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Two Thousand Years of Deception and Error, 5 B: Fifty Years in the “Church” of Rome

Fifty Years in the “Church” of Rome; The Conversion of a Priest
by Charles Chiniquy can be read online.

50 Years in the “Church” of Rome tells the life story of Charles Chiniquy (born 1809), who from childhood deeply loved and memorized Scripture, even though throughout his life the reading of the Bible was often prohibited. Charles loved God and thought becoming a priest was the way to serve God.

Mr. Chiniquy tells with great humility and graciousness of the dark error and the resulting problems (which are still prevalent in the Roman church today) that he experienced as he worked his way throught the system to become a Roman Catholic priest. Charles struggled as he saw the “church” repeatedly violate the Word of God, and there came a time when Charles “was ordered to give up his precious Bible and pledge blind obedience to the ‘church.'”

This book shows how God, even though His Word is hated and banished, uses His Word to combat error and rescue us, fallen deceived creatures that we are, from the kingdom of Satan. This book is well worth your time to read. The book is full of graciousness and not hatred at a system full of error. I found myself rejoicing at how God worked so mightily in the Illinois church where Charles Chiniquy was priest.

Chapter 65 excerpt

“In that very instant, I remembered that I had my dear New Testament with me, which I used then, as now, to carry everywhere. The thought flashed across my mind that I would find in that Divine book the answer to my prayer, and light to guide me thorough that dark night, to that house of refuge and salvation, after which my soul was ardently longing. With a trembling hand and a praying heart, I opened the book at random but no! not I, my God himself opened it for me. My eyes fell on these words: “YE ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE. BE NOT YE THE SERVANTS OF MEN” (I Cor. vii. 23).

“Strange to say! Those words came to my mind, more as a light than an articulated sound. They suddenly but most beautifully and powerfully gave me, as much as a man can know it, the knowledge of the great mystery of a perfect salvation through Christ alone. They at once brought a great and delightful calm to my soul. I said to myself: “Jesus has bought me, then I am His; for when I have bought a thing it is mine, absolutely mine! Jesus has bought me! I, then, belong to Him! He alone has a right over me. I do not belong to the bishops, to the popes, not even to the church, as I have been told till now. I belong to Jesus and to Him alone! His Word must be my guide, and my light by day and by night. Jesus has bought me,” I said again to myself; “then He has saved me! and if so, I am saved, perfectly saved, for ever saved! for Jesus cannot save me by half. Jesus is my God; the works of God are perfect. My salvation must, then, be a perfect salvation. But how has He saved me? What price has He paid for my poor guilty soul?” The answer came as quickly as lightning: “He bought you with His blood shed on the cross! He saved you by dying on Calvary!”

“I then said to myself again: “If Jesus has perfectly saved me by shedding His blood on the cross, I am not saved, as I have thought and preached till now, by my penances, my prayers to Mary and the saints, my confessions and indulgences, not even by the flames of purgatory!”

“In that instant, all things which, as a Roman Catholic, I had to believe to be saved all the mummeries by which the poor Roman Catholics are so cruelly deceived, the chaplets, indulgences, scapularies, auricular confession, invocation of the virgin, holy water, masses, purgatory, etc., given as means of salvation, vanished from my mind as a huge tower, when struck at the foundation, crumbles to the ground. Jesus alone remained in my mind as the Saviour of my soul!

“Oh! what a joy I felt at this simple, but sublime truth! But it was the will of God that this joy should be short. It suddenly went away with the beautiful light which had caused it; and my poor soul was again wrapped in the most awful darkness. However profound that darkness was, a still darker object presented itself before my mind. It was a very high mountain, but not composed of sand or stones, it was a mountain of my sins. I saw them all standing before me. And still more horrified was I when I saw it moving towards me as if, with a mighty hand, to crush me. I tried to escape, but in vain. I felt tied to the floor, and the next moment it had rolled over me. I felt as crushed under its weight; for it was as heavy as granite. I could scarcely breathe! My only hope was to cry to God for help. With a loud voice, heard by many in the hotel, I cried: “O my God! have mercy upon me! My sins are destroying me! I am lost, save me!” But, it seemed God could not hear me. The mountain was between, to prevent my cries from reaching Him, and to hide my tears. I suddenly thought that God would have nothing to do with such a sinner, but to open the gates of hell to throw me into that burning furnace prepared for his enemies, and which I had so richly deserved!

“I was mistaken. After eight or ten minutes of unspeakable agony, the rays of a new and beautiful light began to pierce through the dark cloud which hung over me. In that light, I clearly saw my Saviour. There He was, bent under the weight of His heavy cross. His face was covered with blood, the crown of thorns was on His head, and the nails in His hands. He was looking to me with an expression of compassion, love, which no tongue can describe. Coming to me, He said: “I have heard thy cries, I have seen thy tears, I have given Myself for thee. My blood and My bruised body have paid thy debts; wilt thou give Me thy heart? Wilt thou take My Word for the only lamp of thy feet, and the only light of thy path? I bring thee eternal life as a gift!”

“`I answered: “Dear Jesus, how sweet are Thy words to my soul! Speak, oh! speak again! Yes, beloved Saviour, I want to love Thee; but dost Thou see that mountain which is crushing me? Oh! remove it! Take away my sins!”

“I had not done speaking when I saw His mighty hand stretched out. He touched the mountain, and it rolled into the deep and disappeared. At the same time, I felt as if a shower of the blood of the Lamb were falling upon me to purify my soul. And, suddenly, my humble room was transformed into a real paradise. The angels of God could not be more happy than I was in that most mysterious and blessed hour of my life. With an unspeakable joy, I said to my Saviour: “Dear Jesus, the gift of God! Thou hast brought me the pardon of my sins as a gift. Thou has brought me eternal life as a gift! Thou hast redeemed and saved me, beloved Saviour; I know, I feel it. But this is not enough. I do not want to be saved alone. Save my people also. Save my whole country! I feel rich and happy in that gift; grant me to show its beauty, and preciousness, to my people, that they may rejoice in its possession.”

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Two Thousand Years of Deception and Error, 5A: The Roman Church

This is not an indepth discussion of the Roman church, known as the Roman Catholic Church. There is information still available regarding their false doctrine which has been present since the time of Constantine and Augustine and includes much of the other error and deceptions that I’ve discussed in this series.

The information from other sources is often perceived as bashing Catholics, but in actuality, it is exposing error and trying to rescue people from Satan’s kingdom of darkness.

[Some folk do come across as hating those who attend the Roman church. Only the Lord knows their motive. Hopefully, their anger is actually vented at the false, heretical, diabolical doctrine that is in the Roman church, not at the people who are deceived and under the control of the the Roman church.]

The Roman church elevates the pope, so-called church fathers (their writings and words), tradition of men, and Mary above or equal to the Lord Jesus Christ and God’s Holy Word.

God’s WORD

For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.“—Mark 7:8, 9

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”—Mark 7:13

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”—Colossians 2:8

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4I: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

The Conclusion of my comments about error found on chaceldon.edu.

Here are some more Bible verses to compare with what is being taught at chalcedon, or elsewhere. We always need to discern through the lens of God’s Holy Word. Mostly, we need God’s Word to discern our own hearts. But we do need to be on the alert for false teaching about God’s Kingdom and His ways, so we don’t inadvertently end up following a world ruler who is not Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”—Hebrews 4:12

The Kingdom of God as found in the WORD of GOD

“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.“—Mark 1:14, 15

“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”—Luke 17:21

“And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him.”—Luke 8:1

“And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick…And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.”—Luke 9:2, 6

“And he [Jesus] opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”—Matthew 5:2–10

What the WORD of GOD says the disciples did and said after Jesus was ascended.

“But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.”—Acts 5:19, 20

“And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.”—Acts 28:23

“And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”
—Acts 28:30, 31

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.“—Galatians 5:13, 14

What God’s Word says we are to do.

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
—Acts 17:11

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.“—1 Timothy 4:1, 2

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
—2 Timothy 1:13

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”—Acts 26:18

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.“—John 13:35

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.“—Matthew 16:24

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
—Hebrews 12:2

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
—Titus 2:13, 14

“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.“—2 Peter 3:11

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4H: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 6 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

6. Playing down of the Holy Spirit as part of the Godhead, and His role in the believer’s life.

chalcedon.edu/vision
“We believe that the source of godly change is regeneration by the Holy Spirit, not revolution by the violence of man. As God regenerates more and more individuals, and as they reorient their lives and areas of personal influence to the teachings of the Bible, He employs them to advance His kingdom and establish Christian civilization.”

My Comment
Does the Bible say that the Holy Spirit and God regenerate us and then WE reorient our own lives to the teachings of the Bible and then God uses us to advance His kingdom and establish Christian civilization? I guess the Holy Spirit isn’t needed after He regenerates us?

chalcedon.edu/vision
“We believe that God’s law is the divine pattern of sanctification in every area of life, but it is not the means of justification; man is saved by grace, not by law. The role of every earthly government including family government, church government, school government, vocational government, and civil government is to submit to Biblical law.”

My Comment
God’s law is the divine pattern of sanctification? What does that mean? Where are they getting this?

GOD’s WORD

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”—1 Corinthians 1:30

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”—John 17:17, 19

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.“—Ephesians 5:26

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1 Thessalonians 5:23

“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”—Hebrews 13:12

chalcedon.edu/vision
“No government in any form can make men Christians or truly obedient; this is the work of God’ sovereign grace. Much less should civil government try to impose Biblical law on an unbelieving society. Biblical law cannot be imposed; it must be embraced.”

My Comment
How do you embrace Biblical law? Maybe their mind needs to be renewed to think Jesus’ way. What job does the Holy Spirit have in their theology?

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”—Jeremiah 17:9

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”—Matthew 22:37–40

My Comment
I was 31 years old before I understood that it was impossible for me to obey Matthew 22:37, 38. In fact, that is the point of the law—I can’t keep it. No one can. When I realized my heart is desperately wicked, I confessed my sin and accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for my sin. Then the Holy Spirit put/s the right desires in my heart. I need the Holy Spirit to help me.

chalcedon.edu/credo
“But the God who justifies also sanctifies, and sanctification means progressive obedience to God’s requirements, His law of the Old and New Testaments.”

My Comment
What is progressive obedience? Where did they find these terms? Where is the Holy Spirit in their “theology?” I am going to include a number of Bible verses related to the Holy Spirit. At the end are verses telling the fruit of the world Kingdom and the fruit of God’s Kingdom. Be a fruit inspector.

The WORD of GOD

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”—Romans 8:14

“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”—Galatians 3:2, 3, 5<

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged…when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me...”—John 16:7–14

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.“—Galatians 5:16–18

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”—Galatians 5:19–21

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”—Galatians 5:22–26

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4G: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 5 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

5. The belief that the Gentile church replaces Israel, and with it the thought that it is the church’s responsibility to bring in or advance the Kingdom of God.

It was difficult for me to discern from the chalcedon site exactly what they believe about Israel. Both Reconstructionist and Reformed thought (which thinking is supported on the site) believe that the church has replaced Israel,
so I am inclined to think that the folk at chalcedon.edu also believe that the church has replaced Israel.

It seems to me that there is a relationship between thinking that the church has replaced Israel and the idea that therefore the church needs to live under the Old Testament laws and ways and that it is their job to be bringing in the Kingdom get people to obey God’s law so the kingdom is ready for Jesus. (Not that this is biblical thought, just my observation of what has/is happening.)

chalcedon.edu/credo

“Because we strongly emphasize the authority of Biblical law, holding it to be a verbal description of God’s character, and because we hold that Biblical law should govern every area of man’s life and thought…”

“Because we believe that the Bible should apply to all of life, including the state; and because we believe that the Christian state should enforce Biblical civil law; and finally, because we believe that the responsibility of Christians is to exercise dominion in the earth for God’s glory…We do not believe that politics or the state are a chief sphere of dominion.

“…We believe in regeneration, not in revolution. Men are not changed fundamentally by politics, but by the power of God. Men’s hearts are changed by regeneration (Jn. 3:3). They are translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God’s dear Son (Col. 1:13). From that point, they progressively work to reorient their lives and every sphere they touch in terms of God’s holy, infallible Word. Long-term, pervasive social change is the result of extensive regeneration and obedience by the people of God. This means, of course, that there can be no Christian society of any significance or longevity unless a large number of its members are Christians.”

My Comment
Is this double talk? Why do they emphasis Biblical law? “They progressively work to reorient their lives?” Biblical law did not work for Israel. Why? Because their hearts were desperately wicked like ours. Why do they think Biblical law will work for Gentiles?

GOD says

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.“—Galatians 3:10–14

chalcedon.edu/credo
“We do believe that the state one day will be Christian, but this no way implies that the role of the state is to Christianize its citizens…Our objective, therefore, in supporting Christian political involvement is to scale down the massive state in Western democracies, reducing it to its Biblical limits…”

My comment
One day the state will be Christian? How are they going to reduce Western democracies to their biblical limits? Is that in the Bible?

The Ministry of Chalcedon
“We believe that the whole Word of God must be applied to all of life. It is not only our duty as individuals, families and churches to be Christian, but it is also the duty of the state, the school, the arts and sciences, law, economics, and every other sphere to be under Christ the King. Nothing is exempt from His dominion. We must live by His Word, not our own.”

My Comment
Where is this in the Bible? God fills us with His Holy Spirit so we can tell other sinners that Jesus will rescue them from hell, too. We are not told to bring the state, school, arts under the dominion of Jesus. This group has also torqued the meaning of the word “dominion” as it is in the Bible. See a past blog: dominion-theology-and-reconstructionists/

This is what God says in His BOOK

“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.“—Romans 10:2–4

“For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.“—Isaiah 9:16

“But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.”—Isaiah 41:8, 9

“But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.“—Isaiah 43:1

“Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.”—Isaiah 44:21, 22

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.“—Isaiah 49:16

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4F: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 4 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

4. Greek thought and the intellect elevated; man’s words and traditions given equal status with the Bible.
The belief from Aquinas that the intellect, mind or reason was not affected by our sin nature explains some of the emphasis on scholasticism, intellectualism, and elevation of man’s mind and reason.

chalcedon.edu/credo
“…The highest point of scholarship in the medieval world was within the bosom of the church; and although it was defective at certain key points, it was at least an attempt at intellectual reverence for God. The scholarship of the Reformation was even more rigorously Biblical, and this was no less true of the Reformation’s successors…”

“…The Bible itself is a revelation of ideas as much as it is words; it is not a collection of isolated words, but of words that are divinely inspired and arranged to set forth ideas. Biblical revelation is propositional: it comes to us in words and sentences, conveying thought. To say that we should dismiss ideas and the work of scholarship is really to say that we should dismiss God’s written revelation. One is deeply impressed, for example, with the wide scholarship of men like the Apostle Paul, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Kuyper, Van Til, and many others. But this scholarship, in every case, springs from a simple faith — faith in the sovereign, Triune God and the authority of the Word of God. Scholarship is an instrument in the service of the advancement of the Faith and of Christ’s kingdom. Scholarship is not central to the Faith, but a vigorous Faith requires scholarship. It is this sort of scholarship to which Chalcedon is dedicated.”

chalcedon.edu/vision
“First, Chalcedon is committed to recovering the intellectual foundations of Christian civilization.”

My Comment
Why is there such a focus and emphasis on scholarship and the need to justify it? Why is Apostle Paul, who wrote so much of the New Testament, included with others who did not write scripture. Where is this in the Bible: “Intellectual foundations of Christian civilization?”

Just the BOOK

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.“—1 Corinthians 3:11

“…we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”—1 Corinthians 8:1

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”—2 Corinthians 11:3

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness.“—1 Corinthians 1:23

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
—Luke 1:77–79

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”—Ephesians 5:6

“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.“—Romans 16:18

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.“—Isaiah 29:13

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wiseThat no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
—1 Corinthians 1:27–31

“For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.”—Isaiah 47:10

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4E: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 3 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

3. The Church becomes the focus instead of Jesus Christ.

chalcedon.edu/conference
“If the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is to bring transformation to this world, it must return without compromise to the tenets of the Reformed faith.”

“Only the God-centered theology of the reformation can supply the resources necessary for godly reconstruction.”

My Comment
Where does it say in the Bible that the Church is responsible to bring transformation to this world? We preach Christ and Him crucified because there is a coming judgment and we want people to be rescued.

We don’t want to return to the Reformed faith, but to the Bible. It does not hinge on us or our theology. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can change our hearts.

chalcedon.edu/vision
“In the way we guide Christians in the task of governing their own spheres of life in terms of the entire Bible: in family, church, school, vocation, arts, economics, business, media, the state, and all other areas of modern life.”

My Comment
This is Worldview/Reconstructionist thinking—reclaiming the culture. I thought Jesus was the head of the church and His Holy Spirit and God’s Word gave us direction. People need to be redeemed, not the spheres of our life.

chalcedon.edu/vision
“Historically, therefore, the Chalcedonian creed is the foundation of Western liberty, setting limits on all authoritarian human institutions by acknowledging the validity of the claims of the One who is the source of all human freedom (Galatians 5:1)”

My Comment
A creed is the foundation of Western liberty? Notice part of the problem with the Creed showing up here? Because the Holy Spirit is not a player in the Chalcedon Creed, this group seems to take on the job of the Holy Spirit. (more on this later)

From the BOOK

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”—2 Corinthians 4:5

“…Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”—Colossians 1:27, 28

“And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, “Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”—Ephesians 1:22, 23