sonlya2010
sonlya2010

God Bless you for exposing JK

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Miz Mack
Miz Mack

I have no idea how to reach you, but I hope that by posting here what I have posted at one of your videos, that you will be led by the Spirit to warn others, if possible. here is what I wrote: Jonathan Kleck has a new video on the Game of Thrones, Obama and Subud. If you watch from 22:00 you will be STUNNED at what he has to say when he refers to Gen.1:2. It is a confirmation that he is absolutely out of control. I was stunned! For some reason I felt led to go to his channel after not having been there for weeks. Oh wow! What he says in the first part of the vid is pretty much common knowledge, but, all of a sudden he blurts out his interpretation of the Word. Many baby Christians that follow him are in danger. Pray for them to have discernment.

Vor 4 Monate
Daniel Clingan
Daniel Clingan

Why do you deceive were in the end you will have to pay shortly repent ask the Lord for forgiveness and restate that you were wrong about Jonathan kleck he is the angel of the church Philadelphia !

Vor 7 Monate
moosieh1
moosieh1

Hi, someone posted a youtube link about a printer that prints all kinds of demonic stuff after it takes your picture. Do you remember that brief discussion you had with a brother concerning this demon technology, it was earlier this year, Jan/Feb of this year. Thanks

Vor 8 Monate
GEN6PROJECT
GEN6PROJECT

What the hell is this??? Just like I told you, this man is claiming "Jesus Christ" to be a woman! What a blasphemy!!! milwaukeebudz.com/v-video-RaLL6tegKgQ.html

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GEN6PROJECT
GEN6PROJECT

Hey Brother, I was going over some recent comments on my channel when I discovered a shocking comment with a link to this guys youtube channel. He's been bombarding me with links to his channel. The reason why I bring this up, is because I went to his channel and lo and behold I discovered something that shocked me to the point of disgust. This is right down your alley my brother and this man is claiming that God is woman and She is "Holy" and was "Jesus Christ" that came as a woman. Bro pls check this out!!! The blasphemies coming out from the first secs of this video is alarming to say the least. Yeshua bless you my brother in Christ. Link that was sent on my video "The Tower Of Babel, The Firmament and Satellites" : milwaukeebudz.com/v-video-xUGccj-1XuU.html&feature=youtu.be

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Crusader Of Christ
Crusader Of Christ

How Old is Your Church? If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex-monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517 and now has many divisions. If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to re-marry. Queen Elizabeth is now the head of this church. If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560. If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, your religion was an offshoot of the Church of England, founded by Samuel Seabury in the American colonies in the 17th century. If you are a Congregationalist, your religion was originated by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582 and consider the church a democracy. If you are a Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744. By the way, they believed in the need for holiness and believed in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. If you are Unitarian, Theophilus Lindley founded your church in London in 1774 and today more than half of them are atheists. If you are a Mormon (Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, N. Y., in 1829 after allegedly discovering golden plates. Mormons also deny the deity of Christ and the Trinity. If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1606. You are now divided into thousands of sects. If you are of the Dutch Reformed church, you recognize Michaelis Jones as founder, because he originated your religion in New York in 1628. If you worship with the Salvation Army, your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865 and you deny the sacraments. If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year in which your religion was born and to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy as its founder. If you belong to one of the religious organizations known as "Church of the Nazarene", "Pentecostal Gospel", "Holiness Church", "Pilgrim Holiness Church", "Jehovah's Witnesses", your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men within the past hundred years. If you are a Roman Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ the Son of God, and that it’s line of Popes can be traced back to Peter himself. The Papacy is the longest existing office in the world and the Catholic Church is now over 1 billion strong. According to the Oxford University World Christian Encyclopedia there are now (as of 2000) 33,820 (its OVER 40 000 Today) denominations and para-denominations worldwide. Did Jesus intend there to be 33,820 competing and contradicting Christian denominations? Please read John 17 where Jesus prayed for the Church to be one as he was one with his Father - that they would be perfected in unity.

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Crusader Of Christ
Crusader Of Christ

“There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures.” ... The Bible also talks about the need for someone to explain the true meaning of scripture, in Acts 8:30-35: ... “So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless some one guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this: "As a sheep led to the slaughter or a lamb before its shearer is dumb,so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him.Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken up from the earth."And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, pray, does the prophet say this, about himself or about some one else?" Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus.” ... You don’t learn to fly an airplane on your own, without a teaching authority, so why would you think you can get to heaven on your own without a teaching authority? If you want to go to the moon, you have to go to a launch site and get on a rocket. You can’t get there all on your own. It’s the same with getting to heaven. You have to use the Church, and its teaching authority from Jesus, at least according to the Bible. ... To many people looking in from the outside, the Catholic Church appears dark, like when one looks at a stained glass window from the outside of the Church building. However, once people truly investigate the early Church Fathers, and see that the Church today is the same Church that was around for the first 15 centuries of Christianity, it is like being on the inside of the Church building and looking at the same dark stained glass window, only now it is beautifully lit up by the "sonlight".

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Crusader Of Christ
Crusader Of Christ

So what is the role of the Church, as given to us from the Bible? Is the Bible alone all we need, or does the Church also play a role in our lives? Does the Bible come from the Church, or does the Church come from the Bible? The answer is that the Church gave the world the Bible. The Bible does not exist apart from the church, nor does the Church exist apart from the Bible. The Church was established by Jesus Christ around 33 AD, and the New Testament was not finalized in its present form until 382 AD, about 350 years later. Pope St. Damasus I, at the Council of Rome, in 382, proposed the current canon of scripture with 73 books (46 OT + 27 NT). Subsequent councils at Hippo in 393 AD, and at Carthage in 397 AD, ratified this canon as being inspired and complete. Pope Innocent I sent a letter out in the year 405 AD that listed all 73 books as being the total and complete canon of the Christian Bible. The Catholic Bibles of today still have all of these 73 books. All of these books were printed up in the mid fifteenth century in the first printed bible, the Gutenberg Bible. Martin Luther, in the following century, disagreed with the 1100 year old canon of scripture and removed 7 books from his version of the Bible that he didn’t agree with, so the Protestant Bible only has 66 books as a result of his editing. Following the Protestant Reformation, the Council of Trent re-ratified the 1100 year old Canon of scripture with all 73 books. What authority does the Church have in our lives? Isn’t it just me and the Bible alone? Why do I need a man-made institution like the Church to tell me what to do? Well, for starters, who can properly interpret all of the passages of scriptures, written thousands of years ago, in different languages with different idioms, nuances to words, & in a vastly different culture? Well, the Church was there at the time, while we were not. Even people who believe in scripture alone have bibles with explanatory footnotes in them, which are not inspired words. If we live to be 100, and study the bible every day, we will not have the knowledge of a 2000 year old institution like the Church. The great thinkers and scholars of the Church, like Ignatius, Jerome, Augustine, Thomas of Aquinas, etc., have already figured it all out for us. To not listen to them would be as silly as not listening to Einstein when trying to understand the theory of Relativity. And is the Church man-made, or does it come from God Himself? In Matthew 16:18- 19, Jesus establishes His Church for eternity when he told Peter: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." “My Church”, He said, not “My Churches”. And Jesus gave his church authority to bind and loose anything in His name. To bind and to loose means to be able to ratify issues, or to not ratify issues. Any issues. And the matter is not only settled on earth, but also in heaven. Are there any other instances in the Bible where Church authority is spelled out? Yes, there are. In Matthew 18:15-19, Jesus says: "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." Jesus says that we should listen to the Church, or be regarded no better than a tax collector! Also, in Luke 10:16, Jesus tells the Church leaders the following: "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me." By rejecting the authority of the Church, you reject Jesus Himself! In 1 John 4:1-6, St. John the Apostle says the following, concerning false prophets and true prophets: "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already. Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world, therefore what they say is of the world, and the world listens to them. We are of God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and he who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error." Here St. John says that whoever knows God listens to the Church leaders, and whoever does not know God, does not listen to Church leaders. So what about all of the Church scandals? Doesn’t the fact that there have been priests who have abused altar boys prove that the Church is not of God? The answer is that there have always been fallible humans in the Church, starting with Judas and Peter, who both denied Christ in their own ways. The Church has survived them, as it will all scandalous people. The Bible itself (Matthew 16:18) says that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church”. In America, the fact that Presidents have cheated on their wives and used their office to get rich doesn’t mean that America and all other Americans are evil as well. It only means that a great country like America can have fallible, sinful leaders. The Church is no different. Fallible leaders in the church don’t negate the teachings of the Church concerning the realities of the Eucharist or the Trinity. So is the Church infallible? Certainly it is when teaching faith and morals, but it certainly is not when it comes to investments, sports, politics, etc. Why is this? The Bible says in John 16:13: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” The Spirit came to the Church at Pentecost, 10 days after the Ascension of Jesus, and has indeed been guiding the Church in truth for all of these years. Notice that the Spirit didn’t come to each individual, but to the Church. In Revelation 2-3, Jesus wrote His letters to the individual churches, not to individuals. It seems each branch of His Church was going off on its own way, like churches today even do, and He was trying to let them know what they were doing right and wrong. The authority of Jesus is that of God the Father. Jesus said in Matthew 28:18: “And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” And Jesus told the Church leaders in John 20:21: Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." So here is Jesus, who has ALL authority on heaven and earth, sending the Church leaders of the day forward just as the Father sent him: to preach, to teach, to heal, to appoint successors, to give the faithful the Eucharist, to forgive sins, etc. How do we know the Catholic Church is true? Because, according to the Bible, the true church has to be: 1. One (Romans 12:5) 2. Holy (Ephesians 5:25-27) 3. Catholic (Matthew 28:19-20) 4. Apostolic (Ephesians 2:19-20, Acts 1:15-26) No other Church today can claim all 4 requirements; only the Catholic Church can. ... In summary, Jesus Himself created the Church, about 350 years before the Bible in its present form was canonized by the Church at the Councils of Rome, Hippo, and Carthage. Jesus told the Church in Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." ... Notice that Jesus didn’t say for the Church leaders to write everything down in a book, make sure that everyone gets a copy, have them figure it all out for themselves, and whatever they come up with is OK. No, he said for the Church to go forth and TEACH all nations. The Bible, of course, is the book that the Church uses to teach, but the authority of the Church must be taken into account when trying to understand its true meaning. The Bible itself warns us that some scripture is hard to understand (2 Peter 3:16), and warns us that misinterpretation can lead to our own destruction:

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Crusader Of Christ
Crusader Of Christ

RELICS 2 Kgs 13:20-21 - Elisha’s bones give life to a dead man (1st class relic) Mt 9:20-22 - Jesus’ garment cures a woman (2nd class relic) Acts 19:11,12 - handkerchiefs and aprons touch to Paul’s body heal the sick (3rd class relic) Acts 5:15-16 - Peter’s shadow thought to heal the sick SAINTS Mk 12:26-27 - “not God of the dead, but of the living.” Jn 15:1-8 - vine and its branches 1 Cor 12:25-27; Rom 12:4-5 - body of Christ. Eph 6:18; Rom 15:30; Col 4:3; 1 Thess 1:11 - intercessory prayer. Jos 5:14; Dan 8:17; Tob 12:16 - veneration of angels united with God (Mt 18:10) 1 Cor 13:12; 1 John 3:2 - saints also united with God Lk 20-34-38 - those who died are like angels 2 Mac 15:11-16 - deceased Onias and Jeremiah interceded for Jews Rev 5:8; Rev 8:3-4 - saints in heaven presenting to the Lamb the prayers of those on earth SALVATION (“Have you been saved?”) Past Event (“I have been saved”) Rom 8:24 - in you hope you were saved Eph 2:5-8 - by grace you have been saved 2 Tim 1:9 - he saved us, he called us Titus 3:5 - he saved us though the washing of regeneration Present Event (“I am being saved”) Phil 2:12 - work out your salvation with fear and trembling 1 Pet 1:9 - as you attain the goal of your faith, salvation Future Event (“I will be saved”) Mt 10:22 - he who endures to the end will be saved Mt 24:13 - he who perseveres to the end will be saved Mk 8:35 - he who loses his life for my sake will save it Acts 15:11 - we shall be saved through the grace of Jesus Rom 5:9-10 - since we are justified, we shall be saved Rom 13:11 - salvation is nearer now than when we first believed 1 Cor 3:15 - he will be saved, but only through fire Heb 9:28 - Jesus will appear again to bring salvation “Once saved always saved” denied by Scripture Mt 7:21 - Not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” will be saved Mt 24:13 - he who perseveres to the end will be saved Rom 11:21-22 - spare branches, continue or be cut off. 1 Cor 9:27 - “I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Cor 10:12 - “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!.” Gal 5:4 - “You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” Gal 5:4 - “you have fallen from grace” Phil 2:12 - “work out salvation with fear and trembling.” Heb 4:1 - “the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.” Heb 6:4-6 - describes “enlightened” Christians who have fallen away from Christ Heb 10:26-29 - “worse punishment … for the man who has spurned the Son of God, and profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace” Jas 5:19-20 - Christians can “wander from the truth,” which leads to “death” 2 Pet 2:1 - “even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Pet 2:20 - some have come to knowledge of Christ but they have returned to sin and their end is worse than their beginnings 1 Jn 5:16-17 - some sins are mortal, some not SCRIPTURE & TRADITION Jn 21:25 - not everything is in the Bible 2 Thess 2:15; 2 Tim 2:2; 1 Cor 11:2; 1 Thess 2:13 - Paul speaks of oral tradition Acts 2:42 - early Christians followed apostolic tradition 2 Pet 3:16 - Bible hard to understand, meaning easily distorted 2 Jn 1:12; 3 Jn 1:13-14 - more oral tradition 2 Pet 1:20-21 - against personal interpretation of Bible Acts 8:31; Heb 5:12 - guidance needed to interpret scriptures SEVEN SACRAMENTS INSTITUTED BY CHRIST 1. Baptism - Mt 28:19 2. Confirmation - Acts 8:14-17; Heb 6:2 3. Eucharist - Mt 26:26-29 4. Penance - John 20:21-23 5. Anointing of Sick - Mk 6:13, James 5:14-15 6. Holy Orders - Acts 6:3-6; 1 Tim. 3:1; 1 Tim. 3:8-9; 1 Tim. 4:14-16; 1 Tim. 5:17-19-22 7. Matrimony - Mt 19:10-11; Eph 5:31-32 STATUES & ICONS Ex 25:18-22, 26:1, 31; Num 21:8-9 - God commands sacred images to be made 1 Kgs 6:23-29, 35, 7:29 - Solomon’s Temple contained both statues and images TRINITY (one Substance, three divine Persons) Mt 28:19 - Baptism is Trinitarian “I baptize you in the name (singular) of the Father, and of Son, and of Holy Spirit.” Jesus is a Divine Person Jn 1:1 the Word was with God and the Word was God Jn 8:58-59 - Before Abraham was, I AM Jn 10:30 - Jesus “I and the Father are one." Jn 20:28 - Jesus accepts Thomas’ words “My Lord and my God!” Col 2:9 - in [Jesus] dwells bodily the whole fullness of God Holy Spirit is a Divine Person Jn 14:26 - the Holy Spririt will teach you all things Acts 5:3-4 - lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to God Acts 13:2 - “Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me…’” WORSHIP Rev 4:8 - heavenly hosts repeat set prayers 1 Kg 8:54; 2 Chr 6:13; Ezra 9:5; Mt 17:14; Lk 5:8 - kneeling as a position of prayer and worship Rev 5:8; 8:3-4 - incense used in New Testament 1 Cor 12 - different roles of members of body Heb 13:10; Rev 8:3 - Christian worship involves an altar Rev 4:4 - elders/presbyters (priests) wearing vestments in worship

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Crusader Of Christ
Crusader Of Christ

FAITH & WORKS James 2:24 - not justified by faith alone James 2:26 - faith without works is dead Gal 5:6 - we must have “faith working in love” Phil 2:12; 2 Cor 5:10; Rom 2:6-10, 13, 3:31; Mt 25:32-46; Gal 6:6-10; Rev 20:12 - works have merit Jn 14:15 - if you love me, keep my commandments 1 Jn 2:3-4; 1 Jn 3:24; 1 Jn 5:3 - keep commandments VIRGIN MARY Lk 1:42-48 - “blessed are you among women.” Jn 2:1-5 - Mary’s intercession Lk 1:43 - Mary is “Mother of God” Immaculate Conception of Mary The Immaculate Conception is the doctrine that Mary was conceived without original sin by the “pre-applied” grace of Christ’s death on the cross Gen 3:15 with Rev 12:1-17 Mary is the New Eve and enemy of the Serpent Lk 1:28 - “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” The Greek word for “full of grace” is kecharitomene, denoting a plenitude of grace. Wherever grace is full, sin is absent. Mary Ever-Virgin John 19:26-27 - Jesus gives care of Mary to John, not one of his “brothers” 2 Sam 6:23; Gen 8:7, Dt 34:6 - passages demonstrating that “until” (Mt 1:25) does not denote consummation Rev 11:19-12:3 - Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant and it would be unfitting for her sacred womb to be violated PETER & PAPACY Peter, the first Pope, is named 195 times in the New Testament - more than all the other Apostles combined. Mt 16:18 - on this rock (Peter) I will build my Church Mt 16:19 - I will give you the keys of the kingdom…whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven Lk 22:32 - Peter’s faith will strengthen his brethren Lk 24:34 - Peter is first apostle to see resurrected Christ Jn 21:17 - Peter is Christ’s chief shepherd who “feeds the sheep” Mk 16:7 - angel sent to announce resurrection to Peter Acts 1:13-26 - Peter oversees election of Matthias Acts 2:14 - Peter preaches first apostolic sermon Acts 3:6-7 - Peter performs first apostolic miracle Acts 8:21 - Peter excommunicates first heretic Acts 10:44-46 - Peter baptizes first Gentile Acts 15:7 - Peter presides over first apostolic council Acts 15:19 - Peter pronounces first apostolic dogma Gal 1:18 - Paul visits Peter after his conversion PRIESTHOOD The English word “priest” comes from the Greek work “presbyter” meaning “elder”. Rom 15:16 Paul calls himself “a minister of Christ Jesus with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God” Acts 1:15-26; 2 Tim 2:2; Tit 1:5 - unbroken Apostolic Succession of laying on of hands Acts 15:6,23; 1 Tim 4:14, 5:22; 1 Tim 5:17; Jas 5:13-15 - presbyters/elders (priests) were ordained to preach and administer the sacraments. Lk 16:24; Rom 4; 1 Cor 4:14-15; Acts 7:2; 1 Thes 2:11; 1 Jn 2:13-14 - ministers called “father” Gen 14:18; Ps 110:4; Heb 7:1-17 - priest forever according to order of Melchizedek, offering bread and wine. PURGATORY Purgatory is the state where the Holy Spirit purifies people who are saved but who still need to repent of their particular sins. Christ remits eternal guilt at justification, but completes personal sanctificatin, if necessary, in purgatory. 1 Cor 3:15 - “he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.” Lk 12:59; 1 Pet 1:7; Mt 5:25-26 - examples of temporal punishment Heb 12:6-11 - God’s painful discipline Mt 12:32 - no forgiveness…nor in the age to come. Rev 21:27 - nothing unclean shall enter heaven Heb 12:23 - souls in heaven “having been made perfect.” Col 1:24 - “extra” suffering RELICS 2 Kgs 13:20-21 - Elisha’s bones give life to a dead man (1st class relic) Mt 9:20-22 - Jesus’ garment cures a woman (2nd class relic) Acts 19:11,12 - handkerchiefs and aprons touch to Paul’s body heal the sick (3rd class relic) Acts 5:15-16 - Peter’s shadow thought to heal the sick SAINTS Mk 12:26-27 - “not God of the dead, but of the living.” Jn 15:1-8 - vine and its branches 1 Cor 12:25-27; Rom 12:4-5 - body of Christ. Eph 6:18; Rom 15:30; Col 4:3; 1 Thess 1:11 - intercessory prayer. Jos 5:14; Dan 8:17; Tob 12:16 - veneration of angels united with God (Mt 18:10) 1 Cor 13:12; 1 John 3:2 - saints also united with God Lk 20-34-38 - those who died are like angels 2 Mac 15:11-16 - deceased Onias and Jeremiah interceded for Jews Rev 5:8; Rev 8:3-4 - saints in heaven presenting to the Lamb the prayers of those on earth

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Crusader Of Christ
Crusader Of Christ

CHURCH AUTHORITY Acts 2:42 - doctrine, community, sacred rite (bread) Eph 5:25-26 - Christ loves the Church 1 Tim 3:15 - church is “the pillar and foundation of the truth.” Mt 16:18; 20:20 - Christ protects Church Heb 13:17 - “obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls” Mt 18:17-18 - church as final authority Mt 23:2 - Pharisees succeeded Moses (seat of Moses) 1 Cor 5:5; 1 Tim 1:20 - Church has power of excommunication CHURCH UNITY Jn 10:16 - one sheepfold and one shepherd Jn 17:17-23 - Jesus prays that his disciples might be one as He and the Father are one Rom 12:4-5 - though many, we are one body in Christ Rom 16:17 - avoid those who cause schism 1 Cor 1:10 - there should be no divisions among you Eph 4:3-6 - one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, on faith, one baptism, one God & Father Col 3:15 - called in one body CONFESSION Jn 20:22-23 - “if you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven.” Mt 18:18 - binding on earth and heaven 2 Cor 5:18 - the Apostles possess the “ministry of reconciliation.” Jas 5:14-16 - speaks about the forgiveness of sins, anointing of the sick, confession DEUTEROCANONICAL BOOKS ARE SCRIPTURAL The seven books are: Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Sirach (aka Ecclesiasticus), Baruch, and 1 and 2 Maccabees. The Council of Rome in AD 382 formally canonized these seven “deuterocanonical” books along with the rest of the OT and NT as we know it. In the 1500s, Martin Luther removed these seven books from the OT because first century Rabbinical Jews had previously rejected them. Protestants call them the “Apocrypha” meaning “hidden” books. First century Jews who denied that Jesus was the Messiah rejected these seven books because of their emphasis on the Messiah and the resurrection. However, the New Testament actually refers to the seven “extra” deuterocanonical books, which means that the NT authors approved of these seven books. For example: o Heb 11:35 refers to 2 Mac 6:18-7:42 o 1 Pet 1:6-7 refers to Wisdom 3:5-6 o Rom 1:18-32 refers to Wisdom 13:1-9 The Greek version of the OT called the “Septuagint” contained the deuterocanonicals and the Septuagint is frequently quoted by the NT authors: Is 7:14 - Mt 1:23; Is 40:3 - Mt 3:3; Joel 2:30-31 - Acts 2:19-29; Ps 95:7-9 - Heb 3:7-9. EUCHARIST & REAL PRESENCE Mt 26:26-27; Mk 14:22,24; Lk 22:19-20; 1 Cor 10:24-25 - “This is my Body…This is my Blood.” 1 Cor 5:7 - “Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast” (i.e. the Eucharist) 1 Cor 10:16 - eating Eucharist is participation or communion with the Body and Blood of Christ. 1 Cor 11:26-30 - unworthy eating is sinning against the Body and Blood of Christ Jn 6:52-58 - you must eat the Body and Blood of Jesus [52] The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" don’t make[53] So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; [54] he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. [55] For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. [56] He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. [57] As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. [58] This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever." Ps 27:1-2; Is 9:18-20; Is 49:26; Mic 3:3; Rev 17:6,16 - shows that symbolic interpretation of Jn 6 inappropriate Gen 14:18; Ps 110:4; Heb 7:1-17 - Christ is a priest like Melchizedek, offering bread and wine Acts 2:42 - “breaking of bread” refers to Eucharist

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Crusader Of Christ
Crusader Of Christ

One of Martin Luther’s invented theories from the 16th century was that “The Bible Alone” is all that is necessary to understand God’s Holy Word - No Pope, no Magesterium, no man, no woman, no university, etc., is necessary to understand what God meant to say in scripture. A scholar, a milkmaid, a janitor, a slave, a freeman, etc., can all grasp the complete meaning of scripture without any other aid or person. Why? Because in Luther’s mind, the Holy Spirit comes to each of us to impart the truth, whether we are scholars or not, whether we understand Latin and Greek or not, or whether we are holy or not. But we all know that this isn’t true. For starters, there is the King James Study Bible, complete with “doctrinal footnotes.” Doctrinal footnotes “explain” the meaning and context of certain parts of the bible that the average reader may not know about. But if “the Bible Alone” is all we need, then why are “Doctrinal footnotes,” which are NOT scriptural, added to scripture to explain it? Is the Holy Spirit asleep or something? Why are man-made footnotes even needed if “The Bible Alone” is all we need? And if “the Bible Alone” is indeed a true philosophy, then why do some Lutheran Churches like the ELCA say that practicing homosexual ministers are OK, and other Lutheran Churches like the Missouri Synod say that they are not? Both Churches are descendants of Martin Luther, and they both use “the Bible Alone” as their method of studying scripture. There are approximately 33,000 different protestant denominations today, all using “the Bible Alone” as their tradition. But they all interpret the bible differently, or they wouldn’t be a different denomination. Is the Holy Spirit divided? Just for fun, let’s use the King James Bible and the tradition of “The Bible Alone,” and see what we come up with. We won’t use any other reference sources, because to do so is to admit that “The Bible Alone” is not true. Numbers 24:8: The Lord brought him out of Egypt; he hath the strength of a UNICORN. -- Using “the Bible Alone” theory, we can conclude that unicorns are real creatures, not imaginary. 2 Thessalonians 2:15: Therefore brethren, hold fast to the traditions ye have been taught, by word or by epistle. -- Using “The Bible Alone” theory, we can conclude that traditions are good, whether they are written or whether they were orally taught. James 2: 20: But will you know, o man, that faith without works is dead? -- Using “the Bible Alone” theory, we can conclude that good works are a necessary component of our faith, and are not “useless.” Romans 2:6: For God will render to every man according to his deeds. -- Using “the Bible Alone” theory, we can conclude that God will judge us according to our deeds. Revelation 20:13: And the sea gave up the dead in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. -- Using “the Bible Alone,” we can conclude that the dead will be judged according to their works. Luke 1:5-6: There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. -- Using “the Bible Alone,” we can conclude that there are indeed righteous people in the New Testament besides Jesus. Hebrews 10: 26-29: For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour them. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much worse punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 2 Peter 2:20-22: For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter is worse with them than the former. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog returned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. -- Using “the Bible Alone,” we can conclude that people can indeed lose their salvation after having been “saved,” and the “once saved, always saved” philosophy is unbiblical and a tradition of man. Acts 8: 26-31: And the angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, “Understandest thou what thou readest?” And he said, “How can I, except some man should guide me?” And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. -- Using “the Bible Alone,” we can conclude that scripture is hard to understand, and we need someone from the Church to explain it to us. Romans 11:26: And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written,” There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” -- Using “the Bible Alone,” we can conclude that every Israeli ever born, including Caiaphas and Judas, will be saved. All means all, after all! 1 Corinthians 3:13-15: Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall disclose it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he shall be saved; yet so as by fire. -- Using “the Bible Alone,” we can conclude that on our judgment day, some will be saved after undergoing a trial by fire, and some will go directly to heaven with no purifying fire. Acts 7:2: And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, -- Using “the Bible Alone,” we can conclude that it is OK to refer to men as a “father." 2 Corinthians 1:1:Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: 2 Corinthians 2:13: I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia. -- Using “the Bible Alone,” we can conclude that Timothy and Titus were the blood brothers of Paul. Hebrews 13:10: We have an altar, that they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. -- Using “the Bible Alone,” we can conclude that a church must have an altar and a tabernacle, which provides sacred food that unbelievers do not have a right to eat. 1 Corinthians 10: 16-21: The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the alter? What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. -- Using “the Bible Alone,” we can conclude that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ and not symbolic, and it is a sacrifice akin to the altar sacrifices of the Jews and the Gentiles. Otherwise, Paul would not have compared it to them. This is just a sampling of what “the Bible Alone” theory offers. Most protestants will tell you that what YOU have come with using “the Bible Alone” is erroneous, while what they came up with using “the Bible Alone” is of course infallible. But that argument fails on two counts - first, if “the Bible Alone” is true, then whatever one comes up with is true, since the Holy Spirit is guiding that person, and second, if no person is infallible, like they claim about the Pope, then how can what they come up with be infallible?

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Crusader Of Christ
Crusader Of Christ

It’s important also to note that the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls included the book of Tobit and the book of Sirach, proving that the people back then thought them canonical, because they were found with the book of Isaiah and other Old Testament books. And you can check all of this out for yourself. The first bible ever printed was the Gutenberg Bible, in the century BEFORE Luther started his Reformation. And the 7 books are indeed in that Bible. To see for yourself, click here. And an interesting numerology coincidence occurs here as well. In the bible, the number 7 denotes perfection (God rested on the 7th day, 7 spirits that minister to God, 7 sacraments), and the number 3 represents the Holy Trinity. On the other hand, the number 6 represents imperfection (as in 666). Therefore, 73 books sure sounds a lot better than 66 books! To check out a great list of all of the New Testament references to the deuterocanonicals by Catholic genius and all around good guy Jimmy Akin, click here. Some of the more interesting items in these 7 books are as follows: In 2 Maccabees 12:39-45, we learn how Judas Maccabees prayed for the dead and made atonement FOR THEM by sending money to the temple as a sin offering (purgatory). In 2 Maccabees 6:12-14, we learn how God punishes nations. In 2 Maccabees 2:4-7, we learn the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant and when it will be found (Sorry Indiana Jones!). In 2 Maccabees 15:12-17, we learn about how saints in heaven pray for us and help us out here on earth. In Wisdom 7, we see a biblical type of the Blessed Virgin Mary known as "wisdom." In Sirach 38:1-15, we learn about the role of the physician and how God uses him/her to cure us. In Tobit, we learn about the Archangel Raphael (a name which means God Heals), the only place in the entire bible where he is mentioned. We also learn about the antimarriage demon Asmodeus. In Judith, we see a biblical type of Mary crushing the head of the serpent; Judith cuts off the head of the evil General Holofernes, and saves Israel.

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So why does the Catholic Bible have 73 books, while the Protestant Bible has only 66 books? Some protestants believe that the Catholic Church added 7 books to the Bible at the Council of Trent in response to Luther’s Reformation, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In about 367 AD, St. Athanasius came up with a list of 73 books for the Bible that he believed to be divinely inspired. This list was finally approved by Pope Damasus I in 382 AD, and was formally approved by the Church Council of Rome in that same year. Later Councils at Hippo (393 AD) and Carthage (397 AD) ratified this list of 73 books. In 405 AD, Pope Innocent I wrote a letter to the Bishop of Toulouse reaffirming this canon of 73 books. In 419 AD, the Council of Carthage reaffirmed this list, which Pope Boniface agreed to. The Council of Trent, in 1546, in response to the Reformation removing 7 books from the canon (canon is a Greek word meaning “standard”), reaffirmed the original St. Athanasius list of 73 books. So what happened? How come the King James Bible only has 66 books? Well, Martin Luther didn’t like 7 books of the Old Testament that disagreed with his personal view of theology, so he threw them out of his bible in the 16th Century. His reasoning was that the Jewish Council of Jamnia in 90 AD didn’t think they were canonical, so he didn’t either. The Jewish Council of Jamnia was a meeting of the remaining Jews from Palestine who survived the Roman persecution of Jerusalem in 70 AD. It seems that the Jews had never settled on an official canon of OT scripture before this. The Sadducees only believed in the first 5 books of the Bible written by Moses (the Pentateuch), while the Pharisees believed in 34 other books of the Old Testament as well. However, there were other Jews around from the Diaspora, or the dispersion of the Jews from the Babylonian captivity, who believed that another 7 books were also divinely inspired. In fact, when Jesus addressed the Diaspora Jews (who spoke Greek) he quoted from the Septuagint version of the scriptures. The Septuagint was a Greek translation by 70 translators of the Hebrew Word. The Septuagint includes the disputed 7 books that Protestants do not recognize as scriptural. Initially, Luther wanted to kick out some New Testament Books as well, including James, Hebrews, Jude, and Revelation. He actually said that he wanted to “throw Jimmy into the fire”, and that the book of James was “an epistle of straw.” What is strange is that Luther eventually accepted all 27 books of the New Testament that the Catholic Pope Damasus I had approved of in 382 AD, but didn’t accept his Old Testament list, preferring instead to agree with the Jews of 90 AD. Luther really didn’t care much for Jews, and wrote an encyclical advocating the burning of their synagogues, which seems like a dichotomy. Why trust them to come up with an accurate canon of scripture when you hate and distrust them so much? And why trust the Catholic Church which he called “the whore of Babylon” to come up with an accurate New Testament list? Can you imagine the outrage by non-Catholics today if the Pope started throwing books out of the Bible? But strangely, Luther gets a pass on doing that exact same thing. For the record, Jesus took the Kingdom away from the Jews (Matthew 21:43), and gave it to Peter and His new Church (Matthew 16:18), so the Jewish Council of Jamnia had no Godly authority to decide anything in 90 AD. They used 4 criteria for deciding whether or not certain books were canonical - 1. The books had to conform to the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Bible- ......Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy); 2. They could not have been written after the time of Ezra (around 400 BC); 3. They had to be written in Hebrew; 4. They had to be written in Palestine. So this method employed by first century Jews would automatically exclude all of the Gospels, and the Epistles of the New Testament, which were also written in the first century. But there were other books written before Christ, after Ezra, and some in Greek as well. These 7 books were accepted by the Diaspora Jews (the Alexandrian Canon) who were not in Palestine. These 7 books are Tobit, Judith, Baruch, Wisdom, Sirach, First Maccabees, and Second Maccabees, as well as additional verses of Daniel and Esther. These books are called the “deuterocanon”, or second canon, by Catholics, and the “apocrypha”, or hidden/obscure, by Protestants (Christians who protest against the Catholic Church). There are several objections to these 7 books, besides not being approved at the Jewish Council Jamnia. Some say that since the New Testament never references these disputed books, then that proves that they are not canonical. But that isn’t right, because the nondisputed books of Ecclesiastes and Ezra aren’t mentioned in the New Testament at all, not even once. By this standard then, Ecclesiastes and Ezra aren’t canonical either. On the other hand, there are many references indeed from the deuterocanonicals in the New Testament. Anybody who reads the book of Wisdom 2: 12-20 would immediately recognize that this is a direct reference to the Jews who were plotting against Jesus in Matthew 27:41-43: Wisdom 2:12-20: "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training. He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord. He became to us a reproof of our thoughts; the very sight of him is a burden to us, because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange. We are considered by him as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; he calls the last end of the righteous happy, and boasts that God is his father. Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; for if the righteous man is God's son, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries. Let us test him with insult and torture, that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance. Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected." Matthew 27: 41-43: So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him; for he said, `I am the Son of God.’” Another similar instance of this is Hebrews 11:35 being a direct reference to 2 Maccabees 7, where the mother and her 7 sons were slaughtered by the evil King for not forsaking the Jewish law. Romans 1:19-25 is also referenced in Wisdom 12-13. The clincher, of course, is that Jesus Himself observed the feast of Hannukah, or the Dedication of the Temple, in John 10. This can be found in the Old Testament book of First Maccabees, Chapter 4, which is in the Catholic Bible, but not in the Protestant Bible. Additionally, there are some unscriptural books referenced in the New Testament, like Enoch and the Assumption of Moses (in the book of Jude), so if the standard is that books referenced in the New Testament are canonical, then Enoch and the Assumption of Moses would be in the Old Testament, but they are not. Some people object to these 7 books because they claim some of the early church fathers like St. Jerome didn’t think they were divinely inspired. While it’s great that all of a sudden so many non-Catholics start quoting the early Church Fathers, it’s not right to quote them on this and then not on the Eucharist, the papacy, or the supremacy of Rome, all which prove that the Catholic Church was the only Church around in those days. St. Jerome initially had some concerns about these books, saying that the Palestinian Jews didn’t consider them canonical, but St. Jerome was not infallible, and later agreed that they were. All of the early Church Fathers accepted these disputed books as divinely inspired. Still others object to some of the disputed 7 books because of historical or geographical errors in them. And there are some, but it has to be remembered that not all stories in the Bible are historical. For instance, was there really a rich man who died and went to hell, and then saw his poor servant in the bosom of Abraham? Was there really a young man who sold his inheritance and went off to a faraway country and squandered it, and returned home as the prodigal son? Was there really a vineyard where the workers who showed up late got paid the same as the workers who worked all day? Or is it rather not more important that these parables teach important theological lessons than it is for them to be 100% historically accurate? In other words, books of fiction that relate Biblical truths can be divinely inspired.

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Crusader Of Christ
Crusader Of Christ

What is Sacred Tradition in the Catholic Church? Isn't the Bible Alone sufficient for us without all of the "Tradition" that pollutes the Word of God with man-made stuff? The answer is absolutely not. Sacred Tradition is the oral teaching of Jesus Christ handed down to his apostles, who in turn handed it down to their disciples (the early Church Fathers), and then to the next generation, and then finally to us. How do we know this? Well, for almost 400 years there was no written New Testament to fall back on. All of the apostles and disciples taught orally for the first 400 years. Yes, you might say, but didn't Paul, Peter, John, Luke, etc., write everything down in their epistles and gospels? Yes, they did, but none of it was widely available to geographically separated disciples and it wasn't part of "The Bible" until the Councils of Rome, Hippo, and Carthage put the 27 books of the New Testament together in 382 AD, 393 AD, and 397 AD. At that time, it took on the mantle of infallible scripture with the Old Testament. Interestingly, Protestants today accept this Catholic "Tradition" of these 27 books of the Bible being divinely inspired. Protestants also accept the Catholic Tradition of meeting on Sunday, rather than the Jewish custom of meeting on Saturday. Why is Tradition important? Well, for starters, people who translate the bible into their vernacular might want to put their particular spin on a verse, like Luther did with Romans 3:28, when he inserted the word "alone" after "faith" ("For we hold that a man is justified by faith [alone] apart from works of law"), a word that was not in the Latin text from St. Jerome. He justified it based on his personal opinion on what the verse should have said, even though it directly contradicts James 2:24 ("You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone"). So Tradition took a hit there, and the whole Protestant Reformation began, based on "Sola Fide", or the erroneous doctrine of being saved by "Faith Alone". Scripture cannot be in conflict with Scripture, and one of the ways this is guaranteed is by Sacred Tradition. There are some instances of Sacred Tradition in the Bible that are interesting. For instance, in Acts 20:35, Paul says the following: "In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, `It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" These words are not recorded anywhere else in the Bible, including the 4 gospels, so this is one example of an oral teaching of Jesus being handed on to Paul,who hands it down to us. Another example of this is in the book of Jude 1:9, which says the following: "But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, disputed about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you." This dispute, between the Archangel Michael and the devil over Moses' body, is nowhere to be found in the written text of the Old Testament. Here are a few more: Matthew 2:23:And he went and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, "He shall be called a Nazarene."(This "he shall be called a Nazarene" prophecy is not in written scripture anywhere). Matthew 23:2:"The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat;"(Moses' seat is not mentioned anywhere in written scripture). 1 Corinthians 10:4:"and all drank the same supernatural drink. For they drank from the supernatural Rock which followed them, and the Rock was Christ." (Nowhere in the Old Testament does it say that a rock "followed" the Israelites in the desert.) 2 Timothy 3:8: "As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of corrupt mind and counterfeit faith;" (These 2 individuals who opposed Moses are not written in the Old Testament). Hebrews 11:35: "Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life" (This is a direct reference to 2 Maccabees 7, which Luther threw out of his bible in the 16th century. This story cannot be found anywhere in the Protestant Bible. It is in the Catholic Bible, and has been since the 4th century.) So what happens if we jettison Sacred Tradition and let Sacred Scripture stand on its own? Heresies based on the modern culture start to creep into the interpretations of scripture, for one thing. All of a sudden, new people pop up who say that the Eucharist is only symbolic, and not the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ (and the word "symbolic" is not even in scripture when referring to the Eucharist. None of the writings of the Early Church Fathers used the word "symbolic" either, always referring to the Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Jesus). Artificial birth control and abortion become part of certain churches' "OK list". And today, the Episcopalians and even the Lutherans are saying that it's now OK to have practicing homosexual ministers - Somewhere, Martin Luther, the inventor of the "Scripture Alone" doctrine is turning over in his grave! Both the Old Testament and the New Testament condemn the practice of homosexuality as being evil. Sacred Tradition does NOT refer to individual practices and customs, such as the language of the Mass, kneeling or standing for Holy Communion, eating or not eating meat on Friday, etc. Rather, it is the oral teaching of Jesus Christ handed on to the Apostles and the Church, which carries equal weight with the Church's book, the Bible. Here is what "Dei Verbum", or the "Word of God" document from Vatican II has to say about Sacred Tradition: "Hence there exists a close connection and communication between sacred Tradition and sacred Scripture. For both of them, flowing from the same divine wellspring, in a certain way merge into a unity and tend toward the same end. For sacred Scripture is the word of God inasmuch as it is consigned to writing under the inspiration of the divine Spirit. To the successors of the apostles, sacred Tradition hands on in its full purity God’s word, which was entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit. "Thus, by the light of the Spirit of truth, these successors can in their preaching preserve this word of God faithfully, explain it, and make it more widely known. Consequently it is not from sacred Scripture alone that the Church draws her certainty about everything which has been revealed. Therefore both sacred Tradition and sacred Scripture are to be accepted and venerated with the same devotion and reverence." Sacred Scripture does condemn in many places the traditions of man (having to do with Jewish practices about not healing on the Sabbath, hoarding money, not helping Samaritans, etc), but those have NOTHING to do with the Traditions Paul is talking about below. Here are some great bible verses which help to explain Sacred Tradition: 1 Corinthians 11:2: I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you" 2 Thessalonians 2:15: So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter. 2 Thessalonians 3:6:Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is living in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. The Catholic Church guarantees the faithful handing on of the Word of God through the teaching authority of the Pope and his Bishops, known as the Magesterium. The Magesterium ensures that no new erroneous doctrine or heresy pops up to lead the people astray. Like a three legged stool, the trinity of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magesterium makes sure that the Word of God is faithfully handed on to each succeeding generation. If any of the three legs goes away, error is certain to creep in, like it is doing in many protestant churches today, who interpret scripture based on their personal opinion of what they think it says. Sin is now being enshrined in many of their doctrines, and it is happening before our very eyes, as they overturn centuries of their tradition with a simple majority vote of their delegates.

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The Early Church Fathers were the disciples of the 12 apostles, the disciples of the disciples of the 12 apostles, the disciples of the disciples of the disciples of the 12 apostles, etc. In short they were the Christian leaders who took charge of the Church following the death of the 12 apostles. They were not only taught by the 12 apostles, they were also first-hand witnesses to the creation of the Church worldwide. Most, if not all, were martyred by being crucified, beheaded, fed to the lions at the Roman Coliseum, boiled in oil, or skinned alive. They were the ones empowered by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13 and 1 John 4:6), and who personally handed on the oral teaching of Jesus Christ, before the New Testament canon was created by the Catholic Church in the late 4th century, at the councils of Rome, Hippo, and Carthage. One of the great early ones, St. Clement, is actually mentioned in the bible in Philippians 4:3. None of these early Church Fathers just stood up and started preaching on his own. They followed the Biblical model in Acts of “being sent” (Romans 10:15). Who sent them? Jesus sent the 12 apostles (“as the Father sent me, so I send you”). The 12 apostles then laid hands on others and sent them (Acts 6:6). This apostolic tradition has been followed for 2000 years by the Catholic Church, who continuously lays hands on new disciples in every generation since Jesus walked the earth, and then sends them to the four corners of the earth to preach the good news of Jesus Christ, to forgive sins in His Name, and to bring Jesus in the Eucharist to us all. We, the members of the 21rst Century, owe these early Church Fathers a lot of gratitude, because they died horrible deaths in order to preserve and to hand on the Word of God to us today. A lot of Protestants ignore these early Christian leaders, preferring instead to believe that the history of Christianity began with Jesus and the 12 apostles, and then somehow skipped over 15 centuries to Martin Luther. That would be like saying that the history of the United States began with George Washington in 1776, and then skipped over to Franklin Roosevelt in 1932. For some reason, a lot of Protestants will refuse to read any of the writings of the early Church Fathers, proudly proclaiming to everyone that “Those writings are not in my Bible!” But they will read the writings of Martin Luther, Billy Graham, and Max Lucado, even though those aren’t in the Bible either! They will even read and believe the heretical "Left Behind" books of LaHeye and Jenkins (there is no "secret" rapture of believers mentioned anywhere in the bible. When it happens, according to the bible, there will be trumpet blasts, and every eye will see Jesus). The writings of the early Church Fathers elucidate what is taught in the Bible, so that it’s no mystery whether or not the Eucharist is the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ, whether or not Mary is the new Eve, or whether or not there is a purgatory. After all, the early Church Fathers were taught by the 12 apostles, handed on the faith to the next generation, and were then martyred for their actions! Why someone would trust more in the writings of people coming along 15 centuries later over their writings is very strange indeed. Some of the greatest early Church Fathers are mentioned below. To read about them, just click on their name. St. Polycarp St. Iraneaus St. Justin Martyr St. Ambrose St. Ignatius of Antioch St. Cyril of Jerusalem St. Athanasius St. Clement of Rome St. Augustine St. Jerome To read about what they thought about the following issues, click on each one of the topics below. Purgatory Homosexuality Contraception Old Testament Canon Good Works The Catholic Church The Pope The Eucharist Apostolic Succession and Tradition The Blessed Virgin Mary The Mass Divorce Against Heresy Unity of the Church Infant Baptism Degrees of Sin Abortion Some great writings of these early Church Fathers are below: The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians The Epistle of Polycarp to the Phillipians The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians The Martyrdom of Ignatius The First Apology of Justin Martyr Iranaeus Against Heresies Confessions of St. Augustine A Complete Index of the Early Church Fathers' Writings Jimmy Akin's New Blog on the Early Church Fathers So don't get trapped in the Protestant philosophy that actually says that if it isn't in the Bible, then it can't possibly be true. If that were truly the case, then none of Martin Luther's writings can be seen as true, because they aren't in the Bible either! Take the time to read what our Catholic martyred ancestors had to say. After all, we are all united through time and space in the Eucharist. St. John says in his gospel that if we eat the body of Christ and drink His blood, then Christ abides in us, and we in Him! And because we are all united in Christ, we are all united with each other. And once non-Catholic Christians start to read these writings of the early Church Fathers, they will soon discover that there were NO Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Mormons, Episcopaleans, etc., anywhere in the Early Church. Those traditions of men were all started centuries later, based on what people thought Jesus' Church was all about, rather than on what it actually was.

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Crusader Of Christ

Martin Luther Luther published “Ninety‐Five Theses” in 1517 where he rejects many teachings and practices of the Catholic Church by virtue of rejecting the practice of indulgences. He was deeply concerned about the abuses in the Church over the issue of the laity paying money for indulgences. This is possibly the one thing Luther got right. The Church has always had and likely always will have until the end of time, clergy within its ranks who are less than just and in some cases down right evil. Paying for indulgences was an abuse of power and something that should never have taken place. That is not to say the indulgences are wrong, the Church does dispense indulgences as a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sin whose guilt has already been forgiven. (CCC 1471). Indulgences are dispensed through acts of charity, prayer or sacrifice as prescribed by the priest not the deposit of cash to the Church or her ministers. This did not give Luther the right to revolt against the Church and begin a heretical church outside the One True Church of Jesus Christ. In his first few theories Luther claimed the idea of repentance was the Christian's inner struggle with sin rather than the external system of sacramental confession. He goes on to state that the pope can only release people from the punishments he has administered himself or through the church's system of penance, not the guilt of sin. The pope is only able to announce God's forgiveness of the guilt of sin in his name. Luther fails to recognize that Jesus himself granted the apostles the right to forgive sins as He said to the apostles after His ascension, in John 20:23, “Those whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them and those whose sins you shall retain, that are retained”. CCC 1422 states, “Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him and are at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example and by prayer labours for their conversion”. The Church goes on to state in CCC 1472, “In this sacrament, the sinner, placing himself before the merciful judgment of God, anticipates in a certain way the judgment to which he will be subjected at the end of his earthly life. For it is now, in this life, that we are offered the choice between life and death, and it is only by the road of conversion that we can enter the Kingdom, from which one is excluded by grave sin (1Cor 5:11, Gal 5:19‐ 21, Rev 22:15). In converting this to Christ thought penance and faith, the sinner passes from death to life and does not come into judgment. (John 5:24)”. It is also necessary to say that the priest forgives sins in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost and determines the manner of satisfaction through acts of penance and the sinner is re‐established reunited to God and the Church. It is noteworthy that CCC 1441 states, “Only God forgives sins. Since He is the Son of God, Jesus says of himself, “The Son of Man has authority on the earth to forgive sins: and exercises this Devine power. “Your sins are forgiven” (Mark 2:5). Further, by virtue of his divine authority he gives this power to men to exercise in his name (John 20:21‐23)”. For brevity I have not expanded on the Bible verses mentioned here. I hope you will get your bible and look up the references the Church has given you to back up the truth about the Sacrament of Penance. I could write a small novel on this one dogma alone so please Page 6 of 7 understand we are barely scratching the surface here but know this, Luther is dead wrong about the Sacrament ordained by Christ Himself when Luther refutes the truth about the priests authority to forgive sins and our desperate need to be reconciled to God and the Church for our offenses. Lastly, it is necessary to state that in order to enter into the Sacrament of Penance, one must examine their conscience (meditating on the Ten Commandments is recommended) and enter the Sacrament with a contrite heart (sorrow for one’s sins), without which, forgiveness is not possible. Luther truly retained only one Sacrament is his reformation, the Sacrament of Baptism. While he maintained the Eucharist, the reformed church does not hold that the Eucharist is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, or rather it does not hold that the Eucharist, once consecrated, retains the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, that the Eucharist is consubstantial. They believe that once the celebration is over, the Eucharist transforms again to ordinary bread and wine and is put back in the ‘drawer’ for the next time they celebrate the communion. Furthermore, there are no priests in the Lutheran church and therefore no one who has the authority to consecrate the Eucharist to the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord. Since the Sacrament of Penance is but only one sacrament that Luther rejected, it would be reasonable to say that the Lutheran church is in error. Christianity is not a super market religion where you can pick and choose which truth you will believe and which one you will leave on the shelf and maybe later pick up and believe. Catholicism, the One True Faith, the one true Christianity, is all or nothing. You have a choice to believe all that the Church (and Jesus Christ) teaches or not. To deny the Church is to deny Jesus Christ. Jesus declares, “Whoever hears you, hears me. And whoever despises you, despises me. And whoever despises me, despises the one who sent me. (Luke 10:16). Jesus never softened his message to make it more comfortable or palatable for people. He spoke the truth and let people decide to accept it or reject it. Beware not to stand against the Lord Almighty by rejecting his truth.

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Crusader Of Christ
Crusader Of Christ

Jesus tells us in His own words in Mathew 16:18 & 19 where says, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound, even in heaven. And whatever you shall release on earth shall be release, even in heaven”. In addition, St. Peter's role in the New Testament further substantiates the Catholic belief concerning the papacy and what Jesus said in Matthew 16. St. Peter held a preeminent position among the Apostles. He is always listed first (Mt. 10:14; Mk. 3:16‐19; Luke 6:14‐1 5; Acts 1:13) and is sometimes the only one mentioned (Luke 9:32). He speaks for the Apostles (Mt. 18:21; Mk. 8:28; Luke 12:41; Jn. 6:69). It is also true that in special situations, like the Transfiguration, Peter is mentioned first to be accompanied to him to a private place. Our Lord choose to teach from Peter’s boat even though there were other choices, again Peter is in the first position. Peter is the first to perform miraculous healings (Acts 3:6‐7) and our Lord revealed to Peter that the Gentiles were also to be baptized (Act 10: 9 - 48). Peter is also shown to be the leader of the Church, the Pope, when the issue of circumcision arose amoung the faithful. St. Paul and Barnabas traveled to Jerusalem to bring the issue before St. Peter. It was St. Peter that spoke in favour of St. Paul’s position that the Gentiles did not need to be circumcised. (Acts 15). So you can see that even the apostles and the faithful recognized St. Peter as head of the church as declared by Jesus himself. Now you may say that nowhere in the Bible does Jesus say the ‘Catholic’ Church. I am sure that you are aware that the word Catholic means universal and until the year 1054 there was not need to declare the church as the Catholic Church since there was only one Christian church and thus no need to distinguish it as the Catholic Church but nonetheless, Jesus founded this universal church we now call catholic. You can trace the lineage of the current Pope back through the ages to St. Peter, making the Catholic Church the one true faith founded by Jesus Christ himself. I am not going to present the linage to you but if you are interested, you can easily look this up for yourself. Since its head is in Rome, we address her as the Roman Catholic Church and distinguish her from the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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sacredappleseed
sacredappleseed

Nice to meet you earlier tonight. I subbed to learn more. Thank you for correcting my mistake on nimrod's wife.

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BABYLON WATCH - Exposing Mystery Babylon
BABYLON WATCH - Exposing Mystery Babylon

Thank you for watching. I believed in the myth of Semiramis too until I read Alexander Hislop's book; Hislop made a lot of claims about Semiramis but he had insufficient evidence that any of it was true. I expected it to be the smoking gun but it wasn't. But almost every Christian website on Semiramis uses The Two Babylons as their source anyway. I don't look down on them for using it because I know they're just trying to understand who the goddess is and they're desperate for answers. For that guy to call me a shill though for saying Semiramis wasn't Nimrod's wife shows that people react angrily when their beliefs on this have to be reconsidered. I was also called "arrogant" and a "know it all" for trying to tell someone else about this just a few days ago. I'm glad you could at least investigate the matter without getting angry. Jesus bless.

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