1 Cor. 10:21-22, ‘You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?’
Jesus declared, “My Kingdom is NOT of this world,” yet both Luther and Calvin found the inspiration for their extremely violent dissemination of Protestantism in ‘saint’ Augustine’s Kingdom Now declaration, ‘Why should not the church use force in compelling her lost sons to return? [Violent, bloody Christian crusades and even Protestant inquisitions were this ‘just war!’]
John Calvin’s favorite, “saint Augustine the Blessed,” declared:
‘A priest, [the ‘divine’ minister or pastor, who necessarily HAS to administer the ‘atoning’ church sacraments,] does not have to be a virtuous man, as long as he is properly ‘ordained’ by the church as institution, [not separated, called, and sent by the Holy Spirit, Acts 13:2-4,] because the Roman Catholic church, [not the body of Christ,] is the People Of God are bound together by the [‘salvation’ of the] SACRAMENTS’ [not by Jesus Christ!]
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SIN AND THE DEVIL DO NOT EXIST
Roman Catholic church ‘god father’ ‘saint’ Augustine, revered by Protestants as one of the so-called “sincere” church fathers of Catholicism and Protestantism, was a Christian Neo-Platonist (Greek) philosopher. [Read about ‘divine’ man-boy sex, the basis of all patriarchy, and Augustine’s other Christianized Greek dogmas, which Catholicism and Protestantism still teach: total depravity,’ ‘irresistible grace’ and ‘limited atonement.’]
Augustine, the Roman Catholic priest who deified their entire pagan, Christianized priesthood as ‘god fathers;’ (calling all the Catholic priests “father,”) also taught that sin, the devil, and his legions of fallen angels do not exist. Instead, he explained ‘good and bad’ as follows. “Evil or sin has no reality in it; it is just the absence of good; like there is no darkness just an absence of light.” Therefore, sin is supposedly merely “choosing the lesser good, instead of choosing the greater good,” and there is nothing ‘bad’ in that, is there? However, as seen in the previous paragraphs, Augustine also said that man is incapable of choosing what is good. Thus, their predestinating god cannot hold them accountable for unrepented sin and so, He has already fixed the number of the ‘elect,’ who will be saved. What these forked-tongue devils really said, is that their church members cannot sin at all. As long as they remain in their “mother church/father steeple” Christian religion, they will be saved, no matter what they do or neglect to do.
In essence, Catholicism and Protestantism, which accepted the teachings of Augustine in near totality, can deny the devil and sin because they believe that Satan is not an actual person, as Scripture clearly states. Neither did sin originate from Satan, they believe. Sin is, to their minds, either ‘a negative way of thinking,’ or “neglecting the so-called saving church sacraments” — which has, according to Scripture, nothing to do with salvation in Christ and obedience to Jesus’ New Testament Covenant, Moral Law! (Jn. 13:34.)
They believe, either one chooses the ‘good,’ and then you are good, or one chooses the ‘lesser good,’ which the uninformed views as ‘sin.’ Hence, all ‘good’ people [Catholics, Calvinists, Lutherans, etc.,] will go to heaven, while ‘bad’ people [or non-church members] will go to hell. Nevertheless, they add, no one can make such important choices because, at the fall, they were “totally deprived” of free choice concerning good. Hence, their predestinating god chooses the “good” they do, as well as their eternal destiny in heaven for them.
However, Jesus declared in Mt. 19:17, “No one is good but One, that is, God…” So, salvation can only be found in and through sincere, personal acceptance of, and the following of Jesus Christ Himself, (Jesus Is the Grace of God,) and through striving to obey His eternal Moral Law to glorify His Name, (Jn. 1:11-13; 1 Jn. 2:4.)
ATONING AND BINDING CHURCH SACRAMENTS VERSUS THE FULL ATONEMENT OF JESUS
Another important step in the formation of the church, (the counterfeit of Jesus’ ecclesia,) was to Christianize many of the Celtic, Druidic, Greek, Roman, and Chaldean initiation rites, norms and forms, which bind initiates to Satan. Based on the temple norms and forms of the pre-flood and post-flood Babylonian Brotherhood, the function of the church hierarchy was, and still is, to initiate and then train their unscripturally, but ‘sacramentally,’ so-called ‘born-again’ members in the secret mysteries of their religion. As a result, the church fathers (and their followers) ‘went after strange flesh,’ (Jude 6-7,) and accepted many of these pagan rites or rituals as ‘soul-saving,’ ‘atoning’ sacraments, which they merged with the soul-saving atonement of Jesus’ sacrifice on Golgotha.
‘Hyper-anointed’ church clergy bind their members to their churches through ‘saving’ sacraments
Augustine and his church clergies from both Catholicism and Protestantism also ignored the strict Scriptural requirements for God-called servants, (1 Tim. 3.)
Augustine wrote, “A priest, [the ‘divine’ godfather priest, minister or pastor, who necessarily has to administer their ‘atoning’ church sacraments,] does not have to be a virtuous man, as long as he is properly ‘ordained’ [or ‘deified’] by the church as [god’s] institution; [not separated, called, equipped, and sent by the Holy Spirit, Acts 13:2-4,] because the church, [not the body of Christ,] is the People Of God bound together by the [atonement of the pagan/Christianized] sacraments.”
The church godfather Tertullian, son of a Roman centurion and a notable lawyer, was the first writer of Latin Christianity. “He instituted Latin in the church and Christianized many occult words, norms, forms, and rituals. He translated the Greek word ‘mysterion’ into Latin as ‘sacramentum,’ and taught, [along with Augustine,] that God channels His grace through the sacraments, [not through the complete atonement of Jesus Christ,] when administered by the church hierarchy,” [Wikipedia.] The truth of Scripture and the powerful, supernatural work and gifts of the Holy Spirit do not enter the scene.
To this day, sacramental or ‘atoning’ Christian Theosis remains a fundamental doctrine of Catholicism and Protestantism alike. This explains why Catholics and Protestants still, among the other sacraments, cling to the so-called ‘soul-saving,’ ‘atoning’ sacrament of Baptismal Regeneration as administered by their ‘divine’ clergy. They believe, completely opposed to Scripture, that new converts and their Christian babies are “born again” in the waters [no, pagan sprinkling] of baptism when it is administered by a clergyman. However, Jn. 3:3-5; Mt. 28:19-20; and Rom. 6, (just as the rest of New Testament Scripture,) teach that only personally believing disciples of Jesus must, without any church formalities, be baptized in water according to Jesus’ own example.
Because it is required that only ordained clergy must administer the sacraments, church members believe that their leaders are ‘hyper-anointed.’ Their ‘ordination’ places them on a ‘higher’ level of godhood in the church and thus, only their teaching, prayers, and other ministrations are acceptable to their god.
In effect, these blasphemous doctrines teach that the Christian church circle as an institution, (Catholic as well as Protestant,) takes the place of Jesus’ atonement and the work of the Holy Spirit - because “the church and steeple is our mother and father, outside them there is no salvation!”