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Chapter 2

THE APOSTASY

Falling Away from the Faith

 

Let no one in any way deceive you, for [the day of the Lord] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called God or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God… And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. 2The 2:3,4,11,12 (Emphasis added, NASB)

   

 

It says in Dan 8-12, “Because of rebellion, the host [the saints] and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.” The church’s rebellion against God’s anointing gave Satan opportunity to rise to power, fully explaining how the antichrist will gain a foothold in society – he will take control of the church by turning it against the Holy Spirit, and through that victory he will hijack the world. In other words the faltering church will precede the Antichrist coming to power. The antichrist will be right about one thing; the church is responsible for all the evil in the world, if not for doing it, then for allowing it.

 

The Scripture above indicates that the apostasy is defined as the manifestation of Satan in the world, which is a very scary thought, but the point of this chapter is that Satan could not have gained a foothold in society if the church had not slipped from its position as preservative of the world, as Jesus put it in Mat 5-13, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Since the church has lost it savor, the world has lost its conscience. When Pontius Pilot sarcastically asked Jesus, “What is truth?” he was he speaking for our generation as well as for his own? Does the church know the truth anymore, or has it taken up the mantra of the world and like Pilot proclaimed the truth as unknowable? Our generation has determined the truth to be different for each person, whatever he believes in his heart? Is the truth really malleable like this; can we can cast it into any shape we want? Christianity has become scarcely above a montage of ideas loosely stitched together and barely indistinguishable from mythology. If we could describe Christian society in America today, it would be that people love their religion as much as ever, but want nothing to do with the Holy Spirit, which to Satan is the fulfillment of his objective.

 

In Matthew chapter 23 Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for their depravity and unbelief, then in Matthew chapter 24 He gave His dissertation on the end of the world, putting His condemnation of religious hypocrites in context with the last days. In so doing Jesus was hinting that the church would lose its faith in God prior to His second coming in the same way that Israel lost its faith before Jesus visited them in the flesh two thousand years ago. Prophets from ancient times have predicted that the church would drop the ball in the last days and God would pick it up and put it back in the hands of Israel prior to Jesus’ return. As predicted, there are many modern-day Pharisees currently running the church today, just as addicted to the love of money and oppressing the poor as the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.

 

We have a clergy who have pushed their way into top positions in the church, creating an environment where only the strongest survive and dominate in leadership positions. However, the kingdom of God does not operate by these principles, thus they lead their congregations astray through the false principles of their ministries. They consider Charles Darwin their arch nemesis, while they live by his principles of natural selection. If the congregations read their Bibles they would know they should be looking for faith, love and truth in their leaders and raise up those kind of people who demonstrate the character of God, but instead they search for such capricious traits as having a tenacious look in their eye when they preach, or an articulate voice, or nicely dressed, hair combed, the one who yells loudest or has the most zeal. All these traits can be forged, but no one can forge the truth. You either know Him or you don’t. If the general population of the church doesn’t know the answer to Pontius Pilot’s question, “What is truth?” they are destined to be deceived. We are the salt of the earth; why can’t we preserve the world anymore? It is because our salt has become tasteless, and how will we make it salty again? We are good for nothing anymore, and will be trampled underfoot by men.

 

This chapter will look at Jesus’ testimony that the church is in a stupor as a sign of the last days, but first emphasizing the fact that the church has traded its faith and love in Christ for a growing interest in political issues. This may come as a surprise to some that God has not called His people to defend their political views in pretense for Christianity, but the fact that we don’t know this is proof of the apostasy. The church today is full of people trying to appease their conscience but have no genuine interest in God. These churchgoers have literally taken over God’s institution and have grown in numbers so large that they have effectively choked out the true believers.

 

Throughout the ages, those in charge of the faith have long deliberated and have come to some agreement about “what is truth,” and have ratified certain doctrines as pillars of the faith. Church monarchs have contrived many of these doctrines thousands of years ago, and other doctrines have been laid upon previous ones. Like a woman who doesn’t know what is in her purse until she turns it upside down and shakes out the contents to reveal a tangled mess, God intends to test the church in the last days to tease out the many denominations tangled in the web of their own deceit. If you were to follow the reasoning of religious faith, you would most likely find that it is anything but sound theology, but a procession of irrational conclusions. Most doctrines of nearly every Christian denomination cannot even be found in the Bible, though they assert their theology is based squarely on Scripture. How can this be when the Bible is setting right in front of them? All they have to do is open it and read for themselves, but it doesn’t help. A blinding deception has long waxed over their eyes and there is no hope of fixing it, because they will not listen to reason.

 

Unbelief gains a foothold in society through the abuse of authority. If people could open their eyes, they would see that faith is as rare as gold. Christians these days think it is their duty to condemn immorality, while they themselves spend their nights with whores. In the 1980’s the church gave up serving Christ through faith and love and has since become issue oriented. For this reason Christianity has grafted onto the Republican Party as a means of opposing liberal philosophy, which they consider the great evil of society, while the Republican Party uses Christian votes to support and protect their interests in big business. It is the handshake of the devil that essentially erased the line between the Christian right and political conservatism. They are now one and the same. Based on this Christian/political arrangement, there is no difference between the church and the world, and no one sees a problem with it.

 

Too bad Christians don’t believe in the simple gospel anymore. Too bad they don’t care to be the salt of the earth or want to live for Jesus and let the Holy Spirit convict the world of sin. Jesus never showed an interest in politics because His gospel was infinitely more potent than taking on issues, so why have we allowed political issues to take precedence over the gospel to the point that it has all but replaced our faith in Jesus? Why do we believe becoming politically minded is more important than renewing our minds in the word of God and prayer? Perhaps political activists are more influential than the gospel after all, since it has been watered down for the last two thousand years. People look at the church and its leaders, then look back at man’s bloody and religious past and see how the unbroken timeline echoes a reminiscent faithless fervor and want no part of it.

 

The church has traded their God-given right to carry the anointing of the Holy Spirit for being spokesman for America’s faddish materialism. Calling themselves the Christian right because of their involvement in politics, they have brilliantly succeeded in convincing people they are teaching the precepts of Scripture, as though their insatiable hunger for a better lifestyle were based squarely on faith in Jesus Christ. People must have been ready for these toxic heresies that so diametrically oppose the gospel of Christ for them to have celebrated and embraced them with such enthusiasm. These godless teachers gained their foothold in the social consciousness from the greed they promised. ‘If you give your money, God will give it back sevenfold,’ goes the mantra. People like Oral Roberts, Jimmy Baker, Jimmy Swaggart, the Copen/hagen boys and Benny Hill couldn’t possibly improve their claptrap, along with Joel Olstien, who teaches a rich man’s gospel. The latest to be added to the fold, Ted Haggardy, president of the whole evangelical movement, 30,000,000 people strong, was exposed as a homosexual drug addict. Where was the people’s discernment to see through this guy? They have rejected the Holy Spirit, who endows them with a gift of discernment, so how could the people have known?

 

How did this wickedness even get into church let alone behind the pulpit, unless the people voted them in power? How much discernment do you need before you can pick out this level of disrepute? My greatest fear is that this caliber of clergy is accurately reflecting the church. How could it be otherwise? These just to name a few have misrepresented the gospel and marbled their heretical doctrines into people’s minds, weaning their congregations off the truth and onto a version of Christianity that would make anyone’s skin crawl who had a remnant of the Spirit, and making the gospel unpalatable to new converts. These people boast of great power from God, deceiving the masses and are largely responsible for much of the world’s contempt and intolerance for Christianity. Try persuading someone to be a Christian nowadays and they will invariably name one of these so-called spiritual leaders as their excuse for rejecting your message. They have played a major role in corrupting the gospel and filling the hearts of the saints with greed. These televangelists consider themselves celebrities; they are anything but holy men serving the Lord, and people flock to them by the droves. How could we not be living in the age of apostasy?

 

Television media sounded like a good idea to spread the gospel throughout the world, but it was destined to fail. The devil owns the world (John 14-30), so whoever seeks exposure through the media is attempting to use Satan’s resources to do it. That is like asking him to dismantle his own kingdom. Jesus said in Mat 12-25,26, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?” In this verse Jesus warned the church not to make full use of the world in connection with His gospel. This is all the proof I need to prove that most of these TV preachers are phonies or they wouldn’t be on TV. The church has taught the world how to live, only instead of teaching them the virtues of faith and love, it has taught people to be more worldly, more greedy, and more materialistic than the world itself, if that were possible. The Christian right’s prosperity doctrine has its foundations squarely based on one misinterpreted word in Gen 1,28-30.

 

"God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so" (Emphasis added).

 

To build an entire religion around the word “subdue” never had any hope of reflecting Christianity of the Bible. The American Heritage Dictionary defines “subdue” as: “To conquer, to subjugate; vanquish. To quiet or bring under control by physical force or persuasion; make tractable.” Strongs Bible Concordance defines it as: “To tread down; hence, negatively, to disregard; positively, to conquer, subjugate, violate: Bring into bondage, force under, bring into subjection.”

 

This word "subdue" in its most literal sense seems to imply that God wanted Adam to put the earth under subjection to his will. That is, God wanted Adam to become the master of the earth. So, isn’t that what the Christian right has been doing, siding with capitalism? The engine of capitalism is powered by progress. According to capitalism, if the economy is not growing, it’s dying. Capitalism is a hungry beast that must be fed, and it has an appetite for the earth. It is impossible for progress to increase indefinitely, so capitalism is destined to fail, but only after it has succeeded in destroying the earth. That has the unmistakable sound of Rev 11-18. Listen how the Bible carefully distinguishes between the faithful and those who destroy the earth in pretense for God, “… the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to give their reward to Thy bond-servants the prophets and to the saints and to those who fear thy name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth” (emphasis added; NASB). Man doesn’t think he should have to adapt to his environment; rather, he reforms his environment to suit his needs. While it is true that we cannot support large civilizations without recreating the earth, yet in the process of recreating it, we are inadvertently destroying it, but how are they misinterpreting the word, “subdue”?

 

It was Satan’s rebellion against God, not Adam’s sin that brought about the curse, meaning that the earth was already cursed before Adam was created. That’s why there needed to be a garden in the first place! Consequently, when God kicked Adam from the garden, Adam entered Satan’s curse (not his own), since the sin of Adam was identical to Satan’s rebellion. There is strong evidence to support this fact, Jesus Himself speaking in Mat 25-41, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” KJV. According to this verse, God intends to send man’s unbelief to the devil’s hell. If man has inherited Satan’s hell, then why would it be difficult to believe we have inherited his curse? Therefore, after God placed Adam in the garden the command was to conquer the curse, not the earth, so as to stretch the boundaries of Eden over the surface of the earth and to return it to a garden planet as before Satan fell into sin. Well, the earth is hardly a garden, and I don’t think treading down and conquering the earth meant to destroy it the way we have done, especially within the last hundred-fifty years.

 

Man in his infinite wisdom considers the earth to be a gift from God, which to him means he can do whatever we wants with it, so instead of being stewards of it, which was God’s original intent, he disembowels it with his giant earth moving machines. The Christian right is associating with the Republican Party, who wouldn’t give two cents to have faith in God, so how could they be bedfellows if they didn’t think and feel alike? No other economic philosophy fits Gen 1,28-30 like capitalism, and the Christian right is in hearty agreement with it. People have invented a better way of interpreting the word subdue to mean placing the earth under their tyrannical thumb, and subjecting it to every known form of abuse. Man looks at this planet in terms of dollars and cents. The farmer subjects it to the plow and to harsh chemicals to maximize his crops at the expense of the ground water of future generations. The developer races his bulldozers over it, carving subdivisions into it, because people have bought the lie that money is more valuable than the world itself.

 

There are other misinterpretations of the Bible that the religious right uses to justify their greed, such as Proverbs 24-3,4, “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” This verse denotes that the fruit of wisdom is prosperity and indicates that God is willing to bless us with things if we serve Him, but instead of using wisdom to prove their faith, the church uses materialism to prove their wisdom, excluding faith altogether at the expense of the gospel. The doctrine of pursuing wealth instead of wisdom has ensnared the people in a ghoulish nationwide cult. They hold up their possessions and their families as evidence of God’s blessing, as though it were a barometer of their spirituality, as though it were proof that they personally know God, as though their many possessions are proof that they have a place reserved for them in heaven. It sounds ridiculous when you put it into words, and they will deny it to their graves that they have replaced their faith in Christ for earthly treasures, but this is exactly what American Christianity has done.

 

We claim to be a Christian nation founded on Christian principles, and it was true at one time, but not anymore. God blessed this country because the people desired to live by the principles of Scripture, to work hard, to get married and raise a family to the glory of God. The writings of our founding fathers reflected the deep faith of the people, even though many of the writers personally did not share that faith, but were deeply moved by those who did, knowing that their faith was the backbone of the people that would make this country great. There was a strong nuclear family structure supported by faith and hard-working parents. Then people erroneously made a connection between the love of God and their possessions, and soon they began chasing the almighty dollar to demonstrate their faith. Now we are a Christian nation in name only, and we hold up our lavish lifestyles as proof of God’s love. Don’t they know what Paul said in 1Tim 6-10, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Do they really not understand that the love of God and the love of money are polar opposites, that the pursuit of these things generates greed, and greed generates envy, hate and murder as the Scriptures testify in James 3,13-18?

 

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.  NASB

 

The fruit of wisdom is righteousness, not money and materialism. James is saying that this counterfeit wisdom attracts demons. The rich typically oppress the very people to whom the gospel belongs, according to James 2,5-7:

 

“Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised to those who love him? But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?”

 

The best-kept secret is that the rich all but have no hope beyond this world, yet we look to them for spiritual guidance. The rich have generally never loved God and they never will. American Christianity teaches the opposite of Scripture that to identify with the rich is to seek God’s blessing and that poverty is a sign of evil. If being materialistic is a poor indicator of being on the straight and narrow way, then why do people who claim to believe in God also believe that being wealthy is important? The church teaches these toxic doctrines because Christianity has become a rich man’s club in the last days through their heretical prosperity doctrines. Churches all across America have become like the person that Jesus exposed in his parable of the unrighteous steward in Luke 16,1-13

 

Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, `What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.' "The manager said to himself, `What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg- I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.' "So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, `How much do you owe my master?' "`Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied. "The manager told him, `Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.' "Then he asked the second, `And how much do you owe?' "`A thousand bushels of wheat,' he replied. "He told him, `Take your bill and make it eight hundred.' "The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own? "No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

 

The unrighteous steward told the people to write out the check to him and he would make sure that God gets it. Does that sound familiar? You can’t blame these modern-day snake-oil salesmen for being evil; they are only doing what they do best – lie, cheat and steal. It is the people themselves who are to blame; they have not been vigilant and sought God. Had the people been living for Jesus, no one could lie to them. Now that the televangelists have successfully indoctrinated the people to believe that money is equivalent to spirituality, a healthy peace of mind has been replaced by a relentless state of anxiety. If you don’t have two cars and a garage, living in a brand-new house, then you need to repent. This may not be what they tell you, but it is what they believe in their hearts, and what they believe eventually leaks into their sermons like toxic sludge seeping into a pristine trout stream. The church wants its members to be wealthy so they can give bigger tithes. People are unhappy because they can’t afford all the things that would make them feel above average. Without their materialism they think God is not blessing them. They are incognizant of God’s true blessing of His Spirit, implying that American Christianity hardly cares whether its members are even saved! This pursuit of money as proof of God’s blessing leaves no time or energy to actually enjoy their lives, which is a universal trick that every cult leader pulls on its members. What am I saying, that the whole world is exhibiting cult like attributes? Yes! The church has once again enslaved the people, only this time to a much more cleaver lie than ever, and has found an even more deceitful way to fill their coffers with the poor man’s money.

 

This contemporary Christian pursuit of happiness has created a very selfish and isolationist society to the point that there is no difference between the church today and the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. Look at the words of our great master and let Him explain to us where we went wrong as a church and as a nation,

 

The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them (Mat 23,2-4).

 

Mega-preachers have required their followers to build them huge coliseum-like structures in pretense for God, while they themselves do not lift a finger to contribute anything spiritual or otherwise in return. Jesus indicated that God did not elect them, but they elected themselves to occupy the seat of spiritual authority. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees in Mat 23-13, calling them hypocrites, because they shut off the kingdom of heaven to people through their demonic doctrines that are incapable of leading a person to Christ. ‘They do not enter in themselves, nor do they allow those who are entering to go in.’ If the analogy is correct, then we should be questioning whether some of our greatest Christian leaders are even saved. If they do the works of the Pharisees, then let them receive a Pharisees rebuke from the Lord Himself, “You brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?” (Mat 23-33). These religious minded people of our day have reserved no place in their hearts for God, but devour widows houses and for pretense offer long prayers. They beg for money, scouring the countryside for the softhearted and tug their money from their pockets through the airways. The Bible says that God will repay us for our generosity, but never promised He would give our money back. If you want to be generous, there are better causes than lining the pockets of religious psychopaths.

 

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. (1 Tim 4,1-3)

 

When Paul used these words to describe the last days, “Men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods,” you would think he was speaking directly to the Catholic Church, but it had not even been invented yet. Wicked men imagined Catholicism shortly after Paul and the rest of the apostles (God’s watch dogs) passed away. The apostle Paul said in Acts 20-29,30, “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.” So, they wasted no time in distorting the gospel. After the apostles went to be with the Lord, Catholicism was established as the official Christian church; it never had a positive moment. It was raised in evil, by evil, and its original intent (as it is to this day) was to subvert the gospel of Jesus Christ (for money of course), which it has brilliantly done for sixteen hundred years. Paul was saying that the wrong spirits will teach the wrong word, and that wicked men will someday work hand-in-hand with demons to take control of the church, teaching God’s people to pay attention to deceitful spirits and demonic doctrines invented to funnel money into their pockets with the result of permanently searing their vial theology into the human conscience as with a hot branding iron, until they can’t stop believing their own lies. Again, the fault goes back to the people.

 

In the same way thousands of years ago people sought leaders who promised to be responsible for their spiritual lives (as through that were even possible), so when the clergy told them, ‘You no longer need to pray to God for mercy, but now we will be your intercessors, confess your sins to us,’ the people gleefully surrendered personal responsibility of their own salvation to men who were greater sinners than themselves. They called it Absolution, where the priests accepted the sinner’s sacrament of penance (money—as usual) for remission of sins. Never mind that Christ is the only mediator between man and God who alone can forgive sin (1Tim 2-5). It is no wonder so many wars have been fought over religious beliefs – people don’t have enough respect for God to base their religion on the Scriptures. 

 

Then false shepherds invented other doctrines as a means of collecting money, so their loved ones can be released from an invented netherworld between heaven and hell, calling it “purgatory.” This and Absolution were highly tactical doctrines. People could buy a certain lifestyle from the church, and if they didn’t pay enough for their sins, they could depend on their loved ones to buy them out of hell. Even worldly governments respect the dead not to tax them, but the Catholic Church figured out a way to collect money even from corpses! The church got rich by these down-sloping doctrines that funneled money straight into their pockets. How can unrighteous mammon buy them out of an unrighteous hell? The people loved it because it liberated them from requiring a personal relationship with Christ. Note that the church didn’t invent a doctrine to direct people to give to the poor, because the clergy doesn’t care about the poor any more than they care about the truth. Had they cared the tiniest smidgen, the people would have seen through these thin-walled fallacies.

 

All these examples of heresy, including infant baptism and their manner of communion in which the bread and the wine miraculously turn into the body and blood of Christ through the blessing of the priest, all have one thing in common. They all require the blessing of the priest, which was precisely their aim, making the people beholden to them as the centerpiece of the people’s redemption, ensuring themselves a place on center stage to the point of nearly replacing Christ Himself, so they could grow in power and affluence for the purpose of exploiting the people. Catholics liberally used the word “heretic” to expose anyone who contradicted the faith, but the church leaders were greater heretics than those they condemned, often burning righteous people (by comparison) at the stake who dared to speak against the heresies of the church. They went on frequent witch-hunts and masterminded the historical crusades that sent soldiers to murder millions of innocent civilians in the name of God, because they would not accept their religion. First they would send their missionaries to convert the people, and if they resisted their message, they would send in the military and wipe them out, considering them a threat to the Christian faith, actually believing they were doing the will of God. It was a type of spiritual cleansing as Jesus put it in Jn 16-2,3, “They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.”

 

It was not a coincidence that soon after the Catholic Church was established the whole world plunged into the dark ages. Those times were most noted for the many restrictions on art and inventiveness, but the real reason they persecuted the scientific mind was because it competed against their business of religion. They threatened to burn anyone at the stake as a witch or sorcerer for dabbling in science, defecting from the tenants of the Church; such threats they carried out on a regular basis. During the dark ages from 476 AD to about the year 1000, there was an era of repression and un-enlightenment. The Catholic Church was in total control of the known world, and considered themselves the final authority of all truth. All other religious denominations along with every creative form of human expression, including all forms of art were heatedly repressed and denounced as “indulgent.” People had no choice but to be a Catholic or go to hell. The Roman Catholic Church still teaches this!

 

Government and religion were the same back then (theocracy), and so countries were ruled by religious influence. Slowly, the glory of the church began to fade as people became wise to their deceptions. Much later (roughly the 14th through the 16th centuries), during the renaissance period, power was taken from the church after certain scientists made discoveries that were in serious contradiction to the contemporary worldview established by religious authorities. Scientists like Galileo, who discovered that the earth revolved around the sun, started waking up people to realizing that church leaders were not infallible as they claimed, but were mere men, otherwise God would have revealed to them all these great and indisputable truths. As a result, people’s respect for religious authority plummeted.

 

After tasting the power of world dominance, then loosing it, they became bitter, but their displaced anger and bitter jealousy didn’t just vanish; they suppressed it and over the centuries it mutated into equally destructive forms of evil, until it has just recently surfaced in ways too ghoulish to mention. Such men of the cloth nowadays are pedophilias, regularly having sex with young boys. When they get caught, other church leaders cover for them, revealing the extent of their spiritually macabre undertones and their emotionally disturbed psychoses. The question is: did the position of the priesthood somehow turn them into child molesters, or were they child molesters (at heart) before they entered the priesthood? One thing is certain; the priesthood would make a perfect cover for them. They didn’t seem interested in getting married. They hid their personality disorders behind their quirky spiritual authority to avoid suspicion and at the same time used their authority against their victims to keep them quiet about their highly destructive encounters. If religion has mutated to the point of being the perfect breeding ground for child molesters, then you can know for certain that God is not in it.

 

The period of the dark ages is riddled with monstrous acts of sanctimonious mayhem and slaughter, gutting out entire villages because people didn’t respond to their gospel. The bishop would point his finger at someone and that person would be dead by morning in the name of religious fervor. They went from these kind of malevolent monsters to exhibiting a benevolence today that is twisted beyond hope, whose jealousy and lust for power have mutated in ways that cannot be mentioned in good conscience because of their excessive perversions. Their deeds are born from hate and violence. They understand the bitterness in each other and protect their fellow sexual predators with empathy, mourning the loss of their world supremacy from centuries past, having been stripped of their prominence, whose legacy was the final authority to whom all must bow, while they themselves answered to no one. They are worse if possible than the Pharisees of Jesus day. Their predecessors handed down sin from generation to generation until their filth has come down to us, and now we are the latest victims of Satan’s siege against God’s truth.

 

James R. Wuthrich

www.jeansbiblestudy.com 

 

 

 

               Sources

 

American Heritage Dictionary, E.D. Hirsch, Jr; Joseph F. Kett; James Trefil, Editors; Third Edition Version 3.6a; Copyright 1988; SoftKey International Inc.; Houghton Mifflin Company.

 

(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994, Biblesoft and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

 

Apostasy in the end times