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"In 325, [Roman] Emperor Constantine, for reasons of state craft and subtle policy, made Christianity the national religion [of Rome], and thus struck the most fearful blow at the vitals of Christianity. The union of church and state is a fatal blow to true religion. The kings hand wherever it falls upon the church[es] of Christ brings the kings evil with it. There never was a church whose spirituality survived it yet, and there never will be. Christs kingdom is not of this world, and if we try to marry the church of Christ to a worldly kingdom, we engender innumerable mischief's. So it happened that when the church [at Rome] became outwardly glorious she became spiritually debased. Her communion table glittered with gold and silver plate, but her communion with Christ was not so golden as before. Her ministers were enriched, but their doctrine was impoverished. for every ounce of outward gold which she gained, she lost a treasure of grace. Her bishops became lords, and her flocks were famished. Her humble meeting-places were exchanged for grand basilicas, but the true glory was departed. she became like the heathen around her, and began to set up the images of her saints, until at last, after years of gradual declension, the church [at] Rome ceased to be [a] church of Christ, and that which was once nominally [a] church of Christ actually became the Antichrist.. Black darkness covered the lands, and the dark ages set in. Instead of pardon bought with the blood of Jesus, false priests made merchandise of souls, and pardons were hawked in the streets. Instead of deacons and elders adorned with holiness and purity; monks, and nuns, and priests, and even popes became monsters of filthiness. Instead of justification by faith, men proclaimed justification by pilgrimages and by penances. The crucifix took the place of Christ Jesus, and a piece of bread was lifted up a god, and men bowed before it, and said, These be your gods, O Israel, that redeemed you from the wrath to come."
(PB Challenger, 2-01)
"The Roman Catholic Church has released a 36 page declaration that the Roman Catholic Church, alone, has a corner on salvation. All other churches are "not churches in the proper sense."
The document stresses the doctrine that salvation is by grace but declares that the church alone can dispense that grace and the only real church is the Roman Catholic church.
Other churches or "ecclesial communities" can only provide this grace in a partial way, depending on how closely they resemble Roman Catholicism. For example, the Eastern Orthodox are very close because they worship the wafer god and have a hierarchy of priestcraft. Even though they do not recognize the Pope in Rome as universal head of the church, they are still considered part of the true "church."
All others who call themselves churches are really only "ecclesial communities" and cannot provide the means of grace required for salvation. Presumably, Protestant churches are especially out in the cold because they have purposely broken off from the "true church" rebelling against the only church which Christ established through Peter the first pope.
However, individual members of these "ecclesial communities" who receive baptism get a little bit of grace. This is only because Roman Catholicism teaches baptismal regeneration, that original sin is forgiven by baptism.
However, since Roman Catholic salvation is on the installment plan, where one must continue to receive the sacraments or lose it, this baptism in an ecclesial community doesnt really go anywhere unless you convert to Catholicism and continue receiving the Jesus wafer from a priest.
It is clear that any unity of the Protestants with the Roman Catholics will be on the popes terms, not theirs.
Further, another dictum sent to the world-wide bishops conferences stated: It must always be clear, when the expression Sister Churches is used in this proper sense, that the one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Universal Church is not sister but mother of all particular Churches.
In all its reaching out to other religions and churches, Rome has not wavered on its claim to full ownership of the Kingdom of God on earth. She will not tolerate any attack on the idea that she is the source of saving grace for salvation and hope of eternal life." (Battlecry, 01)
"Pope Benedict XVI reasserted the primacy of the
Roman Catholic Church, approving a document...that says other Christian
communities are either defective or not true churches and Catholicism
provides the only true path to salvation.
"The Roman Catholic bishops of the United Kingdom have issued a publication warning their people that the Bible is not entirely accurate. The document, titled 'The Gift of Scripture,' says, 'We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision'... The foreword is written by Cardinal Keith O'Brien of Scotland. The document says the early chapters of Genesis are legendary and the Book of Revelation is not to be taken literally and does not describe the end of the world."
The Pope Calls For a New World Government
"The church has persecuted. Only a tyro in church history will deny
that... We have always defended the persecution of the Huguenots, and
the Spanish Inquisition. When she think it good to use physical force,
she will use it... But will the Catholic Church give bond that she
will not persecute at all? Will she guarantee absolute freedom and
equality of all churches and all faith? The Catholic Church give no
bonds for her good behavior."
"The Inquisition was a very merciful tribunal; I repeat it, almost a
compassionate tribunal... A man was only allowed to be racked once, which
no one can deny was a most wonderful leniency in those times."
"The state cannot afford to permit religious liberty. We hear a
great deal about religious tolerance, but we are only tolerant in so far as we
are not interested. A person may be tolerant toward a religion if he is
not religious... Intolerance means fervor and zeal. The best the
state can do is to establish a limited religious liberty; but beyond a certain
degree of tolerance the state cannot afford to admit the doctrine."
"We confess that the Roman Catholic
Church is intolerant; that is to say, that it uses all the means in its
power for the extirpation of error and sin; but this intolerance is the logical
and necessary consequences of her infallibility. She alone has the
right to be intolerant, because she alone has the truth. The church
tolerates heretics where she is obliged to do so, but she hates them mortally,
and employs all her force to secure their annihilation."
"The [Roman Catholic] doctrine
which, from the very first origin of religious dissensions, has been held by all
bigots of all sects, when condensed into few words and stripped of rhetorical
disguises, is simple this: 'I am in the right, and you are in the wrong.
When you are the stronger, you ought to tolerate me; for it is your duty to
tolerate truth. But when I am the stronger, I shall persecute you; for it
is my duty to persecute error'."
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