Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Chapter 1. Early Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Chapter 2. Evil Deeds by Wicked Popes . . . . . . 6
Chapter 3. More Warnings Against The
Visible Church . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Chapter 4. You May Have Been Misled . . . . . 23
Chapter 5. The Trinity Illuminated by Light
From the Bible . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Chapter 6. Whence The Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . 35
By William F. Rawls
A Book To Enlighten All Christians
God desires that all people to be saved
And come to full knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 2:12 WEB
Have I therefore become your enemy
because I tell you the truth?
Galatians 4:16 AKJV
The Family Press
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Have you every wondered why Jesus did not spend any time organizing his twelve disciples into a well defined hierarchy with specific assignments and authority to each so that after his ascension everyone would know what to do and get on with the work? I have, and it puzzled me, for Jesus was so efficient and successful in everything he did. Further, he only had three and one half years to select, instruct, and convince his apostles that he was the Messiah, and that God, his Father, had sent him to redeem the world.
Actually, there is a very good reason why he did not, and the Bible gives it to us. This reason comes in the form of admonitions and warnings from both the Apostle John and the Apostle Paul.
This book was written to bring these warnings to your attention so that you will see the dreadful results of our failure to heed them. For reasons you will understand later, these warnings are not taught by churches so it is up the Christian who is hungry and thirsty for the word of God to find them for himself.
Chapter 1. Early Warnings
In the later part of his life the Apostle John was exiled to the island of Patmos for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Through visions, he was shown the future of the church and of the world, which he recorded in the Book of Revelation. The church’s first warning about its organization is found in Jesus’ letter to the church at Ephesus and is directed to that church which was still in its infancy.
“But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Revelation 2:6-7
Jesus commended the church at Ephesus for hating the deeds of the Nicolaitans just as he did. But, who were these Nicolaitans whose deeds Jesus detested so greatly? The word Nicolaitans comes from the Greek word ‘Niko’ which means to conquer or to overthrow, and from the word ‘Laos’ which means the people or the laity. The early Nicolaitans were establishing a hierarchy of clergy to reign over common believers or laity in stark contrast to Christ’s teachings.
For example when Jesus heard his disciples discussing among themselves who would be the greatest, he told them in no uncertain terms that their leaders must be humble men willing to serve, and not selfish lords.
“And he said unto them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.’” Luke 22:25-26.
At the last supper, when
Jesus washed his disciple’s
feet, he repeated these same instructions.
“Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” John 13:13-15
Jesus wanted his apostles to be shepherds feeding and helping the flock, not authoritarian rulers lording it over them. This very same admonition is repeated in Jesus’ letter to the church at Pergamos.
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, Revelation 2: 15-16
This error must have been very important, for Jesus rebuked two churches in regard to it. Note he said he hated both the Nicolaitans’ deeds and their doctrine. Now let’s examine the warning by Paul.
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. ” Acts 20:28-29
Note that Paul’s warning was not about external danger, but danger that would come from men who were within the church, and that the whole body of believers would be at risk. Paul called these men grievous wolves because they feasted on the flock rather than feed them. That is, they consumed, or took from them, rather than helped them and taught them the word of God. This is the same warning Jesus gave to the churches at Ephesus and Pergamos.
Indirectly, Paul gave the same warning to other early churches through his instructions for selecting an overseer. These instructions were given in a letter to Timothy, but is applicable to all churches.
“An overseer must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hostility, apt to teach, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy of filthy money, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous, one that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity, not a novice. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without: lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” (1Timothy 3:2-7)
Unfortunately, the early church did not heed the warnings of Jesus, John and Paul, for in a short time, the church established a hierarchy of leadership. The church became divided into the laity, and the clergy composed of priests, and bishops. Initially, this presented no serious problems, for most of the very early leaders were humble pious men who would, and did, give their lives for their faith. But then something changed. Let’s look at history and examine the awful consequences of the clergy-laity division within the church.
In about 325 AD the Roman Emperor, Constantine, made Christianity his state religion, with himself as its head. As time passed, church leaders were no longer selected for their pious lives, wisdom, humility, and love for Christ and their flock, but were selected more and more for political reasons. Bishoprics were purchased by unspiritual men who used their new power for selfish purposes, with little or no regard for their flock.
With such men as the leaders, this highly organized institutionalized church ceased to be the true church of Jesus Christ, but became the so called ‘visible church’. The true church continued to be the body of humble, pious believers who loved God and looked to Jesus for salvation, but the world only saw the visible church.
In the following paragraphs, you will be given many little know facts about the bishops and Popes of the Roman Catholic Church. As you study them compare their lives to the requirements of a church overseer given to us by Paul.
It is regrettable that so much evil about so-called church leaders must be presented, but after you read this book, you will understand the necessity. Remember, Jesus openly censured the religious leaders of his day (the Scribes and Pharisees) for misleading the people.
The Roman Catholic Church claims that there have been 266 Popes since Peter. This does not include the 37 Anti Popes who ruled concurrently with the officially recognized ones, nor the 15 other challengers that never made it to the Anti Pope status. The Catholic Church says that the Popes form an unbroken chain of succession handing down the divine authority given Peter by our Lord. A careful examination of history will show how ludicrous this claim is.
The evils of so many Popes are included because there will be some readers who say, “Yes, there have been a few who misused their honored position, but they do not represent the church as a whole.” Sordid details on more than seventy-four Popes are given in this text. Seventy-four out of 266 is 28 percent and cannot under any circumstances be considered a “few”. Yes, there were godly men within this church who lived by Biblical principles, but unfortunately, they had, and still have little or no influence on church policy or church doctrine.
Chapter 2. Evil Deeds By Wicked Popes
In 380 AD the Church under Pope Damascus I denounced and ordered Ulfilas, a missionary to the Goths, to cease translation of the Bible into the Gothic language. Church leaders even in this early age did not want the Scriptures in any common language. So much for Christ’s instructions to take the good news to the whole world.
Twenty-five years later (405) the church commissioned one of its own priests, a monk called Jerome, to translate the Bible into Latin. The NT portion of his translation was prepared from just a few late Greek manuscripts. Jerome’s translation, now called The Vulgate (or Common Version), became the only Bible available to European churches for over one thousand years. The Catholic Church demanded that the people hear the word of God in Latin, a language they did not understand, and rely on a priest to tell them what it meant. The church maintained this edict until 1200 AD when the Protestant Reformation forced the Roman Church to offer its members the Scriptures in their own language.
Pope Vigilus (537-555) was a deacon who was elected Pontiff by bribery. He became subservient to Empress Theodora in return for funds used to gain the support of the clergy. He killed his secretary and had his nephew whipped to death.
By 555, the Roman Church was the largest land owner in Italy. But, instead of using this wealth to further the gospel, church leaders used it to live opulent sinful life styles while they lorded it over the poor peasantry, and hid God’s word from them.
In 586 the Roman Church under Pope Pelagius II (578-590) converted all Visigoths living in Spain to Catholicism. Their choice was ‘leave, convert, or die’. This move ended religious tolerance in Europe. Just a few years later Augustine, a Roman Catholic Priest, established a church at Canterbury, England. England remained under Roman Catholic domination for nearly 1000 years, until 1530 when King Henry VIII rebelled and Parliament established The Church of England.
From 500 to 1500, the Roman Church forbade anyone outside the church to own a copy of the Bible, and permitted only priests to read the Scriptures. Further and more damaging in the long run, church leaders, during this period, took liberties with the content of the Bible that they had no right to do. These liberties and how they affected what you and I believe are discussed in Chapter 3.
Pope Sabinian ruled the church for only two years (604-606). Historians record that this Pope made himself so odious to the Roman people by his avarice and cruelty to the poor, that they abused him whenever he appeared in public.
Forty years after his death, Pope Honorius (625-638) was condemned as a heretic by Pope Leo II, by many later Popes, and by the Sixth Ecumenical Council; so much for Papal Infallibility and the continual unbroken chain of Popes from the Apostle Peter.
Pope Theodorus (642-649) began the custom of dipping his pen in consecrated wine to sign condemnation of heretics, in a vain attempt to sanctify their murders with the blood of Christ.
Pope St. Sergius I (687-701)
purchased his See by pawning the ornaments from St. Peter’s tomb. Later he was accused of adultery, but the church declared
him innocent saying that the 8 day old child from the affair, cried out, “The
Pontiff Sergius is not my father,” as he was being baptized. Another
Roman miracle! He was opposed by Theodore and Paschal as Anti Popes.
Pope Constantine (708-715) had the Byzantine Emperor Justinian II cut out the tongue and blind the eyes of the Archbishop of Ravenna for refusing to show obedience to the Roman Pontiff.
Pope Gregory II (715-731) rejected Eastern Emperor Leo’s edict against image worship starting the Roman Church on its path to idolatry.
Pope Adrian I (772-795) gave Charlemagne the privilege of choosing his successor
because the king had given the church large tracts of land.
Pope Leo III (795-816) had his eyes torn out and his tongue cut off by Roman citizens for committing adultery.
At the Diet of Compeigne, Pope St. Pascal (817-824) was charged as an accessory to murder and mutilation of two Roman priests. The Pope denied the charge, but refused to surrender the perpetrators alleging they belonged to the family of St. Peter.
In 872, the Roman Church again forbade the use of any native tongue in worship services. Further, the church condemned Cyril and Methodius for translating the Bible into Moravian.
When he was only a priest, Pope Formosus (891-896) had been repeatedly excommunicated by Pope John VIII.
Pope Boniface VI (896) was made Pontiff even though previously he had been deposed from the rank of sub-deacon, and later deposed from the priesthood for scandalous living.
Among many other atrocities, Pope Stephen VI (896-897) had the rotting body of Pope Formosus exhumed, dressed in Episcopal robes, placed on the pontifical chair and charged with a long list of grievances. The ‘Cadaver Synod’ found him guilty. His three blessing fingers were cut off, his body clad in layman’s garb and tossed in the Tiber River. All ordinations performed by Formosus were annulled. Later, Steven VI sentenced a man to have a different part of his body cut off each day until he died. He himself was imprisoned and killed by strangulation.
Pope Leo V (903) was deposed and cast into prison by his chaplain and Anti Pope, Christopher, who was in turn imprisoned by Pope Sergius III.
Pope Sergius III (904-911) took Marozia, the daughter of the prostitute, Theodora, as a concubine.
Pope John X (914-928) committed adultery with the prostitute Theodora, while Pope Leo VI and Stephen VIII (928-931) became paramours of Marozia. John X established the College of Cardinals.
Pope Stephen VIII (939-942) made himself so obnoxious to the Romans that they mutilated him.
Pope John XII, (956-964), was the son of Pope Sergius III by Marozia. He nominated himself Pope at the age of seventeen. John cohabited with his father’s concubine. He then turned the Lateran Palace into a brothel so wicked that female pilgrims dared not present themselves in Rome. He drank toasts to the devil. He invoked pagan gods when he gambled. He was killed by an enraged husband while committing adultery with the man’s wife.
Pope Benedict V (964) raped a young girl and escaped to Constantinople with the Papal treasury, only to reappear when his money ran out. Church historians have called Benedict V “the most iniquitous of all the monsters of ungodliness.” The Pontiff was eventually slain by a jealous husband, and his corpse, bearing a hundred dagger wounds was dragged through the streets then tossed into a cesspit.
Pope Benedict VII (974-983) died in the act of adultery at the hands of an enraged husband. He was opposed by Anti Pope, Boniface VI.
Pope Gregory V (996-999) was opposed by Anti Pope John XVI. He had Marozia exorcised, lifted her ban of excommunication, absolved her, then executed her.
Pope Benedict VIII (1012-1024) bought the Papacy with bribery. He kept a private force of ‘Popes Men’ who were known for torture, maiming, and murder. He was opposed by Anti Pope Gregory
Pope John XIX (1024-1033) purchased the Papacy and had himself ordained a priest, consecrated as a Bishop, and crowned as Pope all the same day. He died under suspicious circumstances.
Pope Benedict IX (1033-1044, 1045, 1047-1048) was first elected Pope when he was 12 years old through bribery. He squandered the church’s wealth on prostitutes and lavish banquets. He had many people killed. Roman citizens hated him so much that twice he was forced to flee. Benedict IX sold the Papacy to Pope Gregory VI, but continued to live in the Lateran Palace. His lifestyle was so horrible that he has been called one of the worst of all Popes.
Pope Clement II (1046-1047) was appointed Pontiff by Emperor Henry III of Germany because no Roman Clergyman could be found who was not guilty of simony (bribery) or fornication.
Pope Nicholas II (1058-1061) declared that Christ’s body can be sensibly touched by hands and bitten by teeth during the Eucharist. He was opposed by Anti Pope Benedict X.
Pope Gregory VII (1073-1085), contrary to all previous Popes, required that every bishop sign an oath of loyalty to him personally. He declared that the Pope cannot make a mistake, and turned excommunication into a political weapon. He excommunicated the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV for questioning Papal authority. He was opposed by Anti Pope Clement III.
Pope Urban II (1088-1099)
ordered that heretics were to be tortured and killed. He condemned clerical
marriages and sold priest’s
wives into slavery. He proclaimed the first crusade promising
forgiveness of all sins to every
Pope Callistis II (1119-1124) convened the first Lateran Council which declared all clerical marriages to be invalid, contrary to centuries of acceptance. He was opposed by Anti Pope Gregory VIII.
Adrian IV (1154-1159) was the only English Pope. He caused Arnold of Brescia to be burned at the stake (1154) for preaching against papal corruption. He gave King Henry II of England permission to conquer Ireland in return for an annual tribute of one penny for each house.
Pope Lucius III (1181-1185) at first approved the Waldenses until they began to quote Scripture, then as Catholic chroniclers say “he took stern measures against them;” - which meant, he gave orders to kill them.
Pope Celestine III (1191-1198) was pronounced a heretic by Pope Adrian VI. There goes the unbroken chain again.
Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) condemned the Magna Carta as contrary to moral law, and called himself the ruler of the world as Universal Bishop. He established the Dominican Friers to eliminate the Waldenses by burning and plundering whole villages. He also ordered the killing of hundreds of thousands of Albigensians in south France as heretics. He decreed that all church members must believe in ‘Transubstantiation’, a belief that the elements of the Eucharist (The Lord’s Supper) actually turned into the flesh and blood of Christ. He continued to ban scriptures from the common people.
Pope Gregory IX (1227-1241) established the Inquisition by which anyone who opposed any Papal pronouncement was to be excommunicated, relieved of all property, tortured, and then killed. He convened the Council of Toulouse which forbade anyone not a clergyman to own a Bible in any language. He excommunicated kings and incited nations to revolt; finally causing himself to be driven from Rome.
Pope Innocent IV (1243-1254) described himself as Praesentia Corporalis Christi, that is, the bodily presence of Christ. He instructed the Dominican Order to take over the Inquisition when priests were deemed too humane.
Pope Boniface VIII (1294-1303) had a married woman and her daughter as mistresses. He locked up the previous Pope Celestine V who died of starvation and neglect. He wrote Unam Sanctam that is “There is one, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, outside of which there is no salvation or remission of sins. We declare, announce and define that it is altogether necessary for salvation for every creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff.” He was publicly accused of simony, assassination, usury, having children by two nieces living as his concubines, and of using money from the sale of indulgences to pay the Saracens for invading Italy.
Clement V (1305-1314) disbanded the Knights Templar, burned alive many of its leaders, and together with the King of France appropriated their property. He moved his court from Rome to Avignon, France. He preached a new crusade against the Turks promising each crusader the right to release four souls from purgatory.
Pope John XXII (1316-1334) allowed priests to keep their mistresses by payment of a tax. He excommunicated a Patriarch, 5 Archbishops, 30 Bishops, and 146 Abbots for not paying taxes to the Pope. He prepared a schedule of fees to be paid for absolution for any crime including murder, sodomy, and incest. He was opposed by Anti Pope Nicholas V.
With Pope Gregory XI (1370-1378) began the era of Papal Schism yielding two sets of Popes, one in Rome and one in Avignon, France, each claiming to be the Vicar of Christ and each hurling anathemas and curses at the other. He was Pope when the church denied John Wycliffe permission to translate the Bible into English.
Wycliffe, a Roman Catholic priest/scholar at Oxford, England was so incensed with Papal corruption that he wrote “It is supposed, and with great probability, that the Roman Pontiff is the great Antichrist.” The church wanted to kill Wycliffe, but he was protected by aristocratic friends. Wycliffe was called the Morning Star of the Reformation. The Roman Church hated him so much, that forty-four years after his death, the Pope had his bones exhumed, burned and scattered on the River Swift.
Pope Urban VI (1378-1389) was a spiteful, vile-tempered alcoholic. He said, “I can do anything I like, absolutely anything I like.” He was opposed by Anti Pope Clement VII.
Pope Boniface IX (1389-1404) was a murderer and possibility the greatest recipient of simony in history. During his reign he faced opposition from Anti Popes Clement XII, Benedict XIII, and John XXIII
Pope John XXIII (1410-1415). As a Cardinal in Bologna, over 200 maidens, nuns and married women fell victim to his lust. He bought the Papal office, where he continued to violate virgins and nuns. He lived in adultery with his brother’s wife, was guilty of sodomy, sold Cardinal positions to the sons of wealthy families, and openly denied the future life. He ordered John Huss of Bohemia burned at the stake for heresy. He ordered Jerome of Prague burned for defending John Huss. He has been called one of the most depraved criminals who ever sat on the Papal Throne
Pope Nicholas V (1447-1455) authorized the King of Portugal to wage war on African nations, to take their property, and to enslave their people.
Pope Pius II (1458-1464) fathered many illegitimate children, spoke openly of methods to seduce women, encouraged and instructed young men in methods of self indulgence.
Pope Paul II (1464-1471) filled his house with concubines.
Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484) made much use of the Inquisition which burned nearly 300 persons in 1481 alone. He appointed eight relatives as Cardinals.
Pope Innocent VIII (1484-1492) had sixteen children by various married women. He ordered the extermination of the Waldenses as heretics. He was Pope when the reformer, Savonarola, opposed Papal corruption and when Columbus discovered America.
Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503) was the father of many illegitimate children and murdered Cardinals who opposed him. He bought the Papacy, and divided the new world between Portugal and Spain. He was a vowed heathen. He appointed Cardinals for a fee, poisoned them to increase turn over, and received all their property. His mistress was the sister of a Cardinal who became the next pope.
Pope Julius II (1503-1513) who bought the Papacy was known as the Warrior Pope. He encouraged the sale of indulgences. He approved the killing of English Lollards for reading John Wycliffe’s translation of the Bible. Julius II was a notorious womanizer. His body was so eaten away with syphilis that he could not expose his foot to be kissed. He was Pope when Martin Luther visited Rome and was shocked by its depravity. Luther said, “If there is a Hell, Rome is built over it. It is an abyss from whence issues every kind of sin."
Pope Leo X (1513-1521) was made an Archbishop at age 8 and a Cardinal at age 13. He regarded his ecclesiastical offices purely as a source of revenue. Under his rule all church offices were for sale. He strongly encouraged the sale of indulgences. He condemned and excommunicated Martin Luther for daring to say that burning heretics was against the law of God. He approved the killing of parents who taught their children the Ten Commandments or Lord’s Prayer in English.
Pope Clement VII (1523-1534) was Pontiff when the church burned William Tyndale for translating the Bible into English, and when King Henry VIII established the Church of England
Pope Paul III (1534-1549) fathered many illegitimate children. He was a determined enemy of Protestants and offered the Emperor of Germany an army to exterminate them. He stifled religious freedom by introducing “The Index of Forbidden Books.”
Pope Julius III (1550-1555) convened the Council of Trent, to answer the Protestant revolt. He was Pontiff when Bloody Mary, Queen of England, tried to return England to Papal control by burning Protestants alive, and when the church drove reformer, Michael Servetus, to Switzerland where John Calvin, true to his Roman Catholic heritage, had him burned for heresy.
Pope Paul IV (1555-1559) had conceived and recommended the idea of ‘The Inquisition’ when he was still a Cardinal. He considered Jews as Christ Killers and should be considered as such. He put all of Rome’s Jews in a Ghetto with only one entrance.
Pope Pius V (1566-1572) encouraged the English to disobey Queen Elizabeth I and offered absolution to anyone who would assassinate her.
Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585) ordered and joyfully commemorated the St. Bartholomew Massacre when tens of thousands of French Huguenot Protestants were murdered. He declared that it was not homicide to kill an embryo of less than 40 days since it was not human.
Pope Sixtus V (1585-1590) ordered King Phillip II to invade England and return it to Roman rule. (The ill-fated Spanish Armada). He declared that all abortions for whatever reason were homicide and were penalized by excommunication which was reserved to the Pope. This edict was nullified by Pope Gregory XVI (1831-1846). See the proceeding Pope’s edict on abortion. How can both Popes be infallible?
Pope Clement VIII (1592-1605) attacked the Edict of Nantes (1598) because it gave equality of citizenship to all, regardless of their religion.
Pope Urban VIII (1623-1644) stated that Galileo had given rise to the greatest scandal in Christendom and forced him to recant, upon pain of death, his heretical views that the earth revolved around the sun.
Pope Clement XI (1700-1701) declared that all kings reign only with his sanction. He issued a Papal degree warning against layman reading the Bible.
Pope Innocent XIII (1721-1724 openly acknowledged his illegitimate children.
Pope Clement XIV (1769-1774) suppressed the Jesuits in Spain, France, and Portugal when they began to exercise too much authority.
Pope Pius VII (1800-1823) removed the suppression imposed on the Jesuits by his predecessor. He issued a Bull warning against Bible Societies. By the year 1808, The Inquisition had killed more than 31,000 souls and imprisoned and confiscated the property of more than 290,000 others.
Pope Leo XII (1823-1829) condemned all religious freedom and tolerance, all Bible Societies, and all Bible Translations except the Vulgate. He declared that all persons outside the Roman Catholic Church have no part in eternal life.
Pope Pius VIII (1829-1830) declared that whoever heard a word of blame against the Holy Office and did not report it was as guilty as the offender and was to be treated as such.
Pope Gregory XVI (1831-1846) condemned freedom of the workshop, of the press, of assembly, and of education, “as a filthy sewer full of heretical vomit.” He condemned Bible Societies. He declared that Pope Sixtus V‘s (1585) censures on abortion were to be treated as if never written. There goes Papal Fallibility again.
Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) declared that Mary was immaculate from the first moment of conception; therefore, all human beings are fully human at conception, therefore the church would allow no abortions, and no contraceptions. This ruling reversed a ruling of Pope Gregory XVI (1831). The Eastern Orthodox Church declared the Pontiff’s claim of Infallibility was the Papacy’s crowning blasphemy.
Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) claimed that the Pope was the head of all rulers and holds on this earth the place of Almighty God. He emphasized Papal Infallibility and pronounced Protestants as enemies of the Christian name.
Pope Pius X (1903-1914) initiated a massive campaign against Catholic scholars, theologians and historians for publishing damaging details of church history.
Pope Pius XI (1922-1939) reaffirmed that the Roman Catholic Church was the only Church, and that the reunion of Christendom was impossible except by full submission to Rome. He dissolved marriages between Christians and non-Christians against a 200 year old decision by the Holy Office, (The Petrine Privilege), that the Pope could not do this.
Pope Pius XII (1939-1958) said nothing when German and Italian Fascists slaughtered over six million Jews. He said nothing when Vichy France deported 5,000 Jewish children for extermination. Winston Churchill called his silence, “The greatest most single crime ever committed.”
Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) was the sternest pope in living memory, requiring absolute submission. He revised cannon law without collegial consultation. He silenced Hans Kung, a Catholic scholar, who rejected Papal Infallibility. During the reign of John Paul II the Catholic Church paid over one billion dollars to settle sexual misconduct lawsuits against priests. However, the church has done nothing to eliminate the root cause of this evil, that is – celibacy. Remember that celibacy was not required by the church until Roman hierarchy imposed it.
Now that you are aware of the sickening atrocities committed by so many leaders of the visible church, go back to page 3. and compare the character and life style of these leaders with the requirements for an overseer given by the Apostle Paul. As you quickly will see, men like these should not have held an office in a Christian Church, much less have been a leading overseer. No wonder Jesus gave such strong warnings again a clerical hierarchy.
Chapter 3. More Warnings Against
The Visible Church
You have been given much evidence which shows that the so called visible church with its clergy/Laity division is not God’s church at all, but the work of Satan to mislead as many as he can into perdition. Now you will be presented with yet more evidence from the Bible that Jesus considers the visible church an abomination. This warning is presented in Revelation 17. Here is what John saw and wrote for us.
1. “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:”
2 “With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and
the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” .
. . .
4.“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:” Revelation 17:1-2, 4-6.
Most Christians read and hurriedly pass over these verses (as well as all of Revelation) because they do not understand what they are reading. These readers do not understand because they do not know the spiritual meanings of Bible words. To give you understanding, about Revelation 17, the spiritual meanings of key words are provided. After you are familiar with these words, read the paraphrase and see the real message John was recording. Bible references and sources are not provided in this book, but are covered in detail in the author’s pamphlet “Spiritually Understanding The Bible”.
Here are the spiritual meanings: Angels are messengers of God. The judgment is God’s judgment on the last day. A whore is an unfaithful woman, and more specifically a church which is unfaithful to God. Waters can mean God’s word, or many people. Fornication is dissemination of false doctrine or sinful activity by an unfaithful church. Drunk is having the mind (or leadership) impaired by an undesirable external stimulus. Wine is doctrine. Purple is the color or wealth and royalty. Scarlet represents sin. Gold illustrates the presence of God’s righteousness. Precious stones and pearls are the priceless truths from God. Cup in her hand is the ability to perform. Abominations and filthiness represents sinfulness. Upon her forehead represents her fundamental principals. A name is how she is known by the world. Mystery is exactly what it says, a mystery. Babylon is great spiritual confusion. A Mother is the origin of daughters. Abominations are terrible sins that God especially hates. A woman is a church (when presented in white is an obedient one, and when identified as a whore is an unfaithful one.) Blood is the record of a man’s life. Saints are the true believers.
A paraphrased translation of these verses written with spiritual understanding is printed side by side with the King James Version on the following page. This side by side comparison will make it easier for you to understand John’s message.
King James Version
4. And the woman
was arrayed in purple
and scarlet color,
And decked with gold
And stones and pearls,
Having a golden cup in her hand.
Full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication,
5. And upon her forehead was a name written mystery
Babylon The Great ,
The mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.
6. And I saw a woman drunken with the blood of the saints,
And with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
Revelation 17:4-6 A Paraphrase with Spiritual Understanding
4. The church presents herself before the world with great wealth and honor, but is full of grievous sin.
This church possesses the priceless truth about God and His righteousness.
She possesses the ability to disseminate this truth about God,
But instead has turned it into what God considers as abominations and filthiness by her unfaithfulness.
5. This church’s fundamental doctrine is presented to the world as a mystery,
But is known by the true church to be a dire error based on great confusion.
This sin-filled church is the source of related unfaithful churches with teachings that God hates.
6. John saw that this church’s mental facilities had been overwhelmed by a powerful force causing it to become exceedingly furious at the righteous life (the record) of the true saints.
And to deliberately kill those who would not swear allegiance to a man-made religious system, but placed their trust fully in the atonement of Jesus Christ.
The remainder of Revelation 17 and all of Chapter 18 gives more detail how God will deal with this church in the last days. But what is important for you and me just now are the instructions He gives to those who discover that they have been deceived and find themselves in the visible church.
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4, 5.
What could be clearer? He said to leave the so-called visible church. If a believer finds he is in this sin-filled church, he should remove himself. Many will discover they have been deceived, but will be unwilling to come out. They will have to leave too many friends. They will lose honor in the community. It would disrupt their family. They would rather believe a church leader than the Bible, etc. etc. But, Jesus never promised that following him would be easy.
Want more proof that Jesus would not permit such a division in his church to remain forever? Look at the following verses in Revelation 1.
Unto him that loveth us, and loosed us from our sins by his blood; and he
made us to be a kingdom, to be priests unto his God and Father; Revelation
Jesus’ promise to all his disciples is that in New Jerusalem, there would be no distinction between clergy and laity. Everyone would become priests – not just a select few from the clergy. This same promised was made to all Israelites in the Old Testament.
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. Exodus 19:5-6.
From these verses you should see clearly that there should be no clergy – laity separation within the church of Christ. Unfortunately, the church did make the separation, but at a price. By reading on, you will see the price that was paid.
Chapter 4. You May Have Been Misled
If the material in Chapter 1 was a surprise to you, then the information in this chapter should trouble you. It should trouble you because it is going to present you with Bible truth that is contrary to what you have been told all your life. Please read this chapter with an open mind. Examine the references. Look them up in your own Bible and other versions. You will need to do this because in the final paragraphs you will be faced with a difficult question.
The purpose of this book is not to tell you what to believe. Its purpose is to present you with the history of the visible church, to expose you to the evils of that church, and to show you how that ill-led church has misled not only its own members, but subsequently members of most Protestant Churches.
The early Protestant Church corrected many of the false doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church such as the Eucharist, Priestly Confessions, Infallibility of the Pope, Transubstantiation, Sale of Indulgences, The Immaculate Conception, and the with-holding of Scripture from the common man. However, the early Protestant leaders had only a few of the ancient Greek manuscripts we now posses. If they had possessed more of these early documents, they would have seen the necessity to make another change, for they well knew the heart, mind, and intent of Roman church leaders.
The evil deed we are discussing was used to produce untruthful support for one of the basic and most important doctrines of the Catholic Church, and subsequently most Protestant Churches as well. It has probably made you believe a big spiritual lie. What did they do? They changed the wording in the New Testament. They purposefully altered Scripture time and time again.
The visible church completely controlled the possession, the reading, and the copying of all Scripture in Europe from 350 to 1200 AD. During this time it was very easy for them to make and safeguard any change they wished to make to the New Testament. And, unfortunately, they did just that. We will discuss these changes as they appear in the King James Version.
The KJV was translated by Church of England scholars in 1611. Of necessity, these scholars relied primarily on The Latin Vulgate, John Tyndal’s Version of 1525, which relied heavily on the Latin Vulgate, plus a few late Greek manuscripts which were penned in Catholic monasteries from 800-1000AD which also relied on the Vulgate. So in reality, all the versions available to the KJV translators were Vulgate based. Let’s look at some of these changes and see how they have affected our beliefs.
Change 1. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.” 1 John 5:7-8
The underlined words in the verses above are found in the Latin Vulgate and many later versions that are based on the Vulgate (The KJV for instance), but they have never been found in any Greek manuscript written before the 16th century. Erasmus, the translator of the first printed Greek New Testament (1516), who incidentally was a Roman Catholic scholar, did not include them in his first and second editions for the same reason. Later he was deceived by the Catholic Church to include them in subsequent editions which were used by the KJV translators.
Most modern translators recognize that they are late ill-purposed man made additions to the Bible and do not include them in their translations. Even the recent Roman Catholic Jerusalem Bible has omitted them for the same reason. Of course the “King James Only” Christians continue with the erroneous phrase as they will not consent to change even one letter for any reason.
Change 2. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghosts.” (Matthew
The underlined words of this verse disagree with the baptismal instructions presented on three separate occasions in the book of Acts, two by Peter and one by Paul as shown in the following verses.
“Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 28:19
“Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.” Acts 10: 47-48
“Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 19:4-5
The verses of Peter and Paul instruct new believers to be baptized in the name of Jesus, not in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as in Matthew 28:19 of the Vulgate.
More evidence that the extra words of Matthew 28:19 were not in the original can be found in the writings of the third century Church Father, Eusebius. In his writings, Eusebius quoted Matthew 28:19 twenty-one times and he always wrote, “go ye therefore and teach all nations and make disciples baptizing them in my name.”
The Roman Catholic Jerusalem Bible has footnoted this verse casting doubt on its authenticity.
Change 3. “And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” 1 Timothy 3:16.
The phrase, “God was manifest” is found in the Latin Vulgate, the KJV, and very late Greek manuscripts penned in Roman Catholic Monasteries, but is not found in any early Greek manuscript. All early Greek manuscripts read “He who was manifest”, referring of course to Jesus. Most modern translators recognize that this was a willful and wicked addition to Paul’s letter. Even the recent Roman Catholic Jerusalem Bible uses the word “He” rather than “God.”
Change 4. “I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia;” Revelation 1:10-11.
The underlined words in the verse above, while present in the Latin vulgate and some subsequent translations, are not found in the oldest and best-preserved Greek manuscripts. They were added by the Catholic Church during the dark ages. They were added to give the source of the voice that John heard (Jesus), the same uniqueness ascribed in other verses to The Lord God Almighty (Isaiah 48:12, Revelation 1:8 and 21:4-7. Most recent English versions and even the latest Roman Catholic English Bible The New American Bible (1986) recognizes that these are man’s addition and do not include the marked through words.
These are not all the changes the Dark Age Church made, but they should be sufficient for any serious Bible student to acknowledge that the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of Holy Scripture is not trustworthy.
If you will examine these verses closely, you will discover that they all have one underlying motive. That motive is to make Jesus, God. The Catholic Church was so determined to prove the doctrine of the Trinity that they were even willing to change Scripture as a means to do it. Purposely altering Scripture for any reason would never have been considered by a righteous Godly man.
Chapter 5. The Trinity Illuminated by
Light From The Bible
The doctrine of the Trinity states that, “There is one God, existing in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three of these persons are co-equal, co-eternal, and of the same substance. There never was a time when all three did not exist.”
Now, let’s compare the Trinity doctrine with what the Bible says about God.
“But to us there
is but one God, the Father, of who are all things, and we in him, and one
Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all
things, and we by
1 Corinthians 8:6.
“For there is one
God, and one mediator between God and Men, the man Christ Jesus: who gave
himself a ransom for all to be testified
in due time.”
1 Timothy 2:5, 6.
“And the scribe said unto him, “Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God: and there is none other but he:” Mark 12:32.
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:1.
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul’s greeting in his letters to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, and Ephesians.
“Jesus saith unto her; “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethren and say unto them, ‘I ascend unto my father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.’” John 20:17.
These verses should be more than sufficient to show you that only the Father is God, and that Jesus is the son of God, our mediator, our Lord, and our ransom. Notice in the last example Jesus himself declares his Father to be his God.
Next let’s look at the co-equal claim of the Trinity. If Jesus were co-equal with the Father, he would have the same authority, the same knowledge, judgment, power, and dominion, of himself, but he does not.
= Jesus said he did have life in himself, but it was
given to him by his Father. John 5:26-27.
= The authority that Jesus possessed was given to
him by his Father. Matthew 28:18, ASV.
= Jesus came to earth to do the will of him who sent
him. John 6:38.
= Jesus said that his doctrine was not his own, but his
that sent him. John 17:6.
= Jesus said that he spoke not of himself, but what
was commanded by him who sent him. John 12:49.
= Jesus said that he did nothing of himself, but what
his Father taught him. John 8:28.
= God put His spirit into His son. Isaiah 42:1.
= Jesus said that his Father was greater than he was.
= God instructed the angels to worship His son.
Hopefully these verses will convince you that the
Father and Jesus were not co-equal.
Now let’s look
at the co-eternal claim. The Trinity states that God the Father, God the
Son, and God the Holy Spirit are Co-eternal,
that is, there
never was a time when all three did not exist and none of them can die.
But is that what the Bible says?
The Bible tells us that God is immortal (cannot die). 1 Timothy 1:17. So, if Jesus is God, he cannot die. Yet, the Bible repeatedly tells us that Jesus died for our sins. Romans 5:6, 14:9, 1 Corinthians 5:13, Revelation 1:18.
Thus we have a problem: either Scripture is untruthful in claiming that God is immortal or untruthful in saying Jesus died for our sins, or the Trinity is in error claiming that Jesus is God. You cannot have it both ways. Further, the Bible tells us that Jesus was God’s only begotten Son. For Jesus to be begotten, there would have had to be a time when he did not exist, therefore he is not co-eternal. Dear friend, ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to the truth.
The Bible says that God is omnipotent (all powerful) Revelation 19:6. But Jesus said that he could do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things so ever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. John 5:19
Was Jesus all-knowing? Read the following verses and see that Jesus himself tells us that he was not. “But of that day and that hour knowest no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” Mark 13:32
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.” Revelation 1:1.
God gave Jesus the revelation he sent to John.
The Bible says that God is invisible (Colossians 1:14-15, 1 Timothy 1:17). But, Jesus was certainly visible to thousands in and around Judea. Read on there is more to show the error of the Trinity.
The Bible says that God
cannot be tempted. “Let no man say when he
is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil. . .” James
1:13. But, the Bible says that Jesus was tempted. “Then was Jesus led
up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” Matthew
4:1; Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2.
Since the Bible does not and cannot support the Trinity doctrine, it is explained as a mystery that we cannot understand.
But, Jesus even contradicts that explanation. “And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables.” Mark 4:11.
Here is another verse removing the mystery claim. “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the father and of Christ.” Colossians 2:2.
Trinitarians often quote Colossians 2:9 as proof of their doctrine. “For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” The KJV is a very poor translation of this verse by Paul as the idea of a three fold Godhead was not debated until the fifth century. The apostle Paul never believed in a co-equal ‘Godhead’. How do we know? Because he wrote, “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ: and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” 1 Corinthians 11:3. God is the head of Christ, not Co-equals sitting on equal thrones.
Recent and more accurate versions present Colossians 2:9 as, “For in him the entire fullness of God's nature dwells bodily.” This translation agrees with Jesus’ frequent statement that God was in him, not that he was God. John 10:38, John 14:10, John 17:21. In fact Jesus corrected others who falsely said he claimed to be God. John 10:33-36.
Here is a verse that Trinitarians frequently use to prove their doctrine. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” 1 Timothy 3:16.
As written, this verse would certainly support the Trinity, but that is not the way it was written in the oldest Greek manuscripts. The old Greek manuscripts read, “He who was manifest in the flesh (referring to Jesus), justified in the spirit . . . . .” This is another case of the poorly translated Latin Vulgate displaying itself in the KJV. Most recent versions, even the Roman Catholic New Jerusalem Bible, do not support the spurious Vulgate wording.
Now let look at Hebrews 1:8-9 which Trinitarians use to prove that Jesus is God. The KJV says: “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. 9. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”
If you look closely you will see that there is conflicting concepts within these verses. Look at verse 9 where God is talking to his son. “Therefore God, even thy God. . .” If Jesus was God then God has a God. That just does not make sense. Bible translator, James Moffatt (1922) understood this since he translated verse 8 as, “God is thy throne forever and ever.” Now verse 8 & 9 makes sense and agree with nine other verses scattered throughout the New Testament: which say that Jesus will sit at the right hand of God the Father. Acts 7:55, Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3, 8:1, 10:12, 12:2, 1 Peter 3:22
John 1:1 The Prize Of All Trinitarians
“In the beginning
was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And the Word was God.” KJV
This is the wording that has come down to us via the Latin Vulgate and the King James Versions of the Bible, and it begs a close examination. One of the first is that the KJV contains conflicting wording.
The conflicting wording
is that verses 1. says that the word was with God. Then says he was God,
and then verse 2. repeats that he was
with God. Common
sense does not permit you to be with someone if you are that person.
John was not an ignorant man; nor, was he double-minded or devious,
or frivolous or
filled with guile. He would have never written such self-conflicting
words about such a vital subject. Isn’t it strange that all the verses
in the Bible used to support the Trinity have been discovered
to contain words that
were not in the original or have conflicting words and/or unwieldy sentence
construction? Here are other translations of the last line of verse 1.
= The Logos was divine. Moffett
= And the Word was face to face with God.
= What God was, the Word was. NEB
= And the Word is the essence of God. Holy New
= And the Word was like God. New Simplified Bible
= And the Word was powerful. 2001 Translation
= And the nature of the Word was the same as the
nature of God. Barclay
From these seven translations (and there are many more), it is obvious that not all Bible translators agree with the wording of the Vulgate and the KJV that makes Jesus God.
If John really believed
and wanted us to believe that Jesus was God, he could have and would have
said it again and again. He did not.
However, ten times
he wrote that Jesus was the son of God. John 1:18, 1:34, 3:18, 5:25,
11:4, 20:31, 1 John 3:8, 4:15, 5:5, 5:20. Why would John have
called Jesus “God” in
verse 1:1, and then repeatedly tell us that he was writing to make us
believe that Jesus was the son of God, not God, but the son of
God. It just does not
make any sense.
John 20:31 “But these are written , that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
1 John 2:21, 22 “I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?”
1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
It is unfathomable that John would have written that Jesus was God in John 1:1 and then never to write it again. John would have written such a startling revelation many times. Conclusion: The Latin Vulgate and KJ versions of the Bible do not contain accurate translations of John 1:1.
Actually, the word order of John 1:1 in the KJV does not follow the publicly known Greek manuscripts, which is:
“In the beginning
was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And God was the Word.”
Now starting with this correct word order and restoring the missing “in” into the last line we have a wonderful, crystal clear, non-conflicting, Bible agreeing, Spirit filling, beautiful opening by John.
“In the beginning
was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And God was in the Word.
The same was in the beginning with God.”
This wording is now in complete agreement with Jesus’ teachings, as four times, he said that the father was in him. John 10:38, John 14:10, John 14:11, John 17:21. Five times the apostle Paul said the same thing. Romans 8:39, 2 Corinthians 5:19, & 12:19, Galatians 3:17, Philippians 3:14. This wording also agrees with the scores of Bible verses previously discussed.
From the preceding chapters, we already know that over-zealous monks have changed Scripture many times to provide support for the trinity, removing a little “in” would be nothing to them. No manuscript has been announced that contains the missing ‘in”. If one should be found, or has been found by The Roman Catholic Church or a Trinitarian scholar, more than likely it will not be made public. They have too much to lose. Even now, many Trinitarian scholars refuse to accept the clearly needed corrections previously discussed.
However, remember that Jesus promised to show the truth to those who earnestly seek it; to those who ask for it.
But, you say, “All of my friends and all of the members and leaders of my church believe in the Trinity. So many could not be wrong, could they?” Couldn’t they? Then take your Bible and ask them to show you why they believe the Trinity. Of course they cannot show you any proof, except for the altered and mistranslated verses you have been studying.
Remember, those who earnestly seek and ask, have always been in the minority and traveled the narrow road. Please do not be misled by what the masses say and do. Ask the Holy Spirit show you the truth and be prepared to accept the truth and to let others see what you believe. Do not put your shining light under a basket.
Now that you know that the Trinity is a false doctrine, it is logical to ask, “Then just what is the Holy Spirit?” The following chapter will answer this question.
Chapter 6.--Whence The Holy Spirit
Many Christians believe that ‘The ‘beginning’ as described in Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 was the beginning of everything. But this is not what the Bible says. The beginning referred to in Genesis and John was the creation of the physical universe. However, much went on in heaven before that. For example, there was the rebellion of Lucifer and a third of the angels. But, more importantly, the Bible tells us that the Father’s first work was to begat His son.
“The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old: I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water.” (Proverbs 8:22-31)
This son was His spiritual son in heaven. The Bible also tells us that the Father anointed His son with His spirit (Proverbs 8:22-24 NIV, Young’s Translation, others). By receiving His Father’s spirit, the son possesses a mind-set just like his Father’s - loving what the Father loved and hating what the Father hated. Other scripture tells us that the Father gave of His spirit to His son without measure; that is, withholding nothing that he required (John 3:34).
This anointing is very important for three reasons.
1. It shows that God’s
spirit could be imparted to
2. It means that God’s son became The Anointed One, or The Messiah (Hebrew), or The Christ (Greek).
3. It means that the son, because he possessed his
Father’s spirit, he loved righteousness and hated
lawlessness (Heb. 1:9).
God placed His spirit into others as well. Isaiah 44:3, Isaiah 61:6, Joel 2:28, Judges 3:10, 6:34, 3:25, 1 Samuel 10:6 and 16:13, Matthew 12:18, and many other verses. While God placed His spirit in his son ‘without measure,’ all other recipients were limited as demonstrated by their lives.
God’s Son of Flesh and Blood
In the fullness of time, God sent his only begotten son into the physical world (John 17:37). He is born in Bethlehem, to the Virgin Mary and given the name Yesuah or Jesus (Matthew 1:23). At the beginning of his earthly ministry, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist and, the Father again anoints His son (now in the form of man) with His spirit (Matthew 3:16, John 3:34).
Throughout his earthly life, Jesus suffers human hardships (such as hunger, thirst, cold, grief, rejection) and is sorely tempted by Satan in the wilderness (Luke 4:1). In spite of all this physical and mental anguish, he remains completely obedient to his Father (Philippians 2:8). Jesus only does what his Father shows him, and speaks what his Father tells him (John 3:32, John 8:28).
Responding to a warning that King Herod was set to kill him, Jesus declares,
“Go ye and tell that fox, behold, I cast out devils and do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected (or completed).” (Luke 13:32).
This statement is very important. It tells us that before his resurrection, Jesus was incomplete, that is, something else must be accomplished before he would be perfected, or completed as stated in many versions. We know this concept comes as a surprise to many Christians and demands more explanation. However, let’s leave it for now. Later, we will give you other verses which explain Jesus’ statement in Luke 13:32.
Beginning To See the Holy Spirit
The apostle John gives us information about the Holy Spirit of which few Christians are aware. Yet, it has been in our Bibles all the time – we just did not ‘see’ or understand it. Here it is. Jesus was speaking in the Temple during the Feast of Tabernacles when he cried.
“If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38). In the next verse John helps us understand the spiritual meaning of Jesus’ statement.
“But this spake he of the spirit, which they that believe on him should receive, for the Holy Ghost was not yet (given), because that Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:39).
Notice in your King James Bible the word ‘given’ is in Italics. This means that the word ‘given’ was not in Greek manuscripts, but was added years later by translators. Now read the verse again, but this time, omit the word ‘given’. The verse now reads like the original Greek, telling us that the Holy Spirit did not exist at the time Jesus was speaking. And, John tells us why – ‘because Jesus had not been glorified.’
Ah! Now Jesus’ statement in Luke 13:32 in the preceding paragraph begins to make sense. To be perfected or completed, Jesus needed to be glorified, and before his Father would glorify him, he needed to successfully complete his mission on earth.
We will discuss the how, when, and where of this completion and glorification later. But for now, we ask that you please do not discard this pamphlet as error because you have never heard this before, or that it is contrary to what you have been told. There are many verses in the Bible that confirm what you are now reading, and we will give them to you. Please note we are only presenting what is in the Bible, not any man-made doctrine, not any double talk, not any hocus-pocus, not any mystery, but only quoting verses from the Bible. Please ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the truth!
Next, let’s closely examine a promise that Jesus made to his disciples at the Last Supper.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever. even, (or that is) the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him, but ye know him for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14: 16-18).
Here, Jesus is promising his disciples that the Father would send (note the use of future tense) them another comforter (the spirit of truth). He tells them that they already know the spirit of truth (they knew Jesus), that the spirit of truth already dwells with them (Jesus was dwelling with them), and later this spirit would be in them. (the Holy Spirit would be in them). Then Jesus adds that he would come to them. Of course this coming would be in spiritual form. Later we shall read the Biblical account of this spirit coming to the disciples.
Perhaps you already know that Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). If Jesus is the truth, then the spirit of Jesus is the spirit of truth. This same concept - that Jesus will come and be in his disciples, is expressed in Revelation. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20). Perhaps now you see that Jesus fulfils all of the requirements of John 14 to be the comforter and the spirit of truth.
Just before his ascension, Jesus reminds his disciples that his Father would send them power from on high.
“And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:48-49).
Acts 2:1-4 records the first receiving of the Holy Spirit as promised by Jesus.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Jesus had returned as the Holy Spirit, ready to respond to those who seek, knock and ask.
Garden of Gethsemane
After the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples journey to the nearby Garden of Gethsemane. In the Garden, the sins of the world are placed in the mind of Jesus. This causes him such anguish that he sweats blood and would have physically died had not his Father sent an angel to strengthen him (Luke 22:43-45). Jesus never sinned, but he bore our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Thus, he became spiritually Dead. For the first time in his life a veil separates Jesus from his Father. That is what sin does; it separates us from God.
The son must now rely
completely on faith that his Father will save him out of Death. This is what
is called The Faith of Jesus. It
is the faith of Jesus
that saves those who believe in Jesus. While this concept is extremely
important and needs to be understood, it cannot be covered here.
It is covered in the
author’s booklet Seeking Jesus of the Bible, which you are encouraged
to read. Jesus himself confirms the spiritual separation between him and his
father when he cried from the cross, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken
me?” (Matthew 27:46). This was the same spiritual Death that came upon
Adam and Eve after they sinned and God removed His presence. Since the
fall of Adam, every man remains spiritually separated from God until
he is born
again, this time of the spirit (John 3:3-8).
In the hours following his arrest, Jesus is spit-on, slapped, mocked, beaten, and crowned with thorns. He is scourged, so heavily that he is barely recognizable. Finally at Calvary he is crucified and physically dies. Jesus’ physical death symbolizes the destruction of sinful flesh (Romans 6:6). His body is prepared for burial and laid in a sealed tomb.
After three days and three nights, God raises His son out of Death into everlasting life (Matthew 12:40, Galatians 1:1). From his spiritual Death Thursday evening in the Garden of Gethsemane until early Sunday morning are three days and three nights just as Jesus foretold. Early Sunday morning, Jesus instructs Mary Magdalene not to touch him, as he has not ascended to his Father, that is, he is not glorified (John 20:17). Later that same evening he freely shows himself to his disciples (John 20:20).
Although the Bible does not provide details, it is reasonable to conclude that he permitted his disciples to touch him that evening because he had received word by an angel that his Father accepted his atonement, and that the salvation of mankind was assured. Jesus would now be glorified.
The main difference between Jesus before and after his glorification has to do with his life on earth. After glorification he possesses the spirit which his father had given him; plus, he has the experience of successfully rejecting the world’s temptations; he has accepted and suffered spiritual Death; and he has accepted and suffered physical death. Jesus can now empathize with man in a way that the Father, who had never known temptation nor Death, could not.
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15).
Let’s go back to resurrection day. The Father’s spirit, combined with Jesus’ earthly accomplishments, now becomes the spirit, which the New Testament calls The Holy Spirit, or the spirit of truth, or the comforter. Proof positive that this is true is confirmed by Jesus himself, when late resurrection evening, Jesus breathes on his disciples, and says, “Receive ye the Holy Spirit.” This is the first giving of the Holy Spirit to man. Previously man was given the spirit of God. and, this giving was with measure (was limited). Jesus was giving the disciples only the ability to receive instructions from the Holy Spirit. The actual reception of the Holy Spirit’s power would come later.
“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.” (Acts 1:1 2, NIV Version).
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit . . . But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” (Acts 1:4, 5, 8 NIV)
“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you, but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49).
For forty days after his resurrection, Jesus appears many times to the apostles and other believers.
“Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”
“And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” (Acts 1:2-4).
“Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.” Mark 16: 14-15, also Luke 24:13-32, Luke 24:36-49.
At the end of forty days, Jesus blesses his disciples and gives them instructions to baptize and make disciples of all men. In their presence he is taken up into heaven.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:15-16).
“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” (Acts 1:9).
Jesus Receives the Promise
Between Ascension Day (the 40th day after resurrection) and Pentecost (the 50th day) Jesus is in heaven as our High Priest. He performs the office of the High Priest by entering into The Most Holy Place and offering his blood once and for all as atonement for all sin.
“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heaven.” (Hebrews 8:1).
“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Hebrews 9:11-12).
Jesus now receives the promise made to him by his Father and at the appointed
time will send this promise to his disciples who are obediently waiting in
Jerusalem. It is the promise of the Holy Spirit with power.
“And, being assembled together with them commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, ye have heard of me.” (Acts 1:4).
“Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” ( Acts 2:33).
The Apostles Receive The Holy Spirit
After Jesus’ ascension, the Apostles remained in Jerusalem as they had been instructed. Day by day, they rejoice together; they ate together; and they prayed together (Acts 1:12-14). They elected Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot, the betrayer, who had hung himself (Acts 1:26). Then, on the tenth day after Jesus ascended, or fifty days after Passover, something remarkable happened
Seven weeks plus one day (fifty days) after Passover is a Jewish feast day to commemorate the completion of the grain harvest. It is celebrated in Jerusalem by animal sacrifices and by waving before the Lord leavened bread made from new grain. The loaves are considered the first fruits unto the Lord. (Leviticus 23). The Greek word for ‘fiftieth day’ is Pentecost. Pentecost is how Christians now identify the day of this remarkable event recorded in Acts.
It was nine o’clock in the morning and all the disciples were together in a room with other believers. Suddenly, they heard a mighty breath and saw flaming tongues settling on each of them. Many disciples began to speak things of God which foreigners from more than fifteen different provinces could understand in their own native tongue. This was the physical manifestation of the Holy Spirit coming with power.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind (or breath, see John 20:22), and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
“And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans?”
“And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.” (Acts 2:1-11).
Unbelievers who heard the commotion accused the disciples of being drunk (remember Jesus had said that the world would not be able to receive nor to see the Holy Spirit), but Peter stood and rebuked them. He cited the miracles done by the Son of God. He cited his teachings and the Jew’s rejection. He reminded them that the prophet Joel prophesied of such an outpouring.
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And, also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” (Joel 2:28-29).
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil (Joel 2:23-24)
Many translations concede that this portion of Joel has been poorly translated by offering alternate readings in the margin or as footnotes. For example the “former rain” is better-translated “The Teacher of Righteousness.” This fact, together with the knowledge that God’s word is frequently represented by water in its many forms, enables Bible students with spiritual understanding to read these verses as:
“Be glad then, ye spiritual seed of Abraham (believers), rejoice in Jehovah, your God, for He hath given you Yeshua (Jesus, the Christ, the teacher of righteousness), and He (God) will cause to come down for you the rain (the word of God). First, the former rain, (the teacher of righteousness), then the latter rain (the Holy Spirit), for the first time. And the floor shall be full of wheat (the harvest of repentant believers will be large) and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil (sound doctrine and the Holy Spirit shall abound)” (Joel 2:23-24, paraphrased).
In addition to speaking in tongues, the book of Acts records many other ways that the power of the Holy Spirit was manifested in these days. Peter healed the sick, and made the lame to walk. He possessed the courage to defy Jewish authority and when jailed, escaped by a miracle. The Holy Spirit gave Stephen great faith, the courage to address his adversaries, and the love to forgive those who killed him. (Acts 3-8)
You and I were moved to accept God’s gift of eternal life by a direct act of the Holy Spirit upon our hearts. Christians everywhere are moved to emulate the life of Christ by a direct act of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ, the good shepherd, speaks to his sheep through his spirit, the Holy Spirit. Glory to God the Father, and to His obedient son who sends his spirit into our hearts.
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Galatians 4:6).
See a graphical presentation
of the relationship between God’s Spirit
and of the Holy Spirit in Attachment 1
As the first of His works, God births His son and gives him of His spirit without measure. In the fullness of time God sends His son into the world as flesh and blood to destroy the works of the devil and to become the ransom for sinful man.
The son overcomes the world by living a sinless life in complete obedience to his father. He willingly suffers spiritual Death at Gethsemane and physical death at Calvary.
The son is raised out of Death by his father. He is glorified for his victory over Satan, and receives the gift of the Holy Spirit as promised by the Father.
The son, who can now empathize with the trials and temptations of all men, adds his earthly experience to his father’s spirit.
The Father sends His spirit through His son to the disciples waiting in Jerusalem. In the New Testament, this spirit is called the Holy Spirit, or the comforter, the spirit of Jesus, or the spirit of truth.
6. Read the book of Revelation completely looking for evidence of the Holy Spirit as a being in heaven or in New Jerusalem. The Father is mentioned; the son is mentioned but the Holy Spirit is not mentioned. Why? Because the Holy Spirit is the spirit of the Father sent through the perfected Lord Jesus Christ and not a separate being as stated by the Trinity.
It is one thing to say what the Holy Spirit is not: it is another to say what the Holy Spirit is. In the following portion we shall attempt to explain that the Holy Spirit is not the third member of the so-called Godhead, but is the spirit of the Lord God Almighty working through His glorified and completed son. The prophet Isaiah wrote of this very thing hundreds of years before Christ. Notice how it is prophesied that God’s spirit would influenced His son’s mind.
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear (reverence) of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.” (Isaiah 11:1-4).
Now, let’s take a quick look at language. All of the world’s languages are impure. That is, they do not always permit the reader to understand clearly what was in the writer’s mind. Fortunately God has promised that one day He will return to us a pure language.
“For then will I turn to the people a pure language that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.” (Zephaniah 3:9).
But until that day, we must struggle with what we have. For an example let’s look at the word ‘church’. In English, the word ‘church’ may mean: a building (Our church is made of stone.), a worship service (Did you stay for church today?), or a denomination (To what church do you belong?). Most of the time we understand which meaning to apply, but not always, especially since the New Testament word ‘church’ really is none of the above definitions, but is the body of true believers. See how confusion can arise so easily?
Like the English word ‘church,’ the Greek word ‘pneuma’,
in the New Testament has a variety of meanings. It is used to convey the idea
of a movement of air, the wind, the breath, an unseen source of power and influence
of ones emotions and desires, God’s power over world affairs and over
the church. This Greek word pneuma has been translated into English as
wind, breathe, power, spirit, Holy Spirit, spirit of God, spirit of the
spirit, spirit of truth, and spirit of Christ.
So, which English word or phrase best conveys the concept the writer intended when he wrote the word pneuma? If we believe the apostle John, the Holy Spirit did not exist until after Jesus had been glorified. However, many times the KJV records acts by the Holy Spirit before his glorification.
How could this be? Could it be that over zealous Roman Catholic scribes took it upon themselves to ‘improve scripture’ by translating ‘pneuma’ in pre-ascension portions of the New Testament as ‘Holy Spirit rather than ‘God’s spirit’? Yes it could. This is another example of how a corrupt clergy has misled an untutored laity. It will continue this way until each believer takes his Bible in hand seeking the truth for himself, until each believer sups with the Lord Jesus. It is no wonder the visible church fought so hard to keep Scripture from the laity.
Now that you have been shown the truth, what are you going to do? Will you begin supping with the Lord Jesus by studying the Bible for yourself, or will you continue following the way of deceitful Nicolaitans which Jesus said he hated? May God lead you to sup with his son. Jesus promised living bread to all who are hungry and springs of water to all who are thirsty. Come eat and be filled; drink and never be thirsty.
Amen v v v God
As the first of his works God
begets His only begotten Son.
The Father anoints His son
with His spirit, and instructs
the angels to worship him.
Proverbs 8:23 Hebrews 1:9
The Son of God, The Anointed One (The Messiah)
The son agrees to take a
human form and become the
ransom for sinful man.
The spiritual son of God leads
Israel out of Egypt.
1 Corinthians 10:4
Jesus is born of a Virgin in
Bethlehem. Matthew 1:23
The Father anoints his earthly
son with His spirit.
Matthew 3:16, John 3:34
Jesus, The Lamb of God
Jesus is tempted by Satan, but
remains obedient to his Father.
Jesus only speaks what
his Father tells him.
John 3:32, & 8:28
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The Father h
After forty days, Jesus ascends to his Father,
to receive the promise of the Holy Spirit.
John 16:16, Acts 2:33
For forty days, Jesus appears in bodily form to
many disciples. The saints who were raised
with Jesus are also seen by many disciples.
Acts 1:3, Mark 16:12-20. Matt. 27:50-53
Jesus, now perfected, breathes on the Apostles enabling them to receive instructions
from the Holy Spirit. John 20:22, Acts 1:1
Jesus, The Resurrected Lord
After 3 days and 3 nights, God raises His
son out of death into everlasting life.
Matthew 12:40, Galatians 1:1
Jesus, The Crucified
Jesus offers his life as ransom for all
sinners and is crucified at Calvary.
Jesus promises to return to his disciples
in spiritual form. John 14:15-22, Rev. 3:20- 21
John tells us that the Holy Spirit did not
exist before the resurrection because Jesus
had not been Glorified. John 7:39
Jesus declares that he will cast out devils and do cures, and after 3 days he will be perfected
(completed). Luke 13:32, Hebrews 5:7-9
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_ __In Heaven ____
Jesus now glorified by his Father becomes
our High Priest and offers his blood
once-and-for-all for the sins of mankind.
Hebrews 4:15, 8:1, 9:11-12
Jesus, now “perfected” and glorified
by successfully enduring every human
temptation and suffering, and having
received from his Father the promised
Holy Spirit, is now sent by his Father
to lead man into salvation as The
Holy Spirit, fulfilling his promise to
come to his disciples.
John 14:16-22, Galatians 4:6
Jesus Christ, Our Comforter, Our Interceder, The Spirit of Truth,
The Holy Spirit
At Pentecost, many disciples receive power
from the spirit of the glorified Son of God,
now made known as the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:8, Acts 2:22, Corinthians 3:17
The Holy Spirit is shed abroad unto
all the earth.
Joel 2:28, 29 & 2:23, Acts 2:33