Catholic Church: Faking Christ and His Sheep Too Low

5/28/2015 131 Comments

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Anyone that tries to copy something will try as much as possible to resemble the model being copied. The objective is to mimic if not portray originality. Most of the time, there is deception in copying or mimicking if profit is at the base of motives. That is the reason the face or the physical appearance of an impostor can be very much like the person or the thing being faked – outwardly that is. Devourers, for example, can be like sheep outwardly. The Bible warns us of such false prophets.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

The sheep or the lamb being imitated by false prophets is the Lord Jesus Christ and what He stands for.

JOHN 1:29 
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Even the sheep, the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, are being imitated by false prophets.

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.

There are standards that a faker must follow in order to fake or imitate someone or something, albeit illegal. For example, fakers of the world’s famous Nike clothing and garments must strive to be perfect in imitating the logo, the class of materials, and the standards of its quality. In so doing, they would make customers think they are dealing with the real Nike items. 

The Catholic Church, by history and tradition, claim that theirs is the church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ. They do so to attract many adherents. However, as a church it falls short of all the wisdom and ability of fakers making the Catholic Church a very low standard “fake.” Here are the reasons why. 

(1) The first standard of the truth is TEACHINGS or DOCTRINES according to the Lord Jesus Christ! But the Catholic Church make up their teachings that are a combination of lore, myths, a hierarchy of false gods propped over and above the Almighty, tradition, Papal orders - all against the teachings of the Bible.

JOHN 7:17-18 
17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

Notice the emphasis of the Lord that “he that seeketh his glory that sent him is true and there is no unrighteousness (or error) in him.” The indication is that the sent one represents the sender. Why is it certain that there is no error in the sent one? Because he does not speak of himself. He speaks of the will of the one who sent him. Let us prove that.

JOHN 3:34 
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

The reason somebody sent by God can be “error-free” is that he only speaks the words of God – not just by his will but by a spirit given him, and unmeasured at that! And how must he speak the words of God?

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:

PROVERBS 30:5-6 
5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

The words of God must be spoken or be taught without subtraction or addition! Did you read that? If your answer is “yes,” you are better than Catholic priests! The teachings of the gospel must be exact: no addition, no subtraction.

3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile
4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

“Even so we speak” means, “as is,” “exactly”! To emphasize this, the Apostle Paul said that Christians must learn not beyond what was written or preached by the Apostles.

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.

At this standard, the Catholic Church percentage-wise earns 0%! 

There is none of these things in the Bible: “rosary,” “purgatory,” “limbo,” “trinity” (with the notion that the three persons are perfectly equal), “novena,” “mass,” “doing the sign of the cross,” “Mary ascended to heaven body and soul,” “Mary is forever virgin,” “original sin which necessitates infant baptism,” “seven sacraments,” “baptism by pouring and sprinkling of water,” “indulgence,” “holy inquisition,” like the murder of alleged heretics, and “doctrines for sale.” 

(2) Use of the Rosary as a form of prayer does not adhere to God’s instruction. The idea of repetitious prayers is against the Bible.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Catholic apologetics try to cure this error by saying that the Lord Jesus Christ prayed the same prayer three times! Is that so? A little examination of the verse will prove that they were not done the Catholic way! It was not done the way of the “rosary”! And the prayer is not vain repetition for what He was asking of the Father is universally important! He prayed the same prayer three times but not in one occasion like the way of the rosary.

MATTHEW 26:39-44 
39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. 
43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 
44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

Paul at times also said the same prayers but not in one occasion – as done with the rosary!

I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

Note that he prays for Timothy repeatedly night and day but not in one occasion. He also prayed another prayer for three times but not in one occasion.

8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Repeated prayers in the Bible were counted and the maximum was thrice and no more. No Catholic authorities - dead or alive - have a record how many times they prayed the “Hail Mary” in their lifetime. 

It is obvious that the prayers of the Catholic Church are very much unlike the prayers in the true Church of God that they are claiming to be themselves! This is certainly a very low standard of faking. 

To conclude, there is a world of difference in claiming to be of God and not following Him. Following God and his word is the proof of being of Him. 

More to come.


Foundation of God's Church vs. Foundation of Catholic Church

5/23/2015 36 Comments

We talk this time about the foundation of God’s Church and show why it is impossible that the Roman Catholic Church was founded on the same. I will trace who the prophet is that shall build or rebuild this specific church, using the Bible as reference as usual. From here, we will see why there is no semblance of the same foundation. 

The prophet that God will raise among the Israelites in the prophecy He declared to Moses was Christ Jesus. This was explained by an inspired authority in the New Testament, Peter.

ACTS 3:22, 20 
22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

Deuteronomy puts this declaration further: “I will put my words in his mouth”.

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

God the Father had intended that He would build His church or rebuild His church as the case was that the Tabernacle of David was fallen.

AMOS 9:11 
In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

The Tabernacle of David is symbolic of His people or the church.

THE ACTS 15:14-17 
14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name
15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, 16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 
17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.

The phrase “build again” in modern grammar is expressed as “rebuild.” And what is to be rebuilt? The Tabernacle of David symbolic of His people, Israel, or His church, which when fulfilled will include the residue of the people of Israel and the Gentiles. It must be understood in the biblical context that the Israelites are called “the people of God” or “His church” called in the Bible as “the church in the wilderness”!

THE ACTS 7:37-38 
37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. 
38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

PSALMS 22:22 
I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

From Strong's Hebrew Lexicon -

From H6950; assemblage (usually concretely): - assembly, company, congregation, multitude.

The word קהל, qâhâl “assemblage” was translated by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament when he cited Psalms 22:22 in the book of Hebrews as ἐκκλησία or “church.” Meaning that the people of Israel is the qâhâl in the wilderness of Sinai or the “church in the wilderness,” the people of God, symbolic of the tabernacle of David which has fallen. 

What is the cause of the fall of the tabernacle of David, or the people of Israel, or the qâhâl in the wilderness, or the church in the wilderness?

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.

They lacked knowledge, not because it is not available but because they have rejected it! In fact, God rises early to teach them knowledge.

And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.

Who were the culprits?

Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

From the leaders to the subjects, they turned into evildoers because of the hardness of their hearts! The leaders were deeply mired in profits and lusts.

EZEKIEL 34:2-5 
2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 
3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. 
4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. 
5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

MICAH 3:11 
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.

Such evil was found among the people of God, Israel, or the “Church in the wilderness”.

JEREMIAH 5:26-27 
26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. 
27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

This is the same scenario happening among false churches in our times! And then came the time that the Church in the wilderness or the people of God was destroyed! This fact necessitated an action from the ever-loving God to rebuild His church or the Tabernacle of David. There was drought from the word of God as there was no teacher.

Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.

Thus, God declared:

AMOS 9:11 
In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

But what is the manner by which God will rebuild the Tabernacle of David or the Church or the People of Israel who experienced destruction because of their utter rejection of God’s will? God will use a “branch.”

And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

The prophecy using the word “temple” is symbolic of the “Church,” the “Temple of God.”

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Paul, in speaking to the Church in Corinth, said that “they,” the Church in Corinth, is the “Temple of God.” A man called “the branch” will build or rebuild “the Temple of God” or “the Church” or “the People of God.” And who is this “branch” mentioned in the prophecy?

In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

This “branch” coming from David to build the Tabernacle of David is the Lord Jesus Christ!

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

The word “offspring,” translated in English, should have been “branch,” as related to “root,” that was mentioned in the prophecy, “branch of David.” In the sense of horticulture, the science and art of cultivating plants, we have now branch and root that are related. 

One thing is definitely true: God will rebuild the “Church in the wilderness” which was fallen using a “Branch of David”, to build the “Tabernacle of David.” The original builder is God, and Jesus Christ as the instrument.

For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
Thus, when Christ uttered through His mouth “upon this rock I will build my church,” the Father, owner of those words coming out of Christ’s mouth, is the one building the church or rebuilding it. The reality is that when the work is done, the result is “the Church of God.”

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:

It is legal and logical to call the church as the “Church of God” because God is the owner and the builder of the original church in the wilderness then to be rebuilt by His instrument, His Son. All that pertains to God is called in His name.

ISAIAH 43:7 
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Even Christ, the true Christ is called in the name of God.

LUKE 9:20 
He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

The Holy Spirit is called the “spirit of God”.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

A man that belongs to God is called a “man of God”.

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

An angel not of Satan is called an “angel of God”.

THE ACTS 27:23 
For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

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.

The true “church” or the “people of God” in the Bible is called by His name.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

DANIEL 9:19 
O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

Although the people of God may be called “the people of Moses” but the official title by which they must be called is “the people of God.”

And the LORD said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image.

I KINGS 8:16 
Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house, that my name might be therein; but I chose David to be over my people Israel.

The Law of God for the Israelites maybe called by the connotation, “the Law of Moses” but in reality it is “the Law of God”.

Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

In the Christian era, the law is called “the Law of Christ” but in the truest sense of it, it is “the Law of God”!

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

JOHN 12:48-50 
48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 
49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 
50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

The Law of God is occasionally called in the Bible as “the commandment of Christ”.

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.

Thus, the church built by God through the instrumentality of Christ is sometimes called “the churches of Christ” but in the truest sense of reality it is the “Church of God”!

Salute one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judea which were in Christ:

For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:

To conclude: God rebuilt the fallen “church in the wilderness,” the “Church of God,” composed of the apostles, prophets, teachers and the like; and was built upon a strong foundation, “the rock” which is Jesus Christ - not Peter!

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.

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

This gives us the certainty that it is impossible that this is the Roman Catholic Church! 

The Roman Catholic Church was built upon another foundation! In contrast, the Church of God was built on the foundation, Christ. 

More to come. 

God bless you. 

Sincerely yours, 

Brother Eli


Christ: The Rock of True Church, Not Peter

5/16/2015 57 Comments

Let us open our Bibles and consider again Matthew 16:18:

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.

Baseline data here is that the words spoken by Christ comes from the Father.

JOHN 12:49 
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

When in Matthew 16:18 Christ said, “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” plus the fact that the words spoken by Christ comes from the Father, it must be understood that the real person speaking in the verse is the Father through the mouth of Christ. 

“I say unto” involves a first person; “Thou art Peter,” a second person, and “And upon this rock” refers to a third person. It is obvious that if Peter is the rock the speaker should have said, “Upon you I will build my church.” 

“Upon this rock” is coherent with the declaration of Peter, “thou art the Christ.” 

Notice the use of the demonstrative pronoun, “this rock.” “Upon this rock” clearly refers to Upon Christ which rock Jesus is. In all senses of grammar, common understanding, and logic, Peter cannot be the rock, the foundation of the true church. Never could a corruptible human being be! But notice the belief of the Roman Catholic Church as contained in their Modern Catholic Dictionary describing Peter as their first Pope, referring to him as “the rock.”

Grammatically speaking, if Peter were the rock, the speaker should have said, “and I say unto thee that thou art Peter and upon you I will build my church.” 

Why did not Christ say, “I say unto thee that thou art Peter and upon me I will build my church?” Logical, because He is not the speaker. The real speaker is the Father that is the first person. The second person is Peter, and the third person is the rock, which is Christ, which he (Peter) acknowledged as the “Son of the living God.” 

Logically speaking, if Peter were the rock, the speaker should have said, “and I say unto thee that thou art Peter and upon you I will build my church.” 

Using common sense to understand this phrase, “and I say unto thee that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,” we see that somebody is talking to Peter, represented by X. X talks to Peter. 

“And upon this rock” is Y, the rock. 

Speaker X mentioning Y to Peter means X is not Peter. 

Peter is not Y and Y is not X. Common sense tells us that Peter is the clue to knowing who is Y and who is X. 

X, the speaker, is the Father. X is the first person, “I.” 

Meanwhile, Peter is the second person, “unto thee” and is different from “and upon this rock,” a third person (Y). 

I, (X) will build my church upon Y (the rock). But Y is not Peter. Peter is not the rock. 

Why could not the rock be Peter? To be sure, we must look for the exact person represented by Y that is the rock. 

Y was revealed by X to Peter as in, “flesh and blood did not reveal this unto you but my Father (X) in heaven.” What was revealed this time was, “thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 

This secret revealed by the Father (X) to Peter was that Christ, the Son of the living God, is the rock upon which “I (X, the Father) will build my church.” Take note that even Peter understood this. Why shouldn’t the Roman Catholic Church? 

Let us for the meantime set aside the logical, the grammatical, and the sensical analysis of the verse. Let us now be biblical! 

Before taking the human form, the coming of the Son of God was foretold by the Father that a prophet “I will raise from among your brethren like unto thee (Moses), and I will put my words into His mouth”.

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

This prophet whom God will raise from the Israelites is the Lord Jesus Christ.

THE ACTS 3:22, 20 
22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

When preaching in the flesh, in the form of a man, the Son said, “My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me,” exactly in coherence with the prophecy, “I will put my words into his mouth.”

JOHN 7:16 
Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

The rightful and biblical builder of the true church is the Father.

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

The words uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ coming out of His mouth was, “I say unto thee, thou art Peter and upon this rock, “I will build my church,” is genuinely the words of the Father, the builder of everything that exists. 

And who is the foundation intended by the builder, the Father, to be the foundation of the true church?

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

It is Christ – and not a mere human being like Peter! The builder, the Father, laid the foundation of everything that He created. He laid the foundation of the earth and the universe!

JOB 38:4 
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

The Father who laid the foundation of the universe and of the earth is undoubtedly the same person who laid the foundation of the true church, that is Christ. That church to be built upon the foundation Christ is composed of the apostles (including Peter), the prophets, teachers, and the like.

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.

As it is impossible for Peter to be the foundation, obviously because he is part of those that were built upon Christ, it is equally impossible for the Roman Catholic Church to be the church built by the Father! That is biblically speaking!

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Note in the verse above that the Apostles and the Prophets were built upon the foundation. Peter is one of the apostles built upon the foundation. Logically, grammatically, biblically, and sensibly speaking, Peter is not the rock, nor the foundation of the true church! But the Roman Catholic Church in her misinterpretation because of her ignorance about the Scriptures refuses to accept the foundation rock of the true church - Christ! The builder of the Catholic Church is not the Father!

THE ACTS 4:11-12 (RSV) 
11 This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner. 
12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

The insistence of the Catholic Church that Peter is the foundation rock of their church is their utter rejection of the foundation laid by God himself – Christ. A human being like Peter cannot be the foundation of truth, for all men are prone to lie. How can somebody prone to telling a lie be the foundation of the truth? Peter lied, even denying his Lord!

MATTHEW 26:34 
Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

We are not condemning Peter, we understand him as a human being.

God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Only God cannot lie and it is impossible for Him to lie.

TITUS 1:2 
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Christ, “the church of the living God,” is the pillar and foundation of truth!

I TIMOTHY 3:15-16 
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. 
16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Christ is called as “the house” or “the church of the living God”! Note that Verse 16 says, “great is the mystery of godliness: 1) Manifested in the flesh, 2) Justified in the Spirit, 3) Seen of angels, 4) Preached unto the Gentiles, 5) Believed on in the world, 6) Received up into glory. (Christ is the subject of this enumeration). 
Christ is the God that was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. The person subject of this detailed enumeration (of the Apostle Paul) is Christ, the pillar and foundation of the truth. Christ can be called “the house of God” for the Father dwells in Him.

JOHN 14:10 
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

More to come. 

Is it the existence of the Catholic Church for almost 2,000 years that proves that it is “the true church?” That is not correct! 

Judaism is older than Catholicism! Hinduism has also endured the test of time being older than the Catholic Church! Orthodox churches are as old as the Catholic Church; will it mean that these are also true churches? I disagree! 

Here’s a comparison of the start of religions older than that of the Roman Catholic Church (Ref: 

Meanwhile, when did the Roman Catholic Church begin? First century AD, if they are correct – but not earlier than that. 

The reference used here is The Catholic News Service in “Vatican congregation reaffirms truth, oneness of the Catholic Church.” 

Let us learn more in the succeeding issues of my blog. 

Truly yours, 

Brother Eli


Impossible that the Catholic Church Was Built by Christ!

5/09/2015 71 Comments

How could Christ have built the Catholic Church with all its beliefs mixed with lies, folklore, supposed visions of Mary appearing and disappearing and giving instructions, and idolatry beginning with man-conceived notions of hierarchy where Mary is a negotiator and God an unreachable, unknowable X? Using the Bible as usual, let us start with Peter talking since the Catholic Church makes a mountain of lore about Peter being their first Pope.

MATTHEW 16:16-18 
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 
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.

There are delicate matters in the preceding verses a careful student of the Bible must consider. When Peter said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” it is a revelation from the Father. The speaker saying, “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church” is the Lord Jesus Christ. Behind these verses are biblical truths of antiquity! Let us consider. 

As early as the time of Adam, God foretold the coming of the Messiah or the Christ.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

This was foretold again in the time of Moses,

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

To give my readers advanced food for thought which we will clarify later, the Prophet mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:18, being Jesus Christ in reality, will speak the Father’s own words (“my words in his mouth”). When Christ said, “Upon this rock I will build my church,” it is the “Church of God” and not His own church - not the church of Christ that others perceived it to be). It must be understood that the Father will be the one to build and not the Son! The main reason is that Christ is part of the Church being its foundation! 

At the time of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Jews who did not know were rebuked by the Lord Jesus for their ignorance about the “signs of the times.”

MATTHEW 16:1-4 
1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven. 
2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 
3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times
4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah. And he left them, and departed.

The issue is: Is this person doing things not known among the Israelites the Christ or Messiah? 

The reason they were asking for a sign is that they knew that, in His coming, the Messiah shall fulfill the prophecies concerning Him; but their ignorance of the scriptures deprived them of the understanding necessary to be sure who really is the Christ! Nevertheless, there were a few select people who used biblical analysis and came up with a predictive notion that Jesus is the Christ. Based on prophecy and experience, this woman in these three verses, manifests her discernment that the man she faced was Christ.

JOHN 4:19, 25, 26 
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 
29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

But there are side issues to be resolved first. Is Jesus, the son of Mary, the Christ? These exchanges that follow can help us understand the reactions of people finding Jesus and what they thought of him – still leading to the thought that Jesus is the Christ. This time, it is with Philip whom Jesus asked to follow him. (Does commanding to follow one usually happen with ordinary men?).Then Philip tells Nathanael what they found, echoing the woman who found Jesus at a well. Nathanael tests Jesus.

JOHN 1:43-49 
43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. 
44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 
45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 
48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. 
49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

This is a demonstration of Jesus having knowledge that ordinary men do not have. He could tell of the character of men he was dealing with. Nathanael was surprised that Jesus could appraise him as “having no guile” or being honest and not deceitful. “When did you come to know me?” or “Have we met?” was yet demonstrated as Jesus being able to see things before they happen. Nathanael was sitting under a fig tree. Philip called him to show Jesus and Nathanael stood up to go see the Christ. Before Nathanael stood up to go to Jesus, the latter already saw where Nathanael was, and more: He knew what nation Nathanael belonged to and what character Nathanael had! 

There are works that will prove that the Messiah has come. He will come with wonderful works.

MATTHEW 11:3-6 
3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: 
5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 
6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

He will be coming from three (3) distinct places: Bethlehem of Judea, Egypt, and Nazareth. The Chapters in Micah and Matthew point to them.

MICAH 5:2 
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

MATTHEW 2:13-15 
13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 
14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 
15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

MATTHEW 2:19-23 
19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 
20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life. 
21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 
22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 
23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

That time was the appointed time that the Jews should have understood as the time of the coming of the Messiah. But they did not.

DANIEL 9:24-26 
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

All available unbiased and written history - biblical or otherwise -points to the son of Mary who lived on this earth 2,000 years ago as the MESSIAH! Jesus Christ lived during the incumbency of the fourth kingdom prophesied in the book of Daniel that is the Roman Empire. 

We shift the scene to where a king was direly in need of someone to interpret his dream – a dream that was not only bizarre but also foreboding and he was much disturbed. 

In Chapter 2 in the book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a statue with body parts made of different materials: (1) head of gold, (2) chest and arms of silver, (3) belly and thighs of bronze, and (4) legs of iron with feet of iron and clay.

DANIEL 2:32-35 
32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 
33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 
34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces. 
35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Daniel, then a prisoner, interprets these body parts as four kingdoms (verses 37-42): The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar is the head of gold. Chest and arms of silver convey that after Nebuchadnezzar an inferior kingdom shall arise. The belly and thighs of bronze point to a third kingdom that shall rule over all the earth. The legs of iron with feet of iron and clay is a fourth kingdom, strong as iron.

DANIEL 2:36-41 (KJV) 
36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. 
37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 
38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. 
39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. 
41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

But the feet and toes partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron show it shall be a divided kingdom – this fourth kingdom.

DANIEL 2:42 (KJV) 
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

This fourth kingdom is foretold that “they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” Why?

DANIEL 2:43 (KJV) 
And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

The Kingdom of Christ is also set up – one that shall break all these kingdoms of men – including this fourth kingdom.

DANIEL 2:44 (KJV) 
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

The fourth kingdom is the Roman Empire, symbolic of what will be the Catholic Church! Let us go further. 

In Daniel 7 as support to Daniel 2, Daniel receives visions of four beasts coming out of the sea, as well as a vision of "one like the Son of Man" coming up to the Ancient of Days. 

This time the fourth kingdom is more clearly zoomed into. It is a beast of 10 horns. Take note of the terms, “fourth beast,” “horn that had eyes and a mouth that spake very great things,” “the same horn made war with the saints,” and “until the Ancient of days came.”So this fourth beast cum kingdom would be having its field day of great power and glory until “the Ancient of days” will intervene. That is Christ.

DANIEL 7:19-22(KJV) 
19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; 
20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. 
21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 
22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

To be continued. Be patient and you will come to know the true church of the Bible. 

Yours truly, 

Brother Eli