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, February 7, 2014

The Only Thing Important About Faith is a Personal Relationship

Vatican's UN Ambassador Monsignor Silvano Tomasi (L)
speaks with Former Vatican Chief Prosecutor of Clerical Sexual Abuse Charles Scicluna.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014---A U.N. committee blasted Pope Francis and the Holy See for the global Catholic Church’s policies on sex abuse, homosexuality, contraception, and abortion. Vatican officials shot back by saying they regret the committee’s attempt to interfere with the Church’s non-negotiable teachings.

I believe the issues on contraception and homosexuality (Romans 1:17-32) and abortion are moral issues between the individual believer and God---for only He can be the Judge. But herein lies the problem with the Roman Catholic Church (RCC)---its teachings, most of which are Not contained in the Holy Bible (as far as Mariology and Mary continuing to offer the gift(s) of Salvation (Catechism 969), Eucharist and Transubstantiation, Infallibility of the Pope, The New Jerusalem, Canonized Saints, etc., etc.) are non-negotiable.

God's Word is contained in Jesus Christ Only as the Word of God (John 1:1; John 1:14; 1 John 5:7 (KJV) and Rev. 19:13) and His teachings---the Holy Bible.

If the RCC claims to represent Jesus, then they should consider changing their despotic stance and return to the simplicity of Jesus by heeding the Apostle Paul's warning (2 Corinthians 11:3-4; 2 Corinthians 11:12-15).

Our mission in the world as Christians is Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:17-18, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:10-18; 2 Timothy 2:15; and 2 Timothy 4:1-5.

Because I love you with the purest agape love, I do not want to see anyone, especially Catholic parishioners, priests and nuns remain suppressed and oppressed with indoctrination. I will compare the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church to the Holy Bible from which this global church claims to take its doctrine from.

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

PART ONE
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

SECTION TWO
THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

CHAPTER THREE
I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

ARTICLE 9
"I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH"

Paragraph 4. Christ's Faithful - Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life [1]

891 "The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful - who confirms his brethren in the faith he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. . . . The infallibility promised to the Church is also present in the body of bishops when, together with Peter's successor, they exercise the supreme Magisterium," above all in an Ecumenical Council.418 When the Church through its supreme Magisterium proposes a doctrine "for belief as being divinely revealed,"419 and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions "must be adhered to with the obedience of faith."420 This infallibility extends as far as the deposit of divine Revelation itself.421

Pope Francis meets with the full College of Cardinals, electors and non-electors in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, on March 15, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican

Is the Pope and The Magisterium infallible?

I thought only God is infallible.

In Catholicism, the magisterium is the authority that lays down what is the authentic teaching of the Church.[2][3] For the Catholic Church, that authority is vested uniquely in the pope and the bishops who are in communion with him.[4]

The most basic foundation of the Magisterium, the apostolic succession of bishops and their authority as protectors of the faith, was one of the few points that was rarely debated by the Church Fathers. The doctrine was elaborated by Ignatius of Antioch (and others) in the face of Gnosticism, expounded by others such as Irenaeus, Tertullian, Cyprian, Ambrose, and Augustine, and by the end of the 2nd century AD was universally accepted by the bishops.[5]

Now let's look at the Holy Bible's doctrine:

Matthew 23:1-9
New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Criticizes the Religious Leaders

23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses.[a] 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you [regarding God's Written Word], but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.

5 “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels.[b] 6 And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. 7 They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’[c]

8 “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters.[d] 9 And don’t address anyone here on earth asFather,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father.

[bold emphasis added]

Footnotes:
a. 23:2 Greek and the Pharisees sit in the seat of Moses.
b. 23:5 Greek They enlarge their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
c. 23:7 Rabbi, from Aramaic, means “master” or “teacher.”
d. 23:8 Greek brothers.

MARIOLOGY

Mariology is the theological study of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mariology methodically presents teachings about the Virgin Mary's role in Salvation and grace, while adulterating the fact the Holy Bible teaches that only God, the Father extends Grace and that Jesus Christ is the ONLY Gift (singular) of Salvation.

What gives the Roman Catholic Church the right to defy God and His Word? The major problem with the doctrine of The Virgin Mary and graven images made to represent her, is that making and giving adoration to graven images blasphemies God, slanders His name and dwelling place---and those who live in heaven (Revelation 13:5-8)---and defies The Ten Commandments::

Exodus 20:3-4 (NIV)

3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

Footnotes:
Exodus 20:3 Or besides

There exist a variety of Christian views on Mary, ranging from the focus on Marian veneration in Roman Catholic Mariology to Protestant objections, with Anglican Marian theology in between. People are being taught to adore and worship a mortal human being. And if the virgin Mary was taken up to heaven, then please go back and read Exodus 20:4 about making an image in the form of anything in heaven. The assumption of the virgin Mary is just that an assumption, and when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me...

Romans 1:22-23 (NIV)
22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Take the time to read the RCC doctrine on Mary below:

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

PART ONE
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

SECTION TWO
THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

CHAPTER THREE
I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

ARTICLE 9
"I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH"

Paragraph 6. Mary - Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church [6]

969 "This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation . . . . Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix."512

[bold emphasis and underline added]

Jesus Christ alone holds the titles; "Advocate" and the Holy Spirit alone holds the titles; "Helper." It is Jesus alone who is our "Mediator" before God.

1 John 2:1 (NLT)

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.

John 14:26 ESV)

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.


AS FAR AS THE TITLE BENEFACTOR or BENEFACTRESS:

Luke 22:24-26 (NIV)

24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.

[bold emphasis added]


As a field of theology, in recent centuries the most substantial developments in Mariology (and the founding of specific centers devoted to its study) have taken place within Roman Catholic Mariology.

In terms of popular following, membership in Roman Catholic Marian Movements and Societies has grown significantly. The Marian Movement of Priests (MMP) is a private association of Catholic clergy and lay associate members founded by Italian priest Fr. Stefano Gobbi in 1972.[7] According to the MMP, its members now include over 400 Catholic cardinals and bishops, more than 100,000 Catholic priests, and several million lay Catholics worldwide.

WHAT DID JESUS TEACH ABOUT HIS MOTHER

Jesus Christ did Not teach anyone to venerate, pray to or give adoration to His mother. Jesus and the apostles did Not teach to pray the "Hail Mary" or to saints. Here is what Jesus taught:

Luke 11:27-28 (NLT)

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 10:37-41 (NLT)

37 “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. 38 If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. 39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

40 “Anyone who receives you receives me, and anyone who receives me receives the Father who sent me. 41 If you receive a prophet as one who speaks for God,[a] you will be given the same reward as a prophet. And if you receive righteous people because of their righteousness, you will be given a reward like theirs.

Footnotes:
10:41 Greek receive a prophet in the name of a prophet.

I only claim to prophesy the Word of God as contained in the Holy Bible. Jesus Christ gave us His written words to prophesy (proclaim) and follow. Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God (John 1:1; John 1:14; 1 John 5:7 (King James Version), and Revelation 19:13). The Holy Spirit was poured out on all people to prophesy God's Word at Pentecost (Acts 2:17-18).

The word "church" just means body of believers, and all who follow Jesus are part of His true family and church (body of believers), and are part of the royal priesthood... ALL CHRISTIANS ARE PRIESTS:

1 Peter 2:8-9 (NLT)

8 And, “He is the stone that makes people stumble,
    the rock that makes them fall.”[a]
They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.

9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[b] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

Footnotes:
a. 2:8 Isa 8:14.
b. 2:9 Greek a royal priesthood.

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!”

Footnotes:
a. 12:47 Some manuscripts do not include 
verse 47. Compare Mark 3:32 and Luke 8:20.


I am called first to serve the Lord as an evangelist for the sake of the Kingdom of Christ---by reaching the lost and those mentally, emotionally and spiritually confused. Secondly, I was a fervent Roman Catholic for 40 years and Third Degree Knight of Columbus, before Christ called me from darkness into His light to be a servant and evangelize to Catholics.

John 8:31-32 (NLT)

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, 
and the truth will set you free.”

If you are a Christian and want to live holy, devotion to Christ and following God's Word must be the number One priority in your life (Matthew 16:24; cf: Luke 9:23). We are to imitate Christ and lead others to the simplicity of Jesus Christ, so that people may find the gift of Salvation, and freedom from spiritual, mental and emotional bondage---as well as indoctrination.

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 (NLT)

3 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.



In looking at the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, you will find that it identifies itself, doctrine and "Tradition" as the "woman" of Revelation 17 and Revelation 18, known as MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS [false religions] and of abominations of the earth:


CATECHISM OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
PART ONE
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

SECTION ONE
"I BELIEVE" - "WE BELIEVE"

CHAPTER TWO
GOD COMES TO MEET MAN

ARTICLE 2
THE TRANSMISSION OF DIVINE REVELATION

78 This living transmission, accomplished in the Holy Spirit, is called Tradition, since it is distinct from Sacred Scripture, though closely connected to it. Through Tradition, "the Church, in her doctrine, life and worship, perpetuates and transmits to every generation all that she herself is, all that she believes."37 "The sayings of the holy Fathers" are a witness to the life-giving presence of this Tradition, showing how its riches are poured out in the practice and life of the Church, in her belief and her prayer."38

[bold emphasis added to distinguish the facts from the fluff and mother-child cult (Babylonian Semiramis and Tammuz  / Isis and Horus / Aphrodite and Eros / Venus and Cupid) mythology and worship in the RCC.]

Revelation 17:5 (NKJV)

5 And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.



Ezekiel 8:14-15 (NIV)
14 Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the Lord, and I saw women sitting there, mourning the god Tammuz.
15 He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see things that are even more detestable than this.”

Now let us take a look at Part Two of the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church and its doctrine on The Lord's Supper.

In Roman Catholicism, the Catechism, Section 1376 teaches that: "The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: "Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation."206



PART TWO
THE CELEBRATION OF THE "CHRISTIAN MYSTERY"

SECTION TWO
THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH

CHAPTER ONE
THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION

ARTICLE 3
THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST

1322 The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

1323 "At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'"135

I. THE EUCHARIST - SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF ECCLESIAL LIFE

1324 The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life."136 "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch."137
[bold emphasis added]


The Holy Bible teaches us Not to consumer blood in Leviticus 17. God does Not contradict His Word (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 13:8). He did Not change His mind when He commanded us Not to consume blood (what the RCC teaches is transubstantiation).

The apostles also taught the early Christians to abstain from consuming blood---Read Acts 15:20; Acts 15:29 and Acts 21:25 to better understand that the Holy Bible teaches Not to consume blood or anything considered to be blood.

The consecrated wine used during the Roman Catholic Church Neopagan ritual of the "Eucharist" and its suppose transubstantiation is antichrist, and misconstrues the significance that Jesus was speaking Spiritually about His flesh and blood, and the fact that He said that His Words were Spirit and life, not actually His flesh and blood (John 6:63). 

Jesus words about the false religious leaders of His day, applies to modern day pharisees and false religious teachers.

Here is what Jesus Christ, The living Word of God (John 1:1; John 14:1; 1 John 5:7 KJV; Revelation 19:13), God our ONLY Spiritual Father, and the Holy Spirit, have to say about religious "Tradition":


Mark 7:6-9
New Living Translation (NLT)

6 Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, 
for he wrote,

‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
7 Their worship is a farce,
    for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’[a]
8 For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”

9 Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law 
in order to hold on to your own tradition.

Footnotes:
7:7 Isa 29:13 (Greek version)

Warning to Escape Babylon’s Judgment

Revelation 18:4 (NKJV)
4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.

Revelation 18:5-9
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

5 Her sins are piled as high as heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. 6 Do to her what she has done. Give her twice as much as she gave. Serve her a drink in her own cup twice as large as the drink she served others. 7 She gave herself glory and luxury. Now give her just as much torture and misery. She says to herself, ‘I’m a queen on a throne, not a widow. I’ll never be miserable.’ 8 For this reason her plagues of death, misery, and starvation will come in a single day. She will be burned up in a fire, 
because the Lord God, who judges her, is powerful.

9 “The kings of the earth who had sex with her and lived in luxury with her will cry and mourn over her when they see the smoke rise from her raging fire.
[bold emphasis added]

Psalm 97:10 (KJV)

10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil [and deception]: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.


 If I showed you a yellow Twenty dollar ($20) bill and told you that it was real, you would not believe me. Bit if I made the monetary bill look as genuine as the real thing, you probably would not question it. Teaching a person to accept a set of beliefs uncritically is how indoctrination works.



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 sect, Protestant, Anglican or Catholic 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.

STOP BLAMING THE RCC FOR YOUR LACK OF FAITH AND WORSHIP!

Please stop blaming the Roman Catholic Church for why you have Not found a Bible-based church to go to and worship God one day a week with other believers. To better understand what it means to Worship God, Fellowship with other Christians, Be a Disciple of Jesus, take part in your church's Ministry (volunteering), and have a Mission field in your community, read The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For by Pastor Rick Warren.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT)

24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. 

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




READ MORE at: WATCH DOGMA 
http://watchdogma.blogspot.com/

Godspeed, love and Truth,

Brother Johnson, XU

Footnotes:

1. http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p123a9p4.htm

2. Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary

3. Thomas Storck, "What Is the Magisterium?"

4. "The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion with him" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 100).

5. Congar, Yves. "A Brief History of the Forms of the Magisterium and Its Relations with Scholars." Readings in Moral Theology: The Magisterium and Morality. Ed. Charles E. Curran and Richard A. McCormick. New York:
Paulist Press, 1982. p. 315.

6. http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p123a9p6.htm

7.  EWTN article about the MMP [Marian Movement of Priests]

Note: The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) is an American television network which presents around-the-clock Catholic-themed programming. It was founded by Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, PCPA in 1980 and began broadcasting on August 15, 1981. EWTN is a Counter-Reformation propaganda channel to keep Catholics indoctrinated.

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