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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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“Popery is a system where science and ignorance, refinement and barbarism, wisdom and stupidity, taste and animalism, mistaken zeal and malignant enmity, may sanctimoniously pour out their virulence against the Gospel, and cry Hosanna, while they go forth to shed the blood and to wear out the patience of the saints. And though by revolutions it has been shaken, and compelled by motives of policy to cease a little from blood, not a principle of this system has been abandoned. All the wiles of ages past are put in requisition now to heal the fatal wounds which the beast has received, and to render the system still more powerful and terrific. The leaven is in secret and in open operation in this country ; and the quick action of the beast to the touch of the spear shows that he is neither dead nor asleep. And, considering the civilization, and wealth, and science, which the system comprehends, it is from popery, no doubt, that the Gospel is destined to experience the last and most determined resistance,— popery, as sustained by and sustaining despotic governments.” (Beecher's Works., Vol. II., Lyman Beecher, D.D., 1852, pp. 418, 419, Sermon delivered before the American Board of Missions at New York on October 12, 1827).  
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::“Popery is a system where science and ignorance, refinement and barbarism, wisdom and stupidity, taste and animalism, mistaken zeal and malignant enmity, may sanctimoniously pour out their virulence against the Gospel, and cry Hosanna, while they go forth to shed the blood and to wear out the patience of the saints. And though by revolutions it has been shaken, and compelled by motives of policy to cease a little from blood, not a principle of this system has been abandoned. All the wiles of ages past are put in requisition now to heal the fatal wounds which the beast has received, and to render the system still more powerful and terrific. The leaven is in secret and in open operation in this country ; and the quick action of the beast to the touch of the spear shows that he is neither dead nor asleep. And, considering the civilization, and wealth, and science, which the system comprehends, it is from popery, no doubt, that the Gospel is destined to experience the last and most determined resistance,— popery, as [http://www.angelfire.com/la2/prophet1/1830fox.html#IdolatryandDeceit sustained by and sustaining] despotic governments.” (Beecher's Works., Vol. II., Lyman Beecher, D.D., 1852, [http://books.google.com.gi/books?id=S9MTAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=&redir_esc=y pp. 418, 419], Sermon delivered before the American Board of Missions at New York on October 12, 1827).  
   
   
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The true church fled “into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished” on the milk and meat of the word of God, the Lord sustaining them and using them to preserve his pure words as they copied and recopied the sacred scriptures and passed them down from one generation to the next (Rev. 12:13,14). In an effort to squelch the Reformers, the Roman Catholic church began a counter-reformation. In addition to the Catholic Inquisition, the papacy employed the Jesuits to carry out their goal of undermining the Protestant scriptures and the faith of the people. Their schemes included infiltrating Protestant communities “to ‘educate’ the Protestant scholars to believe that their Reformation Text was unreliable and that their Authorized Version was ‘not scholarly.’ Once thus programmed, the egotistical scholars would spontaneously attack their own Bible and believe that they were helping God.” (An Understandable History of the Bible, S. Gipp, pp.98,99).   
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The true church fled “into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished” on the milk and meat of the word of God, the Lord sustaining them and using them to preserve his pure words as they copied and recopied the sacred scriptures and passed them down from one generation to the next (Rev. 12:13,14). In an effort to squelch the Reformers, the Roman Catholic church began a counter-reformation. In addition to the '''[http://www.angelfire.com/la2/prophet1/1830fox.html#inquisition02a Catholic Inquisition]''', the papacy employed the '''[[911:Jesuits_In_America|Jesuits]]''' to carry out their goal of undermining the Protestant scriptures and the faith of the people. Their schemes included infiltrating Protestant communities “to ‘educate’ the Protestant scholars to believe that their Reformation Text was unreliable and that their Authorized Version was ‘not scholarly.’ Once thus programmed, the egotistical scholars would spontaneously '''[[TerryHomePage:About this site|attack their own Bible]]''' and believe that they were helping God.” (An Understandable History of the Bible, S. Gipp, pp.98,99).   
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Up until the twentieth century most true ministers of the gospel of Christ recognized the papacy as Antichrist. In 1846 the Rev. Samuel J. Cassels of Norfolk, Virginia wrote “that the ‘little horn’ of Daniel, the ‘man of sin’ of Paul, and ‘the beast’ of John, all symbolize the papal power” (Christ and Antichrist, S. J. Cassels, 1846, p. 14). Many judicious and excellent ministers of various Christian denominations in America recommended Cassels' book, including Robert Boyte C. Howell, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn.; Edward Wadsworth, Pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Norfolk, Va.; James R. Gilland, Pastor of Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church, Chester District, South Carolina.; David Caldwell, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Norfolk, Va.; Upton Beall, Rector of Christ Church, Norfolk, Va.; James B. Taylor, Corresponding Secretary of Foreign Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, Richmond, Va.; Joseph C. Stiles, Pastor of the United Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Va.; Samuel L. Graham, D.D. Professor of Oriental Literature, Union Theological Seminary, Va.; James J. Hamner, Pastor of the Fifth Presbyterian Church, Baltimore; Henry V. D. Johns, Rector of Christ Church, Baltimore; G. W. Musgrave, Pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church, Baltimore; H. A. Boardman, Pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia; B. Gildersleeve, Editor of the Watchman and Observer, Richmond, Va. (Christ and Antichrist, 1846, Recommendations pp. 2,3,4). In 1866 renowned Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon referred to the papal power as “the insidious monster” and “the detestable Antichrist” and “the harlot of Babylon” (The Sword and The Trowel, C. H. Spurgeon, 1866, p. 3, p. 497). In 1887 historian Henry Grattan Guinness quoting Martin Luther wrote, “Elsewhere again he says, that when Daniel ‘saw the terrible wild beast which had ten horns, which by the consent of all is the Roman empire, he also beheld another small horn come up in the middle of them. This is the Papal power, which rose up in the middle of the Roman empire.’” (Romanism and the Reformation, Henry Grattan Guinness, 1887, pp. 231, 232). Nevertheless, despite the abundance of historical evidence, the clear prophecies of scripture and the numerous testimonies of Christian martyrs and historians, the Roman Catholic church would have us believe that all of these able ministers of the gospel along with every Protestant Reformer in history, are mis-interpreting prophecy.   
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Up until the twentieth century most true ministers of the gospel of Christ recognized the papacy as Antichrist. In 1846 the Rev. Samuel J. Cassels of Norfolk, Virginia wrote ''“that the ‘little horn’ of Daniel, the ‘man of sin’ of Paul, and ‘the beast’ of John, all symbolize the papal power”'' <small>(Christ and Antichrist, S. J. Cassels, 1846, [http://www.archive.org/stream/christantichrist00cassrich#page/14/mode/2up p. 14])</small>. Many judicious and excellent ministers of various Christian denominations in America recommended Cassels' book, including Robert Boyte C. Howell, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn.; Edward Wadsworth, Pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Norfolk, Va.; James R. Gilland, Pastor of Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church, Chester District, South Carolina.; David Caldwell, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Norfolk, Va.; Upton Beall, Rector of Christ Church, Norfolk, Va.; James B. Taylor, Corresponding Secretary of Foreign Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, Richmond, Va.; Joseph C. Stiles, Pastor of the United Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Va.; Samuel L. Graham, D.D. Professor of Oriental Literature, Union Theological Seminary, Va.; James J. Hamner, Pastor of the Fifth Presbyterian Church, Baltimore; Henry V. D. Johns, Rector of Christ Church, Baltimore; G. W. Musgrave, Pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church, Baltimore; H. A. Boardman, Pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia; B. Gildersleeve, Editor of the Watchman and Observer, Richmond, Va. (Christ and Antichrist, 1846, Recommendations <small>[http://www.archive.org/stream/christantichrist00cassrich#page/2/mode/2up pp. 2,3,4]</small>). In 1866 renowned Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon referred to the papal power as ''“the insidious monster” and “the detestable '''[[TerryHomePage:Preface to Foxe's Book Of Martyrs|Antichrist]]'''” and “the harlot of Babylon”'' <small>(The Sword and The Trowel, C. H. Spurgeon, 1866, [http://books.google.com.gi/books?id=a7gVAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR3&dq=&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false p. 3], [http://books.google.com.gi/books?id=a7gVAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA497&dq=&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false p. 497])</small>. In 1887 historian Henry Grattan Guinness quoting Martin Luther wrote, ''“Elsewhere again he says, that when Daniel ‘saw the terrible wild beast which had ten horns, which by the consent of all is the Roman empire, he also beheld another small horn come up in the middle of them. This is the Papal power, which rose up in the middle of the Roman empire.’”'' (Romanism and the Reformation, Henry Grattan Guinness, 1887, [http://books.google.com.gi/books?id=GFv-xn0vKNoC&pg=PA231&dq=&redir_esc=y pp. 231, 232]). Nevertheless, despite the abundance of historical evidence, the clear prophecies of scripture and the numerous testimonies of ''[[TerryHomePage:Preface to Foxe's Book Of Martyrs|Christian martyrs]]''' and historians, the Roman Catholic church would have us believe that all of these able ministers of the gospel along with every Protestant Reformer in history, are '''[[TerryHomePage:Left Behind by the Jesuits|mis-interpreting prophecy]]'''.   
Historian Dave Hunt said, “Amazingly, Protestants are now embracing Rome as Christian while she insists that the ‘separated brethren’ be reconciled to her on her unchangeable terms! Many evangelical leaders are intent upon working with Roman Catholics to evangelize the world.... They don't want to hear any ‘negative’ reminders of the millions of people tortured and slain by the Church to which they now pay homage, or the fact that Rome has a false gospel of sacramental works.” (A Woman Rides The Beast, Dave Hunt, 1994). If the Roman Catholic Mass is not a false gospel of sacramental works, and if the so called act of “Transubstantiation” and the elevation and veneration of the “Host” as the “Real Presence” of the “true God” is not gross idolatry and another gospel, another spirit and another Jesus, then neither is the Mormon Temple Ceremony false.   
Historian Dave Hunt said, “Amazingly, Protestants are now embracing Rome as Christian while she insists that the ‘separated brethren’ be reconciled to her on her unchangeable terms! Many evangelical leaders are intent upon working with Roman Catholics to evangelize the world.... They don't want to hear any ‘negative’ reminders of the millions of people tortured and slain by the Church to which they now pay homage, or the fact that Rome has a false gospel of sacramental works.” (A Woman Rides The Beast, Dave Hunt, 1994). If the Roman Catholic Mass is not a false gospel of sacramental works, and if the so called act of “Transubstantiation” and the elevation and veneration of the “Host” as the “Real Presence” of the “true God” is not gross idolatry and another gospel, another spirit and another Jesus, then neither is the Mormon Temple Ceremony false.   
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    I have your favor of the 17th instant before me, and my only motive for troubling you with the receipt of this letter is, to explain and correct a mistake, which I perceive the hurry in which I am obliged often to write letters has led you into,
 
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    It was not my intention to doubt, that the doctrines of the Illuminati and the principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States, On the contrary, no one is more fully satisfied of this fact than I am.
 
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    The idea that I meant to convey was, that I did not believe that the lodges of freemasons in this country had, as societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the former, or pernicious principles of the latter, if they are susceptible of separation. That individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument employed to found the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects, and actually had a separation of the people from their government in view, is too evident to be questioned.” (The Writings Of George Washington, Vol. XI., 1855, p. 337)
 
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  It is an undeniable fact that conspiracies exist. It is also un under appreciated fact that most people have been conditioned to pay little or no attention to conspiracies. Misinformation is often circulated in the media and elsewhere for the purpose of leading people away from the truth. “Morals and Dogma” is an official Masonic book written by occultist Albert Pike. This book reveals some of the methods of deception used by conspirators. Pages 104 and 105 of this Satanic occult book states: 
 
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::I have your favor of the 17th instant before me, and my only motive for troubling you with the receipt of this letter is, to explain and correct a mistake, which I perceive the hurry in which I am obliged often to write letters has led you into,
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::It was not my intention to doubt, that the doctrines of the Illuminati and the principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States, On the contrary, no one is more fully satisfied of this fact than I am.
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::The idea that I meant to convey was, that I did not believe that the lodges of freemasons in this country had, as societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the former, or pernicious principles of the latter, if they are susceptible of separation. That individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument employed to found the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects, and actually had a separation of the people from their government in view, is too evident to be questioned.” ([http://books.google.com.gi/books?id=x-XcOY88BzYC&pg=PA337&dq=&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false The Writings Of George Washington, Vol. XI., 1855, p. 337])
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It is an undeniable fact that conspiracies exist. It is also un under appreciated fact that most people have been conditioned to pay little or no attention to conspiracies. Misinformation is often circulated in the media and elsewhere for the purpose of leading people away from the truth. “Morals and Dogma” is an official Masonic book written by occultist Albert Pike. This book reveals some of the methods of deception used by conspirators. Pages 104 and 105 of this Satanic occult book states: 
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“Masonry, like all the religions, all Mysteries, Hermetiscism, and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve to be mislead;”
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“So Masonry jealously conceals its secrets, and intentionally leads conceited interpreters astray. (Morals and Dogma, pp. 104, 105)  
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