“You were bought with a price: do not become slaves of men.”  – Paul

This book is written by a priest in the 1800’s.  The abuse of power, exercised in the name of God, is not unique to the church of Rome.  I have seen the movement towards obedience to men, rather than the pure freedom, found only in living in the light of the God of all creation, within evangelical Protestant churches.  And it is not only Catholics who protect sexual abusers within their clergy; all religious groups have been found guilty of that disgusting and terrible hypocrisy.  Back in the early ’70s, I came to within one day of quitting my bank job to join the Jesus People movement.  God spared me from a horrid cult where a leader emerged who called himself ‘Moses David’, and he got away with gagging abuse of his deluded followers.

There is to be structure and order within the people of God.  But when leadership becomes delusional and sees itself as being on a par with God, terrible things happen.  And even Bible-believers lose sight of our wonderful Lord when they suppress their common sense  to obey mere mortals who go bad.

Never give your mind over to the control of another human being.   The slave and the prisoner who refuse to shut down their God-given brains are more free than healthy, wealthy cowards who compromise their own integrity for the glories of this world.

The Apostle Paul wrote:  “Follow me,  AS I FOLLOW CHRIST”.  Follow good leaders who do follow the Master.  But don’t follow them when they take their eyes off the Lord and head for the gutter.

Highly recommended: Charles Chiniquy’s book, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome.

If you look to buy it online, you’re likely to get only an abridged version (unless you pay big bucks for a rare edition).

But the whole thing in its original form can be viewed here:

https://books.google.ca/books?id=AhU3AAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

and a present-day expose of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, by Colm O’Gorman, who finally found help in the secular BBC…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGi8zZ8OheI

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