1. Prayer for the dead and the sign of the cross. (It's death, then judgment: Heb.9:7; Rev.20:12-15, 21:8)
2. Wax candles used in church. (No place in the bible are they used except as a light source in the old testament tabernacle which had no windows)
3. Veneration of saints and angels (forbidden Col.2:18)
4. The mass adopted as a daily celebration (Jesus died once for all men. Heb.7:27; 9:12, 25-28; 10:1-4, 10-14.)
5. The worship of Mary and use of the term "mother of god", originated at the council of Ephesus. (This puts Mary above god. worship of anyone or thing other than god is forbidden. ex.20:3-5; 34:14; isa.2:8). Nowhere in scripture is Mary shown to be any different or other than any other woman. the only difference is her being chosen to be the one by which Jesus would come into the world. Mary called Jesus her savior, she could not be saved with him, as all others. Lk.1:47.
6. Priests began dressing differently than the laity
7. The doctrine of purgatory established by Gregory the great (There is only 2 places mentioned in the bible where men go after death; [paradise and hell before the cross], heaven and hell after the cross: Lk.16:19-31; 23:43)
8. The Latin language to be used for worship and prayer in church imposed by pope Gregory I (forbidden 1Cor.14:9)
9. The practice of directing prayers to Mary or dead saints. Jesus told us to pray to the father in his name. no place in scripture gives such an example. jn.14:13-14; 15:16
10. The title of pope of universal bishop was first been given to the bishop of Rome by the wicked emperor Phocas. (He did this to spite bishop Ciriacus of Constantinople, who had justly excommunicated him for his having caused the assassination of his predecessor emperor Mauritius. Gregory I, then bishop of Rome, refused the title, but his successor, Boniface iii, first assumed title "pope." Jesus did not appoint peter to the headship of the apostles [Mt.23:6-12; Lk.22:24-26; Eph.1:22-23; Col.1:18; 1 Cor.3:11] nor is there any mention in history, that peter ever was in Rome, much less that he was pope there for 25 years. Clement, 3rd bishop of Rome, remarks that there is no real 1st century evidence that peter ever was in Rome.)
11. The kissing of the popes feet, a pagan custom (kissing the feet of emperors). scripture forbids such practices. Acts 10:25-26; Rev.19:10; 22:9.
12. The temporal power of the pope. (When Pepin, the usurper of the throne of France, descended into Italy, called by pope Stephen ii, to war against the Italian Lombards, he defeated them and gave the city of Rome and surrounding territory to the pope. Jesus expressly forbade such a thing, and he himself refused worldly kingship. Matt.4:8-9; 20:25-28; John 6:15; 18:36-38.)
13. Worship of cross, of images and relics was authorized. (This was by order of dowager empress Irene of Constantinople, who first caused to pluck the eyes of her own son, Constantine vi, and then called a church council at the request of Hadrian i, pope of Rome at that time. such practices are idolatry. Lev.26:1; Numb.33:52.)
14. Holy water mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by the priest was authorized.
15. The veneration of St. Joseph began. (This is idolatry. verses in #9 and #13 above.)
16. The baptism of bells was instituted by pope John xiv.
17. Canonization of dead saints, first by pope John xv. (Being a saint has to do with being sanctified, set apart to the lord, as his. all true believers are saints, and men don't select them. 1 Cor.1:2; 2 Cor.2:1; eph.1:1; phil.1:1; col.1:2. These letters were not written to dead saints.)
18. Fasting on Fridays and during lent were imposed. (Imposed by popes said to be interested in the commerce of fish. (bull, or permit to ear meat), some authorities say, began in the year 700. this is against the plain teaching of scripture. Matt.15:10-11; 1 Cor.10:25-26; 1 Tim.4:1-5.)
19. The mass was developed gradually as a sacrifice; attendance made obligatory in the 11th century. the bible teaches the sacrifice of Christ was offered once and for all, and is not to be repeated, but only commemorated in the lord's supper. Heb.7:27; 9:12, 25-28; 10:1-4; 10-14.
20. The celibacy of the priesthood was decreed by pope Hildebrand, Boniface vii. (Jesus imposed no such rule, nor did any of the apostles. on the contrary, St. peter was a married man, and St. Paul says that bishops were to have wife and children. Matt.8:14-15; 1 Tim.3:2,5,12; 4:1-3; Titus 1:5-6.)
21. The rosary, or prayer beads was introduced by peter the hermit (copied from Hindus and mohammedans). (The counting of prayers is a pagan practice and is expressly condemned by Christ. Mt.6:5-13. )
22. The inquisition of heretics was instituted by the council of Verona (Jesus never taught the use of force to spread the gospel but instead to love our enemies: Mt.5:44)
23. The sale of indulgence, commonly regarded as a purchase of forgiveness and a permit to indulge in sin, began. (Christianity, as taught in the bible, condemns such a thing, and is was the protest against such traffic that brought on the Protestant reformation in the 16th century.)
24. The dogma of transubstantiation was decreed by pope innocent III. (By this doctrine the priest pretends to perform a daily miracle by changing a wafer into the body of Christ, and then he pretends to eat Him alive in the presence of his people during mass. the bible condemns such absurdities; for the lord's supper is simply a memorial of the sacrifice of Christ. Lk.22:19-20; John 6:35; 1 Cor.11:26. )
25. Confession of sins to the priest at least once a year was instituted by pope innocent iii, in the lateran council. (The bible tells us to confess our sins directly to god. psa.51:1-10; Lk.7:48; 15:21; John 1:8-9.)
26. The adoration of the wafer (host) was decreed by pope Honorius so the roman church worships a god made by human hands. This is plain idolatry and contrary to the spirit of the gospel john 4:24. decreed.
27. The bible forbidden to laymen and placed in the index of forbidden books by the council of Valencia. (Jesus commanded that the scriptures should by read by all. John 5:39; 1 Tim.3:15-17.)
28. The scapular was invented by Simon stock (English monk) .(It is a piece of brown cloth, with the picture of the virgin and supposed to contain supernatural virtue to protect from all dangers those who wear it on naked skin. this is fetishism.)
29. The roman church forbade the cup to the laity, by instituting the communion of one kind in the council of Constance. (The bible commands us to celebrate the lord's supper with unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine. Matt.26:27; 1 Cor.11:26-29.)
30. The doctrine of purgatory was proclaimed as a dogma of faith by council of Florence. (There is not one word in the bible that would teach the purgatory of priests. the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sins. 1 John 1:7-9; 2:1-2; John 5:24; Romans 8:1.)
31. The doctrine of sacraments affirmed. (The bible says that Christ instituted only two ordinances, baptism and the lord's supper. Mt.28:19-20; 26:26-28.)
32. The Ave Maria, part of the last half . (It was completed 50 years afterward and finally approved by pope Sixus v, a the end of the 16th century.)
33. The council of Trent, declared that tradition is of equal authority with the bible. (By tradition is meant human teachings. The Pharisees believed the same way, and Jesus condemned them, for by teaching human tradition, they nullified the commandments of god. Mk.7:7-13; col.2:8; rev.22:18.)
34. The apocryphal books were added to the bible also by the council of Trent (books not recognized as canonical by the Jewish church). Rev.22:8-9.
35. The creed of pope Pius iv was imposed as the official creed 1560 years after Christ and the apostles.
36. The immaculate conception of the virgin mary was proclaimed by pope pius ix in the year.(The bible states that all men, with the sole exception of christ, are sinners. Mary herself had need of a savior. Rom.3:23; 5:12; psa.51:5; lk.1:30,46,47.)
37. Pope Pius ix proclaimed the dogma of papal infallibility. (This is blasphemy and the sign of the apostasy and the antichrist 2 thess.2:2-12; rev.17:1-9; 13:5-8,18.)
38. Pope Pius x, condemned together with "modernish", all the discoveries of modern science which are not approved by the church
39. Pope Pius xi condemned the public schools.