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Deviant Forms of Religion
14 January 2015
The Roman Catholic Pope really kicks into high gear around this time of the year:
And now in January 2015 he’s at it again. Why do I keep picking on the Pope? Well, I suppose that the presumptuous claim of Popes to be THE supreme head of the Church on earth sets themselves up to be a huge and legitimate target.
Unfortunately for the rest of mankind, the Pope has great influence and his words matter. Therefore, the errors he spreads must be exposed and countered.
Earlier this week, I saw this headline on the FoxNews Web site, in connection with the Charlie Hebdo massacre — Pope Francis says fundamentalist terrorism result of 'deviant forms of religion.'
Pope Francis on Monday denounced the religious fundamentalism that inspired the Paris massacres and ongoing Mideast conflicts, saying the attackers were enslaved by “deviant forms of religion” that used God as a mere ideological pretext to perpetuate mass killings.When I read this, I nearly fell off my chair! What a clear example of the pot calling the kettle black! If you compare the doctrine and practice of the Roman Catholic church to the teaching of the New Testament, you will see that Roman Catholicism is one of the most deviant forms of religion on the earth. And here’s the leader of that deviant religion accusing radical Islam of being a deviant form of religion! This is REALLY rich! What irony!
The leader of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church has stepped up his call for Muslim political, religious and intellectual leaders to vocally insist that Islam doesn’t condone such violence.
Once you take a good look at Islam, its doctrines and its practices, you can easily see that it is a satanically-inspired totalitarian ideology with a religious façade, which has absolutely NO connection to the one true God of the Bible, the Father of Yeshua (Jesus, Isa) the Messiah.
In some very real ways, Roman Catholicism (and Protestantism as well) is more dangerous than Islam because, although it has deviated greatly from the New Testament pattern, it still promotes itself as the genuine New Testament Ekklesia (Church) of Yeshua. This demonic deception has been swallowed hook, line and sinker by the vast majority of mankind for the past 1,700 years.
As I explained in The Empire Strikes Back, the creation of the man-made institutional church in the early fourth century was one of Satan’s greatest triumphs. To understand the devastating ramifications of this victory, be sure to read Charles E. Newbold’s excellent book, The Harlot Church System.
Three hundred years later, Satan followed up his victory by creating through Muhammad the false religion of Islam. In my article Two Peas In a Pod I wrote:
It is tragic yet truthful to admit that for the last 1,700 year, the church as a whole has not looked very much like Yeshua at all. But if you look at the history of supposedly “Christian” nations, Christianity has looked A LOT like Islam! In fact, they have looked so demonically similar in comparison to the Kingdom of God that one could easily consider them two peas in the same kingdom-of-the-world pod.For the past 1,700 years, the Roman Catholic church has been a leader in persecuting and murdering the true followers of Yeshua, as documented in books like Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, The Pilgrim Church, By Their Blood, and others.
For the past 1,400 years, Islam also has been a leader in persecuting and murdering the true followers of Yeshua. In the “competition” between these two satanically-inspired, man-made, deviant forms of religion, has Islam been able to surpass the body count of the Roman Catholic and Protestant church systems? I’m not so sure!
Yeshua came to restore intimate relationship between human beings and God, as it was back in the Garden, without religion, ritual or dogma. Religion is Satan’s counterfeit substitute for that kind of intimate relationship with God, whether it’s called Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, or whatever other religious isms there are.
In the end, ALL religions are deviant, because they are a departure from the norm that God established when He created mankind. Religion brings us under Satan’s influence, it is based on deceptive doctrines of demons, and it distracts us and detours us from the intimate relationship God desires to have with each one of us on a daily basis. Just say NO to religion and YES to abiding in Messiah.
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