The Great “APOSTASY”

“Apostatizing Christianity JUMPED IN BED with paganism! 
The wicked apostate Church fornicated spiritually 
with the heathen, pagan religions of the world.”
-The Surprising Origin of CHRISTMAS! 
Hope of Israel Ministries

“Let no one in any way deceive you, 
for it will not come unless the APOSTASY
comes first…”
(2Thessalonians 2:3)(NASB)-BibleGateway

The Apostasy – “that fatal period when 
the Emperor Constantine called himself a Christian;
From this time onward – the Christians had no more 
of the Spirit of Christ than the heathens….”
-John Wesley
(Wesley’s Works, vol 7, Sermon 89, pp. 26-27)

 “The religion builders have so distorted and deformed 
the doctrines of Jesus, so muffled them in mysticisms,
fancies, and falsehoods, and have caricatured them into 
forms so inconceivable, as to shock reasonable thinkers. 
Happy in the prospect of a restoration of primitive 
Christianity…to lop off the false branches which have 
been engrafted into it by the mythologists of the middle 
and modern ages.”
-Thomas Jefferson
(Jefferson’s Complete Works, vol 7, pp 210, 257).

“The Churches don’t want you to hear or understand 
that Christianity was changed. And that the churches 
that we have today do not resemble the churches of 
the early believers – and what they lived and died for. 
We’ve been sold down the river of deception for almost 
1700 years.”
-Where The Churches Went Wrong:
The Deception of the Ages 
By Sherry Shriner

“As this massive apostasy from His teachings was taking
place, what happened to the group labeled Jewish 
Christians?  As startling as it may sound, the religion 
the world knows as Christianity was not founded by Jesus 
Christ!  Within the span of three hundred years, this 
religion had become a vast organization with a clergy 
presiding over rites taken from pagan mysteries 
and it had borrowed the best elements of Greek philosophy 
and had formed a dogma appealing to human reason and 
emotion. This religious organization had become a 
powerful political force in the Roman Empire. 
But it was not the Church established by Christ!”
-In Search of Early Christianity (part 1 & 2)
  by Wesley White

The Apostles Foretold – The Great Apostasy

The apostles foretold, that after their going away, 
oppressive wolves would enter in among the congregation, 
and would not treat the flock with tenderness. 

“I know that after I leave, 
savage wolves will come in among you 
and will not spare the flock. 
Even from your own number 
men will arise and distort the truth 
in order to draw away disciples after them.”  
(Acts 20:29-31) (New International Version)

Yes, the apostles foretold in advance that a great 
apostasy would set in, where the truth would be traded 
for the lie, and that mankind would prefer the lie. 

Apostasy – “God’s Spirit clearly says that in the 
last days many people will turn from their faith. 
They will be fooled by evil spirits and by teachings 
that come from demons.”
(1Timothy 4:1)(CEV)-BibleGateway

“…because they did not receive the love of the truth 
…For this reason God will send upon them a deluding 
influence so that they will believe what is false…”
(2Thessalonians 2:10,11)(NASB)-BibleGateway

Yes, mankind would accumulate teachers for themselves 
in order to have their ears tickled. 

“For the time will come 
when men will not put up with sound doctrine. 
Instead, to suit their own desires, 
they will gather around them 
a great number of teachers 
to say what their itching ears want to hear. 
They will turn their ears away from the truth 
and turn aside to myths.”
(2Timothy 4:3-4) (New International Version)

John foretold, in the book of Revelation, 
that this great apostasy would be called by a 
name, “Babylon the Great”.  He likened her to a woman 
who prostitutes herself to the kings of the earth.

Since Babylon, no longer existed at the time of John’s 
writing, it is evident that this apostasy would remind 
one of Ancient Babylon, and be a Greater Archtype..

Yes the Apostasy, or falling away of the true faith, 
would be marked by Christendom’s trading the truth of
Jesus, and the apostles, for the lies of ancient Babylon.

The stake of Jesus would be traded for the “Cross” of 
the pagans.  The resurrection to either heavenly or
earthly life, would be traded for the immortality of the 
human soul, purgatory, and the hellfire of Ancient 

The worship of the Almighty God Jehovah, through the 
mediator, Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, would be 
traded for the false doctrine of the Trinity, handed down 
from Ancient Babylon. 

The Sabbath on Saturday would be traded for Pagan Sunday 
(Sun Worship)…Vestal Virgins (nuns), forced celibacy, 
Christmas, Easter, All Hallows Eve, Saint Worship, and 
many other doctrines of Babylonian origin would soon 
replace  pure worship. 

The Roman Church would adopt all these pagan philosophies,
idolatries, and holidays, to keep their pagan conquests 
quiet and satisfied. This spiritual blindness would exist
 for a period of time, until the time of the end. 

Apostate Cruelty

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 

“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.”
–Helen Ellerbe 
(author of The Dark Side of Christian History)

“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

“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

“Such was the Inquisition, declared by the Spirit of God 
to be at once the offspring and the image of the popedom. 
It might have spread literature, peace, freedom, and 
Christianity  to the ends of Europe, or the world.
But its nature was hostile; its fuller triumph only 
disclosed its fuller evil; and, to the shame of human 
reason, and the terror and suffering of human virtue,
Rome, in the hour of its consummate grandeur, teemed with 
the monstrous and horrid birth of the INQUISITION!”
Edited by William Byron Forbush

“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

“The prestige of Christianity in the world 
has been gravely impaired by the frequency 
with which the so-called Christian nations 
have used violence.”
– U.S.News & World Report 

Apostate Holidays

“The Christian Church is entrenched deeply
in the ancient Babylonian mystery religion, 
only today it is referred to as ‘traditions’.
Many of God’s people, as well as the secular earth, 
are guilty of giving in to Babylon’s pageantry and 
paganism. Most Christians either don’t know or care 
to know the truth of these pagan ties.”
-The Pagan History of Christmas
by  Dr. Joel Ehrlich

“By the turn of the second century, 
there were thousands of professing Christians
—but only a tiny few held fast to what they 
had been taught by the original apostles.
This new “Christianity” altered and rejected 
the true teachings of the Bible and embraced 
many pagan traditions and customs.”
– Popular Religious Holidays 
Where They Really Came From 

Easter and Christmas – “These holidays represent 
only part of the great apostasy that has come upon 
God’s people in the latter days. They cumulatively 
fulfill what are known as the latter day prophesies 
that predict a great apostasy before the coming of 
-The Pagan History of Christmas
by  Dr. Joel Ehrlich

“The forms and ceremonies of paganism 
gradually crept into the worship.of Christendom.
Some of the old heathen feasts became
church festivals – with change of name…. “
– (Story of the Christian Church, p.79) ; 
        Jesse Lyman Hurlbut 

“Like Christmas, the origins of Easter 
are deeply rooted in pagan customs. 
It was A.D. 325 when Easter displaced 
Christ’s Passover.  Christ actually commanded
us to keep the Passover, in memory of him.
(Luke 22:13-20).”
– Popular Religious Holidays 
Where They Really Came From 

“It is interesting that the holiest day 
of the liturgical Christian year, 
Easter Sunday, bears the name of 
the pagan sex goddess Eastre
and the pagan sun god Solis.”
-Panati, Charles. Sacred Origins of Profound Things. 
New York:  Penguin Books USA Inc., 1996. 

“Again, the history of these days shows that they began 
in heathen paganism and were adopted by an APOSTATE
so-called Christian group. To participate in them religiously
is to participate in pagan, apostate religion.”
-Should We Observe Religious Holy Days
  Such as Christmas, Easter, and Lent?
The Gospel Way; by David E. Pratte (1999)


Apostate Doctrines

“By the end of the first century, 
all of the original apostles had died. 
This vacuum was quickly filled by false leaders, 
who taught that God’s laws were no longer necessary
and that Christians were now solely under grace. 
All one needed to do was simply “believe.” 
Works were no longer required. Thus, grace was 
turned into a license to sin.” (I John 3:4).
– Popular Religious Holidays 
Where They Really Came From 
“Intimately acquainted with the Scriptures, Porphyry 
showed that the Christians of his day had abandoned the
teachings of Christ and had introduced a new cult in which
Jesus Himself was deified. Since they were unable to 
counter his accusations, the church fathers grew even 
more vehement in their attempts to destroy the Bible.”
-In Search of Early Christianity (part 2)
  by Wesley White

“A Great apostate pagan trinity doctrine 
has infiltrated the Christian Churches. 
Trinity or polytheism came from Babylon. 
The infiltration of this great apostate 
pagan doctrine has cause a great deception 
by Satan in theology. Most churches are teaching 
this great apostasy and worship the Trinity, 
which in actuality is pagan. Most Churches have 
departed from the true doctrine that was given 
unto the church by Jesus Christ and the Apostles.”
-Trinity Is The Great Apostasy 
To Infiltrate Christianity
by Thunder Ministries

“By adopting the trappings of paganism, 
Christianity reverted to an ancient past. 
By converting to Catholicism, they fell back
into a form of polytheism evidenced by belief
in the trinity.”
-Those Incredible Christians; pg. 225
“The changes in the church over the first four centuries 
were bound by a subtle but. common thread: – which was 
the incorporation of the symbols and imagery of sun worship.”
-In Search of Early Christianity (part 1)
  by Wesley White
“It is astonishing how much of Christian theology 
is pagan in origin.  First Century Christians never 
believed their souls went into the starry firmament 
of heaven at death— Dead people do not “GO” anywhere. 
Good dead people do not go to heaven to float on clouds 
and walk streets of gold, and bad dead people do not go 
to a place called hell to be tortured in fire for all 
eternity. Dead people are dead and will remain dead 
until the “Resurrection from the DEAD,” and that 
resurrection is yet FUTURE.”
-The Lake of Fire – “HELL”
Installment XVI—Part A
 by L. Ray Smith
“Pagan ideas of a fiery underworld 
date back as far as Nimrod of Babylon. 
By the third century AD, many distortions 
of Bible doctrine had resulted from the church 
carelessly allowing pagan beliefs to mix with 
Apostolic teachings.”
-Shedding Light on Dark Age Doctrines: 
Eternal Torment
“The doctrine that Jesus Christ the Son of God
was – God the son – was decreed by worldly 
and ecclesiastical powers.  Men were forced to 
accept it at the point of the sword or else, 
Thus, the error of the trinity was propounded 
to the end that ultimately people believed it 
to be the truth.  Thus Christianity became in 
essence  like Babylonian heathenism, with only 
a veneer of Christian names.”
— Forgers of the Word 
-1983 Victor Paul Wierwille

Apostate Ceremonies, Rites and Creeds

“Paganism began to be grafted 
into every aspect of Christian life…”
-Robert Wilken, 
The Christians As The Romans Saw Them, p. 81

“Christianity…began with very simple practices, 
all taken from Judaism…Then they were amplified,
and gestures familiar to the pagans were added. 
It is sometimes very difficult to tell exactly 
from which pagan rite a particular Christian rite 
is derived, but it remains certain that the spirit 
of pagan ritualism became by degrees impressed upon 
Christianity, to such an extent that at last the whole 
of it – might be found distributed through its entire 
–Ancient Medieval and Modern Christianity, p. 121
   Charles Guignebert

“Most Christmas customs are, in fact, 
based on old pagan festivals.”
–Moojan Momen,
“The Phenomenon of Religion: 
A Thematic Approach”

‘Originally, Christianity honored the Jewish Sabbath 
of Saturday, but Constantine shifted it to coincide with
the pagan’s veneration day of the sun. To this day, most 
churchgoers attend services on Sunday morning with no 
idea that they are there on account of the pagan sun god’s 
weekly tribute—Sunday” 
-The Da Vinci Code, pp. 232-233 
Robert Langdon & Leigh Teabing

“Notice how today’s churches have sprung from the same 
root as paganism! Satan has created an entire system 
of “counterfeit Christianity.” He has cleverly guided 
vain religious leaders to introduce completely pagan
ideas, concepts and practices into “Christianity.” 
-Source –Satan’s Counterfeit Christianity 
 By Roderick C. Meredith

“few people nowadays realize that Christendom has sprung 
from just the same root as paganism – and that it shares 
by far the most part of its doctrines and rites with the latter” 
-Pagan and Christian creeds, 
   Edward Carpenter (pp. 11-12).

“Soon these pagan compromises developed into 
firmly held church creeds.”
-Shedding Light on Dark Age Doctrines: 
Eternal Torment

Apostasy – Bibles Banned and Burned

“During the Dark Ages (A.D. 500-1500),  
Rome burned Bibles along with their owners.”
-The Baptist Pillar
Published by Bible Baptist Church

“Canon 14. We prohibit also that the laity should 
not be permitted to have the books of the Old or 
New Testament; we most strictly forbid their having 
any translation of these books.”
– The Church Council of Toulouse 1229 AD
Source: Heresy and Authority in Medieval Europe,
Scolar Press, London, England
copyright 1980 by Edward Peters,
ISBN 0-85967-621-8, pp. 194-195

“No one may possess the books of the Old 
and New Testaments, and if anyone possesses 
them he must turn them over to the local bishop 
within eight days, so that they may be burned…”
– The Church Council of Tarragona 1234 AD; 
2nd Cannon – Source : D. Lortsch, 
Historie de la Bible en France, 1910, p.14.

“Tyndale wrote that the Church authorities 
banned translation into the mother tongue 
“to keep the world still in darkness, 
to the intent they might sit through vain 
superstition and false doctrine, to satisfy 
their filthy lusts, their proud ambition, 
and insatiable covetousness, and to exalt their 
own honour… above God himself.” “
–William Tyndale’s New Testament. 
Worms (Germany), 1526
British Library C.188.a.17
Copyright © The British Library Board

“Book burnings which included Bibles 
were common after 1521. Sometimes the 
translators and publishers themselves 
were also burned. Possession of Bibles became 
criminal offenses and often resulted in the 
execution of the accused.  There are cases on 
record of people executed by order of church 
for the “crime”  of teaching their children 
the Lord’s Prayer or the Ten Commandments 
in their own native tongue.”
-What Happened this Day in Church History
June 13, 1757 • The Bible in Many Tongues.
Christian History Institute

The Apostasy and “Babylon The Great”

“The Bible specifically describes not one, 
but two “Babylons.”  Not long after the great flood, 
one “Babylon” was founded—the ancient city-state 
established by a man named “Nimrod” (Genesis 10:8-10). 
The second Babylon is a modern church-state system 
described in Revelation 17 and 18. Its leaders will 
literally fight Christ at His Second Coming .”
(Revelation 17:12-14)! “
-Source –Satan’s Counterfeit Christianity 
 By Roderick C. Meredith

“The book of Revelation is an end-time book. 
In chapter 17 we are told that Jesus Christ 
will one day pass judgment upon a “great whore” 
bearing the title mystery, babylon the great, 
the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth 
(v. 5). This is the great false Babylonian religious 
system that Nimrod founded and its many false religious 
variations or denominations throughout the world!”
– Why Christmas is (Not) So Important to God  
By Carl Hilliker and Mark Jenkins  December 2002 
article in; The Trumpet

“Babylon” is a symbol of confusion. 
The formation of the Roman Catholic church and then 
the later appearance of dozens of protestant “Daughter” 
churches has certainly brought about a spiritual malaise 
of conflicting denominations, doctrines, creeds and 
practices — all of which are supposedly “Christian.” 
Yet none of them corresponds remotely to the Christianity 
that the original Apostles and the early Church of God 
had followed for decades after the death of Jesus of 
Nazareth. They all have retained dozens of pagans ideas, 
and practices, that would have been utterly foreign 
to the early Church!  Satan has indeed done a masterful
job of creating a counterfeit Christianity.”
-Source –Satan’s Counterfeit Christianity 
 By Roderick C. Meredith 

In Conclusion

“In this age of intellectual enlightenment, 
it is amazing that the modern Christian clings to
outdated myths and practices. The one area of life-
religion- that a Christian should consider of supreme 
importance is based on fallacy. One television 
evangelist has even gone so far as to admit that a 
certain holiday is pagan in origin, yet he claims it
for Jesus just the same.”
-In Search of Early Christianity (part 2)
  by Wesley White

“Can there be any doubt what Jesus Christ thinks 
of this church? Every inhabitant of Earth has been 
made to suffer to one degree or another by the 
deceptions created by its “abominations.” 
Revelation 18:4 carries this plea: “And I heard 
another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her,
my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, 
and that ye receive not of her plagues.” 
Right now, God is sending out that same warning message 
to all who will listen: Come out of all these pagan 
practices disguised as Christianity. Don’t partake any
longer of those sins. The celebration of Christmas and 
its customs is just one of those sins. It seems harmless,
but those who stay in such deception will eventually 
have to face the wrath of Jesus Christ.”
– Why Christmas is (Not) So Important to God  
By Carl Hilliker and Mark Jenkins  December 2002 
article in; The Trumpet

“Many will say to me on that day,
‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name,
and in your name drive out demons 
and perform many miracles?’
Then I will tell them plainly,
‘I never knew you. 
Away from me, you evildoers!'”
(Matthew 7:22,23)(NIV)-BibleGateway

“You shall know the truth, 
and the truth shall make you free” 
(John 8:32).

“God is a Spirit: 
and they that worship Him must worship Him 
in spirit, and in truth” 
(John 4:24).



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