Is There "Another Christ"?, by Sean Sutton
Jesus warned that there would come people claiming to be Christ in the last days who shall deceive many. Here are quotes from the Catholic Church which claim the Popes are God, can forgive sins, and are infallible!
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Disclaimer: We do not intend to bash Roman Catholics or priests, for there are many in the Latin Church who do not truly understand the antichristian beliefs and teachings of this institution. There are many Catholics and priests who are great people, and have been living up tot he light God has given them. We are simply protesting the Roman Catholic religio-politico beast and the Pope who have ruled on this earth for over 1,000 years! We are here to simply present information for you to prayerfully consider when determining the truth about this system and the Word of God.
Blasphemy as defined by Scripture includes: Claiming to forgive sins (Luke 5:21) and claiming to be God (John 10:33). The Papacy undermines Jesus by setting up a system of confession to an earthly priest, thus bypassing Jesus, our High Priest (Hebrews 3:1 8:1, 2) and our only Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) and by claiming to be God. The disciples of Jesus asked Him "... what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?", in which He replied: "... Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many." Mathew 24:3-5. "... if any man shall say unto you, lo, here is Christ, or there; BELIEVE IT NOT. For there shall arise false Christs... Matthew 24:23-24.
We are to confess our sins to Christ who intercedes on our behalf to HIs Father who dwells behind the veil of of the Most Holy Place in the heavenly sanctuary. However, many Catholics confess their sins to "another Christ," who dwells behind the veil of a confessional box! In Roman Catholic theology a priest is "ALTER CHRISTUS," "ANOTHER CHRIST."
“Of what sublime dignity is the office of the Christian priest who is thus privileged to act as the ambassador and the vicegerent of Christ on earth! He continues the essential ministry of Christ; he teaches the faithful with the authority of Christ, he pardons the penitent sinner with the power of Christ, he offers up again the same sacrifice of adoration and atonement which Christ offered on Calvary. No wonder that the name which spiritual writers are especially found of applying to the priest is that of ‘alter Christus.’ For the priest is and should be another Christ” (Faith of Millions, John O’Brien, Ph.D., LL.D., 268-269, “nihil obstat” by Rev. T. E. Dillon-Censor Librorum and “imprimatur” by John Francis Noll, D.D. -Bishop of Fort Wayne)
"The priest has the power of the keys, or the power of delivering sinners from hell, of making them worthy of paradise, and of changing them from the slaves of Satan into the children of God. And God himself is obliged to abide by the judgment of his priests. . . . The Sovereign Master of the universe only follows the servant by confirming in heaven all that the latter decides upon earth." (Dignity and Duties of the Priest," p. 27, 28, (New York: Benziger Brothers., Printers to the Holy Apostolic See), 1888
"Innocent III has written: 'Indeed, it is not too much to say that in view of the sublimity of
their offices the priests are so many gods." - Id., p. 86.
Not only does this Church teach that the priests are Christ, but they also teach that Catholics are Christ himself as well! Many know that the Mormon religion teaches that you can become God through works, but many do not realize that Catholic theology taught this first! From the Catechism we quote:
"Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians, but Christ himself. Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ." p. 210, #795
"For the Son of man became man so that we might become God." p. 116, #460
"The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make gods." p. 116, #460
But of course, the apex of blasphemy has been breathed out of the mouth of the Roman Pontiffs for centuries. Below are quotes in which the Pope has committed blasphemy by claiming to be God on earth, infallible, or able to forgive sins.
“All names which in the Scriptures are applied to Christ, by virtue of which it is established that He is over the church, all the same names are applied to the Pope.” – On the Authority of the Councils, book 2, chapter 17
“The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth.” Pope Pius V, quoted in Barclay, Chapter XXVII, p. 218, “Cities Petrus Bertanous”.
“The pope is of so great dignity and excellence, that he is not merely man, but as if God, and the vicar of God. The pope alone is called most holy, … Divine monarch, and supreme emperor, and king of kings… The pope is of so great dignity and power, that he constitutes one and the same tribunal which Christ, so that whatsoever the pope does seems to proceed from the mouth of God… The pope is as God on earth.” -Pope Boniface VIII (as quoted in H. Grattan Guinness, Romanism and the Reformation, p. 16)
“The pope is the supreme judge of the law of the land . . . He is the vicegerent of Christ, and is not only a priest forever, but also King of kings and Lord of lords“ (La Civilta Cattolica, March 18, 1871)
“…the Pope is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief of kings, having plenitude of power.” Lucius Ferraris, in “Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica”, Volume V, article on “Papa, Article II”, titled “Concerning the extent of Papal dignity, authority, or dominion and infallibility”, #1, 5, 13-15, 18, published in Petit-Montrouge (Paris) by J. P. Migne, 1858 edition. Papacy claims for Worldwide Authority, Authority Over the Kings of the Earth
“The Pope takes the place of Jesus Christ on earth…by divine right the Pope has supreme and full power in faith, in morals over each and every pastor and his flock. He is the true vicar, the head of the entire church, the father and teacher of all Christians. He is the infallible ruler, the founder of dogmas, the author of and the judge of councils; the universal ruler of truth, the arbiter of the world, the supreme judge of heaven and earth, the judge of all, being judged by no one, God himself on earth.” Quoted in the New York Catechism.
“The Pope represents Jesus Christ Himself…” Cardinal Sarto, as quoted in Publications of the Catholic Truth Society Volume 29 (Catholic Truth Society: 1896), p. 11
“The Saviour Himself is the door of the sheepfold: ‘I am the door of the sheep.’ Into this fold of Jesus Christ, no man may enter unless he be led by the Sovereign Pontiff; and only if they be united to him can men be saved, for the Roman Pontiff is the Vicar of Christ and His personal representative on earth.” (Pope John XXIII in his homily to the Bishops and faithful assisting at his coronation on November 4, 1958)
“This is our last lesson to you: receive it, engrave it in your minds, all of you: by God’s commandment salvation is to be found nowhere but in the Church; the strong and effective instrument of salvation is none other than the Roman Pontificate.” (Pope Leo XIII, Allocution for the 25th anniversary of his election, February 20, 1903; Papal Teachings: The Church, Benedictine Monks of Solesmes, St. Paul Editions, Boston, 1962, par. 653)
“Take care that we lose not that salvation, that life and breath which thou hast given us, for thou art our shepherd, thou art our physician, thou art our governor, thou art our husbandman, thou art finally another God on earth (emphasis added).” Christopher Marcellus addressing Pope Julius II during the Fifth Lateran Council which began in 1512, as quoted in Alexander Hislop, The light of prophecy let in on the dark places of the papacy (London: William Whyte and Co., 1846): 91 and Letters between a Catholic and a Protestant on the doctrines of the Church of Rome originally published in Borrow’s Worcester Journal (Worcester Journal, 1827), p. 29
“It seems that Pope John Paul II now presides over the universal Church from his place upon Christ’s cross.” Auckland Bishop Says Pope Presides From the Cross” (Zenit, September 20, 2004)
“But to believe that our Lord God the Pope the establisher of said decretal, and of this, could not decree, as he did decree, should be accounted heretical (emphasis added).” The Gloss of Extravagantes of Pope John XXII, Cum. Inter, title 14, chapter 4, “Ad Callem Sexti Decretalium”, Column 140 (Paris, 1685)
“Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff.” Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam (Rome: 1302)
“We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty…” Pope Leo XIII, Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae—The Reunion of Christendom (Rome: 1894)
“But the supreme teacher in the Church is the Roman Pontiff. Union of minds, therefore, requires, together with a perfect accord in the one faith, complete submission and obedience of will to the Church and to the Roman Pontiff, as to God Himself.” Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae: On Christians as Citizens (January 10, 1890)
It is clear that “the Popes have never reproved or rejected this title” António Pereira de Figueiredo, “Tentativa theologica: Episcopal rights and ultramontane usurpations” (J. Masters, 1847), p. 180