“…giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry…” (1 Tim.4:2,3).
“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife” (1 Tim.3:2).
“…having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices” (2 Pet.2:14).
“But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn” (1 Cor.7:9).
“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Rev.18:2).
The Roman Catholic institution has weathered many great storms over the centuries. Regrettably, it will weather this one. But even so, not for a very long time has it been buffeted by so severe a storm as this. The ongoing scandals swirling around the heads of hundreds of Roman Catholic priests, bishops, archbishops and cardinals have rocked the Roman religion to its foundations, shaken or destroyed the faith of many Roman Catholics in their “church”, and revealed once again, but this time on an international scale, the filthiness of this Great Whore which masquerades as the Bride of Christ.
The great tragedy in this whole sordid and disgusting business is the suffering inflicted on multitudes of children molested by priests. Roman Catholic parents innocently entrusted their children to the care of these men, and they were molested by them. Our hearts go out to these poor, deceived people. O may the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, shine unto many of them! May many come to know the blessed and all-glorious Son of God as Lord and Saviour!
In our magazine, over the years, we have often reported on the sexual sins of the priests and bishops of Rome. We have done so in order to show that, for all its claims, Roman Catholicism is a religion of immense wickedness, its priests hiding behind a mask of piety but all the while committing abominations of all types, even with children. This is because, in the first place, its priests are unregenerated, blinded souls, spiritually dead in trespasses and sins, so that they act according to their depraved natures: “having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices” (2 Pet.2:14).
In the second place, the doctrine of enforced celibacy, which the Bible calls a demonic doctrine (1 Tim.4:1-3), actually feeds the depraved lusts of these men. For one purpose for which the Lord ordained marriage is so that men may avoid fornication (1 Cor.7:2,9). But Rome’s priests are forbidden to marry, and their sinful natures give vent to acts of fornication, sodomy, etc. As we wrote in Issue No.94: “When, many centuries ago, Rome introduced this doctrine [enforced celibacy], it unleashed a tide of immoral filth upon the world. The priests, monks, and nuns of Rome are forbidden to marry, and because of the depravity of men, this unnatural law has resulted in terrible crimes being committed. Celibacy is a gift given to some of Christ’s true followers (Matt.19:12); but Romanists are not true Christians, and thus while multiplied thousands have this rule imposed on them by their so-called “Church”, they do not have the divine grace to keep it. ‘It is better to marry than to burn’ with lust (1 Cor.7:9)” (Shaun Willcock, The Bible Based Ministries Magazine, Issue No.94, July-October 2001. Bible Based Ministries, South Africa).
And then in the third place, the doctrine of auricular confession, whereby the priest hears, in detail, the sins of all his parishioners whispered into his ear, serves only to inflame his lust and morally defile him. The confessional-box has been the downfall of countless numbers of priests. For there, in that little, secret enclosure, Papists confide in the priest, telling him in detail about their sins (including their sexual sins). He is able to penetrate the deepest, darkest corners of their souls with his questions, and to get them to tell him things which it would be better he never heard. Lust is stirred up within him, and he burns with it as a result of hearing such things; but after he leaves the confessional-box, he returns, not to a loving wife, but to his lonely house, where his depraved nature feeds upon the things he has heard through the lonely hours of the night. Is it any wonder that so many priests give in to their sinful natures, and commit all kinds of sexual abominations? No mortal man can hear the things the priest hears, day after day, and not be morally corrupted by them.