Did Paul tell Timothy in I Timothy 3:2 that anyone who aspired to be a bishop must be married? This short video is a biblical perspective concerning the topic of bishops being married.
In the book of Revelation Jesus dictates to John the Apostle 7 letters to 7 churches and in these letters Jesus said that there is a false doctrine or a false system of belief that He hates. He refers to this as the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. In this video we will do a brief study on the meaning of the word Nicolaitans to discover what it actually is that Jesus declared he hated.
As former Catholics we are concerned mostly about equipping other former Catholics concerning the difference in what we were taught as Catholics versus what the Bible teaches. We are Bible teachers not because we wanted to be, but because God called us to be teachers of His Holy Word.
Contrary to what we were taught as Catholics that man’s tradition equals God’s word,(declared as dogma in 1545 at the counsel of Trent) God’s word clearly says man’s tradition voids God’s Word: (cf Matthew 15:1-9, Mark 7:1-9, Col 2:8, Isaiah 29:11-14)
5 The Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?”
6 And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS ,
BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME .
7 ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME ,
TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN .’
8 “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
Growing up Catholic our time of study was given to Catechism with no Bibles present and our time of devotion was centered mostly around the Virgin Mary and many so-called saints. Now after many years of intense personal and group Bible study, we as Ex-Catholics are focused on what God has said, rather than the Catholic Catechism.
The Bible clearly reveals God’s Word from the beginning and informs us that God will share His glory with no man and we are not to give any devotion to any other creature besides His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Man’s tradition has clearly exalted the “creature”, Mary, to equal her Son the “Creator” in every capacity and in some cases trump over Him. This the Bible, God’s Word, does not do and this is one of the major reasons we are Ex-Catholics today.
Because we were Catholics, this website will inform you about Catholic teaching that is contrary to what the Bible says. We hope and pray that the truth of Jesus’ Word as he says in John 8:31-32 will set you free from all man made tradition and allow you to enter into the Kingdom of God today. This is a spiritual kingdom that cannot be seen with the human eyes. That is why Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:1-8, “you must be born again of spirit in order to enter and see the Kingdom.” Also, Peter who Catholics say was the first pope declares in I Peter 1:23, “for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable, but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.”
May God give you spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear is our prayer for you today.
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As a former catholic who had not read the Bible, but was taught the catechism of the RCC. Like many boys growing up we had thoughts of becoming priests. I myself gave it serious thought, but I was hindered by the requirement of learning Latin and being celibate for life. Approaching the age of 30, I decided to read a New Testament Bible given to me at Fatima Church in the 1970s. Reading the book of 1 Timothy chapter 3, I was taken back by the words that addressed the requirement of a “Bishop”. It said that they must be married to one wife and have successful results in raising their own children before they could be trusted to lead the household of God. As I began reading the next chapter it clearly said that a doctrine of devils or demons would be established in the last days forbidding men to marry and advocating abstaining from meat. It was clear to me at that point that not eating meat on Friday, as we were taught, and priest not allowed to marry was a lie of Satan and not a doctrine of God’s Word. Recently a catholic priest fell in love with a woman in Florida and left the RCC to marry her. His action was declared a great scandal against the “church”. Sadly, what God’s Word declared that men must be married to oversee His church has been called a scandal by the Roman Catholic Church. Go fIgure…
A Comment from an ExCatholic…who became a Bible student
After reading the gospels for the very first time I realized that something was very wrong with the Good Friday teaching of Jesus death. Jesus said that the only sign that He was allowing the unbelieving Jews to see was that the son of man would be in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights; Matthew 12:38-40. Being a math student It was easy to detect the error of the Good Friday teaching we were taught as Catholics. I am amazed that the so called one true church could be teaching such an obvious error. After a little study in the old testament it was clear that there were special Sabbaths that were observed by the Jews according to the ceremonial law. What amazes me is that all these high minded hierarchy that are in Rome never caught this error. The scripture clearly says Jesus rose on the first day of the week which was Sunday so Jesus had to die on a Thursday with the special sabbath starting at 6 P.M. on Thursday evening. The scripture reference for this special sabbath is found in the Old Testament book of Leviticus chapter 23.
The following is a comment from an ex catholic viewer. We definitely feel that this is a post everyone should read. We know that most Catholics can relate to this comment:
The problem is Catholics are not encouraged to read the bible. In fact, I remember when I was in catechism years ago, we were told if we read the bible it would make us go crazy! Now, i know the reason why we were told not to read it, they were afraid we would find the truth. Till this day MOST Catholics I know have never read the bible!!!
If they believe it is the word of God then why are they not encouraged to read it? Why do they not bring bibles to church to read scripture from or to check to see if what the priest talks about during his homily, comes from scripture? That is because they just rely on this man and believe he is all knowing!!! Priests, pastors, ministers, etc, are only human just like you and I. Yes, they have been called to preach the word(some of them) but they sin just like you and I. They are not infallible! Everything your minister says should be checked with the word of GOD. this also goes for confessing to a man!
How can you possibly believe that a man who sins the same as you do, can forgive you of your sins!!! That is ludicrous!!! Only God can forgive you of your sins! In fact many of my Catholic family and friends no longer go to confession! Also, many that claim to be great Catholics break about every man made rule the Catholics have. Here are a few:
1. MOST OF MY CATHOLIC LADY FRIENDS TAKE OR TOOK THE PILL
2. MANY OF MY CATHOLIC FRIENDS THAT ARE DIVORCED GO TO COMMUNION AFTER REMARRYING, WITHOUT ANNULMENTS
3. SPEAKING ABOUT ANNULMENTS, HOW RIDICULOUS IS THAT! I KNOW SOME PERSONALLY WHO HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND GET AN ANNULMENT. WHAT DOES THAT MAKE THE KIDS? YEP, ILLEGITIMATE!!!!
4. MOST I KNOW, DO NOT GO TO CONFESSION
5. MANY I KNOW, THAT SERVE AS EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS ARE ADULTERERS , DRUNKS, WIFE ABUSERS, AND DIVORCEES
6. MANY GET MARRiED OUT OF THE CHURCH…YIKES!!! YOU SEE THEY ARE TOLD THEIR MARRIAGE IS NOT BLESSED IF THEY DO NOT MARRY IN THE CHURCH, PUTTING THEM UNDER UNNECESSARY CONDEMNATION
7. NOT TO MENTION THE NUMBER OF PRIESTS THAT HAVE BECOME PEDOPHILES BECAUSE THEY CANNOT MARRY!! MANY HAVE LEFT THE CHURCH FOR THIS REASON, THEY WANT TO BE MARRIED INSTEAD OF LIVING THE SINFUL LIFE AS A PEDOPHILE
I could go on and on but it would take up too much room on this page! I have had some catholics reply to me when I speak of the above that those that break these rules are not TRUE CATHOLICS!!!! Well from my observation 95% of the Catholics I know are not TRUE Catholics! No, they just do not know the truth, they continue to try to live the Catholic tradition and not the biblical truth. My prayer is that they seek
God with an open heart and get set free from the traditions of men!