Lies and Deceptions of the Roman Catholic Church Part 4
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Bill Kochman

Published On :
April 1, 2010

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April 1, 2010

We're All Precious Stones And Living Stones In God's Temple,
Peter Was Not The Only Rock Or Even THE Rock, Modern Bible
Believing Christians Also Possess The Keys Of The Kingdom Of
Heaven, Spirit Of Exclusivity Of The Roman Catholic Church
Versus Open, Free Gospel Of Jesus Christ, The Free Gift Of
Salvation And Eternal Life, Roman Catholic Church Fails To
Fulfill Christian Mandate, Peter's Limited Vision, A Sheet
From Heaven, Paul - The Apostle To The Gentiles, Mandates Of
Peter & Paul, Abiding In Our Calling, My Personal Admiration
For The Apostle Peter, This Series Targets Roman Catholic
Hierarchy And The Vatican And Not The Roman Catholic Laity,
Lies And Deceptions Of The Vatican, A Recap Of Major Points,
"I Am Of Cephas" And Dividing The Body Of Christ, Spirit Of
Worldliness And Compromise Infects Early Church, Spiritual
Decline Of Modern America, Warning To Church of Laodicea,
Constantine I And Battle Of Milvian Bridge, Edict Of Milan,
Birth Of The Roman Catholic Church, Coming Judgment Of RCC,
Christians Should Be Peacemakers & Not Warmongers, Weapons
Of Our Spiritual Warfare, Closing Scriptures And Remarks

You will notice that in the previous group of verses, we are
specifically told that the Twelve Foundations of the Heavenly
City are "garnished with all manner of precious stones". The
Apostles were obviously aware of this truth even during their
lifetimes. Furthermore, I suspect that these precious stones
may possibly represent the souls of all of those people who
have been brought to Jesus Christ through the preaching of
the Gospel. After all, did the Apostle Peter not tell us that
we are all living stones in God's spiritual temple? As we saw
in part one of this series, Peter wrote:

"To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of
men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively
stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood,
to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus
Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture,
Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:
and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto
you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them
which be disobedient, the stone which the builders
disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,"
1 Peter 2:4-7, KJV

So while Jesus Christ is the one true Rock, as well as the
Chief Corner Stone or Foundation Stone of God's Holy Temple,
who was rejected by the unbelieving Jews of His day, in a
sense, because they were reflections of Christ, and carried
on His Sacred Mission after He returned to His Father, the
Twelve Apostles are likewise rocks and foundation stones who
are cemented together with Christ in God's Holy Temple. So,
even if we accept that Jesus was referring to Peter as "this
rock" in Matthew chapter sixteen, it is rather obvious from
the Scriptures that this descriptive phrase was not applied
to Peter alone; it was applied to all of the Apostles, as
the previous verses clearly reveal. In short, we can really
say -- based upon this Scriptural evidence -- that Christ
has truly built His Church -- or Spirituall Temple -- upon
the rocks -- plural -- of all of the holy Apostles, with
Himself as the Chief Corner Stone. As we saw in part three,
the Apostle Paul taught the exact same thing when he wrote:

"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and
prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner
Ephesians 2:20, KJV

Considering this preponderance of Scriptural evidence, I
personally feel that it is inappropriate to elevate the
Apostle Peter beyond his measure, as the Roman Catholics
attempt to do, in order to try to legitimize their faith.

Furthermore, by extension, because these Keys of the Kingdom
of Heaven are in essence the knowledge of Salvation, we can
rightfully say that we Christians today also possess the Keys
of the Kingdom of Heaven, because we likewise possess the
knowledge and the power to bring people to Christ and to the
Kingdom of Heaven, through the power of the Holy Spirit. We
all possess the power to open the Door of Salvation for them,
simply by sharing the Gospel of Christ with them. Whether or
not they choose to enter the Door is up to them. As a result,
we too are rocks and precious stones in God's Holy Temple.

Contrary to the spirit of exclusivity that has overtaken the
Roman Catholic Church, to the point where they erroneously
proclaim that they are the "one truth faith", the superior
church, the only entity that's empowered by God to interpret
the Bible, and the only church that is authorized to grant
the Gift of Salvation to the world, the Scriptures preach a
very open and free Gospel, as well as free Salvation, that is
liberally offered to all men everywhere, as I fully explain
in such articles as "Is Salvation Meant For All Men?" and in
"All Are Given A Chance, But . . .". Similar to the Scribes
and the Pharisees of old, the Roman Catholic Church purposely
makes it difficult for people to enter the Kingdom of Heaven,
but this is not the way that God meant for it to be. Please
consider the truth of the following verses, which plainly
tell us that Salvation is freely available to all who have
the faith of a little child, and will simply believe and
accept Christ:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life."
John 3:16, KJV

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing
that any should perish, but that all should come to
2 Peter 3:9, KJV

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he
that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy
wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do
ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour
for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me,
and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight
itself in fatness."
Isaiah 55:1-2, KJV

". . . freely ye have received, freely give."
Matthew 10:8, KJV

"And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under
a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a
candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be
manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it
should come abroad."
Mark 4:21-22, KJV

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us
all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all
Romans 8:32, KJV

"And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst
of the fountain of the water of life freely."
Revelation 21:6, KJV

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that
heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And
whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."
Revelation 22:17, KJV

By making the road to Salvation long and difficult, the RCC
is in fact failing in its duty to fulfill Christianity's most
important mandate; that is, the Great Commission that's found
in verses such as Mark 16:15 and Acts 1:8. Ironically -- and
this may come as a shock to some of you -- it is my personal
belief that the Apostle Peter did not fully accomplish that
mandate either, at least not personally and directly. As I
explain in other articles, initially, Peter, like some of the
other Jewish Apostles, was of the belief that Salvation and
the Kingdom of God was only meant for those who were born
Jewish. It wasn't until God gave Peter a special vision one
afternoon while in Joppa, that Peter finally realized that
the Gospel of Christ was meant for all men, including for the
Gentiles. Following is Peter's vision, as it is recorded in
the tenth chapter of the Book of Acts:

"On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh
unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about
the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have
eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And
saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him,
as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and
let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted
beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things,
and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise,
Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I
have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And
the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God
hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done
thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven."
Acts 10:9-16, KJV

While Peter came to understand that the Gospel of Christ, and
by extension, Salvation, was meant for both Jews and Gentiles
alike, nevertheless, upon reading the Book of Acts, we learn
that other than a few journeys outside of Israel, Peter for
the most part remained stationed in Jerusalem, from where he
and the other primary Apostles directed the Early Church. As
I point out in such articles as "Biblical Cafeteria, Or The
Whole Course?", while the key was indeed turned, and the Door
of the Kingdom was opened to the Gentiles of the world, this
feat was not accomplished so much by Peter, as it was by the
Apostle Paul; who in his own words, became the "Apostle of
the Gentiles", as we see here:

"For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle
of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:"
Romans 11:13, KJV

In all honesty, if we compare the Gentile population of the
world to the actual Jewish population at that time, it is
easy to see that the Apostle Paul had a considerably larger
mandate than that of the Apostle Peter. As I explain in the
aforementioned article, it was a direct result of the labors
of love of the Apostle Paul that much of Europe, Western
Asia and the Mediterranean area heard the Gospel of Jesus
Christ, while the Apostle Peter's influence was in large
part limited to Israel and the Jews who either lived there,
or else came to visit there. This is both historical and
Biblical fact.

This is not to suggest that the Apostle Paul was in any way
greater than Peter. That is not the purpose of my comments.
It is merely to demonstrate that these two Apostles had very
different ministries; and that the scope of Paul's ministry
was considerably larger than that of the Apostle Peter's.
Furthermore, Paul recognized and respected the fact that he
and Peter were given very different ministries by the Lord,
but that these two ministries complemented each other, and
worked towards the same goal of Salvation for the world. As
Paul would write in his Epistles:

"Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where
Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's
foundation: But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken
of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall
Romans 15:20-21, KJV

"Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was
called . . . Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called,
therein abide with God."
1 Corinthians 7:20, 24, KJV

"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare
ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they
measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves
among themselves, are not wise. But we will not boast of
things without our measure, but according to the measure of
the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to
reach even unto you. For we stretch not ourselves beyond our
measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come
as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: Not
boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other
men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is
increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our
rule abundantly, To preach the gospel in the regions beyond
you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made
ready to our hand. But he that glorieth, let him glory in
the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved,
but whom the Lord commendeth."
2 Corinthians 10:12-18, KJV

"But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the
uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the
circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought
effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision,
the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) And when
James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived
the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and
Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go
unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision."
Galatians 2:7-9, KJV

While some Roman Catholics will obviously be offended, and
possibly even angered by the contents of this series, I want
to emphasize here that the purpose of this series has not
been to lambast or to dishonor the Apostle Peter. In fact,
personally, I have tremendous admiration and respect for the
man. As I explain in the article "Peter: Faith Tried In The
Fire", in spite of his personal weaknesses and shortcomings,
through all of his trials and tribulations, Peter became a
great Apostle, and a pillar and leader in the First Century
Church, whom God used greatly. Not only that, but as we saw
earlier, just like so many other Christians down through the
ages, Peter loved not his life unto the death. Following in
the footsteps of his Master, Peter was willing to pay the
ultimate price for his beliefs. Consider this verse:

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the
word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto
the death."
Revelation 12:11, KJV

Allow me to also add that the purpose of this series has not
been to condemn the Roman Catholic laity. I've known a number
of Roman Catholics during my lifetime, and some of them are
rather sweet, humble people. The purpose of this series has
been to expose the deceptions of the Roman Catholic hierarchy
in the Vatican, and to show you through a study of the Bible,
why the Roman Catholic Church is a false church, and a false
religion, that has been built upon centuries of lies; and not
only lies and deception, but untold violence and bloodshed as
well. That this same type of deception continues today is
quite evident by the scandals which continue to rock the RCC
today, such as the many incidents of pedophilia which have
purposely been concealed by the Vatican and its underlings.

It is vital that you understand that the entire legitimacy
of the Roman Catholic Church rests upon their belief that
Peter was their very first pope. As we have now clearly
seen, it is through this alleged connection to the Apostle
Peter, that the RCC claims that they are the church which
was founded by Jesus Christ almost two thousand years ago.
As we have also seen, this so-called "papal connection" --
or "Apostolic Succession" -- simply does not exist, because
it cannot be demonstrated from God's Word that Peter ever
went to Rome, or that he ever accepted the position of pope.
In spite of this fact, Roman Catholics continue to shout to
the world "I am of Cephas!". As you may recall, earlier, we
discussed the fact that "Cephas" was the Aramaic name that
Jesus gave to Peter. So by making the false claim "I am of
Cephas!", or "I am of Peter!", Roman Catholics are not only
dividing the Body of Christ, but they are arrogantly and
proudly elevating themselves above other Bible-believing
Christians, and that is simple wrong!

It may surprise you to know that the First Century Apostles
encountered this very same problem. Different groups were
beginning to form around different individuals, including
around Peter; thus the Apostle Paul became rather fed up
with the situation and wrote the following verses:

"For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by
them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are
contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you
saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and
I of Christ. Is Christ divided? . . ."
1 Corinthians 1:11-13a, KJV

Amazing, isn't it? People simply never change. Sadly, the
situation is probably a lot worse today, because not only
are we further removed from Christ and the Original Apostles,
but also because there are many more Christian denominations
and churches, each with their own particular set of beliefs
and doctrines. As with the Apostle Paul, all that we can say
is the following:

"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be
no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined
together in the same mind and in the same judgment."
1 Corinthians 1:10, KJV

As we discussed earlier, the only way in which the Roman
Catholic Church can validate some of their doctrines, is by
relying upon the questionable and obscure writings of the
so-called "Church Fathers"; none of whom were actually alive
at the time of Christ and the first Apostles and Disciples;
and many of whom lived hundreds of years later. We have also
seen that the Roman Catholic Church as we know it today did
not even come into existence until the first part of the 4th
Century, hundreds of years after the time of Christ. By that
time, all of the original Apostles were dead, and a great
deal of doctrinal compromise had found its way into our body
of beliefs. Furthermore, a dangerous spirit of worldliness
had also crept into our faith. The Apostle John -- who many
believe was the last surviving original Apostle -- was even
concerned about this in his own lifetime. Thus he wrote:

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in
him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and
the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the
Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and
the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth
for ever."
1 John 2:15-17, KJV

By several centuries after John, the situation within God's
Church must have grown even worse. The spirit of compromise
with the world must have surely increased, because that is
the nature of things. If you doubt that this is so, consider
the tragic history of the United States of America. If one
takes the time to read historical documents from two hundred
years ago, it becomes evident that many of the founders of
the nation were God-fearing men of faith. Today, that faith
is hardly recognizable in modern American society. Abortion
is freely available and millions of innocent lives have been
extinguished. Homosexuality runs rampant, even within some
so-called "Christian" churches. Embryonic stem cell research
is an acceptable form of murder. The use of illegal drugs is
way out of control and is a multi-billion dollar business.
Prostitution has become both tolerated and acceptable. On TV
shows and in movies, violence and promiscuity have reached
unprecedented levels. And on and on the sad list goes. All
the while, many Americans go to church every weekend.

So the lesson is clear. Spiritual compromise can happen in a
short period of time. The white-hot flames of devotion and
faith can slowly die, and a church -- or society -- that was
once like the healthy, biblical Church of Philadelphia, can
slowly evolve into a church -- or society -- like the sad,
wretched Church of Laodicea, of whom it was said:

"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness,
the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that
thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am
rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and
knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor,
and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried
in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment,
that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy
nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve,
that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and
chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."
Revelation 3:14-19, KJV

But let us return to the past for a moment. As I explained
earlier in this series, the tragic result of this spirit of
compromise overtaking the Early Christian Church -- and this
flirtation with worldliness, comfortable living and power,
was a serious compromise between several hundred bishops of
the 4th Century, and the shrewd, power-hungry Roman emperor
Constantine I. It was as a direct result of this compromise,
which was embodied in the Edict of Milan of 313 AD, that the
Roman Catholic Church came into existence. To reiterate my
point, the birth of the Roman Catholic Church did not occur
in the First Century as Roman Catholic propagandists like to
claim, but rather several hundred years later during the 4th

While some Christian sources -- particularly Roman Catholic
sources -- attempt to gloss over the events of the Fourth
Century, and try to paint Constantine I as a devout believer
who fully embraced the Christian faith as a result of the
alleged vision that he experienced near the Milvian Bridge,
personally, I have serious reservations regarding the entire
affair. As you may know, according to the story that's been
passed down through the centuries, prior to approaching the
Tiber River and the Milvian Bridge, where they would fight
against the forces of Maxentius, Constantine I and his men
experienced a vision or sign in the sky. The alleged vision
consisted of a cross superimposed on the sun, along with the
Latin words "In hoc signo vinces", which is translated into
English as "In This Sign, Conquer". Constantine interpreted
the vision as a sign that God would assist him in defeating
the forces of Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, and
it is said that they painted the cross on their shields. We
are told by several ancient historians -- such as Lactantius
and Eusebius of Caesarea -- that Constantine did defeat his
enemy -- Maxentius -- at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312.

With this victory behind him -- which he attributed to the
God of the Christians -- it was during the following year
that Constantine I signed the Edict of Milan, which resulted
in Christianity becoming a legalized religion throughout the
Roman Empire. It has been said that it was at that time that
the persecuted Christian Church moved out of the coliseums
of Rome, and into the grand stands. Thus, Roman politics was
married to Christianity, and the whore symbolically began to
ride the beast. Sadly, she has been riding it ever since, to
her own shame.

Today, many centuries later, the Roman Catholic Church has
become a wealthy, powerful, multi-billion dollar, worldwide
empire, filled with corruption, perversion and sin. But, it
must be noted that this church is not founded upon the Blood
of Jesus Christ as she claims, but rather upon the blood of
the poor, the oppressed, the persecuted and the slain, which
number literally in the millions. However, it may possibly
be that the hour of her judgment is finally upon her. As a
result of her sins, such as pedophile priests who abuse the
innocent while the church knowingly looks the other way, God
may be about to bring her to the ground. As the Apostle Peter
wrote so long ago:

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house
of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of
them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous
scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner
1 Peter 4:17-18, KJV

The previous story concerning the Battle of Milvian Bridge
reminds me a lot of the so-called "Christian" Crusades and
the battle to retake Jerusalem. As I explain in a number of
my political articles, based on my personal understanding of
the Bible, I don't believe for a minute that God encourages
Christians anywhere to go to war; neither does He encourage
them to kill people; yet just like Muslim extremists, that's
exactly what some so-called "Christians" have been doing for
centuries. It seems rather hypocritical to me that Western
Christians condemn Muslim extremists for their violent acts,
when some of those Christians do the exact same thing under
the supposed banner of cultivating freedom and democracy,
and fighting their war against terrorism. The truth is that
we Christians are not ancient Jews, and we are not fighting
against the Philistines. We are New Testament Christians who
are supposed to be following the peaceful teachings of Jesus
Christ and His First Century Apostles. Exactly what do they
teach us? Consider the following verses:

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
Matthew 5:5, KJV

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the
children of God."
Matthew 5:9, KJV

"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my
kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight,
that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my
kingdom not from hence."
John 18:36, KJV

"Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his
place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with
the sword."
Matthew 26:52, KJV

We are supposed to be peacemakers between God and men. We are
supposed to be evangelists and soul savers and not warmongers
or nation builders. The only nation that we are supposed to
be interested in building is the Kingdom of God on Earth; and
it is built with the Love of God, and not with fear and hate.
Furthermore, the only war that we should be engaged in is the
war against Satan, sin and unbelief in the hearts and minds
of men; and as the Scriptures plainly inform us, this war is
spiritual in nature. Thus, it requires spiritual weapons to
fight it, as we see by the following verses:

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the
flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but
mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
2 Corinthians 10:3-5, KJV

"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good
profession before many witnesses."
1 Timothy 6:12, KJV

"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus
Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the
affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen
him to be a soldier."
2 Timothy 2:3-4, KJV

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I
have kept the faith:"
2 Timothy 4:7, KJV

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye
may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
Ephesians 6:10-12, KJV

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper
than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the
Hebrews 4:12, KJV

With these sober verses, I will bring this series to a close.
If you currently find yourself trapped within the nets of the
Roman Catholic Church, it is my hope that this series will
provide you with the necessary tools which will enable you to
discover the truth regarding the RCC, and hopefully free you
from the snares of the same. If you wish to learn more about
this issue, please consider reading some of my other articles
regarding Roman Catholicism. May God bless you with the truth.

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