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· THE ORIGIN AND MEANING OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES AND SACRAMENTS: CATHOLIC-CALVINISM
· Church father ‘saint’ Augustine on Greek mythology and Manichaeism
· ‘Original sin’ or ‘total depravity’ according to ‘saint’ Augustine, Calvin, and other church fathers
· Calvinist ‘total depravity’ called for ‘unconditional election, irresistible grace,’ or predestination
· SCRIPTURAL ‘PREDESTINATION’
· ‘Irresistible grace’ or predestination necessitated ‘particular atonement’ for the Calvinist ‘elite’
· Jesus’ ‘limited or incomplete atonement’ supposedly requires ‘sacramental sanctification or becoming holy’
· Predestination and sanctification produce ‘unconditional love’ and ‘the perseverance of the saints’
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THE ORIGIN AND MEANING OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES AND SACRAMENTS: CATHOLIC-CALVINISM
Church father ‘saint’ Augustine on Greek mythology & Manichaeism
The most revered church father of Catholicism, Lutheranism – and especially of Calvinism, was the Greek philosopher who became Christianity’s ‘saint’ Augustine of Hippo, (350-430 A.D.) John Calvin, one of the leading fathers of the Protestant Reformation, called the Mary-worshiping Augustine “the great bishop of the church.” Yet, even after Augustine converted to Christianity, he still adored the Greek philosopher Plato. In turn, Plato was the devout pederast (man-boy sex) disciple of Socrates, and a follower of Socrates’ teachings on Greek mythology. Augustine also taught that sin and the devil do not exist. This led to the Christianization of those philosophies, (among many other occult things,) which became popular teachings in both Catholicism and in Protestantism — and especially in Calvinism.
Before Augustine converted to Platonism and later to Christianity, he was a disciple of Manichaeism, which openly worshiped 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 and Islam. In A.D. 387, Augustine became a Christian ‘bishop’ and began to feed all his pagan potions to the monks in church. ‘Bishop’ Jerome proudly announced that “Augustine established anew the ancient faith of Platonism (and Manichaeism) in the Christian church.”
In ‘The City [or church] of God, book 8,’ the so-called ‘saint’ Augustine wrote, “…None come nearer to us [Christians] than the Platonist philosophers… [who] recognized the true god as the author of all things…” As the Greeks were polytheists, Augustine referred to the ‘supreme god of their many gods,’ Satan, the author of ‘good’ and evil, and definitely not to the All-Good, Single Minded, One God of the Bible Scripture, (Jam. 1:13-17.)
Augustine continued, “…Plato said that the philosopher is a lover of god… [So,] Thales, [another Greek philosopher,] held that the first principle of all things was water; Anaximander, [a pre-Socratic philosopher,] that it was air which was also called ‘spirit;’ and the Stoics, [a Hellenic cult that also originated from Greek mythology,] that it was fire…”
¨ Water, earth, air, and fire are ‘atoning’ gods in the occult, and so-called ‘sacramental or saving elements’ in Platonism. Thus, thanks to ‘saint’ Augustine, the sprinkling of ‘holy water’ became an ‘atoning, saving,’ sacrament, as demonstrated in the Catholic-Protestant baby ‘baptism.’ This is nothing less than pure idolatry and witchcraft, as it stems directly from Druidic pantheism and polytheism — the worship of nature; in this case, the ‘saving’ water god.
Original sin (“total depravity”) according to ‘saint’ Augustine, Calvin, and other church fathers
Church father ‘saint’ Augustine also Christianized the perception of Greek Mythology on ‘original sin.’ It teaches, “Original sin does not have the character of a personal fault in Adam’s descendants… Humanity bears no guilt for Adam’s sin, as the fall in Eden destroyed their free will to choose right from wrong.” This sounds like psychiatrist Carl Jung’s occult philosophy, ‘Man cannot choose right from wrong as he is only an evolving animal…’ (Deut. 30:19-20.) Animals really cannot sin as they have no conscience; they are completely innocent creatures. Not so with fallen humanity.
¨ If only Calvinists and other Christians would read the Bible for themselves! Paul stated in Romans 3:10; 5:12, “...There is none righteous… Through one man, [Adam,] sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned…” Jesus Himself, all His true disciples, and even Old Testament Isaiah taught hereditary sin, (Isa. 59:2-8; Rom. 2-3; 5:12-21; Jn. 1:12-13.) This means, all of humanity inherited Adam’s fallen position of sin and cursedness without God, as well as his nature of sin. Therefore, everyone needs to be Scripturally and personally born again from death and darkness into God’s life and “marvelous light,” (1 Pt. 2:9-10.)
In spite of Jesus’ clear teachings, according to Satanist Augustine, there are no bad or lost people; humanity merely “carries bad things as a wound” as the fall destroyed their free will to choose between good and evil! This is the Roman Catholicism, Calvinism, Lutherism dogma of “total depravity,” which also guides many other Christian churches.
¨ Paul contradicted this fallacy in Romans 2:14-16 when he wrote, “[Even] Gentiles, who do not have the [written] law, by nature do the things in the [Moral] law… which show the work of the law [also] written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness…” (Isa. 59:21; Heb. 10:16,) Jesus declared in John 16:8-10, “The Holy Spirit came to convict the [whole] world [or every person on earth] of sin, righteousness, and judgment, [so they have no excuse.]”
Despite all the truth of God’s Word, Christian leaders, Calvinists in particular, who actually teach ‘reformed’ or adjusted/adapted Catholicism, still have the nerve to say, “When a regenerated man, [a so-called ‘born anew’ church convert, who was initiated into their religious church system through the rite of sprinkling-‘baptism’ and the so-called ‘saving’ sacrament of teenage confirmation,] if such a man sins, it is not the man that sins. He is merely acting out of character.” According to these remorseless, Scripture-annihilating witches, immorality has no bearing on their church converts. They allege that their ‘totally deprived’ church members cannot sin. Thus, sin can never damage them and so, they have no personal responsibility or accountability. Continual repentance from sin, which the Lord Jesus and His apostles commanded in Scripture, never enters the minds of these sinning Christian pagans!
¨ 1 John 1:8-10 warn, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us…” Paul stated, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? No, for the wages that sin pays is death…” (Rom. 6:1,21.) “We shall all appear before the Judgment Throne of Christ… Who will judge us all for the good or bad we do…” (2 Cor. 5:10.)
‘Total depravity’ called for ‘unconditional election,’ ‘irresistible grace,’ or predestination
Satanist Augustine’s Manichean doctrine of ‘unconditional election’ or predestination is the sinking sand on which all mainstream Christians, (Catholic and Protestants,) stand. John Calvin made predestination one of the most important doctrines of his Reformed Churches – known in South Africa as the Dutch Reformed Church and her sister-church ‘Die Hervormde Kerk.’ Calvinists believe that the motivation for their doctrine of predestination, (sovereignly chosen by God without choosing Him,) is “the complete depravity of free will,” which ‘enslaves them to sin without the function of free choice.’ Therefore, they need their god’s “unconditional election” or ‘irresistible grace’ to choose eternal life for them. This god also foreordains both their good and bad works, just as the predestinating Islamic god, who even “decides the measure of sin such as adultery each one of them ‘has’ to commit!”
¨ However, the True God of the Bible commanded as far back as Deuteronomy 30:19-20, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that you… may live…” Proverbs 3:31 confirms, “Do not envy the oppressor and choose none of his ways…” John 1:12-13, “As many as [chose to] receive Jesus, to them He gave the right to become children of God; to those who believe in His Name, who were [spiritually] born, not of [physical things] but of God.” John 3:16, “For God SO LOVED THE WHOLE WORLD [or every person alive] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever [choose to] believe in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life!” (John 3:16.) 2 Peter 3:9, “…God is … not willing that any should perish, but that all should [choose to] come to repentance [from deception and other personal sin.]”
Still, Calvinists believe no matter what they do or how ‘depraved’ they live, their god will work out their salvation through his ‘unconditional election,’ ‘once-saved-always-saved, or predestination dogma. Even those who hated, persecuted, murdered, and committed every other moral sin without regret and repentance, “will be saved unconditionally” by the ‘irresistible grace’ of their god! Allegedly, their predestinating god decided “from the foundation of the world” who would be the ‘chosen elect’ whom he will save through their churches, and who will burn in hell for all eternity — this include innocent, “unbaptised” babies that were not initiated or sprinkled into Christianity!
¨ However, Jesus said, “Suffer not the little children to come to Me, for to such belong, [present tense,] the Kingdom of heaven. [And] He laid His hands on them and blessed them, [not sprinkling them with holy water!]” (Mt. 19:14-30.)
Under the New Covenant, God loved all of humanity so very much that He sent His only begotten Son to atone in full for the sin of all who would choose to sincerely believe in Jesus, and follow Him as His disciples (Mt. 5:17; Isa. 53:3-5.)
¨ Jesus’ commission perfectly explains God’s “love for the whole world.” He commanded, “[On My full authority,] go into the whole world and make disciples from all the nations, [not church members but those who choose to accept Me.] Baptize [these believing disciples] in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teach them everything I [and not churches] have commanded you…” And lo, I Am with you always, even to the end of the world,” (Mt. 28:18-20.) John proclaimed, “[Jesus] came to His own, [the Hebrew nation,] but they [chose not to] receive Him. But as many as [from all the nations who chose to] receive Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God; to those who believe in His Name; who were born… [not of man but] of God,” (Jn. 1:11-13.)
The sincerely born again disciples of Jesus are those whom the omniscient God of the Bible ‘foreknew,’ would choose to accept His Son, and repent from the ungodly religion of “this perverse generation!” (Acts 2:40-42.) They are the ones who will “be changed into the [holy] image of His Son;” not by becoming Christians or ‘little christs,’ but by being “transformed in their minds” or thoughts and beliefs, to be obedient disciples of Jesus, (Rom. 8:28-30; 12:1-2.)
¨ As a result, God ‘predestined’ or ‘called’ all of humanity “from the foundation of the world” to hear, understand, and accept His New Covenant Gospel, and thus to choose to inherit eternal life in Jesus, (Mt. 28:18-20!) But throughout the New Testament, it is clear that only those who heed His call to accept Jesus, will be saved, (Jn. 14:6!)
‘Irresistible grace’ or predestination necessitated ‘particular atonement’ for the Calvinist ‘chosen elite’
As only the members of certain churches such as Calvinists were allegedly ‘elected or predestined’ to be saved, Christ suffered and died only for the ‘chosen elite’ of those churches. But John 3:16 is the sum of the Gospel, which states that Jesus saves all those from “every tribe, tongue’ and nation,” who choose to accept and obey Him, (Rev. 7:9; Mt. 28:18-20; 1 Jn. 2:2.) “If you obey My Word, you are truly My disciples,” (Jn. 8:31; 14:15.)
“Particular atonement” is yet another Calvinist lie. Sadly, none of those so-called ‘especially atoned, unconditionally elected elite’ know if they will go to heaven or to hell. They merely hope that, by remaining lifelong members of their churches and swallowing all the lies of their clergies, they might stand a chance to go to heaven!
¨ In spite of this fallacy, 1 John 2:2-5; 5:13 states, “Jesus is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. By this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him… [The truth of Scripture] was written to [all] you who [chose to] believe in the Name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have [present tense] eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the Name of the Son of God [to the end,]” (Mt. 24:13.)
Jesus’ so-called ‘limited or incomplete atonement’ allegedly requires ‘sanctification or becoming holy’
Here follows the true, Scriptural description of all sincere believers in Jesus, who must live as fully sanctified saints or holy, born again disciples in the spiritual Kingdom of Jesus, (John 18:36,) and it has absolutely nothing to do with ceremonial/ritual “sanctification,” or ‘becoming holy through Calvinist or other church sacraments,’ (Jn. 1:12-13.)
¨ Colossians 2:9-15, “…[All true believers] are [spiritually] complete in Him, Who is the Head of all principality and power… [Not one sin remained at the cross, verse 13-14. Furthermore,] having disarmed [all evil,] He made a public spectacle of [Satan and every demon by fully] triumphing over them in it.” When Jesus died on the cross, He declared, “It is finished!” His atonement for the bound, lost, cursed state of humanity was done in full! (Mt. 5:17-18; Isa. 53:3-5!) Through His life, death, and resurrection, once and for all eternity, Jesus fulfilled all the requirements of both the outward ceremonial temple law and the inward Moral Law in our place, (Jn. 19:28-30! Jn. 13:34!) Personally born again believers can stand in Jesus’ atonement as if they have never sinned! (1 Jn. 1:8-10.)
However, Calvinist, just as Seventh Day Adventists and other followers of Christianity, teach that Jesus’ so-called “limited or incomplete atonement” requires “sanctification,” or the gradual fulfilment of their ‘atoning’ church sacraments, which allegedly ‘complete’ Jesus’ ‘particular atonement’ for them. This is why their step-by-step sacraments supposedly “save” them and “make them holy!” Jesus atonement at the cross was only for them, “the chosen elite,” but that was ‘incomplete’ or not enough, so they must sacramentally add to His atonement for them.
The truth is that the Scriptural rebirth through personal faith in Jesus Christ instantly saves and makes all believers completely holy or sanctified “saints” from the moment they personally accept Him, as they are then spiritually born out of darkness into His Light, (1 Cor. 1:2; Rom. 1:1-7; 1 Pt. 2:9-10.) Hence, all sincere believers worldwide are “God’s chosen people,” (Rev. 5:7; Eph. 1:1; Col. 1:2.) Jesus declared in John 8:12, “Whoever follows Me [in Scriptural Truth and Holy-Spirit leading,] will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.”
¨ Contrary to the dogma of “sanctification,” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 inarguably states, “For this is the will of God: your sanctification, [understanding and doing God’s will, Romans 12:1-2:] that you should abstain from sexual immorality… [and every other contravention of God’s inward Moral Law, John 13:34.] For God did not call us to uncleanness, but [to live] in holiness [as true believers were fully made holy, or ‘sanctified’ by the blood-atonement of Jesus.] He who rejects this does not reject man, but God, Who has also given [all true believers] His [indwelling] Holy Spirit.”
Because true believers are spiritually fully sanctified or “complete” in Christ, (Colossians 2:9-10,) the only growing process sincere believers must experience, is “to grow in knowledge of God’s Word and in grace,” which is the “renewal of their minds to understand [and do] the perfect will of God,” (2 Pt. 3:18; Rom. 12:1-2.)
¨ Dogmas and sacraments cannot “complete” or add to anything Jesus did in our place. So, Paul commanded in Galatians 5:1-6, “Stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of [legalistic] bondage… If you become circumcised [or convert to dogmas and sacraments,] Christ will profit you nothing. Everyone who [adheres to sacramental laws] is a debtor to keep the whole law. Then you have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by the [ceremonial] law; you have fallen from grace… For in Christ Jesus [sacraments] avail nothing, but faith working through [agape or obedience to God’s Word.]”
Just as all other false dogmas, Calvinist “sanctification” originated from pagan temple worship. As in paganism, Christian ‘sanctification’ means that religious objects, (such as temple/church buildings and ‘holy’ statues,) are “set apart within that religion as part of that religion, and therefore, they are ‘sanctified, holy, or sacred.’” So, in both paganism and Christianity, sanctification pertains to members who are ‘set apart within that religion’ through a process of so-called ‘sin-atoning’ ceremonies such as the baby ‘baptism’ and teenage confirmation, until the initiate achieves ‘holiness.’ This simulates constant pagan reincarnation until “enlightenment” of the soul is achieved! [Wikipedia.]
Predestination & sanctification produce the “unconditional love” of God
1 John 2:3-5 & 17 warn, “By this we know that we know Him, IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His Word, truly the love of God is perfected in him… He who DOES THE WILL OF GOD abides forever…” Heb. 3:6,14; Mt. 24:13, “… Whose [spiritual temple] we are IF we hold fast the confidence… IF we hold the hope firm to the end… He who endures to the end will be saved,” (1 Cor. 6:15-20; Jn. 8:31; 14:15,23; 13:34.)
There is a modern rise in Reformed Calvinism. This “New Reformation” is secretly executed in the ecumenism (or unifying) of all churches and religions under the banner of their Christian “mother,” the Catholic church. One of the main doctrines that unites all churches is ‘free grace,’ ‘the unconditional love of God,’ or the ‘once saved always saved’ dogma. So, even Baptists and most Evangelical churches such as the Pentecostal-Charismatics teach this dogma.
God’s so-called “unconditional love” is shown in “the perseverance of the saints”
John Calvin described the so-called ‘unconditional love of God’ as “the perseverance of the saints.” ‘Perseverance,’ in Christian context does not mean, as in Biblical context, ‘those who persevere’ or continue in faith and in obedience to Jesus through all of life’s trials and temptations “to the end,” (Mt. 24:13; Lu. 21:1-19.) In Calvinism, ‘perseverance’ refers only to those who were ‘unconditionally elected’ or predestined to church salvation, as the so-called ‘unconditional love’ of their god automatically ‘completes their church faith’ until the end; no matter how they live or what they do! Wikipedia wrote, “Perseverance of the saints or the doctrine ‘once saved, always saved,’ is a Calvinist, [Catholic, etcetera,] dogma that asserts once they are [supposedly] “born of God” or “regenerated” [through so-called “Baptismal Regeneration,”] nothing… shall [allegedly] separate them from… [their god…]”
So, Calvinists supposedly cannot ‘fall away’ from their church membership that is instituted by their first, ritual initiation, the baby sprinkling. Through their so-called ‘total depravity,’ they allegedly do not have the ‘ability’ to resist the ‘irresistible grace’ of their god, and his ‘unconditional love’ will always ‘preserve’ their church membership, notwithstanding their immoral lifestyles.
¨ But 1 Corinthians 6:9 says, “...Do not be deceived. Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, covetous, drunkards, reviles, and extortioners will not [enter into heaven.]” Revelation 21:7, “The… abominable… sexually immoral… and all [unrepentant] liars shall have their part in the lake [of fire…]”
The actual ‘savior, sanctifier, and preserver:’ the Christian (Catholic/Calvinist, etcetera) church
Pope Gregory the Great, (540-604 A.D.,) announced, “The Holy Universal Church proclaims that God cannot be worshiped save within herself, and asserts that all they who are without her pale shall never be saved.”
Jesus condemned that lie and declared in John 4:21-24, “[After the cross and Pentecost,] you will neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem, [not in this temple/church or in the ‘holy land/‘holy city,’] worship the Father… True worshippers will worship the Father in [their born again human spirits through the indwelling Holy Spirit] and in truth: [personal integrity and the truth His Word.] God is Spirit; those who worship Him MUST worship in spirit and truth.”
In complete apostasy and straight from the mouth of Blaspheming Gregory, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Zwingli, all other Protestant denominations, and even schisms of Christianity such as Seventh Day Adventists, Old and New Apostles, and Jehovah’s Witnesses believe, “The church [or temple] is our mother; without her and her sacraments there exist no remission of sins or salvation!” Maybe true believers can now see why God commanded, “Come out of her MY PEOPLE, lest you share in her sins and receive her plagues…” (Rev. 18:4.) The church system is not the body of Christ!
¨ Sadly, the ‘perseverance of the saints’ dogma is so ingrained in Christians that when Martin Luther, a mason who secretly worshiped Baphomet, [watch the moving images in the side bar;] compiled his Lutheran bible, he rejected the book of James as “a straw epistle” and as “corrupt scripture.” He did that because James states, “Faith without [Moral Law] works is dead,” (Jam. 2:26; Jn. 13:34.) Thus, Luther twisted, changed, and omitted these verses in his ‘bible,’ because James’ epistle clashed head on with Augustinian/Calvinist ‘‘total depravity,’ ‘predestination,’ ‘irresistible grace,’ ‘always saved,’ and ‘perseverance of the saints’ deceptions, (Gal. 5:22-23!)
Christian, (Calvinism in particular,) “efficacious” (effective) ‘atoning,’ ‘saving’ ‘sanctifying’ ‘persevering’ sacraments
Christians such as Calvinists state that their church sacraments are "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 entire New Testament Covenant in Christ, the Council of Trent declared, "If anyone says 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…” Someone remarked, “Saying your curses in Latin always makes them sound more ominous.” ‘Anathema’ is “excommunication from God for those who oppose the church’s” false priesthoods and their pagan dogmas. But curses on the Scripturally born again, Moral-Law obedient believers of Christ have no power or effect, as none can curse those whom Jesus blessed when He suffered and died on the cross! (Mt. 25:34; Gal. 3:10-14!)
New Testament/Covenant truth makes it clear that ‘divine life’ or Biblical redemption, salvation, and blessing, comes exclusively through Jesus Christ Himself and His full atonement in our place; not through the Christianized, pagan rituals of a church. The writer of Acts 4:12 confirmed, “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… E.g. water may be [natural water,] but the words pronounced by the priest when he pours water on the head of the child… determines the meaning of the act… [which purifies] the soul by grace… Visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions…”
“The water, [their false ‘baptism,’] and the intention of the priest/minister, sanctioned by the church, purify the soul,” not Jesus Christ, His complete atonement, and the truth of His Word?? They came to this Jesus-deprived place because the attending priest/minister’s incantations ‘bring the water to life,’ and so, the water itself is the god, savior or christ of this ritual, just as in the pagan practice of cremation, where the fire itself is the god that ‘receives the soul of the deceased.’ Once again, the truth of the Bible speaks a completely different language in 1 Peter 1:22, “Since you, [not a church or priest/minister,] have purified your souls, [minds or thoughts and beliefs,] in obeying the Truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been [decidedly] born again… through the Word of God which lives and abides forever…” (John 1:12-13.)