The Bible clearly proves that the Papal Roman Catholic Church is a Cult!
We include 'Papal' in the titles above because of the widespread use of other names by a growing number of disillusioned Papists who desire to hide the fact that their cult is really unchanged from the vile monstrosity that has persecuted and murdered genuine Christians and Jews for centuries and now tries to hide their paedophiles and gather people from other religions into their deception by applying *chameleon-like guises, as shown by Pope Francis' recent approach to the equally evil anti-Christ religion of Islam! With the 'End Times' gathering pace we recognise these moves as the prophesied formation of the One World Religion under the Anti-Christ and the increasing anti-Semitism growing worldwide with the intention of utterly destroying Israel. But we know that the Bible promises that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to save His people! Be warned and seek Jesus through the words of the Bible which are His words through divine inspiration. The Lord's sheep know the voice of their Good Shepherd and can discern His voice from false shepherds (John 10:4-5, 27)!Why are so many 'Christian churches' utterly apathetic about the easily recognized cultist who even comes to the door to make witnessing easy?
We have written many pages answering e-mails from Papal Roman Catholics who questioned the material already on our website which reveal the facts we know that prove that Papal Rome is not just 'another denomination' of worldwide Christianity. The conclusions we have easily and repeatedly drawn from the irrefutable evidence reveal that Papal Rome is just as much a cult as any other proven cult - e.g. the Mormons (aka 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints'), or the Jehovah's Witnesses (aka 'The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society') - but, when you examine the records of their false doctrines and persecution of Biblical Christians, they are easily shown to be much worse.
Another of the clear conclusions we have drawn from the evidence is that, because the 'Protestant' denominations that formed as a result of 'The Reformation' were heavily led by former priests from Papal Rome, these men (e.g. Luther and Calvin) failed to 'fully reform' and actually persisted in the un-Biblical doctrines/practices of the Cult of Rome - e.g. 'transubstantiation', coupled with continuance of their un-Biblical 'priesthood' which insults the Lord Jesus Christ and His proven one-time Sacrifice at Calvary which provides an utterly superior rest for believers (immediate Eternity in heaven - Luke 23:43; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5), denies His superiority over the Aaronic priesthood and Mediatorship of a far better New Covenant, abrogation of the Old Testament Levitical system, and denies that Jesus secured a better way of faith and practice for all who trust in Him as Saviour. Papal Rome replaces the promises of God with their own false system of 'sacramentalism' and a supposed 'treasury' of 'good works' earned by mere mortals - such as Mary and 'the Saints' of Papal Rome - which do not propel you straight to heaven but leave you seeking prayers, Masses, and scapulars to escape from purgatory!
The slightly diluted form of this fake 'priesthood' that still exists in the 'Church of England' and its off-shoots (i.e. marriage is allowed and the extremely damaging 'confessional' that has been proven to lead to serious covert and overt abuse of women, children - and men - has been removed!) has resulted in a far less hazardous situation than that in Papal Rome which has obviously resulted in serious sexual abuse - and doubtlessly not just in this century! We have published statistics from a long-term internet analysis of sexual abuse and paedophilia on this page, so we are very aware of the massive difference between the record of Papal Rome and these others - despite the colossal cover-up organised by the Popes.
But, apart from the serious blasphemy against God that Papal Rome has continuously promulgated, the next most serious issue is the abuse of those we are called to love as we love ourselves (Matthew 19:19) - our neighbours and their family. If, like us, you had read innumerable accounts of the disgusting abuse which has been revealed, especially against children, you might perhaps be concerned about the inevitable fall-out which results when those who claim to be Christian accept the Cult of Papal Rome as being genuinely Christian. The true ekklesiae existed as relatively small groups of Bible-believing Christians (e.g. the Albigenses, Bogomils, Brethren, Cathari, Hussites, Vaudois, Waldenses, Hussites, Anabaptists) who were continuously attacked, tortured, and killed horrifically by Papal Rome and then also, to a very considerable extent, by the 'Protestants' who had escaped from Rome! The history of King Henry VIII's breakaway from Papal Rome, which spawned the Anglican church, also reveals how thousands of genuine Christians who rejected Papal Rome and Henry's off-shoot minor cult were consequently killed at his order (see this page)!
How Walter Martin and then Hank Hanegraaff gave Papal Rome an easy ride!
Genuine, orthodox (meaning 'right, straight, true' - and not to be confused with the un-Biblical 'Orthodox' off-shoots from Papal Rome) Christians have seriously studied the Word of God and are therefore aware of the true nature of cultish doctrines, but too many remain ignorant of the Word and have welcomed false teachers into their midst or have been seduced into unholy alliances with fake brethren - such as Papal Roman Catholics. Research statistics gleaned more than 50 years ago revealed that more than 80% of the members of the cults were taken 'from church pews' and recent figures reveal that those 'returning to Mother Church (Rome)' are equally ignorant (see end of article dealing with Keith A. Fournier and his deceptions).
While the few genuine evangelicals in the Christian ekklesiae have diligently and faithfully attempted to identify, expose and warn the church against cults - such as Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christadelphians, Christian Science, Unity School of Christianity, Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, etc. - it is an established fact that the majority calling themselves 'Christian' have been utterly apathetic to genuine witness and action against these deceivers - while increasing numbers have been sucked into ecumenical alliances.
The majority of churches in the UK are oblivious to the growing apostasy and popularity and infiltration of New Age ideas, although many churches in the UK continue to encourage 'Yoga classes', for example, in their buildings because they are oblivious to the origination of these rituals and fall for the lie that they are merely novel forms of exercise. There is also the steadily increasingly ecumenism and disdain of doctrine even among those calling themselves 'evangelicals' - by which they mean being part of a worldwide, trans-denominational movement within mainly 'Protestant Christianity' which maintains the belief that the essence of the Gospel consists of the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ's atonement. But the reality is that the distinctions between Truth and Error are being ignored so regularly it is as if what one believes makes no difference after all. Standing for truth strongly is to be labelled a zealot, fanatic, or 'Pharisee' - and also often considered to be "negative" because, surely, 'everyone is entitled to their own opinion'? Many of these 'church goers' are so ignorant that they truly believe this and despise those who point out the Scriptures that state otherwise, e.g.;
Romans 16:17-18 - Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
1 Timothy 1:3-7 (NASB) - 3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. 5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.
1 Timothy 6:3-10 (NASB) - 3 If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 4 he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. 7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
The result of this ignorance, or blatant rejection of the truth, is that they fellowship with heretical fools (such as Rick Warren and his ludicrous 'Peace Plan' in which he fellowships with non-Christians and even anti-Christ religions without any apparent qualms) while letting those who believe false gospels go to Hell without telling them the truth! They even consider that allowing these to believe in their particular 'truth' is an act of "love". Mention 'Mother Teresa' to these ecumenical adherents and they will gush over her wonderful 'saintly' life, oblivious to the truth about this seeming exemplar of 'loving one's neighbour' - also see:
A fuller exposition of the beliefs and practices of 'mother Teresa' is found here!
The front perfected by 'Mother Teresa' is just a part of the weaponry employed by the extremely seductive, totally deceptive, Cult of Papal Rome which is the largest cult in the Judeao-Christian world. Papal Rome is many times larger than all of the rest of the pseudo-Christian cults combined and rivaled only by anti-Christ Islam, but it is virtually never included in the list of world cults by people who would claim to be 'cult experts', such as the sadly misguided Hank Hanegraaff who has proven why he has supported Papal Rome for so many years when he recently unveiled his secret alliance to a very close cousin to the Cult of the Popes.
How 'theosis' and the Satanic promise 'ye shall be as gods' are smuggled into the false doctrines of Eastern Orthodoxy and Papal Rome!
When we heard that Hanegraaf had been 'chrismated' (use of consecrated oil applied in Greek and Latin churches especially in baptism, confirmation, and ordination ceremonies) into the Eastern Orthodox Church at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, North Carolina in April 2017, cogs and wheels began to fall into place! In his book 'The Kingdom of the Cults' (which was a God-send to many of us who had narrowly escaped the cults of the world), Walter Martin failed to recognise that the Seventh-Day Adventists deceived him by supplying him with answers to his questions that would make him believe they were genuine, orthodox Christians - and he also fell for the same ruse from the Roman Catholics! Thus, both these cults were not identified as the cults that they undoubtedly are! We have written an account (see this page) of an experience with the Seventh-Day Adventists that one of us experienced soon after escaping the Mormon cult. Martin also left Papal Rome out of his book - altogether. In another book, Rise of the Cults, Martin also clearly defined cultism as "...any major deviation from orthodox Christianity relative to the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith". Anyone examining Papal Rome carefully, as we have done (see the massive refutation of their many false doctrines found on this Menu), will see the undeniable evidence that it is a "major deviation from orthodox Christianity" on many "cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith," and thus, by Martin's own definition, a cult!
Papal Rome remained un-categorized by Martin as the cult that it clearly remains, for Vatican II did not change Rome at all and kept the same stance that was confirmed at the Council of Trent and Vatican I, and Martin (1928-1989) eventually passed on the reins of CRI to Hank Hangraaff in circumstances that led to continuing controversy - as accounts on the Internet reveal. That Hanegraaff has also failed to reveal the truth about Papal Rome and now joins a parallel cultish deception makes the connection with those who clearly practice 'doctrines of demons' (1 Timothy 4:1-3) a stone-wall Satanic deception!
The very words Hanegraaff used in his explanation of the series of actions that led to him embracing deception explains what has actually happened to him:
'I remember flying back from China after spending time with just common people who had a deep, intense love for the Lord, and wondering, "Was I even a Christian?" ... I was comparing my ability to communicate truth with their deep and abiding love for the Lord Jesus Christ… One man, by the way, said to me, truth matters but life matters more. In other words, it is not just knowing about Jesus Christ, it is experiencing the Resurrected Christ. As a result of that I started studying what was communicated by the progeny of Watchman Nee with respect to theosis and that drove me back to the early Christian Church. ... I've been impacted by the whole idea of knowing Jesus Christ, experiencing Jesus Christ, and partaking of the graces of Jesus Christ through the Eucharist or the Lord's Table. ... In a word, it comes down to "theosis" (union with God) - my growing realization through prolonged prayer and extensive reflection that this transformative process - and ultimate transformation - is the very purpose of human life. What's more, I've come to realize that we can experience the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist'.
Any careful, Spirit-led Bible-believing Christian will recognise the un-Biblical nature of theosis (the belief that Christians can experience a union with God and become like Him so much that they participate in the divine nature) which, linked with the idea that 'we can experience the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist', speaks of serious aberration in Hanegraaff's judgement of doctrine and makes the 'Bible Answer Man' guilty of heresy and blasphemy. All of this also speaks of the influence of 'doctrine of demons' (1 Timothy 4:1-3) which many former Papal Roman Catholics have also recognized after they were born again of the Holy Spirit and were able to discern the presence of evil spirits when they entered their former Papal Roman Catholic Churches (with their wider family who still remained trapped in Papal Rome) thinking they could partake of this 'Eucharist'!
A considerable number of cult experts have been seduced by the spirit of this age (Ephesians 2:1-2) and therefore refuse to identify this horrendous cult as such and, instead, they accept it as "Christian." Anyone who wondered how Hanegraaff could so readily attack other 'brothers in Christ' - such as the late Dave Hunt of The Berean Call (who warned his readers about the Cult of Rome and was thoroughly insulted and vilified by Hanegraaff as a consequence) - will now know why these things happened. Satan is the most cunning creature in God's Creation (Genesis 3:1) and running a ministry that exposes many of the cults and false religions in the world so that they appear to be orthodox and totally faithful to the Word of God is an excellent cover if you can, at the same time you are exposing your smaller deceptions such as the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, protect your biggest deception - the one through whom you plan to create a 'World Religion' that will ultimately embrace all the others, almost regardless of what they believe! As we have shown repeatedly, Papal Rome has done this through its recent Popes who have also made efforts to draw closer to the other major anti-Christ cult - Islam! Why else would John Paul II kiss the Qur'an [Note: desperate Papal Roman Catholics tried to start speculation that this was not a Qur'an (aka Koran) that he kissed, but a large Arabic Catholic altar missal; they have no proof for this but also try and make the nearest character in the picture an Arabic Catholic priest or deacon and hope nobody will notice that other Muslims are there with the character who actually gave him a Qur'an as a gift!]. The latest incumbent, Francis, is also busy trying to draw closer to Islam, thus enforcing the clear evidence of Papal Rome's intentions!
Can you imagine an apostle or the Lord Jesus Christ kissing a book that denies the Deity of Jesus and insults His Glorious Gospel?! And there is also the matter of 'abstain[ing] from every form (appearance) of evil' (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 - NASB) and many Papal Roman Catholics agree that the picture of JPII looked like an evil action - as do the recent actions of Marxist Francis!
How 'thin-end-of-the-wedge eisegesis' was used to slowly deify Mary!
In Hanegraaff's case there are links that are difficult to ignore. Why would a man who has concentrated so hard on exposing the many errors of cults join a church and, in the process, make a point of emphasising a doctrine that is so un-Biblical? When he speaks of theosis and 'the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist' (which we have thoroughly refuted on these pages!) he will know that verses of Scripture that might be called upon to support such notions are no real support at all and the idea has been outright rejected by all recognised orthodox theologians in 'Protestantism' and by the genuinely ancient ekklesiae (e.g. the pre-Reformation Fundamentalists such as the Cathari, Waldensians, Lollards, Hussites, etc.). Anyone interested in following the attempts to find support for these ideas cannot fail to notice how the paths of Papal Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy cross repeatedly and, even more disturbingly, become connected to suggestions that those seeking such communion with the God of the Bible may 'become gods'! Such a teaching is, of course, the major Satanic lie from Eden:
Genesis 3:5 (KJV) - For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The Bible speaks emphatically against such an idea (e.g. Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8; 45:5 etc.) and only cults (e.g. the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - aka The Mormons) hold such a view as a major part of their theology and soteriology. Many Papal Roman Catholics are therefore surprised to discover - in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (hereafter abbreviated to CCC) - apparent details of how believers can, or will, become 'gods'.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church has 2865 numbered paragraphs and is indexed with a superscripted bracketed number [or square brackets] following a quotation which identifies the source of the quote for the Catechism. The CCC in question is found in this section:
"HE WAS CONCEIVED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND WAS BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY"
Paragraph 1. THE SON OF GOD BECAME MAN
I. WHY DID THE WORD BECOME FLESH?
456 With the Nicene Creed, we answer by confessing: "For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man."
457 The Word became flesh for us in order to save us by reconciling us with God, who "loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins": "the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world", and "he was revealed to take away sins": 
Sick, our nature demanded to be healed; fallen, to be raised up; dead, to rise again. We had lost the possession of the good; it was necessary for it to be given back to us. Closed in the darkness, it was necessary to bring us the light; captives, we awaited a Saviour; prisoners, help; slaves, a liberator. Are these things minor or insignificant? Did they not move God to descend to human nature and visit it, since humanity was in so miserable and unhappy a state? 
458 The Word became flesh so that thus we might know God's love: "In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him."  "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." 
459 The Word became flesh to be our model of holiness: "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me." "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me."  On the mountain of the Transfiguration, the Father commands: "Listen to him!"  Jesus is the model for the Beatitudes and the norm of the new law: "Love one another as I have loved you."  This love implies an effective offering of oneself, after his example. 
460 The Word became flesh to make us "partakers of the divine nature":  "For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God."  "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God."  "The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods." 
II. THE INCARNATION
461 Taking up St. John's expression, "The Word became flesh",  The Church calls "Incarnation" the fact that the Son of God assumed a human nature in order to accomplish our salvation in it. In a hymn cited by St. Paul, the Church sings the mystery of the Incarnation:
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. and being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. 
462 The Letter to the Hebrews refers to the same mystery:
Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, Lo, I have come to do your will, O God." 
463 Belief in the true Incarnation of the Son of God is the distinctive sign of Christian faith: "By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God."  Such is the joyous conviction of the Church from her beginning whenever she sings "the mystery of our religion": "He was manifested in the flesh." 
The CCC's footnote  references:
2 Peter 1:4 (NASB) - For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers (Greek: κοινωνóς koinōnós, pronounced: koy-no-nos' and meaning 'a sharer, i.e. associate, companion, fellowship, partaker, partner) of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
Nobody should object to this translation that informs the true believer clearly that they are now in a relationship with God that is also consistent with Jesus' Words to His disciples:
John 15:14 (KJV) - Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
We are certainly 'friends' of God, which is akin to 'associate, companion, fellowship, partaker, partner'. All of these words make the relationship clear and even 'partaker' - 'sharer' - cannot make the Greek word make us 'gods'!
These two references (  St. Athanasius, De inc. 54, 3: PG 25, 192B. ;  St. Thomas Aquinas, Opusc. 57, 1-4.) turn up regularly in queries from Papal Roman Catholics on the Internet, q.v.:
and are often connected with theosis by supposed apologists who clearly have no idea how Athanasius and Thomas Aquinas could ever have taken this ludicrous, un-Scriptural leap that is blatant blasphemy!
Will Papal Rome invent another doctrine to enable them to lead 'a world religion' in the future?
Many of the Papal Roman Catholics writing to their apologists recognize that their church does not openly teach that they can become gods. But considering that they accept the ludicrous pseudo-apologetics that enables them to pray to Mary more than they pray to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to bow before idols of Mary's image and even kiss them and literally worship her, it would be no surprise to find them willing to accept what two of their 'Saints' have clearly stated and conclude that Papal Rome really does promote the idea that people can become gods. After all, when hundreds of thousands write to the Vatican every year asking that sinner Mary be deified (which the popes have already done for all intents and purposes), we can hardly be surprised if they suggested that their 'Saints' might also closely follow her in joining the godhead!
Papal Rome has already conveniently forgotten that Scripture informs us that:
$ All have sinned, including Mary, and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23), and through one man sin entered the world and death spread to all men (Rom 5:12);
$ According to the law of Moses every mother that conceived, either a male or female, had to offer sacrifices to God after an appointed time : one as a burnt offering, and one as a sin offering (Leviticus 12:1-8 (NASB) - 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying: 'When a woman gives birth and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean for seven days, as in the days of her menstruation she shall be unclean. 3 'On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 'Then she shall remain in the blood of her purification for thirty-three days; she shall not touch any consecrated thing, nor enter the sanctuary until the days of her purification are completed. 5 'But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean for two weeks, as in her menstruation; and she shall remain in the blood of her purification for sixty-six days. 6 'When the days of her purification are completed, for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the doorway of the tent of meeting a one year old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering. 7 'Then he shall offer it before the LORD and make atonement for her, and she shall be cleansed from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, whether a male or a female. 8 'But if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, the one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.'"
$ Mary, after conceiving Jesus made these sacrifices in accordance and obedience to the Law God gave to Moses - as clearly indicated to us in the book of Luke 2:22-24 (NASB) - 22 And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "EVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD"), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, "A PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS." ;
$ Thus Mary applied the very observance that is required of every Jewish woman who conceives her first born son and we know from Scripture (Hebrews 4:15) that her Son was sinless - but there is not a single verse of Scripture that intimates in the slightest manner that Mary was sinless but, as we show later, she prayed to her Saviour God!
Anyone reading Leviticus 12 and understanding the passage before reading Luke 2:21-24 will recognise that the offering Mary offers is according to the law of the Lord: A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. (Luke 2:24) ... the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering (Leviticus 12:8). Therefore the sin offering Mary gave is sufficient evidence of Mary's carnality - which is entirely consistent with Mary's recognition that she was a sinner: "My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour" (Luke 1:46,47). One is only in need of a Saviour when they realize that they are helpless and hopeless and God in Christ paid the penalty for the sins of mankind and is the One in Whom we are able to find redemption:
Colossians 1:12-14 (NASB) - 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins).
Mary also admitted her estate as the handmaiden of God and never claimed to be "Mother of God"! By admitting her estate as a handmaiden used instrumentally by God as a vessel to conceive the Lord Jesus Christ, she removes any idea of pre-eminence and makes it clear that she never assumed exaltation above God's calling upon her life:
"For He hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed" (Luke 1:48).
Mary: Error Versus Truth
It is a fact that throughout her history the Cult of Papal Rome has repeatedly invented support for any doctrines they chose to embrace. Mariolatry (deification of Mary) has slowly increased century by century by, for example, the Biblically unsupported discovery of the 'Assumption of Mary' which was officially announced in 1950, but required 'two apocryphal works of the fourth or fifth century - one ascribed to St. John, the other to Melito, Bishop of Sardis - are the earliest... [suggestions] about her bodily assumption' (J.H. Ignaz von Dollinger, The Pope and the Council, London, 1869, pp. 28-29) to bring this 'secret doctrine' out into the open.
Every un-Biblical doctrine invented for Mary makes it obviously possible that Papal Rome could do the same for other purposes regarding men attaining 'god-hood' sometime in the future. The founder of the Papal Roman Catholic Cult, Emperor Constantine, brought pagans into his edifice by finding 'Christian equivalents' for their 'gods and goddesses', complete with a priesthood worthy of their temple sex priests and priestesses which has been found widely guilty of paedophilia to boot, so it is not beyond the possibility for them to invent a doctrine that might appeal to others they require sometime in the future. For Papal Rome to lead a world religion in the future they will need something that will appeal to some religions more than the best that they have, so far, or desire to have or believe in - and Worldwide Peace is the thing that most people would name as top of their agenda, even more important than their fear for 'Mother Earth' and the global warming many believe will end life on planet earth.
The potential for Papal Rome to move further towards this error outlined in CCC 460 cannot be ignored. Why haven't Rome made it totally clear why this exists there when it results in a multitude of guesses which still all culminate in 'it's a mystery that only the Magisterium might unravel in due course' - or not! As we've also examined in other places, Papal Roman Catholic 'Sacred Tradition' can invent anything they desire since their hidden treasury is known only to the popes, i.e. invented at appropriate times. Note: examining the history of Papal Rome reveals that they have also set precedence that other minor cults, such as 'Word-Faith', have also mimicked. This is seen in the invention of new 'revelations' resulting in adjusted 'doctrines' every now and then, e.g. after a new pope is installed or after a period of stagnation when their adherents are possibly becoming bored with the old doctrines! Of course, this also results in their disciples becoming more progressively 'caféteria Catholics' who also pick and choose which doctrines they decide to believe or reject.
In the case of Papal Rome's adjustment of the nature and abilities of Mary without a trace of Biblical support we can see from the chart below that this obviously made a huge difference to the ways in which this precious servant of God is considered by Papal Roman Catholics:
[Numbers in square-brackets in the Left Hand Column are from the Catechism of the Catholic Church]
The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes!
The Lord still says 'Come out from their midst and be separate!'
The 'evangelical churches' - or those that believe they live up to that name, whether they came out of the 'Reformation' or had the ancient history of those who were persecuted by Papal Rome much earlier, e.g. the Waldensians - have given themselves an unprecedented crisis in more ways than they even begin to recognise. When members of The Christian Expositor escaped from their sin life - and particularly those who escaped from cults - they were collectively horrified when they discovered how incredibly flabby the 'Churches of Christendom' were then, forty years ago, and even more so today. Having immersed themselves in the Word of God to escape from their sin and bondage to false teachers, they found that evangelization generally was almost non-existent, for hardly anyone in the 'churches' we joined knew enough Scripture and it soon became clear that their pastors were too weak or too ignorant to teach them to 'fear the Lord'.
No doubt many long-time Christians often feel as we felt and, sitting in on "worship services" or hearing conversations between Christians, particularly in 'church meetings', would be compelled to say of most Christians today what the psalmist said of the ungodly in his time:
Psalm 36:1 (KJV) - The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. (Romans 3:18).
When - or have you ever - heard a sermon preached on the fear of God? When did you last attend a 'church' service where the awesome sense of God's holy presence brought weeping and repentance, or caused people to fall on their faces before Him in awestruck wonder and worship and 'fear of Him'?
Why worry about the status of Papal Rome when you are busy 'unequally yoking' with other religions anyway?!
The difficulty in finding believers who 'love His Word' (Psalm 18:30; Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12) enough to reach their neighbours - never mind the Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses who make it so easy because they come to your door - also surprised us! We have written more of this in other places, but the present situation has continued to develop because of this foolish ignorance of the Word and, in particular, the age old instruction which is repeated by God so often that it is utterly clear that these 'churches' still have no excuse:
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NASB) - 14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 17 "Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 18 "And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty.
Papal Roman Catholics have written to TCE and pointed out that they have watched 'Protestants' on 'Christian television' and been appalled at the arrogant, strutting performances of supposed "evangelists" and "healers," many of whom claim to be able to throw around "the anointing" of the Holy Spirit and 'slay people in the Spirit'. Listening to their boasting bravado and utter irreverence will certainly not convince many Christians that these "servants of God" know 'fear of the Lord' just as they do not convince these Papal Roman Catholics that 'Protestants' are anything but fake Christianity. While we point out the fact that these behaviours are by such as the 'Word-Faith' cult and charismaniacs who are equally un-Biblical, it is not surprising that these charges are laid at the door of those thought of as being 'Protestants' when there are hardly any supposedly Christian churches 'Protesting' against them at all! Listening to their fake 'speaking in tongues' with the obvious repetition of favorite words and phrases and supposed 'holy laughter' brought on them by the Holy Spirit, makes many of us weep at the spectacle and ask ourselves: "Where is the fear of God!"
Many Papal Roman Catholics have seen such filth on their televisions and read these words and think that they would never be guilty of such things, for surely they fear purgatory and confess their sins regularly out of 'fear of God'? And they also claim to 'love His Word' and that their 'church' is especially blessed by 'the Word of God' for they also believe that, if it was not for them, the Bible would never have been preserved for us to read today - views that we have amply refuted on many pages.
Who was the last recognised figure in the 'Protestant church' to issue a severe and accurate appraisal of Papal Rome?
Knowing that these deceivers on 'Christian television' are easily proven to be cultists every bit as easily as the expensively garbed 'priesthood' and hierarchy of Papal Rome, does not alter the dreadful truth that the majority of 'Protestant churches', and even some of the ekklesiae ('churches') of older vintage, have such limited zeal for bringing the truth to those trapped in the Cult of Papal Rome, or any of the many other cults. At least, some might think, most of these 'churches' are unlikely to be found fellow-shipping or seeking unity with the commonly recognised cults or religions and, no doubt, those who have allowed Yoga classes in their church halls have no interest in knowing how they might have fellow-shipped with unbelievers because they have never researched the subject to discover that Yoga is the very heart of Hinduism! Although sold in the West as science, it is in fact a religion promoted in the West as beneficial to health, while in the East it is a technique for dying. The goal is to reach moksha, allegedly escaping the world of illusion (maya) of time and sense into liberation from the endless cycle of birth and death and rebirth through reincarnation. The latter is another of Satan's appealing lies which offers endless chances by denying God's declaration that "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27 - KJV).
Would it surprise you to know that many Roman Catholic priests and nuns practice yoga and some who have become deeply involved in Eastern mysticism of various kinds, such as Thomas Merton, are highly honoured among Catholics. Yoga is a sanskrit word that means "yoking" and refers to union with Brahman, the ultimate god in Hinduism. The goal of yoga is "self-realization," to realize that atman, the individual soul, is identical with Brahman, the universal soul, i.e., that you and god are one; indeed, that you are god but just don't know it and need, through yoga, to discover this great "truth." This is the first great lie Satan told Eve:
Genesis 3:4-5 (NASB) - 4 The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! 5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil".
While many yoga practitioners deny all of this they cannot deny that this practice comes from Hinduism. Yoga was not invented in the West, but Hindu believers teach that it was introduced by Lord Krishna in the Baghavad Gita as the sure way to the Hindu heaven. Shiva, one of the most feared Hindu deities, known as The Destroyer, is addressed as Yogeshwara, which means "Lord of Yoga." Hatha yoga, known as physical yoga, is alleged to be devoid of the mysticism in other forms, but the most authoritative hatha yoga texts, the fifteenth-century Hathayoga-Pradipika, declares that Lord Shiva was the first hatha yoga teacher. One of their mantras is said to mean "all is truth", which is typical occult/New Age Movement verbiage and the pantheistic Hindu connection is easily recognised. A mature Christian should know that 'all is not truth' but is an obvious Satanic lie! But yet another link is clearly made between two branches of Satan's kingdom because any mantra is just like praying the Catholic rosary (that itself originated in Islamic occultism) by violating Christ's command to "use not vain repetitions as the heathen" (Matthew 6:7).
As 'The Beatles' eventually found out ('Singing Om' etc.), true yoga mantras are all the names of Hindu gods, as the most renowned yoga teachers admit, and the repetition of a mantra is a call to that god (i.e., the demon it represents) to come and possess the meditator! Enough yoga devotees have suffered demon-possession, some even after being warned by their yogis of the grave dangers involved while, at the same time, promoting the alleged benefits. All practitioners should be warned that, if yoga was just about the benefits of performing stretching exercises, then why not just undertake a course of muscle stretching with a trainer who has no connection with any religion? We have dealt with the embracing of practices taken from Eastern religions by Papal Roman Catholics on many other pages and it is clear that the spiritual price you pay for any supposed 'spiritual enhancement' is not worth it.
In the light of Scripture our hopeful call for 'a New and Thorough Reformation' is no more than that!
Who was the last recognised figure in the 'Protestant church' to issue a severe and accurate appraisal of Papal Rome? Apart from those who have written powerful and irrefutable books on the cult (e.g. Loraine Böettner, Dave Hunt, J. G. McCarthy) where the serious heresies and blasphemies of the Cult of the Popes could be read in so many of their pages that only the most foolishly blind person could fail to recognise how far they are from the Saviour and His Gospel, the 'Christian churches' of the world are largely silent! One serious influence on 'the churches' - certainly in the UK and other parts of the world, such as the USA - was Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones. 'The Doctor' - as he was known to many of those who admired his abilities - has a recorded history (in Volume 2 of the two volume history of his Christian ministry) which shows how he, again and again, gently tried to steer 'the churches' away from ecumenism and 'unequal yoking' with the Cult of Rome. His attempts to lead Billy Graham away from his 'unequal yoking' (2 Corinthians 6:14-18) with Papal Rome are clearly recorded in Volume 2! As recorded on our pages, when we learnt that the 1989 Luis Palau 'crusade' in Cardiff, South Wales, was not only using a singer from the Seventh-Day Adventist cult, but also sending those Papal Roman Catholics who came forward in response to the 'gospel message' back to their own Cult of Rome, we felt even more pain at the depth of betrayal which Jesus warned us about via this parable:
Matthew 13:18-23 (NASB) - 18 "Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. 20 "The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 "And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 "And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty."
To realize that these people had heard the Word and been touched by the Holy Spirit, but then had been thrown back to the wolves of Papal Rome because people had trusted Billy Graham and his organization, was an extremely painful lesson and even knowing how the Lord Jesus Christ views these actions does not undo the possible loss of these souls who we pray may still have learned the full truth about the real gospel at a later date and grasped it with their whole being:
Matthew 18:5-6 (NASB) - 5 "And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."
Matthew 10:16 (NASB) - 16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves."
Nobody wants to believe that men and women they have trusted and believed in could possibly be guilty of betrayal, but we are instructed to 'make sure of all things' (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21) and to be good Bereans who 'search[ed] the scriptures daily, whether those things were so' (Acts 17:11). So we realized further the depth to which we had to check out things, even being careful with those who had been 'put on a pedestal' and had a reputation amongst the 'Christian groups' worldwide. Like many reading these words we hoped God, for whom 'nothing is impossible' (Luke 1:37), could rectify the situation and Billy Graham, who started out so well before being inveigled - he had admitted that 'theology' was not one of his strengths - by his association with Papal Rome, would receive the reward so many hoped for him:
Matthew 19:23-26 (NASB) - 23 And Jesus said to His disciples, "Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 "Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 25 When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, "Then who can be saved?" 26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Many Christians have documented the life of Billy Graham and noted the colossal salary he was receiving to the end of his life.
All of the definitions and summations of the traits of cults are agreed by recognized Christian experts - so why do they baulk at adding Papal Rome!
As we checked out these things and recognized that a few Christian ministries worldwide had come to the same conclusions and sounded a warning before us, it also became clear that Papal Rome and its ignorant allies in 'Protestantism' were content to carry on in their 'Ecumenical Alliances', the 'Great Apostasy' is clearly on us, and the formation of the 'One World Religion' expected by so many Christians through the ages seems inevitable - in whatever form it takes. And this will continue until 'The Rapture' has removed any Christians who dare to annoy these 'Ecumenists' - but this is something else that most of them also refuse to believe in!
Our home page (third paragraph) appeals for 'nothing less than a New and Thorough Reformation'! This would obviously involve a major shake-up in the 'evangelical church' described earlier - including repentance by many of its most highly regarded and respected leaders. Recognition of this fact eventually ignited the 'Reformation' after attempts to bring this about from within by Papal Roman Catholics who had also recognized how far the church had strayed from Biblical truth led to the persecution and even death of those who dared to challenge the infallible popes! To deny that Roman Catholicism is a cult is to repudiate the 'Reformation' and mock the more than 1 million martyrs who were tortured and burned at the stake by Rome and thus make their sacrifice pointless. Anyone trying to insist that there was no doctrinal issue regarding Papal Rome's actions is to declare that these martyrs gave their lives for nothing!
Anyone claiming that, since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the Papal Roman Catholic Church no longer teaches and practices what it did at the time of the 'Reformation' is speaking from ignorance. To try and counter the 'Reformation', Rome's foremost theologians met from 1545-63 in the Council of Trent. The resultant Canons and Decrees rejected every 'Reformation' doctrine and remain the standard authoritative statement of Roman Catholicism and every Catholic catechism must remain true to those works from Trent! Opening Vatican II, Pope John XXIII declared, "I do accept entirely all that has been decided and declared at the Council of Trent", and then went on to reaffirm Trent's Canons and Decrees. Clearly, Papal Rome has not changed since the 'Reformation' - although it tries to present a facade that will fool the world into accepting its pope as the leader of the World Religion it hopes to create still.
If Luther, Calvin and the other Reformers were alive today, they would denounce Roman Catholicism as the largest and most dangerous cult on earth! Yet we find that the Martin-Hanegraaf creation, 'Christian Research Institute' (and many other counter-cult ministries), still refuse to classify it as a cult. In his acclaimed work, The Kingdom of the Cults, Martin emphasized that the five major cults at that time had "a following exceeding 8.5 million persons....". Yet he overlooked Roman Catholicism's claimed figures which exceed a billion (although how many are truly 'practicing Catholics' is hard to assess). Another extremely worthwhile book written by the Passantinos, Answers to Cultists at Your Door, present several marks of a cult as:
$ the claim that it "is the only organization on earth that is following God's will";
$ its leader is "uniquely chosen by God to lead God's people";
$ that it alone "offer(s) the Bible's 'true' interpretation on all matters."
The Roman Catholic church fully fits all the criteria, for it claims:
$ to be the only true church;
$ its pope is uniquely chosen to lead all of God's people;
$ only its hierarchy can interpret scripture!
The Passantinos, like most other "cult experts," fail to include Roman Catholicism as a cult, though it meets all of their own tests! Christians must ask themselves: 'Why would they do that when, to do so, is also effectively violating Scriptures such as Romans 16:17-18 and 1 Timothy 1:3'?
In the same manner:
$ Mormons must blindly obey Joseph Smith and his successors;
$ Jehovah's Witnesses dare not question 'The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society';
Likewise, just as other cultists must submit to their leaders, for such authoritarianism is the primary mark of a cult, the same blind submission is required of all Catholics:
$ Canon 212 of Catholicism's Code of Canon Law requires that Catholics must give absolute obedience to their "sacred pastors";
$ Vatican II states repeatedly that only Catholicism's hierarchy can interpret the Bible, and that papal pronouncements must be obeyed without question;
$ Canon 333 (Sec. 3) declares, "There is neither appeal nor recourse against a decision or decree of the Roman Pontiff."
In 1990, when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was still running the Vatican watchdog, 'Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith', they released a 7,500-word document - "Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian" - which ordered theologians who questioned elements of church teaching to express their reservations within the church, but not publicly. The "Instruction" basically declared that dissent about church teachings could not be "justified as a matter of following one's conscience."
Reference: http://articles.latimes.com/1990-06-27/news/mn-636_1_vatican-warns-theologians (page may cause problems)
While many cults demand the surrender of every disciples mind and conscience - and this is one of the clear signs of the group being led by a deceiver, or deceivers - the belief that Papal Roman Catholics must follow has been declared by their popes in two distinctly arrogant and evil quotes that would warn any person with all their faculties in normal God-given working order to recognize the blatant deception:
"Every cleric must obey the Pope, even if he commands what is evil; for no one may judge the Pope." [Pope Innocent III (1198-1216)]
"The First See [Rome/papacy] is judged by no one. It is the right of the Roman Pontiff himself alone to judge...those who hold the highest civil office in a state. ... There is neither appeal nor recourse against a decision or decree of the Roman Pontiff." - From today's Code of Canon Law [http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P5A.HTM]
If any Christian should read this in the era in which they are wondering if they have literally seen 'The Anti-Christ', they will know for a certainty that the Scriptures warning of him are being fulfilled - for he will demand the same unquestioning obedience!
How can it be that Papal Roman Catholicism, which never responded to the challenges made by the 'Reformers' except with more dire threats, excommunications, and anathemas, is not only growing more acceptable to the progressively apostate 'Protestant churches' with each passing day, but has also managed to be omitted from lists of cults made by supposed experts from these same 'churches'? Further, we find that the Cult of Papal Rome has long been explicitly approved by them and they have worked together in the most important matter of producing and distributing the Word of God (as we revealed on this page) for more than 200 years, while pretending to still be in the state that existed from the days when Luther and thousands of others put their lives on the line by rejecting the popes!
Regarding the way in which deceptive approaches to Papal Rome allows them to be considered part of 'Christendom', an otherwise useful book warning believers about deceptive manipulation of the Bible by cults (Scripture Twisting by the late James W. Sire - 1933-2018) defines a cult as having: "doctrines and/or practices that contradict those of the Scriptures as interpreted by traditional Christianity as represented by the major Catholic and Protestant denominations...".
As the excellent, orthodox Christian author, Dave Hunt (https://www.thebereancall.org/content/cult-cult), pointed out:
'... by 'including Papal Rome in his 'major denominations', Sire makes Catholicism a standard of orthodoxy against which cults are to be judged! Yet he accuses the cults of twisting Scripture, a technique of which Rome is surely the ultimate master! Sire indicts Mormonism as a cult for adding other revelations to the Bible - but Rome has added far more new revelations to the Bible than the Mormon Church! Sire declares, "There is no guru class in biblical Christianity, no illuminati, no people through whom all proper interpretation must come" - yet that is exactly the situation in the Roman Catholic Church! How, then, does he make it the standard of orthodoxy?
We have just pointed out both the CCC and Council of Trent declarations and words from the mouth of an 'infallible pope' that show clearly how Papal Rome can never be challenged by their adherents for, if they are not obedient to the doctrines of the popes they risk excommunication. And, most despicably of all the examples we could give of the Cult of Papal Rome in its worst mode, excommunication was the Papal threat hanging over the heads of all children and their families who dared to publicize the fact that these little ones had been abused and raped by their 'precious', utterly un-Biblical, 'priesthood' who were then protected and hidden by the popes so they could then repeatedly re-offend [we have proven this most emphatically - starting on this page and continuing on the three pages following)] and also shown how, in terms of sex abuse, the minor Anglican cult that broke away from Papal Rome is second most prolific in our Google table (see this page)!
At this point we must emphasize to all Christians, whether they accept that their denomination is a product of the 'Reformation' or whether it developed out of the genuine, ancient ekklesiae ('churches') that survived through the centuries despite the evil persecution hurled at them by the vile Cult of Papal Rome:
If you accept the Papal Roman Catholic Cult as 'brothers and sisters in Christ', then you must also accept that you share their guilt thoroughly because you kept quiet when they did these things and, despite the clear instruction in your Bibles that proves that Papal Rome teaches 'another Jesus' (2 Corinthians 11v4) and 'another gospel' (Galatians 1v6-9), you did nothing to warn the sheep that you came across trapped in the thickets of Papal Rome's evil 'doctrine of demons' (1 Timothy 4:1-3) and, when they came forward at 'crusades' run by such as Billy Graham, Luis Palau, etc., you promptly returned them to the den of the 'savage wolves' (Matthew 10:16; Acts 20:28)!!!
Dave Hunt also wrote:
'Consider also The Agony of Deceit published by Moody. Each chapter is written by a leading evangelical about a specific false teaching within today's church. While The Agony of Deceit mostly repeats much that was found in The Seduction of Christianity five years earlier, it is another voice issuing many of the same warnings, for which we are thankful. Yet it, too, whitewashes Roman Catholicism. On p.65 it states, "Traditional Roman Catholicism...hold[s] to biblical inerrancy." In fact Catholicism explicitly denies biblical inerrancy! The next sentence does acknowledge that the "messages [of Protestantism and Catholicism] are poles apart," but moves right on without identifying the vital differences. Page 111 declares, "The Catholic church resisted the mounting heresies with regard to the Person of Christ, and...Protestants would continue to affirm Catholic Christology." Again, terribly false!'
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