This is a summary. From the Roman Catholic “list”, Francis is the 266th pope. It would be tiresome to read about every pope but my intent is to give you an overview. Much of the information in this article is from Wikipedia (see subject matter) and also A Woman Rides the Beast. Page notations are from this book by Dave Hunt, (Harvest House Publishers, 1994). These have been verified through Wikipedia or other sources. If you would like to do further research, read the book and the websites.
“History” is written by those in charge. The Roman Catholic Church had religiously subjugated many countries, particularly much of Europe, from the time of Constantine. The Roman Catholic Church will tell you that the papacy goes back to St. Peter but they don’t have proof! What they do have is a fabricated Liber Pontificalis. (p.100) Pope Hormisdus (pope from 514-23AD) was maybe the first to have a list of popes. Some say the Liber Pontificalis is an “unofficial instrument of pontifical propaganda.”
“The earliest lists [of popes] come from the Liber Pontificalis (Book of Popes), presumably first composed under Pope Hormisdus (514-23), yet even the Catholic Encyclopedia casts doubt upon its authenticity, and most scholars today agree that it is mixed fact with fiction… ” (pg 100, A Woman Rides the Beast, Dave Hunt)
Alexander 1 (107-115 AD)
“According to the Liber Pontificalis, it was Alexander I who inserted the narration of the Last Supper … into the liturgy of the Mass. However, the article on Saint Alexander I in the 1907 Catholic Encyclopedia … judges this tradition to be inaccurate, a view shared by both Catholic and non-Catholic experts. It is viewed as a product of the agenda of Liber Pontificalis—this section of the book was probably written in the late 5th century—to show an ancient pattern of the earliest bishops of Rome ruling the church by papal decree.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Alexander_I
“Most scholars believe the Liber Pontificalis was first compiled in the 5th or 6th century.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liber_Pontificalis
While the history of these supposed “popes” in line in the Liber Pontificalis may have been somewhat fabricated, these Bishops of Rome in reality may have been obedient to the LORD. God only knows. But after Constantine the Great, things changed!
Let’s look at what these later popes did that were against Scripture. (This is a partial list.)
Pope Sylvester I (314-335) Much of this “history” is legend. He was supposedly the receiver of this fabricated Donation of Constantine, but it was later proven to be written in the 8th century! This fallacious Donation of Constantine was used by the Roman Catholic Church to usurp power, “giving large areas of land and related political power, as well as religious authority, to Pope Sylvester I … and his successors” in the papacy. https://www.thoughtco.com/the-donation-of-constantine-1221782; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donation_of_Constantine
SO, the supposed succession of the popes is based on fallacious documents: the Donation of Constantine and the Liber Pontificalis! Who is the father of lies? Satan.
The LORD Jesus Christ said:
You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44 AKJV)
Common folk err because we have been misled. But this was a deliberate forgery!
Pope Leo III (795-816). The Roman Empire ended in 476 AD. Now about three centuries later, Charlemagne was also crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800, partly because of the fraudulent Donation of Constantine. The Frankish Emperor promised to defend the See.
Baptisms in Roman Catholicism were supposed to “save”. But the Word of God states salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ by grace. (Romans 2:23-24) Pope Leo had the Jewish people baptized by force! p 271. (Of course, one should be baptized but this is an outward sign of an inner commitment to the LORD!)
Gregory VII (1073-1085) strenuously enforced the celibacy of the clergy. “Gregory was the first pope to literally dethrone kings.” p 233
Pope Urban II (1088-1099) ruled that all “heretics”, those that didn’t agree with the Roman Catholic Church, including those who were truly Christians, were to be tortured and put to death. p. 246
Adrian IV (1154 -1159), an Englishman, bestowed the “crown of Ireland to the King of England” p232; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_of_Ireland_Act_1542
(This is noted because of the trouble over Ireland and England over the ages, but it was Adrain IV who, through a Papal Bull, gave it to England!)
Pope Lucius III (1097-1185) in his Ad Abolendam of 1184 condemned the Cathars, Waldensians, and others so-called “heretics”.
Innocent III (1198-1216) During his time of office, he was possibly the most powerful man in Europe. “He had not lost a single battle. In pursuit of his aims, he shed more blood than any other pontiff” (Peter de Rosa, Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy (Crown Publishers, 1988) p 73
The Fourth Council of the Lateran (1215) under Innocent III declared: “Canon 68 states: Jews and Muslims shall wear a special dress to enable them to be distinguished from Christians so that no Christian shall come to marry them ignorant of who they are. Canon 69 forbade “that Jews be given preferment in public office since this offers them the pretext to vent their wrath against the Christians.” It assumes that Jews blaspheme Christ, and therefore, as it would be “too absurd for a blasphemer of Christ to exercise power over Christians”, Jews should not be appointed to public offices.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Innocent_III
Also, Innocent III led the persecution against the Cathars and confiscated lands that belonged to these “heretics”.
He imposed a tax on Christians to pay for the Fourth Crusade. But God says in His Word:
“Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Gregory IX (1227-41) The papal decree issued by him “emphasize[d] his power over the Universal Church”. He established the Papal Inquisition to persecute anyone who did not agree with the doctrines of the Roman Catholic church. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decretales_Gregorii_IX
Pope Boniface VIII (1294 –1303) The Bull Unam Sanctam in 1302 “declared that both spiritual and temporal power were under the pope’s jurisdiction, and that kings were subordinate to the power of the Roman pontiff.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Boniface_VIII
It “made absolute obedience to the pope a condition of salvation” p235
Pope Martin V (1417-1431) ordered the Polish king to slaughter the Hussites, followers of Czech reformer Jan Hus. p.247
Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503) of the Borgia family, lived as a prince and was “corrupt, worldly, and ambitious”. He had mistresses and illegitimate children including Cesare Borgia, who was made a cardinal under him but on his dad’s death, he resigned.
Pope Sixtus V (1585 -1590) erected of four obelisks, including the unholy, pagan Egyptain one in Saint Peter’s Square which is from Egypt and pagan. He supposedly exorcised it but can you exorcise a pagan altar that still has the pagan inscriptions on it? These obelisks should have been destroyed! (Acts 19:19)
Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah… “Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant,….He shall break the obelisks [sacred pillars] of Heliopolis, which is in the land of Egypt, and the temples of the gods of Egypt he shall burn with fire.’” Jeremiah 43:8-13 (ESL)
Pope Paul V (1605 -1621) gave the order through Cardinal Bellarmine “to abandon completely… the opinion that the sun stands still at the center of the world and the earth moves, and henceforth not to hold, teach, or defend it in any way whatever, either orally or in writing.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei
Pius IX (1846 to 1878)
The Immaculate Conception dogma (1854) came into being with Pius IX. Many lay people think that this is about Jesus Christ, but it is about Mary’s birth. It says that the Mary was conceived without sin but this errant doctrine has no proof in Scripture!
The First Vatican Council (1869–70) “decreed papal infallibility.”
Pius IX was possibly involved in the death of Abraham Lincoln, on “Good Friday”, April 14th, 1865. (The Suppressed Truth about the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, 1922,
Pius XI (1922 -1939) signed the Lateran Treaty in 1929 with Mussolini. It made Roman Catholicism Italy’s “sole religion” . p.218
In 1930, Pius XI declared the Immaculate Conception under the title of Our Lady of Aparecida as the Queen and Patroness of Brazil. The “Immaculate Conception” is fallacy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Pius_XI
Pius XII (1939 – 1958) signed an agreement with Hitler, the 1933 Concordat. It guaranteed taxes to Rome and stated that Hitler would never be excommunicated! Also under Pius XII, ratlines were run to get Catholic war criminals out of Europe to South America. Ante Pavelic, a Croatian general and Military dictator, who persecuted and killed many Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies, stayed in the Vatican disguised as a priest. (p319)
Paul VI (1963-1978) was pope during the construction and completion (1971) of the Paul VI Audience Hall located in the Vatican City and partially in Rome on land donated by the Knights of Columbus. This building looks like the head of a snake! Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI after having put up this serpent-like building! Just google the images of it!
Pope Benedict XVI (2005 until his resignation in 2013) In 2008, On behalf of the Hindu American community, Radhika Ramana Dasa presented a gift of an “Om” symbol to Benedict! He should have refused it, to be faithful to the LORD.
Pope Francis I is accused of heresy by Catholic scholars in April 2019.
Pope Francis also spoke that “Religious behavior needs continually to be purified from the recurrent temptation to judge others as enemies and adversaries… [The] “perspective of heaven … embraces persons without privilege or discrimination.” But the Word of God says:
Galatians 5:19-21 (NKJV)
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
God will forgive you if you repent and turn to Him!
“The modern-day history of the Catholic Church is one of institutionalized pedophila, and spending millions to keep it quiet. So is it any wonder that they are in the process of welcoming the LGBTQ, and soon the P, into the Catholic Church? All part of the end times plan.”
Through my adult lifetime, there have always been sexual abuse scandals perpetrated by Roman Catholic clergy. See this for documentation:
It does seem that the popes just move the clergy! However, Theodore McCormick was recently defrocked. I am thankful that this man is no longer a cardinal, but whatever took them so long? They should defrock them all.
So the long line of popes have condoned sexual abuse of children and nuns, anti-Semitism, the killing of true Christians, or pagan idols. Is this anyway to run a Church? These popes should represent Christ, if they are in line after Saint Peter? But they are not!
I’m sorry for those true Christians that are in the Roman Catholic Church, who really trust in the name of the LORD by faith through grace. But you have believed a lie perpetrated by the father of lies. We pray that you will be set free by the Truth.
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.
Revelation 18:4 (NKJV)
NOTE: While reading these chapters, please note that there are true Christians amongst the laity of Catholics and any other denominations that I mention. It is the hierarchy of that church that I find at fault, not teaching the whole Word of God and bringing in paganism.
Before the coming of the LORD, Babylon will fall. Would I not be at fault if I didn’t give a warning?
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me:” Ezekiel 3:17 (NKJV)
This is part of a series: Destroying Mountain
Chapter One: Religion Clarified
Chapter Two: The Popes in Line
Chapter Three: Constantine & the Papacy .
Chapter Four: Sins of the Schemers