Question is: Why do ministers and Christian teachers continue doctrines or religious practices if they have not read any Holy writ approved or spoken by God or those He has authorized to speak for Him?
Answer is: Satan knows that perception becomes reality and his intent is to continue what he started with Eve and then Adam. Satan's purpose and intent is to cause disobedience to the true command of God. One example is that many Christians will admit that the Ten Commandments are still valid today and spoken by God but they then deny the first four commands because they want (As many in time past.) their own gods. The fact is mankind has rejected God and replaced Him even while using the name of His Son Jesus.
These beliefs were not observed by Jesus or the Apostles including Paul but was added by man in the Christian religion without the authority of God. What many don't consider is that Constantine "married" paganism and the church, and then the world and the Universal (Catholic) church. After many hundreds of years the Catholic Church was the most widely known church named Christian and the Protestants that left their Mother church brought many of the Catholics pagan doctrines with them. The list of doctrines below has been around hundreds of years before any of us were born. I do believe we MUST find the errors in the Christian religion and correct them or we run the real risk of contending with God Himself.
Tertullian (A pagan turned Catholic) was the first man who can be said to be Trinitarian since he invented the word "Trinity". He knew Greek as well as Latin, and wrote works in Greek. When he was yet a pagan (Around mid life) he accused the Catholic Church of also worshipping pagan gods as he did because the teachings of the trinity were much like his own. Long after the Apostles were dead, Tertullian was converted to the Catholic religion around 195 AD, and became presbyter of the Catholic church in Carthage, North Africa. Today he is referred to as the founder of Western theology (See EH Klotsche, The History of Christian Doctrine, Grand Rapids: Baker, 1979, 52-53). He wrote Against Praxeas in 213 and attacked the modalist concept of God, bringing an explanation of his trinitarianism into view. It must be noted that he began believing in only two persons of the Godhead as opposed to three but later accepted three. Tertullian, the father of Trinitarianism, wrote in his book that God was not yet Father before the time in which He begat the Son. By teaching that the Son was not eternal Tertullian in fact diminished the point of Jesus being our savior. It's very important to keep in mind that if Jesus is a created being then He cannot be our savior! Remember it is written in Matt 1:23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." This scripture notes the very important fact that when the Messiah walked the earth He was in fact God! Tertullian wrote: "He was (born and created) of the Father, making the Father stronger, older and more noble than the Son. This is what Tertullian wrote of a "Trinity." He said that God consisted of "three persons". These three persons were the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. God is "one only substance in three coherent, inseparable (Persons)" He said that the three persons were three "beings" making up one God. He said that the Father and the Son were "two different Beings" They were "distinct but not separate" He said the Son was "another." Tertullian' teachings were accepted by many although they were not biblical.
Sunday as the "commanded" day of worship. In 321, Constantine instructed that Christians and non-Christians should be united in observing the venerable day of the sun, referencing the esoteric eastern sun-worship which Aurelian had helped introduce, and his coinage still carried the symbols of the sun cult until 324. Even after the pagan gods had disappeared from the coinage, Christian symbols appeared only as Constantine's personal attributes: the chi rho between his hands or on his labarum, but never on the coin itself. Even when Constantine dedicated the new capital of Constantinople, which became the seat of Byzantine Christianity for a millennium, he did so wearing the Apollonian sun-rayed Diadem. Within one hundred years after the founding of Christianity, the practice of observing a corporate day of worship on the first day of the week, Sunday, had become commonplace as attested in the patristic writings. From the 4th century onwards, Sunday worship has taken on the observance of Sunday rest in most Christian traditions. Constantine was a Catholic and a Sun worshipper.
Baal worship is conducted from six
in the morning until noon. 1 Kings 18:26 And they took the bullock which was
given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning
even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that
answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. They worshipped the
fire and the sun on the sun god's day: Sunday.
Veneration of Church leaders.
Hierarchical church Government.
Use of idols such as the Cross and Making the sign of the cross. Constantine needed the backing of the Christians, as well as the pagans, which he already had and on October 28, 312 A.D. at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on the Tiber River, he had a vision; Constantine saw a sign in the sky, which said "In this sign conquer." Constantine vowed that if the God of the Christians (Catholics) would help him to win this battle, he would become a Christian.
After Constantine won the battle and took Rome he carefully described the cross he saw, and had it placed on the shield of the soldiers. The cross was an Egyptian "ankh" a T with a circle on top, this is the sign of the sun God, and Tammuz and can be found in the Catholic Church today. In 313 A.D. Constantine signed the edict of toleration (no more persecution of the church). He declared himself to be the "Protector of the Catholic Church. The depiction shown in our article titled The cross symbol Christian or Pagan and the first cross shown there is the true cross as an "X" because that is what the word cross (crux) means and is the one Constantine used.
Prayer to the dead. 300 A.D.
Use of statues to bow and pray
to such as what is named the Virgin Mary. 600 A.D. Prayers conducted to
Mary. (During the first centuries of the church, no emphasis was placed on Mary
whatsoever." - Encyclopedia Britanica, vol. 14, p. 309.)
They baked cakes to offer to their female deity who they called "the queen of heaven" 1000 years before the birth of Christ. See Jeremiah 44:17-19 "But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men? Jeremiah 44:25 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows."
Use of old pagan Feasts such
as Christ-mass, and Easter. (December 25 was the "celebration of the
victory of the unconquered Sun". - Gieseler's Ecclesiastical History; Edinburgh,
Yule log is burned on Christmas Eve and a Christmas tree appears the next morning. The tree represents Zero-Ashta (god). Yule log also represents the dead stock of Nimrod, cut down by his enemies, but is reborn the next morning to shine again. Represented by a tree carrying lighted candles.
Trees as gods and in worship: Jer. chapter 10).
Use of Halos around the heads of statues and pictures of those considered Holy. The Eusebian description of the vision has been explained as a type of solar halo called a "sun dog", a meteorological phenomenon which can produce similar effects In 315 a medallion was issued at Ticinum showing Constantine wearing a helmet emblazoned with the Chi Rho, and coins issued at Siscia in 317/18 repeat the image. Sun Rays coming from behind what is considered holy such as statues and pictures of people, crosses, doves, and even the bible.
Infant baptism. (Teaching that without baptism even an infant cannot enter into heaven.)
Worship of angels.
Mass instituted. 394 A.D
Extreme unction (Last Rights). 526 A.D.
Doctrine of purgatory which the Catholic Church ~ instituted in 593 A.D.
Use of Holy Water. 850 A.D.
Rosary (prayer beads instituted).
Good Friday being taught as the day Jesus was slain.
Teaching that the dead go to heaven at death.
Anointing with oil in preparation for death, before Christ. (The doctrine was not known in the church for the first one thousand years. - Gibson, Bishop. "Preservative Against Popery". London, 1848, Volume 8, P. 255.)
granted equal authority with the Bible ~ instituted in 1545 A.D.
The term theology is used as the study of religion but in truth it is the study of what the Catholic Church has deemed as truth. The doctrine of "Tradition" is the Roman Catholic Church teaching that the doctrines that are not found explicitly taught by the apostles but taught later by other men, after the Bible was written, are nevertheless truths from God. Therefore these "other" doctrines are as important as clear biblical teachings. It teaches that the apostles simply chose not to explicitly write such beliefs to the churches as New Testament Scripture. Although there is no explicit proof that the apostles believed these doctrines, the Roman Catholic Church proposes that the apostles indeed did believe them, otherwise, they feel, God would not have led the Roman Catholic Church to later teach these doctrines. Rather than be founded upon clear, explicit teachings in the Bible as taught by the apostles and Jesus Christ, the Roman Catholic Church believes that their foundation is the belief that God would not have the Roman Church teach such doctrines if they were not true doctrines.
The majority of Protestant denominations do not accept this Catholic Church doctrine, which also gives credence to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, the doctrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and of the literal flesh and blood in the communion Eucharist, but they have nevertheless accepted the customs of Christ-Mass and the Trinity doctrine even though this Trinity doctrine is no more explicitly taught in scripture than the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. They have accepted the doctrine of Easter and even worship towards the sun as it rises on the very day the sun god was worshipped. To accept one doctrine and then throw out the other, when both are from the same foundation of The doctrine of "Tradition", as opposed to explicit scriptural teaching, is to act most contradictorily.
The Roman Catholic Church teaches
that they have as much authority to hear a new doctrine from God, that was never
formerly and explicitly taught by the original Apsotles,
as did the original apostles since apostles have continued to exist in the Roman
Catholic Church. This doctrine of "Apostolic Succession" is said to
give the Roman Catholic Church the right to add new doctrines to the faith.
And the Doctrine of the Trinity was one such doctrine that came along in the
fourth century, and was totally refined in the eighth century! Question
is...Who do you believe and follow?
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that they have as much authority to hear a new doctrine from God, that was never formerly and explicitly taught by the original Apsotles, as did the original apostles since apostles have continued to exist in the Roman Catholic Church. This doctrine of "Apostolic Succession" is said to give the Roman Catholic Church the right to add new doctrines to the faith. And the Doctrine of the Trinity was one such doctrine that came along in the fourth century, and was totally refined in the eighth century! Question is...Who do you believe and follow?
Check out "Apostolic Succession" for more understanding.
For understanding the truth about the type of Government structure that Jesus
stated should be used in His Church see... Church
Government? and The truth about Tithes
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