Unholy Alliances to the Apostate Bridge
Resetting the Reformation: Part 3
Part 1: TOGETHER 2016: Unbiblical Unity on the National Mall
Part 2: Betraying the Reformers - Betraying the Gospel
(Rev. 21:1, 27)
|Ecumenical evangelical James Robison gives a "high five" |
to Pope Francis at the Vatican on June 24, 2014
~ Ecumenical Televangelist, James Robison
‘THAT ALL MAY BE ONE’- THE INTERFAITH BRIDGE
What many zealous proponents of ecumenical unity—like the Together 2016 organizers and participants—neglect to realize, is that this unholy alliance is a necessary step in completing Rome’s ungodly interreligious bridge to one world unification—under the authority of the Pope himself. Without question, the Evangelical change agents involved in this ungodly endeavor, who are leading their own enormous flocks and Internet audience into apostasy, all look to the Roman Pontiff for direction, approval, and affirmation.
Has Roman Catholic doctrine changed since the Middle Ages? Do Evangelicals and Catholics really share “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3)? This post will shed important light on these questions as well as reveal the Pope’s larger construction project, the Interfaith Bridge to One World Unity.
Pope John Paul II, more than any other Pope since Francis, ignited an ecumenical flame that has not gone out, but instead has been rekindled in recent years by his unity-eager successors. In 1995, John Paul II wrote a widely distributed papal encyclical titled “Ut Unum Sint”—That All May Be One. In it he called for worldwide ecumenical unity:
The way of ecumenism: the way of the Church
The Lord of the Ages wisely and patiently follows out the plan of his grace on behalf of us sinners. In recent times he has begun to bestow more generously upon divided Christians remorse over their divisions and a longing for unity. Everywhere, large numbers have felt the impulse of this grace, and among our separated brethren also there increases from day to day a movement, fostered by the grace of the Holy Spirit, for the restoration of unity among all Christians. Taking part in this movement, which is called ecumenical, are those who invoke the Triune God and confess Jesus as Lord and Saviour. They join in not merely as individuals but also as members of the corporate groups in which they have heard the Gospel, and which each regards as his Church and, indeed, God's. And yet almost everyone, though in different ways, longs that there may be one visible Church of God, a Church truly universal and sent forth to the whole world that the world may be converted to the Gospel and so be saved, to the glory of God.[bold added]
Ironically, the term catholic literally means “universal” or “all-inclusive” (one). The fatal glitch to this bold ecumenical endeavor, however, is the fact that Roman Catholicism promotes a false gospel and a false Jesus —which will never change.
|Pope John Paul II in 1978; canonized into Catholic sainthood in 2014|
John Paul II, perhaps the most popular Pope in recent history—spent his tenure as the Roman Pontiff building bridges with Protestants, “separated brethren” (those who left Roman Catholicism), and even other religions, so that all people of all faiths would one day recognize and submit to the Papal authority of Rome (Rev. 13:11-17; 17:1-18). In 1986, in a landmark feat, Pope John Paul II was successful in convening interfaith leaders from around the world to pray together for world peace in Assisi, Italy. This would be the ground-breaking event for the future completion of the One World Bridge.
THE APOSTATE UNITY BRIDGE BUILDER
It is most pertinent to note that “Pontiff,”one of the Pope’s titles, is an abbreviation of Pontifex Maximus, which means, “Supreme Bridge-builder.” The term is a pagan carry-over from the Roman Empire days, that signifies “one who builds a bridge from heaven to earth.” This lofty papal title once donned by the ancient Roman Caesars, among many others, blasphemously usurps the unique role of the Lord Jesus Christ. Observe how efficacious John Paul’s successor, Pope Francis, has been in perpetuating this unholy ecumenical—and interfaith—bridge.
|‘Pontifex Maximus’ Pope Francis commemorative coin|
|‘PONT MAX’ – abbreviation for “Pontifex Maximus”
Left: Caesar Augustus – Right: Pope Leo XIII
Evangelical evangelist to Catholics, Mike Gendron, explains the diametrically opposing gospels—between biblical believers and Roman Catholics—each of which explain how a person is saved from sin, the world, and eternal death. One is eternally right and one is eternally wrong. One is based upon the Word of God, the other upon tradition and the commandments of men. One is by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, the other by the merits of sinful mankind. Gendron wrote:
Our great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ saves His people from the punishment, power and presence of sin. Salvation is only given by God’s grace to those who repent and believe the Gospel (Mark 1:15). Salvation is made up of three elements - justification, sanctification and glorification. For believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, salvation is past (justification), present (sanctification) and pending (glorification). This is why the Bible reveals that Christians have been saved, are being saved, and will be saved. Justification occurs at the moment of faith. Christians were saved (past tense) from the "penalty of sin" at the very moment God justified them….
The Roman Catholic Church teaches a different plan of salvation. Justification and sanctification are interchangeable and are part of a process from baptism through purgatory. Salvation in the Catholic Church is based on faith plus works to the extent that Catholics are condemned if they believe salvation is by faith alone. Canon 9 of the Council of Trent states, "If anyone says that the sinner is justified by faith alone, meaning that nothing else is required to cooperate in order to obtain the grace of justification...let him be anathema." The Catholic Church states that the grace of justification comes, not through faith but through the sacraments, beginning with baptism. The sacraments conform Catholics to the righteousness of God. Catholics are taught they can then merit the graces needed for the attainment of eternal life through the sacraments, good works and obeying the law. Catholics are taught they must establish and maintain their own righteousness to enter heaven rather than seek God's righteousness….[bold added]
|Worship of the Roman Catholic Eucharistic Jesus|
Roman Catholics also worship a different Jesus in their “Sacrifice of the Mass”—the wafer Jesus. Gendron elaborates on this false dogma:
There exists a profound contrast between the teachings of Scripture and the teachings of Catholicism concerning the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "the sacrifice of Jesus and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice. The same Christ who offered Himself once in a bloody manner on the cross is contained and offered in an unbloody manner on church altars. It is truly propitiatory, which means it satisfies divine wrath. The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross and is actually the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ (CCC, para.1366-67; 1374). Catholics express their faith in the real presence of Christ by worshipping and adoring the wafer as if it were the almighty and glorious God (para.1378). The Vatican teaches that every time the Mass is celebrated, the work of redemption is carried on (para.1405). The Catechism violates Scripture by teaching the Eucharist is offered repeatedly "in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead" (para.1414)….
We must tell Catholics that whenever the Eucharistic sacrifice for sin is offered, it as a blasphemous insult to the perfect and complete work of the Savior on Calvary's cross. Furthermore, we must warn Catholics they are committing the sin of idolatry when they worship the Eucharist as the Lord Jesus Christ. The sin is as grievous as when the Israelites worshipped the golden calf as the true God who delivered them out of Egypt (Exodus 32:4). Because of God's hatred of idolatry, that grievous sin brought death to 3000 Israelites. Catholics need to come out of their false religion and not participate in her sins any longer.[bold added]
The blasphemous Roman Catholic doctrine and practice of worshipping “the Eucharist as the Lord Jesus Christ” has also led to numerous reports of occult manifestations, such as “bleeding hosts” (consecrated wafers); demonic occurrences that many Catholic authorities are eager to call “miracles” from God.
Pope Francis adoring the Eucharistic Catholic 'Jesus'
(the consecrated wafer in the center of the gold sun-rayed monstrance)
Whatever else true believers might share with Roman Catholics, the unsavory realities regarding Rome’s opposing gospel and counterfeit Jesus prevents veracious Christian unity from ever occurring—according to the Scriptures (Gal. 1:6-9; Rom. 3:21-28; Heb. 9:24-28; 2 Cor. 6:14).
THE PONTIFICATE & MARY: AN IDOLATROUS LEGACY
Pope John Paul II was also sacrilegiously dedicated to the Catholic Mary, a devotion he shared with popes Benedict and Francis. All three recent popes consecrated the world to the Catholic Mary. Due to the enormity of this subject matter, we will not fully examine this and other relevant false doctrines held by the Roman Catholic Church in this article.
|Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Catholic Mary in 2013|
of other things for men to place their trust in,
with a neglect of Christ.
~ John Owen*
COMING OUT OF ROME
I have intimate knowledge about the veracity of these false teachings because the gracious Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, rescued me out of the apostate Roman Catholic system 24 years ago. My parents were steadfast Tridentine Roman Catholics who truly believed what the Roman hierarchy taught them. In my unpublished testimony, “Paper Hearts,” I illustrate the utter hopelessness of Rome’s false gospel and counterfeit Jesus in reflecting upon profound personal hardship and the untimely death of my father in 1985:
My family struggles over the reality that the wrong body may have been laid to rest in the grave marked with his name (due to an unfortunate oversight at the graveyard), but I struggle over the whereabouts of his soul. Roman Catholicism offers no hope in the afterlife.
I didn't know Christ intimately at the time of dad’s earthly departure, but He knew me and has never lifted His hand from my life, even when I chose a few detours. I saw God as a perpetually stern and angry judge who could never love me apart from my own works. I expended considerable energy trying to prove to our Heavenly Father that I could be found worthy if only He gave me time and opportunity, but my best efforts only fell short of the mark. Through years of repeated failure, I only proved to myself that I couldn't earn a place in God's family. I groped in the darkness like a blind person attempting to find the Lord through elaborate works, canned prayers and ritual, but always eluded Christ's brilliant light in stark futility.
I faithfully attended church for almost 30 years, but had never read the Bible; I depended on other blind people to feed my ravenous spiritual appetite, and I always went away from the communion table hungry. I was taught that eternal salvation was accomplished by human merit and divine whim, that Jesus the distant judge heard only the prayers of His mother and that God's truth was entrusted to a chosen few. I silently suffered through my brother's and dad's disabilities, long Army separations, and six difficult years with my own disabled child—a child I could not accept—without ever falling into the open arms of Jesus Christ.
In 2014, I wrote about my disturbing experiences stemming from the idolatry of the Catholic Mary in an article titled, “Canonizing Forbidden Texts & Visions Part 1: Secrets of Fatima & Marian Apparitions,” exposing the extra-biblical, prophecy-mongering, and occult diversions of the Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm (PPP) teachers:
MEMORIES OF FATIMA
As an ex-Catholic, these PPP writings have been the most burdensome to wade through—because I left Roman Catholic mysticism far behind when I became born from above in 1992. My parents adhered to the Tridentine variety of Roman Catholicism, with a twist of tribal mysticism from my Native American heritage.
Tridentine Catholics prefer liturgical tradition prior to the second Vatican Council. Their practices hearken back to the medieval days of the Dark Ages, including a Latin Mass which is performed by priests in Roman Catholic regalia who display their backs the congregation during the entire ceremony. Not knowing Latin, my parents (and most of the flock) mimicked the somber rituals and hoped that something good might rub off on them.
Into this mystical spiritual vacuum, devoid of true Scriptural moorings, came several frightening occult experiences that haunted my young mind. One of my most vivid memories was being made to kiss the feet of the Our Lady of Fatima statue during a processional Mass in the 1960s. An ambassadorial entourage, sanctioned by the Vatican, was commissioned to travel around the world with the statue and a message urging world citizens to be consecrated to the Catholic Mary.
The wooden image, bedecked with precious stones and covered in gold, was carved in the likeness of the female entity that appeared to the famed peasant children in 1917. Many close family members believe that the Marian apparition itself commissioned the statue to specification which (in their eyes) justified its ‘veneration’ (kissing its feet) even more. Family witnesses and subsequent Polaroid photos revealed the statue’s apparent ability to change the positions of the ornate crown upon its head—a so-called verification of its authenticity. This inexplicable experience (among many others) was quite unsettling and scary to me as a young girl, and still is.
|Family photo of the Fatima statue|
“Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female.”
After reading about the true Gospel in God’s Word, repenting of my sin, and believing only upon Jesus Christ to save me and make me clean, the Lord God set me completely free in 1992. I have never been the same.
|ECT book, 1995|
EVANGELICALS AND CATHOLICS TOGETHER
Several American evangelical leaders—spear-headed by Charles Colson of Prison Fellowship—first teamed up with Roman Catholic clerics in 1994 to participate in and endorse an accord of unity called, “Evangelicals & Catholics Together (ECT): The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium.” The signatories agreed to stop “proselytizing” each other’s flocks and instead work together for social action. Note the call for so-called Christian unity in the conclusion of this historic document:
Nearly two thousand years after it began, and nearly five hundred years after the divisions of the Reformation era, the Christian mission to the world is vibrantly alive and assertive. We do not know, we cannot know, what the Lord of history has in store for the Third Millennium. It may be the springtime of world missions and great Christian expansion. It may be the way of the cross marked by persecution and apparent marginalization. In different places and times, it will likely be both. Or it may be that Our Lord will return tomorrow. We do know that his promise is sure, that we are enlisted for the duration, and that we are in this together. We do know that we must affirm and hope and search and contend and witness together, for we belong not to ourselves but to him who has purchased us by the blood of the cross. We do know that this is a time of opportunity—and, if of opportunity, then of responsibility—for Evangelicals and Catholics to be Christians together in a way that helps prepare the world for the coming of him to whom belongs the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.[bold added]
In 1994, the late Christian author and apologist Dave Hunt responded to the Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) agreement in a Berean Call article aptly titled, “The Gospel Betrayed.” In it, he also reflects on the betrayal of the Reformation:
The most significant event in almost 500 years of church history took place March 29, 1994. Leading evangelicals and Catholics signed a joint declaration, "Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the 3rd Millennium." The document overturns the Reformation and does incalculable damage to the cause of Christ. The news release said:
They toiled together in the movements against abortion and pornography, and now leading Catholics and evangelicals are asking their flocks for a remarkable leap of faith: to finally accept each other as Christians.... They urged Catholics and evangelicals... to stop aggressive proselytization of each other's flocks….
Having carefully read the 25-page fifth draft marked "Not for general circulation," I appreciate the loving concern for both truth and unity expressed therein. Some key differences between Catholics and evangelicals are noted without compromise. But the most important difference—what it means to be saved — is not mentioned and, in fact, is directly denied. Amazingly, the document claims that all Catholics are Christians, hold the same faith as evangelicals, and are our "brothers and sisters in Christ." If so, then the Reformation was a tragic mistake which we all must denounce!…
For 1,000 years before the Reformation, there were always groups of evangelical Christians outside the Catholic Church, millions of whom were slaughtered for obeying Scripture instead of Rome.… Through the example of these Vaudois, Albigenses, Waldenses and other early evangelicals, and from the Bibles they preserved, a few Roman Catholic priests and monks realized that their Church didn't preach the truth and that they and their fellow Catholics were not saved, but lost. Men like John Wyclif (1329-84), Jan Hus (1373-1415) and Johannes Geiler von Kaysersberg (1445-1510) believed the gospel and began preaching it. They hoped their Church could be reformed. In response, Rome consigned many of these faithful gospel preachers to the flames. Later Luther and other Reformers, all Roman Catholics, also became convinced that neither they nor their fellow Catholics were saved. They began preaching salvation by grace through faith instead of Catholicism's false gospel of sacramental rituals and works. For this they were excommunicated and untold thousands more were martyred.
Such is the heritage of today's evangelicals, which this document now rejects…. Catholicism's false gospel hasn't changed. It diametrically opposes the evangelical view of what Christ's crucifixion and forgiveness of sins mean…. And now we are asked to refrain from sharing the Gospel with those who desperately need it, and to assume them already saved, when their own doctrines forbid this assurance….[bold added]
Dave Hunt’s fiery words were as true back in 1994, as they are today.
|William Tyndale before being strangled and burned at the stake in 1563|
|The Manhattan Declaration|
THE MANHATTAN DECLARATION
Fifteen years after ECT, another joint declaration was signed by evangelicals and Catholics—with over 400,000 signatories (which began with 140 names)—some of the most prominent personalities, teachers, and authors in Christianity. The agreement was called, the “Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience.” Like ECT, the Manhattan Declaration presumptuously assumed an orthodox Christian brotherhood of its endorsers as it urgently stressed the necessity for Christian unity in order to combat looming societal enemies:
We, as Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians, have gathered, beginning in New York on September 28, 2009, to make the following declaration, which we sign as individuals, not on behalf of our organizations, but speaking to and from our communities. We act together in obedience to the one true God, the triune God of holiness and love, who has laid total claim on our lives and by that claim calls us with believers in all ages and all nations to seek and defend the good of all who bear his image… We call upon all people of goodwill, believers and non-believers alike, to consider carefully and reflect critically on the issues we here address as we, with St. Paul, commend this appeal to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
While the whole scope of Christian moral concern, including a special concern for the poor and vulnerable, claims our attention, we are especially troubled that in our nation today the lives of the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly are severely threatened; that the institution of marriage, already buffeted by promiscuity, infidelity and divorce, is in jeopardy of being redefined to accommodate fashionable ideologies; that freedom of religion and the rights of conscience are gravely jeopardized by those who would use the instruments of coercion to compel persons of faith to compromise their deepest convictions.[bold added]
Pastor Gary Gilley responded to this joint declaration in 2010. Like Dave Hunt, Gilley takes the faulty ecumenical issue back to the Gospel of Christ. He concludes:
Instead of drawing moral/political lines in the sand, courageously and even defiantly declaring that we will retreat no further, maybe this would be an excellent opportunity to evaluate whether we have already retreated concerning the Gospel. That ground may have been given because of ecumenical expediency, pluralistic pressures, biblical illiteracy or faith in statements such as The Manhattan Declaration which minimize the uniqueness and narrowness of the Gospel message in an attempt to change society. Rather than giving ground maybe this would be a good time to take a fresh look at the Gospel. Maybe we should define it more carefully, guard it more tenaciously, proclaim it more boldly, and believe in its power more profoundly. For, after all, Paul tells us it is the power of God unto salvation. And, after all, it is what Christ has commissioned us to do.[bold added]
|Rick Warren meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2014|
GOING BACK TO MOTHER ROME
There have been two popes since John Paul II (Benedict XVI and Francis), and both have been active in promoting the ecumenism and interfaith unity that their predecessor dedicated himself to achieving, but Pope Francis is threating to surpass John Paul’s valiant efforts. Since abruptly taking Pope Benedict’s place in 2013, Pope Francis has traveled the globe and played host to a variety of dispersed goats and even wolves in order to complete Rome’s unity bridge.
Ecumenical evangelical pastor Rick Warren, the instigator of the Purpose-Driven, global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, was one of the first American Christian celebrities to visit the Vatican in 2014. Commenting on his meeting with the Pontiff, alongside 30 other global leaders Warren said, “It’s great to be with leaders from different streams of Christianity from all over the world. Although we have some differences, we all love Jesus Christ and we all want marriages and families to be healthy and strong.”
The “different streams of Christianity” Warren mentioned went well beyond differing Christian denominations and into interreligious territory. Participants included Southern Baptist evangelicals, Muslims, Jews, and Mormons, all meeting with the Pope to discuss the “changing roles of marriage and family in the world.”
A year later, Rick Warren was invited to speak at the Pope’s ecumenical and interfaith World Meeting of Families congress in Philadelphia in June of 2015. Francis’ Mass there drew over a million people. The interfaith (i.e., joining together with non-Christian faiths) aspect of this conference conformed with the unbiblical and worldly objectives of Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan and Rome’s One World agenda, but not with the God almighty’s peace plan centered upon the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ (Isa. 9:6).
|Screenshot from Pope Francis’ prayer video calling for Interfaith Unity|
BUILDING ROME’S ONE WORLD BRIDGE
In Pope Francis’ first prayer video, posted to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in January, the Pontiff called not just for ecumenical unity between Evangelicals and Catholics—but for interfaith unity of all peoples—declaring that “We are all children of God.” Below are the highlights of this video from a Catholic news source:
The Pope’s first-ever video message on his monthly prayer intentions was released Tuesday, highlighting the importance of interreligious dialogue and the beliefs different faith traditions hold in common, such as the figure of God and love.
“Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God,” Pope Francis said in his message, released Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany….
The video goes on to feature representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, who proclaim their respective beliefs in God, Jesus Christ, Allah and Buddha….
Pope Francis closes the video by expressing his hope that viewers “will spread my prayer request this month: that sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce fruits of peace and justice. I have confidence in your prayers....”
Referred to on the organizations’ website as the Pope’s “universal” and “evangelization” intentions, this month’s prayer requests focus on Francis’ desire for Interreligious Dialogue and Christian Unity.[bold added]
But the Pope’s “universal” and “evangelization” scheme—his “desire for Interreligious Dialogue and Christian Unity” is fueled by the spirit of antichrist (1 Jn. 2:22). Putting the Lord Jesus Christ on the same level as Allah and Buddha (and other false gods) is egregiously blasphemous! Jesus Christ is the true God and eternal life (1 Jn. 5:20). There are no other gods besides Him (Isa. 45:5).
|Screenshot from Pope Francis interfaith video: “we are all children of God”|
(1 John 5:12)
To be continued. . . .
1. Graphic taken from RNS story: Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service (RNS), “Pope Francis meets US televangelists, and the first-ever ‘papal high-five’ follows,” July 9, 2014; see: http://religionnews.com/2014/07/09/pope-francis-meets-u-s-televangelist-first-ever-papal-high-five-follows/.
2. James Robison, “Pope Francis on LIFE TODAY,” May 2, 2014; see: http://www.jamesrobison.net/pope-francis/.
3. For example, see the Together at One Altar Catholic website, “The Middle Ages – the Christianisation of Most of Europe”; see: http://www.togetheratonealtar.catholic.edu.au/explore/dsp-content.cfm?loadref=64.
4. IOANNES PAULUS PP. II, “’UT UNUM SINT’, On commitment to Ecumenism,” Libreria Editrice Vaticana; see: http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25051995_ut-unum-sint.html.
5. Collins Dictionary online, “Catholic”; see: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/catholic.
6. David Cloud, “How Rome Denies Salvation by Grace Alone,” Way of Life Literature, Sept. 5, 1998; republished December 8, 2005; see: http://www.wayoflife.org/database/how_rome_denies_salvation_by_grace.html.
7. David Cloud, “”Roman Catholic Heresies Documented,” Way of Life Literature, February 24, 2009; see http://www.wayoflife.org/database/roman_catholic_heresies.html.
8. David Cloud, “Vatican II Council Reaffirms Catholic Heresies,” Way of Life Literature, May 25, 2006; republished Aug. 9, 2007; see: http://www.wayoflife.org/database/reaffirmsheresies.html.
9. Graphic taken from Our Sunday Visitor website, “St. Pope John Paul II,” April 4, 2014; see: https://www.osv.com/TheChurch/Papacy/SaintPopeJohnPaulII.aspx.
10. Mike Gendron, “The Pope's Push for a One-World Religion,” Reaching Catholics for Christ; see: http://www.reachingcatholics.org/pope.html.
11. Papal Artifacts, “October 27, 1986: Pope John Paul II Calls the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi”; see: http://www.papalartifacts.com/2015/10/october-27-1986-pope-john-paul-ii-calls-the-world-day-of-prayer-for-peace-in-assisi/.
12. New World Encyclopedia online, “Pontifex Maximus”; see: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Pontifex_Maximus.
13. Rev. Ed Broom Catholic website, “The Pope - Holy Father - Pontifex Maximus,” July 9, 2012; see: http://fatherbroom.com/blog/2012/07/the-pope-the-holy-father-pontifex-maximus/. Note this definition from The Free Dictionary by Farlex: pontifex maximus (pŏn`tĭfĕks măk`sĭməs), highest priest of Roman religion and official head of the college of pontifices. As the chief administrator of religious affairs he regulated the conduct of religious ceremonies, consecrated temples and other holy places, and controlled the calendar. During the time of the empire, and until Christianity became firmly established, the emperor was designated pontifex maximus. [bold added] After the supremacy of Christianity, the popes assumed the title. See: http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/pontifex+maximus.
14. Scott Ross, “New Pope Takes on 8 Official Titles, But Pope's Not One,” NBC New York online, March 13, 2013; see: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Pope-Titles--196518461.html.
15. The Catholic Herald, “Pope: ‘We must be forthright in interfaith dialogue’”; Jan. 13, 2015; see: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/01/13/pope-francis-speech-to-inter-religious-meeting-in-sri-lanka/.
16. Graphic taken from the Fine Gifts United Kingdom website, “2013 Pope Francis Commemorative 5 Rupees Coin – Seychelles”; see: http://www.fine-gifts.co.uk/2013-Pope-Francis-Commemorative-5-Rupees-Coin---Seychelles/1771.htm.
17. Graphic taken from the Bad News About Christianity website, “Christian Authorities – Emperors.” Note about graphic: “On the left a coin of Caesar Augustus. 27 B.C. - A.D. 14: Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. On the right a coin of Pope Leo XIII. They both bear the abbreviation PONT MAX, standing for Pontifex Maximus - one of many examples of popes appropriating imperial titles.”; see: http://www.badnewsaboutchristianity.com/ad0_emperors.htm.
18. Mike Gendron, “Another Gospel for Catholics?”, Proclaiming the Gospel blog, May 13, 2015; see: http://www.pro-gospel.org/site/blogview2.asp?sec_id=180014816&forum_id=180003854&message_id=180021765&topic_id=180013963.
19. Graphic taken from the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church website, “Eucharistic Adoration”; see: http://saintelizabethchurch.org/eucharistic-adoration/.
20. Mike Oppenheimer, “Adoring and worshipping Jesus AS the Eucharist p.1,” 2013; see: http://www.letusreason.org/RC30.htm.
21. Mike Gendron, “The Sacrifice of the Mass Is an Insult to Christ,” Proclaiming the Gospel website, Jan. 22, 2014; see: http://www.pro-gospel.org/site/blogview2.asp?sec_id=180014816&forum_id=180003854&message_id=180015090&topic_id=180010887.
22. Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association website, “Eucharistic Miracles”; see: http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/mir/a3.html.
23. Patti Armstrong, “Eucharistic Miracle? ‘Bleeding Host’ Phenomenon Reported in Dioceses Worldwide,” National Catholic Register, Dec. 11, 2015; see: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/eucharistic-miracle-bleeding-host-phenomenon-reported-in-dioceses-worldwide/.
24. For example, see the book description of Joan Carroll Cruz, Eucharistic Miracles and Eucharistic Phenomena in the Lives of the Saints, November 1, 1991. “In her book, Eucharistic Miracles, Joan Carroll Cruz documents 36 such miracles which occurred from 800 AD to the present day. This book tells of consecrated Hosts which have visibly turned to human flesh, have bled, levitated, and which have become hard as flint when received by a person in mortal sin. It details the official investigations that have been made into these miracles by scientists throughout the world, and where some can still be venerated today.” See: https://www.amazon.com/Eucharistic-Miracles-Phenomena-Lives-Saints/dp/0895553031.
25. Graphic exhibit taken from the Bristol Catholic Chaplaincy United Kingdom website, “Adoration”; see: http://www.briscathchap.org.uk/adoration.html. See also Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monstrance.
26. Mother of All People’s Marian devotion website, “Pope John Paul II’s Consecration to the World to the Immaculate Heart,” June 27, 2009; ‘excerpts of the Prayer of Consecration with which Pope John Paul II consecrated the world, inclusive of Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, 1984, in fulfillment of the Fatima request’; see: http://www.motherofallpeoples.com/2009/06/pope-john-paul-iis-consecration-of-the-world-to-the-immaculate-heart/.
27. David Cloud, “John Paul II: Mary’s in Life and in Death,” Way of Life Literature, April 10, 2005; see: http://www.wayoflife.org/database/jpiimary.html.
28. Libreria Editrice Vaticana online, ACT OF ENTRUSTMENT AND CONSECRATION OF PRIESTS TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY PRAYER OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI, Church of the Most Holy Trinity – Fátima, Wednesday, 12 May 2010; see: http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/prayers/documents/hf_ben-xvi_20100512_affidamento-fatima.html.
29. Edward Pentin, “Pope Francis’ Consecrating the World to Mary Culminates Fatima Celebration,” National Catholic Register, Oct. 15, 2015; see: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-francis-consecrating-the-world-to-mary-culminates-fatima-celebration/.
30. Barbara Wilhelm, “Roman Catholicism Compared to Biblical Christianity,” Deception in the Church website, Sept. 2001; see: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/rcc.html.
31. For an in-depth examination of the stark differences between Roman Catholicism and biblical Christianity, see Mike Gendron’s excellent bible tract, “Roman Catholicism: Scripture vs. Tradition,” which is available on his website; see; http://www.pro-gospel.org/site/cpage.asp?sec_id=180014816&cpage_id=180064909#!/Roman-Catholicism-Scripture-vs-Tradition/p/2500111/category=636671. See also The Berean Call website; see: https://www.thebereancall.org/content/rc-scripture-vs-tradition-10pk.
32. Graphic exhibit taken: http://wafhi.blogspot.com/2013_08_01_archive.html.
33. Mike Gendron, articles archive of false Roman Catholic doctrines, Proclaiming the Gospel website (PTG); see: http://www.pro-gospel.org/site/cpage.asp?cpage_id=180066646&sec_id=180014816.
34. The Free Dictionary online by Farlex, “Tridentine”; see: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Tridentine.
35. Mary Ann Collins (A Former Catholic Nun), “MARY WORSHIP? A Study of Catholic Practice and Doctrine,” Bible Believers website, July 1, 2001; see: https://www.biblebelievers.com/bennett/bennett_mary-worship.html.
36. See Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magisterium.
37. For additional information on false Marian doctrine, see: Gaylene Goodroad, “Canonizing Forbidden Texts & Visions Part 1: Secrets of Fatima & Marian Apparitions,” Herescope, May 27, 2014; see: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2014/05/canonizing-forbidden-texts-visions.html.
38. See the United Nations International Pilgrim Statue World Apostolate of Fatima – Ambassador of Hope website; see: http://www.thefatimastatue.org/.
39. Gaylene Goodroad, “Canonizing Forbidden Texts & Visions Part 1: Secrets of Fatima & Marian Apparitions,” Herescope, May 27, 2014; see: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2014/05/canonizing-forbidden-texts-visions.html.
40. Graphic exhibit taken from the Thomas Nelson website; see: http://www.thomasnelson.com/evangelicals-and-catholics-together.
41. “Marketing the Global Worldview” Herescope, May 31, 2006; see: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2006/05/marketing-global-worldview.html.
42. First Things website, “Evangelicals and Catholics Together in the Third Millennium,” May 1994, see: https://www.firstthings.com/article/1994/05/evangelicals--catholics-together-the-christian-mission-in-the-third-millennium-2.
43. See Dave’s biography on The Berean Call (TBC) website: https://www.thebereancall.org/content/about-dave-hunt-0.
44. Dave Hunt, “The Gospel Betrayed,” The Berean Call (TBC), May 1, 1994; see: https://www.thebereancall.org/content/gospel-betrayed.
45. Graphic taken from Wikipedia, “William Tyndale”; see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tyndale.
46. “The Manhattan Declaration”; see: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2009/11/manhattan-declaration-a-call-of-christian-conscience.
47. Graphic exhibit taken from the First Things website, “The Manhattan Declaration – Another Dominionist Covenant,” Herescope, December 03, 2009; see: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2009/12/manhattan-declaration.html.
48. “The Manhattan Declaration,” the First Things website, 2009; see: http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2009/11/manhattan-declaration-a-call-of-christian-conscience.
49. Gary Gilley, “The Manhattan Declaration,” Southview Chapel website, February/March 2010, Vol. 16, Issue 1; see: www.svchapel.org/resources/articles/22-contemporary-issues/653-the-manhattan-declaration. Also, Herescope ran a series of articles about the increase in manifestos, declarations and covenants, including the Manhattan Declaration.
Part 1 "The New Global Civility"
Part 2 "Manifestos, Declarations and Covenants"
Part 3 "The Manhattan Declaration: Another Dominionist Covenant"
Part 4 "A Covenant for Civility"
50. Graphic exhibit from the OCR: Erika I Ritchie, “Pastor Rick Warren speaks at Vatican conference on family, marriage,” Orange County Register, Nov. 17, 2014; see: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/vatican-642454-warren-world.html.
51. New Advent Encyclopedia (Catholic) online, “The List of Popes”; see: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12272b.htm.
52. Andrea Gagliarducci, “Benedict XVI’s effort for Unity. What will be of it?”, The Monday Visitor, April 23, 2012; see: http://www.mondayvatican.com/ecumenism-2/benedict-xvis-effort-for-unity-what-will-be-of-it.
53. Libreria Editrice Vaticana, “DECLARATIO”, (from the Vatican) BENEDICTUS PP XVI (Video), Feb. 10, 2013; see: http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/speeches/2013/february/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20130211_declaratio.html.
54. See Berit Kjos’ research on Rick Warren’s unbiblical Purpose Driven Church model; see: http://www.crossroad.to/News/Church/purpose-driven.html.
55. See Berit Kjos’s research on Rick Warren’s unbiblical P.E.A.C.E. Plan; see: http://www.crossroad.to/charts/millennium-goals-peace.htm.
56. Erika Ritchie, “Pastor Rick Warren speaks at Vatican conference on family, marriage,” Orange County Register, Nov. 17, 2014; see: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/vatican-642454-warren-world.html.
57. Laura Ieraci, “Papal Mass in Philadelphia expected to draw 1.5 million pilgrims,” Catholic Herald, June 26, 2015; see: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/06/26/papal-mass-in-philadelphia-expected-to-draw-1-5-million-pilgrims/.
58. See Pope Francis’ prayer video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6FfTxwTX34. Graphic is also found in CNS article: Elise Harris, “In first prayer video, Pope stresses interfaith unity: 'We are all children of God'”, Catholic News Agency (CNS), Jan. 7, 2016; see: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/in-first-video-message-pope-francis-stresses-unity-we-are-all-children-of-god-39381/.
59. Elise Harris, “In first prayer video, Pope stresses interfaith unity: 'We are all children of God’,” CNA/EWTN News, Vatican City, Jan. 7 2016; see: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/in-first-video-message-pope-francis-stresses-unity-we-are-all-children-of-god-39381/.
60. Ibid. Pope Francis prayer video.
* This quote added by the publisher. From John Owen, D.D. (1616-1683), Exposition of Hebrews, Vol. 5, Banner of Truth Trust, 1991, pp 526, in his exposition of Hebrews 7:25 which reads: "Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them."