Jan/Feb 15 Edition
A recent article in Christianity Today is headlined : "Pop Francis: Why Everyone Loves the Pope."
It lauds Francis' "unscripted" style "committed to breaking down the often bitter rivalry between evangelicals and Catholics." It mentions his recent apology to Italian Evangelicals for the Catholic religion's participation in persecution of Pentecostals prior to World War II.
Note this statement from the article: "At the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church adopted a much more biblical approach, transforming its worship and fundamentally changing its relation to modern secular culture."
How does a PR campaign and an updated system of rituals make it more biblical? To be more biblical, purgatory would have to go, along with the worship of the wafer god and virgin goddess, works of salvation, and the pope's claim that tradition and Magisterium are equal to or supersede Scripture.
Even after all these changes, we would have to ask, which Bible? Author David W. Daniels points out in his book, Why They Changed the Bible, how all modern Bibles are increasingly slanted to support Rome's pagan dogmas. An entire section is devoted to the scheme to include the Apocrypha in the Bible. He describes how the Bible Societies were, from the beginning, infiltrated with Jesuits or Vatican sympathizers. Bible societies agreed not only to change text wording to favor unbiblical Catholic teaching, but to add in the Apocrypha whenever requested. Bible translators all over the world are subject to a 1960s agreement with the Vatican to add the Apocrypha to any translation if the Catholic groups ask for it. The history and tragic results of this are detailed in Why They Changed the Bible.
Seminaries all over the world are starting to require their students to get bibles complete with something called the "Deuterocanonicals." this is another word for what we know as the Apocrypha. It is also a deceptive word. It makes the reader think these fairytales, superstitions and occultism are actually a "secondary canon" on a level just below scripture - "scripture lite." The truth is that they have raised men's words to the level of [G-d's] words and have lowered [G-d's] words to the level of man's.
The Vatican desperately needs the Apocrypha in the Bible. When they cannot distort a Bible passage to fit one of their pagan doctrines, they resort to the Apocrypha. For example, their teaching of purgatory is based on the Apocryphal books of 2 Maccabees 12:45 and Tobit 12:9. Using money to pay for sins appears in Ecclesiasticus 3:30 "Water will quench a flaming fire; and alms maketh atonement for sins."
The Apocrypha also contains such strange advice as using smoked fish liver to dispel demons (Tobit 6), and suggest that suicide, in some cases is manly and noble (2 Maccabees 14:37-46). Strange historical inaccuracies also appear, such as the death records of Antiochus Epiphanes, who must have died twice when you compare 2 Maccabees 2:13-16 to 9:1-29. A search of Christianbook.com turns up 46 items for sale related to the Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha, with over two dozen Bibles that include them. Supposedly these are only for Roman Catholics, but Daniel's research discovered that the groundwork has been laid over the decades within the Bible Societies to ultimately produce a Bible with the Apocrypha and subtle watering-down to one world Bible for one world religion. The Jesuit pope's PR campaign continues to sugar coat the bait in the trap for Evangelicals who have already swallowed the poison of the modern (Catholic) versions.