Continuation – Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· The Reformers’ ‘just and holy war’ on the Baptists
· The Reformation’s offense began with slander, “That heretical sect the Re-Baptising Anabaptists are Donatists!”
· Catholics and Reformer Protestants deem the Preaching of the True Gospel as “Unnecessary”
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On October 17, 1553, John Calvin personally saw to it that his ‘all-seeing’ police burnt Servetus at the stake.
Servetus supported the Reformation in the beginning, but rejected John Calvin’s Protestant acceptance of the Roman Catholic trinity. Servetus believed in the Mono or One God of the Hebrew (and New Testament) Scriptures, described in New Testament Scripture as the Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the Inseparable, Omnipotent, Omniscient God. [This interpretation of the Godhead is different from that of Modulists, Oneness Pentecostals or Jesus-Only preachers, who believe that God only ‘revealed’ Himself as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.]
Roman Catholic doctrine teaches that God is three completely separate, divine persons (or gods,) “three distinct hypostases or persons who are coeternal, coequal, and united in one [encapsulating] being, or ousia.” In layman’s terms this means, the three completely separate persons or gods of the trinity are in complete agreement with one another and therefore they are one.
Servetus rejected Calvin’s acceptance of this Roman Catholic doctrine as polytheism. To Servetus, the word trinity and the concept of three gods in agreement, were unknown to early believers until it was developed by the Vatican during the fourth and fifth centuries after Caesar Constantine declared Catholicism the state religion of Rome. Additionally, Servetus rejected the dogma of the trinity because the Roman Church made “Mother” Mary into the third person of the trinity: the Christianized pagan goddess Sophia or Shekinah, the ‘feminine side of god.’ [Benny Hinn also teaches that God is androgyny, or “both male and female.” This is the reason why Catholics and even the pope bow to statues of Mary.
Calvin declared Servetus’ rejection of the Roman Catholic trinity the crime of blasphemy against God and called for the death penalty.
Dan Corner wrote in ‘His Ashes Cry Out Against John Calvin,’ “Servetus refused to ‘recant’ and spent his remaining days in an atrocious dungeon with no light or heat, little food, and no sanitary facilities… [Then, with the implicit command and approval of John Calvin,] the Calvinists of Geneva put half-green wood around the feet of Servetus and a wreath strewn with sulfur on his head... Servetus whispered with trembling voice: ‘Oh God, Oh God!’ [Farrell, the executioner] snapped at him: ‘Have you nothing else to say?’ Servetus replied, ‘What else might I do but speak of God!’... For more than 30 minutes, the horrible agony continued… for the wood burned slowly. ‘Jesus, Son of the eternal God, have mercy on me!’ the tormented man cried from the midst of the [smoke and] flames, while the [Calvinist] people of Geneva stood around to watch him suffer and slowly die! Calvin had thus murdered his enemy, and there is nothing to suggest that he ever repented his crime…
“John Calvin himself was unsaved, according to Scripture, [and a child of the devil, Mt. 12:33.] But the [unrepentant] cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers… their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur... (Rev. 21:8.)”
As all the Roman Catholic human sacrifices, this human sacrifice of John Calvin can never be justified, no matter how hard Calvinists try to make Calvin into their hero. Even if Servetus was really a ‘heretic’ because he rejected and rebelled against Scriptural truth, (which was not the case,) he still did not deserve to be slowly tortured to death at the stake!
As Dan Corner also points out in his study on Servetus, “The truth of Scripture commands, in resolving doctrinal dispute, a false teacher should not be “silenced” by murdering him, but by refuting his heresies with the contextual truth of the Bible! (Titus. 1:9-11…)
“Alas, this is not the only personal execution on the stake of John Calvin… Jacques Gruet, whom Calvin considered a Libertine… petitioned the Catholic king of France to intervene in the political and religious affairs of Geneva. [The territory of Calvin.] Cruet… with Calvin’s concurrence, was beheaded for treason... Bolsec publicly challenged Calvin’s [false] teaching on predestination, a teaching Bolsec, with many others, found morally repugnant. Banished from the city in 1551, he revenged himself in 1577 by publishing a biography of Calvin that charged him with greed, financial misconduct, and sexual aberration…. It should be apparent that, from the founder down to us today, the “perseverance of the saints” doctrine, (most commonly known as ‘God’s unconditional love and acceptance’ or “once saved always saved”) has often been a license for immorality [and violent Roman Catholic and Protestant murder, or blood-sacrifice to Satan] taught under a banner of grace.
“Because Calvin’s own theology allowed for his actions against Servetus [and against his many other victims as well,] many of his followers in our day are sexually immoral, liars, drunkards, filled with greed, hatred, slander, etc., while they profess salvation. This is a ramification of Calvin’s perverted grace message – a teaching which has “spread like gangrene” from a man who could openly murder other people for disagreeing with his Roman Catholic doctrines and for the remainder of his life, never publically repent of his crime – or show even a slither of remorse!”
THE REFORMERS’ ‘JUST AND HOLY WAR’ ON THE BAPTISTS
“That Heretical Sect!”
Just as the Vatican, the vision of the Protestant Church Denominations Franchise was world domination. As a result, they instituted the Roman Catholic dogma, which stood for complete State control over all their Christian-ruled countries.
To obliterate all political and church opposition, Roman Catholic name-calling also became a vital component of the Protestants’ ‘just and holy war’ on all ‘members of the opposition.’ Everyone who disagreed (or disagrees) with their doctrines and so-called ‘saving sacraments,’ suffered and are still, in one way or another, suffering under their sharp Roman Catholic/Protestant tongues and other means of torture and multilevel death. (Slander is emotional murder.)
In addition to calling the Baptists “heretics,” these two mainstreams of Christianity labeled them as ‘a sect, or cult.’ Brainwashed by inquisitors, most people still do not understand the word ‘heretic’ as someone who contradicts an established religious teaching, or even a true teaching from the Bible, but as a description of a witch: a crazy, demon possessed person. Therefore, in this sense, a ‘sect’ is not merely a side-branch of the Christian church, but a group of religious fanatics, ‘heretics and witches,’ who are also ‘politically hostile.’ Hence, many Christians still believe ‘heretics’ may be scorned and ill-treated, even murdered, (emotionally if not physically,) and they have to be avoided and rejected at all costs. [What happened to Jesus’ commandment “to love even our enemies” enough to [at least] tell them the whole truth about the Scriptures and any offensive situation? (Lu. 9:53-55; Mt. 18:15-20.)]
Many true sects have been existing through history and are flourishing during our time, but it is amazing that, as recorded in the Book of Acts, Satan does not continually direct such insults, hurts and harms at them, but at “The [true Jesus Christ] Way, which [actual heretics] call a sect,” (Acts 24:14; Rev. 17:5.)
“Re-Baptizers are Anabaptists and Donatists!”
Through the ages, Catholicism and Protestantism tried every method known to man to restrict, suppress, hinder and prevent Jesus’ true disciples to obey His commandments and to worship Him in spirit and in truth, because Scriptural obedience will always contradict their ‘saving church sacraments’ and Roman Catholic inherited doctrines. Just as during the Roman Catholic crusades and inquisitions, refusing the Catholic/Protestant sprinkle baptism, (by which they Christianized’ or made into Christians the citizens of conquered countries,) warranted the death penalty as the crime of treason against the state and its god. Because the Baptists of the Middle Ages stood for the Biblical separation between State and Church, they seriously interfered with the Reformers’ goal to Christianize all the citizens of conquered countries the Protestant way.
Add to this the Baptist belief that only true disciples of Jesus must be baptized according to His commandment and Personal example, and you gave Roman Catholics, Calvinists and Lutherans the ‘divine right’ to do damage control by declaring them ‘enemies of the State and Church,’ and to eradicating them en-masse by using the monarch’s armies. These churches thus ‘lawfully’ identified the early Baptists as ‘re-baptizers’ or ‘Anabaptists,’ and declared it a threat to national and church security to ‘defect from the Church’ by baptizing yourself ‘again as an adult,’ after you were ‘baptized’ as a baby, or as a new, adult church member. They completely ignored the fact that the real Biblical Baptism is neither a baby sprinkling nor an ‘adult’ baptism by immersion. Jesus commanded the baptism according to His own example in Mt. 3:13-17, and it only relates to sincerely believing disciples of Christ.
On top of all this, the early Baptists believed, just as the early Donatists, that church clergy must live moral lives. If they practice immorality of any kind, they are not fit to minister in the church. Of course, both the Vatican and the Reformers declared this statement heresy as it spoke directly against them and they way they ruled their churches. Their church ministrations supposedly had nothing to do with the type of lives they led. Their authority rested solely on their formal church ‘ordination,’ which gave them the ‘legal right’ to manage the church according to the church’s corporate rules.
Catholics and Reformer Protestants deem the Preaching of the True Gospel as ‘unnecessary’
The ‘insult,’ “Donatists,” led to another source of conflict between the Catholic/Protestant coalition and the Baptists. Traditional churches unwaveringly declared that the Donatist/Baptist belief in evangelization, (to make disciples for the spiritual Kingdom of God in the hearts of men by preaching the Gospel of Jesus,) “is completely unnecessary.” Modern Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Calvinist Dutch Reformed, Methodist, and most other traditional Protestant Churches still follow this view, because “everyone in a Catholic or Protestant country are already Christians, as they are members of our churches through the sacrament of the baby baptism!” – (Read the truth in Mt. 28:19-20; Lu. 17:20-21.)
Catholicism and Protestantism – and sadly, most of their church affiliates still declare, “The church is our mother and outside her, there is no salvation.” Hence, their incredible lie that church membership with its ‘atoning’ sacraments is the only requirement for Christian salvation.