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What You Should Know About Roman Catholicism
We are going to cover the topic of the self proclaimed church of Christ and it's influences, from the history of Roman Catholicism to the beliefs of Roman Catholicism and how it relates to the scripture. I realize that a large majority of believers in the Bible are Catholics, but I ask you to set your emotions and opinions to the side for a moment while we break this down. Here is what you need to know about Roman Catholicism.
The Roman Catholic Church claims to have started in Matthew 16:18 when the Messiah supposedly appointed Peter as the first Pope. However we will discover that the real history behind Roman Catholicism is much more darker. While enduring the early persecutions of the Roman government (65-300 A.D.), most of the professing believers went through a gradual departure from New Testament doctrine concerning church government, worship and practice. Local churches started giving their control to "bishops" ruling over hierarchies. Real worship of the Most High became mixed with paganism. Ministers became "priests," and pagans became "Christians" by simply being sprinkled with water. There was no mandatory conversion into the laws, statutes, and commandments of Torah.
The Roman Emperor Constantine established himself as the head of the church around 313 A.D., which made this new "Christianity" the official religion of the Roman Empire. With his dominion he was able to expand this pagan religion into many territories. Constantine was said to have a dream where he saw the sign of a cross and it said he would conquer. Fortunately for him, a bishop interprets his dream. Constantine becomes a patron of one particular branch of the church. It happens to be the branch of the church that has the Old Testament as well as the New Testament as part of its canon. Which means that since this branch of Christianity includes the story about historical Israel as part of its own redemptive history, it has an entire language for articulating the relationship of government and piety. It has the model of King David. It has the model of the kings of Israel. And it's with this governmental model that the bishop explains the vision to Constantine.
And once he strengthened his power by conquering, eventually, not only the West, but also the Greek East where there are many more Christians in the cities, he is in this position of having a Christian government that he can use to consolidate his own power. And it works both ways. The bishops now have basically government funding to have sponsored meetings so they can try to iron out creeds to the public to keep their laws, but not the Most High's laws.
The bishops are terribly grateful for this kind of imperial attention. The lines of power are unambiguous. Constantine is absolutely the source of authority. And there's no question about that. But the bishops are able to take advantage of Constantine's mood and his curious intellectual interest in things like Christology and the Trinity and Church organization. They're able to have bibles copied at public expense. They are finally able to have public Christian architecture and big basilicas. So there's a relationship between the empire and the church, one that defines the cultural powerhouse of Europe and the West.
This is what happens when the wicked get their hands on scriptures and are given authority to give them out. They mix their pagan ideas into them and will distort it to their liking. Tonight we are going to undo as much damage as we possibly can and give the truth to some lost souls out there.
In the scripture there are no popes or priests to rule over the church. Mashiach is our High Priest (Heb. 3:1; 4:14-15; 5:5; 8:1; 9:11), and his followers make up the priesthood (I Pet. 2:5). The Catholic church teaches that Peter was the first Pope and the earthly head of the church, but the scripture never says this once. In fact, it was Peter himself who spoke against such a thing in I Peter 5 3. Another thing we have to consider is that Popes do not marry, although Peter, the "first pope" did in fact have a wife (Mat. 8:14; I Cor. 9:5). The Roman papacy and priesthood is just a huge fraud to keep members in bondage to a corrupt pagan church.
"Supersessionism, also called replacement theology or fulfillment theology, is a Christian theological view on the current status of the church in relation to the Jewish people and Judaism."
The Roman Catholic Church is the self proclaimed "bride of Christ" and claims to be the real church. According to scripture, that is not right. Deuteronomy 4 7 and 1 Peter 2 9 says that his people are the ones set above all nations if they will keep the commandments and preach the true gospel. No other group can rightfully claim this. I wrote an article on this. Click here to read it.
Click here for info on these symbols; Pagan Symbols and Their Meanings
When you see the Pope holding a wafer, it is shaped just like a circle. Communion in the ancient times was used with actual bread. This wafer looks just like the sun symbols we have seen earlier. After Mass, the Pope places this wafer in a Monstruse, which is a CRESCENT MOON shaped contraption. The act of communion was in no way at all like this in scripture. The disciples were simply commanded to remember the Messiah when they come together and eat like this.
And just to clarify, I am not saying communion is wrong. But Catholics do it too ritualistically.
You've seen it on buildings, necklaces, shirts, everywhere. Where does it come from in terms of using it as an image related to worship? If you do your research on the origin of it you will find that it is related to the Tau, the sign of the cross, the indisputable sign of Tammuz. It is the mystic Tau of the Cladeans (Babylonians) and Egyptians. Nowhere in scripture are we commanded to use this image in any form of worship.
The Worship of Mary
If you clicked on that link where I mentioned pagan symbolism, you should start seeing the pattern with the worship or veneration of Mary being related to the worship of Ishtar, the mother/wife of Nimrod, king of Babel. Now I understand that not all Roman Catholics worship Mary. But to venerate her in such a way is immoral. St. Bernard stated that she was crowned "Queen of Heaven" by the Most High, and that she currently sits upon a throne in Heaven making intercession for believers.
The scripture teaches otherwise. Mary was a sinner just like the rest of us. She said herself that she needed a Savior (Luke 147). She also did not remain a virgin forever as we are taught. Even after the birth of Mashiach she had other children (Mt. 13:55; Gal. 1:19; Psa. 69:8). She is not the mediator between the Most High and his followers. In Acts 1:14 she is praying WITH the disciples, not being prayed to BY the disciples. If you truly love and respect this woman then treat her for what she is; just a woman.
The Catholic Church teaches that a believer's soul must burn in a realm called Purgatory after death until all of their sins have been purged from their soul. It was also taught that money may be paid to a priest so he can pray and have special masses for an earlier release. Peter addresses this issue in Acts 8:20.
Psalm 49:6-7 tells us that a person couldn't redeem a loved one, even if such a place did exist. When we read about the dead being judged in Revelations we are not given any reference to any of the Catholic realms of Purgatory, Limbo, etc. It is either paradise or damnation. You have this moment to get right with the Most High.
With Christmas coming up, I thought you should know the truth about what you are celebrating. When Constantine came into power, he Christianized pagan rituals in order to keep order. Christians are happy, the pagans are happy, and he has no worries. One of the most prevalent holidays in Rome was Saturnalia, a Roman festival in honor of the deity Saturn, held on 17 December of the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through to 23 December. This was celebrated with a public banquet, private gift-giving, and continual partying. Very similar to Christmas. There is an awful lot to cover on that, so we will go over these holidays at another time.
If you read more of my articles you are going to find out that all of these denominations are false. What do they all have in common? They come from the same religion. And no matter how far you go down you will still see a lot of these traditions being carried out in all of them, even non denominational ones. Do you understand the severity of the damage being done here? I want you to really think about it. How many times have you seen a picture of white Jesus? How many supernatural movies have you seen or heard of that were related to Roman Catholicism such as The Exorcist? A lot of crazy stuff happened on that set. Do you think it was coincidental?
How about all of the false traditions being passed down for so long? Does your church keep any of the ones I listed above? If so you better get in to the scriptures. I barely scratched the surface on the evil behind Roman Catholicism. Pray for discernment and a peace of mind in these days. You are going to need it. Peace and blessings, and all praises to the Most High.