A convert to Roman Catholicism, or a person born into the religion, is instructed over time, and eventually comes to believe as a practicing Roman Catholic, that only one man, a pope in Rome, Italy residing in his own ecclesiastical-civil state, speaks for God and is the only person on the earth who has the authority and power to tell all Roman Catholics what they should, and should not, believe about Jesus Christ, and how they should practice the religion. Likewise, a convert to Mormonism, or a person born into a Mormon family, comes to believe that there is but one man, a prophet residing in Salt Lake City, Utah, who has the power and authority to speak for Jesus Christ upon the earth in order to guide Mormons, as Moses guided the Children of Israel, to the promised highest degree of Mormon heaven called exaltation. Similarly, a Muslim convert, or a person born into a Muslim family, is made to be submissive to the belief that one man, named Muhammad the Islamic prophet, received from the Islamic deity, Allah, through an angel named Gabriel, a book of scripture called the Koran, and that only a caliphate, or direct representative of Allah on the earth, has the authority to tell Muslims how they should interpret the Koran in order to be totally submissive to Allah. The Islamic hierarchy historically demanded, and currently demands, obedience from all Muslims in accordance with commands from Muhammad, or his representative, in response to the will of the Islamic deity. Never can an individual Muslim living under the dominion of a caliphate (an Islamic interpreter) determine for himself, or herself, the will of Allah.
These three very dangerous theocracies control to a great degree the day-to-day religious, political, and social behaviors of over approximately 1.9 billion human beings on the earth. Why are these theocracies dangerous? Well, when you have one (1) man, such as a pope or a prophet, speaking for a deity and telling his many followers that only he has the right and power to receive information from that particular deity, which no other human being can receive, that pope or prophet wields great authority and power over the people. One may, however, dispense immediately with a comparative discussion about Islam, for both Catholics, devout Mormons, and all genuinely real Christians believe that Islam is a devilish heresy that was spawned in the 6th Century by Satan to devour the souls of many of God’s children. I will, therefore, deal with Islamic theocracy separately in the last part of this article. What is, however, very odd about Catholics and Mormons is that, while believing that Islamic theocracy and its doctrine are condemned by God almighty, they cannot see and understand their own dangerousness and theocratic condemnation by God. You see, Roman Catholics and Mormons have been so tied and bound in their ritual mazes of purely manmade theology, doctrine, and traditions proclaimed by their oracles (Roman Catholic popes and Mormon prophets) since their inceptions, that they have blatantly disregarded and ignored the simple rules of Christianity laid down by Jesus in the Holy Bible. While publicly claiming to follow Jesus, saying that they believe the scriptures of the Bible, Roman Catholics and Mormons have behaved and continue to behave just the opposite and elevate the authority of manmade gospels over biblical New Testament Christianity, when those manmade gospels inexorably contradict what Jesus and his Apostles commanded Christians to do in the First Century. Shall I provide some extremely poignant examples of the Roman Catholic inconsistencies to which I am referring? From the very beginning of God’s relationship with mankind, he, almighty God, stated that He was, and is, a jealous God, and didn’t want His people to bow to other gods and graven images. God has told mankind in the Holy Bible that there is one person, the man Jesus, who stands between the Father and the people of the earth, through whom we receive His blessings. The Word, Jesus, the God of the Old Testament, laid down the Ten Commandments, the second of which states, “”You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.”
Well, Jesus said several times before his death, burial, and resurrection that the Holy Law would abide forever. He came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it, and he did! Yet, the Roman Catholics began, in the 10th Century, through authorization given by a pope, the practice of bowing to statutes of Mary the mother of Jesus, and praying to God through her, something Jesus, the God of the Old Testament strictly and punitively condemned. At first, the practice was called a cult (the Cult of the Virgin), but after people started taking a liking to idolatry, the pope created his bull, and the heathen practice was established as Catholic doctrine. After a while, Roman Catholics began bowing to the carved images of some 250 canonized Catholic saints, making them what Jesus had “only” become through his resurrection and ascension into heaven, humankind’s only intercessor and advocate with the father. So, how can you call Roman Catholics who bow to graven images anything less than what they are, idolaters? Of course Jesus has called them that, not me. Let’s look at another salient example. The Roman Catholics disavow the Book of Hebrews and the writer’s very simple import that when Jesus died on the cross there was no further need for a priesthood of men to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. Jesus became mankind’s one, and only, high priest to represent every individual human being before God. In other words, a person does not have to seek contrition for his sins through confession before a Catholic priest, nor is the Catholic priest some mystical emissary for God who through manmade rites converts wine to blood and bread to flesh during a mysterious rite called the Eucharist. These manmade processes were established centuries after Jesus had had his last supper with his apostles, when He had simply told them to eat unleavened bread in simple symbolism of his broken body, and to drink wine in symbolism of his blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary. Many critics of Catholicism, past and present, have stated, and written, that these rites were created to make Christ’s simple gospel a complex undefinable mystery to awe and daunt the human mind. Furthermore, the Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12:28 (NIV), stated, “Now in the Church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.” The only other church officers established by order of Jesus were deacons, in Acts 6, and elders, or bishops, as instructed by the Apostle Paul in Titus 1. Instead of maintaining the simple order that Jesus had established in his church, the Roman Catholics fulfilled, from the 2nd Century-on what John the Revelator stated in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 17:3-6, 9:
“Then the angel carried me away in the spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead, “Mystery, Babylon the Great, The mother of Prostitutes and of the Abominations of the Earth.” I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are the seven hills on which the woman sits.”
The tragic, but sardonic, history that was made in the last of the 1st Century, with the degenerate Roman Emperor Nero attempting to burn Rome and exterminate all Christians living there, the cruel deaths inflicted by Rome upon the Christians throughout the 2nd Century, and the egregious murders of most of the faithful Christians who would not conform to Roman Emperor Constantine’s amalgamation of what was left of pure Christianity with Roman paganism in the 3rd Century, which began the scarlet Roman papacy, fully fulfilled the prophecies given in the New Testament by the Apostles Paul and John. With its popes, cardinals, monks, archbishops, diversified clergies, and the opulent regalia spoken of by the Apostle John in Revelation 17, during his imprisonment on the Island of Patmos, the Roman Catholic Church is what God called it, Babylon the Great!
Though the prophecies of the Apostles were fulfilled with the establishment of the pagan Roman Catholic theocracy, in which the Catholic Pope was elevated to the status of a king, military commander, and ruler of his own Roman kingdom, Vatican City, the Lord God miraculously preserved his holy Word during the 3rd Century, a time when the written Word of God might have been eviscerated from the earth if the will of man had totally presided. Though free will was allowed by God to exist, Jesus had already proclaimed to his apostles, in Matthew 16:17-19 (NIV), that His Church would prevail against the gates of hell. Hence, there were groups of Christians upon the practicing the pure Gospel of Jesus according to the pure Word of God despite the creation and austere domination of the Roman Catholic Church theocracy.
The Roman Catholic theocracy and the Mormon theocracy prevail in the world today as fulfillment of holy prophecy, and we are told by the Apostle Paul, in Galatians 1:1-10 (NIV), that they are to be accursed as false gospels. The Salt Lake City Mormon hierarchy commands its, supposedly, millions of devout latter-day saints to faithfully heed the word of the Mormon prophet, who is called the prophet, seer, and revelator, the only man upon the earth who, according to the Mormon Doctrine and Covenants 68: 3-4, “speaks as the mind of the Lord, the will of the Lord, the word of the Lord, the voice of the Lord, and he power of God unto salvation.” Even before Roman Catholicism had fully established its theocratic foothold in the new American republic, the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. had attempted, in 1843-44, to establish and implement a literal Mormon theocracy to replace republican government in the USA. This secret illicit and treasonous conspiracy was perpetrated by Smith as he attempted, in 1844, to become a candidate for the U.S. Presidency, and to create a “Council of fifty,” which was to replace the U.S. Constitution as the theocratic ruling organization that was to receive instructions from Smith, as the prophet, seer, revelator, and absolute ruler over the ecclesiastical kingdom of God upon the earth. When this hatched conspiracy was disclosed through the efforts of Smith’s opponents in Nauvoo, Illinois, Smith retaliated by destroying a printing press in that large Mormon city. This resulted in Smith being indicted on federal charges of treason and conspiracy in 1844. These charges were pending against Smith and his brother Hyrum just before a lynch mob broke into the Carthage, Illinois jail and killed Smith.
When the Mormons migrated, in mass, to the Salt Lake Utah Valley, between 1844 and 1850, Smith’s successor, Brigham Young, wrote, in 1877, the pagan temple rite that was to be used in the Mormon temples until around 1910, when the liturgy was secretly revised to remove parts of Young’s liturgy. Yet, a great portion of Brigham Young’s liturgy was allowed to remain in that temple rite, which included a blood oath, taken by all temple initiates, to oppose the federal government of the United States by all means that would not be criminally attributed to the LDS Church. This secret blood oath was kept intact until around 1940, when it was expunged.
Now, I will address Islam as a direct comparison with Mormonism, for it is only other false religion,besides Mormonism, that fulfilled the Apostle Paul’s prophetic words in Galatians 1: 8 (KJV), “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you that that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Both Mormonism and Islam were a result of their originator’s, Joseph Smith, Jr. and Muhammad, the 6th Century gangster, claims that they received their mandates from angels from heaven. In the case of Joseph Smith, Jr., it was Nephi and Moroni, warriors who had lived anciently America. In the case of Muhammad, it was the angel Gabriel. As a result, Muhammad wrote his book, the Koran, which is the antithesis of all that is holy in the Holy Bible. And like I stated earlier in this article, the words of the Koran, interpreted by only an Islamic caliph or cleric, guides the actions of around 1.6 billion Muslims in 17 predominantly Islamic nations.
By now, the Christian reader, and all other reasonable individuals, should have grasped the reason why theocracies are dangerous to the world. First of all, a theocracy is not what Jesus established on the earth as his church. He stated to the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate, in Matthew 18: 36, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” I don’t think that the many Roman Catholic popes, the arrogant vicars of Christ, since the 3rd Century, would have said the same words to foreign military commanders who were attempting to seize the Vatican City. They would have turned to their military guards, now called the Swiss Guard, and said, “Sic’ em!”
Jesus of Nazareth, the Savior of the world, continues to empower every human soul to have constant communication with the Holy Spirit, and with him, the Christ, who died for all mankind on the cross of Calvary. Jesus is enough! And there is no one upon the earth who can deny the power Jesus with any credibility. But when one thinks of the nearly 2 billion people upon the earth made captive by Satan through manmade theocracies that, in the name of a deity, command their loyalty and obedience, one has to mourn the lost souls under the dominion of the devil. As Jesus, as the God of the Old Testament, spoke through the Prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 35:8 (NIV), “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” And today the way to Jesus is so plain that a fool, though a wayfaring man, need not err therein!