There are only two branches, known as Christianity, that have their roots in the first century A.D. One is the true Church of God that has always existed since it began in 31 A.D. This Church has always carried the identity to whom it belongs—God. The other church is the Catholic Church. No other churches can be traced back to this beginning in the first century. All other churches have either split off from the true Church of God after abandoning the truth, or they have splintered off from the Catholic Church to form their own organization (or from some other such splinter). Some of these churches that exist to this day include: the Lutheran Church, Church of England, Baptist Church, Methodists, etc. Furthermore, the earliest of these didn't form until the sixteenth century, A.D. Therefore, it took nearly 1,500 years before any other group emerged that called itself Christian.
The list of counterfeit teachings is far too long to address here. Another book would need to be written. There are numerous pagan teachings that have merged into a framework, mimicking parts of Christianity. Some of the teachings of paganism that involved sun god worship included the birth of a son to a virgin mother. Satan knew God's plan of a future Son and counterfeited it long before the time of Jesus Christ. Statues of a mother and child being worshiped by followers of paganism existed for centuries before Jesus was born. Indeed, statues and other religious relics have always been a part of pagan worship.
In pagan worship, as part of a great religious observance that celebrated the birth of a son to the sun god, was the celebration of the winter solstice somewhere in the time period of late December to early January. Hence, it was not a difficult thing to counterfeit this pagan teaching by saying that this was the time of Jesus' birth, and thereby merge a semblance of the two religions. However, nearly all "religious scholars" will acknowledge that Jesus Christ was not born in this season of the year, but at a time nearer September. Some people get upset and ask, "What does it matter as long as Christmas is about honoring and worshipping Jesus Christ?" It is wrong because it is not from God. All religious worship and observance is to be done exactly the way God commands. God further commands that we are not to add to, or take away from, what He commands us. Doing things our way instead of God's way is the very problem that has existed since Adam and Eve, and this is the very thing which God is about to correct on this earth.
Another great deception concerns the teaching of a doctrine that has its origin in the false teaching of Easter. This topic will serve as part of an introduction into the content for the remainder of this chapter, regarding the mystery of God that is being revealed. It is helpful to understand the great deception that surrounds this false doctrine so that you might be able to begin to see what is actually true and what has held traditional Christianity captive for centuries.
By 325 A.D. the Catholic Church had become very strong, and it had great religious appeal among the populace as well as leaders in government. The Council of Nicea was called by the Catholic Church to address some foundational doctrines of their church that would carry powerful influence over all who would follow this same false course, even among the later splinter organizations.
The true Church of God, at this time, had remained small and was hated by others in the Catholic Church. Up to this time, and ever since, this great false church has been the primary persecutor of God's Church and has been responsible for the slaughter of many of God's people.
This information may be hard for you to hear, but you must come to grips with this knowledge now or you will have to do so in your resurrection after the thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ. God is not playing games with the world. Mankind will no longer be able to simply ignore God and continue on his merry way. God is bringing this great false system to a close! It will be destroyed, and all organizations that have copied it will be destroyed as well.
Notice what God actually has to say about this great false church and all who have been born of her teachings:
Then one of the seven angels which had the seven vials [this is one of the angels that had one of the vials of the seven last plagues, which will be poured out on the very day of Christ's return] came to me and talked to me, and said to me, "Come here and I will show you the judgment of the great whore [God uses this term to describe her great spiritual whoredom used to deceive and attract people to a false religious system that calls itself of God] who sits upon many waters [a description of power, political influence and control], with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication [spiritually], and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication [people have been seduced and made spiritually drunk on her false whorish ways]. " So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness, and I saw a woman [Catholic Church] sit upon a scarlet colored beast that was full of names of blasphemy, and having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls [this church has always had great wealth], having a golden cup in her handfull of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. On her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH [the harlots are all other churches that have their roots in the Catholic Church] And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus [responsible for the death of many of God's people], and when I saw her, I was amazed with great astonishment. (Revelation 17:1-6) If you are beginning to see a bit of the picture, you will see that God is getting ready to finally bring an end to this great whore and all her harlot daughters. Does anything calling itself of God or Christian carry any weight with God if it is formed in disobedience? No!
Many of the harlot daughters of the Catholic Church think they are fully separate from her, but they are not. They do not grasp that their roots are deeply embedded in her. Before we continue with the importance of the Council of Nicea, it is first needful to describe a few of the false beliefs originating from the Catholic Church.
Some of the most hideous teachings of the Catholic Church, which hold traditional Christianity in captivity to deception, are focal to most of these religious organizations. I will mention a few of these false teachings and explain what is actually true.
The seventh-day Sabbath has been perverted into a doctrine of Sunday worship. Easter is observed instead of the Passover, which was replaced by the Council of Nicea. Christmas, Halloween, Lent, and Communion all have their roots in paganism and have been instituted to replace God's annual Holy Days. The truth about a future resurrection to physical life once again in God's world has been replaced by ideas of an immortal soul that goes to either heaven or hell at death (or some place between).
Jesus Christ said that the only sign He would leave that would prove He was who He said (the Messiah and man's Passover) is that He would be dead and in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. He died late Wednesday afternoon and was placed in the heart of the earth just before sundown on that day. He was resurrected exactly three days later on late Saturday afternoon, just before sunset. So when the two Marys came to His burial site before sunrise the following morning, the angels told them He had already risen. But the Catholic Church has taught the world that Jesus died on "Good Friday" and was resurrected on early Sunday morning. Both are a lie! This would mean Jesus Christ was not our Passover sacrifice and that He is not the Christ, since they teach He was only in the heart of the earth for a maximum of two nights and one day.
Another great false teaching, which will be covered more in the subject of the Council of Nicea, is that God is a Trinity. It is taught that the holy spirit is a separate spirit being. This too is a lie! The holy spirit is the power of God. The Trinity is a kind of spiritual Three Musketeers stating that the Father, the holy spirit, and Jesus Christ are eternal beings who each are separate and yet are one. It is a great mystery because there is no truth in it. The awesome truth about God, which has been a mystery to mankind, will be fully revealed in this chapter.
Any religious groups holding to any of these false doctrines are themselves false! They received these false doctrines from the Catholic Church. Easter is nowhere mentioned in the Bible. The Mass of Christ (Christmas) is nowhere mentioned in scripture. The Trinity is not mentioned in the Bible anywhere, and neither are any of these other false doctrines I have mentioned. They are fables of the Catholic Church and God condemns them all. God is getting ready to destroy every false religion and everyone who insists on holding onto them. If you have any desire to live into the new world that is coming, then you must repent of these false doctrines you have been embracing.
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