THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

The Roman Catholic Church claims to
have started in Matthew 16:18 when
Christ supposedly appointed Peter as
the first Pope. However, the honest and
objective student of the Scriptures and
history soon discovers that the
foundation of the Roman church is
none other than the pagan mystery
religion of ancient Babylon.
While enduring the early persecutions
of the Roman government (65-300
A.D.), most of professing Christianity
went through a gradual departure from
New Testament doctrine concerning
church government, worship and
practice. Local churches ceased to be
autonomous by giving way to the
control of “bishops” ruling over
hierarchies. The simple form of worship
from the heart was replaced with the
rituals and splendor of paganism.
Ministers became “priests,” and pagans
became “Christians” by simply being
sprinkled with water. This tolerance of
an unregenerate membership only
made things worse. SPRINKLED
PAGANISM is about the best definition
for Roman Catholicism.
The Roman Emperor Constantine
established himself as the head of the
church around 313 A.D., which made
this new “Christianity” the official
religion of the Roman Empire. The first
actual Pope in Rome was probably Leo I
(440-461 A.D.), although some claim
that Gregory I was the first (590-604
A.D.). This ungodly system eventually
ushered in the darkest period of history
known to man, properly known as the
“Dark Ages” (500-1500 A.D.). Through
popes, bishops, and priests, Satan ruled
Europe, and Biblical Christianity
became illegal.
Throughout all of this, however, there
remained individual groups of true
Christians, such as the Waldensens and
the Anabaptists who would not
conform to the Roman system.

The papacy and priesthood
In the Bible there are no popes or
priests to rule over the church. Jesus
Christ is our High Priest (Heb. 3:1;
4:14-15; 5:5; 8:1; 9:11), and all true
Christians make up a spiritual
priesthood (I Pet. 2:5). Jesus Christ has
sanctified all Christians who believe on
Him (Heb. 10:10-11), so all priests
today are unnecessary and
unscriptural. Furthermore, the practice
of calling a priest “father” is forbidden
by Jesus Christ in Matthew 23:9. There
is only ONE mediator between God and
men (I Tim. 2:5).
The Catholic church teaches that Peter
was the first Pope and the earthly head
of the church, but the Bible never says
this once. In fact, it was Peter himself
who spoke against “being lords over
God’s heritage” in I Peter 5:3. Popes do
not marry, although Peter did (Mat.
8:14; I Cor. 9:5). The Bible never speaks
of Peter being in Rome, and it was Paul,
not Peter, who wrote the epistle to the
Romans. In the New Testament, Paul
wrote 100 chapters with 2,325 verses,
while Peter wrote only 8 chapters with
166 verses. In Peter’s first epistle he
stated that he was simply “an apostle of
Jesus Christ,” not a Pope (I Pet. 1:1). The
Roman papacy and priesthood is just a
huge fraud to keep members in
bondage to a corrupt pagan church.

The worship of mary the mother of Jesus
Roman Catholics believe that Mary, the
mother of Jesus, remained a virgin after
the birth of Jesus and was sinless all of
her life. She is worshiped in the Catholic
church as the “Mother of God” and the
“Queen of Heaven.” St. Bernard stated
that she was crowned “Queen of
Heaven” by God the Father, and that
she currently sits upon a throne in
Heaven making intercession for
Christians.
The Bible teaches otherwise. In the
Bible, Mary was a sinner just like the
rest of us. She said herself that she
needed a “Saviour” (Lk. 1:47), and she
even had to offer a sacrifice for her sins
in Luke 2:24. Jesus was only her
“firstborn” son, according to Matthew
1:25, because she later had other
children as well (Mt. 13:55; Gal. 1:19;
Psa. 69:8). There’s only ONE mediator
between God and men, and it isn’t Mary
(I Tim. 2:5). The last time we hear from
Mary in the Bible she is praying WITH
the disciples, not being prayed to BY the
disciples (Acts 1:14). The Bible never
exalts Mary above anyone else. Neither
should we.

Purgatory
The Catholic Church teaches that a
Christian’s soul must burn in purgatory
after death until all of their sins have
been purged. To speed up the purging
process, money may be paid to a priest
so he can pray and have special masses
for an earlier release.

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To be continued
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