THE CATHOLIC FAITH
is the Faith of the Scriptures!
Keyed to THE CATHOLIC FAITH was the Faith of the Early Church Fathers
80 AD - 215 AD (CFECF)
by David J. Webster, a former fundamentalist Baptist Pastor
1. Praying to the Saints and Angels in Heaven
Rev 5:8-10 The 24 Elders in Heaven holding the prayers of the saints, had
been made priests (intercessors) for those still on earth. How would they
have these prayers if the saints on earth had not prayed to them?
Rev 8:3 4 Angels also are holding the prayers of the saints in their hands.
They offer them up to God.
2. Praying for the Dead (in Purgatory) See also CFECF (11), (12)
II Tim 1:16-18 Paul prays for dead Onesiphoris, that he may find God's
3. Two Very Significant Categories of Sin: Mortal and Venial Sin.
I Cor 15:29,30 Early Christians were Baptized for those in Purgatory, who
would face judgment for sins of the flesh (see also II Cor 5:9,10). This was
apparently done publicly, jeopardizing their own lives, which explains the
virtue of the act.
II Matt 12:44-46 Praying for the dead that they be freed from sin is
commended. This was a well known element of Jewish faith long before the
time of Christ.
I Pet 3:18-20; 4:6 During Jesus' physical entombment He went and preached to
spirits in prison (Hades/ Purgatory) that they might "live according to God
in the spirit."
Matt 12:32 Some sins may be forgiven after death. (No sin can be forgiven
after death for those condemned to Hell.)
Matt 12:32 Only certain (mortal) sins cannot be forgiven after death,
therefore some sins (venial sins) can be.
SALVATION: PAST (finished), PRESENT (unfinished) AND FUTURE (unfinished)
Matt 5:22 Only serious (mortal) sin condemns to Hell. All the lost (un-
saved) who have not fallen into such sin are therefore safe before God. They
are not condemned to Hell. No man is condemned to Hell just because he is a
Acts 10,11 Cornelius was not "saved" from (venial) sin (11:14) and had
not received "repentance unto life" (10:43,44; 11:18), yet his prayers had
come up as a memorial before God (10:4b) and according to Peter, he was
"accepted with God" (not condemned to Hell) because he "feared God" and "worked righteousness"
(10:35). [The word "warned" in the KJV in 10:22
(ekramatisthae) is a serious mistranslation, it means merely "divinely
Matt 8:12 All men, even those "saved"in God's Covenant or "Children of the
Kingdom" are capable of mortal sin.
4. Conversion and Justification (Present Tense Salvation) is a process of
deliverance from both venial or mortal sin and their penalties. The
conversion or justification experience never applies the atonement of Christ
to any future sin! See Ezekiel 3:20,21.
Conversion and Justification should be a Continuing Event always Dealing
with Any New Sins Committed.
James 2:21-23 Abraham is "Justified" by faith and obedience when offering
Isaac (v.21). He had long before been justified ("counted righteous") when
by faith he obeyed God and left Ur (v.23 cf Gen 15:6,7).
Luke 22:32 Jesus told Peter at the Last Supper, he would have to be
"converted." He had been converted when he first obeyed the call of Christ
(Mt 4:18-20) and he certainly had many other conversions during his 3 years
I Cor 15:1.2 You are "saved" [in a continuing and increasing sense] "if"
you keep the Gospel always in mind.
Phil 2:12 "Work out your own salvation [deliverance from sin] with fear and
I Peter 1:9 "Receiving [continually] the end of your faith even the
salvation of your souls."
Justification Experienced Only Through Faith and Obedience
James 2:14-26 "Faith, if it hath not works is dead, being alone"(v. 17).
"The devils also believe and tremble"(v. 19). "[As in Abraham's case] by
works was faith made perfect'(v.22). "As the body without the spirit is
dead, so faith without works is dead"(v.26).
John 15:1-10 "1 am the true Vine.... If a man abide not in Me, he is cast
forth as a branch and ... burned. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in
Some Protestants insist that it is the faith that does the work in us not we
ourselves. Faith (God's gift to man through His Word / Eph 2:8; Rom 10: 17)
is a necessary motivation for us to obey but it does not make us obey. Man
has a choice to resist or yield, therefore the obedience is our
responsibility. It is our obedience in response to faith that brings
justification (and Eternal Life). Justification then brings "perfect" or
"complete" faith, the proof we have that Eternal Life (See John 3:36!).
Further, Eternal Life is something we possess in degrees and that
corresponds to how close we have grown to Christ. It is Eternal Life we are
given not a promise of the eternal possession of that life. That Life,
however, is so powerful that nothing in all the universe, but one's own self
will and sin, can remove us from Christ's hand (Romans 8:35-39).
5. Regeneration and New Birth into God's Family, the Church (Past Tense
Salvation) See also "Baptismal Regeneration" (1)-(4), and "Infant Baptism" (5), in CFECF.
This salvation was unknown prior to the Church. This is a restoration to original divine
sonship, we lost in Adant through entering the New Covenant. This restoration is found only in The Church,
Christ's Body, the Household or Family of God, the divine institution Christ
left on this earth. This regenerating work is accomplished only once by the
Holy Spirit, normally through Baptism. For those who are of age, this saving
provision in Baptism must be preceded by personal faith and repentance from
conscious willful sin. In this case Baptism also becomes the act of
obedience by which God justifies from all past conscious willful sin.
Col 2:11-13. By a regeneration, Baptism then wipes away the stain of
Original sin and all other past sin and even all deserved temporal
punishments. This does not apply Christ's atonement to any future sins but
it does leave a permanent status of Sonship. New Testament Scriptures that
speak of salvation in the past tense refer to this aspect of salvation. This
salvation was unknown in the Old Testament but was clearly prefigured in
circumcision. For this reason none of the Old Covenant righteous could enter
heaven until the Atonement was made and they themselves entered the New
Covenant. "Ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands...
by the circumcision of Christ. Buried with Him in Baptism... And you being
dead in your sins... hath He quickened together with Him. having forgiven
all your trespasses."
I Pet 3:21 Peter says the water through which Noah was saved was a figure of
Christian Baptism, a Baptism, he says, that "doeth also now save us." The
waters of the Flood, by God's will, brought Noah and his family to a New
World. The waters of Baptism, by the will of the Spirit in regeneration,
brings believers into the new relationship to God in Sonship in the New
Acts 22:16 Ananias to Saul, "Arise and be Baptized and wash away thy sins,
calling on the name of the Lord."
Titus 3:5,6 "God... saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing
[to pre-fall Sonship] of the Holy Ghost."
Acts 2:38-47 Peter says, "Repent and be Baptized every one of you... for
the remission of sins. And there were added unto them about 3,000 souls."
So the Lord remitted sin and "added to the Church [His Bodyl daily." How?
Through faith and repentance, but not without the work of and submission to
Baptism, which meant submission to the Church, its teachings and its
authority! (That was a whole lot more commitment than "coming forward" in
an evangelistic meeting, although that act done in faith will bring
conversion and justification from sin).
I Cor 12:12.13.27 "For as the [human] body is one and hath may members...
so also is Christ [His Body, the visible Church]. For by one Spirit are we
all Baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be
bond or free and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. Ye are the
Body of Christ and members in particular."
John 3:3-7 Jesus to Nicodemus, "Except a man be born again he cannot see
the Kingdom of God. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he
cannot enter the Kingdom of God (which according to Matthew 16:18,19; 21:43;
13:47 is the Church)." John the Baptist, standing before Jesus at His
Baptism in Chapter 1 had just confessed all he was able to do was to baptize
with water(v.3 I) but having seen the Holy Spirit descend upon Christ,
confesses that it would be He who would Baptize men with the Spirit in the
waters of Christian Baptism.
Acts 19:1-5 Why would Paul ask the believers in Ephesus who had not
received the Holy Spirit what baptism they had received if he did not see
Christian Baptism as the means of receive the Holy Spirit? And why would
he re-baptize these disciples who had only John's baptism if he did not
believe Christian Baptism was important to receiving the Holy Spirit?
Acts 8:14-17 Even those who had been baptized by Disciples of Christ before
Pentecost had to have hands laid on them to receive the Holy Spirit. They,
however, did not have to be re- baptized.
Eph 2:19 "Ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with
the saints and the Household of God." What is the expected or normal way to
become part of a household or family? Is it not through Birth? Jesus said
New Birth would be through both water and the Spirit! You cannot be fully
part of the Church without obedience to Baptism. We are both soul and body
and thus God's people are to be united not just in spirit but organically
and physically in the visible Body of Christ.
No personal Faith or Choice to Obey is Needed to be Born Again unless One is
of Age. We all lost our divine sonship through no personal choice of our
own, but through our first human parents, so it certainly may be regained
without personal faith through our immediate parents who simply desire this
free gift provided by Christ in His sacrifice.
Col 2:11-13 Christian Baptism takes the place of circumcision. It is
prefigured in Old Covenant circumcision whether for adults or infants.
"Putting off the body of sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
buried with Him in Baptism."
6. Perfect Union with Christ (Future Tense Salvation) Eternal Life in
Acts 16:31.33 The faith of the head of the household who has his whole
house baptized "saves" his whole house. Acts 16:15 Lydia and her whole
household were baptized at one time.
I Cor 1:16 Paul Baptized the whole household of Stephanas.
Matthew 18:3 For adults fallen into sins, this restoration to Sonship must
also involve a personal desire for deliverance from all known sin. "Accept
ye be converted and become little children, ye shall not enter into the
Kingdom of Heaven." (Little children thus need no conversion to enter the
Covenant or the Kingdom).
Eph 1:13.14 "Ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the
earnest (down payment) of our inheritance." Sealed eternally as Sons of God
and given a mere "taste" of Eternal (Heavenly) Life (Heb 6:4,5) but not
its full measure! A truly regenerated son of God may forfeit entirely God's
gift and become eternally lost.
Rom 5:10 "We were reconciled to God by the death of His Son... we shall be
saved by His life."
7. Good Works Lead to Salvation
Mt 10:22:24:13 "He that endures to the end [in the great Tribulation!]
shall be saved [in its full and final sense]."
I Cor 3:15 "He shall [after death] be saved, yet so as by fire [in
purgatory, since he was not fully saved in this life]."
I John 3:2 "We shall be like Him [in perfection and holiness] for we shall
see Him as He is [and still live!]." cf. Ex 33:20
This Salvation is Entered into Only after Much Labor. Work and Suffering:
Acts 14:22 "We through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God [in
its fullest sense]."
Phil 2:12 "work out your own salvation [complete deliverance from sin] with
fear and trembling."
Rom 2:6-10 "To them, who by patient continuance in well doing seek for
glory, honor and immortality, [He will render] eternal life.... Glory honor
and peace [shall be] to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and
also to the Gentile."
8. Purgatory: See also CFECF (11),(12).
Daniel 4:27 To Nebuchadnezzar: "Break of thy sins by righteousness and
thine inequities by showing mercy to the poor."
Psa 5 0:23 "To him that ordereth his conversation [or living] aright will I
show the salvation of the Lord.
Proverbs 21:21 "He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth
Works completely motivated by self interest and pride and not by faith and
love are not "good works." They are "self righteous works" and, along
with the works of the law (O.T. ceremonial observance), are utterly
worthless towards procuring salvation. The Catholic faith is just as opposed
to works without faith as it is faith without works. Catholics insist, as do
the above Scriptures, that those outside the Christian Covenant can also do
"good works" because all men have been given some measure of faith.
Our sins incur both an eternal and
a temporal debt to God. The temporal debt is our responsibility to satisfy
by our love, devotion and self sacrifice now in this life (penance) or in a
much more difficult Purgatory.
I Cor 3:15 Speaking of all those not condemned to Hell, especially
Christians, Paul says, "Every man's work shall be revealed by fire. If any
man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be
saved yet so as by fire." There is some kind of fire in Purgatory.
9. Inspired Orally Transmitted Tradition Preserved by the Holy Spirit in the
II Cor 5:9.10 "[Because we will immediately be in the presence of Christ at
death] we labor that... we may be accepted of Him [and allowed immediate
access to Heaven] For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ;
that everyone may receive the things done in his body... whether it be good
or bad. Knowing therefore the tenor of the Lord [for disobedient
Christians!], we persuade men." (That is not Heaven immediately for some
Luke 23:43 Jesus' promise to the thief on the cross, "Today thou shalt be
with Me in Paradise," is often used to try to show all believers enter
Heaven immediately at death.. Jesus, however, did not go to Heaven on Good
Friday. He went there after His resurrection (John 20:17). Paradise included
a place for those requiring purging (I Pet 3:19; 4:6).
II Macc 12:44-46 Praying for the dead to be freed from sin is commended.
Those in Hell cannot be freed from sin. I Cor 15:29 The early church
practiced, and Paul approved, a "baptism for the dead" as one of many ways
to expiate for the sins of the flesh of those in Purgatory. This act was
apparently done publically and thus with great risk of persecution. Those
in Heaven need no prayer or sacrifice. Those in Hell can no longer be
See also "The Infallible Church" in CFECF (34),(35),(36),(37).
God's Word in the Church was Orally Transmitted to and then Through the
Bishops and Elders (Presbvters)
I Peter 1:25 "The Word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the Word
which by the Gospel is preached unto you."
Inspired Oral Tradition Preserved via the Apostolic "gift" Imparted to
Bishops & Presbvters (priests) by the Apostles.
John 14:26 is Jesus'exclusive promise to the Apostles: "The Comforter,
which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall
teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I
have said to you." (Most of what Christ taught obviously was never supposed
to be written down. Jesus Himself never left us one written document nor any
commission for anyone else to write down what He taught. If this Word is not
still preserved in Holy Tradition in His Church then it is forever lost to
us. Even our confidence in what little has been presented to us as the
written Word is based entirely on Church Tradition which alone tells us
these writings were authentic and inspired. It was not until the 4th and 5th
centuries that the canon of NT Scriptures was established by the authority
of the Church's Bishops.)
John 16:13 Jesus to the Apostles: "When He the Spirit of Truth is come, He
will guide you into all truth." No Christian or any other church
denomination dares to claim they will be guided by the Spirit into all
I Cor 11:2 Paul: "Keep the traditions as I have delivered them to you."
This was God's infallibly preserved Oral Word.
II Thess 2:15 "Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have been taught
whether by word or by epistle."
II Thess 3:6 "Withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh not after
the tradition which he received from us."
II Tim 2:2 "What ye have heard entrust to faithful men." The orally taught
Word would be preserved in the Church.
I Timothy 4:14 Paul to Timothy, "Neglect not "the gift" that is in thee
which was given thee by prophecy [divine order and command of Christ / Mt
16:18,19], with the laying on of hands of the presbytery (priesthood).
Acts 13:1-4 The Holy Spirit Himself required His own commission to Paul to
be imparted through the laying on of hands of the Apostolically appointed
leaders in the Church of Antioch! Ignoring or belittling this "gift" is to
make oneself greater than God the Holy Spirit!
Eph 4:11-14 tells why God gave to His Church first Apostles and then all
those they appointed and to whom they imparted their Apostolic "gift".
"That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro and carried
about with every wind of doctrine." The only reason most of what Jesus
taught was not written down was so we would not make any written account of
His teaching the center of our faith, but the Church He established and
promised to preserve! Paul did not believe the Scriptures were the pillar
and ground of the faith. He said it was the Church that was the pillar and
ground of the truth (I Timothy 3:15). Even the Scriptures that were left to
us by the Church were not to be privately interpreted outside the official
teachings of the those with the Apostolic "gift." (II Peter 1:20 says,
"Knowing this first that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private
interpretation.") The reason Peter gives for this restriction is because
prophecy is from the Holy Spirit not of man (v.21) and later admits that he
himself even with the Apostolic "gift" had a hard time understanding
Paul's letters "which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest (twist),
as they do the other scriptures, unto their own destruction! (3:16)"
The NT Scriptures Cannot Take the Place of the "Gift" of Apostolic
Authority Passed Down in Christ's Church.
1. Only 1/3 of the NT was written by any of the 12 Apostles. (Matt; John; I,
II, III John; Rev; James, I, II Peter; Jude)
2. Only 5 of the Apostles are represented in the NT canon. (The Church is
built on all 12 Apostles. Eph 2:4; Rev 21:14)
3. Since it was the Church itself (not the original Apostles) that
determined which writings were to be accepted as
Scripture, the Church (Bishops in union with Peter's chair) must have the
Apostolic "gift" as it had been passed down to them from the Apostles who
received it directly from Jesus Christ the Son of God.
10. A Special Priesthood, among the Priesthood of all Believers, called
Bishops and Presbyters ("elders").
See also "On the Priesthood in the Church" in CFECF (13),(14),(l5).
This authority to forgive sins was given first to Peter in Matt 16:19 and
then to all the Apostles in Matt 18:18 and John 20:23. This Apostolic
"gift" was passed on to all Bishops and Presbyters (priests) "by prophecy
[Christ's divine order and Word / Matt 16:18,19; 18:17,18!], with the laying
on of hands."
11. Holy Orders: The Succession of the Apostolic "Gift" from the Original 12 Apostles and Christ
James 5:15.16 "Confess your faults one to another and pray for one another
that ye may be healed." It is clear from this text alone that confessing
our sins to God is often not enough to obtain complete forgiveness from God.
This exhortation is also in the context of the need of presbyters (priests)
being called to pray for and anoint with Holy Oil those who are sick and in
need of having their sins forgiven! Confession to men and "priests,"
forgiving sins, and healing are all linked in this text! All Christians
admit the need of confessing sins to those we hurt and that God will not
fully forgive if we knowingly fail in this, yet many ignore the fact that
all our sins hurt the Church of Christ and that the priest with the
Apostolic "gift" is the one chosen by Christ Himself to represent the
Church in hearing our confession and to represent Him in forgiving those
sins! No one but God can actually forgive sin, but God often chooses to
forgive fully, only when a proper confession is made to men. This special
priesthood in the Church was also necessary to consecrate the elements of
Holy Communion. The use of the word "priest" (hiereus), however, was
avoided in public reference to Bishops and Presbyters until at least the
destruction of the Jewish Temple and religious system in 70 AD, because of
the necessity of the establishment of the vital truth of the priesthood of
all believers, which the Temple system strongly discounted. Being in
Christ, we all now share in His Priesthood and are intermediaries between
man and Christ.
I Timothy 4:14 Paul to Timothy, "Neglect not "the gift" that is in thee
which was given thee by prophecy [the Word of Christ / Mt 16:18,19], with
the laying on of hands of the presbytery (priesthood)."
12. Christ Established One Visible Hierarchal Church under Divinely Guided
Apostolic Authority Under Peter and His Successors which will last to the
End of This World and Forever.
Acts 13:1-4 The Holy Spirit required His own commission to Paul to be
imparted through the laying on of hands of the apostolically appointed
leaders in the church of Antioch! Ignoring this "gift," then is to make
oneself greater than God.
Titus 1:5 Titus was then commissioned and appointed by Paul to ordain, by
the laying on of hands, the elders (presbyters or priests) in every city.
Eph 4:11-14 Tells why the Apostles (and all those they appointed and to whom
they imparted "the gift") were given to the Church by God: "That we
henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro and carried about with
every wind of doctrine." (Protestantism, without that Apostolic gift has
bred over 20,000 denominations and 20,000 different faiths!)
Primacy of Peter and His Continuing Office in the Church. See also "On
Apostolic Succession" in CFECF (19)- (33)
Matt 16:1 8 Peter was the Rock upon which Christ would build His Church.
Matthew writing in Greek uses the masculine form of the word Rock (sometimes
meaning "stone") rather than the feminine form to refer to Peter for very
obvious reasons. However, since Jesus spoke Aramaic, the word He used to
rename Peter was "Cephas," always meaning Rock (See John 1:42). Paul thus
uses "Cephas" to refer to Peter throughout I Corinthians. So Jesus
actually said to Peter, "Thou art Cephas and upon this Cephas I will build
My Church." This did not make Peter or any of his successors sinless or
free from personal error by any means. It means that Peter's teaching in all
official capacities as head of the Church will represent the mind of Christ
infallibly. Peter later denied Christ and even compromised the Gospel by his
actions. Some later Popes fell into scandalous living, but neither Peter or
these Popes introduced their errors into the Church as truth, as happened
with Bishops at various times in every other center of Christianity in the
world and in all Protestantism.
Christ's Church Protected from Falling into Theological or Moral Error. and
Will Endure to End of the Ages
See also "On the Infallible Church" in CFECF (34)-. (37).
Matt 16:19 Peter also is made the Prime Minister of New Israel, the Kingdom
of Heaven on earth. In the King's absence he would act with the full
authority of the King, just as all prime ministers do. To Peter, Jesus said,
"And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven: and
whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven."
Isaiah 22:15-22 offers absolute proof Peter was being commissioned as Prime
Minister by the King of New Israel to act in His authority in this world.
Here King Hezekiah's Prime Minister Shebna is replaced by Elialcim and given
the very same authority as was Peter in Matt 16:19.
Peter's Primacy is also Manifest Throughout Acts though he was not the first
to be chosen, nor the most spiritual.
Acts 1:13-26 He led in the selection of Mathias the Apostle; 2: 14-41 Led
in the preaching on Pentecost; 3:6 7 Performed the first miracle; 3:12-4:19
Preached the second great message whereby 5,000 converted; 5:1-11 Led in
the first judgment in the Church; 8:14-17 Opened the door of the Church to
the Samaritans; 8:21 Excommunicated the first heretic Simon Magnus; 10:44,46
Opened the door of the Church to Gentiles; 15:7,19 Brought a conclusion to
the first council in Jerusalem and pronounces the first dogmatic decision.
In all four listings of the Apostles, Peter's name is always first.
Matt 16:1 8b This Church built on Peter will never see its governing
structure overthrown nor will it fall into apostasy as did Israel: "I will
build MY CHURCH and the Gates of Hell SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT." By
"Church" here, Jesus is referring to the governing system (forming God's
people into One Body) and its function of proclaiming the truth of the
Gospel in this world. For any governing Monarch or King to say his kingdom
will stand and prevail means that the governing structure and the normal
function of the Kingdom will never be changed or altered. Jesus our King
will then always have His Prime Minister representing Him on earth presiding
over His Church, which will never err from truth.
Historical fact: The Roman Catholic Church, which can trace through 262
Popes a continuing line of single authority for 2000 years to its very
beginning, is by far the oldest uninterrupted government to have ever
existed on earth. That one fact alone should tell us something. That of
course was the prophecy for the government placed on the shoulders of the of
the child born and the Son to be given in Isaiah 9:6,7: "Of the increase of
His Government and Peace THERE SHALL BE NO END!" This same promise is
repeated by Gabriel in Luke 1:32,33. The Reformers ignored this truth and
rejected this everlasting government and the peace of the Church. Strife
among Christians has been the result.
One Visible. Unified and Authoritative Body not 20.000 Independently
Governed Bodies with 20.000 Popes and 20.000 Different Faiths as there is
Now in Protestantism
Matt 16:17-19 Authority to bind & loose on earth is given to Peter to govern
a literal Body of people. This is no mere mystical or spiritual entity!
Scandals Among Those in the True Church are no Excuse for Abandoning the
Matt 18: l5-20 "If he neglect to hear the Church, let him be unto thee as
an heathen man (a non-Christian!).
Heb 13:17 "Obey those who have the rule over you." The Reformers utterly
rejected this Word of God!
Eph 4:3-6 "There is One Body, and One Spirit, even as ye are called into
One Hope of your calling; One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God and Lord
of all." The word "body" itself demands a single governing authority.
I Cor 12:13 "By One Spirit are we Baptized into One Body." That One
Governing authority is revealed in Mt 18:15,16.
Romans 12:5 "We being many are One Body in Christ." At best, other
churches are dismembered parts of Christ's Body.
Col 3:15 "Ye are called in One Body." A run away child is still in the
family, but not part of it. God wants us all living at Home!
Jer 32:32-35 OT leaders and priests offered child sacrifices.
13. Peter was in Rome Representing that Church, whose Destiny was Known to
II Kings 23:7 Cult prostitutes were in the Temple of the Lord.
John 4:22 Despite the sin in the Temple, Jesus said salvation was still from
the Jews not from Samaria.
Luke 2:21-24. 41.42 Joseph, Mary and Jesus always submitted to the Temple
and its rulers even knowing they would kill Jesus.
Matt 23:2.3 Jesus required His Disciples to submit to the Temple rulers
because they "sat in Moses' seat." (Is there to be less respect for those
who sit in the very seat of Christ (Peter and his successors) or His
Apostles (the Bishops & priests?)
Mark 14:43 Judas, an Apostle, was unfaithful and would betray Christ, but
Jesus does not remove him from office! (This does not mean those in the
Church who are destroying the faith of others should not be removed!)
Mark 14:50 All the Apostles but John forsake Jesus.
Mark 14:66-72 Peter denies Jesus at least three times but Jesus does not
forsake Peter or replace him as head. /u>John 20:24.25 Thomas refuses to
believe the resurrection. He is not removed from office.
Romans 3:3.4 Did their infidelity nullify the Church or the Calling of the
Apostles? Did it give anyone the right to start another Church body outside
that Apostolic authority?
I Corinthians 5:1-7 Did the moral scandal in this church nullify the
validity of the Church of Jesus Christ or the validity of the appointed
bishops and priests who were given the Apostolic "gift" (I Tim 4:14)? Did
Paul ever exhort any believer to forsake their church leaders over their
failures and start a new church independent of the Apostolic authority?
Gal 2:11-14 Peter withdraws from the Gentile Christians for fear of the
Jews. He is rebuked by Paul for acting contrary to the Gospel. Does a
personal failure of even the Pope give excuse for anyone to reject the
Church and its appointed authority? Though Paul's one great passion was to
help establish the Church in Rome, he does not do so without Peter because
he knows Peter must be preeminent in this church which he knows will some
day bring the Roman Empire, the fourth Beast of Daniel 7, to its knees
before Christ the true King and thus become the center of Christianity and
Apostolic Papal Authority [See CFECF (38),(39)]!
I Peter 2:9.10; Jude 8 The ungodly that God reserves for judgment are those
who despise government and those who speak evil of dignitaries. Is the
government of the Church of Christ and those who sit in the seat of Jesus
Christ's and the Apostles, of less significance to us than our secular
government and its authorities???
Matt 13:47.48 Many have left the Church over impatience with problems and
sin in members in the Church, thinking that if erring members are not
officially removed or driven from the Church they must separate from the
Church. The Parable of the weeds among the wheat shows excommunication is to
be done only when absolutely necessary. Even Matt 18:15-17 is not an
excommunication by the Church but the absolving of all responsibility on the
part of the one injured to convert a Christian brother from the error of his
way. One who will not listen to the Church is to be viewed as one that knows
not the truth of God's grace, as one who is still a "heathen man" and a
"publican." He then is to actually be treated with extra grace because he
is recognized as a sinner!
I Peter 5:13 "The Church that is a Babylon, elected together with you,
saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son."
1. According to Rev. 14:8; 16:19; 17:5; 18:2,10, Babylon is Rome: and the
Church there, would overcome that final Beast of Daniel 7.
2. Paul reveals that Marcus (Mark), who wrote the Gospel, was in Rome with
Paul during his captivity (Col 4:10).
3. Two 2nd century testimonies say both Peter and Paul established the church
in Rome. See CFECF (38),(39).
4. See also "The Supremacy of the Church at Rome" in CFECF (40),(41),(42).
14. Eucharist, The Real Presence of Christ, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity
as offered for us at Calvary.
See also "The Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Christ" in CFECF (6)-( 10).
The Eucharist Promised:
John 6:35-71 "The bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for
the life of the world" (v.5 ib). "Verily, verily I say unto you, except ye
eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in
you" (v.53). "Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal
life; and I will raise him up at the last day" (v.54). "My flesh is meat
indeed, and My blood is drink indeed" (v.55). "He that eateth My flesh,
and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me and I in him" (v.56). "He that
eateth Me, even He shall live by Me" (v.57).
The Origin of Human Immorality (all spiritually untamed attempts to satisfy
1. This is what Jesus said that caused "many" of His disciples to forsake
Him. The result was that these many disciples renounced all faith in Him as
Messiah! They concluded that Jesus was insane and unworthy of their trust!
The Eucharist Instituted: Jesus only affirms all He said in John 6.
2. Many Protestants, however, claim Jesus had just explained to them all in
vv. 61-63 He was speaking symbolically. First, "spirit" or "spiritual"
never means "symbolically" in Scripture. Second, Neither the disciples who
ended up forsaking Jesus got this meaning out of His explanation nor did His
12 Apostles! (vv. 67-69)
3. In vv. 61-63, Jesus merely answered the two questions they had.
Question: "How can this Man give us His flesh to eat [without creating a total
scandal] (v.52)?" Jesus explains (v.62) that it would be done after He is
physically in Heaven, hinting His body, as bread, would be supplied like the
manna in the wilderness (vv.50,5 I). Jesus here claimed the origin of the Bread
He "will give" (a future event v.5 lc) would be from Heaven, thus this eating
was far more than mere "believing in Christ" as that was something they were
required to do immediately. John calls the Eucharist "hidden manna" in Rev
2nd Question: What value would there be in eating the literal physical
body of Jesus? Jesus explains (v.63) that without the proper spiritual devotion
this incredible privilege would deserve, there would be no value to it, in fact
as Paul later says, eating unworthily would bring judgment and even death. Such
a curse could only be explained by these elements being literally Christ's
body, blood, soul and divinity.
4. "Accept ye eat . . . ye have no life" First, by "life" Jesus is referring
to the New Covenant life in His blood which was not experienced by the Old
Covenant saints. Not having this life did not necessarily mean you would be
forever lost. Second, only those who know the truth of Jesus' doctrine and
reject it would be guilty. All these Jews knew what Jesus was saying and thus
they forsook Him as the Messiah. (See 3. Mortal and Venial Sin )
5. "He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life." Belief, however, never
excludes obedience in what your faith requires. You cannot say you believe in
Christ and knowingly refuse to obey what Christ says you must do! John says in
3:36, "He that is not subject [apeithoen] to the Son shall not see life." God,
however, certainly has every right to make special exceptions for Protestants
who are honestly ignorant of His Word.
The Eucharist Perpetuated: Paul affirms all Jesus taught the Twelve and all
he was taught by the Lord directly.
Matt 26:26-29 (Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20) "Take eat, this is My Body."
"This is My Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
I Cor 11:23-29 "I have received of the Lord that which I also delivered unto
you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: And when He had given thanks,
He brake it and said, 'take eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this
do in remembrance* of Me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He
had supped saying, 'This cup is the New Testament in My blood: this do ye as
oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me... Whosoever shall eat this bread, and
[literally, "or"] drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of
the body and blood of the Lord. So let a man examine himself and so let him eat
of that bread and drink of that cup. For he that drinketh and eateth
unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's
body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
[*Another clear argument against symbolic communion: The symbolic view reduces the entire
purpose of this rite to a reminder of Christ's death. That is clearly a secondary purpose because
there are far better ways to remind ourselves of Christ's death than eating mere bread and
drinking wine! The use of a Crucifix in worship would be a far better means to that end.
Catholics of course know the primary purpose of the Holy Communion which, as His literal Body and
Blood, accomplishes both objectives in the most powerful way imaginable.]
The Eucharist Explained: The Eucharist is the means of an ever increasing
umion and oneness with both the Church as His Body, and union and oneness with
the literal Body. Soul and Spirit of the very Person of Jesus Christ Himself.
I Cor 10:16 "The cup of blessing... is... the communion of the Blood of Christ.
The bread... is... the communion of the Body of Christ." For we being many are
One Bread, and one Body: for we are all partakers of that one Bread."
What does eating His literal body in that proper Spirit accomplish? First, it
has everything to do with our growth in the One Body of Christ, the visible
Church. It was by this One Spirit that we were Baptized into that One Body and
now it is by that One Spirit in the Eucharist that we will grow in that One
Body. If through Baptism, the Spirit places us in the visible Body, it is by
the Spirit in the Eucharist that we grow in that visible Body of Christ. This
relationship between the consecrated Communion bread and the Body of Christ is
clearly taught by Paul in I Corinthians 10:16, 17: "The Bread which we break,
is it not the communion of the Body of Christ? For we being many are One Bread,
and one Body for we are all partakers of that one Bread." Second, His blood,
which is also within every consecrated host, also imparts to us the very soul
of Christ, because the life or soul is in the blood. This infusion of the soul
of Christ into the souls of those in His Body was what the prohibition from
eating the blood of animals in the Old Testament was all about. The blood
prohibition was a symbolic teaching. Man was not to fuse his soul to the soul
of any creature, that absolute union was to be reserved for God alone. The one
flesh union of the marriage symbolizes this absolute soul union we are to have
with God (Ephesians 5:31,32). While the ingesting of animal blood would not in
itself infuse the soul of any animal to man's soul, it would have been highly
symnbolic of such an act. This was idolatry and punishable by being "cut off
from the people (Leviticus 17:11-14)! By partaking of the real Body and Blood
of Christ in the proper spirit, a oneness with the very being of the
resurrected Christ, by the actual infusion of His very body blood and soul,
becomes real in us. The real Body Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ
become part of us in the Eucharist! Paul says, therefore, that those in
Christ's Church thus have a very real union with the literal living resurrected
body of Christ: "We are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones...,
they two shall be ONE FLESH... this is a great mystery but I speak of Christ
and the Church."(Ephesians 5:30-32)! The Eucharist, then is the "Marriage
Supper of the Lamb," and its complete reality will come after Babylon the great
Harlot (this world system) is destroyed (Rev 18,19 and I Thess 4:13-5:10).
The Eucharist is Seen by John in Heaven and the writer of Hebrews. as a
continual re-presentation of Christ the sacrifice. Rev 5:6 The Lamb as it had
been slain is still in the form of the Passover Lamb offering Himself to God's
people as our food. Jesus calls the Eucharist "hidden manna (heavenly miracle
food)" in Rev 2:17. This miracle food (Christ Himself) is hidden by the
appearance of bread and wine and will fully manifest in the Church at the Day
of the Lord (Rev 19:7-9). Heb 8:1-3 The very fact that Christ is still our high
Priest in Heaven proves conclusively that He is even yet offering to us what He
offered us at Calvary. You cannot be a priest unless you have something to
offer! "Every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore
it is of necessity that this man [Christ] have somewhat also to offer." This
sacrifice of Calvary (though now in its resurrected form) is thus presented
daily in every Mass. This can be done because in true worship we enter the
spirit (John 14:3) where there is no time, or where all time is one (Rev 10:6).
15. Celibacy as a Voluntary Vow is the Sacrificing of Something Good for
Something of Greater Value.
Genesis 2:18. 1:28 Marriage is good, a Holy Sacrament capable of bestowing
divine grace on those married and increasing the joy and happiness of Heaven
through the procreation and the formation of new Holy creatures.
Ephesians 5:21-33 Marriage is a holy symbol of Christ and the Church.
16. Holy Mary, Ever Virgin Mother of God and Queen of Heaven
The Immaculate Conception of Mary. See also "Holy Mary- The Sinless Second Eve" CFECF (16), (17), (18)
I Tim 4:1-3 Forbidding marriage, thinking it to be sinful, is a doctrine of
Satan. This was a doctrine of the Essenes and other religious sects but never
the Church of Christ.
Matt 19:12 Jesus recognized, however, that celibacy for those called to it was
necessary for the Kingdom of God. He Himself was a celibate. It is one of the
highest forms of self sacrifice and reparation for human sin.
I Cor 7:32-35; 7:8 Paul, seeing it as the ideal state for ministers, strongly
recommends it. He also was celibate.
II Tim 2:4 "No man that warreth (a soldier) entangehth himself with the affairs
of this life."
I Tim 5:9-12 The voluntary but binding pledge of celibacy was taken by older
widows in the early Church.
I Tim 3:2 In the early Church, marriage to one wife was allowed for Bishops and
presbyters (priests) but was never considered the ideal, as the Scripture
itself reveals. Bishops or priests were not allowed, however, to marry after
they were ordained into those offices. Marriage was allowed then because
celibacy had just been introduced to the people of God. By the 4th Century
there were enough celibates in the Church to require all new Bishops and
presbyters to be unmarried. Marriage, by the way, does not solve the problem
of human lust!
1. If God created the first Adam and Eve sinless to begin the human race, why
would He not begin the new and even greater redeemed spiritual human race with
at least an equally sinless second Adam and Eve?
The Perpetual Virginity of Holy Mary
2. If the first Eve was perfect and sinless because she was literally taken
from the very flesh of the sinless perfect Adam, would we want the child Jesus
to be perfect and sinless for any less a reason than that he was formed from
the perfect sinless flesh of his Holy Mother?
3. Would we really want to have to say Jesus needed to be saved from Original
sin at the moment of his conception, as we must for His Holy and completely
pure and sinless Mother? Would God wish us to have to confess in our faith that
Jesus had to be "saved" from sin in any sense? That Jesus himself needed a
Savior to preserve him from the stain of Original sin is what we would be force
to confess if we deny the immaculate conception of the Holy Mother of God.
Luke 1:42 Elizabeth, by the Holy Spirit, declares Holy Mary the most blessed
(most graced) of all women. How can we them doubt that she was created even
more perfect and more full of grace than Eve?
Luke 1:49 Holy Mary by the Holy Spirit, confesses God worked more than one
mighty miracle within her. "He that is mighty hath done to me great things and
Holy is His name." All Christians know of the virginal conception of Jesus, but
many ignore the other great work of God, Holy Mary's own natural but immaculate
Luke 1:34 Holy Mary's response to Gabriel, who told her she was to bear the
Christ child, is conclusive evidence that her vow of virginity was perpetual.
"How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" Had Mary had any intention of
living with Joseph as a wife she would not have asked the question. She would
have had her answer. The problem she had with Gabriel's announcement could only
have been created by her vow of perpetual virginity.
Holy Mary. Mother of God
Luke 2:41-51 It's obvious from the story of the visit to the Temple, when Jesus
comes of age, that Jesus is the only one in the family with His Mother and
John 19:26 By law Jesus would have chosen one of His "brothers" to take care
of His Mother after His death if indeed these were either Mary or Joseph's
sons. This is particularly true since two of these four "brothers" of Jesus (
James and Jude/Thaddaeus) had become Apostles! (Joseph and Simon, the older
"brothers" were unbelievers until after the Resurrection) [We will now see
that Jesus' "brothers" were actually cousins, the sons of Alphaeus (Cleophas),
the older brother to Holy Joseph. Neither the Hebrew nor the Aramaic language
had a word for cousin, therefore cousins were always called "brothers." When
the Gospels were put into Greek, the Hebrew/Aramaic "brother" was literally
translated and so remained "brother"]
Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13 The two "brothers" who became Apostles (James &
Jude/Thaddaeus) were the sons of Alphaeus.
Matt 27:55,56; Mark 15:40 says it was the "other Mary" standing afar off from
the cross who was the mother of James (representing the two who had become
Apostles) and Joseph (representing the two who resisted Jesus). Holy Mary and
the Apostle John had remained at the foot of the cross.
John 19:25 actually tells us that this "other Mary" was wife to Alphaeus
(spelt here Cleophas). Interestingly this other Mary, the mother of the four
"brothers" of Jesus is called a "sister" to Holy Mary. She, of course, was
Luke 1:43 We must call Mary "the Mother of God," because Elizabeth by the Holy
Spirit did so!
Mary. Queen of Heaven. Intercessor and Advocate for all mankind.
John 1:1 Elizabeth by the Holy Spirit called Mary the Mother of the Lord
Jehovah because Jesus Christ was God. It's that simple. The Church has insisted
on calling her this because the truth about the Deity of Christ was being
denied. Some were saying He was only a man. Other were saying His human nature
existed separate from His divinity. Jesus, however, is one person: God-- with
two natures. So, if Mary was in any sense the Mother of Jesus Christ she was
the Mother of God. The true human nature of Jesus Christ did not exist outside
His Divine being. Jesus is not two persons!
Matt 20:20-28 (Mark 10:35-45) Jesus says those to sit on either side of Him in
the Kingdom would have to drink His bitter cup and be baptized with total self
denial and be chosen by the Father to sit in those places specially "prepared"
by the Father. What places on Jesus right and left did the Father specially
"prepare" for His Son at His incarnation? Who did the Father already put in
those places and were therefore the two most influential and meaningful people
in His life? Then how could we doubt that it is Jesus' own Mother who sits
today as Queen at His right hand, with the highest honor?
Revelation 12:1-2 John certainly saw her as Queen of Heaven. She is seen as the
"Woman clothed with the sum, and the Moon under her feet and upon her head a
crown of twelve stars."
Psalm 45:9-16 This great Messianic Psalm is a most striking prophetic
revelation of Holy Mary as Queen of Heaven.
1. Messiah-King's Queen is standing at His right hand (v.9).
2. Amazingly, while this is a wedding scene (v. 14,15) this Queen is the King's
"daughter" [i.e. the creation of the King
Himself!] (v.13) and thus she is to worship Him as her "Lord"(v. 11)
3. The espoused Queen is called to "forget" her own people and concern herself
with promoting the King's interest among the gentiles. The true glorv of Mary
thus would not be clearly revealed to Israel in Jesus day nor in the NT
writings (v. 10-12).
4. The Queen's intercessory role among the gentiles is revealed in v.12.
5. The promise of her being praised for all generations is found here long
before Holy Mary herself, through the Holy Spirit, spoke the same prophecy in
6. Her great spiritual progeny are also mentioned as becoming "princes"
throughout the entire earth (v.16). These
spiritual princes, the priests of the Church or her "special Sons," as she
calls them in her many messages to us in our day, encircle the world and serve
in every nation on earth.
I Kings 2:19.20 Solomon, son of David, is an important and well-recognized type
of Christ, therefore his Kingdom is also a type of the Kingdom of Christ. Here
Solomon. with his Mother as Queen seated at his right hand is seen here
interceding on behalf of Adonijah, who had been one of Solomon's most dangerous
rivals to the throne.
Mary. Co-redemtrix for Mankind and the Mediatrix of all God's Grace to Mankind
Phil 3:10 All Christians are co-redeemers in that we participate with Christ in
His sufferings so as to extend His finished work to others. "That I may know
Him... and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His
Her Bodily Assumption into Heaven.
II Cor 1:5.6 "As the sufferings of Christ abound in us... it is for your
consolation and salvation."
11 Cor 4:10. 12 "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord
Jesus.... So then death worketh in us but life [salvation] in you."
Col 1:24 This participation of man in Christ's suffering is so essential to the
salvation of men that Paul says that we must "fill up that which is behind
(lacking) in the afflictions of Christ!" Now, there are two levels of human
participation in the redemptive sufferings of Christ. The first and highest
level of participation was accomplished by the one who did it completely and
perfectly, the one who drank not only "of the cup" of Christ but who drank the
fulness of that cup, which qualified her for the position at His right hand. It
is true that all that was necessary to provide redemption for man was Christ's
sacrifice. But that sacrifice, which was already accomplished (in the spirit)
before time existed ("from the foundation of the world"--Rev 13:8), had to be
manifest in time and in a human physical body or mankind would never have known
about it!. That required the full and perfect participation of a Mother. This
means all the grace man has ever known or experienced from Jesus Christ has all
come through that Mother. However, the rest of us also have an important part
in man's experience of redemption. Christ's sacrifice now having been manifest
in human history would be known by very few without God's people also having
been willing to suffer with Him all down through history.
Gen 5:24; II Kings 2:11 Both Enoch and Elijah were bodily assumed into
"heaven" without dying.
17. Call No Man Father, Teacher (Rabbi), or Master (Boss)
Hebrews 11:5 Since Enoch was "translated" because he pleased God, could we
expect anything less for the Holy Mother of God"? Mary's bodily assumption was
one of those many well known, apostolically authenticated, holy oral Traditions
of which Paul spoke in II Timothy 2:2 and II Thessalonians 2:15 that were not
to be put in written form. according to the prophecy in Psalm 45:10,11 that the
truth of Mary would be concealed from Israel.
Matt 23:8-10 Protestants insist Jesus statement "call no man Father" applies
in every religious application, but fail to point out that Jesus also said, "Be
ye not called teacher (rabbi) or master (boss)." Protestants also fail to point
out that Steven, Paul and John all contradict their inconsistent and legalistic
interpretation. The context shows that Jesus clearly had in mind the abuse of
these proper titles and may have actually been pointing to examples indicating
the abusive sense he was indicating. It was being called Father, Teacher or
Master in the sense the Pharisees used these titles of themselves that He was
prohibiting-- in the sense that they should only be used of God Himself. One
might use capital letters to express this difference in emphasis: FATHER,
Father or father.
18. Holy Relics have been Ordained by God as "sacramentals" or a Means of His
Grace to Us.
Acts 7:2 Steven calls both Abraham and the Jewish leaders of his day
"fathers,"or perhaps "Fathers."
Acts 21:40; 22:1 Paul also calls the Jerusalem Jewish leaders "fathers." (not
FATHERS or even Fathers!)
Romans 4:16.17 Paul calls Abraham "the Father of us all." (not "FATHER")
I Cor 4:14-17 Paul speaks of the Corinthians as his "children" he has begotten
as a father and Timothy as his "son.."
I Timothy 1:2 Paul again speaks of Timothy as his "son," so he was claiming to
be a spiritual father.
Titus 1:4 Paul calls Titus his spiritual "son" so he was Titus' spiritual
Philemon 10 Paul calls Onesimus his "son" whom he had "begotten."
I Peter 5:13 Peter considered himself a spiritual father to John Mark calling
him his son.
I John 2:13.14 John addresses respected mature believers as "fathers."
II Kings 13:20.21 Contact with Elisha's bones restores a man to life.
19. Repetitious Prayer is not Wrong. It's can be the Highest Form of Prayer
Acts 5:15.16 Many are healed by the passing of merely the shadow of Peter.
Acts 19:11.12 Healings are attributed to cloths touched by Paul.
James 5:14 Holy oil was to be used in anointing those who were sick.
Revelation 4:8 The four "Living Creatures," (Cherubim) are seen to be before
the throne of God in worship and adoration declaring "day and night" without
rest, "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, which was and is and is to come."
20. Confession to Man is Often Needed for God to Completely Forgive.
I Thess 5:17 "Pray without ceasing."
Matt 6:7 Jesus was not at all opposed to repetition or to persistence in prayer
if there is faith, worship and adoration in the prayer, but to vain repetition
or vain persistence.
Matt 15:22-28 Jesus commends the faith of a Canaanite woman for her persistence
in her prayers and petitions to Him.
Authority to forgive sin: CFECF (19)
James 5:15.16 "Confess your faults one to another and pray for one another
that ye may be healed." It is clear from this one text
that confessing our sins to God is often not enough to obtain forgiveness. This
exhortation is also in the context of the need of presbyters (priests) being
called to pray for and anoint with Holy Oil those who are sick and in need of
having their sins forgiven! This authority to forgive sins was given first to
Peter in Matt 16:19 and them to all the Apostles by Jesus in Matt 18:18 and
John 20:23. Confession. priests and forgiving sins are all linked in this text.
All Christians admit the need of confessing sins to those we hurt and that God
will not forgive us if we knowing fail in this, yet many ignore the fact that
all our sins hurt the Church of Christ and that the priest with the Apostolic
"gift" is the chosen one to represent the Church in hearing our confession. No
one but God can forgive sin, but God has chosen to forgive us only through
those we hurt whenever confession to them is possible. The Church does not
limit all forgiveness to the agency of priests!
21. Veneration of Saints and Angels (See also Praying to the Saints and Angels,
Josh 5:14 Joshua falls prostrate and "worships*" before an angel. who
identifies himself as Prince of the host of
Jehovah. Since the angel is not Jehovah, the Son of God, he must be Michael or
another powerful angel.
*Neither the Hebrew word for worship (shachah) or the Greek word (proskuneo)
are used exclusively in Scripture for the honor due only to God. The words
merely mean to honor, venerate or bow down. Even the English word "worship"
can sometimes be used to show a proper but the very highest honor and devotion
to another person. Jesus required we give honor to whom honor is due and that
certainly includes the Holy Saints and Angels above all other created beings!
How can anyone give honor to the Saints or Angels, due only to God, when they
know they are only creatures?
Daniel 8:17 Daniel fell in fear before Gabriel.
Tobit 12:16 Tobiah and Tobit fall before Raphael the Angel.
22. Importance of Statues, Images and other visual aids in True Worship and
Exodus 25:18.19 Moses commands the making of two cherubim of beaten Gold to
adorn the Ark of the Covenant.
23. The Rapture
Numbers 21:8.9 Moses makes a bronze serpent on a pole to help focus the
Israelites faith on God's mercy.
I Kings6:23-29 The Temple had engraved cherubim, trees and flowers to remind
them of God the creator.
I Kings 7:25-45 The Temple had bronze oxen, lions and pomegranates to remind
the people of the character of God..
Exodus 20:4.5 The prohibition against images was only in respect to worshiping
them as God. (See v.22,23; Lev 26:1)
I Thess 4:16-5:8 The timing of this event is at the Day of the Lord according
to the context 5:1,2. This is at the very end of the Age when Christ comes back
to overthrow all evil and at the resuirection of the dead. According to Joel
2:31 this day is some time after the sun is darkened and the moon is turned to
blood and is described in detail in Revelation 20.
24. Sexual Morality: The biblical view of pre-marital sexual union,
masturbation, homosexuality, artificial birth control, and marital fornication.
II Corinthians 12:2.4 This "catching away" (harpazo) is the same word Paul
used here to describe his experience of being caught up in the spirit to Heaven
and Paradise This was not a physical removal but a bi-locatiom in which his
spirit was taken into the heavens. This will happen em-masse to God's people at
the end of the Age, who will be joined by forces from heaven, also experiencing
this heightened spiritual state. This is a spiritual enablement for war with
the AntiChrist, the Beast and the Devil on the earth, not an exodus from the
earth! I Thess 5:4 does not say Christians will not be overtaken by "that
Day." It says that day will not overtake them as a thief or unexpectedly. The
armor mentioned in v.8,9 is given to protect us from God's wrath. That
protection does not require our physical removal from earth. Before the final
"millennial" triumph of the Church, the Church must endure its own Passion.
The Church cannot triumph in its "resurrection" unless it follows Christ in
John 17:15 Removing Christians from this world is plainly revealed as
absolutely contrary to the will and prayer of Christ. "I pray not that Thou
shouldst take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the
Matt 24:40 41 "Two shall be in the field, one shall be taken and the
other left," refers to the judgmnent of God(cf. vv 50,51)
Exodus 20:14 "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Adultery has often been
thought to only involve a married person with other than the married partner
and to involve only specific outward acts. That was the legal view adopted
for practical reasons of enforcement, but it was never God's view. Jesus
included far more in adultery.
Because the Catholic Church's position on sexual involvement requires not only
"an openness to procreation" in the marital state but an intention of
procreation it is the divine, the only scriptural view. All sexual involvement
(including our thought life) not governed by this purpose is contrary to our
Creator's intention for us and thus destructive to our relationship to God and
those around us. Such thinking and activity becomes selfish, exploiting and
degrading even in the marital union. Artificial birth control denies both
intention and openness to procreation. For this reason all the major
Protestant denominations once held with the Catholic Church that artificial
birth control was wrong, but one by one they capitulated to the current social
understanding. The view is now taken by many Christians that not even an
"openness to procreation" is an essential moral element, but that the unifying
element in the physical act, justifies the act by itself. This is a deception.
Matthew 5:28 Jesus said, "Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath
committed adultery with her already in his heart." Jesus not only taught that
choosing to "lust" is adultery but shows that the marital status of neither
party is important. Jesus says, "whosoever" and "a woman." Though the
word "adultery" always has reference to marital infidelity, Jesus here clearly
avoid any reference to marital status. Obviously whatever Jesus meant by
any man's "lust" towards any woman was adultery because it was a violation of
the ideal of marital union which even the unmarried are bound to respect and
preserve even in their thoughts. Pre-marital sex then is adultery because it
is a violation of God's ideal for marriage. On this spiritual level then
"fornication," which is the broad term to describe all sexual perversion, is
adultery. On the spiritual level Jesus makes no distinction between these
terms. Any sexual activity or even thought, willfully entertained, that falls
short of God's concept for marriage was to Jesus adultery, a sin against God
and destructive to society. What is God's ideal for the marital union if
"lust," even between those in a marital union, is a grave threat to it? God's
ideal is realized only when the divine purpose for marriage and sexual union
dominates and governs all fleshly human desire. The maxim, "one must eat to
live not live to eat," conveys a universally understood moral law that applies
just as certainly to this area of human passion as any other.
First, there are other far more meaningful ways to foster genuine loving unity
of spirit and soul between a husband and wife than through sexual or physical
union. The most deep and loving human relationships between people have never
required sexual union! Jesus' own celibate life proved this point. Do we wish
to say Jesus relationships with people lacked in any meaningful way? Second,
this is the same deception that led to the fall of man in Eden. This truth in
the story of the fall of Adam and Eve, is left to us in powerful allegorical
figures in Genesis 2 and 3.* The form in which this very real event in human
history is presented has allowed many to miss even the obvious clues to what
really took place at the fall of man. There are many indications that the
Garden, the Tree of Life and of the Knowledge of Good and Evil speak entirely
of spiritual realities and that the sin of our first parents was of a sexual
1. Adam and Eve were created as spirit beings by God's own breath and then
placed into a flesh body ("the Garden") formed from the mud of this earth
(Genesis 2:8,9,15). Man was then given an opportunity to immediately gain
great merit with God by confirming the supremacy of his spiritual nature over
his flesh (animal) nature. In this he would have been able to attain a
permanent state of glorification of his earthbound flesh nature without knowing
death. He could also chose to allow his animal flesh nature to dominate, bring
death to his flesh, subject his own spirit to corruption, disrupt his
relationship to God and bar himself from Heaven. Man's orderly and
spiritually dominated flesh being and nature was the "Garden of Eden" into
which Adam was placed. Adam was then to care for and preserve this "Garden"
(2:15). Eve was created from Adam to help him care for this Garden.
2. God, whose only object for the creation of man was to fill Heaven with
virtuous human beings, then gave man the privilege of being co-creators with
Him of mankind: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth." (1:28) He
told him all the physical delights of his still perfectly orderly fleshly
nature could be enjoyed except one. Interestingly, Eve sees this forbidden
"Tree" as the one in the "midst of the Garden" (3:3)! God's perspective was
quite different (2:9). Eve, looking at Adam with physical eyes, interpreted
"midst" physically. God saw spiritually. Clearly God was telling them He had
a better way for them to procreate than that of animals and flesh–by the Tree
of Life, at the center of man's spiritual being. Obedience here would have
subdued man's animal nature and given it immortality.
3. The animal creation which was to be subdued by man–not imitated or
worshiped--was a providentially designed reflection of man's own inferior flesh
nature. This animal creation procreated according to the nature of flesh. If
man's spirit was to dominate and subdue his own flesh nature, man would have to
procreate according to the spirit. That this could be done and indeed was
God's original plan for human procreation is revealed it the generation of the
human nature of Christ by the Holy Spirit (pure Divine Love) within the
virginal womb of Mary.
4. So in this great commission to replenish the earth was the test. In this
commission was an opportunity for man to affirm the supremacy of his spiritual
nature and immediately gain the merit needed to truly enjoy God forever
5. Adam and Eve, however, at the prompting of Satan, and in the first disorder
in their "Garden," were both seduced by the desire of their own flesh. In
direct violation of God's original plan they chose the forbidden Tree and
learned "Evil" (but also the "Good" of procreating!) by choosing to live
dominated by their flesh or animal nature.
6. That they felt ashamed of their nakedness after their sin reveals rather
clearly the manner in which they defrauded one another. It reveals the manner
in which they used the other for the satisfaction of their own selfish fleshly
desires. Eve's choice to lower her holy calling of procreation from the
spiritual plain to the physical is also indicated in that now human birth
itself would be a physical (and painful) experience rather than a supra-
physical one.. Above all it is important to realize what led to their
imitating the animal kingdom. It was not that Adam and Eve were closed to
procreation. They merely lacked the single intention of procreation.
Sensuality in this one matter, which God had originally completely prohibited,
was the focus. If Adam and Eve had been solely interested in procreation they
would have chosen the "Tree of Life," as did Holy Mary and Her Son Jesus.
Now, because of Original Sin, that "Tree" is no longer immediately accessible.
Such generations by the Spirit of God (pure Love) within us could never take
place without our perfect holiness, a holiness that was only true of the Holy
Virgin Mary. Now mankind, who now often descends lower than the animals he
submitted to, must deal with an even more unruly desire called concupiscence.
Some choose to subdue it by the Holy Spirit, most will in some way justify it.
The pagan worship of animals and their depiction of their deities in the form
of animals is of course fallen man's attempt to justify his unbridled sensual
nature by attributing it to the deities. (See Romans 1:21-27).
7. Since God did not want man to live forever in this fallen state dominated by
the flesh, he "drove them out of the Garden and from the Tree of Life." This
simply means God denied Adam and Eve physical immortality and subjected the
entire human race to physical death. The lot of man now was to "work by the
sweat of his brow" to maintain the order and discipline in his fleshly earth
bound nature. The "thorns and thistles" are the inordinate lusts and desires
of all kinds that now continually crop up in the human soul. Being consigned
to eating of "herbs of the field" rather than the fruits of the Garden means
our life in this world would loose all its original beauty and sweetness. It
certainly does not mean God has restricted our literal physical diets to herbs.
Only Jesus and Mary have been able to live in that Garden of perfect ordered
humanity while on this earth. They however denied themselves all the fruits
of that Garden to atone for the fallen human race and they instead ate of all
the most bitter herbs. For this reason they are the new Adam and Eve who are
establishing the new and spiritual race, which has been re-enabled, through
their graces, to attain final glorification and immortality for the physical
human nature after death. According to Revelation 2:7; 22:2, that Garden of
the perfectly ordered flesh nature and the Tree of Immortality is found only in
Heaven. To attain this end man has been given a "taste" through Jesus Christ
of some of the very life giving juices that flowed in that Tree. Those life
giving juices, according to John 15 are available to those who abide in Jesus
Christ, the Vine.
Those who justify sexual union apart from the intention of procreation,
speaking of some "unitive value" as itself sufficient, are only advocating
what caused the original fall of man. Further, the unitive value apart from
the purpose of procreation is the very grounds homosexual gays and lesbians
justify their life styles. It is the same grounds that pedophiles justify
their "loving" acts with children. The only clear basis we have to condemn
any of these unions is the plain truth of Genesis 2 and 3, that sexual union
even with its unitive value cannot be justified outside its primary purpose of
procreation. The "one flesh" of marital union cannot be morally separated
from its purpose of procreation! Only the Catholic Church today maintains
this much misaligned moral principal, though many Catholics no longer believe
the Church's teaching let alone practice it. The fruit of this rebellion
against God and the Church Jesus established and preserved to be our certain
light is everywhere evident in the multitudes of children being born out of
wedlock and unwanted children, the legalization of the murder of unwanted
babies, rampant sexual abuse of children and every other sexual perversion in
our day. The disorder these sins have created in society have led to every
other social disorder and tragedy including the deplorable spiritual impotence
of the Christian Church in our day.
[*NOTE: There are not two but four creation accounts in Genesis, each of which, like
the four Gospels, presents an important truth about man's dual nature and the great
challenge this presented to Adam and Eve. Genesis 1:1-2:3 presents man's true purpose
on earth. God here shows that He was giving man the opportunity to experience
spiritual mastery over his lower human nature. This was graphically illustrated in the
first mission he was given. He was to have dominion over the inferior animal kingdom.
The opportunity for this mastery over his own animal nature would come in choosing the
proper spiritual way to fulfill his second mission, to "multiply and replenish the
earth." Genesis 2:4-7 contrasts the great inferiority of man's earthly fleshly
nature to his heavenly spirit. The is seen in the contrast in origins. The original
barrenness of the created earth before vegetation grew is depicts humble origin of
man's flesh. This is contrasted to the origin of the spirit of man which originated
from the very Spirit (breath) of God. Genesis 2:8-14 reveals that despite its humble
and inferior nature, the divinely ordered human flesh nature is a most beautiful and
pleasant thing. In this account God first mentions this "Garden of Eden" into which
man (the spiritual being) is placed. Here also is now mentioned the two Trees that
would later represent the choice Adam and Eve would have to make. From this Garden of
man's divinely ordered human nature would come a fount of "water" capable of turning
the rest of humanity into a Garden. Revealing their symbolic nature, that Garden, it's
fount, and the Tree of Life, however, can now only be found in Heaven (Revelation 22:1-
2). Genesis 2:15-3:24 (That v.15 repeats man's placement into the Garden, shows this
is yet another accounts.) Here God reveals to Adam, before Eve is created, the
consequence of failing to "keep" the Garden in its proper order, with his spirit
ruling over his animal nature. We see also how Adam fell by allowing disorder into his
Garden by conceding to Eve suggestion to partake of the forbidden fruit (desire). In
God's mercy, man was then denied physical immortality so he could eventually escape
from the inescapable struggle with his flesh nature. God's reason for allowing man's
physical death, by the way, is wholly incompatible with the notion of reincarnation.
If we had to live with the flesh nature until we "get it right," God would never have
subjected man to physical death in the first place.]
Why has the Catholic faith been so continuously misrepresented and maligned,
especially by professing Christians? Non-Catholic Christian writers do not
seriously misrepresent the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Mormons, or any number of
the other way out heretical cult groups. Why the incredible unrelenting and
unparalleled distortion of Roman Catholic faith? There can only be one answer
to that-- the big "D"–and the vulnerability of many Christians to his devices.
Apart from the many Judases who have infiltrated the Church with the intent
to subvert it, how much of the failure of its leaders is due to the steady
barrage of hatred, lies and misrepresentations that these leaders have
endured from fellow Christians who often had little interest in understanding
the Catholic faith and perhaps even less interest in its high and holy
standards? We are increasingly becoming aware of the price we are paying and
are yet to pay for this lack of love of the truth as revealed in completeness
by Jesus Christ to His Apostles 2000 years ago.