An Open Letter to Those Who Have an Ear to Hear:
Matthew 18:6 (NKJV) “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
What has been a great tragedy of the Roman Catholic Church? The abuse of innocent children! To blame is their supposed “celibacy” of priests! (This is not to say that there aren’t problems with other churches, but the Catholic clergy are most notorious for this!)
Do you ever wonder why Catholic priests aren’t allowed to marry? It hasn’t always been so!
The Scripture reads:
1 Timothy 3 (NKJV) 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife,… 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence 5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);…. 8 Likewise deacons must be reverent, …11 Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
1 Corinthians 9:5 (NKJV) Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?
So Saint Peter (Cephas) was married.
Matthew 8:14 (NKJV) Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever.
1 Timothy 4:1-3 (NKJV) “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
Roman Catholics still have the ban on meat on Fridays, though most don’t keep this canon!
The Great Apostasy
1 Timothy 4:1-3 is given the title “The Great Apostasy”. It is a title and not in the original Greek. However, it suits the subject matter!
The Great Apostasy will have these signs:
“Some will depart from the faith”
This is the faith, the true faith, a continuation of a belief in Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who saves the sinners from hell. This is the faith that God built through the patriarchs of the Jewish faith and the prophets.
Hebrews 1 (NKJV) 1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…..
One of these commandments to the Israelites was:
Deuteronomy 5:6-8 (NKJV) 6 ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 7 ‘You shall have no other gods before Me. 8 ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
It says this commandment in the New Testament, also.
1 Corinthians 10:14 (NKJV) 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
Why does God insist that we not have idols? A deceiving spirit may reside near or by an idol! But…
1 Corinthians 10:19-22 (NKJV) 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? ….
Zechariah 10:2 (NKJV) For the idols speak delusion;….
- Atop the Column of Constantine was an image of the false god Apollo with the head of Constantine the Great! This column was erected in 330AD, long after Constantine’s “vision” of 312AD when he supposedly saw a cross in the sky. (Some references say it was a meteor.) The drastic persecution of Christians soon afterward ended with the Edict of Milan (313AD), but it brought a lot of compromise and paganism into Christianity. This Column is symbolic! See a reproduction of this column. The base is still there.
- The Nahua goddess Tonantzin was enshrined on a hill of Tepeyac in Mexico long ago where a man supposedly found the Virgin of Guadelupe.
- Inanna was known as the “Queen of Heaven“ that Jeremiah the prophet rallied against. (Inanna/Ishtar/Astarte/Aphrodite are equivalents).
Jeremiah 7:18 (NKJV) 18 The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger. (also see Jeremiah 44)
The Book of Jeremiah proves that anyone calling herself the “Queen of Heaven” is an idol!
Many of these idols in are pagan gods – just renamed to make them more suitable for “Christianity”. It is called syncretism, the uniting of two religions. But God Almighty says not to bow down to statues!
“giving heed to deceiving spirits”
A deceiving spirit pulls away from the Truth of the gospel. The gospel is that “there is no other name” than the name of Jesus Christ “under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:8-12 (NKJV) 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
There is a movement within the Catholic church that you can get saved through “Mary”. No Mary. No saints. No Buddha. They won’t get you anywhere but to hell! And Jesus Christ KNEW there was a hell! But He, the Savior, wants to save you!
“doctrines of demons”
2 Corinthians 11:14 (NKJV)
“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”
Many people have had this experience of “angels” or “Mary” coming to them. Angels are real but demons may disguise themselves as messengers of God. How do you know if it’s real? If anything disagrees with the truth of the Scripture, it is demonic. It is a deceiving spirit. In the end, these deceptive spirits always takes the honor away from Christ to whom it belongs.
For example, the evil spirit of the Virgin of Guadelupe wanted a temple built to her!
Shrine after shrine around the world is dedicated to this phony “Mary”. Statues of Jesus Christ are there too, but the preeminence is on the phony “Mary”! This amounts to the worship, or religion of Mary! Popes, also, have bowed down to this phony “Mary”.
If you go to the Vatican, you will see a whole room set up to honor “Mary”. And in the Vatican, they have a statue of the many-breasted goddess, Diana of Ephesus, too. What is that doing there?
Acts 19:23-29 (NKJV)
23 And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way. 24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no small profit to the craftsmen. 25 He called them together with the workers of similar occupation, and said: “Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade. 26 Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands. 27 So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship.” 28 Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” 29 So the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed into the theater with one accord, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, Paul’s travel companions.
Do you think that maybe the people of Ephesus were motivated by money?
One of the most idolatrous places in my travels was Lourdes! They have streets and streets of idols! Lourdes has “miracles” but every “miracle” is not of God! Remember the Egyptians who did “miracles” in Pharaoh’s court?
2 Timothy 3:8 (NKJV) Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;
Do you also know that an Egyptian obelisk is there in Rome, too? Reads the site, “Here it was a silent witness of the martyrdom of St. Peter and many other Christians,” I am sure that St. Peter does NOT approve using a phallic symbol to honor him! “The city of Rome harbours the most obelisks in the world.” Wikipedia
Rome is filled with many unsavory idols.
Rosaries also are pagan. A phony “Mary” brought this. But it has a few “Our Fathers” compared to the many “Hail, Mary”.
Matthew 6:7 (NKJV) And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
Come out of her, My people!
Idolatry, forbidding to marry, repetitious prayer, and obelisks are NOT Christian. I think that the relatively new Catholic doctrine of infallibilty of the pope (1870) does not hold water OR he would have gotten rid of these unholy things that are so AGAINST Scripture! Instead, it is Babylon all over!
Revelation 18:4 (NKJV) And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.”
It says, “My people”: those of you who believe that Jesus Christ is LORD and Savior and you have the Holy Spirit within. CHOOSE TO OBEY THE LORD’S COMMANDMENTS! I lovingly don’t want you to “receive of her plagues.” That is why I say, “Get out while you can!” Babylon will fall!
Revelation 18:21-24 (NKJV)
21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. 22 The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. 23 The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”
“Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.”