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PAPAL HYPOCRISY


PART ONE

“Those who forget the past are destined/condemned to repeat it”

The above statement serves as a guard to those who are the custodians of Truth and are called to proclaim the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. The mandate from our Lord is to preach the everlasting Gospel to the world (Matt 28:19,20) whether they hear of forbear (Eze 3:11)

. This is a most solemn command that we must not divert from for the Souls of many are at stake. We are to be found as faithful stewards/ servants of Christ at his coming for we are to give account of what we have done with the gifts and mandate given us.

The pages of many history books are filled with these graphic facts, which can disturb the minds of many harden criminals. For example, nearing the ending of the Spanish Inquisition “when Napoleon conquered Spain in 1808, a Polish officer in his army, colonel Lemanouski, reported that the Dominicans (in charge of he inquisition) blockaded themselves in their monastery in Madrid. When Lemanouski, forced an entry, the inquisitors denied the existence any torture chamber. The soldiers searched the monastery and discovered them under the floors. The chambers were filled with prisoners, all naked, and many insane. The French troops, though used to cruelty and blood, could not stomach the sight. They emptied the torture-chambers, laid gunpowder to the monastery and blew the place up.”.

This terrible occurrence is unquestionably marked in history as fact, yet to this date the Catholic Church has not truly repented of this diabolical act (The Inquisition) but she (the church) continues to flaunt herself as the channel through which the grace of God comes to men. Is it then any wonder that he church takes this position of being unrepentant? They have assumed the status of infallibility by their own decree. Pope Nicholas I (858-67) for example, once declared; “we (popes) alone have the power to bind and loose, to absolve Nero (Emperor) and to condemn him; and Christians cannot, under penalty of excommunication, execute other judgment than ours, which alone is infallible”. The exercise of this absolute power was exercised when he commanded one king to destroy another, stating: “we order you, in the name of religion, to invade his states, burn his cities, and massacre his people …”. Cormenin, History of the Popes, pg. 243.

Can you believe the arrogance of that statement? Would Christ ever commission such a statement to his church? Christ said to his followers, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth … Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Blessed are the peace makers: for they shall be called the children of God”. There exists no command then from Christ that the saints should exercise or seek such a diabolical power. This alone proves that the Catholic Church could not be following the teachings of our Savior, but their own pride and lust for power.

Some years ago in the news, there was an article stating that, the pope had made a formal apology to the victims of sexual abuse committed by priests and clergy ( including Nuns). I was truly surprised at first to see this, because I knew that the Catholic Church in the past would never admit to being guilty of such crimes. Fifteen hundred years of pride and arrogance, of proclaimed infallibility surely  would not be destroyed by one ‘self righteous pope’s conviction to repent. My knowledge of their history told me that this was only an act of convenience and not in the least genuine. The widespread occurrence of such abomination made it so unavoidable that they had no choice but to come out in the open and admit to being guilty of these crimes. It is estimated that a billion dollars has been paid by the church so far in the United States of America in out of court settlements. ‘The Santa Fe, New Mexico, Archiocese’ for example, ‘is on the brink of bankruptcy due to nearly 50 lawsuits against them which it is now defending itself.’ “More than 45 priests are believed to have (sexually) abused some 200 people over a 30 year period”. National Catholic Reporter Jan. 7th 1994. p. 9.

The question then would be, could the church maintain its status of infallibility in the light of this so-called apology?

PART TWO

Though, illogical as it may be, the facts are, that the church stills enjoys it’s unmatched popularity and influence among the nations of the world. This was seen when the Catholic Church was allowed by the then Cuban leader, Fidel Castro to establish missions in that country after over fifteen years of communist hard-line rule and banishment. Prior to the beginning of the new Millennium the Pope (then, John Paul) made a very courageous speech when he said that the Church’s mission was to convert the whole of Asia to Catholicism. While in India he attracted a great number of opposition from native religious holy men who condemned the church for evils done to their religion, culture and country. This accomplished nothing in the end and the Pope’s message went forward with all it’s weight and authority.

Consider this, the Pope, like the Caesars of the Roman Empire, (who were looked upon as the embodiment of the nation), is thus viewed as the embodiment of the church itself. It then becomes easy for the Pope to lay the guilt of these evils upon the priests, nuns and clergy, while he stands free from such defilement. Remember that he embodies all that the church represents, in doctrine and tradition, therefore, the church is able to maintain it’s stand of infallibility. The pride and strength of Caesar was the strength of Rome itself. So it is with the Roman Pontiff (Pope). History makes this point real, for it was Pope Pius XI who said “you know that I am the Holy Father, the representative of God on earth, the Vicar of Christ, which means that I am God on the earth”.

After digesting the many evils mentioned in this article done by the Catholic Church throughout the past one thousand years, it is then no surprise that as we reflect on the present we see that the church has not given up, nor evolved out of her immoral practices. When the Pope made an apology (as was mentioned above), to persons sexually abused by it’s clergy. This apology was sent via email and as should be expected was vague and a thousand years too late. Such a short and vague attempt of apology cannot make up for all the evils that the church has done to a countless number of persons over such a long span of  history. This apology cannot be deemed an apology in the truest sense, according to the Bible. If the Catholic Church is truly Christian, it would be different. For one thing, it may be that some may think it was a noble thing for the Church to have apologized, but the facts are, we ought not to be deceived by this outward show of  so-called piety. The church remains unchanged in her policies and religious dogmas (teachings), which in many ways led to, and justifies these wrongs.

From the Vatican’s frescoed Clementine Hall on Wednesday 21st Nov, the Roman Pontiff (Pope) using a laptop made his historical and famous apology. Reporting on a Synod meeting held in 1998, the Pope wrote that bishops form the region “apologized unreservedly” for the “shameful injustices done to indigenous peoples” in Australia, New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific.

In another place he said, “The Church expresses deep regret and asks forgiveness where her children have been or still are party to these wrongs”. This apology dealt with some 30,000 aborigine children who against their will and their parents were forced by the Australian government’s backing of the church’s attempt to educate these children. On the other hand the document also highlighted the highly scandalized issue of sexual abuse in the church and by the church to persons who are non-clergy. The Pope said, “In certain parts of Oceania, sexual abuse by some clergy … has caused great suffering and spiritual harm to the victims”. This headed a string of apologies made by the church over the past year or so. Some included those made to the Jews for her turning a blind eye to the so-called Holocaust; to the Chinese people for the errors of missionaries towards them in colonial times; and to the Orthodox Church in the Ukraine and Greece for wrongs committed to them. With all this apologizing going on it leads one to the question—Does this mean that the church is about to make a turn around to be redeemed from her diabolical sins? God has said, “If you confess your sins” and forsake them; he would “forgive us”. So then, it seems that forgiveness is always near at hand, sure it is! Can an institution like the Roman Catholic Church be within the bounds of forgiveness? We will now answer that question, though I believe it has already been done in this article. It will suffice here to add a textual critique of the Papacy’s character and to show that the great reformers have in their time condemned the character of the church in a way that spells it’s reproach (given up to sin, i.e. being beyond forgiveness).

Reformers such as Martin Luther, John Huss, John Wycliffe and John Calvin, to name a few, have all branded the Catholic Church as the Anti-Christ of Revelation. The word “anti” in the Scripture takes on a dual meaning, the first being against, the other, in place of or substitutes. Thus, the Papacy is Anti-Christ by virtue of the office of the Pope. The character of this church is outlined prophetically in Scripture. It was Paul who gave us this warning in his letter to the Thessalonians, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day” (the second coming of Christ), “shall not come,” except there come a falling away first,” (from the Gospel of Christ), “and that man of sin be revealed, the son of  perdition;” (or rather, the son of destruction), “Who, opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God”. 2 Thessalonians 2: 3-4. The title and office described before, shows that this revelation by Paul can only point to the “office” of the Pope. For this description fits him who is the head of the Catholic Church. This view mentioned above was also the view of the reformers. Out of this apostasy grew this horrific and diabolical church that is the Roman Catholic Church. In the book of Revelation, the church is outlined in this way, “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear” … (these descriptions were first given in the book of Daniel chapter 2: 31-45, and it represented the individual characteristics of each world power prophesied of at that time. The Papacy (Catholic Church) here is identified as possessing all the marks of the past four world powers.)… “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed…”.Revelation 13:3. (During the French Revolution, the Papacy (Catholic Church), received it’s fatal blow or “deadly wound” under General Berthier in 1798. The then Pope, Pius VI, was taken prisoner, and less than a year later died in exile in Florence France. The death of the Pope, who being the embodiment of the church itself, marked a temporary defeat, and hence the death-wound of the Church.)… And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast … Rev. 13: 4. (The dragon in Scripture represents Satan himself, Rev. 12:9. It is he who gives “the beast” it’s power/authority) …. And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies …. Rev. 13:5. (The “great things” are nothing less than “blasphemies”, which the church has forged as religious dogmas over the centuries. Some which included: the office of the Pope, which gives him the title. “Vicar of Christ” — the one in place of Christ on earth, without rebuke, (i.e. his office makes him infallible). Prayers for the dead; veneration of angels and saints; the use of images; prayers to Mary; the celibacy of the priesthood; sales of indulgences to free the soul of the dead from Hell, etc.). These are just a few of the blasphemous doctrines of the church that stand totally against the doctrines of the Bible and God.

As seen above, the church has from earliest times, become the “son of perdition” by virtue of her apostasy from the Gospel of Christ. The system, which is the Papacy or Catholic Church, is beyond genuine change, through the forging of her blasphemous doctrines. After falling so far from God’s grace through pride and impenitence, and also in the light of the reformers’ (who were the instruments of grace) who pointed out her sins were never able to brng her to  repentance.

In the end, we ought to seek the counsels of God in this matter and not lean upon our own understanding. God has put it this way, therefore, the reader is left in the end to make his/her analysis and judgment; “…because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, “(the Catholic Church. A woman in scripture is used to symbolize a church, either pure or corrupt), “which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants to commit fornication, and eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.” Rev. 2: 20-21.

So repentance was offered, but was rejected. One thousand years of resisting the call to repentance can only lead to the inevitable, reprobacy. In another scripture it says, “…I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore” (this is the Catholic Church), “that sitteth upon many waters:” (this represents people/nations), “With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication,” (an unlawful union of church and government, united as it was in Europe during the dark ages), “and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine” (false doctrines), “of her fornication. 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. 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: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus…” Rev. 17: 1-6. (This was during the time of the Inquisition).

Could Scripture be any clearer? Don’t be fooled by the Papacy’s so-called apology. Only necessity made this possible not true conviction and humility. She is unchanged, for she is beyond change. If things were different and she possessed the power of influence as in old times, she would be as haughty, heaven-daring and murderous as before. Beware! For soon she will show us again her power of influence and strength.

TO BE CONTINUED

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