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Friday, July 21, 2017
Date Posted:
1/1/1998

Contents
Introduction
Origins and Nature
Basic Differences
False Doctrines
Mariolatry
Purgatory
Supererogation
Papal Infallibility
Peter the Little Stone
Rome's Monopoly
'Heretics'
Babylon the Great


The Origins and Nature of the Church of Rome


The History and Falsehoods of Romanism
Professor CAM Noble

Roman Catholicism is the most powerful, widespread and subtle of all un-Biblical religious movements. It claims to be the only "true" church, and everything outside of it is labelled false and branded as heresy. All Protestants are "heretics" according to Romanism.

In reality the Roman Catholic hierarchy is not a church at all, but a gigantic religious, political organisation.

Because the average Protestant and multitudes of true believers are almost completely ignorant of the facts about Roman Catholicism, it is necessary to expose at the outset some of the most blatant of these.

First it must be recognised that the Church of Rome has unscripturally appropriated the name "Catholic" (signifying 'worldwide') to mean only its own church. The true name for the miscalled Catholic Church should be the Roman Church. In the past it was called the Roman Catholic Church. Today, however, particularly in the USA, but also in some other non-Roman-Catholic lands, the name "Roman" has been cunningly dropped and it wishes to be known only as the Catholic Church.

...the name "Roman" has been cunningly dropped and it wishes to be known only as the Catholic Church. The purpose of this is twofold: firstly, to reflect the basic doctrine that all other Churches are heretical and that no salvation is possible outside the Roman Catholic Church; and, secondly, the change in name further indicates the goal of making everybody a Roman Catholic and assuming authority over all the nations of the earth, both religiously and politically.

The progress which is being made towards this end can be seen in the fact that America, an overwhelmingly Protestant nation, elected John F. Kennedy, a Roman Catholic, as President and chief executive. I am convinced that this act, instead of being a sign of tolerance and freedom from bigotry, indicated an ignorance on the part of the average citizen concerning the goal and purpose of the Roman Catholic Church ultimately to rule the entire world and subject every man, woman and child to the authority of one Super-Church.

The Roman Catholic Church claims to be the one true Church, dating back to the beginning, organised by Jesus Christ Himself, with the disciple Peter as the first Pope and Vicar of Christ of earth. However, while the true "Catholic" Church (the Body of Christ) was born at in eternity in the Mind of God, the Roman Catholic Church was not organised until about 313 AD.

Emperor Diocletian For the first three centuries the true Church was almost threatened with extinction, as the persecutions of pagan Rome increased in intensity under the reigns of the heathen Emperors from Nero to Diocletian. In 303 AD. Diocletian, determined once and for all to stamp out Christianity, issued a series of edicts, each more severe than the former, in his effort to exterminate Christianity. Christians were martyred by the thousands and the Roman prisons were filled to overflowing with believers and especially Christian ministers.

Then a most unexpected event took place. Constantine (the Great) became Emperor of Rome in the early part of the fourth century. During one of the crucial battles for conquest he is supposed to have seen in the sky a flaming cross (at midday) with the words inscribed in Greek: "By this sign conquer." It may have been pure imagination in an hour of desperation, or an optical illusion, but whatever it was he accepted it as word from Heaven that this cross was his key to victory. Accordingly he not only accepted Christianity but also made it the religion of the Roman Empire.

The result was the Roman Catholic Church, which is a mixture of about one-third Christianity, one-third Judaism, and one-third paganism. This was the beginning of the union of Church and State. Constantine, however, did not oppose the old pagan worship of Rome; rather, he superimposed Christianity upon these pagan religions, adopting elements in both; and thus, by allowing the pagans to continue their heathen customs, he made it easy for them to adopt Christianity. The result was the Roman Catholic Church, which is a mixture of about one-third Christianity, one-third Judaism, and one-third paganism. The Roman Catholic Church thus pretends to accept most of the cardinal doctrines of Christendom, plus the holy days and priesthood copied from Judaism, and the superstitions and fetishes of paganism with its charms such as holy water, candles, and images.

Constantine While the pretended adoption of Christianity was hailed as a great victory for the Church, it was also, ironically, the beginning of her ruin. From this date we can trace all the innumerable errors of the Roman Church - Mariolatry, the mass, purgatory, limbo, the celibacy of priesthood, adoration and worship of images, indulgences, the infallibility of the Pope, the immaculate conception of Mary, and all the other unscriptural errors. Instead of a blessing it became the downfall of the organised church. Yet all the time during those dark ages which followed there was as always the body of true believers, members of the true Church, within the framework of the rapidly corrupting hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.

Before Constantine the true Church was persecuted and threatened with extermination; after Constantine there emerged the Roman Church, patronised by the State and subsequently seeking temporal powers to rule and govern the State. This was the beginning of the Roman Catholic Church which has lasted until today.

After the wedding of Church and State by Constantine, however, the 'coming out' of the true believers from the apostate system became necessary. From the birthday of the Church of Jesus Christ at Pentecost and throughout the next three centuries, the Church remained comparatively free from the serious errors which have characterised it since the beginning of the fourth century. Error was present even in the days of the Apostles, but the Church, suffering indescribable persecution, remained relatively pure in doctrine. After the wedding of Church and State by Constantine, however, the 'coming out' of the true believers from the apostate system became necessary.

During the centuries from Constantine until the days of Luther there were groups which either separated themselves from the political and religious system, or else remained as a violent reaction against the increasing corruption. All of these were persecuted and many were martyred for their faith. The Roman Catholic Church at that time was not only recognised by the Roman Empire, but the State was ultimately compelled to bow to the edicts of the Church.

From here we can date practically all the false doctrines of the Roman Church which will be discussed in detail later.

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