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The Reformation

The Early reformed Church fathers taught Rome was the Antichrist. Here is what they had to say concerning Rome.

  • "I know that the pope is Antichrist, and that his seat is that of Satan himself."
  • "The papacy is a general chase, by command of the Roman Pontiff, for the purpose of running down and destroying souls."

John Calvin:"We call the Roman Pontiff Antichrist."
John Wesley:"He is in an emphatic sense, the Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure."
John Knox:"The Pope should be recognized as the very Antichrist."

We will see in this chapter why all the reformers taught Rome as the antichrist and why there was a need for a reformation. From the reformation we get the "children" prostitute churches of Rome and there has been a great falling away of late from the original views held by the reformers.

Isaiah 47:8
"I am and there is none beside me I will never suffer loss of children."

Revelation 18:7
"I sit as queen; I am not a widow and I will never mourn."

This is an ancient prediction of a universal church system that will someday rule the world.
This false system is the woman who rides the beast. She uses this system the new Roman Empire to control the entire world. We find something else about this system it has children. She is "The mother of prostitutes."

If the Bible calls Rome the mother of prostitutes the daughters must also be prostitutes concerning the things of God. Did Rome have children? Yes! At the reformation it had a multitude of protestant denominations.

We will find that Roman Catholicism controls all of the religions in the world.
St. John Lateran in Rome is where she speaks her authority and claims she is the mother church of all churches. Next to the formal entrance is the arch basilica's claim to being the head mother church of the world. I didn't say it! They did!

"It must always be clear the one, holy, catholic and apostolic universal church is not the sister, but the mother of all churches."
Source: Cardinal Ratzinger 9/4/2000

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archbasilica_of_St._John_Lateran

If all the Church's including the protestant ones are secretly subject to Rome. Then they are also subject to Lucifer's high priest the Pope.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

2030 "It is in the Church, in communion with all the baptized, that the Christian fulfills his vocation. From the Church he receives the Word of God containing the teachings of "the law of Christ." 72 From the Church he receives the grace of the sacraments that sustains him on the "way." From the Church he learns the example of holiness and recognizes its model and source in the all-holy Virgin Mary; he discerns it in the authentic witness of those who live it; he discovers it in the spiritual tradition and long history of the saints who have gone before him and whom the liturgy celebrates in the rhythms of the sanctoral cycle."
Source: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P73.HTM

2031 "The moral life is spiritual worship. We "present (our) bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God,"73 within the Body of Christ that we form and in communion with the offering of his Eucharist. In the liturgy and the celebration of the sacraments, prayer and teaching are conjoined with the grace of Christ to enlighten and nourish Christian activity. As does the whole of the Christian life, the moral life finds its source and summit in the Eucharistic sacrifice.
Part Three - Section One - Chapter 3 - Article 3

Source: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P73.HTM

This is the official catechism and view signed by Pope John Paul II. We can see from this that the model of all perfection is Mary. According to occultist Alice Bailey the Eucharist which is of pagan origin is a form of divinity that represents Lucifer.

"There is no graver offense than heresy...and therefore it must be rooted out with fire and sword."
Source: The Catholic Encyclopedia 1911, Vol. 14, p. 766-768

According to the Catechism the definition of Incredulity, Heresy, Apostasy and Schism is:

2089 "Incredulity is the neglect of revealed truth or the willful refusal to assent to it. Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Roman Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him."
Source: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P73.HTM

I myself would proudly fall into 2 of these categories of Heresy and Schism according to these definitions! So would the reformers. Wycliffe, Jerome, Luther, Knox, Calvin, Baxter and the other leaders of the reformation who were united on the identity of the antichrist.

"And the views of the reformers were shared by thousands, by hundreds of thousands. They were adopted by princes and peoples. Under their influence nations abjured their allegiance to the false priest of Rome. In the reaction that followed all the powers of Hell seemed to be let loose... Yet the reformation stood undefeated and unconquerable. God's word upheld it..."
Source: H. Grattan Guinness Romanism and the Reformation

So what was the controversy all about between Rome and the reformers? It was all about doctrine and this great controversy goes on to this day. Basically Roman Catholicism is a cult that believes God did not come in the flesh but that his spirit moves from Pope to Pope. By this false belief they claim the Pope's are god. See 1 John 4:2 concerning this type of belief.

The forward of the old King James Bible refers to the Papacy as THE MAN OF SIN and warns against being maligned from what it calls Popish persons.
The forward of the Catholic Douay Bible: "All Protestant clergy are thieves, murderers, and ministers of the Devil."

Look what Rome has said in modern times concerning the protestants.

"Protestantism, the murderous hag, is slowly dying of corruption and congenital rottenness, and she will not much longer encumber the Earth."
Source: Western Watchman April 23, 1914 - Catholic Publication

"Protestantism is not a religion ...never was a religion. The most that could be said about it was that it was a form of rape and robbery masquerading as a religion..."
Source: Western Watchman Nov. 12, 1914 p.12 - Catholic Publication

These two groups hated each other during the reformation and now the reformed churches are crawling back to Rome under the Ecumenical movement. Rome is still at war with Protestantism in secrecy by infiltrating at its Universities teaching false doctrines at the highest levels. So there has been a great falling away from truth by the reformed Church's.
The reformation was losing its power because of something called the "Counter - Reformation". This was a plot by Rome to undermine the protestant teachings and make them more in line with the teachings of Rome. The teachings of Rome are not rooted in the Bible but depend entirely upon the traditions of men. It is tradition based theology and not Bible based and this is why they hold tradition in such high esteem. Their entire religion is based on it. The Counter Reformation put doctrines back into Protestantism which took the heat off of Catholicism so that the Catholic Church would no longer be seen as the antichrist. They sent trained Jesuits into all the protestant universities to teach dispensationalist doctrine. They taught a super antichrist would come someday in the distant future all the while the real antichrist has been here all along. This teaching will set the world up for a great deception.

The Beginning of the Counter Reformation

The Jesuit Order was founded August, 15 1534 by Ignatius Loyola in order to counter Protestantism which was a problem for Rome. The reformation had fingered Rome as the antichrist. The Counter Reformation was to undo what the Reformation had done. We will teach more about them in the chapter “ Who are the Jesuits?

"Its general ruled as absolute monarch in all parts of the world, and the different kingdoms of Europe, Asia, Africa and America lay at his feet divided into provinces."
Source: Secret history of the Jesuits P. 280

"They were to obey as a corpse. Loyola wrote "Even if God gave you an animal without sense as a master, you will not hesitate to obey him, as master and guide, because God ordained it to be so."
Source: Secret history of the Jesuits P. 26

First we will look at some of the controversies that caused the rift between the two sides.

Council of Trent

Council of Trent
The Council of Trent was called to meet the crises of Protestantism. Protestant representatives were also present at the council as well. It was called by Pope Paul III between the years 1545-1563 and met in three main sessions the Protestants were only present during the second session. The council reaffirmed every single doctrine that was disputed and repudiated by the reformists.

Here is a list of some of the main disputes that were reaffirmed at the council:
Transubstantiation reaffirmed
This is the teaching that the bread becomes the LITERAL body of Christ and not just to honor him in memory and praise. See Hebrews 10:14

"Marvelous dignity of the priests, in their hands as in the womb of the blessed virgin Mary the Son of God becomes incarnate. Behold, the power of the priest! The tongue of the priest makes God from a morsel of bread; it is more than creating the world."
Source: Eucharist Meditations P. 111

"If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist are contained truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as a sign, or a figure or force, let him be anathema."
Source: Council of Trent session 13, Chapter VIII, ratified by Vatican II

Justification by faith AND works reaffirmed
The repudiation of this teaching had been a cornerstone of the protestants who taught salvation was by grace alone. Apart from any good works done by man.

"The priest has the power of the keys or the power of delivering sinners from hell, of making them worthy of paradise and of changing them from slaves of Satan into children of God. And God himself is obligated to abide by the judgment of his priests and either not to pardon or to pardon."
Source: Dignity and duty of the Priest Editor E. Grimm 1927, P. 27

The medieval mass reaffirmed

This was a very pagan type ceremony.

7 Sacraments reaffirmed

This was a teaching that salvation was achieved by going through sacramental systems. This was another pagan type of system of ancient Rome.
The reformers taught salvation is by belief in Christ alone.

Celibacy reaffirmed

This was also a pagan practice that has roots all the way back to Babylon.

Purgatory reaffirmed

This doctrine was a big source of income for Rome. People were asked to pay the church in the belief their relatives would spend less time in torment.

Indulgences reaffirmed

This is a doctrine by which you can pay the Catholic Church money for sins you either have now or even plan to commit in the future.

Papal power was increased by giving the Pope the authority to enforce the decrees of the Council and requiring church officials to promise him obedience.
All of these things were the very reason for the reformation and they were once again reaffirmed by Rome. The real question here can be broken down into only 2 categories.

The Bible alone as a guide or The Traditions of men?

The reformers wanted to use the Bible alone as a guide while Rome insisted upon the traditions of men. This has been the root of the problem throughout history. The problem with using traditions as a guide is the traditions tend to change and grow as time goes by. To show how important tradition is to the Roman Catholic Church they actually banned the Bible itself! Pope Paul IV in 1599 listed the Bible on the Index of prohibited books! The reason for this is the early church at Antioch used the Syrian Bible translated from Hebrew and Greek text. It is older than the Masoretic text. Some groups such as the Waldenses were using these accurate texts which was a problem for Rome because it said things they did not like. They created another Bible by using other scripts and from this the Septuagint which was originally created for the library in Alexandria. There has always been a deep occult connection with the Library in Alexandria. It is from the Alexandrian texts and not the original received texts that the Latin vulgate was derived. This is the reason they include the so called "Apocryphal Texts". Apocrypha means "The secret or hidden things". There is a definite mystical type of influence in this and these non-original or mystical texts were canonized at the Council of Trent in 1546.

"Whoever shall not receive as sacred and canonical all these books and every part of them, as they are commonly read in the Catholic Church, and are contained in the old Vulgate Latin edition, or shall knowingly and deliberately despise the aforesaid traditions, let him be accursed."
Source: Council of Trent fourth session

My belief is they used these texts partially because it made it easier to get money from the people in a good works based system. I will give an example. Look what Tobias says concerning death and sin. This is actually a money based cult.

"For alms (money) do deliver from death, and shall purge away all sin."
Source: Tobias 12:9 Roman Catholic book in Doauy version of the Bible a book not found in historical Bible

Now look at what the real Bible says.

1 Peter 1:18-19
"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were NOT redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by TRADITION from your fathers."

These differences are between those who wanted the Bible alone as a guide and the Traditions of men as a guide and this was the main reason for the reformation. In the next chapter we will get better look at the Jesuits and then look at their Counter Reformation to combat Protestantism.

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