But in vain they do worship me,
teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
The word sacrament is not to be found in the entire Bible; such absence being our first clue to the origin of sacraments not being from God, but an invention of man. The word is derived from a Greek word meaning mystery and was used in military oaths of pagans. As with many practices of the pagans, the Roman and Greek sects incorporated these heathenish practices into their religion, making themselves more popular and drawing more tithe-paying followers, (follow the money). There are many so-called sacraments, all of which have their origin in the Roman sect, including: communion, baptism, confirmation, penance, anointing the sick, holy orders, and matrimony.
Communion (called the Eucharist)
Paul relates Christ's words concerning the bread and wine thus: "This do you, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me" and himself adds, "For as often as you do eat this bread and drink this cup, you do show forth the Lord's death until he comes." . Christ is telling us: as often as you break bread and share a cup of wine after a meal, to do this in remembrance of me, until He comes to you, ( appears in you, is revealed in you, is seen within you).
It was a Jewish custom to break bread and share a cup of wine after the supper. So Jesus broke the bread and said:
"Take eat. This is my body that is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
What He was saying is: my body is broken so that I can live in you; when you break the bread, think of the broken bread as my body being broken and killed for you; and do this until I come again to live in union with you. Thus they remembered Him as they broke and ate the bread, and their hope of Jesus being resurrected in them was kept alive by remembering this until He returned to live in them as their ruling Lord and Master.
He took the cup of wine and said,
"The cup is the new covenant in my blood which is shed for you. Drink all of it for this is the blood of the new testament, which is shed for the remission of sins; which is shed for the many."
What he is saying is: when you drink wine from the shared cup after a meal, remember that my blood was shed so that sin could be destroyed in many. Thus the Jewish custom of sharing a cup of wine after a meal became a means to keep the hope alive in the believers that they would be freed of sin when Jesus appeared within them to destroy the works of the devil: sin in them.
Note! This is to be done at meals where bread and wine are shared, not in a sect ceremony.
Note! This is to be done until the Lord comes, or returns, or appears again. 2000 years ago, people were told to do this until he comes; why would they be told to do something until an event that would not occur for thousands of years? They weren't because Christ appears to all generations in those believers who have purified their hearts to prepare the way for the Lord to return. The New Testament is full of references to the second appearance of Jesus being then, not thousands of years later. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is recorded saying that some then standing with him, 2000 years ago, would see his glorious coming in the clouds with the Kingdom before they died. Later Paul, Jesus in Revelation, Peter, James, and John, — all said, soon, the time is near, a little while, he stands at the door. Christendom blithely ignores this gaping incongruity between what the Bible plainly states vs. what they are taught by their blind guides. It would be a cruel hoax to be waiting on Him to appear if the past one hundred generations of believers actually had no hope of ever seeing Him.
To appear again, is when he appears in the hearts of purified believers; those who have crucified their sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:6
After you reach purity, you see God in the face of Christ Jesus.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Mat 5:8.
Without a pure heart, you are now, and will be, banned from heaven.
He appears to the purified heart of a believer — he is seen.
This is his second appearance - this time to the purified in heart. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:6.
Christ is revealed in your heart; you see, and have knowledge of, the glory of God.
The morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Pet 1:19.
Jesus is resurrected in us to be our true Lord. 2 Cor 4:14, Col 2:11-12,3:1, Eph 2:6. And then:
When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Col 3:4. [When he appears, you enter the Kingdom, and also appear in glory.]
all of us, as with an unveiled face, behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, and are changed into the same image from glory to glory, by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor 3:18. We put on the newly created nature [of Christ], which is created in God's image of true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24.
When he appears, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. Everyone with this hope purifies himself, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
Only those who are like him, pure, will see him appear. Call on the Lord with a pure heart. 2 Tim 2:22
Our meal time is supposed to be the trigger to remember that the Lord's body was broken and his blood was shed so that He can be resurrected (to appear, to be seen) within a believer who persists in carrying the inward cross of self-denial and following Jesus, (obey his every command). A great early Quaker, Stephen Crisp, wrote how Christ taught him the same:
This was given me at a time when the sense of
my own unworthiness had so overwhelmed me
in sorrow and anguish, that I thought myself
unworthy of any of the creatures; forasmuch
as I was out of the covenant of God, and hereupon was tempted to deny myself of them.
Then did the hope of the resurrection of the
just spring in me, and I was taught to wait on
God, and to eat and drink in fear and watchfulness, showing forth the Lord's death till he
should come to be raised to live and reign in
From George Fox in his Journal, defending the denial of the sacrament and explaining the true requirements of fellowship :
Another great objection they [the other sects] had, "That the Quakers denied the sacrament," as they called it, "of bread and wine, which" they said, "they [the other sects] were to take, and do in remembrance of Christ to the end of the world." A great deal of work we had with the priests and professors [of the other sects] about this, and about the several modes of receiving it in Christendom, so called: for some of them take it kneeling, some sitting; but none of them all, that ever I could find, take it as the disciples took it. For the disciples took it in a chamber after supper; but the sects generally take it before dinner; and some say, after their priest has blessed it, it is "Christ's body." But as to this matter, Christ said, "Do this in remembrance of me." He did not tell them how often they should do it, or how long; neither did he tell them to do it always as long as they lived, or that all believers in him should do it to the world's end. The apostle Paul, who was not converted until after Christ's death, tells the Corinthians, that he had received from the Lord what he had told them concerning this matter; and Paul relates Christ's words concerning the cup thus: "This do you, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me" and himself adds, "For as often as you do eat this bread and drink this cup, you do show forth the Lord's death until he comes." So according to what Paul here relates, neither Christ nor he instructed the people to do this always, but leaves it to their liberty, "as often as you drink it,"... The Jews used to share a cup of wine, and to break bread and divide it among themselves in their feasts; as may be seen in the Jewish Antiquities; so that the breaking of bread and drinking of wine were Jewish rites, which were not to last forever. They also baptized with water, which made it not seem a strange thing to them, when John the Baptist came with his decreasing ministration of water baptism. But as to the bread and wine, after the disciples had taken it, some of them questioned whether Jesus was the Christ? For some of them said, after he was crucified, “We trusted that it had been he who should have redeemed Israel,".. And although the Corinthians had eaten the bread and wine, and had been baptized in water, the apostle told them they were "reprobates, [still captive to sin] if Christ was not in them;" and told them "examine themselves." And as the apostle said, "As often as you do eat this bread, and drink this cup, you show forth the Lord's death until he comes;" so Christ had said before that he was the "bread of life," which" came down from heaven;" and that "he would come, and dwell in them;" which the apostles witnessed to be fulfilled in themselves; and they exhorted others to seek that which "comes down from above;" but the outward bread and wine, and water, are not from above, but from below.
Now you, who eat and drink this outward bread and wine in remembrance of Christ's death, and have your fellowships in that, will you come no nearer to Christ's death than to take bread and wine in remembrance of it? After you have eaten in remembrance of his death, you must come into his death, and die [the spiritual death of the inward cross of self-denial] with him, as the apostles did, if you will live with him. This is a nearer and further advanced state, to be with him in the fellowship of his death, than to only eat bread and wine in remembrance of his death.
You must have fellowship with Christ in his sufferings;
if you will reign with him, you must suffer with him;
if you will live with him, you must die with him;
and if you die with him, you must be buried with him,
and being buried with him in the true baptism, you also rise with him.
Then having suffered with him, died with him, and been buried with him, if you are risen with Christ "seek those things which are above where Christ, sits on the right hand of God." Eat the bread which comes down from above, which is not outward bread; and drink the cup of salvation which he gives in his kingdom, which is not outward wine. And then there will not be a looking at the things that are seen, (as outward bread and wine and water are), for the apostle says, "The things that are seen are temporal, but the things that are not seen are eternal." So here are many states and conditions to be gone through before people come to see that, and partake of that which "comes down from above:"
For, first, there was "a taking of the outward bread and wine in remembrance of Christ's death." This was temporary, and not of necessity; but at their liberty, "As often as you do it,..".
Secondly, there must be "a coming into his death, a suffering with Christ;" and this is of necessity to salvation; and not temporarily, but continually: there must be a "dying daily."
Thirdly, a "buried with Christ."
Fourthly, "a rising with Christ."
Fifthly, after they are risen with Christ, then "a seeking those things which are above, a seeking the bread that comes down from heaven" and a "feeding on that and having fellowship in that." For outward bread, wine, and water are from below, and are visible and temporal; but, said the apostle, "We look not at things that are seen, for the things that are seen are temporal, but the things that are not seen are eternal."
So the fellowship that stands in the use of bread, wine, water, circumcision, outward temple, and things seen will have an end; but the fellowship which stands in the gospel, the power of God, which was before the devil was, and which brings life and immortality to light, by which people may see over the devil that has darkened them, this fellowship is eternal, and will stand. And all that are in the true fellowship seek that which is heavenly and eternal, which comes down from above, and are settled in the eternal mystery of the fellowship of the gospel, which is hidden from all eyes that look only at visible things. The apostle told the Corinthians, who were in disorder about water, bread, and wine, that he "desired to know nothing among them, but Jesus Christ, and him crucified."
And from George Fox's Journal when discussing communion with the Jesuits:
After this he  came to his sacrament of the altar, beginning at the paschal lamb, and the show bread, and came to the words of Christ, 'This is my body,' and to what the apostle wrote of it to the Corinthians; concluding, 'that after the priest had consecrated the bread and wine, it was immortal and divine, and he that received it, received the whole Christ.' I followed him through the scriptures he brought, until I came to Christ's words and the apostle's. I showed him, 'that the same apostle told the Corinthians, after they had taken bread and wine in remembrance of Christ's death, that they were reprobates, [still subject to sin] "if Christ was not in them;" but if the bread they ate was Christ, he must of necessity be in them after they had eaten it. [ ]. Besides, if this bread and this wine, which the Corinthians ate and drank, was Christ's body, then how has Christ a body in heaven?' . I observed to him also, 'that both the disciples at the supper, and the Corinthians afterwards, were to eat the bread and drink the wine in "remembrance of Christ," and to "show forth his death until he comes;" which plainly proves the bread and wine, which they took, was not his body. For if it had been his real body that they ate, then he had already come, and was then there present, and it had been improper to have done such a thing in remembrance of him, if he had been then present with them, as he must have been, if that bread and wine which they ate and drank had been his real body.' . As to those words of Christ, 'This is my body,' I told him, 'Christ calls himself a vine, and a door, and is called in scripture a rock. Is Christ therefore an outward rock, door, or vine?’ 'Oh,' said the Jesuit, 'those words are to be interpreted;' 'So,' I said, 'are those words of Christ, “This is my body."' [Proof 4]. Having stopped his mouth as to argument, I made the Jesuit a proposal thus: 'that seeing he said, "the bread and wine was immortal and divine, and the very Christ; and that whosoever received it, received the whole Christ;" let a meeting be appointed between some whom the pope and his cardinals should appoint, and some of us; let a bottle of wine and loaf of bread be brought, and divided each into two parts, and let them consecrate which of those parts they would. Then set the consecrated and the unconsecrated bread and wine in a safe place, with a sure watch upon it; and let trial be thus made, whether the consecrated bread and wine would not lose its goodness, and the bread grow dry and moldy, and the wine turn dead and sour, as well and as soon as that which was unconsecrated.' By this means,' I said, 'the truth of this matter may be made manifest. And if the consecrated bread and wine does not change, but retain their savor and goodness, this may be a means to draw many to your church; but if they change, decay, and lose their goodness, then you ought to confess and forsake your error, and shed no more blood about it; for much blood has been shed about these things; as in queen Mary's days.' To this the Jesuit made this reply, 'Take a piece of new cloth, and cut it into two pieces, and make two garments of it, and put one of them upon king David's back, and the other upon a beggar's, and the one garment shall wear away as well as the other.' I asked, 'Is this your answer?' 'Yes,' he said. 'Then,' I said, 'by this the company may all be satisfied that your consecrated bread and wine is not Christ. . Have you told people so long, that the consecrated bread and wine was immortal and divine, and that it was the very and real body and blood of Christ, and do you now say it will wear away or decay as well as the other? I must tell you,"Christ remains the same today as yesterday," and never decays; but is the saints' heavenly food in all generations, through which they have life.' He replied no more to this, being willing to let it fall; for the people that were present saw his error, and that he could not defend it.
The Roman, Greek, and some Protestant (the protesters) sects say that the wine and bread is changed (consecrated, made holy) to be the body and blood of Christ by the priest reciting a special prayer. This is nothing but magic words said by the priest to change bread into Christ's flesh and wine into Christ's blood — could this be any sillier than a witch doctor's magic words, mumbo jumbo? But because of the pomp and circumstance (robes, impressive buildings, the sanctuary, choirs, organs, candles, many people nodding their heads), we accept such magic words as truth — what we would laugh at in other cultures, not surrounded by similar splendor! Heathenish Superstition!
The worst superstitious practice comes from the Roman sect believing that their mass with bread and wine eaten is a necessary sacrifice for sins. Francis Howgill addresses this abomination of belief, which counts the blood shed by Jesus as an insufficient atonement for sins:
Her [the Roman sect's) un-bloody sacrifice of their mass is of no benefit at all; for where no shedding of blood is, there is no remission.; therefore her [the Roman sect's] sacrifice is abominable, and is an idol.
That the sacrifice of the mass is entirely useless, must be obvious to all who receive the doctrine of the apostles: "By one offering Christ has perfected forever all those who are sanctified." . "CHRIST is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world.". "There remains no more sacrifice for sins." . From these doctrines the ineffectiveness of penances is also obvious; and it is evident that a dependence upon them and masses for expiation from sin, and for acceptance with God is idolatrous; because those who trust in them look to other objects for propitiation for their sins and acceptance with God, than the One which God has set forth, which is Christ: , by whom alone we have access to the Father. .
The history of the superstitious practice of the Eucharist, which is the basis of the Protestant Communion, is as follows:*
- The early Church ate their evening meal together in homes, breaking bread and sharing the cup after the meal, (a Jewish tradition), to remember the Lord until He returned to appear within them and be their guiding Lord for all thoughts, words, and deeds.
- The meal and home were abandoned to become a ceremony in the sect building: a ritual offering, the sacrifice for atonement of sin.
- Following pagan mystery religions, the ritual was designated sacred, (sacrament), and so could only be performed only by sacred priests; the bread and cup became holy, sacred objects; and the altar became the place where the victim was offered. Everyone else watched the priest magically change the bread to the body of Jesus and the wine to His blood.
- The priest then broke the bread, (sacrificing Jesus' body), ate His body, (bread), and drank His blood, (wine), — thus completing the "sacrifice" of Jesus again as their "offering!!!???"
- The audience watched the theatrical performance with great fear, believing that the bread and wine had actually become God.
- Many years later, the bona fide members of the sect were invited to participate, but only after everyone else was dismissed.
- The Protestant reformers could not break with this man-invented practice, some clinging to the superstition that the bread and wine were actually changed to His body and blood; other Protestant sects insisting the consuming of them made the consumer holy himself.
In John 6:27-28, Christ begins his "eat my flesh, drink my blood" discourse with this statement, Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes,
but strive and work and produce rather for the food which endures unto life eternal;
the Son of Man will give (furnish) you that,
for God the Father has authorized and certified Him and put His seal of endorsement upon Him. I suggest a sect's sacrament of eating bread and drinking wine could hardly be described as "striving, working, and producing" food, but rather is a lazy man's substitute for a directly ordered labor that Christ sufficiently describes to lay to rest any contrary arguments.
Christ further distinguishes: I am the bread of life.
This is the Bread that came down from heaven, but not as your fathers ate manna, and are dead,
for he who eats of this Bread shall live forever.
Christ ends with: It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.
The words that I speak to you are spirit and life-giving
Clearly, his words, which we must labor to hear, by getting quiet to wait and listen, are the bread which we must eat,
by listening, hearing, and obeying (repenting), .
The words we hear are the bread, spoken by the Spirit, which Spirit is the blood and life.
Christ in you, the hope of glory.
The words we hear him speak to us are Spirit and impart the life of God to us, ;
which life of God is Christ, , so that Christ is formed within you, .
Until finally Christ is fully formed and actually resurrected in you.
You then see Christ, the glory of God, appear in your heart and witness him bringing your salvation and eternal life.
In the Last Supper, perhaps the greatest and most dramatic example of his teaching was his washing the feet of the disciples, showing that he who would be greatest, should be the servant of all. If we were to follow this teaching literally, your preacher would regularly wash the feet of the entire congregation to show his humility; but curiously, such a ceremony is not upheld by men who would have the principal seat in the assembly and love to be greeted with titles such as Reverend [meaning worthy of adoration], Father, Brother, Elder, Bishop, Sister, Prophet, Prophetess, Doctor, Teacher, Pastor, etc. I say this, not to suggest such a ceremony is necessary, but only to illustrate how selective are the inventions of sacrament; for the physical examples, which Jesus used to illustrate his teachings, were to be followed in spiritual principle only, not physical ceremony. See Footnote 2 to John 13 for the spiritual understanding of foot washing that has been totally lost in Christendom.
There is another point to be made regarding Paul's instructions to the Corinthians: that when he spoke of condemnation when eating, he referenced the fact that some were not waiting on their poor brethren to arrive before eating their evening meal, such poor who had no homes or food, and forgetting that all believers were one body, proceeded to eat and drink before the poor arrived — thereby incurring condemnation by their unworthy behavior. 1 Cor 11:20-28:
When you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord's supper?
For as you eat, everyone starts eating his own supper before others even arrive; and one goes hungry while another is drunk.
What? Do you not have houses to eat and to drink in? Or do you despise the church of God, and shame those who are without food? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.
For I have received from the Lord what I have also delivered to you: That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread;
And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
After the same manner, when he had eaten, he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new testament in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you remember the Lord's death until he comes.
Therefore whoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup.
So, the believers ate together. Some were so poor they had no food or homes. Some were eating before the poor arrived, showing contempt for their poor brothers; showing contempt for the body of Christ in which all are one, like the bread which Christ broke into pieces, to signify that his body was to be broken, so it could then be raised in many, and which we should remember each time we eat and drink, until he returns to us. But, by eating without waiting on the poor brothers, they showed contempt for the believers' body of Christ, (including themselves), and therefore ate condemnation on themselves.
We are to call him to remembrance every time we eat and drink, until his return.
Notice: this in no way speaks of eating and drinking as a "sacrament" or ceremony — (bread was part of a supper, wine afterwards).
It was only a remembrance of Christ's broken body and shed blood, so that upon his personal return to us, we might live in and through Him.
And, as did the disciples, those who have received the completion of Christ's return in them would not continue this practice after supper.
George Fox has an excellent writing on the two suppers Christ; 1) the last supper in the same night that he was betrayed, before he was crucified; and 2) the supper after he was risen, which he calls people to in Rev 3:20, “To hear his voice, and open the door, and he will sup with them, and they shall sup with him.”
From the Word of the Lord within:
John's ministry and Baptism was for the Jews only, following the Jewish tradition of ceremonial washings; here are a few:
- To consecrate them ...Then you (Moses) shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation and wash them with water. Exo 29:1-4.
- And he who is being cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean; and after that he shall come into the camp, and shall stay out of his tent for seven days. Lev 14:8
- And whoever touches anything that was under him shall be unclean until the evening; and he that bears any of those things shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. Lev 15:10
- And thus shall you do to them, to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of purifying upon them, and let them shave all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean. Num 8:11
- But it shall be, when evening comes, he shall wash himself with water; and when the sun is down, he shall come into the camp again. Deu 23:11.
John's Baptism ceremonially washed away the Jews' sins of the past, providing men showed the fruits of repentance — a changed lifestyle with beginning repentance: sharing from their excess with those who lacked the necessities of life, not taking advantage of anyone, not defrauding anyone, not oppressing anyone, not lying, not wanting more, and not complaining. But John's baptism was only to prepare people to receive the ministry of Christ; and in no way excused their future sins, nor excused them from the necessity of becoming true disciples of Christ who finally produce the fruit of the Spirit. In the beginning of the early Church, they (Peter particularly) maintained Jewish circumcision, dietary law, and the Jewish water baptism of John. Peter even applied some of these practices on the Gentiles, until: the Holy Spirit corrected him on food, Paul further corrected him on food, and the Apostles Council issued different guideline for Gentiles. Since both Christ and John the Baptist spoke of a better baptism, this baptism was later eliminated from Christian practice and the faith maintained one faith, one Lord, and one baptism, the baptism of fire or of the Holy Spirit. Clearly, just as there are no multiple lords, there are no multiple baptisms.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism.
John said: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire:
Jesus said: For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence. Acts 1:5
Paul said: There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, I thank God that I baptized none of youbut Crispus and Gaius;
Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
For Christ sent me not to baptize but to preach the gospel:1 Cor 1:14-17.
In this scripture Paul is plainly not happy that he water baptized even the handful that he did; clearly he is speaking about water baptism because the Corinthians were identifying themselves as belonging to Paul or Apollos, who only knew of water baptism.
Acts 8:13- 22
Simon the magician believed and was baptized. He tried to buy the power of laying on of hands. Acts 8:13-18
Peter said to him, "Repent therefore of your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness, and the bond of iniquity." Acts 8:22
Does this sound like a man saved by believing or baptism — who in in the gall of bitterness and the bond of iniquity?
You can't be 'saved' and still be in bitterness and the bond of iniquity?
Peter said "perhaps" he could be forgiven, if he repented and prayed for forgiveness.
But forgiven is not saved. He was forgiven before.
Clearly the one baptism needed is the fire of the Holy Spirit, which circumcises the heart, by plunging down sin and iniquity, and puts off the body of death and sins of the flesh so that we are without sin; "..baptized into Jesus Christ .. his death, buried with him by baptism into death, that they should walk in newness of life."
Peter corroborates the same: And baptism, which is the figure of this, now saves us, (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, . Note! The baptism Peter is speaking about, is the baptism of death, resulting in the resurrection of Jesus Christ within a man.
Although to be avoided as an unnecessary ritual, water baptism is not harmful, unless you think it somehow makes you righteous, thereby being prevented from your seeking righteousness, which is Christ's top priority command " Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness." If you have been baptized in water in the past, don't fret over it being held against you; but if you understand that the one baptism needed is the death of the selfish human nature, then to be water baptized is to deny the true hope.
If water baptism could save a person, then Jesus is not even necessary because water baptism by John the Baptist among the Jews was taking place before Jesus even began his ministry. To bear the cross, to expose yourself to hearing His commands to you, and to obey what you hear Jesus speak to you, is the only way to salvation, which is to be freed from all sin, even the desire to sin.
George Fox has an outstanding writing, distinguishing the Baptism of the Holy Spirit's Unquenchable Fire vs. Outward Water. He makes two critical observations: 1) John clearly declares for what end he was sent to baptize with water, namely, that Christ might be made manifest to Israel, the Jews, that had the figures and shadows of Christ; for John does not say, he came baptizing with water, that Christ might be made manifest to the Gentiles or heathen, but to Israel; and 2) as soon as John's ministry was finished, (along with his baptism), Jesus' started: from that time John was cast into prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand, repent, and believe the gospel.’ Mark 1:14- 15, Mat 4:12,17.
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, Eph 5:26-27 . You must habitually seek and hear the Spirit of God, which is the Word of God, to be washed inside and outside by holy pure water; and obey the heard Words from the mouth of God, continually, to ever be sanctified. The water is not outward water, and neither is the word hearing the Bible; it is the power of the Word of God, Jesus Christ, who said: if I don't wash you, you can have no part of me.
Most sects have "Christening" as a sacrament also, or simply infant baptism, still with a fee charge or expected gift by the originating sect. There is no scriptural basis for this baptism at all. It is derived from the mistaken belief that one must be baptized in water to be 'saved' and therefore it applies to children also. God is not so unfair as to banish one infant, who has not been sprinkled with water, and embrace another who has been sprinkled or immersed — that makes him a God who judges on a ridiculous technicality or ritual, completely without fairness and justice. It further assumes that infants need 'saving,' which is further silliness. What sin have infants committed?
From George Fox's Journal:
There were some Baptists in that country, whom I desired to see and speak with, because they were separated from the public worship. So Oats, one of their chief teachers, and others of the heads of them, with several of their company, came to meet us at Barrow, where we discoursed with them. One of them said, 'what was not of faith, was sin.' Upon which I asked them, what faith was? And how it was created in man? But they turned off from that, and spoke of their baptism in water. Then I asked them, whether their mountain of sin was brought down, and laid low in them? And their rough and crooked ways made smooth and straight in them? They looked upon the scriptures as meaning outward mountains and ways; but I told them, they must find them in their own hearts; at which they seemed to wonder. We asked them, who baptized John the Baptist? who baptized Peter, John, and the rest of the apostles? And put them to prove by scripture, that these were baptized in water; but they were silent.
In like manner he [Paul] was tender concerning the baptizing with water; but when he saw they began to make sects about it, some crying up Paul, others Apollo, he judged them, and called them carnal, and thanked God he had baptized no more but few; declaring plainly, that he was sent to preach the gospel, and not to baptize; and brought them to the one baptism by the one spirit, into the one body which Christ, the spiritual man, is the head of; and exhorted the church, "all to drink into that one spirit." For he asserted in the church the one faith, which Christ was the author of; and one baptism, which was that of the spirit into the one body; and one Lord Jesus Christ, who was the spiritual baptizer, who John said should come after him. And further the apostle declared that they, who worshipped and served God in the spirit, were of the circumcision of the spirit, which was "not made with hands;" by which the "body of the sins of the flesh was put off:" which circumcision Christ is the minister of.
And although the Corinthians had eaten the bread and wine, and had been baptized in water, the apostle told them they were "reprobates [still subject to sin], if Christ was not in them;" and told them "examine themselves."
While I was in London, I went one day to visit him that was called squire Marsh, who had showed much kindness both to me and Friends. I happened to go when he was at dinner. He no sooner heard of my name, but he sent for me to come up, and would have had me sit down with him to dinner; but I had not freedom to do so. Several great persons were at dinner with him; and he said to one of them who was a great Papist, 'here is a Quaker, which you have not seen before.’ The Papist asked me, 'whether I did own the christening of children?' I told him,' there was no scripture for any such practice.' 'What!' he said, 'not for christening children!' I said, 'no' I told him, 'the one baptism by the one spirit into one body we owned; but to throw a little water on a child's face, and say, that was baptizing and christening it, there was no scripture for that.'
Jesus said: I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God, unless he is born
of water and spirit,
Some say the above verse proves water baptism;
but to be born of water, is to be washed by his spoken, heard, and obeyed words:
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth.
Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Peter said unto him, You shall never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I do not wash you, you have no part with me.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
For there are three that bear record in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
And there are three that bear witness in earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; these three agree as one. 1
Some of you from evangelist sects are saying to yourself now: "But what about the great commission." I say the evangelists of today are completely ignorant of what the great commission really is. Lets look at it:
Therefore go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things in whatever I have commanded you; and, look, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.
First: No one is supposed to go and preach or teach unless they have been trained, perfected, and restored to the image of God that Adam had before falling, and then authorized and sent: Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest, Mat 9:38; notice he sends the workers.
Second: Christ's true workers only speak words they hear the Spirit of God tell them to speak: He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but he who seeks the glory of the One who sent him, that man is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him. John 7:18. Just as Jesus spoke only what he was told to say, we must wait until we can hear what to say; otherwise we are seeking our own glory; this is doing "thy will" instead of our will.
Third: Disciples are not only supposed to baptize, but are supposed to be trained and expert in Teaching them to observe all things in whatever I have commanded you. Not just teaching the commands, anyone can read the Bible to them; but teaching them to observe (to obey) all things in whatever I have commanded you. So, his true disciples are supposed to be teaching us to observe all his commands, (click to see the list). But Christendom ignores all his commands. From the Voice of the Lord within: "They have gutted Jesus. They have made the Bible hollow." Where is the teaching of Christ's commands in Christendom today? And who is showing people how to observe all his commands?
- Who is teaching: Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect, Mat 5:48? (and then telling you how to comply?)
- Who is teaching: Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, Mat 6:33?
- Who is teaching: Repent or Perish, Luke 13:3?
- Who is teaching: Sin no more, John 5:14?
- Who is teaching: Believe in the light so that you may become children of the light. John 12:36?
- Who is teaching: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me, Luke 9:23?
- Who is teaching: So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple, Luke 14:33?
- Who is teaching: He who finds his life shall lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake shall find it, Matthew 10:39?
What? Not your preacher? Then he is not a true disciple of Christ, but is a duped minister of Satan, transformed to appear as a minister of righteousness. 2 Cor 11:14-15.
A true disciple of Christ is told by the Spirit of God, exactly where to go, when to go, and what to say when they arrive. The teacher is Christ. Everyone else is a supposed to be a student. If the student starts teaching before the teacher has authorized him, then the blind pupil thinks he can see and is superior to the teacher. (Luke 6:39-40). Such authorization comes from him directly and specifically; you hear him say: you are now a teacher, or: preach repentance with remission of sins.
Jesus said that a man who preaches from his own mind seeks his own glory. He seeks your money, your admiration, and your subjection to his authority. The preachers of Christendom stand condemned for seeking their own glory and then accepting pay for their worthless words; when to even charge for true words of life like Balaam, spoken from the spirit of God, is expressly forbidden by Peter and Jesus. Seeking their own glory, the preachers of Christendom speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and in their vain imaginations from the evil of their hearts.
So, baptizing, in water, without teaching them to observe all things in all commands is worthless, creating converts twice as fit for Hell as the false disciples. Mat 23:15.
If his true disciples were teaching to obey all commands, those who were obedient would be baptized by the Holy Spirit, the one baptism needed.
Finally there are those who say: Jesus was baptized with water, so that proves it necessary. If you follow this logic, you must get circumcised (whatever your age, whatever the pain), follow all the dietary laws, observe all the Jewish ceremonies, etc. But Jesus was Jewish, and he had to completely fulfill the Law to live without sin, the Law being replaced by the new covenant that he came to establish. Of course all the above is not required, and practicing them would only put you under condemnation of the Law. And remember, there is absolutely no record of Jesus water baptizing anyone.
There is not scripture to support this either. It is a total invention of man in the Roman sect, presupposing that the invented infant baptism is not sufficient to keep a maturing person sufficiently saved.
I quote from William Penn's Introduction of George Fox's Journal:
Their way of marriage is peculiar to them, and shows a distinguishing care above other societies professing christianity. They say that marriage is an ordinance of God, and that God only can rightly join man and woman in marriage. Therefore they use neither priest nor magistrate, but the man and woman concerned take each other as husband and wife in the presence of a number of credible witnesses, 'promising unto each other, with God's assistance, to be loving and faithful in that relation until death shall separate them.' .... This society refuses ceremonies of ring and priest based on conscience, reasonably supported in scripture's examples, showing that the priest had no part in marriage other than to be one of the witnesses, before whom the Jews used to take one another in marriage. This people look upon the necessity of a priest in marriage as an imposition to advance the power and profits of the clergy. They considered the use of the ring, to be a heathen and vain custom, which was never in practiced among the people of God, Jews, or primitive Christians. The words of the usual form, as 'With my body I worship you,' etc. are hardly defensible. In short, their method is more careful, exact, and regular than any form now used, and it is free of other method's inconveniences. Their care and checks are so many that no clandestine marriages can be performed among them.
There is no recorded marriage in the Bible where a priest or magistrate officiates. The Roman sect instituted it, for purposes of control of the population, and most important, again money, (follow the money).
Last Rites (rite — ritual or ceremony)
Last rites, which purport to absolve of all sin, just before death, and all instant salvations are based on the Thief on the Cross, next to Jesus as he was crucified, taking comfort in Jesus saying to him, "Today you will be with me in paradise."
Of course the thief's circumstances were exceptional. Consider these:
1) he was watching another convicted criminal (Jesus) next to him being crucified.
2) this man, [Jesus] who claimed a special relationship with God, did nothing to prevent his crucifixion.
3) the criminal himself was in unimaginable agony from the pain of his own crucifixion.
and, still his faith was strong enough to rebuke another criminal, who was also being crucified and hurled insults at Jesus: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" This [other] criminal replied: "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
I would submit this man's faith was so strong, still active in excruciating pain, still active watching the man who claimed to be the son of God being horribly executed; that such faith, being beyond what I can claim to be able to show similarly, he could have been rewarded for it being extraordinary and exceptional; the Lord can make any exceptions he wants.
Part of judgment is to learn the truth. Part of learning the truth is to see paradise. Like all who are not purified in this life, after judgment in paradise, the thief would probably have to leave paradise for a time in Hell; before he could come back to paradise to live in the outer court, without measure, the court of the uncircumcised-in-heart, spiritual gentiles. (See Is There Hope for All for details.) The following scriptures also show how men will be judged in paradise and then banished or gathered out:
And when the king came in to see the guests, [Note! At the marriage feast, in paradise] he saw a man who did not have on a wedding garment.
And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here and not have a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.
Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and take him away and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. . [Note! The wedding garment is a robe, washed white in the blood of the lamb, Rev 7:14 . Walking in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin, 1 John 1:7. The guest had not been cleansed or purified, and so he was unfit to be in heaven or paradise ]
Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in Your name,
cast out demons in Your name,
and done many wonders in Your name?
And then I will declare to them,
‘I never knew you; depart from Me,
you who practice lawlessness!’
The Son of Man will send out His angels,
and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend,
and those who practice lawlessness,
and will cast them into the furnace of fire.
There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
[Note! Not gather out of the earth, but gather out of the kingdom, which is paradise.]
For anyone to claim this criminal's superhuman example as the basis for their entering the Kingdom of God, escaping Hell, because they "believe in Jesus," fails to consider the magnitude of the criminal's faith, which almost all would be hard pressed to duplicate; or that once he was judged in paradise, he was banished for a time.
As I was told by the Voice of the Lord: "If you had been with me on the night I was arrested, you would not have believed I was the Holy One of Israel."
I submit that the thief was not cleansed, was not circumcised in the heart, was not undefiled; and therefore, while he did see Jesus in paradise's outer court for the spiritual uncircumcised, (as all who die do similarly), he was then sent to take his part in the lake of fire in order to make him fit company in heaven, to live and interact with all there, who are free from greed, lying, stealing, envy, sexual immorality, anger, pride, covetousness, etc. After his part in the lake of fire, he would return to live in paradise; but it is the outer court, not the inner court of the temple, where those who were purified on earth are living stones in the temple of God, beholding the glory and power of God forever as kings and priests.
And in no way shall there enter into it anything that is defiled, nor anyone who does abominations, or lies; Rev 21:8,27
And a 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 the redeemed. Isa 35:8
Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city. For from this time forward the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no more come into you. Isa 52:1
Most of the invented and supposed sacraments are man's invention of a easy, ritualized, self-performed salvation that could hardly be described as the narrow gate, to which we must strive to enter, and which few will find for many embrace the broad, easy way that leads to destruction; many will seek to enter in and not be able. Mat 7:13-14, Luke 13:23-24. To strive is to exert much effort or energy; few would argue that being wet with water, or eating bread and drinking wine or grape juice, is to labor with much effort or energy. Rather it forms a fantasy salvation of no effort, just ritual — I would include saying the "sinner's prayer" to be just another invention of self-appointed evangelists, who are anxious to get credit for their imagined "saving" of another soul.
All of these practices are just superstitious traditions, heathenish ceremonies and rituals of a false church; the same false church described in the book of Revelation. To see how far that false church has gone to maximize its revenue at the expense of truth, look at the origins of Christmas and Easter:
Believe it or not, December 25th was the birthday of the UnConquered Sun God of Rome, the winter Solstice. The exchange of gifts took place the week prior in celebration of the dedication of the temple to Saturn, another Roman God. So the Roman sect called the same day Christ Mass instead, celebrating in much the same way — thus they attracted more tithe paying pagans into their so-called "church." Christ is generally acknowledged to have been born in April or September, the time when shepherds kept watch over their flock a night to protect the new born lambs. In addition, the Lord dislikes feasting, drunkenness, partying, exchange of gifts, and the pagan pomp, (trees, mistletoe, holly, candles, advent calendars), of Christmas. Perhaps the worst thing about Christmas is that we teach our young children to be covetous, encouraging them to make wish lists and constantly asking them "what do you want for Christmas;" and then they remain covetous for the rest of their life. Yet, covetousness was not to be seen or even named among real Christians: But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints, Eph 5:13
"Easter", and the German, "Ostern", derive from the name of a putative Anglo-Saxon Goddess of the Dawn (thus, of spring, as the dawn of the year) — called Ēaster, Ēastre, and Ēostre in various dialects of Old English and Ostara in German. This goddess was honored with celebrating the Spring Equinox in April, particularly important to Wiccans (practitioners of witchcraft). Eostre is also worshipped by some neopagans, who associate her with various aspects related to the renewal of life: eggs (a common offering for fertility), spring, fertility and the rabbits (allegedly for its rapid and prolific reproduction). The Roman sect again converted a pagan holiday to become "Christian," thus drawing more paying listeners. At the least the time of Easter occasionally coincides with Passover.
Yes, all the deficit sects of today comprise Revelation's Whore of Babylon, of which all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, because all the sects are simply evolutional varieties of the Roman Empire's church, both east and west, whose doctrines were dictated by the sainted Emperors Constantine and Justinian the despot, thus eliminating the true gospel by 390 AD. As predicted in the Bible's Book of Revelation, the church adulterated with the Kings of the earth.
He [the beast] was further permitted to wage war on God's holy people (the saints) and to overcome them. And power was given him to extend his authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation. The beast of the Book of Revelation is the beast of heathen religious authority, which power was severely curtailed [a wound to the head] by early Christianity, particularly in the Mediterranean region. But a second beast shortly arose that had horns like a lamb, but was a beast. Note, this beast appears to be Christian-like, and under pretence of the Lamb's authority, (though acted by the dragon's power, derived from the first beast of heathen religion) compels men to comply with such traditions, ceremonies, and rituals, (for Christian duties), as resemble the customs of the heathen, in their idolatrous worship and superstition. The whole earth followed this beast, and still does. Thus, the false church arose, and no one could spiritually buy or sell, (like the foolish virgins for oil in their lamps), unless they complied with the beast and had received the false church's mark. Any who denied this false church, or who tried to buy or sell (spiritual works by mind or hand) without the sanction of the false church were martyred, as their predecessors had done before, under the heathen power, or first beast. And while this false church is often identified by the Protestants as the Roman church, the Protestants are all derivatives of the same false whore, (the beast has many names) practicing the man-made inventions of infant baptism, grape juice and bread, the trinity, (nowhere mentioned in scriptures), marriage by priests, vain and prideful buildings, steeples with bells, black robes, black shirts, special collars, creeds, reading sermons, sacraments, vicars, clerks, parsons, curates, bachelors of art, masters, fathers, Christmas, Easter, and bachelors of divinity; salvation based on saying certain words, water, bread and wine — all superstitious rituals — instead of a complete change of heart — circumcised to be a new heart and mind; all are inherited inventions by the mother of your sect, the Roman Catholics.
Anyone who tried to increase their measure of Christ, (to buy or sell spiritual oil for their lamps), by any way that differed from the masses of the Catholic church, (did not have the mark of the beast), was not only stopped; they were killed — which really made them unable to buy or sell. To buy or sell means to acquire more of the Holy Spirit, which several other scriptures also demonstrate with different metaphors (water, bread, wine, gold, oil) for the holy Spirit:
Buy the truth, and do not sell it; also [buy] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. Pro 23:23
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, and he who has no money, come, buy and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? And your hard-earned money for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to me. Hear [and obey], and your soul shall live; Isa 55:1-3
What bread? Jesus said, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me shall never hunger; and he who believes on me shall never thirst. John 6:35. The Spirit gives life. The words I speak to you are Spirit and are life-giving. John 6:33
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined and tried in the fire, so that you may be rich; Rev 3:18
From the Word of the Lord within:
"It might be seen that any man who was out of compliance or
conformance with the Catholic church was killed."
Many Roman Catholic persecutions were justified by Saint(?) Augustine's famous: Why ... should not the Church use force in compelling her lost sons to return, if the lost sons compelled others to their destruction?" — A classic example of the end justifies the means, which looses sight of the principal command of Christ to "love enemies," not destroy them. Another supposed saint(?), Thomas Aquinas wrote: On the part of the Church, however, there is mercy which looks to the conversion of the wanderer, wherefore she condemns not at once, but "after the first and second admonition," as the Apostle directs: after that, if he is yet stubborn, the Church no longer hoping for his conversion, looks to the salvation of others, by excommunicating him and separating him from the Church, and furthermore delivers him to the secular tribunal to be exterminated thereby from the world by death. These revered saints(?) ignore Christ's reply to his disciples when they wished to punish the people who would not listen to him, severely rebuking them with: Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. If someone is violating the standards of the church, (sinning), they are supposed to be warned by one, then warned by two or three, then censured by the whole body of believers, — and if they fail to repent of their error, they are supposed to be expelled and shunned - not killed, or imprisoned, or tortured, or to lose their property.
Protestants killed heretics too. John Calvin, was a principal founder of Protestantism, having great influence on the Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and even Lutherans. Calvin had Servetus arrested, wrote charges of heresy against him, and testified against him at his trial; Servetus' crime was to have denied the scriptural support of the trinity and infant baptism. Calvin's charges and arrest of him resulted in Servetus being burned at the stake. Jacques Gruet, a known opponent of Calvin, was arrested, tortured for a month and beheaded on July 26, 1547, for placing a letter in Calvin's pulpit calling him a hypocrite. Calvin also had thirty four women burned at the stake as witches accused of being responsible for a plague; his theocracy in Geneva in credited with a total of 58 sentences of death. Calvin justified execution of heretics, writing: Whoever shall maintain that wrong is done to heretics and blasphemers in punishing them makes himself an accomplice in their crime and guilty as they are. There is no question here of man's authority; it is God who speaks, and clear it is what law he will have kept in the church, even to the end of the world. Wherefore does he demand of us a so extreme severity, if not to show us that due honor is not paid him, so that we spare not kin, nor blood of any, and forget all humanity when the matter is to combat for His glory. The apologists of Calvin spilling blood and forgetting all humanity point out that many other Protestants killed heretics too — (the everybody-did-it defense; better said is: all the great men of God? then were murderers.)
Jesus said: .. whoever kills you will think and claim that he has offered service to God.
Another venerated Protestant founder was Martin Luther, full of hate for the Jews. From the Wikipedia article on Martin Luther:
Luther initially advocated kindness toward the Jews, but only with the aim of converting them to Christianity: what was called Judenmission. When his efforts at conversion failed, he became increasingly bitter toward them. His main works on the Jews were his 60,000-word treatise Von den Juden und Ihren Lügen (On the Jews and Their Lies), and Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi (On the Holy Name and the Lineage of Christ) — reprinted five times within his lifetime — both written in 1543, three years before his death. He argued that the Jews were no longer the chosen people, but were "the devil's people." They were "base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth." The synagogue was a "defiled bride, yes, an incorrigible whore and an evil slut ..." and Jews were full of the "devil's feces ... which they wallow in like swine." He advocated setting synagogues on fire, destroying Jewish prayerbooks, forbidding rabbis from preaching, seizing Jews' property and money, smashing up their homes, and ensuring that these "poisonous envenomed worms" be forced into labor or expelled "for all time." He also seemed to sanction their murder, writing "We are at fault in not slaying them."
[Site Editor's Addition: The Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany began in massive scale on Kristallnacht, (the Night of Broken Glass), in which 200 synagogues were burned; Jewish books, scrolls, and antiquities were burned; 7500 Jewish businesses storefronts were smashed, (hence the broken glass name); tombstones and graves were uprooted; 30,000 Jews were arrested and taken to concentration camps; at least 100 were immediately murdered; and many homes were looted. A similar pogrom of similar magnitude took place in Vienna, Austria on the same night. These events occurred on November 9-10, 1938: Luther's birthday was November 10.
Luther's advice was fulfilled on Kristallnacht to the letter. This was beginning of
the Final Solution and The Holacaust.]
According to Michael, Luther's work acquired the status of Scripture within Germany, and he became the most widely read author of his generation, in part because of the coarse and passionate nature of the writing. The prevailing view among historians is that his anti-Jewish rhetoric contributed significantly to the development of antisemitism in Germany, and in the 1930s and 1940s provided an ideal foundation for the National Socialist's (NAZI) attacks on Jews. Reinhold Lewin writes that "whoever wrote against the Jews for whatever reason believed he had the right to justify himself by triumphantly referring to Luther." According to Michael, just about every anti-Jewish book printed in the Third Reich contained references to and quotations from Luther. Heinrich Himmler wrote admiringly of his writings and sermons on the Jews in 1940. The city of Nuremberg presented a first edition of On the Jews and their Lies to Julius Streicher, editor of the Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer, on his birthday in 1937; the newspaper described it as the most radically anti-Semitic tract ever published. On 17 December, 1941, seven Protestant regional church confederations issued a statement agreeing with the policy of forcing Jews to wear the yellow badge, "since after his bitter experience Luther had already suggested preventive measures against the Jews and their expulsion from German territory."
All the Protestant and Catholic sects that killed, (or even approved of killing), those with a different religious opinion were very different from real Christians; in even considering murder, they were following and yielding to their father the devil, who was the murderer from the beginning.
Perhaps you are beginning to see that by 388 AD, Christendom had been transformed into synagogues of Satan with ministers of Satan transformed to appear as ministers of righteousness. Augustine and Thomas are two of the four pillars of Roman Catholicism. Calvin and Luther are the principal founders of Protestantism. If the venerated founders of the sects are evil, how could the sects of their founding not be evil?
And the whore was drunk on the blood of the saints —the Roman church's inquisitions and slaughters throughout Europe, in which during the Middle Ages (800 AD to 1500 AD) nine million souls were put to death, accused of witchcraft. The Protestant zealots of Germany, inspired by Luther's radical translation of the Bible, raped, plundered, and killed 100,000 Catholics and upper class in the Peasants War. English King Henry VIII, the founder of the Episcopal sect, had 72,000 opponents, (mostly Catholics), killed. England, Scotland, and Ireland suffered three civil wars of Puritans* against ruling governments, which left 190,00 dead in England, (3.7% of the population); 60,000 dead in Scotland, (6% of the population); and 616,000 dead in Ireland, (41% of the population, which was mostly Catholic).
*Justifying their revolution as bringing Christ's kingdom to earth, the Puritans regarded their adversaries as enemies of Christ. The Puritan officers of their army frequently inspired their troops by shouting a quote from the Old Testament against heathen idolatry: "Cursed be he that does the work of the Lord deceitfully, and keeps back his sword from blood." The victorious Puritan and parliamentary soldiers, with their extraordinary biblical names — Praise God Barebones and Sergeant Hew Agag in Pieces before the Lord — were roaming through the country, smashing the images in the churches, tearing out the pipes in the organs, breaking the stained-glass windows, and stabling their horses in cathedrals.
This was followed in the 17th Century by the Protestants of England and America, who in 50 years were responsible for the deaths of over 869 Quakers imprisoning tens of thousands, and seizing the property of tens of thousands; the persecutors of the Quakers included Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Baptists. Three men and a woman were hung in Boston by the Bible-believing Puritans.
false church boasts she is not a widow and will never see grief. She boasts that Christ is their husband; but these false churches are the whore of Babylon, who ignore Christ's commands to repent, his teachings, his requirements, his warnings, his required holiness, his gospel, his Kingdom, his promised freedom from sin, and his inward cross of self-denial —the Missing Cross to Purity.
Now, the whole world, thinking they are worshiping Christ, is worshiping the devil, Rev 13:3-4. Imitation Christianity and the world's other religions all worship the devil, thinking they are worshiping God. Why and How? Because they worship a being that excuses them from the necessity of a sin-free life, a being that approves of their selfish, dishonest, covetous, angry, immoral, impure lifestyle, promising them an after-death escape from Hell, which promise shall be annulled. Because the false Jesus they worship, excuses all manner of sin; the false Jesus they worship is going to marry a bride who is full of adultery, covetousness, anger, lust, profane language, lies, etc. Their false Jesus allows them to live their life in sin until they die, and then is supposedly going to embrace them into heaven. Their false Jesus makes sin easier, by supposedly making sin, guilt free. Their false Jesus embraces sin and evil. Their false Jesus says, you can live however you please, making decisions for yourself based on what you think is good and bad.
People, this is a description of the devil who told Eve they would be like God, knowing good and evil. This false Jesus is a god who approves of man walking after the imagination of his own heart, which is worse than worshipping wooden and stone idols, Jer 16:11-12. This false Jesus approves of man being his own God. This is not the real Jesus.
Jesus is holy and pure. The bride of Jesus must be holy and pure too. Jesus said: Sin no more! Repent or perish! [to lose you soul]. And Jesus said, If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell. Mark 9:43,45,47-48. Jesus is desperately trying to tell us that to enter the Kingdom and escape hell, sin has to go. He knew false ministers with false gospels promising freedom to continue to sin would arise after he left.
Changes in our heart through the missing cross to purity can take away the desire of the hand, foot, and eye to cause us to sin.
Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Heb 12:14. So then those who are in the flesh cannot please God. For if you live after the flesh, you will die; but if through the Spirit you mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body, you will live. Rom 8:8,13. And Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires [lusts and affections]. Gal 5:24. And You can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person..has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6. So all of the 41,000 sects of Christendom, who allow their members to keep sinning until death, are worshipping the devil, who wears a Jesus nametag. Paul warned us about "different Jesus'" and different gospels. 2 Cor 11:4.
The mark of the beast is seen by what spiritual fruits a man exhibits: fruits of the flesh instead of fruits of the Spirit. Those with the mark of the beast put their evil spirit, defiled heart, and carnal mind to the upholding of the religion of man, as invented by man; seeking justification by fleshly action, ceremony, and ritual; they are looking for cover, to remain in their fallen, unredeemed, unpurified, unregenerated, imperfect, unholy, carnal, prideful, lusting, fleshly, lying, selfish, hateful, oppressive, dark, beastly nature. In his Introduction to George Fox's Journal, William Penn writes of the beast that became the false church of Babylon:
"Thus the false church sprang up, and mounted the throne. But though she had lost her nature, she would try to keep her good name as the Lamb's bride, which is the true church and mother of the faithful. This false church forced all to receive her mark, either in their forehead or right hand; that is, publicly or privately.* But in deed and in truth she was mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots; mother of those who, with all their show and outward religion, had adulterated and gone from the spirit, nature, and life of Christ; and had grown vain, worldly, ambitious, covetous, and cruel, which are the fruits of the flesh, and not of the spirit."
* The mark in the forehead is symbolic of a public possession or practice of fruits of the flesh, easily seen by everyone; and the mark in the right hand is symbolic of a private possession or practice of fruits of the flesh, (or beastly nature), seen upon examination. (Any religion that accepts sin in man as inevitable until death is a religion of the beast and Satan.)
In the Inquisition's Middle Ages anyone, who tried to increase their measure of Christ by any way that differed from the doctrine of the Roman false church (to buy or sell spiritual oil differently for their lamps), was not only stopped from buying and selling; they were killed — which really made them unable to buy or sell, (See Footnote 2 to Revelation 13 as to how 9,000,000 were killed throughout Europe.)
Look at the words buy and sell spiritually: Buy the truth, and do not sell it; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. Pro 23:23. Obviously you cannot buy the truth, it is a metaphor for acquire the truth, and sell is a metaphor for letting your teachings from Christ's spirit go cold by disobedience; teachings that you hear are spirit and life-giving, (the life of God): The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63. So, what is the life of God? Jesus told us: I am the way, the truth, and the life, John 14:6; and I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, butshall have the Light of Life, John 8:12. The Holy Spirit has been referred to as gold and eye salve in Rev 3:18: I counsel you to buy from me gold refined and tried in the fire, so that you may be rich; and white garments, so that you may be clothed and the shame of your nakedness may not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, so that you may see. The wise virgins told the foolish virgins to go and obtain more truth, more life, more light, more Holy Spirit using the metaphor of buying and selling oil. Isaiah further shows how buying is a metaphor for listening to the Holy Spirit:
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, and he who has no money, come, buy and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? And your hard-earned money for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to me. Hear [and obey], and your soul shall live; Isa 55:1-3.
The mark of the beast was being a member of the Roman Catholic sect; those not in good standing were killed. They were not allowed to worship or seek God, (buy and sell), in any other manner than Catholic masses with the eating of bread and wine. All the speculation in Christendom about being literally unable to buy or sell is only a distraction from the truth, which is: that the horror of being unable to buy or sell is history; however, those still in the Catholic and Protestant sects are currently serving the beast and so spiritually marked. All the world's religions are serving the beast, denying the consequences of continuing to sin and denying the fallen nature of man, each who must be restored to the purity of righteousness and holiness before being acceptable to God and heaven after death. Even atheists serve the beast because they make themselves God, denying sin, serving their lusts, passions, and pride. All men serve the beast when they walk in darkness, according to their carnal mind and evil imagination instead of walking in the Spirit and light, guiding all their thoughts, words and deeds.
If you want to read more about how today's sects are the whore and the beast of Babylon, see the footnotes to Revelation 13 and Revelati0n 17. Isaac Penington also has very thorough explanations on this site: 1. Babylon the Great, and 2. The Great Apostasy; also available is Francis Howgill's exposé of the deterioration in Christianity.
Instead of a new heart, all you have to do is supposedly repeat some special words. But to say that Jesus is Lord does make him your Lord, and it does not save us. To be baptized does not save us. Nor does a touch of the Spirit, (the call of God only), touted as the baptism of Holy Spirit save us. They do not guarantee that we will live forever or make us a son of God. No believing/baptized "saved", "always saved." Salvation is not instant. Salvation is a process. To be reborn, we first have to die. You have to lose you life to save it. The true baptism of the Holy Spirit's fire, the only one needed, circumcises the heart, by plunging down sin and iniquity, and puts off the body of death and sins of the flesh so that we are without sin; a baptism into the death of Christ, resulting in him being resurrected in us to be ruler of our words and actions.
Jesus said he would reject many, who thought they were Christians, but who stilled sinned. They had not made him their Lord in practice, who controls their lives in their actions and words; he doesn't know them to be his subjects as their ruling Lord. They say Jesus is Lord with their lips, but keep him far removed from their hearts to really be their Lord and King. But in vain they do worship me,
teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.To make him Lord, he has to first cleanse us of our sinful nature that is unruly; until he cleanses us, we are a slave to sin, (Away from me, you evildoers!), and incapable of being subject to him as your Lord or King.
If any will come after me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus
have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
This web site's purpose is to show how to become
free from sin
by benefiting from the changing power of God through the cross,
which leads to union with God in his Kingdom.