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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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Christ raised up the Church of God to stand back of the pro–
claiming of His gospel message by His apostles in
A.D.
31. By
A.D.
33, after a most amazing initial growth, a great persecution
set in against God's Church (Acts 8: 1). At that time,
A.D.
33, this
Simon the Sorcerer was himself baptized along with multitudes of
others. He then tried to buy an apostleship in God's Church from
the apostles Peter and John - but of course was refused and
rebuked.
Thereupon this Simon appropriated the
NAME
of Christ, call–
ing his Babylonian mystery religion "Christianity." Satan moved
this man and used him as his instrument to persecute and all
but destroy the true Church of God. Before the end of the first
century - probably by
A.D.
70 - he managed to suppress the
message Christ had brought from God.
There ensued "the lost century" in the history of the true
Church of God. There was a well-organized conspiracy to blot out
all record of Church history during that period. A hundred years
later, history reveals a "Christianity" utterly unlike the Church
Christ founded.
lt
had taken the
NAME
of Christ and applied it to the Babylo–
nian mystery religion. It had replaced the
MESSAGE
Jesus brought
from God with a "gospel"
about
the person of Christ - proclaim–
ing the Messenger but suppressing the entire missing dimension
from His message.
And for at leas/ eighteen and one-half centuries the true gospel
was not proclaimed to the world.
"Another Gospel" Gains Acceptance
By about
A.D.
58, when the apostle Paul wrote his letter to the
Galatians, many already were turning to this now new counterfeit
"gospel."
Paul wrote:
"1
marvel that ye are so soon removed from him
that called you into the grace of Christ
unto another gospel:
which
is not another [it was
not
good news]; but there be sorne that
trouble you,
and wouldpervertthe gospel ofChrist"
(Gal. 1:6-7).
To the Thessalonians, about
A.D.
54, Paul wrote, "For the
mystery ofiniquity
doth already work ..."
(11
Thes. 2:7).
lt
was the
Babylonian mystery religion, started by Simon the Sorcerer (Acts