LLM Question for 6-14-2012, and, What Does the Roman Catholic Bible Teach About Roman Catholicism? Part 7 of 7
First the Question: Does the theory of evolution, which states that man is and has been ascending, explain why the world is in worse condition and misery now than ever before? Yes or No?
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And now the answer to the LLM Question of 6-12-2012
Question: Christ, in heaven, is the only priest that any believer needs. True or False?
Answer: TRUE! By His death Christ brought an END to the carnal ordinances, divers baptisms, and meats and drinks, of Hebrews 9:10. Colossians 2:13-16. “Let no man judge you” in these things. Colossians 2:16. The religious program imposed upon Israel was the SHADOW of things to come, but the BODY is Christ. Colossians 2:17. Hebrews 10:1-10. Christ’s death brought the END of the Law, with its ceremonies, the end of a special order of religious priests. Calvary is the only altar any sinner needs and Christ in heaven is the only priest that any believer needs. Hebrews 9:24. 1 John 2:1-2. 1 John 1:7-9. Now, out of the 723 responses we received to this question, I am very happy to report that 100% of you got it right! Therefore, NOW, let us take a look at,
What Does the Roman Catholic Bible Teach About Roman Catholicism? Part 7 of 7
SO, WHEN WAS PETER IN ROME?
It does seem that the Roman Catholic Church would try to prove their claims to priority rights by quoting from the LETTER OF PAUL that was written to the first Christians in Rome; but that LETTER is God’s answer to the fanciful claims and false doctrines taught by the Roman Catholic Church.
In Romans 16, the Apostle Paul sent greetings to more than 25 saints whom he mentioned by name and to others not mentioned by name. Paul’s LETTER to the Roman Christians was written about two years BEFORE he reached Rome. But NOTICE, the Apostle Peter’s name was not mentioned by Paul among those to whom he sent his love. His name would not have been omitted, IF Peter were there. By comparison, just imagine anyone in the Roman Catholic Church Organization today with as high a standing in that church as the Apostle Paul had in the true Bible Church sending love to every saint or Christian in Rome EXCEPT the Pope.
Remember Paul’s words in Romans 1:7-15. He wanted to preach the gospel in Rome and establish the saints. Read those verses. Paul wanted fruit among the Gentiles, or heathen, in Rome. (Romans 1:13). Peter agreed to go to Jews. (Galatians 2:9). Now remember, the Apostle Paul’s rule was NOT to preach where Christ had been named; NOT to build on another man’s foundation. (Romans 15:20-21). You got that?
Perhaps, some things the Holy Spirit wrote through Paul in Paul’s Epistles written from Rome AFTER he reached Rome (Philemon, Philippians, 1 Timothy, Ephesians, Colossians, and 2 Timothy), called Paul’s ‘PRISON’ Epistles, were more difficult to understand than the Epistle to the Romans. The Apostle Peter acknowledged that some things in the Apostle Paul’s Writings were hard to be understood. But, acknowledge them he did! (2 Peter 3:14-16). In Paul’s ‘PRISON’ Epistles, written during the five to seven years that he was in Rome, he mentioned different saints who were in Rome. If Peter had been there from 62 A.D. to 68 A.D. and were really a pope, do you think Paul would have failed to mention Peter’s name, in all of those Epistles? Members of the Body of Christ, Students of God’s Word, the Bereans, searched the Scriptures daily to see whether the things spoken by the preachers are true. (Acts 17:11). All Christians should be Bereans today.
THE BLOOD AND BODY OF CHRIST IN THE MASS…THE SHORT VERSION
The celebration of the Roman Catholic mass, all the way from the prayers at the foot of the altar to the elevating of the host and chalice, as taught by the Roman Catholic Church, is not even hinted at in the Roman Catholic Bible any more than is the teaching that unbaptized infants go to limbo, or that even those who are Roman Catholic communicants must complete expiation in purgatory for either venal or mortal sins, or that the sprinkling of holy water takes away original sin or makes the baptized person a Christian.
The Bill of Rights, still, grants to every individual in this country, The United States of America, the freedom of worship and in that sense every Roman Catholic, evangelical Christian, Jew, or atheist, has the legal, constitutional right to his religious belief or unbelief. HOWEVER, no religious individual, group, or organization, who claims to propagate Bible Christianity, should substitute man made rules, laws, ceremonies, doctrines, and religious programs, for Bible doctrines and programs and call the substitution ‘Bible Christianity’. THAT is ridiculous!
Christ called Himself the ‘STONE’. (Matthew 21:42). Christ called Himself the “VINE”. (John 15:1). Christ called Himself the ‘DOOR’. (John 10:9). Christ called Himself ‘BREAD’. (John 6:48-51). Was Christ literally a ‘STONE’ or a ‘VINE’ or a ‘DOOR’ or ‘BREAD’? Don’t be STUPID! Every believer, saved by Grace through the Faith in the eternal Christ, is a partaker of Christ (Hebrews 3:14), a partaker of His Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), a partaker of Christ’s sufferings (1 Peter 4:13), a partaker of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 6:4), a partaker of Christ’s Holiness (Hebrews 12:10) and a partaker of His glory. (1 Peter 5:1). In the Roman Catholic Bible more than seventy times the believer is said to be ‘IN CHRIST’. Christ is in the believer. (Galatians 2:20 and Colossians 1:27). If Christ is not in the individual, that individual is a reprobate. (2 Cor. 13:5).
CHRIST IN THE BELIEVER is the believer’s Hope of Glory. (Colossians 1:27). A wafer or a religious mixture in a cup, blessed by priests, although “Jesus, The Savior of Men” (I.H.S.) may appear on the chalice, is no hope for any poor sinner whether he be called Roman Catholic or Protestant.
Every Christian is supposed to be ready to give an answer to those who ask for the reason of his hope within. (1 Peter 3:15). The Roman Catholic may say that his hope of purgatory is Jesus in the cup. Surely the Christian taught the truth by the Holy Spirit knows that he has a much better hope, ‘THE HOPE OF GLORY’, Christ dwelling IN him. What a difference! No matter what the priests or his religious church superiors may do to the wafer and wine, after all their religious manipulations they still have bread and wine and not flesh and blood. When Christ spoke of the bread and wine as His body and blood, He was using the elements as symbols, just as the Paschal lamb spoke of the Son of God, as the Lamb of God dying on the cross.
The LORD Jesus Christ on the cross was not actually a LAMB, but a Divine human being. He cried on the cross ‘FINISHED’. (John 19:30-31). By His death Christ brought an END to the carnal ordinances, divers baptisms, and meats and drinks, of Hebrews 9:10. (Colossians 2:13-16). “Let no man judge you” in these things. (Colossians 2:16). The religious program imposed upon Israel was the SHADOW of things to come, but the Body is Christ. (Colossians 2:17). (Hebrews 10:1-10). Christ’s death brought the END of the Law, with its ceremonies, the end of a special order of religious priests. Calvary is the only altar any sinner needs and Christ in heaven is the only priest that any believer needs. (Hebrews 9:24). (1 John 2:1-2). (1 John 1:7-9).
AND WHILE MEN SLEPT…
We read in Matthew 13:25, “While men slept the enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat.” Certainly men and women, by the thousands, are sleeping in the Body of Christ; and they need to hear and heed the words of Romans 13:11 before it is too late, “Knowing that it is high time to awake out of sleep, cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”
It is quite evident that very few Roman Catholics are going to be noble Bereans and search the Roman Catholic Bible daily to see whether their leaders are teaching them the truth as it is in God’s Word. (Acts 17:11). If their church leaders are blind, they seem to be willing to be blind followers of the blind.
HOWEVER, they are certainly NOT being aroused or enlightened by the great majority of so called evangelical Christians, who are in a state of utter apathy, many not even PROTESTING against the Modernists in THEIR midst, who are propagating their “christianized” agnosticism in the name of Christ, using Christian phraseology and Bible terminology, just as they are described in 2 Cor. 11:13-15, under the power of Satan as an angel of light. Sickening!
Many of the so called Protestant Church Federations are under the control of men who are walking in the way of Cain, men who are spiritually powerless, leading many with them to eternal perdition. They have only darkness to offer Roman Catholics or anyone else. Then think of the dead orthodoxy and the awful ignorance of the Bible among those who are saved members of some of the more than TWO HUNDRED different denominations, and the ever increasing number of fanatical “Christians”, and the rapidly growing metaphysical cults. Christ’s words in Matthew 12:25 are true; “a house divided against itself shall not stand.”
HOWEVER, to be sure, while Satan is rejoicing in his success in blinding the minds of millions (2 Cor. 4:3-4) and tossing Christians to and fro with every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14), the Holy Spirit is holding together civilization until God completes ‘THE ONE NEW MAN of Ephesians 2:15, ‘THE BODY OF CHRIST’, ‘THE CHURCH OF GOD WHICH HE PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD’ (Acts 20:28). Then will come the great moment of 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and Titus 2:13; and then that glorious PRESENTATION of Ephesians 5:27.
How blessed it is to have a real honest to goodness, ‘I know so’ salvation in such a world as we see around us today; to have a head AND heart knowledge of the Grace of God that hath appeared to all men, bringing salvation, and teaching Christians to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world, looking for that blessed hope, the glorious appearing of the Great God, our Savior Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto Himself a peculiar people zealous of good works. (Titus 2:11-14).
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)