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  1. Biblical Church History Following the Hand of God and the Hand of Satan

  2. Pergamos Revelation 2:8-11 c.325-500 A.D. “Much Marriage”

  3. (Rev 2:12) And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;


  5. Transfer of Authority


  7. Constantine orders 50 Bibles



  10. Origen (184- 254 A. D.) “The Father of Corrupt Bibles” Eusebius (260- 339 A. D.) “The Father of Corrupt Church History” Augustine (354- 430 A. D.) “The Father of Corrupt Theology”

  11. Pergamos • Under Constantine Satan went to work setting up the political establishment of the Catholic Church. • Under Constantine… • Pagan Roman emperors became Popes • Pagan Roman Senate became • Pagan Imperial Governors became • Pagan Provincial Governors became • Pagan Civitas became Priests • Temple Vestal virgins became Nuns H

  12. Pergamos • This hierarchal system did not come from the Bible, but right out of Paganism which was nothing more than the Latin expression of the Tower of Babel religion and government • Constantine is the tool Satan used to pull together the political structure of the Roman Catholic Church • Augustine is the tool Satan used to pull together the theological structure of the Roman Catholic Church. H

  13. Pergamos • Augustine of Hippo • He is the “key” past-Nicene Church Father. Beyond that of all the church Fathers, and writers, and theologians thus far in this study, none of them even come close to Augustine when it come to influence and distinction. H

  14. Pergamos • What the so-called “church historians” says of him: • Phillip Schaff says that during this period of church history “he shines and the brightest star” • History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3 • “No other stands in so high regard…as Augustine” • “One of the greatest theologians and philosophical minds that God has ever so seen fit to give to His church. • Kenneth G. Talbot and Gary W. Crampton, Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism, and Aminianism, 79 H

  15. Pergamos • “The greatest Christian since the New Testament times. • F.F. Bruce, The Spreading Flame, 333 • Souter calls him the “greatest man that ever wrote Latin” H

  16. This is why in the study of church history we must not use the writings of men as our standard, but read everything through the eyes of the Bible!

  17. Pergamos • Understanding Augustine’s REAL place in Church History: • A we started making our way through the Ephesus Church Period (90-200 A.D.) and the Smyrna Church Period (200-325 A.D.), we began to see how the Ante-Nicene Church Fathers began to deviate from the words of the Bible, and the clear teaching of the Bible. • You could see that those deviations were soon going to become the seed of the Roman Catholic just as soon as Satan could pull it all together. H

  18. Pergamos • We saw that Satan pulled the political structure together under Constantine. • All the deviations (doctrines), however, were just floating around out there. Augustine became the “cesspool” where they all gather together. • B.B. Warfield says, “In him are found at once the seed out of which the tree we know as the Roman Catholic Church has grown.” • Benjamin B. Warfield, Calvin & Augustine, Ed. Samuel G. Craig, 312 H

  19. Pergamos • He goes on to write that Augustine was “in a true sense the founder of Roman Catholicism” • Sir Robert Anderson writes: “Nearly all the errors prevalent in Romanism can be traced back to Augustine. • Anderson, The Gospel and It’s Ministry, 95 H

  20. Pergamos • Schaff calls him the “principal theological creator of the Latin-Catholic system as distinct from the Greek Catholicism on the one hand, and from evangelical Protestantism on the other.” • Schaff, III,1018 • Zanchius refers to him as one of the four legs supporting Papal chair. • JeromZanchius, The Doctrine of Absolute Predestinations, 95 H

  21. (Mat 15:11) Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

  22. THE INFLUENCE OF AUGUSTINE The Doctrines of Augustine Doctrine of Baptism

  23. Pergamos • Infant Baptism • The man who was responsible more than any other man in church history for the Satanic teaching that un-baptized babies go to hell was Augustine. • Augustine was the first theologian to create a place for infant baptism in Christian theology, and taught that little children, by baptism are freed from perdition, and eternally saved. • Thomas Armitage, The History of the Baptists H

  24. Pergamos • It just logically follows, that if infants are saved by baptism, then they are damned without it. This is exactly what Augustine taught. • Louise Berhof, History of Christian Doctrine, 256 • Augustine taught that infants dying without baptism are consigned to “limbusinfantum” • Paul K. Jewett, Election & Predestination, 127 • At that place (“limbusinfantum”), on the outskirts of Hell, Augustine believed they received light punishment. H

  25. Pergamos • Baptism in General. • Augustine taught that the dead must be saved either by water in this world, or by fire in the next. • The case of the thief on the cross perplexed him, but since the Scriptures do not indicate whether or not the thief had been baptized before hand, he just assumed that he must have been.” H

  26. Pergamos • Augustine's boldly proclaimed, • “All who affirm that young children receive everlasting life albeit they be not by the sacrament of grace or baptism renewed, and will not that young children which are newly born from their mother’s womb shall be baptized taking away original sin, that they are accused. • Armitage, 215 H

  27. Pergamos • At the time of Augustine, the people who believed in “believer's baptism” were called “Donatist”. By rebaptizing evangelized Catholics, and Donatist were actually claiming that Catholic baptism could not regenerate, or give the new birth. H

  28. Pergamos • In 415 A.D. it became official, the Council of Mela in Numidia stated, under Augustine’s leadership that people (Donatist) who reject infant baptism are accursed. • Not only did Augustine advocate killing anyone who rebaptized converted adults, he advocated force against so-called “ “ in general, even appealing to our Lord’s words in Luke 14:23- “…compel them to come in,” as “proof” for his barbaric actions. H

  29. (Luk 14:23) And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compelthem to come in, that my house may be filled. constraint (literally or figuratively); by implication distress: - distress, must needs, (of) necessity (-sary), neededth, needful.

  30. Pergamos • …Augustine wrote, • “It is indeed, better that men be brought to serve God by instruction that by fear of punishment or by pain. But because the former means are better, the latter must not therefore be neglected..Many must often be brought back to their Lord, like wicked servants, by the rod of temporal suffering, before they attain the highest grade of religious development..The Lord himself orders that the guests be first invited then compelled, to His great supper. • SchaffIII, 144-145 H

  31. Pergamos • In writing about the Donatists (Baptist), Augustine said, • “Let them have a bitter sorrow for their former detestable wrong-doing, as Peter had for his cowardly lie, and let them come to the true church, that is, their Catholic Mother.” • Augustine, Letter 185 • In Letter 142, Augustine pleads for a mind which has “spit out all the bitterness of division, and which loves the sweetness of charity. H

  32. Pergamos • In Letter 141, he invites the Donatists (Baptist) to “agree to the peace and unity of Christ,” to repent of their sins, and to return to the “Head, Christ, in the Catholic peace, where charity covereth a multitude of sins. H

  33. THE INFLUENCE OF AUGUSTINE The Doctrines of Augustine Doctrine of The Church

  34. Pergamos • Augustine believed the Catholic Church alone was the body of Christ and “outside of this body the Holy Spirit gives life to no one” • John T. Forster & Paul Marston, God’s Strategy in Human History, 274 • In the City of God (20:2), Augustine states, “Therefore the church even now is the kingdom of God, and the kingdom of Heaven. Accordingly, even now His saints reign with Him, though otherwise than as they shall reign hereafter; and yet, though the tares grow in the church along with the wheat, they don not reign with him. • Williston Walker, A History of the Christian Church, 167 H

  35. Pergamos • In The City of God, Augustine leads people to believe that Rome was the New Jerusalem, the Kingdom of Heaven was on the Earth, and the Pope, the Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, and Priest were the earthly rulers destined to conquer the world for Jesus Christ on the thrones. (Rev. 20:2-4) H

  36. Pergamos • Note: • It is important to know that church fathers such as Augustine are those to whom Catholicism is referring when they mention “tradition.” Note that Augustine, though the real founder or compiler of Catholic theology, is also a key to the Reformation.The reformation, was Warfield declared, “was just the ultimate triumph of Augustine's doctrine of grace over Augustine’s doctrine of the Church. H

  37. Pergamos • …Reformers like Martin Luther (1483-1546 A.D.) and John Calvin (1509-1564 A.D.) quote Augustine to prove their teaching as much as they quoted the Word of God! • Warfield, Calvin & Augustine, 332 • Robert J. Sargent, Landmarks of Church History, 96 H

  38. THE INFLUENCE OF AUGUSTINE The Doctrines of Augustine Doctrine of the Sacraments

  39. Pergamos • Augustine writes, • “The churches of Christ maintain it to be an inherent principle, that without baptism and partaking of the supper of the Lord it is impossible for any man to attain either to the kingdom of God or to salvation and everlasting life. • Augustine, Forgiveness of Sins, 166 H

  40. THE INFLUENCE OF AUGUSTINE The Doctrines of Augustine Doctrine of Salvation

  41. Pergamos • Augustine believed that “no man can be sure of his salvation in this life. He may have grace now, but unless God adds the gift of perseverance, he will not maintain it to the end. • Walker, History of Christian Church, 165 H

  42. THE INFLUENCE OF AUGUSTINE The Doctrines of Augustine Doctrine of Purgatory

  43. Pergamos • For sin committed after baptism, he developed the doctrine of Purgatory. • Armitage, History of Baptist, 149 • Boettner admits that Augustine was the one who gave the doctrine of purgatory its definite form. • Loraine Boettne, Immortality, 135 H

  44. THE INFLUENCE OF AUGUSTINE The Doctrines of Augustine Doctrine of Scriptures

  45. Pergamos • Augustine held to the allegorical method of Scripture interpretation, following Origen, and the Alexandrian School. • Alan Richardson and John Bowden, eds. The Westminster Dictionary of Theology, 537 H