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Title:  FOCUS ON THE FAMILY CONTINUES TO TAKE FOLLOWERS INTO THE ABYSS AS IT URGES CHRISTIANS TO "REDEEM HALLOWEEN"! Part 1 of 3 - Updated 10/30/04

Subtitle: After telling parents it is all right for them to read Harry Potter to their children and after publishing a book entitled, "Finding God In Lord of the Rings", Dr. Dobson continues his free-fall into the Abyss by telling his followers they can participate in Halloween, because it was a "Christian" holiday whose roots can be traced to the "foot of the cross"! What advice does the Bible have for Dr. Dobson?

"Let no one delude and deceive you with empty excuses and groundless arguments [for these sins], for through these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of rebellion and disobedience. So do not associate or be sharers with them." (Ephesians 5:6-7; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)

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REDEEMING SATAN'S BLACK MAGICK CELEBRATION?

Cutting Edge Ministries has been exposing the Satanic evil of Halloween for so many years, we thought every Christian ministry by now understood that Christians had no business participating in such an evil, Satanic "Feast of the Dead" celebration. However, Focus on the Family has just issued a shocking new book entitled, "Redeeming Halloween: Celebrating Without Selling Out". Just the title raised my hackles, but once I began to read this book, I was positively livid. In all my years of researching the occult, and Bible prophecy, and the bold plan to produce Antichrist, I have never, ever read such a treatise designed to deceive individual Christians who comprise the precious Body of Jesus Christ, trying to convince them they can participate in a Satanic celebration in which Black Magick Witchcraft -- the religion of Antichrist -- is controlling.

This book represents the worst attempt to encourage Christians to accept, and to participate in, the following abominations:


1. The Roman Catholic Church -- Throughout this book, actions by Popes and the Catholic Church are simply referred to as "church". The major premise of this book, and of the Focus On The Family radio interview tape, is that Halloween was a "Christian Church" holiday that needs now to be "redeemed" by today's genuine Christian. What you are never told is that the "Christian" fountainhead of Halloween in this book is Roman Catholicism.

Through this deceitful method, the reader is encouraged to place faith in the actions taken by unregenerate Popes and the terribly wicked Roman Catholic Church. Once a Christian begins to participate in Halloween, they will discover a common bond with practicing Catholics -- and pagans and Satan worshippers. (NOTE: We have dealt with the issue of the paganism of Roman Catholicism, showing that the Pope has been selected to fill the role of the False Prophet once Antichrist is on the world scene. Read the articles contained within our section, "What Saith Rome?")

2. Ecumenism -- The world is rapidly moving toward the establishment of a global church, whose doctrines are so broad that people all over the world can participate. Narrow, exclusive-minded Christians have no place in this new church. This book encourages Christians to abandon Biblical principle so they can participate in this most wicked of holidays.

3. Black Magick Witchcraft -- Daniel 8:23-25 describes the religion of Antichrist, and it is Black Magick Witchcraft. Halloween is the ultimate celebration of Black Magick Witchcraft. Therefore, as global events show us how rapidly the world is getting to the actual appearance of Antichrist, Dr. Dobson suddenly pops up to encourage Christians to participate in Black Magick Halloween. Thus, when Antichrist really steps on the world scene, people who consider themselves to be Christian will be pre-disposed to accept the Man of Perdition because they have already accepted his High Holy Sabbat (Halloween).

BACK TO THE FOOT OF THE CROSS?

"Redeeming Halloween: Celebrating Without Selling Out", by Kim Wier & Pam McCune, A Focus On The Family book, published by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois, 2004, ISBN: 1-58997-155-8

The foundational premise of this book is simple: "Far from divisive, what we discovered was a place where all Christians -- of any denomination -- can find agreement. For you see, the story of Halloween begins at the foot of the cross." [Page 9]

How is this possible? How can a celebration of the Babylonian Satanic "Feast of the Dead" be traced to the foot of Jesus' precious cross? Further, as we have revealed in an archived article on Halloween (NEWS1796), this night is the most important of the year to the global Illuminati, which practices the most powerful of all Black Magick Witchcraft! This night to all dark Satanists calls for human sacrifice.

So, I repeat my question: how can two authors blessed by Focus On The Family say they can trace Halloween back to the foot of Jesus' cross? These two authors take us on a journey which is both shocking and revealing. You will not believe how they twist the facts and obscure the identity of the "church" to which they are referring, so they can claim that this most wicked occult holiday traces back to the foot of the cross.

Let us begin the journey "Redeeming Halloween" takes the reader.

"At last a final attempt to wipe out this 'unofficial sect' (Christianity) was made. Obvious that Christians would never be dissuaded, by A.D. 311, the supremacy of Christianity was clear. That year, an edict of toleration was issued, calling not only for an end to persecution, but also for the protection of Christians to meet together in worship. It's security was truly sealed, however, with the public conversion of Rome's emperor, Constantine, in the year A.D 313. Within a short time, Constantine would declare Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire ... God had indeed had a plan." [Ibid., p. 14)

Let us stop right here to understand what we have just read. These authors are suggesting that God lead Constantine into a genuine repentance so that this emperor was now legitimately a Christian. But, reality is far different. Constantine is known in history as a pagan-Christian emperor, one who publicly embraced Christianity only so he could begin to combine elements of paganism with genuine Christianity, thus producing a hideous hybrid religion which would later become known as the Roman Catholic Church. Listen to one historian:

"After the turn of the Third Century AD, the power of the Church of Rome began to rise. However, this directly developed into a schism among the keepers of the Mysteries. When Constantine endorsed Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church embraced many of the doctrines of the Babylonian Mystery Religions. "This resulted in something far different from that which Jesus and His disciples taught. The teachings of the Roman Church became a sophisticated pagan philosophy tinged with the teachings of a transcendent, all-powerful God." (Hayes, Kathleen. National Research Institute Trumpet, May, 1991).

Thus, it is major error when these Focus On The Family authors portray Emperor Constantine as a truly Born Again Christian, who was saved because "God had indeed had a plan." But, the worst is yet to come! Listen now as these authors get into the meat of their argument.

"The blood of the martyrs is the harvest seed [of the church]. We are all part of that universal church -- no matter the denominational label. As those who believe in salvation through Christ alone, we owe a debt of honor to the faithfulness of those who stood firm in the face of death and established the church. As the church stepped into a new position of worldly honor, these martyrs were officially recognized. Special days were set aside to remember the individuals who had suffered and died for the love of their Savior. The list, though, was too long. There were not enough days on the calendar. Eventually, one day was set aside for remembrance. In A.D. 610, the church dedicated May 13 as All Saints Day. The 'holy day' was added to other Christian festivals already being celebrated, namely Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. Also known as All Hallows, May 13 was the day the festival was celebrated for over one hundred years." (Op. Cit, Wier, p. 15]

These authors do not tell us which "church" made the change on A.D. 610. They leave the reader to surmise what that church was. Since history has not been properly taught in public schools since World War II, and since most Christian pastors and Sunday School teachers are not teaching church history properly, most people will assume that the "church" referenced here is the universal Christian Church, especially since the word, "Christian" occurs in the next-to-last sentence of this paragraph. However, the person who ordered this change in A.D. 610 was the Roman Catholic Pope! Any person who believes that the Roman Catholic Church is genuinely Christian needs to undertake some serious historical study, for this is the church derived from the Satanic Babylonian Mysteries religion, with its emphasis on gradual salvation through the works and sacraments of the Catholic Church. Again, we encourage you to read our articles in "What Saith Rome?".

Let us go to some other sources to see exactly what happened on A.D. 610.

"The original celebration of All Saints Day is attributed to Pope Boniface IV, who dedicated the Roman temple, the Pantheon, and consecrated it as the Church of the Blessed Virgin and all Martyrs on May 13, 610 C.E. This day was to honor those Christians who had been murdered for their beliefs without official recognition for their dedication to the faith." ["Halloween Spells", by Silver Ravenwolf, p. 19)

Therefore, the "church" vaguely mentioned in Focus On The Family's "Redeeming Halloween" book is really the Roman Catholic Church. One Cutting Edge subscriber actually got Kim Wier on the phone. This subscriber had listened to the original radio interview with Wier and McCune and was upset that any Christian organization could advocate that Christians celebrate Halloween. This subscriber wrote me a letter telling of her conversation with Kim Wier

"On October 13, 2004, I had a conversation with Kim Wier .... She said 'in the year 610, they changed the holiday to a Christian holiday to remember all Christians that had been killed'. I said 'who is they'? She said 'the church'. I said 'what church'? She said, 'it was just ALL the people that believed in God' ... She did not use the word, 'Catholic' during the whole conversation."

Indeed, the word "Catholic" is not used in the book during this discussion, either! The strong, unmistakable implication is that the Christian Church is the one who made this change in 610 A.D. Using this logic, Wierand McCune fictitiously find the origin of Halloween at "the foot of the Cross". You see, since this change was ostensibly made to honor on one day all the Christian saints who had ever died for the cause of Jesus Christ. However, in this pagan book by Ravenwolf, above, we see that Boniface's "All Saints Day" dedicated the pagan Roman Pantheon to the Church of the Blessed Virgin and all Martyrs".

Therefore, All Saints Day was as much about honoring the Virgin Mary as it was about honoring martyred Christian saints! But, "Redeeming Halloween" mentions nothing about this most important historical detail! Had this detail been included, millions of discerning Christians would have immediately recognized the true spiritual fruits of Focus On The Family! Therefore, it is better to eliminate any mention of Roman Catholicism, Pope Boniface IV, and the dedication of the pagan Pantheon to the Virgin Mary. Since most people are historically ignorant, few would ever realize they have just been mislead.

Furthermore, by 610 A.D., the murderous Roman Catholic Inquisition had been torturing and slaughtering people for 10 years! Did you know that the Inquisition was started in 600 A.D. when the Pope began murdering people who practiced the Black Magick Arts, sometimes known as Hermeticism (Peter Tomkins, "The Magic of Obelisks", p. 55).

With blood dripping all over his hands from the Inquisition, Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Roman Pantheon to the Virgin Mary, and oh, yes, let us not forget to honor all those wonderful Christian martyrs!

But, the horror is not over yet; in fact, it just gets deeper with the next insight provided by Wier and McCune.

"Then, in A.D. 741, All Hallows or all Saints Day, found a new home on the calendar. At that time, there were concerns about the growing popularity of a pagan festival held on November 1, known as Samhain (pronounced 'sow-en'). Dating back to the Celts and Druids, this pagan festival was beginning to have an influence even within the Christian community, this church turned to a previously successful strategy of claiming the date as their own .. Samhain, the pagan festival of death, was replaced with All Saints Day. Borrowing from the Jewish tradition of preparing for significant festivals, the Christian church reserved the day before the religious festival as a sacred time. October 31 was then set aside as an evening of preparation called 'All-Hallow'een' or the 'eve of the holy ones'. Together, they created a meaningful time for the church to remember the early martyrs." {Wier, McCune, p. 15)

The pagans have a slightly different point of view. However, they have the professional honesty to declare the historic truth, i.e., that a Roman Catholic Pope took the second action to create Halloween. Listen:

"All Saints Day and All Hallows Eve (Halloween) were reintroduced by Pope Gregory III, in the seventh century C.E. The date was changed to November 1 because those Annoying Pagans (sic) just refused to give up their original Samhain. (Remember that October 31 was the eve of Samhain and November 1 the day of Samhain)." (Ravenwolf, p. 19)

"In the ninth century, Pope Gregory IV established the Feast of All Saints on November 1, another calculated move to align traditional pagan festivals with Christian holidays. November 2 was designated All Soul's Day around 1006 .... thus, a miniseason of observances was established, known in medieval times as Hallowtide." ("Death Makes A Holiday", by David J. Skal, p. 22)

PREVIOUSLY SUCCESSFUL STRATEGY?

"Ye shall know them by their fruits"

In the early days of the Roman Catholic Church, this amalgamation of pagan practices with Christian began. As priests moved in to pagan areas, under the protection of the government military forces, they discovered people who loved praying to their pagan deities; since this was against church rules, these priests took the pagan statutes away and replaced them with statutes of the Virgin Mary and of martyred Christian saints to whom these pagans could pray! We can all laugh at this nonsense, but this idea of "Redeeming Halloween" falls precisely in the same category of foolishness.

This abominable practice has an official name: Syncretism: "The attempt or tendency to combine or reconcile differing beliefs, as in philosophy and religion. To combine differing beliefs". [The Tormont Webster's Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary]

Remember our earlier quote that Pope Boniface IV in 610 AD renamed the pagan Roman Temple -- the Pantheon -- as the "the Church of the Blessed Virgin and all Martyrs'? At least one Roman Catholic priest realized what terrible travesty Boniface committed by this heinous act of Syncretism. Listen:

"We knew by history the year in which the magnificent temple consecrated to all the gods bearing the name of Pantheon, had been built at Rome. Words cannot express the shame we felt on learning that the Roman Catholics of our day, under the very eyes and with the sanction of the pope, still prostrated themselves before the SAME IDOLS, in the SAME TEMPLE, and to obtain the SAME FAVORS! When we asked, 'What is the difference between the religion of heathen Rome and that of Rome today?'. More than one student would answer, 'The only difference is in the name. Instead of calling this statute Jupiter, we call it Peter; and instead of calling that one Minerva or Venus, it is called St. Mary. It is the old idolatry coming to us under Christian names." (Charles Chiniquy, "50 Years In The Church of Rome", p. 34-44, quoted in Dr. Cathy Burns' "Billy Graham and His Friends: A Hidden Agenda?", p. 412-3; Emphasis added in Burns' book)

This is the true face of Syncretism, that "previously successful strategy" of claiming a pagan object or doctrine or culture as Christian.

Since Jesus said, "I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life..." (John 14:6), He takes a very dim view of any attempt at syncretism. No discerning Christian can ever consider the pagan Roman Catholic Church as genuinely Christian. Their damnable mixing of paganism with Christian names and some doctrine has resulted in 70 million killed during the Inquisition ("The Great Apostacy, Identical With Papal Rome; Or An Exposition of the Mystery of Iniquity, and the Marks and Doom of Antichrist", by Joseph Berg, (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1842) pp. 139-140, 167), and in the continual sexual assault on Catholic penitents by priests for the last 1,200+ years.

However, these Focus On The Family authors paper over the disastrous effects of syncretism by the following statement, in the paragraph already quoted:

"... this church turned to a previously successful strategy of claiming the date as their own .."

 

The Great Sex Act -- Brought In From The Satanic Egyptian Mysteries

Was this church strategy of changing the date a "previously successful strategy"? In whose sight was this historical syncretism successful? To fully appreciate the spiritually hideous nature of syncretism, we need only examine some of the more significant examples of it, where the Catholic Church claimed something from Satanism as its own. This picture to your left is taken from an Italian travel agency, and is the Vatican's St. Basilica in Rome. In the middle of a circle resembling an 8-wheel wagon spoke sits an obelisk with a cross on top. An obelisk within a circle like this is the Satanist's depiction of the Great Sex Act! How is it possible that the Roman Catholic Church has a Satanic symbol of the Great Sex Act sitting in such a prominent location as St. Peter's Basilica which is continuously thronged with tens of thousands of adoring Catholic worshippers, listening to the Pope "face the obelisk" as he presents his prepared sermons?

This Satanic symbol was placed in this location because the Roman Catholic Church "turned to a previously successful strategy of claiming" an aspect of Satanism as their own. Let us explain:

Symbols are exceedingly important to the practice of any kind of Satanism. "The true magic symbol is an image which hides an inner meaning. This meaning is usually cunningly hidden behind a form which most people think they can understand ..." ["Magic Symbols" , Occult Book, p. 6] Demons absolutely love symbols in all types of witchcraft. Of course, Black Magick and White Magic witches use many of the same symbols. To imprint demonic fingerprints on this transfer of the Roman Catholic Church from a true Christian Church to one practicing White Magic Witchcraft, the Pope was convinced in the early 7th Century that he could import occultic symbols, "Christianize" them by saying a prayer over them, and then use them in Catholic practice. This is one of the favorite tricks of the demonic host, and it is made easier when people like the Popes, Cardinals, Bishops, and priests are woefully ignorant of the Bible. In the Old Testament, God would never allow the Israelites to use pagan symbols under any pretense, ordering they be destroyed in every instance, and never allowed them to "cleanse" any pagan symbol or object by any means whatsoever.

Once the demonic host persuaded the Popes to "Christianize" obelisks, the Roman Catholic Church went whole-hog crazy over obelisks. They began to virtually strip Egypt of its plentiful supply, shipping them to Rome, and erecting them everywhere. The Pope got the idea to buy the most famous Egyptian obelisk of all time, Cleopatra's Needle. When he had brought it into Rome, the Pope was persuaded to design it so it would sit right in the middle of the 8-Fold Path of Enlightenment, right in St. Peter's Basilica. In this way, the Pope is in perfect position to "face the obelisk" daily, as many times a day as all pagans do.

 

Demons surely laugh heartily every time they think of the irony, that the most powerful promoter of Celibacy would have the symbol of the Great Sex Act right in front of their Pope every time he came out to speak to the faithful in the square. How is the obelisk sitting in the circle of an 8-Fold Path of Enlightenment a Satanic symbol of the Great Sex Act? You have to understand both Biblical doctrine and Satanic belief.

God Himself has defined Paganism as "worshipping the Creature rather than the Creator" [Romans 1:25], and He is right on the money. Demons are constantly trying to get men to worship something other than the One True God. They have been successful in getting man to worship Nature, Animals, Trees, Bees, Birds, Reptiles, the Sun, the Stars, and just about everything God has ever made. But, the easiest thing to get man to worship is sex . This is why Satanists created the 8-Fold Path to Enlightenment, with the circle in the middle. This circle represents the female vulva in our spiritual teaching.

The obelisk was created by the demon Prince of Egypt, one of the most powerful demons in Hell. He whispered in the mind of the Egyptian leaders that the Spirit of their Sun God, Ra, resided within the obelisk. The Egyptians were told to "face the obelisk" at least once per day, and thrice if possible. The obelisk is the perfect symbol of the Male phallus. In fact, the obelisk is thought by Satanists to represent the erect phallus of the demon god, Baal, which is so radically condemned in the Old Testament. Time and time again, God commanded righteous kings of Israel to destroy these hideous obelisks, a fact to which we shall shortly turn.

Thus, the obelisk was the Male phallus, while the circle represented the Female vulva. Whenever Satanists wanted to represent the Great Sex Act, they merely inserted the phallus of the obelisk into the vulva of the circle. It was slick and it was easy. But, when Satanists wanted to depict the final stage of the 8-Fold Path of Enlightenment, they used the 8-wheeled wagon spoke.

Thus, by employing "a previously successful strategy of claiming" an accursed object of Satanism into Roman Catholic theology and practice, the Catholic Church built a typical symbol of the Satanic Great Sex Act in one of their most sacred places on all the earth: in St. Peter's Basilica! Would you call this a "successful strategy"?

Adopting Babylonian Worship of the Virgin Mother and Divine Child

This picture to the left represents another instance where the Roman Catholic Church followed her "previously successful strategy of claiming" a Satanic object as her own. This picture depicts the Satanic "Celestial Virgin with the Sun God in her arms." ["Secret Teachings of All the Ages", by 33° Freemason, Manly P. Hall, p.XLIX]. Just a simple, cursory glance will demonstrate that this pagan "Celestial Virgin" with the "Sun God" in her arms bears a striking resemblance to the Virgin Mary holding Jesus of the Roman Catholic religion. In fact, they are one and the same.

Listen to Manly P. Hall explain this pagan Madonna and Divine Child.

"In the view of the theologian, the Madonna who gives birth to the Man Child signifies the priority of the mother aspect of Divinity ... The oval nimbus in which the figure stands, represents the glorification of the Creative Power as exemplified in motherhood. The Christ Child always symbolizes Wisdom, the Virgin Mother, Faith. The figure, therefore, declares that Wisdom, born of Faith, shall redeem the world now encircled by the serpent of evil." [Ibid.]

You can see the Sun God aspect of this picture by just looking at the golden yellow of the oval nimbus, with the characteristic "outraying" of the Sun's Rays emanating from all directions. Later in this article, we shall discuss the Satanic doctrine that the Divine Child is the child of the Sun God.

The occult nature of this image may also be deduced by the appearance of the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac surrounding the oval nimbus. Furthermore, the halo is occult as is the Iron Cross image contained within. In an occult book, "Magic Symbols", by Frederick Goodman, we read this about the halo:

"Without doubt, the circle is the most important units in magic symbolism and in almost every case where it is used, the circle is intended to denote spirit, or spiritual forces ... This circle, when related to the head in such a way, has a very ancient history, and it has survived in Christian art forms as the halo -- a circle of gold intended to denote that the person below is holy, that he or she is in direct communication with the spiritual world ... The 'halo', which is ultimately derived from the magical symbolism of the Egyptians ... is almost like a sun, and, symbolically speaking, may be considered to be the equivalent of a small and radiant sun, streaming forth spiritual light." [P. 17, 29]

This passage tells us that the halo is a Satanic invention and that it is tied in directly to Sun Worship.

But, then, Goodman tells us some very interesting facts concerning the halo:

In describing an Egyptian painting of a falcon-headed Horus with a circle on top of his head, Goodman, instructs, "Detail of the falcon-headed Horus with the serpent - inscribed solar disc -- the probable origin of the notion of the halo." [Ibid., p. 30]

We have just learned that the origin of the halo came from the worship of the serpent, the most important symbol of Lucifer in the entire occult world! But, now the quote below tells us that the Buddhists also use the pagan halo.

Goodman shows a picture of the Buddha, with a prominent halo behind his head, and tells us, "Halo of the Buddha. Detail from the Buddhist Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park, London." [Ibid.]

Now, examine the "Iron Cross" symbolism within the halo behind the Divine Child's head. The bottom point of the cross is hidden behind the head, but there is no mistaking the fact that this symbol is a cross. However, this is not a Christian cross, but a pagan one that pre-dated the crucifixion of our Lord many many, many centuries. Pagans worship the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25), so they worship the "doctrine of four", which is symbolized by this Iron Cross.

Notice now the 12 stars above the head of the "Celestial Virgin", keeping in mind that this is a very ancient symbol, predating the "Virgin Mary" symbolism in Revelation 12 by many, many centuries. The Roman Catholic Church claims that the woman described in Revelation 12 is the Virgin Mary, even though the language in the text forbids this explanation; however, now that you have seen this ancient pagan picture of the Celestial Virgin, with the twelve stars above her head, you will know from whence the Catholic Church got their claim that the Biblical woman is the Virgin Mary. When Roman Catholicism claims this verse refers to the Virgin Mary, they are simply revealing their true pagan roots.

ISIS = VIRGIN MARY

Since modern pagans have absolutely no trouble seeing the same paganism in the Catholic Church that they are practicing, let us allow a modern pagan to shed additional light on the tradition upon which the Catholic Virgin Mary is based. Listen:

"At first, the idea of equating Isis, an ancient Egyptian deity, with Mary, the the holy Virgin of Christianity and the mother of Jesus, may seem strange and to many Christians even blasphemous. However, many Pagans and Witches, particularly those who were raised as Catholics, now regard Mary as one of the numerous forms of the Goddess ... Isis is often known as Isis Myrionymos which roughly translates as 'Isis of the Thousand (or Myriad) names'. Her attributes encompass those of all other Goddesses and it is now common for encyclopedias such as the Encyclopedia Britannica and the on-line Encyclopedia Mythica to describe Isis as being 'identified with the Virgin Mary' ... From the Pagan point of view, Mary is one of the numerous names of the Goddess, as is Isis, and they are both manifestations of Her many forms. Both are in essence the same Goddess and embody the aspect of the divine Mother. In a way, to the Christians who destroyed Her temples and killed her devotees, Isis lives on as Mary." ["The Virgin Mary - Isis of the Third Millennium?", Aurilus Creative Paganism]

Once again, a person skilled in Paganism has absolutely no trouble identifying the Virgin Mary with so many other goddesses of the Ancient Pagan world! Like my Daddy used to say, "It takes one to know one"! The Virgin Mary is a regurgitation of the ancient of the Satanic Egyptian Goddess, Isis. For a full treatment of the connection between the Virgin Mary and the Egyptian Isis, read NEWS1866.

Our article, "Virgin Mary: Spouse of the Holy Spirit", RC126, contains even more instances where Satan sprinkled the worship of the Virgin Mother and her Divine Child into various other pagan religions. You will be shocked.

Someone should ask Focus On The Family if they would consider this another example of a "previously successful strategy"?

Purgatory and Prayers For The Dead - Straight From Satanic Babylonian Mysteries

The doctrine of Purgatory is another instance where Rome "successfully" imported a doctrine from the bowels of Satanism. Listen to the Catholic Catechism:

"All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification.." (Catechism p.268, para #1030, 1031).

However, we find that this teaching existed first in Ancient Paganism, from Babylon, to Greece, to Egypt and to Roman mythology. Pagan Rome had a feast of purification called "Sacrum Purgatorium". Reverend Alexander Hislop notes, in his book, "The Two Babylons": "Go wherever we may, in ancient or modern times, we shall find that paganism leaves hope after death for sinners who, at the time of their departure, were consciously unfit for the abodes of the blest. For this purpose, a middle state has been feigned, in which, by means of purgatorial pains, guilt unremoved in time may, in a future world, be purged away, and the soul be meet for final beatitude."

"In Greece ... Plato, speaking of the future judgment of the dead, holds out the hope of final deliverance for all, but maintains that, 'of those who are judged', some must first 'proceed to a subterranean place of judgment, where they shall sustain the punishment they have deserved'; while others, in consequence of a favorable judgment, being elevated at once into a certain celestial place, shall pass their time in a manner becoming the life they lived in a human shape.' "

"In pagan Rome, Purgatory was equally held up before the minds of men; but, there seems to have been no hope held out to any of exemption from its pains." [Alexander Hislop, "The Two Babylons", page 167].

"In Egypt, substantially the same doctrine of Purgatory was inculcated. But when once this doctrine of Purgatory was admitted into the popular mind, then the door was opened for all manner of priestly extortions. Egyptian prayers for the dead ever go hand in hand with Purgatory; but no prayers can be completely efficacious without the interposition of the priests; and no priestly functions can be rendered unless there be special pay for them. Therefore, in every land we find the pagan priesthood 'devouring widows' houses' and making merchandise of the tender feelings of sorrowing relatives, sensitively alive to the immortal happiness of the beloved dead." [Ibid, pages 167-168]

When I looked in the encyclopedia under "Purgatory", I discovered a link to Hinduism and Buddhism that I did not realize existed. "Hindus and Buddhists, who believe in the transmigration of souls, also believe in heavens and hells where those souls who are not immediately reborn, spend time, according to their deserts [works] before their next incarnation. These are, in effect, the equivalent of purgatory because they are temporal states in the soul's long progress toward eventual salvation." [The Encyclopedia Americana, International Version, Volume 23, "Purgatory" article, page 19, 1997]. Did you notice the words, "not immediately reborn" in this definition of the Pagan Purgatory of Hinduism and Buddhism? This term is exactly the teaching as to why a Catholic needs Purgatory, I.e., their souls are not yet purified enough to go right to heaven. Thus, you can add the false religions of Hinduism and Buddhism to the list of Pagan religions, above, that taught Purgatory. Purgatory IS PAGAN.

We could go on and on with this list of Satanic practices brought into the Roman Catholic Church, prayed over and thus "Christianized". However, neither time nor space allows us to detail all of them. We shall just list them here, with the year in which the Pope "successfully" brought these abominable Catholic practices into his "pagan-christian church".

 

* Prayers for the Dead and Making the sign of the cross (Originated in Egypt as sign to Tammuz) -- 300 AD
* Worship of the saints, the cross, images, relics and the Virgin Mary -- 788 AD
* Fasting on Fridays and on Lent (Another pagan holiday) -- 998 AD
* "Holy Water" -- 1000 AD
* Praying the Rosary -- 1090 AD
* Charging Money For Masses -- 1100 AD
* Enforced Celibacy of Catholic Priests -- 1123 AD
* Sale of Indulgences -- 1190 AD
* Transubstantiation of the Wafer -- 1215 AD
* Babylonian practice of Auricular Confession of Sins to Human Priests -- 1215 AD
* Adoration of the Wafer as God -- 1220 AD
* Purgatory Proclaimed -- 1438 AD
* Church Tradition Equal To Holy Bible In Authority -- 1545 AD
* Justification By Works, Not By Faith Alone (Cornerstone belief of both Babylonian and Egyptian Mysteries) -- 1545 AD
* Touting Scapulars, medals, edible religious stamps as way to escape Purgatory hell fire --1600 AD (All the above pagan practices and their dates on inclusion into the Roman Catholic Church taken from "Secrets of Romanism", by Joseph Zacchello, 1948, p. 210)
* Began Pagan Practice of Killing Religious Opponents -- Inquisition -- 600 AD (Peter Tomkins, "The Magic of Obelisks")

CONCLUSION TO PART 1

In this Part One, we have studied the claims of the Focus On The Family book, "Redeeming Halloween". We have seen how the 'christian church' referred to in this book which provided a clear path from today through 741 AD and 610 AD to the "foot of the cross" was none other than the Roman Catholic Church. One can accept the claim of this book that Christians should "Redeem Halloween" only if they can accept that the Roman Catholic Church is genuinely Christian. Our entire "What Saith Rome?" section demonstrates that the Roman Catholic Church is manifestly NOT Christian, but Pagan with Christian names and doctrines.

When we read that the method by which the Catholic Church moved All Saints Day to October 31 was a "previously successful strategy" which they have followed on many occasions during the past 1,700 years, we realized, with horror, all the Satanic practices, beliefs, and worships were brought into Rome through this strategy!

Now, in Part 2, we shall discuss more of the details of "Redeeming Halloween", for the rest of this book contains some shocking insights into the true nature of both the Catholic Church and Focus On The Family. We shall also examine this effort at "syncretism" from a purely Biblical standpoint. You will discover that this kind of nonsensical concept could never have fooled Christians of 100 years ago. But, today, Biblically-ignorant Christians are like sheep for the slaughter, ready to follow that "Judas Goat" up the ramp.

We wish to leave this segment with the same verse with which we started.

"Let no one delude and deceive you with empty excuses and groundless arguments [for these sins], for through these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of rebellion and disobedience. So do not associate or be sharers with them." (Ephesians 5:6-7; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)

Truly, the End of the Age Apostasy is upon us in full swing, and Focus On The Family is leading the way.

Are you spiritually ready? Is your family? Are you adequately protecting your loved ones? This is the reason for this ministry, to enable you to first understand the peril facing you, and then help you develop strategies to warn and protect your loved ones. Once you have been thoroughly trained, you can also use your knowledge as a means to open the door of discussion with an unsaved person. I have been able to use it many times, and have seen people come to Jesus Christ as a result. These perilous times are also a time when we can reach many souls for Jesus Christ, making an eternal difference.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, but have been very lukewarm in your spiritual walk with Him, you need to immediately ask Him for forgiveness and for renewal. He will instantly forgive you, and fill your heart with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Then, you need to begin a daily walk of prayer and personal Bible Study.

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, but have come to realize His reality and the approaching End of the Age, and want to accept His FREE Gift of Eternal Life, you can also do so now, in the privacy of your home. Once you accept Him as Savior, you are spiritually Born Again, and are as assured of Heaven as if you were already there. Then, you can rest assured that the Kingdom of Antichrist will not touch you spiritually.

If you would like to become Born Again, turn to our Salvation Page now.

We hope you have been blessed by this ministry, which seeks to educate and warn people, so that they can see the coming New World Order -- Kingdom of Antichrist -- in their daily news.

Finally, we would love to hear from you.

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God bless you.

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