Why I’m Not Roman Catholic Or Eastern Orthodox Part 7; Theses 121-131

  1. Canon 3 of the Fourth Lateran Council, 1215 A.D.; Concerning the deposing power of the Pope; Yet another doctrine disputed amongst the Catholics which many if I may say most, do not believe.

  2. The Nullity of the Romish Faith by Matthew Poole; Pages 186-187 deal with the forgeries to establish the Pope’s authority

  3. Peter was Not the Bishop of Rome.

  4. Origen’s abhorrence of images and idolatry. Origen, Contra Celsus, Book VII,

    51. “But it is a difficult matter, even after much careful consideration, to perceive the difference between those who have received a knowledge of the truth and a notion of God at different intervals and for short periods of time, and those who are more fully inspired by God, who have constant communion with Him, and are always led by His Spirit. Had Celsus set himself to understand this, he would not have reproached as with ignorance, or forbidden us to characterize as blind those who believe that religion shows itself in such products of man’s mechanical art as images. For every one who sees with the eyes of his soul serves the Divine Being in no other way than in that which leads him ever to have regard to the Creator of all, to address his prayers to Him alone, and to do all things as in the sight of God, who sees us altogether, even to our thoughts.”

    64. “As, then, this act of self-restraint, which in appearance is one and the same, is found in fact to be different in different persons, according to the principles and motives which lead to it; so in the same way with those who cannot allow in the worship of the Divine Being altars, or temples, or images. The Scythians, the Nomadic Libyans, the godless Seres, and the Persians, agree in this with the Christians and Jews, but they are actuated by very different principles. For none of these former abhor altars and images on the ground that they are afraid of degrading the worship of God, and reducing it to the worship of material things wrought by the hands of men. Neither do they object to them from a belief that the demons choose certain forms and places, whether because they are detained there by virtue of certain charms, or because for some other possible reason they have selected these haunts, where they may pursue their criminal pleasures, in partaking of the smoke of sacrificial victims. But Christians and Jews have regard to this command, You shall fear the Lord your God, and serve Him alone; and this other, You shall have no other gods before Me: you shall not make unto you any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them; and again, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve. It is in consideration of these and many other such commands, that they not only avoid temples, altars, and images, but are ready to suffer death when it is necessary, rather than debase by any such impiety the conception which they have of the Most High God.”


  5. I acknowledge that the current canon in modern Bibles is given to us on the authority of the Catholic Church. And I reject it. I reject the book of James as Ebionite heresy. And I am leaning towards 2 Peter and Jude being Non-Canonical as well. As Daniel B. Wallace admits, “From one perspective, this short epistle is the most disputed book in the NT canon as to authenticity. From another, the issue of authorship is already settled, at least negatively: the apostle Peter did not write this letter. The vast bulk of NT scholars adopts this second perspective without much discussion. ”


For the Historic Protestant view of the Canon see A Scholastical History of the Canon of the Holy Scripture by John Cosin and Disputations by Whitaker.

  1. Apocrypha Rejected by the Early Church as Canonical

  2. Indulgences by Martin Luther, pages 13-25

  3. Transubstantiation By John Cosin, I suggest Chapter 7 Where is cited many Papists who have not believed the doctrine.

  4. The Admitted Forgery of the Donation of Constantine in the Catholic Encyclopedia

  5. Ignatius Forgeries

  6. The History of Romanism by John Dowling, Book VIII, Popery Drunk With the Blood of the Saints, 1. Ingenious cruelties of Popery. Fifty million victims



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