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Brief History of the RCC

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    (Compiled by Rev. Stephen L. Testa)

    "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." —Jesus in John 8:32

    Notice:--These dates are in many cases approximate. Many of these heresies had been current in the Church years before, but only when they were officially adopted by a Church council and proclaimed by the pope as dogma of faith, did they become binding on Catholics.

    And doctrine to be true must conform to the Word of God. "To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (Isaiah 8:20)

    At the Reformation in the 16th Century these heresies were repudiated as having no part in the Religion of Jesus as taught in the New Testament.

    Heresy Date

    OF ALL THE HUMAN TRADITIONS taught and practiced by the Roman Catholic

    Church, which are contrary to the Bible, the most ancient are the prayers for

    the dead and the sign of the Cross. Both began 300 years after Christ. 310

    Wax Candles introduced in church. about 320

    Veneration of angels and dead saints. 375

    The Mass, as a daily celebration, adopted. 394

    The worship of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the use of the term, "Mother of

    God", as applied to her, originated in the Council of Ephesus 431

    Priests began to dress differently from the laity 500

    Extreme Unction 526

    The doctrine of Purgatory was first established by Gregory the Great 593

    The Latin language, as the language of prayer and worship in churches, was also imposed by Pope Gregory I. 600 years after Christ The Word of God forbids praying and teaching in an unknown tongue. (1st Corinthians 14:9). 600

    The Bible teaches that we pray to God alone. In the primitive church never

    were prayers directed to Mary, or to dead saints. This practice began in the

    Roman Church

    (Matthew 11:28; Luke 1:46; Acts 10:25-26; 14:14-18) 600

    The Papacy is of pagan origin. The title of pope or universal bishop, was first

    given to the bishop of Rome by the wicked emperor Phocas

    This he did to spite Bishop Ciriacus of Constantinople, who had justly

    excommunicated him for his having caused the assassination of his predecessor

    emperor Mauritius. Gregory 1, then bishop of Rome, refused the title, but his

    successor, Boniface III, first assumed title "pope."

    Jesus did not appoint Peter to the headship of the apostles and forbade any

    such notion. (Luke 22:24-26; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; 1st Corinthians


    Note: Nor is there any mention in Scripture, nor in history, that Peter ever was

    in Rome, much less that he was pope there for 25 years; Clement, 3rd bishop of

    Rome, remarks that "there is no real 1st century evidence that Peter ever was

    in Rome." 610

    The kissing of the Pope's feet

    It had been a pagan custom to kiss the feet of emperors. The Word of God

    forbids such practices. (Read Acts 10:25-26; Revelation 19:10; 22:9). 709

    The Temporal power of the Popes

    When Pepin, the usurper of the throne of France, descended into Italy, called

    by Pope Stephen II, to war against the Italian Lombards, he defeated them and

    gave the city of Rome and surrounding territory to the pope. Jesus expressly

    forbade such a thing, and He himself refused worldly kingship. (Read Matthew

    4:8-9; 20:25-26; John 18:38). 750

    Worship of the cross, images and relics was authorized

    This was by order of Dowager Empress Irene of Constantinople, who first caused

    to pluck the eyes of her own son, Constantine VI, and then called a church

    council at the request of Hadrian I, pope of Rome at that time. 788

    Such practice is called simply IDOLATRY in the Bible, and is severely condemned. (Read Exodus 20:4; 3:17; Deuteronomy 27:15; Psalm 115).

    Holy Water, mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by the priest, was

    authorized 850

    The veneration of St. Joseph began 890

    The baptism of bells was instituted by Pope John XIV 965

    Canonization of dead saints, first by Pope John XV

    Every believer and follower of Christ is called saint in the Bible. (Read Romans

    1:7; 1st Colossians 1:2). 995

    Fasting on Fridays and during Lent were imposed

    Imposed by popes said to be interested in the commerce of fish. (Bull, or

    permit to eat meat), some authorities say, began in the year 700. This is

    against the plain teaching of the Bible. (Read Matthew 15:10; 1st Corinthians

    10:25; 1st Timothy 4:1-3). 998

    The Mass was developed gradually as a sacrifice; attendance made obligatory in

    the 11th century.

    The Bible teaches that the sacrifice of Christ was offered once and for all, and

    is not to be repeated, but only commemorated in the Lord's Supper. (Read

    Hebrews 7:27; 9:26-28; 10:10-14).
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    The celibacy of the priesthood was decreed by Pope Hildebrand, Boniface VII

    Jesus imposed no such rule, nor did any of the apostles. On the contrary, St.

    Peter was a married man, and St. Paul says that bishops were to have wife and

    children. (Read 1st Timothy 3:2,5, and 12; Matthew 8:14-15). 1079

    The Rosary, or prayer beads was introduced by Peter the Hermit, in the year 1090. Copied from Hindus and Mohammedans The counting of prayers is a pagan practice and is expressly condemned by Christ. (Matthew 6:5-13). 1090

    The Inquisition of heretics was instituted by the Council of Verona in the year

    1184. Jesus never taught the use of force to spread His religion 1184

    The sale of Indulgences, commonly regarded as a purchase of forgiveness and a

    permit to indulge in sin.

    Christianity, as taught in the Bible, condemns such a traffic and it was the 1190

    protest against this traffic that brought on the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century.

    The dogma of Transubstantiation was decreed by Pope Innocent III, in the year

    By this doctrine the priest pretends to perform a daily miracle by changing a

    wafer into the body of Christ, and then he pretends to eat Him alive in the

    presence of his people during Mass. The Bible condemns such absurdities; for

    the Lord's Supper is simply a memorial of the sacrifice of Christ. The spiritual

    presence of Christ is implied in the Lord's Supper. (Read Luke 22:19-20; John

    6:35; 1st Corinthians 11:26). 1215

    Confession of sin to the priest at least once a year was instituted by Pope

    Innocent III., in the Lateran Council

    The Bible commands us to confess our sins direct to God. (Read Psalm 51:1-10;

    Luke 7:48; 15:21; 1st John 1:8-9). 1215

    The adoration of the wafer (Host), was decreed by Pope Honorius

    So the Roman Church worships a God made by human hands. This is plain

    idolatry and absolutely contrary to the spirit of the Gospel. (Read John 4:24). 1220

    The Bible forbidden to laymen and placed in the Index of forbidden books by

    the Council of Valencia

    Jesus commanded that the Scriptures should be read by all. (John 5:39; 1st

    Timothy 3:15-17). 1229

    The Scapular was invented by Simon Stock, and English monk

    It is a piece of brown cloth, with the picture of the Virgin and supposed to

    contain supernatural virtue to protect from all dangers those who wear it on

    naked skin. This is fetishism. 1287

    The Roman Church forbade the cup to the laity, by instituting the communion

    of one kind in the Council of Constance

    The Bible commands us to celebrate the Lord's Supper with unleavened bread

    and the fruit of the vine. (Read Matthew 26:27; 1st Corinthians 11:26-29). 1414

    The doctrine of Purgatory was proclaimed as a dogma of faith by Council of


    There is not one word in the Bible that would teach the purgatory of priests.

    The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sins. (Read 1st John 1:7-9; 2:1-2;

    John 5:24; Romans 8:1). 1439

    The doctrine of 7 Sacraments affirmed The Bible says that Christ instituted only two ordinances, Baptism and the Lord's Supper. (Read Matthew 28:19-20; 26:26-28). 1439

    The Ave Maria, part of the last

    It was completed 50 years afterward and finally approved by Pope Sixtus V, at

    the end of the 16th century. 1508

    The Council of Trent, held in the year 1545, declared that Tradition is of equal

    authority with the Bible

    By tradition is meant human teachings. The Pharisees believed the same way,

    and Jesus bitterly condemned them, for by teaching human tradition, they

    nullified the commandments of God. (Read Mark 7:7-13; Colossians 2:8;

    Revelation 22:18). 1545

    The apocryphal books were added to the Bible also by the Council of Trent

    These books were not recognized as canonical by the Jewish Church. (See

    Revelation 22:8-9). 1546

    The Creed of Pope Pius IV was imposed as the official creed 1560 years after

    Christ and the apostles

    True Christians retain the Holy Scriptures as their creed. Hence their creed is

    1500 years older than the creed of Roman Catholics. (Read Galatians 1:8). 1560

    The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary was proclaimed by Pope Pius IX

    The Bible states that all men, with the sole exception of Christ, are sinners.

    Mary herself had need of a Savior. (Read Romans 3:23; 5:12; Psalm 51:5; Luke

    1:30,46,47). 1834

    In the year 1870 after Christ, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of Papal


    This is a blasphemy and the sign of the apostasy and of the antichrist predicted

    by St. Paul. (Read 2nd Thessalonians 2:2-12; Revelation 17:1-9; 13:5-8,18).

    Many Bible students see the number of the beast (Rev. 13:18), 666 in the Roman

    letters of the Pope's title: "VICARIVS FILII DEI." -- V-5, I-1; C-100, I-1; V-S, I-1; L-

    50, I-1; I-1; D-500, I-l — Total, 666. 1870

    Pope Plus X, in the year 1907, condemned together with "Modernism", all the

    discoveries of modern science which are not approved by the Church


    Pius IX had done the same thing in the Syllabus of 1864.

    In the year 1930 Pius XI, condemned the Public Schools 1930

    In the year 1931 the same pope Pius XI, reaffirmed the doctrine that Mary is

    "the Mother of God"

    This doctrine was first invented by the Council of Ephesus in the year 431. This

    is a heresy contrary by Mary's own words. (Read Luke 1:46-49; John 2: l-5). 1931

    In the year 1950 the last dogma was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII, the

    Assumption of the Virgin Mary 1950
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    A Good Post!
    God bless you The American Dream!