My friends and those who will listen:
I believe one of the reasons that would-be-believers in Christ suffer with Spiritual confusion is because they intellectualize and syncretize their faith in God with rituals, myths and Tradition(s) of men.
Knowing that we are sometimes too smart for our own good, I will take the "Spock approach" (lol) of logic to point out a few facts.
We have allowed ourselves to be indoctrinated by religious men who intellectualized and philosophized Jesus and the Apostles' words---often to the point of adulterating the Word of God.
I have talked to priests on the telephone, in person after mass and at diners, and I realize that most priests are only following orders. One priest told me that the course in Mariology is so short in seminary that he did not remember what he was taught. That's the problem! People follow Tradition blindly and uncritically without ever finding out if it is the absolute Truth of God.
"Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others."
This writing may seem harsh, but I assure you it is meant to inspire you to think about keeping your faith focused. After all, Jesus Christ came to set the (indoctrinated and oppressed) captives free!
Ask Yourself If You Might Be Offending God by your worship
You might think it is rational and justified to give reverence to Christ's mother, Mary. But what if God finds the practice of saying the "Hail Mary" to be offensive and an abomination in His eyes?
THE HAIL MARY AND ROSARY
"27 As he was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!”"
'28 Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”'
Matthew 12:46-50 (NLT)
The True Family of Jesus
'46 As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 47 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to speak to you.”'[a]
'48 Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 49 Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. 50 Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”'
a. Matthew 12:47 Some manuscripts do not include verse 47.
Compare Mark 3:32 and Luke 8:20.
I guess the above Scriptures debugs the RCC myth of the "Holy Family"
The Only Holy Ones to Revere
"7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
"8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one."
Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-5; John 1:14; Revelation 19:13)
IS THIS WRITING HERETICAL AND BLASPHEMY?
A Roman Catholic priest might tell you that I am committing blasphemy and that this Blog is anti-Catholic, but it is not. This Blog is anti-false doctrine and anti-adulteration of God's Word---Jesus and the Holy Bible.
Section 969 of the Catechism of the RCC seems like a code for 666, especially given the content of section 969 of the Catholic Catechism...
[CATECHISM OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. THE PROFESSION OF FAITH SECTION TWO. THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. CHAPTER THREE. ARTICLE 9 "I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH." Paragraph 6. Mary - Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church].'
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates belief in the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Jesus Christ's mother, but Jesus was and is the only person who was born on earth without original sin.
My friends, Jesus is the only Gift (singular) of eternal Salvation. Jesus gave His life, just as God, the Father, planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live (Galatians 1:4 NLT).
Christ is our only Advocate, and the Holy Spirit is our helper. I am not arguing over semantics...The fact is the Catechism of the RCC contradicts the Holy Bible on several fundamental issues of Christianity.
I am not going to distract you by giving you the history of "prayer beads" here, and I have already explained the Legend of Semiramis and Tammuz and the ancient Pagan practice of devotion to the "Queen of Heaven."
WHY THE REFORMATION HAPPENED
Since the mid-1500s, Christians have put their life on the line for others by rebuking the Roman Church doctrine and rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
The reason why the Apostles were all martyred---save John the Evangelist---is because they were warned not to preach Jesus Christ (see Acts 4). Christianity is all about following Jesus' teachings, not the Traditions of men.
"In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy."
I would like you to think about another point regarding Transubstantiation. In Leviticus 17 God commanded Moses to teach the people to not consume blood. The Apostles in Acts 15:20; Acts 15-29 and Acts 21:25 instructed the people to abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, from what has been strangled, from sexual immorality and from consuming blood.
MORE FALSE & MISGUIDED TEACHINGS
The early Roman Church doctors taught that the wine used during communion actually turns into the physical blood of Jesus Christ upon the priest praying over it---with just the appearance of wine remaining. The RCC continues this misguided Tradition of Transubstantiation and misconstrues the Holy Scriptures.
JESUS WAS SPEAKING FIGURATIVELY AND SPIRITUALLY
"56 Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.”
Many Disciples Desert Jesus
'60 Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand.
How can anyone accept it?”'
"61 Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again? 63 The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing.
And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life." [BOLD ADDED]
I have most likely given you TMI in my posts. But from this point forward, I am going to stop trying to prove to you how the early Roman Church became corrupt and adulterated by the Traditions of men (and eventually Freemasonry). Instead I am going to focus my energy on using logic to have you hopefully start to think and question what you have been taught and if it is the Truth.
The transformation of my life from a "Sunday professing Christian" to a prophesying evangelist happened as a result of experiencing dreams and being inspired by the Holy Ghost to compare the teachings of the Holy Bible to the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). I found that the latter contradicts God's Word---and adulterates the simplicity of Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).
For months, I did not want to believe the contradictions that I found in the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. After all, I had been Catholic 40 years and was a Third Degree Knight of Columbus.
I do not expect you to believe the information in this Blog at face value. Hopefully you too will be inspired by the Holy Spirit to read the Scriptures listed here, and do your own research and fact finding mission for Truth apart from the Tradition(s) of men.
Acts 2:16-17 (KJV)
"16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;"
"17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:"
Today prophesying means to simply proclaim the Word of God as contained in the Holy Scriptures without any private interpretation.
WHO IS THE HEAD OF JESUS CHRIST'S UNIVERSAL CHURCH?
2 Peter 1:20 (NKJV)
"20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,"
In the Roman Catholic Church the Pope has the final interpretation on Scripture, but that position contradicts the Holy Scriptures above.
The Queen of England or monarchy of the UK made itself the Head of the Anglican Communion (England and its colony churches) under the Act of Supremacy. But Jesus Christ is the only Head of His universal church.
"23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church."
The above Scripture probably does not please feminists, but understand that liberal views often defy what God intended.
GRAVEN IMAGES AND REVERENCE OF CANONIZED SAINTS
"3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
"4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."
How is it that those who call themselves "Christians" cannot keep the basic first and second commandment of the 10 Commandments of God?
A Warning against Idolatry
15 “But be very careful! You did not see the Lord’s form on the day he spoke to you from the heart of the fire at Mount Sinai. 16 So do not corrupt yourselves by making an idol in any form—whether of a man or a woman, 17 an animal on the ground, a bird in the sky, 18 a small animal that scurries along the ground, or a fish in the deepest sea. 19 And when you look up into the sky and see the sun, moon, and stars—all the forces of heaven—don’t be seduced into worshiping them. The Lord your God gave them to all the peoples of the earth."
I ask you, do you think it is a trivial thing in the eyes of God to say the hundreds of Catholic prayers to "Canonized Saints"?
WHY ARE PEOPLE INDOCTRINATED TO FOLLOW FALSE TEACHINGS
"12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?"
"13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up."
"14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."
Jesus words above are happening to the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Eastern Orthodox churches---they are being "rooted up." And instead of good-hearted Christian parents admitting to themselves that they have been led by the blind, they too are falling into a ditch financially and spiritually trying to defend their priests, church, pope and archbishops.
CHRISTIANS ARE PLAYING RIGHT INTO SATAN'S HANDS
Satan desires nothing more than to separate us from God. The devil wants us to disobey God and follow our own heart's desire, instead of God's Statutes. If religious leaders claim to take their doctrine from the Holy Bible, then their teachings should be consistent with Christ's Words.
Are you Confusing God with Satan?
Unbelievers and agnostics may wish to accuse God of being cruel to allow His creation to suffer, but suffering of no fault of our own is instigated by the accuser and adversary, Satan (Job 1:6-22; Job 2:1-10). The devil wants us to curse God. However if we stay true to God through trials, we can rest assured that the Lord will bless us in his time---perhaps like He did Job eventually (Job 42:7-17)---or at least our faithfulness will help others going through trials to remain faithful.
"4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News.
They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God."
The Age of Reason or Enlightenment and Thomas Paine's book, The Age of Reason, brought about Deism (belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe).
The truth is God does not want robots, and that is why He gave us FREE WILL to choose to follow His Word or not. But remember there is a price to pay for doing things our way---we are left to our own devices.
True Wisdom Comes from God
"13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom."
My confusion and ignorance was lifted once I repented for my Spiritual sloth.
I left the Roman Catholic Church and joined a Bible-based church where Christ is the only Head and the Word of God is taught unadulterated. I also made a mature decision to be baptized again, because I believed it was impossible for me to make a decision as a baby of my own contrition to repent.
"37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
"38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
'27 Then they brought the apostles before the high council, where the high priest confronted them. 28 “Didn’t we tell you never again to teach in this man’s name?” he demanded. “Instead, you have filled all Jerusalem with your teaching about him, and you want to make us responsible for his death!”'
'29 But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by hanging him on a cross. 31 Then God put him in the place of honor at his right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this so the people of Israel would repent of their sins and be forgiven. 32 We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who obey him.”'
JESUS IS CALLING ALL TO REPENTANCE
The Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Anglican Communion church---as well as many smaller professing "Christian" religions and their leaders could REPENT by admitting that their teachings have been contrary to God's Word.
Please consider John the Evangelist's prophecy:
"17 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:"
"2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication."
"3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns."
"4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:"
"5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth."
"6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration."
In Scripture, a "woman" refers to a church.
"4 Then I heard another voice calling from heaven,
“Come away from her, my people.
Do not take part in her sins,
or you will be punished with her.
I have spent the last three years writing and publishing Web sites regarding the contradictions I found with the Catholic and Anglican churches, because I think Christians need to be informed.
The Counter-Reformation has left people spiritually confused and lost, and I believe that we need a New Reformation in the body of Christ.
I cannot help but think that people are going to be held accountable for their spiritual sloth and rejection of the Truth.
IF YOU THINK YOU'VE BEEN INDOCTRINATED
If you realize that you have been indoctrinated by your church, you can make a change of heart at anytime by repenting for the error of your ways.
Please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer:
Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection.
I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"
If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect or religious denomination). Please get into a Bible-based church where the Word of God is taught unadulterated and reject the Tradition(s) of men. Pray, meditate upon God's Word and trust Jesus that He will guide you with His Spirit.
"6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 8:31-32 (ESV)
The Truth Will Set You Free
"31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.”
Once you know you have found the simplicity of a sole relationship with Jesus Christ, you may be inspired to teach others (Matthew 28:19-20 KJV).
Godspeed, love and peace,
Brother Johnson, XU