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The Charismatic Movement and Pentecost
Have Been Defiled

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The Charismatic Movement and Pentecost
Have Been Defiled
PART I


Copyright 2007 Loren Davis

THE ISSUE IS OVER SOUND DOCTRINE


2 Timothy 4:3-4 "For the time will come when they will
NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE."


A SHORT HISTORY OF THE DEFILING OF CHRISTIANITY
In 300 A.D., Constantine, a sun worshipper, made a deal with the leaders of the Roman Church. He told them that if they helped him become emperor of Rome, he would stop the persecution of Christians, give them wealth, and they could share in the power of the government. He also said he would become a Christian. The only stipulation was that Christians had to be tolerant of the other gods and soft on doctrine. The Roman church leaders agreed, the persecution stopped, and the faith was compromised. The Roman Church then became known as the Roman Catholic Church whose doctrines disagree with most of the major doctrines of the Bible. (See my book: The Paganization of Christianity, Chapter 7, "The Roman Church's Disputes with the Bible").

The Anglicans, the Church of England, split with the Roman Catholic Church over doctrine, but later developed unsound doctrines themselves. Now the Anglican church has defied basic Bible teaching and is even ordaining homosexuals into the clergy.

The Reformation came with Martin Luther who caused a split with the Catholic Church because it disagreed with Bible Doctrine. The split sector became known as Protestants and his followers started the Lutheran denomination.

The Baptists came preaching salvation and Jesus Christ as the Son of God but they developed the unsound doctrine of what they called Eternal Security or Once Saved Always saved. In other words, if one accepts Christ, he cannot lose his salvation no matter how he lives. This contradicts many scriptures. They also taught the doctrine of Predestination; that is, that God foreordains everything that happens in one's life. A person has no choice. This contradicts multitudes of scriptures. More and more Baptist churches are now having Yoga classes. (T.D. Jakes, a non-Baptist, is now also endorsing Yoga). This is incredible seeing that Yoga originated from Buddhism and is apart of their religious practice. Buddhism is an antichrist religion. It does not believing in the divinity of Christ nor the Bible. Now preachers are integrating this pagan practice into their brands of "Christianity".

Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, etc., were all born in fire standing firmly on the Bible, but all slowly have bought into these doctrines of Eternal Security and Predestination, along with many other unscriptural doctrines. All of these mainline denominations are now open to, or have endorsed, that one can be a Christian and a homosexual, which directly opposes what the Bible teaches.

Unitarians. In the early years of America, great revival swept the Eastern seaboard of the United States. Institutions like Harvard, Yale and Princeton arose to be great theological schools to train men to preach the Gospel and take it to the world. The Unitarians, who do not believe in the divinity of Christ, infiltrated these institutions and took over the universities and churches. Today they spend much of their educational time indoctrinating their students not to believe in Christ or the Bible. Unitarians believe that Jesus is not the only way to Heaven, He is just one of the ways. Unitarianism is very similar to Hinduism except it uses different terminology.

Seminaries and Bible schools constantly attack the authenticity and accuracy of the Bible. This textural criticism is supposed to make the student think but in fact brings doubt and destroys faith in the written Word of God.

The proliferation of Bible translations changed the very essence of Bible Doctrines. (Click here to read the article, Changing the Bible.)

THE MODERN HISTORY OF PENTECOST BEING DEFILED
The modern Pentecostal Movement began at Azusa Street in Los Angeles and in Kansas City in 1906. Azusa Street was one of the first places where the restoration of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:4), and the Gifts of the Spirit began to re-awaken in modern times.
Shortly after this, the Pentecostal Movement, as it was labeled, split. Those who believed in the Trinity went into one camp, and those who believed in the unscriptural doctrine of "Jesus Only", or "Oneness" went to another camp. The Assemblies of God was one of the main Pentecostal denominations that grew out of this on the side of the Trinity. The United Pentecostals was a denomination that grew out of this on the "Jesus Only" or "Oneness" side.

Then in the '40's and '50's came the Latter Rain Movement and the Healing revivals. One of the main groups was The Voice of Healing which was a coalition of "Healing" evangelists under the leadership of Gordon Lindsay. One of the main ministries that came up under this was that of William Branham who was Oneness, and did not believe in the Trinity. Although most of the other healing evangelists believed in the Trinity, this doctrinal difference was overlooked because Branham was considered a prophet.

The most prominent and enduring of the Pentecostal healing evangelists is Oral Roberts. Around the time he was building his university, ORU, he joined the Methodist denomination. This was disturbing to Pentecostals at the time, because the Methodists were not a Pentecostal denomination and they were theologically liberal. After a short time, his change of denomination was overlooked or forgotten among most Pentecostals. About the time he made his denominational switch, his TV program began to change. He would bring in unsaved celebrities on his program and also started having choreographed dancing that copied secular programs. This mixing of the secular with Christianity slowly became accepted and emulated throughout Christianity.

Billy Graham is a Baptist evangelist who does not believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in other tongues and the gifts of the Spirit and believes in the doctrines of Eternal Security and Predestination. Billy Graham and the Baptists reached out to Pentecostals to join him in great salvation crusades. Being eager to win the lost, the Pentecostals ignored the basic doctrinal differences between them and joined with the Baptists.

Then, the Charismatic Movement arose. This evolved out of Pentecostal preachers reaching out to mainline denominational preachers so they would receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Most of these Baptist and other denominational pastors who received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost were kicked out of their churches, and began to start their own independent Spirit-filled churches. What they had in common was speaking in tongues and believing in the gifts of the Spirit. What was not noticed by the mainline Pentecostals was that they brought with them their old denominational doctrines, such as Eternal Security and Predestination. They veiled these doctrines in their teachings on Righteousness. These preachers just added speaking in tongues to their old denominational doctrinal positions.

These independent Spirit-filled churches formed a loose coalition and became known as the Charismatic Movement. What they had in common was speaking in other tongues but doctrinally they were as diverse as the denominations they came from. The rallying slogan became, "Forget Doctrine", just rally around Jesus. But another thing arose out of the Charismatic Movement, the Holy Ghost began to be preached and taught about more than Jesus. Little by little, the issue of salvation and eternal life was almost squeezed out, definitely to a secondary position, and was replaced with the gifts of the Spirit, the prophetical and prosperity. Doctrinally, the Charismatic Movement became a smorgasbord. Choose the church that fits what you believe.

Kathryn Kulhman's miracle ministry rose up in the midst of the Charismatic Movement. She began to reach out to the Catholics and all denominations, which in itself would have been a good thing, but she went too far. Kathryn Kuhlman had two audiences with Pope Paul. After one of these meetings, she said, "When I met Pope Paul there was a Oneness." This was amazing since the Catholic church and the Pope disagree with many of the main fundamental doctrines of the Bible. Because she was so prominent, this sent the message to the Charismatic world that these doctrinal differences were not important." (Part One, Foundations For Apostasy: 1950-1985, Ed Tarkowski)

The PTL Club with Jim and Tammy Faye Baker then rose to become a powerful international Charismatic TV network. Jim and Tammy Faye came from an Assembly of God background. To understand them, one has to take a look at what preceded them. The old holiness movement, which had greatly affected the early Assemblies of God and other Pentecostal denominations, strongly took a "clothesline" stand regarding how women should dress, their hair styles, and was against women wearing jewelry or makeup.

Tammy Faye rebelled overtly against this and, using the PTL network as her platform, went to extremes wearing even much more makeup and jewelry than what "worldly" women would wear. The feminist movement was then rising up strong in America. That movement along with Tammy Faye's example led many Pentecostal women to follow her, but not to her extremes. (One has to say that the "clothesline" preachers who preached so hard about how women dressed were way out of line with little or no scriptural authority). Tammy Faye's rebellion was a byproduct of a wrong definition of holiness from many pulpits. When PTL fell over financial scams and Jim Baker's moral problems, it gave the Charismatic Movement and Pentecost a black eye. Jim Baker repented and seemed to turn around for awhile, but now he is back on TV once again hustling the saints in the name of the Lord. It's nothing but business. It is disgusting, revolting and an embarrassment to Christianity.

The Faith Movement then rose with Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland at the forefront. The Faith Movement began to take the leadership in the Charismatic Movement and eventually among the mainline Pentecostal denominations. The Faith Movement's main emphasis was on reviving the Gifts of the Spirit; prophets; the importance of Faith; revelation or rhema word; healing; right speaking; and prosperity. The Faith Movement was a rebellion against denominationalism, rules and doctrine. Hagin said God called him to teach Faith. Because many Pentecostals and denominational people were living defeated lives, the "faith" teachings caught fire and consumed nearly all of Pentecost worldwide. Yet, there were many exotic interpretations of the scriptures given in the name of revelation that crossed sound Bible doctrine. These were largely ignored or overlooked because of the positives the Faith Movement brought to the Charismatic Movement.

At the time the Faith Movement came in, the philosophy of humanism was really catching fire in America. The gospel of success, "man is a god", and the "This Life" gospel that the Faith Movement preached, were very compatible with the humanist leanings going on in society. Little was said in their messages about salvation, eternity or morality. The idea was, let's leave the elementary things and go into the deep things of God and mature spiritually. Massive wealth flowed into the coffers of the leaders of the Faith Movement because they preached what people wanted to hear. Many denominational people crossed over into the Charismatic movement. Kenneth Hagin through his Rhema schools, and being accepted as a prophet, became the final word of the belief system in the Charismatic Movement at large and Pentecost worldwide. Ironically, Rhema eventually became a denomination itself.

Probably tens of thousands of preachers now teach Kenneth Hagin's teachings and interpretations of the scriptures in their churches. The preachers emulating him now dominate virtually every Christian TV network in the world. Upon Kenneth Hagin's death, Kenneth Copeland, Hagin's disciple, assumed by default, this unofficial position of leadership of the Charismatic Movement. This translates that Copeland's word now has been accepted as final by most Charismatics regarding how to interpret the Bible.

Jimmy Swaggart came into the limelight about the same time as the Faith Movement. He vehemently opposed Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland over basic doctrinal issues. He preached against sin and preached salvation; but because he had personal failings, he lost his credibility. One of the consequences of his fall was that it strengthened the Faith Movement because its main adversary was out of the way. Swaggart since has gotten back on track and God is using him again to speak sound Bible doctrine.

The Ecumenical Movement then rose. This was the coming together of Christians from different denominations. Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition was greatly behind this. This was the bringing together of Catholics with the Protestants of all persuasions, for the purpose of creating a massive political bloc so Christians could have great political influence in America. Pat Robertson's main theme of the Christian Coalition was that Christians should forget their doctrinal differences and come together with a common political agenda. This sent the message to Pentecostals as well as non-Pentecostals, that doctrine is not important. In other words, one does not have to believe the doctrines of the Bible to be labeled a believer. This is incredible in light of the following scriptures.

The Bible says, 2 Cor 6:14-16 "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?" (KJV)

What was unseen when Pentecostal preachers reached out to Baptist and other denominational preachers to receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, was that the Baptists themselves were reaching out to take over the leadership of the Charismatic Movement.

Particularly, there was a pattern of Baptist preachers who had received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost who had risen to leadership within the movement. E.W. Kenyon, the man who had the most influence on Kenneth Hagin's theology, was, at one time, a Baptist evangelist. Kenneth Hagin had himself in the past been a Baptist pastor. John Osteen had also been a Baptist pastor. His son, Joel Osteen, has Baptist roots from his father. John Avanzini had been a Baptist pastor in California. After Jim Baker fell, Jerry Falwell, a Baptist pastor, unsuccessfully attempted to takeover the Pentecostal PTL network. Peter Wagner, who was a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, an anti-Pentecostal seminary. He came from an evangelical, non-Pentecostal, Presbyterian background. Wagner's history shows he had totally been against speaking in other tongues. Despite this, he suddenly emerged in the early '90's proclaiming himself to be the HEAD APOSTLE of the Apostolic Movement, and the Prayer Movement. He began assuming domineering leadership among Charismatics. Peter Wagner teaches that you can have signs, wonders and miracles, without being Pentecostal, which translates YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEAK IN OTHER TONGUES. . That is not what the Bible says. Acts 1:8 "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:" (KJV) Wagner takes the position that when one gets saved he has the Holy Ghost, so there is no necessity of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in other tongues. This is the traditional Baptist and non-Pentecostal sound bite regarding the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. This totally ignores many scriptures about speaking in other tongues. He says that within ten years there will be a complete paradigm shift in Pentecost. What he is saying is that speaking in tongues will be done away with in Pentecost in ten years. He calls this the NEO-PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENT. This translates that the new Pentecost will be without speaking in other tongues. Rev 2:2 "and thou hast tried them which SAY THEY ARE APOSTLES, AND ARE NOT, and hast found them liars:" (KJV)

Question? HOW COULD THIS PRESBYTERIAN, NON-PENTECOSTAL, WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE IN SPEAKING IN TONGUES COME OUT OF NOWHERE AND OVER NIGHT ASSUME LEADERSHIP AMONG THE CHARISMATICS? Why is this being tolerated? IF ONE DOES NOT BELIEVE IN SPEAKING IN OTHER TONGUES HE IS NOT CHARISMATIC OR PENTECOSTAL. This is REDEFINING Pentecost and the Charismatic Movement using semantics.

John Wimber was a former member of the secular Righteous Brothers Band. After he became a Christian he went on staff of a Quaker Church, which is non-Pentecostal. He later left to go on staff at Fuller Theological Seminary. He became the founder of The the Vineyard Church in Toronto, Canada and The Vineyard denomination This church impacted all Pentecost and the Charismatic Movement through the phenomena called THE TORONTO BLESSING, which became known as "Laughing in the Spirit". Wimber had a licensed psychologist on staff as an assistant pastor. He combined psychology with what he said was the work of the Holy Spirit. The Toronto Blessing impacted the Charismatic Movement worldwide. Wimber believed in speaking in tongues and miracles.

Before founding The Vineyard, John Wimber and Peter Wagner joined together and co-hosted a Signs and Wonders class at Fuller, where Wimber became the founding director of Church Growth. WIMBER HELPED PETER WAGNER START THE THIRD WAVE which taught that you could have miracles in your ministry without being Pentecostal. In other words, you did not have to have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to operate with this power. Speaking in other tongues, they believed ,could happen, but it wasn't for everybody. Defending the strange behavior of the Toronto Blessing, Wimber said that "GOD IS ABOVE HIS WORD." "GOD IS NOT LIMITED BY HIS WORD." So this teaching moved the Charismatics more and more away from the Bible as the final authority of the Faith. JOHN WIMBER AND PETER WAGNER JOINED HANDS and were allies in taking the Charismatic Movement in a new direction. (google: John Wimber/Wikipedia)

Then Rick Warren, a Baptist pastor from California, came in like a storm and started taking over Charismatic and Pentecostal churches. Rick Warren God his Doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary under the tutelage of Peter Wagner and became allies with him. Rick Warren started assuming leadership among Charismatic and Pentecostals, even retraining their pastors with his "Baptist" doctrines, through his "Purpose Driven Life" book and calling these churches "Purpose Driven Churches". He was endorsed by Billy Graham. It appears that hardly any Pentecostals look at or even care about his Baptist credentials and doctrines. Where has the Charismatic Movement and Pentecost gone to? Now, the Charismatic Movement and Pentecost are allowing a Baptist pastor who does not even believe in speaking in other tongues or the Gifts of the Spirit, lead and teach them in the name of church growth. Church growth at what price? Stopping the move of the Holy Spirit, speaking in other tongues, and replacing Pentecostal Bible doctrine with Baptist doctrine. That is exactly what has happened! (See the article on our website, The Purpose Driven Life is Unscriptural!)

Because of this overall pattern that I have shown, it appears that there has definitely been a Baptist takeover of the Charismatic Movement and Pentecost at large. These preachers, most who have little or no Pentecostal roots in their background belief systems, are now asserting themselves as the new leaders in the Charismatic Movement. Some like Rick Warren, have been willing to overlook speaking in other tongues, which he doesn't even believe in, in order to assume leadership of the movement and to accomplish his objectives which are a doctrinal and leadership takeover.

The giant Pentecostal international television network, TBN, with Paul and Jan Crouch, filled the gap after PTL collapsed. Many Pentecostals were hoping TBN would not go the same direction as PTL, but to the dismay of many, they compromised much more. It appeared that TBN started off pure and well, but in time went ecumenical airing every brand of preacher, even non-Pentecostals and Catholic priests. Jan would say, "Doctrine is not important! We just need Jesus!" Jan Crouch, who came from an Assembly of God background, soon rebelled from her conservative roots and started wearing excessive makeup like Tammy Faye.

Now, on some TBN programs, in the name of being relevant to the youth, many of their guests copy the dress, singing and dance style of the most worldly punk rock singers. Instead of changing the world, the world changed TBN, and in turn TBN has at large changed Christianity, particularly the Charismatic Movement and Pentecost. Outside of speaking in tongues, Pentecost no longer resembles what it used to be, that is, being separated from the world and holding to sound Bible doctrine.

Through TBN, Benny Hinn became famous. Despite Hinn's amorous affection with the Catholic church and his bizarre interpretations of the Bible, Paul Crouch has promoted him to be his main spokesman to the world . Benny Hinn is TBN's main front man and is Paul Crouch's primary agent articulating the direction he wants the church to go.

Charisma Magazine, August 2002 p. 20, reported that "Leaders of America's major Pentecostal and charismatic movements met privately in April in a historic meeting intended to build bridges between different groups that have been at odds for years. Almost 30 senior figures representing Word of Faith, charismatic, traditional Pentecostal and Oneness Pentecostals met... Among the participants were TV preachers Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, International Foursquare President Paul Risser, Assemblies of God General Superintendent Thomas Trask, International Pentecostal Holiness Church General Superintendent James Leggett, and United Pentecostal Church (UPC) International General Superintendent Kenneth Haney."

"They came together in a spirit of unity, NOT TO DISCUSS DOCTRINAL DIFFERENCES, but to rejoice in their common spiritual heritage." So once again, this meeting emphasized the point that BIBLE DOCTRINE AND THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST MEAN LITTLE. THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING IS JUST SPEAKING IN OTHER TONGUES.

In 2006 THE AZUSA CENTENNIAL was held in Los Angeles. Some of the speakers were from the Assemblies of God, Kenneth Copeland, T.D. Jakes (a Oneness bishop), and Rick Warren, a Baptist who does not even believe in speaking in tongues. It was evident that this Azusa Centennial had nothing really to do with what happened on Azusa Street in 1906. In reality, it was just a religious political coalition. Bible doctrine, and even the basics of Pentecostalism was totally irrelevant. My grandparents on my mother's side, grandpa and grandma McGowen, received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit at Azusa Street. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is what Azusa Street was all about. If my grandparents would have seen the charade that went on in the name of celebrating what happened there, they would have rolled over in their graves.
Bible doctrine virtually means nothing among most Charismatics and Pentecostals today. They are just looking to certain men they consider prophets; looking for new spiritual highs; and are looking for prosperity.

WHY IS SOUND DOCTRINE IMPORTANT?
WHAT IS THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST?
It is the totality of the teachings of Jesus Christ. 2 John 9

WHAT IS BIBLE DOCTRINE?
It is the totality of the teachings of the Bible.

WHAT IS CHURCH DOCTRINE?
Each denomination has its own doctrines. They pick and choose which scriptures of the Bible they will believe, and which ones they won't. They then mix it with their church traditions.

WHAT ARE DOCTRINES OF DEVILS?
Anything that disagrees with the Bible is a doctrine of devils.


1 Tim 4:1-2 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;" (KJV)


UNSOUND DOCTRINE is anything that disagrees with the doctrine of Christ, and the overall doctrine of the Bible.


2 Timothy 4:3-4 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts and shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." (KJV)

II John 1:9-11 "Whosoever transgresseth, and ABIDETH NOT IN THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, HATH NOT GOD." (KJV)

“THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE”
IS DANGEROUS

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“THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE”
USES MARXIST IDEOLOGY AND LANGUAGE
Copyright 2008 Loren Davis


America and the world is under a grave threat of losing its freedom. One unexpected source that this threat is coming from is the Purpose Driven Life movement promoted by a prominent Baptist pastor named Rick Warren. He is famous for being the author of the Purpose Driven Life book that has sold an astonishing 25,000,000 copies worldwide. His Purpose Driven Life movement, has spread through churches promising church growth, and has taken over most Christian denominations. He boasts of training 500,000 pastors; reaches out to Muslims and other religions; is a personal friend and confidant to presidents and major business leaders of the world; and is now even developing Purpose Driven Nations.

I will make a case that Rick Warren is yet another dangerous example of an anti-Christian movement coming incredibly this time from within Christianity itself. Not only is he seeking domination over Christianity, but is becoming a threat even attacking the heart of our freedom.

My purpose for writing this is to arm people with facts and information as well as challenging them to question and seek out truth for themselves, and take a stand against the teachings of PDL and those like it. If we refuse to think, we will lose our precious freedom.
MY CASE
The ‘Purpose Driven Life’ uses the same language and philosophy as Karl Marx’s ‘Communist Manifesto’. There are some tell tale footprints, and ideological DNA.

Definition from Webster’s dictionary: com·mu·nism 1840
a: a theory advocating elimination of private property b: a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed c: a doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism-Leninism that was the official ideology of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics d: a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production e: a final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably e: communist systems collectively

Amazingly, like Karl Marx, Rick Warren also calls his Purpose-Driven Life a ‘MANIFESTO’. www.purposedrivenlife.com/thebook.aspx

Rick Warren uses Lenin and Hitler as examples of how to promote his Purpose Driven Life movement. Note: Nazi Germany was also a socialist nation. Why would Rick Warren use Lenin and Hitler who were brutal dictators as positive examples of how to implement his program? (Rick Warren, July 2005 at the Baptist World Alliance).

The main issue here is the choice to live in a free society which emphasizes INDIVIDUALISM, free enterprise, capitalism, or in a COMMUNIST SOCIETY which emphasizes COMMUNAL LIVING, SOCIALISM and state control.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE ADVOCATES COMMUNITY and is AGAINST INDIVIDUALISM.

*Rick Warren does this in the name of religion, but in reality he is using the church to revive the old ambitious Marxist ideology and agenda that was defeated on the battlefield and bankrupted nations. The word ‘COMMUNISM’ comes from its root word ‘COMMUNITY’.

RICK WARREN’S USAGE OF THE WORD ‘COMMUNITY’ in ‘The Purpose Driven Life’

PDL, p. 127, 152, 316 “Cultivating ‘COMMUNITY’ takes CONFIDENTIALITY”

*Does that mean you become a neighborhood spy?

“GIVE UP YOUR OWN AGENDA FOR ‘COMMUNITY’ AGENDA”.

*(In reality, them means following his agenda, not yours) That is the same thing Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tsu Tung told their nations before they led them to ruin and death.
*Where there is FREEDOM there is individualism
*Under Communism-Community or communal living-there is no personal freedom

Rick Warren p. 145 “Community requires Commitment”

PDL, p. 151 “Community means giving up your SELF-CENTEREDNESS AND INDEPENDENCE in order to become ‘INTERDEPENDENT’.” “The benefit of sharing together far outweighs the cost”

*When he says give up your self centeredness, what he is saying is be society centered, altruistic or socialistic.
*Giving up your independence means, GIVING UP YOUR FREEDOM. Freedom is what America is all about. (Of course this does not mean we do not care for others who are less fortunate).
*Saying we must become ‘INTERDEPENDENT’. ‘Interdependent’ is the antithesis of being ‘independent’. ‘Interdependent’ is the language of the U.N. which is derived from Marxist socialism. (The Millennium World Peace Summit in September 7, 2000. UNESCO on religions role in the culture of peace. www.crossroad.to/articles2/TwoSummits.htm)

*When he talks about THE COST of ‘SHARING TOGETHER’ (‘sharing’ in this context is just another way of saying socialism, communism). I am not just talking about a hostile takeover of Christianity, but a loss of freedom as a nation.

PDL, p. 81 "YOU DON’T HAVE TO ALWAYS BE 'IN CHARGE'”

If I am not in charge of my life, WHO IS?” Big brother? If you don’t make decisions for your life, someone else will. We would be treated like children. This would be the end of freedom and of any independent thinking. Others would be in charge of our destiny.

PDL 134 “WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO EACH OTHER”

PDL, p. 140 “The Bible commands MUTUAL ACCOUNTABILITY”.

*The Bible does not teach that. It says we are accountable to God. That is a watchdog mentality like the Nazis and Communists have. You are always looking over your shoulder.
We are only accountable to Christ, our spouse, boss, and government.
Romans 14:12 “Everyone of us shall give ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF TO GOD.”
Jesus said regarding governments, Mk. 12:17 “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s”. This means we are to obey those in authority as long as they do not violate God’s Word.

The word ‘government’ and ‘the state’ I use interchangeably. What I am talking about here is the church and state becoming totalitarian, communist. Now it not only controls the economy, taking from the rich and giving to the poor. It alone dictates the belief system, which ultimately leads to atheism.

Rick Warren says, p. 134-5 “WE ARE CALLED AND COMMANDED TO BE INVOLVED IN EACH OTHER’S LIVES.”

NO! The Bible speaks against being a ‘busy body’. I Tim. 5:13 “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.” Rick Warren’s statement is the same mentality of the Marxists. We are to be good neighbors, but should keep out of each others business and affairs.
Prov 26:17 “He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.” KJV

The Bible teaches we are to have compassion on those in need and help one another, but it is totally a voluntary action from the heart and not mandatory or centrally controlled.
John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” KJV
*Some scriptures have been abused to teach ‘liberation theology’, communism.
THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE USES GLOBALIST LANGUAGE
Globalism is the uniting of nations economically, culturally, ideologically, ecologically, politically and militarily which would ultimately be managed under a one world government. Under Globalism, nations will lose their sovereignty, and individuals their freedom. Remember, Marxist Communism’s goal has always been to conquer and rule the whole world. Despite what we have been told that Communism is dead, that communistic dream is still very much alive. They are just using different tactics and disguises now.

Oct. 27, 2003 Rick Warren’s e-mail entitled GOD’S DREAM FOR YOU—AND THE WORLD.
*He is misusing Christ’s Great Commission of Mark 16:15 to promote the globalists political agenda which is against Christ and the Bible. His idea of the Great Commission has nothing to do with Christ’s recorded in Mark 16:15.

PDL, p. 298, 300 “THINK GLOBALLY”.
REPROGRAMMING, SUBLIMINAL BRAIN WASHING
Rick Warren “by a COMPLETE CHANGE OF MIND” RW p. 43.

Why do we need a complete change of mind? That translates that we are to give up everything we have believed and held dear in the past. That would mean that we would no longer believe in individualism; capitalism; or freedom. To completely change our mind would mean that now we become socialists; don’t believe the Bible; don’t believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven; and ultimately, become atheists.

PDL, p. 286 “To fulfill your mission will require that YOU ABANDON YOUR AGENDA”

*This is not in the scriptures. *It’s one thing to surrender to God’s will in your life, but it’s a whole new ball game to give control of your life to another man or institution. It is a Marxist mentality which says we should give up our agenda for the state’s or church’s agenda. His philosophy is that our purpose for living is to serve the church or state, not the state or church’s purpose is to serve the people. In the U.S. Constitution is says, “The government is FOR THE PEOPLE, by the people”. The people were never to exist FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE GOVERNMENT. America was founded by people who were fleeing the tyranny of the church and state and wanting to live free.

PDL, p. 83 “GIVE UP YOUR WILL”

What an incredible statement. This is exactly what is espoused by the Communist Manifesto. We are to seek the will of God, but nothing in the Bible infers that we are to ‘give up our will’. God Himself gives us a choice. To tell people to give up their will means you want to control their lives and manipulate them. That is how a child is treated. It is evil and deadly for the state, a pastor or a church to demand people to ‘give up their wills’. Then people would be nothing but zombies whose purpose is just to facilitate the will of those in power. It appears one of his objectives is to bring the protestants under a central control just like the Roman Catholic Church, where the church dominates the lives of its parishioners. This would make him the protestant pope, defining the faith and enforcing the church’s will, as he defines it.

PDL, p. 83 “TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF THE STEERING WHEEL”

This statement has far reaching implications. It translates that you should let someone else take control of your life. YOU ALONE SHOULD BE THE DECISION MAKER OF YOUR LIFE. It’s bad enough to make your own mistakes, let alone allowing someone else make mistakes on your behalf or USE YOU.
Joshua 24:15 “Choose this day whom you will serve”. This shows God honors our will.

Communist societies are dictatorial. In China, families are only allowed to have one child. Any more pregnancies must be aborted by law; the Bible is outlawed; there is no freedom of worship; freedom of speech; or freedom of the press. The state is in total control of what is done and said publicly. Rick Warren is advocating that the pastors be given absolute authority over their congregations. This explains why pastors have flocked to his program. This is just a conditioning interim step towards absolute state control over the masses, micro-managing our lives.
RICK WARREN’S PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE MOVEMENT IS A RELIGIO/POLITICAL MOVEMENT.
Rick Warren says he has no political ambitions, but his teachings and activities betray him.


Not only is he advocating uniting all churches to come under him and be Purpose Driven Churches.
He is now having Purpose Driven Nations joining with presidents. He says Rwanda is the FIRST Purpose Driven Nation. Time Magazine, August 15, 2005. Other nations are to follow. For Rick Warren to be seeking to make all churches Purpose Driven and also national governments Purpose Driven is hard evidence that he is trying to bring the church and state together under the same tyrannical philosophical system.

He is meeting with the U.N.; the Council of Foreign Relations, the CFR; major business leaders; and heads of state around the world. Believe me, these non-Christian leaders are not meeting with him to help him evangelize the world for Christ, but are using him to help implement their own political agendas. If they didn’t have common ground they wouldn’t be working with him. (google: Rick Warren CFR).

Rick Warren describes the CHURCH as the REAL PEACE CORPS.
PDL, p. 296.

*The Peace Corps is a political organization, not a religious one. In the Bible, God never called his people to be a PEACE CORPS. He called us to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every creature.

Rick Warren was invited by the U.N. and accepted, to come to the U.N.’s INTERFAITH PRAYER MEETING which was attended by leaders of Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism and every other faith. (Google: Rick Warren CFR, Rick Warren U.N. Interfaith Prayer Meeting). Since most of these religions don’t believe in Christ, it is clear this was not a Christian prayer meeting but was a guise to have a globalist political conference. The U.N. believes that religions must be pacified and brought into its fold in order to have world peace. The U.N.’s plan is to synthesize all religions into one, and Rick Warren seems to be the point man to facilitate this. That is why Rick Warren said, “The man of peace can even be a Moslem”. (google: Rick Warren Muslim man of peace)

Rick Warren’s Global Peace Plan is virtually synonomous with the Peace Plans of the U.N. and the New Age Movement. (“Deceived on Purpose” p. 59 Warren Smith)

THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON AND BARAK OBAMA SPOKE AT RICK WARREN’S SADDLE BACK CHURCH. Why? What does having the politicians speaking at his church have anything to do with bringing people to Christ and faith in the Bible? Why would a Christian pastor expose his people to and promote political candidates who openly stand against the Bibles teachings? , i.e: abortion, same sex marriage, etc. (google: Rick Warren I always own up to mistakes). Today it is vogue for politicians to attend “Christian” denominations and claim to be Christians, yet take positions that are diametrically opposed to the Bible and Christ. Furthermore, we have repeatedly been told that the church is supposed to stay out of politics. Where is the separation of church and state here? It appears the church and state are reunifying to gain power. Hillary Clinton’s book, “It takes a Village to Raise a Child”, is a socialistic concept. Her national health plan is SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. Is Rick Warren’s promotion of these politicians just coincidental, or indicative of their common socialistic agenda? Rick Warren himself baptized a homosexual activist. This is defying the Bible. (Google: Rick Warren I always own up to mistakes).

RICK WARREN WAS INVITED TO SPEAK IN NORTH KOREA. (www.abpnews.com)
Why would an atheistic, socialist, Communist country that is very hostile to Christianity invite a Christian minister to speak to a large crowd in its country if they didn't have a common socialistic agenda?
He says he is just an evangelist trying to get people to heaven, and that he has no political ambitions. (google: Rick Warren I always own up to my mistakes) He might be an evangelist, but not one in a biblical sense. If you follow his trail in Africa, his focus is not winning people to Christ. He is an evangelist trying to bring about social reform and globalism which have the exact same ideals as Marxism. If he can establish Marxism inside the church worldwide, communal life, socialism, communism, will easily takeover the whole world.
HE IS PROMOTING SOCIAL PROGRAMS AND HUMANITARIANISM.
In the article on Rick Warren in Time Magazine, August 15, 2005, Rick Warren says they are going to TRANSFORM THE CHURCHES in Rwanda into centers for feeding the poor; distributing medicine, and centers of education. No one is against helping people. We should help when there are natural disasters and famine. The reality is that Africa has the natural resources for the people to support themselves and Africans are smart and resourceful. What is wrong here is using humanitarianism as a carrot to gain political and economic control over the resources of Africa. There is a hidden agenda here. This is neo-colonization. (Read the article: ‘The Race for Africa’ www.lorendavis.com). The problem is that Rick Warren is seeking to transform churches from being spiritual institutions where people find salvation and are taught the Word of God into social institutions. This is a hostile secular takeover of Christ’s church in the name of humanitarinism. Now the church eventually will become a tool of the United Nations and other secular institutions who are adversarial to Christ and the Bible.

Rick Warren says he is involved in The Great Commission.
Mk. 16:15 is Christ’s Great Commission. What he is doing has nothing to do with Mark 16:15. Instead, he is using the church to promote a global social and political agenda.

He has misrepresented and distorted Christ’s Great Commission for winning souls, to try to bring about a pseudo world peace the Bible warned about in Dan. 8:23-25. According to the Bible, this peace movement will usher in The Man of Peace, who will be a world dictator, the Antichrist.

THE BIBLE FOREWARNS OF A WORLD GLOBAL SOCIALISTIC GOVERNMENT THAT IS COMING WHICH WILL BE GOVERNED BY A BRUTAL DICTATOR.
THE BIBLE’S PROPHECY OF A ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT.

Rev 13:7-8 “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” KJV
*The world is literally going to accept the Antichrist, as the savior, because of his program to bring peace to the world.

Dan 8:25 “And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” KJV
Rev 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth THE WHOLE WORLD:” KJV

Rev 13:5 "And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast (the Antichrist): and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” KJV

ALL NATIONS ARE BECOMING INTERDEPENDENT ECONOMICALLY FOR SURVIVAL.

THE BIBLE’S PROPHECY OF A GLOBAL SOCIALISTIC ECONOMIC SYSTEM IS FOUND IN:

Rev 13:17-14:1 “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (This is a socialistic economic system).
Rev 19:20, “with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast,” KJV
(www.lorendavis.com See the article: “Could the Verichip be the Mark of the Beast?”) Technologically things are now positioned to implement the Mark of the Beast for a world socialist government.

At the United Nations’ Millinneum Conference in 2000, the U.N. asserted its ambition to be a central world government. They are already have a U.N. army. (google: The U.N. Millinneum Conference 2000)
The U.N. is seeking to have the power to tax all nations.

Rev 18:23 “…for by thy sorceries were ALL NATIONS deceived.”
THE WHORE CHURCH’S POLITICAL AMBITIONS
The Bible speaks about the Whore Church that presents itself as the bride of Christ but is not, it is an imposter of Christ’s church. It tells of her political involvement with the kings of the earth.

Rev 17:1-5 “…I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 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. 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,” “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.” KJV

Rev 17:18-18:1 “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”
Rev 18:7-9 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,” KJV

In light of these scriptures, let’s analyze what Rick Warren is doing. Rick Warren, in the name of Christianity, is making alliances with not only church leaders, but also secular, business and political leaders. Church, business and political leaders all like his teachings because it gives them undisputed authoritarian control. The Fox News network aired twice on Christmas Eve and Christmas day twice 2007, a “Rick Warren Christmas Special’. As far as I have seen it is unprecedented for a secular major news network to give or sell an hour in prime time, or any other time, to a preacher or anyone else. Fox is a news network. This is not the first time Fox News has promoted him. They have given him other one hour specials in the past that have been re-aired many times. Since Fox is a non-Christian network, the question is why are they promoting a “Christian” preacher, Rick Warren? What is Fox’s agenda? What common agenda do Fox and Rick Warren have? For sure Fox’s agenda is not to win the world to Christ. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Rick Warren comes across smoothly as one who honors Jesus, but when one looks at his teachings and agenda, they are opposite of Christ’s and the Bible. Fox and Rick Warren are an unlikely coalition that has made strange bedfellows. Against all odds, the church, state and business are reuniting. What is their objective? Rick Warren is using an old sales tactic used by some unscrupulous salesmen of “bait and switch”: sell a person one thing, then when it is delivered give him something else. This is exactly what he is doing. He is using Jesus name to sell an agenda that is opposite of the Jesus of the Bible.

An article in the Houston Chronicle, December 19, 2007 by Robert D. Novak, says that presidential contender Huckabee was a part of the liberal/secular faction in the Southern Baptist church and was involved in a big fight to take the Southern Baptists away from Bible believing conservatives. Rick Warren is part of this same liberal/secular faction in the Southern Baptist church. He says that he and Huckabee were classmates in graduate school and says Huckabee would make a great president. The Whore Church, secular and political leaders are using each other to advance their own agendas. According to the Bible the political ‘the beast’ will destroy the Whore church after it uses her. Rev. 17. This does not mean that Christians should not have a voice in government. It simply means they shouldn’t be hypocrites. The worst thing anyone could ever do is to use Christ’s name to promote his own personal or political agenda.
RICK WARREN’S HARD SELL
PDL, p. 146 “you’ll need to make some TOUGH CHOICES and TAKE SOME RISKS"

Tough choices? Freedom or a totalitarian dictatorship? Is that really such a tough choice? Risks? Look at China, Russia, and Nazi Germany. Do we really need any more examples to see the end result of socialistic totalitarian societies? Who is willing to take that risk? It’s a loaded deck. When you have so many examples of how deadly an outcome this philosophy leads to, it is no longer a theory to what where it is going to lead to. The Bible says they are “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
THERE IS A PATTERN
Khruchev of the Soviet Union predicted during the Cold War that they would take America from the inside and bury our grandchildren. For generations, American Universities have been teaching socialism and Marxism and incessantly attacking capitalism, the Bible and Christ. Evolution has been taught as fact; therefore, since we are just animals, immorality has become the rationale in the name of science and reason. Our educational system has taken control over our children from the parents and produced a generation of immoral, socialist atheists. Many who are Christians are Christian in name only. We have become technologically advanced and at the same time become a cesspool of immoral, unhappy people. The universities have been conditioning future leaders to be atheists and Marxist socialists. The TV networks, entertainment industry, and major book stores have put out works that incessantly attack the Bible, Jesus, morality and capitalism. This systematic coordinated strategy has been very effective conditioning the populace. This is a premeditated, long range, thought out plan of Karl Marx that is being implemented today.

When the Soviet Union fell, it was pronounced that Communism was dead. It now appears like this was a Trojan horse. If one will look at the economic and military rise of Communist China; Cuba still remaining Communist; a revival of Communism in Russia; socialists now in power in most of western Europe; Marxists have taken Bolivia; socialism is rising in Mexico; Venezuela is moving toward Communism; the U.N. operates by Marxist ideology; and the rise of socialism in Canada and America, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out where this is headed. The globalsts are using Global Warming as a scare tactic to help facilitate this saying if we don’t unite and become one to stop Global Warming, we will all die. Of course we must take care of the environment. (See article: ‘Global Warming Related to Bible Prophecy’ www.lorendavis.com). The pattern is clear to anyone who is knowledgeable; is not na├»ve; or who is not apart of this global socialistic plan. What looked like the demise of Communism with the fall of the Soviet Union, resurfaced in the U.N. with its ambition of being a socialist one world government. Now Marxism is accomplishing by peace what it never could by war.

It appears that Rick Warren is working to remove biblical Christianity as the final obstruction to Marxist socialism and is bringing Christianity into the globalist socialist camp. He has been effective in doing this by doing it in the name of humanitarianism and inclusion, knowing that Christians are compassionate people.
THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE’S MASTER WEB OF DECEIT
Rick Warren has now declared that Fundamentalist Christianity is nearly dead. Fundamentalist Christianity is Bible Christianity which stands for the basic doctrines of Christ, 2 John 9. (May 23, 2005 Rick Warren, The Pew and Religious Forum). He uses fifteen translations or paraphrases in his PDL book. He often says, “The Bible says,” but which Bible? Since these fifteen translations or paraphrases disagree with each other, using all these translations has had the effect of “changing the Bible”, (see the article “Changing the Bible” www.lorendavis.com), and removing the Bible as being the final authority or even being relevant to the Christian Faith. Using all these diverse translations makes the Bible inconsistent and intellectually a farce. By doing this, Rick Warren is neutralizing Christianty and has become as big an enemy of the Bible and Christianity as Karl Marx. He is a player. He knows exactly what he is doing, and so do the big boys who are promoting him.

*2 Peter 3:16 “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” KJV

PDL, p. 95 Rick Warren, “I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT BUT COUNT ME IN”

This statement is referring to his PDL program. We don’t need to understand? Don’t think? Count me in even though I don’t understand? Trust me! Only a person with little or no knowledge of history; has no experience; or one who is very dependant; weak, brainwashed or naive is going to buy that line.

Prov 2:11 “Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:”

I Jn 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
WE ARE IN GRAVE DANGER OF LOSING OUR FREEDOM
World domination has been a goal of many totalitarians for centuries. Major industrialists have always financed such lofty ambitions of political leaders for world conquest to increase their own wealth and power. If we don’t wake up, the same merciless purging and enslavement that happened to Nazi Germany, Communist Russia and China will happen to the U.S. and the rest of the world. We are under grave threat of not only losing true biblical Christianity, but also our freedom and liberty which so many have paid such a dear price for. There is a reason Christianity and America have changed. It hasn’t happened just by coincidence.

THE ROMAN CHURCH'S DISPUTES WITH THE BIBLE

Also see, The Criminal History Of Rome

http://watchmanafrica.blogspot.com/2006/12/history-of-papacy-heresies-of-rome.html


Loren Davis,THE ROMAN CHURCH'S DISPUTES WITH THE BIBLE


http://www.lorendavis.com/news_articles_roman.html


The Roman Church disagrees with almost every point in the Bible. Look carefully at what the Roman Church teaches and compare it with the teachings in the Holy Bible.

1. The Roman Church teaches that THE POPE AND THE ROMAN CHURCH ARE INFALLIBLE AND THE FINAL AUTHORITY OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
THE BIBLE TEACHES
That IT (THE BIBLE) IS THE FINAL AUTHORITY OF THE CHRISTIAN'S FAITH.
*Matthew 4:4 "Man shall not live by bread alone but by EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD."
*Romans 3:4 "let God be true and EVERY MAN A LIAR."
*Romans 3:23 "For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
Does the word "ALL" exclude the Pope? The Bible and the Godhead alone are infallible.
*Revelation. 22:18-19 "If ANY MAN SHALL ADD unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if ANY MAN SHALL TAKE AWAY FROM THE WORDS of this book of this prophecy, GOD SHALL TAKE AWAY HIS PART OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE." (They will not go to heaven! This is talking about ANYBODY who tampers with the Bible!)

2. The Roman Church teaches that THE POPE IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH
The Roman Church votes on the man who is to fill Christ's shoes to be the Head of the Church.
THE BIBLE TEACHES
*Ephesians 5:23 "CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH, And hath put all things under His feet and gave Him (Christ) to be THE HEAD over all things to the church, which is his body…"
*Ephesians 1:22. The head of the Church is not up for a vote. It was settled 2,000 years ago. It is Jesus the Christ alone!

3. The Roman Church teaches that PETER WAS THE FIRST POPE
a. The Bible never once says that Peter was a Pope. The word Pope is not found in the Bible.
b. PETER COULD NOT QUALIFY TO BE A POPE BECAUSE HE WAS MARRIED. According to the qualifications of the Church of Rome, a Pope must be single.
*Matthew 8:14 speaks of Peter's mother-in-law who was sick with a fever. It is impossible for Peter to have a mother-in-law unless he is married. Paul's remarks show that the Apostles were married men.
*I Corinthians 9:5 "Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?" (Cephas was Peter's name in Aramaic…) "thou shalt be called Cephas, a stone…" John 1:42 also shows Peter was married.
c. The Roman Church DEMANDS THAT PEOPLE BOW DOWN TO THE POPE
THE BIBLE says that Peter forbid people to bow down to him.
*Acts 3:12-13 tells about people who followed Peter after God used him to bring about a great miracle. Peter said, "why do you look on us as though by our holiness this man is healed? It is by the name of Jesus…stand up, I myself am also a man!". Acts 10:25, 26.
Peter always pointed people to Jesus. He refused to take the glory for any miracles. He was just a man who was used by God.
d. The Roman Church CALLS THE POPE THE CHIEF SHEPHERD
THE BIBLE TEACHES
*1 Peter 5: 4, Peter spoke of Jesus as the CHIEF SHEPHERD and when "HE shall appear we shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away."
e. The Roman Church DRESSES THE POPE LIKE ROYALTY
The Bible teaches that PETER WAS A FISHERMAN. HE WORE THE CLOTHES OF A FISHERMAN, NOT OF AN EMPEROR.
f. The Roman Church teaches that PETER WAS THE BISHOP OF ROME
The Bible teaches that PETER WAS AN APOSTLE TO THE JEWS, NOT TO THE GENTILES.
*Galatians 2:9 speaks of Peter as Cephas "to go to them of THE CIRCUMCISION" (The Jews were the only ones circumcised at this time. This letter was written by Paul around 58 A.D).
The first time Peter preached the Gospel to the GENTILES WAS AT JERUSALEM, NOT AT ROME. Nowhere in scripture does it mention about a Pope or Universal Bishop.
The APOSTLE PAUL WAS THE APOSTLE TO ROME. It was Paul, not Peter, who wrote the Book of Romans.
*Romans 11:13 Paul says, "For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I AM THE APOSTLE OF THE GENTILES…" Rome was a city of GENTILES.

Biblically, there is no evidence that Peter ever came close to Rome. To say that Peter was the Bishop of Rome is not scriptural. The Apostle Paul, not Peter, was THE MOST EFFECTIVE APOSTLE.
*Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:11, "In nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles".
Paul even REBUKED Peter
*Galatians 2:11-14 "But when Peter was come to Antioch, I WITHSTOOD HIM TO THE FACE, because HE WAS TO BE BLAMED. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?"
DOES ANYONE REBUKE AN INFALLIBLE POPE? g. The Roman Church teaches that PETER IS THE ROCK UPON WHICH THE CHURCH IS BUILT
THE BIBLE TEACHES
*Matthew 16:13 carries the discourse between Jesus and Peter. Jesus asked Peter, "who do men say that I am?" The focus of the question is on Jesus Christ, not on Peter. Peter answered, "thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God."
Jesus answered Peter, "UPON THIS ROCK (upon the revelation of who Jesus is, the Christ, the Son of the living God, on this FACT, THIS ROCK of WHO I AM, Jesus said, "will I build my Church…". The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ is not based on who Peter is, but on who Jesus is! Peter is not the Savior of the world, JESUS IS.
*Acts 4:10-12 openly declares that Jesus is "THE STONE that the builders REJECTED, which IS BECOME THE HEAD OF THE CORNER ."… "Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders REJECTED, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?"
*Matthew 21:42; …"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not."
*Isaiah 53:3. Says of Jesus, "He was despised and REJECTED men".
Christ was rejected as the cornerstone. Now the Roman Church is having Peter take Jesus' place. JESUS IS CALLED THE CORNERSTONE. The cornerstone is always the rock upon which a building is built.
*Psalms 18:2 says, "THE LORD IS MY ROCK." CHRIST, NOT PETER, IS THE LORD, THE ROCK THE CHURCH IS BUILT ON.
*Matthew 7:15 warns us, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
4. The Roman Church BELIEVES IN A HUMAN PRIESTHOOD
The job of the Roman priesthood is to be mediators between God and man. This is an Old Testament concept, but this human priesthood is no longer in effect. It was replaced after Jesus came.

*Hebrews 7:23 "And they truly WERE many priests ("were" expresses past tense), because they (priests) were not suffered (allowed) to continue by reason of death: but this man (Jesus), because he continueth forever (never dies), hath an unchangeable priesthood…seeing he, (Jesus), liveth to make intercession (mediate) for them. (No longer is a human priest needed to intercede for us to God). For such a high priest (Jesus) became us, who is holy (that is Jesus)." No priest is our mediator now.

Now JESUS IS OUR ONLY MEDIATOR
*Hebrews 7:24-28, "But this man (Jesus), because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he (Jesus) is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him (not a priest), seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who NEEDETH NOT DAILY, AS THOSE HIGH PRIESTS, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore."
*Hebrews 8:1 "we have a high priest (Jesus) who is set on the right hand of majesty in the heavens." The New Testament teaches that the time of men being priests is over. Christ is now the one and only high priest.

5. The Roman Church teaches that WE ARE TO CALL PRIESTS FATHER AND THE POPE "THE HOLY FATHER"
THE BIBLE TEACHES
*Matthew 23:9 "And CALL NO MAN FATHER UPON THE EARTH: for one is your father, which is in heaven…"

6. The Roman Church teaches PRIESTS AND NUNS SHOULD REMAIN CELIBATE
THE BIBLE TEACHES
*I Timothy 4:1 "in the latter times some shall depart from the faith GIVING HEED TO SEDUCING SPIRITS AND DOCTRINES OF DEVILS; SPEAKING LIES IN HYPOCRISY; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; FORBIDDING TO MARRY.
Celibacy as taught in the Bible is optional. It is not a commandment for Christ's ministers to be celibate. (See 1 Corinthians 7).
< br> 7. The Roman Church teaches THAT WE ARE TO PRAY TO THE SAINTS AND MARY
THE BIBLE TEACHES
The First Commandment in Exodus 20:3 emphatically commands, "thou shalt have no other gods before me."
Anyone you pray to you are making a god.
< br> MARY AND THE SAINTS DIED.
*Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die."
Jesus rose from the dead. The Bible never says that Mary rose from the dead.
< br> *Isaiah 8:19-20 CONDEMNS PRAYING TO THE DEAD. "And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God: FOR THE LIVING TO THE DEAD? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."

8. The Roman Church teaches that WE SHOULD PRAY TO MARY FOR MIRACLES
THE BIBLE TEACHES
No place in the Bible does it ever record one miracle that Mary ever did. No one ever came to Mary in the Bible to receive a miracle.
*John 2:1, at the marriage at Cana, "the mother of Jesus was there." John 2:5 "his mother (Mary) saith unto the servants. Whatsoever He (referring to Jesus) saith unto you (not what I say, but what Jesus says), do it!"

Mary was always pointing people away from her and to her son Jesus to get their problems solved. Jesus (not Mary) performed the miracles! Mary never exalted herself to equal status with Jesus. Mary is not a goddess! According to scripture there is only God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

JESUS' POSITION ON THE "ADULATION" OF MARY
* Luke 11:27-28 references Mary, "A certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto Him, (Jesus), Blessed is the womb that bare thee...and the paps which thou hast sucked." (We must reflect that there were many goddesses worshipped at this time. Suddenly, this woman began to exalt and glorify Mary like she would one of the goddesses.) "…but He (Jesus) said, yea, RATHER (INSTEAD of blessing his mother) blessed are they that hear the word and keep it."

The same phrase "blessed above women" was used of another woman in the Old Testament
*Judges 5:24 "blessed above women shall JAEL the wife of Heber the Kenite be..." But that did not make Jael a goddess.

When the issue of Mary's exaltation arose, Jesus immediately stopped it! Today, many overlook and ignore Christ's words on Mary's exaltation.

9. The Roman Church teaches that Mary was immaculately conceived and did not have a human father, putting her birth on the same miraculous level as Jesus. (That is exactly the same thing that the Baal religions believed about their VIRGIN GODDESSES. The Roman Church just transferred it to Mary). The teaching of Mary's Immaculate Conception is foundational to justify the Roman Church's TEACHING THAT MARY WAS WITHOUT ORIGINAL SIN. There is nothing in scripture to substantiate this.
THE BIBLE TEACHES
*Luke 1:47, Mary said, "And my spirit hath rejoiced in God MY SAVIOUR.."
If Mary needed the Saviour, then she had to have had original sin and could not be a saviour herself. She needed Jesus to save her from her sins. Mary was not equal with Jesus. She was a virgin who was without reproach and God used her.

The teaching that MARY WAS SUPERIOR to other humans does not match Jesus' statement in…
*Matthew 12:46-50, "WHO IS MY MOTHER?…behold my mother and my brethern! For whosoever shall do the will of my father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and MOTHER".

10. MARY WAS NOT IMMACULATELY CONCEIVED but had AN EARTHLY FATHER
a. THE GENEOLOGY OF JOSEPH
The Bible teaches, concerning the geneology of Joseph in Matthew 1:16, that JOSEPH'S ANCESTRY BEGAN FROM DAVID through David's son SOLOMON. JACOB was THE FATHER OF JOSEPH. JOSEPH'S GENEOLOGY STARTS AT ABRAHAM.
b. THE GENEOLOGY OF MARY
The geneology of Mary is critical concerning the issue of Mary's Immaculate Conception, which literally means that she had no earthly father but was conceived just like Jesus. Mary's geneology is found in Luke 3:23-38 and refutes this non-biblical teaching.

In vs. 38, Joseph's geneology starts at Abraham, but Mary's starts at Adam. THE DEMARCATION OF MARY AND JOSEPH'S GENEOLOGY BEGINS AT DAVID. Notice closely! Whereas JOSEPH came from David's SON SOLOMON, Matthew. 1:6; MARY'S LINEAGE COMES FROM David's son NATHAN. See Luke 3:31.

It was the Jewish custom to us the man's name instead of the woman's even when tracing a woman's geneology. It was like saying for example "Mrs. Joseph", without saying the name of the woman or using the term Mrs.).

JOSEPH'S FATHER WAS JACOB, Matthew 1:16, MARY'S FATHER WAS HELI, Luke 3:23. *Luke 3:23 says, "And Jesus himself…being (as supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of HELI… " Remember in Matthew 1:16 it declares that Jacob was Joseph's father. Heli was definitely Mary's father. This proves that Mary had an earthly father and was not immaculately conceived.

THE ISSUE OF JESUS ALSO BEING THE SON OF MAN

Another reason why Mary could not have been immaculately conceived is that if Mary was divine and had no earthly father, then JESUS COULD NOT BE THE SON OF MAN, Matthew 9:6, 8:29. Jesus had to have an earthly mother to get the flesh of a human.

The flesh of a child comes from his mother, but the DNA BLOODLINE IS DETERMINED BY THE FATHER. This scientifically explains how Jesus could be a God-man. HE HAD THE FLESH OF MARY (which made Him THE SON OF MAN, and He had the Blood of His Father God, which made Him the SON OF GOD).

Man's blood was contaminated by sin from The Fall in the Garden of Eden, but THE BLOOD OF JESUS WAS DIVINE and had NO Contamination from sin.

*Isaiah 7:14 "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." JESUS WAS GOD IN THE FLESH.

*1 Timothy 3:16 "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD WAS M A N I F E S T I N T H E F L E S H."

If Mary was Immaculately conceived, Jesus could not have been "the Son of man"; God incarnate; God in the flesh; Immanuel, God with us.

11. The Roman Church teaches THE PERPETUAL VIRGINITY OF MARY
This teaching started three hundred years after Christ's ascension. It was not until 451 at the Council of Chalcedon that this doctrine became official in Rome. This doctrine was adopted by vote.

THE BIBLE TEACHES
MARY MARRIED Joseph and had other children besides Jesus.
No one marries unless they are planning to have a "marriage relationship".
*Matthew 1:20 says that the angel of the Lord told Joseph to marry Mary. "Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take to thee Mary for thy wife." Also, Luke 2:5.
*Mark 6:3 says, "the people inquired about Jesus, is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, THE BROTHER of James and Joses, and of Juda and Simon?"
In this scripture FOUR half BROTHERS OF JESUS are mentioned coming from this same mother, Mary. Mary was Joseph's only wife.

*Matthew 1:25 says that Jesus was Mary's "firstborn" son.
*Matthew 13:55 talks about Jesus' brothers again. Verse 56 says, "And HIS SISTERS, are they not also with us?"
*Acts 1:14; Galatians 1:19. "But other of the apostles saw I none, save James THE LORD'S BROTHER."
*Psalms 69:8-9 prophesying of Jesus says, "I am become a stranger unto MY OWN BRETHREN, and an alien to MY MOTHER'S CHILDREN." (Brothers and sisters).
This prophecy given in Psalms about Jesus was fulfilled in John 7:3-10.

For Mary to have been the wife of Joseph, and for Jesus to have brothers and sisters, is CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE from the Bible that MARY DID NOT REMAIN A VIRGIN after the birth of Jesus. For Mary to be a Perpetual Virgin is physically impossible in the light of these scriptures.

12. The Roman Church teaches THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY, that Mary did not die but ascended to heaven just like Jesus

The Assumption of Mary was not proclaimed as doctrine by the Church of Rome until 1951 when Pope Pius XII declared it. The Roman Church then said that three days after Mary died, her tomb was found empty. They also teach that she is now seated at the right hand of her son Jesus and sits as THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN where she constantly makes intercession for people (the position given in the Bible only to Jesus the Christ). The Roman Church tries to make Mary do everything that Jesus did. Many places in the world have holidays celebrating The Assumption of Mary. The Bible never says Mary ascended to heaven. It is very apparent they have attempted to replace Jesus with Mary. They still refer to Jesus enough not to appear so obvious.

*John 3:13 "NO MAN HATH ASCENDED UP TO HEAVEN, BUT HE THAT CAME DOWN to earth, even THE SON OF MAN which is in heaven." This scripture alone refutes the teaching of Mary's assumption. JESUS ALONE, the son of man, ascended to heaven! THE ONLY REFERENCE TO THE BIBLE OF SOMEONE SEATED ON THE RIGHT HAND, WAS JESUS WHO WAS SEATED ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.
*Mark 16:19 "So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and SAT ON TE RIGHT HAND OF GOD."
The Bible says nothing of Mary seated on the right hand of God or Jesus. Mary, being called the Queen of Heaven, comes directly from Baal.

Some have disputed the scripture that no man has ascended to heaven but Christ. They bring up Enoch and Elijah. One should note that Enoch and Elijah did not ascend to heaven, they went to Paradise.
*Luke 23:43 "And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."

PARADISE WAS THE BOSOM OF ABRAHAM. It was the holding place for the people of God who had died in the Old Testament era. *Luke 16:22 "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried."

The Old Testament people of God remained in Paradise, The Bosom of Abraham, until Jesus came. At Jesus' resurrection they were released to heaven.
*Ephesians 4:8-10 "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he LED CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ASCENDED UP far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)"

Today, New Testament believers do not go to Paradise, their spirits go straight to heaven.
*2 Corinthians 5:8 "We are confident, I say, and willing rather TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY, and to be PRESENT WITH THE LORD."

Nothing in the Bible alludes in any way to Mary ascending up to heaven nor sitting on the right hand of God. That is an extra-biblical doctrine voted in by the Roman Church. That is defying Revelation 22:18-19 by adding to the Word of God. 13. The Roman Church teaches that MARY AND THE INFANT JESUS LIVE IN YOU
This teaching exalts Mary and diminishes Jesus. Classifying Him as "The Infant Jesus", portrays Jesus as dependant on Mary, helpless and powerless.

THE BIBLE TEACHES:
Jesus did not stay an infant. He grew into full maturity. Portraying Jesus as an infant conveys weakness. The Roman Church's image of Jesus' figure pathetically nailed to the cross or being an infant, leaves the impression that Jesus is weak and helpless. This distorts the true image of Jesus. He is not a defeated, pathetic creature!
*Matthew 28:18 "And JESUS came and SPAKE unto them, saying, ALL POWER IS GIVEN UNTO ME in heaven and in earth." Nowhere in the Bible does it ever state that Mary or the INFANT Jesus will live in you.
*Colossians 1:27 " CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory."
*I Corinthians 6:19 says, "your body is the temple of the HOLY GHOST."
Not once does the Bible say your body is the "temple of Mary". This is Babylonian Mother-Child worship. 14. The Roman Church teaches that Mary is CO-MEDIATOR with Jesus 1
THE BIBLE TEACHES
*I Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God, and ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the man CHRIST JESUS."
*Hebrews 9:15 "And for this cause HE IS THE MEDIATOR of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance". Now we have a New Covenant with God, The New Testament of Jesus Christ.

15. The Roman Church teaches that MARY IS CO-REDEEMER WITH CHRIST 2
THE BIBLE TEACHES
*Hebrews 9:22 "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and WITHOUT SHEDDING OF BLOOD IS NO REMISSION."

No place in scripture does it ever say or infer that Mary ever shed any blood for our sins. (Some have said she did that through her female cycle. If that is the case, then any woman could be our redeemer). But Mary's Son Jesus, shed His blood on the cross for the sins of the world.

*John 19:34 "But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced HIS SIDE, and forthwith came there out blood and water."
*Matthew 26:28 "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
*Romans 5:9 "Much more then, BEING NOW JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD, we shall be saved from wrath through him."
*Luke 1:68 says "HE (Jesus) visited and REDEEMED his people".
*Hebrews. 9:12…"neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by HIS OWN BLOOD he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."

16. The Roman Church teaches that MARY IS THE WOMAN Revelation 12, CLOTHED WITH THE SUN; THE MOON UNDER HER FEET; AND A CROWN OF TWELVE STARS.
*Revelation 12:1 "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:"
This WOMAN is not referring to Mary but to the Jews. These scriptures are referring to the Great Tribulation when Satan will be wroth with the Jews. woman is the Jews; the manchild is Jesus who was born from the Jewish nation and was caught up to the throne of God. The woman is the 144,000 Jews of Revelation 7:5-8 that God sealed and protected probably at Petra during the Tribulation.

17. The Roman Church teaches that MARY AND THE SAINTS HEAL DIFFERENT DISEASES
*Acts 3:12-16 "And when PETER saw it, he ANSWERED unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath GLORIFIED HIS SON JESUS; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And his name THROUGH FAITH IN HIS NAME HATH MADE THIS MAN STRONG, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all."
*Matthew 9:6 "But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house."

JESUS ALONE IS THE HEALER! (See the chapter on Healing)
*Acts 10:38 "How God anointed JESUS of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and HEALING ALL that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
*Isaiah 53:5 "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.'

18. The Roman Church teaches that there is a PURGATORY

They teach a Progressive Salvation which evolves through the Mass, Works, and Purgatory and involves giving the church money. They do not believe in the instantaneous salvation that the Bible teaches. (See the chapter on: A This World Gospel, under Purgatory).

PURGATORY IS A PLACE OF FIRE AND SUFFERING. This was referenced in these scriptures regarding the pagans.
*Leviticus 18:21 talks about their "seed passing through the fire of Molech." This is referencing the pagans purgatory.
*Jeremiah 7:31 talks about the high place of Tophet which was built...to burn their sons and daughters in the fire." (They literally burned their bodies in fire).
19. THE ROMAN CHURCH LINKS MONEY TO DELIVERANCE FROM PURGATORY
Hezel said, "As soon as the money in the casket rings, the troubled soul from purgatory springs". Priests admit they don't know when a person ever gets out of purgatory. Therefore it is an endless amount of masses and offerings from the bereaved loved ones for any hope of saving their departed loved ones. The Irish have a saying, "high money, high mass; lo money, lo mass". The more money one gives the Church, the faster their loved ones will get out of Purgatory no matter how the person lived or how often he attended church.

During WW II, the Archbishop of Winnepeg wrote a letter dated March 1, 1944, that would guarantee mothers that their departed sons would be freed from Purgatory if they gave the Church a forty dollar ($40) offering.

THE BIBLE TEACHES
*Deuteronomy 26:14 "I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor GIVEN OUGHT thereof FOR THE DEAD."
*Peter himself wrote in I Peter 1:18-19 "we are NOT REDEEMED WITH corruptible things as SILVER AND GOLD, but with the precious blood of Christ...without spot or blemish."
*Ephesians 2:8,9, says, "For by grace are ye SAVED THROUGH FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of god: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man boast".
*Psalms 49:6-7 "they that trust in the multitude of riches, NONE OF THEM CAN BY ANY MEANS REDEEM HIS BROTHER, NOR GIVE TO GOD A RANSOM FOR HIM."
*In Acts 8:20 Peter said, "THY MONEY PERISH WITH THEE, because thou hast THOUGHT THE GIFT OF GOD MAY BE PURCHASED WITH MONEY".
*Matthew 23:14 "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For YE DEVOUR WIDOWS' HOUSES, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation."
(The doctrine of Purgatory does exactly this. The teaching of Purgatory devours widows houses taking advantage of the grief and superstition of the bereaved).

We are taught in the Bible to pray for the living and never once does the Bible tell us that we are to pray for the dead. According to God's Word, one's eternal destiny is set at death! The doctrine of praying for the souls of the dead and giving money to help them, is found in all Baal religions. The idea of selling indulgences which are licenses to sin with impunity, was another money making strategy of the Roman Church. This is one of the main reasons that Martin Luther rebelled against the Roman Church and instigated The Reformation.

*I Corinthians 15:29 refers to this practice. "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead?"
He is not teaching the baptism of the dead, but is referring to the what the pagans practiced, who don't even believe in Christ or the resurrection.

According to the Bible, no one can make a decision for another regarding salvation. Some have tried to use "Paradise" to prove Purgatory's existence, but PARADISE WAS NOT A HOLDING PLACE FOR SINNERS, it was a holding place for Old Testament SAINTS.

When PEOPLE died they INSTANTLY WENT TO PARADISE OR HELL, (Rich man and Lazarus). THEY DID NOT GO TO SOME INTERIM PURGATORY.
*In Luke 23:43 as Jesus was dying on the cross, He told the penitent thief, "THIS DAY wilt thou be with me in paradise." Paradise was not a place of torture.
"This day" meant there was no interim waiting as the teaching of Purgatory declares.

*The Bible teaches in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that for a child of God, "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." Since Christ rose from the dead there is no longer a waiting period for the people of God to go to heaven. (There is a resurrection day though when we receive a new glorified body).

ONE'S ETERNAL JUDGMENT IS SET WHEN HE DIES
*Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."
After death, nothing you can do can alter someone's eternal destiny. Getting right with God has to be done by each person BEFORE he dies. No one else can do it for you. To teach otherwise is to defy the Word of God; is heartless; and gives false hope. Once one dies, no amount of burning candles, money, and praying will make a difference where one will spend eternity.

*Luke 16:19-31 tells the story about the Rich Man and Lazarus. v. 23-24" the Rich man after he died, and was buried; and in HELL he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame."
(Note: IMMEDIATELY AFTER HE DIED HE WAS IN HELL).

Abraham answered him, "between us there is a great gulf FIXED (that means it won't move) so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence." The Bible clearly states that after one dies his eternal destiny is FIXED. If he dies without Christ nothing can be done to rectify it.

If the teaching of Purgatory were true it would make YOU the Savior of your family and friends; and money would be the redeemer and not Jesus!

Good works, money, personal abstinence, sacrifice, and Purgatory do not purify anybody.
*I Corinthians 13:3 "though I GIVE MY BODY TO BE BURNED and have not love, IT PROFITETH ME NOTHING".
*The Bible says in Acts 20:38; Hebrews 9:14; Romans 5:9; and Ephesians 1:7 that we are "cleansed by the blood of Jesus", we are NOT cleansed by fire. We live good lives and do good works as a result of being purified by Christ's precious blood, but we are not cleansed by works themselves.

20. The Roman Church says THE POPE, NOT JESUS, HOLDS THE KEYS TO DEATH, HELL AND THE GRAVE. That is not scriptural! That is putting the Pope in Christ's place.
*Revelation. 1:18 Jesus said, "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 ".

21. The Roman Church teaches that we are TO PRAY THE ROSARY. This is repetitious praying using prayer beads.
*Matthew. 6:7-13 "But when ye pray, USE NOT VAIN REPETITIONS, AS THE HEATHEN DO for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."

Praying the Rosary defies the Bible's command against repetitious praying! Praying The Rosary is never mentioned in the Bible.
*Mark 12:38-40 "And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: Which devour widows' houses, and FOR A PRETENCE MAKE LONG PRAYERS: these shall receive greater damnation."

22. The Roman Church traditionally has taught AGAINST being BORN AGAIN. Since they have lost many of their parishioners, particularly to the Pentecostals, they have changed, in rhetoric at least, their position on this doctrine.

Now they claim to believe in" being born" again. However, they have totally REDEFINED THE MEANING. THEY SAY ALL WHO JOIN THE ROMAN CHURCH AND HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED IN IT ARE BORN AGAIN. 3

THE BIBLE TEACHES
*JOHN 3:3 "Except a man is BORN AGAIN he will not inherit the kingdom of God."

Being born again is a spiritual experience with God and does not happen by a physical act of joining any church or being baptized! The Bible teaches that Jesus, not any church, is our Savior. Any church that declares that one must join their church to be saved is not basing this on scriptural authority. By being clever, they have seduced many ex-Roman members who left the Church to come back to the church again, saying they do believe in being BORN AGAIN.

23. The Roman Church teaches TRANSUBSTANTIATION, that is that in the communion the wine is transformed into the literal blood of Christ, and the wafer is transformed into Christ's literal body.

THE BIBLE TEACHES
*Matthew 26:26-29 "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; or this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I WILL NOT DRINK henceforth of this FRUIT OF THE VINE, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."

Jesus called the contents of the cup THE FRUIT OF THE VINE. He is not literally drinking His own blood. He had not yet even been crucified. All of His blood was still in His body.

To accurately divide the truth one must understand that Jesus often used parables and figurative speech to describe spiritual things. When He used a parable He would say, "The Kingdom of God is like…" Luke 20:9 is another parable. For example, the Bible speaks of Jesus as the "door", and the "rock", but that does not mean He was saying that He was literally an inanimate door; or a rock.

Jesus is called "The Lamb of God". John 1:29. That does not mean He was not a human but an animal. The lamb was slain in the Old Testament for a sin offering. Now instead of lambs being slain, Jesus was "the sacrificial lamb" slain as a sin offering for the world. These are SYMBOLIC expressions to help us understand what He has to offer us, and to link it with the Old Testament lamb. He has now taken its place.

Jesus spoke of the bread as His body, and the wine as His blood. The bread and the drink are powerful enhancers of faith that help us grasp being one with Him. The communion is a physical act linked to a spiritual union with the Lord. Jesus still called the wine the "fruit of the vine" after he blessed it. He drank of the same cup also. Jesus said we are one with Him. That does not mean that we are one physically with Him, it means that we are one spiritually with Him. We are one physically with our husband or wife.

GOD COMMANDED AGAINST EATING BLOOD
*Leviticus 17:10-12 "And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I WILL EVEN SET MY FACE AGAINST THAT SOUL THAT EATETH BLOOD, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, NO SOUL OF YOU SHALL EAT BLOOD, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood."

The scriptures of the Bible do not contradict each other when rightly divided. When Jesus spoke of drinking of His blood, He was speaking of a spiritual thing, of receiving spiritual life from Him, (because the life is in the blood), otherwise He would have been contradicting the commands of Leviticus.

*2 Timothy 2:15-16 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. But SHUN PROFANE AND VAIN BABBLINGS: for they will increase unto more ungodliness."
Many spin the Word of God into absurdity.

24. The Roman Church teaches that at death we must have LAST RITES. A priest must come and minister the sacraments to the one who is dying
THE BIBLE TEACHES
Last Rites are never mentioned in the Bible, much less that they have anything to do with salvation. The scriptures alone predicate the basis for salvation. LAST RITES implies strongly that it doesn't matter how one lives or what his relationship with Christ was related to whether he goes to heaven or not. With Last Rites it only matters if the priest comes in time to administer them. This GIVES FALSE HOPE. If one knows Christ personally, when he is dying he needs no priest to assist him to get to heaven. He only needs to call out to Jesus.

25. The Roman Church teaches that the Church can canonize people into becoming SAINTS. These saints can be prayed to for help and blessings
THE BIBLE TEACHES
*I Corinthians 1:2 says, "Unto the church of God...to them that are sanctified by the Holy Ghost. (The Holy Ghost, not the Church sanctifies people).
*Romans 15:16 says, we are "sanctified by the Holy Ghost," "...called to be SAINTS."
THIS IS TALKING ABOUT ALL BELIEVERS IN CHRIST, not an exclusive few that the Roman Church recognizes. When the Bible is talking about saints it is talking about all who have been spiritually born again. John. 3:3.
*Ephesians 1:1 says, "to the SAINTS (believers) who are at Ephesus."
*Philippians 1:1 says, "...to the SAINTS (believers) who are at Philippi."
*Colossians 1:2…"To the SAINTS and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colossae: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
None of these saints referred to had been canonized before the Roman Church came into existance. No place in scripture does it say that an organized church has been authorized to canonize people and make them saints.
W O R S H I P P I N G S A I N T S I S A N C E S T O R
W O R S H I P.
Ancestor worship was referenced in II Kings 23:5 as "THE HOST OF HEAVEN" and is a part of Baal worship.

26 The Roman Church teaches that WE ARE TO PRAY TO IDOLS
This is not scriptural! We are to pray to the Father in the name of Jesus. John 14:13. The Roman Church also says that they stand strongly for the Ten Commandments. Their Duhey version deletes "Thou shalt not make before me any graven image". Often they deny that these statues are idols. Just what is an idol then? It is a graven image!

THE BIBLE TEACHES
*2 Chronicles 33:6-7 "he wrought MUCH EVIL in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. And HE SET A CARVED IMAGE, the idol which he had made, IN THE HOUSE OF GOD,"
Statues of saints defy the Ten Commandments.
*Exodus 20:4-6 "Thou shalt NOT MAKE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE, THOU SHALT NOT BOW DOWN THYSELF TO THEM, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…, And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS."
A STATUE IS A GRAVEN IMAGE?

THE APOSTLE PAUL, LIKE MOSES, FOUGHT IDOLATRY

When the Apostle Paul came to Ephesus, he refused to compromise with paganism. The people he preached to were truly converted to Christ and changed. The Gospel shut down the craft of idol making in Rome. Perhaps that is the reason that the Roman Church didn't choose the Apostle Paul to be the Bishop of Rome, the first Pope. They didn't like his Gospel which was against idolatry.
*Acts 19:24-27 "And the same time there arose no small stir about that way. For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: So that not only this OUR CRAFT IS IN DANGER to be set at nought; but also that THE TEMPLE OF THE GREAT GODDESS DIANA SHOULD BE DESPISED, AND HER MAGNIFICENCE SHOULD BE DESTROYED, whom all Asia and THE WORLD WORSHIPPETH. And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, GREAT IS DIANA OF THE EPHESIANS."

Graven images are made of Mary, Jesus, and the saints. People are encouraged to burn candles and pray to the images.
*Romans 1:23 "They CHANGED THE GLORY OF THE INCORRUPTIBLE GOD, INTO AN IMAGE".
*Acts 17:16 says, "Paul's spirit was stirred (he was upset) when he saw THE WHOLE CITY GIVEN TO IDOLATRY."
*I Corinthians 10:14 …"Wherefore, my dearly beloved, FLEE FROM IDOLATRY."
*Galatians 5:19-21…"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness IDOLATRY…, of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

Those who practice idolatry shall not inherit the kingdom of God, according to the Bible. What difference is there in "Christian" images and the images the pagans bow to?
*Daniel 3:1-7 it says, "The people...fell down and worshipped THE GOLDEN IMAGE that Nebuchadnezzar had set up."

THE PEOPLE WERE TOLD TO DESTROY EVEN THEIR PAGAN PICTURES OF THE OTHER GODS BECAUSE THEY WERE IDOLATROUS
*Numbers 33:52 "Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and DESTROY ALL THEIR PICTURES."

IDOLS ATTRACT DEMONS

*1 Corinthians10:20 "But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they SACRIFICE TO DEVILS, and NOT TO GOD: and I would not that ye should have FELLOWSHIP WITH DEVILS."
*1 Corinthians 10:21 "Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and THE CUP OF DEVILS: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of THE TABLE OF DEVILS." 27. The Roman Church is full of RITUALISM
The Roman Church is ritualistic, and methodical in their form of worship. This is accompanied by all of the ornate and symbolic paraphernalia of pagan worship.
*Hebrews 9:1-10 tells us the first covenant had ordinances of divine services, and a worldly sanctuary. There was a tabernacle, candlestick, table, shewbread; the second veil, the golden censer, the ark of the covenant overlaid with gold, Aaron's rod; the tables of the covenant; the cherubim; the priests; meats, drinks, washings and carnal ordinances.

THE FIRST COVENANT WAS NOT PERFECT BUT WAS A TYPE OF SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME.
*Hebrews 9:9-12 "Which WAS A FIGURE FOR THE TIME then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."
*Hebrews 9:23-24 "It was therefore necessary that THE PATTERN OF THINGS in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:"
*Hebrews 10:1…"For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect."

WE ARE NOW IN THE SECOND COVENANT, THE NEW TESTAMENT. The old covenant with its ornate religious symbols and rituals have passed away. We are now living in the fulfillment of the old.
*Jesus said in John 4:24-26 "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he."

28. The Roman Church teaches that THEY ARE THE ONLY CHURCH AND THAT ONE HAS TO BE A MEMBER OF IT TO BE SAVED

THE BIBLE TEACHES
CHRIST IS THE SAVIOUR NOT THE ROMAN CHURCH
*John 4:42 says, "...this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the World."
(See the next chapter on "Another Jesus" under Saviour).

To make joining a church the main criteria for being saved is to substitute that church in place of Jesus as the Savior of our souls. This is an anti-biblical practice.

29. The Roman Church makes the claim that JESUS HAS GIVEN THEIR PRIESTS
POWER TO FORGIVE SIN
There is no scripture to substantiate this.
*Mark 2:10 "But that ye may know that THE SON OF MAN HATH POWER ON EARTH TO FORGIVE SINS, (he saith to the sick of the palsy)."
*Luke 11:4 "And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil."
Jesus taught that we are to forgive those who sin against us. But that does not give us the position to take God's place for giving forgiveness of sins committed against Him. When one sins against God, In God, only through the Saviour, Jesus Christ, can one find forgiveness. Man is making himself a god, the Saviour, by trying to take God's place in forgiving men's sins against Him. No man has the power to forgive sins that are against God. This issue is between the individual who sinned and God alone. Christ is the ONLY MEDIATOR who can bring reconciliation between man and God.

THE ROMAN CHURCH'S STAND ON EVOLUTION

Regarding this issue, an article on the front page of the Houston Chronicle newspaper of October 25, 1996 has bold headings, "POPE SAYS HUMANS MAY BE THE RESULT OF THE GRADUAL PROCESS OF EVOLUTION". I quote, "Pope John Paul II has put the teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church firmly behind the view that the human body may not have been the immediate creation of God, but is the product of a gradual process of evolution." "With a formal statement sent to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Wednesday and made public Thursday, the pope said that fresh knowledge leads to recognition of the theory of evolution as more that just a hypothesis." "The church has never formally condemned the theory of evolution." "In 1950 Pope Pius XII raised no objection to the promulgation of Darwin's views as a 'serious hypothesis'."

"But in public schools...the statement is seen as supporting the idea that religious faith and the teaching of evolution can easily co-exist. In his statement, the pope did not address the apparent conflict with Biblical versions in Genesis of the creation of the universe and human beings." "The Pope did say, however, that the essential point of Pius' message was that 'if the human body has its origin in living material which pre-exists it, the spiritual soul is immediately created by God'." "Italian papers, which reported the news in front page stories. 'THE POPE REHABILITATES DARWIN', read the sober headline on the Rome daily II Messaggero. 'THE POPE SAYS WE MAY DESCEND FROM MONKEYS."

This is a hundred and eighty degrees opposite of what is taught in the Book of Genesis about the creation of man.

SHOULD THE ROMAN CHURCH BE RECOGNIZED
AS A CHRISTIAN CHURCH?

How can the Roman Church be labeled Christian whey it copies the symbols and doctrines of God's mortal enemy Baal, and rejects what the Bible says? THE ROMAN CHURCH CONTRADICTS JESUS AND THE BIBLE ON PRACTICALLY EVERY ISSUE.

*Revelation 17:3-6 "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

THE REFORMATION AND PROTESTANTISM

The Roman Church did not allow the laity to have, or read, the Bible for many centuries. Although, it was corrupted by the doctrines and symbols of Baal, there still were many true born again Christians inside her that believed God's Word. Those who voiced their concerns were severely persecuted by its Inquisitions. THE ROMAN CHURCH HAD HIJACKED CHRISTIANITY.
In the 1500's, Martin Lutheran took a stand against the many unscriptural practices of the Roman Church. Out of this rebellion came the Protestant Movement. Protestantism was PROTESTING the paganization of Christianity by the Roman Church.

*Revelation 18:4-5 "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 her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath REMEMBERED HER INIQUITIES."

This article comes from one of the chapters of my book, The Paganization of Christianity,