Jesus Messiah Fellowship
Light To The Nations
By Ex-Catholic L. J. King & Cohen G. Reckart, Pastor
Commandments of Men.
"Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Mark 7:7). "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye" (Mark 7:13).
The Roman Church proclaims to the world that she has always taught and is teaching today the same Gospel that Jesus and His Apostles taught. But her doctrines and commandments are ritual inventions of monks, priests, and popes, not to be found in the Bible. There is no grace of God or saving power in them. Two of the earliest inventions are the trinity of three god-persons and the daily mass to replace the annual observance of the Lord's Passover. The plurality of the godhead was borrowed from Plato's philosophy and the ritual of the mass was copied from pagan temple rituals. Neither the trinity doctrine or the ritual of the mass can be found in the New Testament.
Prayers to save dead sinners and making the sign of the cross, both came into existence about 300 AD.
The baptism into the trinity did not come from Christ or the Apostles. This baptism was invented by gnostics and made Catholic law at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. Jerome was hired to translated the Bible into Latin around 400 AD, and made over 5,000 changes to the Scriptures to make the Catholic Bible agree with new trinitarian creeds passed into Church law at the Councils of Nicaea and Constantinople.
About 600 AD, Gregory I established worship in the unknown tongue, or in Latin. The Bible was locked up forcing people to accept religious mysteries.
The worship of Mary and saints began about 600 AD. The Bible teaches all our prayers should be addressed to God. Prayers were never offered to Mary, other Saints, or the Apostles, by first century Jewish Christians.
The worship of the crucifix, of images, and of relics, was established about 788 AD. It is impossible to find Christian idols, images, or sacred icons in the New Testament record anywhere. These practices were clearly of pagan origin.
It was about 998 AD that the 40 days of Lent before Easter was imposed by Rome. Lent, Easter, and fasting on Good Friday, are fabrications of Rome, not teachings of the Apostles.
Roman Catholic monks introduced the phony use of holy water about 1,OOO AD. This so-called holy water was borrowed from the Old Testament red heifer holy water ritual. It makes people believe they are blessed when they are not even saved.
Pope Gregory VII made the law against marriages of the priest around 1079 AD, turning many priest into homosexuals and midnight clients of brothels. The Bible teaches that marriage is essential of all New Testament Ministers: "A bishop (minister) must be blameless, the husband of one wife" [ITim. 3:2]. The Apostle Paul called the forced idea of a celibate ministry, the "doctrine of devils." Why would the papacy adopt a practice the Scriptures condemn as being of the devil? "Forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from meats" [1Timothy 4:3].
Prayer Beads were invented by Peter the Hermit (a cabalist mystic monk) around 1090 AD. This pagan necklace is used for counting and saying prayers, but the Bible does not speak of them anywhere. Confession of sins in a confession booth to an alcoholic or homosexual priest who claims to have the power to forgive, was instituted by Pope Innocent III, at the Council of Lateran in 1215 AD.
The sacrifice of the mass was borrowed from Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, Jewish-Baal, and Roman pagan temples, and has been in existence since around 325 AD. The Bible teaches us that the sacrifice of Christ was offered once for all. No one can turn bread and wine into the actual flesh and blood of Jesus. The mass as a Church service is a great fraud that can not be traced to the original Christian Church. The mass places all who believe in them in mental bondage to traditions of men. This ritual was proclaimed truth by Pope Innocent III, in 1215 AD.
About 1190 AD, the Roman Catholic Church began the sale of indulgences. An indulgence is payment of money to the Church for forgiveness of sins a person has or might commit. The Bible says: "Ye are not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold [money], but with the precious blood of Christ" [I Peter 1:18].
The Catholic Church uses a wafer in the Lord's Supper, instead of unleavened bread as Christ served his Apostles. In 325 AD, the Catholic Church abolished the true Christian Passover, which Christ instituted to replaced old Jewish customs. In 1220 AD, Pope Honorious III invented the worship of the Communion wafer calling it the "Host or Good God." Thus the Roman Catholic Church worships as God a piece of bread made by the hands of men [Man making God?]. The adoration of such a god is entirely contrary to the Bible. "The Lord of Heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples [bread or a structure], made with hands, neither is worshipped with men's hands" [Acts 17:24].
Since the year 1414 AD, the Catholic Church has refused to allow Church members to partake of the cup of wine during the Communion Service. All the communicates are allowed is the wafer god placed upon their tongues. This practice is not Biblical. The true Institution of Christ, was changed by the Council of Constance in 1414 AD. The Bible teaches that the Lord's Supper should be given with bread and wine to everyone who is a saved believer, followed by washing of one another's feet. St. Paul said, "As often as ye eat this bread" (not a wafer god), "and drinkthis cup, ye do show (or remember) the Lord's death till He comes" [I Cor. 11:26]. Jesus said, "Drink ye all of it."
The doctrine of purgatory was proclaimed an article of faith around 1438 AD, at the Council of Florence. The Bible does not contain a single word concerning purgatory out of which escape is impossible except a relative pay extortion money for a special mass, burn candles for a correct amount of time, and pays the Church the right ransom by way of monetary gifts. The doctrine of Purgatory offers the Roman Church a means of extortion without it being recognized a crime. It is another lying trick to enslave good people. It is one of the most gigantic and stupendous frauds ever perpetuated on any religious believing people in the world.
These Roman Catholic errors and heresies were placed on the same level as the Holy Scriptures by the Council of Trent in 1545 AD, which ordered that Catholics henceforth accept Church traditions as being of equal authority with the Holy Scriptures. These traditions are teachings of men, some of which were not only sexual perverts, they participated in the murder and holocaust of millions, destroying entire cities of non-Catholics including Jews. Foxes' Book of martyrs gives examples of centuries of Catholic hate and genocide.
The Apocryphal books are Jewish folklore not quoted once by Christ or the Apostles, because they were not considered God-sent, but written during the Jewish dark ages, 606 BC to 27 AD. These fables [1Tim. 1:14], were added to the Bible by the Catholic Church at the Council of Trent, in 1554 AD. It was not until the Council of Trent, that the Catholic Church accepted and approved the book of Revelation to be included in the Bible. Previously they believed it had all been totally fulfilled by the end of the year in 70 AD and was useless. The doctrine of amillennialism, or no 1,000 year literal reign upon the earth by Christ is another false doctrine of a mystic monk named St. Augustine that began around 400 AD.
It was about 1854 AD that the Roman Church invented the "Immaculate Conception" doctrine, that Mary was born without sin in her blood, so she could birth a son with pure blood, free from inherited sin. But the Bible speaks nothing about inherited sin in the blood of Jesus, infants, or anyone else.
The infallibility of the Pope [impossible to sin or make an error], is a new Creed which was invented in the year 1870 AD, to give the Pope unlimited authority over the minds of all free people. If the Pope says something, all the world is now to accept that God ordered the Pope to say it! Before the year 1810 this trick did not exist.
Christ is the Head of the Church and ALONE has the power to save and damn. The keys given to Peter in Matthew 16:19, are found in Acts 2:38: 1.) Repentance; 2.) Water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and; 3.) Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38 fulfills Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Luke 24:49, and John 3:3-5. What was established by Christ and the Apostles was not to be altered, reinterpreted, mixed with philosophy, merged with gnosticism, or joined to paganism. The Christian Church was to remain unchanged in the doctrine and teachings of Jesus [Matt. 16:18; Rom. 16:17; 1Tim. 4:16]. Catholic monks, priests, philosophers, & Popes have added, changed, and modified Christian practices until Catholicism and Protestantism do not resemble the New Testament Church in the Bible. "To the Law (Old Testament as a schoolmaster) and to the testimony (New Testament as the only guide for faith and practice), if they speak not according to this, it is because there is no light (Jesus) in them" [Isaiah 8:20].
The doctrine of "Limbo" a temporary hell where babies agonize in hell fire, kept prisoner in a room next to other screaming souls in the fires of purgatory, is another Catholic extortion fraud. What parent would want to let their child squirm in hell's torments, and not desire to pay the Church extortion money if this will guarantee their baby will be released to go directly to heaven? Limbo is a papacy fraud and not found in the true Bible anywhere. Jesus said concerning little children: "Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven [Matthew 19:14]." Since children do not inherit the sins of ancestors in their blood, they are considered holy and sanctified by the salvation of one of their parents, until they reach the age of accountability, which is known only to God [1Cor. 7:14]. Infant baptism: There is no scripture for sprinkling holy water on an infant's head for baptism anywhere in the Bible. These customs of the papacy are to brainwash Church members into believing sin is inherited in the blood of a baby. This one doctrine opens a pandora's box of other theories and false doctrines, even among Protestant denominations. Limbo was an invention in the 13th century by Pope Gregory.
Adoption of the Plato theory of a plurality of gods (persons) in deity; Amillennialism; faith in works, dogmas, and traditions of the Church for salvation; Holy candles; Holy palm leaves; Holy salt; Holy ash dots on the forehead (Ash Wednesday); Holy smoke; Holy rags; Holy hoods; Holy robes; Holy beads; Holy skulls; Holy bones; Holy splinters of the Cross; Holy sinful monks; Holy Crusades; Holy killing of non-Catholics and Jews; Holy Jesuit murderers of non-Catholics; Holy Christmas trees; Holy Easter rabbits; Holy Easter eggs; Holy toilet paper; Holy bachelors [he virgins]; Holy Nuns, unmarried "Virgins" [few are]; Holy mother Superiors; Holy Sisters [many who have had babies]; Holy whiskey; Holy gambling (lottery & bingo); Holy Catholic Freemasons; Holy Knights of Columbus; Holy blood oaths to kill Protestants (Jesuits); Holy beer; Holy St. Bernard rum dogs; Holy Benedictine rum made in Holy monasteries by Holy monks for Holy nuns and Holy priests; Holy goats; Holy cows; Holy Lent; Holy Week; Holy Good Friday; Holy Palm Sunday; Holy Patrick's day; Holy all souls day; Holy all saints day; Holy Fish Fridays; Holy Saint Ann's day (God's Grandmother); Holy Columbus day; Holy Candlemas day; Holy Mary's month; Holy new year's eve communion service; read Jude 1:1-25.
Jesus and His Apostles never taught any of the above religious falsehoods. They should be rejected by every true Christian and Church in the world
To learn what the Church really was read the book of Acts and then follow-up by reading the letters to the Churches about faith, practice, worship, and Church doctrines. Do not follow religion blindly. Find out when a particular practice or belief was started and why. The New Testament is our *ONLY* guide even as the Old Testament was the exclusive guide to those before Calvary. If a tradition is not Bible based and can not be found there, do not observe it, it is a tradition and commandment of man.
Be a Bible believer, fulfill Acts 2:38 and come on over into the Kingdom of God.
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