LIST OF HERESIES

And HUMAN TRADITIONS ADOPTED and
PERPETUATED by the ROMAN CATHOLIC
CHURCH IN THE COURSE OF 1600 YEARS

 (Compiled by Bro. Stephen L. Testa).



"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall
make you free." Jesus in John 8:32

Notice:--These dates are in many cases approximate. Many of these heresies had been current in the Church years before, but only when they were officially adopted by a Church council and proclaimed by the pope as dogma of faith, did they become binding on Catholics.

 And doctrine to be true must conform to the Word of God. "To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (Isaiah 8:20)

 At the Reformation in the 16th Century these heresies were repudiated as having no part in the Religion of Jesus as taught in the New Testament.
 

Heresy Date
OF ALL THE HUMAN TRADITIONS taught and practiced by the Roman Catholic Church, which
are contrary to the Bible, the most ancient are the prayers for the dead and the sign of the Cross.
Both began 300 years after Christ.
310
Wax Candles introduced in church. about 320
Veneration of angels and dead saints. 375
The Mass, as a daily celebration, adopted. 394
The worship of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the use of the term, "Mother of God", as applied to
her, originated in the Council of Ephesus
431
Priests began to dress differently from the laity 500
The doctrine of Purgatory was first established by Gregory the Great 593
The Latin language, as the language of prayer and worship in churches, was also imposed by Pope
Gregory I. 600 years after Christ

 The Word of God forbids praying and teaching in an unknown tongue. (I Cor. 14:9).

600
The Bible teaches that we pray to God alone. In the primitive church never were prayers directed to
Mary, or to dead saints. This practice began in the Roman Church

 (Matt. 11:28; Luke 1:46; Acts 10:25-26; 14:14-18)

600
The Papacy is of pagan origin. The title of pope or universal bishop, was first given to the bishop of
Rome by the wicked emperor Phocas

 This he did to spite Bishop Ciriacus of Constantinople, who had justly excommunicated him for his
having caused the assassination of his predecessor emperor Mauritius. Gregory 1, then bishop of
Rome, refused the title, but his successor, Boniface III, first assumed title "pope."

 Jesus did not appoint Peter to the headship of the apostles and forbade any such notion. (Lk.
22:24-26; Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18; I Cor. 3:11).

 Note:-- Nor is there any mention in Scripture, nor in history, that Peter ever was in Rome, much less
that he was pope there for 25 years; Clement, 3rd bishop of Rome, remarks that there is no real 1st
century evidence that Peter ever was in Rome."

610
The kissing of the Pope's feet

 It had been a pagan custom to kiss the feet of emperors. The Word of God forbids such practices.
(Read Acts 10:25-26; Rev. 19:10; 22:9).

709
The Temporal power of the Popes

 When Pepin, the usurper of the throne of France, descended into Italy, called by Pope Stephen II, to
war against the Italian Lombards, he defeated them and gave the city of Rome and surrounding
territory to the pope. Jesus expressly forbade such a thing, and He himself refused worldly kingship.
(Read Matt. 4:8-9; 20:25-26; John 18:38).

750
Worship of the cross, images and relics was authorized

 This was by order of Dowager Empress Irene of Constantinople, who first caused to pluck the eyes
of her own son, Constantine VI, and then called a church council at the request of Hadrian I, pope of
Rome at that time.

 Such practice is called simply IDOLATRY in the Bible, and is severly condemned. (Read Ex. 20:4;
3:17; Deut. 27:15; Psalm 115).

788
Holy Water, mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by the priest, was authorized 850
The veneration of St. Joseph began 890
The baptism of bells was instituted by Pope John XIV 965
Canonization of dead saints, first by Pope John XV

 Every believer and follower of Christ is called saint in the Bible. (Read Rom. 1:7; I Col. 1:2).

995
Fasting on Fridays and during Lent were imposed

 Imposed by popes said to be interested in the commerce of fish. (Bull, or permit to eat meat), some
authorities say, began in the year 700. This is against the plain teaching of the Bible. (Read Matt.
15:10; I Cor. 10:25; I Tim. 4:1-3).

998
The Mass was developed gradually as a sacrifice; attendance made obligatory in the 11th century.

 The Bible teaches that the sacrifice of Christ was offered once and for all, and is not to be repeated,
but only commemorated in the Lord's Supper. (Read Heb. 7:27; 9:26-28; 10:10-14).

The celibacy of the priesthood was decreed by Pope Hildebrand, Boniface VII

 Jesus imposed no such rule, nor did any of the apostles. On the contrary, St. Peter was a married
man, and St. Paul says that bishops were to have wife and children. (Read I Tim. 3:2,5, and 12;
Matt. 8:14-15).

1079
The Rosary, or prayer beads was introduced by Peter the Hermit, in the year 1090. Copied from
Hindus and Mohammedans

 The counting of prayers is a pagan practice and is expressly condemned by Christ. (Matt. 6:5-13).

1090
The Inquisition of heretics was instituted by the Council of Verona in the year 1184. Jesus never
taught the use of force to spread His religion
1184
The sale of Indulgences, commonly regarded as a purchase of forgiveness and a permit to indulge in
sin.

 Christianity, as taught in the Bible, condemns such a traffic and it was the protest against this traffic
that brought on the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century.

1190
The dogma of Transubstantiation was decreed by Pope Innocent III, in the year

 By this doctrine the priest pretends to perform a daily miracle by changing a wafer into the body of
Christ, and then he pretends to eat Him alive in the presence of his people during Mass. The Bible
condemns such absurdities; for the Lord's Supper is simply a memorial of the sacrifice of Christ. The
spiritual presence of Christ is implied in the Lord's Supper. (Read Luke 22:19-20; John 6:35; I Cor.
11:26).

1215
Confession of sin to the priest at least once a year was instituted by Pope Innocent III., in the
Lateran Council

 The Bible commands us to confess our sins direct to God. (Read Psa. 51:1-10; Luke 7:48; 15:21; I
John 1:8-9).

1215
The adormtion of the wafer (Host), was decreed by Pope Honorius

 So the Roman Church worships a God made by human hands. This is plain idolatry and absolutely
contrary to the spirit of the Gospel. (Read John 4:24).

1220
The BIble forbidden to laymen and placed in the Index of forbidden books by the Council of
Valencia

 Jesus commanded that the Scriptures should be read by all. (John 5:39; I Tim. 3:15-17).

1229
The Scapular was invented by Simon Stock, and English monk

 It is a piece of brown cloth, with the picture of the Virgin and supposed to contain supernatural virtue
to protect from all dangers those who wear it on naked skin. This is fetishism.

1287
The Roman Church forbade the cup to the laity, by instituting the communion of one kind in the
Council of Constance

 The Bible commands us to celebrate the Lord's Supper with unleavened bread and the fruit of the
vine. (Read Matt. 26:27; I Cor. 11:26-29).

1414
The doctrine of Purgatory was proclaimed as a dogma of faith by Council of Florence

 There is not one word in the Bible that would teach the purgatory of priests. The blood of Jesus
Christ cleanseth us from all sins. (Read I John 1:7-9; 2:1-2; John 5:24; Rom. 8:1).

1439
The doctrine of 7 Sacrmnents affirmed

 The Bible says that Christ instituted only two ordinances, Baptism and the Lord's Supper. (Read
Matt. 28: 19-20; 26:26-28).

1439
The Ave Maria, part of the last

 It was completed 50 years afterward and finally approved by Pope Sixtus V, at the end of the 16th
century.

1508
The Council of Trent, held in the year 1545, declared that Tradition is of equal authority with the
Bible

 By tradition is meant human teachings. The Pharisees believed the same way, and Jesus bitterly
condemned them, for by teaching human tradition, they nullified the commandments of God. (Read
Mark 7:7-13; Col. 2:8; Rev. 22:18).

1545
The apocryphal books were added to the Bible also by the Council of Trent

 These books were not recognized as canonical by the Jewish Church. (See Rev. 22:8-9).

1546
The Creed of Pope Pius IV was imposed as the official creed 1560 years after Christ and the
apostles

 True Christians retain the Holy Scriptures as their creed. Hence their creed is 1500 years older than
the creed of Roman Catholics. (Read Gal. 1:8).

1560
The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary was proclaimed by Pope Pius IX

 The Bible states that all men, with the sole exception of Christ, are sinners. Mary herself had need of
a Savior. (Read Rom. 3:23; 5:12; Psa. 51:5; Luke 1:30,46,47).

1834
In the year 1870 after Christ, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of Papal Infallibility

 This is a blasphemy and the sign of the apostasy and of the anti-christ predicted by St. Paul. (Read II
Thess. 2:2-12; Rev. 17:1-9; 13:5-8,18).

 Many Bible students see the number of the beast (Rev. 13:18), 666 in the Roman letters of the
Pope's title: "VICARIVS FILII DEI." -- V-5, I-1; C-100, I-1; V-S, I-1; L-50, I-1; I-1; D-500, I-l
-- Total, 666.

1870
Pope Plus X, in the year 1907, condemned together with "Modernism", all the discoveries of modern
science which are not approved by the Church

 Pius IX had done the same thing in the Syllabus of 1864.

1907
In the year 1930 Pius XI, condemned the Public Schools 1930
In the year 1931 the same pope Pius XI, reaffirmed the doctrine that Mary is "the Mother of God"

 This doctrine was first invented by the Council of Ephesus in the year 431. This is a heresy
contrary by Mary's own words. (Read Luke 1:46-49; John 2: l-5).

1931
In the year 1950 the last dogma was proclaimed by Pope Pins XII, the Assumption of the Virgin
Mary
1950

CONCLUSION

What will be the next invention? The Roman Church says it never changes; yet, it has done nothing else but invent new doctrines which are contrary to the Bible, and has practiced rites and ceremonies taken bodily from paganism. Some scholar has found that 75% of the rites and ceremonies of the Roman Church are of pagan origin.

 Note:-- Cardinal Newman, in his book, "The Development of the Christian Religion," admits that ... "Temples, incense, oil lamps, votive offerings, holy water, holidays and season of devotions, processions, blessing of fields, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure (of priests and monks and nuns), images ... are all of pagan origin..." (Page 359).

HERESIES are those doctrines and practices which are contrary to the Bible. They are also called "human traditions" or "doctrines of men". Both Peter and Paul predicted and warned that in the later times "false teachers" would rise within the Church and bring in "damnable heresies" and "doctrines of devils". (Read II Peter 2:1-3, and I Tim. 3:2-5). Jesus rebuked the Pharisees, for they transgressed the commandments of God by keeping their traditions. "in vain," He said, "they worship me by keeping for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matt. 15:3,9).

 The real heretics therefore, are the Roman Catholics and the true orthodox are the Evangelical Christians.

BRETHREN! The Word of God commands us to get out of Babylon, saying: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4). All true Christians will remain faithful to the religion of Christ as taught in the Bible, and heed the warning of the Apostle Paul, who said: "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:8).

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