(Celebration of the Vespers of the Solemnity of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Jan. 25, 2014)
So what’s the big deal with this photo?
We’ll get into doctrine as expressed in recent headlines, but for now lets start by analyzing this recent picture of the pope. This image contains evidence of the utter blasphemies of the Papacy, in it’s claims of the pope to have the authority of Jesus Christ on earth, evidenced here by their deliberate use of symbolism. Consider the photo above in light of the following scriptures:
“O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.”-Isaiah 37:16
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. “-Revelation 20:11
“And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment… exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.”-Mark 9:2-3
And what does the Bible say about antichrist?
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.“-2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
(Francis is actually not the first to do such, click here for more images.)
At this point my I could do an entire exposition regarding the title the Pope assumes, ‘Vicar of Christ,’ and it’s meaning, using innumerable quotes from her very own church writers; we could go through the innumerable Biblical prophecies that when collectively considered, could only be fulfilled by the papacy; it’s history, and even it’s failure to actually recant or redact it’s precepts which she violently held during the dark ages which resulted in much bloodshed (60-200 Million Souls), thus proving that even today in the modern era although she professes an ‘open but false policy,’ she actually maintains a ‘secret but true policy,’ and thus is indeed a wolf in sheep’s clothes, a lamb that speaks as a dragon, (Matthew 7:15, Revelation 13:11) whereby she appears more tolerant, less militaristic, and without the temporal power as in in times past, however her doctrines have not changed, and are rather, at the moment not being overtly being acted upon (however, covertly, is provably another story.)
As we move forward in time this has, and will continue become more and more apparent.
That exposition (mentioned above) will come in time but by neccesity will be quite lengthy with it’s innumerable angles and examples, so for brevity sake, right now my intentions are just to propose these few most recent examples of her blatant blasphemies in the 21st century.
Another Example of the Church of Rome’s Blasphemies
Okay, now let’s consult the scriptures so that it shall become evident how blasphemous this really is.
In John 10:9 Christ said “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved” and in John 10:1 he said “He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber“.
Another words Jesus Christ was saying that he himself personally is the door, namely by grace through His blood that He personally shed at Calvary for the forgiveness of sins and by faith in Him and this propitiation procured by him personally, before the Father. This is reiterated by the Apostle Paul in 1 Tim. 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus“.
That means a door to a building cannot be a “door of mercy” especially as the scriptures say that God doesn’t dwell in temples made by hands (1 Cor. 3:15; 1 Cor. 6:16; Acts 7:48; Acts 17:24). And notice how Christ regards the “any other way” in v.1 essentially as works salvation by using the analogy of climbing, as opposed to simply entering through belief in Christ. Entering a building, participating in sacraments, etc, is works salvation.
But those are just photos you say, I’m reading to much into them
Okay, let us now turn to the most recent Papal Bull issued by Pope Francis on April 4th, 2015, “Misericordiae Vultus.” or “BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY” (The following will be quoted directly from the Vatican’s official website)
So not only in decreeing such a bull does the Pope by virtue publicly declare his assumed power and authority commanding a “holy year,” “an extraordinary jubilee” (liturgical Holy Days not found in the Bible) by which the church grants mercy (quoted below directly from the Bull; totally contrary to Romans 11:32); there are also additional anti-scritptural, unsound doctrine, and blatant heresies revealed in this document which demonstrate the fact that ROME HAS NEVER CHANGED.
So what else do we find?
The worship of, and Co-Redemptrix/Co-Mediatrix of Mary
The bull states:
“The Holy Year will open on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. And so he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate…“
And in another place :
“My thoughts now turn to the Mother of Mercy. May the sweetness of her countenance watch over us…”
The Intercession of saints
We also read:
“Our prayer also extends to the saints and blessed ones who made divine mercy their mission in life. I think especially of the great apostle of mercy, Saint Faustina Kowalska. May she, who was called to enter the depths of divine mercy, intercede for us and obtain for us the grace of living and walking always according to the mercy of God and with an unwavering trust in his love.”
And lest we be accused of of misinterpreting the role of said saints, let us turn to a major catholic website’s (www.catholic.org) page on this “Saint Faustina Kowalksa,” then perhaps we can better understand why Francis chose to name her out of all the saints so declared by the Papacy (although the Bible would have us understand that ALL believers are saints)
“Her entire life, in imitation of Christ’s, was to be a sacrifice – a life lived for others. At the Divine Lord’s request, she willingly offered her personal sufferings in union with Him to atone for the sins of others“
The article above at catholic.org goes on to describe of the Ms. Kowalksa,
“Her special devotion to Mary Immaculate and to the sacraments of Eucharist.“
Two more unbiblical antichrist doctrines, the former I will be elaborating on below, and the latter, which taught that the host (little circular bread wafer) which is elevated and venerated in the catholic mass, was actually ‘transubstantiated’ into the literal flesh of Jesus Christ, and this was the chief doctrine of the Papacy, that if rejected led to being tortured or burned alive at the steak.
The Bible makes clear that Jesus Christ is the ONLY mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 8:34) it also states that salvation ONLY comes through him and what he did at Calvary (Acts 4:12, John 14:6, Colossians 1:12-14.)
And what exactly is the immaculate conception? It’s a doctrine which is totally contrary to all of scripture which claims that Mary was born without sin. Again, I shall quote directly from The Vatican’s official website:
“491 Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God,134 was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854: The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.135”
The Bible makes plain Jesus Christ was the ONLY one without sin and that Mary also required a Savior for her sins(Romans 3:23, Romans 11:32, Luke 1:46-47, 1 John 3:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 1:8,10 ,Hebrews 4:15.) So not only did God not look to Mary but rather to Christ, to rescue man from “the throes of evil” he did so before the fall of man, and not “after!” (1 Peter 1:20)
But that’s not all, we also once again find an emphasis on indulgences (the very cause of the protestant reformation, namely the false pretense that the pardoning of sin came from the church instead of through Christ; at the time being sold to the impoverished lay-folk,) but as well we observe an open declaration that it’s the CHURCH who bestows redemption:
“To gain an indulgence is to experience the holiness of the Church, who bestows upon all the fruits of Christ’s redemption, so that God’s love and forgiveness may extend everywhere.”
What Else do we Find in Recent News illustrating the Papacy’s view on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a strict adherence to the Bible?
“A fundamentalist group, even if it kills no one, even it strikes no one, is violent. The mental structure of fundamentalism is violence in the name of God”-Pope Francis, 6/13/14
“The orderly development of “a civil, pluralistic society requires” that the “authentic spirit of religion” not be “confined” to “personal conscience…“-Pope Francis, 4/18/2015
So not only are Bible-believing-Christians (who are protestant by their ‘Sola Scritprua,’ ‘Sola Fide,’ ‘Sola Gratia,’ ‘Soli Deo gloria,’ and ‘Solus Christus‘ convictions; even if they are no longer actively protesting) labeled as a violent fundamentalists who cannot be allowed to have a personal relationship with Christ, worshiping as they chose; we also find a push to cow tau and incorporate all other religions in the name of political correctness, again in violation of God’s commandments recorded for us in the inspired Word, the Holy Bible.
In the same bull we read:
“23. There is an aspect of mercy that goes beyond the confines of the Church. It relates us to Judaism and Islam, both of which consider mercy to be one of God’s most important attributes… I trust that this Jubilee year celebrating the mercy of God will foster an encounter with these religions and with other noble religious traditions; may it open us to even more fervent dialogue so that we might know and understand one another better; may it eliminate every form of closed-mindedness and disrespect, and drive out every form of violence and discrimination.“
This being corroborated by the Pope’s recent statement that we should not “offend” or “insult” other religions (www.usatoday.com.) So what would that entail according to the most recent papal bull? “Closed-mindedness,” or “fundamentalism” so in other words, if you tell somebody the truth, that faith in the blood of Jesus Christ is the only way by which men can be saved, in trying to save them from their own eternal damnation; which is an act of love; you are rather branded as an intolerant, violent, bigot. The pope also recently stated that the Koran and Bible were the same (www.nationalreport.net,) which of course could not be further from the truth, and rather than taking the time to elaborate on that myself, although it should be obvious as the Bible says you will know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-20,) I will reference to an article of Theologian/Author with a doctorate in Near East Languages, Michael L. Brown on the subject: Verses of Violence: Comparing the Bible and Quran.
Will we obey our hearts (Jeremiah 17:9,) or God? (Acts 5:29)
The Bible gives clear instruction what those who are called by His name are to do in light of such revelations:
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.“-John 4:24
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?“-Amos 3:3
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed“-Galatians 1:8
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears“-2 Timothy 4:3
“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers“-Titus 1:9
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. “-2 Corinthians 6:14-17
“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.“-Revelation 18:4
Additional reasoning from scriptures proving Mary to NOT have been without sin:
Recent Headlines Proving Rome doesn’t Change
Bearing in mind that the papacy has never repudiated her violent and condemning councils, encyclicals, and writings of the “church fathers”, nor the Jesuit oath, lets take a look at a few quotes taken from recent headlines proving that the Church of Rome is the great enemy of Biblical Christianity:
Pope Implies Jesus Was a Sinner (12/27/15)
““The Pope reflected on the Sunday reading from the Gospel of Luke in which a young Jesus stayed in Jerusalem in the Temple, causing great distress to Mary and Joseph when they could not find him.
“For this little ‘escapade,’ Jesus probably had to beg forgiveness of his parents,” the Pope suggested. “The Gospel doesn’t say this, but I believe that we can presume it.””
Pope: Personal Relationship with Jesus Dangerous (4/25/2014) From Vatican’s Official website:
“There are those who believe they can maintain a personal, direct and immediate relationship with Jesus Christ outside the communion and the mediation of the [Catholic] Church. These are dangerous and harmful temptations. These are, as the great Paul VI said, absurd dichotomies.”
Pope Says The Cross and Christ’s life were a failure (9/24/2015) From Vatican’s official website:
“we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus… and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, in the failure of the cross”
Now let’s review what the Bible says about Justification by Faith vs. the Church of Rome
First, what does the Bible say about faith?
“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” -Galatians 3:11
Now, what is official catholic doctrine?
“If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.” -Council of Trent, 6th Session, CANON IX, “On Justification“
And what do the church fathers write concerning ‘heretics’ and ‘liberals’?
“I answer that, With regard to heretics two points must be observed: one, on their own side; the other, on the side of the Church. On their own side there is the sin, whereby they deserve not only to be separated from the Church by excommunication, but also to be severed from the world by death. For it is a much graver matter to corrupt the faith which quickens the soul, than to forge money, which supports temporal life. Wherefore if forgers of money and other evil-doers are forthwith condemned to death by the secular authority, much more reason is there for heretics, as soon as they are convicted of heresy, to be not only excommunicated but even put to death.”
-St. Thomas Aquinas, “Summa Theologica,” Secunda Secundae Partis, Q.11, Article 3
And How Does the Vatican Esteem Aquinas’ Teachings Today?
“Thomistic doctrine which deals with humanity, given that his assertions on the dignity of the human person and the use of his reason, in perfect harmony with the faith, make St. Thomas a teacher for our time”