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Behold the Alarming Genius of the Vatican Papal System
By Richard Bennett
In face of the alleged catastrophic effects of global warming, the Vatican called the nations of the world to an ethical and economic revolution. It insists that the destruction of the world’s ecosystem calls for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert an unprecedented destruction of the planet before the end of the century. This is just a recent example of the continual onslaught of orders that the Vatican gives the people of the world. Vatican intrusion in the affairs of nations of the world has become such a fact of life that it is seldom mentioned. The time has come, however, that an exposure of the Vatican system is essential.
Truly, the world is thoroughly enamoured with Pope Francis. Whether on television, radio, Internet news sites, or YouTube videos, Pope Francis is presented as the likeable hero of the day. What most people do not adequately assess is the platform from which Francis speaks. Without the papal stage, Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina would be unknown to most people in the world. The papal system stands unrivalled as a monolithic, institutional, religious system throughout the world, yet it appears friendly and inviting. The Papacy has immense wealth, worldwide dominion, and dictates its faith to millions.1 As the largest organization on earth, it shows superb skill in its many endeavors. The papal system is an elitist bureaucratic machine. It is so powerful that even the Pope himself must conform to its rule or face the consequences. An example of this is the murder of Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani) in September 1978, only thirty-
An Overview of the History of the Papal System
In the fourth and fifth centuries, when the great persecutions against Christians were over and Constantine had made Christianity the religion of the imperial empire, the Gospel was watered down to accommodate pagan practices and Gnostic speculations. The true worship of God and the inner conviction of the Holy Spirit was gradually replaced by a spirit of worldliness. Pagan cultic practices were assimilated into what was called the Church, which was becoming merely an externalized ritualistic form of Christianity alien to Scripture and devoid of authentic spiritual life and experience. The history of the Vaudois, the Paulician churches, and later the Waldenses shows that what was called “Church” was more and more separating itself from true biblical faith. As such, it was becoming a vicious persecutor of any who stood for the truth revealed in the New Testament.3 From the beginning of New Testament times, the Gospel had produced an internal unity among the believers; however, the substitution of ritualism for the Gospel produced merely an external, visible unity for an institutionalized system. The fallacious clergy-
The rise to power of this developing religious system was made possible by several major factors in the imperial Roman empire. In 330 A.D, the Emperor Constantine removed the seat of the Imperial Roman Empire from Rome to Constantinople. The power vacuum left by this move opened a foothold whereby the developing religious system could be positioned to attain a greater grasp on civil power. Second, the barbarian invasions of the Western Roman Empire created overwhelming chaos, particularly within Rome itself. Not letting these crises go to waste, enterprising religious men used them to build step by step the emerging structure of what would become the papal system of the Holy Roman Empire.
Further, through religious assimilation of the barbarians, the bishop of Rome increasingly cemented his place as a primary unifying force that held a corrupt and shattered society together. Thus from the decaying, confused ruin of the western Imperial Empire, the Vatican system emerged triumphant and began to appropriate to itself the prerogatives of the Caesars. In addition, it asserted itself as possessing political authority above all rulers, prime ministers, and kings of the world and, as the main spiritual authority, subject to none of them. This was one of the primary battles throughout the centuries of the Holy Roman Empire. Although the Reformation of the sixteenth century eventually divested the Vatican of its status in the civil arena, to this day the Vatican has never given up its desire to rule the world, both spiritually and temporally.
Beginning in the fifth century, continuing through several successive centuries, as new tribes of barbarians desired to become Christian, the papal system received these new peoples as they were. Because the true gospel of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone had been abandoned by the ever more worldly religious system, there was no call to repent and believe. The papal system simply baptized the people from these barbaric tribes into what was called the Church and their names were inscribed in its registers. This is in total contrast to the Scripture, in which there is an absolute connection between the Spirit and the Word of God — not between physical water and grace. Coming to new birth, as seen in the New Testament, is by the Holy Spirit through the instrument of God’s Word. Thus, the Apostle Peter proclaims, “being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”5 Nonetheless, the papal teaching of alleged rebirth by water baptism, which started in those early centuries, still continues in the system to the present day. The current papal Code of Canon Law Canon 849 states,
“Baptism, the gate to the sacraments, necessary for salvation by actual reception or at least by desire, is validly conferred only by a washing of true water with the proper form of words. Through [water] baptism men and women are freed from sin, are reborn as children of God, and, configured to Christ by an indelible character, are incorporated in the [Roman Catholic] Church.”
Thus at least by the fifth century, men called priests presumed to mediate between God and men.
However, in Scripture, before the All Holy God, an individual is saved by God’s grace alone. Scripture is crystal clear in Ephesians 2:8-
Attempting to imitate saving grace from the late fifth century, the papal system began to claim that its sacraments were necessary for salvation. It took many centuries for this sacramental system to be fully developed into seven sacraments; as we see today, its official teaching states the following, “The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation.”6 This is the guiding policy of the papal system. Thus, on Sunday, May 3, 2015, Pope Francis strictly obeyed the Vatican’s guiding policy regarding the sacraments. He said,
“Jesus is the vine, and through Him ... we are the branches, and through this parable, Jesus wants us [sic] to make us understand the importance of remaining united to him. Grafted by Baptism in Christ, we have freely received from Him the gift of new life; and we are able to remain in vital communion with Christ. We must remain faithful to [our] Baptism, and grow in friendship with the Lord through prayer, listening and docility to His Word, reading the Gospel, participation in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation ... .” 7
The Establishment of the System with the Pope as Actual Head
Emperor Justinian I (527-
“Justinian’s third great achievement was the regulation of ecclesiastical and theological matters, crowned by the imperial Decretal Letter seating the bishop of Rome in the church as the ‘Head of all the holy churches,’ thus laying the legal foundation for papal ecclesiastical supremacy.” 8
Emperor Justinian’s decree did not create the office of the Pope, but rather it set the legal foundation for advancement in ruling power by the bishop of Rome. The Emperor wished to allay the demise of the empire, thus ecclesiastical unity was imposed. Consequently, the bishop of Rome became the head of the Imperial Empire’s church. Subsequently, the title of “Pope” began to fit the one who sat as “bishop of Rome,” who now was free to use the civil sword of coercion given him by Justinian’s decree. Formerly, ecclesiastical unity came by the moral persuasion of the Gospel and the Scripture to save individuals who then would be salt and light to their civil societies. Thus, it was in the eighth century that civil power came within the grasp of the Papacy. As the power of the “system” grew, so did the immorality of the lives of both those who led the system and the men and women who were under its control.
Immorality Followed by Ecclesiastical Murder and Torture
The year 1073 was a turning point from the centuries of gross immorality. Rigorous discipline now became the norm of the Papacy. In addition to the lusts of the flesh, papal minds continued with their lusts for total dominion, both ecclesiastical and civil. By this time, the line of Charlemagne had grown too weak to keep papal ambitions in check, and Pope Gregory VII (also known as Hildebrand) was ambitious beyond all who had preceded him. He was convinced that the reign of the Pope was in fact the reign of God on earth and determined to subject all authority and power, both spiritual and temporal, to the “chair of Peter.” It was Gregory VII who envisioned what was to become the vast structure of the papal system. His goal was to be the supreme ruler and judge of all leaders, both Church and State. What Gregory so astutely grasped was the notion that to be dominant over the temporal realm, the papacy needed to claim to be God. This notion powered by his crushing ambition and coupled with the enormous wealth that the Roman Catholic Church by then possessed, made its implementation possible.
These shrewd enactments began to bear fruit even during Gregory’s own rule (1073-
The Glorious Reformation and the Malevolent Counter Reformation
The Reformation in the sixteenth century greatly restored the biblical faith that had been proclaimed by the Apostles. Not only was biblical faith restored, but right across Europe the papal system was devastated. The men of the Reformation were such as Luther at Wittenberg; Erasmus, and Colet at Oxford; Bilney, Latimer, and Cartwright at Cambridge; and Lefevre and Farel at Paris. These leaders of the Reformation were highly trained men of that generation. In some instances, as in the case of Beza and Tyndale, they ranked high as men of letters. The Reformation was a glorious spiritual awakening. The primary response of the Roman Catholic system to the biblical faith of the Reformers was the Counter-
By the mid-
The Papal system promotes it own social cultural system
The concept of “the common good” is an integral part of the Catholic social doctrine. They define “the common good” as follows,
“The common good does not consist in the simple sum of the particular goods of each subject of a social entity. Belonging to everyone and to each person, it is and remains ‘common,’ because it is indivisible and because only together is it possible to attain it, increase it and safeguard its effectiveness…The common good, in fact, can be understood as the social and community dimension of the moral good.” 14
Implicit in this statement is the idea that all property, wealth, and goods are never fully privately owned. Elsewhere, it is officially stated that private property and all goods are always subject to regulation so that “the common good” will the foremost beneficiary.15 Further, the Catechism of the Catholic Church declares,
“It is the role of the state to defend and promote the common good of civil society. The common good of the whole human family calls for an organization of society on the international level.” 16
By aligning itself with current socialist trends, the system hopes to gain an increasing position of relevance in secular political, economic, and social circles. Catholic social doctrine aims at a Marxist-
In Conclusion, the Lesson to be learned
The papal system arose under the Imperial Roman Empire and survived the Empire’s demise. In 537 A.D., Justinian gave the legal base for it to acquire civil power, which it did throughout the course of the next ten centuries. Its temporal power was arrested by the recovery of the Bible and the Gospel during the Reformation of the sixteenth century. It was held at bay by the Puritans of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Nevertheless, it survived the demise of the Holy Roman Empire to become a “sovereign nation” in the 20th century and now set to continue as a major power player in the present century. Currently, Pope Francis is the visible head of the Roman church; but the papal system is still the power behind the throne. The papal system is nothing less than the satanic counterfeit of the true Christian Church; indeed, it is the “mystery of iniquity.” 19 The outcome over the centuries has been the system’s “deceivableness of unrighteousness.” Such apostasy is marked by hypocrisy and deceit. The apostate papal system, while outwardly striving to appear righteous and holy, is aimed at deceiving even the very elect, were that possible.
The true Church is one of the great mysteries revealed by God, which had its full manifestation in the New Testament as the body of the Lord Jesus Christ.20 Thus, Scripture proclaims, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” 21 Thus it is that true Christianity is focused on the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ and not on a political and an ecclesiastical system.
As we behold the power, wisdom, and goodness of the heavenly Father, we also behold the power, wisdom, and goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ; for as the Mediator, He has the nature and perfections of God in Himself. The Lord Jesus Christ alone reconciles us to God by the full, legal satisfaction for our sin made by His substitutionary death on the cross. There is absolutely no church system that can redeem a soul by ritualized, sacramental actions, or by any other means. Nor can we justify ourselves before God by religious works, which are always stained by imperfect performance and tainted by self-
Were it not for the recovery of the absolute authority of the Bible alone, and the Gospel of grace in salvation during the Reformation of the sixteenth century, the papal system might still be undetected. In spite of the papal system being so rampantly displayed in the world today, the Holy Spirit still convicts individual men of their sin before Holy God, and sends them repentance unto life in Christ Jesus, “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”25 The frightening words of the Lord in Matthew 7:21 ought to ring in the ears of those who have spent their whole lives believing in the papal religious system, “not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” No person by merely acknowledging Christ’s authority, believing in His divinity, professing faith in His perfection and in the infinite merit of His atonement, shall have any part with God in His glory, but only he who for salvation solely believes on Jesus Christ. The Lord put the command to believe in a nutshell when He said, “this is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” 26 Likewise, the Apostle Paul and Silas declared, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” 27 The Gospel of Jesus Christ stands; so also does His call on your life. Do you personally know Christ Jesus? The water of life is offered to you in the abundance of grace, which far surpasses the evils of sin. Thus, the Lord’s call in Scripture says, “the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” 28
Once you, a convicted sinner, believe on Christ Jesus alone, by grace alone, through faith alone, as your only surety and refuge before the All Holy God, you find yourself not only freed from your sins, but made to reign in life, “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”29 Those who receive the abundant grace given by Christ are not only redeemed from the dominion of death, they live and reign with Christ as they are sanctified daily through His Word by the Holy Spirit, and by constant fellowship with Him. With Him, they shall reign forever and glorify Him for all eternity. Believe on Him alone and you will be secure in Him, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” 30 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 31
1 The papal system rules more than one billion Roman Catholics worldwide.
2 Vid David Yallop, In God’s Name: An Investigation Into the Murder of Pope John Paul I (Bantam Books, 1984)
3 “I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:6
4 Vid Wylie, The History of Protestantism, Vol. I, Book I, pp. 3-
5 I Peter 1:23
6 Catechism Para 1129 (Italics in original)
8 The Prophetic Faith of our Fathers, by Le Roy Edwin Froom Vol. I, p. 507.
9 The Albigenses were a group of Christians, influential for their godly lives, who were condemned by the system of Rome. George Stanley Faber, writing in 1838, provides an example of the papal work, “‘According to the plan adopted by the Inquisitors of Languedoc, it was morally impossible for any of the accused Albigenses to escape [the charge of Manichèism].
11 Henry Denzinger, The Sources of Catholic Dogma, Revised by Karl Rahner, B. Herder Book Co., 1957), #469.
12 See the Video The Inquisition at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx8PdvOELvY
14 Compendium, Sect. 164
15 Compendium, Sect. 177, 178
16 Catechism, Para. 1927
17 Matthew 6:31-
18 This agenda has been taught ubiquitously in Western colleges and universities at least since the 1960’s.
19 II Thessalonians 2:7 b. This particular lawlessness arose gradually within the Papal System as the Imperial Roman Empire gave way to what became the Holy Roman Empire.
20 The term mystery means that something that is now revealed has been hidden from ages past. One of the great mysteries that God reveals in the New Testament is the mystery of the church. This is a new thing; the church made up of Jew and Gentile, one in Jesus Christ.
21 Hebrews 1:1-
22 Ephesians 1:3-
23 Romans 5:1
24 Psalm 73:25
25 Luke 24:46-
26 John 6:29
27 Acts 16:31
28 Revelation 22:17
29 Romans 5:17
30 Ephesians 1:6
31 II Corinthians 5:17
Richard Bennett of “Berean Beacon”
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