The Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan is the Pastor of the well known St Patricks Cathedral in New York City. Cardinal Dolan recently spoke about the Catholic Council of Trent (1545-1563) on his radio podcast, and he described that Council as a response to the “challenges of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation” and also as “an amazingly effective Council.” You can listen to an excerpt from Cardinal Dolan’s Podcast HERE. Many people do not realize that everything that went on at the Council of Trent, including ALL of those curses were upheld by the Council of Vatican II. I find stuff like this totally incredible and amazing because so many Christians have been bamboozled into joining in unity with the Roman Catholic church! First of all it is an absolute insult to the countless multitudes of true Christians, who were brutally tortured, and killed, at the hands of the Roman Catholic system. Why? Because those multitudes who were martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ, died fighting against the very same false teachings which the church of Rome preaches in our time! Rome has not changed her doctrines at all. In fact she has added even more false doctrines since the time of the reformation. The Official doctrines regarding the Immaculate Conception (1854) and the Assumption of Mary into Heaven (1950) are relatively newcomers.
As I said in the title of this article there are over 100 anathemas (curses) against people who would not agree with their teachings, which the scriptures prove to be counterfeit. There are plenty of curses to go around from that Council of Trent, including curses against those who do not believe in the transubstantiation of the Catholic Eucharist, the seven sacraments, the infallibility of the Pope and tons of others. I am under all of those curses, because I know that the Roman Catholic system is NOT the Christian church that you find in the scriptures. The Roman Catholic Jesus is NOT the Jesus Christ of the scriptures at all. I am a former Roman Catholic, who was truly born again in 1989, many years after I was baptized by a Roman Catholic priest as an infant. Rome teaches that an infant is born again at that time, but the scriptures teach us otherwise.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye MUST be BORN AGAIN.” John 3:6-7
“Not by works of righteousness which WE have done, but according to HIS mercy he SAVED us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Titus 3:5
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a NEW creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become NEW. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
After a person has been truly born again of the Spirit, they have become a NEW CREATION in Jesus Christ. The OLD things have passed away, and ALL things have become NEW! The believer in Jesus Christ has already been RECONCILED back to God, so there is no need for a Catholic Mass to justify the sinner anymore! Here is one of those anathemas (curses), from the Roman Catholic Council of Trent regarding temporal punishment, and the counterfeit teaching of Purgatory:
Canon XXX. If any one shall say, that, after the grace of justification received, unto every penitent sinner the guilt is so remitted, and the penalty of eternal punishment so blotted out, that there remains not any penalty of temporal punishment, to be discharged either in this world, or in the next in PURGATORY, before the entrance to the kingdom of heaven can be laid open; let him be anathema (accursed).
The counterfeit teaching on temporal punishment, and Purgatory are not to be found in the scriptures at all. You will NEVER find the Lord Jesus Christ, or his disciples, talking about temporal punishment, and you will NEVER find them or his disciple talking about purgatory. What you will find in the scriptures is the Lord Jesus Christ talking about SALVATION and DAMNATION, with no strings attached. When Jesus Christ walked this earth he did not pull any punches, and he did not play religious games as is so common in the “religious church world” of our day. Jesus knew that Satan absolutely LOVED religion, but he hated the truth of the gospel when it was preached in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not play religious games with the religious Jews who rejected him either. Here is an actual quote from the Lord Jesus Christ as he disputed with the Jews who did not receive him.
“Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:42-44
Would that passage of scripture be allowed to be read at any of these “unity meetings” that are taking place in our day? How about the following quote from Jesus Christ spoken AFTER he rose from the dead, after being slain on the cross?
“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
Can you show me the Roman Catholic Mass anywhere in that passage of scripture? Can you show me the teaching of Purgatory in that passage of scripture? Can you show me the need for a Roman Catholic priest to forgive my sins in that scripture? Can you show me the need for the Catholic Pope and a Magisterium (Catholic teaching office) in that scripture? Can you show me the need to go through “Mother Mary” to get to Jesus Christ in that scripture? No you will not find any of that stuff there, because they are nothing but the man-made traditions, and inventions of the Roman Catholic church! Jesus Christ simply told his followers to preach the gospel, and to preach it all over the world. Jesus Christ made it clear that it was either SALVATION or DAMNATION! Jesus Christ preached about Heaven and Hell, and everyone reading this article today is absolutely guaranteed to spend eternity in one of those eternal places! The teaching of Purgatory is nothing but a spiritual, and religious fraud, which cannot be found inside the scriptures. The teaching of purgatory is diametrically OPPOSED to the FINISHED work of Jesus Christ on the cross, which RECONCILES every repentant sinner back to God! (Romans 5:6-10) Millions of precious Roman Catholic people in our day, are still having Catholic Masses said by Catholic Priests. They make a donation in the hope that their relatives will escape the purging fires of Purgatory, and make it into Heaven sooner! The Jewish apostle Paul who was formerly opposed to Jesus Christ said this:
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:1-4
The Jewish apostle Paul encouraged the believers in Christ to simply preach the word, and the sinner has the opportunity to get saved.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
I can honestly say that it was the word of God (the scriptures) that opened my spiritual eyes to the truth of the gospel. There was no more room for the Roman Catholic Mass, and their sacramental salvation, once I came to understand scriptures like those listed below. There was no more room for purgatory. For the first time in my life, I realized that I was LOVED by Almighty God, and that his BLOOD justified me, and SAVED me from the WRATH of God. As a former Roman Catholic I lived in bondage and torment, and I always wondered if I would even make purgatory, never mind Heaven. The apostle Paul also spoke about the beautiful precious blood of Jesus Christ, which JUSTIFIED the believer through FAITH in Jesus Christ.
“Therefore being JUSTIFIED BY FAITH, we have PEACE with God through our LORD JESUS CHRIST:” Romans 5:1
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time CHRIST died for the UNGODLY. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now JUSTIFIED by HIS BLOOD, we shall be SAVED from WRATH through HIM. For if, when we were enemies, we were RECONCILED to God by the DEATH of his Son, much more, being RECONCILED, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:6-10
If Paul told us that Christ died for the UNGODLY, and those same UNGODLY sinners were JUSTIFIED and RECONCILED back to God, through his DEATH, then where does the Roman Catholic Mass come in? I do not need the Roman Catholic priesthood, and their Mass which they claim satisfies the justice of God for sins committed against him. Why? Because the scriptures tell me that Christ took care of that on the cross! I do not have to go through “Mother Mary” either because she has absolutely NOTHING to do with the salvation of my soul, according to the scriptures! I do not have to come running home to the Holy Mother Catholic Church to receive the seven sacraments to get right with God either! I say Hallelujah, and Glory to the Lamb of God!
Well Known People Who Bent Their Knee Toward the Vatican
I have spoken many times in the past about the incredible and gross compromise of Billy Graham with the Roman Catholic church. I do that because Billy Graham makes no bones about working with the Roman Catholic system, and as a former Roman Catholic it is my responsibility to speak out. Here is an excerpt from a “Christianity Today” article regarding Billy Graham.
In 1964, Richard Cardinal Cushing, the renowned archbishop of Boston, shook up the Catholic Church by praising Billy Graham. Encouraging Catholics to hear the evangelist, Cushing remarked that he would stop worrying about the Catholic Church’s future in America if they had half a dozen men like Graham. [We Are Brothers’ John Paul II’s legacy of orthodoxy bodes well for Evangelical engagement. A Christianity Today Editorial/ MAY 24, 2005]
Cardinal Cushing spoke those words over fifty years ago. The scripture that comes to mind, is something that the Lord Jesus Christ spoke a long time ago.
“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Luke 6:26
I can definitely understand why Roman Catholic Cardinal Cushing said that he would STOP WORRYING about the future of his church, if they had a half a dozen men like Billy Graham. I honestly believe that Cardinal Cushing certainly knew that famous evangelical preachers such as Billy Graham, who sided with Rome, could be a tremendous boost to the church of Rome. We can see in our own day that Cardinal Cushing had his wish granted many times over. The book “Billy Graham and Me” is part of a series of books from the “Chicken Soup For The Soul” series, and “101 people — including all five living U.S. presidents — … offer their personal memories of the Charlotte-born evangelist” One of the prominent people who offered their own personal memories, was Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan. He recounted the time when he was working in handling requests from people who sought to have “an audience” with Pope John Paul II.
The Catholic Cardinal and archbishop of New York, on the time Graham requested a meeting in Rome with Pope John Paul II — and got the kind of rapid response reserved for presidents: “Within two hours the wire came back from the Holy Father’s private priest secretary: ‘The Holy Father would be delighted to meet with Reverend Graham. What day would be most convenient?’ We could hardly believe it! We checked for a misprint. We had never seen this before!”By Tim Funk, The Charlotte Observer on Published in Senior Living Features]
Roman Catholic Cardinal Dolan said he could hardly believe it that the Pope would meet with Billy Graham, and that they had never seen this before. I can honestly say that I am not the least bit surprised that Billy Graham was allowed an audience with the Catholic Pope because it definitely works to benefit the counterfeit unity with Rome. Remember that the Roman Catholic Cardinal Cushing sang the praises of Billy Graham many years earlier, so Pope John Paul II was not about to pass up such an opportunity. Here is an excerpt from a Christianity Today article.
Billy Graham had never met a pope until John Paul II invited him to Rome in 1981. Ushered into the papal apartments by the Vatican’s famous Swiss Guard, Graham marveled at the pomp. He and the pope chatted like long-lost friends for half an hour, swapping photos, gifts, and travel stories. Before Graham left, John Paul II reached over, clutched Graham’s thumb, and told him, “We are brothers.” [We Are Brothers’ John Paul II’s legacy of orthodoxy bodes well for evangelical engagement. A Christianity Today Editorial/ MAY 24, 2005
Keep those words in mind, and call to memory that this is the same Pope John Paul II who once referred to the Pentecostal Christians in Brazil, as “rapacious wolves” because they were “devouring Latin American Catholics.” [FULL ARTICLE HERE] The Pentecostal Christians in Brazil were simply preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost souls in the Roman Catholic church, and many of those Pentecostal Christians were formerly caught in the DEMONIC bondage of the Roman Catholic church. Here is an excerpt from that article.
There appears to be a change in tone in the run-up to the Aparecida meeting with respect to the church’s approach to the challenge of the “sects.” In his opening address to the fourth general conference of Latin American bishops, which was held in the Dominican Republic in 1992, the normally ecumenical Pope John Paul II condemned pentecostal and other sects as “rapacious wolves” who are devouring Latin American Catholics and “causing division and discord in our communities.” [Pope to Visit ’Pentecostalized’ Brazil, April 19, 2007, Updated: May 9, 2007, by Luis Lugo, Director, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life]
I can also understand why Billy Graham removed the warnings about Rome from his own Evangelistic Crusade Edition of Halley’s Bible Handbook. I do not think the Roman Catholic church would have been very happy with that, considering the fact that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association works with the church of Rome at his crusades. Franklin Graham recently had a Roman Catholic priest onstage at a crusade in Pittsburgh, PA. Here is an excerpt from one of my earlier posts about Halley’s Bible Handbook:
Dr Henry Halley was a man who had a strong conviction that everyone ought to read the Bible. He is best known as being the author of the “Halley’s Bible Handbook” which has sold over 5 million copies over the years. Halley’s Bible handbook started out as a 16 page booklet and it ultimately grew into a 864 page almanac of Biblical information. Near the back of that book there is a small section (pages 757-804) on Church History, which contains the true history of the gross wickedness of the Popes and the Papal persecutions. It also contains the history of those who rebelled against Rome, and sought to reform it. Here are some excerpts from Dr Halley’s book:
“The Papacy’s methods: It brought itself to power through the prestige of Rome, and the name of Christ, and by shrewd political alliances, and by deception, and by armed force; and by Armed Force and Bloodshed has maintained itself in power.”
“The story of the Papacy has been written as a background to the Reformation, in the belief that we ought to be familiar with the wherefore of the Protestant movement and the Historical foundations of our Protestant Faith. Some of the things told herein seem Unbelievable. It seems inconceivable that men could take the religion of Christ and develop it into an Unscrupulous Political Machine on which to ride to World Power. However, all the statements made herein may be verified by reference to any of the completer Church Histories.” [Halley’s Bible Handbook, 24th Edition, Zondervan Publishers, pages 783-784]
In her well documented book entitled “Billy Graham And His Friends” Dr Cathy Burns wrote the following concerning the well known Evangelist, Billy Graham:
“Not only does Graham not attack the falseness in the Catholic Church, but he even protects the wrong. For instance . . . around 1961, Billy Graham bought the rights to Halley’s Pocket Bible Handbook. The original Halley’s up until the 22nd Edition (1959), warned about the Jesuits. There are chapters about the Roman Papacy, and the Jesuits. According to Mrs Halley, Mr Halley spent years working on those chapters and never would have permitted the book to be changed. However when he died, Billy Graham bought the rights, and REMOVED all the research and warning about the Jesuits in the editions Billy Graham printed.” [Billy Graham and His Friends, 2001, by Cathy Burns published by Sharing]
I went online to see if I could get a hold of a copy of the Billy Graham Edition, which Cathy Burns had mentioned in her book. I found the book online (Billy Graham Crusade Edition 1962) and purchased it at a bargain price, just to see if what she wrote about was true. I already owned a hard cover copy of Halley’s Handbook which contains the information about Rome, and I compared that book with the Billy Graham edition and sure enough, that WHOLE SECTION on Church History was missing! All of the information on the Papal persecutions and the history of the Popes was nowhere to be found. It was as if those pages never existed in that handbook!
The True Gospel vs The Roman Catholic Gospel
The bottom line is this. Jesus Christ told his followers to preach the gospel throughout the world, and when the gospel is preached without compromise, there is bound to be trouble. There has always been a Biblical curse upon the gospel of the Roman Catholic church, and that can never change.
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:8-10
It is through the preaching of the gospel that God chose to save lost and ungodly sinners like me and you, and that can never change either!
“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” 1Corinthians 1:17-21