After Constantine got a hold of the Bible, “Christianity” was born—a great perversion of the original teachings of Christ.
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch (Acts 11:26).
The scriptures tell us that the followers of Jesus Christ were called “Christians” by outsiders, but they never initially called themselves that. They got that name because they acted like Christ. They actually called themselves “followers of Jesus Christ” or “disciples of Jesus Christ.” Collectively, they called themselves “The Church.”
The word “church” translated from the Greek word “ekklesia” means the “called-out assembly.” In other words, the church is a congregation of believers who God had called out of the “world of darkness into his marvelous light,” as 1 Peter 2:9 puts it.
Some even believe the word “church” is a mistranslation and should be translated “assembly.” Nevertheless, these are the terms we’re familiar with and so we use them.
Obviously, something went wrong with the Church because, both the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant Church today, look nothing like Christ and too much like this wicked world. On top of that, the Catholic Church has a history of forcing their religion on entire nations and killing them if they rejected it. Certainly, Christ never commanded this. God is a god of free-will. Anything else is inspired by Satan. So what happened?
Origins of God’s Assembly
First off, so-called Christianity came out of the nation of Israel, from the tribe of Judah, by the son of God known as Jesus Christ. At that time, the Jews were under Roman rule. Rome was, and still is, a false-god-worshipping nation practicing all kinds of wickedness from idolatry, witchcraft, bestiality, homosexuality, fornication to pedophilia and child sacrifice. They believed in many gods while Christianity only believed in one. The apostle Paul was the first to bring the gospel to Rome and when it began to spread, the believers were persecuted.
For more than 300 years the Church was persecuted by Rome. It was illegal to be a Christian. Saints were arrested, beaten, crucified, and often burned alive for following the teachings of Jesus. But no matter what the Roman government did, the message of eternal life and peace with God prevailed. The enemies of God could not hinder the gospel. It spread like wildfire. It turned the world “right side up.” The killing of Christians actually helped grow the Church. Satan, who was behind the persecution, found that his methods weren’t working, so he came up with another plan.
In 313 A.D., Roman Emperor Constantine legalized Christian worship and made it the official religion of Rome. Constantine also supposedly converted to Christianity. It seemed as if Christianity had prevailed, but this was a move of Satan. Constantine, while claiming to be Christian, also appeased the people of his nation by mixing the teachings of Jesus with the practices of Rome. He continued to worship false gods while claiming to serve Jesus. He also encouraged Christians and non-Christians to unite in worshiping the sun—not the Son of God—the actual sun in the sky. This is why Christians meet and worship on the first day of the week, also known as Sunday.
What happened to the assembly of God was pollution—the filth of Rome mixed with some of the teachings of Jesus—and Christianity became something entirely different from its origin. There’s a saying that goes, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” Satan joined the church and polluted it, thus destroying it from inside with practices like:
- The worship of Mary (idolatry)
- Consulting and praying to dead saints (necromancy)
- Worship of the sun (idolatry)
- Indulgence: the salvation of a soul through monetary payment (scam)
- The belief that good works will save your soul (deception)
- Prohibiting priest from marrying (unbiblical)
- Forcing the religion on others with death as the only alternative for rejecting it
- The office and authority of the Pope (unbiblical)
- Child sexual abuse (wickedness)
With the Church now something totally different from its origin, what used to be known as a “move of God” had become a move of Satan. What the apostle Paul feared and warned came to past. He said:
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).
Satan was successful in convincing some of the saints that this new form of Christianity was legitimate, but the rest didn’t buy it. They knew this was a counterfeit. They had spiritual discernment, and they took heed to the letter of Revelation that warned of the coming Harlot Church. So those who didn’t accept Roman Christianity were persecuted and killed. Here’s part of what the saints of God heard back then:
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration (Revelation 17:4-6).
While later popes of the Roman Catholic Church denounced their involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade, their numerous atrocities of torturing and slaughtering individuals and entire nations who rejected their religion and the current abuse of children which goes on to this day can’t be overlooked.
The Protestant Reformation
In 1517, things seem to change when priests within the Catholic Church began to realize their religion didn’t line up with the Bible they were reading. This caused a great split and the Protestant Reformation was born.
But these guys were already on the wrong path, because they were trying to reform something that was never created by God to begin with. These men didn’t know their history. Christ established the Church, and Satan and men reformed it into the abomination it had become. I applaud these men for seeing some errors in Catholicism, but there was no need to reform it. All they had to do was discard it completely, hit the reset button, get born-again, and follow the Bible with fresh eyes.
Unity and truth didn’t last for long among the Protestant Christians. Because many of these leaders lacked the Spirit of God, they couldn’t agree on the application of scripture. Soon after, divisions broke out and denominations were formed after each man’s private interpretation of the Bible (2 Peter 1:19-21). Satan was successful once again. This time through the tactic of divide and conquer.
And this is where you get all these denominations:
- Church of God in Christ
- Assemblies of God
According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, there are approximately 41,000 Protestant denominations! I’m not sure if that’s accurate, but today, these denominations are just as wicked as their mother; and now there’s a great return to the Catholic Church along with the merging of other false religions. Soon, there will be a one-world religion under Roman Catholicism.
I do want to make clear that this isn’t to say that God wasn’t able to operate within the Protestant Churches. I’m sure the Spirit of God saved many souls through revival events, but I would also have to add that no revival is successful if the people leave with very little conviction of sin, repentance, and a new attitude towards racism.
Side note: Many people point to the Azuza Street Revival as one of the great American revivals started by the son of former slaves, but it doesn’t count. I encourage you to do your research. It was likely a move of Satan. You can start your research with these articles: Birth of a Lie and Roll over Azusa
However, there is a small remnant of sincere saints who love and follow the true Jesus Christ then and now. As a collective, they are the true Church of God. You can know them by their love, character, and their stance against all forms of sin. You’ll know them by the Spirit of God.
They walk and talk like Jesus Christ of the Bible. They may belong to a denomination or they may not. They may or may not even attend, or be members of an official church building. They reject the teachings of the Catholic Church and her daughters. They are the minority, they are scattered, and they are being persecuted for Christ’s sake.
Putting a label on it
This mainstream, wicked form of Christianity has so many labels:
- Pagan Christianity
- Roman Christianity
- False Church
- Harlot Church
- Babylonian Church
- Pagan Church
- Institutional Church
- Catholic Church
While most protestant Christians believe they’re different from the Catholic Christians, their immorality and hatred for the truth exposes the contrary. The Bible calls the Catholic Church “Mystery Babylon, Mother of Harlots.” Since she’s the mother of harlots and protestant churches sprung out from her, they are her children indeed even though they’re currently estranged.
Soon, at the family reunion, those who accept momma’s invitation will reveal themselves to be apart of her. If your local church is taking on Roman Catholic rituals and talking about returning to the “mother church” of Rome, your Protestant church is a daughter of the Harlot Church.
This brings me to what we should call ourselves—us who’ve been called out—the real saints of God. Having been apart of the Harlot Church for about 7 years, I no longer call myself a Christian. I do this for the world’s sake. I don’t want them confusing me with a religion that has shown consistently to be hypocritical, apart of this world’s problems, and powerless to change anything for the good. However, I do respect any person who calls themself a Christian and I can understand why they’d hold on to this label.
But if the Pope, the pimp preacher, the Mormon, and wicked people are calling themselves Christians, I refuse to share that label. And I don’t believe Jesus Christ would be offended having never labeled his followers in the first place. I rather follow Jesus and let my life shine for the world to realize that God is truly in me in contrast to these people who claim to love him but bear no fruit.