Chapter 16: Pagans in the Pulpit (page 2 of 4)
With its new
found power the Catholic church declared itself the supreme dictator
of all Christian knowledge. The Catholics became the sole interpreters
of the divine will. They called their doctrines orthodoxy,
and any who disagreed with them were labeled heretics.
The name Catholic
comes from the Greek word katholikos
which means “universal.” This name was adopted by the first
organized church as early as AD 170. The idea of universality meant
that their doctrine was founded upon the consent of the majority, and
not necessarily upon truth or scripture.
beliefs were based on a consensus of carnal minds. According to the
EDT their creed, “sometimes goes beyond biblical data, but Catholic
scholars contend that the church’s doctrines are suggested by a ‘trajectory
of images’ in the NT.” Via this trajectory the truth of God soars
through the air, and where it lands, is of course dictated by the
Roman Empire allowed the explosive growth of mystical idolatry known
as Catholic doctrine. Borrowing from their Roman roots, Catholicism
began to venerate the dead Christians. Just as the Hindus and pagan
Rome had worshipped many different gods, each charged with a specific
function, so Catholicism followed suit with patron saints for every
location, illness, and activity. At first the saints were honored only
at their respective graves. But by the fourth century, images were
used to invoke the personal presence of the dead saint so that he
could be worshipped anywhere. Turn ye not unto
idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.
Catholic catalog of saints now lists about 20,000 names. Many of these
have gathered large followings and annual festivals. As in pagan Rome,
the Catholic religious calendar became choked with obligations. The
EDT states that, “By the twentieth century there were over 250
feasts. It was feared that the feasts of the saints were overshadowing
the celebration of the mysteries of Jesus Christ.” In 1970 the
Catholic calendar was curtailed to include 58 obligatory and 92
optional feast days of saints, in addition to those of Christ, the
Virgin Mary, Joseph, and the apostles. Then
God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven.
In the early
years, the Catholic bishopric at Rome assumed a prominence by
association with the imperial capitol and with the martyrdoms of Peter
and Paul. Seeking to solidify their power, these bishops decided that
church authority was an entity, much like kingly sovereignty, that
could be passed from one individual to another in succeeding
generations. Disposing of any personal calling or anointing of God,
they created the idea that priestly ascendancy resided in a city, and
was conferred by man.
In AD 190,
Bishop Victor claimed that his religious authority could be traced
back to Peter, who had received it from Jesus Christ. In the power
struggles of the fourth century between rival church leaders and
meddling emperors, the bishops at Rome all asserted their supremacy by
claiming their “primacy” was derived from Peter.
They which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship
over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so
shall it not be among you.
gave rise to the papacy, and by the sixth century the name pope
was reserved for the Catholic bishop at Rome. Pope
is derived from the Greek word papas,
which means “father,” just as Catholic priests are still called
“father” today. Call no man your father
upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
In 1302 pope
Boniface VIII decreed that all earthly powers were subject to the
spiritual, and therefore submission to the Catholic pope was “absolutely
necessary” for salvation. The papacy then adopted for itself the new
title, “Vicar of Christ.” Vicar
means “placeholder.” Armed with this new moniker the popes
proclaimed themselves God’s representatives on earth.
In 1870 the
council of Vatican I declared that the pope’s teachings on matters
of faith and morals were not subject to the consent of the entire
church. The pope was declared to be “infallible” (immune from
human error) when he chooses to be, and when speaking in his official
Catholics now believe that the bishop at Rome (the pope) is the
infallible emissary of God. According to the EDT, modern Catholicism
is defined by, “the faith and practice of Christians in communion
with the pope.” And this of course, in lieu of a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ.
middle ages the Catholic church had discarded the teachings of Jesus
and invented a system of seven rituals called “sacraments.” These
sacraments were Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing
the Sick, Marriage, and Orders. The Catholics taught that these
ceremonies had a virtue inherent in themselves, and believed that they
produced “grace” in the recipient which was independent of any
personal merit. The sacraments were elevated to divine status and most
are still considered to be requirements for your salvation.
sacrament of “Orders” is the bedrock of the system. It asserts
that by ordination a Catholic priest magically becomes a bottomless
cistern of flawless grace. According to Schaff, “Ordination confers
an indelible character upon those admitted to any of the orders. Its
virtue is not affected by the character of the person ordained.”
elevation of the clergy to godlike status is pivotal to Catholic
theology. It is required in the Catholic system because those who are
ordained are empowered to administer the other six sacraments, by
drawing from their own holiness. According to Schaff, the potency of a
sacrament rests not with Jesus Christ, but “resides chiefly with the
person dispensing the sacrament. From him grace is transmitted.”
From the EDT: “Supernatural life is mediated to Christians through
the sacraments administered by the hierarchy, to whom obedience is
is the philosophy that exalts a ruling clergy, and the sacraments
themselves are the fetters that enslave the masses to the system.
Since the sacraments are required for eternal life, and only the
priests can dispense them, the people must go to the priests to get
them. By this cunning deception, Jesus Christ is dropped from the
loop, and the people are brought into servitude to the Catholic
church. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed
appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones.
sacrament of Penance requires that certain works be performed to
receive forgiveness for sins committed after Baptism. Once performed,
it further asserts that forgiveness flows from a Catholic priest.
Accordingly, the people are commanded to routinely confess their sins
to him. As Christ’s vicar he then “absolves” them from all
punishment. His absolution effects the deletion of sin. According to
Schaff’s History, “The formal sentence of absolution pronounced by
the priest ... opens and shuts the kingdom of heaven to immortal
souls.” This idea obviates the need for any personal relationship
with Jesus Christ, and deposits all his redemptive work into the
checking account of Catholicism.
repugnance of Penance is made even more painfully graphic by the
Catholic sale of “indulgences.” An indulgence is the Catholic
remission of the guilt and punishment of sin by the payment of money.
By building a church, killing in a crusade, or paying cash, absolution
for the worst offenses can be secured. Even the dead in purgatory can
be redeemed. Full remission of any sin can be purchased, carte
blanche, even for a year in advance. This is lawlessness for sale, and
the practice continues to this day in the Catholic Church.
sacrament is Eucharist. This sacrament includes the doctrine of
Transubstantiation. Transubstantiation claims that when the priest
prays over the cookie and wine of communion, they are physically
changed into the muscle tissue and liquid blood of Jesus, although the
appearance, taste, texture and smell, remain unaltered! If any cookies
or wine are leftover after having been blessed, they are to be
worshipped as the Living God himself. One can just imagine a plate of
leftover cookies, surrounded by a circle of Catholic priests falling
to their knees and proclaiming, “Thou art my God!” Furthermore, if
they withhold this cookie from anyone for any reason, that person is
denied salvation. As troops of robbers wait
for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for
they commit lewdness. I have seen an horrible thing in the house of
Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
to the sacraments, the Catholic church invented an innumerable
quantity of “sacramentals,” which are ritualistic paraphernalia.
These include baptismal water, holy oil, blessed ashes, candles,
palms, crucifixes, and statues. All of these are thought to create
grace in those who use them. Ye shall make you
no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image,
neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down
unto it: for I am the LORD your God.
In AD 325,
Emperor Constantine convened the first ecumenical gathering in the
history of the church, the Council of Nicaea. At this meeting of more
than three hundred Catholic bishops, the concept of a Christian
Trinity was officially adopted. By that time the Hindu triune god,
Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu, was already ancient. So also, the Roman
trinity of Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva had been ingrained into the
people for centuries. Additionally, the Egyptian trinity of Osiris,
Isis, and Horus was still flourishing in Rome. The Council of Nicaea
incorporated these pagan Trinitarian concepts into Christianity as a
the EDT the Trinity is, “The term designating one God in three
persons ... who are neither three gods on the one side, nor three
parts or modes of God on the other, but coequally and coeternally God.
... God is one, yet in himself and from all eternity he is Father, Son
and Holy Ghost, the triune God.”
idea made God a deviate with multiple personalities, and it also
erased the personal existence of Jesus Christ. The Trinity asserts
that Jesus is Yahweh, rather than the Son of Yahweh. The Trinity
denies that Jesus Christ is an autonomous being, with an existence
separate from his Father. Like the Hindu’s Nirvana, Jesus has been
absorbed back into the great goo of the godhead. And if Jesus cannot
exist as an independent Son of God, neither can you.
was a masterful stroke in Satan’s scheme to obscure God’s truth.
It obliterates God’s plan to bring forth a cadre of Sons who will
each possess a self-sustaining life, just like their Father. For
unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this
day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he
shall be to me a Son? After the council of Nicaea, any
Christian who continued to believe the truth of Sonship was threatened
with excommunication, banishment, or death.
Trinity was established, Mary rocketed to stardom. From earliest times
the Catholics sought to worship Mary, but after the Trinity the church
realized that if Jesus and his Father are the same person, then Mary
is the mother of both! Accordingly, at the Council of Ephesus in AD
431, Mary was declared to be the Mother of God as well as the mother
then installed as a sympathetic mediator between you and Jesus Christ.
By the seventh century the Catholics celebrated five annual feasts to
Mary. By the twelfth century the known world was praying to Mary. It
was then that the Rosary was invented, which is three groups of fifty
Hail Mary prayers, counted on beads. By then the “Angelus” had
also appeared, which requires a prayer to Mary at morning, noon, and
evening, commenced at the sound of a bell. When
ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think
that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
By 1685 most
Catholics believed in the Immaculate Conception, which is the notion
that Mary, like Jesus, was sinless from the moment of her conception
in her mother’s womb. Her earthly life was declared immune to the
slightest sin and her virginity was pronounced endless. In 1854 Pope
Pius IX made the Immaculate Conception an official doctrine of
Catholicism. All have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God.
seventh century, the Catholic church invented the Assumption of Mary.
This doctrine claims that on her death she was, “raised body and
soul to the glory of heaven, to shine refulgent as Queen at the right
hand of her Son.” There she is seen to have assumed the role of
intercessor, mediator, and co-redeemer.
Pope Pius XII described Mary as the “New Eve,” and made belief in
her Assumption a requirement for your salvation. According to the EDT,
“Mary, who enabled God the Savior to be born, has a position more
exalted than any other creature. She is the Queen of Heaven. Moreover,
since her motherhood was indispensable to God’s redemptive activity,
Mary is essential to the final, spiritual perfection of every
creature.” We will surely perform our vows
that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to
pour out drink offerings unto her.
Egyptian temples to Isis were closed in the middle of the 6th century
AD, but by that time her worship had been passed to Christianity.
Today Isis-Ashtart is called “Mary” and she is worshipped by the
A statue of
Mary ninety feet high now stands in the USA. It is called “Our Lady
of the Rockies” and it is situated on the Continental Divide,
overlooking the town of Butte, Montana. Recently, on city-wide
billboards in the United States, Mary was proclaimed “The Queen of
Heaven,” and there was an 800 telephone number given so that you can
call her! The children gather wood, and the
fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make
cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto
other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
In the sixth
century the Catholics invented the doctrines of Damnation and Eternal
Torment. The understanding that God’s plan for the earth includes
the ultimate salvation of all men was common knowledge to the earliest
Christians. According to the EDT, “Belief in universal salvation is
at least as old as Christianity itself and may be associated with
early Gnostic teachers. The first clearly universalist [ultimate
salvation] writings, however, date from the Greek church fathers, most
notably Clement of Alexandria, his student Origen, and Gregory of
salvation of all men is intrinsic to the plans of an all-sovereign God
of love. But the knowledge of God’s wisdom, power, and saving grace
was not conducive to the aspirations of papal tyranny. Thus Damnation
was invented by the Catholics and the truth of universal salvation was
declared to be heresy at the Fifth Ecumenical Council in AD 553.
subterfuge, intrigue, and the lust for power, the adversaries of God
gained control of Organized Christianity and made its doctrines lethal
to the true message of Jesus Christ. At the Council of Trent in 1545,
all this dreadful Catholic dogma was reaffirmed and declared to be
equally authoritative with scripture. This council declared that the
interpretation of both scripture and doctrine was the sole preserve of
the Catholic Church. According to their arrogant claim, “sacred
tradition, sacred Scripture, and the teaching authority of the Church
... are so linked and joined together that one cannot stand without
the others.” In their blind and evil pomposity, Catholicism embraced
a delusion that their church is, “a reality imbued with the hidden
presence of God ... [and] mediates the presence and action of Christ.”
truth speaks otherwise. For the Catholic worship of Mary is the
worship of Ashtart. Praying to Mary at the sound of a bell is
repugnant idolatry. The repetitious Rosary is the chanting of Hindus.
The Immaculate Conception and Mary’s Assumption are the putrid
concoctions of man.
sacraments are vain rituals performed by sinful men. They are
powerless to convey grace, forgiveness, life, or any other spiritual
merit. Ordination does not impart sanctity, but imposes six separate
levels of clergymen between the people and their God.
Transubstantiation is sorcery with a Christian label. Penance is
salvation by works, rather than grace. The invention of the papacy,
Orders, and Absolution, unveil the egotistical clergy as the usurpers
of the place of Jesus Christ.
came the Catholic Trinity. From the polytheism of pagan Rome came the
veneration of saints. Indulgences are the money-grubbing sale of
iniquity. The Infallible Papacy is humanism, the veneration of man.
Damnation and Eternal Torment are the ridicule of God’s supreme
wisdom, power, and plan.
is the eradication of God. It is the desecration of his truth and the
denial of Sonship. It is the exaltation of a priestly class and the
enslavement of human spirit. And yet, incredibly, in 1990 there were
995 million Catholics worldwide. This people
honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit
in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of
This was the
Devilish apostasy of the lifeless Christianity embraced by
Constantine, and with the backing of the Roman Empire, the mutant
Catholic Church suddenly became master of the world. Any who then
pursued God according to individual conscience were declared heretics
and enemies of the new theocracy.
In 632 AD a
second front of religious deception opened with the inauguration of
Islam. Islam was founded upon the teachings of Muhammad, who
purportedly received the revelation of God through the angel Gabriel.
After Muhammad’s death, his writings were assembled into a book
called the Koran. According
to Islam, “Muhammad’s miracle is the Koran, the like of which no
human can produce.”
Islam was a
bitter-sweet gift of sorts, from God to Ishmael. The Ishmaelites of
today are the Arab peoples of the Middle East. Their father Ishmael
was Abraham’s first son. Ishmael was not allowed to share in the
inheritance of Isaac and Jacob. Instead, God made Ishmael the
progenitor of the Arab peoples and gave them the delusion of Islam. Behold,
I have blessed him [Ishmael], and will make him fruitful, and will
multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will
make him a great nation.
Islam is a
monotheistic religion that espouses a strict code of ethics. As such,
it is far better than the putrefaction of heathenism. But Islam denies
the seed of life that is available through Jesus Christ, and thus
falls far short of the SonPlacing that is found in Christianity.
Today Islam remains a spiritually dead, repressive structure of liturgical ceremony. The Ishmaelite Arabs comprise the main contingent of the 935 million Muslims worldwide. Like all theocracies, their stated goal through “holy war” is, “the assumption of political power in order to implement the principles of Islam through public institutions.”
Organized Religions of man are avaricious, envious, and destructive.
With the rise of Islam, Catholicism felt threatened. It could not
abide the competition for power, wealth, and turf. With a thirst for
blood this hydra raised her vile head. Moving to consolidate her
position, flexing talons and sinew, her scales rippled to the
destruction of her adversaries.
In 1095 the
Catholics conceived an ingenious scheme to eliminate their rival,
Islam, and consolidate their power. In the city of Clermont, France,
Pope Urban II preached a sermon outlining his plan for a Crusade
against the Muslims who then controlled Palestine. By this plan the
Catholic church could raise an army, conquer foreign lands, and take
the spoils of war- all with minimal expense and no risk.
appealed to the base nature of man, using religious fervor to
legitimize greed. Armies were summoned with promises of adventure,
plunder, and eternal salvation. The church hoped to gain treasure, to
solidify its grip on the minds of men, and to strengthen its
credibility by an association with the Holy Land. According to the
encyclopedia, the crusades served, “the ambitions of 11th-, 12th-,
and 13th-century popes who sought to extend their political and
religious power. Crusading armies were, in a sense, the military arm
of papal policy.”
was overwhelming. Over the next 175 years, eight Catholic armies were
sent against the Muslim Saracens, spreading Christian pillage and
slaughter from Egypt to Turkey. The First Crusade caught the Arabs by
surprise and made the greatest gains. Pressing toward Jerusalem, the
Crusaders took it by storm on July 15, 1099. They then massacred every
inhabitant, supposedly purifying the city by washing it in the blood
of the infidels.
regrouped and united behind Saladin. In 1174 Saladin reclaimed
Palestine and ruled a potent Muslim state that stretched from the
Libyan desert to the Tigris valley.
In 1187 the
Third Crusade, which included the English king Richard I Lion-Heart,
was unable to recapture Jerusalem but did take some cities along the
Palestine coast. In 1202 the Fourth Crusade attacked and plundered
Constantinople, which had earlier been their ally.
preparing for the Sixth Crusade of 1228, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick
II was excommunicated by the pope for moving too slowly. While he was
gone, the pope declared a crusade against Frederick and attacked his
possessions in Italy.
In the end,
all this frenzied commotion became dry as human ambition and blew away
as dust in the wind. For by 1291, all of Palestine was again under
strict Muslim control. With the final Muslim victory, the bloody
sacrifice of countless thousands could be seen only in the ghostly
castles and abandoned churches the Crusaders left behind.
As early as
the third century AD, many individuals and small Christian groups had
begun to question the authority of the Catholic Church, but these
dissenters had always been quickly stamped out. By the twelfth century
things began to change. Independence of thought crept from its crypt,
and freedom made bold to bloom.
there were about one hundred and thirty dissenting sects with over
four million adherents, spread across one thousand European cities.
Main centers were in northern Italy and southern France. Many of these
groups took the general name, Cathari,
which is derived from the Greek word for pure.
The Cathari included the Novatians, Paulicians, Bogomils, the
Patarines and many others.
theology aside, the Cathars were courageous seekers of truth, risking
life, family, and property, to disagree with the global Catholic
monster. The Cathari began as reform movements, the actions of lay
people against a corrupt clergy. According to Schaff’s History, “The
dissenting movement started with the people and not with the schools
or princes. ... The exciting cause of this religious revolt is to be
looked for in the worldliness and arrogance of the clergy, the
formalism of the Church’s ritual, and the worldly ambitions of the
papal policy. ... Underneath all this discontent was the spiritual
hunger of the masses.”
envisioned the whole of existence to be a struggle between Jesus
Christ and Satan. They considered material things abhorrent- wealth,
food, even the body itself. They taught that the soul had been
imprisoned in the human body and the only hope of salvation was to
live a good and spiritual life. According to Schaff, “The Catharan
doctrine seems to have highly exalted Christ, though it denied the
full reality of his human nature. He was created in heaven and was not
born on the earth, but passed through Mary as through a pipe. He
neither ate material food nor drank material drink.”
were uneducated people, common men and women, who rejected the
ceremonies and oppression of Organized Christianity. They said that
the true church has no dignitaries, cardinals, or archdeacons. They
believed that the traditional Catholic church with its corrupt clergy
and immense material wealth was the agent of Satan and to be avoided.
Cathars, Christianity was not a philosophy, but a daily faith and
practice. These radical ideas qualified the Cathars for destruction.
To prove that the Cathars were evil and the Catholics were good, the
pope simply raised an army and killed them all.
Catholicism had already established warfare and annihilation as its
policy toward rival religions. As given in the encyclopedia, the
Crusades were, “wars against pagan peoples, Christian heretics, and
the political foes of the papacy.”
Non-Catholics were considered vermin, “heretics,” and enemies of
the state. Schaff’s History says, “A heretic, that is, one who
dissented from the dogmatic belief of the Catholic Church, was
regarded as worse than a Saracen and worse than a person of depraved
Church was not pursuing truth, but power, and thus had no intention of
allowing the Cathars to live in peace. In 1208 the pope called for a
crusade against the Cathars, beginning with the Albigenses in southern
France. This war continued for twenty years.
the reports of a Catholic observer at the city of Beziers, “Ours
spared neither sex nor condition. The whole city was sacked, and the
slaughter was very great.” The wild soldiery followed the papal
legate’s command, “Fell all to the ground. The Lord knows His own.”
Twenty thousand were killed in this single city, seven thousand inside
the church building itself.
two hundred of the Albigensian leaders were burned. At the city of
Minerve, a hundred and forty were burned, and those spared had their
ears, noses, and lips cut off. The invading army plundered the towns
and were granted title to what they conquered, along with the papal
assurance of heaven. From Schaff’s History: “Languedoc at the
opening of the wars had been one of the most prosperous and cultured
parts of Europe. At their close, its villages and vineyards were in
ruins, its industries shattered, its population impoverished and
seek to know God personally, and refuse to bow to the majority, have
always paid for their freedom with their own blood. The Cathars were
proof of this. As a result of the Catholic crusades against them, they
were eradicated from the earth.Present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
reasonable service. And then came the Inquisition.
Inquisition was formally established as a church institution at the
Fourth Lateran council of 1215. The Inquisition was an organized
system for the suppression and extermination of “heresy.”
Schaff’s History, the Inquisition “presents what is probably the
most revolting spectacle in the annals of civilized Europe. The
representatives of the Church appear, sitting as arbiters over human
destiny in this world, and in the name of religion applying torture to
countless helpless victims. ... The principle was that those who were
baptized were under the immediate jurisdiction of the Church and the
Church might deal with them as it saw fit.”
Innocent III taught that heretics had fallen under the power of Satan
and that they should be deprived of all their possessions; he demanded
that secular princes should draw the sword against them. Even the
bodies of the non-Catholic dead were to be dug up from consecrated
ground and burnt.
Astoundingly, these concepts were readily accepted by the civil
governments of the time. Princes, kings, and governors took oaths to
seek out and kill any who dissented in the slightest measure from the
Catholic system. Legislation was passed, municipal books inscribed,
and constitutions amended to prescribe the burning alive of heretics
in the sight of all the people. And the dragon
stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour
her child as soon as it was born.
their inhuman evil, in 1231 the Catholic church established a new
class of priests known as Inquisitors. The Inquisitors were
terrifying, formidable creatures, who operated under the immediate
jurisdiction of the pope and held the power to excommunicate even
Inquisitors traveled in pairs with an army of underlings, regularly
visiting every city in Europe and demanding that all guilty of heresy
present themselves. After thirty days grace, the accusations began and
the accused were dragged to the tribunal by Inquisitorial police.
Suspicion and public rumor were sufficient grounds of complaint and
seizure. The testimony of any two witnesses was considered proof of
trials the utmost secrecy was observed and the names of accusers were
not divulged. The right of asylum did not apply to heretics- once
arrested, they were all but helpless. Compelled under oath to answer
all charges against them, they were forced to condemn themselves.
Those thought to be lying were imprisoned.
In 1252 Pope
Innocent IV officially sanctioned the use of torture to extract the
truth from the accused. Penalties for minor offenses consisted of a
pilgrimage, public scourging, a fine, or the wearing of a cross. More
serious heresy was punished by having the tongue ripped out, the
confiscation of property, perpetual imprisonment, or consignment to
the local civil authority for execution.
History, “The centres of heresy in Germany were Strassburg, as early
as 1212, Cologne, and Erfurt. The number of victims is said to have
been very large and at least five hundred can be accounted for
definitely in reported burnings. Banishment, hanging, and drowning
were other forms of punishment practised. In 1368 the Inquisitor,
Walter Kerlinger, banished two hundred families from Erfurt alone. The
prisons to which the condemned were consigned were wretched places,
the abode of filth, vermin, and snakes.”
Inquisitor was the Frenchman, Robert le Petit. According to Schaff, in
1233 “He had hundreds of victims in Western Burgundy and the
adjoining regions. In one term of two or three months, he burnt fifty
of both sexes ... he also buried victims alive. At Cambrai he burnt
twenty, at Douai ten.” His last deed was to burn more than one
hundred and eighty at Mt. Aime. A contemporary chronicler called it,
“a holocaust very great and pleasing to God.” In 1239 le Petit
himself was consigned to perpetual imprisonment for his atrocities.
King Ferdinand V and Queen Isabella I of Spain requested papal
assistance to deal with heresy in their own country. From this deadly
alliance came the Spanish Inquisition, history’s most infamous
the encyclopedia, “This Inquisition was to deal with the problem of
the Maranos, Jews who through coercion or social pressure had
insincerely converted to Christianity. After 1502, it turned its
attention to similar converts from Islam, and in the 1520’s to
persons suspected of Protestantism.”
efficiency of the Spanish Inquisition was due to its superior
organization and the consistent support it received from the Spanish
monarchs. From Schaff’s History, “Its decisions fell like the blow
of a great iron hammer, and there was no power beneath the sovereign
that dared to offer them resistance. ... Heresy was regarded as a
desperate disorder and to be removed at all costs.”
suspects was considered meritorious. Children were told it was their
duty to inform on parents, and the slaves of convicted heretics were
set free. Confiscated properties were used to pay the Inquisitors, for
personal gifts, or were applied to the national treasury. Greed was a
prime motive for accusation.
In the first
46 years of this nefarious barbarism, 14,344 people were burnt alive
and 195,937 condemned to other penalties. And these were not lawless
evildoers. Rather, they were simply people who disagreed with Catholic
Inquisition finally ended in 1834, closing a reign of Catholic horror
that stretched for 350 years. From Schaff’s History, “Spain’s
Catholic orthodoxy was assured, but Spain placed herself outside the
current of modern culture and progress. By her policy of religious
seclusion and pride, she crushed independence of thought and virility
of moral purpose. ... Heresy she consumed inside of her own precincts,
but the paralysis of stagnation settled down upon her national life
succeeded in remaining staunchly Catholic and to this day regards
Protestantism as heresy. But this addiction to Catholicism has filled
her land with darkness. Today she remains a second-rate nation,
excluded from the enlightened achievements of commerce and science.
Catholicism is the cause- spiritual and intellectual death is the
Inquisition was sponsored by the adversaries of spiritual truth. It
was another vile attempt by Satan’s horde to crush the life from
Sonship. Yet in 1542, the pope made the Inquisition a permanent
institution of Catholicism, establishing in Rome the Congregation of
the Inquisition, known also as “the Holy Office.” This directorate
continued to vigorously pursue heretics throughout the Catholic world,
and in 1633 even condemned Galileo for saying that the earth revolved
around the sun.
Schaff, “So far as we know, the Roman Catholic Church has never
officially revoked the theory and practice of the mediaeval popes and
councils, but on the contrary the utterances of Piux IX and Leo XIII
show the same spirit of vicious reprobation for the Protestants and
In 1965 Pope
Paul VI, responding to many complaints, reorganized the Holy Office
and renamed it the “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.”
Under this pseudonym the Inquisition still exists today.
the Catholic church spued its vile venom, the secret plan of God was
still on track. In 1170, Peter Waldo had a personal experience with
God. A prosperous French merchant, Waldo witnessed the sudden death of
a friend and was struck by the fleeting, tenuous nature of earthly
life. He then paid to have most of the New Testament translated into
French. Following that, he gave away his goods and sending his two
daughters to a convent, took a vow of poverty and embraced a life of
asceticism and piety towards God.
traveled, preaching in the streets and villages. His followers learned
the scriptures well, committing whole gospels to memory. They were
called the Humiliati, the Poor Men of Lyons, and eventually the
Cathari, who lived completely apart from the established church, the
Waldenses accepted Catholic doctrine but objected to the corruption
within the clergy. They also refused to submit to the authority of the
pope and his prelates.
Schaff’s History, “The Waldenses, leaning upon the Scriptures,
sought to revive the simple precepts of the Apostolic age. They were
the strictly biblical sect of the Middle Ages.” This refreshing
breath of spirit was eagerly received by the people, and by 1315 they
claimed 80,000 believers in a single district of Austria.
At the synod
of Verona in 1184, the Catholics condemned the Waldenses for preaching
without the authority of the bishops. In 1190, according to Schaff,
“They were charged with being in rebellion against the
ecclesiastical authorities and with daring to preach, though they were
only laymen.” As usurpers of the church’s function, they were
declared heretics and excommunicated by the papacy.
Cathari were crushed, the Waldenses became the prime victims of the
Inquisition. In 1487 Pope Innocent VIII organized a crusade against
them. A Catholic army of eighteen thousand plundered and destroyed
whole villages; the leaders were burnt alive at the stake. These papal
butchers were not attacking villains, vandals, or reprobates. Rather,
they were attacking the spirit of truth and personal conscience. Once
again Organized Christianity proved itself the champion of tyranny,
terror, and death.
Waldenses took refuge in Germany and in the Alps of Switzerland, where
they eventually merged with the Hussites and the Bohemian Brethren.
These fugitives formed the roots of the fast approaching Protestant
Waldenses there were also other dissenters, men enlivened by the
spirit of God. In 1378 John Wycliffe translated the Vulgate or Latin
Bible into English and the following year repudiated the doctrine of
Transubstantiation. In 1382 he was declared a heretic and his
followers, the Lollards, were persecuted and burnt until the
John Huss condemned corrupt church officials and their doctrines. He
demanded freedom for the priests to teach from the Scriptures, Holy
Communion for the laity, and the return of most church lands to
secular owners. In 1410 he was excommunicated. In 1415 he was summoned
to the Council of Constance with a safe conduct from the emperor. But
arriving at Constance he was seized, imprisoned, falsely tried, and
burnt at the stake.
Catholics then dispatched their armies against his followers. From
1419 to 1436 the Bohemian Hussites were invaded by five separate
Catholic crusades. Each time the Hussites prevailed, but whole
provinces were desolated. In the end, the Hussites were defeated when
the noble faction defected to the papists. The turning point was
marked by the massacre of 22,000 faithful Hussites in the city of
of torture, greed, and murder, was not the message of Jesus Christ.
Those who seek human prestige and worldly authority are not the Body
of Christ. Those who offer their doctrines with intimidation, threats,
and cruelty, are not the church of God. For
the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. The
true church endures persecution, it does not dispense it. Those who
financed the Crusades with their own avarice, and who invoked the
Inquisitions from their own despotic ambition, are the henchmen of
Satan’s adversarial horde.
church does not have the message of Sonship. It is blind to the glad
news of spiritual liberty, and knows nothing of a personal
relationship with God. To the contrary, the Catholic system has
obliterated these truths. Catholicism is a black-hearted counterfeit.
It provides an endless stream of activities, vows, fasts, icons,
pilgrimages, saints, rituals, relics, rosaries, doctrines, and works,
but no life for the spirit. Like a noxious swarm it pervades the land,
poisoning and enslaving its own. It is a malignant ruse of
self-exaltation, greed, and oppression, proffered under the guise of
structures can be known by their fruit, and the bloody fruit of
Catholicism is physical and spiritual death. In the Christian world,
it is the Devil’s antithesis to Sonship. Beware
of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly
they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men
gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree
bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil
of the early dissension against the Catholic church terminated in
heartrending futility, it evidenced an awakening of thought unknown in
a thousand years. As men struggled for spiritual freedom, shock waves
of inquiring individualism rippled into the liberty of the
From 1300 to
about 1550, men fought for relief from the ecclesiastical system, and
the spin-off was an abundant harvest in art, literature, culture,
government, and education. According to Schaff’s History, the
Renaissance achieved, “freedom from the intellectual bondage to
which the individual man had been subjected by the theology and
hierarchy of the Church. ... The tap-root of the Renaissance was
individualism as opposed to sacerdotal authority.”
fourth century the Catholic church had banned the study of all ancient
books, authors, and institutions. Jerome, who had been trained in the
classics, pronounced them unfit for the Christian eye. By Catholic
edict, reading, learning, and questioning were lost to the human race,
until revived by the courage of spiritual dissension.
of the Renaissance rescued the literary treasures and accomplishments
of ancient Greece and Rome from the dust of centuries. New schools
appeared wherein Aristotle, Cicero, science, and the Roman law were
discovered and explained. This period saw the paintings of Da Vinci,
the sculpture of Michelangelo, and the writings of Dante.
It was the
rebirth of individuals searching for liberty that produced the light
of the Renaissance. This brightness soon became a gleaming blade that
pierced the dark pall of Catholicism, and slashed it away to welcome
the fresh morning of the Reformation.
In 1517, God
finally acted to disarm the Catholic doctrine that had incarcerated
Christianity. As Europe emerged from the Renaissance, Martin Luther
rebelled against commercialized religion and defied the authority of
the Catholic church. At first Luther merely sought to challenge the
sale of indulgences. But the bold posting of his 95 Theses on the door
of the Wittenberg Church sparked a spiritual revolution that
transformed the Christian world.
extricated himself from the Catholic quagmire of Devilish theology to
declare that, “The righteousness of God is that righteousness
whereby, through grace and sheer mercy, he justifies us by faith.”
Luther translated the New Testament into German and proclaimed the
Bible to be the sole basis for truth and the judge of church
Renaissance rescued classical literature from its prison, so also the
Reformation rescued the Bible from the clutches of a vicious and
totalitarian clergy. According to the Handbook
of Denominations in the United States, “In studying the Bible
for himself, Luther ‘discovered’ the gospel, the message about
forgiveness by divine grace through human trust, and he insisted that
the church must place its ministry and authority in the service of
In 1521 at
the Diet of Worms, Luther was ordered to recant. From the
encyclopedia, “Papal authorities ordered Luther to retract and
submit to church authority, but he became more intransigent, appealing
for reform, attacking the sacramental system and urging that religion
rest on individual faith based on the guidance contained in the Bible.”
Luther was declared an outlaw, but the freedom in his ideas had
already swept through Germany, firing the hearts of half the
At the Diet
of Speyer in 1526, the Papists finally agreed that German princes
wishing to practice Lutheranism should be free to do so. This relief
was short lived, however, for at the second Diet of Speyer in 1529,
the Catholics abrogated this agreement. The Lutheran minority
protested this action and became known as “Protestants.”
Holy Roman Emperor Charles V burned Luther’s books, and in 1546 in
alliance with the pope, attacked the Protestants of Germany. But the
war came too late. The notion of Protestant spiritual liberty was
unstoppable, and the war ended with the Peace of Augsburg in 1555.
With this peace, Lutheranism “finally gained official recognition,
and the ancient concept of the religious unity of a single Christian
community in Western Europe under the supreme authority of the pope
In 1545 the
Catholics convened the Council of Trent in response to the
Reformation. This council continued for eighteen years. During this
time the papists licked their wounds and consoled one another by
reaffirming the goodness of their doctrines.
Martin Luther’s courage was echoed by other great men. In 1518
Huldreich Zwingli initiated reform in Switzerland. In 1536
Protestantism was established in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland
by edict of the king.
Lefevre d’Etaples embraced justification by faith and denied the
doctrine of Transubstantiation. In 1523 he translated the entire New
Testament into French. The French Protestants, known as Huguenots,
were mercilessly persecuted by the papists. In August 1572, at the
Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, 100,000 Huguenots were murdered in
the city of Paris by order of the Catholic King Charles IX. The
Protestants were finally completely routed from France in 1685.
In 1536, the
Protestant John Calvin fled persecution in France and established
Calvinism at Geneva. The Calvinists were known as the Reformed Church
and have become the Presbyterians of today. In the Netherlands,
Calvinism was welcomed by the educated nobles and the northern region
of Holland became staunchly Calvinist. In 1560 John Knox persuaded the
Scottish Parliament to adopt Calvinism as the national religion and
they created the Scottish Presbyterian Church.
King Henry VIII severed the English church from papal authority. By
his decree and act of Parliament, the English kings were declared the
supreme head of the Church of England. This established an
independent, national, Anglican church.
VIII retained the theology of the Catholics and agreed that
Lutheranism was heresy. Thus Henry fought against the papists and also
burned the Lutherans at the stake. In 1549 the Book of Common Prayer
was issued to provide uniformity of service in the Anglican church and
its use was enforced by civil law.
grace, the Reformation was an idea whose time had finally come. The
Protestant reformers repudiated Catholic doctrine and defied the
authority of the corrupt church structure. They rejected five of the
seven sacraments, retaining only Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The
egotistical church was toppled from its pretended role as sacramental
dispenser of salvation. Religion escaped the grip of a highly
privileged clergy and came to express the beliefs of the people. The
new churches valued the individual, and incorporated ideas of
produced a fresh new wind of political, religious, and cultural
freedom. The EDT states: “The Reformers claimed to be renovators,
restorers of the primitive face of the church. Such a church was not
dependent on communion with the papacy or hierarchical succession but
was constituted by its election and calling in Christ.”
the encyclopedia, the Reformation “ended the ecclesiastical
supremacy of the pope in Western Christendom and resulted in the
establishment of the Protestant churches. ... It completely altered
the medieval way of life in Western Europe and initiated the era of
Reformation was understandably quite frustrating to Satan. Since the
fall of Adam he had labored to enslave the hearts, minds, and bodies
of men. At the Reformation Satan suffered a major defeat. His Catholic
monster was splintered into many smaller factions. But do you think he
then gave up?
Reformation released human spirit from the Catholic dungeon, freedom
of thought rejoiced as a calf loosed from its stall, and threw off the
fetters of authoritarian doctrine.
leaders of the Reformation were not all happy about this liberty.
Already they had succumbed to a pride that reached unto dictatorial
autocracy. Though the Reformation had opened the door to
Protestantism, it did not change the vile nature of fallen man. The
carnal mind was still alive and well. It was still an idolater. It was
still fitted with an insatiable greed. It was still the enemy of God.
Reformation as before, men sought to justify their actions regardless
of how immoral, and to defend their own ways, while numb to their own
errors. As individual conscience took root and began to grow,
stretching tall and reaching for the blue skies of bright truth, it
was struck down by the self-exaltation of the newly forming clergy.
Schaff’s History, “Luther had a sense of superiority, and claimed
the credit of having begun the work of the Reformation. He supposed
that the Swiss [the reformers Calvin and Zwingli] were indebted to him
for what little knowledge they had of the gospel; while, in fact, they
were as independent of him as the Swiss Republic was of the German
Empire, and knew the gospel as well as he.”
defensive ego of Luther led to grievous controversy over the
Eucharist. All the reformers rejected the doctrine of
Transubstantiation. But Zwingli, the father of the Reformation in
Switzerland, believed that the bread and wine were only symbols of
Christ’s body. Luther on the other hand could not totally free
himself from the theology of his youth, and charged that Christ’s
body and blood were still some how physically present in the bread and
believed that Christ was imbibed by the spirit. Luther believed that
Christ was imbibed by the mouth. The rift became bitter and deep, and
Luther became tyrannical. Reverting to his Catholic roots he stated,
“How can we unite with people who strive against God and the
sacrament? This is the road to damnation, for body and soul.”
only twelve years after the Reformation had begun, a conference was
called in Marburg in an attempt to prevent a sectarian fracture. But
because of the Eucharist the Lutherans told the Zwinglians, “You do
not belong to the communion of the Christian Church. We cannot
acknowledge you as brethren.”
called the Zwinglians heretics, hypocrites, liars, blasphemers,
soul-murderers, sinners unto death, bedeviled, and said that Zwingli’s
tragic death was God’s righteous judgment.
logic and reason had led Luther to revolt from the Catholic church in
1517. But just before he died, as logic was being applied to the
argument of the Eucharist, Luther denounced reason as, “the damned
whore of the Devil,” and the Eucharistic controversy permanently
split the Lutherans from the rest of the Protestant world.
Swiss, many others also knew the Bible, and these began to seek God
personally and to question the despotic doctrines that had so long
been their taskmasters. The next question that erupted into
controversy was baptism. The major reformers all held to the Catholic
tradition of infant baptism. But some rejected this, maintaining that
baptism requires a decision for Christ which can only be made as an
adult. These people became known as the “Anabaptists.” According
to Schaff, “Their fundamental doctrine was, that baptism is a
voluntary act, and requires personal repentance, and faith in Christ.
They rejected infant-baptism as an anti-scriptural invention.”
the personal decision that is evidenced in adult baptism, the
Anabaptists split from both Lutheranism and Calvinism. In 1533 the
Anabaptist, Jacob Hutter, founded the Hutterites, and in 1536 Menno
Simons started the Mennonites. From these roots, John Smyth organized
the first English Baptist Church in 1609.
Anabaptists believed in religious liberty, nonviolence, and the
absolute separation of church and state. But the fathers of the
Reformation decided that adult baptism was “heresy.” Accordingly,
the Anabaptists were persecuted and killed by both Catholics and
Protestants alike. From the encyclopedia, “Because they rejected the
hierarchy of the church and the authority of civil bodies in religious
matters, they were accused of sedition and heresy, persecuted, and
Protestants disagreed with the Catholic doctrine of the Trinity. These
became known as Antitrinitarians. The Antitrinitarians spread across
Europe and evolved into the Unitarians and Socinians.
When one of
the Antitrinitarian leaders, Michael Servetus, was discovered in
Geneva, John Calvin had him burned at the stake. From Schaff’s
History, “To the great humiliation of the Protestant churches,
religious intolerance and even persecution unto death were continued
long after the Reformation. In Geneva, the pernicious theory was put
into practice by state and church, even to the use of torture and the
admission of the testimony of children against their parents, and with
the sanction of Calvin. Bullinger, in the second Helvetic Confession
[AD 1564], announced the principle that heresy should be punished like
murder or treason.”
those unsatisfied with the incomplete reforms of the Anglican Church
split off and became the Puritans and Quakers. It was then that the
English burnings for heresy really began. According to Schaff’s
History, “Cranmer persuaded Edward VI to burn women. Elizabeth saw
the death penalty executed upon Puritans. The spirit of intolerance
was carried across the seas, and was as strong in the seventeenth and
eighteenth centuries in the American colonies, with some exceptions,
as it was in Europe. The execution of Quakers in Boston, and the
persons accused of witchcraft in Salem, together with the laws of
Virginia and other colonies, were the unfortunate survivals of the
vicious history of the Middle Ages.”
Catholics before them, the Protestants were infected with a malignant
and pernicious disease: the belligerent, blind, self-justifying pride,
of the carnal mind. Feeling arrogant and threatened, the leaders of
the Reformation defended their own ideas, became sightless, grew
dogmatic, and denounced those with a continuing revelation. The
Protestant movement then shattered into a spray of competing
into warring factions, the adversaries of Sonship moved in to conquer
them, one by one. Counting the Catholics as already irretrievably
ensnared, Satan’s vile brood hastened to invade each new Protestant
church, to continue their proven work of corruption from within.
last chapter was written on the pages of the Reformation, the seeds of
failure were already sown. Just as the new denominations were learning
to walk, they were crippled by the Devilish limitations and doctrines
of Modern Christianity.
pristine liberty of the Reformation died, the various denominational
structures stepped in to fill the
void. Subtle as
self-righteousness, Satan and his horde roved through the new
Protestant denominations to infect each with carnal ambition and
delusions of infallibility. As these zygotes matured, the
denominations all grew into the same autocratic authority, defensive
posture, benumbed mind, and imprisoned spirit, that they had detested
in their Catholic mother.
the encyclopedia, “The episcopal organization and ritual of the
Anglican church is substantially the same as that of the Roman
Catholic church.” From the Handbook
of Denominations in the United States (hereafter abbreviated
HDUS), “Lutheranism retains much from the tradition of the ancient
and medieval church. ... The Episcopal Church and the Orthodox Church
in particular take their places squarely in the catholic tradition.”
his Catholic recipe, the Devil’s throng fitted each new Protestant
denomination with a supreme pontiff, an unalterable system of exalted
doctrines, and a ruling structure of carnal clergy.
Every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee,
saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter. Thou art thy mother's
daughter, that lotheth her husband and her children.
The Supreme Pontiffs of Protestantism.
pontiffs of Protestantism are the founders of each denomination. In
days gone by, these visionaries discovered new truths and shared
unique perspectives on the Bible. As they did so, they attracted large
followings which congealed into the various sects.
each sect came to revere their particular founder as the oracle of
God. As Catholicism traces its authority through the pope back to
Peter, so also each Protestant denomination now traces its authority
back to an esteemed founder as the supreme revelator of God’s truth.
Lutherans laud the inspiration of Martin Luther. The Presbyterians
claim the legacy of John Calvin. The Mennonites immortalize Menno
Simons. The Methodists worship the wisdom of John Wesley. The Mormons
marry the dictums of Joseph Smith. And the Worldwide Church of God
adores the memory of Herbert W. Armstrong.
popes of Catholicism, these names are honored as the holy fathers of
God’s truth. To their proselytes they are above reproach and beyond
questioning. Accordingly, these proselytes are not subject to new
revelation. Now this I say, that every one of
you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of
Christ. Is Christ divided?
The Unalterable System of Exalted Doctrines.
with these denominational founders is that they all died. And when
they did, the source of revelation died with them.
this loss, each sect codified its beliefs in catechisms, creeds, and
articles of faith, aiming to preserve its precious truth. At the
founder’s death these written instruments lost their mechanism for
change, and the people were left with a rigid system of doctrines that
attempted to approximate the original, living revelation.
This can be
clearly seen in the Anglican church, which adopted its present
thirty-nine articles of faith in 1563, under Queen Elizabeth I. So
also, the HDUS states that modern “Lutheranism dates from Martin
Luther’s theological ‘discoveries’ between 1513 and 1530.” And
again, “In 1739 Wesley drew up a set of general rules, which are
still held by modern Methodists.”
bears further witness to this present scheme of unalterable
denominational dogma: “The Articles of Religion as adopted by the
1784 Christmas Conference have remained intact throughout the history
of the Methodist Episcopal Church and its successor bodies.” The
HDUS continues by describing the Foursquare Church as, “a tribute to
the organizing genius and striking methods of its founder. ... The
teaching of the church is set forth in a 21-paragraph Declaration of
Faith written by Mrs. McPherson.”
visionary to lead them, the denominations were cut off from new ideas,
and the denominational converts clung to the founding truth which had
brought them together. Stagnation led to defensiveness. As sectarian
rivalry increased, each church magnified its own particular creed and
this soon degenerated into an elitist belief that they alone possessed
the gateway to heaven.
fixed doctrines of the Protestant denominations became revered as the
divine prerequisites for salvation, much like the sacraments of
Catholicism. New truth became viewed as errant because it differed
from the old standard. In a very short time the denominations became
as sun baked shells washed up on a beach- the life was gone but the
There is no
retreat from this indictment of unalterable doctrines, even for the
relatively new Christian denominations. All are bound to the errors of
their past. From the EDT, “Those free churches, particularly in
America, that claim to stand on Scripture alone and to recognize no
traditional authorities are in some sense the least free because they
are not even conscious of what traditions have molded their
understanding of Scripture.”
The Ruling Structure of Carnal Clergy.
Protestant churches took form, they sought out men and women who could
recite the teachings of the founder. These were set into positions of
authority called bishops, pastors, deacons, and elders. These people
were charged with preserving and perpetuating the founder’s
revelation, using the codified articles of faith.
leaders took the oversight of their less enthusiastic brethren, and
parroting what they were taught, evolved into a ruling clergy. And
one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter.
priestly structure of Protestantism has grown into a system no less
heinous than the Catholic monster it thought to replace. According to
the EDT, “Most Protestant groups formed traditions nearly as binding
as the Catholics and established similar sets of authorities:
ecumenical councils, confessional creeds, synodical legislation,
church orders, and theologians (especially founders) of a particular
church.” From the HDUS, “Methodist churches in the United States
are highly and rather centrally organized. Bishops and district
superintendents exercise considerable authority over pastors and
the Catholics, the ruling Protestant clergy of today are trained in
denominational schools. But as students, they can only echo what they
have been taught, and their promotion is based upon unwavering
commitment to the established creed. Accordingly, these carefully
trained puppets tenaciously espouse the doctrines and limitations of
It is this
clerical structure that effectively prevents any new revelation of God
from reaching the people. To the clergy, new understanding is error
and serves only to confuse the ignorant masses. Obsessed with
denominational dogma, the clergy act as an umbrella, deflecting any
new revelation away from the plebes in their care.
the HDUS, “Christian doctrines and ethical principles are held to be
solid and essentially unchangeable ... [being] defined by the teaching
authority (the magisterium) of the institutional Church.”
Catholics before them, the Protestant clergy have become the dictators
of theology for the common man. Under their tutelage thought is
pressed into molds, new ideas are denounced as “heresy,” and a
personal relationship with God is once again thwarted. The founder’s
doctrine produced the clergy, the clergy rule the people and
perpetuate the doctrine. And on it goes in endless cycle.
of each Protestant denomination established their church when they
encountered some new or unique truth in the Bible. But finding it, it
seems they put down roots and stopped in their spiritual tracks.
Believing that their new morsel was the mother lode of heaven, they
drove a stake in the ground to mark the spot, chained themselves to
it, and began to run in circles.
solidifying their doctrine and having their ministers repeat it every
Sunday, the denominations have halted their spiritual progress. The
pursuit of new truth has been abandoned and anathematized. The old
founder and his creed have been lifted in reverence at the expense of
each sect now clings to a tiny narrow slice of Christianity, while
believing that they have the whole. From the HDUS, “Each
subtradition- Lutheran, Pentecostal, Methodist, Evangelical,
Calvinist, for example- latches on to a particular emphasis,
configuration, priority, or central theme of Christianity.”
Lutherans found salvation by faith and haven’t learned anything
since. The Seventh Day churches discovered the Saturday Sabbath, and
now orbit that singular truth. The Adventists have made a career from
the tidings that Jesus Christ will soon return, which news they
supplement with health foods.
Worldwide Church of God discovered that the Anglo-Saxons of today are
the lost tribes of Israel. The Mennonites canonized separation from
worldly pursuits. The Baptists grabbed-hold of adult immersion and
thought they had it all. The Presbyterians went to seed on liturgical
church government. The Unitarians rejected the Trinity, then sat down
on a pew, fell asleep, and fell off.
the World Christian Encyclopedia, at the beginning of the twentieth
century there were an estimated 1,900 different Christian
denominations. In 1982 there were about 22,000. And every one exalts
its own system of faith, defends it against change, obeys its priestly
hierarchy, and believes that its creed is the ultimate revelation of
God. Every man is brutish by his knowledge;
every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image
is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. They are vanity, the
work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
denominationalism is the reemergence of Baal. Just as in Canaan there
were many Baals and each was considered to be the landlord of a local
district, so also now each denomination venerates a different local
god, who is in charge of their little patch of theology. The
denominations all have different concepts of God, and today they each
worship their own little Baal, give fealty to his doctrines, and pray
to him for their own fertility.
these little deities love, protect, and teach their own. But they are
powerless to affect any of the other congregations. The Baptists
worship a god who loves only the Baptists. The Presbyterians worship a
little Baal that controls their lives, but he cannot do a thing with
the Catholics. The Catholic’s god tolerates only Catholics, and
hates everyone else.
denomination has a Baal whose sway does not extend over the others.
And within this denominational tangle each local church also
acknowledges a regional Baal who is king of their plot, lord of their
city, guardian of the block where their building resides.
And so it
goes. Each denomination sits with its pygmy god, the provider of
spiritual fertility, impotent as an idol of stone. The followers
worship his written system of doctrines, and for this, the little god
loves only them and mutely ignores the rest of the world.
This type of
worship has always been an abomination to the one true God, for he is
a supreme being and demands a personal relationship with each of his
the Israelites should never have bowed to any Baal, for Yahweh had
already given them divine legal title to the entire land. By their
acceptance of a lesser Baal’s authority, Israel renounced their
ownership of Canaan and became squatters on their own property. I
will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou
art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession.
And so it is
today. Those who join a denomination subscribe to its limitations, and
renounce their claim to all of God’s treasures. By accepting
denominational dogma and authority, they acquiesce to a little
religious Baal, become subservient to his doctrines, and forfeit their
own spiritual inheritance.
for this bending fealty, the denomination takes charge of their
followers’ spiritual fertility. Baal worship is your acceptance of a
denomination’s “Articles of Faith.” When you bow down to a code
of limited doctrines, you despise God’s ever expanding revelation,
and his personal leadership in your life.
membership is the denial of an all sovereign God. The supreme founder,
rigid doctrines, and ruling clergy of any denomination are the
cataracts of spiritual vision. They make you blind to that portion of
God’s plan that exists beyond denominational walls. Yielding to
their authority is the numbing of your personal conscience. It is your
acceptance of serfdom and your abdication of Sonship. When you bow to
a denominational Baal, you can never move beyond the little patch of
salvation that he controls.
Methodist, Anglican, Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist, or Presbyterian,
you disavow your position as crown prince. You relinquish personal
responsibility, cast away your birthright, and return to servitude.
Christians today prefer to be tenants of a denominational Baal,
settled in the comfortable vassalage of being told what to do, rather
than to walk alone with God and develop into spiritual Kings. Most
people relish the repose of worshipping some strong local deity,
church, pastor, ministry, or TV evangelist. But those who bow to these
denominational Baals have refused an intimate communion with the one
true God. And far from the fertility they seek, they make themselves
the willing subjects of spiritually sterility. Then
shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry
unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save
them at all in the time of their trouble.
of Adamic life on earth is to bring forth the spiritually begotten
Sons of God. Satan was assigned a commission to malign this truth.
When God sent Adam, Satan infected him with perversion of morality and
pollution of race. When God sent the Law, Satan poisoned the
Israelites with paganism. When God sent Christianity, Satan permeated
it with Catholic idolatry. When God sent the Protestant Reformation,
Satan shattered it into the stunted, sectarian vanity of the modern
shared his plan for Sonship, Satan has always corrupted and trampled
it from inside the very institutions that were called to receive it.
So it is that the Protestant denominations of today have been fitted
with the same system of supreme pontiffs, exalted doctrines, and
ruling clergy, that was first found in Catholicism. As with their
idolatrous Catholic mother, so it is with the Protestant denominations
The rise of
thousands of Christian denominations brought as many different
religious perspectives. Each sect produced its own view of Christ, the
Bible, salvation, the sacraments, and the intended result. Each of
these pretenders sported themselves as the “true Christianity” and
this variety produced stiff competition among the denominations.
Accordingly, each sect found their beliefs increasingly under attack.
religious opinions are as fragile as ego and precious as breath.
Nobody wants to be found lacking or mistaken. And yet few Christians
will undertake the fearsome toil of exposing their doctrines to fresh
scriptural scrutiny. Fewer still have the confidence to honestly
consider new interpretations, to follow the Holy Spirit in the lonely
paths of spiritual revelation.
change and incrimination, the denominations found it easier to simply
defend their old beliefs. Craving the solace of familiarity, they shut
out new ideas and banded ever closer together, seeking the reassurance
of like-minded mortals.
security of friendly faces at the meeting hall began to provide more
comfort than the denomination’s doctrines. The social aspects of
church became more important than its teachings. The congregation of
believers took-on a new preeminence in the religion, and a
relationship with “the body” eclipsed any need for a personal
relationship with an intangible God. Fellowship grew infinitely more
important than truth, and entertainment became the essence of
Now, as in
the days of Balaam, the truth of Christianity has been blended with
sensual desire. The denominations of today draw their converts, not
from a pious hunger for the deep things of God, but from an urge for
respectable social interaction. The churches pander to those with a
voracity to visit, a need to be noticed, and an appetite for amiable
To feed this
craving, Modern Christianity employs every device of social addiction
known to man. Today it has become a common carnival of fleshly
entertainment, hailing the carnal with choirs, jugglers, fund-raisers,
bake sales, games, pageants, plays, sports teams, spectacles, gaudy
singers, lurid women, and entertaining speakers who have nothing to
say. Take an harp, go about the city, thou
harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs,
that thou mayest be remembered.
and fellowship are the new doctrines, and feasting has been canonized
in the creed. Taco night, pot lucks, and Sunday brunch have become the
new sacraments for salvation. This people draw
near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have
removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by
the precept of men.
huddled together and forsaken God’s ongoing revelation, the
denominations fear and denounce any renegades who still crave a
personal relationship with God. Any who seek a deeper, living truth,
are considered a threat to the church’s longevity. Within the rigid
doctrines and massive priestly structures of Organized Christianity,
the teaching of Sonship is considered an act of war.
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans
shall come and take away both our place and nation.
reassure themselves that they need nothing more, the denominations
find their comfort in numbers. From this has grown the Adoration of
the Attendance Roll, and the doctrine of Sanctification by Showing Up.
More people on Sunday morning somehow signifies the approval of
Almighty God. Group assembly has taken on a fanatical flavor, and
individuals who dissent are once again denounced as heretics. Today
most denominations actually have the demented audacity to assert that
regular assembly with their group is a requirement for your salvation.
You and Jesus Christ, they say, are not enough. Now you need social
interaction with “the Body” at their particular church.
Christianity has set Jesus Christ aside and built an elaborate social
lifestyle from Hebrews 10:25. Not forsaking
the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but
exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day
approaching. With these persuasions, “gathering” has now
been exalted to divine status. According to the EDT, “The word of
God ... comes alive through the Spirit in the context of gathered
believers who make up Christ’s church.”
Catholics before them, the hirelings of Organized Christianity
erroneously believe that you need their domineering clergy, rigid
doctrines, and social ritual, to attain the approval of God. Will
ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that
come unto you? And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of
barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die,
and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my
people that hear your lies?
of Modern Christianity show that in spite of what they say, these
Christians do not believe that the Spirit lives within individuals.
They fail to realize that the church is a person, not a building. And
they ignore the fact that you and Jesus Christ alone are a quorum. For
where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the
Christianity has removed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and
replaced it with a dependence on a pastor. And with this dependence
comes an onerous social duty to his group. In this they have made
assembly an obsession, which they offer as an excuse for perpetual
substitution produces Christians that never grow up. As babes at the
breast, they are ever dependent on a suckling church. They can never
feed themselves or stand alone. Ye have need
that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles
of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong
meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
righteousness: for he is a babe.
Christians of today need always the comfort of fellowship, as many
candles clustered on a cake. But true
fellowship can never be found amongst candles. Intimate, abiding
fellowship, can only exist in the light the candles would produce, if
they were ever lit.
spiritual strength is a concept virtually unknown to those in
Organized Christianity. They cannot conceive of ever being a
self-perpetuating source of spirit life. In their Trinitarian
depiction of Jesus Christ, even he is not afforded an existence
independent of his Father.
to imagine anything better for themselves, Modern Christians remain
content to languish in a state of spiritual welfare. And assembled in
their fearful groups, they must be constantly replenished to survive. Whom
shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand
doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the
gathering together for comfort, fellowship, and strength, is much like
the lemmings march to the sea. If you are trusting in a gaggle of
feathered friends, you are heading for the cliff, along with the rest.
For even if Noah, Job, and Daniel were at your church next Sunday,
they could save none but themselves. Though
Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they
shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their
own souls by their righteousness.
maturity is not contagious. It is not a spectator sport. It will not
rub off or transfer by close contact. It must be birthed inside you,
individually and alone. If I take the wings of
the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even
there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
present dispensation, God is developing a cadre of individual Sons.
These Sons will come to possess the likeness, capacity, and substance
of God their Father. To pursue this goal you do not need any church,
pastor, doctrine, fellowship, or sacrament. You need only an
absorbing, solitary walk in a consuming desire to know God,
thoroughly, intimately, and only.
participate in this calling while frequenting the local Christian
bordello. Repetitive assembly with the clandestine adulterers,
whoremongers, liars, naysayers, and carnal failures who attend church
every Sunday will never make you perfect. Organized Religion will but
anesthetize your heart with her delicacies, then infect you with her
social doctrines of vanity.
This is not
to say that meeting with other believers is worthless. Far from it.
When Moses was commanding the armies of Israel against the Amalekites,
he needed help in holding up his hands. Aaron and Hur came to his aid,
and their assistance made it possible for Moses to bring forth
victory. All Christians will need strengthening during their trek to
individual spiritual maturity. As they came
out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to
bear his [Jesus’] cross.
is not a recipe for spiritual maturity. It is not an alternative to
study, self discipline, and personal holiness. Group interaction is
not a substitute for the transformation of your character. Nor is it
an excuse for the absence of personal overcoming. Though Christian
fellowship may help get you to your Calvary, you are the one who will
be nailed there, and when it happens, you will be all by yourself. Let
every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in
himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own
Christian assembly is with believers, not institutions. Believers are
individuals, searching for God by revelation, perseverance, and
personal conviction. They worship in spirit and in truth, not in
Articles of Faith, dogmatic ritual, or by unction from a hireling
clergy. I sat not in the assembly of the
mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand.
Believers revere no founder but the Eternal God. They recognize no priest save Jesus Christ his firstborn Son. Being guided by the Holy Spirit, they are not restrained by the craft of men. Instead, they are free to develop into all the spiritual dimensions envisioned by their Heavenly Father.
with these individuals will refresh the spirit and at times impart
some bit of wonderful understanding. But even these are only small
components of spiritual growth. Assembly with other believers is but
an occasional inn, on the long road to autonomous spiritual strength.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as
also ye do.
does anything really important in a crowd. If there are lots of others
clustered around you in your spiritual walk, it is far more likely
that you are about to be dismissed with the multitude. Then
Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his
disciples came unto him.
modern church, the goal of growing into spiritual maturity is unknown,
having been replaced by the doing of churchy things. Conversion of
character has been dropped from the agenda, being disagreeable to the
manicured. Judgment has been removed from the carnal nature and
retained only for those who challenge church dogma.
church is defensive, fearful, social, and stunted, which things are
Satan’s finest work. Today through the vehicle of Organized
Christianity, the truth of Sonship, the reality of Jesus Christ and
his Firstborn Brothers, has been all but obliterated. And
his [God’s] breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the
midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and
there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to
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