Truth Provided Newsletter 9-19-1999
Are you a Catholic? Are you sure?
I pray the Lord has blessed you ALL since last posting. This newsletter is a bit different from most. It's a conversation of sorts that seems to be occurring more frequently lately, and i praise the Almighty for it. You might want to share it with your Catholic as well as Protestant friends.
Protestant Pete: Hello Nicholas, I hear that you are one that speaks out against the Roman Catholic Church? I too am one that does this.
Nicholas: Yes, it's true. I have compiled much information over the years concerning the Beast that resides within the walls of the Vatican. What my ministry does is share with those that are unaware the things that the Vatican has invented and proclaimed as "holy." Then I share with them what the Word of God has to say about what the Vatican teaches.
Protestant Pete: I also hear that you speak out against the Protestant churches as well? Are you confused? Or are you just one that hates all Christians?
Nicholas: No I do not hate Christians, for I myself am one. However, I do speak out against those churches that would call themselves Christian yet do that which the Vatican has invented. The Word states that the Whore of Babylon, which has been proven to be the Roman Catholic church, will have MANY daughters (harlots) that will do as she proclaims. I am just one that preaches the Word that exposes the daughters of this whore.
Revelation 17:5, "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
It is these churches that I am hoping to make many aware of. And by the way, it is not I who has exposed them. The Word of God is what I use to expose the evil. Just as easy as a candle dispels the blackness of a dark room, so does the Word of God expose the evils of a false prophet. The only problem lies within the one who hears the Scriptures. Do they choose to believe that which is written by a God? Or that which is written by a man? If it is the latter, I implore you to look upon it with simple common sense for a moment. They are believing a "man" over and above the very God that created that man.
Many I am sure are convinced that these men were called of God to share truths with them that they are unable to grasp. This no doubt is true for some are called of God to do this. However, what's to say these men are doing as they are called to do? Did not Jesus warn us that we should "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matthew 7:15) Do you understand the simplicity of that Biblical fact? A Catholic Priest or a Protestant Minister can stand before you telling you or even "acting" as if he is a Christian, yet in fact he is embracing the lies of the proven Antichristian teachings of the Vatican, and he is teaching YOU to do so as well. Is this not a sheep in the clothing of a wolf?
Protestant Pete: How can you say that my church is embracing the inventions of the Vatican. The word "Protestant" means we PROTEST against the Vatican! Heck, I too speak out against it!
Nicholas: Really? Are you sure you are a Protestant? Give me a moment, and I can prove to you that in fact you may be a CATHOLIC and you aren't even aware of it. But first let me share one verse with you...
Isaiah 8:20, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
As I am sure you are aware the Word of God is the measuring rod by which we should examine all that we hear out of the mouths of those that proclaim His Words. We should be as those of Berea, for "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." (Acts 17:11) These people would hear a preacher, and then they would VERIFY all that they heard IN THE BIBLE before believing him. The Word of God has ALWAYS been the method by which we learn of His truth. Fact is, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" (2Timothy 3:16) And don't let ANYONE tell you otherwise! For if they do, they have already been exposed as one that would preach "another Jesus" and "another Gospel" unto you.
Ok Pete, so are you a Catholic? Let me ask a question or two of you...
Have you been taught, and or do you believe that there is a pre-tribulation Rapture?
Protestant Pete: Yes I have been taught that and I do believe it.
Nicholas: Bear with me and read this small excerpt taken from "Rendezvous in space" by-Joe Crews
The Rapture~ Rooted in Catholicism
The foundation of the rapture theory was laid over 400 years ago upon the specific orders of the Catholic Church. Every Christian needs to understand how this fabrication of error was designed to neutralize the great Protestant Reformation. If the facts of history were known by protestants today who defend with such great emotion the rapture theory and the futurist antichrist doctrine, they would be horrified. Luther and his fellow reformers boldly identified the pope as the "man of sin," and labeled the Catholic Church as the antichrist of prophecy. In response to those charges, the hierarchy assigned two Jesuit priests to develop counter-
interpretations which would turn the onus away from the Catholic Church. In spite of the fact that the two men founded opposing schools of interpretation, their theories have survived to form the basis of most modern Protestant theology today. Not only did they effectively blunt Luther's assessment of the papacy as the antichrist, but they cleverly divided and diluted the "protest" of all the churches which grew out of the Reformation movement.
Modern religious observers were astounded in January, 1984, when men like Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell meekly accepted and defended the establishment of United States political ties with the Vatican. Why could those famous Protestant spokesmen see no danger in being allied with the Church of Rome? Because they are deceived, along with millions of others, by the Catholic-contrived theories of those two priests which have almost eclipsed the historic, biblical position of the Reformers. If the spiritual descendants of Luther and Wesley
now had the same doctrine which they taught, not a single Lutheran or Methodist would favor any kind of alliance with the papacy today.
Now let's take a look at these two Spanish priests who flooded the sixteenth century with their counter- Reformation propaganda. Alcazar of Seville applied all the beast prophecies to Antiochus Epiphanes, who lived long before the popes began to rule in Rome. His system of interpretation came to be known as the Preterist School of prophecy. On the other hand, Jesuit Francisco Rivera invented a system known as the Futurist School of interpretation. He taught that the antichrist was to be some future superman who would appear near the end of time and continue in power for three and a half years. It is his clever, unscriptural theory which has been resurrected by modern evangelical Protestant Christians. And today millions of Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, etc., hold this anti-Protestant concoction of the Jesuits as some kind of infallible doctrine. Yet, those same denominations claim to be faithful supporters of Protestant theology. Luther and other stalwart protestors against Catholic errors would be astounded if they were suddenly resurrected to hear what is being taught in the name of Protestantism.
In the early 1800s the futurist view of Jesuit Rivera passed through certain refinements and additions, including the seven-year tribulation and the snatching away of the saints. For the first time, it was espoused by Protestant teachers who were seeking ways of reconciliation with Rome. Through the influence and writings of John Nelson Darby of the Plymouth Brethren Church in England, the new doctrine spread to the United States. During the middle and latter nineteenth century, it received its biggest boost from Cyrus Scofield, who incorporated it into the notes of his Scofield Reference Bible published in 1909.
Pretty shocking eh Pete? Fact is Jesus already said, "I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word." (John 17:15-20) Jesus wasn't just speaking of the Apostles here Pete, He was speaking of those that believe in Him through their word. That's US! For an in depth BIBLICAL look at ALL the verses that prove the rapture theory of Rome as a boldface lie see this, "rptrmenu.htm" In it you will find verses that the priests and ministers REFUSE to comment on. Why? Because they easily thwart all that they preach concerning the "seven year tribulation" lie. They know that if they share these verses with you they will be exposed as liars.
Now, let me ask you another question Pete. What day of the week do you claim as the Sabbath?
Protestant Pete: Sunday is the Sabbath
Nicholas: Can you prove it WITH Scripture? Remember... if you cannot then it must not be of God.
Protestant Pete: No I guess I cannot prove the Sabbath is Sunday.
Nicholas: Don't feel bad Pete. NO ONE CAN! In fact I have numerous quotes from many Christian denominations proclaiming the same thing, here are but a few...
BAPTIST: "There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday.... It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week.... Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament absolutely not. There is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week. "~Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, author of The B~itit Manual, in a paper read before a New York ministers' conference held Nov.13, 1893.
CATHOLIC: "You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line
authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we ICatholics] ne~r sanctify. "-James Cardinal Gibbons, The Fuidi ofGarFathers, 16th edition, 1880, p.111.
CHURCH OF CHRIST: "Finally, we have the testimony of Christ on this subject. In Mark 2:27, he says: 'The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.' From this passage it is evident that the Sabbath was made not merely for the Israelites, as Paley and Hengstenberg would have us believe, but for ..... that is, for the race. Hence we conclude that the Sabbath was sanctified from the beginning, and that it was given to Adam, even in Eden, as one of those primeval institutions that God ordained for the happiness of all men. "-Robert Milligan, Schetne of Redempiten, (St. Louis, The Fethany Press, 1962), p.165.
CONGREGATIONALIST: "The Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive church called the Sabbath."-Dwight's Theology, Vol.4, p.401.
EPISCOPAL: "Sunday (Dies Solis, of the Roman calendar, 'day of the sun,' because dedicated to the sun), the first day of the week, was adopted by the early Christians as a day of worship. No regulations for its observance are laid down in the New Testament, nor, indeed, is its observance even enjoined."~"Sunday," A Religious Encyclopedia, Vol.3, (New York, Funk and Wagnalls, 1883) p.2259.
LUTHERAN: "The observance of the Lord's day [Sunday] is founded not on any command of God, but on the authority of the church,"-Augsbutg Confession of Faith, quoted in Cadzolc Sdbla~ Manual, Part 2, Chapter 1, Section 10.
METHODIST: "Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day."-Harris Ft~nklin Fall, Chnstian Advocate, July 2,1942.
MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE: "The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word 'remember,' showing that the Sabbath already existed when God wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding ?"-D. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting, p.47.
PRESBYTERIAN: "Until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand. ... The teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath."-T. C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp. 474,475.
PENTECOSTAL: "'Why do we worship on Sunday? Doesn't the Bible teach us that
Saturday should be the Lord's Day?'...
Apparently we will have to seek the answer from some other source than the New Testament."-D5~~d A. Womack, "Is Sunday the Lord's Day?" The Pentecostal Evangel, Aug. 9,1959, No.2361, p.3.
ENCYCLOPEDIA: "Sunday was a name given by the heathen to the first day of the week, because it was the day on which they worshiped the sun, ... the seventh day was blessed and hallowed by God Himself, and... He requires His creatures to keep it holy to Him. This commandment is of universal and perpetual obligation." -Eudle's Biblical Cyclopedia, 1872 ed., p.561.
(Above Original List of Quotes Compiled by -Amazing Facts That Affect You- Study Guide #20 P.13)
Protestant Pete: Well that's something I never knew! I always thought the Sabbath was changed by God. So, tell me, WHO changed it?
Nicholas: I'm glad you asked Pete. His Word declares, "For I am the LORD, I change not;" (Malachi 3:6) God Almighty is not one to "change" what He has written in His Word Pete. Else, why write it eh? Did you also notice that ALL the churches realize that the Lord God did NOT change His Sabbath. They verify that they have searched from Genesis to Revelation and have not found a single verse declaring He changed it. Yet look around Pete. Notice that almost ALL of the churches the world over do in fact claim Sunday as the Christian Sabbath! Now I ask that you notice these quotes taken directly from the Roman Catholic Church itself. Keep in mind these are NOT "biased" non-catholic authors. These are actual Catholic documents.
"The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the Church had changed the Sabbath into Sunday, not by command of Christ, but by its own authority." Canon and Tradition, p.263
"Is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties? But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of
Saturday, a day which we never sanctify." -James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 ed.), pp. 72, 73.
Question - Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer - Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question - Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer - We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 364), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday." The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50, 3rd ed.
"The Bible says, Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church!" Father Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, History of
the Sabbath, p. 802
"The Sunday...is purely a creation of the Catholic Church." American Catholic Quarterly Review, January 1883
"Sunday...It is the law of the Catholic Church alone..." American Sentinel (Catholic) June 1893
"The Catholic church," declared Cardinal Gibbons, "by virtue of her divine mission changed the day from Saturday to Sunday." Catholic Mirror Sept. 23 1983. (Official organ of Cardinal Gibbons)
Such boldness eh? The Catholic church strongly proclaims that THEY changed the law of God in regards to the Sabbath all by themselves. They fearlessly state, "not by command of Christ but by its own authority" do they do this hellish act! Even though they admit there is not one verse authorizing them in God's Word to do that. How can they ignore the Word of God so boldly? Because they don't believe the Word "IS" of God. They openly proclaim "The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures" in their first quote. Yet the Word of God is plain, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (Isaiah 8:20) Want a real shocker? There is ONE verse in the Bible that states the BEAST would "attempt" to change the law of God. In Daniel 7:25 we read, "And he (the beast) shall speak great words against the most High, ...and think to change times and laws:" Daniel 7:25
For a "quick" look at this Pete, read this... mark.htm
For an better look at this, read this... Sabbath.htm
For an in depth look at ALL of this read this... 2winmenu.htm
So Pete, are you sure your NOT a Catholic? Are you sure you are a Protestant? Just a few more quick facts you may not realize. The Protestant church embraces a LOT more Catholic inventions than you might think. Does your church do any of this...?
PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD
SIGN OF THE CROSS
VENERATION OF ANGELS AND DEAD SAINTS
EXULTATION OF MARY AS "MOTHER OF GOD"
PRIESTS OR MINISTERS WEARING SPECIAL CLOTHING
FASTING OF FRIDAYS DURING LENT
CELEBRATION OF EASTER
CELEBRATION OF GOOD FRIDAY
CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS
ST. VALENTINES DAY
TRADITION PLACED ON SAME GROUND AS SCRIPTURE
INFALLIBILTY OF POPE IN MATTERS OF FAITH
THE PERPETUAL "VIRGINITY" OF MARY
"EVOLUTION = FACT
LOYALTY TO CHURCH NECESSARY FOR SALVATION
CHANGE OF SUNDAY AS SABBATH INSTEAD OF SATURDAY
CHURCH AND STATE COMBINED
LAW ENFORCEMENT OF CHURCH DOCTRINES UPON GENERAL PUBLIC
40 DAYS OF LENT
WEARING OF RELIGIOUS IMAGES
SALVATION BY WORKS
ETC ETC ETC
Protestant Pete: Wow! I had no idea the Catholic church had so much influence on all the people of the world! They invent a lie about the Rapture and EVERYONE falls for it! They lie about the Sabbath and EVERYONE falls for it! They lie about Christmas, Easter, Evolution, Mysticism, etc and EVERYONE is falling for it! How can this be?
Nicholas: It's simple prophetic fact Pete. It was supposed to happen! For the Lord revealed it would occur long ago when He penned these Words, "...and all the world wondered after the beast." (Revelation 13:3) Plus the boldness of this beast is such that he can easily echo this very verse as if to flex his muscles in defiance to the Almighty Creator. Do you recall this bold confirmation in one of the Catholic quotes from above..."And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church!" Does this not echo Revelation 13:3?
How can anyone claim to be a Protestant when they embrace that which the Vatican has invented? Are we not called in Exodus 19:5 to be a "Peculiar treasure" unto our God? How can we claim to be "virgins" when we are openly defiled by these harlots of the whore (Revelation 14:4) that His prophecy so accurately reveals to us? How can we claim to be Ambassadors for Christ when doing the will of the devil himself? And now we see MANY churches are joining up with the Roman Church in the filling of the ONE WORLD CHURCH.
(By the way, did you know the word "Catholic" actually means "Universal?" With that in mind, read these articles...)
---United Religions on Track ~ With Modifications--- June 1997, Episcopalian Bishop William Swing jubilantly announced "Tell the people there is a UNITED RELIGIONS" -Catholic Family News, Nov 1997, Vol #4. Issue # 11
IT'S TIME FOR RELIGIONS TO MERGE OR BUST!
...the great religions MUST be amalgamated. A series of TAKEOVERS is required. The breakup of Christianity should be reversed. The Church of Rome should join hands with that of Constantinople. The rest - Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, Seventh-day Adventist should be COAXED IN! The Daily Advance Sunday Jan 4, 1998. Article by Joe Rogally, "The Financial Times"
FINALIZATION OF THE UNITED RELIGIONS CHARTER
The Charter of the United Religions Organization is presently undergoing it's final review. The completed charter will be officially adopted at the annual meeting of the United Religions that will be held in June of 1999. This will pave the way for the signing of the United Religions Constitution on June 26, 2000. This document will be signed in the same hotel and the same room in which the UN Charter was signed on June 26, 1945. [Prophecy Update, Jan/Feb. 1999]
"Four U.S. denominations will celebrate their new relationship of "full communion" at a worship service at Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel Oct. 4"
. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Reformed Church in America, and United Church of Christ agreed in March to enter into full communion after a yearlong series of votes. ...Liturgy and music for the service will include elements from each of the traditions. The service will begin with a ritual of four processions moving from four directions and meeting at a central baptismal font. Participants in the ceremony will affirm their mutual recognition of baptism, confess the divisions of the past, and pledge "to live under the gospel in mutual affirmation and admonition," ELCA News said. The churches will share their resources for ministry, including allowing clergy to serve as pastors in each others' congregations. SOURCE : http://www.religiontoday.com/
Israel forges links with Vatican
By Anton La Guardia in Jerusalem
Israel to recognise Catholic Church
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 ]
CHURCHES AGREE THAT POPE HAS OVERALL AUTHORITY
Electronic Telegraph-UK News
May 13, 1999 Oliver Poole http://www.freerepublic.com/
THE Pope was recognized as the overall authority in the Christian world by an Anglican and Roman Catholic commission yesterday which described him as a "gift to be received by all the Churches". ...if a new united Christian Church was created it would be the 'Bishop of Rome who would exercise a universal primacy. The Rt Rev Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and the other co-chairman, added: "The primacy of the Pope is a gift to be shared."
VATICAN UPDATE FROM CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS FOR MAY 20, 1999 Copyright 1999 Domus Enterprises
Inter-Religious Meeting to Promote World Peace
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- "Everyone must work together to build up the peace," said Cardinal Francis Arinze, as he announced that a major inter- religious assembly will be held at the Vatican in October.
VATICAN CITY, AUG 10 (ZENIT).- The Holy See is preparing a meeting of the principal religions of the world, which will be held in the Vatican and Assisi from October 23-28. In addition to being a step forward in dialogue among religious confessions, it will also be a stage in the preparations for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.
Now do you understand why the word "Catholic" means "Universal?"
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