The Roman Catholic Church (a fusion religion)
But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living Elohim.”
Yahushua replied, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Cepha, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."
They misinterpreted this to mean that Messiah was building His church on Peter and so they must have Peter as their first Pope.
The fact of the matter is, there was no Roman Catholic Church during the first three centuries of Christianity. The RCC was established by Constantine I, the Emperor of the Roman Empire during the early 4th century A.D.
The story goes that Constantine, while squinting at the sun one day in 312 A.D., saw an image of a cross and supposedly heard a voice say to him, “In this sign, conquer.” The story goes that he took this to mean that he should embrace Christianity. He had spent many years trying to wipe out Christianity and now decides to embrace it.
He made a public decree that Christianity would now be an official religion of the Roman Empire. And so it was done. No repentance. No new-birth experience. Just a decree. There was one hitch, though. Most of the entire Roman Empire were sun god worshippers and knew nothing about the Elohim of creation or even about monotheism. In order to make this new religion palatable to his constituency, he had to make some changes. He decided to fuse Mithraism (sun god worship) with Christianity. Being anti-Semitic, Constantine also decided to remove all things “Jewish” and to substitute the familiar pagan names, holidays and practices for the Scripturally-mandated ones. He also had the Renewed Covenant translated into Latin and Greek, making changes as it was done. Names were changed, words were added to fit the new Roman theology, and the Feasts of the LORD were declared Jewish and no longer kept. Instead, he ordered that the familiar feasts of Mithraism were to be kept instead.
They continued to celebrate the birthday of Tammuz (also known as child-mass) on December 25th during the winter solstice. It was the time when the daylight was at its minimum and the sun was experiencing a new birth thus the days were beginning to lengthen. They merely changed the name to Christ-mass and thereby anointing at as “Christian”.
They continued to celebrate the fertility goddess Easter in the spring and established it as the first Sun-day after the vernal equinox. They also continued to practice the “weeping for Tammuz” for 40 days prior to Easter (now called Lent) wherein they would sacrifice some pleasure here on earth for the pleasures of Tammuz in heaven.
They also celebrated “All Saints’ Day” and “All Soul’s Day” holidays and the pagan Halloween. Of course, they celebrated the pagan New Year.
The crowing achievement of Satan, through his fusion religion, was to change the set-apart day from the Sabbath to the Sun-day in honor of the “Invincible Sun God”. To this day, they still boast that they are more powerful than the heavens since they had the power to effect this change.
Then, to add insult to injury, Constantine declared that anyone found keeping the Sabbath rather than the day of the sun would be executed. That goes for the keeping of the biblical feasts as mandated by YHWH instead of the pagan “holidays” the church continues to celebrate to this day. Thus, the modern Christian church had its formation in the Roman Catholic pagan practices.
Pillar near Tammuz Cave
Inside RCC Holy Site
Constantine’s death penalty decree extended not only to the members of the Roman Catholic Church, but to all Christians. Since he was the most powerful man in the world, he declared himself to be the Vicar of Christ and thus became the first Pope of the Roman church. The Christians not aligned with the RCC were still subject to the power of the Emperor/Pope and so, caved in to his dictates. During the remaining time of the Roman Empire, the Christian population experienced severe Roman oppression and papal abuse.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, there was an extended period known as the “Dark Ages” wherein no one was allowed to read or be educated except the priests of the Roman Church. Papal authority still ruled over the church and defined much of the thinking of those days. The Roman Catholic Church was the Christian religion of the time.
In the 16th century, after the “Dark Age”, over 1200 years of papal rule and the paganization of the church, a Roman Catholic priest living in Germany began to get the urge to read the Scriptures for himself. He had been taught through RCC catechism that salvation of one’s soul is achieved by being a member of the Roman Catholic Church (as is still taught in most places today). Much to his surprise and delight, he learned that salvation comes by grace through faith and not of works (Eph 2:8-9). So elated was Martin Luther at this revelation that he wrote 95 treatises on grace and posted them on the doors of the parishes in his city of Wittenburg. Needless to say, this caused quite a stir among the parishioners and ire from the papacy.
One of the things that started Luther on his investigation of truth was his concern for the economy of Germany. So much gold was being transferred from Germany to Rome that Germany was in jeopardy of financial collapse. This was due to a papal contrivance known as indulgences. When a parishioner died, according to RCC dogma, his soul went to a fictitious place called Purgatory. In order to affect this soul’s release from Purgatory, the deceased’s family had to pay a huge sum of money to the priest to get him to offer up prayers to heaven for his release. This went on day after day until the priest decided that there was no more money left with this family and declared the soul released. Multiply this by millions of people throughout the world and you can get an idea of the amount of wealth that was pouring into the Vatican.
Luther’s discovery and subsequent announcement of this revelation of grace caused an exodus from the RCC and subsequently the formation of “protestant” denominations. Luther’s theology challenged the authority of the papacy by emphasizing the Bible as the sole source of religious authority and all baptized Christians as a general priesthood. According to Luther, salvation was attainable only by faith in Yahushua as Messiah, a faith unmediated by the RCC. This of course produced new papal wars against the new groups. The sad thing was that is was much like the blind leading the blind. Martin Luther was himself a Roman priest. So were the new protestant parishioners. They had no clue about the true Messianic body of believers of the first century. They new nothing of Sabbath, the Feasts of the Lord, the instructions of the Torah. They only knew what the Roman priests wanted them to know and much of that was pagan and blasphemous. Thus the new protestant Christian church inherited many lies and the blindness of the Roman Church. They were taught that the “Old Testament” was for the Jews and that Christians need not be concerned with it. Messiah did not come to create a new religion! The new protestant church did not know about the biblical appointed times, the Sabbath or the instructions in the Torah because long ago, Constantine forbade these practices under the penalty of death for disobedience to his decrees. They had no clue about grafting into the Olive Tree of Israel.