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Greetings. Regarding the so called early church fathers, I believe some were genuine Christians and others definitely were not, in either case their words do not represent the faith that once was delivered unto the saints. I know of a certainty that the New Testament is indeed the Word of God, but these men could have been backslidden for all I know. The world tends to put up on pedestals those who preach, 'what they want to hear', while the faithful saints, on the other hand, are treated as outlaws.

Acts 20:28-32

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Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

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For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

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Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

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Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

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And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

The words of the early church fathers do not qualify as being, "able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."

Every pseudo-Christian cult I know of operates by adding in men's words to create an adulterated counterfeit gospel. Mormons have their, "Book of Mormon". (Ditto the Catholic Church with their Apocryphal books.) The Jehovah Witnesses only allow their elders interpretations to be accepted as authoritative. (Ditto the Catholic Church.) The Moonies demand total obedience to the dictates of Sun Myung Moon. (Ditto the Catholic Church with its blind obedience to the Pope.)

Eve was deceived, because she accepted as authoritative, 'words' that turned away from the truth and contradicted the Word of the Lord.

The Word of God tells us that if they speak not according to God's Word it is because they do not have His Spirit in them. As such they are deceivers regardless of how highly esteemed they may be in the opinion of 'some', or for that matter, in the opinions of 'many'.

Isaiah 8:20

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak NOT according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Regarding the new politically correct practice of not offending anyone's feelings; I don't buy that nonsense for a minute. I don't worship my feelings and I don't plan on worshiping anyone else's either. The vast majority in the world will be spending ETERNITY in the LAKE OF FIRE because their feelings were offended at the truth and so they turned away their ears. What are some temporary hurt feelings compared to, 'eternal suffering'? Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit, and guess what, he profoundly offended an entire crowd along with their so called, 'spiritual leaders'. Read it for yourself.

Acts 7:51-60

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Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

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Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

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Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

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When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

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But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

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And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

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Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

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And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.

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And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

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And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

The following passages concern the Lord's warning from Revelations 17 & 18. Notice the underlined segments regarding identification. Is there just one part that rules out Rome?

Revelations 17:1-18

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And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

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With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

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So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

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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:

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

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And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

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And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

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The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

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And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

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And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

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And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

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And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

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These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

14
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

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And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

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And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17
For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

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

Revelation 18:1-24

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And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

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And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

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For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

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And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

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For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

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Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

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How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

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Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

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And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

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Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

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And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

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The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

13
And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

14
And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

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The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

16
And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

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For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

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And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

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And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

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Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

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And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

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And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

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And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

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And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

In the New Testament Christians are warned to contend for the FAITH that was revealed to them by JESUS CHRIST and recorded in HOLY SCRIPTURE. Christians are further warned to AVOID ANY COMPROMISES with pagan influences. The book of Revelation reveals that many didn't and that they were severely reprimanded for having failed in that regard. It would definitely appear that Jesus disapproved of their innovations and that He strongly suggested that they REPENT and put out of the church those wicked practices.

The Catholic Church is following the exact opposite course, that being one of seeing how many bizarre doctrines they can pile up one upon another, and how many pagan practices they can bring in and install in order to make the pagans they 'convert' feel right at home. However according to scripture found a little further on in Revelations (chapters 17 & 18 above) it becomes plain that their so called conversions actually amount to one of 'going from the pan, into the fire'. Be assured that it is totally futile to try and convince me that it was that kind of 'converting' that Jesus had in mind when He commissioned the Church to go into all the world and preach THE GOSPEL to every creature.

When Catholics repent of accepting that long list of fables and blasphemous nonsense they embraced and make the New Testament of Jesus Christ their entire hope of salvation I will believe that they truly desire to serve Jesus Christ.

AD 300 - Prayers for the dead.
AD 300 - Making the sign of the cross.
AD 375 - Veneration of angels & dead saints.
AD 375 - Use of images in worship.
AD 394 - The Mass as a daily celebration.
AD 431 - Exaltation of Mary; as, "Mother of God".
AD 526 - Extreme Unction. (Last Rites)
AD 593 - Doctrine of Purgatory.
AD 600 - Prayers to Mary & dead saints.
AD 786 - Worship of cross, images & relics.
AD 995 - Canonization of dead saints.
AD 1079 - Celibacy of priesthood.
AD 1090 - The Rosary.
AD 1190 - Indulgences.
AD 1215 - Transubstantiation.
AD 1215 - Auricular Confession of sins to a priest.
AD 1220 - Adoration of the wafer. (Host)
AD 1414 - Cup forbidden to the people at communion.
AD 1439 - Purgatory proclaimed as a dogma.
AD 1439 - Doctrine of the Seven Sacraments confirmed.
AD 1545 - Tradition declared of equal authority with Bible.
AD 1546 - Apocryphal books added to Bible.
AD 1854 - Immaculate Conception of Mary.
AD 1870 - Infallibility of the pope in matters of faith & morals.
AD 1950 - Assumption (bodily ascension) of the Virgin Mary.
AD 1965 - Mary proclaimed Mother of the Church.


A Chapter from John Schroeder's new book, Heresies of Catholicism

The truth is that most Catholics are not born of the Spirit of God, and if they are it wasn't because of the Catholic Church. The Catholic church added in so many strange and biblically unfounded doctrines that they created a totally different religion from that found in the New Testament. A relationship with Jesus Christ was replaced by rituals and superstitions and God's Word was replaced by Papal decrees. At times this mystical belief system reaches the very heights of absurdity. Priests running around with crucifixes supposedly chasing the devil, Catholics paying for prayers to supposedly get dead loved ones out of purgatory. (A place not so much as hinted at anywhere in God's Word.) Priests thinking they have the power to change bread into God. Catholics living in gross sin and thinking that a priest (Even one living after the same manner.) can absolve their sins. So called infallible Popes calling each other anti-Christs. One Pope even dug up a Pope and put him on trial for heresy. Another Pope was so possessed that the liverymen wouldn't dare bring any horse into the Vatican courtyard while he was there because it would go absolutely berserk. There was a Pope so evil that women wouldn't dare go outside when he was out and about. Then there is the ongoing practice of entering into alliances with wicked rulers.

Catholicism VS Democracy - The Treaty of Verona

Forged documents were also used to deceive Catholic kings into handing over control of vast amounts of land. (A Pope told King Pepin that Peter himself had come down and handed him one such document.) That this whole evil business could be confused with the Church that Jesus Christ founded is truly an infamous example of Satan's power to deceive. Attempting to identify Jesus Christ, the Son of God, with this wicked religious system is in and of itself, 'blasphemy'. The Popes have made the Pharisees, that Jesus rebuked, appear by comparison to be mildly hypocritical and merely novices regarding the practice of deception. A person can believe God's Word and place their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation or they can trust in the doctrines and commandments of men to save their souls, but;

IT IS NOT AT ALL POSSIBLE TO DO BOTH!

Mark 7:6-9

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He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

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Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

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For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

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And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

The Catholic Church claims to represent the Church that Jesus Christ founded however the main components of Catholicism are not found in the New Testament and actually have no foundation there at all. Here are just a few of those unbiblical pillars.

(1) That the Church should be ruled over by man and in particular - one man.

Pope Gregory (590-604 AD) maintained that all of the bishops were equal and denounced the idea that one bishop should rule over all the churches. There is no commandment from Jesus Christ establishing any one church as having authority over any other church, let alone one that makes Rome head over all the churches. Because one dominant church could be used to politically control and doctrinally corrupt all the churches the concept itself is flawed. The devil would approve of such a system due to the fact that he would only have to deceive one man in order to deceive many. In addition this would easily allow one anti-Christ to usurp Jesus Christ's rulership over all the churches. For the same reason one centrally controlled priesthood could easily be corrupted and used to spread false doctrine under a pretense of serving God and so claim exalted status over all other members of the church. Human nature itself rules out such a system, it thereby being made unsound, potentially very dangerous and abusive, and as such would not have been inspired of the Holy Spirit.

(2) That the Holy Spirit guides the Church through one man.

Holy scripture maintains that all true Christians have received the Holy Spirit and that He teaches all believers apart from the basic teaching ministries in the Church. If a man or group of men circumvent that ministry of the Holy Spirit to teach contrary to the Holy Spirit, (And the New Testament record given to us by the Holy Spirit.) then it would become impossible to identify such as a cult while the cultists themselves are the only acknowledged interpreters of scripture. A cult would have to maintain this 'Catch 22' situation in order to try and protect itself from exposure as a cult and especially so regarding those within its sphere of influence. That fact itself rules out any absolute or arbitrary system of instruction that contradicts the Holy Spirit's teaching as given in the New Testament. No valid, godly teaching ministry can exist apart from God's Word, and no spiritual integrity can exist for man as a special creation of God if personal judgment regarding the scriptural soundness of such ministry is rendered void by any means.

(3) That Jesus Christ established a ritualistic means of dispensing His grace.

A system that could appropriate grace from God by some formal ceremony would if such were true remove control of dispensing God's grace from God, over to man. Such a system would indeed make man 'God' by reducing God to the status of a servant. If God could be manipulated by any means by sinful man using any ritual whatsoever He could no longer be called, 'Holy'. Since it is impossible for God to be other than, 'Holy' He therefore would not and could not grant any power to man that would bring Himself under man's control. The ritualistic pretensions of Rome are thus shown to be simply the end product of man's self-exalting imagination. In addition there is no New Testament basis for the setting up of altars in Christian churches nor do Christians have any commandment from God to re-sacrifice Jesus Christ. This practice is not only contrary to God's revealed Word, but the desire to sacrifice Jesus, over and over again in a ritual, can hardly be called a Christian sentiment. Not only is the practice abhorrent to Holy Spirit filled Christians, it is totally unnecessary, and absolutely impossible.

Romans 6:9-10

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Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

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For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Revelation 1:18

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

"According to the official teaching of the Catholic Church, Catholic men and women are not allowed to believe what they read in the Bible without checking it out with the Catholic Church. They are required to find out how the bishops of the Church interpret a passage and they are to accept what the bishops teach as if it came from Jesus Christ Himself. They are not allowed to use their own judgment or follow their own conscience. They are required to believe whatever the bishops teach without questioning it.
("Catechism" paragraphs - 85, 87, 100, 862, 891, 939, 2034, 2037, 2041, 2050)" {Excerpt taken from Mary Ann Collins's 'Mary Worship'}

According to the Church of Rome no interpretation of God's Word is valid but her own. To be considered a faithful Catholic you must accept that doctrine. So then you are not permitted to hold any interpretation that differs from official Catholic doctrine. As such Catholics must abdicate responsibility to believe and obey God's Word 'as is' and defer always to the so called leading of the Holy Spirit, first in regards to the Pope, and afterwards the Bishops. In order for that absolute rule of conscience to have any credibility whatsoever the Papacy must first prove that it is God's Holy Spirit who is actually guiding them. How can one test to see if their spiritual leading is actually of God? The only way to do that is to compare the Word of God to their actual doctrines, teaching, and manner of behavior.

The problem however is that they disallow Catholics any independent judgment of interpretation and comparison of the Word of God to their religious system that would reveal the spirit guiding that institution to be other than the Holy Spirit. By demanding absolute acceptance of their interpretations they are actually insisting that you place your faith in them rather than in God's Word or His ability to instruct you. Their system as such represents a total mind control program based on faith in, 'man'.

The Holy Spirit is the 'Spirit of Truth' and produces 'holiness of character'. The Catholic Church has a long record of being anything but holy. EG. Popes living in absolute wickedness, denying access to God's Word, forging documents to steal land, torturing and killing millions, adopting pagan practices, claiming that their traditions are more important than God's Word, covering up tens of thousands of criminal offenses by its leaders, joining in league with wicked rulers, scamming money from Catholics under various ruses, (EG. purgatory, indulgences, etc.) blasphemously attributing powers to their priests that make Jesus Christ, the Son of God, subservient to them. Ad nauseum.

Then they have the audacity to claim that you cannot use your own judgment and determine for yourself from God's Word, that it is indeed Satan, and not Jesus Christ, who is lord over their wicked counterfeit church.

Are you sure you want to trust in the, 'holiness of the Catholic church' for your salvation?

For many today their concept of how man is saved or made 'holy' actually contains elements of Gnosticism which was a 'heresy' that the early Christians encountered and vigorously opposed. Gnosticism maintained that man could save himself by acquiring esoteric knowledge, and those Gnostics who claimed to be Christians (but were not) thus made salvation out to be a matter of obtaining such special wisdom, that they of course claimed to have exclusive possession of while the New Testament was considered by them to be an inferior source of knowledge meant to hide Christ's true teachings from the 'great unwashed herd'.

While claiming superior knowledge they were in fact mixing in and superimposing pagan concepts unto the true teachings of the apostles and so created a mystical counterfeit gospel. The Gnostics (EG. Origen) even created altered bibles (And others, false epistles.) to try and deceive people into accepting their religion.


THE ROOTS OF MODERN BIBLE CORRUPTION

B.F. Westcott and F.A. Hort, two Anglican heretics involved in the occult, used two early Gnostic corruptions of God's Word to create a new Greek text that is often appealed to in order to mangle the reading of the so called 'new and improved' modern bibles in favour of 'Gnostic mysticism'. When scholars speak of the oldest manuscripts, they are usually referring to those two corrupted, Gnostic texts - Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus. (Which are under lock and key at the Vatican.)

"The Sinaiticus is a manuscript that was found in 1844 in a trash pile in St.Catherine's Monastery near Mt. Sinai, by a man named Mr Tischendorf. It contains nearly all of the New Testament plus it adds the 'Shepherd of Hermes' and the 'Epistle of Barnabas' to the New Testament. The Sinaiticus is extremely unreliable, proven by examining the manuscript itself."

"It [Vaticanus] was found in the Vatican Library in 1481 AD. In spite of being in excellent condition, it omits Genesis 1:1-Gen.46:28, Psalm 106-138, Matt.16:2-3, the Pauline pastoral Epistles, Hebrews 9:14-13:25, and all of Revelation. These parts were probably left out on purpose."

... Barry Burton (Let's Weigh the Evidence)

Gnostic Corruptions in the Critical Texts



And so most modern bibles are now based on these early, 'altered bibles' and as such Gnosticism is back in full swing again finding an ally in Catholicism which was overrun by Gnostics many centuries ago. Gnosticism had one branch that was extremely ascetic believing that the flesh was evil and that its passions had to be transcended in order to be saved. Other Gnostics believed that what you did with your body was spiritually irrelevant so it was primarily that type of Gnosticism that stood out in stark contrast to Christianity.

Gnosticism - definition: 'a systematic corruption of Christianity using mysticism, philosophy and various religions as sources for adulterants' .

Nicolaitanism, (power over the people) which goes hand in hand with Gnosticism, with its elite priesthood, initiation ceremonies, and exclusive salvitic knowledge became over time the central core of Catholicism. (Notice that many doctrines contained within Catholicism were actually carried over from purely pagan sources - EG. Hindu prayer beads becoming rosary beads. Babylonian mother-child worship becoming Mary-Jesus worship. Ancestor worship becoming prayer to the so called Catholic saints. Etc.) The Freemasons believe themselves to be saved by way of esoteric knowledge and as such are modern Gnostics seeking to infuse their teachings into various religions to absorb them into a global religion that they of course hope to control. Note that many high ranking Catholic priests are Freemasons and that John Paul II has removed the prohibition that was part of Canon Law (automatic excommunication) for Catholics joining this secret society.

A List of Masons in the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church

True Christianity maintains that man cannot save himself by any means. (That being the reason that Jesus Christ went to the cross.) And that man cannot be made 'holy' apart from the 'Blood of Christ' that cleanses man from sin. Apart from faith that believes God's account, (That is plainly revealed in the New Testament.) and so accepts those truths there can be no salvation whatsoever for anyone.

The devil has produced countless 'ways' for man to save himself, all of course - false, and many of those false ways would be dressed up to appear Christian, at least on the surface, so you really cannot afford to trust anyone other than Jesus Christ for your salvation.

GLORY TO JESUS


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