"Come Out Of Her My People"

"It makes sinning easy; and by the very instrumentality through which it professes to impose hindrances in the way of iniquity it makes the practice of iniquity more facile. I have no hesitation in affirming that the more carefully you investigate the practical working of the entire Romish system, the more irresistible will the conclusion appear that 'mystery of iniquity' is a title to which the Church of Rome has an undoubted claim."(Gill, John."Commentary on Revelation 18:4")

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And I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye may not partakers of her sins, that ye receive not of her plagues.
For her sins have reached into heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her according to her works: In the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

Book of Revelation 18:4-6



And I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye may not partakers of her sins, that ye receive not of her plagues.

Book of Revelation 18:4


The downfall and destruction of the Vatican City are determined and an angel comes from heaven to shed the light of the gospel through all nations. The wickedness of the Church"was very great; she had forsaken the true God, and set up idols, and had drawn all sorts of men into spiritual adultery, and by her wealth and luxury kept them in her interest. The spiritual merchandise, by which multitudes have wickedly lived in wealth, by the sins and follies of mankind, seems principally intended."1

"The harlot is not Rome alone (though she is pre-eminently so), but every Church that has not Christ's mind and spirit. False Christendom, divided into very many sects, is truly Babylon, that is, confusion. However, in all Christendom the true Jesus-congregation, the woman clothed with the sun, lives and is hidden. Corrupt, lifeless Christendom is the harlot, whose great aim is the pleasure of the flesh, and which is governed by the spirit of nature and the world."2 The believers of Jesus Christ, not the followers of His papal human adversary on Earth, are"called out of Babylon the harlot, as the culminating stage of the latter's sin, when judgment is about to fall: for apostate Christendom, Babylon, is not to be converted, but to be destroyed."3

Fair warning is given to all that expect mercy from God that they should leave this Church. Before the godly are delivered in the Last Judgment they must leave her in order"to avoid the contamination of sin and to shun the participation of those punishments that belong to it."This invitation is given to the faithful of God yet in captivity, lest by remaining they should prevent her destruction.

"and that ye receive not of her plagues;

or punishments; the seven last plagues, which belong to her, the vials of which will be poured out upon one or other of the antichristian states, and the fifth particularly will fall upon Rome, the seat of the beast, and is what is here referred to."3

But those who refuse and continue to partake with wicked men in their sins, must surely receive the same fate that is due to the City on Seven Hills.


For her sins have reached into heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

Book of Revelation 18:5


Her sins over the centuries have accumulated to an unbearable limit and God is about to punish the Whore for her wantonness:

"Now, in direct antagonism to this mystery of godliness, stands the mystery of iniquity. Such is Romanism. Mysterious in its origin, growth, development - mysteries in the influence it exerts, in this mode of working, in its power of accommodation to every variety of human circumstance, rank, or disposition. The whole is a mystery of iniquity. It defrauds its disciples of privileges to the free enjoyment wherefore every man is entitled; by feigned words it makes merchandise of men's souls. It usurps prerogatives which belong to God only, and wields them for the oppression of its victims.

It makes sinning easy; and by the very instrumentality through which it professes to impose hindrances in the way of iniquity it makes the practice of iniquity more facile. I have no hesitation in affirming that the more carefully you investigate the practical working of the entire Romish system, the more irresistible will the conclusion appear that"mystery of iniquity"is a title to which the Church of Rome has an undoubted claim."4


Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her according to her works: In the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

Book of Revelation 18:6


And I heard the voice saying,"Leave this City of Sin, My people, so that you may not be partners in sin, that you may not be diseased by her, for her sins have reached us in His Kingdom, and God knows all her corruption, debauchery, depravity, evil, sin, crimes, aggressions, atrocities, immorality, wickedness, and vice. Strip the harlot naked of her attire, of her gold, silver, and precious stones, and make her and her territories desolate. Destroy her even as she destroyed you, and double your efforts according to her evilness: This empire was built over the corpses of millions of tortured souls meeting the most horrific of deaths at the hands of the false papal prophets with ungodly power. Take vengeance for what she had done to them. So destroy her with doubled efforts."


"What is the whole papacy but a beautiful false front and a deceptively glittering holiness under which the wretched devil lies in hiding? The devil always desires to imitate God in this way. He cannot bear to observe God speaking. If he cannot prevent it or hinder God's Word by force, he opposes it with a semblance of piety, takes the very words God had spoken and so twist them as to peddle his lies and poison under their name."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)


"Since the papal church not only neglects the command of Christ but even compels the people to ignore it and to act against it, it is certain that it is not Christ's church but the synagogue of Satan which prescribes sin and prohibits righteousness. It clearly and indisputably follows that it must be the abomination of Antichrist and the furious harlot of the devil."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)


"The negotiation about doctrinal agreement displeases me altogether, for this is utterly impossible unless the pope has his papacy abolished. Therefore avoid and flee those who seek the middle of the road. Think of me after I am dead and such middle-of-the-road men arise, for nothing good will come of it. There can be no compromise."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)


"Let him who does not want to be lost and go to the devil be on his guard with all diligence and earnestness against the papacy and its doctrine, and let him never again accept even the most insignificant and smallest part of the papacy's teaching, no matter what it may cost him. Let him flee from the papacy and its following as from the devil incarnate himself, and let him by no means be silenced by the sweet, slippery words of hypocrites or be persuaded that yielding and conceding something for the sake of peace is a matter of little consequence and that the bond of love should not be disrupted for the sake of something trifling (as they represent and rationalize this to be). Come now, there is assuredly no joking in this matter; eternal salvation and eternal damnation are involved."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)


"Can anything more horrible be said than that the kingdom of the papists is the kingdom of those who spit at Christ, the Son of God, and crucify Him anew? For they do crucify Christ...in themselves, in the church...and in the hearts of the faithful...Therefore let everyone who is honestly given to piety flee out of this Babylon as quickly as possible.... For so great are its impurity and its abomination that no one can express them in words; they can be discerned only by eyes that are spiritual."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)


"My dear pope, I will kiss your feet and acknowledge you as supreme bishop if you will worship my Christ and grant that through His death and resurrection, not through keeping your traditions, we have forgiveness of sins and life eternal. If you will yield on this point, I shall not take away your crown and power; if not, I shall constantly cry out that you are the Antichrist, and I shall testify that your whole cult and religion are only a denial of God, but also the height of blasphemy against God and idolatry."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)


"Ah, my dear brother in Christ, bear with me if here or elsewhere I use such coarse language when speaking of the wretched, confronted, atrocious monster at Rome! He who knows my thoughts must say that I am much, much, much too lenient and have neither words nor thought adequately to describe the shameful, abominable blasphemy to which he subjects the Word and name of Christ, our dear Lord and Savior. There are some Christians, wicked Christians indeed, who now would gloss things over to make the pope appear against in a good light and who, after he does so and has been dragged out of the mud, would like to reinstate him on the altar. But they are wicked people, whoever they may be, who defend the pope and want me to be quiet about the means whereby he has done harm. Truly, I cannot do this. All true, pious Christians, who love Christ and His Word, should, as said, be sincerely hostile to the pope. They should persecute him and injure him.... All should do this in their several calling, to the best of their ability, with all faithfulness and diligence."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)


"The Mass is the greatest blasphemy of God, and the highest idolatry upon the earth, an abomination the like of which has never been in Christendom."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)


"The Kingdom of Christ is a kingdom of mercy, grace, and goodness. The kingdom of the Pope is a kingdom of lies and damnation!"

Martin Luther (1483-1546)


"What kind of a church is the pope's church? It is an uncertain, vacillating and tottering church. Indeed, it is a deceitful, lying church, doubting and unbelieving, without God's Word. For the pope with his wrong keys teaches his church to doubt and to be uncertain. If it is a vacillating church, then it is not the church of faith, for the latter is founded upon a rock, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it (Matt.16:18). If it is not the church of faith, then it is not the Christian church, but it must be an unchristian, anti-Christian, and faithless church which destroys and ruins the real, holy, Christian church."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
(Luther's Works, vol. 40, Church and Ministry II, The Keys, p.348)


"All this is to be noted carefully, so that we can treat with contempt the filthy, foolish twaddle that the popes present in their decrees about their Roman church, that is, about their devil's synagogue (Rev.2:9), which separates itself from common Christendom and the spiritual edifice built up on this stone, and instead invents for itself a fleshly worldly, worthless, lying, blasphemous, idolatrous authority over all of Christendom. One of these two things must be true: if the Roman church is not built on this rock along with the other churches, then it is the devil's church; but if it is built, along with all the other churches, on this roc, then it cannot be lord or head over the other churches. For Christ the cornerstone knows nothing of two unequal churches, but only of one church alone, just as the Children's Faith, that is, the faith of all of Christendom, says,"I believe in one holy, Christian church,"and does not say,"I believe in one holy Roman church."The Roman church is and should be one portion or member of the holy Christian church, not the head, which befits solely Christ the cornerstone. If not, it is not a Christian but an UN-Christian and anti-Christian church, that is, a papal school of scoundrels."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
(Luther's Works, Volume 41, Church and Ministry III, Against The Roman Papacy, An Institution Of The Devil, p.311)


"These arrogant and unlearned papists can't govern the church because they write nothing, they read nothing, but, firmly saddled in the pride of possession, they cry out that the decrees of the fathers are not to be questioned and decisions made are not to be disputed, otherwise one would have to dance to the tune of every little brother. For this reason the pope, possessed by demons, defends his tyranny with the canon"Si papa."This canon states clearly: if the pope should lead the whole world into the control of hell, he is nevertheless not to be contradicted. It's a terrible thing that on account of the authority of this man we must lose our souls, which Christ redeemed with his precious blood. Christ says,"I will not cast out anybody who comes to me"(John 6:37). On the other hand, the pope says,"As I will it, so I command it; you must perish rather than resist me."Therefore the pope, whom our princes adore, is full of devils. He must be exterminated by the Word and by prayer."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
(Luther's Works, vol.54, Table Talk, No.441, p.330)


"I believe the pope is the masked and incarnate devil because he is the Antichrist. As Christ is God incarnate, so the Antichrist is the devil incarnate. The words are really spoken of the pope when it's said that he's a mixed god, an earthly god, that is , a god of the earth. Here god is understood as god of this world. Why does he call himself an earthly god, as if the one, almighty God weren't also on the earth? The kingdom of the pope really signifies the terrible wrath of God, namely, the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
(Luther's Works, vol.54, Table Talks, No.4487, p.346)


"Popery...is the proper cognizance of antichrist."

John Flavel (1628-1691)


"Abhor popery, and be eminent in your zeal against it. Rome is that Amalek, with whom God will never make peace; neither should we...no peace with Rome. My dear countrymen, I beseech you, be not deceived with vain words; suffer not yourselves to be circumvented by a stratagem of the enemy; let not prejudices and discontents which they endeavor to beget and foment in you, against your real friends, cause any of you to fall in with the design and interest of your enemies: It is a dangerous thing to comply with that interest which God hath engaged himself against, and as sure as Christ sits at his Father's right-hand, shall be destroyed: And what cause have you to abhor popery, you will see, by that time I have shewed you, that it is a FALSE, BLOODY, BLASPHEMOUS, UNCOMFORTABLE, AND DAMNABLE RELIGION."

John Flavel (1628-1691)


"That which is the religion of antichrist, is a false religion; but the popish religion is the religion of antichrist."

John Flavel (1628-1691)


"O hate popery: for it is not only a bloody, but a blasphemous religion. If we be Christians indeed, the dishonor of God's name should affect us more than the shedding of the warmest blood in our veins; this scarlet whore is"full of the names of blasphemy,"Rev.17:3. Popery is a mere rhapsody of blasphemies. Lastly, it is a damnable religion; we have no ground from scripture to conclude the salvation of any among them that know the depth of Satan, and live and die in those destructive opinions. Hear what the scriptures say, Rev.17:8."The beast that thou sawest was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pet, and go into perdition; and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names are not written in the book of life, from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was , and is not, and yet is."And II Thess.2:21."And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusions that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned that believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."When their sorest plagues shall come upon them, they shall not have a heart given them to repent: but"shall blaspheme the name of God because of them,"(Rev.16:9). And therefore to shut up this first counsel, you that love the Lord, hate that by which he is so much dishonored; it will make your blood boil in your veins, to see how he is crucified, dethroned, and trampled on by these his enemies."

John Flavel (1628-1691)


"Thus, whilst the husbandmen slept, the envious man Satan slept not, but sew his tares. Thus popery grew up by degrees, till it overspread the church, whilst the watchmen that should have kept others awake, fell asleep themselves. And thus we answer the papists, when they quarrel with us about the beginning of their errors. They ask of us, when such and such an heresy began? We answer, that those that should have observed them, were asleep. Popery is a mystery that crept into the church by degrees, under glorious pretenses. (II:42)"

Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)


"They are idolaters, and worse in some sort than the heathen idolaters were. Only change the names of the popish saints which they in popery worship, and the names that the heathen worship, and they will all be one. Now, names be no realities. (II:378) But what should we speak of their church when they have the pope, who is their church virtually? For what is said of the one may be said of the other. When they come to the issue, the church is nothing but the pope. Whatsoever their church or councils say, he is the whole church. Many ways they are gross idolaters, especially the common people. In this they are worse than the heathens, because they have more light, and still the more light the more sin. For they have been foretold that the whore of Rome should be the mother of all fornications, the spiritual Babylon, Sodom, and Egypt in regard of idolatry, the mother of all these abominations, Rev.17:5."

Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)


"The devil is a liar and a murderer from the beginning, the father of lies. So likewise the pope is a liar; all popery is nothing but lies. Therefore, II Thess.2:11, it is said,"they are given over to believe lies."Popery is a grand lie. It is a lie in the primacy; for it came in by forgery and intrusion. It is a lie in purgatory, which is a mere conceit. It is a lie in their miracles, which they have devised to maintain their false worship with. It is a lie in their works of supererogation, that they can fulfill more than the Law requires. So that all popery, consider it distinctly from our religion, because they have that which we have, and some patches of their own, consider it by itself, it is a mere lie. (VII:520) So that howsoever the devil, who by St. Paul is called the god of this world, and the pope the subordinate vicar to the devil, and so by consequence he is the devil, for the devil, the dragon rules him. Howsoever, I say there be the devil, the god of this world, and the pope in this world, the vicar of that dragon; yet there is but one monarch, one that rules all, both devil and pope, and all the wicked limbs of both to his own ends. (VII:526) Romish antichrist.—for those two, the Turk and pope, are twins; they had their beginning at once, about seven hundred years after Christ,—what moved this, but only, when God had dealt graciously with them at the first, and gave them his truth to save their souls. (VII:529)"

Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)


"On supposition that the church of Rome is a church of Christ, it will appear to be the most schismatical church in the world. I say on supposition that it is a church, and that there is such a thing as a schismatical church (as perhaps a church may from its intestine differences be not unfitly so denominated), that is the state and condition thereof...Christ hath ordained no church that inwraps such interests as on the account whereof the members of it may murder one another. (13:114)"

John Owen (1616-1683)


"But what need I insist upon this supposition, when I am not more certain that there is any instituted church in the world, owned by Christ as such, than I am that the church of Rome is none, properly so called? Nor shall I be thought singular in this persuasion, if it be duly considered what this amounts unto. Some...men...grant that the Church of Rome doth not err in fundamentals, or maintained no errors remedilessly pernicious and destructive of salvation. How far they entangled themselves by this concession I argue not. The foundation of it lies in this clear truth, that no church whatever, universal or particular, can possibly err in fundamentals; for by so doing it would cease to be a church. My denying, then the synagogue of Rome to be a church, according to their principles, amounts to no more that this,—the Papists maintain, in their public confessions, fundamental errors; in which assertion it is known I am not alone. (13:115)"

John Owen (1616-1683)


"The truth is, the whole of it is but an imitation and exemplar of the old imperial government. One is set up in chief, and made in spirituals, as the emperors were in several things; from him all power flows to others...So that the present Roman church is nothing else but an image or similitude of the Roman empire, set up, in its declining, among and over the same persons in succession, by the craft of Satan, through principles of deceit, subtlety, and spiritual wickedness, as the other was by force and violence, for the same ends of power, dominion, flesliness, and persecution with the former. (13:116)"

John Owen (1616-1683)


"We deny their church, as it is styled, to be the catholic church, or as such any part of it, as particular churches are called or esteemed; so that, of all men in the world, they are least concerned in this assertion. Nay, I shall go farther. Suppose all the members of the Roman church to be sound in faith as to all necessary truths, and no way to prejudice the advantages and privileges which accrue to them by the profession thereof, whereby the several individuals of it would be true members of the catholic church, yet I should not only deny it to be the catholic church, but also—-abiding in its present order and constitution, being that which by themselves it is supposed to be,—to be any particular church of Christ at all, as wanting many things necessary to constitute them so, and having many things destructive utterly to the very essence and being of that order that Christ hath appointed in his churches. The best plea that I know for their church-state is, that Antichrist sits in the temple of God. Now, although we might justly omit the examination of this pretense until those who are concerned in it will professedly own it as their plea, yet...it imports no more but that the man of sin shall set up his power against God in the midst of them who, by their outward visible profession, have right to be called his temple, which entitles him and his copartners in apostasy to the name of the church as much as changing of money and selling of cattle were ordinances of God under the old temple, when, by some men's practicing of them in it, it was made a den of thieves. (13:154)"

John Owen (1616-1683)


"But do we not receive the Scripture itself upon the authority of the church? I say, if we did so, yet this concerns not Rome, which we account no church at all. That we have received the Scriptures from the church of Rome at first,—that is, so much as the book itself,—is an intolerable figment. (13:155)"

John Owen (1616-1683)


"It is most ridiculous that they are this catholic church, or that their communion is comprehensive of it in its latitude. He must be blind, uncharitable, a judge of what he cannot see or know, who can once entertain a thought of any such thing. (13:161)"

John Owen (1616-1683)


"That their plea is so far from the truth, that they are, and they only, the catholic church, that indeed they belong not to it, because they keep not the unity of the faith, which is required to constitute any person whatever a member of that church, but fail in all the conditions of it; for, To proceed, by way of instance, they do not profess nor believe a justification distinct from sanctification, and acceptance thereof; the doctrine whereof is of absolute and indispensable necessity to the preservation of the unity of the faith; and so fail in the first condition of professing all necessary truths.

They discover principles corrupt and depraved, utterly inconsistent with those truths and the receiving of them which in general, by owning the Scriptures, they do profess.

That in their doctrine of the pope's supremacy, of merits, satisfaction, the mass, the worshipping of images, they add such things to their profession as enervate the efficacy of all the saving truths they do profess and so fail in the third condition. (13:168)"

John Owen (1616-1683)


"Men need not wonder that we warn them to beware of all leanings towards the Church of Rome. Surely, when the mind of God about idolatry is so plainly revealed to us in His Word, it seems the height of infatuation in any one to join a Church so steeped in idolatries as the Church of Rome. To enter into communion with her, when God is saying,"Come out of her, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and receive not of her plagues"(Rev.XVIII.4), to seek her when the Lord is warning us to leave her, to become her subjects when the Lord's voice is crying,"Escape for thy life, flee from the wrath to come;"all this is mental blindness indeed, a blindness like that of him who, though forewarned, embarks in a sinking ship, a blindness which would be almost incredible, if our own eyes did not see examples of it continually. We must be on our guard. Those who preach must cry aloud and spare not, and allow no false tenderness to make them hold their peace about the heresies of the day. Is this time for a man to draw closer to Rome? Is it not rather a time to draw further back and stand clear, lest we be involved in her downfall? Is this a time to extenuate and palliate Rome's manifest corruptions, and refuse to see the reality of her sins? Beware of Rome. The subject I now touch upon is of deep and pressing importance, and demands the serious attention of all Protestant Churchmen. It is vain to deny that a large party of English clergy and laity in the present day are moving heaven and earth to reunite the Church of England with the idolatrous Church of Rome. The poor Church of England stands on an inclined plane. Her very existence, as a Protestant Church, is in peril. I hold, for one, that this Romish movement ought to be steadily and firmly resisted. I regard it as a most mischievous, soul-ruining, and unscriptural movement. To say that re-union with Rome would be an insult to our martyred Reformers, is a very light thing; it is far more that this: it would be a sin and an offense against God! Rather than become Popish once more, she had better die! Unity in the abstract is no doubt an excellent thing: but unity without truth is useless. Peace and uniformity are beautiful and valuable; but peace without the Gospel, peace based on a common Episcopacy, and not on a common faith, is worthless peace, not deserving of the name. When Rome has repealed the decrees of Trent, and her additions to the Creed, when Rome has recanted her false and unscriptural doctrines, when Rome has formally recanted image-worship, Mary-worship, and transubstantiation, then, and not till then, it will be time to talk of reunion with her. Till then I call on all Churchmen to resist to the death this idea of reunion with Rome. Till then let our watchwords be, 'No peace with Rome! No communion with idolaters!'"

Bishop J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)


"There is not a word anywhere in Scripture about any renewed and repeated sacrifice by Christ. The Romanists tell us that they continue to present the sacrifice of Christ in the unbloody sacrifice of the mass. But this is a mere invention of their priests! Away, you sons of Antichrist!"

Spurgeon's sermon,"The Putting Away of Sin"#911


QUOTES OF SHRI MATAJI

The Great Adi Shakti Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
"But in the West, from the very birth of Christ, they have had arguments, arguments, arguments — arguments with this limited brain they had — and the whole religion in the name of Christ is just a perversion. Such horrible things have been said that is unbelievable. His purity, His holiness, His auspiciousness is never understood in the West, I think. Those who follow Christianity, how can they be so debased in their moral character? They're all right for their political, their economical, we can say, their legal side, but their moral sense is absolutely missing."

The Paraclete Shri Mataji


"This is one thing to be understood from the life of Christ: He was a very simple, poor man, (the) son of a carpenter and to Him money was nothing but an absolutely useless thing.... To Him (the) Spirit was everything and He was preaching and telling people that: 'You must have spiritual awakening. (It's) very important. Try to understand that there is life beyond all this, and then you should get the best results out of this life which (otherwise) you are just wasting'. He was so intelligent and the way He discussed with all those great fathers from the Church about the religion and all that; it’s amazing how a little boy could understand so deeply about religion!.... He was a small boy at that time, no doubt, but He was a person from the Divine, created by the Divine.... He was Shri Ganesha; He’s Aum, He’s Knowledge, everything.... Despite that, nobody, (no) people recognized Him because they could not recognize the truth, they could not understand the truth. They were so stupid that they could only take to something that was falsehood, that was bad, and ultimately they crucified Him."


The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Easter Puja. Istanbul, Turkey—22 April 2001


ADDITIONAL QUOTES

Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ
"I shall now relate the real history of Christianity. — The word 'Christianity' is already a misunderstanding — in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross. The 'Evangel' died on the Cross. What was called 'Evangel' from this moment onwards was already the opposite of what he had lived: 'bad tidings' a dysangel. It is false to the point of absurdity to see in a 'belief,' perchance the belief n the redemption through Christ, the distinguishing characteristic of the Christian ... In fact there has been no Christians at all. The 'Christian,' that which has been called Christian for two millennia, is merely a psychological self-misunderstanding. Regarded more closely, that which has ruled in him, in spite of all his 'faith,' has been merely the instincts — and what instincts! 'Faith' has been at all times, with Luther for instance, only a cloak, a pretext, a screen, behind which the instincts played their game — a shrewd blindness — one has always spoken of faith, one has always acted from instinct ... The Christian's world of ideas contains nothing which so much as touches upon actuality ... One concept removed, a single reality substituted in its place — and the whole of Christianity crumbles to nothing! — From a lofty standpoint, this strangest of all facts, a religion not only determined by errors but inventive and even possessing genius only in harmful, only in life-poisoning and heart-poisoning errors, remains a spectacle for the gods — for those divinities which are at the same time philosophers ... For let us not undervalue the Christian: the Christian, false to the point of innocence, far surpasses the ape."

Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ, Penguin Classics, 1990, p. 161-62




David V. Barret, Sects, 'Cults' and Alternative Religions

"The dove represents the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit — another bone of contention since the earliest days. Is the Holy Spirit, as standard Trinitarian Christians believe, an equal third person of the Trinity? Or is the Holy Spirit God-in-action? A person or a process? He or it? Or is the Holy Spirit the missing female portion of the Judaeo-Christian deity, Sophia, the Wisdom of God?

Brilliant theologians have spent hundreds of years and millions of words discussing these problems... . Those who claim that there is one straightforward outline of Christian belief ignore the centuries of dispute and discussion which formulated the particular set of beliefs which they now hold to be true, and refuse to allow the validity of the hundreds of variant sets of belief held true by others. There is no such thing as 'the Christian belief-statement.'"

David V. Barret, Sects, 'Cults' and Alternative Religions
Cassell PLC, 1996 p. 46





Arvind Sharma, Women in World Religions

"Among the Spiritual Franciscans and other monastic reform movements of the later Middle Ages, the doctrine developed by the twelfth century monk Joachim of Fiore that a third age of the Spirit would supercede the present age of the Church ruled by clerics, became increasingly a language of dissent against the ecclesiastical hierarchy. Popes and bishops were pictured as having departed from apostolic poverty and simplicity and as having given themselves over to corruption. The clerical Church was seen as having become the Anti-Christ. The true Church was a Church of monastic or evangelistic reformers who were persecuted by the present corrupt Church. A few female-led groups arose that even suggested that, in the new dispensation of the Spirit, the Spirit would be disclosed in female form and women would be included in the ranks of priests and bishops."

Arvind Sharma, Women in World Religions
State University of NY Press, 1987, p. 220





"I turn with loathing from gaudily decorated churches, dedicated to salvation by ceremonies, daubed with paint, smothered with glitter, and bedizened with pictures, dolls, and all sorts of baby prettinesses.

I turned aside from them uttering,"If your god accepts such rubbish as this, he is no God to me- my God is too sublime, too noble, too great minded to take delight in your genuflections, and stage play devotions."

When I behold processions with banners, and crosses, and smoking censers, and see men who claimed to be sent of God, and yet dress themselves like Tom-fools, I do not care for their god, but reckon that it was some heathenish idol whom I scoff at and despise.

Has it never struck you that ceremonial salvation would be a very wicked way of salvation? What is there, for instance, about drops of baptismal water which could make men better? What is there about confirmation that should assure you of the forgiveness of your sins? What is there about receiving a piece of bread and drinking a drop of wine that should confer grace? Might you not remain as bad at heart and as wicked after all these ceremonies as you were before?

And is it not a violation of the eternal principles of morality that a man should be endowed with grace while still his soul clings to sin?

Now, if there be no effect in water to make you hate sin, and no result from the priest's hands to make you love God, and no result from sacraments to make you holy and heavenly-minded, why do you trust in them? Surely it is immoral in the highest degree to tell a man that by outward ceremonies, which cannot change the life, he shall have his sin forgiven!

The gospel gives not a vestige of confidence to anybody who hopes to be saved by the performances of ritualism. The gospel is so simple, so divine; how is it that so many cast it aside, and take up with these sillinesses which are the inventions of man?

Only divine grace can turn you from the delusive path of trusting in vain religious ceremonies for salvation!"

Spurgeon's sermon,"Hope, Yet No Hope. No Hope, Yet Hope" No. 684. Isaiah 57:10.





"With what indignation must the Lord look down upon that apostate harlot, called the Romish Church, when, in all her sanctuaries, there are pictures and images, relics and statues, and poor beguiled beings are even taught to bow before a piece of bread.

I have seen thousands adore the wafer, hundreds bow before the image of the Virgin, scores at prayer before a crucifix, and companies of men and women adoring a rotten bone or a rusty nail, because said to be the relic of a saint.

Let us, above all, never have any complicity with this communion of devils, this gathering together of the sons of Belial: and since our God is a jealous God, let us not provoke him by any affinity, gentleness, fellowship, or unity with this Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth.

Renounce, my brethren, every ceremony which has not Scripture for its warrant, and every doctrine which is not established by the plain testimony of the Word of God."

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"In 325, Emperor Constantine, for reasons of state craft and subtle policy, made Christianity the national religion, and thus struck the most fearful blow at the vitals of Christianity. The union of church and state is a fatal blow to true religion. The king's hand wherever it falls upon the church of Christ brings the king's evil with it. There never was a church whose spirituality survived it yet, and there never will be.

Christ's kingdom is not of this world, and if we try to marry the church of Christ to a worldly kingdom, we engender innumerable mischiefs.

So it happened that when the church became outwardly glorious she became spiritually debased. Her communion table glittered with gold and silver plate, but her communion with Christ was not so golden as before. Her ministers were enriched, but their doctrine was impoverished. For every ounce of outward gold which she gained, she lost a treasure of grace. Her bishops became lords, and her flocks were famished. Her humble meeting-places were exchanged for grand basilicas, but the true glory was departed.

She became like the heathen around her, and began to set up the images of her saints, until at last, after years of gradual declension, the Church of Rome ceased to be the church of Christ, and that which was once nominally the church of Christ actually became the Antichrist.

Black darkness covered the lands, and the dark ages set in. Instead of pardon bought with the blood of Jesus, false priests made merchandise of souls, and pardons were hawked in the streets. Instead of deacons and elders adorned with holiness and purity; monks, and nuns, and priests, and even popes became monsters of filthiness. Instead of justification by faith, men proclaimed justification by pilgrimages and by penances. The crucifix took the place of Christ Jesus, and a piece of bread was lifted up as a god, and men bowed before it, and said,"These be your gods, O Israel, that redeemed you from the wrath to come.""

Spurgeon's sermon,"The Standard Uplifted in the Face of the Foe"No. 718. Isaiah 59:19.





"Soon after apostolic times there came the old Roman rubbish, which in the end proved a worse hindrance to the gospel than all the errors which had preceded it.

This Popish rubbish was found in layers; first one doctrinal error, and then another, and then another, and then another, and then another, until at this time the errors of the Church of Rome are as countless as the stars, as black as midnight, and as foul as hell.

Her abominations reek in the nostrils of all Christian men. Her idolatries are the scorn of reason and the abhorrence of faith. The iniquities of her practice, and the atrociousness of her doctrine, almost surpass belief.

As the gospel is the masterpiece of God, 'Popery' is the masterpiece of Satan!

There can scarcely be imagined anything of devilish craftiness or Satanic wickedness which could be compared with her. She is the unparalleled queen of iniquity!

Behold upon her forehead the name, Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.

The church of Rome and her teachings are a vast mountain of rubbish covering the truth."

Spurgeon's sermon,"Rubbish" No. 1156. Nehemiah 4:10.





"Alas! alas! It makes a Christian's blood boil to see glory given to a pack of scamps who call themselves priests!
Does it not make a man feel, when you see pictures of 'his holiness' and the cardinals, and so on, scattering their benedictions at the Vatican, or at St. Peter's, while admiring crowds fall down and worship them, that it were infinitely better to bow to the devil himself?
We give glory unto God, but not a particle of glory to anything in the shape of a man, or an angel either.
Have I not stood and seen the crowds by hundreds fall down and worship images and dressed up dolls? I have seen them worship bones and old teeth; I have seen them worship a skeleton, dressed out in modern costume said to be the skeleton of a saint.
I have marveled to see people so infatuated as to think that such idolatry was pleasing to the most high God.
We, brethren, the people of God, who know Christ, can give no glory to this rubbish, but turn away from it with horror!
Our glory must be given to Christ, and to Christ alone! Christ and Christ only must be the grand object of the Christian; the promotion of his glory must be that for which he is willing to live, and for which, if needs be, he would be prepared to die.
Oh! down, down, down, with everything else, but up, up, up, with the cross of Christ! Down with your baptism, and your masses, and your sacraments! Down with your priest-craft, and your rituals, and your liturgies! Down with your fine music, and your pomp, and your robes, and your garments, and all your ceremonials.
But up, up, up, with the doctrine of the naked cross, and the expiring Savior!"

Spurgeon's sermon,"Christ the Glory of His People"#826. Luke 2:32.





"According to their teaching (Roman Catholicism), God has committed to bishops and priests the fullness of his grace, which we meekly and reverently may receive at their venerable hands. We are told that, in connection with a few drops of water, sprinkled by the successors of the apostles, children become regenerate. Through the laying on of the same blessed hands, we afterwards become confirmed in the faith, and assured of our salvation. Through priestly power we are made partakers of the very body and blood of Christ, which, according to them, becomes literally present through their operation. When we come to die, they can anoint us with oil, consecrated by their power, and by this unction all our sins are forgiven us. The top and the bottom of the system is the priest, the priest, the priest. A man like ourselves, and not a whit better, but ten thousand times worse for his infamous impudence in pretending to be what he is not, this man, dressed out in as many colors as the peacock, is the divinely appointed medium of grace."

Spurgeon's sermon,"The Great Mystery of Godliness"No. 786. 1 Tim. 3:16.





"Where, then, did the mass come from, and of what avail is it? The Lord's Supper was intended to be the remembrancer to us of our Lord's sufferings; instead of which it has been prostituted by the Church of Rome into the blasphemy of a pretended continual offering up of the body of the Lord Jesus Christ, a continual sacrifice. According to the Romish doctrine the offering upon Calvary is not enough- the atonement for sin is not finished- it has to be performed every day, and many times a day, in the Catholic churches, by certain appointed persons, so that that sacrifice is always being offered. Oh! brethren, the mass is a mass of abominations, a mass of hell's own concocting, a crying insult against the Lord of glory. It is not to be spoken of in any terms but those of horror and detestation. Whenever I think of another sacrifice for sin being offered, by whoever it may be presented, I can only regard it as an infamous insult to the perfection of the Savior's work. Popery swarms with worshipers of the god whom the baker bakes in the oven, and whom they bite with their teeth.

What of the Catholic sacrament of penance? Is not penance in its essence an offering for sin? I do not care who it is that prescribes the penance, nor what it is, whether it is licking the pavement with your tongues, or wearing a hair-shirt, or laying on the whip- if it be supposed that by the mortification of the flesh, men can take away sin, the Scripture is like a two-edged sword to pierce the inmost heart of such teaching. Take off your hair-shirt, poor fool! Wash the stones with a dish-cloth, and keep your tongue clean. There is no need for these fooleries! Christ has completed the atonement, you need not suffer thus. You need not, like Luther, go up and down the stone staircase on your knees, and think that your poor sore knees will find favor with God. Christ has suffered, God exacts no more. Do not try to supplement his gold with your dross. Do not try to add to his matchless robes, the rags of your poor penance.

How these verses shut the gates of purgatory! It is held that there are some who die who are believers, but who are not quite purified from sin, and in an after state they must undergo a purgatorial quarantine to be purged by fire, so that they may become quite complete. Beloved, when the thief died on the cross he had but just believed, and had never done a single good work, but where did he go to? Well, he ought to have gone to purgatory by rights, if ever anybody did, but instead of that the Savior said to him,"Today you shall be with me in Paradise."Why? Because the ground of the man's admission into Paradise was perfect. The grounds of his admission there was Christ's work, and that is how you and I will get into heaven, because Christ's work is finished. The thief did not go down to purgatory, nor, blessed be his name, neither shall you nor I if we trust in the finished work of the Lord Jesus."

Spurgeon's sermon,"The Standard Uplifted in the Face of the Foe"No. 718. Isaiah 59:19.


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