The liberal who wants to attack Bible believing Christians will use many different ploys. One is to make the statement, “Every major war was caused by Religion.” Or “Religious wars have killed more people than anything else.”
Another ploy is to say, “Once a religion claims to be the only true way, then people get killed.”
These are all very FALSE accusations. For one thing, Atheists in Russia and China have killed 50 million plus in wars against their own people. You couldn’t find more ANTI-RELIGIOUS nations in human history. So, if religion were to problem then what explains all of these murderous atheist nations?
Another FACT that the accusations above miss is that Bible Believing fundamentalists believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven and we haven’t started a SINGLE war and haven’t killed anyone in the name of “religion”.
Contrary to the lies, the Bible teaches that Jesus is the only Way to salvation but then says to LOVE your enemies.
The Founders of Christianity and The Bible
Read 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.” Did Jesus ever kill anyone? He believed He was right and everyone else was WRONG. Why didn’t He kill anyone? Why didn’t He ever teach anyone to kill those who reject His teaching?
Do you see that? The liberal claims that if a person believes they have “a corner on the truth”, then that person is dangerous. But it is illogical to hold such a claim and historically proven to be FALSE.
Consider the Apostle Peter. In Acts 4:12, Peter was speaking about Jesus and said, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Peter says all other religions are false and only Jesus can save. Did Peter ever kill anyone? The obvious answer is, “NO!” He cut a man’s ear off and Jesus picked it up, put it back on his head and HEALED the WOUND.
BOTH Jesus and Peter thought they were “right and everyone else is wrong.”
The accusations made by liberals that we quoted in the first few lines of this article should be recognized for what they are: Unabashed Bigotry.
Liberals lie. They lie about the first amendment and the so-called “separation between church and state”. They lie about gun control and the second amendment. Liberals lie and they lie and they lie…
What About The CRUSADES???
Because of an inherent ignorance, liberals do not seem to realize just how MUSLIM they sound. Both liberals and Muslims try to use the Crusades as an excuse to attack Bible Believing Christians.
But there is a plain and simple fact that they each ignore. This fact is that the Crusades involved UNSAVED ROMAN CATHOLICS. The Popes who ordered the Crusades (Alexander II, Gregory VII, Urban II, etc.) were not Bible believing Christians. The people who went out to kill and pillage in the name of the Holy Roman Catholic Church were NOT born again Christians. They were a bunch of unsaved Roman Catholics who believed they would go to Heaven by KILLING Jews and Muslims. (Sound familiar? Jihad?)
Official Roman Catholic doctrine as found in the Council of Trent and left unchanged by Vatican II is clear in it’s claim to be the ONLY true church and that salvation is ONLY through their church. Rome also makes clear that born again Christians are “anathema”, which means “CURSED” and lost without hope of being saved.
Jesus said, “Ye must be born again.” (John 3:3-7) The Apostle Paul taught that you were saved by believing the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4 & Romans 10:9-13). NOT A SINGLE POPE OR CRUSADING CATHOLIC BELIEVED THAT.
Roman Catholics who believe in the magic arts of Catholicism and it’s baptismal regeneration, cannibalistic “eucharist” and idolatrous prayers to Mary and the saints (among other things) are no more saved than the members of Heaven’s Gate or followers of David Koresh, Joseph Smith or Jim Jones. And the Crusaders were good CATHOLICS who raped women and little girls, who split the heads of Jews wide open, who sodomized Muslim women and decapitated their men. And they didn’t do it in the name of Jesus Christ (as is falsely claimed by antichrist educators). They did all this in the name of Mother Church and her so-called Vicar of Christ in Rome. And they have NEVER been excommunicated. (Neither has Hitler or his henchmen for that matter.)
Biblical Christians had nothing to do with the Crusades. Yet, they believe that Jesus is the only Savior of the world an that all other religions are FALSE.
Why Does Religion KILL?
Every major religion makes one deadly mistake and this deadly mistake is NOT thinking they are right and everyone else is wrong. That claim is utterly absurd. The deadly mistake made by all religions is the establishment of the Church State model with the inevitable laws forbidding religious dissent under threat of imprisonment and/or death.
Read that again and let it sink in.
Claiming to be “the only true faith” has NEVER caused any religious person to kill anyone. This is the same asinine logic that leads to gun control when a gun has NEVER killed anyone. Just as “guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” so it is with the doctrine of exclusivity (that ONLY Jesus saves).
Rome adopted the Church State model under the first REAL pope, Constantine, in the fourth century. The Edict of Milan did NOT grant full religious freedom (as falsely claimed by your college professor), but provided for some relief from certain select persecuted groups. And it was the empetus behind the establishment of Nicolaitanism as the State Church of the Roman Empire, which came to be known as the Holy Roman Catholic Church.
But it didn’t take long for the Church State to use it’s absolute power to enact laws forbidding religious dissent under threat of imprisonment and/or death. By 385 AD, the Roman “church” killed Priscillian and six of his followers by beheading them, simply because Priscillian believed and taught what Rome called heresy. Since then, untold millions have died at the hands of Roman Catholic killers.
Other examples of the murder of Bible Believing Christians and other non-conformists by the Church State include:
The Orthodox Church– Examples are replete, but Russia is the best documented. There, any non-Orthodox Russian has been subject to persecution, arrest, imprisonment, torture and execution. While executions are not taking place at the moment, Bible Believing congregations are referred to as “sects” and “cults”. Extreme restrictions exist and are becoming more extreme as the Russian Orthodox Church continues to seek to restore it’s stranglehold on Russian religion, as it once did before the Bolshevik Revolution. This same thing goes on in Greece, Armenia and anywhere else the Orthodox gain political control.
The Protestants– Calvin established a Church State model in Geneva, Switzerland and passed laws against any form of religious non-conformity. He burned Servetus at the stake. He drove Castellio out of town and into poverty for daring to speak out against the murder of Servetus and for calling on Calvin and the Geneva leadership to put an end to the Church State model. Many others died, were imprisoned and tortured under Calvin’s Church State rule.
The dictatorial actions of Calvin are detailed by Dave Hunt in, “What Love Is This?” And these same sorts of crimes against humanity are well-documented everywhere that a Protestant Church State has existed. The Puritan witch trials in Salem, Mass., and the persecution of Baptists for hundreds of years are well-documented by others ans demonstrate the point.
Lutheran Germany– Every Church State sprinkles babies and calls it “baptism”. You won’t find this in the Bible, just like you won’t find the Church State in the Bible. But this practice is done in order to build citizenship into the Church State. It’s the Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Lutheran “church growth plan”. The Church controls the state, “baptizes” all newborns into the Church State and then takes total dominion. This explains why Luther espoused the baptismal regeneration heresy (a soul-damning false doctrine) in his Catechism.
When Luther couldn’t persuade Jews to join his Church State, Luther began calling on his fellow Germans to drive Jews out of Deutschland, burn their synagogues, destroy their belongings and send them into foreign lands, completely destitute of their belongings. And they did. And when a duck-walking little punk named Hitler rose to power five centuries later, he found Luther’s writings to be of the utmost usefulness in dredging up nationalistic support of his “final solution” for the “Jewish problem”. Hitler also cited the Pope’s and great demoniacs like Chrysostom and Augustine.
What is seldom mentioned is Luther’s venom toward Baptists. He called for them to be sent into exile and denied basic religious freedoms. God only knows what Luther might have done to Jews and Baptists if he had been given control of the civil powers of Germany.
Back To Our Original Questions
The fact remains that neither the Roman, Orthodox, Protestant or Lutheran churches had a Biblical ecclesiology (doctrine of the Church) and all of them enacted laws and/or binding resolutions calling for the imprisonment, torture and/or execution and/or banishment of those who refuse to conform to their particular religious traditions.
The fact remains that the Bible CONDEMS all four branches of mainline denominationalism. Rome and her offspring will be destroyed for their anti-Biblical persecution of Bible believing Christians and non-conformist Jews. Read Revelation 17-18 for details.
The additional fact remains that the Bible CONDEMNS the Church State model (Revelation 2:12-15 & 1 Peter 5:1-3, etc.) and CONDEMS violence against so-called “non-conformists” (Matthew 5:43-45, Luke 6:27-29, etc.).
The fact IS that a Baptist named Roger Williams wrote the first Constitution that had a TRUE “separation clause” banning a Church State in Rhode Island.
The fact IS that Thomas Jefferson was writing the Danbury Baptists when he used the phrase, “wall of separation between church and state” in order to assure the Baptists that the Episcopalians would not be establishing a Church State in Virginia.
Jesus is the only REAL emancipator. He preached freedom of conscience and He will only send people to Hell if they so CHOOSE and DESIRE to go there. And no born again follower of Jesus Christ would work to establish a Church State or persecute anyone for not repenting and believing the Gospel. We simply pray for you to see the light and go on with our lives.
The ONLY true religion just happens to be the ONLY religion that actually PROTECTS the rights of atheists, occultists, cultists, etc., to believe as they wish. Judgment, condemnation and execution of the death sentence against those who reject Jesus Christ comes AFTER this world is ended and the Great White Throne takes place. Until then, we will simply preach to them all and let God sort them out.