EARLY CHRISTIANITY WAS CORRUPTED
BY THE POWER OF ROME
The humble faith as taught by Christ and his Apostles
was soon changed and corrupted – by the Powers of Rome –
as foretold by the Apostles.
Christianity went from a humble uncompromising faith to
a “Universal” mixture – under the authority of Roman Rule.
“Catholic – The term catholic
from the Greek katholikos, meaning “universal” “
-Source: MSN, Encarta
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“Catholic” means universal
as the word thus indicates
as Rome began a mixture
of all her subjects faiths
It was a potent mixture
of pagan gods and rites
of heathen idols and holidays
laced with a touch of Christ
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In order to establish itself as the Universal Church,
the Vatican absorbed many pagan customs and teachings
and simply adorned them with Christian trappings.
Over the centuries Orthodox, Lutheran, and Protestantism,
while breaking from the Vatican’s ecclesiastical
authority, have nonetheless retained many of the Vatican’s
false teachings and practices.
Seemingly forgotten is the essential role that religion
played in the world of ancient Rome. But Constantine
understood. A brilliant military commander, he also had
the genius to recognize the need for a union between
paganism and Christianity. Hence, the Babylonian mystery
religions were introduced by Constantine in 313 A.D.
as he tried to incorporate the pagans into the newly
constituted “Holy” Roman Empire. The Constantine-led Roman
Church was willing to adapt and adopt pagan practices in
order to make Christianity palatable to the heathen.
“Rome…assimilated religions from her many
conquered territories. All these religions had
commonalities, for they all came from Babylon.
These practices infiltrated and overcame the
professing Christian Church, which later came to be
dominated by Rome itself.”
Babylon Mystery Religion; 1966
Christmas and Easter are just two of many pagan holidays
and beliefs that have been adopted by Apostate Christianity
in her effort to maintain a “Universal” control over mankind.
These have come down to us today being accepted as
Christian – when in fact the evidence is overwhelming
that these were originally pagan festivals.
pagan ideas, beliefs and practices with Christianity
without examining whether God approves.”
-Christmas, Syncretism and Presumption
by John W. Ritenbaugh; December 2001
was introduced into the apostate religion,
as part of the attempt to adapt pagan festivals
– Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary
of Old and New Testament Words
(1985, p. 192, “Easter”).
The Roman Catholic Church, in its pagan form,
unofficially came into being in 312 A.D.,
at the time of the so-called “miraculous conversion”
to Christianity of the Roman Emperor Constantine.
As the Catholic church came to power, the pagans who fell
under its authority were able to bring their idols into
“by the mid-fifth century the Virgin and the saints
had replaced the gods as patrons of cities.”
-The Rise of Christianity; W.H.C. Frend
Emeritus Professor of Ecclesiastical History
The Roman Catholic Church fervently attempted to make
it appear as though they were eradicating pagan worship,
and festivals… but in reality, they would not be giving
up their superstitions and traditions. Instead, the intent
was to “blend and incorporate with the new faith.
“The Romish system is based upon a mixture.
The word “Catholic” means Universal…
the true Christian goal is not religion based on mixture,
but a return to the original, simple, powerful, and
spiritual faith that was once delivered to the saints.”
-Ralph Woodrow; pg. 161
Babylon Mystery Religion; 1966
Overnight, Christianity was flooded with cynical
conversions and nominal followers. They brought with
them all of their heathen practices, and even their
places of worship and statues.
“Subtly…the old gods had entered their churches…
And they live still in the festivals of Christianity.”
–(Testament: The Bible and History, Romer,
1988, pp. 230-31).
This huge influx of nominal converts led to great
worldliness in the church, it became the age of
compromise. The new “believers” brought with them
their superstitions, good luck charms, religious
artifacts, polytheism, and prayer beads etc.
From the institution of the first Pope (Boniface)
in 606 through to the removal of the Papacy’s temporal
power by Victor Emmanuel in 1870 – the world suffered
1260 years at the hands of a corrupt and compromised,
idolatrous and adulterous church.
None but priests were allowed to read the Bible
and countless hideous practices were introduced
including simony, indulgences, idols, prayer beads,
traditions, apocrypha, Pope worship, blasphemous titles,
infallibility, celibacy of priests, forbidding of certain
foods, Mary worship, prayers to saints, purgatory etc.
“the infamous Index of Forbidden Books,
which Roman Catholics were forbidden to read
or possess…showed that even “the Bible” was
once on the blacklist. All translations of the
holy book ended up on the bonfires…”
-Vatican archives reveal Bible
was once a banned book
By Jude Webber
ROME, Jan 22, 1998 (Reuters)
The Papacy itself was riddled with unimaginable sexual
scandals and guilty of the torture and murder of objectors
(50 million) according to Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.
“Until the end of the 18th century,
torture was normal investigative procedure
in the Catholic church…”
-From a 1989 speech by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
“In Italy, the Inquisition was condemning people
to death until the end of the eighteenth century,
and inquisitional torture was not abolished
in the Catholic Church until 1816.”
–Carl Sagan, esteemed scientist
“There has been no more organized effort by a religion
to control people and contain their spirituality
than the Christian Inquisition…
Pope Innocent III declared that
‘anyone who attempted to construe
a personal view of God – which conflicted
with Church dogma – must be burned without pity. ‘ “
(author of The Dark Side of Christian History)
“The church was responsible for persecuting Jews,
for the Inquisition, for slaughtering heretics by the thousand,
for reintroducing torture into Europe as part of the judicial
process. . . . Popes appointed and sacked even emperors,
demanded that they impose Christianity on their subjects
under the threat of torture and death. . . .
The cost to the Gospel message was horrendous.”
-The book- Vicars of Christ-The Dark Side of the Papacy;
by Peter De Rosa
“Once he became Pope Alexander VI, Vatican parties,
already wild, grew wilder. They were costly, but he
could afford the lifestyle of a Renaissance prince;
as vice chancellor of the Roman Church, he had amassed
enormous wealth. As guests approached the papal palace,
they were excited by the spectacle of living statues:
naked, gilded young men and women in erotic poses.
Flags bore the Borgia arms, which, appropriately,
portrayed a red bull rampant on a field of gold.
Every fete had a theme. One, known to Romans as
the Ballet of the Chestnuts, was held on October 30, 1501.
The indefatigable Burchard describes it in his Diarium.
After the banquet dishes had been cleared away,
the city’s fifty most beautiful whores danced with
the guests, “first clothed, then naked. The dancing over,
the “ballet” began, with the Pope and two of his
children in the best seats.
Candelabras were set up on the floor,
scattered among them were chestnuts,
“which”, Burchard writes, “the courtesans had to
pick up, crawling between the candles.”
Then the serious sex started. Guests stripped
and ran out onto the floor, where they mounted,
or were mounted by, the prostitutes.
“The coupling took place,” according to Burchard,
“in front of everyone present.” Servants kept score
of each man’s orgasms, for the Pope greatly admired
virility, and measured a man’s machismo by his
ejaculative capacity. After eveyone was exhausted,
His Holiness distributed prizes– cloaks, boots, caps,
and fine silken tunics. “The winners”, the diarist
wrote, “were those who made love with the courtesans
the greatest number of times.”
– A World Lit Only by Fire-
The Medieval Mind and The Renaissance
Little, Brown & Company, 1992
“In Rome, in 1849, I myself visited every convent.
I was present at all the investigations.
Without a single exception we found
instruments of torture,
and a cellar with the bodies of infant children.”
— The Italian patriot, Garibaldi
“The writers of the middle ages
are full of accounts of nunneries
that were like brothels,
of the vast multitude of infanticides
within their walls,
and of that inveterate prevalence
of incest among the clergy,
which rendered it necessary again and again
to issue the most stringent enactments
that priests should not be permitted
to live with their mothers or sisters”
-(History of European Morals, Vol. II, p. 331).
AN EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT :
“We entered one spacious apartment,
which evidently had been the “Hall of Torture;”
for there, with the rust of some centuries upon it,
stood the gaunt apparatus of the Inquisition.
In the middle of the room was a massy beam
reaching from floor to ceiling,
with a strong pulley a-top. This was the corda,
the queen of torments, as it has been called.
The person who endured the corda had his hands
tied behind his back; then a rope was attached to them,
and a heavy iron weight was hung at his feet.
When all was ready, the executioners suddenly
hoisted him up to the ceiling by means of the rope,
which passed through the pulley in the top of the beam:
the arms were painfully wrenched backwards,
and the weight of the body, increased by the weight
attached to the feet, in most cases sufficed to tear
the arms from the sockets. While thus suspended,
the prisoner was sometimes whipped, or had a hot iron
thrust into various parts of his body,
his tormentors admonishing him all the while
to speak the truth. If he refused to “confess“,
he was suddenly let down, and received a severe jerk,
which completed the dislocation. If he still refused
to confess, he was remanded to his cell,
had his joints set, and was brought out,
as soon as able, to undergo the same torture over again.
At each of the four corners of the room where this beam
stood was a pulley fixed in the wall,
showing that the apartment had also been fitted up
for the torture of the veglia.
The veglia resembled a smith’s anvil,
with a spike a-top, ending in an iron die.
Through the pulleys at the four corners of the room
ran four ropes. These were tied to the naked arms
and legs of the sufferer, and twisted so as to cut
to the bone. He was lifted up, and set down
with his back bone exactly upon the die,
which, as the whole weight of the person rested upon it,
wrought by degrees into the bone.
The torture, which was excruciating,
was to last eleven hours,
if the person did not sooner confess.
These are but two of the seven tortures
by which the Church of Rome proved,
what certainly she could not prove
by either Scripture or reason,
that transubstantiation is true.
The roof beneath which these enormities were committed
was plastered over “with the sign of the cross“.
In a small adjoining apartment
we were shown a recess in the wall,
with an oubliette or trap-door below it.
In that recess, said the guide,
stood an image of the Virgin.
The prisoner accused of heresy was brought,
and made to kneel upon the trap-door,
and, in presence of the Virgin, to abjure his heresy.
To prevent the possibility of apostacy,
the moment he had made his confession
the bolt was drawn,
and the man lay a mangled corpse on the rock below.
We had seen enough; and as we re-crossed the moat
of the Castle of Chillon,
the light seemed sweeter than ever,
and we never in all our lives felt so thankful
for the Reformation,
which had vested us in the privilege
of reading our Bible without having our limbs torn
and our body mangled.”
– History of the Papacy Book 3 Chapter 3 by J.A. Wylie–
“So that the torturers would not be disturbed
by the shrieking of the victim,
his mouth was stuffed with cloth.
Three- and four-hour sessions of torture
were nothing unusual. During the procedure
the instruments were frequently
sprinkled with holy water.”
-Instruments of Torture: Medieval to Modern
“I see the great Apostasy,
I see the desolation of Christendom…..
the ruined women, the murdered innocents;
I hear the lying absolutions, the dying groans;
I hear the cries of the victims; I hear the anathemas,
the curses, the thunders of the interdicts;
I see the racks, the dungeons, the stakes;
I see that inhuman Inquisition,
those fires of Smithfield,
those butcheries of St. Bartholomew…
that dreadful multitude of massacres.
I see it all, and in the name of the ruin
it has brought in the Church and in the world,
in the name of the truth it has denied,
the temple it has defiled,
the God it has blasphemed,
the souls it has destroyed;
in the name of the millions it has deluded,
the millions it has slaughtered,
the millions it has damned;
with holy confessors, with noble reformers,
with innumerable martyrs, with the saints of ages,
I denounce it as “the masterpiece of Satan“,
as the body and soul and essence of antichrist.”
– 1880s, Dr. H. Grattan Guinness
“I know that after I am gone,
ferocious wolves will get in among you,
not sparing the flock….”
(Acts 20:29) (Amplified Bible)-BibleGateway