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Sep 16, 2022 - Today, Christians understand that there are many significant doctrinal differences between Protestants and Catholics. When and where, though, did the Roman Catholic church start on the road to heresy, false teaching, and apostasy? Jump in the Delorean with Todd as we go on a history lesson through the errors, heresies, and blasphemies of the Roman Catholic Church.
For 1000 years before the Reformation, there were Christians who refused to give allegiance to Rome and who were slaughtered by the millions. Everyone knows of the Crusades to retake the holy land, but few know that even larger and more numerous crusades were fought in an attempt to exterminate Christians all over Europe, who out of conscience to God and obedience to the Bible would not submit to the authority of the popes or embrace wrongs and heresies. Of these martyrs, historian Will Durant wrote: ‘The Roman church, the martyrs were sure was the Whore of Babylon.’
The popes promised instantaneous entrance into Heaven for those who gave their lives slaughtering the heretics. It took about a century to exterminate the Albigensian Christians, who at one time were the majority of the population of southern France. Among the cities wiped out by Pope Innocent III, was Beziers, France. 60,000 were massacred there, including women and children. In the infamous St Bartholomew’s Massacre in August 1572, 70,000 Huguenots were killed. Another 200,000 were slaughtered over a period of months, causing 500,000 to flee to Protestant countries for refuge. The Waldenses were all but exterminated, as were the Hussites.
Here is an excerpt from Pope Martin IV’s letter to the King of Poland in 1429, one hundred years before the Reformation: “*Know that the interest of the Holy See, and those of your crown, make it a duty to exterminate the Hussites. Remember that these impious persons dare proclaim principles of equality … that all Christians are brethren … that Christ came on Earth to abolish slavery; they call the people to liberty. While there is still time, then turn your forces against Bohemia: burn, massacre, make deserts everywhere for nothing could be more agreeable to God, are more useful to the cause of kings, than the extermination of the Hussites.*”
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