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Roman Catholic Intrigue and Expansion
Address delivered at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Council of Evangelical Protestant Churches, held in Jarvis Street Baptist Church, Toronto, May 5, 1965
Rev. Wilson Ewin
Hosea, the prophet, was commanded to marry a harlot, a whore, as a testimony against apostate Israel. He was instructed in the points of her identification, and his choice was based upon certain obvious and publicly known facts. As Hosea recognised the physical prostitute of his day because of her conduct and action, similarly the reader of John's Revelation is provided with the necessary information to identify the spiritual prostitute of these writings in chapters 17 and 18. The true harlot herself admits the recognition in the footnotes of her own edited version of God's Word. The Crampon Bible, used in Quebec, Canada, states: "The great whore - Rome; the water - people subject to Rome; the great city - Babylon the great - Rome."
Outstanding men of God throughout the centuries recognised this woman drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus to be the Roman Catholic Church. Luther, Calvin, Knox and many others have stated that the whore of John's Revelation was the Church of Rome. Their convictions were based upon a personal knowledge of Rome's doctrines and conduct. Their opinion is shared by those presently serving Christ in lands dominated by the contemporary Church of Rome.
Faithful men of God in Quebec testify to the identification of the whore in John's Revelation as the Roman Church. The writer has witnessed blood flowing from those wounded for the testimony of Christ. They will render testimony at the great white throne against those servants of the whore who was drunk with their blood and the blood of others of the brethren. Believers in Quebec witness daily the fruits of Rome's fornication and its effects upon a noble race of people, the French Canadians. The depths of moral decay in Quebec's social and political life can be measured only in terms of a similar testimony in ruined nations such as Spain and Italy, nations that have committed fornication with the whore of John's Revelation - the Roman Catholic Church.
Lest we forget
"Lest we forget." How many times has this expression served to awaken men and women from the forgetfulness of the past! How many times has the significance of this expression awakened folk from lethargy and apathy to assume responsibility in time of crisis! Never in the history of the Christian Church has there been a time when God's people needed more to remember the words of the Holy Spirit through the Apostle John as he wrote about Church.
The hour has struck for God's people to sound the alarm.
We have come to a point where the overtures and enticing gestures of this spiritual prostitute are being favourably received with alarming willingness by great Protestant denominations. The ultimate result of this spiritual flirtation will mean the degradation and utter ruin of those involved. The hour has struck for God's people to sound the alarm. We must again examine the intrigue of Roman expansion in past centuries in order to understand how Rome as a skilled opportunist will use the present ecumenical movement to restore much of her former power and strength. True to the analogy of the mother of harlots in John's Revelation, the Church of Rome will employ the skilled tactics of the professional prostitute in her efforts to seduce gullible Protestants. Her voice will soften, the disguise of her identity will disarm, her renewed dress will appeal, her charming manner will attract, the perfume of her body will entice, and the magnetism of her advances will bewitch.
Today the Roman Church finds herself in a desperate situation in many lands. The kings of nations with whom she has committed fornication threaten to destroy her. However, this is not a new experience, for her very existence has hung in the balance on previous occasions. We turn to Luther and the Reformation. The Dominican monk, Johann Tetzel, came to Germany to sell indulgences. The people's money was placed in a large iron chest with the words: "As soon as the money (gold) tinkles in the chest, the soul springs out of purgatory." Luther protested against this degrading and unscriptural practice of sin's pardon by the payment of money. As a result he nailed his 95 Theses to a door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg as challenge for debate, and the Reformation began in Germany.
The absolute moral decay of the Roman Church gave impetus to the Reformation.
The absolute moral decay of the Roman Church gave impetus to the Reformation. The people of Europe were weary of the harlot. Church offices and decisions were sold for money. The entire personnel around the Pope demanded fees. Popes and cardinals enriched their relations, especially their illegitimate children. Celibacy was enforced upon the clergy and upon the monks, and this led, as it always does, to an appalling immorality. Fathers and brothers living in Spanish cities and towns were obliged to petition the Pope for protection against the sensual and depraved conduct of the priests among their wives and sisters. It seemed that all of Europe would reject the papacy and accept the truth of God's Word.
Then came the Counter-Reformation. With it was established the norm for future intrigue and expansion of the Roman Church. The complete readjustment of the Church and the institution of special means to deal with the Reformation meant its preservation. An understanding of this pattern of operation is essential to appreciate the current program of the Roman Church. She will use all the tact, deceit and craftiness within her grasp to incorporate the liberal Protestant and Orthodox Churches within her system. Then the Roman Church will muster and re-impose all of the rigid control measures of the Middle Ages to obliterate all semblance of opposition to her authority.
For centuries, nations have known the Jesuits to be a thoroughly disloyal body of men, the ringleaders in sedition and rebellion.
Of all the Roman Church's religious Orders that have contributed to her expansion and preservation, none can match that of the Jesuits - the Society of Jesus. No order will play a greater role in the expansion of the Roman Church in the future. For centuries, nations have known the Jesuits to be a thoroughly disloyal body of men, the ringleaders in sedition and rebellion. Lack of time prevents us from dealing with the actual history of Jesuit operations. The facts against this Order are so strong that they do not need the aid of abuse or distortion to convince the reader of the depth of Jesuit intrigue and deception. Roman Catholics themselves, in almost every country, have said stronger things against the Society than anything that Protestants have uttered. No class of men was, and still is, more conscious of the dangerous and disloyal character of the Society of Jesus than secular Roman Catholic priests themselves.
It must be emphasised that in all phases of the present ecumenical movement, Jesuit priests either control or exercise major influence wherever Romish interests are involved. Their leader is known as the Black Pope, the actual head of the Roman Church. Members of the Society are well trained to exploit the ecumenical movement and achieve Church Unity - unity with Rome. This training will frequently lead the Jesuits into most unethical methods in dealing with their "separated brethren".
For instance, their doctrine of "intentionalism" means that the end justifies the means.
For instance, their doctrine of "intentionalism" means that the end justifies the means. Any form of misrepresentation, fraud, bluff or treachery will be respected by the Jesuits in their efforts to manoeuvre the course of the ecumenical movement towards Rome. The doctrine of "probabilism" meant the probability of a thing made it good. The doctrine of "mental reservation" meant that a man was not bound to state the whole truth. You may ask a Jesuit if he believes in Papal infallibility and he would readily say no. In reality, however, he would not be answering your question but rather some other, such as: "Do you believe in the Protestant faith?" Finally, the Jesuit teaching of blind, unconditional obedience to authority with its elimination of personal responsibility will do much to guarantee Roman Catholic success in the great ecumenical treachery.
The Roman Church seeks, through the sessions of the Second Vatican Council, to convince the world that she is renewing herself. Nothing could be further from the truth. This whole display is in reality a magnificent exhibit of Romish propaganda. In spite of lavish claims, Romish doctrine and Romish strategy remain virtually unchanged. To help understand this fact we shall examine two points of Roman Catholic policy - namely, the Inquisition and the Council of Trent. These two essential portions of the Roman system are key factors in the Church's current program of expansion.
We turn first to a Church tribunal established in the Middle Ages and whose objective was to discover and eradicate heresy. It was named the Inquisition or Holy Office and the horrible provisions of its articles have lever been revoked. The Roman Church has no intention of cancelling the "Holy Inquisition" but rather anticipates its general use at any moment. Its history and use are taught to Quebec school children. No apologies are made for its past; regret is expressed that it cannot yet be universally re-imposed. In the meantime its machinery exists in complete formation throughout the world.
Inquisitors generally justify the use of this flesh-tearing and body-breaking machinery on the ground that the Catholic Church, as they say, is the only true Church, outside of which there is no salvation.
You may ask: "How could humanity divine such cruel coercion and infliction of pain in the name of Christianity?" The only answer is that the Roman Church is not the Church of Christ. Christianity is born of love and "thinketh no evil" (I Cor. 13:4-5). On the other hand, the Inquisition was born of hate. The Roman Cardinals appointed as Inquisitors generally justify the use of this appointed as Inquisitors generally justify the use of this flesh-tearing and body-breaking machinery on the ground that the Catholic Church, as they say, is the only true Church, outside of which there is no salvation. When the people are led astray by Protestant "heresy", it is the duty of the Church to bring those people back again. Heresy, like painful operations, is absolutely necessary in order that the body might be kept healthy. The Roman Church is ready and waiting at the present hour to start the wheels of the Inquisition in her ambitious drive for expansion.
The Council of Trent
Let us now consider the matter of doctrine as embodied in the Council of Trent. This factor of Roman Catholic leaching is of prime importance in understanding Rome's intrigue in her current expansion program. Many Protestants have been deceived into thinking that Rome is about to revise much of her teaching. They point to the schemas of the Second Vatican Council and the efforts of many members to bring about reform. In speaking of Church union, many deluded Protestants anticipate with childlike innocence that Rome will meet them part way in the revision of Church doctrine. Such a misunderstanding of Roman Catholicism can be corrected through an examination of the Council of Trent.
When the Reformation threatened the very life of the Roman Church, a Council was called in 1545 to define and codify Catholic doctrine.
When the Reformation threatened the very life of the Roman Church, a Council was called in 1545 to define and codify Catholic doctrine. Until this time a certain laxity was noticeable within the Roman structure in relation to doctrine, and this latitude gave rise to controversy even among Roman Catholic religious Orders. Consequently, the Council of Trent was called to formulate Catholic doctrines and practices into a compact authoritative system. The Council emphatically rejected any compromise or modification of the medieval Catholic doctrine. Every aspect of Romish belief came under close scrutiny during the twenty years of the Council's work. The result was a detailed and minute dissertation of Roman Catholic doctrine. No possible doubt could be left in the mind of anyone regarding the nature or character of the Church of Rome. Although Papal infallibility was not mentioned, the doctrine of Papal supremacy was implied in the twofold provision that the Pope was to be "the sole exponent of the decrees henceforth and that none, on pain of anathema, was to impeach the accepted usage and order of the Church".
Thus the second great agency of the Counter-Reformation, the Council of Trent, formally stated what Rome believes, and committed every Roman Catholic throughout the world to unreserved acceptance of its statutes under pain of mortal sin. No relaxation of this stand has ever taken or will ever take place. No amount of Council sessions or pressure from ecumenical groups will ever cause the Church of Rome to retreat from this position. She has boasted of her semper eadem status in the past. This "always the same" formula will outshine all future displays of Romanist propaganda and ecumenical stageplay. This fact is borne out in the words of Bishop Ralph L. Hayes of Davenport, Iowa, U.S.A. He recently admonished an ecumenical meeting against expecting changes in Catholic doctrine in these words: "The [Second Vatican] Council may change the manner of presentation of doctrines, but not their substance."
The reader may substantiate the truth of the above through reading a copy of My Catholic Faith. This 1963 publication came as an "Ecumenical Spirit Edition" of Roman Catholic faith. It is dedicated to "seekers of the truth" and states: "In the Spirit of love and unity, the guiding spirit of the Ecumenical Council, we offer to you, our good friends, this copy of My Catholic Faith' with our best wishes." Openly addressing non-Catholics, the preface states: "If you are a non-Catholic, whether Orthodox or Protestant, this book will give you a clearer picture of what Catholics believe, and why. It will provide new insight into the discussions at the Ecumenical Council in Rome, where Pope John XXIII has been and now Pope Paul VI is meeting with over two thousand Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops from all over the world.
"The first aim of this Council is to put our Catholic house in order; the second, to bring about the reunion of Christians of Orthodox and Protestant faiths with those of the Catholic faith."
Several former Catholics were asked to read this book and determine whether it entertains any changes in Catholic doctrine. Their unanimous opinion was that this most modern expression of Romish teaching is faithfully committed to the tenets of the Council of Trent. In all that feverish activity to woo non-Catholics into her abode, the harlot of John's Revelation will employ no other doctrines or tactics than those of past centuries. Her intrigue in present expansion will be based upon the articles and canons of the Council of Trent as it ended in 1563. There will be no change.
The Night of St. Bartholomew
Quebec school children are still taught to respect and approve the terrible facts of that gory night and the days following.
Rome's intrigue, deception and treachery of the past will be repeated in her present expansion program. The Harlot has no choice, for she is committed to a pattern of operation whose character was determined by the institution of the Holy Inquisition and the Council of Trent. The most striking example of her past treachery is the massacre of Saint Bartholomew. Quebec school children are still taught to respect and approve the terrible facts of that gory night and the days following. The Protestant leader, Admiral Cologne, and other notables were tricked into gathering in Paris. A careful plot had been laid against every known Huguenot. At midnight the Paris church bells began to toll as a sign for the butchery to begin. A Roman Catholic historian describes the carnage that followed:
"The daylight, which discovered so many crimes, which the darkness of an eternal night ought forever to have concealed, did not soften their ardour by these objects of pity, but exasperated them more. The populace, and the most dastardly, being warned by the smell of blood, sixty thousand men, transported with their fury, and armed in different ways, ran about wherever example, vengeance, rage and the desire to plunder transported them. The air resounded with a horrible tempest of the hisses, blasphemies, and oaths, of the murderers - of the breaking open of doors and windows - of the firing of pistols and guns - of the pitiable cries of the dying - of the lamentations of the women whom they dragged by the hair - of the noise of carts, some loaded with the booty of the houses they pillaged, others with the dead bodies which they cast into the Seine, so that in the confusion they could not hear each other speak in the streets; or if they distinguished certain words, they were these furious expressions: 'Kill, stab, throw them out of the window.' A dreadful and inevitable death presented itself in every shape. Some were shot on the roofs of houses, others were cast out of the windows. Some were cast into the water, and knocked on the head with blows of iron bars and clubs; some were killed in their beds, some in the garrets, others in cellars; wives in the arms of their husbands - husbands on the bosoms of their wives; sons at the feet of their fathers. They neither spared the aged, nor women great with child, nor even infants. It is related, that a man was seen to stab one of them, who played with the beard of its murderer, and that a troop of little boys dragged another, in its cradle, into the river. The streets were paved with the bodies of the dead or the dying; the gateways were blocked up with them. There were heaps of them in the squares: the small streams were filled with blood, which flowed in fresh torrents into the river.'" (Mezerai's History of France, vol. II., p. 1098, Paris, 1646.)
After the St. Bartholomew massacre, the Paris clergy celebrated a solemn mass on August 28 and organised a procession as an expression of thanks to God.
A Quebec French Roman Catholic High School manual describes the official approval of the Roman Catholic Church in these words: "After the St. Bartholomew massacre, the Paris clergy celebrated a solemn mass on August 28 and organised a procession as an expression of thanks to God. In Rome, Pope Gregory XIII, who had succeeded Pope Pius V on the preceding May 13, experienced great joy at the news of St. Bartholomew. He announced it himself before a session of the Papal senate, had a Te Deum sung in St. Mary's Major Church, ordered a medal struck in memory of this great event and directed the painting of the famous Vasari fresco where the principal scenes of that bloody day are represented. Such are the facts which show that the Catholic Church, through her leaders, approved the massacre." (A. Boulanger: Manuel d'Apologétique.)
Butchery in the Name of Christ
Let there be no misunderstanding or false impression of the depths to which the Church of Rome will stoop at the present hour to achieve expansion. The provisions of the Inquisition and the Council of Trent are as much a part of Romish intrigue today as they were during the Second World War. When the German hordes swept over Yugoslavia in 1941, they had the support of the Croatian - and Roman Catholic - section of the population. Much control was given to a certain Colonel named Ante Pavelitch. Not only was he a military man but he was also a faithful son of the Roman Church. He readily accepted the task of offering the Serbian and Orthodox portion of the population a certain choice. They could either convert to the Roman Catholic faith or suffer the consequences. Pavelitch was well instructed in his gory task. On May 18, he had a private audience with Pope Pius XII. Years previous to this, the then Cardinal Facelli wrote the preface to a book by the Jesuit Muchermann. In it the author outlined how Catholic Action would accomplish the work of the Church "at the price of blood". Catholic Action, the present militant arm of the Roman Church in every country, became the tool of Pavelitch in the forced conversion or extermination of the Serbs.
This latter was so active in the extermination of over 1,000,000 Serbs that even Roman Catholics expressed disgust and horror.
Pavelitch had the open and active support of the Roman clergy. On many occasions priests identified as soldiers helped in the sickening butchery of men, women and children. Just before the mass murders began, Pavelitch was received in solemn audience on June 26, 1941, by the Croatian Roman Catholic Bishops and Archbishops. After hundreds of thousands of these poor helpless people had been mercilessly slaughtered, Pavelitch was publicly honoured by the Roman Catholic Church. The ceremony took place at St. Mark's Church of Zagreb on February 23, 1942. Prominent in this ceremony was Archbishop Stepinac. This latter was so active in the extermination of over 1,000,000 Serbs that even Roman Catholics expressed disgust and horror. Such is the true face of Romish intrigue in the mad drive for expansion, whether past or present.
Rome's impending Success
The present Romanist plan for expansion appears destined for unbelievable success because of the breakdown in Protestant opposition. Liberalism and Modernism have destroyed the wall of separation which formerly existed between the paganism of Romanism and the Protestant faith. The Roman Church is now looked upon as a sister portion of Christianity. Evangelism of Roman Catholics is frowned upon. In fact a call is given to assist the Roman Church.
A year ago, an executive council of the Anglican Church in Canada met at Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Quebec. Archbishop T. J. Matthews called upon the council to lend support to the Roman Church. Stating that Quebec and Roman Catholicism are "virtually synonymous", he added that much of Quebec's greatness "stems from the Roman Catholic Church" and called upon Anglicans to help in conserving this heritage. "The Roman Catholic Church is facing a critical challenge. We cannot stand by. We must give them our prayers in support."
Of even greater contribution to Romanist success in its expansion program is the ecumenical movement. Its leaders openly state that the object of ecumenical work is union with Rome. Rev. Max Lockman, a Lutheran pastor, who in 1960 founded the League for Evangelical-Catholic Reunion, wrote in 1958: "The Church of Rome is a symbol set up by God Himself, for the truly Catholic world-wide Church." One would expect that ecumenists in Quebec would be warned by the fruits of Romanism in that Province. However, the fever of anticipating fornication with the harlot of John's Revelation has blinded these Church leaders from seeing the awful consequences of flirtation with Rome.
On January 25, 1965, more than 1,500 people gathered at a unity service held in Notre Dame Church, Montreal. Leaders at the service included Cardinal Leger; Rev. R. K. Maguire, Anglican Bishop of Montreal; Rev, Victor Rose, Chairman of the Montreal Presbytery of the United Church of Canada; Rev. Everett J. Briard, Moderator of the Presbytery of Montreal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada; and Rev, E. M. Jenkins, moderator of the Eastern Associations of Churches of the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec. These denominational leaders met in the church's rectory before entering the church proper in procession to the sanctuary. Cardinal Leger said those present sought to express their desire for a Christian community which will be stable and permanent and in which all will be reunited.
A series of similar meetings is taking place all over Quebec. Sometimes they are restricted to ministers and priests. On February 8, 1965, thirty-six ministers of the Sherbrooke district were guests of Archbishop Cabena of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sherbrooke. Among the ministers were Rev. A. B. Lovelace of the Lennoxville United Church, Ven. T. J. Matthews of St. George's Anglican Church, Lennoxville, and Rev. John Dozois of the Ontario and Quebec Convention Baptist Church in Sherbrooke. Monsignor R. Bruneau wrote concerning your speaker's absence at this disgusting scene and added: "Mgr. Cabena was host to some thirty Protestant ministers here yesterday. This approach was due to the Vatican Council which will permit a fusion of all believers in Christ, a fusion and a unity which will accomplish the promise of Christ: one fold, one shepherd."
Yes, thank God, there are still those who refuse to respond to the inviting embrace of the harlot in John's Revelation. We rejoice today in this session of the Canadian Council of Evangelical Protestant Churches for your presence and its expression of your determination to stand firm in the face of awful apostasy and capitulation before the intrigue and ambitious expansion of Rome. May God give you strength to transmit the warning of Holy Writ to those who continue to drink the wine of the great whore's fornication: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4.)