Forty-eight Steps

Down the Path of Rome's Blasphemies


Why the Catholic religion is not Christian! A mass of tradition and anti-Bible teachings

1. Prayers for the dead - Began about A.D. 300

2. Making the sign of the cross - A.D. 300

3. Wax candles - A.D. 320

4. Veneration of angels and dead saints - A.D. 375

5. The use of images - A.D. 375

6. The Mass as a daily celebration - A.D. 394

7. Beginning of the exaltation of Mary: the term "Mother of God" First aplied to her by the Council of Ephesus - A.D. 431

8. Priests begin to dress differently from laymen - A.D. 500

9. Extreme Unction (anointing) - A.D. 526

10. The doctrine of Purgatory is established by Gregory I - A.D. 593

11. Latin language in prayer, etc, is established by Gregory I - A.D. 600

12. Prayers direct to Mary, dead saints and the angels - A.D. 600

13. Title of Pope (bishop of the universe) given to Boniface III by Emperor Phocas - A.D. 607

14. Kissing the pope's foot, begins with pope Constantine - A.D. 709

15. Temporal power of popes conferred by Pepin, king of the Franks - A.D. 750

16. Worship of the cross, images, and relics is now official - A.D. 786

17. Holy water (mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by a priest) comes into use - A.D. 850

18. Worship of St. Joseph - A.D. 890

19. The College of Cardinals established - A.D. 927

20. Baptism of bells is instituted by Pope John XIII - A.D. 965

21. The canonization of dead saints is first done by pope John XV - A.D. 995

22. Fasting on Fridays and during "Lent" begins - A.D. 998

23. The Mass has gradually developed into a "sacrifice" & attendance is now made obligatory - A.D. 1050

24. The Celibacy of the priesthood is required by Pope Gregory II (Hildebrand) - A.D. 1079

25. The Rosary, invented by Peter the Hermit, a mechanical praying with beads - A.D. 1090

26. The horrible Inquisition made official by the Council of Verona- A.D. 1184

27. The sale of Indulgences begins - A.D. 1190

28. The error of Transubstantiation is proclaimed by Pope Innocent III as the power of the priests to bring down God out of heaven into a cup and wafer - A.D. 1215

29. Auricular Confession (verbal) of sins to a priest, instead of to God, is instituted by Pope Innocent III in the Lateran Council - A.D. 1215

30. The Adoration of the wafer (Host) is decreed by Pope Honorius III - A.D. 1220

31. Laymen are officially forbidden to have or to read the Bible - It is placed on the "Index of Forbidden Books" by the Council of Valencia - A.D. 1229

32. Protection by a piece of cloth, the Scapular is invented by Simon Stock a British monk - A.D. 1251

33. Laymen are forbidden to drink the cup at Communion, by the order of the Council of Constance - A.D. 1414

34. Purgatory is proclaimed as a dogma by the Council of Florence - A.D. 1439

35. The doctrine of Seven Sacrament is affirmed on pain of mortal sin - A.D. 1439

36. The first part of the "Ave Maria" saying is made official - A.D. 1508

37. The Jesuit Order is founded by Ignatius Loyola - A.D. 1534

38. The Apocryphal books are added to the Bible - A.D. 1546

39. TRADITION (sayings of popes and councils) is declared to be equal with the Bible by the Council of Trent - A.D. 1549

40. The Creed of Pope Pius IV is imposed as the official creed of the church - A.D. 1560

41. The last part of the "Ave Maria" has been prepared, and is required of the faithful by Pope Sextus V - A.D. 1593

42. The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary is proclaimed by Pope Pius IX - A.D. 1854

43. The "Syllabus of Errors" is proclaimed by Pope Pius X, and ratified by the First Vatican Council, as the truth of God. (It condemns freedom of religion, speech, press, and all scientific discoveries that have not been approved by the church - A.D. 1864

44. The temporal authority of the pope over all rulers is officially reaffirmed - A.D. 1864

45. The absolute infallibility of the pope in all matters of faith and morals is proclaimed by Vatican I - A.D. 1870

46. Public schools are condemned by Pope Pius XI - A.D. 1930

47. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary (bodily ascension into heaven shortly after her death) is proclaimed - A.D. 1950

48. Mary is proclaimed to be the Mother of God, by Pope Paul VI - A.D. 1965

From the Great Controversy, 1884 edition printed by Pilgrim's Books, Altamont, TN 37310 USA - between pages 37 & 38

Are any one of these from the Bible? Absolute tradition only, in every one of the 48!

"But he [Christ] answered and said unto them, Why do you also transgress the commandments of God, by your tradition?" Matthew 15:3


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