THE ROMAN CULTUS

A very large majority of evangelical Christians today consider Roman Catholics as brethren in the Faith.  While they may label themselves as Protestants, they still believe Roman Catholicism to be the True Church of Jesus Christ.

One must challenge this notion on the supremacy of Scripture alone, (Sola Scriptura).

When one is intellectually honest and spiritually faithful to the Holy Bible they will always come away with the profound truth that no religion for the last 2,000 years has best done a more thorough job of placing itself in the stead of Jesus Christ than has the mother church at Rome.  

As such, to label Roman Catholicism as truly an anti-christ religion does not even begin to describe its place in history as the grandest of all the pagan cults disguised as the very church of Jesus Christ on the surface.




    All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, 
rebuking, correcting and training righteousness
- 2 Timothy 3:16


Roman Catholicism vs. The Bible







Clergy Celibacy


Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife…?

- 1 Corinthians 9:5



When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law 
lying in bed with a fever.

- Matthew 8:14



Apostles’ Succession



Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. 
For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.

So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barabbas (also known as Justus) and Mathias. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

- Acts 1:21-26



Eucharist As A Reappearance Of Jesus To Be Worshipped



Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of ages to do away 
with sin by the sacrifice of himself.

- Hebrews 9:26



“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? 
This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

- Acts 1:11



At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it… For as lightening that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
 

- Matthew 24:23,27



Holy Days Of Obligation
 


But now that you know God - or rather are known by god - how is that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I Fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

- Galatians 4:9-11



Indulgences To Remit Punishment For Sin
 


No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him - the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough

- Psalm 49:7,8



In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

- Hebrews 9:22



Justification By Faith Plus Works



…and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished - he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus… For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.

- Romans 3:24-26,28




However, to the man who does not work but trust God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.

- Romans 4:5



And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

- Romans 11:6



For it is grace that you have been saved, though faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.

- Ephesians 2:8,9



God our Savior saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…

- Titus 3:5



We know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.

- Galatians 2:16



Bishops Are The Only Qualified Interpreters Of Scripture



Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

- 2 Corinthians 4:2



Mary Exalted As Mediatrix


For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men…

- 1 Timothy 2:5



Mary’s Immaculate Conception And Sinlessness



Therefore, just as sin entered the world though one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned

- Romans 5:12



As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one… 
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”

- Romans 3:10,23

 Peter The Rock On Which The Church Is Built



…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with 
Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

- Ephesians 2:20



As you come to him, the living Stone - rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him - you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God though Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,” and “A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”

- 1Peter 2:4-8



Papal Authority & Infallibility
 


When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?”

- Galatians 2:11-14



Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

- Acts 17:11



Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

- Matthew 16:23



Pope Is Head Of The Church
 


And he [Christ] is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the first born from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, 
by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

- Colossians 1:18-20



Prayers For And To The Dead
 


Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…

- Hebrews 9:27



Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the lord your God will drive out those nations before you.

- Deuteronomy 18:10-12



Priests Continue To Offer Jesus As A Sacrifice For Sins
 


But when this priest [Christ] had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God… and where these have been forgiven, 
there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

- Hebrews 10:12,18



When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” 
With that, he bowed his head and gave u his spirit.

- John 19:30



Purgatory Purifies Sins
 


The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

- Hebrews 1:3



and by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all… because by one sacrifice he has made perfect 
forever those who are being made holy.

- Hebrews 10:10,14



But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and he blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

- 1John 1:7



One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But he other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence” We are punished justly, for we are getting what our sins deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, 
“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

- Luke 23:39-43



Rosary And Repetitious Prayers
 


And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

- Matthew 6:7



Salvation Conditional On Man’s Faithfulness
 


And you were also included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possessions - to the praise of his glory.

- Ephesians 1:13,14



And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.

- John 6:39



My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
 I and the father are one.”

- John 10:27-30



And those he predestines, he also called; those he called, he also justified; 
those he justified, he also glorified.

- Romans 8:30



...for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.

- Romans 11:29



To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy…

- Jude 24



Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

- 1Peter 1:3-5



Statues And Images
 


Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles… They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator - who I forever praised. Amen.

- Romans 1:22,23,25



Cursed is he man who carves an image or casts an idol - a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of the craftsman’s hands - and sets it up in secret.

- Deuteronomy 27:15



Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

- 1 John 5:21



Tradition Equal With Scripture And Authority
 


And he [Christ] said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions… Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

- Mark 7:9,13



See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

- Colossians 2:8



Venial Sins


For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point 
is guilty of breaking all of it.

- James 2:10



For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

- Romans 6:23


Andre L Immelman