Many Protestant Christians today unknowingly hold to many doctrines invented by the Romanist Jesuits during the counter reformation. I suspect this is due to a complete apathy towards Church history in examining many traditions, so this is probably the best place to begin.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
After the explosion of the early church and consequently the spread of the Gospel throughout the world tremendous persecution began to afflict Christians almost Immediately. One can find this trail of blood as early as Peter, Paul, and Stephen, and as late as the events we are currently witnessing today in the middle east. This is to say that just as there is a certain sense of impending doom on the Church today, so it was and has been throughout church history. And no wonder when Christ told us that to be one of his children is to virtually start a war with the world. But I digress from my topic.
Between 66-70 AD the destruction of the temple caused many of Christ's sheep to scatter. Prior to this time there were primarily only two churches. One in Rome, and one in Jerusalem (Jerusalem being the original Christian Church). The Jerusalem Church only lasted for about 40 years and went into dispersion shortly before the siege of 70 AD. 25 years or so later John writes the book of Revelation and at this time Rome is literally ruling the world while in moral decline. It is around this time period when we can already see developments in eschatology. The beast of Revelation began to be associated with Nero and Rome and Christians were increasingly being persecuted by the pagan society.
From the time Nero blamed the Christians for the great fire of Rome (64 A.D.), to the escalating persecution under the late reign of Diocletian around 303 A.D., the Christian houses of assembly were destroyed, for fear of sedition in secret gatherings. It was not until The Edict of Toleration by Gelarius in 311 AD that Christian persecution began to decline. This was officially the end of persecution for Christians, and two years later Christianity became legalized in Rome by Constantine under the Edict of Milan. This means that during the previous period Christians did not have the opportunity to work out and debate official orthodox doctrines as a unified body since the first two original Churches. This also means the association with Nero and Rome being the anti-Christ dwindled.
As a result of this legalization of Christianity scriptures were brought to the public and churches were built. Constantine then set up two places. One in the Western region in Rome, and another in the East called Byzantium or Constantinople. So once again there were two primary groups representing Christianity.The Roman branch and the Byzantine branch. The Byzantine branch lasted for about one thousand years. Under Pope Leo X 's campaign of the selling of indulgences to pay for St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, public suspicion of her actions escalated. This served as the key impetus of Martin Luther to nail his famous 95 thesis to the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. And now we are at the Reformation which is where both Protestantism and the Jesuits emerge.
The Reformers from this time on began once again to associate the whole Papal system with the anti-Christ due to holding to UN-biblical doctrines. So for about 300 years leading into the counter reformation every reformer would associate each Pope with the anti-Christ. It was also about this time that the humanist named Erasmus and the Reformer Martin Luther engaged in the first written debate on the issue of the Freedom of the will, and the doctrine of Justification by Grace through faith was put back in the forefront.
In 1545 the counter reformation began, lasting until 1563. Shortly before this campaign of Roman Catholic reform (The Council of Trent) a man named Ignatius of Loyola emerged. Injured in battle and experiencing a religious conversion in 1523 he then wrote a book called Exercitia spiritualia or Spiritual Exercises. In this mystical vision which he believed the virgin Mary gave him, he thought he would be fighting with the army of Babylon against the Muslims, but upon coming to Jerusalem and finding the adversary too great he came to eventually believe his enemy must be the Protestants. More importantly though, he and some of his followers founded the Society of Jesus in 1539 which is where we derive the term Jesuit. This order was then approved in September of 1540 by Pope Paul III's Regimini Militantis Ecclesiae along with Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises being approved eight years later.
The Jesuits became known from this point on as the "Pope's Militia" or a secret army of the Roman Catholic Church if you will. The Jesuit leader has come to be known as the "Black Pope" due to his being independent from the Roman Catholic bishops and cardinals along with his only having to answer directly to the Pope. The Jesuit leader is even called the General and has the alleged authority to absolve persons of the sins of bigamy, murder, or any harm done to others as long as the matter is not publicly known and the cause of a scandal. The popes have also threatened many rulers who interfere with the Jesuits with excommunication.
In short the Jesuits are zealous persecutors of Protestant Christians and anyone who is against the Vatican. These Jesuits take a solemn oath to destroy Protestantism and anyone who offers protection to Protestants. The Oath reads as follows:
"1, _ now, in the presence of Almighty God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the blessed Michael the Archangel, the blessed St. John the Baptist, the holy Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul and all the saints and sacred hosts of heaven, and to you, my ghostly father, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in the Pontificate of Paul the Third, and continued to the present, do by the womb of the virgin, the matrix of God, and the rod of Jesus Christ, declare and swear, that his holiness the Pope is Christ's Vice-regent and is the true and only head of the Catholic or Universal Church throughout the earth; and that by virtue of the keys of binding and loosing, given to his Holiness by my Savior, Jesus Christ, he hath power to depose heretical kings, princes, states, commonwealths and governments, all being illegal without his sacred confirmation and that they may safely be destroyed. Therefore, to the utmost of my power I shall and will defend this doctrine of his Holiness' right and custom against all usurpers of the heretical or Protestant authority whatever, especially the Lutheran of Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the now pretended authority and churches of England and Scotland, and branches of the same now established in Ireland and on the Continent of America and elsewhere; and all adherents in regard that they be usurped and heretical, opposing the sacred Mother Church of Rome. I do now renounce and disown any allegiance as due to any heretical king, prince or state named Protestants or Liberals, or obedience to any of the laws, magistrates or officers.
I do further declare that the doctrine of the churches of England and Scotland, of the Calvinists, Huguenots and others of the name Protestants or Liberals to be damnable and they themselves damned who will not forsake the same.
I do further declare, that I will help, assist, and advise all or any of his Holiness' agents in any place wherever I shall be, in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland or America, or in any other Kingdom or territory I shall come to, and do my uttermost to extirpate the heretical Protestants or Liberals' doctrines and to destroy all their pretended powers, regal or otherwise.
I do further promise and declare, that notwithstanding I am dispensed with, to assume my religion heretical, for the propaganda of the Mother Church's interest, to keep secret and private all her agents' counsels from time to time, as they may entrust me and not to divulge, directly or indirectly, by word, writing or circumstance whatever; but to execute all that shall be proposed, given in charge or discovered unto me, by you, my ghostly father, or any of this sacred covenant.
I do further promise and declare, that I will have no opinion or will of my own, or any mental reservation whatever, even as a corpse or cadaver (perinde ac cadaver), but will unhesitatingly obey each and every command that I may receive from my superiors in the Militia of the Pope and of Jesus Christ.
That I may go to any part of the world withersoever I may be sent, to the frozen regions of the North, the burning sands of the desert of Africa, or the jungles of India, to the centers of civilization of Europe, or to the wild haunts of the barbarous savages of America, without murmuring or repining, and will be submissive in all things whatsoever communicated to me.
I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants' heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus.
In confirmation of which, I hereby dedicate my life, my soul and all my corporal powers, and with this dagger which I now receive, I will subscribe my name written in my own blood, in testimony thereof; and should I prove false or weaken in my determination, may my brethren and fellow soldiers of the Militia of the Pope cut off my hands and my feet, and my throat from ear to ear, my belly opened and sulphur burned therein, with all the punishment that can be inflicted upon me on earth and my soul be tortured by demons in an eternal hell forever!
All of which, I, _, do swear by the Blessed Trinity and blessed Sacraments, which I am now to receive, to perform and on my part to keep inviolable; and do call all the heavenly and glorious host of heaven to witness the blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, and witness the same further with my name written and with the point of this dagger dipped in my own blood and sealed in the face of this holy covenant."
So what are the doctrines that I am going to demonstrate most Protestants have imbibed through the toils of the Jesuits? None other than those of the Romanists. Consequently many Protestants have rejected the biblical Doctrines of Grace set forth by the reformers. I will be working on a video in a documentary style demonstrating this for about a year. I hope it will open the eyes of many to the Glory of God in Salvation.