CONTINUATION – Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· THE ORIGIN AND MEANING OF ROMAN/PROTESTANT DOCTRINES AND SACRAMENTS
· Catholic/Protestant Church father Augustine on Mythology and Manichaeism
· ‘Original sin,’ or ‘total depravity’ according to Augustine, Calvin, and Luther
· Total depravity called for Unconditional Election, Irresistible Grace, or Predestination
· Irresistible Grace necessitated Particular Atonement
· SCRIPTURAL ‘PREDESTINATION’
· ‘Limited atonement’ requires Sanctification
· Predestination and Sanctification produce Unconditional Love or “The Perseverance of the Saints’
· The actual savoir, sanctifier, and preserver — the Roman Catholic/Protestant church
· Roman Catholic or Church-Mother’s ‘Saving’ and ‘Atoning’ Sacraments
THE ORIGIN AND MEANING OF ROMAN CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT DOCTRINES AND SACRAMENTS
Catholic/Protestant Church father Augustine on Mythology & Manichaeism
The most revered church father of Roman Catholicism, Lutherism – and Protestant’s Calvinism in particular, was ‘saint’ Augustine of Hippo, (350-430 A.D.) Calvin called that Augustine “the great bishop.” However, even after Augustine had converted to Roman Catholicism, he still adored the Greek philosopher Plato. In turn, Plato was the devout pederast, (or man-boy sex) disciple of Socrates, and of course, a follower of Socrates’ teachings on Greek Mythology. Augustine taught that Sin And The Devil Do Not Exist, which led to Greek and Catholic philosophies being Christianized as Calvinist doctrine.
Before Augustine converted to Platonism and later to Catholicism, he was a disciple of ancient Manichaeism; a religion, which worshiped Satan, the duel god of good and evil. Later, Manichaeist beliefs such as predestination and cosmology formed the platform for many pagan religions such as Buddhism. In A.D. 387, Augustine became a Roman Catholic bishop and began to feed all his pagan potions to the monks of Christianity. According to the Roman Catholic bishop Jerome, “Augustine established anew the ancient faith of Platonism (and Manichaeism) in the Christian church.” In his book, ‘The City [or Church] of God, book 8,’ Augustine wrote, “…It is evident that none come nearer to us [Christians] than the Platonist philosophers… [who] have recognized the true god as the author of all things…” Augustine was referring to the Manichean author of both good and evil, who is the dual god, and not the Mono God or One God, Single Minded God of the Scriptures, (Jam. 1:13-17.) Augustine continued, ““…Then, as to Plato's saying that the philosopher is a lover of God, nothing shines forth more conspicuously in those sacred writings… [He referred to the writings of pagan Greek philosophers.] Having their mind enslaved to their body, they supposed the first principle of all things to be material; as Thales, [another pagan Greek philosopher and astronomer,] who held that the first principle of all things was water; Anaximander, [a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher,] that it was air; the Stoics, [a Hellenic cult that originated from Greek mythology,] that it was fire… because the air also is called spirit…”
Water, earth, air and fire gods are ‘atoning’ gods or so-called ‘sacramental elements’ in Platonism and thanks to Augustine, in both Roman Catholicism and traditional Protestantism as well - as demonstrated by their use of ‘holy water’ in the ‘atoning,’ so-called ‘saving’ water sacrament of their sprinkling-baptism.
Original sin (or “Total Depravity,”) according to Augustine, Luther, and John Calvin, father of the Reformed Churches
Roman Catholic Church father ‘saint’ Augustine also Christianized the perception of Greek Mythology on ‘original sin,’ which teaches, “Original sin does not have the character of a personal fault in any of Adam’s descendants… Humanity bears no guilt for Adam’s sin, although the fall in Eden destroyed their free will to choose right from wrong.” According to this Augustinian doctrine on ‘original sin,’ there are no ‘bad persons;’ no lost people; humanity merely “carries bad things as a wound” because the fall destroyed their free will to choose between good and bad. This is the incredibly false doctrine of “total depravity,” which guides the mainstream churches of Christianity, Roman Catholicism, and Lutheran/Calvinist Protestantism.
Jesus Himself, all His true disciples, and even the Old Testament prophet Isaiah taught hereditary sin. This means, all of humanity has inherited Adam’s fallen position of sin and cursedness without God, as well as his nature of sin. (I.e., “There is none righteous, no, not one… Through one man [Adam] sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned…)” Therefore, every person on earth needs to be Scripturally and personally born again from the kingdom of darkness into God’s “marvelous light,” (Is. 59:2-8; Rom. Chapters 2-3; 5:12-21; Jn. 1:12-13.)
Despite the clear truth of God’s Word, the Vatican and their Protestant disciples (Luther, Calvin, etc.) still have the nerve to teach, “When a regenerated man, [a so-called ‘born anew’ church convert, who was initiated into the church through the rites of sprinkling-‘baptism,’ confirmation, etc.,] if such a man sins, it is not the man that sins. He is merely acting out of character.” According to these remorseless witches, moral sin has no bearing on church converts. They allege that their ‘totally deprived’ church members cannot choose either to do good or to sin, and therefore they cannot really sin, thus sin can never damage them. In other words, just as in raw paganism, their church members do not have a notion of moral or personal sin - and thus have no personal responsibility. Hence, continual repentance from sin, which the Lord Jesus Christ and all His sincere disciples commanded, never enters the minds of these ‘once-saved-always-saved,’ sinning Protestant pagans! However, Jesus’ disciple Paul clearly stated, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not... For the wages that sin pays is [eternal] death…” (Rom. 6:1, 21.)
‘Total depravity’ Called For ‘Unconditional Election,’ ‘Irresistible Grace,’ or Predestination
‘Saint’ Augustine’s Manichean doctrine of ‘unconditional election,’ or in fact, predestination, is the sinking sand on which Roman Catholics and all mainstream Protestants stand. John Calvin especially, made predestination one of the most important doctrines of his Reformed Churches – known in South Africa as the Dutch Reformed Church, or ‘Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk,’ and her sister-church ‘Die Hervormde Kerk.’ Like John Calvin, all other Augustinian followers such as Roman Catholics firmly believe in the ‘motivation’ for their doctrine of predestination: ‘total depravity,’ or “the complete depravity of free will,” which completely enslaves them to sin without the function of free choice. Therefore, they need their god’s “unconditional election,” or ‘irresistible grace,’ to choose for them.
No matter what they do, ultimately, their god will work out their salvation through his ‘irresistible grace,’ ‘unconditional election,’ or predestination. Hence, they believe that even those who hated, persecuted, murdered, and committed every other moral sin relentlessly and without any repentance whatsoever, will still be saved ‘unconditionally’ by the ‘irresistible grace’ of their god! Allegedly, their predestinating god alone decided “from the foundation of the world” who will be his ‘chosen elect,’ (to be saved through their church membership,) and who would burn in hell for all eternity. This means, their ‘god’ created most of humanity with the intention to damn them eternally without his ‘irresistible grace!’ This god also foreordains both their bad and their good works, as their dual god determines everything! The ‘unconditional election’ of this god, (just as that of the predestinating Islamic god,) even decides the measure of sin each one of his church members ‘has’ to commit! However, the True God of the Bible commanded in Deut. 30:19-20, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days…” Proverbs 3:31 confirms, “Do not envy the oppressor and choose none of his ways; for the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord…”
‘Predestination,’ or ‘Unconditional Election’ Necessitated ‘Particular Atonement’
In another steep twist of Biblical fact, (as most of humanity is born destined for eternal punishment in hell,) these Catholic and Protestant witches also teach ‘particular atonement,’ which means that Christ died only for the predestined, ‘chosen elect’ of these churches. Then again, none of these ‘predestined, atoned, unconditionally elected elite’ church members know for certain whether they will go to heaven, or to hell. They merely hope that, by remaining lifelong, devout members of their churches they might stand a chance to go to heaven!
Every one of these blasphemous teachings denies God’s entire New Testament Gospel, which declares, “God so loved the whole world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that everyone who [personally and sincerely] believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:16.) In agreement with the Lord Jesus and all His New Covenant disciples, Peter announced in 2 Pt. 3:9, “…God is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” The doctrines of predestination and ‘particular atonement’ are not found anywhere in the contextual truth of the New Testament Bible.
Under the New Testament Covenant, written in the blood of Jesus Christ, God chose to send His only begotten Son to atone in full for the sin of all humanity, (Jn. 3:16.) As a result, God ‘predestined’ and ‘called’ all of humanity “from the foundation of the world” to hear and accept the New Covenant Gospel of Christ, and to inherit eternal life in, and through Him – read Jesus’ commission in Mt. 28:19-20!
However, humanity has the personal responsibility to choose! God’s Biblical grace to make our own, personal choices, is the foundation of our life on earth and our New Testament salvation in Christ. If we did not have the ability to choose between right and wrong, God would never have commanded us to do anything. Instead, John explained, “[Jesus] came to His own, [the Hebrew nation,] but they [chose] not to receive Him. But as many as [did choose to receive] Him, to them He gave the [Godly] right to become children of God, to those who [personally choose to] believe in His Name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God,” (Jn. 1:11-13.)
These are the ones our omniscient God ‘foreknew,’ would choose to accept and obey His Son. These are the ones our omniscient God ‘foreknew,’ would choose to heed His call to repentance, “to be changed into the [holy] image of His Son, [not to become gods, but to be transformed in their minds to become obedient disciples of Christ.] (Rom. 8:28-30.)
‘Limited Atonement’ Requires ‘Sanctification’
Calvinism believes that Jesus’ so-called “limited or incomplete atonement” requires “sanctification” or the sacramental [meaning ‘ritual atonement’] process of ‘becoming’ holy. However, Jesus Alone is the eternal Christ - the holy, unblemished, sacrificial Lamb of God, Who suffered all of God’s judgment and punishment in the place of humanity, (or all sincerely believing people, who would accept Him personally, Jn. 3:16-17; 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6; Jn. 3:3-5...) When Jesus died on the cross, He declared, “It is finished!” His atonement for the entire sinful, cursed state of humanity was complete. During His life and through His death, Jesus had fulfilled all the requirements of both the ritual, (ceremonial) as well as the moral, Old Testament law, (Mt. 5:17.)
Yet, Catholicism and traditional Protestantism teach that Jesus’ atonement was only ‘limited or partial.’ Their church salvation needs the gradual, ritual fulfilment of their ‘atoning’ church sacraments, which ‘complete’ the ‘particular’ atonement of their christ through the process of sanctification. This doctrine of ‘sanctification’ originated from pagan temple worship. Just as in Christianity, pagan ‘sanctification’ means that any religious object or statue, (such as statues of ‘mother’ Mary, or Buddha,) is “set apart within that religion” as part of that religion, and therefore it is sanctified or sacred.” So, in both paganism and traditional Christianity, sanctification pertains to members, who are also ‘set apart within that religion’ through a process of ritual, ‘sin-atoning’ initiations such as the baby sprinkling-baptism and teenage confirmation, until the initiate achieves complete ‘sanctification’ or ‘holiness.’ [This compares perfectly to Buddhist and Hindu reincarnation until perfect “enlightenment” is achieved.]
Different from Catholicism, which only ‘deify’ outstanding members of the Catholic Church to sainthood or ‘godhood,’ traditional Protestantism churches such as Calvinism make all their church members into ‘saints’ through ritual ‘sanctification.’ But in the truth of contextual Scripture, all sincere believers in Christ are already completely holy or sanctified from the moment they personally accepted Jesus Christ, (1 Cor. 1:2; Rom. 1:1-7.)
The only growing process truly born again disciples of Christ experience, is “to grow in knowledge of God’s Word and in grace,” which is the “renewal of their minds to understand [and do] the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God,” (2 Pt. 3:18; Rom. 12:1-2.) The more Jesus’ disciples know how to obey Him and glorify His Name through their obedience to His will, the more they grow or mature spiritually in Christ. These born again saints have nothing to do with Roman Catholic ‘saints’ or ‘ceremonially sanctified’ Reformers. These saints are all members of the “royal [or spiritual] priesthood of sincere believers; the “holy nation,” “the chosen nation,” [not ‘predestined’ as in Calvinism,] according to Jn. 3:16-17. “His own special people… who, [by personally believing in Him and accepting Him in all the truth of His Word,] were called out of [the kingdom of spiritual death and darkness] into His marvelous light,” (1 Pt. 2:9-10.)
Of course, these saints, or completely holy people in Christ, now must repent from all moral sin, and guard against living a life of religious deception. “The coming of the lawless one is with all power, signs, lying wonders, and unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved,” (2 Ths. 2:8-10.) True saints must live as fully sanctified saints in the Kingdom of Christ. “For this is the will of God: your sanctification, [understanding and doing God’s will,] that you should abstain from sexual immorality… [lies, hatred, and every other contravention of God’s Moral Law of Love.] For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. He who rejects this does not reject man, but God, Who has also given us His Holy Spirit,” (1 Ths. 4:3-8.)
Predestination & Sanctification Produce “Unconditional Love” or “The Perseverance of the Saints”
There is a massive, modern rise in Roman Catholic/Reformed Calvinism. This “New Reformation” is secretly executed in the ecumenism (or unifying) of all churches and religions under the banner of the Roman Catholic Church. One of the main doctrines that ‘bind’ all the ecumenical churches together, is ‘The Perseverance of the Saints,’ ‘Free Grace,’ ‘The Unconditional Love of God,’ or the ‘Once Saved Always Saved,’ doctrine. This Catholic/Anglican, Lutheran/Calvinist teaching is the new fad, which Baptists and most other Evangelical churches such as the Pentecostal-Charismatics also teach.
John Calvin defined the ‘Unconditional Love of God’ as “The Perseverance of the Saints.” ‘Perseverance,’ in Catholic/Protestant context, does not mean, as in Biblical context, those who persevered, or continued in faith and in obedience to Jesus Christ through all or life’s trials and temptations, (Mt. 24:13; Lu. 21:1-19.) In this sense, ‘perseverance’ pertains only to those who were ‘unconditionally elected,’ (or predestined to church salvation,) as the ‘unconditional love’ of their god will automatically complete their church ‘faith,’ or in reality, their church membership, until the end. Wikipedia wrote, “Perseverance of the saints, as well as the corollary doctrine, ‘Once Saved, Always Saved,’ is a Calvinist [and Roman Catholic] teaching that asserts that once persons are truly “born of God” or “regenerated” [through the [power of the watergod: the rite of (baby) sprinkling, called “Baptismal Regeneration,”] nothing in heaven or earth shall be able to separate (them) from the love of God…” [They abuse Rom. 8:39 to confirm this deception.]
So, true Catholics/Calvinists, etc. cannot ‘fall away’ from their church membership, instituted by their first, ritual initiation, the baby sprinkling. Through their so-called ‘total depravity,’ they do not have the ‘ability’ to resist the ‘irresistible grace’ of their god, and his ‘unconditional love’ will always ‘preserve’ their church membership, (or sainthood,) notwithstanding their personal, moral lifestyle. Wikipedia explains, “The [Roman Catholic] Augustinian doctrines of grace regarding predestination are taught in the Reformed churches primarily to assure believers of their salvation since the Calvinist doctrines emphasize that salvation is entirely a sovereign gift of God apart from the recipient’s choice, deeds, or feelings…”
The Savior and Preserver: the Roman Catholic/Protestant, Christian Church
Pope Gregory the Great, (540-604 AD) announced, “The Holy Universal Church proclaims that God cannot truly be worshipped save within herself, and asserts that all they who are without her pale shall never be saved.”
Straight from the mouth of Gregory the ‘Great,’ Martin Luther, Zwingli, John Calvin, all other Protestant denominations, and even schisms from Christianity such as Seventh Day Adventists, Old and New Apostles, and Jehovah Witnesses believe, “The Church is our Mother; without her there exist no salvation and without her sacraments there exists no remission of sins!”
As long as these religionists remain church members, the ‘church remains their mother,’ and she will always ‘preserve the saints!’ (They do not even have to attend church, as their baptismal-contract with the water god is a life-term contract that keeps them bound to their churches.) ‘Saints’ too, as described in traditional Protestantism, has nothing to do with the Bible’s definition of truly born again, Holy-Spirit filled saints. Lutheran/Calvinist ‘saints’ are those who were allegedly ‘sanctified’ by their church’s ‘sin-atoning’ sacraments such as the baby sprinkling and teenage confirmation. Catholics also teach that a ‘baptized’ member of the Roman Church cannot ‘fall away’ from the sanctity of the church, [note how they replaced “Christ” with the “church,”] and declare those ‘anathema’ or cursed, who says such a thing.
When Martin Luther, adhering to the ‘perseverance of the saints’ doctrine, compiled his Lutheran bible, he rejected the book of James as “a straw epistle” and as “corrupted scripture,” as James states, “faith without [Moral Law] works is dead.” (Jn. 13:34.) Luther twisted, changed, and omitted these Scriptures in “his” bible, because the truth of James’ epistle [that must bear fruit, which fits or reflects true repentance,] clashed head on with the Roman Catholic/Augustinian doctrines of ‘total depravity,’ ‘irresistible grace,’ and the once saved, always saved deceptions.
Despite such overbearing witchcraft against the truth of His Word, Almighty God Himself declared, “Heaven is My throne and earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me… [I Am] God, Who made the world and everything in it… [and I] do not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor [Am I] worshiped with men’s hands, as though [I] need anything, since [I give] to all life, breath, and all things…” (Acts 7:48; 17:24-25.)
Roman Catholic/Protestant Church Mother’s “Efficacious” (Effective) ‘Atoning,’ ‘Saving’ Sacraments
Roman Catholics (and traditional Protestants) state that their church sacraments are "efficacious [necessary] signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which ‘divine’ life is dispensed to her members…” In defiance of God’s New Testament Covenant in Christ, the Council of Trent declared, "If anyone says that the sacraments [or ‘saving rituals’] of the New Law do not contain the grace which they signify or that they do not confer grace on those who place no obstacle to the same, let him be anathema [cursed!]" (Sess. viii, can.vi). "If anyone say that grace is not conferred by the [Christianized pagan church] sacraments ex opere operato, but that faith in God’s promises is alone sufficient for obtaining grace, let him be anathema…” Of course, saying your curses in Latin always makes them sound more ominous. “Anathema” is the Roman Catholic curse of ‘excommunication from God’ for all those who oppose the papacy. Thank God, curses on the Scripturally born again, Moral-Law obedient believers of Christ, which are without sound Biblical cause, have absolutely no power or effect, as none can curse those whom Jesus Christ Himself had blessed! (Mt. 25:34; Jn. 13:34.)
The truth of the Bible makes it clear that ‘divine life,’ (not their ungodly Theosis doctrine,) but Biblical salvation, redemption and blessing, comes exclusively through Christ Jesus Himself and His full atonement in our place, not through the Christianized, pagan rituals of a church. The writer of Acts 4:12 confirmed, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name (and Way) under the sun given among men by which we must be saved.”
Still, the Catholic Encyclopedia explains, “Scholastic writers… introduced into their explanations of the sacraments terms which were derived from the philosophy of [the Greek philosopher] Aristotle… to apply to them the words ‘matter’ (material) and ‘form’ (forma.) As in physical bodies, so also in the ‘sacramental rite’ we find two elements… the matter… [and] the form. I.e., water may be [natural water,] but the words pronounced by the priest when he pours water on the head of the child, with the intention of doing what the Church does, determines the meaning of the act… [which purifies] the soul by grace… visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions…”
The water and the “intention” of the priest, “sanctioned by the church,” purify the soul, not Christ Jesus and His complete atonement. This is so because the attending priest’s incantations bring the watergod to life, and so, the water itself is the god, savior or Christ of this ritual, just as in the pagan practice of cremation, where fire is the god that receives the soul of the deceased. The truth of the Bible commands that we, not church rites, performed by priests, must bear fruit - the fruit of the Holy Spirit Himself. God will only manifest real fruit, or Godly character traits through the obedience of His sincere believers, in the power and leading of the indwelling Holy Spirit, (Gal. 5:22!) Nonetheless, the Roman church continues, “Likewise, as the sole dispenser of Christ's sacraments, the Catholic Church itself is spoken of as "The universal Sacrament of salvation" containing the individual seven sacraments…”
In agreement with the ungodly view that the church itself constitutes salvation, Calvinists and other church and clergy declare, “The church is my mother; outside her there is no salvation!” The Bible plainly refutes this ungodly