|Many Albigenses and Waldenses
fell victims to the Inquisition. But their numbers in southern
France were so great that the task of destroying them was too big
for the Inquisition. Then the popes resorted to other
measures. They preached a crusade against the heretics.
Some of the nobles responded to the call of the popes. They
marched at the head of their armies into southern France. For
twenty years, "blood flowed like water." The country
was devastated by war of the most savage kind. What had been
the fairest province of France was turned into a wilderness, and its
cities into ruins. The Albigenses were rooted out.
The Waldenses found a place of refuge in
the high valleys of the Alps. They still live there today. At
the time of the reformation they accepted its teachings and became
Protestants. Of the Christians who broke away from the Roman
Catholic Church during the Middle Ages, they are the only group that
has survived to the present time...
When money was needed to finance the
expensive cultural tastes of he Popes, indulgences were sold.
John Tetzel was the first seller of them in AD 1190. The
system pleased the church and the sale of indulgences was a source
of huge income. It kept money flowing into the pope's coffers.
Tetzel, an eloquent Dominican Friar and
high-pressure salesman, was peddling indulgences in an unusually
scandalous manner near the Saxony border in the neighborhood of
Wittenberg. In his sales talks he said, "The moment you
hear your money drop in the box, the soul of your mother will jump
out of purgatory." In other words, When the gold in
the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs!
John Tetzel Selling
|AD 1233 The Inquisition
When scholarly debate did not stop the tide of
dissent within the church, force began to be used. THE
The Inquisition was a traveling court of the
church. It turned the "guilty" over to secular powers for
punishment. Since the church controlled these rulers, it was
successful in executing thousands...
One million Jews were torn apart on the rack
because they were "heretics" (so judged by the RCC) who would
not accept the Trinity and submit to the Pope's authority.
The Dark Ages:
+ Sprinkling of
+ Communion believed
to impart the life of Christ
+ Confession to man
took the place of repentance to God
+ Doctrine of
purgatory taught (a second chance after death)
+ Light hidden for
1200 years, and true salvation lost!
|AD 1309 - 1377 Babylon
This period of church history is so dark that it
has been called the "Babylonian Captivity" of the church.
The Papacy moved at this time from Rome to
There were three popes at one time! (1)
Pretender in Rome (2) Pope in Avignon (3) Newly
elected Pope by Council
The cry for
reformation of the church was growing louder due to:
+ The immorality of
the Popes and priests who often had mistresses
+ The secularization
of a church that was amassing huge land holdings through Simony
+ Heavy papal taxes
paid to Italy
+ Resentment of kings
and lords toward the political interference of the church in their affairs
+ The conflicting
papal decrees and excommunications issued from multiple popes
+ A heartfelt cry for
It is important to remember
here that the MEDIEVAL PERIOD was from AD 500 - AD 1300
AD 1300 -
AD 1517 -
Light Begins To
|AD 1300 -
1500 Light Begins to Dawn!
As the Dark Ages
came to a close, the modern era of enlightenment began. It was
called the Renaissance (meaning, "Rebirth")
In AD 1320, Wycliffe produced
a translation of the Bible in English
A sincere Bohemian man,
Huss was burned at the stake in AD 1369 by the church, in ONE
OF HER MOST INFAMOUS ACTS. One of his last statements
was prophetic when he said, "You are roasting a poor
Bohemian goose, but in 100 years there will arise a swan whom
you will neither roast nor boil."
His prophecy was
fulfilled in the person of Martin Luther 100 years later!
|IN AD 1453 ,
CONSTANTINOPLE FELL TO THE TURKS
In Florence, Italy, a priest by the
name of Savonarola preached boldly against the wickedness of
his time. He did not spare pope Alexander VI. In
1498 he was hanged, and his body was burned.
From history we can find no fault in
this man. Evidently he was fiery for his faith in God
and promoted Righteousness; attacking especially the moral
abuses of his day. IT COST HIM HIS LIFE...
(AD 1467 - 1536)
|A Humanist who wanted to
reform the church from within, he published a Greek New
He was against prayer to saints, the
rosary, images and relics, the sale of indulgences, and what
he referred to as the "Brainless Monks."
AD 1517 The
At noon on October 31,
1517 Martin Luther posted his "95 Theses" in protest
of the sale of indulgences on the door of Palast Church in
Luther had enough
support that the reformation of the church was launched in
Disputation with Johann Eck.
Martin Luther in this debate
questioned the infallibility of Pope Leo X -
he was enraged!
Pope Leo X
Luther burns the
Enraged with Luther, the Pope
issued a Papal Bull (legal document demanding Luther be examined and
questioned) If the Pope ordered his writings to be burned,
then Luther decided to do something more... and
he did something more: On December 10, 1520, a large crowd of
students, professors, and citizens assembled outside the walls of
the city of Wittenberg. One of the professors kindled the
pile. Luther placed the books of canon law (church law) on the
burning wood. Then amid solemn silence Luther placed a copy of
the bull on the fire, and said: "As
thou hast wasted the Holy One of God, so may the eternal flames
waste thee." He waited until
the books and the bull were consumed. Then with his friends
and colleagues he returned to the town.
Luther was excommunicated -- the Pope
was furious and failed at apprehending Luther. In the end
result, Luther's success was due to the great favor he had in the
eyes of Prince Frederick who despised the Papal taxes and protected
him. Though to our knowledge, Luther and Prince Frederick
Luther felt he was going to his death at this Diet and wrote
to Melanchthon, a colleague at the university, "My dear
brother, if I do not come back, if my enemies put me to death,
you will go on teaching and standing fast in the truth; if you
live, my death will matter little."
Luther was cross examined at the Diet
of Worms, and tricked into saying that Huss had been unjustly
Luther's second appearance at the
Diet heard him say: "It is impossible for me to
recant unless I am proved to be wrong by the testimony of
Scripture. My conscience is bound to the Word of God.
It is neither safe nor honest to act against one's conscience.
Here I stand. God help me. I cannot do
the Diet of Worms
It was planned that Luther would be put to
death as a pestilent heretic. Prince Frederick had Luther
carried off to the Wartburg Castle, famed refuge of Luther in
Eisenach where Luther stayed for ten months while the storm quieted.
Luther was a volcano whose eruptions from 1517 to 1521 caused the
quakes which convulsed the Church, first in Germany, but soon also
in many other countries of Western Europe.
AD 1524 to AD 1515
The Peasant's War (an uprising
of the peasants in central and south Germany) took place at this
In this year, Luther's beliefs, were written by Melanchthon and
|During this time
Truth demands to be told. Tremendous
persecution of the Reformationists was carried out by the
Roman Catholic Church against those that 'protested' their version
of Christianity. The Reformationists 'protested' the dogmas,
rules, doctrines, and corruption of the Church at this time in
history. Thus they were called 'Protestants' - and
are stilled called Protestants to this day (meaning basically any
form of Christian faith that is not Roman Catholic) The
etymology of the name Protestant is derived from protest...
The Reformation Christians, or Protestants
as they came to be known, continued to hold some of the
doctrines of the Church Father Christianity. For example, the
formula for water baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy
Ghost and the concept of a triune God as well as other things which
are not listed here. Neither of these doctrines we have pinpointed
were held nor taught by the Apostles. Hence, Protestantism was not
Apostolic Christianity -- it was again, a developed Christianity.
(A French word) Who were
they? They were Protestants of France sought out by the
Roman Catholic Church and hunted down like animals. The
men were burned alive at stakes. The women and children
were drowned or buried alive...
||A new torture was devised
about this time, a device to lift the victim in and out of the
fire, roasting him alive slowly instead of burning him all at
once. Now where in France was a Protestant safe...
|Torture was widespread in
an effort to make Protestants confess their heresies.
Untold atrocities were committed in the name of the Church.
Many were beheaded and their heads raised on long poles and
paraded through the streets by riders on horseback against a
backdrop of martyrs burning alive at stakes, screams from
torture chambers and dungeons...
Persecution of Christians has been
carried on down through the centuries. We are now told
that in the last century (the 1900's) more Christians were
martyred and/or murdered than in all other centuries put