The Harlot’s Judgment :: Stephen Meehan

“Come here; I will show you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters.” (Revelation 17:1).

Most Bible prophecy students and scholars who have studied “End Time” events are familiar with the chapter in the last book of God’s Word that deals with the rather cryptic entity that will soon meet its fate and will be utterly decimated at the direction of God during the Tribulation Period. What is largely debated among the Eschatology community is exactly who this person or organization is that is being described in this 17th chapter of Revelation. There seem to be enough indicators, though, in the passage to zero in on exactly what the Apostle John saw as he scribed his vision of the demise of this being, as revealed to him by an angel of God.

While a great deal of Revelation’s verbiage points to newly revealed creatures and groups making their initial appearance during this final week of years, it would seem that this upcoming judgment against this harlot entity is just that – a judgment – against an organization that has been a force across the landscape of the world for an extended period of time and not the unveiling of a new entity to arise while other calamities on Earth are concurrently transpiring.

For instance, the unmasking of the Antichrist and his religious cohort, the False Prophet, will only make their appearance once the Tribulation Hour is fully underway. Although, it could be said that a figure in Rome presently is rapidly filling his resume to be a prime candidate to fill the shoes of the False Prophet by his globalist actions and recent proclamations. But, given his age, he may get replaced by another. The 200-million-man army that will march across Asia to the Holy Land will be another new development that will only come into view once the final week gets unsealed and is nearing its conclusion.

But the wording of Revelation 17 regarding the religious harlot that “sits upon many waters” leads one to believe that it is her judgment only that finally gets dealt with during this time and not something new that arises out of the earth, the seas or the pit. Her real identity and the scales enshrouding her dark composition of what she really is may only fall off and come into clearer focus by the earth dwellers of this prophesied time. John seems to be suggesting that she has long ago taken up firmly established positions around the globe – encompassing many “peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues” – and has had time to spread her treachery and intoxicating influence over the affairs of large people groups – centuries to accomplish this, not a mere week of years to entrap millions into her clutches.

An interesting facet of this “woman” is her title: “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” It is curious as to why this figure has this name written across her forehead, all in uppercase letters. What is the significance of that? She is a very prominent figure throughout Christendom, as I will lay out further, so maybe the influence that she has had for centuries across the globe warrants such a loud proclamation across her face of just what she is and how she has beguiled “multitudes.”

It is also perplexing as to why some Bible versions of this account put the word “mystery” in lowercase and make it appear that the title of this person is a mystery but not a part of her title. As in, “upon her forehead, a name was written, a mystery: Babylon the Great…etc.” That seems to rob the passage of a clear identifier of who this “woman” represents.

The word “MYSTERY,” as part of her name, suggests something that wasn’t clear to John at around 90 AD or something that had not been revealed yet or had not yet come into being. That is a huge difference from just claiming that her name is mysterious or intriguing versus her identification at John’s time, which was still yet a “MYSTERY.”

Another noteworthy fact of the revealing of the judgment of this woman is that God used to see this vision and later scribe it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. John was the youngest apostle at the time of Jesus. He was exiled to the Isle of Patmos while the other apostles suffered martyrdom. That could play into why the Lord used John to see the vision of end-time events, but it also may have had to do with John’s special connection to the Lord’s human mother, Mary – especially in this account of judgment against this “woman.”

We know from Scripture that at the foot of the cross, John was told by Jesus to behold Mary as his mother and for Mary to accept John as her son. Again, John was the youngest apostle – probably a teen or very young adult – and may have been motherless at the time. We know also from the Bible that Mary had other children and that James, the half-brother of Jesus, even wrote an epistle that was included in the New Testament. So, why would Mary need another son? John could have needed a mother, but maybe there is also more to the story than just a mother-son relationship.

We are told in Revelation 17 that John marveled at the sight of this creature, whom the angel revealed to him. Obviously, the sight of this “woman,” by the way she is described, would be incredibly hard to fathom and must have been mind-numbing to behold: a person from 90 AD seeing a religious institution in its fully developed stage 2000 years later and how it had become transformed into something so unfamiliar to John that he couldn’t grasp what he was beholding. Or, could it be also that he saw what they had done with someone whom he was very familiar with, someone he was entrusted to care for? Both may be the case, and both would be equally shocking!

The word “Babylon” in the description of this entity conjures up images and passages from the Bible concerning this ancient city. Nimrod was a ruler from there in ancient times and attempted to build a tower that could reach up to God. This is a type of man creating his own religion in an effort to bypass God’s preferred method of being right before the Lord by making up his own formula. God judged the ancient Babylonians for their religious trickery by confusing their language and scattering them throughout the world.

Babylon is also talked about in the Book of Daniel, where the prophet had a vision of the world’s leading empires – starting from the nation of Babylon and ending with the final world government of the Roman Empire. From the Biblical account of these world powers to rule over man before the return of Jesus Christ to rule and reign, we never see a final leap of Rome’s rule back to Babylon. It was a centuries-long progression – from Babylon to Medo-Persia, to Greece, then finally to Rome – but never back again to the ancient empire of Babylon. Rome was the final world empire for false religion and the last location for the seat of world government.

Babylon was also used as a code name for Rome in the Bible and was used that way by Peter in one of his epistles (1 Peter 5:13). So, the religion of Babylon saw its final form on the hills of Rome. There is not going to be a U-Turn back to Babylon, nor does there need to be. Daniel 9:26 even intimates that the final “prince to come” – the antichrist – will come out of Rome.

The word “MYSTERY” then, preceding “BABYLON” in the Revelation 17 narrative, would seem to indicate that the passage regarding this harlot is not pointing to the ancient city of Babylon but some other entity that had its religious roots from this once world empire. In John’s time, this final form of a false religious system had not yet come into being – it was still a mystery. John didn’t recognize it and was astonished by the form of it. It was something that he wouldn’t have conceived of nor would recognize as something that emanated from God.

What are the indicators or attributes of this religious harlot that can be used to nail down the identity of this creature and could point only to one possible candidate?

For starters, the word “harlot” or “whore.” This terminology, spiritually speaking, is a woman who is not betrothed to Christ but is instead selling herself for filthy lucre, ill-gotten gain, and is only in it for worldly pursuits and not for the cause of Christ.

The true Bride of Christ is made up of all spiritually born-again Christians (John 3:3) who have been united with Jesus by accepting His free gift of salvation and by inviting Christ into their lives. Christians are betrothed to Jesus and will become spiritually wedded to Him at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. A harlot may dress up and pretend to be married to Christ, but inwardly, she is only selling her favors to acquire riches and gain the world. She dresses up to look pious, but she is far from God. She is a religious phony, prostituting herself for worldly power, pursuits and riches. Her religious masquerade is only a means to a wealthy ambition.

“And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits” (Revelation 17:9).

She is also operating out of a city that sits on seven hills. That immediately narrows the search down to just a few select locations around the world. How many cities in the world are situated on seven hills? Just a few. But how many also have a worldwide religious organization situated in a city of seven hills? Only one. Rome is infamous for being called “the City of Seven Hills.”

 “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth” (Revelation 17:18).

During John’s time, Rome was the great city that ruled over the kings of the Earth. Not Jerusalem, not Istanbul, or any of the former empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, or Greece.

And he said unto me, The waters that you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15).

Roman Catholicism’s tentacles extend across many seas and oceans. Her outreach is worldwide. She has her ambassadors or emissaries all over the globe, occupying most nations of the world. Her influence is everywhere. She has sent her missionaries around the world, to sway the goings on of every country that she has taken a foothold in. The Roman Pontiffs have a longer arm than the Roman Caesars would ever have dreamed of. Her grip is vast, her subjects are many.

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color” (Revelation 17:4).

This identifying characteristic further narrows down the search to just one possible candidate for who this harlot could be. The “woman” is arrayed in purple and scarlet. How many religions throughout the world have their clergy adorned in the exact colors that describe the attire worn by this religious entity? Only one. Roman Catholicism’s bishops and cardinals wear those exact colors as part of their religious garb during their huge religious ceremonies.

You would think that upon reading these verses that point to a false religious system, the RCC would immediately switch to blue and green or any other color combination than the one that God points to in this unveiling of this harlot religion. But no, they proudly wear that damning apparel. Out of pride? Out of defiance? Who knows. No other religion sits on seven hills and is adorned in purple and scarlet. The DNA of this woman is on full display by these select few criteria.

“…decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication” (Revelation 17:4).

The “woman” is also shown as being fabulously wealthy, having a golden cup full of abominations and the wealth gotten from committing spiritual fornication with the world. The Vatican is said to be the wealthiest organization on the planet. Her riches include the myriad of elaborately adorned churches, cathedrals, and shrines throughout the world and all the hidden artifacts, paintings, jewel-encrusted chalices, and other treasures entombed within St. Peter’s Basilica and catacombs beneath the Vatican. The Vatican Bank reportedly holds hundreds of millions of dollars, and it owns several more banks throughout Italy, as well as numerous other commercial assets. No one rivals the RCC in wealth. This is not the “Church” that Jesus started.

Golden chalices are used repeatedly in the Catholic mass; golden cups are always seen in her priests’ hands. The abominations spoken of have to include what Catholicism does at each and every mass: they make the claim that their priests have the power to change the elements of bread and wine into the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ. Then they sacrifice these wafers as a continuation or re-presenting/re-sacrificing of our Lord and Savior. Why would Jesus have to suffer again? Didn’t He cry out on the cross that His sacrifice for sins was “Finished”?

And how could a mere wafer satisfy God in this supposed sacrifice when it was God Himself who put on human flesh to die an excruciating death on a cross? The Mass is nothing more than an abomination each and every time they lift this broken wafer to God for His approval.

How is it that a supposed Christian is the one re-sacrificing Jesus anyway? Unbelieving Roman soldiers crucified Jesus on a Roman cross, and now we have Roman Catholic priests supposedly re-killing Christ on a Roman Catholic altar? Is this what Christians do: sacrifice our Lord and Savior repeatedly, endlessly, to appease God? That sounds more like a pagan ritual: create one’s god out of a wafer, kill one’s god, and then eat that god. Something right out of Indiana Jones.

Another abomination is placing a mere wafer into a golden sun-shaped monstrance and getting their faithful to worship this thing as if it were truly God in their “Eucharistic Adoration” rituals.

It is little wonder, then, that God will have this system destroyed by fire. He has exercised much restraint, patience, and grace to allow it to continue this long in the hopes that people will come out of it and be saved. Riches and abominations are hardly a sign of the “One True Church.”

“With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication” (Revelation 17:2).

The popes, in times past – and maybe again soon under the antichrist’s reign – lorded over the nations of Europe and demanded which king should be in power and those who should be deposed. They wielded great influence over the affairs of men and used her supposed God-given sovereignty over the world to get all to fall in line with the pope’s agenda. World conquest and influence have been her driving force right from her start – not winning souls to Christ.

During World War II, Pope Pius XII – who has been called “Hitler’s Pope” – signed a concordat or peace treaty with the Fuehrer and, in essence, was in league with the Third Reich. Adolf Hitler – a son of Roman Catholicism – was inspired by the Catholic Church’s stance on labeling the Jews as “Christ killers” and formulated his “Final Solution” based on this mindset. The papacy turned a blind eye to the extermination of over 6 million Jews.

The concordat was also used to get Roman Catholics in Germany to help elect Hitler to power. The Vatican reaped an enormous financial windfall from Hitler’s policies, and they also developed “ratlines” after the war, allowing tens of thousands of Nazis to escape to Argentina. Instead of acting like a supposed “vicar of Christ” – or a stand-in for Jesus – Pope Pius XII exhibited qualities more befitting the devil in how the Chosen People were treated by him.

“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (Revelation 17:6).

The papacy, during over 600 years of their Papal Inquisitions, hunted down, tortured, slaughtered, and confiscated the wealth of over a million true followers of Jesus Christ. During this centuries-long barbarous campaign, they sought to snuff out true Christianity, burn their Bibles, and exterminate those who would not bend the knee to the popes or accept their unbiblical, unchristian, and heretical teachings.

The early Reformers equated the office of the popes as antichrist. Thousands of Jews and Muslims were killed during the “Holy” Crusades when the popes were trying to wrest control of the Holy Land away from infidels. Those involved in the Crusades and killings were rewarded by the papacy by having their time lessened in a made-up Purgatory. What a deal! Except for the Jews and Muslims. The popes had a lot of blood on their hands.

Can there be any doubt that the vision John saw squarely points to Roman Catholicism? There is not even a close second to the RCC when it comes to how closely she is identified by all these descriptors:

  • She is a religion headquartered in Rome, on a city of seven hills.
  • Her bishops and cardinals are always seen in their large gatherings wearing purple and scarlet.
  • She is extraordinarily wealthy.
  • She has much blood on her hands for killing the true saints of God (read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs to get a glimpse at the papacy’s atrocities committed against true Christians).
  • She is continually cavorting with the kings of the earth and influencing world policy.
  • She teaches many unbiblical, unchristian, heretical doctrines and dogmas.
  • She is not aligned with Christ or wedded to Him but plays a harlot with the world.
  • She is far more concerned with globalist endeavors – climate change, open borders for immigrants, making Jerusalem an international city, dividing up the Holy Land – far more concerned with worldly conquests instead of being a part of Christ’s commission to spread the true gospel of Jesus and to save souls.

Roman Catholicism was a MYSTERY in John’s time. They like to make the claim that their “church” was the one started by Jesus and that Peter was their first pope, but it really didn’t come about until the 4th Century. That was when the emperor Constantine legitimized “Christianity,” but it was immediately infused with pagan practices and beliefs, along with heretical teachings, and the popes – really an extension of the Roman Caesars’ rule – were off and running.

It was never really aligned with Christ but had secular leanings right from the start. They used religion as a tool to accomplish their goals. It was a façade right from its onset; the religious show business that they incorporated was just a ruse to lure in the unsuspecting and those unknowledgeable about what the Bible contained about true salvation and how to be saved.

The Apostle John must have also marveled at what they had done with Mary, the Lord’s human mother. Turning her into a Babylonian pagan deity and calling her the “Queen of Heaven,” something that God clearly detested, as read in Jeremiah 7 and 44. They chose the very same name that God condemned the worship of by the Israelites and applied it to their version of Mary.

They have practically deified her by claiming that Mary was sinless and remained a virgin (even though Scripture contradicts that by the fact that she had other children); that she should be prayed to; that she is an intercessor, a co-mediator, a co-redemptrix; that she can free people from a false Purgatory, and on and on it goes. Is it any wonder then that John marveled? He did not recognize what Roman Catholicism had done with the woman he knew so well.

There shouldn’t be any doubt as to who this religious harlot is in Revelation 17. There isn’t even a close second to Roman Catholicism in the way she mirrors all of these attributes. She is the final form of the ancient Babylonian religious system. Her time is running out. The handwriting is on the wall. She has to be destroyed before the Lord Jesus Christ returns to Earth. She has beguiled millions of duped Catholics over the ages. Satan has his fingerprints over all their unbiblical, unchristian and heretical teachings.

The Gates of Hell could not prevail against Christ’s true church, so the enemy created his own. It is a clever ruse, a masterpiece of deception, and is a totally counterfeit Christianity. Sadly, many have been deceived by it. Her indoctrination of false theology is insidious and all-pervasive; those who have no clue about what God’s Word contains regarding true salvation and the redemptive plan of God are easily manipulated to be lured into something so sinister, so malevolent, and so false that they become spiritually blinded to the truth of the gospel. The devil has them right where he wants them: ignorant of God’s Word and on a hopeless journey to a Christless eternity.

Revelation 17 concludes with how God will judge Roman Catholicism. The antichrist will soon be allowed to emerge with the breaking of the first seal by Jesus Christ. This will only begin after Christ’s true church of believers is already taken to Heaven, then the Tribulation Period will get underway.

As mentioned previously, there is going to be a False Prophet that arrives on the scene, who will be used to prepare the world for the arrival of the antichrist. Jorge Bergoglio – Pope Francis – is acting like that character now. He may not be the actual guy – it may be the next pope – but he is certainly playing the part presently.

He is all about globalism, ecumenism, climate change, open border policies to bring in undesirables into nations to cause havoc. He is totally on board with the antichrist’s agenda. He already controls a one-world church: Catholicism means universalism, and the added title of Roman just pinpoints where this One World Church will be ruled from. He is all about bringing the masses together but under the leadership of a pope. It may well be that someone behind the scenes in the Vatican could turn out to be the person who will become the antichrist.

This harlot woman in John’s vision is actually shown to be riding on the back of a beast, or on the back of the antichrist. The person riding on the back of an animal or beast is usually the one controlling it. So, it remains to be seen if Roman Catholicism is the one controlling the antichrist or is the papacy just going along for a lucrative ride on its back. If the RCC is controlling it or him, that could signal that maybe the beast will rise out of her ranks or that she is just grooming that soon-to-be-revealed person and assisting his rise to power.

Given the papacy’s history of setting up and deposing of kings, it shouldn’t come as any surprise then that she could be instrumental as the force that will position her choice to become the worldwide dictator. Perhaps a black pope – sometimes referred to as the actual power behind the scenes, while the white pope is the face of the religion to the masses – or another sinister devil is already being groomed within her ranks?

“And the ten horns which you saw upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God has put into their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled” (Revelation 17:16-17).

This will be an incredible sight to behold! An approximately 1,700-year-old religious institution, which has influenced a great many of Earth’s inhabitants and has led a great multitude into a Christ-less eternity, will be utterly demolished at the direction of God. He will get the 10 kings who have aligned themselves with the Antichrist and his devilish agenda and thoroughly purge the world of this nefarious organization. They will strip her of her wealth, bulldoze her shrines, churches, cathedrals, the Vatican and any remaining vestiges of this world religion. All of her icons, graven images, relics, scapulars, medals – all things Catholic – will be torched!

Not a pretty picture. Catholics need a huge wake-up call. What they are involved in is not from God. They are not the Church that Christ founded. They did not give us the Bible. There is no real Presence in a wafer. Mary is not the “Queen of Heaven.” There is no purging place for sins called Purgatory – Jesus Christ covered the entire sin debt for all who put their faith and trust in Him. Christians do not pray to Mary or any other passed-on saint or person. Christians do not bow down before or pray in front of graven images. All of this is false; all of it is Satanic.

Christians are not cannibals or vampires; we don’t eat human flesh or drink actual blood. We are Christians, not pagans. We don’t pray on Rosary beads to a human intercessor for Jesus; we pray directly to God through His Holy Spirit – who indwells all true believers – who then communicates with Jesus Christ, who then intercedes on our behalf to the Father. Why go to anyone else in prayer, then? We have direct access to the throne of God by Christ’s spirit dwelling within us. No human can hear prayer; they are not God.

Please come out of the Catholic religion. It is false, it is unbiblical, it is unchristian. The devil has created this masterpiece of deception in order to discredit and dishonor Jesus Christ by their myriad of false doctrines, dogmas, and teachings. It is not of God, nor will it lead to God.

Time is running out. Jesus is coming back very soon for His true Body of Believers. Get properly saved immediately, serve Jesus Christ, and not a fallible man in Rome or Satan. Flee Roman Catholicism and warn your family and friends to come out of it as quickly as possible. There is an extreme danger that if you are currently deceived enough to worship a mere wafer as the actual Jesus Christ, you will be an even easier pushover to accept a false, soon-coming savior in the form of the antichrist. Don’t be a victim of ‘strong delusion.”

Pray earnestly to the Holy Spirit for spiritual discernment, and He will take the spiritual blinders from your eyes. You may not be able to see how horribly wrong Roman Catholicism is right now due to spiritual blindness, so you need God’s assistance to get saved first and then see God’s Word, the Bible, reveal to you things that could not be “seen” before by you.

Again, time is short. Act now! Don’t miss out on Jesus’ soon evacuation of His Church. Don’t allow yourself to be in a position where you have to either endure the whole seven years or any part of the horrible times on Earth that are rapidly coming.

Change your future now! Don’t put it off! No one knows the day or the hour when Christ returns for His True Church, but all prophetic alarm bells are going off right now, very loudly!

If you witness the massive disappearance of a large group of folks out of the world and you are still here on Earth with other Roman Catholics, then you will know for certain that you have been deceived by your religious leaders. Take action now to correct that very likely scenario and escape what is about to happen.

Jesus Christ stands outside the door to your heart and is presently awaiting your invitation for Him to come into your life and change your destiny. Don’t put it off. Hard times loom on the horizon. You don’t want to be here for them.

Satan’s Counterfeit Christianity :: By Stephen Meehan

Roman Catholicism – The One True Church?

This article was first written and published on the Rapture Ready website back in 2015, but due to the lateness of the hour and the nearness of the world being plunged into the dark seven-year time frame of the Tribulation, I wanted to re-package it in an effort to get a certain people group to come out of a devilishly-inspired stupor and to take measures to preclude them from having to endure the hard realities of the soon onset of God’s wrath being unleashed upon the world.

Trusting in a false religious system for salvation should never be substituted for embracing Jesus Christ alone as the only means for getting right with God and to enjoy an eternity with Him in His Kingdom. Satan continues to throw up a gauntlet in every way possible, by any means available, to prevent that from happening. It shouldn’t surprise anyone then that he also employs a false “Christian” church to deceive and lure millions into a false sense of security and salvation.


For years, growing up as a Roman Catholic, we were taught that we were members of the “One True Church.” It was impressed upon us regularly by the parish priest during Mass, while giving his homily, and by the nuns all throughout my Catholic parochial school years of second through seventh grade. All adherents of Roman Catholicism believe this doctrine, and the veracity of this belief was never questioned.

That doctrine was reinforced upon us during our preparation to receive for the first time the sacraments of Penance, Communion, and Confirmation. All throughout the Catholic education system by attendance in CCD classes – CCD is the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, an association established at Rome in 1562 for the purpose of giving religious education, normally designed for children – we were comforted by the fact that we belonged to the only true Church.

So, it was received proudly as an established fact, and we never felt the need to check the validity of this doctrine that we embraced. It was a matter of pride that we were privileged enough to be members of the correct church, while all others had belonged to something else that didn’t quite measure up to the status of the Roman Catholic Church.

After all, how could it be possible that Roman Catholicism is not the One True Church?

Look at what Rome has to offer: It has the priests; the nuns; the bishops; the cardinals; and, of course, the pope. They have the Sacraments; the statues; the holy water; the incense; the Stations of the Cross; the Eucharist – in which Christ supposedly physically manifests Himself into the wafer after the consecration by the priest during the Mass; the “Mother of God”; and the Marian apparitions, which appear mainly to Roman Catholics. How could it be wrong?

And they have the Vatican, where the Vicar of Christ – the pope – (who they believe is Christ’s representative on earth and is a stand-in for Christ) governs the faithful and makes infallible proclamations and doctrine. How can this not be the One True Church? No other organization on the face of the earth comes close to offering to its flock what Rome provides for its faithful.

But, of course, to be true, one must adhere to what has been established as truth and not teach or practice what is contrary to the truth. We read in Scripture a few passages that declare what is truth and what is not. Jesus proclaimed in John 14:6:

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.”

He also professed in John 8:31-32:

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, ‘If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'”

It is clear then, by just these two verses, that Jesus Christ has described Himself as Truth, and that those who adhere to His Word and practice what He taught will be living and worshipping truthfully. And that only His truth will set us free, not in anything else that detracts or subtracts from His truth.

In fact, the verse is worded in a way (“you shall know the truth”) that suggests that it is imperative to know His Word, to know His Truth, by studying the Scriptures in order to avoid any false doctrine being taught by some other source that may later try to establish itself as the bearer of truth – but is actually offering a false truth. No one wants to worship in a false church.

Jesus also proclaimed that it is only possible to worship Him correctly in spirit and in truth:

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).

So, for a person or an organization to call themselves true, they must teach his Word correctly and abide by His Word. Unless one is doing that, the above verse says that they are not true worshippers.

Another purveyor of Truth is the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised His disciples that when He would depart from them and return to Heaven, He would send in His stead the Comforter—the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s role in the world – and who indwells those who have accepted Christ’s free gift of salvation – is to point us to Jesus Christ and not to anything or anyone else as the sole means of salvation. The Holy Spirit, then, is the true representative of Christ in the world.

“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells within you and shall be in you” (John 14:17).

It takes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit into the believer to be able to discern what is written in God’s Word, and to be able to understand and apply His truth in our Christian walk. Without His assistance, it is too easy to be led astray and to accept false doctrine. The Holy Spirit, after all, inspired the Jewish scribes and later the Apostles to write the books of the Holy Bible, and it takes His discernment in our lives for us to properly comprehend the Word and understand it correctly.

It also stands to reason that if one is not aware of what is contained in the Scriptures, they are then in a position to be easily deceived and accept doctrines of men that may be inspired by another source other than the Holy Spirit. Our adversary, Satan, is all about deception and uses many varied agencies to keep people from knowing the Truth.

Growing up as a Roman Catholic, I was completely ignorant of what was contained in the Bible regarding Jesus, salvation, and His gospel of grace. Like most Catholics, the Holy Bible was in the home but just collected dust and was never read. We accepted all that was taught to us by the priests, the nuns, the lay teachers in the CCD classes, and in their catechism.

Whatever they told us had to be correct, as they assured us that we were members of the One True Church. Why would they ever steer us wrong? This was the mindset of my siblings, my parents, grandparents, and going back generations of all past family members who trusted in and were raised in the Roman Catholic system. We were ignorant of anything else but their plan of salvation. Who needs self-study of the Bible when we have them to guide us?

The Roman Catholic Church tells their members that only they, through their Magisterium – the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, as exercised by the bishops or the pope – can properly interpret Scripture for their faithful. So, while they say they encourage the reading of the Holy Writ, it is only by their guidance and authority that one can fully understand what the verses are meant to convey. Everything that we may read in God’s Word has to be filtered through their leadership so that we don’t get tripped up.

Why bother reading then? Just leave our destiny in their hands, as they would prefer it. The Scriptures are not open to private interpretations anyway, so Roman Catholicism and its hierarchy are needed to understand their version of the truth, as they would lead us to believe.

It wasn’t until my early 20s that the Lord led me to start reading His Word – the Bible. At that point in my life, I wasn’t even a marginal Catholic. I stopped going to Mass, stopped going to the normally required weekly confessions to a priest, and had pretty much given up on their version of the faith. Plus, I got tired of the repetitiveness of the Mass.

The rote prayers; genuflecting before the figure on the cross; the lighting of votive candles before a statue – usually of “Mary,” or their version of her; dipping my hand in the “Holy Water” and making the “sign of the cross”; receiving the Eucharist wafer and giving my assent when the priest said, “The body of Christ” that I was consuming the physical body of Jesus; and the whole bit. It was all very ritualistic, legalistic, lacking any real passion, and completely devoid of the presence of Christ.

But, in reading the Word for the first time, I began to see that what God has revealed to us through the Scriptures doesn’t completely mirror the teachings of Rome. In fact, most of it doesn’t. You would think that the One True Church would certainly follow what Christ and the Apostles taught.

Why would they teach something different if they are, in fact, the One True Church? Wouldn’t they follow and teach all that Scripture reveals to us and that they shouldn’t deviate from the Truth? Have they got the ultimate authority to change God’s Word or trump His commandments?

For instance, Exodus 20:4, the second commandment, forbids us from worshipping graven images, and yet Rome has deleted this commandment and subdivided the last one, which tells us not to covet our neighbor’s belongings. How can they delete a commandment? Christ said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments,” not delete them (John 14:15).

Is it that important for Rome to disregard a commandment so that the parishioners can dress up, light candles before, and parade behind statues or graven images, as the Bible calls them? Was the prohibition of worshipping before a graven image only meant for the Jews, but Christians are free to do so? Over and over throughout the Word, we are told that God detests that kind of activity. He abhors praying before statues or to anyone or anything other than God.

Rome calls the pope the Vicar of Christ (Christ’s representative on earth), but that title is more befitting the Holy Spirit: He is the Comforter that Christ promised; He is the one who indwells each believer; and He is the one who seals us, points us to Jesus Christ, and gives us discernment in reading the Word. Why would we call a mere man Christ’s representative in the world? The Holy Spirit is God – the third member of the Trinity – and who is better qualified to be the “Vicar of Christ”? God, who indwells all believers, or a man sitting in Rome or riding around in a popemobile?

Rome calls the pope the Holy Father, but Jesus used this term only once in Scripture, referring to God the Father as the Holy Father:

“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through your own name those whom thou has given me, that they may be one, as we are” (John 17:14).

Neither Jesus nor the Apostles would ever use that term in addressing a man; only God the Father is the Holy Father. In fact, Christ even told His followers not to refer to any man as our father (spiritual father):

“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” (Matthew 23:9).

If Christ told us not to do it, why does Rome give that title to their priests? Is this something that a One True Church should be doing—flaunting God’s Word? Are they exempt from this restriction and can override Christ’s teachings? It doesn’t add up. Are they really true, or false?

If we are truly Christians, we should be following Christ’s examples and His admonitions. If they are truly the one true church, shouldn’t they be abiding by His Word instead of disregarding it? If their priests are true Christians, wouldn’t they be our brothers and not supposed fathers? If we are indeed Christians and following after Christ, do we have a license to ignore His teachings and instead are free to worship after the dictates of one governing from Rome instead of Heaven?

There are countless other examples of where the teachings of Rome fly in direct contrast to the teachings of Jesus and His disciples. Perhaps the biggest is the question of our salvation.

Repeatedly in the gospels and in the other books of the New Testament are verses telling us that Christ’s Gospel is a gospel of grace and is freely given to all those who would accept it. It is not by works, and it cannot be earned.

Grace is God’s unmerited favor; it is impossible to work for it, neither can one ever be good enough to attain it:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved…” (Acts 16:31-32).

Why would Rome insist that we have to work along with God’s grace – what they refer to as “cooperating grace” – in order to be saved? The very expression of cooperating grace or cooperating with grace is a contradiction in terms. Grace is free; works are not.

If grace is unmerited favor and is freely given by God, how can one then cooperate or work alongside it to receive it? Cooperating with grace would nullify grace; it wouldn’t be freely received.

Their works for attaining salvation include: Going to weekly Mass; partaking of the sacraments; paying a penalty or penance for one’s sins – which denies the sufficiency of Christ’s death on the cross to cover all sins; and then finally spending time in a fictitious place called Purgatory, to purge away any leftover sins that Christ’s blood couldn’t cover, or not enough penance was performed.

Purgatory is just another means of denying the sufficiency of Christ’s atonement for our sins; it is the ultimate declaration that His agonizing crucifixion on a wooden cross – the plan of salvation that was established before the foundation of the world was laid – was not enough to pay the cost of all of our sins. These teachings do not come from God but instead have Satan’s fingerprints all over them.

In other words, when Christ uttered those final words, “It is finished,” it signified that He had satisfied the wrath of God against us for the sins we have committed and that all our sins were “paid in full.” Rome declares that, no, it is not finished, and the paying of penances and time spent in Purgatory is required. It is a rejection of what Christ accomplished and what the Holy inspired Word of God confirms to us about Jesus paying the penalty for ALL our sins. A true Church does not deny the sufficiency of what Jesus suffered for us. It is blasphemous and heretical.

Their gospel is a complete distortion of the gospel of grace and is, in fact, another gospel—as the Apostle Paul warned against:

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel. Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 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. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9).

Why would Rome teach another gospel? They are leading their followers astray, and the gospel they teach can’t possibly save anyone. A gospel of works nullifies God’s free gift of grace:

“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise, grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise, work is no more work” (Romans 11:6).

“Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9).

It should be clear that a true church would never teach a false gospel. Along with the aforementioned false teachings – and there are many others – Rome has taken upon itself to invent new teachings over the centuries that neither Jesus nor the Apostles ever taught. Here is a brief list of some of their “infallible” doctrines that they have implemented:

* Prayers for the Dead and the Sign of the Cross – 300 AD. (True Christians don’t pray to or for the dead.)

* Veneration of Angels and Dead Saints – 375 AD. (True Christians don’t worship angels.)

* The Mass, as a daily celebration adopted – 394 AD. (The Mass is a false continuation of Christ’s one-time sacrifice – it was finished on the cross.)

* The worship of Mary and the use of the term “Mother of God” – 431 AD. (We are told to worship God only. God had no mother or father.)

* Priests begin to dress differently from the laity – 500 AD.

* Extreme Unction or Last Rites as a sacrament – 526 AD.

* Doctrine of Purgatory established – 593 AD. (This denies Christ’s sufficiency.)

* Latin language used in prayer and worship in churches – 600 AD. (Not all Catholics understood Latin, rendering the words meaningless.)

* Prayers directed to Mary – 600 AD. (Jesus taught His followers to pray to the Father only – Matthew 6:9. Mary is not God and cannot hear or answer prayers.)

* Title of Pope bestowed upon the Bishop of Rome – 610 AD. (The word “pope” means papa or father. Jesus tells us not to call any man father – speaking of spiritual leaders – Matthew 23:9.)

* Kissing of the pope’s feet – 709 AD.

* Temporal power of the popes – 750 AD.

* Worship of the Cross, Images, and Relics – 788 AD. (idolatry)

* Holy Water instituted – 850 AD.

* Veneration of St. Joseph begins – 890 AD.

* Baptism of Bells – 965 AD.

* Canonization of Dead Saints – 995 AD. (ALL true Christians are saints.)

* Fasting on Fridays and during Lent – 998 AD.

* The Mass is an ongoing sacrifice of Jesus, and attendance is mandatory – 1079 AD.

* Celibacy of Priesthood – 1079 AD. (The Apostle Paul labeled forbidding to marry a “doctrine of devils” in 1 Timothy 4:1.)

* Praying the Rosary introduced – 1090 AD. (vain repetitions; Christ warns against doing this for Christians – Matthew 6:7.)

* Inquisition of Heretics – 1184 AD. (The papacy killed millions of true Christians who didn’t bend the knee to Rome.)

* Selling of Indulgences to lessen time spent in Purgatory – 1190 AD. (no such place; denies Christ’s full atonement.)

* Transubstantiation: priest can transform a wafer into Jesus Christ – 1215 AD. (The Eucharist does not become Jesus Christ, nor should we worship it = idolatrous and blasphemous.)

* Confession of sin to a priest – 1215 AD. (Only God can forgive sin – Mark 2:7.)

* Adoration of the wafer – 1220 AD. (blasphemy, idolatry)

* Bible forbidden to be read or owned by laymen – 1229 AD. (The Bible denies Rome’s teachings.)

* Scapular of Mary worn frees a person from Purgatory – 1287 AD. (No such place, but apparently “Mary” can do what Jesus Christ cannot – lessen one’s time in a fictitious place.)

* Cup of Blood of Christ forbidden to be touched by laymen – 1414 AD.

* Doctrine of Purgatory proclaimed to be Dogma of the Faith – 1439 AD.

* Doctrine of 7 Sacraments affirmed – 1439 AD. (Works do not save us; God’s grace does.)

* Ava Maria instituted – 1508 AD. (false prayer/hymn to “Mary”)

* Tradition of Rome equal with Scripture – 1545 AD. (free license for popes to make false declarations)

* Apocryphal books added to Rome’s Bible – 1546 AD.

* Immaculate Conception of Mary – 1834 AD. (They declare she was born without sin, yet ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Mary included – Romans 3:23.)

* Papal Infallibility – 1870 AD. (pope can declare anything, and their faithful must believe)

* Modern Science “Modernism” condemned by pope – 1907 AD.

* Condemnation of public schools – 1930 AD. (Rome couldn’t teach kids their doctrines, so public schools must be condemned.)

* “Mother of God” title to Mary reaffirmed – 1931 AD.

* Assumption of the Virgin Mary -1950 AD. (Mary bodily arose to Heaven – not in the Bible.)

Along with these doctrines that Rome has established over the years for their faithful to adhere to and further one’s bondage to their system, they have also leveled condemnations or “anathemas’ on all Bible-believing Christians who would not submit to the papacy or their system. Here is a sampling of 100 or so anathemas that the papacy has declared over the years:

If anyone says that the sinner is justified by faith alone, meaning that nothing else is required to cooperate in order to obtain the grace of justification… let him be anathema.

If anyone says that justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in divine mercy which remits sins for Christ’s sake, or that it is this confidence alone that justifies us, let him be anathema.

If anyone says that he will for certain, with an absolute and infallible certainty, have that great gift of perseverance even to the end, unless he shall have learned this by special revelation, let him be anathema. (1 John 5:13 tells us that we can be assured of our salvation. Either John, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is lying to us, or Rome is.)

If anyone says that the Catholic doctrine of justification, as set forth by the holy council in the present decree, derogates in some respect from the glory of God or the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, and does not rather illustrate the truth of our faith and no less the glory of God and of Jesus Christ, let him be anathema. (The Bible declares that Rome’s doctrine is in error.)

If anyone says that the sacraments of the New Law were not all instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, or that there are more or less than seven, or that any one of these seven is not truly and intrinsically a sacrament, let him be anathema. (The sacraments are works and nullify grace.)

If anyone… denies that wonderful and singular change of the whole substance of the bread into the body and the whole substance of the wine into the blood – which change the Catholic Church most aptly calls transubstantiation, let him be anathema. (Worshipping a wafer is both idolatrous and blasphemous.)

Whether they realize it or not, they have not only bestowed these condemnations on all Bible-believing Christians, but on Christ and His Apostles as well – including Peter, who they claim was the first pope. Neither Jesus nor the Apostles would ever teach the things that Rome claims, nor would they have any part in their false religious system.

Is Roman Catholicism, as they contend, the One True Church? Not hardly, if they teach doctrines of men – and most likely Satan – instead of the Word of God:

“Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” (Matthew 15:3).

“Thus have you made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition” (Matthew 15:6).

“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9).

“And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:9).

Dear Roman Catholic, there is no way that the church of Rome can be the One True Church. They offer a false gospel, and there is no truth in it. The true church of Christ is the Body of all believers who have put their complete faith and trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross – it is not just a particular denomination or any other manmade religious system.

Works are not a part of His salvation; neither is paying a penance for your own sins, or going to a purging place called Purgatory, or any of the other means of attaining salvation that Rome concocts.

As a matter of fact, after a lifetime of being active in their system, being baptized as an infant, and attending mandatory weekly Mass (and should you miss one Sunday purposely), they claim you have committed a “mortal sin” and would go to hell if the mortal sin is not confessed to a priest. So, you confessed your sins to a priest and paid a penalty or Penance for those sins; you received Jesus Christ physically (instead of spiritually as the Bible attests) through their Eucharistic service, yet salvation is still not guaranteed.

After performing the other sacraments and then, ultimately, after death, spending an undetermined amount of time suffering in Purgatory to purge away any remaining sins that Christ couldn’t cover because His plan of redemption obviously came up short, one can still never claim that they have any assurance of salvation.

According to Rome, one commits the “sin of Presumption” if they believe they can claim to know for sure that they have secured salvation through Christ; an anathema will be directed your way if you claim that you know that you are saved. Even though the Apostle John—the one whom Christ entrusted with the care of His earthly mother after His death on the cross, assured us regarding salvation:

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

All of the so-called works that the Catholic must do to try to attain salvation only furthers one’s commitment to their religion to try to appease God and ends up increasing their bondage to this false system: that only the “Holy Mother Church” can save us; the priests are needed for absolving our sins; their Mass has to be attended; the sacraments are needed; and on and on it goes.

Even the erroneous doctrine of Purgatory is presented with the caveat that one’s time can be lessened, thereby buying Mass cards, donating money to the Roman Catholic Church, etc. It is all about their system and not Christ. It is clearly a system of bondage.

The Roman Catholic Church is not the One True Church.

Their system offers really no hope. It is a counterfeit Christianity, and they present a corrupted version of the truth. On the surface, they appeal to the flesh in all their displays of piety, ritualism, relics, images, incense, candles, acts of contrition, shrines usually dedicated to Mary mainly, as well as other dead saints. And for the most part, Christ is left out in all of their regalia, unless, of course, He is depicted as a baby or still hanging on the cross.

All of that is a bad substitute for the real thing but is attractive to those who have no clue as to what God’s Word says about sin, atonement, salvation, or a gospel of grace.

They don’t waste an opportunity to diminish what Christ has performed for us on the cross, or who Christ really is. Instead of rightly pointing to the Creator for salvation, they point to the created: the priests; the popes; the statues; the wafer; “Mary” (or their version of Mary); the dead saints; the “Holy Mother Church” as they refer to the Catholic Church; and anything else other than Jesus Christ.

They really do teach another gospel and have another Jesus—who is received via “Transubstantiation” but is powerless to cover all of our sins; and another Mary. The Mary of the Bible doesn’t reflect any of the attributes that Rome has ascribed to her. She wasn’t sinless, didn’t remain a virgin after the birth of Christ, she had other children, she is not a co-redeemer or co-mediator, and doesn’t hear or answer prayer. She is not a deity or a stand-in for God. By placing Mary before Jesus or God in our worship, one is, in fact, breaking the first commandment, which commands us not to have any gods before the real God. And yes, they do worship her like a god.

They emphatically are not the true church, despite their proclamations otherwise. One day, we will all stand before Christ at His judgment. If you die as a Roman Catholic, Rome will not be there to defend you.

If they can’t even be entrusted with the safeguarding of its members’ children (speaking of the decades, maybe centuries-long molestation and raping of children by their clergy, and the cover-up and relocation of these criminals to other parishes by their bishops, cardinals and popes), how can you possibly trust them with your eternal security and salvation? The bottom line is this: You can’t… and you must not. They are not what they try to portray. They are false and evil.

Instead, accept the One who WILL be there in front of you at His judgment. Don’t be beguiled by the enemy and accept a false substitute plan of salvation. Accept His free gift of salvation, believe in Him and His Word, and His Truth will indeed set you free!

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

“There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).


Dear Roman Catholics,

It should be readily apparent that Roman Catholicism is not of God. Jesus Christ began His one true church with Jewish believers, who then spread Christ’s true gospel of grace throughout the world. Peter was not a pope. He is never called that by his fellow Apostles nor by Jesus. There is no apostolic succession that continued on with the papacy. It was a made-up invention by the Catholic clergy. Popes are not infallible. Only God is. Mary is not the “Queen of Heaven”; nor the “Mother of God”; nor remained sinless; and did not remain a virgin: she had other children.

All of these are fabrications made up by the popes. God does not lie to us in His Word, but without any problem, Rome does lie about what is contained in God’s Word. Or, to be more accurate, Satan lies through the Catholic Church. He is the father of lies, and there is no truth in him. Is it really that important to you to be trusting in a false religious system that continually defies Christ and His teachings? Do you really want to be a part of that? Forfeit the truth and embrace falsehoods?

There is coming a One-World Religion that will be fully manifested and operating in league with the Antichrist once the Tribulation Hour begins. We are almost there. There shouldn’t be any doubt that Roman Catholicism will be that organization. They are already a false Christian church but may further morph into a Religion that will also comprise Islamic people, as well as members of other religions. A worldwide religious conglomeration but headed up by the pope of Rome. And the Catholic Church is now very active in bringing about the antichrist system.

Read Revelation 17. Look at all the characteristics that make up the “Whore of Babylon” – a pseudo-Christian church that has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. The true Bride of Christ is made up of all believers trusting in Christ alone for salvation. This religious phony, though, operates in a manner that opposes Christ and defies Him with all of her false teachings. Here is a list of her attributes, and look how closely the Roman Catholic church mirrors these qualifiers:

>She sits on seven hills or mountains, just as the Vatican does in the city of Rome.

>She is adorned with the colors of scarlet and purple, just as the RCC’s cardinals and bishops are.

>She is drunk with the blood of the saints and martyrs. Read the book “Foxes Book of Martyrs” to get an idea of the atrocities committed by the papacy against true Bible-believing Christians during the 600 years of the Roman Inquisitions and the popes’ Crusades into the Holy Land. The papacy has the blood of millions on their hands.

>She is in league with the kings of the earth. The popes set up and deposed many European leaders throughout her history and even had a concordant with Adolph Hitler during World War II. She cares more for things of this world than for the world to come.

>She is shown to be living richly and as a queen. Her coffers include untold billions of dollars of artwork, gold, and precious commodities under St. Peter’s Basilica and throughout the globe in her many cathedrals.

These are just a few of the attributes of this false church. There is no other entity on the face of the planet that comes even close to mirroring these qualities of her make-up that is describing her in Revelation 17. Don’t be a participant of her sins.

Christ is soon coming back for his true Church in the Rapture. Don’t be left out by being a member of Satan’s counterfeit church!

Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).