The Pope to hold conference of world religions’ leaders
Jan 1, 2011 21:09 Moscow Time
Pope Benedict XVI. Photo: EPA
Pope Benedict XVI said this Saturday that in the new year, he is ready to hold a conference of world religions’ leaders on preserving peace on Earth.
His Holiness suggests Assisi, Italy, to be the site of the conference.
25 years before, a historic meeting of religious leaders of Christian and Muslim countries and Israel took place in Assisi on Pope John Paul II’s initiative.
Pope to hold One World Religion Conference to promote Peace and Safety
VATICAN CITY | Sat Jan 1, 2011 6:21am EST
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said on Saturday he will host a
summit of world religious leaders in the city of Assisi in October to
discuss how they can promote world peace and safety
The meeting will take place on the 25th anniversary of a similar
encounter hosted by the late Pope John Paul in 1986. That historic
meeting in the birthplace of St Francis was attended by Muslim and
Jewish leaders as well as heads of many other religions.
Nearly 10,000 Students Told They Got Life, Death in Christ Backwards
Nearly 10,000 university students were told Friday night at the Passion conference in Texas that they have the verse Philippians 1:21, about life and death in Christ, backwards.
“We’ve somehow got it backward. We think ‘to live is gain and to die is Christ’ and our job here is to gain for ourselves because when we die, that’s when it will be about Christ,” said Louie Giglio, founder of the student-focused Passion conference.
“But we are missing that Christ is in the living and the dying … that’s when you get it all.”
Apostle Paul, who was in prison at the time, wrote the verse Philippians 1:21: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Students from 47 states and 13 countries gathered at the Fort Worth Convention Center for the three-day Passion conference centered on the scripture Isaiah 26:8, about making the Lord’s name famous.
They were told about Paul’s life and about his radical transformation as a follower of Christ.
“Where you came from and your experiences up until now are important,” said Giglio during the opening session. “But when you hit that ‘university moment’ and this window of time in your life, everything changes. And the decisions you make now are massive and will set the trajectory of your life for years to come.”
Giglio shared with students gathered in Fort Worth his deep connection to Texas, saying that he began his ministry as a Bible study teacher at Baylor University in Texas. He was also a student at Baylor University.
Besides Bible studies, attendees of the Fort Worth Passion conference, like participants of past conferences, will get to experience the Go Center where they will be introduced to global causes and have the opportunity to live out their faith by donating to help those in need.
Some of the opportunities include donating toward building clean water wells, providing micro-loans to poor families, sponsoring children, funding rescue operations to save girls from sex slavery, and providing Bibles to people in remote areas, among other projects.
More than $3.5 million have been collected for global causes since Passion’s “Do Something Now” campaign began in 2007.
In January, students at the Passion conference in Atlanta donated the most ever in the campaign’s history. The more than 22,000 students at the conference collectively donated $1.1 million, far exceeding the $500,000 goal.
Other speakers at the Passion conference in Fort Worth include John Piper and Francis Chan. Christian music artists that will lead worship include: Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Kristian Stanfill, and Christy Nockels.
Nearly 7 in 10 Americans OK with Community Mosque
A new poll shows that a majority of Americans would be okay with a mosque in their community.
Sixty-nine percent of surveyed Americans agreed while 28 percent disagreed, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, released Thursday.
Opposition mainly comes from the South where half of the rural population is against mosques in their area.
Muslims make up 0.8 to 2.6 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. In recent years, particularly since the proposal of an Islamic center near the site of the September 11, 2011, terrorist attacks in New York, Muslims have been met with increasing fear and opposition to their attempts to build mosques.
The American Civil Liberties Union has documented anti-mosque activity in 21 states over the past five years.
In response to protests against mosque building in America, a group of religious figures, including a conservative evangelical, formed an interfaith coalition to vocalize support for Muslims to exercise religious freedom and the right to have places of worship.
Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, was part of the coalition until early this year when members of his denomination asked him to withdraw.
Land withdrew from the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques, established by the Anti-Defamation League, but remains committed to defending American Muslims whose First Amendment rights are being denied. The ERLC has made clear, however, that Land is not involved in encouraging or aiding the building of mosques but rather in the legal efforts to defend their rights.
According to Thursday’s poll, which was conducted March 11-13, 2011 with 1,023 people, 46 percent of all Americans have a favorable view of American Muslims today, up from 39 percent in 2002. Around a quarter of the population (26 percent) have an unfavorable view.
But fewer Americans have a favorable view of the Islamic faith itself, with only 33 percent holding such a positive view.
Muslim Population to Double in U.S. by 2030, Report Projects
The Muslim population in the United States is projected to more than double by 2030, according to a new Pew Forum report.
There are about 2.6 million Muslim adults and children in the United States (0.8 percent of the U.S. population) in 2010. That figure is expected to rise to 6.2 million (1.7 percent) in 2030, predicted the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life report released Thursday.
Most of the growth will be due to immigration and higher birth rates among Muslims. Christians are, however, expected to still make up by far the majority of the population. But by 2030, Muslims are predicted to be as numerous as Jews or Episcopalians are in the United States today.
“The Muslim population will double in the U.S., but the report cannot indicate what portion of the spectrum of Islam will be practiced by American Muslims,” pointed out Pastor Joel C. Hunter of Northland, A Church Distributed in Central Florida, to The Christian Post.
“Muslims, like Christians, are not a uniform block of believers. The bridges built or burned between Christianity, Islam, and other religions are likely to profoundly affect its expression in this nation and around the world.”
Hunter was a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and served on the Inter-Religious Cooperation taskforce. He is also on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals.
“The Future of the Global Muslim Population” report also predicts that the Muslim population worldwide will increase by 35 percent, or from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion by 2030.
This means that the worldwide Muslim population would be growing about twice the rate of the non-Muslim population. Based on this prediction, Muslims would make up slightly more than a quarter (26.4 percent) of the world’s total projected population of 8.3 billion in 2030. In 2010, Muslims make up 23.4 percent of the world’s population of 6.9 billion.
Notably, the report predicts that Pakistan will surpass Indonesia as the country that is home to the largest Muslim population by 2030. Most of the world’s Muslims (about 60 percent) will still be located in the Asia-Pacific region, while about 20 percent will live in the Middle East and North Africa, which are similar proportions to today.
Although the population of Muslims will grow in Europe and the Americas, they are predicted to remain small minorities in the two regions. The United States is projected to have a larger Muslim population by 2030 than any European countries with the exception of Russia and France, although other European countries may have higher percentages of Muslims. Russia is projected to have the largest Muslim population in 2030 with 18.6 million of the religion’s followers.
Overall, Muslims are expected to make up about eight percent of Europe’s total population by 2030, up from six percent in 2010. In the United Kingdom, Muslims are projected to comprise 8.2 percent of the population in 2030, up from 4.5 percent today. And in Austria, 9.3 percent of the population is projected to be Muslims, a rise from 5.7 percent in 2010; in France, 10.3 percent from 7.5 percent, and in Belgium 10.2 percent from 6 percent.
Interestingly, nearly a quarter (23.2 percent) of Israel’s population is expected to be Muslims by 2030, up from 17.7 percent in 2010 and 14.1 percent in 1990. During the past two decades, the Muslim population in Israel has more than doubled, increasing from 0.6 million in 1990 to 1.3 million in 2010.
“[This] report will give fodder to the alarmists and will be underplayed by those who just think sociological patterns are interesting,” commented Pastor Joel C. Hunter. “The call for Christians to evangelize the world remains the same no matter what other religious populations are doing, but this development will likely stimulate attention to our growth or lack thereof.”
The Florida megachurch pastor predicted that with the growing effort to expunge religion from society, evangelicals and the growing Muslim population will find themselves partnering on many moral issues in the public square.
The comprehensive 209-page report contains details of different factors that are predicted to contribute to the changes expected in the Muslim population around the world.
On the web: The Future of the Global Muslim Population
Gay Rights Agenda Is Shutting Down Debate on Homosexuality, Says Author
A well-published theologian struggling to draw public attention to his most recent bestseller hopes that his book will expose the one-sided conversation about homosexuality in America.
Although his newly published book A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been sits near the top of Amazon’s Gay and Lesbian Nonfiction bestsellers list, author Michael L. Brown’s Wednesday press conference kicking off his Washington, D.C., book tour failed to garner any members of the mainstream press.
“I was disappointed that Beliefnet, Washington Post (On Faith), no one was at the news conference,” said friend and colleague the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney.
Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, was quick to point to the media buzz that swirled around young evangelical Pastor Rob Bell’s latest book, Love Wins.
“Rob Bell’s got massive media coverage – secular media,” he noted. Stories about Bell’s book appeared in the religion columns of news outlets such as The Washington Post, CNN, Huffington Post, The New York Times and USA Today.
By contrast, Brown’s book received “virtually no coverage,” said Mahoney.
Several young seminary students did attend the book launch at the National Press Club. However, Brown stated, “I didn’t write this book to be read by people who agree with me. I wrote this book to have a conversation, to have a dialogue.”
The intended topic of dialogue, he said, is the homosexual civil rights movement and the change it brought to American society.
So far, it is a discussion that has been largely silent. And Mahoney and Brown, an adjunct professor at seven seminaries, have been unsuccessful at getting student groups and teachers at Georgetown University, George Washington University and the College of William and Mary to host the event.
“The student leaders don’t want to bring it in if there’s no one to debate Dr. Brown,” said Mahoney.
Brown noted that gay rights activists also don’t want to have public discussions about homosexuality.
Both Brown and Mahoney believe their struggles are symptomatic of efforts by gay rights advocates and supporters to shut down the debate on homosexuality.
“It as if those who came out of the closet fighting for what they said was equality and tolerance want to put us in the closet who take respectful difference,” Brown remarked.
The book has been praised on Amazon in nine five-star reviews for being “very, very thorough in its research,” according to one reviewer. In fact, the book has 90 pages of end notes citing material found online, in news articles and in books.
But Matt Comer, a gay activist and editor of the LGBT news site QNotes, wrote in his blog, “I expect Brown’s book … to paint a wholly inaccurate and woefully biased and prejudiced picture of LGBT people in this country.” Comer stated on the blog that he has not yet read the book.
Additionally, the book’s lone dissenter on Amazon.com wrote, “If you are a Christian, you are being lead (sic) away from God by listening to this guy.” He continued, “Love thy neighbor, put down this book.”
Brown’s book is a compilation of essays describing how homosexuals have moved from being the oppressed minority to being everywhere: in the news, on television and movies, and out on Capitol Hill. The stories in each chapter show how the market place of ideas surrounding the topic of homosexuality has been constricted to one narrowed, take-it-or-leave-it view.
There’s the story of the Stonewall riots in New York which started the gay civil rights movement. Then there is the story of the Los Angeles Unified School District which has a policy on “ensuring equity and nondiscrimination” for “transgender and gender nonconforming students.” The policy defines gender identity as “one’s understanding, interests, outlook, and feelings about whether one is female or male, or both, or neither, regardless of one’s biological sex.”
There is also the story of San Francisco’s school policy for restroom accessibility. It states, “Students shall have access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity exclusively and consistently asserted at school.” And, the policy for locker room accessibility states, “Transgender students shall not be forced to use the locker room corresponding to their gender assigned at birth.” In other words, if Joey’s convinced he’s Jane, then he can use the girls’ locker room and restroom, Brown summarized.
The 700-page hardcover book also includes the story of Brown’s own six-year hurdles to get the book published.
While trying to find an agent, he wrote, “One conservative pundit noted that, ‘Book publishing is a difficult business now, and no media is willing to promote a book that opposes homosexuality. … Economic self-interest is going to make it very tough for a publisher to say yes.’”
Another conservative publisher informed Brown, “Practically speaking [publishing the book] could actually destroy the firm,” while a top literary agent explained to Brown that he could find no secular or Christian publisher willing to touch the book. “Most thought the material was too controversial … all felt that the title would need to be changed,” the agent said.
In the end, the book was rejected by 20 publishers before Brown created his own company, Equal Time Books, to publish the book.
Brown maintains that his book is not what some may expect from conservative Christians.
“Those looking for a right-wing diatribe based on unreliable, second-hand sources will have to look elsewhere,” he says.
He insists there is no hatred or malice in the book. Instead, he explains, “the purpose of this book is to see how we got to this point in history, to examine some of the main lines of pro-gay thought, to consider the impact of gay activism on our society, and to ask the question: Where is the current trajectory taking us?”
In writing the book, he also chides the church for demonizing homosexuality and calls on it to repent of its sins against the gay community.
At the same time, he believes the LGBT issue is the greatest challenge to religious freedoms and family foundations in this generation, and Christians must not ignore it.
“We must take a stand for righteousness in our society. We’re called to … expose darkness and to be a moral conscience and moral preservative. If we’re not shining the light, if we’re not making a difference … how’s the world going to have a moral conscience and know the difference between right and wrong,” said Brown during an October 2010 conference.
Brown also launched the Campaign for Religious Tolerance and Intellectual Diversity through which he hopes to spawn dialogue and debate about homosexuality and Scripture.
And finally…this isn’t recent news but it is as relevant today as it was when it first aired. Perhaps more so…
THE CUTTING EDGE
By David Bay, Director of Old Paths Ministries. Complete Transcript of radio program.
And this is the Cutting Edge, a radio program dedicated to warning and informing God’s people. We are committed to the study and exposition of the inerrant, inspired and authoritative Word of God. The views expressed belong to us, and are not necessarily shared by this station.
The moral bankruptcy of our society is well-documented.
But, few people understand why we have become morally bankrupt. However, when we look at society through the eyes of God, through the Bible, we can easily see why we are facing the unprecedented troubles today. This study of America through the eyes of God is what we will always do try to here; stay with us for some eye- opening truths.
During this past week, the Roman Catholic Pope, John Paul II, visited the United States after a brief stop in Mexico. John Paul II came to Denver, Colorado, to lead Roman Catholic faithful in a celebration called, “World Youth Day”. This event is similar to many such New Age gatherings such as the “Harmonic Convergence” conferences. This conference attracted an estimated 150,000 people between the ages of 13-39, according to the Boston Globe, August 13, 1993, including 87,000 who jammed Denver’s Mile High Stadium to listen to the Pope speak. This conference was truly of historic importance, because it united many American Catholics who had heretofore felt alienated from the strict teachings of the Church on such moral issues as Abortion and Sex. However, as the articles reporting these events made quite clear, the persona of Pope John Paul II was so strong that it produced incredibly strong feelings of emotional commitment even amongst those Catholics who had strongly differed with the Church. As one person exclaimed after she grasped John Paul’s hand, “It was just so incredible…He just radiates peace”. Other people who had shaken his hands reportedly wept as they kissed his ring. It seems that John Paul II has incredible charisma.
The Pope was met by President Bill Clinton as he arrived at Denver’s Stapleton Airport. President Clinton praised the Pope for his worldwide moral and spiritual leadership and acknowledged that millions of American Catholics follow their Pontiff’s direction. When John Paul stepped to the microphone, he wasted no time in criticizing America’s leadership in the area of Abortion. We agree wholeheartedly with John Paul on this issue. We agree that every society will be judged by the way in which they treat their most helpless and vulnerable citizens, the unborn. Pope John Paul II could not have been more right on this issue and we comment him for taking this issue directly into the public spotlight.
However, we cannot forget that the Roman Catholic Church is assigned the role in the Plan to bring about the New World Order which parallels the Biblical definition of the False Prophet in the Book of the Revelation. As we have stated in previous programs, the New World Order Plan envisions that, at the right moment in world history, the Roman Catholic Pope will travel to Jerusalem to convene a very special global religious conference. At this conference, the Pope will announce that all the world’s religions are now one, and are to be lead by the Roman Catholic Church. This is one of the major fulfillments of the prophecy in Revelation 13:11-18, concerning the False Prophet. Interestingly, this special global religious conference in Jerusalem will occur at the same time as a global political conference in Jerusalem, probably lead by none other than Maitreya the Christ. When these twin events occur simultaneously, the prophecy of Revelation 13 concerning the joint activity of the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet will have been fulfilled.
We have also quoted the book, “The Keys Of This Blood”, by Jesuit priest and author, Malachi Martin. Martin asserts in this monumental book that the advance to the New World Order is being lead by three major forces:
- Western Capitalist nations, lead by America
- Worldwide Socialism, lead by Russia
- Roman Catholic Church, lead by Pope John Paul II
Martin’s book treats the Roman Catholic Church most favorably; it is not hostile toward either the Church or Pope John Paul II in any manner. However, its conclusions are most damning because of the way the author makes it very clear to any student of Biblical Prophecy that the Pope and the church which he leads is destined to fulfill the prophecy of the False Prophet.
No church could possibly fulfill the role of the Religious Harlot of Revelation, nor its leader the role of the False Prophet, unless its teachings and doctrine were full of Satanic Paganism. Of course, Revelation 13:11 tells us that this False Religious System would appear to be Christian. Such is the Church of Rome. While its official doctrinal foundation is clearly Christian, its extra Biblical teachings and practices are clearly pagan. We have reported on this phenomena in past programs, and will return to the issue of the critically important role of the Virgin Mary in this entire End-Time Scenario. However, today we want to report on the visible signs of Paganism and New Age thinking and attitudes present in this visit of Pope John Paul II for World Youth Day.
1. On his way to Denver, the Pope stopped in Mexico for a very brief stop-over. According to the news article in the Boston Globe, August 12, 1993, “the Pope spoke to 3,000 representatives of 500 Indian cultures at a Franciscan monastery built atop a pyramid to the Mayan sun god”. Did you catch the significance of this statement? The Roman Catholic Church has built an official monastery on top of a Satanic pyramid which had been built to honor the Mayan sun god. This is so very consistent with the willingness of Roman Catholicism to combine Satanism by whatever form with True Christianity. Have Roman Catholic leaders ever heard of the Apostle Paul’s warning in 1 Corinthians 5:6, that just as little bit of leaven [false teaching] ruins the entire lump of dough? Over the past 1,500 years, the Roman Catholic Church has brought truckloads of false Pagan teaching and practice into its body, thus ruining its spiritual life and witness.
But, then the Pope makes this Paganism crystal clear, as he pronounced, “‘Abuses were committed during the period of the colony’ by authorities who did not appreciate the spiritual values of indigenous cultures…” The implication of this apology is that the Catholic Church of today would not have participated in the physical abuses of the Indian culture, and would have condoned their most Pagan religions. But, wait a minute!! The religions of these indigenous people was blatant Satanism, complete with human sacrifice. Is this the religion which the Pope is now saying that we must “appreciate it values”? Indeed, it is. As the world approaches the Satanic New World Order, we are witnessing a resurgence of many of the world’s Satanic, Pagan religions. Thus it is that we are seeing a resurgence of many of the African based Satanic systems, and a concentrated resurgence of the native American Indian religion. The American Indian religion is very close to the New Age religion of today, with its emphasis on Mother Earth worship and upon “realizing the godhead within”. This is precisely the reason we are seeing such a concentrated emphasis upon the glories of the American Indian today.
But, back to the Paganism which was so evident during the visit of Pope John Paul II to the World Youth Day festivities in Denver, Colorado, this past week.
2. The second visible sign of Paganism from the Pope was his call for the “privileged” nations of the world to join with the international community to “establish more effective structures for maintaining and promoting justice and peace” in areas of the world now embroiled in war, famine, and suffering. This is a laudable goal which will be realized only when Jesus Christ is ruling during His Millennial reign. However, what the Pope has in mind when he states this goal is simply New Age. When he mentions “privileged” nations, he is referring to the New World Order goal of a forced “redistribution of assets”, taking wealth from the nations who have earned it over the years and giving it to nations who have not earned it. This is nothing more than a gigantic, global Welfare system, where earned income is forcibly taken from productive citizens and given to the unproductive. When the Pope refers to “effective structures for maintaining justice and peace” he is referring to the strengthening of the United Nations to the point where it is the only superpower on earth. Of course, we are very concerned with this idea, because we have studied the writings of the demon, Master D.K., writing in “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy”, where he states that the goal of the United Nations is to destroy anyone or any nation who resists its leading.
3. The third instance of Paganism involved with this visit is found in a description of the impact which the church pageantry has upon a person’s mind. An article in The Providence Journal Bulletin, on August 14, 1993, states the effect upon people that these large pageants, like a Mass, has upon the individual. “Attracting large crowds is also no guarantee that the message will stick, according to social psychologists, church historians, and clergy. From a psychological perspective, bigger-than-life pageantry can pay off for the church even if it doesn’t make evangelists out of everyone. It is what the French sociologist Emile Durkheim called collective effervescence .. At that moment when the ritual is really at its peak moment of intensity, you lose consciousness of your individual self and you are part of a collective group”.
When I read these words, written about the effect of Roman Catholic ritual upon a person’s consciousness, I could not believe my eyes. These were almost the very words from many a New Age writer. They have long preached that the world cannot enter into the New World Order utopia until and unless the majority of the world enters into a new “collective consciousness”, until and unless we all understand that we are interdependent. Of course, mankind is interdependent because we are all part of the collective, cosmic consciousness. The New Age language matches perfectly with the Roman Catholic.
4. The fourth instance where the Paganism of Roman Catholicism is evident was contained in an article in the Face of Religion section of the Providence Journal Bulletin, August 14, 1993, entitled, “When John Paul II Steps Out”. This was a pictorial article, showing the robes which Pope John Paul wears when he is in public or performing his official duties. Several of these robes and other instruments are blatantly Pagan. We will discuss only a few of these instances, limited as we are. by our inability for you to see the pictures. We will be taking our material from the book, “The Two Babylons”, by Reverend Alexander Hislop, one of the most respected books on Roman Catholicism ever printed.
- The “Bishop’s Mitre” or ornamental headdress, is shown and described as “originally a cap for Roman dignitaries…” But, Hislop traces this Bishop’s Mitre back much further in time than Imperial Rome, over 1,000 years to be exact. “The two-horned mitre, which the Pope wears…is the very mitre worn by Dagon, the fish-god of the Philistines and Babylonians”. You remember the Pagan god, Dagon, as the poor defenseless and dumb idol which the Holy Spirit continually knocked down and broke when it sat in the presence of the Ark of the Covenant. (1 Samuel 5). It is hot news, indeed, that the Pope wears the headdress of this Pagan god. This revelation places the creation of this headdress at least 500 years before Christ. (page 215).
- This newspaper article also depicts the Pontiff’s Crozier, or the staff upon which the body of Jesus Christ is hanging from the cross. The article explains that this staff of the Pope differs from that of a regular bishop in that the bishop’s staff was merely crooked at the top, like a shepherd’s staff, rather than having Jesus hanging from the cross. Hislop explains the real origination of this crozier. “…there is another symbol of the Pope’s power which must not be overlooked…the pontifical crosier…the Pope [took] it from the Roman augur. The classical reader may remember, that when the Roman augurs consulted the heavens, or took prognostics from the aspect of the sky, there was a certain instrument with which it was indispensable that they should be equipped…That instrument…was curved at one end, and was called ‘lituus’…But this lituus, or divining-rod, of the Roman augurs…” was itself derived from the ancient Chaldean soothsayers and priests, who used it in their Satanic magic rites. Hislop concludes, “This magic crook can be traced up directly to the first king of Babylon…Nimrod”, the first Pagan Redeemer King, the first counterfeit of Jesus Christ.
Thus, the spectacle of Jesus Christ hanging from the cross at the top of this staff is even more of an abomination to True Believers, because the staff itself was a divining-rod utilized by ancient Babylonian Satanic priests. (Hislop, p. 217) How dare the Roman Catholic Church place Jesus Christ atop a Satanic divining-rod? For that matter, how dare the Roman Catholics daily celebrate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross? This is the moment of Satan’s temporary victory over Jesus, as foretold in Genesis 3:15. How dare the Roman Catholics daily hold up Jesus anew in His moment of shame and humiliation, instead of celebrating His eternal victory over Satan at the moment of resurrection? Is this part of what the writer to the Hebrews meant in chapter 6:4-6, when he wrote, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift…and have tasted the good word of God…if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” This is exactly what this Crucifix does! It daily crucifies to Roman Catholics the Son of God afresh, putting Him to open shame!! Furthermore, the entire “Unbloody Sacrifice” of the Mass is simply a recreation of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Thus, by both the Crucifix and the Mass, the Roman Catholics are putting to shame the Son of God.
But, this is not the entire truth, either. As we have stated in previous programs, the Crucifix which John Paul II is using is not the traditional abominable Catholic Crucifix; rather, it is the especially abominable Crucifix created in the Sixth Century A.D., to make fun of the traditional Crucifix. This nontraditional Crucifix differed from the traditional in that the crosspiece arms were bent down at each end, and the figure of Jesus Christ was pathetic. Jesus’ arms were long and emaciated, and his body looked wasted away. Jesus’ figure literally looks like one of those horrible pictures of starving people in Ethiopia or Somalia. In the century after creating this caricature of the traditional Crucifix, Satanists began to consider it as a symbol of Anti-Christ, as it has remained among Satanists today. Thus, when Pope John Paul II is holding this bent and twisted Crucifix up to the Catholic faithful for them to bow before it, he is holding up the symbol of Anti-Christ. And, yes, he knows precisely what the symbol really means. This is a time of conditioning the peoples of the world to the values, attitudes, and symbols of the Anti-Christ, so that when he actually arises, the average person on the street will feel comfortable with those signs, wonders, and symbols with which Anti-Christ is surrounded.
Do not be deceived.
* The Pope’s Liturgical Dress which is worn when celebrating Mass, is depicted. We have already discussed the meaning of the Bishop’s Mitre and the Divining-Rod Staff on the top of which is the abominable Satanic Twisted Cross. The only other part of this Liturgical Dress we want to discuss is the symbol of the Iron Crosses which adorn the Pallium. The Pallium in this picture contains four small Iron Crosses and three large. The Iron Cross has long been part of the occult, depicting their belief in the Four Elements, Fire/Air/Earth/Water, and the Four Cardinal Points North/South/East/West. We will shortly be airing a program just on their belief in these four elements and compass points, because this belief has played a major role in world history. However, suffice it to say that the Iron Cross is an occult symbol with the above meaning.
Even the number and the sizes of the Iron Crosses on this Liturgical Dress are highly significant. This dress has two sizes of Iron Crosses, four small and three large. In occult belief, a combination of four and three are uniquely powerful for the following reasons:
(1). Four is the number of creation
As we have already stated, the occultist considers the number four to represent creation generally, and the four elements and the four directions specifically.
(2). Three is the number of God
The occultist considers the number three to represent Divine Perfection.
(3). When three (3) and four (4) are added, you get the number seven, which the occultist will tell you represents “God”. However, their God is not Jehovah God of the Holy Scriptures. Their God is the “good” god, whom they call by several names — Morning Star, The Lord of The World, Lucifer. This is one of the most often confused points, and deliberately so. No occultist wants anyone to know that they are speaking of Lucifer, whom most people consider to the Devil. Therefore, they deliberately confuse the issue by using the word, “God”, the same word we use to refer to the God Jehovah.
Thus, the occult Iron Crosses on this Liturgical Dress represent the numbers three and four, which adds together to get seven, which is the number for their “god”.
* The final element in this article on the Papal dress on which we want to comment is the Coat of Arms. There are two significant parts of these Coat of Arms:
(1). Two Crossed Keys
Catholic doctrine holds that these are the two “Keys of Heaven” which Jesus bestowed upon the Apostle Peter in Matthew 16:13-19. Roman Catholics hold that Peter was the first pope, and that their power and authority derives from this line of succession. After all, did Jesus not say that He would establish His kingdom upon Peter and that it would be so strong that the “gates of Hell shall not prevail against it”? Thus, the office of Peter shall wield this type of tremendous power, according to Roman Catholic doctrine.
However, we would like to challenge you to read this passage carefully, in Matthew 16:13-19. Let the full impact of the English language hit you. When Jesus replies to Peter’s confession, saying, “Upon this rock I will build My church”, which rock is He referring? Is it Peter the person or Peter’s confession that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God? Once you realize that the antecedent being modified in this sentence is Peter’s confession, you will understand partly the falsity of the doctrine that the Peter was the first pope and that the authority of each current pope is based upon the Apostle Peter. However, there is an historic Peter during this time, living in Rome, upon whom the Roman Catholic Papacy is based. Rev. Alexander Hislop, writing in his book, “The Two Babylons”, states, “…there was a Peter at Rome, who occupied the highest place in the Pagan priest-hood…his title…was Peter the interpreter. As the revealer of that which was hidden…While opening up the esoteric doctrine of the Mysteries, he [was] decorated with the keys of the two divinities whose Mysteries he unfolded.” And who were these two Pagan divinities, each of whom was represented by a Key to Heaven? Their names were Janus and Cybele. Their two keys are the symbols which appear in the Pope’s Coat of Arms, not any keys referred to in Matthew 16. In point of fact, this Biblical passage does not specifically refer to any number of keys, two, three, or any other number. This is just one more instance of Pagan influence in Roman Catholicism.
The last part of this Coat of Arms which we need to mention is the large “M” emblazoned on the lower right hand portion of the shield. The inscription tells us that this stands for the Virgin Mary. On January 4, 1992, we aired a program entitled, “Virin Mary and Pagan Goddess Worship”. In this program, we demonstrated several highly significant facts about the Roman Catholic doctrine concerning the Virgin Mary:
(1). The Bible simply does not ascribe to her any of the attributes of divinity which Catholic doctrine ascribes. You cannot find any Scripture to substantiate these claims.
(2). The Bible also does not substantiate the claim that Mary was perpetually a virgin. In fact, it clearly states that Mary had other children.
(3). The only place in which you can find these doctrines is in Pagan, non-Christian religions. In fact, a Virgin Mother and her Redeemer Son is found in many Pagan religions throughout the world. From ancient Babylon to India to China, this false belief is taught. Satan has wisely planted similar false beliefs in many religions throughout the world, so that, when the prophesied time arrives for Anti-Christ to arise and unite the world’s religions into one, he can do so easily because he has planted false doctrine in so many people’s hearts and minds.
The final word in this issue of the Virgin Mary belongs to two Pagans, the Dalai Lama who is the leader of the Buddhist religion, and the Pagan writer, Peter Lemesurier, in his most important New World Order book, “The Armageddon Script”.
The Dalai Lama, was quoted by China Galland, in her neo-Pagan book, “Longing For Darkness”. Galland had noticed, as she studied her new Buddhist religion, that their Virgin Mother Goddess whom they worshipped, was virtually identical to the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary. She asked the Dalai Lama about this most interesting discovery. His quick response was, “Yes, this is the same as the Buddhist rangjung, or self-arising”.
In his most blasphemous book, The Armageddon Script, Peter Lemesurier writes enthusiastically about the worship of the Great Mother Earth. He writes as though he is an astronaut in a spaceship in orbit around our planet. “As they rounded the barren lunar globe for the…last time, and the resplendent half-earth once again rose from behind that now familiar curved and rocky horizon, what they saw coming up to meet them was strangely familiar. An image straight out of the racial memory. A god out of the world of the archetypes. It was none other than the rounded form of the Great Mother, Earth herself, clad in the same flowering robes of shimmering blue and white that had been those of mother-goddesses of earth and sky throughout man’s history – and not least his most recent mother-goddess, the Virgin Mary herself…” (p. 245-6).
Peter Lemesurier, as a Pagan worshipper, has no difficulty recognizing the truth that the worship of the Virgin Mary is ancient Pagan idolatry. Therefore, non-Christian Pagans the world over will have little difficulty accepting the worship of the Roman Catholic Virgin Mother.
Do not be deceived, dear listener. Roman Catholicism is nothing more nor less than Christianity mixed with tremendous Pagan doctrine, so much false doctrine that the entire church is ruined. Remember Paul’s warning, that just a little false doctrine ruins the entire loaf of bread.
What can you do about this false religious mess?
- If you are still a practicing Roman Catholic, you must come out of this false system, and become Born-Again. Jesus did not leave this as an option; He said, in John 3:3, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. The Roman Catholic Church has not preached the necessity of becoming born-again for over 1,000 years.
- If you still have loved ones in the Roman Catholic Church, you must witness to them and pray for them, that the Holy Spirit will convince them of the reality of the falsity of the Roman Catholic Church, and bring them into the reality of the wonderful salvation in the Biblical way, being “born-again”.
To all of our sincere Roman Catholic friends and neighbors, we lovingly urge you to recognize the truth of which we speak, and come out of this false system. Your eternal soul is at stake.