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"The Smoking Gun"

The Doumo in Florence Italy, birthplace of the Renaissance 

Lorenzo 'The Magnificent' Medici

1449 - 1492

Father of Giovanni di Lorenzo de’ Medici (Pope Leo X)

Leo X (aka Giovanni di Lorenzo de’ Medici) pope from 1513 to his death in 1521) His cousin, Giulio di Giuliano de’ Medici became Pope Clement VII, held the office 1523 - 1534, is depict on the left.
Cesare Borgia -illegitimate son of Rodrigo Borgia - Pope Alexander VI & Subject of the book "The Prince" by Machiavelli 

“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

Pope Leo III Crowning Charlemagne Emperor of the 'Holy Roman Empire', 

December 25, 800 AD

Constantine

Do these people have a monopoly on the things of God?

How stupid is that?

Most people who have at least a slight knowledge of history and literature are familiar with the book “The Prince” written by Niccolo Machiavelli in the first decade of the 16th century.


Machiavelli (1469 – 1527) was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer. He has often been called the founder of modern political science. He was for many years a senior official in the Florentine Republic, with responsibilities in diplomatic and military affairs. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs, and poetry. His personal correspondence is renowned in the Italian language. He was secretary to the Second Chancery of the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512, when the Medici were out of power. He wrote his most renowned work The Prince (Il Principe) in 1513, a handbook for unscrupulous politicians that inspired the term "Machiavellian" and established its author as the "father of modern political theory."

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More people are also familiar with the term ‘Machiavellian’ which means devious, crafty, artful, wily, sly, treacherous, two-faced, Janus-faced, tricky, double-dealing, dishonest cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics or in advancing one's career.

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Fewer people know that the book is acclaimed by scholars to be ‘modern political theory’ – yes, I am referring to the day we live in. It is a book that teaches worldly principles on how to gain power, and how to keep power. Machiavelli did not invent the principles espoused in his book, but he was the first to give voice to the unsavory methods that are often used in politics and other endeavors where people seek power..

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Less known is the circumstances in which the book was written. That is what I hope to lay out here, which I call ‘The Smoking Gun’, the acronym meaning clear evidence of culpability or guilt. 
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Another name in history well known is the House or dynasty of the Medici who were the very wealthy and powerful de facto rulers of Florence. They were known as the ‘pope’s bankers’. With the Medici family of bankers, Florence was one of the financial capitals of the world at that time, if not the greatest. Florence was the city that gave birth to Michelangelo. As a young boy he was studied in the art studio that was financed by Lorenzo de Medici, known as ‘Lorenzo the Magnificent’.
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Florence is known as the cradle of the Renaissance. There are many theories proposed regarding the origins of this age known as the Renaissance, but indisputable is the central role this great dynasty played. The Medici family also was well positioned within the power structure of the Vatican, as we will see.
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Although the Medici family were involved in the politics, Florence was not without its political upheavals. I will not belabor these upheavals, except to mention that after the death of Lorenzo (the year that Columbus made his famous voyage, 1492), Florence was in political upheaval again, and Niccolo Machiavelli fell on the opposite side of the Medicis. And in 1513, the son of Lorenzo, Giovanni di Lorenzo de’ Medici was elected pope, who took the name Leo X. This of course changed the prospects of those who opposed the Medici family in Florence, which included Machiavelli. Fortunately for him, he was just banished from Florence, allowed to take refuge in his family’s farm a short distance from Florence. It was there on that farm, with time on his hands, that he wrote his famous book. And to hopefully gain favor with the new pope, he dedicated his work to none other than the pope’s father, Lorenzo The Magnificent. 
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Leo X held the office of the papacy 1513 until his death in 1521. He was the pope that broke the proverbial camel’s back by his lecherous lifestyle, and spendthrift ways that placed the Vatican almost in bankruptcy. In this dire financial condition, Leo X authorized the sale of indulgences in a volume and way never before done. With these excesses, Martin Luther ‘protested’, nailing his grievances upon the door of the church in Wittenberg Germany. From there, the Protestant Reformation lit fire and burned throughout the Western world.
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As stated earlier, "The Prince” today, is acclaimed the ‘handbook of modern political science’. It gives the prime example of how ‘a prince’ (political figure) can gain power and how to keep power. The ‘perfect example’ of the successful prince, is none other than Cesare Borgia, the infamous illegitimate son of Rodrigo Borgia (aka Pope Alexander VI (held the office 1492 - 1503). With his father as the powerful influence, Cesare was made a cardinal but became the only one to renounce his title and position in order to pursue other worldly ambitions and conquests of power. In great irony, in this book of political, worldly deceit, Cesare’s father, Pope Alexander VI is mentioned or referred to so many times, that each page where he is referred to was removed, there would hardly be anything left of the book.

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Luke 16:13 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.



Matthew 7:15 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


Probably the most blatant evidence of the fruit Jesus said to look for, whether it be fruits of righteousness or ‘grapes of thorns, and figs of thistles is the worldly standard of mammon found in the teaching of the book. 'The Prince'. It only takes a few excerpts "The Prince" to see the exact opposite of biblical principles and morality:


“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...”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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"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.”

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"It is necessary, therefore, if we desire to discuss this matter thoroughly, to inquire whether these innovators can rely on themselves or have to depend on others: that is to say, whether, to consummate their enterprise, have they to use prayers or can they use force? In the first instance they always succeed badly, and never compass anything; but when they can rely on themselves and use force, then they are rarely endangered. Hence it is that all armed prophets have conquered, and the unarmed ones have been destroyed. Besides the reasons mentioned, the nature of the people is variable, and whilst it is easy to persuade them, it is difficult to fix them in that persuasion. And thus it is necessary to take such measures that, when they believe no longer, it may be possible to make them believe by force.“

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After reading these excerpts it may be difficult to accept the fact that these principles are, in secular terms, considered ‘modern political theory’, but it is. And these principles have no place in any organization, institution or person’s private or public life that calls themselves Christian, but has been the model of the Vatican since the sellout to Constantine.

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As individuals, Christians struggle with the works of the flesh, and often fail. But when we are referring to Catholicism, we are not singling out frail failures of individuals. This was their manner - their modus operendi. Corruption, worldly power, was the order of the day.


“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


Plato wrote in his work ‘The Republic’ how politics is by nature a dirty business that leads to corruption:

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"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 present 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."

- Plato, Republic,

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2 Timothy 2:4-7

4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

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.

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If you had told the 1st century apostles that 400 years later their church would become a militant political world power with the backing of the emperor, in fact having power OVER kings, involved in fraud, (see 'The Donation of Constantine'),  assassinations, forced conversions and torture, and decrees and edicts from emperors, they would have laughed you to scorn. They knew well the teachings of Jesus!

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The very idea that the church would be THE militant dominate power in the world perverts the spiritual nature of the kingdom of God, making it an earthly kingdom merging with worldly powers, pomp, wealth and splendor supplanting that of the Roman Emperor. This was never the intent of Jesus. (See the study, (The Church: Pacifist or Militant World Power?)

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You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see what happened  - the undeniable, smoking gun; blatant, clear evidence of culpability and guilt. If people choose to ignore clear evidence, that is certainly their prerogative. In fact, those are the people who make up the majority, headed through the ‘wide gate’ that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 7:

13 Enter ye in at the strait {narrow} 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.

The masses with always choose the wide gate: the worldly philosophy, the vain deceit, tradition of men, and the rudiments of the world (worldly order) that Paul warned us about:

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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.

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There is no doubt that humanity is flawed. But it is absurd to think that the VATICAN - Catholic leaders have proprietary/monopoly ownership of the things of God - and that there is no tipping point wherein they have lost the place they might have had at one time.  The Bible is filled with the sad stories of those who lost their previous standing with God.

See the study on myth of  'Apostolic Succession'.


Here is the irony: 

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As hard as it is for moral Christians to accept it, it is arguable that a state (nation) must use these Machiavellian tactics in order to survive. Think of espionage needed for national security, etc. Think of dealing with the likes of Hitler, or during the Cold War with Russia, etc. There are certain philosophical 'situation ethic" conundrums which could be debated.

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At any rate, the debate on whether or not Machiavellian tactics are justifiable for the survival of a secular nation is beyond the scope of this essay. But one thing is certain: Jesus and his Apostles NEVER used these tactics, in fact it was NEVER the intent for the New Testament Church to get embroiled in the political maelstrom of the day where they would have to use these tactics, not just to survive but to expand. And this is exactly what occurred in the early 4th century when these ‘church’ leaders joined hands with Constantine

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(For clarification I believe the true adherents of New Testament faith had departed from this body of compromisers a few decades earlier when the doctrine of the Trinity was first espoused by Tertullian. See the study “Against Tertullian’.)

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Once these leaders got embroiled politically in the first quarter of the 4th century (300 -325 AD), their power became more important than their Christian principles. They used Machiavellian tactics of force and  fraud to conquer - to gain their power, and to keep their power.

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"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.” 
- William Langland, 'Piers Plowman’ - 14th century.


Read more:


"The Strait and Wide Gate'

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