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The Way of a Ship...
.... in the Midst of the Sea...

Proverbs 30:18  There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: 
19  The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid. 

It may sound good to the atheist to say that religion - meaning all religion - is the biggest fraud in history, and that religious people are the ones who are duped. However, how can that be proved? That really is just a blanket statement that atheists make. Indeed, in religion there is fraud, but is it all fraud? And religion can be superstitious, but does that mean all religion is superstitious? 


I hope to make clear, in this study, to show irrefutable proof of perhaps the greatest fraud in history, and in contrast to the fraud, it is very easy to see the irrefutable proof of the genuine article, enough proof that you will clearly see how human nature is manipulated by the hand of evil, and again in contrast, the spiritual battle and the hand of God in prophecies fulfilled. It is so clear, and undeniable that if you are honest with yourself and the evidence, you may have no other choice but to become a believer.


Here's how you trace it:


#1 Study the New Testament and a bit of Old Testament. With just a bit of Old Testament knowledge, you can find out exactly what the New Testament church is supposed to be by what the scripture says, and how the writers of the New Testament warned and prophesied of apostasy (a deterioration of apostolic teaching).


#2, a simple view of history clearly shows the fulfillment of the warnings of the the writers. You begin to see how how and why leaders became corrupt (which we know is human nature, it always happens), and through their corrupt leadership, they forced their false agenda which after nearly twenty centuries, morphed into what Catholicism is today.


Just a few pieces of a puzzle is not going to show or prove much. But if you have adequate pieces, when looked at with the backdrop of history, it is irrefutable evidence.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing:

but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Job 25:2


Under normal circumstances, from the time a chicken hen lays an egg, it takes 21 days to hatch. We all know that once the baby chick begins to peck its way out of the shell, it  needs to be left alone, as this process is vital to that chick's process of growth. Watching the process, it can be very tempting to 'help the poor little chick along', but to do so would but to do so would invariably prove fatal to that chick. 


Such is our process of discoveries. 


Job the 28th chapter tells about iron, silver, gold, bread, and..... wisdom - that has always been there, but it took the desire and quest of man to discover.


One can study and develop a trained eye to search for valuable ore hidden in the ground, or one can be fortunate enough to stumble upon it accidentally.  Who really knows how glass was developed- perhaps a campfire on a beach somewhere? What discoveries led to the development of that French baguette that we love to slather with butter? The same can be said about every invention and patient, from the wheel to the latest iPhone or jumbo jet. All the elements of physics has always existed, but it took man's quest to unlock the secrets.


Spiritual truths are the same.  God in his infinite wisdom had not left it laying bare in the street for all to find, yet it isn't so difficult that one cannot find it if they care enough. 


Matthew 7:6-11

6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 

8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?


So to keep the 'pearls' (wisdom) from the 'swine' (the unthankful and unappreciative), it must remain hidden, but attainable. Maybe like, 'he couldn't see the forest for the trees', or, 'it's as plain as the nose on your face'. How God has concealed the truth is a testament to His infinite wisdom and the greatest irony of human history.

We Begin…


First of all, we study the fundamental basis of Christianity. 


Jesus became the sacrificial 'lamb', offered by God, that would redeem mankind from the curse of sin. I say offered by God, even though it was his own people, the Jews or the 'house of Israel', that called for his death, but all part of God's plan, to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies and 'types and shadows'. In other words, certain things were done in the Old Testament, which would be the 'shadow', then you see in the New Testament the figure that 'cast' the shadow.


Hebrews 10:1 "For the law [meaning the Old Testament] having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect."


In other words the shadow by itself is incomplete without the image that cast the shadow.


There are many 'types and shadows' in the Bible. Perhaps a skeptic would consider them to be conjecture or coincidence, however it's very difficult to dismiss all of these types and shadows as such, especially considering the Old Testament alone was written by over 40 different writers, in many cases complete strangers to one another. Some Bible writers were businessmen or traders; others were shepherds, fishermen, soldiers, physicians, preachers, kings—human beings from all walks of life. They served under different governments and lived within contrasting cultures and systems of philosophy.


In showing some of these 'types and shadows', in this short time-frame, I cannot take the time to explain all of the ramifications of these scriptures. Please allow me to focus on the particular meanings.


Remember the fig leaves that Adam & Eve covered themselves with? God replaced the leaves with 'coats of skins', signifying that in order to provide a proper covering, something had to die.


Cain & Abel offered sacrifices to God. Cain was a farmer, Abel was a 'keeper of sheep'. Both offered to God a sacrifice, but only Abel's offering was accepted, because again, the blood sacrifice was required in order to please God.


Don't get bogged down on the rationale of this blood sacrifice. At this point, just except it at face value, as you learn about Judaism and Christianity, and let's continue with the narrative and see where it leads.


If with these examples you can look at it, not as something selfish on God's part but as a law of the universe, like gravity. In that respect, the wages of sin is death. And in order to remove the guilt of sin, according to the laws of God, something has to die.

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.


[remission meaning removal]


A few more examples:


In Genesis the 22 chapter, Abraham was commanded by God to offer his son Isaac as an offering. But before he struck the blow to take his son's life, he heard the voice of God and saw that God had provided a sacrifice to be used instead of his son.


Then there is the 'type and shadow' example of the blood on the framework of the doors of the houses of the Jews in Egypt.


The Lord said he would 'pass through the land' and take the life of the firstborn of every household in the land. But if / when he saw the blood on the doorposts of the houses, he would pass over - that's where the word 'passover' comes from - that house and the inhabitants of that house with the blood applied, would be spared.

All of this had a purpose - and that was to foreshadow the sacrificial ritual which would be done in the tabernacle and later in the temple of the Israelites. It's more than just coincidence that the place where God instructed Abraham to go to offer his son as an offering is the area, years later, that the city of Jerusalem would be built, and the very mountain on which the holy temple of Israel would be built.


In that temple would be the altar where there would be the killing of the sacrifice. Then the place of washing, or the laver, where the priest would wash after performing the sacrifice and before entering into the holy place. Then in that holy place he would bring the blood to be offered to God for the sins of the people. In this, we see a perfect picture of the New Testament gospel - which is the death, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Paul clearly connected the 'gospel' with these three components - death, burial & resurrection:


1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures".


Death, burial, and resurrection!

The word 'gospel' is old English for 'good news'. Now for a moment, just think what good news it is that mankind has a way to be expunged from sin!


Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.


John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.


John 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.


Psalm 40:7 Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me


The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19:10).


..all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me" (Jesus Christ, Luke 24:44).


"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." (Jesus Christ, Luke 24:27).


"For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me." (Jesus Christ, John 5:46).


"To Him give all the prophets witness" (Acts 10:43).


Bible scholars tell us that nearly 300 references to 61 specific prophecies of the Messiah were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The odds against one person fulfilling that many prophecies would be beyond all mathematical possibility. It could never happen, no matter how much time was allotted. One mathematician’s estimate of those impossible odds is “one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion.”

[Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000), 262.]


http://y-jesus.com/what-are-the-odds/

http://www.accordingtothescriptures.org/prophecy/353prophecies.html


If that sounds amazing, just think there are more prophecies in the Bible regarding the second coming of the Messiah than there is his first coming!

So all that we have covered, in short form, of course leaving out many details, is the basis for New Testament Christianity. Boiling it down to clear terminology, the proof is in the prophecies - not in the jumbled dogmas of the Middle Ages or the denominational volumes of the 21st century.

With that foundation, Jesus clearly gave a pattern or blueprint for the church to follow.


Now let's follow that blueprint.


The hallmark of the New Testament church was simplicity. 


Really, it cannot be said that God has a quarrel with the educated, or the wealthy of this world, after all, if a person has intelligence, it is a gift from God. But God does not want anyone using their wisdom, intelligence, riches, physical prowess, or anything else as an edge. Under the shadow of the cross, we are all the same.


1 Corinthians 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 

1Co 1:19  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 

1Co 1:20  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 

1Co 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 

1Co 1:22  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 

1Co 1:23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 

1Co 1:24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 

1Co 1:25  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 

1Co 1:26  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 

1Co 1:27  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 

1Co 1:28  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 

1Co 1:29  That no flesh should glory in his presence.


It was 100 years after the Apostles that leaders who thought the church would be 'better served' by talking in philosophical terms began to complicate things. We will see how that happened later!


Here is what the Apostle Paul said about simplicity:


2 Corinthians 11:1-4

1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.

2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.


So - what is the simplicity of the gospel? It is what we saw in the temple!


It is the death, the burial and resurrection!


As the priest in the Old Testament slew the sacrificial lamb, Jesus became that lamb.


As the priest then washed at the laver, Jesus was buried.


Then as the priest entered into the holy place to offer up the blood of the sacrifice, Jesus entered into heaven himself to offer his own blood, perfect and without sin, unto God to purge sin for all mankind.


So we now see the mechanics of the gospel - but how does this apply to us? What do we need to do? There is a simple answer to this question!

Death = repentance. A turning away from sin.

Burial = water baptism


Romans 6:3-6

3 -- Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

And the last component to the gospel is - resurrection! God accepts our repentance by filling us with the baptism of the Holy Ghost!


John the Baptist:


Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

John 7:37-39

37 -- In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)


Jesus had to die and be raised again in order to pour out his Spirit - which IS the Holy Ghost! The Holy Ghost is not a third person of triune godhead which is part of the gobbledygook that started in the second century which which we will see very quickly - it is just the Spirit of Jesus Christ himself!


John 14:15-18

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.


John 16:7-8

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.


He is referring to himself once he leaves his earthly body!


After his crucifixion but before he ascended up into heaven he met his disciples and this is what he said to them:


Luke 24:44-49

44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:


Behoved = necessary - required if mankind was going to be expunged from the curse of sin!


47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.


So we see that what is going to happen in Jerusalem is to be a template or a design to be duplicated in all nations this is a message for all nations!

So now the apostles go to Jerusalem and we read about what happened to them in Jerusalem in the Book of Acts which is written by the same author as the book of Luke - You could say that the Book of Acts is an extension of the Gospel of Luke. So let us read what took place in Jerusalem:


Acts 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus,


(Referring to the Gospel of Luke)


of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

They were assuming that this would be some earthly military takeover -

7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.


Again a message for all nations! This is not difficult to understand - this is simple!


Acts 1:9-12

9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

Angels!!!

11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.


Acts 2 is the fulfillment of the prophecies regarding the Holy Ghost!


Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

10 -- Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

13 -- Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice,

Now we have to say something here about the apostle Peter - it is clear in Matthew the 16th chapter that Jesus appointed Peter to be the spokesman.

and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?


Here it is - what we studied the death the burial and the resurrection - repentance water baptism and the infilling of the Holy Ghost ! listen what Peter says:


38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.


This is the message for all people of all times for all nations! We can even continue to study in the book of Acts and see how this pattern was duplicated as Jesus said first in Judea, to the Jew, then to the Samaritans, and then to the uttermost part of the earth !

Read these scriptures enough to absorb what is happening!

Acts 8:14-17

14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

 

If you're going to understand New Testament doctrine do not skip this....  otherwise you're going to get lost in all the gobbledygook and all the dogmas that comes that came in the second and third and fourth centuries. Just stay with the simple gospel!


Acts the 10th chapter!

1 -- There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

What kind of man was he?

2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:

6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. 7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;

8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.


What happens next is very important to understand. Peter had always been a devout Jew, and here, God is showing him that He is about to do something different - turn to the Gentile (non Jew) nations!


9 -- On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: 10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

16 -- This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,

18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.

19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.

20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?

22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.

25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.

26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.

27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.

28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?

30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.

32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.

33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.

34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; 41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Notice what happened!!!!

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

How did they know that they had received the Holy Ghost?

46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.


Notice what happens - Peter turns to his Jewish brethren the bar with him and asks them:


Then answered Peter, 

47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.

 

Here we see it again -  death burial and resurrection - repentance water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus and the infilling of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking with other tongues!


Here we see the first non-Jew to be converted he was already living a repentant life and when Peter was commanded to come to him - peter the one with the keys to the kingdom of heaven was commanded to come to him he unlocked the door of salvation for him repentance water baptism and the infilling of the Holy Ghost death burial and resurrection. What could be simpler than this?


Notice what happens in the very next scripture in the very next chapter-Peter gets called on the carpet from the brother in that were in Jerusalem because they heard that he went on to non-Jews


Peter supposed to be the first pope-but this doesn't sound very popish him be questioned  like this:


Acts 11

1 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. 2 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, 

3 Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. 

4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying, 

5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me: 

6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.

8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.

9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven.

11 And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.

12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:

13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;

14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.

16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.


So the plan of salvation - simply laid out - for all people for all times. No pomp, no rituals.... just simple, repentance, water baptism in the name of Jesus, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost - death, burial and resurrection!

Now a few notes regarding the nature of the New Testament church and its role in the world. Jesus taught that the church can be easily identified, and anything else is an impostor. 


"By their fruits ye shall know them.


Matthew 7:13-20

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.


Another thing here to notice is that they way of truth is not broad, it is narrow, and few there be that find it. I dare say that the Bible teaches that the multitudes will miss it.

- humility

- not a world political and military power

- No proprietary ownership


Can the 'church' be hijacked? Or can it be or become anything else but what Jesus intended it to be?


The answer is no, and no. Not that people wouldn't try to hijack it and force their agenda but the truth of the matter is if they change it they ceased to be the church - because the the church is only what the teaching declares it to be.


Jesus said the church will be victorious. The Church will not change.


There is the erroneous widespread teaching that the 'church' is proprietary - a hereditary monopoly.


No scripture allude to 'once the church always the church' and that the church belongs to some select body of people. It appears to me that if a person or a body or group of people, or institution does not exemplify the teaching of the church they can call themselves whatever they want and be deluded into thinking they are the church - but it matters not what they think but what the Lord thinks.


What could be more damnable than a doctrine that claims there is no tipping point? No place in the corruptness and conduct of men that God wouldn't say, "I've had enough"? Yet Catholicism teaches the "Apostolic Succession" dogma - it is no wonder that pedophilia and sexual sins fills the ranks of clergy, bastard children fathered by cardinals and popes, yet the masses still claim that Catholicism is 'the church'?


Somewhere some time there was a tipping point. In the history section of this study I will give my opinion, which I believe is based upon scriptural fulfillment- when that tipping point was.


The last straw (my dad said)

Gradual

One at a time

Tolerance

A tipping point when a group ceases to be the church

Apostate

Candlestick removed


Let's read some scripture: To the seven churches in Asia:


Ephesus


Revelation 2:5

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Pergamos

Revelation 2:16

16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.


Thyatira

Revelation 2:20-22

20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.


Sardis

Revelation 3:3

3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.


Laodacia

Revelation 3:15-16

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.


Perdition

Hebrews 10:35-39

35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.


John had the false notion that they had a monopoly on the the things of God. Notice how he was reproved by Jesus!


Mark 9:38-40

38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

40 For he that is not against us is on our part.


Jesus left us with many warnings of how the gates of hell would attempt to defeat - to win - to conquer - to usurp - the church.

(Scriptures)


There are warnings from the apostles:


2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.


In the historic section of this book you will see the untold fables that those who cannot endure sound doctrine spun in order to


2 Peter 2:1-3

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.


1 Timothy 4:1-6

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.


Colossians 2:8-12

8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Paul spoke specifically of perversion of the gospel


Galatians 1:6-10

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.


Jude 1:3

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.


Learned theologians call the early church the "primitive" church.


This idea that the early church is 'primitive' like it is some underdeveloped seedling or embryo or perhaps some bivouac pitched on a beachhead and from there needed to be developed into sophistication and complexity is error.


It was as complete as Jesus wanted it to be.


There might've been some things that they had to fine-tune some of their understanding that is why they had it several councils in the 11th and the 15th chapter of acts. 

But there was no overhaul - not then or ever.


There is absolutely no justification for volumes upon volumes of denominational dogmas added over centuries to fully interpret the simple word of God - . What is relevant is simple - and simply contained within the scripture.


1. What we read in scripture is complete

2. Scripture teaches us to keep it the same.

The Face of Mammon


The summation of all we have studied brings us to one of two conclusions. Either the church that Jesus founded became corrupt beyond recognition, or it wasn't the church at all.


Who would have believed - that the apostate church would be the very face of mammon.


2 Corinthians 11:13-15

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Luke 16:9-13

9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.


Here is a paradox: to be friends with the mammon of unrighteousness - without serving it; that one should be faithful in "unrighteousness mammon" - a harmony with the world around us without being 'of' the world. A dramatic world of creativity, life, death, hope, despair, ecstasy, frustration, intrigue, betrayal, sickness, health, hunger, war, peace, reason, progress, failure, laughter, weeping sorrow, - every emotion of the human experience.


Proverbs 30:18  There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: 
19  The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid. 


To be in the world without being of the world. This is the whole balance of Christian living.


John 18:36

36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.


Mammon is generally translated as avarice or greed but it is more than that - it is the system in which we all live - the "course of this world", the ocean upon which our ship floats. The 'love' of money - the root of all evil, but not money itself - that is the currency with which we are all subject. Politics is the same. A swirling, seething ocean around us - "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's".


In Plato's "Republic", he wrote of the weakness in man to fall prey to the corruption of politics:


“Unless," said I, "either philosophers become kings in the cities or those now called kings and rulers love wisdom seriously and adequately, and there is a conjunction of these two things, political power and philosophy, while the motley horde of the natures who at repesent pursue either apart from the other are excluded by force, there will be no end of evils, dear Glaucon, for the cities, nor, I think, for the human race either."


And a few quotes from John Dalberg Acton, a historian, politician and writer of the 19th century:


"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely".


“The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.”


“It is easier to find people fit to govern themselves than people fit to govern others.”

- Lord Acton


The fallen, carnal nature of man - by the power of the Holy Ghost we can over come -


Romans 7:14-25

14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

22For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.


Ephesians 2:2-3

2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.


Luke 4:5-8

5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.


Jesus - resisted the temptation to revel in the madness of mammon. And the whole of his teaching and other writers of the epistles: Paul, Peter, John, James and Jude taught the Church to: 


"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.


But the irony of the ages is mammon - that is woven throughout the fabric of life itself - the very structure of civilization. From January to December; Sunday though Saturday - culture, secular education, science, laws and governments.


It is this backdrop that the church was to be friends with, but not serve it.


The irony takes on a greater dimension when we look at how church leaders not only capitulated to mammon selling out their godly principles and bought into the maelstrom of power and politics and became the very face of mammon, but how they continued on, with this power, to masquerade as the church, fulfilling the prophecy of Paul:


- "angels of light".

In all occupations and walks of life, one must decide what will be first and foremost in their life. One must place mammon aside - as a "friend" - but serve only Jesus.


John 16:33

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.


The butcher sets up shop to sell his goods. He is a 'friend' of mammon. He places the meat upon the scale and gives the customer a just weight. But greed sets in: a customer comes in and does not notice his thumb upon the scale. He had just become a servant to mammon. Perhaps he thinks that without tipping the scale he cannot make a profit.


"Jesus be the Lord of all the kingdoms of my heart"


As we begin the historic portion of the study and to see the fulfillment of the scriptures of prophecy, it is important for us to realize that Jesus said that the gates of hell would not prevail against the church. We contend that does not mean that the church would capitulate, but that certain people would.


The first challenge the early church faced was actually what God's people have always faced, and that was, to remain separate from the world. The pagans, as they were converted, struggled with abandoning their pagan customs, and where there was not strong leadership, continued with many of these customs. The debate upon these subjects became the philosophical questions of the day. Just as Paul warned, people were swayed by philosophy, vain deceit, traditions and rudiments (the way people do things!) of the world:


Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.


And as Paul wrote, the debate about the nature of the godhead was at the center of the storm, even though it was quite clear:


Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:


So very simple: Jesus is the Father, Jesus is the Son, Jesus is the Holy Ghost, and all these three are one!


Still, the word or concept of a 'trinity' was 150 years after the apostles!


Also during these years, while the apostles lived and afterwards, were waves of persecution, some of the waves were very severe, but mostly limited to regions or the whims of the populace and rulers. It wasn't until the middle of the 2nd century that laws were passed inflicting death sentences upon those who would not recant Christianity. This was done because the Christians did not participate in social life of the empire which also included intreating pagan gods in order to be successful in war.


Manuscripts were demanded to be handed over ('tratore', where we get our word 'traitor') but there is much indication that manuscripts were being copied and and inexpensive.


It was also during this 2nd century that the platonic philosophies of the world began to weigh heavily upon the masses. It is this writer's deep conviction that with each capitulation to apostolic simplicity and doctrine, slowly, and one by one, the true believers began to withdraw from the mainstream. By the time the decade of the greatest persecution of all under the rule of Diocletian was over, the tipping point was complete. Never again would the true believers be a part of the world stage.


A scripture in Acts 19 gives us a glimpse of what was taking place: Paul came to Ephesus and found disciples. He asked them a question: 


"have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?" 


And he got a very revealing answer: 


"We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost". 


Act 19:1  And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 

Act 19:2  He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 

Act 19:3  And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 

Act 19:4  Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 

Act 19:5  When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus



As Christianity spread, main, essential parts were being left out. And when the main thing quit being the main thing, carnal church leaders began to allow pagan customs in order to replace the power of God that was no longer with them to appeal to the masses. The carnal, worldly church leaders began to use worldly ways to appeal to the masses. The true church had no rituals - so they created rituals. Long processions with incense! The 'primitive' church had no priests - with pomp and splendor to razzle dazzle the crowds - so they began to call themselves 'priests' and wore 'priestly' garments that set them apart from the rest of the people. Priestly garments and hats - that Jesus and his disciples - never wore. And of course, in the pagan rituals there was always a victim - a sacrifice, so these 'priests' invented the 'mass' - perverting communion - the remembrance of Jesus' death, into a continual sacrifice which is / was 100% contrary to New Testament teaching. Then there were the ascetics- who withdrew themselves with extreme measures of fasting, celibacy, and solitude - which gave the indication that there was a double standard - one for the wholly dedicated and one for everyone else. It is definitely scriptural, if a person wishes to, to withdraw from society - for a season, as Jesus did. But there is no escaping this ocean of mammon - actually, those who attempted to by seclusion created their own world where mammon attempts to rule. Years later, monasteries became just micro communities that fought the same spirit of the world, greed, lust, power, that the rest of the world faced.


All this and more, is what replaced the power of God in the Holy Ghost. This is why the church today needs constant revival and constant renewing of the Holy Ghost!


"Not by works of righteousness which we have done but by washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost"


A constant renewal keeps the main thing the main thing!


Then in the second decade of the 3rd century, irony would bring this pseudo Christianity into a realm of mammon of which there was no limit, as church leaders became political! Who would have thought that the emperor Constantine would favor Christianity instead of persecute it!


"When the kindness of Constantine gave Holy Church endowments

In lands and leases, lordships and servants,

The Romans heard a angel cry on high above them,

“This day dos Ecclesiae has drunk venom

And all who have Peter’s power are poisoned forever.”


Written by William Langland in "Piers Plowman" in the 14th century.


Folks, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what was going to happen.


"No political event or circumstance can be evaluated without the knowledge of the Vatican's part in it. And no significant world political situation exists in which the Vatican does not play an important explicit or implicit part." - Guy Emery Shipler, in the preface of the book  "THE VATICAN IN WORLD POLITICS" by Avro Manhattan,


Is it biblical for the 'church' to be involved in world politics?


The Church - Militant or Pacifist? 


Another one of the common politically (in)correct statements you will hear is how Islam is a religion of peace. After all, Christianity couldn't possibly be a peaceful religion, right? We know how its reputation was sullied... or maybe we're just hearing the banter of ignorance again? Let's examine a few facts. 


First of all, again, Jesus said that we can be fruit inspectors:


Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good

fruit.

Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.


We must judge Christianity by the teachings of its founder - not carnal men who hijacked the name of Christianity and committed centuries of atrocities in its name.


Here are scriptures:


Mark 12:28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.


Matt 5:3-11

Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Mat 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of

heaven.


Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil

against you falsely, for my sake. 


Mat 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

Mat 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Mat 5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

Mat 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.


Is this a violent religion? I think not.


Matthew 5:43-44

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;


Luk 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your

reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

Luk 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.


Reading these passages, how can anyone say that Christianity is violent?

Matthew 26:51-52

51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.

52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.


Put up sword – if ever there was a time to be violent, it would be here!


John 18:36 my kingdom is not of this world


Not talking about what militaries or governments do. Might do good in the world to suppress oppression

– Hitler, Tojo (Japan) Christianity is not government – church – state separate.


We do not FIGHT to force conversions, or to establish Christianity (Crusades… a topic all of its own)


Jesus taught his kingdom is not of this world.


Summary: Love God – love thy neighbor

  • Gentle
  • Merciful
  • Peacemakers
  • Love your enemies – those who persecute you
  • Pray for them that despitefully use you
  • NOT to fight in His name


Is it possible to be more peaceful than this?


In the epistles:


Romans 12:17-21

17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.


1 Corinthians 16:14

14 Let all your things be done with charity.


Not of the flesh…. Not carnal


2 Corinthians 10:3-5

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;


Ephesians 5:1-2

1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.


1 Thessalonians 3:12

12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:


And then we have the 'religion of peace', and its directives:


Qur͛an 3:31-32—Say [O Muhammad]: If you love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive

you your faults, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. Say: Obey Allah and the Apostle; but if they turn back,

then surely Allah does not love the unbelievers.


Qur͛an 30:43-45—Then turn thy face straight to the right religion before there come from Allah the day

which cannot be averted; on that day they shall become separated. Whoever disbelieves, he shall be

responsible for his disbelief, and whoever does good, they prepare (good) for their own souls, that He

may reward those who believe and do good out of His grace; surely He does not love the unbelievers.


Religion of peace? Really? 


Vengence – recompense


Rom_12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

Rom 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written,

Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.


Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou

shalt heap coals of fire on his head.


Rom 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.


1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.


1 Timothy 2:1

1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;


Titus 3:1-8

1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

All - All !!!

3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.


Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:


James 3:17-18

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.


1 Peter 2:17-23

17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:


1 Peter 3:8-12

8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.


1 John 4:8

8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.


HOW can anything teaching be any more peaceful!!!???


Three ways the Scripture can be misrepresented.

1. Out of context. Rip of portion out here and there. (Judas hung himself – go and do likewise – what thou doest, do though quickly)

2. Ignoring the distinction between Old and New Testament. Old testament God͛s covenant was tied to land and the earthly kingdom of Israel.

3. Point to bad examples in history – what people have lived, NOT what Jesus taught. Jesus said, ͚ye shall know them by their fruits͛…


Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good

fruit.

Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.


So let's examine a 'violent' scripture in the New Testament:


Matt 10:34-36 Sword – is this a literal sword? The parallel verse in Luke says division͛. Scripture is referring to what your commitment living for God may cost you.


Read the whole verse, if you do you'll see the sword is coming to Christian - not Christians bearing a sword.


Context is important.


Luke 19:27 – ͚Slay them in my presence͛ – see? Violence!


But examine the context:


Luke 19:12-27

12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. 18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.

19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:

21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)

26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.

27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.


This is a parable about judgment at the end – when Jesus returns to execute judgment. It͛s not talking about us.GOD will execute judgment - not the church

- in the next dispensation.


As to what was done in the 'name' of Christianity, you can study that on your own... the centuries of atrocities and unchristian things that were done. 


Some may also use the argument that if certain wars were not done in the name of Christianity, we would all be Muslims today, There is some merit to that argument - as there indeed are good reasons for war - but it begs the question - was it to be done in the name of Jesus, and His church? War - no matter how noble it may be, is certainly not the domain of the kingdom of God. Our's is a spiritual kingdom, not an earthly kingdom. Let politics and governments decide those things. We will pray for rulers... that we may lead a peaceable life, with all godliness.



Church councils, presided by emperors

381 Edict of Thessaloniki - Nicene Christianity became the State religion, officially making any other form of Christianity illegal.


EMPERORS GRATIAN, VALENTINIAN AND THEODOSIUS AUGUSTI. EDICT TO THE PEOPLE OF CONSTANTINOPLE.
"It is our desire that all the various nations which are subject to our Clemency and Moderation, should continue to profess that religion which was delivered to the Romans by the divine Apostle Peter, as it has been preserved by faithful tradition, and which is now professed by the Pontiff Damasus and by Peter, Bishop of Alexandria, a man of apostolic holiness. According to the apostolic teaching and the doctrine of the Gospel, let us believe in the one deity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, in equal majesty and in a holy Trinity. We authorize the followers of this law to assume the title of Catholic Christians; but as for the others, since, in our judgment they are foolish madmen, we decree that they shall be branded with the ignominious name of heretics, and shall not presume to give to their conventicles the name of churches. They will suffer in the first place the chastisement of the divine condemnation and in the second the punishment of our authority which in accordance with the will of Heaven we shall decide to inflict.
GIVEN IN THESSALONICA ON THE THIRD DAY FROM THE CALENDS OF MARCH, DURING THE FIFTH CONSULATE OF GRATIAN AUGUSTUS AND FIRST OF THEODOSIUS AUGUSTUS"


One may ask themselves the question, what part would Jesus and his apostles have to do with this? The one who said to Pilate, 


John 18:36  Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence


431: Council of Ephesus


No small perversion of church leaders to elevate Mary to a place of sinlessness. The 'Immaculate virgin' - mediatrux of the human race - if you don't believe Catholicism teaches this, read for yourself in "The Glories of Mary"

(PDF file)


Acts 19:23-38

23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.

24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;

25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.

26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:

27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

            28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.

30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.

31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.

32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.

33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people.

34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

35 And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?

36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.

37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.

38 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies: let them implead one another.


So irony is, here in Ephesus the fix is officially in. Instead of abolishing the pagan god Diana, they simply change her name -

to Mary! It would not be long before fables would turn into dogmas... Mary's 'ascension'... which is called (of all things) 'the Assumption'!


[please note - much of this part of the study is incomplete]


The great division between the east and the west - had to do with the identity of Jesus, the role of Mary, and, ICONS.


And the rift between this 'state sponsored Christianity' and Judaism got farther and farther apart - how could any self respecting Jew become a Christian when it is presented to them by Gentile leaders promoting a triune godhead, with icons in their sanctuaries, praying to dead saints?


Persecution of Jews as well as any believer in Jesus whose doctrine differed with the Council of Niacia.


Pogroms - far reaching consequences in the 20th century.


610 AD - The beginning of Islam


In the 21st century, we recognize Islam to be more than a religion - it is also a political ideology. Here is where the irony takes on a new dimension that we deal with today: Muhammad's view of Christianity was Catholicism, an ideology that mixed religion with political - militant power. They learned their lessons well. Of course today, even though the Vatican is involved in everything political as we have seen.




700's  The Wars of Iconoclism


The very definition of ‘iconoclast’ is suited to the defense of… veneration of icons.


Definition:

: a person who criticizes or opposes beliefs and practices that are widely accepted


:  a person who destroys religious images or opposes their veneration


So an iconoclast is a person who ‘criticizes or opposes beliefs and practices that are widely accepted’, not just those who oppose the veneration of religious images. In other words, if you oppose veneration of images, as the 2nd commandment, the one omitted by Roman Catholicism declares, then you are out of step with ‘widely accepted beliefs and practices’. Who defined this? I see religio-politics at work. Do you think possibly the fingerprints of the RC Magisterium could be on this issue?


The irony increases, the more you read and study scripture.

Col 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

That word ‘rudiments’ means ‘widely accepted’ or ‘the order of things’. 


As I have mentioned in other studies, there's no real virtue in being "orthodox", as that really only means 'following the crowd'. So Jesus himself... was not 'orthodox' in his day.


The 3rd commandment was dropped in order to make way for idols in the churches 


It is ironic that Islamic teaching denounces the doctrines of mariology, iconoclasm and the trinity (which to the Muslims was pure polytheism), none of which reflect the teachings of the apostles.


Also the forgeries - the Donation of Constantine and the Psuedo Decritals (also known as the Isadorian Decritals


700 The Holy Roman Empire


730 The spread of Islam is stopped in Tours France- Charles Martel


1095 Pope Urban calls for the 1st Crusade:


Declares remission of sins to the crusaders -


Inquisition:


Waldenses


Albigensians



1348 the Black Plague wipes out 1/3 of Europe


The Decameron by Giovanni Boccachio

        Giovanni Boccachio lived in the 14th century. He was the author of what is considered the first 'novel', The Decameron. The word novel means 'something new' - a distraction from reality. As one reads a novel they are escaping from their world and entering into another. The Decameron was written during the time of the Great Plague, in the middle of the 1300's. It is a story of a group of friends that lived in Florence that fled the city to escape the plague that was ravishing Florence. Finding a place in the countryside, one of the friends suggested that they take turns telling stories to occupy the time. So The Decameron is the collection of stories that these friends told.

        One of the stories is about a Catholic and a Jew that were friends in Paris. The Catholic was forever attempting to convert his Jewish friend. One day the Jew, weary of his friend's incessant effort to convert him, made a deal with him. He was planning to travel to Rome for business. He told his friend that while he was there he would observe the lifestyle of the leaders of his religion. If he saw the piousness and godly living of the leaders, he will convert. The Catholic was dismayed at his friend's idea, as the debauchery of the leaders in Rome was no secret.

Months passed and the Jew returned and declared his conversion.

        This was not the result the Catholic friend had expected. In his surprise the catholic friend asked him exactly what it was that caused him to convert. His friend said that when he went to Rome he observed such debauchery he exclaimed 'any organization that can not only survive but flourish with leadership that corrupt... must be of God".


This was written in the 14th century.


Here's a writing from the 19th century by a writer much more acclaimed and well known: Charles Dickens in 'A tale of Two Cities" (found in Chapter I):


"France, less favoured on the whole as to matters spiritual than her sister of the shield and trident, rolled with exceeding smoothness down hill, making paper money and spending it. Under the guidance of her Christian pastors, she entertained herself, besides, with such humane achievements as sentencing a youth to have his hands cut off, his tongue torn out with pincers, and his body burned alive, because he had not kneeled down in the rain to do honour to a dirty procession of monks which passed within his view, at a distance of some fifty or sixty yards. "


There is without exception the most revealing expose of mammon, if not the very smoking gun.


The 95 thesis the Martin Luther nailed on the door of the church in Wittenberg Germany in 1517 was not the only famous work written in those turbulent times. Published in 1535, but written a number of


Years earlier, Italian diplomat Niccolò Machiavelli wrote "The Prince", a handbook for unscrupulous politicians that inspired the term "Machiavellian" and established its author as the "father of modern political theory."


Here are a few revealing facts:


1. Nicolo Machiavelli lived in Florence Italy. For many years the Medici family was the financial and political power of not only that region, but was one of the most powerful families, if not the most powerful dynasty in the world at that time. They were the financial bankers and backers of kings and popes. The Medici bank was the largest in Europe during the 15th century, which was how the Medici family gained political power in Florence — though officially they remained citizens rather than monarchs. The Medici dynasty produced three Popes - Pope Leo X (1513–1521), Pope Clement VII (1523–1534), and Pope Leo XI (1605); two regent queens of France—Catherine de' Medici (1547–1559 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_de'_Medici ) and Marie de' Medici (1600–1610). Briefly, another family dynasty gained power in Florence, and unfortunately for Machiavelli, he backed the new dynasty. But this other political power was not successful, and in an irony of fate, Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici, a cardinal of Roman Catholicism, became Pope Leo X. This was the pope that lived in such excess, selling indulgences to bankroll his hedonistic lifestyle that caused Martin Luther, in 1517, to say enough was enough, lighting fire to the Protestant Reformation. After Leo became pope, again the Medici dynasty gained power again in Florence. Because Machiavelli back the wrong power, he was banished to his country estate. It was there on that estate that he wrote his famous work, "The Prince". He dedicated it to Pope Leo X's father, Lorenzo 'The Magnificent' de' Medici (d 1492) in order to gain favor again with the Medici family, which quite frankly never worked out. Machiavelli died in


2. "The Prince" was a book that plainly laid out how a 'prince' could gain power, and how to retain power. The ideal 'prince' in the book, is none other than the illegitimate son of another pope - the infamous Rodrigo Borgia, who became Pope Alexander VI. His son, whom 'The Prince' is about, was Cesare Borgia.

The word 'pope' appears 54 times in the book. And many other times refers to the pope by his title, either Alexander or Julius II.

In "The Prince", and these powerful personages of the 15th and 16th centuries, we see the unmistakable face of mammon. The laws of this 'modern political theory', is the total antithesis of the teaching of Jesus - as we have this admonition (among many others that could be cited) by the Apostle Paul:


Timothy 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. 7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.


Here are a few samples of what the book contains:


"Such was his [Cesare Borgia] line of action as to present affairs. But as to the future he had to fear, in the first place, that a new Pope might not be friendly to him and might seek to take from him that which his father, Pope Alexander, had given him. So Cesare decided to act in four ways. Firstly, by killing the families of those lords whom he had defeated, so that the new Pope could not use them as an excuse to attack him. Secondly, by winning the loyalty of all the gentlemen of Rome, so that they would not support the Pope.

Thirdly, by gaining the support of the college of cardinals. Fourthly, by acquiring so much power before Pope Alexander died that he could by his own means resist the first shock. He had completed three of these four things, at the death of Alexander. He had killed as many of the defeated lords as he could lay hands on, and few had escaped. He had won over the Roman gentlemen, and he controlled the largest group in the college of cardinals."


'The Prince' glaringly becomes the handbook of modern political theory:


Some more examples:


"It must be understood… that a prince... cannot observe all of those virtues for which men are reputed good, because it is often necessary to act against mercy, against faith, against humanity, against frankness, against religion in order to preserve the state... he must stick to the good so long as he can, but being compelled by necessity, he must be ready to take the way of evil...”


“There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.”


“Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. Hence a prince who wants to keep his authority must learn how not to be good, and use that knowledge, or refrain from using it, as necessity requires.”


“Therefore it is unnecessary for a prince to have all the good qualities I have enumerated, but it is very necessary to appear to have them. And I shall dare to say this also, that to have them and always to observe them is injurious, and that to appear to have them is useful; to appear merciful, faithful, humane, religious, upright, and to be so, but with a mind so framed that should you require not to be so, you may be able and know how to change to the opposite.”


"It is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity.”


“Alexander never did what he said, Cesare never said what he did"


No doubt a defender of Catholicism would say that the misdeeds done in those centuries by those infamous leaders does not represent the whole of Catholic history. To that I must say that it most certainly does. From before Constantine, religious leaders under the guise of Christianity sought for political power. It was broad knowledge among the outspoken critics of this


Arain, the quote from the book by William Langland: in "Piers Plowman" in the 14th century:


"When the kindness of Constantine gave Holy Church endowments

In lands and leases, lordships and servants,

The Romans heard a angel cry on high above them,

“This day dos Ecclesiae has drunk venom

And all who have Peter’s power are poisoned forever.”


Reaching back to the time of Constantine, who is so blind that they cannot see not just the embracing of mammon but the very face of mammon. Politics blended with this pseudo-Christianity


The irony- that the very face of mammon - worldly power and wealth - would be encapsulated - not by pagan rulers, but the cloke of Christianity:


2 Corinthians 11:14-15

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.