The Roman Catholic Church Is Not the True Church of God

Catholicism is Not The True Religion

I am giving way to a response posted by a certain Kay for my article entitled “Are Other Christians Not True Churches?”.

I appreciate the responses to my comment and the spirit of Christian correction in which they are given. I understand your passion to defend the truth as you perceive it, as this similar passion is the same love I have for the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Though not all of the posts directed to me were polite and on-tangent, thank you.

Yup, I do appreciate Mr. Soriano’s insights on non-doctrinal issues, particularly his premium on basic Christian values.

I felt that the post was wasted because it’s essentially a “judge not” post (with verses that I can throw back at you as well!); a topic irrelevant to the document at hand because never did the writers argue that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church. Salvation is ultimately God’s power to grant and despite the fact that God granted the church to declare loose what must be declared loose, and bound what must be declared bound, we can never presume above His mercy. This is a position we have held for years. You must be confusing us with INC.

Other churches are defective meaning lacking in apostolic authority, yes. We can argue day in and day out whether Peter is a rock or a pebble, but we cannot conveniently drop the verse where Christ handed Peter the keys to gates of heaven. Christ did institute apostolic authority.

Kay

Dear Kay,

I am very sorry to have grieved you as you expressed in your response. I appreciate your frankness because I am a frank person, too. I hate using candy-coated words to conceal what really is inside me.

1 THESSALONIANS 2:5
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness…

When I express something or anything it comes from my heart and it is the best of my knowledge and belief. I maybe wrong in my perceptions sometimes, but I always make it a point that whenever I teach other people, it is 100% biblical. It has been my attitude and practice not to ascribe or impute anything against anybody if I do not have sufficient evidences to prove it.

ISAIAH 43:9 
Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and show us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

In the interest of truth and justice, at least, there must be two or three witnesses to be brought to testify to a given argument or dispute. The preceding verse requires witnesses.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:1 
This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

It is not only normal, but also sane, to love your faith — your church. But it is also wise and sane to be sure that your church or your faith is the true church and faith based on Scriptural truths.

JOHN 17:17 
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

While I am discussing the truth in any given topic, I must tell you that not everything that I know can be injected on a particular topic. You said in your response that never did the Roman Catholic Church claim that there is no salvation outside the RCC. I hereunder copy what you said:

“I felt that the post was wasted because it’s essentially a “judge not” post (with verses that I can throw back at you as well!); a topic irrelevant to the document at hand because never did the writers argue that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church.”

Dominus Iesus states that other churches (out of the Catholic Church) are not true churches, but merely ecclesiastical communities and therefore did not have the “means of salvation”.

If this does not mean that you are judging all churches outside of your presumed true church, is this a camouflaged hypocrisy? Logic dictates that where there are no means of salvation, there is no salvation; and that is precisely what is meant by RCC authorities. Here is something I am sure you do not know. This was included, in your book “Religion Doctrine and Practice” by Francis B. Casilly, page 355. (See image below)


You said that my post was wasted. I am sorry you judged it hastily. It would have been better if you asked me if I have further proof to substantiate what I have written. You also said that it is a topic irrelevant to the document at hand. But in searching for the truth, you have to consider present and previous claims and teachings made by the Roman Catholic Church. It is just like taking something out from the whole context of a book or a set of teachings and not taking it out of context.

ISAIAH 34:16 
Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

In the fore cited verse, the Book of the Lord contains all the necessary elements of truths. They must be taken in context for the entire truth to be known. Here under, is a part of the question raised at the Second Vatican Council, and the corresponding response:

CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH

RESPONSES TO SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE DOCTRINE ON THE CHURCH

SECOND QUESTION

What is the meaning of the affirmation that the Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church?

RESPONSE

Christ “established here on earth” only one Church and instituted it as a “visible and spiritual community”[5], that from its beginning and throughout the centuries has always existed and will always exist, and in which alone are found all the elements that Christ himself instituted.[6]“This one Church of Christ, which we confess in the Creed as one, holy, catholic and apostolic […]. This Church, constituted and organised in this world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and the Bishops in communion with him”.[7]

In number 8 of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen gentium ‘subsistence’ means this perduring, historical continuity and the permanence of all the elements instituted by Christ in the Catholic Church[8], in which the Church of Christ is concretely found on this earth. 

It is possible, according to Catholic doctrine, to affirm correctly that the Church of Christ is present and operative in the churches and ecclesial Communities not yet fully in communion with the Catholic Church, on account of the elements of sanctification and truth that are present in them.[9] Nevertheless, the word “subsists” can only be attributed to the Catholic Church alone precisely because it refers to the mark of unity that we profess in the symbols of the faith (I believe… in the “one” Church); and this “one” Church subsists in the Catholic Church.[10] 

If you believe in all your heart in the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church as defined and redefined in the Second Vatican Council, which I copied above, I hope you will understand me if I believe with all my heart in the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ written even in the official Catholic Bible.

In the above cited Lumen Gentium 8 (I do not want to judge that this is spoken in hypocrisy), it states that: the church of Christ is present and operative in other churches or ecclesiastical communities not yet fully in communion with the Catholic Church…

Christ said:

MATTHEW 12:30 
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

How could you say that there is “no salvation outside the Catholic Church” and at the same time, teach, as doctrine, that in other churches not in communion with your church, the Church of Christ is present and operative? Is this a blatant hypocrisy, or a blatant lie?

True biblical love is not double-faced or double-minded.

ROMANS 12:9 
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

We must not say that there is no salvation in other churches nor “they do not have the means of salvation” and at the same time appease them by saying that the Church of Christ is operative and present in them — the Holy Scriptures prohibits such hypocrisy.

ROMANS 14:22 
Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

I am not confusing you with the Iglesia ni Cristo of Felix Manalo (Church of Christ by Felix Manalo) although you have the same erroneous and unbiblical stand. You both judge those outside your church, which is against the Gospel. God is the only one capable of judging those outside the true Church of God. (See image below)

1 CORINTHIANS 5:13 (New International Version) 
God will judge those outside the church…


The history of your church proves that you have unfairly judged the ‘outsiders’. (See reference below)


Perhaps this cruelty is the result of your belief that there is no salvation outside your church.

This belief came to your church and that of Manalo’s church and to other churches founded by man, because of gross ignorance of the Scriptures.

Even those who have not heard the Gospel can be justified by God if they do the “things of the law” written in their hearts.

ROMANS 2:11-15
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another…

God’s justice and compassion can not be limited by man, nor by any church!

Just to give you some things to ponder (which I hope you will welcome), is it true that “This Church, constituted and organised in this world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and the Bishops in communion with him [7] In number 8 of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen gentium ‘subsistence’ means this perduring, historical continuity and the permanence of all the elements instituted by Christ in the Catholic Church [8], in which the Church of Christ is concretely found on this earth.”

1. “Governed by the successor of Peter”

Was Peter the successor of Christ? Or Paul?

COLOSSIANS 1:24-25
24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church:
25 Whereof I am made a minister according to the dispensation of God, which is given me towards you, that I may fulfil the word of God…

2. ‘subsistence’ means this perduring, historical continuity and the permanence of all the elements

Was there really continuity in the power and succession, as you claim? Here is a document to consider. For eleven years, your church (RCC) was governed by a very notorious pope. What happened to the continuity you are claiming? (See reference below)


I want you to note that this magazine came from inside the Vatican itself. That this pope is “one of the most notorious”, meaning, there were so many of them! Will it be alright if I say that the Roman Catholic Church is not the true Church of God?

May God bless and enlighten you.

The Fallacy of the Primacy of the Catholic Church

Salvation Outside The Church

Here is the claim of the former pope, Benedict XVI posted on The Irish Times last July 10, 2007:

“Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches.”

It takes a lot of misguided guts and false courage to claim that your church is the only true church; and those outside it, do not have the “means of salvation” as what the present Roman pontiff claims. Although the Second Vatican Council, which was approved by two of his predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI, said that the Scriptures or the Holy Bible should guide the theological and the devotional life of the Catholic Church, this seems to be just a camouflage of the erroneous belief of the RCC. Why? The official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church states that:

1 CORINTHIANS 5:13 (Douay-Rheims Version) 
For them that are without, God will judge. Put away the evil one from among yourselves.

Even the most holy of the Roman pontiff (if there be one) does not have any right judging those outside the church, granting (without accepting) that the RCC is the true church. God judges those that are without or outside the church of the Bible.

This claim is highly unscriptural, considering the fact that the RCC has not reached all nations of the world in its almost 2 millennia of existence. Justice and equity call for love and compassion. We do not have the right to judge people with whom we have not yet shared the truth. The apostolic teaching is, those who were not reached by the preaching of the Gospel, but are doing the things contained in the law, even if they have not yet heard the law, they will be justified.

ROMANS 2:11-15 (Douay-Rheims Version)
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For whosoever have sinned without the law shall perish without the law: and whosoever have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.
13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God: but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature those things that are of the law; these, having not the law, are a law to themselves.
15 Who shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness to them: and their thoughts between themselves accusing or also defending one another…

What is apostolic, is to believe that there is justification (or salvation) for those who, while they have not heard the law, are doing the things contained in the law written by God in their conscience. God is fair, compassionate, and just (not like all the popes in Rome who carelessly judge those outside their church). God can save even those who have no faith.

1 TIMOTHY 4:10 (King James Version) 
For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those that believe.

Notice the phrase especially of those that believe. God can save even those who are incapable of believing.

Can a child or a babe have faith? Can a moron, a Mongoloid, or a mentally retarded believe?

HEBREWS 5:13 (King James Version) 
For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

But God can definitely save them — even if they do not join the Catholic Church. In fact, the very recent findings (but very much delayed biblically) of the International Theological Commission (ITC) said that babies who died without baptism will go to heaven, thus, belying the centuries-old erroneous, non-apostolic and non-biblical belief in limbo. This pope is certainly not of a sound memory. He forgot the most famous and influential product of the Second Vatican Council (Lumen Gentium 8).


Are babies born of Jewish and non-Christian parents qualified to enter heaven? If they are, then they are not members of the Catholic Church; so, the conclusion of the pope that outside the RCC has “no means of salvation” is false! God has it, because He is the only qualified judge and not anybody else outside of The True Church, which certainly is not the Roman Catholic Church, because its teachings are not apostolic.

If the teachings of a church are apostolic, they must conform with the most fundamental apostolic teachings in the Bible. They must be written in apostolic epistles or books. We must learn them directly from the writings of the apostles!

1 CORINTHIANS 4:6 (Douay-Rheims Version) 
But these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollo, for your sakes: that in us you may learn that one be not puffed up against the other for another, above that which is written.

Accepting any teachings not written by the apostles, like limbo and purgatory, is being non-apostolic!

1 CORINTHIANS 5:13 (Douay-Rheims Version) 
For them that are without, God will judge…

Remember, God will judge and not the pope!

So, is the statement of Pope Benedict XVI, that other Christians outside the Roman Catholic Church are not true Christians, biblically correct? I vehemently disagree!

We will prove in another article that Catholicism is not Christianity.

God Bless.

Limbo: A Catholic Invented Doctrine

The Catholic Doctrine Limbo Is a Lie

Good afternoon, 

Bro. Eli, I’m a Catholic. I just would like to be enlightened on what verse(s) in the Bible can you find the place where the soul of dead people go until such time that the day of judgment comes. Is it true that if a person dies suddenly his/her soul still haunts the area where he/she died? Is it true that their souls stay here for the first 40 days after death? 

Thank You Very Much. 

Cherry Atienza 

pieatienza@yahoo.com

 Dear Cherry,

Welcome to my website!

I would be very glad to answer your question using the Bible as the basis, because it is where the word of God is recorded. But in a corner of my mind, I feel sad and sorry for your question because I can perceive that so many Catholics like you are lost in their belief not because they are hard-headed people, but because they are being deprived by their priest of the proper knowledge due them.

JEREMIAH 23:30 
Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbor.

A teacher or a preacher must teach the entire truth of God available in the Bible for the salvation of man. The danger of being deprived of wisdom and understanding may result to destruction.

HOSEA 4:6 
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

It is God’s commandment, and the primary responsibility of a preacher, to make known unto His people the word of God.

JEREMIAH 26:2 
Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word…

The fact that not only a word but an entire doctrine is not being taught to you by your priests aggravates their negligence and your chances of being lost.

ROMANS 11:25 
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.

History and documents testify to the inability of Catholic authorities to teach the truth to about a billion adherents of the Catholic Church. For so many centuries, Catholic authorities, from the pope to the parish priest, made people believe that there is a limbo; where souls of unbaptized children go if in any case they die.

I know you are using a computer — maybe a laptop. May I help you through your computer find the truth. You can search the entire Bible looking for the word ‘limbo’ in less than 15 seconds. Limbo is not a teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ, neither it is apostolic, because it is not in the Bible but only an ‘invention’ of Catholic priests.

ECCLESIASTES 7:29 
Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

These inventions are also called in the Bible as fables.

2 TIMOTHY 4:3-4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.


Millions of Catholics have died in the past believing that there is such a gory place called limbo: But now, to the surprise of the world, the present pope discarded the doctrine of limbo and threw it into the vault of oblivion in the Vatican City. 

Souls of unbaptized children go to limbo and souls of grown ups go to purgatory. You must not be surprised if someday you will wake up to know that the Pope is also discarding the doctrine of purgatory. After all, it is not in the Bible, not even the slightest idea about it.

But where do souls go after death? Will they linger for forty days near the place where they died and hunt for anything? Let us consult the word of God.

ECCLESIASTES 9:5-6
5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion forever in any thing that is done under the sun.

After the death of our physical body even our memory and emotions do perish. A dead man can do nothing.

ECCLESIASTES 9:10 
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

The spirit returns to God and the dust returns to dust.

ECCLESIASTES 12:7 
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

This is so if the one who died is a godly man, his spirit will return to God, but if a man is wicked, then his spirit is imprisoned until judgment day.

1 PETER 3:19-20
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

What about the soul?

JOB 12:10 
In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

This gives us peace of mind for we know that the souls of our dearly departed are in the hands of God. A vision was seen by John wherein the souls of murdered Christians were asking for God’s justice, but God told them that the time of vengeance has not yet come, and said, they should rest for some more time until judgment day.

REVELATION 6:9-11
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Can there be any part of your being that will linger on earth or return to your house and stay for 40 days? None!  

JOB 7:9-10
9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.
10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.

The CBCP (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines — the largest Catholic country in Asia) said that the soul of a departed relative may visit their former dwelling place and relatives, and even advised their loved ones to listen to their message, which is an utter rejection and defiance of the Biblical teachings of God. God prohibits the living to consult the dead. It is an abomination in His sight.  


DEUTERONOMY 18:10-12 
Don’t sacrifice your children in the fires on your altars; and don’t let your people practice divination or look for omens or use spells or charms, and don’t let them consult the spirits of the dead. The LORD your God hates people who do these disgusting things, and that is why he is driving those nations out of the land as you advance. (Good News Bible translated with permission by Catholic authorities. The complete Bible has the imprimatur of John Francis Whealon, Archbishop of Hartford.)

I want you to think about this, if there really is a purgatory, how can they visit their former dwelling place and loved ones? The truth is that they will be in God’s hands until the resurrection. What will happen in the resurrection?

DANIEL 12:2
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

EZEKIEL 37:4-6
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Nobody can escape God’s judgment; the dead will be resurrected to face the judgement seat of God.

REVELATION 20:11-12
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

God Bless.

There Is No Biblical Evidence That Purgatory Is Real

The fallacy that is purgatory

2 TIMOTHY 3:16 (ASV) 
Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness.

All Scriptures inspired of God are profitable for:

• Teaching
• Reproof
• Correction
• Instruction

These are the main concerns of every Scripture inspired of God! History wise, Scriptures teach, reprove, correct and instruct in righteousness.

The long history of the Israelites as a people teaches every generation thereafter with correction, reproof and instruction.

1 CORINTHIANS 10:6, 11
6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Prophecy wise, all Scriptures inspired of God, convey the same thoughts and intent.
DEUTERONOMY 28:47-48
47 Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

JEREMIAH 25:11 
And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

All matters of faith must be learned from the inspired Scriptures, no more, no less!

1 CORINTHIANS 4:6 (Revised Standard Version) 
I have applied all this to myself and Apol’los for your benefit, brethren, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.

“…that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written…” 

Why not go beyond?

Because they were written as per commanded by the Lord.

1 CORINTHIANS 14:37
If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

REVELATION 21:5
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Any article or any matter of faith not written in the Scriptures should not be accepted by a prudent servant of God.

GALATIANS 1:8 
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Beliefs not written in the Scriptures come from satan!

2 CORINTHIANS 11:3-4, 13-15
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Teachings coming from satan through his ministers are camouflaged to make it appear as though they were of God!

Alleging that the doctrine of purgatory is in the Latin Bible is a clear manifestation of doctrinal bankruptcy! It’s clear that it is not in the Hebrew and Greek Bible, the original languages used in the writing of the sacred Scriptures! And to claim that the Bible is a book owned by the Catholic Church, is another blatant stupid claim. The official name of the Catholic Church which was only formulated in the late 19th century is, “The Holy Roman Catholic Apostolic Church”.


Why was the original Bible not written in the language of Rome but instead in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic which were never the official language of the Roman Catholic Church? The answer is inevitable: the Bible is not a book owned and written by Roman Catholics! It will be a pity to all Bible-believing people if Roman Catholics were the ones who wrote it!

Sins are purged not in the afterlife but here on earth!

The word used by Paul in his writing to the Hebrews, in the Greek Scriptures is καθαρισμός.

HEBREWS 1:3 
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

καθαρισμός

katharismos (kath-ar-is-mos’) 

From G2511; a washing off, that is, (ceremonially) ablution, (morally) expiation: – cleansing, + purge, purification, (-fying). 

The Hebrew synonym (because he was writing to the Hebrews) is כּפר 

kâphar (kaw-far’)

primitive root; to cover (specifically with bitumen); figuratively to expiate or condone, to placate or cancel: – appease, make (an) atonement, cleanse, disannul, forgive, be merciful, pacify, pardon, to pitch, purge (away), put off, (make) reconcile (-liation). 

* (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries, Dictionaries of Hebrew and Greek Words taken from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D., 1890.)

Whether in Hebrew or in Greek, the phrase, purge our sins, translated in Latin as “purgationem peccatorum” means an act of atonement, the cleansing or ablution of sins, not a place which the Catholics were made to believe as “purgatory”.

HEBREWS 1:3 
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Before sitting on the right hand of the Majesty on High, “when He had by himself purged our sins,” means, that the purging was done while He was still on earth.

The earth is our home in this age, and the world to come will be our home in eternity.

Our home in this present age is:

THE ACTS 17:26 
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Our home in eternity will be:

JOHN 14:1-3
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

REVELATION 21:1-2
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Our earth or our home in this present age is the right place for the purging of our sins. This is the very reason why He came to this earth!

MATTHEW 1:21 
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

How did He purge the sins of His people? By offering His body as a ransom for our sins.

HEBREWS 10:12 
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;

HEBREWS 10:10 
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Being baptized as the Lord Jesus commanded is the way for us to be covered by the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus.

THE ACTS 2:38 
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

THE ROMANS 6:4, 6
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

The purging of our sins must be done in this life on earth for us to be prepared to enter the abode of God and the Lord Jesus.

ECCLESIASTES 9:10 
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

REVELATION 21:22, 27
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Souls of God’s servants rest in God’s domain and are not being purged in purgatory!

REVELATION 6:9-11
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Will there be a stopover in purgatory? NONE! Why? Because there is no purgatory!

Easily Angered? Let God Intervene In Your Heart

Biblical Advice for the Easily Angered

Bro. Eli, 

I would like to ask how I can eliminate my attitude of being so furious and angry immediately whenever I encounter some difficulties. Kindly help me, I know my actions are not acceptable but I can’t help it since I was a child. 

From: Restlyn 

Email: Angeleight_5@yahoo.com

Dear Restlyn,

No man can attain renewal by himself alone.

JEREMIAH 10:23 
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

You will need the intervention of the Lord to be renewed from evil things you are accustomed to do.

JEREMIAH 13:23 
Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

By himself, a black Ethiopian can not change the natural color of his or her skin, nor can a leopard remove its spot. It is only through God’s power that a person can attain renewal.

PROVERBS 16:9 
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Pray for God’s guidance and power to intervene in your person, especially in your heart. It is divinely possible.

EZEKIEL 36:26 
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.

Enrich your heart with unfeigned love and hatred and anger will be gone away.

PROVERBS 22:24-25
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

Follow Christ and you will be renewed.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

May God be merciful on you!

Was Peter Really the Rock?

Peter was no Catholic Pope

This has been the topic of so many discussions in the long history of the Catholic Church. The authorities of the Catholic Church from the pope to the clergy claim that they derived their power from the Apostle Peter, allegedly the first pope and the successor of Christ in the overall administration of the Christian Church. They based their claim on what is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.

MATTHEW 16:18-19 (Douay-Rheims Version)
18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give to thee the keys of the bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

Their claim and explanation about these verses is printed hereunder from the Modern Catholic Dictionary.

The claim that Peter was the first pope and the rock whereupon the church was built is erroneous and can not be substantiated, either by history or by the Bible. The word pope was first used by an alleged saint, Saint Ennodius, in the year 521, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia. (Photocopied below) 


And also, from the Modern Catholic Dictionary, it states:


How can Peter be a pope when such title was first used 400 years after the death of Peter?

Biblically, Peter can not be a pope! It was prohibited by Christ to the original twelve disciples to be called ‘rabbi’ or teacher because their only teacher was Jesus Christ.

MATTHEW 23:8 
But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren.

They were also forbidden to address anybody on earth their father because, religiously speaking, they have only one Father, which is the Father in heaven.

MATTHEW 23:9 
And call none your father upon earth; for one is your father, who is in heaven.

Peter would definitely not allow anybody to call him pope because that word means Father, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia cited afore.

So, we can safely conclude that Peter did not ever hold the position of papacy, biblically and historically, according to the Bible, and to official documents from the Catholic Church itself.

But was he the rock upon which the Church was built?

Peter, an Apostle first to be called, is part of the Church.

1 CORINTHIANS 12:28 
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

He is not the rock or the foundation, but was only among those who were founded upon the real rock or ‘petra’, or foundation.

πέτρα

petra

pet’-ra

Feminine of the same as G4074; a (mass of) rock (literally or figuratively): – rock.

Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

Dictionaries of Hebrew and Greek Words taken from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D., 1890.

Note that the Church was founded on a ‘petra’ — in the feminine gender, and not on a ‘petros’ (a stone), the name ascribed to Peter.

JOHN 1:42 
And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

It was not only Peter that was called a stone, because Peter himself called the members of the first century Church as “lively stones.”

1 PETER 2:5 
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Members of the first century Church were called by Peter as ‘lively stones’ or ‘lithos’ in the original Greek tongue.

λίθος

lithos

Thayer Definition:

1) a stone

1a) of small stones

1b) of building stones

1c) metaphorically of Christ

Peter, the other apostles, and the members, altogether formed the edifice founded on the rock or ‘petra’.

MATTHEW 16:18 
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

The rock mentioned is ‘petra’ and not ‘petros’.

EPHESIANS 2:20 
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone…

Note that the apostles (including Peter) and prophets are built upon the foundation (they are not the foundation); the chief cornerstone is Jesus Christ our Lord.

Is there anybody else qualified to be the foundation of the true Church in the Bible?

1 CORINTHIANS 3:11 
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Anybody who will build a church, and make Peter or any other man its foundation is rejecting Christ, and is building it in vain. Peter said:

ACTS 4:10-12 (Douay-Rheims Version)
10 Be it known to you all and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him, this man standeth here before you, whole.
11 This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.

The house or the building founded or built upon the ‘petra’ or the foundation rock (which is Christ), is the Church of God.

1 TIMOTHY 3:15 
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

God built it upon Christ — the real foundation.

HEBREWS 3:4 
For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

PSALMS 127:1 
Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

To Kay, I hope you will consider these things in your search for the truth.

God Bless.

An Epoch of Fraud and Deceit

Attain salvation in times of fraud and deceit

Whenever I hear somebody speaking in the name of God (regardless of whichever god he speaks of), my attention will surely be captured; all ears and with gusto, I will listen to him meticulously. This has been my attitude since I got hold of the Bible.

1 JOHN 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

The Bible also pushed me to be investigative of other books used as religious textbooks of different religious groups that now exist.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:21-22
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

I have traveled to different places, I have come across heaps of documents; and was forced to spend time studying a little bit of science, history, culture, and traditions of the world’s great religions. In all these, there is that strange feeling in me which I do not understand. While I am reading a particular religious book, which I wanted to digest, there is that feeling of boredom which I never experience in reading the Bible. Nevertheless, my search for truth and justice obliges me to do so.

HEBREWS 10:36, 38
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise…
38 …Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

God is not pleased with anyone who started a good work, but drew back. Wisdom and understanding are promised to anyone who does the pleasure of the Lord.

ECCLESIASTES 2:26 (RSV)
For to the man who pleases him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner he gives the work of gathering and heaping, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.


From left to right: Brother Eliseo Soriano, with the former President of the Republic of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, when the latter visited one of the Thanksgiving ceremonies of the Members of the Church of God, International or MCGI (which is presided by Bro. Eli) in Apalit, Pampanga to talk to its hundreds of thousands members. Beside GMA is MCGI’s Vice-Presiding Minister and host of the newest and most talked about morning show “Good Morning Kuya”, Brother Daniel Razon. Beside him is Presidential Adviser for Religious Affairs, Mr. Dodi Limcauco. 


Brother Eliseo Soriano shaking hands with Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. In the middle is the former President of the Republic of the Philippines, Joseph Ejercito Estrada. This photo was taken when the two politicians visited Brother Eli to ask for his support for the then upcoming elections. 

In the performance of my duty, I have met almost all kinds of people — believers and non-believers. I have felt the love and compassion of Godly people, and the hatred of the unbelieving. I had been stoned so many times. I had been beaten by five goons after a public debate. I had been held in prison for ten hours for a charge I am totally innocent of (God is my witness). I had escaped a mob by traveling at the speed of 180 km/hr to save my comrades and myself from their cruelty. I was reminded of the fate of the Apostle Paul.

2 CORINTHIANS 11:25
Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep…

In my preaching sessions, I got the privilege to meet the rich, the educated, the poor, and the illiterate, and even the sick (mentally and physically).

1 CORINTHIANS 9:20-22
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Some ask for prayers and many for healing; but I am not like Benny Hinn, Jimmy Swaggart, Morris Cerullo, Jim Bakker, and the likes, that promise healing but only choose the kind of people they are going to heal. I, oftentimes, advise the sick to pray, turn to spiritual and natural (fasting and nutritional healing) method; and to use homeopathic and alternative therapies, even, sometimes, urine therapy. I seldom recommend them to see conventional doctors using conventional medicine.

From all these experiences, as well as from those people I had listened to, and the books I had read, I realized that fraud and deceit abound everywhere mostly from preachers, priests, ministers, lawyers, judges, magistrates, and even medical doctors. This is what I have discovered from the truth in the Bible.

REVELATION 12:9
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

JOB 9:24
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

These times we live in is described in the Bible as the end times.

DANIEL 12:4
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Never in the history of mankind did man see the increase of knowledge in technology and science than what we are witnessing now. We are sure from the reality of what we see that we are living in the end times. A collateral prophecy is unfolding before our very eyes.

DANIEL 12:9-10
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Wickedness will surely abound at the end times, and will grow worse!

2 TIMOTHY 3:13
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Imagine, a deceiver being deceived! The prophecy is concise. The word of God tells us the truth. It will reveal to us the camouflaged lies, deceit and fraud in this particular epoch of human history.

My curious readers may ask me: Fraud? Deceit? Even with medical doctors and judges?

These men are educated men. Men of wisdom and knowledge. Must their wisdom be doubted?

1 CORINTHIANS 2:6-8
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The Bible tells us so!

Deceit and fraud is not a thing of make believe among lawyers, judges and magistrates!

I invite you to travel with me in time with all the people I had met and with all the books I had read on my next article and decide for yourself if my conclusion is true.

In Christ,

Bro. Eli Soriano