Monday, July 09, 2007
Bible History Monday #8
This weekend we read Chapter 7 from An Understandable History of the Bible…
Chapter 7 gets right to the point:
“It is necessary to salvation that every man should submit to the Pope.” (Boniface VIII Unum Sanctum, 1303.)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9.
Here lie two totally contradictory statements. They cannot both be correct. The one which you believe will depend on which authority you accept.
As we’ve discussed previously, the corrupted line of ancient Bible manuscripts is the line we are referring to as the Alexandrian Line. Chapter 7 alerts us to the information that not only was the Alexandrian line corrupted, but it became even more so:
Rome received the corrupted Local Text of Alexandria, Egypt and further revised it to suit her own needs. Some scholars call this revision the “Western” text. This, of course, makes it part of the already corrupted text and, therefore, still contains the Local Text readings. This text suited the Roman Catholic Church well, since it attacked the doctrines of the Bible. Rome is wise. To attack salvation by grace directly would expose her plot to all. So instead she used subtly. The Roman Catholic Church strips Jesus Christ of His deity, separates the divine title “Lord” and “Christ” from the human name Jesus, having the thief on the cross address Him as “Jesus” instead of “Lord” (Luke 23:42). It also removes the testimony to His deity in Acts 8:37, and it eliminates the Trinity in I John 5:7.
You may ask, “Would not a weakening of the place of Jesus Christ weaken the Roman Catholic Church’s reason for even existing?” The answer is “No.” The Roman Catholic Church does not even claim to represent the gospel of Jesus Christ. Romanist Karl Adam admits this: “We Catholics acknowledge readily, without any shame - nay with pride - that Catholicism cannot be identified simply and wholly with primitive Christianity, nor even with the Gospel of Christ.”
This chapter also does a beautiful job of describing the reformation. And beyond.
In 1522 Luther’s New Testament came on the scene, then in 1545:
the Roman Catholic Church formed the Council of Trent. The Council of Trent systematically denied the teachings of the Reformation. The Council decreed that “tradition” was of equal authority with the Bible. It decreed also that justification was not by faith alone in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. In fact, it stated that anyone believing in this vital Bible doctrine was cursed. The Council’s exact words are: “If anyone saith that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy which remits sins for Christ’s sake or that this confidence alone is that whereby we are justified, let him be anathema.”
In this chapter we are also introduced to the Jesuits, which was founded by Ignatius Loyola in 1534. What was the purpose of Jesuits? They were:
extremely loyal to the Pope, who would set about to undermine Protestantism and “heresy” throughout the world.
Has the job of the Jesuits changed today? I think not.
Don’t forget to read of the Jesuit’s black pope in this chapter as well.
This chapter is chock full of interesting information. Don’t forget to read all about the “Gunpowder Plot” as well.
posted by prayzgod | 5:18 PM
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Why do people believe this stuff???