I considered putting this in the conspiracies section for certainly it is. Men conspiring against the Christian teachings in an utter apostasy against
I find my threads come as an extension of reading another thread most of the time, and this one is no different. I was perusing a recent Thread about
the rise of the Catholic Church, it's tradition, and deviation from the true faith.
This is an extension of a post
I made in that thread about the title
I don't know how long this is going to get, I hope not long. But I want to preface this with stating the following information is not to disparage
any persons or the sincerity of beliefs they may or may not have. It is not to start a debate or an argument about personal beliefs. It is to simply
show Biblical proof that the clergy of Christendom is the apostasy foretold in the Bible known as the "worker of lawlessness," or "son of
destruction." Some translations refer to it as the "son of perdition":
In the above pic I posted the scripture from my Bible referring to the apostasy. Notice that it had to come first. Before what? Before they went to
heaven. If you notice in the first 2 verses Paul is referring to the anointed Christian congregation being gathered together to go to heaven during
Christ's presence. This was long in the future and they all would be long dead and sleeping in death awaiting for Christ's return before that took
place. In the transpiring centuries, indeed millennium, an apostasy would develop in the Christian congregation.
Before the return of Christ, before "our being gathered together to him" in the heaven, before the "day of Jehovah" (Armageddon) the apostasy
would come first. And then that "son of destruction" would be revealed.
Now in the previous thread I showed how the early Church leaders corrupted Christian teaching and started to form apostasy from the truth, lording it
over the others, setting themselves up as god, as leaders of others.
The titles bishop and deacon and such were not used as titles in the Bible. Rather the Greek episkopos from which the title bishop is derived means
overseer. The Greek presbyteros is where we get the word presbyter and simply meant a spiritually mature person in the congregation, elder. Deacon is
a transliteration of the Greek diakonos and means a person who ministers or waits upon another. A straight translation into English would be
The early Church did not have a laity and a clergy. Rather all were considered to be brothers, no one lording it over the others, and only Jesus as
the head and leader of the Christian congregation.
The unscriptural separation of a clergy from the laity, the change of the simple terms of elder to the title Bishop one of spiritual power are all
utter deviations from the clear teachings of Jesus Christ during a time of apostasy or turning away from the truth foretold by Jesus and the Christian
"Not that we are the masters over your faith, but we are fellow workers for your joy, for it is by your faith that you are standing."-2 Corinthians
Paul says here that the apostles and older men in the congregation, the elders were not their leaders, but rather their fellow brothers, or fellow
workers in the Christ.
So how did this apostasy and the formation of the clergy and laity begin? Jesus exposed it in an illustation of wheat and weeds:
"He presented another illustration to them, saying: “The Kingdom of the heavens may be likened to a man who sowed fine seed in his field. While men
were sleeping, his enemy came and oversowed weeds in among the wheat and left. When the stalk sprouted and produced fruit, then the weeds also
appeared. So the slaves of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow fine seed in your field? How, then, does it have
weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy, a man, did this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go out and collect them?’ He said,
‘No, for fear that while collecting the weeds, you uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest season,
I will tell the reapers: First collect the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them up; then gather the wheat into my storehouse.’”-Matthew
In this illustration we have:
1. The master (the sower of the fine seed).
2. The enemy (sows weed among the fine seed).
3. A field.
7. The harvest.
What does it all mean? Well later on in the chapter Jesus' close disciples, not understanding his illustrations and wanting to know what it meant
asked him about it. And Jesus reveals it. Here is a pic of that scripture that reveals what each represent:
So using Jesus' own explanation we see the following:
1. The master was Jesus Christ while he was on earth.
2. The enemy is Satan the Devil.
3. The field was humankind.
4. The wheat are the sons of the kingdom.
5. The weeds are false Christians that Satan sows in among the Christian congregation during a time of apostasy.
6. The reapers are the angels.
7. The harvest is the conclusion of the system of things when the wheat (real genuine anointed Christians) would be separated from the weeds. Fake
imitation Christians that Satan sowed.
This apostasy was already at work while the Bible was still being written in the first century. But it did not take off or become fully blown until
the last of the apostles died off. They were working as a prevention from it becoming fully mature while they were alive.
When they died off all that was Christian about Christianity disappeared. A clergy and laity class were formed. Titles were given to leaders in the
Church along with many schisms and divisions. Many false teachings from pagan religions and human philosophy were incorporated into the congregation,
and it even started to involve itself in the politics of the day, incorporate pagan holidays and traditions in their worship, until a truly false form
of "weed" Christianity was in full bloom.
It would not be until the "conclusion of the system of things" the last days, our days, that Jesus would separate true Christians from the false.
Today that is taking place. The preaching work in the last days by God's named people is the fulfillment of that prophecy, wherein true Christians
are being separated from the false, weeds. The repears are the angels. They are involved in the preaching and teaching and separating work.
That there is no mistaking that the "worker of lawlessness" is indeed the clergy of Christendom read what Jesus foretells about that class:
"21 “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is
in the heavens will. 22 Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform
many powerful works in your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of
Yes go back to the first picture and read about the apostasy. The man of lawlessness, the "son of destruction" is exposed before Jesus comes to call
his anointed Congregation to heaven.
And it is God's own chosen and anointed, those left among the 144,000 who have done the exposing of this "son of destruction."