There’s much speculation in our modern day church about the mark of the beast and not being able to buy or sell, but we don’t hear anything about Rome’s history of prohibiting true Christians from buying and selling. The reason for Rome’s actions? Because the true Christians rejected Rome’s perverted gospel. If we born again Christians had lived in times past, we too would have been restricted from buying and selling. Many in days gone by stood firm in their faith and suffered the dire consequences, … persecution and martyrdom. Will history repeat itself?
Some interesting history …
Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, except he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
In a civil sense, as to trade, and exercise merchandise, and this was forbidden by several Popish councils and synods; the Lateran council, under Pope Alexander, decreed against the Waldenses and Albigenses, that no one should presume to retain or encourage them in their houses or countries, or “trade” with them; and the synod of Tours in France forbid any reception of heretics, or protection, and that any communion should be had with them “in buying and selling”, as Mr. Mede has observed; and it was ordered by a bull of Pope Martin the Fifth, that no contract should be made with such, and that they should not follow any business and merchandise:
The manifest aim of the papacy, in all its history, has been to control the world, and to get dominion over its wealth, in order that it might accomplish its own purposes. But, besides this, there have been numerous specified acts more particularly designed to control the business of “buying and selling.” It has been common in Rome to prohibit, by express law, all traffic with heretics.
Thus a canon of the Lateran council, under Pope Alexander III., commanded that no man should entertain or cherish them in his house or land, or traffic with them (Hard. vi., 2:1684).
The synod of Tours, under the same Pope Alexander, passed the law that no man should presume to receive or assist the heretics, no, not so much as to exercise commerce with them in selling or buying. And so, too, the Constance council as expressed in Pope Martin’s bull (Elliott, vol. 3, pp. 220, 221).
And that no man might buy or sell: this the popish church effects by its excommunications; it was begun in the council of Lateran, anathematizing all who entertained any of the Waldenses, or traded with them; and the late learned bishop of Armagh, in his book Deu Successione Ecclesiae, hath given us an account of such a canon of a synod in France, which in express terms forbade any commerce with heretics in buying or selling. Paraeus tells us Pope Martin the Fifth hath best interpreted this prophecy, in his bull added to the council of Constance, where he prohibits Roman Catholics to suffer (allow) any heretics to have any dwellings in their countries, or to make any bargains, or use any trades, or to perform to them any civil offices.
In our modern day, many pastors have forgotten “it is written”, and they have “relapsed into heathenism.” The scary thing is that no one seems to notice or care. We need to read Foxes Book of Martyrs and Martyrs Mirror and stop listening to our modern day “prophets” who tell us Rome’s false gospel is valid. My mother, father, and my dear friend Carmela, all gone out of this world, were blessed to hear God’s truth. But what about all those who will never hear the true Gospel because of the rampant deception that is flourishing within the Evangelical Church? What about them? Do we care? Do we?
Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God; and not only so, but him only, him and no other.
And therefore Christ will not worship Satan, nor, when he has the kingdoms of the world delivered to him by his Father, as he expects shortly to have, will he suffer any remains of the worship of the devil to continue in them.
No, it shall be perfectly rooted out and abolished, wherever his gospel comes.
He will make no composition with him.
Polytheism and idolatry must go down, as Christ’s kingdom gets up.
Men must be turned from the power of Satan unto God, from the worship of devils to the worship of the only living and true God.
This is the great Divine law that Christ will re-establish among men, and by his holy religion reduce men to the obedience of, …
That God only is to be served and worshipped; and therefore whoever set up any creature as the object of religious worship, …
though it were a saint …
or an angel, …
or the virgin Mary herself, …
they directly thwart Christ’s design, and relapse into heathenism.
I’m hoping this type of quote will convince some that the Roman Catholic Church is not just another Christian denomination and that these people need our prayers and Gospel witness.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened his first morning as pontiff by praying Thursday at Rome’s main basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary, …
He had told a crowd of some 100,000 people packed in rain-soaked St. Peter’s Square just after his election that he intended to pray Friday to the Madonna “that she may watch over all of Rome.”
Source … USA Today
“After becoming the first pontiff from the Americans, Francis had told a crowd of some 100,000 people packed in rain-soaked St. Peter’s Square just after his election that he intended to pray Friday to the Madonna “that she may watch over all of Rome.” [Pope Francis holds first Mass with cardinals inside Sistine Chapel, FoxNews.com March 14, 2013]”
As a former Roman Catholic, I also was dedicated to praying to Mary until I was truly born again of the Spirit, through faith in Jesus Christ. After I got saved, I immediately got rid of my Rosary beads, miraculous medals and scapulars and I focused my prayers to God, through Jesus Christ! I used to be very religious but I was very lost, and that is the situation that the new Pope and his followers find themselves in. Please pray for the salvation of Pope Francis, that he may repent of the idolatry that is rampant throughout the Roman Catholic system. Here is another excerpt from that Fox News article.
Like many Latin American Catholics, Francis has a particular devotion to the Virgin Mary, and his visit to the basilica was a reflection of that. He prayed before a Byzantine icon of Mary and the infant Jesus, the Protectress of the Roman People.
“He had a great devotion to this icon of Mary and every time he comes from Argentina he visits this basilica,” said one of the priests at the basilica, the Rev. Elio Montenero. “We were surprised today because he did not announce his visit.” [Pope Francis holds first Mass with cardinals inside Sistine Chapel, FoxNews.com March 14, 2013]
The Bible makes it clear that there is only ONE mediator between God and man and that is Jesus Christ.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5)
When the Lord’s disciples asked him how to pray, Jesus told them to pray “Our Father” not “Our Mother”.
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. (Luke 11:1-2)
The Bible tells us that the true believers have ONE father and he is in Heaven, not over in Vatican City in Rome. If you are following after the “Holy Father” Pope Francis you are in complete disobedience to the word of God. Jesus Christ said this:
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. (Matthew 23:8-10)
Beware my friends because there are many wolves inside the so called Protestant Church, who are not real Christians. They are simply “tares” who are going to be exposed on judgment day. They are smooth talkers who can coax, and persuade a crowd at the drop of a hat. They are very good at what they do. They are merely patsies for Rome, and they can talk the “Christian lingo” but they are not for real. I am speaking to you as a former Roman Catholic, who was formerly in deception, just like the millions of other Catholics in the world today. Jesus Christ said this:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (Matthew 7:15)
The Jewish apostle Paul said this:
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. (Acts 20:28-30)
Jesus Christ said this about the last days:
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:4-5)