Exalting Men’s Doctrines & Promoting Mary Worship

September 30, 2013

Friend,
I hope you have gotten rest, and health as well. If you don’t want to answer my questions, that’s okay. But you were the one who began the conversation –commenting at my blog about your agreement with me about faith and works. Also, in then going over to your blog, I understood that you were inviting your blog readers to ask you questions about your new faith, and by posting myths of Catholicism, making yourself available to explain what Catholicism’s actual dogmas are.

It has surprised me that instead of straight-forwardly answering my concerns, you have asked that I read several articles and respond to your questions, one set with over 175 questions and which would take a very long time for anyone to research and answer. So really, you invited me to dialogue with you, but then switched to telling me to read things and answer you. This seems to me to be as if we would ask a Mormon to explain some of our concerns with his faith, and he would just tell us, “Go read the Book of Mormon, answer this long list of questions, and then come back for discussion.” I think we would both agree that his invitation to answer our questions was really a “bait and switch” to try to convert us, rather than an invitation to have an honest discussion so that we might all clarify, or arrive at, the Truth which Christ taught.

I have always been open to the belief that some, if not many, Catholics are “in Christ” and thus saved. However, I have figured they were so in spite of falsehoods taught by the Catholic church, and because they were not fully aware of what Catholicism actually teaches. I guess I did not realize that the Catholic church intentionally elevates its teachings above Scripture. I thought that if their teachings contradicted Scripture, it was due to a misunderstanding, not due to a deliberate invalidation of the doctrines of God and Christ as found in the 66 books of the Bible. I see that I was wrong about that.

As I’ve already said, the Word of God (Scripture / the Bible) does claim that it alone is “the Word of God” and the supreme authority over all words and authorities. It makes this declaration in hundreds of verses, a few of which I’ve already pointed out to you in my post titled “Scripture’s Authority”. It is surprising to me that anyone would say that if a certain truth (about anything, not only about spiritual things) is not stated in a particular way, then it is not truth. No, truths can be stated in various ways. Jesus, and the inspired Scriptures, do repeatedly attest to having the supreme authority concerning Truth.

Here is one in John 8:31,32: “To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” We see here that Jesus is saying that HIS teaching, not something additional, is Truth. He is also saying that believing Him about some things (which was the case with those Jews), does not equate to holding to His teaching. Jesus is saying that we must hold to, adhere to, follow, abide in, abide by, HIS teaching in order to know the Truth. And that in knowing this Truth (the only spiritual Truth) we will be His true disciples and thus true sons of God the Father (see the context which contrasts the Father-God and the father-the devil) and thus set free from sin and eternal death. (v. 34-36,51) As Jesus says in verse 51, “I tell you the truth, if a man keeps My word, he will never see death.” Jesus leaves no room for the notion that additional, added-on doctrines of men bring spiritual freedom and salvation. Neither does the rest of Scripture as it declares such things as, “The words of the Lord are flawless…” (Ps. 12:6), and, “Every word of God is flawless…” (Pr. 30:5), and, “Do not add to His words…” (v. 6), and, “Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Ps. 119:89), and, “All Your words are true; all Your righteous laws are eternal.” (v. 160)

2 John 1:9 is another place where we are warned about any other doctrine except that which lines up with Christ’s teaching: “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God.” In different words it is stated again for clarity and emphasis: “Whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” “The teaching” in the second part of the verse refers to “the teaching of Christ” mentioned in the first part of the verse. Therefore we are not to accept any other teaching (doctrine / dogma) except as that teaching upholds what Christ has already taught us. Otherwise we are to consider that teaching a wicked work. (v. 11)

When we teach the doctrine of Christ, we may explain its points, emphasizing certain ones, clarifying, etc., but we cannot change them, twist them, add to them, or subtract from them. This is what cults do, and they do so by claiming that their “prophet” is equal to, or greater than, the Scriptures. They do this so that they can get away with that wicked work. It seems apparent to me now that the Catholic church is itself their own prophet, for they are elevating their doctrines (men’s doctrines) above the teachings of Christ.

One of these set of doctrines is about elevating Mary to a position God reserves only for Himself, thus defying God’s claim to be the only Savior and God, and rebelling against His command to “acknowledge no God but Me, no Savior except Me.” (Ho. 13:4) (We give Jesus the titles of God and Savior because God’s Word states that He is God in bodily form.) Therefore, the Catholic church can say that it doesn’t promote worship to Mary, but it is not being honest. It teaches people to worship her, pray to her, preach about her, look to her for help, and even to look to her for redemption. That can be called nothing other than idolatry. Here are some of those teachings:

1. “…by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation…” (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 969)

2. “…when she [Mary] is the subject of preaching and worship she prompts the faithful to come to her Son…” (Vatican Council II, p. 420)

3. “…so no man goeth to Christ but by His Mother.” (Vatican Website: Encyclical of Pope Leo 13th on the Rosary, Octobri Mense, Pope Leo 13th, 1903-1914)

4. “After speaking of the Church, her origin, mission, and destiny, we can find no better way to conclude than by looking to Mary…” (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 972)

5. “…[Mary is] Queen over all things.” (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 966)

6. “In the power of the grace of Redemption merited by Christ, Mary, by her spiritual entering into the sacrifice of her divine son for men, made atonement for the sins of man and (de congruon) merited the application of the redemptive grace of Christ. In this manner she cooperates in the subjective redemption of mankind.” (Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, Ott, p. 213)

7. “She, by an entirely unique privilege, completely overcame sin by her Immaculate Conception, and as a result she was not subject to the law of remaining in the corruption of the grave, and she did not have to wait until the end of time for the redemption of her body” (Pope Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus, #5; “her sacred body had never been subject to the corruption of the tomb.” (ibid, #14)

8. “All our hope do we repose in the most Blessed Virgin –in the all fair and immaculate one who has crushed the poisonous head of the most cruel serpent and brought salvation to the world.” (Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus)

Not only are these assertions not supported by Scripture, they are blasphemous toward God and contradictory to what Scripture teaches. (See John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Rom. 1:25 & 3:23, 1 Cor. 4:6, 1 Tim. 2:5, Heb. 7:25 & 12:2, 1 John 2:1,2, Dt. 6:13-15, Isa. 42:8 & 45:20-24 & 48:11 for starters.) Therefore, if there is contradiction, should we believe and adhere to men’s dogmas, or should we believe and adhere to the doctrines of Jesus Christ and those of the inspired Scriptures?

God’s commands hold firm: “You shall have no other gods before/besides Me.” (Ex. 20:3) “Do not make any gods to be alongside Me.” (Ex. 20:23) “Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.” (Ex. 23:13) “Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:21) “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” (1 Cor. 10:14)

Satan has always tried to get humans to question God, His Word, His Truth, and His ways. He does this because he hates for anyone to worship and obey God. And because the devil craves worship and obedience so badly, he will take it any way he can, even masking as some kind of idol, whether that idol be money, a feeling, a statue, or a dead person. (See https://knowgodsword.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/satan-wants-your-worship/ )

I am truly grieved to realize that you have turned from the Truth of the Lord, and that unless you turn back, will undoubtably be taking your precious children, as well, down this counterfeit path of your choosing, a path that is not the One of salvation.

I warn you because I care very much for all of you.

Love,
Rachel

P.S. This email will also be my 9/30/13 post.

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