Catholicism is a false religion

I am posting a truth that must be heard. In memory of Keith Green who many years ago posted his “Catholic Chronicles.” I am bringing an updated version. It will be in parts (short attention spans). But it is full of truth. Parts are very shocking but it must stand with the Word of God or be rejected as teachings of man.

Bible verses about the catholic church                         Part one.

Catholicism is the biggest enemy to Christianity because it poses as a Christian denomination. Catholicism is not a different denomination. Catholicism is a false religion, which is sending many deceived people to Hell. It is impossible to follow all their heresies and be saved.

Today many are trying to classify it as a Christian religion, but for centuries it has always been known as a false religion. Many believers were martyred for the rejection of the Roman Catholic Church. Throughout history the RCC has been filled with idolatry, pedophilia, and abuse. In Catholicism you can never know that you are saved.

There is no way you can read the Word of God and not see that Catholicism is of the devil. Do not be deceived. Many believers attend Catholic churches because of their family members, but this should not be.

If you are a Christian and you go to a Catholic church I encourage you to stop going immediately and find a biblical church to attend.

Quotes

  • “Martin Luther – We here are of the conviction that the papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist.”
  • Charles Spurgeon – “Christ did not redeem His church with His blood, so the pope could come in and steal away the glory. He never came from heaven to earth and poured out His very heart that He might purchase His people so that a poor sinner, a mere man, should be set upon high to be admired by all the nations and to call himself God’s representative on earth! Christ has always been the head of His church.”
  • Martin Luther – “I am persuaded that if at this time, St. Peter, in person, should preach all the articles of Holy Scripture, and only deny the pope’s authority, power, and primacy, and say, that the pope is not the head of all Christendom, they would cause him to be hanged.”
  • Westminster Confession of Faith – “There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ; nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalts himself, in the Church, against Christ and all that is called God.”

Catholics call their priest father and the pope the holy father.

When you call anyone holy other than God that is blasphemy. Only God is holy, and that title is reserved only for Him. Not to Mary and not to the pope. No one referred to any apostles as father. We are told to call no one father in a spiritual sense or as a religious title.

I made sure to say spiritual sense because many Catholics are going to say don’t you honor your dad by calling him father? Jesus said to honor your mother and father. Why would He contradict Himself by saying, “call no man father on Earth?” He wouldn’t! He wasn’t talking about your dad. If we read Matthew 23 in context we see that He is talking about a spiritual title.

The Pharisees loved being called rabbi and father. They loved being called by names that were above all other names as if they were very close to God, on the same level as God, or above God. Names that should only belong to Christ. Jesus criticized the Jewish leaders. You are not to be called father and you are not to call anyone father. What is being forbidden is exactly what we see in the Catholic Church.

  1. Matthew 23:5-10 They do all their deeds to be seen by people, for they make their phylacteries wide and their tassels long. They love the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues and elaborate greetings in the marketplaces, and to have people call them ‘Rabbi.’ But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers. And call no one your ‘father’ on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one teacher, the Christ.

Catholicism teaches salvation by faith and works. 

Canon 9 – “If anyone saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; let him be damned.”

CCC 846 – “Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation.”

CCC 2068 – “The Council of Trent teaches that the Ten Commandments are obligatory for Christians and that the justified man is still bound to keep them. All men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments.”

CCC 2010 – “Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life.”

Canon 9 says if you believe in salvation by faith alone, then you are damned. Blasphemy! The core of Christianity is salvation by faith in Christ alone. When it stops being faith in Christ alone it is no longer Christianity. It is a false religion. The Catholic Church teaches that you must hold on to the Ten Commandments. Are you obeying everything perfectly?

If you are trying to maintain your relationship with God by faith and works Galatians 3:10 says you will be cursed. The reason is that you are not obeying everything. Faith is a gift of God. It is all by His grace. God desires perfection and that is why we must trust in the perfect merit of Jesus Christ. CCC 2010 says that “we can merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our salvation.”

This is a direct contradiction to the Bible. This is not something we can overlook. I love people too much to allow them to go to Hell! Open your eyes! Romans 11:6 says, “it is no longer based on works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” When you try to maintain your relationship with God by works you are not trusting in Jesus Christ alone. Romans 3:28 teaches us salvation is by faith apart from works. This is a complete contradiction to the Catechism.

With a plethora of faith alone verses that contradict the catechism most Catholics are going to go to one verse James 2:17, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” They say, “you see we need faith and works.” No! We must read it in context to find out what is James 2 talking about. It is talking about a false faith before man. It is examining a false faith vs a genuine faith. It is not saying we need faith and works for salvation.

James 2:14 says, “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works?” (Can that faith save him?) What faith is it talking about? A false faith! Genuine faith results in works. Salvation is a supernatural work of God where God changes a man and God works in the man to produce fruit. 2 Corinthians 5:17 teaches us that faith in Christ alone results in being a new creation.

You don’t need to maintain and work for your salvation. You were bought with the blood of Christ. Colossians 2:14 says, “he canceled our debt.” We have no more debt to pay. It’s cancelled! It’s all of grace. We don’t obey because it saves us, and it keeps us in a right standing with God. We obey because we are saved by Christ alone.

We were made new by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is continually working in us to conform us into the image of Christ. A changed life is evidence of faith in Christ alone. If you seek salvation by faith and obeying the commandments you are cursed like Galatians 3 says. Galatians 3:10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”

Notice that in Matthew 7:22 Many said Lord look at all the good things I did, but the Lord said, “depart from me I never knew you.”

 

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All at The Cross

 

The Cross

What is broken, can be made whole,

What is dirty, can be made clean.

Resentment, can become forgiveness.

What is covered, cannot be healed.

Not all wounds, are visible

But, the Cross, is always the place of exchange.

Let His light In

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a Crack in everything

That’s how The Light gets in.

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Why Jesus Compared Unforgiveness To the Sycamine Tree

Why Jesus Compared Unforgiveness To the Sycamine Tree

If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye might say unto this sycamine tree,
Be thou plucked up by the root,
and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
– 
Luke 17:6

In Luke 17:1-6, Jesus taught His disciples about bitterness and unforgiveness and about how to remove these evil forces from one’s life. As an illustration, Jesus likened these forces to the sycamine tree that was so well known in that part of the world. The word “sycamine” comes from the Greek word sukaminos, and it is the Greek word that refers to a tree that grew throughout the Middle East.

When you understand everything that is connected to the sycamine tree, you’ll know exactly why Jesus chose to use this tree as an example of bitterness and unforgiveness in Luke 17:6. In that verse, Jesus told His disciples, “…If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.” Notice that Jesus said, “…Ye might say unto this sycamine tree…” The word “this” indicates that Jesus was pointing out something very specific to them.

Keep in mind that Jesus was speaking of getting rid of bitterness and unforgiveness. In Luke 17:3, He told the disciples that they needed to forgive those who sinned against them. He then took it to the maximum in Luke 17:4 by saying that even if a brother does something wrong seven times in one day and is each time truly repentant, they were to keep on forgiving that offending brother.

Forgiving once is already a challenge for most people. But to forgive someone seven times in one day almost sounds impossible to many folks. It must have sounded preposterous to the disciples as well, for they said, “…Lord, Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). This statement was the equivalent of their saying, “Lord, we don’t know if we have enough faith to forgive so many times in one day. You’ll have to increase our faith if we’re going to do this seven times in one day!”

That is when Jesus began to teach His disciples about speaking to bitterness and unforgiveness. He said, “…If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree.…” When Jesus used the word “this,” it was the equivalent of Jesus’ telling them, “Bitterness and unforgiveness are just like the sycamine tree – and if you really want to be free of these attitudes, you can speak to this menacing growth in your life and command it to be planted in the sea!”

Before we can understand what Jesus taught about getting rid of bitterness and unforgiveness, we first need to see why He used the sycamine tree to illustrate these destructive forces. Was there a particular reason why He didn’t use an oak tree, an apple tree, or a palm tree in this illustration? Why did He use the sycamine tree to symbolize the detrimental effects of bitterness and unforgiveness in a person’s life?

Sycamine Tree

As you look at the characteristics of the sycamine tree listed below, I believe you will compre­hend why Jesus used this particular tree in this context.

  1. The sycamine tree had a very large and deep root structure.

The sycamine tree was known to have one of the deepest root structures of all trees in the Middle East. It was a vigorous and robust tree that grew to a height of thirty feet or more. Because its roots went down so deep into the earth, it was very difficult to kill. Hot weather and blistering temperatures had little effect on this tree because it was tapped into a water source down deep under the earth. Even cutting it to its base would not guarantee its death because its roots, hidden deep under the ground, would draw from underground sources of water, enabling it to keep resurfacing again and again. In other words, this tree was very difficult to eradicate.

No wonder Jesus used this tree as an example of bitterness and unforgiveness! Like the sycamine tree, bitterness and unforgiveness must be dealt with clear to the roots, or they will keep springing up again and again. The roots of bitterness and unforgiveness go down deep into the human soul, fed by any offense that lies hidden in the soil of the heart. That hidden source of offense will cause these evil forces to resurface in a person’s life over and over again. It will take a serious deci­sion for that person to rip those roots of bitterness and offense out of his heart once and for all so they can’t grow back in the future.

  1. The sycamine tree’s wood was the preferred wood for building caskets.

In Egypt and the Middle East, the sycamine tree was considered to be the preferred wood for building caskets and coffins. It grew quickly and in nearly any environment, making it accessible in many different places. It also grew best in dry conditions – the kind of conditions for which the Middle East is famous. These are two reasons sycamine wood was used in so many places for building caskets and coffins.

Again, we can see why this illustration of the sycamine tree is so ideal for portraying bitterness and unforgiveness. Just as the sycamine tree grew very quickly, so does bitterness and unforgiveness. In fact, it doesn’t take too long at all for these evil forces to get out of control and start taking over the whole place! When these fast-growing and ugly attitudes can grow freely, they not only spoil the condition of your own heart, but they ruin your relationships with other people.

Also, just as the sycamine tree grew easily in every environment, so does bitterness. It doesn’t matter where people are from, where they live, what kind of cultural background they grew up in, or what level of society they belong to – bitterness and unforgiveness grow in human hearts every­where, for they are universal in their scope of evil influence.

The sycamine tree grew best where little rain fell and water was sparse. Isn’t this just like bit­terness and unforgiveness? These negative attitudes flourish where spiritually dry conditions exist. You can almost count on finding bitterness and unforgiveness growing and blossoming where there is no repentance, no joy, and no fresh rain of the Spirit.

And don’t forget that sycamine wood was the preferred wood for building caskets and coffins. What a powerful message this is! It tells us that bitterness and unforgiveness are deadly. Harboring bitterness will spiritually bury you more quickly than anything else! These attitudes are the materials that Satan uses to put you six feet underground!

Let me stress this point to you because it’s so important: If you permit bitterness and unforgive­ness to grow in your life, it won’t be long until these attitudes have killed your joy, stolen your peace, and canceled out your spiritual life!

  1. The sycamine tree produced a fig that was very bitter to eat.

The sycamine tree and the mulberry tree were very similar in appearance; the two trees even produced a fruit that looked identical. However, the fruit of the sycamine tree was extremely bitter. Its fruit looked just as luscious and delicious as a mulberry fig. But when a person tasted the fruit of the sycamine fig, he discovered that it was horribly bitter.

Mulberry figs were delicious and therefore expensive. Because of the cost of this fruit, it was primarily eaten by wealthier people. But the sycamine fig was cheap and therefore affordable to poorer people. Because the poor couldn’t afford the luscious mulberry fig, they munched on the sycamine fig as a substitute.

However, the sycamine fig was so bitter that it couldn’t be eaten whole. To consume an entire sycamine fig, the eater had to nibble on it a little bit at a time. After a pause, the eater would return to nibble on it again, but he could never devour a entire piece of this fruit at one time; it was just too tart and pungent to eat at one sitting.

Jesus lets us know that like the sycamine fruit, the fruit of bitterness and unforgiveness is bitter, tart, and pungent. Like the fig, most people who are bitter and filled with unforgiveness chew on their feelings for a long time. They nibble on bitterness for a while; then they pause to digest what they’ve eaten. After they have reflected deeply on their offense, they return to the memory table to start nibbling on bitterness again – taking one little bite, then another little bite, then another. As they continue to think and meditate on their offense, they internalize their bitter feelings toward those who have offended them. In the end, their perpetual nibbling on the poisonous fruit of bit­terness makes them bitter, sour people themselves.

And just as the primary consumers of the sycamine fruit were poor people, those who sit around and constantly meditate on every wrong that has ever been done to them are usually bound up with all kinds of poverty. Their bitter attitude not only makes them spiritually poor, but they are also frequently defeated, depressed, sick, and financially poor as well.

  1. The sycamine tree was pollinated only by wasps.

It is very interesting to note that the sycamine tree was not naturally pollinated. The pollina­tion process was only initiated when a wasp stuck its stinger right into the heart of the fruit. Thus, the tree and its fruit had to be “stung” in order to be reproduced.

Think of how many times you have heard a bitter person say: “I’ve been stung by that person once, but I’m not going to be stung again! What he did hurt me so badly that I’ll never let him get close enough to sting me again!” It is likely that people who make such a statement have been “stung” by a situation that the devil especially devised to pollinate their hearts and souls with bitterness and unforgiveness. When a person talks like this, you can know for sure that the wasp of bitterness got to them!

Jesus said that to rid this nuisance from one’s life, a person must have faith the size of “a grain of mustard seed.” The word “grain” is the Greek word kokkos. It describes a seed, a grain, or a very small kernel. Jesus uses the example of a “mustard” seed in this example. The word “mustard” is the Greek word sinapi, which refers to the small mustard plant that grows from a tiny, miniscule seed.

By using this word, Jesus was telling His disciples that a great amount of faith is not needed to deal with bitterness and unforgiveness. Any person who has even a tiny measure of faith can speak to bitterness and unforgiveness and command them to leave – if that is really the desire of his heart.

So, what is your desire today, friend? Do you genuinely wish to be free from the bitterness, unforgiveness, and offense that has festered in your soul for so long? Are you ready to rip those destructive roots clear out of your heart so they won’t be able to resurface in your life again? Are you tired of those detrimental attitudes killing your joy, stealing your peace, and nullifying your spiritual life? If so, be sure to read tomorrow’s Sparkling Gem so you can find out exactly how to permanently eradicate these attitudes from your life!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, thank You for speaking to my heart about getting rid of bitterness, unforgiveness, and offense. I know from experience that these attitudes are a killer to my spiritual life. When I am filled with bitterness and unforgiveness, I become a sour hostage to my memories. When I am consumed with offense, I lose my joy and peace and my relationships with other peo­ple are horribly affected. I thank You for giving me all the faith I need to deal with this issue, Lord. Today I am asking You to help me start the process of ripping those foul roots out of the soil of my heart and soul.

I pray this in Jesus’ name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

I confess that I genuinely wish to be set free from bitterness, unforgiveness, and offense. I am weary of the way these poisonous roots have produced their deadly fruit in my life for so long. I am ready to do whatever is required to rip those roots clear out of my heart so they won’t be able to resurface in my life again. By the power of the Holy Spirit and the authority God has given me, I repent of these detrimental attitudes that have been killing my joy, stealing my peace, and nullifying my spiritual life. By faith I am walking free from these enemies of my soul.

I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

Ouch!

This blog will be down for while.

My wife took a fall and broke both wrists, her left wrist was operated on two weeks ago, yesterday they operated on her right one. This blog will be down for awhile as i become her C.N.A

 

Is there any net worth in serving?

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

Becoming like Jesus means becoming servant-hearted. Some may seek to do miracles, but Jesus did not say His first work was that. Some desire recognition, or to exercise the power Jesus functioned in, but He did not say His purpose was to display His power.

Jesus said His primary purpose was that He came to serve—to serve and seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). He came to serve as an example of humility and self-sacrifice (John 13:14,15); even now, He continues to serve as our intercessor, praying to the Father on our behalf (Rom. 8:34).

The primary call to the church is to secure and multiply Jesus’ model of servant-hood by creating an atmosphere and ministry emphasis that produces servants (Eph.4:12). The ability and opportunity to serve are gifts from God; and true growth, when it is pure, will produce the fruit of service.

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