“The devil led him (Jesus) up to a high place 
and showed him in an instant 
all the kingdoms of the world. 
And he said to him, 
“I will give you all their authority and splendor, 
for it has been given to me, 
and I can give it to anyone I want to. 
So if you worship me,  it will all be yours.” 
(Luke 4:5-8)(NIV)-BibleGateway

Notice in this account above that Jesus did not deny
that Satan held control over all the political kingdoms 
of the world – but still, Jesus rejected Satan’s offer.
He not only refused – but told Satan to go away.

“Jesus answered, “Go away Satan!…”
(Matthew 4:10)(CEV)-BibleGateway

“Satan is actively involved in the political process. 
In fact, he said to Christ, “I will give you all this 
domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me,
and I give it to whomsoever I wish. Therefore if you 
worship before me it shall all be yours” (Luke 4:6-7).
The book of Daniel teaches that there are wicked spirits
who are assigned to various leaders. There is no question
that some world leaders are but tools of the devil.”
-Studies in Revelation
By: J. Hampton Keathley, III , Th.M.
The Description of Religious Babylon 



“Get away from me, Satan,” was Jesus’ reply. 
This same fiend returned after three hundred years, 
and, leading the pontiff to the summit of the Roman hill,
showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory 
of them.  All these, said he, will I give thee, 
if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”  No second 
denial awaited the tempter: instantly the knee was bent, 
and the pontiff raised his head crowned with the tiara.” 
– History of the Papacy
  by Rev. J.A. Wylie, LL.D.  
  Book I – Chapter III
  Rise and Progress of the Temporal Sovereignty.

“The mighty Catholic Church was little more then
the Roman Empire baptized.”
– A. C, Flick, 
The Rise of the Mediaeval Church, 
1909 edition, p. 148. 

“In 314 A.D., Pope Silvester was crowned by Emperor
Constantine, as Bishop of Rome. The Pope wanted to 
have the favor of the Roman Emperor. This alliance
between Pope and Emperor created the Roman Catholic
-Unmasking Catholicism
Mary Ann Collins, a former Catholic nun
Chapter 11; Imperial Popes
“the popes have been imitating the Byzantine emperor 
in dress, attributes, and official ceremonial.
They vested themselves with the imperial purple, 
wore the red shoes traditionally associated with the 
Byzantine emperor, adorned their heads with crowns, 
and carried sceptres.
  They assumed the right to humble 
the mightiest potentates and dismiss them from their 
 As a consequence, the pope was often described
as a monarch, and it was said of him that he was the true emperor.”
-Myrio Biblos Library; Milton V. Anastos
Chapter 23; The popes and temporal power:
Summary and epilogue
Aspects of the Mind of Byzantium; M.Anastos 
(Political Theory, Theology, and Ecclesiastical 
Relations with the See of Rome),
Ashgate Publications, 
Variorum Collected Studies Series, 
2001. ISBN: 0 86078 840 7. 

“The Bishop of Rome, in the seat of the Caesars, 
was now the greatest man in the West, and would soon 
become the political as well as the spiritual head.”
-A.C. Flick, 
The Rise of the Mediaval Church; p. 168.

“As heirs of the Roman imperial government, 
enthroned in the first capital of the Empire, 
the popes developed and extended such rights, 
as they believed were granted them…they created 
a doctrine that the pope of Rome was supreme over 
both Church and State.”
-Myrio Biblos Library; Milton V. Anastos
Chapter 23; The popes and temporal power:
Summary and epilogue
Aspects of the Mind of Byzantium; M.Anastos 
(Political Theory, Theology, and Ecclesiastical 
Relations with the See of Rome),
Ashgate Publications, 
Variorum Collected Studies Series, 
2001. ISBN: 0 86078 840 7. 

“Whatever Roman elements the barbarians and Aryans 
left…came under the protection of the Bishop of Rome,
who was the chief person there after the Emperor’s 
disappearance. The Roman Church in this way privily 
pushed itself into the place of the Roman World-Empire, 
of which it is the actual continuation;
 the empire has 
not perished, but has only undergone a ransformation
The Catholic Church is a political creation, and as 
imposing as a World-Empire, because it is a continuation 
of the Roman Empire.
 The Pope, who calls himself ‘King’ 
and ‘Pontifex Maximus’ [the title of the Roman Emperor 
in the time of Christ], is Caesar’s successor.”
–Adolf Harnack;
What is Christianity? 1963, pp. 269-270.

“thus…commenced the temporal sovereignty of the
popes.  Stepping to the throne of Caesar, 
the vicar of
Christ took up the scepter to which the emperors and 
kings of Europe were to bow in reverence through 
so many ages.”
-American Catholic Quarterly Review, April, 1911.

“…the Catholic Church…will survive the Empire…
the Pope will be the master–more then this, he will be
the master of all Europe.
  He will dictate his orders 
to kings who will obey them
–Andrea Lagarde, 
The Latin Church in the Middle Ages, 1915, p. vi. 
“The popes filled the place 
of the vacant emperors at Rome, 
inheriting their power, their prestige, 
and their titles from PAGANISM
-Stanley’s History, page 40

“At almost every stage of the development since the end 
of the second century, we find the pope of Rome seeking 
to exercise authority of universal scope and demanding 
recognition as sole and absolute ruler.”
-Myrio Biblos Library; Milton V. Anastos
Chapter 23; The popes and temporal power:
Summary and epilogue
Aspects of the Mind of Byzantium; M.Anastos 
(Political Theory, Theology, and Ecclesiastical 
Relations with the See of Rome),
Ashgate Publications, 
Variorum Collected Studies Series, 
2001. ISBN: 0 86078 840 7. 

“…the Roman Pontiff, is the Vicar of…the earth 
…the world and all that dwell therein, the fullest authority…
in not only the spiritual but also the material sword, 
and so he can transfer sovereignties, 
break scepters and remove crowns.” 
-[Catholic Dictionary, p 258]

“The Pope is one of the greatest fiscal powers
in the world.” 
-[The Vatican Empire, p.8] 




“The Pope is – as it were – God on earth, 
sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, 
chief of kings, having plenitude of power, 
to whom has been entrusted by the omnipotent God
direction not only of the earthly but also of
the heavenly kingdom. The Pope is of so great 
authority and power that he can modify, explain, 
or interpret even divine laws.”
– [Luclus Ferraris, Vol 6, p.26]

II Thess. 2:4, 
“He will oppose and will exalt himself 
over everything that is called God 
or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up 
in God’s temple, 
proclaiming himself to be God.”

“The Roman Pontiff has from on high 
an authority which is supreme, 
above all others and subject to none. 
-[Pope Pius XI said in his Encyclical,
 Light of Truth, page 5]

“The Popes hold upon this earth 
the place of God almighty.”
– [Pope Leo XIII, Great Encyclical Letters, 304]

“…the Roman Pontiff…requires complete submission
and obedience of will to the church and to the Roman
Pontiff as to God Himself.” 
-[Great Encyclical Letters of Leo XIII, p. 193] 

 “They have assumed infallibility, 
which belongs only to God. 
They profess to forgive sins, 
which belongs only to God. 
They profess to open and shut heaven, 
which belongs only to God. 
They profess to be higher than all the kings 
of the earth. which belongs only to God. 
And they go beyond God in pretending to loose 
whole nations from their oath of allegiance to 
their kings, when such kings do not please them. 
And they go against God, when they give indulgences 
for sin. This is the worst of all blasphemies.” 
– Taken from -ADAMCLARKE, 
commentary, on Daniel 7:25

Pope John Paul II said :
“Don’t go to God for forgiveness of sins, 
come to me.” 
-The Los Angeles Times; December 12,1984
Quoting : Pope John Paul II



While Jesus humbly bent and washed the feet of his disciples
the Popes require their subjects to kiss their feet and kiss
the rings on their hands and to bow down before them.

How different from the example that Jesus set.

Jesus humbly washed the feet of the Apostle Peter.
In sharp contrast – the popes required their own feet
to be kissed.
“Pope Eugenius II., who died in 827, was the first
pope who made it the law to kiss the papal foot
From that time it was necessary to kneel before 
all the popes
.  Pope Gregory VII ordered all princes
to submit to this practice.”
-The Religion of Rome
by C. H. Spurgeon
From the January 1873 Sword and Trowel
Kissing of the feet “Emperor Justin paid this mark of
respect to Pope John I (523-26).  It is also found in 
the “adoration” of the pope by the cardinals after his
  It is also the normal salutation which papal 
etiquette prescribes for those of the faithful who are
presented to the pope in a private audience
.  In his 
“De altaris mysterio” (VI, 6)- Pope Innocent III
explains that this ceremony indicates the very great
reverence which is due to the Supreme Pontiff.”
-The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VIII
Kissing of the Feet
Copyright © 1910 by Robert Appleton Company
Nihil Obstat, October 1, 1910. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., 
Censor Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, 
Archbishop of New York

Yassar Arrafat “Kissing” the Pope’s Ring.  
Above is an arial picture of many priests
lying prostrate on the ground – face down
before the pope.  Surely this is an act of worship.

“On that day the Lord of All 
will be against everyone who is proud 
and feels important, and against all who are honored. 
They will be put to shame.”
(Isaiah 2:12)(NLV)-BibleGateway
“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, 
and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
(Matthew 23:12)(NIV)-BibleGateway
“The lofty looks of man shall be brought low, 
and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, 
and Jehovah alone shall be exalted in that day.”
(Isaiah 2:12)(ASV)-BibleGateway

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