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Why I am Not A Roman Catholic – The Slow Rise of False Traditions
I’d like to start in our study tonight and then review where we’ve been by going to 2Cor, chapter 11. We’re going to do something a little different tonight, I’m going to ask a few of the folks that can read loudly and well for all of you to hear to just read a few verses because one of our Army officers gave me this article out of the U.S. News and World Report that’s March 29th. I always think that’s interesting; its tomorrow’s and he gave it to me a week ago. That’s an amazing phenomenon that they can publish stuff into the future. It’s called, “The Weeping Madonna,” and I read this through a few times just to share with you something that’s very current, as current as tomorrow, about where people are in relation to this whole concept of Romanism and the worship that’s portrayed there. But look at 2 Cor 11 and I’m going to show you verse 3, 4, 13, and 14. This is the apostle Paul and he’s talking to people he loved deeply. He’s really baring his heart to them because he had seen them through in their birth into Christ in his missionary journeys and he’d seen them grow in Christ. He’d rebuked them. He’d disciplined people and committed them to Satan for the destruction of their flesh and seen them come back to Christ. He’d dealt with their lawsuits. He’d dealt their immorality. He’d dealt with their terrible gross activity at the Lord’s Table-being drunk and fighting over the food. People that were battling, some of them under demonic-type influences and calling Christ accursed. I mean just terrible stuff. And now he’s coming to the end of two great letters and much ministry to them. And much as a father would talk to the daughter or son going out just before they get married, maybe when they’re going out to that first big trip in the military or whatever. That time when you kind of pass on your father’s heart. This is what he says, he says, vs. 1…. And again the whole metaphor of the church, the Bride of Christ, but look at verse 3….
What I’d like to warn you about tonight, in my last time talking about the Roman Church, is that something happened. Something tragic happened from this era in the Bible. Let me just rehearse for you just a thumbnail sketch of where the church was when the apostles were here. The church was conquering. It was conquering the world not through social activism but through personal renewal and regeneration and supernatural life. When people got saved back then they renounced the world they left it behind, they burnt their magic books. They left their immoralities. They left their occultic ways. They renounced paganism and they turned in newness to Christ and they suffered for it. Things were really amazing. The church was flourishing. People were being saved every day; people were living holy lives. People were seeing the power of God. The apostles were ministering and they were writing letters. Yes, they had problems and they had questions, but it’s very simple. As he says in verse 3,
“the simplicity and purity of Christ”.
What was the simplicity? Well, Paul gave his testimony he says 1 Cor 15…in other words; the whole gospel was based on the scripture. Period. And it was simple. You made a choice between Jesus Christ or eternal damnation in hell. It was a very simple choice. Many people chose both. It was a simple gospel.
Well, verse 4…..you see as a father he’s starting to chide them. He’s saying , “You’re not on your guard and I’m passing off the scene.” It’s 56 AD and he’s gonna be around until AD 62, maybe AD 64. He’s 56 years old and he’s got maybe 3 or 4 more years in ministry, but he knew it was coming to an end. And he says, “What is someone preaches to you another Jesus, not a different, not heteros, but one who is another of the same kind?”
Slow Rise of False Traditions
In other words, he’s not talking about guru Rajneesh So-and-So from India, he’s not talking about Bogwan Salami. He’s talking about someone that claims to be the Biblical Jesus. And he says if someone presents you with a Jesus that doesn’t line up with the Bible and someone presents to you a Holy Spirit that doesn’t measure up to the Bible and someone has presented to you a gospel that you have not accepted that’s not simple. He says you might go along with it. And you know, it happened. Because what happened with the church was the apostles passed off the scene and their disciples, like Ignatius and Polycarp, who knew the apostles personally and had been lead to Christ by them, they powerfully lead the church into the second century. The 100’s A.D. But something happened and pretty soon the church started giving in to a little formalism here and a little sacramentalism there and little bit of baptismal regeneration here and a little bit of heirarchical stuff and letting people rise up to be rulers over the church that Peter warned against.
And by the time we get to the 4th Century, the 300’s A.D., the Roman Church was the church of the Roman Empire. It was still the church of Jesus Christ built on the apostles and prophets but it had become religio licita -[the officially recognized church of the Empire].
How Constantine Started the Roman Church
Well, the emperors had to do something about that. In 313 AD at the Milvian Bridge when Constantine beat his contender for the throne, He saw a vision. Now, watch out for people who see visions. Jeremiah 23:16 says:
Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you.
They make you worthless;
They speak a vision of their own heart,
Not from the mouth of the Lord.
And things haven’t changed much; they’re still around. I mentioned them this morning. Usually they involve your pocketbook. You know, they always have a vision for your money. But he had a vision and he saw a big flaming red cross on a blue background and he saw the words “In Hoc signa Vinci”, isn’t that interesting, it was in Latin. He understood Latin and he saw that and Constantine conquered at the Milvian Bridge by painting red crosses on all the shields of all his warriors. Ah! Red Cross. Christ. Christianity. So that must be what happened. So he became a “Christian” [in quotes].
All the Roman Gods Merged With the Church
Well, what did he do with the State church? They had the Pantheon of Hadrian, they had all the priests of Dagon and the priests of Marduk and the priests of Phoenicia, Astarte and Baal. What do you do with Isis and Osiris and all that gang from Egypt and what do you do with Semiramis and Tammuz? What would you do with all the deities coming in from Persia? Mithras. He said, well, I have an idea…its religion, let’s just all work together. Well, the church didn’t like that too much but they accommodated the influx of paganism. Now up until that time the church was just what you see in the New Testament. They read the Bible, they broke bread, and they baptized people after they were saved. They didn’t have anything to do with baptizing infants. They didn’t have anything to do with prayers for the dead. They didn’t have anything to do with Mass, Mass doesn’t come around for 12 centuries. It was just simple house churches, breaking bread, fellowshipping, baptizing people, confessing Christ, preaching the Bible, praying and loving Jesus Christ. But here came all these religious priests of a pantheon of religions in 313 AD. They brought in their censors, that’s incense burners, and they brought in their robes, and they brought in all their candles, and they brought in all their various beads that the pagans used.
Remember what Christ said in Chapter 6 of Matthew, don’t pray mindless, rote prayers repeating the same thing endlessly over and over again thinking that God’s going to hear you and bless you because of that. That’s the first few verses of chapter 6. Well, here come the pagans with their prayer beads. Here they came with their cutting their hair in certain places, bald spots on top of their heads, which was a part of paganism. Here they came with their feasts to the Sun god, here they came with their feasts to the Love god and they came with their feasts of worshipping the death and resurrection in forty days of Baal. And they were confronted with what do we do with all this stuff. He said, Well, that one’s close to Christmas, we’ll put that one next the Christmas. That one’s close to Easter, we’ll put that by Easter. That one’s over here, we’ll put that there. Gradually, paganism seeped in.
The apostles, Peter, Paul, John, the early church, the simplicity, verse 3, that was in Christ, started to get complex. And it started evolving, and tradition became as powerful as scripture. And then it was more powerful than scripture. And the church got to the point, by 12th Century AD; they were so confused, that they believed they had to crucify Christ over again every day. That has persisted for centuries. So, when I talk about the Roman Catholic Church, I’m talking about the church today that believes all that syncretism. Do you know what syncretism is? Religious syncretion is when you blend together the best of everything. Some New Age ideas, a couple of Hindu ideas, get a couple of Jewish ideas and through in a sprinkling of Christianity and you don’t want to offend anybody. And that’s why the RI National Council of Churches, which buys into that, sends out letters to clergy, like they did to me, that says that if you ever pray in public don’t offend people by mentioning Jesus Christ. He’s very offensive. Talk about the supreme power, the deity that they can worship at the Masonic Lodge or at AA or down at the B’hai Temple but don’t bring up Jesus Christ; that’s offensive. Do you know why? Because the preaching of the Cross is to those that perish foolishness and it offends them. It says in 1 Cor 1. And Paul says I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, it’s the power of God and the only power of God until salvation. But that’s been muddled over the years.
Seven Deadly Doctrines of Rome
So I would say this, that there are seven reasons, and this is the last time you’ll hear me say this: there are seven reasons why I am not a Roman Catholic. I heard the teacher tonight in the counseling class from 4-6, Mr. Mlyniek, say, “Take notes.” So if you’re obedient, I’m gonna raise my hand, this is point #1. He said some people never hear the outline so I’ll make it clear for the note-takers.
#1 – The first Biblical reason why I can’t ever be a Roman Catholic is because of the Mass. And if you want to understand that, look at Heb 9. Hebrews 9 repeatedly says that Jesus Christ was offered, now if you’ve been here for three weeks and this is the fourth week, How many times? Once, for all. In any language, it counts. Once! He was offered. And the Scriptures say the old covenant, the Old Testament, the Levitical system, Mosaic Law, Jesus Christ was prefigured in the constant sacrifices of animals. But that was only a picture to point to Christ. Now, let me ask you this, which I better? The picture, or the person? Which would you marry? A picture or a person? Well, in our perverted society people probably do marry pictures. But I’m talking about in reality, the person is more important than the picture. And if you can sit and oogle at your girlfriend’s picture on your desk or actually have her there; the person. All of the sacrifices of the O.T. were pictures pointing to Christ. And it says in Acts 10:43…. And every time they had the meal offering, the burnt offering, the trespass offering, the peace offering, every time they had the O.T. sacrificial system it was pointing to the fact that it was an inefficient, impossible to cover sins sacrifice. But it was just kind of holding things back until Jesus would come. But the news is that he came. Hebrews 1 said that Jesus Christ came and once for all offered a sacrifice for sin and then he sat down. The Roman Catholic Church teaches, and Vatican II in the ‘60’s affirmed once and for all that the Church hasn’t budged on the Mass. And the Mass is a continual offering of Jesus Christ to wash away sins. And that is totally against the Scriptures. Now again, I remind you that I’m not talking about your friend who’s a Roman Catholic I’m talking about the monolithic structure of the Church. And yes, there are born-again Christians in the Catholic Church. I know some, you know some. That does not excuse the error. The anti-biblical, unscriptural, heretical teaching of the Mass.
Secondly, the role of Mary. I’d like to read to you from U.S. News and World Report, tomorrow’s edition, it’s called, “The Weeping Madonna” and it’s very interesting. It says on page 48 “that even the Roman Catholic Church which has recognized 14 Virgin sightings and weeping statue episodes in the past two centuries.” In the past two centuries, Mary has re-appeared around the world at least 14 official times. What happens when she appears? Well, it says that there are unexplained healings, it says that the sun spins backwards and lights are starting to change all over Washington, D.C. But this is even more bizarre, it says Father Jim, and that’s this man you’ve probably read about in the paper that has stigmata-he has blood coming out of his arm-and wounds like nail wounds. I’m not sure if they’re here or in his palms. He also, every time he walks into a Roman Church, all of the statues of Mary, tears start running down their faces. And if it’s not enough for tears, blood comes out of their eyes too. And not just little ones, they have a 30-ft. tall one in one of these churches and that one it says had so many tears coming out of it that it made the carpet wet. But what does that do? Well, it says, inside, and this is when she’s weeping, the question of miracles caused the Bishop to look ridiculous. But if he discourages the faithful from believing, he risks driving away the thousands that believe in the miracles. And so, on March 1st, the big fiberglass Madonna of St. Elizabeth’s Church began to weep before the 500 parishioners as Father Jim said the Mass. Now listen, here’s what happened. Inside, people fell to their knees before the Madonna weeping, praying out loud and straining for a glimpse of the tears. The miracle had begun. Now, you want to know? I don’t have any doubts that that statue was crying I just am sure God didn’t do it.
I want you to look for just a minute at Rev 19. Because I want you to see what happens when a supernatural event takes place in a Christian’s life. And I’m only picking the last book of the Bible because the last book of the Bible is compendium of the whole Bible. This happens repeatedly from the first book of the Bible to the last book of the Bible. And it’s a repeated occurrence that when anyone comes into the presence of God, or of an angelic being, that there’s a profound effect that is not worshipping of people. Look at Rev 19:10, this is John giving his testimony, the apostle John, the last living apostle. He’s on Patmos, he’s writing this revelation and it says, this angel’s talking to him and it reveals all these things about the Lamb of God and then here’s John’s testimony, “and I fell at his feet to worship him,” and he said to me, “Don’t do that!” Now if anybody should get worship an angel should. Right? Angels are better than people. This angel is from God’s presence, this angel has never sinned ever. Mary sinned, so did the apostles, so have you and I. But that angel never sinned. And that angel’s talking to John and when John sees that angel he falls down on his face and he starts to hold his feet and worship him. And look what the angel says, don’t worship me, don’t do that, I’m a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God. Don’t worship the saints. You know what this article? This article is so sad; you know what it says that all these crying statues did? It made everybody go out and buy more of them. It says, they all came to church, clutching their statues, and their crucifixes, and their rosaries. And they looked to see if theirs would cry too. Now I don’t mean to prolong this, and I’m not mocking; what I’m saying is: That is blatant, gross idolatry. There’s no other word for it, it’s idolatry. Do you know what God says? It says idolatry is the offense against the Holy God. He said in the O.T., stone ‘em, kill ‘em if they’ll bow down to idols. Do you think in the NT God appreciates idolatry? I am the Lord, I change not; He said over and over again.
Don’t be so severe on Mary, something’s going on there isn’t it? Well, I want to show you something and that’s Rev 13. In about three weeks we’ll be back in our Revelations series after Palm Sunday and Easter. But in Rev 13, we’ll look at this verse, because I want you to see this because I want you not to doubt that there are miracles going on around the world. There’s no doubt that there are miracles. I have met missionaries that have seen people levitate, walk across razor-sharp knives, walk across red-hot flames; there was even the group in RI teaching people how to walk across hot coals. There are people that do all kinds of things. They not only levitate themselves, they levitate others. There’s no doubt that there are miracles going on at Lourdes, at Medgagorje, and everywhere else. There’s no doubt about that. But the problem is that God is not doing signs and wonders in the planet today. Do you know why? He said I am doing signs and wonders to affirm the Scriptures. After that, watch out. Signs and wonders are in Satan’s court. Did you know that? Watch out for people that are raising the dead, healing lawnmowers and washing machines and walking on water today. It’s not Christ doing that.
Look at Revelation 13:13-14:
He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.
……hmmmm, that sounds awful if that’s what Satan’s doing. It would be awful if Christians are involved in that today. There’s no place for images. There’s no place for crucifixes. There’s no place for prayer beads. There’s no place for pictures of Saints and pictures of Christ to be used in adoration and worship and prayer. There’s no place for that. It’s against the Word of God. And it says, “to make an image to the beast who had the wound with a sword and he came to life.”
Well, back up to Matt 24, because I want you to see that Christ warned that this would happen. And I want to maybe get a concept across that you maybe hadn’t thought of before. The concept is this; the Scriptures tell us that in the last times, false Christ’s are going to appear. Now, I repeat what I said at the beginning, a false Christ is not this guy that went up to Oregon and had all the people dancing around with bells and acting crazy in trances. He was very large and wore a big turban and rode around in his 14 Rolls Royce’s. That’s not a false Christ. That’s a false person that says he’s the Messiah. But we’re not talking about that. Jesus said in Matt 24, starting in verse 11……now if a prophet gets up and says, “Worship Buddha” , do you think that would fool anybody? Do you think it would fool you? If it says, “Worship Tao, the great spirits of the departed.” If it says, “Worship Confucius in his ancient wisdom. Worship the great gods of Egypt.” Would that really get any of you? No, but if they said, “Worship Jesus Christ this way,” our ears are perked up. And they say, “yeah, I’ll show you what I can do,” and fire comes down from heaven. You’d go, “Wow, maybe they do have something to say.”
And look what it says in Matthew 24:11:
“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.….
Now cut across to Matthew 24:23:
“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.
Did you know in CA, among those great CA live oaks, that there’s a group up in Big Sur that has seen Christ, his face, in an oak tree? Hmmm, what’s that? How about the lady in Chicago that was baking a tortilla, in low-income housing, do you know how they do that? They put them on the burner. We’re from CA, we used to do that too. It’s kinda fun, if your burner’s clean you just bake em on the burner. It’s quick. They get hot. You eat it. She put a tortilla on the burner, lifted it up and said, “[gasp] It’s the face of Jesus!” Thousands of people have gone there. It’s become an official shrine: Jesus of the Tortilla.
Look what it says in Matthew 24:23-24:
“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect”
Not just the people who profess to be Christians, but the really saved ones might get lead astray. Why? Because it will be so believable. If I came up and was holding red money and said, “C’mon, I’ll sell these $100 bills for $25.” Would any of you buy them? But if they were green and had Jefferson or Lincoln or whoever, Franklin! If I held up one that had Ben Franklin on it and it had Independence Hall on the back and was beautifully engraved and I said they’re 25 bucks, you might buy one. If it looked like a hundred dollar bill. Do you realize that false Christ’s are not these Eastern mystic people. They are people that arise within the church and try and teach people to falsely worship the true Christ. And they try and lead them subtlely away from the truth. Rat poisoning isn’t not 100% strictine. It’s 99% good grain, with just a drop of poison. Vs. 25……
What’s he saying? He’s saying that Jesus Christ will return with incontravertible, I mean no false prophet can fake it. Nobody can have Christ hiding out in the wilderness and only the super, super saints will find him. Jesus Christ said, “Stop watching the signs and wonders and follow the Word.” Did you know that’s what the Bible’s always said? Do you know what it says in Deut 18 “If someone does come and does make a prophecy and does perform a miracle and if that person’s word don’t match up with what Moses told you, kill them.” Now, we’re not under that economy. Don’t be like the abortion clinic guy and shoot people. That was murder. That was wrong. No matter how many people that abortionist murdered, it was wrong for that fella to shoot him, for whatever purpose. But, the lesson is this: Jesus Christ said, “Watch out for false Christ’s.”
The worship of Mary in Roman doctrine, elevating her to co-mediatrix with Jesus Christ is false worship. It’s against the Bible. To say as the Roman Church has that she mediates and makes up what Christ’s sacrifice couldn’t do is wrong. That’s why it’s very difficult; you know there’s some great religion programs at Catholic universities. I have been challenged many times by articles from the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. I have learned much from Catholic scholars, but I could not go to a Catholic school and go to school. Do you know why? I wouldn’t want to be de-sensitized to the false religion they teach. I wouldn’t want to start liking them so that I would say that they are believers and what they are teaching is true. You need to be careful. You need to be careful because you live beside and work beside and have close friends who believe error. You need to lovingly always have your guard up;
ü #1 because of Mass,
ü #2 because of Mary, and
ü #3 because of their tradition over Scripture.
There are no priests in the N.T. There are no scapulars. There are no orders of monks. There are no nuns. There are no bishops in the sense of the Catholic Church and there’s definitely not a monarchical episcopate. There’s no pope in the Bible. But tradition developed that. There are no candles, there’s no Lent, there’s no holy water, there are no sacraments, there’s no extreme unction. None of that is in the Scripture. Tradition. And if you want to hear more about them—that’s in the second tape we went over all the traditions.
Fourthly, there’s a veneration in worship of images and we don’t need to go over that. This whole article’s about that and that’s the fourth reason why the Roman Catholic Church is wrong. They venerate, which is a polite way of saying worship, images. What do you mean? I mean the Saint So-and-So things on your dashboard that’s supposed to help keep you out of accidents. And the Saint So-and-So thing around your neck that’s suppposed to keep you safe. That’s not biblical. That is idolatry. That’s paganism. Put a rabbit’s foot around your neck before you put some saint. They’re equal. No saint can help you. No saint can help me. They’re sinners just like us and when they died they went to Christ’s presence. They’re not omnipresent. They can’t be here to help you. They’re not omniscient and they’re not omnipotent. They couldn’t help you if they did know. That’s wrong. There should not be images. And crucifixes, that’s wrong. That’s a religious object. You shouldn’t have a crucifix. You shouldn’t even if your great grandmother gave it to you and it’s sterling silver. It’s wrong. It’s an object of false worship and it’s biblically wrong.
Fifthly, the sacraments. And we went through this in depth. The scriptures tell us that grace is dispensed by faith in Jesus Christ alone, not by the Church. We do not dispense grace up here. When I baptize someone next Sunday night I am not dispensing grace. When we serve the Lord’s Table from that table in front once a month we are not dispensing grace. Humans can’t dispense grace. Jesus Christ, through his Holy Spirit, in the plan of God dispenses grace. Sacrament. Sacramentalism means the dispensing of grace. That’s not in the Scriptures, nowhere. It’s by faith in Jesus Christ.
Sixthly, Purgatory. Purgatory’s not in the Bible. You know what’s in the Bible? To be absent from the body, 2 Cor 5, we’re2 present with the Lord. As soon as we die we’re in the presence of the Lord if we know Him. Paul said in Phillipians 1 “I desire to depart to be with Christ which is far better.” It says in Luke 16, that when the rich man dies he went immediately into Hades and when Lazarus died he went into Abraham’s bosom. There’s an instantaneous, conscious existence beyond here either in bliss or in torture. And you can’t change that when you get there. That’s an awful lie to put on people, to tell them that if they will ——
The Incredible Relics of the Middle Ages
Well, what set off Martin Luther, I was reading a biography of him again this week because he’s one of my favorite characters in history; and in Martin Luther’s time, if you would go through the elector of Wittenberg, that was a political leader in Germany in the late1400’s and 1500’s. If you’d go through his castle, he had collected 30,000 relics. He actually had a piece of the Burning Bush. He had a piece of the Ark. He had a piece of Noah’s Ark. He had a piece of everything. He really had a collection, which I don’t think he really had it, but he thought he did. If you would walk all the way through his castle and pay an admission you would get 1,900,000 years out of Purgatory. How long is it? If you can get 2 million years out by going to a shrine. You say, well, that’s Martin Luther’s time, the Church has changed. No it hasn’t. We just came back from the Holy Land a couple of months ago. There’s a gigantic brass door in the Vatican today that has a plaque on it that says in the year of jubilee, every 50 years, those doors will open. And they’re opening them more often, I think it’s every 25 years. But when they open, every time you walk through that door you get several hundred years out of Purgatory. Where did that come from? It comes from human religion. It comes from us trying to accommodate people and get them to heaven. It comes from a heart that’s compassionate, but not grounded on the Bible.
Well, the last reason is—and this is where I want you to go with me on a history lesson. We’ve gone through many scriptures in these past few weeks. Tonight I’m gonna take you to just a few O.T. passages. If you want to start in the book of Gen 4:8. We’re gonna go on a biblical journey to see how the Roman Catholic Church merged with paganism. And long before there was any Roman Church, paganism began. In the 4th chapter of Genesis in the 8th verse is Satan’s first convert and his first convert was named Cain. It says
Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
Why? Because Cain offered his own works to God and God didn’t accept it. You can read the first part of chapter 4. And Abel offered what God asked for, which was a bloody sacrifice, and God accepted it. And thus became the great division of history with the very first descendants of Adam and Eve. Between those who we’re going to do it their way and have works and have religion. And chapter 4 is the birth of religion.
And by the way, I’m not involved in religion. I don’t claim to be involved in religion. Religion is a set of man-made rules to approach some diety out there. I’m involved with revelation. Everything that I know did not get invented by humans by religion. It all came down by revelation from God. Every bit of this book came by the direct revelation through inspiration by God to people. They didn’t think it up. They weren’t clever. They weren’t these gifted people that had these high, lofty thoughts. It was directly received from God. That’s what Jesus believed and taught. That’s what the early church believed and taught. That’s what Israel believed as receiving the oracles of God. And that’s what all who believe the truth of the gospel believe.
That this is a supernatural book. And by the way, it’s historically and scientifically accurate. You cannot say that about the Book of Mormon. You cannot say that about the writings of Joseph Smith or Mary-Baker-Glover-Patterson-Frye-Eddy or any of the other cults of this world. You can’t say that. You can’t say that about Hinduism. You can’t say that about the Koran. They all are historically inaccurate, scientifically inaccurate and they’re just plain ridiculous. Do you what the Hindu bible says? It says that the Earth is suspended on the back of four elephants and earthquakes are when they twitch when the flies are biting them. That’s a good one, isn’t it? Maybe it’s good to 2 year olds, but it’s not true. You know what the Bible says, it says that the Earth hangs on nothing, it rotates on an axis and it revolves—I mean it’s scientifically—it talks about hydrology, geodocy. It talks about the whole scientific world. None of those false writings teach truth. They might mimic some biblical truth, but this is the word of God revealed from heaven.
Well, there’s where religion started. And basically religion is two-fold. You can either have the religion of human achievement. That is, I’m going to give God my best and I’m gonna try my hardest and hope I make it. That’s human achievement. That’s Cain bringing his grapefruit and his pumpkins to God. Or you can have divine accomplishment that Jesus Christ paid it all. And when Abel offered the sacrifice of the lamb, he was pointing forward to the Lamb of God. And every O.T. sacrifice pointed forward with the shedding of blood. And Jesus Christ finally came on the cross and he offered his own body for our sins on the cross shedding his blood. There’s nothing I can do. I cannot achieve heaven. God already accomplished it for me if I accept it by faith. That is the revelation come down from God. If a bunch of humans wrote the Bible they wrote a bad book because it’s too hard. Because God says we all fail. Humans wouldn’t write that. Even the Greek Mythology wrote in a way for the people to make it with all of their errors and all of their sins. God says you all fail. Only by faith can you come to Christ.
Well, you keep going to chapter 11 in Gen, and I want you to hasten on because we’ve got to cover the whole Bible quickly. 11: 1-9 talks about organized religion and that was around a place called Babel. Babylon. And Babel, the Tower of Babel, and that comes from the gibberish when God confused their languages. They built one big ziggeraut, a tall kind of thing with worship to the gods of the stars and the sun and the moon. And they were organizing this type of worship and God went down and confounded them. Basically, that’s why in every civilization in the world you find the same foundational false religions. They all have some type of sun worship. They all have some type of mother-son diety and it all started at the Tower of Babel. When God dispersed the nations of the world, they took with them their false religion; and you can read about that in 11:1-9.
In chapter 10:8-10, it talks about Noah’s wicked, apostate grandson. His name was Nimrod. You take out your history books, the Schopf-Herzog Encylcopedia, or the Encyclopedia Brittanica, you’ll find that this guy married a woman named Simeramus. And Nimrod’s wife, Simeramus, started this mother-son cult which surrounds this planet and is 200 cultures around the world. This idea with a mother and a diety son, and the mother is co-diety with him. Sounds kind of like the Madonna, Mary and Christ, doesn’t it? The first thing I remember when I went to the Vatican Museum as a young person many years ago, my first time to Europe, I couldn’t wait to go to the Vatican Museum; I will always remember the first exhibit inside the door, once you get in through all the beautiful paintings and go into the museum. The first exhibit is all the mother/son dieties of all the cultures of the world. That’s an indictment on that church. That they don’t realize that what they’re doing is what all the false religions have believed throughout the centuries.
The Spread of Paganism
Well, this concept builds and builds and builds. It went from Babylon after the dispersion toPhoenicia and they named the mother Asteroth and they called the son Tamus. It went from Phoenicia to Pergamos, and after it got to Pergamos it became an official religion; and you can read about that in Revelation 3. The church was still battling with it in the NT era. It went to Egypt and was known as Isis and Horus, the mother/son deity. It went from Babylon to Greece and it became Aphrodite and Eros. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and her son. It went to Rome and became Venus and Cupid. Cupid, Valentine’s Day Cupid, the little fat guy with the arrow is a part of pagan mythology and is the son of the Mother god. You have to watch out, even the cartoons these days are blatantly filled with paganism.
Well, Dr. Dwight Pentecost was in Mexico City, many years ago, and I quote to you from his book, Prophecy for Today, on page 133, he said this:
“Several years ago, I visited an archeological museum in Mexico City. A recent find had just been put on display, which the Mexican archeologists had authenticated as belonging to the period 200 BC Two hundred years before Christ. Two hundred years before the establishment of the church. Two hundred years before Mary bore Christ into this world, okay? And do you know what it was? The object was the center of a religious worship among some of the early Indians in Mexico. To my amazement, it was an image of a mother with a child in her arms. The Babylonian religion had spread abroad to become the religion of the world.”
Do you know what the religion of Babylon was? The mother goddess. Do you know where our planet is going? Do you know where all the mainline churches are going? They’re changing the hymnbooks; instead of saying Our Father which art in heaven, do you know what they’re saying? Our Mother which art in heaven. This whole concept of the Mother god. Y’know, you even look at it in the commercials on TV, this’ll show you how long it’s been since I watched TV, There used to be one about something and it would go [crash] “Don’t mess with Mother Nature!” Remember that one? The whole concept of the Earth as our Mother. That’s part of Satan’s religion that we came out of the womb of the Earth. Protect the Earth. The Earth is a female deity.
Well, Semiramis herself, remember Chapter 10 of Genesis, had a son. And after she had her son, she called herself the Queen of Heaven. I want you to start turning to the book of Jeremiah, real quickly. We’re going to fast forward. Jeremiah 7. If you don’t know where Jeremiah is, go to the middle of the Bible, that’s Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and chapter 7. Because that title that Semiramis calls herself, Queen of Heaven, shows up repeatedly throughout the centuries in this religion of Babylon. And it shows up in the Bible too, in a very bad sense. Jeremiah 7:18, this is an indictment, Jeremiah is standing at the temple gate. He’s talking about the false religion that’s ruining the worship of the true God in Israel. This is what he says in Jeremiah 7:18
“The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger.
What is the Queen of Heaven? That’s idolatry. That’s this Mother goddess, that’s Nimrod’s wife. Semiramis’ title she took upon herself. Do you know what? After she called herself the Queen of Heaven, you can read in the Encyclopedia Britannica, do you know what Nimrod called himself? The Pontifex Maximus. Do you know who on this planet today has that title? Um-hmm, the leader of the Roman Church. Do you know what they call Mary? Do you know? The Queen of Heaven.
Keep reading in Jeremiah, go to Jeremiah 44:25:
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: ‘You and your wives have spoken with your mouths and fulfilled with your hands, saying, “We will surely keep our vows that we have made, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her.” You will surely keep your vows and perform your vows!’
This was apostate religion of the true God. And do you know what? The worship of the true God had devolved to? Do you know what it had degraded to? Instead of worshipping the infinite, holy, uncreated eternal spirit, God; they were worshipping the Queen of Heaven. Baking cakes and pouring out incense and offerings to her. Do you know why God destroyed Israel? Do you know why they were ransacked and wiped out by the Babylonians? Because they were worshipping the goddess of the Babylonians. Keep turning to Ezekiel 8, and we could do this all night, but I don’t want to bore you. I just want to show you that it’s very biblical. This false worship Babylon was exporting. It’s a very biblical concept; it’s very unbiblical worship. Ezekiel 8:14 says:
So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the Lord’s house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.
Who is Tammuz? That’s Ashteroth’s son. What was that all about? Well, let me share with you. Because Semiramis, back to the history books, had a son named Tammuz. Tammuz, this is historic, this isn’t mythology.
Where do Easter and Lent Come From?
Tammuz was killed by wild boars, you know, big pigs with large tusks. They gored him to death. So, she had a period of mourning for him. And after he’d been slain on this hunting trip, she had a period of mourning for him. She put him on this pyre and she did a lot pagan stuff and after 40 days, he rose from the dead. And after he rose from 40 days, she declared that from that time onward, every year they would celebrate Tammuz death and resurrection. Do you know what the worship of Baal was in the OT? It was worship of the death and resurrection of Baal, the son of Astarte. Asherah poles. And they would mourn for 40 days, his death, and then have an orgy and celebrate his resurrection. Well, after the 40-day fast, they had a joyful feast for his resurrection called Ishtar. Does that sound familiar? Easter. You can look in your encyclopedia, you can look in your dictionary, Easter. Ishtar. At this feast, colored eggs were exchanged and eaten as a symbol of resurrection life. An evergreen tree was brought in and burned. And then, everyone ate cakes inscribed with the initial of Tammuz. Now, I’m not saying it’s wrong to have colored Easter eggs. I’m not saying it’s wrong to have Christmas trees or to even let Easter slip out of your mouth. We’re not superstitious. But I hope you realize that if you buy into the Easter Bunny, Easter egg, 40 days of Lent thing-it’s paganism.
Do you know what Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday and all that is? Carnival, carne- is meat; Carnival is all the meat you want. You have a carnival on Mardi Gras, which is called, Fat Tuesday, why? Because Ash Wednesday starts the period of 40 days of fasting. Where did that come from? It’s not from God; it’s not from the Bible. That’s paganism, that’s wrong, and it shouldn’t be in the church if it’s Christian.
Well, you see that the religion of Babylon spread all over the world, but it didn’t just spread around the world but it went right into Israel. You saw that in Jeremiah and Ezekiel and that’s why God destroyed them. Well, that worship continued on, unabated. And in the year AD 313, there was a merging of the streams. The early church fought off paganism right and left. Remember what the apostle Paul said,
“Our citizenship is in heaven”
That’s where we’re looking for Christ. We have no continuing city on earth. We worship God in the spirit, we rejoice in Christ Jesus.” Remember all those verses? What the New Testament church taught. But in the 4th Century, Constantine injected paganism. And though the church fought for centuries to stave off that worship.
The Origin of Purgatory
In 593, the Roman Catholic Church declared as dogma: Purgatory. Where did purgatory come from? It came from the ancient Eastern religions of the Canaanites, and of their forefathers in Baal worship. Where’s that from? That’s from Satan. The whole concept of purgatory is that you can work your way to God if you didn’t do the right thing on earth you get a second chance. That’s what’s wrong and that’s why we had books removed from our bookstore by a fellow named Girzone. Do you know that’s his doctrine? He teaches you get a second chance. Did you know that’s antithetically, diametrically opposed to Jesus Christ? It doesn’t matter if he is on the best-selling Christian author list. He’s not teaching truth. You should be careful, no matter who says their Christian, to make sure what they’re teaching lines up with the Bible.
Well, from 593 to 1100 not much went on in the church until they started charging money for Masses 1100 AD. Historic Fact: The Roman Catholic Church says, “You pay us money, we’ll offer a Mass for you, for your sins to be done away with.” Remember that Peter said in Acts 4?
“Silver and gold have I not. But that which I have I give you in the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk.”
The popes today cannot say, “Silver and gold have I not.” Neither can they make people walk. Today, purgatory and money are obscuring the gospel for Masses.
The Origin of Indulgences
1190 AD, they started selling indulgences, you didn’t even need a Mass. If you would do something good, you would get an indulgence for you or a friend to get out of purgatory. In 1215, they started transubstantiation, which is the transmutation of plain bread and plain wine into the body and blood of Christ; which the Bible never propounded or taught as doctrine. In 1226, near 11 years later, they started holding up the host after transubstantiation, and they would say, “We worship you, O God.” The host of Mass, they still do that today. It’s been going on for 766 years.
The Removal of Scriptures from Individuals
In 1229, the Counsel of Toledo officially put the Bible on the index. Toledo, not Ohio, Toledo, Spain. And you could not read the Bible; it was against the Church. Against the Church’s teaching to read the Bible? To keep people in darkness. That’s why there’s stained glass windows and that’s why there’s all those things carved into the ancient churches; and I’ve toured Medieval Cathedrals all over Europe and you can see the gospel message as those church men were trying to give people the message because they couldn’t read the Bible so they tried to show it to them in stone.
Tradition Equal to God’s Word
In the year 1545, the Council of Trent turns finally from the authority of God’s word to the authority of tradition. Tradition was made equal with the authority of the Bible and justification by faith was 125 times condemned as “damnable”. And you know what the Bible says? Look at Ephesians 2:8,9 You should have a big box around this in your Bible. Everyone in the counseling class has memorized it, but I want to remind you this Eph 2:8,9……not through Masses, not through candles, not through the meritorious supply of the overage of saints. Totally by faith in the grace of God, only. That was declared damnable heresy in 1545 AD That was reaffirmed in 1962. That was the first thing they took care of at the Vatican II. They said,
“We reaffirm the anathema upon those that say salvation does not come through the sacraments.”
The church of John Paul II is the church that denies the Scriptures, that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
The Origin of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
In the year 1854, they invented the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. That means that she was sinless when she was born. Hmmm. Then, in 1870, because people didn’t like that, 16 years later, the Church said, “You don’t like that? The pope is infallible.” Did you know that didn’t happen until 1870? He didn’t sit up in that chair ex-cathedra and pontificate that’s become an adjective now to describe things pontificate. He didn’t do that until 1870. Do you see how this has grown? It should be alarming to you if you have any vestiges of trust in the Roman Church. The fact that what I believe, the apostle Paul believed, because I believe what he wrote. What you believe Jesus taught because you read it. What 900 million Roman Catholics believe has been growing for 1600 years. Purgatory came in 593, money for Masses 1100, indulgences 1190, transubstantiation 1215, adoration of the host 1226, the Bible’s off limits 1229, justification by faith is damnable heresy in 1545, Mary was sinlessly conceived in 1854, the pope is infallible in 1970. What happened to all of the other popes? Why weren’t they infallible? There are a lot of questions.
The Assumption of Mary
And finally, most recently, in 1950, 1950, six years before I was born. The Roman Church discovered that Mary had been bodily assumed into heaven. Did you know that? I don’t think she knew that. I don’t think the apostles knew that. What does all this mean? It means, now this is that last verse and then we’ll sing a song. Look at the book of Jude. Jude was the half-brother of Jesus Christ. And Jude was a marvelous, zealous, fervent follower of Jesus Christ. And this is what Jude says, verse 3…what does that mean? It means that in the 1st Century people were creeping in and defiling the simplicity of Christ. And I tell you that in 1993 they’re still here and they’re still robbing people of the simplicity of Jesus Christ. What is that? Acts 4: 12……..One name, one savior, one gospel, one book. No tradition. One blood shed for the sins of many. One blessed hope when we die, not of purgatory but of heaven.
The apostle Paul wrote a verse in 2Tim 1:12……
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
Knowing What We Believe
Someone wrote a hymn about that and we’re going to sing it before we close with a prayer. Number 288. And I want you to really think about 4 weeks of what is basically negative. I’d rather teach the truth from a positive sense, but sometimes the only way to really get the message across is to show it negatively, what’s wrong with it. That’s not really where I’m most comfortable. But I want you to know that salvation is by grace. Salvation is by faith. Salvation is once and for all delivered to us. That no one is going to add to it. No one is going to enlarge upon it. No one is going to correct it. No one is going to give you a new revelation. It’s established. And if someone tells you that Jesus Christ is off in the desert, or up in a tree or his mother’s appearing in Yugoslavia somewhere. Don’t believe them, but lovingly point them to the truth. Let’s sing as our testimony tonight, all 5 stanzas…
The last stanza is going to be our testimony. Because we don’t know when the Lord will come, we ought to resolve as Jonathon Edwards wrote in his diary, 250 years ago,
“To never do anything, or have anything, or be anywhere that I wouldn’t want to be found the last hour of my life on earth.”
Some of you need to make some decisions, if you have some of the old holy hardware hanging around. Your images of the saints, your rosaries, your crucifixes, your religious stuff, pictures that you need. You need to get rid of that. And don’t give it away; don’t pass on the problem to someone else. Get rid of it. Some of you need to decide that you need to take a clear-cut stand for Christ. The reason why Christianity doesn’t cost anything anymore is because some of you, no one even knows you’re a Christian. If people say, “All roads lead to God.” Say, “No, they don’t.” If they say, “ All churches are the same.” Say, “No, they’re not.” If they say, “You can’t really believe the Bible.” Say, “But, I do.” If they say, “But we’re all going to get to heaven.” Say, “No, we’re not.” And lovingly tell them the truth. And instead of accommodating your Roman Catholic friends, love them so much that you point them to their only hope which is faith and the finished work of Christ. Let’s just sing this fifth stanza with our voices as our closing offering to the Lord and then we’ll bow for a word of prayer…
Now unto You that are able to keep us from falling. And to present us faultless before Your presence with exceeding joy. To the only wise God to whom be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and evermore. Amen.
Notes part 2:
Before I start with my list of reasons let me assure you that I know and love some dear born again Roman Catholics. In fact, some of my closest spiritual advisors were baptized Roman Catholic priests (emphasis on were):
J. Wycliffe J. Hus. J. Calvin M. Luther
*Gal. 1:6-10 1 P 2:24 2 C 11:3
And even today I have met warm and loving folks who are born again but stay in the church. How? It’s like AIDS – AIDS is deadly killer. It strikes good and bad. Romanism is deadly so many good people are touched by it but it doesn’t lessen the evil of the blasphenous doctrine of Romanism. Let me explain:
1. Roman Catholicism is false, anti-Christian doctrine because of the Mass
Now what does Rome teach on this vital subject? Listen to the creed of Pope Pius IV, which is a summary of the findings of Rome’s Great Council of Trent: Article Five
“That in the most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist there is truly, really and substantially the Body and Blood, together with the Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that there is made a conversion of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood; which conversion the Catholic Cchurch calls Transubstantiation. I also confess that under each kind alone Christ is received whole and entire, and a true Sacrament.”
I have a Mass Book here and in it the priest and congregation are instructed thus:
“After the words of Consecration, the priest, kneeling, adore the Sacred Host; rising, he elevates It–Look up at the Sacred Host with faith, piety and love, saying: ‘My Lord and My God’–and then placing it in the coporal, again adores It.”
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The priest and the congregation actually worship the little pancake god and call it “My Lord and My God.” No wonder I call it the mockery of the mass. Yes, and what a mockery of God, of Christ, of the Holy Ghost, and Calvary it all is! Paisley.
…in this divine sacrifice…is contained and immolated in an unbloody manner the same Christ who once offered Himself in a bloody manner…this is truly propitiatory…. For the victim is one and the same…now offering [Himself] by the ministry of priests…not only for the sins…of the faithful who are living, but also for those departed in Christ but not yet fully purified (i.e., still suffering in purgatory for their sins). (P. 146)
If anyone says that in the mass a true and real sacrifice is not offered to God…[by] priests [who] offer His own body and blood…[or] that the sacrifice of the mass is…not a propitiatory one…let him be anathema (p. 149).
This blasphemous gospel necessarily alienates evangelicals because it contradicts the specific teaching of Scripture:
Nor yet that he should offer himself often [as Catholicism teaches]…but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself…we are sanctified by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…for by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. …Now…there is no more offering for sin. (Heb. 9-25-10:18, and many other verses). Hunt.
The epistle to the Hebrews speaks of the once for all sacrifice of Christ on the cross, not a daily sacrifice on altars. It cannot be argued exegetically that the Mass is a real and true sacrifice of reconciliation and that Christ still sacrifices Himself daily by the hands of the priest (Council of Trent) as the Bible repeatedly affirms in the clearest and most positive terms that Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary was complete in that one offering. And that it was never to be repeated is set forth in Hebrews, Chapters 7, 9 and 10. There we read: “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the peoples: for this he did once, when he offered up himself” (7:27) “…by his own blood he entered in once, into the hold place, having obtained eternal redemption for us: (9:12). “…And without shedding of blood is no remission…Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of thers; for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world; but not once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself…So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation: (19:22-28). “By the which we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (10:10-14).
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Dr. Loraine Boettner, in his classic book “Roman Catholicism”, asks the reader to “Notice that throughout these verses occurs the statement ‘once for all’, which has in it the idea of completeness, or finality, and which precludes repetition. Christ’s work on the cross was perfect and decisive. It constituted one historic event which need never be repeated and which in fact cannot be repeated. The language is perfectly clear: ‘He offered one sacrifice for sins for ever’ (10:12). Paul says that ‘Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more’ (Romans 6:9); and the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews says that ‘By one offering he had perfected for ever them that are sanctified’ (10:14)…We are told that Christ has sat down as token that His work is finished. Depend upon it, He never descends from that exalted place to be a further sacrifice upon Rome’s altars or on any other; for of such sacrifice there is no need…. Thank God that we can look back to what our Lord did on Calvary and know that He completed the sacrifice for sins once for all, and that our salvation is not dependent on the whim or arbitrary decree of any priest or church. Any pretense at a continuous offering for sin is worse than vain, for it is a denial of the efficacy of the atoning sacrifice of Christ on Calvary.
So first, I am not Roman Catholic because of the anti-Christian blasphemy of mass. Don’t partake of it if you know Christ!
2. Roman Catholicism is false and anti-Christian because of their doctrine of many.
Open to Mt. 6:7.
The Fifteen Promises of Mary to Christians Who Recite the Rosary:
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces. 2. I promise my special protection (omnipresence? Omniscience? _______) and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary. 3. The rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell (no word of God), it will destroy vice decrease sin, and defeat heresies. 4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will life them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means (__________________). 5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish. 6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life. 7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church. 8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
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9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary. 10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven. 11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary. 12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities. 13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the rosary are my son, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ. 15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
Grace be unto you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ/
Mary is co-redemptrix of the human race…because with Christ she ransomed mankind from the power of Satan. Jesus redeemed us with the blood of His body, Mary with the agonies of her heart…The church and the saints greet her thus: “You, O Mary, together with Jesus Christ, redeemed us.”…
God has ordained that no grace will be granted to us except through Mary…No one will be saved or obtain mercy except through you, O Heavenly Lady. …No one will enter heaven without passing through Mary as one would pass through a door. …O Mary, our salvation is in your hands, etc.
This is not the gospel; it is blasphemy! Yet such are the beliefs of Pope John Paul II, whose theology Fournier says he “does not question” (p. 204). Fournier declares that Mary was kept from sin, which denies the gospel that “all have sinned” and that Christ died for all mankind. If God could keep Mary, then he could have kept Eve and all human beings from sin, thus eliminating the need for Christ to die.
…Protestants would continue to affirm Catholic Christology. Again terribly false! Catholicism’s Christology is heretical.
(1) It denies Christ s exclusive role as mediator between God and man, making Mary “coc-mediatrix”,
(2) It denies the exclusivity of His redemptive work, making Mary “co-redemptrix” (Vatican II credits Mary with a perpetual “salvific role; she continues to obtain by her constant intercession the graces we need for eternal salvation”); and
(3) It denies the sufficiency of His redemptive work, declaring that the redeemed must, in addition to Christ’s suffering for them upon the cross, suffer for their own sins here and/or in purgatory, etc. A great deal more heresy is involved in Catholic Christology, such as presenting Him as perpetually an infant or child subject to His mother, but lack of space prevents further detail. The “Christ” of Roman Catholicism is just as false as its
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“Mary” — as much “another Jesus” as that of Mormonism or any other cult. Let’s admit it!
Jesus Christ plainly taught that Mary was on the same plane with all other Christians who would do the will of God.
In Mark 3:31-35, we read:
“There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, they mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”
Do not avoid the truth here on the authority of Jesus Christ, “Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.” And when one heard Jesus and cried out, “Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked,” Jesus answered, “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:27, 28). There is no hint in the Bible that New Testament Christians ever regarded Mary as more than another good woman. She had no authority among the apostles. No one was taught to pray to her, to do her homage, to adore her, or to partake of the unscriptural worship which Catholics do, but call it by other names. Thus the Roman Church has brought a plague upon itself by adding the commandments of men and traditions of men to the commands of God.
3. The Roman catholic Church has perverted the Bible and substituted tradition of preachers or oelders.
Since the Bible clearly teaches that now there is to be no more sacrifice for sins, and since the Old Testament priestnood has been succeeded by one priest, Jesus Christ, who has offered one sacrifice forever, then there is no teaching of a priesthood to offer sacrifices in the New Testament. There are elders, preachers. Some of these enlders had official positions as pastors or supervisors of local congregations. It is true that in the spiritual sense, all Christians are to be “kings and priests unto God” (I Pet. 2:9; Rev. 5:10). But there was no official priestly work done by anyone as an officer of a church, as an elder or bishop in Bible times. It was not even specified that an elder or bishop should even be present when people took the Lord’Supper. It had no official significance. It was a simple little object lesson, a ceremony of remembrance. And there is not a single hint anywhere that the Lord’s Supper had any saving power. It was not a sacrifice. It was never called that in the Bible. That is a false doctrine, manufactured by the Church of Rome, which contradicts the Bible, adds to the Bible, and so brings the plagues of the Bible upon the Roman Church.
I have not room here to discuss all the innovations, all the strange and unscriptural doctrines and practices which have been invented by Roman Catholic hierarchy. In the Bible there was no pope and no papal authority, no papal infallibility. There were no prayers to Mary, no doctrine of Mary’s Immaculate Conception nor of her body’s ascension to Heaven. There were no penances, no indulgences, no confessions
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to priests, no orders of monks or nuns. All of this is manufactured, not only without the Bible but contrary to the plain teachings of the Word of God.
4. The Bible plainly forbids making any image for worship and bowing down to any image.
In Exodus 20:4 and 5 the Scripture says:
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”
And any honest reader knows that that Scripture forbids using an image in worship, bowing down to it, praying before it, and serving it. And yet the Catholic Church not only has images, but encourages people to pray to images, to the crucifix, to images of Mary, to images of saints. Here Roman tradition violates the Bible, and the commandments of men take the place of the commandments of God. That is sin.
5. Fifth reason I am not Roman Catholic is because of the sin of the sacraments.
The first of the 7 sacraments is baptism, which is performed upon 98% of Catholics as infants. It is declared in Canon 849 to be the means “by which men and women are freed from their sins, are reborn as children of God….” The Basic Catechism declares that baptism “is necessary for salvation…cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians….” Another sacrament is the Mass, which the Catechism declares to be “one and the same Sacrifice with that of the Cross, inasmuch as Christ…continues to offer himself…on the altar, through the ministry of his priests.” Canon 904 states that “the work of redemption is continually accomplished in the mystery of the Eucharistic Sacrifice,” thus denying Christ’s triiumphant “It is finished!”
Tradition: Mt. 15:3-6 What a particular Catholic may believe is not the issue, but rather the official teaching of Roman Catholicism. That is found in The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent (1545-64) and Vatican II (1962-5). Trent denied every Reformation doctrine, from Sola Scripture to salvation by grace through faith alone. It pronounced 125 anathemas (eternal damnation) upon anyone believing what evangelicals believe and preach today. “No one can know with the certainty of faith…that he has obtained the grace of God [anathema to all who claim they know]” (Trent, 6th Ses., Chap. IX). “If anyone says that the sacraments of the new law are not NECESSARY FOR SALVATION…but that without them…men obtain from God through faith alone the grace of justification…LET HIM BE ANATHEMA” (Trent, 7th Ses., Canon 4).
Vatican II far from making changes, reaffirmed Trent: “This sacred council…proposes again the decrees of…the Council of Trent” (Vol. 1, p. 412). As for the “sacraments of the new law,” which Trent said were “necessary for salvation,” Vatican II declared: “For it is the liturgy through which, especially in the diving
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SACRIFICE of the Eucharist, the WORK OF OUR REDEMPTION IS ACCOMPLISHED” (Vol. 1, p. 1).
6. Sixth, because of the horrible lie of purgatory.
Documented Proof Here are a few more quotes from Vatican II, which prove conclusively that Roman Catholicism is a counterfeit gospel: “Sins must be expiated…through the sorrows, miseries and trials of this life…otherwise…in the next life through fire and torments…[because] our souls need to be purified…in purgatory the souls of those who died in the charity of God and truly repentant but who had not made satisfaction with adequate penance for their sins and omissions are cleansed after death with punishments designed to purge away their debt” (Vol. 1, pp. 63-4).
The Bible declares: “When he [Christ] had be himself PURGED our sins (Heb. 1:3)…By his own blood he entered in ONCE into the holy place, HAAVING OBTAINED ETERNAL REDEMPTION for us (9:12)…without the shedding of blood is no remission [of sin] (9:22 – suffering in purgatory won’t do it!)…now where remission of these is there is NO MORE OFFERING (SACRIFICE) for sin (10:18)…we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL (10:10)…for by ONE OFFERING he hath perfected FOR EVER them that are sanctified” (10:14). Catholicism denies this Biblical Gospel!
Although Rome teaches that one must be “purged” by suffering for one’s own sins, it offers “indulgences” to reduce or eliminate that suffering. “Indulgences” can thus discharge what Christ’s death could not. Vatican II has 20 complex rules concerning when and now an indulgence may be obtained. For example: “The faithful who use with devotion an object of piety (crucific, cross, rosary, scapular or medal) after it has been duly blessed by any priesst, can gain a partial indulgence. But if this object of piety is blessed by the Pope or any bishop, the faithful who use it with devotion can alsos gain a plenary [full] indulgence on the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul, provided they also make a profession of faith using any APPROVED FORMULA” (Vol. 1, pp. 77-8). “The Church…commands that the usage of indulgences…should be kept…and it CONDEMS WITH ANATHEMA those who say that indulgences are useless or that the Church does not have the power to grant them…[for] the task of WINNING SALVATION” (Vol. 1, pp. 71, 74).