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The Church Of God At Rome

Although the "Church of Rome" has been rightfully recognized as a Satanic abomination (see the Fact Finder question below) by true Christians right from the time that it was created as the Roman Empire's "church" (see also Ancient Empires - Rome), it should also be kept in mind that, in contrast to the Church of Rome, there has also been the Church of God at Rome (some members of whom, including this author, came out of the Church of Rome over the centuries - see 'Come Out Of Her, My People'). One of the apostle Paul's (see Paul's Ministry) epistles was written to Christ's people in Rome.

"1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 1:2 Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures, 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead [see Resurrections]: 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 1:1-7 KJV)

"To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints"

Paul's letter to the Romans was apparently written while he was yet in Corinth (in Greece). It was delivered by a Corinthian (Cenchrea is a port of Corinth) woman named Phebe, "our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea."

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"16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church [see What Is The Church?] which is at Cenchrea: 16:2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also." (Romans 16:1-2 KJV)

The letter was intended, in part, to announce that Paul himself intended to visit Rome ("I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also") - something that he would not have done if the people that he was going to see had become corrupt.

"1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world [see Paul's World]. 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; 1:12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. 1:13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, but was let hitherto, that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." (Romans 1:8-17 KJV)

Paul also included identification, and a warning, to those there, and everywhere else, who were, or would become, corrupt.

"1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven [see The Coming World Dictator] against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men [see Sodomites] working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." (Romans 1:18-32 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was the origin of the Roman Empire's church?
See Simon Magus, The Politics Of The Papacy, The Little Big Horn and Emperors and Popes

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