The Rise of Roman Catholicism

St. Peter's Square
The Religion of Roman Catholicism began shortly after 358 A.D.

Last week we demonstrated that the Seven Seals of Revelation spanned the time frame from 226 – 358 A.D., and that the Church of Jesus Christ was marked for preservation from the coming wrath in 358, between the Sixth and the Seventh Seals (Revelation 7). As we have opined elsewhere on this blog, Roman Catholicism as a religion attempted—and failed—to introduce its institutional idolatry to the Church, and as a religion, Roman Catholicism constituted the falling away that Paul prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. As such, we are not surprised to find that much of what Rome claims as the “deposit of faith” handed down to us from the apostles can only be traced to the latter half of the fourth century. Continue reading The Rise of Roman Catholicism

Do Not Weep for Nicomedia

The Ruins of Nicomedia
Ancient Nicomedia remains in ruins to this day.

Readers on this site have read our claim on several occasions that Roman Catholicism arose at the latter end of the fourth century, and no earlier. We have opined on this particular matter under the titles, What the Fathers Feared Most, One Kingdom Too Late, and A See of One, among others. We have endeavored to show, and will continue to demonstrate, that Roman Catholicism arose three hundred years after the apostolic era, and when it did rise, her ordinances were foreign to the precepts of Christ, abhorrent to His saints, and contrary to the teachings of His apostles and prophets—although they foresaw its coming and emphatically warned against it. Continue reading Do Not Weep for Nicomedia

“We Don’t Worship Mary*” part 2

Procession of a statue of Mary
“They bear it upon the shoulder, they carry it, and set it in its place, and it stands; from its place shall it not move: yea, one shall cry unto it, yet can it not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.” (Isaiah 46:7)

It should go without saying that Roman Catholic saints are intentionally held up as examples for the flock to imitate. Lest it be alleged that we have imagined this, we defer to Pope John Paul II, who at World Youth Day 2002, explained this in no uncertain terms: Continue reading “We Don’t Worship Mary*” part 2

“We Don’t Worship* Mary” part 1

The terms “Latria” and “Hyperdulia” create a distinction without a difference.

One of the most prevalent and visible forms of devotion among Roman Catholics is their veneration of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Such attributes are assigned to her, and so many accolades poured out upon her by Roman Catholicism, that the veneration paid to her appears to outsiders to be nothing less than worship. Roman Catholic apologist, Fr. William G. Most, answers these charges with the theological equivalent of “This is not what it looks like.” A summary of his reasoning comes from his tract, Devotion To Our Lady And The Saints:

Do Catholics worship her? Protestants often claim that. But let us examine the command of Our Lord: ‘Judge Not.’ We distinguish two things:

Continue reading “We Don’t Worship* Mary” part 1

Removing Jesus

Two Crosses
The doctrines of Rome amount to a material rejection of the incarnation.

Long before Jesus turned water into wine, He turned Mary’s amniotic fluid into meconium, and her breast milk into transitional stools. Anyone who has ever changed a child’s diaper knows that the resulting odor offends the nostrils greatly. As Jesus would later instruct us, “whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly” and ends up in the toilet (Matthew 15:17), or in His case as an infant, in the diaper. Thus did Jesus’ lower gastrointestinal tract operate as it must for all men, and thus did our Lord endure the gastrocolic reflex, as all we mortals do. We therefore have no doubt that Mary’s milk passed through Him according to the course of nature, and into His diapers in a common and necessary movement. And thus did Jesus come all the way down to earth to save us, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15).

If that opening paragraph offends you, you do not know why Jesus came to earth, and you have not understood the Gospel. Continue reading Removing Jesus