CONTINUATION – Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· THE ORIGIN AND MEANING OF ROMAN/PROTESTANT DOCTRINES AND SACRAMENTS
· Catholic/Protestant Church father Augustine on Mythology and Manichaeism
· ‘Original sin,’ or ‘total depravity’ according to Augustine, Calvin, and Luther
· Total depravity called for Unconditional Election, Irresistible Grace, or Predestination
· Irresistible Grace necessitated Particular Atonement
· SCRIPTURAL ‘PREDESTINATION’
· ‘Limited atonement’ requires Sanctification
· Predestination and Sanctification produce Unconditional Love or “The Perseverance of the Saints’
· The actual savoir, sanctifier, and preserver — the Roman Catholic/Protestant church
· Roman Catholic or Church-Mother’s ‘Saving’ and ‘Atoning’ Sacraments
Americans renamed the fortune-telling fertility tradition of Imbolc to see if hibernating animals would come out of the winter lairs on this day, (which supposedly predicts the weather for the coming season,) to “Groundhog Day.”
May Day, or Spring Day, is a festival that, in some way or another, relates to every culture on the globe. The origin, however, is seated in the worship of the Greek ‘Mother Earth’ goddess Maia – or the Irish goddess Bridged. Romans knew Maia as the ‘mother’ of the Roman god Mercury. Some knew Bridget, or all plant and animal life in the personage of a goddess, by the names Flora and Fauna, or ‘Mother Nature.’ On May Day, Bridget, Flora/Fauna, (nature itself,) or Maia was, or is especially revered as the blossom, flower, leaves, and other vegetation goddess. Ancient Celts and even modern Europeans and other witches believe that during this spring festival, the spirits of their dead ancestors, known as ‘earth spirits,’ (in the form of fairies, gnomes, and elves,) descend from the earth, come down from the hills, etc. to play and dance among the new leaves and flowers. Although many cultures view these ‘mystical’ creatures as benign, they are in fact demons, masquerading as cute and friendly spirits. Remember that the Word of God declares, ‘The dead knows nothing. They have no more reward (or honor on earth…) Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun,” (Ecl. 9:5-10.)
On May Day, pagans had, and still have the custom of ‘dressing’ wells and sacrificing flowers to the ‘healing water’ goddess, Bridget. As usual, the witches of the Roman Catholic Church Christianized these pagan rituals in worship of their ‘healing’ goddess Mary, the so-called ‘mother of Jesus.’ On Saint Brigit’s Day, Roman Catholics also dress wells, trees, and bushes with flowers, ribbons, crosses, and so on, and hang the clothes of the sick on trees and bushes to invoke the ‘healing’ of their goddess Mary and other so-called mediatory ‘saints,’ or gods. However, if any healing should occur through these Christianized rituals, these Christians should instead attribute that ‘healing’ to Celtic spirits of ‘the dead;’ the gnomes, fairies, etc. – demonic representations of their ancestor spirits.
I must be honest – working through these incredible idolatrous practices of the Roman Catholic Church, which so many millions of Protestants thoughtlessly adopted, I cannot help to be appalled by such outrageous evil! Why can’t all these people just read their own BIBLES? What happened to the complete atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God of the BIBLE? Why do they always add to, or subtract from His complete atonement? Was it in vain that He bore our sorrows; that His body was broken for our healing, and that He shed His own blood for all our lostness in pagan ignorance?
THE ORIGIN AND MEANING OF ROMAN CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT DOCTRINE AND SACRAMENTS
Catholic/Protestant Church father Augustine on Mythology & Manichaeism
The most revered church father of Roman Catholicism, Lutherism – and Protestant’s Calvinism in particular, was ‘saint’ Augustine of Hippo, (350-430 A.D.) Calvin called Augustine “that great bishop.” However, even after Augustine had converted to Roman Catholicism, he still adored the Greek philosopher Plato. In turn, Plato was the devout pederast, (or man-boy sex) disciple of Socrates, and of course, a follower of Socrates’ teachings on Greek Mythology. [He taught SIN AND THE DEVIL DO NOT EXIST, which led to Greek philosophies Christianized as Calvinist doctrine, as seen on this page.]
Before Augustine converted to Platonism and later to Catholicism, he was a disciple of ancient Manichaeism. Ancient Manichaeist worshipped Satan, the duel god of good and evil. Later, Manichaeist beliefs such as predestination and cosmology formed the platform for many pagan religions such as Buddhism. In AD 387, Augustine became a Roman Catholic bishop and began to feed all his pagan potions to the witchcraft-hungry monks of Christianity. According to the Roman Catholic bishop Jerome, “Augustine established anew the ancient faith of Platonism (and Manichaeism) in the Christian church.” In his book, ‘The City [or Church] of God, book 8,’ Augustine wrote, “…It is evident that none come nearer to us [Christians] than the Platonist philosophers… [who] have recognized the true god as the author of all things…” Augustine was referring to the Manichean author of both good and evil, who is the dual god, and not the Mono God or One God, the One Person and Single Minded God of the Scriptures – Jam. 1:13-17. He continued, ““…Then, as to Plato's saying that the philosopher is a lover of God, nothing shines forth more conspicuously in those sacred writings… [He referred to the writings of those evil, pagan Greek philosophers.] Having their mind enslaved to their body, they supposed the first principle of all things to be material; as Thales, [another pagan Greek philosopher and astronomer,] who held that the first principle of all things was water; Anaximander, [a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher,] that it was air; the Stoics, [a Hellenic cult that originated from Greek mythology,] that it was fire… because the air also is called spirit…”
Water, air and fire GODS are ‘atoning’ gods or so-called ‘sacramental elements’ in Platonism and thanks to Augustine, in both Roman Catholicism and traditional Protestantism - as demonstrated by their use of ‘holy water’ in the ‘atoning’ and so-called ‘saving’ water sacrament of their sprinkling-baptism.
Original sin (or “Total Depravity,”) according to Augustine, Luther, and Calvin
In addition, Roman Catholic Church father ‘saint’ Augustine first Christianized the perception of Greek Mythology on ‘original sin,’ which teaches, “Original sin does not have the character of a personal fault in any of Adam’s descendants… Humanity bears no guilt for Adam’s sin, although the fall in Eden destroyed their free will to choose right from wrong.” According to this Augustinian doctrine on ‘original sin,’ there are no ‘bad persons;’ no lost people; humanity merely “carries bad things as a wound” because the fall destroyed their free will to choose between good and bad. This is the incredibly false doctrine of “total depravity,” which guides both the mainstream churches of Christianity, Roman Catholicism, and Lutheran/Calvinist Protestantism.
Jesus Himself, all His true disciples, and even the Old Testament prophet Isaiah taught hereditary sin. This means, all of humanity has inherited Adam’s fallen position of sin and cursedness without God, as well as his nature of sin. (I.e., “There is none righteous, no, not one… Through one man [Adam] sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned…)” Therefore, every person on earth needs to be personally born again from the kingdom of darkness into God’s “marvelous light,” (Is. 59:2-8; Rom. Chapters 2-3; 5:12-21; Jn. 1:12-13.)
Despite the clear truth of God’s Word, the Catholic papacy and their Protestant disciples still have the nerve to teach, “When a regenerated man, [a so-called ‘born anew’ church convert, who was initiated into the church through the rites of sprinkling-‘baptism,’ confirmation, etc.,] if such a man sins, it is not the man that sins. He is merely acting out of character.” According to these remorseless witches, moral sin has no bearing on church converts. They allege that their ‘totally deprived’ church members cannot choose to do either good or to sin and therefore they cannot really sin, thus sin can never damage them. In other words, just as in raw paganism, their church members do not have a notion of moral or personal sin - and thus have no personal responsibility. Hence, continual repentance from sin, which the Lord Jesus Christ and all His sincere disciples commanded, never enters the minds of these ‘once-saved-always-saved,’ sinning Protestant and Catholic pagans! However, Jesus’ disciple Paul clearly stated, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not... For the wages that sin pays is [eternal] death…” (Rom. 6:1, 21.)
‘Total depravity’ Called For ‘Unconditional Election,’ ‘Irresistible Grace,’ or Predestination
‘Saint’ Augustine’s Manichean doctrine of ‘unconditional election,’ or in fact, predestination, is the sinking sand on which Roman Catholics and all mainstream Protestants stand. John Calvin especially, made predestination one of the most important doctrines of his Reformed Churches – known in South Africa as the Dutch Reformed Church, or ‘Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk,’ and her sister-church ‘Die Hervormde Kerk.’ Just like John Calvin, all other Augustinian followers such as Roman Catholics, firmly believe in the ‘motivation’ for their doctrine of predestination - ‘total depravity,’ or “the complete depravity of free will,” which completely enslaves them to sin without the function of free choice. Therefore, they teach that, through ‘total depravity,’ humanity is incapable of choosing to do either good or bad. They need their god’s “unconditional election,” or ‘IRRESISTIBLE GRACE,’ to choose for them.
No matter what they do, ultimately, their false god alone will work out their salvation through His ‘irresistible grace,’ ‘unconditional election,’ or predestination. Hence, they believe that even those who hated, persecuted, murdered, and committed every other moral sin relentlessly and without any repentance whatsoever, will still be saved ‘unconditionally’ by the ‘irresistible grace’ of their god!
Allegedly, their predestinating god alone decided “from the foundation of the world” who will be his ‘chosen elect,’ (to be saved through his church membership,) and who would burn in hell for all eternity. This means, their ‘god’ created most of humanity with the intention to damn them eternally without his ‘irresistible grace!’ In addition, this god foreordains both their bad and their good works, as their DUAL god determines everything! The ‘unconditional election’ of this god, (just as that of the predestinating Islamic god,) even decides the measure of sin each one of his church members ‘has’ to commit! However, the True God of the Bible commanded in Deut. 30:19-20, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days…” Proverbs 3:31 confirms, “Do not envy the oppressor and choose none of his ways; for the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord…”
‘Predestination,’ or ‘Unconditional Election’ Necessitated ‘Particular Atonement’
In another steep twist of Biblical fact, (as most of humanity is born destined for eternal punishment in hell,) these Catholic and Protestant witches also teach ‘particular atonement,’ which means that Christ died only for the predestined, ‘chosen elect’ of these churches. Then again, none of these ‘predestined, atoned, unconditionally elected elite’ church members know for certain whether they will go to heaven, or to hell. They merely hope that, by remaining lifelong, devout members of Catholicism or Protestantism, (saved through their false christ’s particular atonement AND their so-called ‘atoning’ church sacraments,) they might stand a chance to go to heaven!
Every one of these blasphemous heresies denies God’s entire New Testament Gospel, which declares, “God so loved the whole world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that EVERYONE who [personally and sincerely] believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (Jn. 3:16.) In agreement with the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and all His New Testament disciples, Peter announced in 2 Pt. 3:9, “…God is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance.”
The doctrines of predestination and ‘particular atonement’ are ungodly fallacies that are not found anywhere in the contextual truth of the New Testament Bible.
Under the New Testament Covenant, written in the blood of Jesus Christ, God chose to send His only begotten Son to atone in full for the sin of all humanity, (Jn. 3:16.) As a result, God ‘predestined’ and ‘called’ all of humanity “from the foundation of the world” to hear and accept the Gospel of Christ, and to inherit eternal life in Christ – read Jesus’ commission in Mt. 28:19-20!
However, humanity has the personal responsibility to choose! God’s Biblical grace to make our own, personal choices, is the foundation of our life on earth and our New Testament salvation in Christ. John explained, “[Jesus] came to His own, [the Hebrew nation,] but they [chose] not to receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the [Godly] right to become children of God, to those who [personally] believe in His Name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God,” (Jn. 1:11-13.)
These are the ones our omniscient God ‘foreknew,’ would choose to accept and obey His Son. These are the ones our all-knowing God ‘foreknew,’ would choose to heed His call to repentance, “to be changed into the [holy] image of His Son, [not to become gods, but to be transformed in their minds to become obedient disciples of Christ” ( Read the entire teaching in Rom. 8:28-30.)
‘Limited Atonement’ Requires ‘Sanctification’
Calvinism, (Dutch Reformed and other Calvinist churches,) believes that Jesus’ so-called “limited or incomplete atonement” requires “sanctification” or the sacramental [meaning ‘ritual atonement’] process of ‘becoming’ holy. However, Jesus Alone is the eternal Christ - the holy, unblemished, sacrificial Lamb of God, Who suffered all of God’s judgment and punishment in the place of all humanity, (or all sincerely believing people, who would accept Him personally, Jn. 3:16-17; 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6; Jn. 3:3-5...) When Jesus died on the cross, He declared, “It is finished!” His atonement for the entire sinful, cursed state or spiritual position of all humanity was complete. During His life and death, Jesus had fulfilled all the requirements of both the ritual, (ceremonial) as well as the moral, Old Testament law, (Mt. 5:17.) Yet, both Catholicism and traditional Protestantism teach that Jesus’ atonement was only ‘limited or partial.’ Their church salvation needs the gradual, ritual fulfilment of their ‘atoning’ church sacraments, which ‘complete’ the ‘particular’ atonement of their christ through the process of sanctification. This doctrine of ‘sanctification’ originated from pagan temple worship. Just as in Christianity, pagan ‘sanctification’ means that any religious object or statue, (such as statues of ‘mother’ Mary, or Buddha,) is “set apart within that religion” as part of that religion, and therefore it is sanctified or sacred.”
In both paganism and traditional Christianity, sanctification pertains to members, who are also ‘set apart within that religion’ through a process of ritual, ‘sin-atoning’ initiations such as the baby sprinkling-baptism, teenage confirmation, etc., until the initiate achieves complete ‘sanctification’ or ‘holiness.’ Different from Catholicism, which only ‘deify’ outstanding members of the Roman Catholic Church to sainthood or ‘godhood,’ traditional Protestantism churches such as Calvinism make all their church members into ‘saints’ through ritual ‘sanctification.’
Predestination & Sanctification Produce “Unconditional Love” or “The Perseverance of the Saints”
There is a massive, modern rise in Roman Catholic/Reformed Calvinism. This New Reformation is secretly expressed in the ecumenism (or unifying) of all churches and religions under the banner of the Roman Catholic Church. One of the primary doctrines that ‘bind’ all modern churches together, is ‘The Perseverance of the Saints,’ ‘Free Grace,’ ‘The Unconditional Love of God,’ or the ‘Once Saved Always Saved,’ doctrine. This Catholic/Anglican/Lutheran/Calvinist teaching is the new fad, which the Baptists and most other Evangelical churches also teach.
John Calvin defined the ‘Unconditional Love of God’ as “The Perseverance of the Saints.” ‘Perseverance,’ in Catholic/Protestant context, does not mean, as in Biblical context, those who persevered, or continued in faith and in obedience to Jesus Christ through all or life’s trials and temptations, (Mt. 24:13; Lu. 21:1-19.) In this sense, ‘perseverance’ pertains only to those who were ‘unconditionally elected,’ (or predestined to church salvation,) as the ‘unconditional love’ of their god will automatically complete their church ‘faith,’ or in reality, their church membership, until the end. Wikipedia wrote, “Perseverance of the saints, as well as the corollary doctrine, ‘Once Saved, Always Saved,’ is a Calvinist [AND ROMAN CATHOLIC] teaching that asserts that once persons are truly “born of God” or “regenerated” [THROUGH THE RITE OF (BABY) SPRINKLING, ‘BAPTISMAL REGENERATION,’] nothing in heaven or earth shall be able to separate (them) from the love of God…” [AND THEY ABUSE ROM. 8:39 TO ‘CONFIRM’ THEIR GREAT FALLACY!]
So, true Catholics/Calvinists, etc. cannot ‘fall away’ from their church membership, instituted by their first, ritual initiation, the baby sprinkling. Through their so-called ‘total depravity,’ they do not have the ‘ability’ to resist the ‘irresistible grace’ of their god, and his ‘unconditional love’ will always ‘preserve’ their church membership, (or sainthood,) notwithstanding their personal, moral lifestyle.
Wikipedia explains, “The Augustinian doctrines of grace regarding predestination are taught in the Reformed churches primarily to assure believers of their salvation since the Calvinist doctrines emphasize that salvation is entirely a sovereign gift of God APART from the recipient’s choice, deeds, or feelings…”
As long as these religionists remain church members, the ‘church remains their mother,’ she will always ‘preserve the saints!’ (They do not even have to attend church, as their baptismal-contract with the water god is a life-term contract with Satan.) ‘Saints’ too, as described in traditional Protestantism, has nothing to do with the Bible’s definition of truly born again, Holy-Spirit filled saints. Lutheran/Calvinist ‘saints’ are those who were allegedly ‘sanctified’ by their church’s ‘sin-atoning’ sacraments such as the baby sprinkling. Catholics also teach that a ‘baptized’ member of the Roman Catholic Church cannot ‘fall away’ from the sanctity of the church, [note how they replaced Christ, with the “church”] and declare those ‘anathema’ or cursed, who says such a thing.
When Martin Luther, adhering to the ‘perseverance of the saints’ doctrine, compiled his ungodly Lutheran bible, he rejected the book of James as “a straw epistle” and as “corrupted scripture,” as James states, “faith without works is dead.” [These works are obedience to the Moral Law of LOVE in Scriptural truth and the leading of the Holy Spirit.] Luther twisted, changed, and omitted these Scriptures because the truth of James’ epistle [that sincere believers are saved by faith in Christ Alone, but that they have to bear fruit, which fits or reflects true repentance,] clashed head on with the false Roman Catholic, or Augustinian doctrines of ‘total depravity,’ ‘irresistible grace,’ and the once saved, always saved fallacies.
The Savior and Preserver: the Roman Catholic/Protestant, Christian Church
Pope Gregory the Great, (540-604 AD) announced, “The Holy Universal Church proclaims that God cannot truly be worshipped save within herself, and asserts that all they who are without her pale shall never be saved.” Straight from the mouth of Catholic ‘Saint’ Gregory the ‘Great,’ Martin Luther, Zwingli, John Calvin, all other Protestant denominations, and even schisms from Christianity such as Seventh Day Adventists, Old and New Apostles, Jehovah Witnesses, etc., all believe, “The Church is our Mother; without her there exist no salvation and without her sacraments there exists no remission of sins!”
In spite of such overbearing witchcraft, God’s Word declares strongly that the “heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool. What house will you build for Me… God, Who made the world and everything in it… does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things…” (Acts 7:48; 17:24-25.) [Read about the concept of the Roman Catholic ‘circle’ or ‘church,’ opposed to Jesus’ true Ecclesia or the Body of Christ.]
Roman Catholic Church Mother’s Protestant ‘Atoning, Saving’ Sacraments
Roman Catholics (and traditional Protestants!) state that their church sacraments are "efficacious [necessary] signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which ‘divine’ life is dispensed to her members…” In defiance of God’s New Testament covenant in Christ, the Council of Trent declared, "If anyone says that the sacraments [or ‘saving rituals’] of the New Law do not contain the grace which they signify or that they do not confer grace on those who place no obstacle to the same, let him be anathema [or cursed!]" (Sess. viii, can.vi). "If anyone say that grace is not conferred by the [Christianized pagan church] sacraments ex opere operato, but that faith in God’s promises is alone sufficient for obtaining grace, let him be anathema…” Anathema is the Roman Catholic curse of ‘excommunication from God’ for all those who oppose the papacy – thank God, curses without sound Biblical cause on born again, obedient believers of Christ, have absolutely no power or effect, as none can curse those whom Jesus Christ Himself had blessed! (Mt. 25:34.)
The truth of the Bible makes it clear that ‘divine life’ (not their ungodly theosis doctrine,) but Biblical salvation, comes EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF, not through the Christianized, pagan rituals of any kind of church! Acts 4:12 confirms, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name (AND WAY) under the sun given among men by which we must be saved.” Still, the Catholic Encyclopedia explains, “Scholastic writers… introduced into their explanations of the sacraments terms which were derived from the philosophy of [the Greek philosopher] Aristotle… to apply to them the words ‘matter’ (material) and ‘form’ (forma.) As in physical bodies, so also in the