6/18/2009 | Posted in

In my last post, I had my little rant about how I’m fed up with today’s so called “Christian Leadership”.

In this post, I want to expose some of the origins of current church “practice” and “tradition”.

When Christ began His ministry, and the apostles ministered, and set up “churches”, The church was known to be a body of believers. It was never a “building”. As a matter of fact, the first church “building” was constructed under Constantine in the early 300’s.
He was a worshipper of Mithra, who was born December 25th. He took the Pagan practices of his day, and moved them into the church.

He was looking to unite all people, so he decided the best way to do that was through religion. He said that Christians would no longer have to pay taxes. All of a sudden, it was popular for everyone to be a “Christian”! And instead of doing away with the celebration of Mithra’s birthday, he adopted it into the Roman church and claimed they could celebrate Christ’s birthday on December 25th instead.

Jeremiah 10:2-4 “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people [are] vain: for [one] cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”

It was a Pagan practice to cut a tree down, bring it in the house and nail it to the floor and decorate it. And we have brought that pagan practice to honor the god Mithra right into our own homes.

What about “The Holy Eucharist”? Where did that come from? Most already know that it came from “The Lords Supper”. Does anyone know what “Supper” is?

It’s certainly not a stale cracker and a shot glass of grape juice! It’s a SUPPER! It’s a spread. It’s meatloaf and chicken, and green beans, and potato salad.

The whole purpose of the Lord’s Supper was to get together and feast and enjoy one another's company and share our JOY in the Lord.
How do you think most churches today would react if we began celebrating the Lord’s Supper the way the scriptures teach?

Did you know there was no “Alter Call” prior to the 1600’s? “How were people saved”? you ask. By believing in Christ and living their lives for Him. You can’t get saved by filling out the back of a card. You’re not saved by dedicating your life to a building. It is “He that shall endure to the end shall be saved”.

What about the sermon? Did you know that there were a group called “Sophists” who studied how to give great speeches? When church buildings began to be erected, these Sophists were placed as the speakers because they could deliver great sounding speeches.

So who did the preaching prior to the sophists? Everyone! The church had no leader, it had no choir or praise team. Believers would simply gather in each others homes and worship God, give testimony of what the Lord was doing in their lives, make up their own songs. It was worship in Spirit and in Truth!

You may have read an earlier post I did on The Tithe. If you haven’t, I encourage you to read it because it goes into detail to really drive the point home. The tithe is not for the church. It never was. The ten percent became popular in the 700’s to pay the 10% rent used in the Roman Empire. It was later justified using the Old Testament (Although the Old Testament tithe was over 23%).

So much of today’s “tradition” comes from Pagan Rome. Mark 7:13 says people have made the word of God of no effect by their traditions.

So if all this Pagan tradition began in Rome, what do we conclude? The conclusion is that the TRUE church that Christ taught devolved in the early 300’s into the Roman Church. The Protestants that decided to come out of the Roman church system kept many of their traditions. That’s why we have 3600 denominations today. No one can seem to agree on anything because they refuse to go by what the Word of God says and do things the way Christ set it up two thousand years ago.

Just look at the Roman Church today (You can insert the word Catholic here) The Roman Catholic church reveres Mary as equal with God, and higher than Christ. Nowhere in scripture will you find any instance of someone praying to Mary. Nowhere in scripture will you find someone with a Rosary and doing ten hail Mary’s. There is no forgiveness of sins here. There is no salvation in a bunch of idolatrous beads!

It’s the BLOOD OF JESUS. Nothing more, and certainly nothing less. Time is short people. The time has come to decide which side of the fence you’re going to fall on, because God is not going to let us continue playing religion. He is coming for a Royal People, a Holy Nation, a Bride without spot or wrinkle.

Although I've only scratched the surface of Pagan practice in this post, there is much more to be exposed.

Revelation 18:4 says "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."

The subject here is "My People". These are God's people, and they are to "Come out of her". The "Her" spoken of here is the Whore of Babylon. The whole World/Church system that has prostituted herself with other religions. The reason for coming out is so that we don't have to take part in the plagues that are about to befall her.

If you are interested in learning more along this line, or feel let down by "doing church" instead of "being the church", or if you feel that something is lacking in main stream church today, I would encourage you to read “Pagan Christianity” by Frank Viola, and another book by him called “Reimagining Church”.

There is also a book you can either purchase, or download for free called “So you don’t want to go to church anymore”. You can download this book HERE

Comments

3 responses to "Pagan Christianity"

  1. Anonymous On June 18, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    I completely understand, and agree with you. Seems we are on the same track. I have recently read Franks' books, and am currently reading "From Eternity to Here", it looks to be just as inspiring. A word of encouragement,seems like I got so focused on watching and waiting for "End Times" events, that I lost focus, on being part of "The Body". By reading Reimagining Church, it re-ignited my love for the Church. I now long for the Lord to bring about a local expression of His Body, and am praying and working toward that end. Let me also encourage you, to ask God to bring a like minded brother along , someone who you can have your heart knitted together with. Meet regularly,and let God lead, be patient, He will work out the details. Sorry, didn't mean to "preach". Just found your last two posts, so close to my own situation. Regards, John Morris.

     
  2. Kingdom Studies On June 19, 2009 at 1:20 AM

    I appreciate your words of encouragement John.
    Not preachy at all!

    Although I did start this blog recently to share some of the studies I've been doing in reference to eschatology, that is not my sole focus in my personal life.

    I believe some of that is beginning to show in these last two posts.

    There is much I would love to share, but this being an impersonal blog, I feel it's more of an outlet for condensed postings on subjects I feel may be relevant to many.

    Hopefully, some of these postings may prompt others to dig a little deeper, and come to a fuller realization of who Christ is and the purpose He desires in our lives.

    Again, I truly appreciate you taking the time to comment.

     
  3. あじ On October 28, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    The are a number of historical errors in what you are presenting. For starters, check out Tighe's article, Calculating Christmas, to get a better picture of how we came to celebrate Christmas. Note especially what he says about the Armenian church and how they celebrate everything on January 6. It would also help you to do some reading on Advent and Epiphany/Theophany.

    If you want to know more about "Holy Eucharist" I suggest starting with Ignatius of Antioch and Justin Martyr. Eucharist is from the Greek word for "thanks" and has been used from the earliest times, including in the scriptures (See Mark 14:23).

    The early church certainly did have leaders, among them presbuteros (presbyters, or elders). Or what do you make of 1 Timothy 5:17? No human communities can function without leadership, it's simply contrary to the present order.

    Constantine may not have been the most admirable guy in the world, but it is a mistake to blame him for all the supposed "corruption" in the church. To take two examples, both the orthodox definition of the Trinity and the complete canon of scripture post-date Constantine. History is rather more complex than you're making it out to be, to put it mildly. I hope you haven't been getting your history from Frank Viola or something.

     
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