CULT OF MARY
A FALSE MARY:
a large meeting, Vatican 2, 1962-65, Pope John 23rd
and bishops from Ireland, Central America, Italy, Spain and others expressed
concern that tradition elevated devotion to Mary to the point of idolatry. They
called it “The Cult of the Virgin.”
The true Mary was a “handmaiden of the Lord” married to a carpenter who
directed people to Jesus. She said, “Whatever he says unto you, do it” (John
2:5). On the first Christmas, Mary wrapped her gift to the world and laid him in
this cult, Mary is different from the mother of Jesus in Scripture. God warns us
not to worship the creature instead
of the creator (Romans 1:25). Jesus is Mary’s creator. We have lost our
compass if the Father and Son are secondary in our worship. Bishops concluded it
was firmly entrenched and unchangeable. People in Paul’s day tested his
teachings by comparing them with Scripture (Acts 17:11). Tune up your balogna
Mary is “The Mother of God”
according to tradition but the true Mary is mother of Jesus’ physical body.
God is a trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Mary is not mother of these three
separate persons. God in tri-unity was there a long time before Mary appeared so
how can she be his mother?
The false Mary, according to tradition was free from original sin. Mary
of the Bible was not immaculately conceived but considered herself a sinner,
“rejoicing in God her Savior” (Luke 1:47). Only sinners need a Savior.
“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
In the 1930s, Pope Pius said Mary is mediatrix of all graces. In Scripture,
Jesus is the one and only mediator between man and God (1 Tim. 2:5). Tradition
added another level with Mary as second mediator who allegedly takes our prayer
requests to Jesus.
is idolatry to pray to anyone but God. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray
for forgiveness of sins he did not say, “Our father in the confessional
forgive our sins.” He said,
“Our Father in heaven...” (Matt. 6:9-13). Call no man on earth your
spiritual father (Matthew 23:9). We have sinned against God. The only one that
can forgive us is the one we sinned against.
Bible warns against necromancy, seeking the dead as in witchcraft (Deut. 18).
There is no basis in Scripture for praying to or for the dead. One visionary in
Medjugorje said her mother appeared with Mary in a vision.
A message of June 25, 2001:
children! I am with you and I bless you all with my motherly blessing.
Especially today when God gives you abundant
graces, pray and seek God through me...come closer to my heart so I can lead you
to my Son, Jesus...”
living seeking the dead [Mary or saints] is an abomination (Isaiah 8:19). In
visions, lying familiar demon spirits masquerade as departed persons. People
think they meet God but contact Satan. The traditional cult of saints is also
or what did he see in Luke 2:26-30? He was about to die and saw salvation at his
eleventh hour. Did he see a Protestant minister, priest or Pope, a Watchtower,
Book of Mormon, Koran, zodiac, a Masonic lamb skin, a dollar bill, the Buddha,
Muhammad, a bottle of booze or some other counterfeit? Did he see Mary, the
mother of Jesus, who stood nearby? NO!
He looked into the face of Jesus. Why burn rubber in the fast lane if you
are going the wrong way? Jesus is the way, truth and
life (John 14:6). You cannot find right answers by looking in wrong
places. Download your sins on Jesus. “Will Roman Catholics go to heaven?”
asked a Catholic.
priest answered: “Our church has a variety of things: Mary, saints, the Pope,
purgatory, relics, icons, shrines, the mass, sacraments and Jesus. If they focus
on Jesus they will go to heaven but if they focus on Mary’s treasury of merit,
the sacraments including baptism or anything else they will go to hell. Jesus,
plus nothing, is the way of salvation. He is The Way to heaven not one of
many equally good ways (John 14:6). You must look beyond stained glass and ask Jesus to forgive your sins.”
the last days some with seared
conscience shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and
doctrines of devils forbidding marriage and meats”(1 Timothy 4:1-5). The Roman
Catholic church added so much tradition that finding
truth in that maze is like a needle in a haystack. However, some, like
Martin Luther, looked beyond tradition and found forgiveness in Christ.
means to purge or cleanse. Sins that were not absolved
at the confessional are allegedly purged by fires of purgatory. For every
counterfeit there is a real one, a real place to purge sins. “After Jesus by
himself purged our sins [on the cross] he sat at the right hand of the
Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:3).
be merciful to me a sinner” is the sin purging prayer. A tax collector
that prayed went to his house justified, freely pardoned by God’s grace (Luke
18:10-14). Sins are purged by blood not by fire (Heb. 9:22). There is no such
thing as holy water in Scripture.
priest built a Drive-In Confessional with a sign: Toot and Tell or Go
to Hell. There is no need to toot just pray like David after his adultery
mercy on me, O God...wash me from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. I was
shaped in iniquity and in sin my mother conceived me...purge me
with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Create in me a clean heart and restore unto me the joy of your salvation”
(Psalm 51). Our sins are no worse than David’s. God forgave and used him and
he will do the same for us.
Tetsul invented a unique way to raise millions to build St. Peter’s
Basilica. At meetings he had an open coffin and said: “As soon as the coin
in the coffin rings, the soul from purgatory springs.” Purgatory and penance
deny the sufficiency of the cross for salvation. The New Catholic
Encyclopedia admits the belief in purgatory depends on early church fathers
and tradition and is not mentioned in Scripture but was accepted at the Council
of Trent (1545-61). They
pronounced anathema on all who reject purgatory. On the cross, Jesus said, “It
is finished” but purgatory teaches further cleansing by fire is needed for
Machabees 12:39-45 is often cited to show purgatory cleanses from venial sins
but those mentioned were guilty of mortal sins, idolatry.
FALSE FOUNDATION: PETER
builds his church on the rock of Peter’s confession: “You are the Christ,
the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16-18). “That Rock was Christ” not
Peter (1 Cor. 10:4). Peter is just a pebble in comparison to the solid Rock,
Christ Jesus. Anyone standing on that pebble praying to a false Mary is as far
from the truth as east is from west.
In the early church some followed Paul, Apollos, Peter and others. Was Peter
crucified for you? Christians have a referral ministry, referring sinners to
Jesus. John the Baptist, pointing to Jesus, said, “Behold the lamb of God who
takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). He did not point to purgatory or a certain church. All churches have one thing in common: None
can save us from our sins; Jesus saves (Matt. 1:21). Catholicism lost its
compass because the church is its authority above the Bible. It is sola
ekklasia, the church alone, not sola scriptura, the Bible alone. The
Bible is infallible not the Pope. They follow shooting stars not the north star.
and excathedra dogma also alleged visions and messages from Mary must
agree with the Bible. Visions of Mary harmonize with Catholic tradition but God
does not contradict himself with mixed messages. Jesus set
the example when he spoke to the devil saying “It is written” (Matt.
4). Neither Jesus nor his disciples quoted from spurious apocryphal books.
asked a Tulsa, Oklahoma, University theology professor: “What must one do to
become a Christian?”
kind of Christian are you talking about?”
there more than one kind of Christian?”
there are fake institutional Christians that have joined some Protestant
or Catholic institution and taken on the label of Christianity. True born again
Christians have asked Jesus to forgive their sins and have crossed over from
death unto life (John 5:24). You cannot have a counterfeit without a real one.
There are no counterfeit $75 bills for there are no real ones.”
try to trace the true church through various religious institutions. It is more
accurately traced to the first century by those
burned at stakes, beheaded, boiled in oil, killed in prison, poisoned and fed
alive to lions.
false priest sits in a confessional forgiving and retaining sins. In contrast,
if we confess our sins our Great High Priest, Jesus, forgives and cleanses us
from all unrighteousness every time (1 John 1:9). The Holy Royal Priesthood
of all believers, men and women, is the New Testament concept (1 Peter
2:5,9). When Jesus died the temple veil ripped from top to bottom signifying all
have direct access to come boldly to God’s throne (Matt. 27:51).
organized Roman Catholic Church existed until the 10th
century. At one time there were five popes: in Antioch, Alexandria, Rome,
Constantinople and Jerusalem. After various power struggles the western Pope in
Rome became supreme. East and west separated in 1054 forming the Eastern
Orthodox Church but kept the same teachings as Rome. On CNN, a reporter said
the priesthood is virtually a homosexual vocation with 20 to 50%
in this demonic lifestyle. “Forbidding to marry is a teaching of the
devil” (1 Timothy 4:3). There are over 3,000 denominations in Catholicism at
present. The Coptic Church has lapsed into idolatry and witchcraft with
little evidence of Jesus.
warned about following a false Christ (2 Cor. 11:4). Jesus said, “You nullify
the word of God by your traditions” (Mark 7:13). Unbiblical tradition creates
a false Christ whose sacrifice is not sufficient to forgive sins but needs help
from Mary, saints, sacraments, penance, priests and purgatory. Salvation is
found in Jesus plus nothing, sola Christos. “If you confess with your
mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead you
will be saved” (Romans 10:9,10).
also have a tradition of offering up to God their pain and sacrifices
they make at Lent and other times. This pain allegedly adds to the pain suffered
by Christ and helps in the salvation of sinners. This is totally futile and
unbiblical as the cross is sufficient for salvation of all. All the demonic
activity in the Catholic church such as homosexuality and sexual abuse of
children proves they have a false Christ and dogma that changes heads but not
hearts of priests and members. I suggest you leave that cult before it destroys
your entire family.
took bread and said, “This IS my body that was broken for you; do this
in remembrance of me. This cup IS the New Testament in my blood; drink it
in remembrance of me” (1 Cor. 11:24,25). When Jesus said these words
his blood flowed in his veins and was not in the cup. On Remembrance or Memorial
Day we remember those who died in wars to preserve our freedom. At holy
communion we remember the death of Jesus until he comes (1 Cor. 11:26). It is a Remembrance
Day of his death. Rome now teaches one can be saved without the Eucharist
so evidently there is no saving virtue in the bread and wine.
sincere Catholic who visited Lourdes viewed the mass like a cannibal. She was
certain the bread and wine turned into the literal body and blood of Jesus. As
proof she cited the above verses with emphasis on “this IS my body”
and “this IS my blood.” Jesus here spoke figuratively not literally
as he did many times. He said, “Whosoever does the will of the Father IS
my Mother” (Matt. 12:50). He also said, “I am the door” but did not refer
to literal wood and hinges (John 10:7). Jesus
is “The Bread of Life... the
spirit quickens but the flesh profits nothing” (John 6:48-63). It would profit
nothing to eat the literal flesh of Jesus or drink his blood. Leviticus 17
forbids drinking blood. The Orthodox Church also believes in the
veneration of saints, the bodily assumption of Mary and trans-substantiation
which means the bread and wine changes to literal blood and body of Jesus at the
spoke figuratively about keys to enter the kingdom. The gospel of Christ is the
key (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Whether sins are remitted or retained depends on God and
the sinner. Billy Graham preached to a packed stadium:
of you have come with problems. Your spouse is unfaithful; your children are on
drugs and your whole life is messed up. All these things are symptoms of sin.
The New Age Movement tells us to look within but we see sin in our
hearts. Winston Churchill said, “Our problems are beyond us.” Jeremiah said
our hearts are deceitful and wicked. We have polished our exteriors but need a
change of heart. Salvation is an inside job. The heart of our problems is the
you were baptized or confirmed but deep in your heart you know something is
missing. I want you to get up from your seats, come forward and stand before
this platform. In coming you are saying to Jesus you have done it your way long
enough and have messed up and lost your compass. Now you want Jesus to forgive
your sins as you receive him as Savior and Lord. As the choir sings, come from
the balconies and everywhere. Your friends will wait. We will pray and give you
prayed as thousands came forward and stood near the platform. He continued:
“If you are truly sorry for your sins and confess them to God, I can say on
the authority of Scripture they are remitted because of Calvary. On the
other hand, if you know you are a sinner but decided not to repent, your sins
are retained and your guilt will go with you from here. This might be
your last opportunity to receive forgiveness as God calls.
penalty for sin is death but Jesus came down to earth from heaven to take our
guilt and die as our substitute to
pay our death penalty for our sins. If I was guilty and sentenced to hang but
some innocent person loved me and hung in my place, I could go free. A person
can accept or reject a pardon. Receive Christ before it is eternally too late.
Pray after me: Jesus, I am a sinner; I am sorry for my sins; I ask you to
forgive me as I receive you as my Savior, Amen”
the meeting ended. Some decided to retain their sins and went home unchanged.
Others confessed theirs to God and were born again, born from above. The same
sun that melts butter hardens clay. Some hearts become hardened like stone by
tradition and others become flexible and repent. All our sins are against God so
we must confess to him then forgive those who have sinned against us when they
repent (Luke 17:3,4).
are those who protested against heresies mentioned in these articles. We must
keep up the protest or the abyss of deception will swallow us.
I have attended Alliance,
Assembly of God, Baptist & Christian Life Assembly churches.
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