecessary to receive grace. Just to mention one example. I would like to know how getting married to someone constitutes a bestowment of grace. How is it possible to receive grace merely by getting married? Am I to believe that if I myself am a relentless sinner enthrawled in a life of self serving sin, I can receive grace from God Almighty if I merely get married in the Catholic church? See how the error looks in the light of day? Rather blunt, is it not? It is written in Romans 1:5 "...we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith..." The fact is, faith causes us to receive the grace.
Another documented fact found in the doctrine of Catholicism is...
The decree set forth in the year 1229 A.D. by the Council of Valencia... places Bible on The Index of Forbidden Books. The doctrine withholds "it is forbidden for laymen (common man) to read the Old and New Testaments. - We forbid them most severely to have the above books in the popular vernacular." "The lords of the districts shall carefully seek out the heretics in dwellings, hovels, and forests, and even their underground retreats shall be entirely wiped out." Council Tolosanum, Pope Gregory IX, Anno. Chr. 1229
The church Council of Tarragona ruled that: "No one may possess the books of the Old and New Testaments in the Romance language, and if anyone possesses them he must turn them over to the local bishop within eight days after the promulgation of this decree, so they may be burned." D. Lortsch, Histoire de la Bible en France, 1910, p.14.
"Socialism, Communism, clandestine societies, Bible societies...
pests of this sort must be destroyed by all means."
The encyclical Quanta Cura Issued by Pope Pius IX, December
Did the Almighty and ever living God of all Creation write His Bible
for only the hierarchy of the Catholic church? Did you notice that in
the year 1229 A.D. the Catholic church considered those that read the
Bible to be "Heretics"? Did they ever retract this decree?
Did they ever apologize to the Christians that loved to read their
Bibles? No they never did as far as history records. Is not the Word
of God for all the sinners to find peace and forgiveness in Jesus?
Was not the Scriptures given to us by a loving and Heavenly Father?
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
It appears here that Jesus is telling someone to read the Scriptures. Who is Jesus talking to? Is He talking to the Catholic church? No He is not, the Catholic church didn't begin until 538 A.D. upon Emperor Justinian's decree. As a matter of fact, Jesus is talking to NON-BELIEVERS at this time. These were Jews that didn't believe in Jesus, they were getting in His face for healing a man on the Sabbath. And yet Jesus is telling them to read the Bible. If the doctrine of the Catholic church is correct, Jesus would have told them to go to their priests for the answers they sought.
2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The Bible is now relating the life of Timothy as a child learning the Scriptures. His own Mother and Grandmother taught the Bible to this Preacher. (See 2Timothy 1:5) However, later down the road the Catholic church declares this to be unsanctioned and illegal. So now all the young Timothy's of the future must rely on the Catholic church to teach them instead. The Bible does not teach that.
The decree set forth in the year 1545 A.D. by the Council of Trent... The doctrine withholds and declares that tradition is of equal authority with the Bible.
One of the first decrees affirmed that Scripture had to be understood within the tradition of the church"Council of Trent, " Microsoft (R) Encarta. Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft Corporation. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.
At the opening of Vatican II, Pope John XXIII reaffirmed
his belief in the doctrines contained in the Council
of Trent. Ad Limina Talks, p.68
To put an invention of man before the Word of God is one of the deadliest mistakes a religious organization can do. The trustworthy Word of God has many Scriptures proclaiming this to be a mistake of grave error. Mark 7:13 tells us that it is the same as "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, " Many true children of God throughout the ages have understood this fact. They have seen many of their religious leaders try to give them puffed up self glorifying theological explanations to the simple Words of God to no avail. They knew who stood before them, they also knew that they must "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." [Colossians 2:8]
I implore you, if you are truly in worship with Jesus you would cling to His Word at all costs. You would forsake all else for His truth in Scripture. Even if your own loved ones were to deny Jesus Christ right before your eyes, you must choose Christ over them as well. Jesus told us in Matthew 19:29 that "every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Before getting into the next Area on prophecy, I would like to share with you a series of inventions found in Catholic doctrine. Some have been commented on earlier in this document. Some not at all. All however are definitely inventions that are nowhere found to be sanctioned in the Word of God. Ask a priest to prove them with Scripture, and he will be utterly unable to.
Many of the false doctrines were enacted by the Catholic church years
before their official adoption by the present Pope of the day as
Catholic dogma. It's as if they tried the doctrine out on the people,
and when the people accepted the doctrine, the pope made it binding
upon all Catholics as required Catholic dogma.
2 nd Century Elders were first called priests by Lucian.
3 rd Century Sacerdotal mass instituted by Cyprian.
300 AD Prayers for the deceased.
300 AD The sign of the cross adopted as beginning and ending of prayer.
320 AD Wax candles.
Veneration of angels, dead saints, and images of same. (Veneration = profound
394 AD The mass becomes a daily ritual.
The first official exultation of Mary as the "Mother of
God" applied by Council
500 AD Priests began wearing special clothing.
526 AD Extreme Unction. (Rite of healing)
538 AD ~Formal start of Catholic church~
Purgatory first enacted as binding doctrine upon all Catholics by
600 AD The now unknown language of Latin used in worship.
600 AD Prayers offered to Mary, dead saints and angels.
610 AD First man proclaimed as a pope. (Boniface III)
709 AD Kissing of the pope's feet.
750 AD Temporal power of popes, conferred by Pepin, King of the Franks.
786 AD Veneration of crosses, statues, images, and relics authorized.
850 AD Holy water created by a pinch of salt, chrism, and a priest's blessing.
890 AD Veneration of Saint Joseph.
927 AD College of Cardinals begun.
965 AD Baptism of bells instituted by pope John XIII.
995 AD Canonization of dead saints by pope John XV.
998 AD Fasting on Fridays during Lent.
11 th Century The Mass developed gradually as a sacrifice, attendance was made obligatory.
1079 AD Celibacy of priests declared a necessity.
1090 AD The Rosary adopted from pagan beliefs by Peter the Hermit.
1184 AD The Inquisition instituted by Council of Verona.
1190 AD Sale of indulgences.
12 th Century Seven sacraments, defined by Peter Lombard.
Transubstantiation, defined as binding doctrine by pope Innocent
III. Denial of
Auricular confession (Rite of reconciliation) of sins to a priest
instead of God,
1220 AD Adoration of the wafer (Communion host), decreed by pope Honorius III.
Bible forbidden to laymen, and placed on the Index of Forbidden
Books by the
1251 AD Scapular invented by Simon Stock of England.
1414 AD The cup forbidden to the laity at communion by Council of Constance.
1439 AD Purgatory proclaimed as a dogma by the Council of Florence.
1545 AD Tradition declared as being equal authority with the Bible by Council of Trent.
1546 AD Books of the Apocrypha are added to the Bible by the Council of Trent.
Creed of pope Pius IV imposed as the official creed in place of the Apostle
Immaculate Conception of Mary (to be utterly without sin) proclaimed
Syllabus of Errors proclaimed by pope Pius IX and ratified by the Vatican
Infallibility of the pope in matters of faith and morals proclaimed
by the Vatican
1930 AD Pope Pius XI condemned the public schools.
1931 AD Pope Pius XI reaffirmed the doctrine that Mary is "The Mother of God"
Assumption of Mary (Bodily ascension to Heaven without dying)
1965 AD Mary proclaimed the "Mother of the Church" by Pope Paul VI.
How can the priests claim their religion was taught by Jesus? If this was the true church of Jesus Christ, these so called doctrines would have been enacted all on DAY ONE of the church. Why is it they were enacted years apart from each other? Some even hundreds of years apart. Wouldn't Jesus have sanctioned them as soon as the church began? When Jesus bowed His head on Calvary and said, "It is finished" [John 19:30] He meant just that. Does not the Lord say clearly in Malachi 3:6 "For I am the LORD, I change not;" It seems that the Catholic church is constantly changing though. Yet the Word of God, and the method of worship in the REAL and TRUE church of Jesus hasn't changed one iota since it's beginning. Thank you Jesus for keeping faithful to your Word!
Cardinal Newman admits in his book that; the "temples, incense, oil lamps, votive offerings, holy water, holidays, and seasons of devotion, processions, blessings of the fields, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure (of priests, munks and nuns), images, and statues... are all of pagan origin." The Development of the Christian Religion Cardinal Newman p.359
Does not the Word of God warn us that to practice these traditions is to make void the Word of God? Didn't John warn, "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God... If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." [2 John 1:9-11] There are astronomical amounts of errors within the Catholic church. So many in fact that thousands of books have been written exposing them. I can in no way illustrate them to you in just one book, it is that corrupted. If there were one or two errors they could be corrected with little prayer and direction from the Lord. However, to have as many faults located under one roof can only bring one to the conclusion that it was planned this way. The devil has taken complete and utter control over this church of billions. This I am sorry to say, is NO MISTAKE. It was planned long ago to work this way so as to confuse the people of the world into false worship. Isaiah puts it so very simply "Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion" [Isaiah 41:29] The fact of the matter is, the Lord God Almighty would never be inconsistent with His Word. He wrote His Word to let us know what He expects of us. He would never write one thing and then suggest we do another. In doing so, this would become confusion in its most basic form, and that would be uncharacteristic of the God of all creation, "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace..." [1 Corinthians 14:33] It is a blessing of untold riches to know the Lord is faithful to His Word. For His Holy Word declares that "God is faithful..." [1 Corinthians 1:9] "Faithful is he that calleth you..." [1 Thessalonians 5:24] We must always rely on the faithful Word of God as our anchor in every storm of life. No matter what comes our way we know that "the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil" [2 Thessalonians 3:3] No matter how weighty someone's error filled explanations may seem. If they are in conflict with God's Word in any way, we must ignore them. They would have us believe them over the Creator Himself, suggesting that they are right and the Almighty Omnipotent God of the entire Universe is wrong, or out-dated. We mustn't shrink back and accept their gilded and polished words. We have a God that loved us so much that He gave us His Word, in more than one way. And this is a "God, that cannot lie." [Titus 1:2]
We must look at these Preachers and Teachers of error in the way they are seen by God "They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." [Titus 1:16] Most of all we must continue to pray for them. They too were created by an Almighty God. They too can find peace in Jesus. For it is written that "The Lord... is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." [2 Peter 3:9]
It is now time to go into Area # 3. I must explain first that this Area, like Area # 1, was written as a message all to its own. I wrote this message for those the Lord would lead me to that needed to hear the whole truth contained in prophecy on this matter. This area is a bit graphic in its content as well. Some have read it and accepted the truth. And there are some that have read it and saw fit to deny it no matter how accurate it is. The reason I use it here is because it exposes the absolute truth about the Catholic church in prophecy. You will find many things in this area you never knew existed, some will in fact shock you outright. All, however, have been verified authentic in the Word of God. Every fact brought to light, rather it be shocking or not, have the Divine Scriptures to back them up.
Please remember that I too was once a devoted Catholic. The reason I was blessed with the task of writing this document was because of a prayer I prayed many years ago. After finding out the truth about the Catholic church I prayed with great intensity that the Lord bless me with an opportunity to share what He shared with me to my loved ones as well as all Catholics. No one ever came to me with such graphic proof in my Catholic ministry. Had they done so, I would have left the church much sooner. Please, please, please, understand that this document is indeed the answer to that heartfelt prayer. Everyone should have all the facts needed to make such a decision as this. Your eternal life hangs in the balance, you are indeed that important to the Lord that you should have these facts.
I honestly believe that if every devout Catholic knew these
facts, they would leave their church in a heartbeat. I say this
because I was a devout Catholic and my main devotion was to please
God the Father of all creation. Knowing these facts now, I see that I
was NOT pleasing Him by worshipping Him the way man had stipulated.
God the Father wanted me to worship Him the way His Holy Word intended.
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