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In this modern day and age of promiscuity and infidelity most people probably know the meaning of natural carnal adultery. Unfortunately, most people, including many Christians, do not know the meaning of spiritual adultery. Webster's Dictionary defines adultery as, “Violation of the marriage bed; a crime, or a civil injury, which introduces, or may introduce, into a family, a spurious offspring.” (American Dictionary of the English Language)   
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In this modern day and age of promiscuity and infidelity most people probably know the meaning of natural carnal adultery. Unfortunately, most people, including many Christians, do not know the meaning of spiritual adultery. Webster's Dictionary defines adultery as, “Violation of the marriage bed; a crime, or a civil injury, which introduces, or may introduce, into a family, a spurious offspring.” ([http://www.archive.org/stream/americandictiona01websrich#page/118/mode/1up American Dictionary of the English Language])   
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“They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.” (Jer. 3:1). “Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD. Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:” (Jer. 3:13,14). “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.... And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.” (Rev. 2:4,21,22)  
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::''“They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.” (Jer. 3:1). “Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD. Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:”'' (Jer. 3:13,14). ''“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.... And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.”'' (Rev. 2:4,21,22)  
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Spiritual adultery was not only a problem in the Old Testament; it is an ongoing problem in the New Testament as well. In the Old Testament the children of Israel habitually transgressed against God's laws by taking up the ways of the heathen nations around them and by borrowing their abominable customs. The same rituals and customs that the pagans used in worshiping their false gods, the children of Israel used to worship the true God. ''“For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.”'' (Jer. 2:20). God likened these practices to a whorish wife committing adultery against her husband, and regularly warned his people against committing such acts. Jesus said, ''“I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.”'' (Rev. 2:22) (See [http://www.angelfire.com/la2/prophet1/idolatryofeucharist.html IDOLATRY OF THE EUCHARIST]).   
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Spiritual adultery was not only a problem in the Old Testament; it is an ongoing problem in the New Testament as well. In the Old Testament the children of Israel habitually transgressed against God's laws by taking up the ways of the heathen nations around them and by borrowing their abominable customs. The same rituals and customs that the pagans used in worshiping their false gods, the children of Israel used to worship the true God. “For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.” (Jer. 2:20). God likened these practices to a whorish wife committing adultery against her husband, and regularly warned his people against committing such acts. Jesus said, “I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.” (Rev. 2:22) (See IDOLATRY OF THE EUCHARIST).   
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In ancient times God allowed his people to go astray and worship in the idolatrous ways of the nations of the world (Deut. 4:19; 17:3; Judges 2:13; 10:6; I Sam. 7:3,4; 12:10; I Kings 11:5,33; II Kings 23:3-5,13; Jer. 7:18; 44:17,18). And the New Testament makes it clear that God will allow his people to go astray today. Ancient sun-worship was an idolatrous custom of the nations of the world from the earliest times of recorded history. Ancient celestial deities were worshiped under a variety of names, but they all shared identical or similar attributes. The Scriptures record numerous instances when God's people turned to pagan idolatry; “and they worshipped the sun” (Ezek. 8:16); “the queen of heaven” (Jer. 7 & 44); etc. (Judges 2:13; 10:6; I Sam. 7:3,4; 12:10; I Kings 11:5,33; II Kings 23:13; Ezek. 8:13-16). When God delivered the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt, many of his people yearned for the idols of the pagan gods (Ezk. 20:1-16). The book of Acts says of God's own people, even after he delivered them from bondage in Egypt, “in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,...Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven;” (Acts 7:39-43). Click thumbnails below to see images comparing the striking similarities between the various ancient and modern idolatries:
In ancient times God allowed his people to go astray and worship in the idolatrous ways of the nations of the world (Deut. 4:19; 17:3; Judges 2:13; 10:6; I Sam. 7:3,4; 12:10; I Kings 11:5,33; II Kings 23:3-5,13; Jer. 7:18; 44:17,18). And the New Testament makes it clear that God will allow his people to go astray today. Ancient sun-worship was an idolatrous custom of the nations of the world from the earliest times of recorded history. Ancient celestial deities were worshiped under a variety of names, but they all shared identical or similar attributes. The Scriptures record numerous instances when God's people turned to pagan idolatry; “and they worshipped the sun” (Ezek. 8:16); “the queen of heaven” (Jer. 7 & 44); etc. (Judges 2:13; 10:6; I Sam. 7:3,4; 12:10; I Kings 11:5,33; II Kings 23:13; Ezek. 8:13-16). When God delivered the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt, many of his people yearned for the idols of the pagan gods (Ezk. 20:1-16). The book of Acts says of God's own people, even after he delivered them from bondage in Egypt, “in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,...Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven;” (Acts 7:39-43). Click thumbnails below to see images comparing the striking similarities between the various ancient and modern idolatries:
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“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (I Cor. 10:11)
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When God told Jacob to “Return unto the land of thy fathers”, his wife Rachel “had stolen the images that were her father’s” to take them with her into the land of Jacob's father (Gen. 31:3,19). Rachel's father, Laban, pursued after Jacob and said, “wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?” (Gen. 31:23,30). Rachel gave in to the temptation to take with her the false gods of her father. The same temptations are present today in the Christian church. The temptation to borrow the customs of the heathen to worship the Lord Jesus Christ is a seduction that many modern-day Christians seem unable or unwilling to resist – “they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean” (Ezek. 22:26). Practicing the customs surrounding the worship of the sun god about the time of the Winter solstice, and practicing the customs surrounding the worship of the fertility goddess about the time of the Spring equinox was condemned by God in the Old Testament. And what was condemned by God as spiritual adultery in the Old Testament is still condemned by God as spiritual adultery today. The Encyclopedia Britannica states that “the festival of the nativity was not observed in the primitive church”(Encyclopedia Britannica, 7th Ed., 1830-1842).   
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When God told Jacob to ''“Return unto the land of thy fathers”'', his wife Rachel ''“had stolen the images that were her father’s”'' to take them with her into the land of Jacob's father (Gen. 31:3,19). Rachel's father, Laban, pursued after Jacob and said, ''“wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?”'' (Gen. 31:23,30). Rachel gave in to the temptation to take with her the false gods of her father. The same temptations are present today in the Christian church. The temptation to borrow the customs of the heathen to worship the Lord Jesus Christ is a seduction that many modern-day Christians seem unable or unwilling to resist – ''“they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean”'' (Ezek. 22:26). Practicing the customs surrounding the worship of the sun god [http://www.angelfire.com/la2/prophet1/jesusbirth.html] about the time of the Winter solstice, and practicing the customs surrounding '''[[TerryHomePage:Alleged_KJV_errors:_Easter/Passover#Origin_Of_Easter|the worship of the fertility goddess]]''' about the time of the Spring equinox was condemned by God in the Old Testament. And what was condemned by God as spiritual adultery in the Old Testament is still condemned by God as spiritual adultery today. '''The Encyclopedia Britannica states that “the festival of the nativity was not observed in the primitive church”'''(Encyclopedia Britannica, 7th Ed., 1830-1842).   
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“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen... For the customs of the people are vain:” (Jer. 10:2,3). “Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them [the heathen]... and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God:” (Deut. 12:30,31)  
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::''“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen... For the customs of the people are vain:” (Jer. 10:2,3). “Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them [the heathen]... and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God:”'' (Deut. 12:30,31)  
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In History of the United States, a popular nineteenth century American public school text book, Noah Webster said, “Men began to understand their natural rights, as soon as the reformation from popery began to dawn in the sixteenth century;” (History of the United States, 1832, p. 273). Many of the major Protestant reformers rejected most but not all of the superstitious doctrines of the Romish church. Other Protestant reformers made a more complete separation from Roman Catholicism and rejected every false teaching of the popish church. This is why, in America, for instance, the Puritans and Pilgrims of New England outlawed Christmas in the 1600's, and as late as 1855 Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists refused to recognize it as a holiday. Public schools in Boston were still open for classes on December 25th as late as 1870. And Webster's Dictionary tells us that as late as 1913 many States did not even recognize it as a legal holiday (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913 Ed., p. 253). While many reformers rejected the superstitious doctrines of the Romish church, some of the reformers were unwilling to forsake every un-biblical practice. Like Rachel who took with her the images of her father's false gods, many Reformation Protestants took with them some of the “Christianized” pagan customs that had been instilled in them and in their forefathers for centuries. (See Christ's Mass; Christmas; Is Sunday Sacred) 
 
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'''In History of the United States, a popular nineteenth century American public school text book, Noah Webster said, “Men began to understand their natural rights, as soon as the reformation from popery began to dawn in the sixteenth century;”''' (History of the United States, 1832, [http://books.google.com.gi/books?id=jGcAAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false p. 273]). Many of the major Protestant reformers rejected most but not all of the superstitious doctrines of the Romish church. '''Other Protestant reformers made a more complete separation from Roman Catholicism and rejected every false teaching of the popish church. This is why, in America, <u>for instance, the Puritans and Pilgrims of New England outlawed Christmas in the 1600's, and as late as 1855 Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists refused to recognize it as a holiday. Public schools in Boston were still open for classes on December 25th as late as 1870. And Webster's Dictionary tells us that as late as 1913 many States did not even recognize it as a legal holiday</u>''' (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913 Ed., p. 253). While many reformers rejected the superstitious doctrines of the Romish church, some of the reformers were unwilling to forsake every un-biblical practice. Like Rachel who took with her the images of her father's false gods, many Reformation Protestants took with them some of the “Christianized” pagan customs that had been instilled in them and in their forefathers for centuries. (See Christ's Mass [http://www.angelfire.com/la2/prophet1/chrmass.html]; Christmas [http://www.angelfire.com/la2/prophet1/christmas1911.html]; '''[TerryHomePage:Sunday sacredness|Is Sunday Sacred]]''') 
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    “The establishment by St Columba of a seminary in Iona was highly favourable to the cause of literature both in Scotland and England. How far it tended to promote evangelical religion, does not clearly appear. The form of sound words, and the image of Christian worship, are often long retained after the living spirit of the gospel is gone; and nothing proves more clearly the fact of its departure than an overweening attachment to superstitious practices, and an observance of rites and seasons which God has not ordained. When the apostle Paul found the churches in Galatia observing days, and months, and times, and years, he expressed his fear that he had laboured among them in vain. These things were an evidence of their declining in their spiritual state, and departing from the faith. Long before this period of our history, we find our Christian ancestors stickling about the proper time of keeping Easter, when they ought to have rejected it altogether as an observance which God had not required. In the time of St Columba, the controversy was revived, and after a keen contest the eloquence of those who favoured the church of Rome prevailed. St Columba yielded, whether from conviction, or from some other cause, we are not told; "and the Pope found in the Abbot of Iona himself, a sedulous and devoted convert to the new lunar cycle." Russel's Prelim. Diss. to Keith's Scottish Bishops, p. lxxv.
 
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    “About the same time the feast of Christmas was introduced to our ancestors. "The vulgar persuasion is," says Buchanan, "that these festivities celebrated the birth of Christ, when, in truth, they refer, as is sufficiently evident, to the lascivious rites of the Bacchanalia, and not to the memory of our Saviour's nativity." It is probable that this was originally the Gothic pagan feast of Yule, or Zul, so called in Scotland to this day; see Dr Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary on the word, Yule. We know the Popes instructed their missionaries not to abolish, but rather adopt the heathen rites of the people among whom they introduced Christianity, and adapt them to Christian worship. This was the source of innumerable corruptions; and with regard to this festival, it not only opened a door for all manner of licentiousness, but also bound the churches to the acknowledgment of a thing as true which never has been proved,—that Christ was born on the 25th of December, which rests on no credible authority. Our neighbours in the south condemn our reformers for rejecting this holiday. With much more reason we wonder at their retaining it.” (The History of The Reformation of Religion in Scotland, John Knox, 1841, Introduction pp. 13, 14) (see also Acts of The General Assembly of The Church of Scotland, 1638-1842, p. 19)
 
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::“The establishment by St Columba of a seminary in Iona was highly favourable to the cause of literature both in Scotland and England. How far it tended to promote evangelical religion, does not clearly appear. The form of sound words, and the image of Christian worship, are often long retained after the living spirit of the gospel is gone; and nothing proves more clearly the fact of its departure than an overweening attachment to superstitious practices, and an observance of rites and seasons which God has not ordained. When the apostle Paul found the churches in Galatia observing days, and months, and times, and years, he expressed his fear that he had laboured among them in vain. These things were an evidence of their declining in their spiritual state, and departing from the faith. Long before this period of our history, we find our Christian ancestors stickling about the proper time of keeping Easter, when they ought to have rejected it altogether as an observance which God had not required. In the time of St Columba, the controversy was revived, and after a keen contest the eloquence of those who favoured the church of Rome prevailed. St Columba yielded, whether from conviction, or from some other cause, we are not told; "and the Pope found in the Abbot of Iona himself, a sedulous and devoted convert to the new lunar cycle." Russel's Prelim. Diss. to Keith's Scottish Bishops, p. lxxv.
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::“About the same time the feast of Christmas was introduced to our ancestors. "The vulgar persuasion is," says Buchanan, "that these festivities celebrated the birth of Christ, when, in truth, they refer, as is sufficiently evident, to the lascivious rites of the Bacchanalia, and not to the memory of our Saviour's nativity." It is probable that this was originally the Gothic pagan feast of Yule, or Zul, so called in Scotland to this day; see Dr Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary on the word, Yule. We know the Popes instructed their missionaries not to abolish, but rather adopt the heathen rites of the people among whom they introduced Christianity, and adapt them to Christian worship. This was the source of innumerable corruptions; and with regard to this festival, it not only opened a door for all manner of licentiousness, but also bound the churches to the acknowledgment of a thing as true which never has been proved,—that Christ was born on the 25th of December, which rests on no credible authority. Our neighbours in the south condemn our reformers for rejecting this holiday. With much more reason we wonder at their retaining it.” (The History of The Reformation of Religion in Scotland, John Knox, 1841, Introduction [http://books.google.com.gi/books?id=z_8QAAAAIAAJ&pg=PR13&dq=&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false pp. 13, 14]) (see also Acts of The General Assembly of The Church of Scotland, 1638-1842, [http://books.google.com.gi/books?id=rudBAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA19&dq=First+Book+of+Discipline+Christmas&hl=en&ei=iEOeTeG4CYaltwfyqsmVAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=First%20Book%20of%20Discipline%20Christmas&f=false p. 19])
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Adultery is also defined in a scriptural sense as “idolatry, or apostasy from the true God. Jer. 3.” Idolatry is defined as “1. The worship of idols, images, or any thing made by hands, or which is not God. 2. Excessive attachment or veneration for any thing, or that which borders on adoration.” (An American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, see Adultery and Idolatry). Adoration is “a feeling of profound love and admiration.” Idolatry can be a profound love or admiration for anything or anyone – an image, a statue, a living or deceased saint, a preacher, a prophet, a pope, etc. Ask a Roman Catholic to identify the Holy Father, and he will likely point to the Pope. Ask a twenty-first century Protestant to identify the Holy Father, and there is a good chance that he will point to the Pope. In contrast to modern-day Protestantism, Bible believing Protestants for the past five-hundred years not only identified God alone as the Holy Father, but they also exposed the papacy as antichrist. In less than on-hundred years Protestantism has come full-circle, from exposing and forsaking the false doctrines and beliefs of Roman Catholicism, to accepting and in some cases even promoting Catholic dogma. The title Holy Father is used only one time in all of scripture (John 17:11), and it refers not to any man, but to God the Father. The application of this title to anyone but God is a blasphemous antichrist usurpation (“so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” II Thess. 2:4; “and I saw a woman... full of names of blasphemy” Rev. 17:3). In the early nineteenth century Noah Webster rightly stated that “All worship of images and saints, is an abomination to God; it is idolatry, which is strictly forbidden in the Bible;” (History of the United States, 1832, p. 299). Adoration of the Roman Catholic “Eucharist,” or so called “Host”, is nothing short of idolatry (See False Gospel of Sacramental Works). In 1765 American patriot and Christian minister, Jonathan Mayhew, published a sermon entitled Popish Idolatry in which he addressed, among other idolatrous practices, the popish doctrine of transubstantiation. Mayhew stated, 
 
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Adultery is also defined in a scriptural sense as ''“idolatry, or apostasy from the true God. Jer. 3.”'' Idolatry is defined as:
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“The Romanists do not pretend to deny, but that all the five senses bear testimony against it, as much as they possibly could if it were false, or if the bread and wine remained after the juggling, hocus-pocus trick, which they term consecration.... For the truth of the Christian revelation itself depends on the truth of certain facts, by which there was an appeal made to the senses of men; particularly the miracles and resurrection of our Saviour.... Thus does the church of Rome, by this doctrine, subvert the very foundations of Christianity.... transubstantiation is the grossest imposition and insult, that ever the priesthood itself put upon the superstitious credulity of mankind. This doctrine then, being plainly false, the church of Rome is certainly guilty of idolatry, in worshipping the eucharist as true God.” (Popish Idolatry, Jonathan Mayhew, 1765, pp. 11,12) ("God is love." 1 John 4:8; "God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God." Deut. 4:24; Heb. 12:29)  
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#. The worship of idols, images, or any thing made by hands, or which is not God. (An American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, see [http://www.archive.org/stream/americandictiona01websrich#page/118/mode/1up Adultery])
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#. Excessive attachment or veneration for any thing, or that which borders on adoration.” (An American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, see [http://www.archive.org/stream/americandictiona01websrich#page/927/mode/1up Idolatry]).
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'''Adoration is “a feeling of profound love and admiration.” Idolatry can be a profound love or admiration for anything or anyone – an image, a statue, a living or deceased saint, a preacher, a prophet, a pope, etc. Ask a Roman Catholic to identify the Holy Father, and he will likely point to the Pope. Ask a twenty-first century Protestant to identify the Holy Father, and there is a good chance that he will point to the Pope. In contrast to modern-day Protestantism, Bible believing Protestants for the past five-hundred years not only identified God alone as the Holy Father, but they also exposed the papacy as antichrist. In less than on-hundred years Protestantism has come [http://www.angelfire.com/la2/prophet1/adultery101.html full-circle], from exposing and forsaking the false doctrines and beliefs of Roman Catholicism, to accepting and in some cases even promoting [http://www.angelfire.com/la2/prophet1/Jesuits.html Catholic dogma]'''. The title Holy Father is used only one time in all of scripture (John 17:11), and it refers not to any man, but to God the Father. The application of this title to anyone but God is a blasphemous antichrist usurpation (“so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” II Thess. 2:4; “and I saw a woman... full of names of blasphemy” Rev. 17:3). In the early nineteenth century Noah Webster rightly stated that <u>'''“All worship of images and saints, is an abomination to God; it is idolatry, which is strictly forbidden in the Bible;”'''</u> (History of the United States, 1832, [http://books.google.com.gi/books?id=jGcAAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=&redir_esc=y p. 299]). Adoration of the Roman Catholic “Eucharist,” or so called “Host”, is nothing short of idolatry (See False Gospel of [http://www.angelfire.com/la2/prophet1/1830fox.html#falsesacramentalworks Sacramental Works]). In 1765 American patriot and Christian minister, [[w:Jonathan Mayhew|Jonathan Mayhew]], published a sermon entitled Popish Idolatry in which he addressed, among other idolatrous practices, the popish doctrine of transubstantiation. Mayhew stated, 
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::''“The Romanists do not pretend to deny, but that all the five senses bear testimony against it, as much as they possibly could if it were false, or if the bread and wine remained after the juggling, hocus-pocus trick, which they term consecration.... For the truth of the Christian revelation itself depends on the truth of certain facts, by which there was an appeal made to the senses of men; particularly the miracles and resurrection of our Saviour.... Thus does the church of Rome, by this doctrine, subvert the very foundations of Christianity.... transubstantiation is the grossest imposition and insult, that ever the priesthood itself put upon the superstitious credulity of mankind. This doctrine then, being plainly false, the church of Rome is certainly guilty of idolatry, in worshipping the eucharist as true God.”'' (Popish Idolatry, Jonathan Mayhew, 1765, pp. 11,12) ("God is love." 1 John 4:8; "God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God." Deut. 4:24; Heb. 12:29)  
   
   
   
   
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'''The 2nd President of the United States, John Adams, said, ''“Liberty and Popery cannot live together.”'' ''“I have long been decided in opinion that a free government and the Roman Catholick religion can never exist together in any nation or Country.”'' ''' ([http://books.google.com/books?id=-VEHX6-xIioC&printsec=frontcover&dq=#PPA41,M1 The Founders on Religion, James H. Hutson, p. 41]). Noah Webster said, ''“Almost all the civil liberty now enjoyed in the world owes its origin to the principals of the Christian religion. Men began to understand their natural rights, as soon as the reformation from popery began to dawn in the sixteenth century; and civil liberty has been gradually advancing and improving, as genuine Christianity has prevailed. By the principles of the Christian religion we are not to understand the decisions of ecclesiastical councils, for these are the opinions of mere men; nor are we to suppose that religion to be any particular church established by law, with numerous dignitaries, living in stately palaces, arrayed in gorgeous attire, and rioting in luxury and wealth, squeezed from the scanty earnings of the labouring poor; nor is it a religion which consists in a round of forms, and in pompous rites and ceremonies.”'' ([http://books.google.com.gi/books?id=jGcAAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false History of the United States, 1832, pp. 273, 274]). The 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, said in his first Inaugural Address in 1801, ''“Let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecution.”'' ([http://books.google.com.gi/books?id=Ljwc5c4wFTkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=&redir_esc=y Early American Orations, 1902, pp. 136,137]).   
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The 2nd President of the United States, John Adams, said, “Liberty and Popery cannot live together.” “I have long been decided in opinion that a free government and the Roman Catholick religion can never exist together in any nation or Country.” (The Founders on Religion, James H. Hutson, p. 41). Noah Webster said, “Almost all the civil liberty now enjoyed in the world owes its origin to the principals of the Christian religion. Men began to understand their natural rights, as soon as the reformation from popery began to dawn in the sixteenth century; and civil liberty has been gradually advancing and improving, as genuine Christianity has prevailed. By the principles of the Christian religion we are not to understand the decisions of ecclesiastical councils, for these are the opinions of mere men; nor are we to suppose that religion to be any particular church established by law, with numerous dignitaries, living in stately palaces, arrayed in gorgeous attire, and rioting in luxury and wealth, squeezed from the scanty earnings of the labouring poor; nor is it a religion which consists in a round of forms, and in pompous rites and ceremonies.” (History of the United States, 1832, pp. 273, 274). The 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, said in his first Inaugural Address in 1801, “Let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecution.” (Early American Orations, 1902, pp. 136,137).   
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It must be understood that America's founding fathers and patriots, men like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Jonathan Mayhew, Noah Webster, and others, were not anti-Catholic bigots discriminating against a harmless superstitious church. Unlike most of America's modern-day politicians and religious leaders, many of our early leaders had a Biblical understanding of history and recognized that the church of Rome constituted the greatest threat to fundamental Christianity. It is a sad fact that most people today have little if any knowledge of the history of the Protestant Reformation and the history of the Christian church. The two most important points on which the entire Protestant Reformation rested was that the holy scriptures revealed Christ and exposed antichrist. The holy scriptures reveal that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone, and that we are justified in the sight of God and sanctified by the completed sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, the “once for all.... one sacrifice for sins for ever” and “there is no more offering for sin” (Eph. 2:8,9; Heb. 8:13; 10:18). And the holy scriptures exposes the papacy as antichrist, the man of sin, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth (Rev 17:5).   
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It must be understood that America's founding fathers and patriots, men like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Jonathan Mayhew, Noah Webster, and others, were not anti-Catholic bigots discriminating against a harmless superstitious church. Unlike most of America's modern-day politicians and religious leaders, many of our early leaders had a Biblical understanding of history and recognized that the church of Rome constituted the greatest threat to fundamental Christianity. It is a sad fact that most people today have little if any knowledge of the history of the Protestant Reformation and the history of the Christian church. '''The two most important points on which the entire Protestant Reformation rested was that the holy scriptures revealed Christ and exposed antichrist. The holy scriptures reveal that we are [[TerryHomePage:What_law_was_nailed_to_the_cross|saved by grace through faith in Christ alone]], and that we are justified in the sight of God and sanctified by the completed sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, the “once for all.... one sacrifice for sins for ever” and “there is no more offering for sin”''' (Eph. 2:8,9; Heb. 8:13; 10:18). '''<u>[[911:Book_of_Revelation|And the holy scriptures exposes the papacy as antichrist, the man of sin, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth]]</u>''' (Rev 17:5).   
It is a little known fact that every major Protestant Reformer, without exception, identified the papacy as Antichrist. John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, Cotton Mather, John Wesley, Thomas Cranmer, Roger Williams, John Calvin, and others had, for the most part, a clear Biblical understanding of history. They understood many of the prophecies of the Bible and recognized the four “beasts” of Daniel chapter seven as Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome; and Daniel's “little horn”, Paul's “man of sin” and John's “beast” of Revelation as the papal power that “made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;” (Dan. 7; II Thess. 2; Rev. 13 & 17). Throughout the Dark Ages and the Protestant Reformation true Christians had to flee from their homes and from their communities into the wilderness to escape the heavy hand of papal Rome that persecuted them and prevailed against them for centuries. In a sermon delivered at New York in October of 1827, Presbyterian minister Lyman Beecher said,   
It is a little known fact that every major Protestant Reformer, without exception, identified the papacy as Antichrist. John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, Cotton Mather, John Wesley, Thomas Cranmer, Roger Williams, John Calvin, and others had, for the most part, a clear Biblical understanding of history. They understood many of the prophecies of the Bible and recognized the four “beasts” of Daniel chapter seven as Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome; and Daniel's “little horn”, Paul's “man of sin” and John's “beast” of Revelation as the papal power that “made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;” (Dan. 7; II Thess. 2; Rev. 13 & 17). Throughout the Dark Ages and the Protestant Reformation true Christians had to flee from their homes and from their communities into the wilderness to escape the heavy hand of papal Rome that persecuted them and prevailed against them for centuries. In a sermon delivered at New York in October of 1827, Presbyterian minister Lyman Beecher said,   

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