Disclaimer: The contents of this article is not intended to accuse individuals. There are many faithful believers in various religious denominations, including Roman Catholicism, who serve God to the best of their ability and are seen by God as His children (hence, "Come out of her, my people," Rev. 18:4). These believers, faithful to their church's teachings, have fallen victim to one or more of Satan's many snares, devices and false doctrines. The information contained herein is directed only towards the Roman Catholic religio-political system that has reigned in varying degrees of power for nearly two millennia. Under the influence of its successive popes, bishops, and cardinals, this system has established an increasing number of doctrines and statements that clearly go against Scripture.
The Pope Kissing The Qu'ran
Here is a photo of the Pope at the end of an audience with Patriarch Raphael I of Iraq where "the Pope bowed to the Muslim holy book the Qu'ran presented to him by the delegation and kissed it as a sign of respect".
Did the Pope, touted by people like Billy Graham who said the Pope was his pick for "the Man of the Century"; and people like Bill Bright, Pat Robertson and Chuck Colson who signed the Evangelicals And Catholics Together document that claims that Evangelicals and Catholics are preaching the same gospel ... has this man who represents, in fact is the "infallible" voice of the Roman Catholic Church not remember what the Qu'ran has to say about Jesus and the Triunity of God?
"O people of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which he conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit [sic.] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers and say not 'Three' - Cease! (it is better for you! - Allah is only one God. Far is it removed from His transcendent majesty that He should have a son...The Messiah will never scorn to be a slave unto Allah."Of Jesus Christ the Qu'ran also states:
"And when the son of Mary is quoted as an example, behold! The folk laugh out, and say: Are our gods better, or is he? They raise not the objection save for argument. Nay! but they are a contentious folk. He is nothing but a slave on whom we bestowed favor, and we made him a pattern for the Children of Israel. And had we willed it we would have set among you angels to be viceroys in the earth".Regarding Christ's death on the Cross, the Qu'ran says:
"That they rejected Faith; That they uttered against Mary a grave false charge; That they said (in boast): We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, The Messenger of Allah. But they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjunction to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. ... And on the Day of Judgment He (Jesus) will be a witness against them (Christians)." (Koran, 4:156-159)The Qu'ran even has Jesus Himself saying:
"Jesus son of Mary said: O Children of Israel! Lo! I am the messenger of Allah unto you, confirming that which was (revealed) before me in the Torah, and bringing good tidings of a messenger who cometh after me, whose name is the Praised One."
This picture is simply further evidence, along with his receiving the mark of Shiva, organizing "prayer meetings" with occult religious leaders, and allowing the worship of a false god on the altar of the RCC church at Assisi, of his inter-religious inter-faith agenda for the RCC that seems to be trying desperately to establish its place in history as the woman who rides the beast! (see Images Below - Kisses the Koran; Receives Mark of Shiva; Buddhism; Voodoo; Pagan Religions)
SOURCE: Fides (Rome) news Interview with Patriarch of Babylon, distinguished Church source of Report:
http://www.fides.org/English/1999/e19990604.html - June 4th 1999 - No 4151 - NE 312
See also Zenit/Rome News Report Patriarch Raphael I: "A Visit by John Paul II to Iraq Would be A Gift from Heaven"
Remnant Resistance web Page 2, ZENIT News Agency (Rome) report.
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In 2011 Pope Benedict XVI, continuing in his predecessors footsteps, met with approximately 300 religious leaders from various world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, etc.) to mark the 25th anniversary of the Assisi interfaith gathering. "Christians," Pagans, and even non-believers were officially represented by their respective spokespersons, presidents, Primates, Archbishops, Secretary Generals, etc.|
"But I say, that the things which the Gentiles [non-Christians] 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. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?" (1 Cor. 10:20-22)
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord," (2 Cor. 6:14-17)
"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thess. 2:11,12)
"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev. 13:8)
The famous Poet and philosopher George Santayana once said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." (The Life of Reason, 1917, p. 284). Most Americans have never heard of or know very little about the World Council of Churches and similar inter-faith organizations. These religious organizations are part of a world-wide plan to unite all of the worlds religions under a common leader promoting false peace through ecumenical inter-faith delusion, just as the Sacred Scriptures forewarned. Unfortunately, most people have little or no knowledge of world/church history, and as a result most Americans have placed far too much faith and power, and consequently their very freedoms, in the hands of their spiritual leaders and politicians, leaders whose interests and loyalties are not with the American people, but with the United Nations Organization and other foreign entities (see Towards the One World System). The 1000 year period known as The Dark Ages was a time when much of the civilized world was plunged into a politico-religious despotism aided by the 600 year period of the Roman Catholic Inquisition when those labeled by "The Church" as heretics were imprisoned, tortured and murdered for simply stating their opinions and refusing to bow to papal authority.
Historian John Acton, a Roman Catholic, speaking on the subject of the usurped power of the Popes, said, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." (Life and Letters of Mandell Creighton, 1913, p. 372). For those who doubt the role of the papacy in the Inquisition, historian John Acton said,
The Inquisition is peculiarly the weapon and peculiarly the work of the Popes. It stands out from all those things in which they co-operated, followed, or assented as the distinctive feature of papal Rome. It was set up, renewed, and perfected by a long series of acts emanating from the supreme authority in the Church. No other institution, no doctrine, no ceremony is so distinctly the individual creation of the papacy, except the dispensing power. It is the principal thing with which the papacy is identified, and by which it must be judged.
The principal of the Inquisition is the Pope's sovereign power over life and death. Whosoever disobeys him should be tried and tortured and burnt. If that cannot be done, formalities may be Dispensed with, and the culprit may be killed like an outlaw.
That is to say, the principal of the Inquisition is murderous, and a man's opinion of the papacy is regulated and determined by his opinion about religious assassination. (Letters of Lord Acton to Mary Gladstone, 1913, pp. 185, 186)
From the time of the first apostles the early Christian church neither sought, nor did they wield, political power, as per Jesus' and his apostle's words:
"My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight," "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s." (John 17:14; 18:36; Mark 12:17); "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal" (2 Cor. 10:4).After the Roman emperor Constantine came to power in the 4th century the church of Rome became the first "Christian" church in history to unite church and state. After the Protestant Reformation the Vatican's political power came to an end; but in the early 20th century the sovereignty of the Vatican City State and the Pope's political power was once again formally reestablished and recognized with the signing of the Lateran Treaty in 1929 with Mussolini and reaffirmed by the Reichskonkordat Concordat in 1933 with Hitler.
The United Nations (UN), founded in 1945 after World War II, is a corrupt international organization whose agenda is a one-world police state. The papacy has been one of the strongest supporters of the UN since its formation in 1945. Beginning in the early 1960s the UN has granted to the Roman Catholic church a privileged position - held by no other religion - that gives this church a voice in the international community regarding some of the most sensitive issues of our time.
Beginning in the 1500s when the Protestant Reformation began to impede the papacy's power, the church of Rome immediately set in motion the Counter Reformation and employed the Jesuit organization to destroy the Reformed churches and re-establish the power of the Roman church (see Council of Trent 1545–1563). This was to be done not only through the Inquisition, but also through propaganda (theology, philosophy, politics, education, etc.). Adolf Hitler said, "Let me control the textbooks and I will control the state." (Christianity's Dangerous Idea, 2010, p. 191). The History of the Christian Church informs us,
"One of the principal means which the Jesuits employed against the Reformation was the school.... Their tact in handling youth gave them a religious influence over the developing minds under their care which was almost sure to result in loyalty to the Roman Catholic Church.... Especially did they strive to win the sons of the noble families, because among them were the seats of political influence. In every possible way it was undertaken to outdo the Protestant schools and universities in the educational field.... The same method in another form led them to seek everywhere positions as fathers confessor, especially among the nobility and the wealthy classes, thereby not only molding religious opinion, but gaining great political influence." (History of the Christian Church, Vol.2, 1900, p. 547).In 1807 the Jesuit Society was established in the United States. On May 6th, 1816, John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson stating, "I do not like the late Resurrection of the Jesuits....Shall We not have Swarms of them here? In as many shapes and disguises as ever.... printers, Editors, Writers, School masters, etc. If ever any Congregation of men could merit, eternal Perdition on Earth and in Hell... it is this Company of Loyola." On August 1st Jefferson replied: "I dislike, with you, their restoration, because it marks a retrograde step from light towards darkness." (The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. XV, 1905, p. 17, p. 58). The fact that so few people have any knowledge of these important statements made by America's Founding Fathers is further proof of the Jesuit's success at re-writing history and influencing public opinion.
Webster's Universal Dictionary has this to say about the Jesuit society,
"The power of the organization lies largely in its close scrutiny into affairs, its secret methods.... For the means it has sometimes employed to accomplish its purposes in statecraft it has been condemned as unscrupulous in intrigue and deceptive in purpose, tending to the subversion of legitimate government." (Webster's Universal Dictionary, 1904, p. 907).It is quite possible that some who are reading this article may think that the Roman hierarchy in America do not approve of the policy of their church in interfering with the freedom of speech and of the press, and that they would repudiate it if they dared to do so. We therefore reprint from the article on “Censorship of Books,” in the Catholic Encyclopedia (Vol. III, pages 519-527), edited by American Catholics and published in New York City, some paragraphs upon this subject:
From the beginning and at all times in principle, the church adhered to the censorship. . . . When the church, after the era of persecution, was given greater liberty, a censorship of books appears more plainly. . . .The Roman Catholic Historian John Acton wrote:
The religious disruption of Germany had not yet begun when Rome took precautionary measures by insisting on a preventive censorship of all printed works. . . .
During the Lateran Council, Leo X promulgated, 3 May, 1515, the bull Inter sollicitudines. This is the first papal censorial decree given for the entire church which was universally accepted. . . .
Leo X issued the bull Exsurge Domine [June 15, 1520], by which all writings of Luther, even future ones, were forbidden under pain of excommunication. . . .
Pius X issued in 1905 orders regarding the printing and publication of liturgical chants and melodies, and In the encyclical letter Pascendi dominici gregis (8 Sept., 1907) most urgently enjoined on all the prohibition and censorship of books. . . .
It is, of course, absolutely Impossible for both the Pope and the Congregation of the Index to watch over the press of all countries in order to suppress at once each and every pernicious writing. . . . The Pope, of course, has the right of censorship for the entire church. (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. III, 1913, “Censorship of Books”, pp. 519-527)
"The Council instituted the index of prohibited books.... A congregation was appointed to examine new publications, to issue decrees against them as required, and to make out catalogues from time to time of works so condemned. Besides this, censures were also pronounced by the Pope himself, the Inquisition, the Master of the Sacred Palace, and the Secretary of the Index, separately. In this way an attempt was made to control what people read, committing to oblivion the works of Protestant scholars, and of such men as Machiavelli, and correcting offensive texts, especially historians. Several such corrected editions were published at the time, and many things were reprinted with large omissions." (Lectures on Modern History, ed. John Neville Figgis and Reginald Vere Laurence, London: Macmillan, 1906, pp. 119, 120)The political power that the church of Rome is now garnering by aligning herself with the world's most powerful nations will eventually bring about the fulfillment of scripture and her own demise (Rev. 17:16-18). Ever since the Vatican II Council in the 1960s, the papacy has been working with the U.N., the Wold Council of Churches and other politico-religious inter-faith bodies to bring about world unity of all churches, Christian and non-Christian alike (Masonic Luciferian universal religion), under the authority of Rome. This has been achieved through a variety of means, including through the introduction of ecumenical thinking in institutes of advanced learning, emphasizing liturgy over the Word in church services, and the introduction of musical "celebration" in church services. Most Protestants are unaware of how much papal thinking and goals have penetrated their denominations and services.
After the turn of the 20th century certain powerful religio-political entities usurped power over the U.S. Constitution which was the supreme law of the land for more than 100 years. The unconstitutional Federal Reserve Act, passed in 1913 at the urging of influential international bankers, created an illegal monopoly which manipulates the credit of the united States. The IRS, an unconstitutional entity, is merely the collection agency for the international bankers, which over the years has become a tool of the corrupt ruling elite to financially attack and/or imprison people who expose the Federal Reserve and government corruption. Together, these international bankers (Bank of England, Bank of Rome, etc.), having unlimited funds, own and control the U.S. economy, and with the help of powerful ecumenical religio-political organizations (RCC, WCC, CEC, etc.), they also control the mainstream media. Media manipulation of public opinion is easier than most people think. People's opinions and actions are just as easily influenced by what they see and hear as by what they don't see and hear. By dividing and conquering the public through media manipulation of political, economic, religious and racial issues, the people of the nation are being led astray as blind sheep to the slaughter. The public is given the illusion that the voters are actually in control of who gets put into the high offices of the land, when in fact our "elected" and appointed officials are being hand-picked and placed in office by the corrupt ruling elite.
The International Criminal Court, which became official in July 2002, is a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals anywhere in the world for alleged crimes. As of February 2012 the United States is, at least publicly, refusing to go along with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Law of Sea Treaty, another U.N. law that threatens U.S. sovereignty, is being debated in Congress. It is only a matter of time before the anti-American unconstitutional World Court and the Law of Sea Treaty becomes the law of the land in our once free nation. (see Law of Sea Treaty, Patriot Act, etc.)
A world-wide dark age of despotism and Inquisition is becoming a reality, just as the prophetic scriptures warn. History is repeating itself with the passage of the so-called Patriot Act, National Defense Authorization Act, and other unconstitutional laws, while the majority of people today are so caught up in the cares of this life, pleasing themselves, that they don't even care that America, and the world, is entering into a new age of darkness.
In ancient times God allowed his people to go astray and worship in the idolatrous ways of the nations of the world (Deut. 4:19; 17:3; Judges 2:13; 10:6; I Sam. 7:3,4; 12:10; I Kings 11:5,33; II Kings 23:3-5,13; Jer. 7:18; 44:17,18). Ancient sun-worship was an idolatrous custom of the nations of the world from the earliest times of recorded history. Ancient celestial deities were worshiped under a variety of names, but they all shared identical or similar attributes. The Scriptures record numerous instances when God's people turned to pagan idolatry; "and they worshipped the sun" (Ezek. 8:16); "the queen of heaven" (Jer. 7 & 44); etc. (Judges 2:13; 10:6; I Sam. 7:3,4; 12:10; I Kings 11:5,33; II Kings 23:13; Ezek. 8:13-16). When God delivered the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt, many of his people yearned for the idols of the pagan gods (Ezk. 20:1-16). Does God allow his people to go astray today? Absolutely: "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thess. 2:11,12). The book of Acts says of God's own people, even after he delivered them from bondage in Egypt, "in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,...Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven;" (Acts 7:39-43). The scriptures below are only a few of the many examples given to us for our admonition. (1 Cor. 10:1-14)
16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them,
Exodus 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount,
Judges 2:13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
Judges 10:6 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him.
1 Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
1 Samuel 12:10 And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.
1 Kings 11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
2 Kings 22:1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
2 Kings 23:3 And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.
1 Chronicles 16:26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
2 Chronicles 33:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:
Psalms 96:5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Jeremiah 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
Jeremiah 3:1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.
11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.
12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.
13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.
14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.
18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.
19 But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.
20 Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD.
21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.
22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God.
23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.
24 For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.
25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.
Jeremiah 5:18 Nevertheless in those days, saith the LORD, I will not make a full end with you.
Jeremiah 7:30 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it.
Jeremiah 44:16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.
Ezekiel 8:13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.
Ezekiel 14:1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
Ezekiel 20:7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Acts 7:39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
"ye took up...the star of your god Remphan" (Amos 5:26; Acts 7:43; 1 Kings 11:1-8)
"Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.
My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD." (Jeremiah 51:6, 45)
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.