SERMONS

APOSTASY REAL OR FAKE?

By Min. Thomas J. Allen, Tuesday May, 28 2013



I believe the Bible is the Word of God. I hold the acceptance of the Scriptures as the sole authority for faith, practice, and zeal, to study it as one should. It is to be the light for all our thoughts, words, and actions. In all of my research over the years, it always has been a question of mine, why does the entire church worship on Sunday? When in fact the bible tells us the Seventh Day is the hallowed and sanctified day to the Lord?

While I have studied many religious denominations in my search for God to find how to best worship the Lord, what I found in my journey was very disturbing. There is an old saying, "all roads lead to Rome." My search started when I was taking a small seminary course that required the King James Bible to complete the included tests, but I was using a Catholic Bible Authorized by Rome with the Imprimatur Seal. When my course required me to answer a few question in the old testament, I searched the catholic bible for the verse I needed and to my surprise, it was missing the entire verse that I needed to answer the test question. The bible actually went from verse 9 to 11 and verse 10 was missing completely. This was a red flag for me. Why would the roman catholic church remove verses out of the bible? Another issue I had was the Ten Commandments. The King James Bible showed that in the second commandment, having any type of engravin image, molden statues, worshiping it, to it, or even giving it any type of veneration was considered an abomination unto God! Yet the roman catholic church removed that commandment from their bible completely, shortened the 4th Commandment removing reference to the seventh day, and made it commandment number 3. They then split the tenth commandment into two, in order to make up for the missing second commandment about idols that they removed. This finding was my first jaw dropping find in my journey to find God. If they are so bold to change the very laws of God as Daniel stated would happen in the last days (Dan. 7:25), then what else have they changed?

In my ongoing research on this question, I found that the true sabbath which is the seventh day (Saturday), not the first day (Sunday) was not changed by the early followers of Christ as many would have you believe. The Lords Seventh Day Sabbath was changed to Sunday by the first roman pope to make a compromise with the still roman pagans of the day to enter the roman church in order to unify the empire. The first Sunday law was created at this time and will become law again in the last days as the bible states in (Dan. 7:25; Rev. 12:17) by this same beast. Sunday worship which now became law was enacted by Emperor Constantine on March, 321 A.D. and this was a forcible by death law to the early christians, in order to compromise with the pagan "sun worship" practices and to adopt the "Venerable day of the SUN" in order to get the pagans to enter the roman church and unite the empire. Constantine himself was also a Sun worshiper and it was not until he was on his death bed that he was baptized. So the government put out a decree and outlawed the biblical sabbath-keeping practices in favor of man's law rather then the law of God Almighty (Matt. 15:9). As a Mark of God's right to rule, the Sabbath challenged Satan's boast that he would take God's place. Said the adversary,

Isa. 14:13-14, "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will be like the most High"

So when you do the math, Sunday = 1 and Roman Numeral 1 = i. Satan actually wanted to be worshiped. To accomplish this, he had to nullify God's claim as the rightful ruler. God's authority rested on His claim to be the Creator, and the Sabbath was the mark of that authority (Gen. 2:3, Job 37:7). By destroying the Sabbath, Satan would prepare the way to set up a counterfeit government based on counterfeit claims of authority symbolized by a counterfeit day of worship.


The Apostasy Today

When I researched deeper into this apostasy, it gets pretty deep. These two passages from the two witnesses of the old and new testament explains the Papacy 100%.

Daniel 11:36-38, "And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things."
1 Thess. 2:2-6, "That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time."


With more research, I found these quotes direct from the Roman Catholic leaders themselves:



"The pope is the supreme judge of the law of the land... He is the vicegerent (replacement) of Christ, who is not only a Priest forever, but also King of kings and Lord of lords.", La Civilia Cattolica, March 18, 1871, quoted in Leonard Woosely Bacaon, An inside view of the Vatican Council (American Tract Society ed.), p.229
"Union of minds, therefore, requires, together with a perfect accord in the one faith, complete submission and obedience of will to the Church and to the Roman Pontiff, as to God Himself", Pope Leo XIII. Encyclical Letter Sapientia Christiana, Jan 10 1890
"We [the pope] hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.", Pope Leo XIII. Apostolic Exhortation Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae, June 20, 1894
"This is our last lesson to you: receive it, engrave it in your minds, all of you: by God's commandment salvation is to be found nowhere but in the Church; the strong and effective instrument of salvation is none other than the Roman Pontificate.", Pope Leo XIII. Allocution for the 25th anniversary of his election, February 20, 1903; Papal Teachings: The Church, Benedictine Monks of Solesmes, St. Paul Editions, Boston, 1962, page 653).
"Sunday is our MARK of authority..... The church is above the Bible, and this transference of sabbath observance is proof of that fact." - The Catholic Record, London, Ontario, September 1, 1923.
"If protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day, that is Saturday. In keeping Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church." Albert Smith, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the cardinal in a letter of Feb. 10, 1920.
"The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] church." Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today (1868), p. 213
"Sunday...is purely a creation of the Catholic Church." -- American Catholic Quarterly Review, January 1883.
"Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church." -- Priest Brady, in an address reported in The News, Elizabeth, New Jersey, March 18, 1903.


What does the Bible say about Salvation?



Matt. 24:5, "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Acts 10:43, "To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins."
1 Tim. 2:5, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
Gen. 2:3, "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."
Ex. 16:30, "So the people rested on the seventh day."
Ex. 20:11, "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."
Lev. 16:31, "It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever."
Mark 2:28, "Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath."
Acts 14:14-16, "Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways."
Heb. 4:6-11, "For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief. Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."
Rev 14:7, "Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."
Rev. 14:9-12, "And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."


So what is an image? Here is a direct quote from the Oxford Dictionary, "a representation of the external form of a person or thing. The general impression that a person, organization, or product presents to the public."


Prov. 28:9, "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination."
Matt. 15:9, "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
Col. 2:22, "Which all are to perish with the using after the commandments and doctrines of men?"
Rev. 22:14, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."


So my extensive research found not only the biblical sabbath truth, praise the Lord, but also who the Beast of Revelation really is as well as the mark. But another shocking reality hit home as I was pondering over this dark truth. The entire world as we know it is following a law created by the beast of Revelation! Daniel 7:25 speaks of the beast changing times and laws. The change from Saturday to Sunday is a time, and removing and changing of the Ten Commandments is the law which Daniel speaks of. From this point on in my journey I made the decision to follow the bible and the bible only. I turned away from the Sunday keeping churches and became a Sabbatarian Christian and started following the biblical sabbath.

Sabbatarianism is a re-awakening of the christian movement that attempts to reconstruct the earliest forms of christianity and go back to the real biblical roots of how to live our lives and worship our Lord God. Sabbatarian requires that christians hold all 10 Commandments as their way of life including the keeping the Seventh Day Sabbath (Ex. 20:8) and to hold to the Three Angels Message (Rev. 14) which is a requirement of obedience in the 4th Commandment to worship God on his day, not the Popes day of worship which sadly many today ignore as the bible states,

Matt. 15:9, "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
Luke 12:1, "...Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy."
1 Tim. 1:7, "Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm."
2 Tim. 4:3-4, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
Heb. 5:12, "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat."
2 Pet. 2:1-3, "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."


What Is To Come

Cain and Abel represent two classes that will exist in the world till the close of time. One class avail themselves of the appointed sacrifice for sin; the other venture to depend upon their own merits; theirs is a sacrifice without the virtue of divine mediation, and thus it is not able to bring man into favor with God. It is only through the merits of Jesus that our transgressions can be pardoned. Those who feel no need of the blood of Christ, who feel that without divine grace they can by their own works secure the approval of God, are making the same mistake as did Cain. If they do not accept the cleansing blood, they are under condemnation. There is no other provision made whereby they can be released from the thralldom of sin. The class of worshipers who follow the example of Cain includes by far the greater portion of the world; for nearly every false religion has been based on the same principle that man can depend upon his own efforts for salvation. It is claimed by some that the human race is in need, not of redemption, but of development that it can refine, elevate, and regenerate itself. As Cain thought to secure the divine favor by an offering that lacked the blood of a sacrifice, so do these expect to exalt humanity to the divine standard, independent of the atonement. The history of Cain shows what must be the results. It shows what man will become apart from Christ. Humanity has no power to regenerate itself. It does not tend upward, toward the divine, but downward, toward the satanic. Christ is our only hope. "There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." "Neither is there salvation in any other." Acts 4:12. Ibid., 72, 73. (Ref: Click Here)

One should also reflect the life of Noah who was the only one chosen by God to hear about his wrath to come upon the sinful earth. Noah was righteous in the eyes of God because he secluded himself and his family from the traditional sinful lifestyle of that time. Today we should follow his example and should not conform to this world, nor associate with the things and man made traditions of this world.

Matt. 4:8-9, "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me."
Mark 4:19, "And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful."
Luke 9:62, "And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
John 15:19, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."
Rom. 12:2, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Jas. 4:4, "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."
Matt. 24:37, "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

With almost the entire world as we see it today, many denominations and organizations moving toward the ecumenical movement in following man made traditions, their false doctrines and uniting their power with the beast of Rev 17, which conflict's with God's commandments (Matt. 15:9). We must consider our church to be the Lord Jesus Christ and all those of our brothers and sisters who follow what God himself has called us to live by,

Matt. 19:17, "...but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments."
1 Cor. 3:16-17, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."
Rev. 14:12, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."
Rev. 22:14, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."

We should hold the acceptance of the scriptures as the sole authority for faith, practice and the zeal to study it as one should, which is the mark of a genuine christian. We should not follow any of the traditions of men, nor follow the traditional Sunday worship which became law and will become law again in the last days,

Rev. 14:9-10, "And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb"

The ones behind this change of God's law's will deceive all her followers and will rise them up to go after people like us who keep the commandments of God as it is written,

Rev. 12:17, "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."

War will be ordered on the true saints, all who are obedient to God's law. It is up to us in these last days to help spread the final message of the three angel's on the biblical truth of God's law and requirements to all who will hear.


The Three Angels Message's


Rev. 14:6-12, "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."


We are to keep and teach the Commandments of God and also keep the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who will deliver us to the Father in the end.

Rom. 12:12, "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer."


May God Bless you, your family, and keep you all safe from the coming storm.
You are all in my prayers daily.


Yours In Christ
Min. Thomas J. Allen

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