The Sign of the Cross
I have decided to quote from a Catholic Web site about “The Sign of the Cross” because of the BLATANT MISCONCEPTIONS of just why we as true believers are against this “MARK of the Beast Church Sign”
Bryant Burroughs says:”Despite their rebellion against the Catholic Church (IT WAS ACTUALLY A RUNNING AWAY FROM FALSE DOCTRINE) five centuries ago, Protestants agree with Catholics in recognizing the cross as the unique symbol of Christianity. Many place the symbol of the cross upon their Bibles, pulpits, steeples, and car bumpers.
Yet most Protestants reject the idea of placing the sign of the cross upon themselves. This rejection fails to recognize that the sign of the cross is an ancient and scriptural help to Christians.
The sign of the cross reflects biblical reality. The cross of Christ is the crossroads of history and the central event of Scripture. Just as in the Church year Good Friday stands between Advent and Easter, so the Crucifixion stands between the Incarnation and the Resurrection.
Scripture teaches that the purpose of the birth of the Son of God was to die. He came to redeem, ransom, and restore a people–his church. We should place the cross on ourselves as a reminder of the reality of the Crucifixion.”
THIS IS WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN…BUT HERE GOES, IN THE FIRST PLACE THE STATEMENT “Protestants agree with Catholics in recognizing the cross as the unique symbol of Christianity.” This is ONLY partly true,because I and thousands of other believers DO NOT AGREE THAT THE “CROSS” is the symbol of Christianity RATHER it is the symbol of “False Worship” to OTHER gods, it WAS NEVER the representation of our faith..OTHERWISE WHY DID THE ROMANS USE IT BEFORE CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE BEGAN? WHY? BECAUSE “THE SIGN OF THE CROSS” EXISTED LONG BEFORE ROME BORROWED IT TO USE AS A TORTURE DEVISE?
You see Rome would have you believe these things because they believe you are not SMART ENOUGH to search for yourself to find answers! He says that : ” Many(“Protestants”) place the symbol of the cross upon their Bibles, pulpits, steeples, and car bumpers.”
Is this to say that because MANY CATHOLICS believe what many Protestants believe that,that in itself is a reason to KNOW IT IS TRUE…I SURE HOPE NOT. BECAUSE THAT OPENS THE DOOR FOR FALSE DOCTRINE’S TO FLOW LIKE A RIVER! Let’s get real my Catholic friend,the BIBLE and the Bible ALONE are our guide to KNOW TRUTH; NOT WHAT OTHERS HAVE DONE THROUGHOUT HISTORY. What SOME protestants are doing to validate the BEAST TODAY proves NOTHING but their Ignorance of truth! “Yet most Protestants reject the idea of placing the sign of the cross upon themselves. This rejection fails to recognize that the sign of the cross is an ancient and scriptural help to Christians.The sign of the cross reflects biblical reality. ” As Alexander Hislop stated very clearly in his book :“The cross was the unequivocal symbol of Bacchus, the Babylonian Messiah, for he was represented with a head-band covered with crosses.
The cross, is the ultimate stolen sign of the temporary triumph-over of the One True God by the universal but end-time Babylonian form of worship which will flood the world (Revelation 18).”Wow,what a Biblical REALITY THAT IS! No argument from Catholics is ever going to eliminate thousands of years of history in Paganisms False Worship…now is it? Bishop Alexander Hislop notes “that the cross as an idol is the ultimate confession of loss of faith in the Savior who triumphed over the cross.” This is interesting…note the statement:”who triumphed over the cross. ” NOW LISTEN, IF THE CROSS WERE OUR SYMBOL TO BE VENERATED AND USED AS A “SIGN TO CROSS OURSELVES” WHY WOULD YESHUA NEED TO TRIUMPH OVER IT? THE ANSWER IS VERY SIMPLE,THE CROSS WAS A SYMBOL OF ALL THAT YESHUA CAME TO OVERCOME..SIN,DEATH,SICKNESS,DISEASE,EVIL…THE CROSS OF YESHUA IS A PICTURE OF SATAN’S ESSENCE AS AN EVIL OPPOSITE OF GOD’S PICTURE AS A LOVING FATHER! Yeshua came to BECOME ON THE CROSS WHAT SATAN WAS…THE EMBODIMENT OF PURE EVIL,THAT IS WHY THE FATHER TURNED HIS HEAD FROM HIM AT THE CROSS,BECAUSE HE BECAME PURE EVIL TO DELIVER US FROM IT!
To say that such superstitious feeling for the sign of the cross, such worship as Rome pays to a wooden or a metal cross, ever grew out of the saying of Paul, “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”–that is, in the doctrine of Christ crucified–is a mere absurdity, a shallow subterfuge and pretense. The magic virtues attributed to the so-called signthe worship bestowed on it, never came from such a source.
When Paul choose to “know only Christ and Him crucified” he did not say “preach only Christ and Him crucified.” His message was that a believer should submit as Christ (God) submitted Himself to the cruel cross. However, Paul did not glory in the execution of Christ.
The same sign of the cross that Rome now worships was used in the Babylonian Mysteries, it was applied by Paganism to the same magic purposes, was honored with the same honors. ” We should place the cross on ourselves as a reminder of the reality of the Crucifixion.” WHY? Shouldn’t we rather place the cross in it’s proper perspective as the place of the DEATH OF OUR SINFUL LIFESTYLES and FALSE WORSHIP OF IDOLS? This is where God would have us REPENT not live our lives, we are to MOVE ON TO THE EMPTY TOMB away from mere symbols that give a sense of ” religious euphoria” and belonging to a group of FELLOW BELIEVER’S WHO THINK & ACT LIKE US (SOUNDS LIKE ROBOTS TO ME!) The church DOES NOT need symbols of reality, SHE NEEDS THE REALITY WITHIN THE SYMBOL: YESHUA TOOK THE PUNISHMENT FOR US SO WE DO NOT NEED TO RE-LIVE THE PAIN OVER & OVER AGAIN! Protestants are as GUILTY OF FALSE WORSHIP AS CATHOLICS ARE SO WE CAN FIND NO SOLACE IN QUOTING THE REFORMERS ABOUT THE “Sign or Mark of the Beast”It may be asked: If the sign of the cross is rooted in biblical reality, why have “Bible-believing” Protestants rejected the sign?
The answer lies in the Reformation principle of sola scriptura. Nothing not explicitly mentioned in Scripture is to be accepted. Protestants cling fiercely to this principle even though it isn’t itself mentioned in Scripture. The Bible states over & over again that it and it alone is the sole authority NOT TRADITIONS OF MEN…GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!) Catholics reject the principle and look to TRADITIONS to explain biblical truth. This same Church has taught the usefulness of the sign of the cross for centuries:
The early Christian apologist Tertullian wrote, “In all our travels and movements, in all our coming in and going out, in putting on our shoes, at the bath, at the table, in lighting our candles, in lying down, in sitting down, whatever employment occupies us, we mark our forehead with the sign of the cross.” THIS DOES NOT MAKE FALSE DOCTRINE RIGHT JUST BECAUSE THE EARY CHURCH FATHERS WERE NOT YET AWARE OF IT’S ROOTS,IT WAS TO THEIR DISADVANTAGE!