"If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors."
James 2:8
Corruptions of Christianity: Catholicism
Author:
Christopher J. E. Johnson
Published: November, 2010
Updated: Oct 22, 2014
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Contents:
Purgatory: The Magic Safety Net
The Mass & Transubstantiation
Indulgences: Bonus Points for Heaven
Changing the Wages of Sin
Idolatry & Mary
The Pope
The Inquisition
A Woman Rides the Beast
A Final Message for Catholics

This article is intended for the those that follow and practice Catholic teachings, but also as a reproof and education to Christians about the truth behind the Catholic Church. I want it to be known that those of you who do follow and practice Catholic teaching are not the enemy, but if you, who are reading this, believe and practice the things I'm going to talk about in this article, I could not argue from scripture that you are Saved by Jesus Christ because you are working inquity. The Roman Catholic Church, from which all Catholicism spreads, has been, for 1700 years, teaching a false gospel that is not of Christ, and though this is very hard for a life-long Catholic to take in, Jesus Christ said His sheep hear his voice, so those who have truly repented and humbled themselves before Him will hear this message.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
-John 10:27

The public mantra is: "You should be loving to the Catholics." I agree, but love is not equivalent to submitting to personal preferences. Love in the Bible equates to keeping the Word of God, and therefore, there is nothing more loving than the truth. Allowing someone to fall into hell based on a false religious system is not loving at all.
(Read "The Biblical Definition of Love" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

Others have said to me, "Are not Catholics brethren in Christ?" I am NOT saying that those who attend the Catholic Church are not Saved by Jesus Christ, but I AM saying that those who believe and practice the following teachings of the Catholic Church I'm going to quote in this article are not Saved, and if the Lord wills, I pray I can be of some assistance to those Catholics seeking the truth of Scripture.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
-Matthew 7:21

What I will say in this will offend almost all who claim Catholicism is Biblical, and also those who falsely believe that all Catholics are brethren in Christ, and many will hate me because of this, but I love Catholics too much to allow them to perish in hell for eternity with their hopes in false system.

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
-Galatians 4:16

Though most Catholics will have already closed this article before continuing, if you are still reading, and have decided you do not want to hear me, then I pray that you would be willing to listen to a short video from a 23-year-veteran Catholic priest who was born-again:

(For those who refuse to read my words, but will listen to Richard, you can visit Berean Beacon to get more information; whatever you decide to do, I beg you, if you're a Catholic, to learn more before it's too late.)






Purgatory is the glue that holds the entire Catholic religion together. If the Catholic church removed purgatory from its teachings, it would be very hard to convince anyone to join the Catholic Church.

purgatory (Lat., "purgare", to make clean, to purify): in accordance with Catholic teaching is a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God's grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions
(See Hanna, E. (1911), Purgatory, Catholic Encyclopedia, New York: Robert Appleton Company, Dec 31, 2009, New Advent - http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12575a.htm)

When you simplify it, purgatory is a saftey net in which, according to the Catholics, you don't go to heaven or hell when you die, but rather you go to neutral limbo state where you get things "sorted out," meaning, that you must pay the full penalty for all your sins. The attraction of purgatory is that it means a man can be a Catholic and live like a devil in drunkenness, fornication, etc, and in the end, he still gets to go to heaven after he goes to the limbo state to sweat out all his sins. He'll just have to wait in purgatory a while because he was naughty in his lust, and God has to give him a bit of a spanking before he can enter heaven. Literally billions are going to end up in hell because they put their hopes into this lie.

Purgatory is not mentioned in the Bible at all, and there is nothing Scriptural that can be used in favor of it, but let's address the following verses Catholics commonly use as "proof" for it:
Catholic "Proof for Purgatory" - Verse #1
1 Corinthians 3:12-15

"Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."
The Catholic interpretation is that man will be judged based upon his "good works." He has to go to purgatory to have them tried, and then remains there until God says it okay to come to heaven. It is common, in my experience, for Catholics to leave out the verse just before these:

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
-1 Corinthians 3:11

The foundation which those works are built upon is the Lord Jesus Christ, which means it is by Him ALONE that we are saved. In verse 15, it says that "if any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss, but he himself shall be saved." So, obviously, the foundation is on Jesus Christ, just as verse 11 tells us, and if one tries to instead build a foundation through works, it will still fall. If you consider the analogy he makes carefully, even if one builds a vast array of gold, silver and precious stones, he will still fall into hell without Jesus Christ as a foundation, and Jesus explained to us why that is in Matthew 7:

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
-Matthew 7:24-27
(Catholics try to get people to believe that the "rock" was Peter, and that he was a pope.
Later, we'll Scripturally demonstrate that the "rock" of foundation is faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.)

The works of man are about what type of work you are doing, but the foundation is about the location upon which you build, and the Bible tells us in 1Cr 3:11 that there is no foundation a man can lay except the Lord Jesus Christ. There is NOWHERE in 1 Corinthians that speaks of a "purgatory," nor some place you go to work out all your sin before God allows you into heaven. It's something you have to believe from your imagination; it's not something that comes from the Word of God. The works are burned up for the purpose of REWARD, not for building stepping stones to cross the lake of fire. To add a magical safety net to these verses is a very dangerous thing to teach because that is adding to the Word of God, and Revelation 22:18 puts a curse anyone who does that.

Catholic "Proof for Purgatory" - Verse #2
Matthew 5:26

"Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing."

As we will see repeated often in this article, the Catholic Church has a habit of taking one verse out of context to create an entire doctrine of it. This is not talking about a limbo state you go to after you die, it's talking about a prison sentence here on Earth! Let's back up a few verses and read the context:

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
-Matthew 5:23-24

So the context is set for us, that if we have sinned against God, and wronged our brother in the process, we go first to the one we have offended to reconcile with them.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
-Matthew 5:25

So we go in humility towards our brethren, and seek forgiveness, if we have offended them in a way that breaks the law of the land, otherwise, we'll end up in jail.

Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
-Matthew 5:26

Where are we coming out of? Prison. What are paying? The penalty for our crimes here on earth. There is no indication, in any remote sense, that this would be referring to a place of limbo where you go to get all your sins worked out before God lets you into heaven.
Jesus Christ is reminding us that those born again in Christ are handled by the family in matters of the law. However, in terms of man, we will be handled by the full extent of the law of the land. The scripture in Matthew 5 has absolutely nothing to do with a "purgatory."

Problems with Ignoring Context

This is a fine example of what is called 'reading into the text', without taking the passage in context of what's being said. Christ rebuked Satan for doing that exact same thing. The devil would quote a piece of the scripture, saying "It is written..." and then Christ would correct him with the proper scripture in its rightful context.
For example, if one were to read the famous phrase by George Washington, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes," that could be interpreted many ways. One could think, "Wow, what a sick, bloodthirsty psychopath! He wants his soldiers to look their enemies in the face when they die," and that is how easy it is to analyze words out of context.
So how do we interpret Washington's phrase? We have to read it in context of the situation; they were simply low on ammunition and Washington wanted to conserve bullets. It is easy to develope strange ideas when one leaves his/her mind open to free range interpretation, and likewise, when we take the Bible out of context, all sorts of weird theories are developed, which is how cults get started.

Catholic "Proof for Purgatory" - Verse #3
Matthew 18:34-35

"And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."

Again, the Catholic interpretation of these verses is that God has a place where those that owe God something will have to pay it all off, but we read it in the context of what's being said. Starting in verse 21, Peter gives us the topic of context by posing a question to the Lord Jesus Christ:

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants...
-Matthew 18:21-23

This is where Christ begins to tell us another parable, and as we read continue to read in Matthew 18, we learn of a servant that owed much to his lord. The lord was about to call in all the debt, and the servant begged him to forgive the debt. The lord forgave all the debts. Then, that same servant went out and forced someone else to pay all their debts own to him. The lord was angered by the fact that he forgave all the servant's debt, but the servant was unwilling to forgive someone else the debt owed by another, and because of that, the lord made the servant pay all that he owed. This parable is teaching us that we are to forgive others their trespasses as the Lord God forgives us ours.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
-Matthew 6:12

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
-Matthew 6:14-15

So then, towards the end of the parable, Jesus Christ tells us what happens to the servant, and then tells us the interpretation:

And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
-Matthew 18:34-35

This is another example of the Catholic Church teaching false doctrine by taking Scripture out of its context. Purgatory is completely made up in the imagination, but billions hold on to this idea simply because they fear hell, and instead of putting all their hope and faith into the Lord Jesus Christ's grace to be sufficient for Salvation, they instead put their trust in men.

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
-Psalm 118:8

For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
-Phillipians 3:3

The works we do in this life earn us reward, as we read earlier from 1 Corinthians 3, but they do not build us a ladder to heaven. Purgatory is what creates a safety net by which the Catholic Church builds a following, helping people to be more comfortable with their sin and alleviate their fears of hell, but it has nothing to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
-Romans 5:8-9

We are Saved through Christ's sacrifice on the cross once and for all:

Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
-Hebrews 7:27

We will cover the mass in the next section, but the mass is sung for the lost souls in purgatory, and these priests of the Catholic Church are offering up sacrifice for his sins and the sins of others, which is an abomination unto God because it ignores the price His Son paid on a blood stained cross, and it tells God that His sacrifice and grace is not sufficient.

And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
-1 John 2:2

propitiation: the atonement or atoning sacrifice offered to God to assuage his wrath and render him propitious to sinners
(See 'propitiation', Noah Webster's Dicitonary, 1828, [www.1828.mshaffer.com])

As we see from 1 John 2, the atoning sacrificed was made by Jesus Christ, and as we see from Hebrews 7, it was made ONCE for all men, not to be repeated as the priests do.

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
-Hebrews 10:10

The Catholic Church, however, along with some Catholics I spoken with, curses every evangelical Christian, like myself, to damnation and destruction for believing what the Scriptures clearly teach:
"If any one saith, that, after the grace of Justification has been received, to every penitent sinner the guilt is remitted, and the debt of eternal punishment is blotted out in such wise, that there remains not any debt of temporal punishment to be discharged either in this world, or in the next in Purgatory, before the entrance to the kingdom of heaven can be opened (to him); let him be anathema."
-James Waterworth, Canons and Decrees of the Sacred and Ecumenical Council of Trent, 2003 Reprint, Kessinger Publishing, Canon #30, p. 48, ISBN: 9780766138414

anathema: a person or thing detested or loathed or accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction
(See "anathema" Random House Dictionary, Random House Inc, 2010; See also The American Heritage Science Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2010)

In case you didn't understand what the Catholic Church just stated, it means that if you believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only sacrifice that is the propitiation for sin, and that purgatory is not real, then you are cursed to damnation and destruction by their religious system. If you hold the Catholic Church as authority, you are likewise cursing and damning me, and every evangelical like myself.

If you are a Catholic, we must recognize that this is the doctrine your church believes, practices, and teaches, as stated from their own ruling documents. If their doctrine troubles you, then it would be wise to disassociate yourself with that religion, and get involved in a church that believes the New Testament Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

This will certainly upset a number of Catholics, and I have received a number of emails from Catholics seeking to argue their belief in purgatory, claiming that the Catholic Church is the authority by which all Christians should submit themselves unto, but I should not be receiving any email on this issue. Canon 1325 is very clear on the fact that Catholics need to get the Holy See's permission to email me anything concerning Catholicism:
"Catholics shall not enter into any disputes or conference with non-Catholics -- especially public ones -- without the permission of the Holy See or in urgent cases of the local ordinary." [local ordinary = bishop]
-Bishop Charles H. Helmsing statements from Canon 1325, quoted by the National Catholic Reporter, Vol. 4, No. 50, Oct 16, 1968





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. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
-Luke 22:19

This act of taking bread and wine, from the passover supper before Christ went to the cross, is commonly referred to as "communion," based on 1st Corinthians:

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
-1 Corinthians 10:16

The Catholic church, however, though it calls this practice 'communion', considers this also to be a sacrifice of what they call the 'eucharist':

eucharist (n): the consecrated elements of bread and wine offered in the sacrament; Mass, esp when regarded as the service where the sacrament of the Eucharist is administered
(See "eucharist," Random House Dictionary, Random House Inc, 2013; See also Collins English Dictionary, 10th Edition, William Collins Sons & Co, 2009)

The term "eucharist" does not appear in the Bible, nor does the term "sacrament."

sacrament (n): a symbol; pledge, something regarded as possessing a sacred or mysterious significance; an outward sign combined with a prescribed form of words and regarded as conferring some specific grace upon those who receive it
(See "sacrament," Random House Dictionary, Random House Inc, 2013; See also Collins English Dictionary, 10th Edition, William Collins Sons & Co, 2009)

The Latin, language in which the Catholic church was developed, of 'sacrament' comes from the base word "consecrate."

consecrate (v): to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity; to make (something) an object of honor or veneration; to change (bread and wine) into the Eucharist
(See "consecrate," Random House Dictionary, Random House Inc, 2013; See also Collins English Dictionary, 10th Edition, William Collins Sons & Co, 2009)

In a nutshell, the "communion" in Catholic circles is a consecration of the sacraments of the Eucharist, or in other words, Catholics believe their priests have the power to put a blessing on bread and wine that transforms it into the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ (known as "transubstantiation" -- we'll get to that in a moment), and they consume it as a work that is supposed to bestow saving grace to the one who receives it.

"Our Savior at the Last Supper... instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood..."
-New Catechism of the Catholic Church (Vatican II), Sacrosanctum Concilium, Consitution on the Sacred Liturgy #47; See also Matthew Bunson, Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 2008, Declarations of Vatican II, p. 178, ISBN: 9781592764419

So the Catholic church teaches that Jesus Christ started up a sacrificial ceremony that needs to be repeated, because they believe everyone must eat of the body and blood of Christ.

"[Christ] offered up to God the Father His own body and blood under the [form of] bread and wine..."
-Council of Trent, Session XXII, Chapter I; See also William E. Addis & Thomas Arnold, A Catholic Dictionary, The Catholic Publication Society Co, 1884, The Eucharist, p. 320

Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
-Genesis 9:3-4

It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.
-Leviticus 3:17

But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
-Acts 15:20

Though we can eat meat, we cook the meat, and do NOT consume the blood. Even in the Old Testament, the sacrifices made for the atonement of sin had the blood drained out of them (Lev 4:7), the meat cooked, and they did not consume the blood. The Catholic church believes they are turning wine to blood, and then requiring their laity drink it.

Oddly, because the blood sacrifice might offend some people, the Catholic Church will say it's the blood of Christ, but then turn around in contradictory fashing and say it's "unbloody."
"[Christ, in the mass] perpetuates in an unbloody manner the sacrifice offered on the cross."
-Vatican Council II, Vol. 1: The Conciliar and Postconciliar Documents, p. 103; See also Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia, Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 1998, The Eucharist, p. 390, ISBN: 9780879736699

So we have the blood being drunk in the mass, converted by priests to be the literal blood, but the Catholic Church also says it's unbloody? This is also supposed to be a sacrifice of the Eucharist to receive saving grace and remission of sins, but there's no receiving of grace without the shedding of blood. This is one of the strangest heretical paradoxes I've ever heard of out of all the wordly religions I've studied.

And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
-Hebrews 9:22

Blood sacrifice is a required payment for sin, but the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ paid that debt once and for all, never to be repeated. The Catholic Church DENIES Jesus Christ by continuing blood sacrifice.

Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he [Jesus] did once, when he offered up himself.
-Hebrews 7:27

"The mass is truly a propitiatory sacrifice... [by which] the Lord is appeased. He grants grace... and He pardons wrongdoings and sins, even grave ones."
-John A. Hardon, The Catholic Catechism, Random House Inc, 1975, Ritual and Worship, p. 468, ISBN: 9780385080453

"The Eucharist is above all else a sacrifice. It is the sacrifice of the Redemption and also the sacrifice of the New Covenant,"
-Pope John Paul II, quoted by Steven J. Schloder, Architecture in Communion: Impementing the Second Vatican Council, Ignatius Press, 1998, p. 52, ISBN: 9780898706314

It is abomination in the sight of God to keep making sacrifices when His Son already took care of it. The Catholic Church may as well be slapping God in the face to say, "Your Son's sacrifice is not enough, we need to do more." This is the beginning of the works the Catholic Church requires from the members of its laity, teaching them they must do works to gain more grace, when the Bible says we receive grace by our faith, the payment for our punishment is paid in full, and NO AMOUNT OF WORKS will earn you forgiveness of sin.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
-Ephesians 2:8-9

This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
-Hebrews 10:16-18

It's either by grace, or by works, but it can't be both, and if we rely on Catholic mass to give us grace, we will end up in hell:

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
-Romans 11:6

To say one receives grace through works is a complete contradiction, and denies the one, final, ultimate sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.

Another thing the Catholic Church ignores completely is that Jesus Christ said "this do in REMEMBERANCE of me," not "this do to get your loved ones out of purgatory." This concept of sacrificial masses is a very serious heresy because when the "abomination of desolation" is talked about in Scripture (Mat 24:15), it's referring to the abomination of the Jews who start up sacrifices again in the temple in the last days (ignoring the sacrifice of Jesus Christ once and for all), and thus God views the practice of repeated sacrifices in the mass as abomination.

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
-Hebrews 10:10

transubstantiation (n): the changing of the elements of the bread and wine, when they are consecrated in the Eucharist, into the body and blood of Christ
(See "transubstantiation," Random House Dictionary, Random House Inc, 2013; See also Collins English Dictionary, 10th Edition, William Collins Sons & Co, 2009)

The Catholic Church believes and teaches that the bread and wine is the literal body and blood of Christ, transformed by a miracle of the priests, but still retaining the taste, smell, and appearance of bread and wine. This is, as I know of no other way to put it, absurd, and has no Scriptural backing to it whatsoever.

Let's say Jesus performed the miracle of turning water into wine, but did so under the appearance of remaining water. It would have been pointed out immediately as a fraud, and rightly so. What if Jesus had performed the miracle of bringing a man back to life, but under the appearance of the man remaining dead? Again, that is absurd. Yet, so many people believe that the Catholic priests are performing a miracle of turning bread and wine into the literal body and blood of Christ, under the appearance of remaining bread and wine; that is not a miracle, it's a fraud.

When Christ says, "I am the door," (John 10:7) are we to say that he is literally made of wood? When Christ says, "My sheep hear my voice," (John 10:27) are we to conclude that he is literally talking to sheep? Those are ridiculous concepts, and we know through simple context what Christ is referring to, but the Catholic Church has done a marvelous job of convincing a huge number of people against the clear teaching of Scripture.

Anyone who doesn't believe that the Catholic Church cannot turn bread into Christ's body, and wine into Christ's blood, they are cursed to damnation and destruction:
"If any one saith, that, in the sacred and holy sacrament of the Eucharist, the substance of the bread and wine remains conjointly with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and denieth wonderful and singular conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the body, and the whole substance of the wine into the blood... which conversion indeed the Catholic Church most aptly calls Transubstantiation; let him be anathema."
-Archibald A. Hodge, Outlines of Theology, Hodder & Stoughton, 1878, Section 22, Cannon #1, p. 647

Despite the clear teachings in the New Testament, the Catholic Church believes that this transubstantiated Eucharist is a sacrifice that needs to be made repeatedly, and you must come to their priests and give your money to the church to receive the benefits of it. They take away the reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ, and put the priesthood in His place, bringing men and women into bondage. If you believe the following verses, the Cahtolic Church has cursed you to damnation and destruction:

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
-Hebrews 10:12-14

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
-Hebrews 9:12

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;
-Hebrews 9:28

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
-1 Peter 3:18

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
-Jude 1:3

I don't see how this could be more clear to those who read and study God's Word. Christ did not go to the cross so we would need to sacrifice him again and again, and require us to gain "indulgences" from the Catholic Church, as we will see in the next section. But the Catholic Church, in defiance to the Word of God, curses people like me to damnation and destruction for teaching the truth of Scripture:
"If any one saith, that in the mass a true and proper sacrifice is not offered to God; or, that to be offered is nothing else but that Christ is given us to eat; let him be anathema."
-Archibald A. Hodge, Outlines of Theology, Hodder & Stoughton, 1878, Section 22, Cannon #1, p. 647

If you are a Catholic, we must recognize that this is the doctrine your church believes, practices, and teaches, as stated from their own ruling documents. If their doctrine troubles you, then it would be wise to disassociate yourself with that religion, and get involved in a church that believes the New Testament Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.




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indulgence: a partial remission of the temporal punishment, esp. purgatorial atonement, that is still due for a sin or sins
(See "indulgence" Random House Dictionary, Random House Inc, 2010; See also The American Heritage Science Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2010)

In order to believe in indulgences, one must also believe in purgatory. To receive an "indulgence" from the Catholic Church is their belief that certain works-based blessing from a priest can earn someone bonus points to get out of purgatory and into heaven.

The reformation was sparked on the rejection of the Catholic belief of purgatory, and the mass had to be said over and over for the remission of sins, and that if you want to get out of purgatory, you have to get the good graces of the preists. These correlating beliefs have turned an un-calculatable profit for the Catholic Church, and this love of money is best expressed by the famous saying of Johann Tetzel (commissioned by Pope Leo X):
"As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs."
(See Roland Bainton, Here I Stand: Life of Martin Luther, New York: Penguin, 1995; also James Kittelson, Luther The Reformer, Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Publishing House, 1986)

Not only does the concept of indulgences reject the faith in Christ's death on the cross and ressurection for the sins of man, but it also has robbed countless men and women of their wages.

Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.
-Luke 20:46-47

For example, when a Catholic widow loses her husband, she is under fear that her husband is stuck in purgatory, suffering because of his sin. She spends what little wealth she has left to care for herself, and for the love of her deceased love, pays the priest to sing the mass for her husband, and the Catholic Church, unknowing how many masses must be sung to get her husband into heaven, accepts her money as often as she is willing to give it.
Even the pope does not know how many masses must be said for the souls in purgatory to gain entrance to heaven. That is occult mysticism. When a pope dies, no one in the Catholic Church can tell if he got to heaven or not, which is why mass is held for a pope when he dies, to sing for his soul in purgatory.

The Catholic Church has practiced "selling salvation" by allowing people to pay money to be absolved of their sins. This is a short list of some of the sins and the prices that could be paid to be forgiven by the church:
-From The Gospel Day by Charles Ebert Orr, p. 195, The Echo Library, ISBN 978-1-40685-080-2

These people that paid for their sins to be absolved were called "annointed malefactors," and could NOT be prosecuted by any civil authorities. That means rapists, thieves, and murderers were getting away with crimes because they had a priest in their pocket to make them immune to the law of the land.
(For examples of annointed malefactors, see Notes and Queries, Oxford University Press, 1866, p. 359; See also Henry Worsley, The Dawn of the English Reformation, published Elliot Stock, 1890, p. 8)

There are twenty complex rules concerning indulgences. None of them have anything to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but to demonstrate the point, let's take a look at one:

"The faithful who use with devotion an object of piety (crucifix, cross, rosary, scapular, or medal) after it has been duly blessed by any priest, can gain a partial indulgence. But, if this object of piety is blessed by the Pope or any bishop, the faithful who use it with devotion can also gain a plenary indulgence on the feast of the Apostle Peter and Paul, provided they make a confession of faith using any approved formula."
-Austin Flannery, Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, 1988, p. 77-78, ISBN: 9780918344151

I would challenge any Catholic to show me one passage of Scripture in the New Testament Gospel that supports the use of "relics" that were to be blessed by a priest. If one believes that a material item can help them get into heaven, then that falls under the category of idolatry. (We'll discuss the idolatry of the Catholic Church later.) Despite having no backing from the Bible, millions of people are brainwashed into thinking they need to get indulgences to get them to heaven.

These indulgences also have certain degrees of power, depending on who you get them from. If you get a normal priest, that might be an equivalent of +1 bonus point. If you get a high priest, that might be equal to +3 bonus points. But if you can get the pope to give you an indulgence, that's worth about +100 bonus points, which is why you see so many people begging for the pope to bless them everywhere he goes.

(Catholic priest joins FOX News reports to tell people about Twitter indulgences from the pope)
@1:53 - "There's been a lot of traditions, a lot of faiths, that taking a pilgramige, going to visit Mecca, or going to Jerusalem, or in this case, going on a pilgramige with the pope, there's special graces attached,"
He just said Muslims, Jews, and Catholics, all get grace for their works, all coming from the same "god."

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
-Romans 11:6

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
-Ephesians 2:8

Some Catholics out there will say that you don't believe in those indulgences, or that you don't participate in them, but Vatican II is very clear on the Catholic Church's position:
"[The Catholic Church] teaches and commands that the usage of indulgences—a usage most beneficial to Christians and approved by the authority of the Sacred Council—should be kept in the Church; and it condemns with anathema those who say that indulgences are useless or that the Church does not have the power to grant them."
-Austin Flannery, Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, 1988, p. 71, ISBN: 9780918344151

If you don't believe in, and participate in, indulgences, then you are not a Catholic. People like me, who read the Scriptural heresy, and point out the truth of God's Word on this issue, are cursed to damnation and destruction by the Catholic Church.

If you are a Catholic, we must recognize that this is the doctrine your church believes, practices, and teaches, as stated from their own ruling documents. If their doctrine troubles you, then it would be wise to disassociate yourself with that religion, and get involved in a church that believes the New Testament Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.




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Everything surrounding the Catholic Church is focused on earning (via works and/or money) one's way to heaven. The Bible says you can't earn it, no matter what you do, and that salvation is a gift that cannot be bought.

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
-Romans 5:18

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
-Romans 6:23

The Bible clearly tells us that the wages of sin is death. Death is the price of sin. However, the Catholic Church has been working very hard to convince people that the wages of sin is works, and that suffering for a finite period of time is the price of sin.

"Hence, to those who work well unto the end and trust in God, eternal life is to be offered, both as a grace mercifully promised to the sons of God through Christ Jesus, and as a reward promised by God himself, to be faithfully given to their good works and merits... by those very works which have been done in God, fully satisfied the divine law according to the state of this life, and to have truly merited eternal life..."
-Henry Joseph Schroeder, Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, 1941, p. 41, ISBN: 9780895550743
The Catholic Church teaches the opposite of what the New Testament teaches us. Catholicism teaches that it is not by faith alone, but through your works and merits that you earn eternal life.

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
-Romans 3:20

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
-Romans 3:23-24

The Bible is very clear that after the Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross, salvation is by faith alone, and no amount of works will save you. Christ bears our sin, and infuses HIS righteousness in us. We do not merit our Salvation through deeds (works) of the law:

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
-Romans 3:28

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
-Romans 4:5

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.
-Romans 11:6

The Catholic Church wants you to believe that you can work off your own debt. This removes the grace of Christ, and replaces it with the impossible task of working off eternal punishment:

Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
-Romans 4:4

It is faith alone that justifies us through Jesus Christ. The wages of sin is death, but how can one pay for death without death? How can one pay for his eternal punishment without suffering eternal punishment? Therefore those who die believing in the works they've done will be throw into the lake of fire.

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
-Galatians 2:16

Simply put, Christ paid the price of death for us. So we can either undertake the impossible task of paying the debt ourselves by works of the law, or Jesus Christ can pay it for us via faith.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
-Romans 10:4

But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law.
-Romans 9:31-32

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
-Phillipians 3:9

Let's look closer at what the Catholic Church teaches:
"To gain indulgences, the work prescribed must be done... From the most ancient times... good works were also offered to God for the salvation of sinners, particularly the works which human weakness finds hard... Indeed, the prayers and good works of holy people were regarded as of such great value that it could be asserted that the penitent was washed, cleansed and redeemed with the help of the entire Christian people."
-Henry Joseph Schroeder, Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1988, p. 68, ISBN: 9780918344151

Again, we see the Catholic Church believes that the sinners can only be saved through the help of the church by doing the work they say needs to be done. Catholicism attempts to put a patent on salvation.

"If any one saith, that the good works of one that is justified are in such manner the gifts of God, as that they are not also the good merits of him that is justified; or, that the said justified, by the good works which he performs through the grace of God and the merit of Jesus Christ, whose living member he is, does not truly merit increase of grace, eternal life, and the attainment of that eternal life, if so be, however, that he depart in grace, and also an increase of glory; let him be anathema."
-James Waterworth, Canons and Decrees of the Sacred and Ecumenical Council of Trent, 2003 Reprint, Kessinger Publishing, Canon #32, p. 48-49, ISBN: 9780766138414

As you can see, even though I showed Bible verses that directly say that salvation is not by our own merits and works, the Catholic Church curses to damnation and destruction all people (like myself) who teach the truth of the Word of God.

"If any one saith, that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy which remits sins for Christ's sake; or, that this confidence alone is that whereby we are justified; let him be anathema."
-James Waterworth, Canons and Decrees of the Sacred and Ecumenical Council of Trent, 2003 Reprint, Kessinger Publishing, Canon #12, p. 46, ISBN: 9780766138414

...we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
-Galatians 2:16

"If any one saith, that the justice received is not preserved and also increased before God through good works; but that the said works are merely the fruits and signs of Justification obtained, but not a cause of the increase thereof; let him be anathema."
-James Waterworth, Canons and Decrees of the Sacred and Ecumenical Council of Trent, 2003 Reprint, Kessinger Publishing, Canon #24, p. 47, ISBN: 9780766138414

If you're a Catholic reading this, please understand that if you don't believe what is written by the Council of Trent, you are cursed to damnation and destruction by the very church you attend! To have a following of strict believers in the Catholic Church that have been convinced that it is by their own works and their own merit that one gets a ticket to heaven (that's what Trent means when it says, "attainment of eternal life"), makes for a very vunerable laity that are easily taken advantage of by those that seek to abuse the labor of its members.

If you are a Catholic, we must recognize that this is the doctrine your church believes, practices, and teaches, as stated from their own ruling documents. If their doctrine troubles you, then it would be wise to disassociate yourself with that religion, and get involved in a church that believes the New Testament Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.




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Go to a Catholic Church, and ask them if they have a copy of the Ten Commandments you can take home with you. Sometimes they'll have little cards they hand out with the list printed on them. Here's an example of something you may receive, and look carefully at them:
(The fine print at the bottom says it is taken from the NAB, which stands for the New American Bible, and is also known as the NASB, New American Standard Bible. This is the new-age version Catholics use.)
Can you find the following verse on this Catholic card?

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:
-Exodus 20:4

The verse above is actually the 2nd commandment. The Catholic Church removes this commandment, takes 3-9 and shifts them all up one position, then duplicates commandment 10 into the empty slot #9. The reason you don't see the 2nd commandment being displayed is because the Catholic Church is jam-packed full of graven images.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
-1 John 5:21

And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
-Psalm 106:36

Catholics have relics to which they pray to and pray over, they bow before statues of Mary and other symbols in their churches, and it is all idolatry. It's difficult to find a Catholic that's willing to be honest enough to admit these practices, but admission is not required to see the truth of the matter.

Hundreds of millions of Catholics around the world are bowing to statues and praying unto them. There is no excuse for this; it is worship of idols.

This idol worship almost always focuses around a false goddess they call "Mary" who they say communicates with Jesus Christ on their behalf. The truth is that Mary has never heard a prayer from anyone, and these people are kneeling to a false idol.
Eight-year-old Carol Voitila developed an intense devotion to Mary after the death of his mother. When he became Pope John Paul II in 1978, he formally rededicated himself and his Roman office to Mary. (Not to Jesus Christ or the Bible!) He traveled often around the world to various 'Marian' shrines to worship her, followed by millions of others.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
-Exodus 20:3

Carol Voitila often used the phrase "Totus tuus ego sum maria." Which means, "I am totally yours, Mary." When he died, he had a large 'M' put on the casket, which stands for 'Mary'.

"I do not know when the moment [of my death] will come, but like everything else, I place it too in the hands of the Mother of my Master: Totus Tuus. In the same maternal Hands I leave everything and everyone with whom my life and vocation have linked me. In these Hands I leave, above all, the Church, as well as my Nation and all humanity."
-Pope John Paul II, Last Will and Testament, originally dated March 6, 1979; See also Origins, National Catholic News Service, 2004, Vol 34, Issue 25-47
Voitila left his soul in the hands of Mary, and he went to the lake of fire for it when he died. Catholics are taught to model themselves after this pope:

"Today I wish to add only this: that each of us must bear in mind the prospect of death... I too continually take this into consideration, entrusting that decisive moment to the Mother of Christ and of the Church - to the Mother of my hope."
-Pope John Paul II, Last Will and Testament, originally dated March 6, 1979; See also Vincent N. Paul, Persistence Works, Xulon Press, 2005, p. 193, ISBN: 9781597815680
The pope put everything into a false pagan god that can't save him. It would sicken Mary if she knew about it, but she doesn't. She never heard a prayer from anyone.

"The history of Christian piety teaches that Mary is the way which leads to Christ..."
-Pope John Paul II, Devotion to Mary is Based on Jesus' Will, L'Osservatore Romano Weekly Edition, May 14, 1997, p. 11; See also Bill McCarthy & James Tibbets, Mary in the Chruch Today: Official Catholic Teaching on the Mother of God Since Vatican II, St Andrews Productions, 2000, p. 374, ISBN: 9781891903229

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
-John 14:6

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
-1 Timothy 2:5

If there is one mediator, and Jesus Christ is that only mediator, why does the Catholic Church teach something else? Because, as we'll see later, the Catholic Church doesn't base their religion from the Bible alone; they add and take away at their discretion.

The pope writes his book, "John Paul II's Book of Mary," and in it he says:
"For all Catholics who seek a deeper relationship with Jesus and his Mother,"
(See John Paul II's Book of Mary, 1996, front page under the cover, ISBN: 0-87973-578-3)

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
-Matthew 11:28

Mary did not speak these words. Jesus Christ gave us an open invitation to come directly to Him without having to go through priests or false goddesses by worshiping their statues.

John Paul II lists his names for Mary in his book:
  • Queen of All Saints
  • Mother of the Church
  • Pillar of Faith
  • Mediatrix of All Graces
  • Seat of Wisdom
  • Mother of Mercy
  • Gate of Heaven
  • Mirror of Perfection
  • (See John Paul II's Book of Mary, 1996, p. 7, ISBN: 0-87973-578-3)

When John Paul II calls Mary the "Mediatrix of All Graces," it means two major heresies that we need to understand:
  1. "Mary" is the mediator between God and man, instead of Christ Jesus, which violates Scripture we have already mentioned.
  2. ALL graces means that you cannot get the grace of salvation unless you go through their pagan goddess "Mary."
The pope, and the Catholic Church, is putting "Mary" in the place of Christ. The pope called her "Gate of Heaven," which means you have to come through Mary to get to heaven. Of course Catholics will not admit this worship of Mary openly, but admission is not necessary to prove guilt.

"Mary shares our human condition but in complete openness to the grace of God. Not having known sin, she is able to have compassion on every kind of weakness. She understands sinful man and loves him with a mother’s love."
-John Paul II's Book of Mary, 1996, p. 18, ISBN: 0-87973-578-3

John Paul II is putting his pagan goddess up on a pedestal which is reserved for the Lord Jesus Christ. If Mary never knew sin, why did Mary call God her Savior?

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
-Luke 1:46-47

The "Mary" the Catholic Church refers to is only taking the same name as Mary, the woman who gave birth to Christ, but the goddess they actual worship is someone far different. "Queen of Heaven" is an interesting choice of name the pope has given Mary because that's exactly the description pagans and witches give to their goddess.

(Read "Christmas: The Rejection of Jesus" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

"INANNA: A Sumerian goddess who presided over fertility, love, and war. Known as 'Queen of Heaven'... Offerings were traditionally made to her at sinrise. After the sun sank beneath the horizon and darkness veiled the night sky, she transformed into the patroness of the temple prostitutes. She is identified with the Babylonian goddess Ishtar."
-Gerina Dunwich, Wicca A to Z: A Complete Guide to the Magickal World, Citadel Press, 1997, p. 180, ISBN: 9780806519302; Ishtar is where we get the pagan celebration of "Easter."

Of course, most Catholics would be outraged at me for pointing out this connection, but I did not make the connection; the Catholic Church made it. Getting upset with the messenger will not eliminate the truth of the message. Those involved in Wicca understand the symbolism in the Catholic Church very well.
"Many mythological traditions identify the moon as a feminine counterpart to the masculine sun. For this reason, a number of Goddesses are associated with the moon, including Artemis or Diana, Selena, and of course, Luna. Even the 'Goddess' of Christianity, the Virgin Mary, as some associations with the moon under her feet... So, for Witches, the moon is special because it is a powerful symbol of the Goddess, and therefore of women."
-Gerina Dunwich, Wicca A to Z: A Complete Guide to the Magickal World, Citadel Press, 1997, p. 180, ISBN: 9780806519302

Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
-1 Corinthians 10:14

The following is from a 33-year veteran witch that helps make up Welsh Traditionalist Coven in Missouri, a 501c3 Church of Paganism:
"The major difference between The Goddess and the Blessed Virgin Mary is that The Goddess is a Creatrix in Her Own Right and a source of Divine Power. In Catholicism, Mary is Blessed, unique among women, sinless, The Mother of God - and it is believed that She ascended bodily into Heaven. However, for Catholics, She is supposed to be merely a channel of Power from God, and not a source of Divine Power, Herself. Of course, this is only the official view of the Catholic Church. Many worshipers understand, and have always understood instinctively, if not consciously, that the Blessed Virgin is a modern version of The Goddess; and many Catholic cathedrals are actually built upon the sites of ancient temples to The Great Goddess. For example, St. Peters Cathedral in the Vatican is built right on top of the old temple of The Goddess, Magna Mater, and some parts of the original temple are presumably still left under the foundations."
-Raven Emrys Aurlineus, "The Catholic Goddess," May 4, 2008, retrieved Nov 20, 2013, [http://ravenemrys.hubpages.com/hub/The-Catholic-Goddess#]

This pagan goddess worshiped by Catholics is believed to lead them to truth:
"Precisely with her faith as Spouse and Mother she wishes to act upon all those who entrust themselves to her as her children. And it is well known that the more her children persevere and progress in this attitude, the nearer Mary leads them to the 'unsearchable riches of Christ.'"
-Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Mater #46; Also quoted in John Paul II's Book of Mary, 1996, front page under the cover, ISBN: 0-87973-578-3

This Catholic false doctrine teaches that Christ himself is not in a postion (or unable) to understand and love like the goddess Mary does. It also teaches the heresy that you must develop a relationship with this goddess to gain access to the unsearchable riches of Christ.

Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
-Ephesians 3:7-9

Here's how it works according to the Catholic Church: You try to get to Christ, but Christ is a tough guy and hard to appease. You gotta' pray to His mother, and he supposedly can't resist his mother, so she nags him about you, and then you get grace. According to the Bible, that is completely ludicrous. Christ rebuked Satan for trying to find a weakness in Christ with which to tempt Him:

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
-Matthew 4:7

Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God,
-Deuteronomy 6:16

The Catholic Church gives specific commands to all "religious" people:
"With special veneration, they are to honor the Virgin Mother of God, the example and protector of all consecrated life, also through the marian rosary."
-Canon 663, quoted by John P. Beal, New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, Paulist Press, 2000, p. 829, ISBN: 9780809105021

The Catholic Church asserts the following to all its laity:
"To foster the sanctification of the people of God, the Church commends to the special and filial reverence of the Christian faithful the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, Mother of God, whom Christ established as the mother of all people, and promotes the true and authentic veneration of the other saints whose example instructs the Christian faithful and whose intercession sustains them."
-Canon 1186, quoted by John P. Beal, New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, Paulist Press, 2000, p. 1413, ISBN: 9780809105021; Notice it says "EVER" virgin, meaning that she is forever a virgin, which is one of the three forms of the witch's goddess called "The Maiden."

If you are a Catholic, we must recognize that this is the doctrine your church believes, practices, and teaches, as stated from their own ruling documents. If their doctrine troubles you, then it would be wise to disassociate yourself with that religion, and get involved in a church that believes the New Testament Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.




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In the Catholic Church, the pope is claimed to the visible head of the church because of their belief that Jesus Christ made Peter the head of the church. If you have read this entire article, then you know how dangerous it can be to form entire doctrines out of a false interpretation of one verse, and as we will see, the Catholic Church has done this once again with the concept of the Roman pontiff.
For Christians, one of the things I highly advise NOT to do in conversation with a Catholic about this issue: don't get into discussions about what "the Greek says." Catholics, as well as many new-age "Christians," are trained to play The Greek Game, rather than just proving the Scripture by the context of what it says. I'm going to show you how to prove that Peter was not the made the sole head of the church just by the context of the verses, and correlating Scripture.
(Read "How to Play the Greek Game" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
-Matthew 16:13-15

The Lord Jesus starts out by asking His disciples what other people said about Him, and once they answered Him, He then asked them what they said about Him. He already knows what they believe, but He wants them to say it aloud as an open confession.
(CONTEXT: Their faith about Jesus's Identity)

And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
-Matthew 16:16-17

Christ is now making an example of Simon Bar-Jonah, demonstrating that the testimony of confession of the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed from God the Father in heaven, and not from our own understanding. This correlates with 2Ti 2:25 that says God must give us repentance to acknowledge the truth.
(CONTEXT: Faith that Jesus is the Son of God)

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
-Matthew 16:18

If Jesus had said "upon you I will build my church," I would say the Catholics would have a legitimate argument, but that's not what He said. He said "upon this rock I will build my church," so in keeping with the context, what is the rock Jesus is referring to? The faith in the Lord Jesus Christ being the Son of the Living God is the context we follow.

Jesus Christ has always been the sole authority and head over the church:

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
-Ephesians 1:20-23

Did you see Peter mentioned anywhere in those verses? Did you see anything about a pope or priest? Jesus Christ was, is, and always will be the head of the church, and no man can take his place. If Peter was the head of the church of Jesus Christ, then Paul would have acknowledged Peter here in this verse.

If Peter was supposed to be the first Roman Catholic pope, why is he not mentioned in Paul's letter to the Romans? Why would Paul be writing a correction to the saints in Rome if Peter was supposed to be the absolute head and authority of the church? Why did Paul correct Peter in open rebuke (Gal 2:11-21) if Peter is supposedly the head of the church? The answer to the questions is simple: Peter was never a pope, and was never the head of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The "thee's" and "thou's" in the King James Bible are not there for poetic flare, they have specific meaning. 'Thee' is the plural form addressing a group of people (in this case, the disciples), and 'thou' is the singular form addressing one person. So by watching these two forms of addressing the disciples, you can tell who He is talking to:

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
-Deuteronomy 32:4

But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
-Deuteronomy 32:15

Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.
-Deuteronomy 32:18

There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
-1 Samuel 2:2

And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
-2 Samuel 22:2

For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
-2 Samuel 22:32

The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
-2 Samuel 22:47

The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
-Psalm 18:46

Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.
-Psalm 28:1

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
-Psalm 31:3

I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
-Psalm 42:9

He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
-Psalm 62:6

And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.
-Psalm 78:35

He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
-Psalm 89:26

To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
-Psalm 92:15

O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
-Psalm 95:1

And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
-Isaiah 8:14

Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
-Isaiah 17:10

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
-1 Corinthians 10:4

There are many more verses in the Bible I could have given here to prove this point, but the point has been proven that God the Father (the Lord Jesus Christ) is the rock of salvation. The faith of Jesus Christ is the rock upon which He has built His Chruch. No where in Scripture is Peter ever remotely hinted at being a singular head authority over the church. Based on a false teaching from one verse taken out of context by heathen that did not believe the Word of God, the Catholic Church has allowed a singular man with each passing generation to continue heretical doctrines, and eventually start killing off those who say otherwise. (We'll cover that later.)

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
-Matthew 16:19

Due to the Catholic Church's influence, many Christians today face difficulty in explaining what this verse means. Catholics interpret this to mean that Peter has ultimate authority to decide who stays and who goes in heaven, which is why so many people have seen the cartoons with Peter standing at the gates of heaven allowing people entrance or rejecting them. The proper interpretation of this is given two chapters later in Matthew 18:

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
-Matthew 18:15-18

This is something that is rarely seen today. Most churches won't remove anyone because they want more open wallets in their church, but if a church removes a member of the body from the church, it is typically done so by the pastor alone, bypassing the 4-step process Jesus Christ setup for us to use.

When one is accepted into a church congregation, they are "binded" into the body, but if they are put out of the body, they are "loosed" back into the world. Jesus Christ gave the disciples authority to bind and loose from the church, and whatsoever they binded and loosed, would be also done so in heaven, but even though He gave His disciples special authority, He did not leave it to them alone because the entire congregation were to be involved eye-witnesses so there would be no gossiping afterwards. (Again, this almost never happens today.)

So when Jesus said He would gives the keys to the kingdom of heaven to His disciples, what does that mean? It doesn't mean Peter is standing at the gates of heaven with a keyring ready to reject anyone on his 'naughty' list. It means the disciples of Jesus had the special authority to "bind" and "loose" from the church, and the same would be done in heaven based on that authority Christ gave to ALL of them, but no where in these verses is it even remotely implied that Peter is the head of all Christiandom, and that he must pass off his scepter to other men down through the ages to be a "pope."

The "pope" position was started in 326 A.D. by the Roman Emporer Constantine when he attempted to usurp the athority of Christ by making himself the head and sole authority of the church. In fact, Jesus Christ said specifically that we were NOT to do such things.

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
-Matthew 20:25-28
(This is also why it is so dangerous to have your church under an "umbrella" corporation.
Read "501c3: The Devil's Church" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

Constantine was emporer of Rome, so he knew very well Rome's traditional practice of combining all the world's paagn religions under the singular umbrella of Rome. Because Christianity was outlawed (not part of Rome's legal influence), Christians were persecuted abroad by many different peoples (especially the Jews). After 300 years of hiding, suffering, and death, Constantine tempted Christians with relief by making Chrisianity legal, so long as they make the Roman Emporer the head of their church, and many would-be Christians made a deal with this wicked ruler.

Thus there was a split between those who followed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and those who followed the Roman Pontiff. Many doctrinal heresies were to following over the next 1700 years as the popes tore down the Word of God, and merged some Christian concepts into their pagan smorgasbord. Today, the true Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, though few and far between, reject this imagined authority and heresy.
Few church-goers in America today understand what the Catholic Church really believes:
"The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth."
-Pope Pius V, quoted in Barclay, Chapter XXVII, p. 218, "Cities Petrus Bertanous."

That's right, the Catholic Church believes the pope is God Himself in the flesh; attempting to claim for himself the seat of Christ. This is anti-Christ, and it has nothing to do with the Gospel.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
-Matthew 28:18

The popes have been the cause of numerous heretical doctrines entering Catholicism. Though the worlds pagan religious zealots will end up in the lake of fire, the pope believes he is God, so he also believes he can personal grant salvation to Bhuddists, Muslims, witches, etc:
"[T]he followers of other religions can receive God's grace and be saved by Christ apart from the ordinary means which he has established..."
-Pope John Paul II, "Letter to the Bishops of Asia," Jan 23, 1990, Sect 4; See also Lee Penn, False Dawn: The United Religions Initiative, published Sophia Perennis, 2004, p. 233, ISBN: 9781597310000

"The universality of salvation means that it is granted not only to those who explicitly believe in Christ..."
-Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio; See also Duncan Reid & Mark W. Worthing, Sin and Salvation, ATF Press, 2003, p. 215, ISBN: 9781920691042

It is well-known today that the Catholic Church (Rome) is still seeking to put all pagan religions under its umbrella. The past popes have stated that the truth of God's Word can be found by studying paganism: The Catholic Church's acceptance of multiple religions shows why it was so easy for the pope to accept evolutionism into their church as well:

"The Church's magisterium is directly concerned with the question of evolution, for it involves the conception of man."
-Address of Pope John Paul II, to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Oct 22, 1996

"The Catholic Church certainly does not endorse creationism. This is clearly attested by reference to the concluding statement of the historic conference of paleontologists, geneticists, and molecular biologists which met from May 24th to May 27th, 1982, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican Gardens. After working together under the direction of Carlos Chagas, Brazilian neurophysiologist and scientific advisor to Pope John Paul II, the group concluded that: 'We freely acknowledge that there is room for differences of opinion on such problems as species formation and the mechanisms of evolutionary change. Nevertheless, we are convinced that masses of evidence render the application of the concept of evolution to man and other primates beyond serious dispute.'"
-Nation Center for Science Education, "Letters to the Editor," Vol. 4, No. 4, 1984, p. 44-49, retrieved Dec 26, 2013, [http://ncse.com/cej/4/4/letters-to-editor]

Why is the Catholic Church so far from the Word of God?

Some of you Christians reading this might be confused how a Catholic could draw these conclusions out of Scripture, but we need to understand that the Word of God is not the final authority for the Catholic Church. The POPE is their final authority. The Catholic Church has stated their position clearly:
"Thus it comes about that the Church does not draw her certainty about all revealed truths from the Holy Scriptures alone. Hence, both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal feelings of devotion and reverence..."
-Austin Flannery, Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, 1988, p. 755, ISBN: 9780918344151; See also Jean M. Hiesberger, The Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2007, p. 21, ISBN: 9780195289268

We need to understand that the Catholic Church doesn't label heretics based on what the Bible says; it labels heretics based on your agreement or disagreement with the Catholic Church's popes and priests.
"Cannon 1325 of the 1917 Code defines: "any baptized person who, while retaining the name of Christian, obstinately denies or doubts any of the truths proposed for belief by a divine and Catholic faith, is a heretic."
-H. Gibson, The Enemy is Still Here, self-published, 2003, p. 252

The Catholic Church also believes that reading the Bible will cause men to denounce Jesus Christ:
"The Reformation produced indeed an exaggerated individualism, which by declaring every man equally competent to find out the doctrines of the Saviour from his own private reading of the Scriptures, has led millions to the utter denial of Christ and His doctrines of faith and morality."
-Rev. Bertrand L. Conway, The Question-box Answers: Replies to Questions Received on Missions to Non-Catholics, The Catholic Book Exchange, 1903, p. 131

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
-Romans 10:17

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
-2 Timothy 2:15

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
-2 Peter 1:20

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
-1 Corinthians 2:10

If a Catholic is going to be true to their church, they must not accept the Bible as truth in all matters. The Catholic Church DOES NOT believe the Bible, rather they believe the Word of God would fall into ruin and devestation without Catholicism to uphold it.
"Deny the [Catholic] Church's infallible witness, and lo! the Bible is reduced to the level of mere Oriental literature, full of errors and utterly devoid of divine inspiration... so that St. Augustine could rightly say in the fifth century: 'I would not believe the gospel unless moved thereto by the authority of the [Catholic] Church.' ... There is nowhere in the New Testament a clear, methodical statement of the teachings of Christ."
-Rev. Bertrand L. Conway, The Question-box Answers: Replies to Questions Received on Missions to Non-Catholics, The Catholic Book Exchange, 1903, p. 66; This Catholic author continues on the next page to say the Bible is NOT a safe book to read.

A young man stood up during a live debate and asked Karl Keating, founder of Catholic Answers, after Keating defended the inspiration of the Bible, why Keating was not quoting from the Bible during the debate:
"Ya know, people have different ways of speaking... I don't believe in giving chapter and verse because, first, it's a waste of time... and second, I didn't bring my Bible because I don't like to flip through pages and read from it out to the audience when I try to read from my notes." [i.e. personal notes trump the Word of God]
-Catholic Layman Karl Keating, Debate between Peter Ruckman and Karl Keating, Bayview Baptist Church, retrieved Dec 26, 2013, [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stS4eveIbQQ - 2:09:00]

"Historically, we are certain that the Bible has never been the way to find out Christ... it has ever been practically impossible for men, generally, to find out Christ from the Bible only."
-Rev. Bertrand L. Conway, The Question-box Answers: Replies to Questions Received on Missions to Non-Catholics, The Catholic Book Exchange, 1903, p. 70

This is a how a cult gets started; by members not being able to understand things by reading it themselves, they must instead go to a guru for him to interpret the reading on their behalf. This documentation, written by authority from the Catholic Church, clearly states that the Word of God would pass away without the foundation of the Catholic Church, and this fights against what Jesus Christ taught us:

Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
-Mark 13:31

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
-1 John 2:27

Despite the warnings the Bible gives about the traditions of men, a Catholic must revere all man-invented traditions of their church. If it comes down to a specific contradiction in the Bible vs the Catholic Church, the dedicated Catholic must throw out God's Word on that issue, and adhere himself to the popes and priests.

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
-Colossians 2:8

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
-Mark 7:13

But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
-Matthew 15:3


The Pope is helping to bring about the prophecied One-World Religion of prophesied by the book of Revelation.
(Assisi, Italy, Oct 27, 1986, world religions gather to "pray for peace")
@0:16 - "There were snake-worshipers, fire-worshipers, spiritists, animists, Bhuddists, Muslims, Hindus, North American witch doctors -- I watched in astonishment as they walked to the microphone to pray. The pope said they were all praying to the same god, and that their prayers were creating a spiritual energy that was bringing about a new climate for peace."

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
-Matthew 10:34

Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
-Luke 12:51

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
-1 Thessalonians 5:3

The "peace" they are trying to build is a false-peace under a false banner of lies. They are gathering the world together against God and against his annointed, which is why Jesus Christ said he came to bring division rather than peace; for us to be divided by a line where one side stands for the truth of God's Word, and the other side seeks lust of the flesh guided by paganism.

These practices and beliefs defile the Church of Christ, gatherting together the pagans of this world and falsely claim they worship the True Living God. Authority in the true Church of the Lord Jesus Christ comes only from the Word of God, and the pope throws aside the Word, thus he has no authority at all.

I cannot find any Biblical justification for anyone claiming to be a Christian to worship in a mosque, tell the Muslims they're worshiping the same 'god', and then kiss the Qur'an. The popes of this world have little understand of the Word of God, and I pray the Lord Jesus Christ could use this article to help a Catholic that has a humble heart that wants to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Read "Islam: Religion of Terror" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
-Matthew 24:4

Once again, the Catholic Church curses to damnation and destruction all those who would tell the truth about the popes:
"If anyone says that the Roman Pontiff [The Pope] has merely an office of supervision and guidance, and not the full and supreme power of jurisdiction over the whole Church, and this not only in matters of faith and morals, but also in those which concern the discipline and government of the Church dispersed throughout the whole world; or that he has only the principal part, but not the absolute fullness, of this supreme power; or that this power of his is not ordinary and immediate both over all and each of the Churches and over all and each of the pastors and faithful: let him be anathema."
-Norman P. Tanner, Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils: Trent to Vatican II, Sheed & Ward, 1990, First Vatican Council: 1869-1870, p. 186, ISBN: 9780878404902; See also Richard P. McBrien, The Chruch: The Evolution of Catholicism, Harper Collins, 2009, p. 113, ISBN: 9780061245251

The pope's claim to be God in the flesh is absolute in the eyes of the Catholic Church. As a Catholic, if you were to go against this belief, you are anathema to them.

If you are a Catholic, we must recognize that this is the doctrine your church believes, practices, and teaches, as stated from their own ruling documents. If their doctrine troubles you, then it would be wise to disassociate yourself with that religion, and get involved in a church that believes the New Testament Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.




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inquisition (n): an official investigation, especially one of a political or religious nature, characterized by lack of regard for individual rights, prejudice on the part of the examiners, and recklessly cruel punishments
(See "inquisition" Random House Dictionary, Random House Inc, 2013; See also Collins English Dictionary, 10th Edition, William Collins Sons & Co, 2009)

The very fact that I would bring up the Inquisition (13th - 19th century) will result in me being labeled a "Catholic-basher." If the Catholic Church has done nothing wrong, then there should be no reason I can't tell the truth about its history without ad hominem attack against me. (Ad Hominem is a logical fallacy of name-calling; attempting to thwart an argument by attacking the character of the one presenting the argument.)

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
-Galatians 4:16

I love Catholics enough to tell them the truth, and the truth is that the Catholic Church is responsible for the deaths of countless people. Though I will focus mostly on the Christian martyrs at the hands of the Catholic Church, they are also responsible for torturing and slaughtering Jews, Muslims, and anyone they labeled as a 'witch' (whether it was true or not).

The shocking part about this is that most Catholics seem either unaware of the Inquisition, or if they know about it, they have an excuse their priest teaches them that attempts to sweep it under the rug as if its no big deal. Whatever the reason, it's obvious it does not want to be discussed by Catholics because it's embarrassing that one would be involved in a religion that commits such heinous crimes.

"When the reformed religion began to diffuse the Gospel light throughout Europe, Pope Innocent III entertained great fear for the Romish Church. He accordingly instituted a number of inquisitors, or persons who were to make inquiry after, apprehend, and punish, heretics..."
-John Foxe, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Claxton, 1881, p. 77

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
-2 Timothy 2:24

Understand, a heresy is something that goes against the doctrines of a particular religion. The Catholic Church was the heresy in reality, but since they had a religious cult backing, they claimed anyone who differed from the papacy was a heretic.

"Courts of Inquisition were now erected in several countries; but the Spanish Inquisition became the most powerful, and the most dreaded of any. Even the kings of Spain themselves, though arbitrary in all other respects, were taught to dread the power of the lords of the Inquisition; and the horrid cruelties they exercised compelled multitudes, who differed in opinion from the Roman Catholics, carefully to conceal their sentiments."
-John Foxe, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Claxton, 1881, p. 77

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
-2 Corinthians 10:4

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
-Ephesians 6:12

Most people in the European governments were not true Christians in obedience to God, they were bullied and threatened by the Catholic Church to be in obedience to the papacy! Even the kings of the earth feared the wrath of this Roman serpent, slithering its way through Europe with the carnal weapons of war. They threatened all who got in their way with torture, fire, and death.

"The most zealous of all the popish monks, and those who most implicitly obeyed the Church of Rome, were the Dominicans and Franciscans: these, therefore, the pope thought proper to invest with an exclusive right of presiding over the different courts of Inquisition, and gave them the most unlimited powers, as judges delegated by him, and immediately representing his person: they were permitted to excommunicate, or sentence to death whom they thought proper, upon the most slight information of heresy. They were allowed to publish crusades against all whom they deemed heretics, and enter into leagues with sovereign princes, to join their crusades with their forces."
-John Foxe, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Claxton, 1881, p. 77-78

In fact, those accused of heresy were not even allowed to face their accusers, but rather the victim was persuaded by violent threats to be a witness against himself, which is why our U.S. Constitution lists out the 5th amendment, preventing such action in our courts:
"A prisoner in the inquisition is never allowed to see the face of his accuser, or of the witnesses against him, but every method is taken by threats and tortures, to oblige him to accuse himself, and by that means corroborate their evidence."
-John Foxe, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Jazzybee Verlag, 2012, ISBN: 9783849620356

But whether or not the accused confessed to the crime he/she didn't commit, they were still tortured and executed by the inquisitors.

Christian Martyrs Among Thousands Executed by the Catholic Church
  • John Badby was burned at the stake by the Catholic Church in 1410 because he said, "it was impossible that any priest should make the body of Christ, by words sacramentally spoken."
    -John Foxe, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, W. Grinton Berry Edition, 1998, p. 312, ISBN: 0-8007-8664-5
  • John Stilman was burned alive by the Catholic Church in 1518 for, "speaking against the worshipping, praying, and offering unto images; as also for denying the carnal and corporal presence in the sacrament of Christ's memorial. [which means he denied bread and wine to be the literal Body and Blood of Christ]"
    -John Foxe, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, W. Grinton Berry Edition, 1998, p. 314, ISBN: 0-8007-8664-5
  • Thomas Man, 1518, was burned at the stake by the Catholic Church because he, "denied the corporal presence of Christ's body in the sacrament of the altar; he believed that images ought not to be worshipped,"
    -John Foxe, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, W. Grinton Berry Edition, 1998, p. 315, ISBN: 0-8007-8664-5
  • John Philpot was burned at the stake by the Catholic Church in 1555 for similar reasons, and telling the Catholic Bishops, "I thank God that I am a heretic out of your cursed church; I am no heretic before God. But God bless you, and give you grace to repent your wicked doings, and let all men beware of your bloody church."
    -John Foxe, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, W. Grinton Berry Edition, 1998, p. 341, ISBN: 0-8007-8664-5
  • John Lambert was burned slowly and painfully [see below] by the Catholic Church in 1538 because when asked if the bread was the literal Body of Christ, he replied, "I deny it to be the body of Christ."
    -John Foxe, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, W. Grinton Berry Edition, 1998, p. 321, ISBN: 0-8007-8664-5

John Lambert was executed by the Catholic Church in the following manner:
"As touching the terrible manner and fashion of the burning of this blessed martyr, here is to be noted, that of all others who have been burned and offered up at Smithfield, there was yet none so cruelly and piteously handled as he. For, after that his legs were consumed and burned up to the stumps, and that the wretched tormentors and enemies of God had withdrawn the fire from him, so that but a small fire and coals were left under him, then two that stood on each side of him, with their halbers pitched him upon their pikes, as far as the chain would read, after the manner and form that is described in the picture adjoined. Then he, lifting up such hands as he had, and his fingers' ends flaming with fire, cried unto the people in these words, 'None but Christ, none but Christ;' and so, being let down again from their halberts, fell into fire, and there ended his life."
-John Foxe, The Acts and Monuments of John Foxe, R.B. Seeley & W. Burnside, 1838, p. 236

In case you didn't understand what he was describing, the Catholic Church set fire to this man because he refused to confess the Catholic heresy of transubstantiation. Half-way through his burning, still alive, skin smoldering, when his legs had been burned to his thieghs, they stopped the fire, impaled his stumped legs with spears, and lifted him up high above the crowd to give him another chance to confess the Catholic heresy, but instead he shouted, "None but Christ!" I added this quote to this article so that all would know the full extent of the bloodshed and mutilation of the Inquisition of the Catholic Church, and because so many people today are respecters of persons, the truth of these events are often buried under pomp and circumstance.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
-Matthew 7:18

I have run into Catholics that get enraged when I speak of these things, and have tried to proclaim that what John Foxe wrote about was not true, but even some Catholic authors have written of the atrocities of the papacy:
"John Paul presents the papacy as the champion of truth and the rights of man. He takes it for granted that popes have never contradicted one another on essentials or deviated from Gospel truth. This part on truth aims to show by numerous illustrations that these assumptions are false. Apart from the fact that the tenth-and-fifteenth century papacy was the heresy, the denial of everything Jesus stood for, many popes have made astonishing errors. They have repeatedly contradicted one another and the Gospel. Far from championing the dignity of man, they have, times without number, withheld the most elementary rights... History explodes the myth of the papacy lily-white in the matter of truth. In an age of barbarism, the popes led the pack; in an age of enlightenment, they trailed the field. And their record was worst when, contrary to the Gospel, they tried to impose the truth by force."
-Peter De Rosa, Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy, Poolbeg Press, 2000, p. 151, ISBN: 9781842230008

This Catholic author makes the mistake of holding on to Catholic doctrine, calling it "truth," but as we have already seen earlier, the Catholic Church denies the true doctrines of Jesus Christ, but even in his holding on to the falsehoods of Rome, he still admits that the popes are NOT infalliable as many Catholics have proclaimed, and have repeatedly contradicted the Bible on many issues. We have already seen the Scriptural evidence of this, but we must also view in detail the atrocities the Catholic Church has committed so we can see the evil tree that is bearing this bloody fruit.

Another Catholic historian documented his findings, and though it is rarely spoken of today, he notes that the Inquisition is history's greatest marker for the Catholic Church:
"The Inquisition is peculiarly the weapon and peculiarly the work of the popes. It stands out from all those things in which they co-operated, followed or assented as the distinctive feature of papal Rome. It was set up, renewed, and perfected by a long series of acts emanating from the surpreme authority in the Church. No other institution, no doctrine, no ceremony is so distinctly the individual creation of the papacy, except the dispensing power. It is the principal thing with which the papacy is identified, and by which it must be judged. The principle of the Inquisition is the Pope's sovereign power over life and death. Whosoever disobeys him should be tried and tortured and burnt. If that cannot be done, formalities may be dispensed with, and the culprit may be killed like an outlaw. That is to say, the principle of the Inquisition is murderous, and a man's opinion of the papacy is regulated and determined by his opinion of religious assassination."
-Lord Acton, The Fortnightly Review, Vol. 81, Chapman and Hall, 1904, p. 1008

In case you didn't fully understand what this Catholic author just said, he is explaining that the foundation of the popes rest on their own self-proclaimed authority. The popes are useless concerning the Gospel, and they have had more to do with developing the Inquisitors than anything else. Those who believe in the pope are those who also believe that religious assassination is acceptable in our society.

The popes, thoughout the years of the Inquisition, never fought against the anti-christ style of approach to torturing and murdering innocent people, but continued to add unto the horrors Catholicism produced:
"The record of the inquisition would be embarrasing for any organization for the Catholic Church, it is devastating. Today it prides itself, and with much justification [the authors dispute this judgment], on being the defender of natural law and the rights of man. The papacy, in particular, likes to see itself as the champion of morality. What history shows is that, for more than six centuries without a break, the papacy was the sworn evenmy of elementary justice. Of eighty popes in a line from the thirteenth century on, not one of them disapproved of the theology and apparatus of Inquisition. On the contrary, one after another added his own cruel touches to the workings of the deadly machine."
-Peter De Rosa, Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy, Poolbeg Press, 2000, p. 244, ISBN: 9781842230008

One of the most common examples to demonstrate the shameless torture of the Catholic Church is "The Judas Chair." A prisoner (male or female) would be taken to a room, stripped naked, put into a harness above a pyramid-shaped stool, and lowered down onto it until it was inserted into the rectum. After that, just let gravity do its job. An inquisitor would sit comfortably in a normal chair and wait for the "heretic" to confess allegiance to the pope.

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
-2 Timothy 3:12

"The Rack" was another commonly used method, attaching the wrists and ankles each to individual gears that would stretch one's limbs out to the point that it would dislocate the joints at the hips and shoulders. The inquisitor stands patiently aside and watches, waiting for a confession from the "heretic."

The Skull Crusher involved putting a Christian's chin on a metal bar, and then locking the top of the head inside a metal cap. Attached to the skull cap was a large screw that was attached to a crank above the victim. The Catholic torturer would then slowly turn the crank onto the Christian's head, eventually crushing his/her teeth and popping their eyes out of socket before completely crushing their skull, and all the while an inquisitor stands by in hopes to hear the believer renounce his/her faith in Jesus Christ and declare conversion to Catholic rule.

These are but a few of the many painful devices used to crush bones and rip skin, using Christian martyrs to attempt to gain converts through fear, and killing off anyone would tell the truth about the Catholic Church. This is one of the biggest reasons why, in countries that are primarily Catholic (like Mexico for example), it is almost impossible to get a Christian mission and/or church started because to this day, the people still fear the oppression of the Catholic Church.

In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
-Psalm 56:11

Many Catholics may not want to believe that the Catholic Church has committed these crimes and heresies against the Gospel, but even Pope John Paul II offered an official "apology" for the 600 years of the Inquisition:
"Pope John Paul II put it this way, 'We forgive and we ask forgiveness.' And with that, he led church leaders and followers in sweeping confession, seeking repentance for sins that may have been committed over the past 2,000 years in the name of the church. They fell into seven general categories of wrongs which include, without being too specific, everything from the Crusades to the Inquisition, the forced conversions, to sins against women and anti- Jewish acts. It was a first for the church, which has only rarely and only in specific instances confessed errors in the past. The pope's sermon offered an explanation for today's day of pardon:
'We humbly ask for forgiveness for the part that each of us with his or her behaviors has played in such evils thus contributing to disrupting the face of the church. At the same time, as we confess our sins let us forgive the faults committed by others towards us.'"

-CNN.com Transcripts, "Pope John Paul II Makes Unprecedented Apology For Sins of Catholic Church," Mar 12, 2000, retrieved Nov 14, 2013, [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0003/12/sm.06.html]

The Catholic Church has to admit to the crimes if they are going to apologize for them, so before a Catholic tries to deny that these things took place, remember that the pope himself has admitted its place in history. However, this apology is completely deceptive because in 1991, Pope John Paul II re-established the Office of Inquisition under a new name:
"Pope John Paul II revived the 'Congregation for Doctrine and Faith', a new name for the organziation of the Inquisition, presided over by German-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger."
-Walter J. Veith, Truth Matters, Amazing Discoveries, 2002, p. 277, ISBN: 9780968236338

Those of you unfamiliar with the Catholic Church might not know who Joseph Ratzinger is, but he is none other than Pope Benedict XVI, who took over for John Paul II when he died. Benedict held the office of the "Grand Inquisitor" for a number of years, and worked closely with John Paul to revive the Inquisition with the same oaths.

"Pope John Paul II and his grand inquisitor Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) have renamed the Holy Office as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and have revived the antimodernist oath in a new guise."
-Shadia B. Drury, Aquinas and Modernity, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008, p. 36, ISBN: 9780742522589

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
-Jeremiah 17:5

Though the Inquisition may have ended in the 19th century, the Office of Inquisition has always been active in the Catholic Church. John Paul II only renamed it to something sounding more light and fluffy so people wouldn't think so poorly of it, but as the Bible tells us concerning mankind, there is no new thing under the sun, and the papal tyrants will come again one day to hunt the underground Christians.

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
-Ecclesiates 1:9

The persecution of the Catholic Church against the Bible-believing Christians sparked the reformation, and although not everything the reformers taught was 100% accurate (because many of them grew up with Catholic doctrines), they sought to separate themselves from anything to do with Catholicism. Many men sacrificed their lives to make sure the public was warned about the bloody warmongering of the papacy.

Martin Luther, a famous preacher in the Reformation, was a former Catholic that narrowly escaped martydom after leaving the Catholic Church:

"We here are of the conviction that the papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist... personally I declare that I owe the Pope no other obedience than that to Antichrist."
-Martin Luther, Aug 18, 1520, quoted in The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, LeRoy Froom, Vol. 2, p. 121

-Martin Luther, quoted in The Table Talk of Martin Luther, William Hazlitt, p. 234

The Catholic Church, during the Dark Ages, long sought to prevent the reading of God's Word. I've taken testimonies from former Catholics, turned Christian, that in Catholic school, they were not allowed to read the Bible, but instead studied the philosophies of unbelievers. Discoveries have also been made to find that the Catholic church, during the Dark Ages, put the Bible on a blacklist of banned reading material.
(Read "Why I Use a King James Bible - History of Bible Versions" here at creationliberty.com for more details)

This, though shocking to some, is not surprising when you view the history of the Catholic Church. For example, as soon as Queen Mary I (aka "Bloody Mary") took the throne (Oct 1, 1553), and re-established the pope's ruling authority, all Bibles were removed from churches, and all Bible printing was prohibited by law.
(See Christopher Haigh, English Reformations: Religion, Politics, and Society Under the Tudors, Clarendon Press, 1993, ISBN: 9780198221623)

"Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman pontiff [the pope] Antichrist. But those who are of this opinion do not consider that they bring the same charge of presumption against Paul himself, after whom we speak and whose language we adopt... I shall briefly show that (Paul's words in II Thess. 2) are not capable of any other interpretation than that which applies them to the Papacy."
-John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, published H. Howe, 1816, Vol. 3, p. 149

John Knox wrote about "that tyranny which the pope himself has for so many ages exercised over the church." He also concluded that the Pope is "the very antichrist, and son of perdition, of whom Paul speaks."
-John Knox, quoted by John Hunter & Hastings Robinson, The Zurich Letters, University Press, 1842, p. 199
"Whereof it followeth Rome to be the seat of antichrist, and the pope to be very antichrist himself. I could prove the same by many other scriptures, old writers, and strong reasons."
-Thomas Cranmer & John Edmund Cox, The Works of Thomas Cranmer, University Press, 1846, Vol. 16, p. 63
"There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ: nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God."
-James Stark, Westminster Confession, published Roberts & Green, 1863, p. 289
"The oracles of God foretold the rising of an Antichrist in the Christian Church: and in the Pope of Rome, all the characteristics of that Antichrist are so marvelously answered that if any who read the Scriptures do not see it, there is a marvelous blindness upon them."
-Cotton Mather, The Fall of Babylon, quoted by LeRoy E. Froom, The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. 3, p. 113; I MAY TAKE OFF MATHER FROM THIS SITE in the future because I've heard he was a Jesuit (i.e. his above quote would be a lie if that's true)
"Of all the dreams that ever deluded men, and probably of all blasphemies that ever were uttered, there has never been one which is more absurd and which is more fruitful in all manner of mischief than the idea that the Bishop of Rome can be the head of the Church of Jesus Christ! No, these popes die, and are not! And how could the Church live if its head were dead? The true Head ever lives and the Church ever lives in Him!"
-Charles Spurgeon, quoted by Tom Carter, Spurgeon at His Best: Over 2200 Sriking Quotations, Baker Book House, 1988, p. 140, ISBN: 9780801082870

-Charles Spurgeon, quoted in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Sermons Preached by Spurgeon in 1875, p. 413

Though the Inquisition was led by anti-Gospel men who sought to destroy the faith of Christians, it ended up having the opposite effect as the Christian martyrs would, on pain of torture and death, refused to deny the Lord Jesus Christ as King. The Christians sought to flee Europe and be free of the persecution from the papacy by colonizing a new nation.

If you are a Catholic, we must recognize that this is the true history of the church with which you are involved. If their actions trouble you, then it would be wise to disassociate yourself with that religion, and get involved in a church that believes the New Testament Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.




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I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
-Revelation 17:3

The book of Revelation (Chapter 17) is a vision seen by the prophet John. He tells us of a woman riding a great beast, and each beast mentioned in this prophecy is a world government. This fourth beast in the book of Daniel (Chapter 7) is the revived fourth kingdom, which is the revived Roman Empire.
The prophecies of Daniel have been found to be so accurate, many people have tried to discredit the book of Daniel as being written after the events it foretold because it was so specifically correct in every historical respect. This woman is riding the beast which will become the kingdom that brings in the final Antichrist, and the greatest tribulation the world has even known (Matthew 24:21), so it would be important for us to know who this woman is, and what role she plays.

1. She is a City on Seven Hills

And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
-Revelation 17:18

The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
-Revelation 17:9

When I originally researched this subject, I went looking through search engines to find cities that set on seven hills, and I found about 50 around the world, but knowning that the fourth beast represented the revived Roman Empire, I decided to check up on Rome. I not only found Rome on the list of the 50 cities, but found that it is known the world-over as "The City of Seven Hills."
"It is within the city of Rome, called the city of seven hills, that the entire area of Vatican State proper is now confined."
-The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, 1976, s.v. "Rome."; See also Rory Roybal, Miracles or Magic?, Xulon Press, 2005, p. 30, ISBN: 9781597812504

2. She is Mystery Babylon, Mother of Harlots

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
-Revelation 17:5

Rome has had a long history of merging pagan religions together under one umbrella. The acknowledgment and turning to other gods is most often referred to in the Bible as "fornication" and "whoring."

Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;
-Exodus 34:15

Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.
-Ezekiel 16:26

When early Christians would refer to the pagan Roman Empire, they used code word to represent it:
"There is little question among biblical scholars that, when the early Christians used the word Babylon, it was a code word for the Roman Empire. When they said Babylon was decadent and going to fall, they meant that the Roman Empire was decadent and about to fall... Once we understand this use of the word Babylon, Revelation 18 and 19 become incredibly relevant to us in our contemporary societies."
-Shane Claiborne & Tony Campolo, Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?, Thomas Nelson Inc, 2012, p. 174, ISBN: 9781400204199

"Babylon is a code word for Rome. It is used that way six times in the last book of the Bible [four of the six are in chapters 17 and 18 and in extrabiblical works such as Sibylling Oracles (5, 159f.), the Apocalypse of Baruch (ii, 1), and 4 Esdras (3:1)."
-Karl Keating, Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians," Ignatius Press, 1988, p. 200, ISBN: 9780898701777

I am in no way endorsing Aprocryphal books, but this is simply to show that "Babylon" was used as a code word for "Rome." When Peter wrote his epistle, he addressed the church at "Babylon:"

The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
-1 Peter 5:13

But there was no city of Babylon at the time, which leads many scholars to believe, based on the study of other eye-witness documents in that day, that "Babylon," in the New Testament, refers to Rome. The "MYSTERY" involved is difficult to pinpoint, but since we are dealing with Rome, the most logical explanation is the myticism carried on by the Roman Pontiff.

Rome's Catechism states that liturgy "aims to initiate souls into the mystery of Christ (It is 'mystagogy.')" and all of the Catholic Church's liturgy is "mystery."
-Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Wanderer Press, 1994, p. 279, paragraph #1075, ISBN: 9780915245024

Remember earlier in the section on Mary when we pointed out that the pope refers to Mary as "Queen of Heaven," and the pagan connection to that name? Let's look at the quote from the book on witchcraft again:
"INANNA: A Sumerian goddess who presided over fertility, love, and war. Known as 'Queen of Heaven'... Offerings were traditionally made to her at sinrise. After the sun sank beneath the horizon and darkness veiled the night sky, she transformed into the patroness of the timple prostitutes. She is identified with the Babylonian goddess Ishtar."
-Gerina Dunwich, Wicca A to Z: A Complete Guide to the Magickal World, Citadel Press, 1997, p. 180, ISBN: 9780806519302

"Mary" is simply a name the Catholic Church has given to replace the name of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar that was adopted by Rome before the Catholic Church was started in 326 A.D. Ishtar is also where they get the name for the pagan festival "Easter," which has nothing to do with the birth of Christ, but everything to do with the solar cycle in worship of the sun. Part of the mystery of the Catholic Church is in the sleight-of-hand used to keep alive the worship of old goddesses in ancient paganism.

I'm sure many Catholics thus far would be outraged that I would point out these connections to the prophecy of Revelation, but before we jump to conclusions, let's look at ALL of the descriptions revealed to us about the woman.

3. She Has Committed Spiritual Fornication

Obviously, a city can't commit sexual fornication, but it can commit spiritual fornication according to Biblical definitions. This leads us to more indication that the city involved in the acts of fornication is a religious city.
For example, Jerusalem is a spiritual city called "The Holy City." It was chosen by God to represent Him, His Word, and His Chosen People. The Jews committed fornication with other gods, and has become a harlot (Isaiah 1:21), but this cannot be the city talked about in Revelation. Jerusalem is not built on seven hills, and is not referred to as "Babylon."
When we analyze Rome, however, we find that it is a city built on seven hills, it is referred to as "Babylon," and it is considered a very religious city because it is the headquarters of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church's first pope, the Roman Emporer Constantine, established his church in Rome:
"When Emperor Constantine supposedly became a Christian in AD 313 (really a clever political maneuver), he gave freedom to Christians as well as official status alongside paganism to the Christian church. Since the church was now a recognized religious body in the empire, Constantine, as emperor, had to be acknowledged as its de facto head. As such, he convened the first ecumenical council, the Council of Nicea, in AD 325, set its agenda, gave the opening speech, and presided over it as Charlemagne would over the Council of Chalon 500 years later. Interested not in the truth of the gospel but in unifying the empire, Constantine was the first ecumenist and introduced that error into the persecution-wearied church."
-Dave Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast: The Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days, Harvest House Publishers, 1994, p. 46, ISBN: 1-56507-199-9

Constantine deceived many Christians of that day, appearing to promote Christ's Gospel, when in reality, his goal was to unify the Roman Empire under his leadership. He attempted to take up a position that is reserved for Christ alone:
"As head of the pagan priesthood he was the Pontifex Maximus and needed a similar title as head of the Christian church. The Christians honored him as 'Bishop of Bishops,' while Constantine called himself Vicarius Christi, Vicar of Christ. He meant that he was "another Christ" acting int he place of Christ. When translated into Greek, however, as we have seen, Vicarius Christi literally means Antichrist."
-Dave Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast: The Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days, Harvest House Publishers, 1994, p. 46, ISBN: 1-56507-199-9

The pope is declaring himself (first from Constantine in 326 AD, to today) to be the "Vicar of Christ." As we stated earlier, in Latin, the Catholics call him Vicarius Christi, but in Greek in literally translates "Antichrist:"
"But in process of time, by a strange perversion of the original meaning of the word, Vicarius, came to be understood by the adulators of the See of Rome, in the opposite sense of a 'vicegerent' or 'deputy.' And thus, by an ominous fatality, the title Vicar of Christ, most unwittingly, and in disgrace of the boasted infallibility of the Roman Pontiffs, became the exact rendering of the obnoxious term [*greek spelling*] 'Antichrist:'" [The book goes on to break down the Greek composition.]
-The Antijacobin Review and Magazine, Vol. 27, Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster-Row, 1807, p. 511; See also William Hales & John T. Troy, Letters on the Religious and Political Tenets of the Roman Heirarchy, Oxford University, 1813, p. 45

The pope has taken great pains to push for a one-world religion, attempting to unify all under his banner just like Constantine did originally in Rome:
"It is indeed disturbing to see so many evangelicals unaware of the Vatican's strategy for bringing the world under the dominion of the papacy. The Vatican has made a concerted effort since 1965 to bring their 'separated brothers' back home to 'holy mother the church.' In his 1995 encyclical Et Unum Sint, Pope John Paul II said he intends 'to promote every suitable initiative...to increase the unity of all Christians until they reach full communion' and 'to encourage the efforts of all who work for the cause of unity.' The pope's stated desire is 'to gather all people and all things into Christ, so as to be for all: an inseparable sacrament of unity... expressed in the common celebration of the Eucharist.' During a week of prayer for Christian unity Pope John Paul II said, 'I gladly take this opportunity to call the attention of all believers to the ecumenical commitment that marked VC II. The council rightly defined the division among Christians as a scandal. The council Fathers felt the need to beg pardon of God and of their brethren for the sins committed against unity.' He asked Catholics 'to cultivate an authentic spiritual ecumenism' through the Virgin Mary [not through the Lord Jesus]. The success of the pope's push for unity can be seen by the announcement made last year by the Archbishop of Canterbury. He urged all Christians to recognize the Pope as the supreme authority of a new global church (6/99 CRN News)."
-Mike Gendron, "The Pope's Push for a One-World Religion," Reaching Catholics for Christ, retrieved Aug 20, 2012, [http://www.reachingcatholics.org/pope.html]

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
-Matthew 7:14

As we saw earlier, the Catholic Church has been bringing the world's religions together to pray for "peace." This is referred to as an "ecumenical movement." (ecumenical meaning 'universal church') The popes and priests of the Catholic Church are working very hard to convince the world that all religions need to come together as one.
(I find it interesting that she is the "Mother" of harlots,
and the Catholics refer to it as "Mother Church."
)
(Read "Did Christ Come to Bring Peace?" here at creationliberty.com for more details on the difference between peace verses unity.)

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
-1 Thessalonians 5:2-3

The peace Jesus Christ talks about is peace coming from those who believe in Him. It is the faithful of Jesus Christ from which true peace comes, but there is also a false peace that is after the world and full of evil, and it is coming from those who deny the Lord Jesus Christ. These are worldly men gathering together, each under the banner of their own false gods, and committing fornication under the umbrella of the Catholic Church.

4. She Has Committed Fornication with the Kings of the Earth

And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
-Revelation 17:18

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
-John 18:36

The Crusades alone are proof that the Catholic Church has raised armies, and fought in many battles, to establish an empire of this world. This Catholic Empire has amassed property, wealth, and influence to a point of rivaling any other empire in history. The Catholic Church has engaged in partnerships with emperors and kings, and therefore also, spiritual fornication with the kings of the earth. They claim to be the bride of Christ, yet they've been in bed with earthly rulers throughout the last 1700 years.

In recent examples, there were Catholic alliances with fascist dictators like Mussolini. The Vatican put Mussolini into power, via praises from Pope Pius XI and his cardinals. They claimed he was a man chosen by God, and forbid Catholics to oppose him politically. In return, Mussolini signed a concordant with the Vatican in 1929, which announced Catholicism to be the sole religion of Italy, and the Vatican received huge cash and bond payments in the agreement.
"Attached [to the concordant] was a Convenzione finanziaria, that is, a financial agreement, according to which Italy paid to the Holy See 750 million lire cash and one billion lire in State bonds."
-Guido Calogero, Church and State in Italy: The Constitutional Issues, International Affairs, Vol. 35, Royal Institute of International Affairs, January, 1959, p. 33-42

"The Concordat re-established a role for the church in the state: Catholicism would be recognised as the official state religion... [Mussolini] settled the issue of compensation for earlier losses by payment of 750 million lire in cash and 1000 million in state bonds."
-Stephen J. Lee, Europe: 1890-1945, Psychology Press, 2003, p. 184, ISBN: 9780415254557

Four years later, in 1933, the Catholics signed a similar concordant with Adolf Hitler. The Catholic Church received many millions of German marks in agreement to the signing of that concordant, and Article 16 states the following:
"Before bishops take possession of their dioceses [administration] they are to take an oath of fealty either to the Reich representative of the state concerned, or to the President of the Reich, according to the following formula:
Before God and on the Holy Gospels I swear and promise, as becomes a bishop, loyalty to the German Reich and to the State of... I swear and promise to honor the legally constituted government and to cause the clergy of my diocese to honor it. In the performance of my spiritual office and in my solicitude for the welfare and the interests of the German Reich, I will endeavor to avoid all detrimental acts which might endanger it."

(See Frank J. Coppa, Controversial Concordats, CUA Press, 1999, The Concordat of 1933, Article #16, p. 209, ISBN: 9780813209203; See also The Nazi Germany Sourcebook: An Anthology of Texts, Psychology Press, 2002, p. 158, ISBN: 9780415222143)

But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:
-Matthew 5:34

Please understand that the Catholic Church was training their new priests, making them swear before God, that they would protect and defend Hitler and the Nazis, and avoid any acts which would endanger their goals. If this is not fornication with the kings of the earth, then there is nothing that can be defined as such.

Even more recently, the pope's alliance with Ronald Regan and the CIA helps demonstrates the hidden extent of this Catholic Earthly Empire. Secretary of State Alexander Haig commented on the Vatican's help, saying, "The Vatican's information was absolutely better and quicker than ours in every respect,"
(See Congressional Record--House, Vol. 151, Pt. 4, Government Printing Office, April 6, 2005, p. 5752; See also Time Magazine, 1992, Vol. 139, p. 327)

The Vatican liaison to the White House, Archbishop Pio Laghi, told American officials, "Listen to the Holy Father. We have 2000 years experience of this."
-Seymour M. Hersh, "On the Nuclear Edge," New Yorker, March 29, 1993, quoted by Christopher Andrew, For the President's Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush, HarperCollins, 1996, p. 469, ISBN: 9780060921781

Two-thousand years of being a political liason in espianoge? Where in the Bible did Jesus Christ approve of that? These are just a few of the thousands of examples throughout the last 1700 years of the Roman Catholic Church's involvement in fornication with the kings of the earth. It is plain to see that they have repeatedly engaged in adulterous relationships with secular rulers, and still do so to this day.

The Catholic Church has gone so far as to create their own empire, taxing the people under its leadership:
"Popes have long claimed dominion over the world and its peoples. Pope Gregory XI's papal bull of 1372 (In Coena Domini) claimed papal dominion over the entire Christian world, secular and religious, and excommunicated all who failed to obey the popes and to pay them taxes. In Coena was confirmed by subsequent popes and in 1568 Pope Pius V swore that it was to remain an eternal law."
-Dave Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast: The Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days, Harvest House Publishers, 1994, p. 70, ISBN: 1-56507-199-9

In 1870, two months after the Vatican declared the popes to be infallible, Rome was released from papal dominion by the newly liberated Italian army and Pope Pius IX took refuge in the Vatican. Today, despite the efforts of Italy's army in the 19th century, the Catholic Church owns a great deal of Rome, and its influence, wealth, and power is increasing daily.

"I really wish that someday a book containing the U.N. [United Nations] speeches of the 2 Popes... might be published for worldwide distribution. The result would be a kind of Bible for modern times... The Holy See has become so close to the U.N. When I read documents emanating from the Holy See... I sometimes have the impression that I'm reading U.N. documents."
-Robert Muller, U.N. Assistant Secretary General, New Genesis: Shaping a Global Spirituality, published by Doubleday, 1982, p. 192, ISBN: 9780385181235

Rome (the spiritual Catholic Church, under which Rome operates) meets all the qualifications thus far for being the woman on the beast, but just to be sure, let's check the rest of the descriptions.

5. She Wears Purple and Scarlet, and Has a Golden Cup of Abomination

And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
-Revelation: 17:4

Purple and red are the colors that the priests of the Catholic Church wear:
Remember earlier when we discussed the abomination of the Catholic sacrifice of the mass? The golden cup is what is used to deliver the "blood of Jesus" which they claim was transformed via transubstantiation, and that is what is making the blood sacrifice of Jesus over and over again in their church.

There is no other religion on the planet that so closely matches these physical descriptions. If a Catholic is reading this, I challenge you to find something else in the world that better fits the descriptions thus far.
(The cup which the Catholic church drinks from is idolatry. See 1Cr 10 for details; specifically verses 4, 7, 8, 14, 16.)

6. She is Drunk with the Blood of the Saints

As we saw in the last section, the Catholic Church has slaughtered the martyrs of the Lord Jesus Christ for hundreds of years. There is no singular organization to date that has persecuted and tortured Christians with such blood lust as the Catholic Church.

The reign of "Bloody" Queen Mary on the throne of England is a very famous example of such persecution. The embarrassment of "Bloody" Mary's persecution is so great, many in England, and especially those in the Catholic Church, rarely discuss it. Some have even gone so far as to write books of lies, trying to say that Bloody Mary was persecuting Catholics! The truth is the Queen Mary I was a Catholic at heart her entire life, and hunted Christians like a frenzied wolf, being personally responsible for killing 300 Christian martyrs.

In 1555, John Hooper was imprisoned by Bloody Mary on the grounds that he owed her money, even though he didn't owe her anything. She actually imprisoned him because he refused to preach the sacraments of the Catholic Church. They left him to rot in a sewer dungeon, where he contracted many illnesses from the flowing sewage on either side of his cell. After five months in this prison, he was called forth before the Catholic council:
"The bishop of Winchester urged Hooper to forsake the 'evil and corrupt doctrine,' as he called it... and to return to the unity of the Catholic Church and acknowledge the pope as head of that church... If Hooper would bow to the pope's holiness, Winchester assured him that he would receive the pope's blessing, and the Queen's mercy... Hooper answer that inasmuch as the pope taught doctrine that was altogether contrary to the doctrine of Christ, he was not worthy to be head of the church, and so he would in no way give in to any such illegal authority. Further, he said, the Roman Catholic Church is not the true Church at all. The true Church only hears the voice of her spouse and flees from the voice of strangers. 'However,' he said, 'if there is any point that I don't know about in which I have offended the queen's majesty, I will most humbly submit myself to her mercy,'... The bishop answered that the queen would show no mercy to the Pope's enemies."
-John Foxe, The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Bridge Logos Foundation, 2001, p. 152, ISBN: 9780882708751

Bloody Mary ordered his execution by burning at the stake. Based on eye-witness reports, here are his last moments while in the fire of his death:
"Hooper prayed in a somewhat loud voice, 'Lord Jesus, have mercy upon me. Lord Jesus, have mercy upon me. Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.' These were the last words he was heard to speak. But even when his mouth was black and his tongue swollen, his lips could still be seen moving in prayer until they shrunk back into his gums. During these moments, Hooper struck repeatedly at his chest, or heart, with his hands until one of his arms fell off, and then continued striking his chest with the other hand while fat, water, and blood spurted out his fingertips. When the flames suddenly flared up in great power, Hooper struck his chest only once more as his strength gave out and his hand stuck to the iron band around his chest. At the same moment, his body fell forward against the band and he gave up his spirit."
-John Foxe, The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Bridge Logos Foundation, 2001, p. 162, ISBN: 9780882708751

All this because the Catholic Bloody Mary demanded that he admit to the Catholic sacraments which is an abomination unto God. John Foxe was one of the Christians that had to flee Europe to escape the blood lust of Queen Mary and the Catholic Church, and documented many such cases as John Hooper's. The Catholic Church has long been drunk with the blood of the saints, and that time will soon come again.

1. She is a City on Seven Hills
2. She is Mystery Babylon, Mother of Harlots
3. She Has Committed Spiritual Fornication
4. She Has Committed Fornication with the Kings of the Earth
5. She Wears Purple and Scarlet, and Has a Golden Cup of Abomination
6. She is Drunk with the Blood of the Saints

So we have six basic descriptions of the woman riding the beast in Revelation, and the Catholic Church matches ALL six descriptions. Not only that, but it is the only entity on the planet that I have been able to find that matches all six. For a Catholic, this will be very tough to swallow, but for those sheep who hear the Lord Jesus Christ, it makes perfect Scriptural sense.



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You must ask yourself, am I trusting the Word of God, or the word of man?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
-John 1:1

Do I believe the Word of God, or do I believe in traditions?

Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
-Matthew 15:6

Do I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, or do I believe in "Mary?"

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
-John 14:6

Is my faith and trust in God the Father, or is in a priest I call "father"?

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
-Matthew 23:9

Some of you may be nervous to ask yourselves these questions, but the Bible tells us:

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
-2 Corinthians 13:5

Your works will never get you to heaven, no matter how many you do, because you owe an eternal penalty, and you can't work off an eternal penalty because it literally takes forever. In hopes of keeping the world under the thumb of the "Holy See," the popes are working very hard toward an ecumenical (universal) one-world religious church (the woman), riding atop a one-world religious government (the beast).

Pope John Paul II, in order to accomplish this ecumenical church, is pushing a false "universalist" concept, which teaches that all men will be saved and in heaven eventually.
"The Church's universal mission is born of faith in Jesus Christ... For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven... Each one is included in the mystery of the redemption and with each one Christ has united himself forever through this mystery... It is necessary to keep these two truths together, namely, the real possibility of salvation in Christ for all mankind and the necessity of the Church for salvation... Newness of life in him is the 'Good News' for men and women of every age: all are called to it and destined for it."
-John Paul II, quoted by William H. Willimon, Who Will Be Saved?, Abingdon Press, 2008, ISBN: 9780687651191

This is a big contradiction to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and can be demonstrated in many verses. Here are just a couple:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
-Matthew 7:21

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
-Revelation 20:15

In order to push this universalist agenda, John Paul II has attempted to soften the idea of hell, and has taught others they must not present hell in a way that causes any concern:
"Eternal damnation remains a real possibility, but we are not granted, without special divine revelation, the knowledge of whether or which human beings are effectively involved in it. The thought of hell... must not create anxiety or despair,"
-Pope John Paul II, Speech given to a general audience, July 28, 1999; See also The Pope Speaks, Our Sunday Visitor Inc, 2000, Vol 45, p. 36; See also Jack Mulder, Kierkegaard and the Catholic Tradition: Conflict and Dialogue, Indiana University Press, 2010, p. 248-249, ISBN: 9780253222367

Those in the Catholic Church state that they have no certain knowledge whether or not they'll make it to heaven:
"Do I have a particular assurance of salvation or damnation or what? The answer a Catholic would have to give is: No. And the Catholic position is that an assurance of salvation is not possible."
-Catholic Layman Karl Keating, founder of Catholic Answers, Debate between Peter Ruckman and Karl Keating, Bayview Baptist Church, retrieved Dec 26, 2013, [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yWc1C-fxw0 - 0:08:00]

But the Christian can know he has salvation:

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
-1 John 5:13

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
-Romans 8:38-39

But a spoon-full of sugar makes hell taste better, doesn't it? A child would not normally get into a stranger's van, but when he has candy, it takes away the threat of the situation.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
-Isaiah 14:15

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
-Matthew 10:28

We are all destined to burn in hell for eternity because of our sins, OR, Jesus Christ can pay the penalty for us, once and for all in a single perfect sacrifice, and bring us to heaven to be with God the Father. However, the Catholic Church, via the pope, is teaching that all can come to Christ by different works-based methods, which is preventing those would seek the truth from finding it, and is preventing those would know the truth of Christ from being saved.

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
-Matthew 23:13

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
-2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

I have no clue who the final antichrist will be, and there are thousands of authors over the past century who have claimed they know who it is, but I contend that until we see Solomon's temple construction, we will not know for sure. 1 John 2:18 tells us there will be many antichrists before the final one, and most authors ignore that fact. (i.e. The popes have all been antichrists.) However, it is interesting to note that the final antichrist (son of perdition) will claim to be God, just as the popes have done.

"The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth."
-Pope Pius V, quoted in Barclay, Chapter XXVII, p. 218, "Cities Petrus Bertanous."

And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
-John 8:45

I doubt that any Catholic has ever made it this far in my writing on this subject because when I tell them the truth, they don't want to believe it. Having to stand up for the truth of the Word against an man-centered authority they have been taught to fear is too difficult, and they are not willing to go through the possible family and friends break-ups that would happen by coming over to the Lord Jesus Christ.

For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
-Matthew 10:35-37

The rejection of the concepts I've written here are not remitted due to any Scriptural merit, but rather they're rejected because it seems impossible that this many people could be decieved. This is common in many areas of Biblical truth, as most people are not prepared to hear how many well-intentioned people could be decieved, but as I always tell Christians, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:
-Revelation 12:9

The Bible tells us that in the last days, Satan will deceive the entire world. In light of this Scriptural evidence, we can see a clearer interpretation of Christ's teaching:

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
-Matthew 7:13-15

When Christ tells us to beware of false prophets, I don't think we take it literally enough. When he says they will "come to you in sheep's clothing," that means they will come to us with all manner of kindness and charity. They will seem to be morally correct. They will seem to have the Salvation of Christ in their hearts. THEY WILL LOOK LIKE SHEEP IN MOST ASPECTS. Even though the Pharisees seemed morally correct and seemed to love the Lord, Christ still scolded them because they had a form of godliness, but they denied Jesus Christ.

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
-2 Timothy 3:5

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
-Matthew 15:8

The Pharisees were probably kind and giving men who did their best to be morally virtuous, but their hearts were far from the Gospel. When Christ pointed out their error, they began to despise him, and likewise, I meet kind and giving Catholics who do their best to be morally virtuous, but when I point out their error, they begin to despise me, but I love them enough to tell them the truth.

As a Catholic, take some time to ponder the following verses:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
-Matthew 7:21-23

There can be only one truth. There can't be multiple truths. Somebody's wrong. Our very souls are at stake in this battle for the truth, and this subject should be handled with the upmost seriousness. We had better be ABSOLUTELY certain we know the truth, and certainty cannot come from thoughts of men.

And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
-1 John 3:24

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

Don't be deceived, and trust in the Word of God in matters of faith and practice.


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