Stay Away from Indoctrination and Dogma

"As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;" (Ephesians 4:14 NASB).

Friday, November 29, 2013

Please Stop Confusing Catholicism with Christianity

News agencies and journalist have shown nothing but pure ignorance and a blatant desire to twist the Truth, by historically relating and interchanging the words, "Protestant," "Catholic," "Coptic," and "Roman Catholic" with Christianity.

Admittedly it was Roman Emperor Constantine the Great who first interchanged the word, "catholic" with the "Christian" churches in the Empire at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.

Emperor Constantine used the word, "catholic" to supplant the Christian movement and gain control of the churches in the Roman Empire that claimed to represent Jesus Christ.

In its historical sense, the term Christendom, usually refers to the medieval and early modern period, during which the "Catholic world" represented a geopolitical power juxtaposed with both paganism and especially the military threat of the Muslim world.

Prior to the 2nd century AD, Christianity was an underground movement led by the followers of Jesus Christ. In fact, the apostles did not refer to themselves as "Christians." 

The Apostles were first called "Christians" at Antioch, Syria (Acts 11:19-26).

Acts 11:19-26 (NIV)

The Church in Antioch

19 "Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.

25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch."

The Byzantine–Ottoman Wars were a series of decisive conflicts between the Ottoman Turks and the Byzantines that led to the final destruction of the Byzantine Empire and the rise of the Ottoman Empire. In 1204 the Byzantine capital of Constantinople was sacked and occupied by the Fourth Crusaders, an important moment of the East–West Schism.

The East–West Schism is the medieval division of Chalcedonian Catholicism into Eastern (Greek) and Western (Latin) branches, which later became commonly known as the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, respectively. The East–West Schism is one of the two schisms to which the term "Great Schism" is applied (the other being the Western Schism).

The Western Schism or Papal Schism was a split within the Catholic Church from 1378 to 1418. Several men simultaneously claimed to be the true pope. Driven by politics rather than any theological disagreement, the schism was ended by the Council of Constance (1414–1418). The rival claims to the papal chair hurt the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church.

Historically, it is easy to see the problem of organized religion versus individual faith in Christ and the freedom to worship the Lord without manmade rituals, doctrines, dogma and Tradition(s). Evangelical Christians (those who simply wanted to follow the Holy Scriptures and teachings of Christ and the Apostles) were put to death by the Church of Rome for centuries.

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 (NIV)
3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. 

If you read Revelation 17 and chapter 18, you will find that the Roman Catholic Church is the Mother of all harlot religions that have sought to counterfeit and adulterate the Truth of God. 

An article written by Peter Smith for the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, published on November 21, 2013, was titled, "Undelivered speech reflects Kennedy's strong Catholic ties." Read excerpts from the article below and ask yourself whether President John F. Kennedy was quoting the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church and Papal letters or the Holy Bible.


Undelivered speech reflects Kennedy's strong Catholic ties

By Peter Smith / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

They stand among the most eloquent words that John F. Kennedy never said. Instead, they exist in writing only forming the speech Kennedy was scheduled to deliver at the Trade Mart in Dallas to influential business and research leaders early in the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963.

Kennedy was assassinated en route to the gathering, and the words hovered in obscurity amid the panic and devastation that followed.

But over the years, people have taken a fresh look at the Trade Mart speech. The words have inspired a tribute book, choral works and a video tribute in Dallas. They've inspired legislation and litigation in Kentucky.

The nation's only Roman Catholic president is better known for proclaiming a strict separation of church and state during the 1960 presidential campaign, seeking to allay fears that he would take orders from the Vatican.

"We, in this country, in this generation, are -- by destiny rather than by choice -- the watchmen on the walls of world freedom," 
the text said, alluding to Isaiah, chapter 62.

"We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve ... the ancient vision of 'peace on earth, good will toward men,' " the text continued, quoting from the angels' announcement of Jesus' birth in Luke 2.

"The righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength," Kennedy would have continued, concluding with a nod to Psalm 127. "For as was written long ago: 'except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen waketh but in vain.' "

In Dallas in 1963, Kennedy planned to quote freely from the Bible to fuse faith with American interests. There's less of a contradiction there than it might seem. Kennedy was using the Bible to connect with his mostly Protestant audience.

"This kind of language is something that presidents often use in moments when they are in need of an inspiring tone," said Charles Haynes, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center, which monitors church-state law.

Kennedy wants to keep a "low profile about the Catholic issue but he wants a high profile about being a biblical Christian," Mr. Haynes said.

It is socially irresponsible of the Media and Journalists when they title an article, "Undelivered speech reflects Kennedy's strong Catholic ties," when in fact the beloved U.S. President JFK was actually quoting from the Holy Bible. 

After all, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Jehovah's Witness, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon), Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Quaker and Protestant sects like; Lutheran, Baptist, Seventh-day Adventist, Methodist, and others, are religious denominations---Not Christianity! 

Therefore what is Christianity? It is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior apart from organized religion. God, the Creator, calls ALL to repentance, and to accept the Gift of Salvation through belief in His Only Son, Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)

9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer
"Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. 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 religion or denomination). Please get into a Bible-based church, where the Word of God is taught unadulterated and reject the Tradition(s) of men. 

Pray, study (2 Timothy 2:15) and meditate upon God's Word, and trust that the Holy Spirit will guide you (John 14:16-24).

Godspeed, love and Truth,

Brother Johnson, XU

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