I would like to begin this post by stating that I truly believe one of the gifts of God is a free will. It is not for man to force an idea on anyone. My conviction is that those who want to believe in opposition of me have the right to do so and I would not want to take that away from anyone. Forcing someone to believe a certain way and adhere to that doctrine is unbiblical but yet when we look into history we see this behavior and much more from the papacy. Please follow me here, I am not trying to blame Catholics today for the atrocities that happened under the Roman thumb during the dark ages no more than I would blame whites today for slavery. But we have nothing to fear for the future unless we forget the past. Some may think slavery will not hit this country again but the Bible says otherwise. It reveals that it will happen again in these last days even more than it is happening now, man will become merchandise again. (Revelation 18:11, 13) The Bible reveals that history repeats itself, that if we want to know what is going to happen in the end we need to look at the beginning of history. (Isaiah 46:10; Ecclesiastes 1:9, 10; Isaiah 41:2) When I see the Pope of Rome coming to speak to a joint session of congress from a religious standpoint this concerns me. Here is a church who has a history of killing, torturing, and jailing other Christians because they opposed their doctrine. Since the Bible tells me that history will repeat I am concerned that religious freedom in this nation will be taken away. The Bible declares in Revelation chapters 12, 13, and 14, 17 and 18 this persecution will happen again from this same entity. Revelation 2:21, speaking of this same entity, declares that there was given time for her (meaning the church) to repent but she repented not. Only time will tell if this will be true. In the meantime I implore all who read this to study the past so that you may know what the future holds.
Here is a documentary on the Bible and the dark ages.
Here are some words from Martin Luther and John Wycliffe.
Works of Tyndale