By Natalie Hardt|2019
The Roman Catholic Church is comparable to the Sadducees/Pharisees in the first century. To be fair, there are those that would say Orthodox Protestantism reflects Pharisees while the Roman Catholic Church reflects the Sadducees. The point here is to focus on ‘some’ ways the Roman Catholic Church does not preach the Gospel, but rather is a pagan religion sprinkled with a little bit of Jesus with a special focus on false doctrine concerning the Virgin Mary.
In the 1500s, Pope Pius IX said, “The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by almighty God…”. The Roman Catholic Church Mary “had no sin “ she is the “repairer of the lost world” that Jesus shares “…with His mother” the glory and even “she crushed the head of the serpent”.
In 1944 Pope Pius XII began the feasts concerning the ‘immaculate heart’ of Mary.
Disclaimer: before I proceed on this topic, I want to say that I am not trying to offend people, but rather call out the Roman Catholic Church for what it is. It is not loving others if one is more concerned about feelings or offending than speaking the truth especially concerning salvation. The Catholic Church was born in the 3rd – 4th century, when it broke away from the Orthodox Church that was born in the 1st century. The first believers to call themselves Christians where believers in Antioch, Syria. The main focus here is the false worship of the Virgin Mary.
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” (1 John 4:1-3 NIV).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 ESV).
“Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20 ESV).
The Humanness of Mary
We get another glimpse into Jesus’ family in Matthew “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief” (Matthew 13:54-58 ESV). Jesus was known to have brothers and sisters, His brother James authored Book of James; moreover, Mary speaks of her Lord, “And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Luke 1:46-49 ESV). Mary knows she is human and in need of a Savior, “For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23 ESV). Finally, it does not go without escape how Jesus speaks to His mother, as in the Cana Wedding where He says, “Woman (Mary), why do you involve me?” and “…My hour has not yet come” (John 2:4 NIV). Then there is the moment Jesus is speaking to a group in a home and it says, “Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (Matthew 12: 47-50 ESV).
Scripture clearly identifies Satan as an angel of light, an imitator of God:
“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness…” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15 ESV).
Biblical scripture in no way supports the various titles and roles the Roman Catholic Church has attributed to Mary. These titles include “Queen of Heaven” (Jeremiah 44; 7) and reflects typical ancient civilizations that worshipped false gods. In much the same way Ancient Israel compromised with the surrounding tribes/civilizations, by the second century, the Apostolic church encounter factions and heresies, and Mary was one of them. One controversy was the “Mother of God” controversy that resulted in Pope Celestine and Pope Cyril having Nestorius and others hung for not accepting Mary as the “Mother of God”.
All people should be able to have direct access to the Word of God. When a peoples cannot read nor understand God’s Word, the more vulnerable they become to “wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Matthew 7:15-20), for scripture warns us “…false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24 ESV).
Vulgate (the Roman Catholic Church version of the Bible)
The Books of the Bible were already established by the time Saint Jerome (347-420AD) decided to translate the Bible in Latin, a language no longer spoken nor understood by the masses; this version of translation became known as the Vulgate. Jerome does get push back from colleagues; however, it will be the 15th and 16th centuries when Desiderius Erasmus identifies errors with the Vulgate translation, including passages surrounding Mary. Around the same time Erasmus was causing trouble for the Roman Catholic Church, Martin Luther was also making his stand against the church and pinned his 95 theses on the church doors in Wittenberg that launched the Reformation.
One of the most controversial translations concerning the Vulgate is the moment Angel Gabriel speaks to Mary, “hail one that is full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women” (Luke 1:28 NIV), as opposed to the previous interpretation of “one who has found favor”. The error concerning the Latin version is that the correct translation should have been “gratificata” which means doing favor versus “gratia plena” which means full of grace. Being full of grace signifies void of sin, which is inconsistent with the teachings of Jesus and evident throughout the Old and New Testaments. “…and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:7-8 ESV).
Mythical Pagan Goddess Worship
“He [Solomon] followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites” (1 Kings 11:5 NIV). To worship Molek and other gods like this involve infant sacrifice (Leviticus 20). The wisest man to ever live and son of King David of whose line will come Messiah, will turn his heart and mind from the living God to worship idols/fake gods (1 Kings 11:9), “He [Solomon] took the carved Asherah [goddess] pole he had made and put it in the temple, of which the Lord had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever”” (2 Kings 21:7 NIV). Scripture warns against falling prey to false gods/teachings; therefore, be armed with the Word of God, “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24 NIV; Ephesians 6:11). What happens when the elect – bishops and popes – corrupt either the Word of God and/or the interpretation of it? You get false religions like the Roman Catholic Church.
Worship of false gods and superstitious beliefs go back to ancient civilizations with Nimrod and the Tower of Babel to the Canaanites (worship Baal), Assyrians, Babylonians, to the Greeks and Romans. In this same vain, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates with parades and festivals that display costumes and pageantry worship for Lady of Fatima, Lady of Guadalupe, Lady of Pontmain, and many more, “The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven [Ishtar goddess]. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to arouse my anger” (Jeremiah 7:18 NIV); and “But ever since we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine.” (Jeremiah 22:18 NIV).
Mary worship as if she is responsible or part and partial to one’s salvation is blasphemous, a complete and utter false teaching that prevents people from knowing the truth that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father! Popes and bishops today are reflective of first century Sadducees/Pharisees (Jewish religious leaders) with their costumes, prestige and legalism. Jesus describes these corrupt religious leaders like this, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44 NIV). Satan infiltrates God’s plan through confusion that goes clear back to the Garden of Eden when the serpent subtly coerces Eve to doubt and question God. Satan works at taking as many souls with him because he knows his time is almost up, “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10 NIV).
Knowing True Doctrine Enables One to Recognize False Doctrine
Reading Scripture is the best defense against false teachings; I can confirm the below statement from Lucia is inconsistent with Scripture and is NOT from God.
“Lucia made some requests for sick people, to which Mary replied that she would cure some but not others, and that all must say the rosary to obtain such graces, before continuing: “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary” (theotokos.org.uk).
The apparition says “to obtain such graces” which falls in-line with good works and is actually central to the Catholic religion and not to Scripture. Faith alone in Jesus ‘alone’ brings salvation, there is nothing a person can do to earn grace from God. Then there is the nonsensical statement inconsistent with scripture, “sins committed against the immaculate heart of Mary” that puts Mary on a level equal or even above God the Father, Jesus, the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – the Trinity. Not only have Catholic leaders twisted the Word of God, they have led many down the wrong path that will be met with punishment; those given more responsibility, comes greater expectations, rewards, and punishments, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as they will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1 ESV).
Satan Sows Discourse
Satan does not waste any time weaving discourse and sowing confusion surrounding God’s Word. The Apostles were spreading the Gospel and planting churches, as well as defending the faith against heresies and the circulation of corrupt versions of scripture, “Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it” (Deuteronomy 12:32 ESV). The Roman Catholic Church may have its roots in Judaism and Christianity, but by the 3rd and 4th centuries it will change and compromise. Examples include combining the resurrection celebration with the celebration of pagan goddess Eostre/Ostara and renaming it ‘Easter’; adding the office and position of the papacy as head of the church; and fabricating ritualistic acts such as praying with a rosary, devotionals to the immaculate heart, and inventing purgatory as part of salvation. All of these are blasphemy! This begs the question, how can this happen?
A combination of popes and bishops/archbishops being among the few that could read and write and the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476AD, popes and bishops gain power, prominence, and influence over emperors. Popes and other religious leaders are being called ‘father’, an abomination for that is reserved only for our Father in heaven. Moreover, there is no further need for the Levitical system (Jewish priesthood) because Jesus has filled the position of High Priest of whom intercedes on our behalf. Prior to the resurrection, the Jewish High Priest would make the once a year sacrificial atonement for the Nation of Israel by going into the section of the Tabernacle/Temple referred to as the Holy Holies (Leviticus 16; Hebrews 9). Scripture records the Jewish Temple’s veil being torn top to bottom the moment Jesus’ work on the cross is complete. This veil is more like a thick fabric and approximately 60 ft. high that separates the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies, “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split” (Matthew 17:51 NIV).
In Matthew 23, Jesus gives the religious leaders warning about their arrogance, and self-seeking praise “and call no man your father on earth, for ‘you have one Father, who is in heaven. Nether be called instructors, for you have one instructor the Christ” (Matt 23:9-10 ESV). The context of this verse and its placement is the chapter is interesting. In Titus 1:6, we find the word ‘prysbyter’ which means ‘elder’ or ‘minister’ in Greek. Title such as ‘bishop’ and ‘pope’ ‘priest’ will make their way into the new Roman Catholic Church.
The ‘rosary’ has many legendary stories that resulted in another idol ‘the rosary beads’ used for praying to Mary during the Middle Ages in the battlefield. Notice the way to pray, is Jesus Christ mentioned in that? Even if He were, this would be an abomination still. Then there is the matter of repetitive chants, also unbiblical and blasphemous, as when the priest instructs to repent by saying 10 Hail Marys. Pope Pius V made a request of praying to the Rosary (1500s) on the battlefield (Lapanto) that there became an “Our Lady of the Rosary”. Scripture clearly says, “use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think they shall be heard for their much speaking” (Matthew 6:7 KJV). Jesus specifically says, “But when you pray go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret…”” (Matthew 6:6 ESV), not go seek out a priest or church leader and confess.
Additional Information Regarding False Doctrine of the Catholic Church
Other false teachings perpetuated by the Roman Catholic Church include abstinence from marriage during the reign of Pope Benedict VIII and Pope Gregory VII, as late as the 11th century. There are unholy reasons for this including the church’s way to ensure no responsibility for a family when a pope dies (MacArthur, 2015). Scripture clearly teaches that it is by choice that one may choose to abstain from marriage, it is not a mandate. Scripture mentions Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law in Luke 4:38, and Apostle Paul’s choice to be celibate in 1 Corinthians 7.
Purgatory is unbiblical, there is no pit-stop, some waiting room before being judged! This is complete and utterly false and another example of false biblical interpretation of the Gospel. The Catholic Church developed a system where one can apply merit, for a fee to loved ones in purgatory so they may complete their journey to heaven, this is completely erroneous and shameful. This is further evidence of how far from the true Gospel, the Roman Catholic Church has gone. As the church became church/state, it would have to behave like any government that protects itself from enemy forces. The Catholic Church had to come up with a way to justify war-ing via the crusades that eventually led to the buying and selling of salvation through what was known as indulgences. By the 4th century and well into the 11th century, the Roman Catholic Church is not being led by the Holy Spirit as it spirals further into decay as a result of preaching false doctrine.
Repentance and the Eucharist
It is because of the Holy Spirit’s power to transform the person from within – the heart and mind – that leads the believer to repent. A true heart-felt remorse and downcast soul leads is the result of God’s Spirit working in and through the believer. The Vulgate incorrect interpretations include Matthew 4:17, in which it says “Then Jesus began to preach and say: “‘do penance, for the kingdom of heaven has drawn near””; the correct translation is ‘repent, for the kingdom…’. Catholicism puts human effort as having a role in redemption, as if one can earn their way to heaven. Apostle Paul goes into detail about the result of good works due to deposited grace by the power of the Holy Spirit. God knows our true motivations and desires because He knows the hearts and minds of men (scripture), “…it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:9 ESV).
In this instance, by ‘doing penance’, one is led to think ‘works’ brings about or is part of their salvation. This is the opposite of faith only and only shows the Roman Catholic Church similar to all the pagan religions that reflect a works-based religious system. True Christianity is the only religion in which God seeks a relationship with His creation when Jesus came ‘down’ to interact and live with His creation versus Roman or Greek mythical gods that are always portrayed as selfish, arrogant and hateful towards men. The horrid way in which the Roman Catholic Church conducts the Eucharist (aka their ‘Mass’) is known as ‘Transubstantiation’. The moment the Roman Catholic priest raises up the ‘cup’ at the alter, they believe they ‘bring Jesus down’ to earth, the wine turns to blood and the bread to His flesh. In other words, they are sacrificing on their alter in the same way ancient pagan religions did when worshipping Roman and Greek mythical gods. Again, Jesus did the work on the cross that day in Calvary – once and for ALL. There is no need to go through a ceremony as if Jesus is being sacrificed again and that is exactly what ‘Transubstantiation’ is and is not what the Bible teaches! The Eucharist is meant to be ‘symbolic’ not literal nor lends itself for the Papacy to do a work of ‘sacrifice’.
Catholicism has moved far from its Judaism and Christian roots; however, the true Word of God remains. The Bible is referred to as ‘Canon’, a Greek word that means ‘rule’ because the Canon is the measuring stick. All the Books of the Bible are consistent divinely inspired writings by approximately 40 different authors on 3 different continents. The books have been scrutinized for canonization that includes answering a set of questions: 1) was the book written by a prophet; 2) miracles authenticate writer, confirming his message; 3) does the writing tell the truth about God without contradictions; 4) does the writing have a divine capacity to transform lives; and 5) did the people it was written for accept it as God’s Word (McGrath, 2012). The Word of God is relevant today as it was more than 2,000 years ago with the Old Testament long established centuries prior. Jesus often quotes from the Septuagint (Greek translation of Hebrew text) in His teachings and when He debates the Pharisees. The New Testament books were written, circulated, and accepted long before the Vulgate, the councils reaffirmed which 26 books would make up the New Testament (i.e. Nicene, Constantinople). These writings were always meant to go directly to the people in a language they understood which is why Jerome’s translation in the Latin was met with much scrutiny.
Jesus gives the Great Commission to the 12 Apostles, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me, Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28: 18-20 NIV). When Jesus ascends to heaven, the church begins and so will Satan’s attempts to copy God and thwart His plan. First century church struggled in a pagan world much like today. Corinth struggled with immorality; Colossae had its mystics; Ephesus encountered false teachers; Thessalonica had end of time freaks; and Philippi were complainers (Muehlhoff, T., & Lewis, T. V. 2010). By the time we get to the Apostles to the Apostles, known as the Patristic Era (100-500AD), there are two schools of thought, Alexandria in Egypt (Alexander the Great established) that takes a philosophical approach (Greek), and the school of Antioch in Syria, where Apostle Paul and Barnabas plant the first church of believers that call themselves Christians.
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19 thoughts on “Virgin Mary Apparitions Are False – They Are Not of God!”
I suppose I should start with the idea that Mary was a popular name at the time. If you do a web search for “how many marys in the bible”, the NT alone indicates six. Wikipedia has a disambiguation page for “Saint Mary”, actually. There’s a fair bit of confusion between the Mary who was close to Jesus and others, for example a fallen woman of the same name. If we are going to bash the Catholic church, I would suggest that they were probably the most influential in trying to debase the Mary who was close to Jesus. There was a gospel of Mary that was removed from the official canon for similar reasons. There seems to have been some jealousy/rivalry between this Mary and Peter (founder of Catholicism). Either Mary-the-mother was only around for a few events in the NT or nobody felt the need to write about her presence. The other Mary was much more influential but this scared the Catholic leaders and they minimized her, all the while creating this virgin-Mary concept almost in the same way that a magician flourishes a wand for the sake of misdirection.
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to write. My post is about Virgin Mary, not Mary Magdalene. As for MM, I am aware of her gospel, and the various Marys in scripture…difficult to know which one was her. Having said that, I think MM was likely sister of Martha and Lazarus, not the one caught in adultery. Anyway, that does not matter as much, since my blog is about VM. As for MM, I have read her gospel (found in Dead Sea Scrolls), it’s awesome. Anyway…my focus was on the Catholic church and their worship of VM. Also, I disagree with you about Peter, he was not the founder of Catholicism, the Roman Catholic Church took, the verse about Peter the Rock and ran with that. Having said that, Ignatius (33AD-108AD) was of the Antioch church school of thought of whom uses the term ‘catholic’ for the first time. By the time the church is growing and becoming more of what it is today, Peter is long dead…he never embraced the Catholic church, he wasn’t alive. Thanks
Ignatius was the second Bishop of Antioch, Syria. He was a disciple of the Apostle John and was consecrated Bishop around 69 AD by the Apostle Peter. So, he was pretty much alive during the apostles’ time.
Here are excerpts from his writings:
“…They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they do not admit that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, the flesh which suffered for our sins and which the Father, in His graciousness, raised from the dead.” – Letter to the Smyrnaeans
“…obey the bishop and the presbytery with an undivided mind, breaking one and the same bread, which is the medicine of immortality, and the antidote to prevent us from dying, but [which causes] that we should live for ever in Jesus Christ” – Ignatius to the Ephesians 20:2
One thing that is obvious is that he believes in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist., and that the Eucharist is the ‘medicine of immortality’. What other church believes this other than the Catholic Church? That means the Catholic Church is the same church as the apostles’.
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Hello Noel, thank you. Yes Ignatius used the term ‘catholic’ in the first century; however Catholics are NOT Christians – it is NOT all the same. Roman Catholic church has a completely different doctrine – pray to saints, purgatory, virgin Mary worship and more…this is not the same doctrine that Christians follow. God bless
My point is that the VM is a bit player who was there at His birth and His death and really nothing of note in between. MM was influential and quite possibly second-in-command, much to the chagrin of at least Peter from the twelve. Part of the reason why Catholicism might be critically reviewed would be the misogyny; to them, the only “good” woman is a virgin and this is the message that is directed to their adherents.
the two are clearly different. Roman Catholicism is clearly works i.e. penance, praying the rosary, Hail Marys etc… Christianity is faith based. Faith in Christ alone. There is nothing in and of ourselves that would cause to even seek God in our immoral state. It is the work of the Holy Spirit of God that draws us to Christ.
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Yes, Catholicism believes in works, faith, sacraments and fasting- that is tradition and faith. Protestants believe in justification through faith alone.
Calvin called them “silly traditions”
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That is being kind too. I am sorry, and not sorry…we are called to call out false doctrine, lovingly; nevertheless, call a spade a spade. Having said that, no matter how delicate we put it, Catholics will be offended, and I am sorry about that. Praying to saints (people) is blasphemy along with other forms of worship Catholicism has become. The Canon is the truth, and the Vulgate is false doctrine.
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All religion is a waste of time. Everyone points the finger at each other and says the other is not true. Just live your lives and stop trying to justify why you’re better than everyone else.
I’m pointing out truths; however, your response is typical, assuming I think I’m better. No, the Gospel is better Nancy, religions such as the Catholic Church has twisted and changed it. This basically says Jesus and the Word- Bible- (you know Catholics have their own Bible – it’s well know they have twisted the Gospel) is not sufficient. Catholic Church is all about man’s tradition. Having said all that, only God knows one heart. I am bashing Catholic Church – that institution deserves it- NOT individuals. Sorry you feel that I think I think I’m better, I’m the biggest sinner I know.
Some people just don’t like truth Natalie. There is nothing wrong with pointing out false doctrine and bad theology, in fact we are encouraged to do so. Keep up the good work Nat, and don’t be discouraged by those who have never studied the scriptures.
Thank you, God bless.
And you as well. Fight the good fight, finish the course and keep the faith…🙂
I preached Jesus crucified and not religion. Christianity is not a religion, and the church is the people not a building. I don’t peach my opinion, I preach the Word of God, of whom has granted me justification through Christ. You can have this too. Notice out of the two of us, you are labeling me, so you see me labeling you? I will label and call out false religions because I am backed up by the Gospel. And by the way, Satan is behind the false religions, as well as corrupt human sinful natures. People that do not take the time to understand are playing right into Satan’s hands. I’ll pray for you, was thinking you were Nancy, hum… maybe you are Scott, or Rob, or Rich. I find it interesting that you think I think I’m better. I am not better, then again the Gospel no matter how delicately presented offends. This is because we are made in image of God and your souls is convicting you and your only way of justifying yourself is tell yourself how I am this or that. If you know me, why don’t you call me, instead of being a coward.
I certainly agree that the devil can appear as an angel of light and at certain times has appeared as Mary to fool Catholics. However, Catholics don’t worship Mary. The Jews bowed to the Ark of the Covenant and David leaped before it in a way that his wife considered insane. If Catholics worship Mary, the Jews worship the Ark. Concerning prayer to the saints, James writes: “The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.” (James 5:16) Why can’t we ask those in heaven, who stand before the throne of God, to pray for us? If you examine the words of the Hail Mary, that’s exactly what Catholics are doing. Also, concerning Luke 1:28, the most exact translation would be “One who has been rendered acceptable” or “one who has been filled with grace”—the Greek being kecharitomene. In common language, the angel might have said: “Hello there, one-who-has-been-rendered-acceptable”.
Catholicism isn’t works-based. All our merit is a gift from God because our good works themselves can only be done on account of God’s grace. Basically, it means that if a person allows grace to work in his life and uses that grace to perform good works, God, in His mercy, will reward him with more grace because He has freely chosen to associate us with His work. The term “merit” was first used, I think, by Justin Martyr in the second century. His words were: “We have learned from the prophets, and we hold it to be true, that punishments, and chastisements, and good rewards, are rendered according to the merit of each man’s actions. Since if it be not so, but all things happen by fate, neither is anything at all in our own power.” (First Apology 43) It is a misnomer, I suppose, but as Paul put it: “Remind them of this, and charge them before the Lord to avoid disputing about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.” (2 Timothy 2:14) Pelagianism is a heresy.
I agree that the selling of indulgences is wrong, but that was an ecclesiastical abuse banned five hundred years ago. Purgatory and the value of meritorious work to help souls out of it was testified by St. Augustine centuries before the Crusades and that whole abuse: “The time which interposes between the death of a man and the final resurrection holds souls in hidden retreats, accordingly as each is deserving of rest or of hardship, in view of what it merited when it was living in the flesh. Nor can it be denied that the souls of the dead find relief through the piety of their friends and relatives who are still alive, when the Sacrifice of the Mediator is offered for them, or when alms are given in the Church.” (Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Charity 110) With respect, do you know of any Church Fathers who taught Sola Fide?
Really? Then you know not what you worship. The papacy is just like the Pharisees in Jesus’ day.
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There’s no Catholic doctrine saying that the pope cannot be corrupt, but our Lord commanded: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.” (Matthew 23:2-3) Also, contrary to popular belief, Catholics are not required to believe whatever the pope says. I’m well aware that popes have made various doctrinal mistakes in history. Papal Infallibility is very rarely used dogmatically and it only works under very specific circumstances. Catholics accept Collyridianism as heretical.
We cannot compare Mary to the Ark because the Ark and the Temple are prophetic in the OT (in many ways) and give a picture of coming Christ and fulfillment in the NT. Mary has no connection to the temple or ark of the covenant and making that connection proves how highly you lift Mary.
After Jesus ascends, and the curtain rips in the Temple from top to bottom, that signifies we go to Him only, there is no need for the priesthood any longer. The Pope is considered the head of the Catholic Church, Jesus is the head of the church. The Pope invented himself, exactly something Satan would do. I just do not understand, knowing this, why anyone would belong to this religion. Anyway, So the Catholic Church has the priesthood and to make matters worse, the celibacy clause that has also led to pedophilia. The real reason for celibacy is so the church wouldn’t be responsible for taking care of families when a priest dies- really it’s about money. As for purgatory, what Rome is saying is that what Jesus did on the cross was not good enough. Again, Satan’s plan. Church followers of Rome Catholic Church don’t look to their Pope and leaders? If the lives of sanctification are not visible (fruits of the spirit) to the congregation, than that is a red flag something is wrong. I know what is wrong, the doctrine is wrong and reflected as such.
Many churches ignore the Book of Galatians that clearly addresses a false teachers/doctrine. The term ‘Christians’ (church in Antioch) in Paul’s day has been high jacked; Ignatius of Antioch used the term ‘catholic’ to mean general (unified) in 1st century and has also been high jacked. These are tactics of the enemy to sow confusion and false doctrine. Jerome in the 3-4 century translated the Bible into a language that was almost obsolete (Latin). There was no need for a translation in a language that only Bishops knew. Jerome wrote the Vulgate 300 yrs after the NT had been circulating and was established. Augustine of Hippo knew it was wrong. Erasmus and later Luther would find what the Catholic Church was teaching what was NOT consistent with sound doctrine- again the NT had been written by the 1 century – in separate books. Doctrine was already being twisted (heretics and Jerome). One such is Luke about Mary being full of grace being interpreted incorrectly. Doctrine is everything because it is truth. The Bible was established, there need not be a Catholic Bible, nor a Mormon Bible.
Church leaders that teach false doctrine lead the flock astray- and that is what I see. I have experienced this in my life. I grew up catholic and Mary was always lifted higher than Jesus. Many Catholics turn to Protestantism because of the works based doctrine. That is false doctrine.
I do understand that I am not God, and only He knows the heart and mind of an individual. It appears there are Catholics that just don’t know what they are following.
I can go on in how the Mass is wrongly followed as well, but won’t.
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!“
thank you and God bless