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Christian Heroes and Martyrs. (1895) Massacre of Protestants at Béziers by Catholics during the Albigensian Crusade. (1209 A.D.)

Catholicism was never a continuation of the original Christian Church but of the Roman Empire that persecuted early Christianity for centuries. The real Christians, as long pointed out by J.M. Carroll's Trail of Blood chart and Landmark Baptists, were the Donatists, Albigenses, Novatians, Montanists, Waldenses, Arians, Paulicians, Cathar, etc.[1] True Christians, regardless of which denomination they call themselves, whether Baptists, Quakers, Presbyterians, etc., trace their descent not through the pagan church of Rome which protected pagan Greek traditions in the guise of Christianity, but the real Christians whom it persecuted for over a thousand years before the Reformation.

While there are undoubtedly godly Christians within Catholicism, the religion itself is antithetical to the Bible on all major doctrines and has always been Satan's tool for persecuting real Christians. Roman Catholicism is the harlot of Babylon, the 'great city' of 'seven mountains' in Revelation 17:9,18, which murders the saints throughout all ages (17:6; 18:20,24) that Christians are commanded to come out of lest they be harmed by the plagues to come upon it. (18:4)

Catholic Doctrines

The following are false Catholic doctrines, along with analysis showing why they are unBiblical:

Doctrine Why UnBiblical
Nicene Creed The doctrines of the Trinity, Virgin Birth, and Priestly Celibacy were the result of councils held by Emperors Constantine I and Theodosius I in the 4th century A.D. They were created to reject Biblical Christianity in favor of Roman paganism by pagan Roman emperors, and resulted in the real Christians, e.g. the Donatists, Novatians, Arians, and Montanists being persecuted by the Roman Empire just as Rome had persecuted Christians for the previous three centuries. Catholicism has never been Christian.
Virgin Birth and Priestly Celibacy The words translated "virgin" concerning an alleged virgin birth in both the Old and New Testaments, almah and parthenos, do not mean virgin, but widowed/divorced. Almah is a variation of the Hebrew word Almanah meaning widow. A translation of the word parthenos in Revelation 14:4 would contradict all of the passages showing God blesses marriage, as well as the plain context of 1 Corinthians 7 showing that the divorced are being discussed, not virgins. Furthermore, a doctrine of priestly celibacy based on 1 Corinthians 7 is unBiblical, as it was not virgins being discussed in the chapter by Paul but widows. Forbidding to marry and eat foods are doctrines of devils per 1 Timothy 4:1-5.
The Trinity There is a Godhead of three (1 John 5:7) but they are not the same being. Christians are one with God the Father and Jesus the same way they are with one another (John 17:11, 21-23). God the Father is greater in authority than Jesus (John 14:28; 1 Corinthians 11:3; 15:27-28), as well as greater in knowledge (Mark 13:32; Matthew 24:36). Furthermore, Jesus was the first creation of God the Father (Revelation 3:14; Colossians 1:15) rather than having always existed as the doctrine of the Trinity claims, although Jesus then made everything else that existed. The Trinity is a heresy that rejects the independent existence of both God the Father and Jesus the Son of God. (1 John 2:22-23)
Church Foundation The Greek word translated "Rock" upon which Jesus said the Church would be built is "Petra," meaning "giant Rock" or "Boulder" and it is never used of Peter in the New Testament, only of Jesus. The Greek word for Peter is "petros" meaning "little stone" or "pebble." Jesus is specifically said to be the Rock using the same Greek word "Petra" multiple times in the New Testament, showing Jesus is the foundation of the Church, not Peter. (1 Corinthians 10:4; 1 Peter 2:5-8; Romans 9:33) This is consistent also with the Old Testament. (Isaiah 8:13-14; 28:16; Psalms 118:22) All Christians, including Peter, are just small rocks built upon the foundation that is Jesus, into a Holy Temple for God, and Peter himself said that (1 Peter 2:5-8). The keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, to bind and loose, were given to all disciples, not just Peter. (Matthew 18:18-20; John 20:20-23)
Veneration Veneration of statues directly goes against what the Bible teaches in Exodus 20:4-5 and Leviticus 26:1. Whenever anyone but God the Father or Jesus was worshiped in the Bible, it was repeatedly condemned (Acts 10:26; 14:11-18; Revelation 22:9, 19:10).
No Mother of God The Catholic concept of a Queen of Heaven worshiped through Mass wafer/drink offerings is Old Testament idolatry. (Jeremiah 7:16-20; 44:15-30) Jesus repeatedly established throughout the Gospels that Mary did not have special authority over Him (Matthew 12:46-50; Luke 2:46-49) and at the Wedding of Cana only agreed to help Mary once she acknowledged His authority (John 2:3-11). Jesus, as the Creator of all that exists, is superior to everyone, including Mary, and at His name every knee will bow. (Philippians 2:9-11; Ephesians 1:20-23; Colossians 1:14-19) The only one higher in authority to Jesus is God the Father (1 Corinthians 15:27-28).
Purgatory Biblically there is an impassable gulf in Sheol between the places for the wicked and the righteous so that none can pass between (Luke 16:25-26).
Christmas Christmas is an Old Testament pagan practice, where trees were cut out of the forest with axes, fixed so they wouldn't move, decked with silver and gold ornaments, and worshiped. God commanded us not to follow such heathen traditions. (Jeremiah 10:2-5)
Good Friday The Catholic doctrines of priestly celibacy and not eating foods on Good Friday are the two doctrines of devils the Apostle Paul warned about in 1 Timothy 4:1-5. "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils... Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats."
Mass Mass, as previously mentioned, is Old Testament pagan idolatry in worship of a Queen of Heaven that was condemned by God in Jeremiah 7:18-20 and 44:15-30.
Papal Authority Catholic teaching of a pope superior to other Christians is not Biblical. Jesus is the Head of the Church Biblically (Ephesians 5:23-24; 1:20-23; Colossians 1:15-19; 1 Corinthians 11:3) Biblically, humans should not be worshiped, only God the Father or Jesus the Son of God (Acts 10:26; 14:14-15) We are specifically commanded not to treat others with special reverence in calling them "Rabbi" or "father" as Catholics treat priests and the pope. (Matthew 23:8-10) Biblically, Christians are taught by the Holy Spirit themselves and do not need special instruction from priests, per what is commonly termed the Priesthood of the Believer. (Jeremiah 31:33-34; 1 John 2:27; 1 Thessalonians 4:9) There is only one Mediator between God and man, and that is Jesus, not a pope, or Mary, or anyone else. (1 Timothy 2:5)
Infant Baptism Baptism saves through a clean conscience towards God, according to Peter, not the physical action (1 Peter 3:20-21). It is through complete water immersion only of those who believe with all their hearts, per Acts 8:37-38. It is to be accompanied by belief, per Mark 16:16. Nothing in the Bible supports sprinkling infants with water to baptize them.
Tradition Contrary to Catholic teaching, the doctrines and traditions of the Pharisees were condemned by Jesus as leaven to be avoided (Matthew 16:6-12). Jesus repeatedly condemned the traditions of the Pharisees. (Mark 7:1-23; Matthew 23:23-32)
Judas Forgiveness Contrary to the common Catholic teaching that Judas was forgiven or we cannot know whether he was forgiven or not, the Bible makes crystal clear that Judas was not forgiven and is in Hell. Acts 1:20 quotes from two prophecies in the Psalms about Judas, that his habitation would be desolate (Psalms 69:25) and that another would take his office (Psalms 109:8). The prophecies when examined reveal that Judas was condemned to Hell and cursed horribly. (Psalms 69:18-28; 109:1-20)


Roman Catholicism was instituted in A.D. 313 by Emperor Constantine I's Edict of Milan and formalized in A.D. 380 by Roman Emperor Theodosius I's Edict of Thessalonica as a way to destroy Christianity. Before that, Rome had tried unsuccessfully to stamp out Christianity in defense of government power over the people and to protect its pagan traditions by lining up crucified Christians all along its highways, feeding them to lions, seizing their property, and imprisoning them to work in underground mines for the rest of their lives. That wasn't working, people continued to become Christians. Therefore, Rome declared Catholic 'Christianity' the state religion but only pardoned Christians who swore allegiance to Rome, and confessed belief in the newly-created doctrine of the Trinity under the Nicene Creed.

Thus Rome, realizing it could not defeat Christianity through outright persecution, chose to defeat it through deception by declaring Christianity the state religion under Emperor Theodosius I. The real Christians continued to be persecuted (Donatists, Montanists, Novatians, Arians, etc.) In essence, Protestants are the real Christians, and Catholicism a continuation of the Roman Empire's paganism in the guise of Christianity. The Catholic Church considered Donatists (311-750) heretics, per the Council of Arles (314 A.D.), because they criticized false Christians who had rejected Christianity during the Diocletian Persecution (traditors). Catholicism was thus defined early on by its support for traitors who rejected Christianity.

Those who believed Jesus and God the Father were separate entities, and that Jesus was the first-born of creation (a created being rather than eternal, according to Colossians 1:15 and Revelation 3:14) were declared Arians and exterminated. This was only the beginning of Catholic persecutions of 'heretics.' The Novatians and Donatists, who both believed in re-baptizing rather than infant baptism, were also persecuted. That the real continuation of Christianity was through the Donatists, Montanists, Waldenses, Cathar, Albigenses, etc., long before the Protestant Reformation, has been taught since at least 1851 by Landmark Baptists, and was popularized in 1931 by J.M. Carroll's tract, the Trail of Blood. It is sometimes referred to as Baptist Successionism or Landmarkism, although it is applicable to Christians in general, not just Baptists.

Roman Catholicism was Satan's attempt to persecute real Christianity while removing popular appeal by creating a fake Christianity. This allowed Rome to continue persecuting the real Christians, giving itself justification for doing so (since now they were 'heretics' rather than 'Christians'), allowed it to preserve its pagan traditions under the guise of 'Christianity,' allowed it to attack all forms of real Christianity as heretical eliminating them wherever they'd sprout, and allowed it to retain power over government and the people (Catholic confession e.g. is a population control tactic).

Background: Roman Persecution

For the first several hundred years of its existence, Christianity was viciously oppressed by the Roman Empire, which fed Christians to lions, forced them to work as slaves in mines, and crucified them along highways, beginning primarily with the reigns of Claudius (41-54 A.D.) and Nero (54-68 A.D.). Nero in 64 A.D. blamed Christians for the fire that by many reports he himself had started. Nero had Christians fed to dogs and burned alive.[2] Persecution was particularly bad under Emperors Decius (249–251 A.D.) and Diocletian (284–305 A.D.), but there was empire-wide persecution under Emperors Trajan (98-117 A.D.), Marcus Aurelius (161–180 A.D.), Septimius Severus (193–211 A.D.), and Valerian. (253–260 A.D.)[3]


This persecution did not finally begin coming to an end until Emperor Galerius (305-311 A.D.) declared an Edict of Toleration ceasing the persecution of Christians that had continued under his reign. Seeing that Christians insisted in their refusal to worship Roman gods, even when large numbers were killed and tortured, and facing an economic recession with Christianity continuing to grow in popularity despite Rome's persecution of it, Galerius officially stopped the Diocletian Persecution of Christians and restored previously confiscated property to them.[4]


Constantine and the Edict of Milan

Roman Catholicism essentially began with the Edict of Milan issued by Emperor Constantine I of the Roman Empire in 313 A.D., which established a policy of religious toleration and freedom for those who accepted the new Roman definition of Christianity (as will be seen, the real Christians were quickly declared heretics and persecuted).[5] Nonetheless, in spite of Constantine's claim of a vision of 'Christianity' causing him to convert, his sincerity is questioned by historians:

Thus Constantine, in accusing others of heresy, was in fact a heretic himself.

Council of Arles

Although the Council of Nicaea is better known, it was preceded by the Council of Arles; both of which were called by Emperor Constantine to address schisms in the Christian Church. The Council of Arles (314 A.D.) dealt with the Donatist Controversy. The Donatists were the dominant force in the Eastern Orthodox Church at the time, and insisted that Christians who had rejected the faith under persecution by Emperor Diocletian ('traditors' or traitors to the Christian faith) should not be allowed back into the Christian Church or recognized as clergy.[6][7] Thus the Catholic Church was initially defined, from its earliest beginnings, by its support for those who had betrayed the Christian faith.

Council of Nicaea

The Council of Nicaea was convened in 325 A.D. by Emperor Constantine I to settle the Arian Controversy. The Arians insisted that Jesus was created by God the Father and that they were separate beings, consistent with Biblical teachings. In spite of this, Constantine originated the unBiblical and illogical doctrine of the Trinity, that God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are the same identical being; and that Jesus was never created. Constantine and the Catholic Church responded by declaring the Arians heretics and creating the Nicene Creed to declare that God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit are all a single being, despite the fact that Jesus repeatedly prayed to God the Father and taught His disciples that His Father was greater than He.[9]

The Trinity
See also Trinity

The doctrine of the Trinity, that Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit are the same identical being and that Jesus is eternal, is an unBiblical misunderstanding of what Jesus meant when He said He and His Father are one. Jesus also said at the same time that He, Christians, and His Father would be one as well. (John 17:21) Obviously both Jesus and God the Father are superior to us in authority. Oneness refers to an indwelling of spirit. Just as God's spirit indwelt Jesus while He was on Earth, even so Him and the Father's spirits indwell Christians, along with the Holy Spirit, so long as we love Jesus and do His commandments; leading us in the way of truth.

While Jesus as the Son of God is superior to the rest of creation, He is nonetheless still a created being, the "beginning of the creation of God" (Revelation 3:14) and "the firstborn of every creature, for by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in Earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." (Colossians 1:16-17)

The doctrine of the Trinity keeps us from knowing God's true nature, and respecting and coming to God the Father and Jesus, the Son of God, as they truly are. The doctrine of the Trinity disrespects both God the Father and Jesus, the Son of God, by denying the very existence of Jesus as an individual Being; it is the spirit of antichrist.

Theodosius I

The reign of Emperor Theodosius I, first as Emperor of the East from 379-92 A.D., and later as Emperor of both the East and West sides of the Roman Empire, marked the beginning of Roman Catholicism as the official religion of the Roman Empire. On February 27, 380 A.D. Theodosius proclaimed the Edict of Thessalonica declaring that Catholicism would be the new religion of the Roman Empire and that the Arians were heretics.[10] A year later in 381 A.D., Theodosius called the Second Ecumenical Council, also called the Council of Constantinople, declaring the Nicene Creed and the Doctrine of the Trinity to be the official creeds of the new Catholic Roman Empire.[11]

Nonetheless, Theodosius himself was no Christian. In 390 A.D. he was excommunicated for having 7,000 people killed in retaliation because the city dared to criticize his imprisonment of a charioteer. He ordered a chariot race, and when the crowd entered, had the gates locked and then his soldiers slaughtered the crowd indiscriminately. For this act he was temporarily excommunicated by Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan, until doing penance. He also persecuted the Arians.[10]

In essence, Emperors Constantine and Theodosius declared a fake religion in place of the real Christianity, preserving Roman paganism in the guise of Christianity, and continued persecuting the real Christians like the Donatists and Arians, who were now termed heretics.

Albigensian Crusade and Inquisition

That Protestantism began long before the Reformation is further evident from the Albigensian Crusade. The Crusades began in part as a war by Catholicism against Protestant Christians like the Waldenses, Cathar, and Albigensian. Catholicism had whole cities slaughtered in its attempt to destroy Biblical Christianity. This also included the infamous Inquisition.

List of Christian Groups Persecuted by Catholicism

The Catholic Church was a fraud perpetrated by Satan, a continuation of the Roman Empire's paganism. The real Christians were those persecuted by Catholicism for two thousand years.

There were numerous Christian groups persecuted by Catholicism as heretics long before the Reformation, a little-known fact, as seen from the "Trail of Blood" chart by J.M. Carroll, including Montanists, Novatians, Puritans (no relation to 17th century group), Cathar, Donatists, Paulicians, Henricians, Arnoldists, Albigenses, and Waldenses.[13] The following list is sorted chronologically by when Christian groups began:

2nd Century


A.D. 150-800. Believed God continued giving revelation to the Church. They were the first to call the Holy Spirit God. They emphasized fasting and rejected remarriage after divorce, consistent with Jesus' teachings (Matthew 5:32) but angering Catholicism. Tertullian defended them. [14]

3rd Century


A.D. 254-600. Denied readmission of Christians who denied their faith and sacrificed to pagan deities. They also said remarriage was wrong after divorce. For this they were considered heretics and stamped out. According to Catholic sources, they also held similar beliefs to the Arians in considering Jesus created and subject to God the Father. They called themselves Puritans (no relation to later group in 16th century). [15]

4th Century


A.D. 311-750. Considered Roman Catholicism the "Church of Judas'. Like the Novatians, they said those who had denied the Christian faith under persecution should not be re-admitted, and were traitors. They rejected infant baptism, and thus practiced rebaptism, a serious crime by Catholicism's standards.[16][7]


A.D. 320-671. Claimed Jesus was created and separate from God the Father. Catholicism instituted the Nicene Creed declaring a Trinity and that Christ was eternal and born of a virgin, in response. Their books were burned, they were killed, and much of what we know about them is written by their enemies. Judaism views them somewhat favorably because they did not seek to persecute Jews when in power.[17]

7th Century


A.D. 650-950. They rejected worship of Mary, saints, the cross, and Mass, and believed everyone should be able to freely study the Bible for themselves. Like many others they were accused of Dualism, considering a good God vs. an evil one of the world, and opposition to the materialism Catholicism worshiped.[18]

9th Century


A.D. 800-Present. They created a non-Latin translation of the Bible, enraging the Catholic Church, who spent centuries trying to massacre them out of existence. They emphasized poverty and rejected Indulgences, Purgatory, prayer for the dead, popes, holy water, refused to take oaths, and considered Roman Catholicism the Harlot of Babylon.[19]

10th Century


A.D. 950-1900. Dualists, rejected worship of the cross and emphasis on external church buildings.[20]

12th Century


A.D. 1100 - Present. Also called Paterines. Believed in Dualism, that the God of the Bible is opposed by a god of this world, Satan (Biblical - 2 Corinthians 4:4, John 12:31, 16:11). They believed in poverty, rejected priesthood and church buildings, and refused to swear oaths (Biblical - see Matthew 5:34, James 5:12). Despite the Albigensian Crusade, which killed some 500,000 of them, remnants have survived to the present day.[21]


A.D. 1100-1350. Believed in Dualism, a good God vs. an evil one of this world, Satan, and condemned Catholic "corruption, ritualistic pomp, and superficiality". While they disagreed with Judaism, they coexisted peacefully. Were destroyed in one of the bloodiest massacres in Catholic history, the Albigensian Crusades.[22]


A.D. 1100-1250. Also called Henricians. Rejected an outward visible church, said the real church was in the hearts of all believers. Rejected infant baptism, crucifix worship, prayer to the dead, and Mass/the Eucharist.[23]


A.D. 1136-1200: Founded by Arnold of Brescia. Rejected infant baptism and material possessions.[24]

The Harlot of Babylon: Rome

The most explicit reference to Roman Catholicism is found in Revelation chapters 17-18 which discuss a "great city" which would fall away from God, persecute Christians across all ages, and ultimately be destroyed by God at the last. The city's name? Babylon, what the early Christian Church called Rome. (Revelation 17-18) It may be represented by Jezebel, the false prophetess whose children will be executed in punishment. (Revelation 2:20-23) Rome is symbolized by an adulterous woman who has all GOD's prophets and saints murdered while conspiring with all the merchants and wealthy of the Earth to create evil. (Revelation 17-18) Rome is the daughter of the Chaldeans who pridefully says in her heart she will always be a lady and never a widow. She will be cast into Hell and punished, humiliated, and her children killed before her eyes. (Isaiah 47)

Verse Analysis

If there's any doubt, it is specifically said to be a great city in 17:18 ("And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.") built on 7 mountains as specified in 17:9. ("And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.") Rome of course is worldwide recognized for "The Seven Hills of Rome". It is symbolized by a great whore with fancy clothing, a cup full of abominations, and on whose forehead is written, "Mystery: Babylon The Great - The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth". (17:1-6)

Other features of Babylon mentioned are:

  • Drunk with the blood of saints, martyrs of Jesus, prophets, and all those slain upon the earth. (17:6; 18:20,24)
  • Rules over peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages. (17:15; 18:3) By its sorceries were all nations deceived. (18:23) Rules over the kings of the earth. (17:2,18; 18:3,9)
  • Out of it will come the Beast, more commonly called the Antichrist, which will be worshiped by all non-Christians on the earth in the final world empire. (17:8) The Beast will be the 8th in a lineage (kings?) and ten previously kingdomless kings will receive power as kings under the Beast, to serve him, only to be destroyed by the returning Christ. (17:9-14)
  • It is a great merchant city by the sea to be mourned by merchants and shipmasters for their loss of trade in gold, silver, jewels, pearls, clothing, thyine wood, ivory, bronze, iron, marble, spices, ointments, wine, oil, flour, wheat, cattle, chariots, slaves, and souls of men. (18:3,11-19)
  • Said to be the home of devils, foul spirits, and cage to every unclean and hateful bird. (18:2)
  • Christians are a part of it, and commanded to "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues, for her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." (18:4-5)
  • Known for its harpers and musicians, including pipers and trumpeters, as well as for its craftsmen. (18:22)
  • To be utterly destroyed with death, mourning, and famine; burned by fire (which Rome was in A.D. 64) and no more found at all. (17:16; 18:8,21)

In all my years of examining Catholic doctrines, I'm not sure I've found a single one yet that actually comes even close to teaching what the Bible does. Not one.

Racism in the Catholic 'New Advent' Encyclopedia

See also Racism in New Advent

There is a popular online encyclopedia that Catholics love to cite called 'New Advent.' Unfortunately, it is filled throughout with racist commentary, so I refuse to cite it or consider it a reputable source.


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