There are over one billion people in this world that claim allegiance to the Vicar of Christ, to the Pontifex Maximus, to the Prince of the Apostles, to the Bishop of Rome, to a man from a little town that’s beautiful in southern Poland named John Paul II. I think it’s relevant for you tonight to know what you believe if you’re a born-again Christian.
First of all, because there are a billion people that believe what I’m going to share with you tonight, which is in great opposition to the scriptures.
Secondly, you probably live next door to someone who is a Roman Catholic. If you work you work alongside people that are Roman Catholics. And if you have friends, you have many, as I do, who are Roman Catholics.
I’d like to start out by just telling you the seven of the reasons why I believe that I could never be a Roman Catholic, and I trust that you likewise could never be one either.
But I want to show you where we’re going because these are not meant to be polemical, they’re not meant to be belligerent, they’re not insensitive or mongering, rocking the boat, hurting people. But rather they’re a simple heartfelt explanation to you why the church that I’ve visited seven times (I’ve made seven pilgrimages to Rome; I’ve been all through the Vatican; I’ve been to the very top. My wife, six-and-a-half months expectant, climbed the nearly one thousand steps to the very pinnacle of St. Peters with me), there is no animosity toward that monument. There’s no envy that the majority of the people that go to church anywhere, go to a Roman Catholic Church. There’s merely sadness of heart that people could be so religious and so surrounded by the truth and not, on the most part, embrace the truth.
In Revelation 17 we find the collapse of the apostate world church. In the process, we see Satan’s harlot bride, the delusion of religion. From Eden onward, Satan has been building his church. Eve was tempted and fell into sin but never joined. Cain was Satan’s first member (I John 3:12) and the church has flourished ever since. Today the church of Satan has many congregations. Some meet in those ivory towers of academia where God is banished from education. And if God is out of the equation there is only one other source of authority right?
Other congregations meet in churches, synagogues, mosques, cathedrals, and temples where organized religion stresses the achievements of humans working their ways to God. This is the church of good works, self-righteousness and “I do it my way”. This is the following of rules, the joining of church and the hoping the good outweighs the bad in the balance religions. This is the religion of many ways to God and many gods to seek. This is man’s making their god in their own image.
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