We watched "A Lamp in the Dark" a nearly 3 hour DVD on the battle for the authority of Jesus Christ and His Word over the forces of darkness down through the centuries, most notably, certain Caesars, Constantine and the Roman Catholic church along with the Jesuits (15th C).
Our minds and hearts were convicted by those who willingly laid down their lives so that no established church (esp. the Roman church) would dictate to them what only God has the right to declare. Men like John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and Myles Coverdale stood toe to toe with Roman audacity, affirming the inspiration of the Scriptures by their great labors to translate the Bible into the common vernacular. If only people would consider the truth of what truly did occur down through the centuries in the "supposed" name of Christ, they would be mortified. At one point, with careful calculations, it was estimated that the Roman church in their pogrom (Inquisition) against non-compliant Christians, killed upwards of 50 million men, women and children!
The central watershed issue was and is the battle over authority and inspiration. Who is the Lord of the Church? Is it Jesus Christ alone, or the Pope? Is the Bible our sole authority for faith and practice? The Popes view themselves as Christ replacements (Vicars), and in some cases they say of themselves that they supersede even Christ himself! I've no doubt that the vast majority of Roman Catholics do not know and would not agree with their history. Nevertheless, the hierarchy has a lot to answer for before Him who is the Judge of all the earth.