ROMAN CATHOLICISM: AN UNBIBLICAL RELIGION

by Dr. Ken Matto

The Roman Catholic Church has been around for about 1700 years. With each passing year they continue to grow more apostate. They are not a Christian denomination but instead could easily be categorized as a cult.  In the Latin, the word "Vatican" means "Hill of Divination." Actually, they are a cult of the virgin. Throughout history, heathen cultures have always been fascinated with the idea of a goddess.   Let me list a few:

1. Isis - Egypt
2. Shing Moo - China
3. Parameta - Hindu (many others also)
4. Diana - Ephesians
5. The Celestial Virgin - Blavatsky - New Age
6. Mary - Roman Catholicism
7. Ishtar - Babylon

In the book of Jeremiah God gives serious warning to those engaged in the cult of the goddesses. Let us look at 4 verses in Jeremiah which were written about 630 BC which would place it about 1000 years before the Roman Catholic Church was started. At this point God was already warning those involved in this cult worship that they were under the judgment of God.

(Jer 7:18 KJV) The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.

(Jer 44:17-19 KJV) But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. {18} But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. {19} And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

(Jer 44:25 KJV) Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.

As we continue to read in these verses, we see the judgment that God decreed on Judah for their incessant desire to serve the false goddesses instead of Jehovah God. Notice how God uses the term "queen of heaven" in these verses in His condemnation of this abominable practice. The Roman Catholics refer to Mary as queen of heaven. This is nothing but the perpetuation of that heresy and the continuation of cultic practices from ancient times. The modern practice is just as abominable as the Babylonian practice.

The format of this essay will be simple. I will list the Roman Catholic practice, the year it was instituted and then give a verse of Scripture to see if the practice will stand under the eye of Scripture.

310
Prayers for the dead and the sign of the cross. It is believed the practice of prayers for the dead may date back to 200 AD.

(Heb 9:27 KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

 

375
Veneration of angels and deceased saints began.

(Psa 29:2 KJV) Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

 

394
The daily mass was instituted.

(Heb 10:11-12 KJV) And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: {12} But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

 

432
The worship of Mary is instituted. The term "Mother of God" originated at the council of Ephesus and was bestowed upon Mary.

(1 Tim 2:5 KJV) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

(Isa 45:5 KJV) I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

 

500
Priests began to dress differently from the laity thus putting on a religious exterior.

(Rev 2:6 KJV) But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

The word "Nicolaitans" comes from two Greek words "nikao" which means "conqueror" and "laos" which means "people." When the two words are combined, it means "conqueror of the people." God hates this error because the clergy have built themselves into a self-appointed elitist class with the belief that the people in the pews are dumb and that they must do all their thinking for them. In this way the clergy conquer the people by conquering their mind. The Catholic Priests have absolute mind domination over the naive Catholics in the pews. How else could they instill belief in the people that they can forgive sins and cause the eucharistic elements to turn into the actual blood and body of Christ?

 

593
The doctrine of Purgatory was adopted.

(Heb 9:27 KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

(2 Cor 5:8 KJV) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

 

600
The Latin language was imposed upon the mass by Gregory I.

(2 Cor 3:12 KJV) Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

 

606
Boniface III receives the title of "Universal Bishop" and thus became the first Pope.

(1 Pet 2:25 KJV) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (Speaking of Christ)

 

650
Feasts commemorating the Virgin Mary began.

See Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-19,25 at the beginning of this study.

 

709
The kissing of the Pope’s foot began.

(Psa 2:12 KJV) Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

 

754
The temporal power of the Popes began. This was the belief that the Popes were allowed to own vast areas of land which were untouchable by anyone else. This practice was never refuted because it is based upon the document known as the "Donation of Constantine." He believed that he was healed by the miraculous powers emanating from the Bishop of Rome. He then rewarded the Pope with gifts of land. This practice was continued without hesitation.

(Psa 24:1 KJV) A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

 

788
The worship of relics and images established.

(Exo 20:4-5 KJV) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: {5} Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

 

847
The Decretals of Isidore were used by the Pope to claim supremacy within the church. These decretals are closely associated with the Donation of Constantine in matter of principle. They both increased the power and wealth of the Popes.

(Luke 22:24-26 KJV) And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. {25} And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. {26} But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

 

854
Holy water introduced which was a mixture of water and a small amount of salt. It was blessed by the priest.

(Jer 2:13 KJV) For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

 

890
The veneration of St. Joseph began.

(Rev 19:10 KJV) And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

 

965
The baptism of the bells was introduced. The baptism of bells was accomplished in the following manner. The bells were first washed with holy water and then they were anointed on both the inside and the outside with holy oil. Then prayer is said over the bells, the essence of the prayer is this, every time the bells ring the evil spirits would be driven away and God’s people will come to prayer.

(Mark 1:27 KJV) And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. - The evil spirits fear Christ not washed bells.

 

993
Canonization of dead saints introduced.

(Psa 30:4 KJV) Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

This psalm was written about 1300 years before the Roman Catholic system came into being. God calls His true believers saints and does not recognize human canonization of anyone.

 

998
Fasting on Friday and during Lent was introduced.

(1 Tim 4:3 KJV) Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

 

1003
Feasts for the dead initiated.

(Col 1:18 KJV) And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

 

1075
Celibacy of the priesthood declared. It was the greatest mass divorce in the history of priests which were married.

(1 Tim 4:3 KJV) Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

 

As we continue on our chronology, are you beginning to see how religiously deceived these poor people are?

 

1076
The doctrine of the infallibility of the Roman Catholic Church was declared.

(Rom 3:23 KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

1090
The Rosary (prayer beads) introduced. It was a copy of ritual from both Hindus and Mohammedans.

(Mat 6:7 KJV) But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

 

1100
Money demanded for Masses.

(Ezek 22:27 KJV) Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

 

1140
The doctrine of the seven sacraments. They are: baptism, penance, the Eucharist, confirmation, matrimony, holy orders, anointing of the sick (formerly known as extreme unction.)

(Gal 2:16 KJV) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

The same principle applies as no one is saved by church ritual as well as the law.

 

1184
The Inquisition began on a directive by the council of Verona. Between the years 1200 and 1800 many millions were murdered for their faith.

(2 Tim 2:24 KJV) And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

"Victims after being stripped of their clothing had their arms tied behind their backs with a hard cord.  Weights were attached to their feet.  The action of a pulley suspended them in mid-air or dropped and raised them with a jerk, dislocating joints of the body.  While such torture was being employed, priests holding up crosses would attempt to get the heretics to recant."

"Some who rejected the teachings of the Roman Church had molten lead poured into their ears and mouths.  Eyes were gouged out and others were cruelly beaten with whips.  Some were forced to jump from cliffs onto long spikes fixed below, where, quivering from pain, they slowly died.  Others were choked to death with mangled pieces of their own bodies, with urine, or excrement.  At night, the victims of the Inquisition were chained closely to the floor or wall where they were a hopeless prey to the rats and vermin that populated  those bloody torture chambers." -- Both paragraphs from Babylon Mystery Religion (Chapter 14)  by Ralph Woodrow

This is the religion that Billy Graham and Jack Van Impe and others sing the praises of.  Any true Christian that supports a preacher who sings the praises of Roman Catholicism should not be supported.  If you support them, then you are no different than those who tortured your brethren in the Middle Ages.

 

1190
The sales of indulgences commenced. It was this practice which triggered the Protestant Reformation.

(Mat 25:46 KJV) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

 

1200
The wafer substituted for bread in the Lord’s Supper.

(Mat 26:26 KJV) 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.

 

1215
The doctrine of Transubstantiation was decreed by Innocent III. Transubstantiation teaches that during the mass, the wafer turns into the actual body of Christ and the wine becomes the actual blood of Christ.

(1 Cor 11:23-26 KJV) For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: {24} And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. {25} After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. {26} For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come.

The question which must be posed is when Christ spoke of His body and blood, where was He standing? He was standing in His physical body at this time, therefore, He could not have been offering His physical body and blood as the elements. It is therefore biblical to conclude that the Doctrine of Transubstantiation is an esoteric and ungodly, cannibalistic doctrine. The Lord Jesus Christ stated on the cross, "It is finished," but the Roman Catholic mass by teaching that the wafer and wine turn into Christ's actual physical body is teaching that Christ is continuing to be sacrificed and that it is not finished. Who do we believe? Christ or ritual?

(Heb 10:12 KJV) But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

 

1215
Oral confession installed.

(Mark 2:7 KJV) Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

This practice dates from the ancient Babylonians. When the priest heard a nice juicy confession, they used it as a means of blackmail.

 

1216
The bloody Inquisition spreads to France.

(Exo 20:13 KJV) Thou shalt not kill.

 

1220
The adoration of the wafer (host) commenced.

(Psa 106:36 KJV) And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.

 

1229
The Bible was forbidden to be read by the laymen and was placed on the forbidden book list by the Council of Valencia.

(2 Tim 3:16-17 KJV) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: {17} That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

 

1287
The Scapular was invented. It is a brown piece of cloth with a picture of the Virgin Mary on it. It is supposed to protect from all dangers when worn next to the naked skin.

(Psa 16:1 KJV) Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

 

1303
Papal Bull Unam Sanctum was issued. It declared that salvation and remission of sins could not be obtained outside the Roman Catholic Church and that the Pope had temporal and spiritual authority over all. Deference to the Pope was required to obtain salvation.

(John 14:6 KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

(Acts 4:12 KJV) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

1316
The Ava Maria was composed.

(Psa 95:1 KJV) O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

 

1415
The communion cup was denied to the laity.

(Mat 26:27 KJV) And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

 

1439
The dogma of purgatory was declared as a tenet of faith by the Council of Florence.

(2 Pet 2:9 KJV) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

 

1478
The bloody Inquisition spreads to Spain.

(Exo 20:13 KJV) Thou shalt not kill.

Do you know anyone who is caught up in this system? They need to know they have been deceived by their leaders. There is no assurance of salvation for any Catholic as it is only found in the Lord Jesus Christ and they must know this. If they do not listen to you, their blood will be on their own head. You have done your job by warning them.

 

1545
The Council of Trent declares that Roman Catholic tradition is equal to the authority of Scripture. Justification by faith alone is condemned.

(Mark 7:7-9 KJV) Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. {8} For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. {9} And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

(Rom 3:24 KJV) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 

1546
The Council of Trent added the Apocryphal books to the Bible and declared them as equal authority as the traditional 66 books.

(Rev 22:18 KJV) For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

 

1547
The Council of Trent declares that the seven sacraments shall become an article of faith in Roman Catholicism.

(Mat 15:9 KJV) But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

 

1854
The Immaculate Conception of Mary proclaimed. This means that Mary was as sinless as Christ.

(Rom 3:10 KJV) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

(Luke 1:46-47 KJV) And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, {47} And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

 

1870
Papal Infallibility declared.

(1 John 1:8 KJV) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

1908
Pius X encyclical declares that marriages between two Catholics or a Catholic and Protestant are null and void unless performed by a priest.

(Mat 19:6-7 KJV) Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

 

1931
Pius XI reconfirms the doctrine that Mary is the Mother of God.

(Isa 43:10-11 KJV) Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. {11} I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

 

1950
The doctrine of the assumption of the Virgin Mary was proclaimed by Pius XII.

(John 5:28-29 KJV) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, {29} And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

 

1954
Mary proclaimed Queen of Heaven.

See Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-19,25 for information on this abominable practice. The queen of heaven was Ishtar of the Babylonians and was a fertility cult. It was also Astarte or Ashtoreth which was a Canaanite goddess of sexual love, maternity, and fertility. All these were abominable practices in God’s sight just as the continuation of these cultic goddesses in the modern form of Mary.

 

1965
Mary proclaimed mother of the church.

(Eph 5:23 KJV) For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

(Gal 4:26 KJV) But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

This passage must be studied in its context but this verse simply means that all Christians are born by the body of Christ which is portrayed as the free or new Jerusalem which is the body of believers. We have become saved because another Christian witnessed to us in some manner. There is no doctrine alluding to the error of Mary being the mother of the church. This is just another erroneous dogma.

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Those who are in the Roman Catholic Church are severely deceived by this system. They are not heaven bound and this can be borne out by taking their teachings and comparing them to Scripture. Scripture is the final authority not papal bulls or dogma.

There is a movement within the Protestant church to bring us back to Rome. It is being led by such traitors as Chuck Colson. His book "the Body" is an apologetic for the Catholic Church. Chuck also loathes the term ‘Born Again." He is undoing the Reformation with a renegade priest named Richard Neuhaus. Colson admits to attending mass. He should not be supported.

Other traitors to Christ are: Billy Graham, Jack Van Impe, Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn, Paul and Jan Crouch, Harold Bredesen, James Robison, Oliver North, Bill Bright, Robert Schuller, Richard Land, Larry Lewis, Oral Roberts. The Prince of Peace Society in California wanted to crown Pope John Paul II as "Prince of Peace." These traitors endorse it and wanted to be there when it happens.

Many of the Billy Graham converts at his crusades are handed over to the Catholic Church. He will not preach a crusade unless it is ecumenical. While in prison, Jim Bakker had a Catholic priest as his spiritual advisor. As you can see many of the so-called Christian Leaders are nothing more than traitors to the cause of Christ. I know Protestant clergy who crave the power and control the catholic priests have over their congregations. When you meet a clergyman with a title like Very Rev. or Right Rev. then you have met a catholic sympathizer.

These traitors who want to worship the pope so bad should do it with their own money and without anyone’s donations. In other words, do not support them. Let them go bankrupt and go out and work for a living. The problem is those in the pews refuse to raise any questions. Many of these so called "evangelical" and "fundamental" churches are leaning left and the clergy are leading it and narcoleptic, pew warmers are letting it happen.

(Ezek 22:25-26 KJV) There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. {26} Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

Clergy who support Rome should be fired instantly and bodily tossed out of the church. If they love Rome, let them join the Catholic Church. Every church should have a committee comprised of Christians who have no allegiance to the leadership, in other words, they are not the pastor’s inner circle. They should scrutinize the pastor and leaders to see what they are reading, who they are socializing with to keep them on track. If church leaders knew they could not get away with spiritual prostitution, they would not be so eager to accept the ecumenical lie under the guise of "love." Biblical love is found in 2 John 6 which states that is keeping God’s commandments.

(2 John 1:6 KJV) And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

I hope you realize that God does not take spiritual prostitution lightly, it was this which caused Israel and Judah to go into captivity. The modern church is ready to go into captivity also. It is time to starve para-church ministries which are traitorous to the cause of Christ and to hold church leaders accountable for not only their actions but their beliefs also. Last one out turn off the light!!

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