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SERIES INTRODUCTION

There are two very important reasons why I felt compelled to write this series of posts, and I’d like to briefly share these reasons with you now before I go any further:

1) Since I am a former Catholic who is very aware of the teachings of the Catholic Church because I attended twelve years of Catholic school, attended Catechism classes, made my First Holy Communion, was Confirmed, and faithfully attended Mass not only every Sunday for many years, but also before school began for three years (as required by the school that I attended at the time), and who came to the knowledge of who Jesus Christ truly is and what He actually accomplished for us by reading a Catholic New Testament Bible exactly like the one pictured above, I decided to write this series with the hope of reaching precious Catholics so that they can not only come to an understanding of who Jesus Christ truly is as His Word, the Bible, declares Him to be, but also so they can see by reading God’s Word that they can have complete forgiveness, lasting joy, true peace, and the assurance of salvation if they choose to believe God’s Word and place their trust in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation. Also, since many Catholics do not realize everything that the Catholic church actually teaches (as I once did not realize until after doing research and reading the CCC), I thought that it was extremely important to share this information to make Catholics aware of many things that are quite disturbing, as you will all soon become aware of as this series continues.

2) This series of posts is also being written with the intention of helping those of you who are born-again, Bible believing followers of Jesus Christ who have no idea of what the teachings of Catholicism are so that you can become aware of their teachings and be prepared to offer hope and assurance of salvation through Jesus Christ to Catholics based solely upon the truth that is recorded in God’s Word.

As we continue on in this series together comparing Scriptures in the Catholic New Testament to teachings found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we must keep these important thoughts in mind:

When it comes to our eternal destination — heaven or hell — we must be certain that we place our trust in solid truth and not in speculation or in the traditions of men. The Catholic church claims to be the “one true Church.” Therefore, it stands to reason that their teachings must line up with God’s Word and not contradict it since God does not change (Malachi 3:6, James 1:17, Hebrews 13:8), and His Word stands firm forever. (Psalm 119:89, Isaiah 40:8, 1 Peter 1:24,25) If a contradiction is found it must be rejected because God’s Word is our plumb line by which we must measure (or test) the teachings of every religion to see if it lines up or not. If it is off in one point we can be certain that it will lead us further and further away from Biblical truth and lead us into spiritual deception.

This series will cover many different subjects ranging from what does the Catholic Church teach about the Bible, Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, priests, the pope, sin, forgiveness of sins, salvation, prayer, and what must a Catholic believe in order to receive eternal life. Some of these teachings will shock even many Catholics when they learn what their church actually teaches!

Lord willing, I hope to share at least one post every month with you in this new series until I have covered all the most important teachings that need to be brought to your attention. The main goal that I have in writing this series is to present the Word of God to Catholics — and to every person — in order to point everyone to Jesus Christ, who is our only hope and ‘the only name under heaven given among men by which we can be saved.’ (Acts 4:12)

Dear Catholic, please take a minute now to sincerely pray; ask God to open your mind to the Scriptures and to reveal the truth to you –whatever that may be.

Because only God can reveal the truth to you, I will refrain from making any comments unless I find it completely necessary. Since God’s Word is truth I trust that He will not only give you eyes to see the truth, but also I trust that He will give you the courage to respond to His leading. However, each one of you will find yourself having to answer this question when you come to many points that I present to you in these posts after realizing that there are oftentimes extreme differences between what the Word of God says and what Catholicism teaches, and the question that you will have to answer is:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God or the word of man?”

For those of you who are not Catholic, and are taking the time to read these posts in order to learn what Catholicism actually teaches, please keep in mind that every time you see the word “church” spelled with a capital c they are referring to the Catholic church, since they believe that the “Catholic Church” alone is the “one true Church.”All of the information that I will be sharing with you I have obtained from the following sources:

1) CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (pictured above) – Imprimi Potest – Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict) – Interdicasterial Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church

2) THE WORD OF GOD – THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR IN TODAY’S ENGLISH VERSION – SACRED HEART LEAGUE EDITION – IMPRIMATUR JOHN FRANCIS WHEALON, ARCHBISHOP OF HARTFORD, APRIL 15, 1971 SIGNED AND SEALED BY BISHOP JOSEPH B. BRUNINI, DIOCESE OF JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

3) Occasionally when I share a Scripture with you from the Sacred Heart League (SHL) Catholic New Testament and notice that it lacks depth and clarity, I will then follow it with the same verse but in the King James Version in order to give you a better understanding of what is being said, and so that you can see what is missing from the SHL translation.

4) Very briefly in this series, when it is necessary to quote from the Old Testament, I will also be quoting from THE CATHOLIC DOUAY RHEIMS VERSION OF THE BIBLE – in which you will find the following statements:

“EXCERPT FROM ENCYCLICAL LETTER OF OUR HOLY FATHER BY DIVINE PROVIDENCE POPE LEO XIII ON THE STUDY OF HOLY SCRIPTURE:

“The God of all Providence, Who in the adorable designs of His love at first elevated the human race to the participation of the Divine nature, and afterwards delivered it from the universal guilt and ruin, restoring it to its primitive dignity, has in consequence bestowed upon man a splendid gift and safeguard–making known to him, by supernatural means, the hidden Mysteries of His divinity, His wisdom, and His mercy. For although in Divine revelations there are contained some things which are not beyond the reach of unassisted reason, and which are made the objects of such revelation in order “that all may come to know them with facility, certainty, and safety from error, yet not on this account can supernatural Revelation be said to be absolutely necessary; it is only necessary because God has ordained man to a supernatural end.” This supernatural revelation according to the belief of the universal Church, is contained both in unwritten Tradition, and in written Books, which are therefore called sacred and canonical because, “being written under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, they have God for their author, and as such have been delivered to the Church.” (Page ix)

“Wherefore it must be recognised that the sacred writings are wrapt in a certain religious obscurity, and that no one can enter into their interior without a guide; God so disposing, as the Holy Fathers commonly teach, in order that men may investigate them with greater ardour and earnestness, and that what is attained with difficulty may sink more deeply into the mind and heart; and, most of all that they may understand that God has delivered the Holy Scriptures to the Church, and that in reading and making use of His Word, they must follow the Church as their guide and their teacher. St. Irenaeus long since laid down, that where the charismata of God were, there the truth was to be learnt, and that Holy Scripture was safely interpreted by those who had the Apostolic succession. His teaching, and that of other Holy Fathers, is taken up by the Council of the Vatican, which, in the renewing of the decree of Trent, declares its “mind” to be this–that “in things of faith and morals, belonging to the building up of Christian doctrine, that is to be considered the true sense of Holy Scripture which has been held and is held by our Holy Mother the Church whose place it is to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the Scriptures; and therefore that it is permitted to no one to interpret Holy Scripture against such sense or also against the unanimous agreement of the Fathers.” (Page xvii)

“Wherefore the first and dearest object of the Catholic commentator should be to interpret those passages which have received an authentic interpretation either by the sacred writers themselves, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost (as in many places of the New Testament), or from the Church, under the assistance of the same Holy Spirit, whether by her solemn judgment or her ordinary and universal magisterium –to interpret those passages in that identical sense, and to prove, by all the resources of science that sound hermeneutical laws admit of no other interpretation. In the other passages, the analogy of faith should be followed, and Catholic doctrine, as authoritatively proposed by the Church, should be held as the supreme law; for seeing that the same God is the author both of the Sacred Books and of the doctrine committed to the Church, it is clearly impossible that any teaching can by legitimate means be extracted from the former, which shall in any respect be at variance with the latter. Hence it follows that all interpretation is foolish and false which either makes the sacred writers disagree one with another, or is opposed to the doctrine of the Church.” (Page xviii)

“For although the studies of non-Catholics, used with prudence, may sometimes be of use to the Catholic student, he should nevertheless, bear well in mind–as the Fathers also teach in numerous passages –that the sense of Holy Scripture can nowhere be found incorrupt outside of the Church, and cannot be expected to be found in writers who, being without the true faith, only gnaw the bark of the Sacred Scripture and never attain its pith.” (Page xix)

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As I have mentioned in some previous posts in this series, in order to get this entire series finished in a timely manner, I have tried to keep my comments very brief and mainly made them in the introduction and closing sections of these posts, which I also tried to do (for the most part) in this last post, although, as you will soon see, the section which contains my closing comments is extra lengthy because it is a summary of the very troubling contrast between some Catholic teachings that:

• Are based on Scriptures that are taken out of context.

• Are based on Catholic “Tradition” that has been added to Scripture which distorts and even changes the true meaning of the text that God intended to present to us.

• Outright contradict Scripture and the gloriously good news of the Biblical gospel that is so clearly presented in their very own Scriptures, which prevents precious Catholics from ever coming to the knowledge of all that Jesus Christ truly accomplished for us through His sinless life, His death in our place on the cross, His burial, and His glorious resurrection from the dead in bodily form three days later.

Although I tried very hard to limit each post in this series to no more than 5000 words, some of the teachings that I came across in the CCC were so shocking and troubling that it made it rather difficult at times to stick to a limit when these teachings needed to be exposed or further information needed to be added so that you could see the spiritual danger of these teachings in light of God’s freeing and wonderful truth as revealed in His Word. I did, however, continue to keep the main focus on Scripture in this final post, which is where it should be.

For those of you who have busy schedules and do not have the time to read lengthy posts, I have highlighted just some of the many troubling things in turquoise, the extremely troubling things are highlighted in red, where the Catholic church has added to Scripture with their teachings based on Catholic Tradition I have highlighted in amethyst, and some things that are Biblical I have highlighted in blue in order to quickly bring these things to your attention. [NOTE: Emphasis on certain words that I have put in bold print throughout this post is mine.]

INTRODUCTION TO PART 23

In this next section in the Catechism Of The Catholic Church we will be covering the last half of page 701 and we will continue on through until the end of page 756 which will finally bring us to the very end of the book. The focus of this section is a continuation on prayer, mainly on the Hail Mary, a prayer that is prayed by Catholics to Mary, and the Our Father.

As you read through this last post in this series, please note the unbiblical emphasis that the Catholic church, once again, puts on the virgin Mary in their teachings by how much they focus on her, (especially in this last section of the CCC), and how they add to and twist Scripture and elevate her to positions that the Mary of the Bible never claimed to have. As an important side note, you will, however, hear the entity who claims to be the ‘Virgin Mary’ in all of the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary (most of which have been approved by the Catholic church), say these types of things which you will find in Catholic teachings, such as referring to Mary as the: Mother of all Peoples, Mediatrix of all Graces, Co-Redemptrix, Queen of Heaven, etc. (To learn more and when time allows, please consider reading THIS SERIES regarding the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary that I hope to finish writing in March or April of this year –Lord willing.

Also, please note the mystical, sometimes sensual, experiential and completely unbiblical language that is sometimes used (divinize, real presence, rhythms of praying, interior prayer, silent love, contemplate God, becoming other Christs, etc.), as well as the emphasis that is placed on Lectio Divina and especially Contemplative Prayer, which are forms of prayer based on Eastern meditation practices that make these types of praying entirely unbiblical and not Christian at all!

Let’s begin:

ARTICLE 2

THE WAY OF PRAYER

Para 2663

“In the living tradition of prayer, each Church proposes to its faithful, according to its historic, social, and cultural context, a language for prayer: words, melodies, gestures, iconography. The Magisterium of the Church(15) has the task of discerning the fidelity of these ways of praying to the tradition of apostolic faith; it is for pastors and catechists to explain their meaning, always in relation to Jesus Christ. (15 – Cf. DV 10).

Prayer to the Father.

Para 2664

There is no other way of Christian prayer than Christ. Whether our prayer is communal or personal, vocal or interior, it has access to the Father only if we pray “in the name” of Jesus. The sacred humanity of Jesus is therefore the way by which the Holy Spirit teaches us to pray to God our Father.

“Come, Holy Spirit”

Para 2670

“No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.”(21) Every time we begin to pray to Jesus it is the Holy Spirit who draws us on the way of prayer by his prevenient grace. Since he teaches us to pray by recalling Christ, how could we not pray to the Spirit too? That is why the Church invites us to call upon the Holy Spirit every day, especially at the beginning and the end of every important action.

If the Spirit should not be worshiped, how can he divinize me through Baptism? If he should be worshiped, should he not be the object of adoraton?(22) (21 – 1 Cor 12:3). (22 – St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Oratio 31, 28: PG 36, 165).

In communion with the Holy Mother of God

Para 2673

In prayer the Holy Spirit unites us to the person of the only Son, in his glorified humanity, through which and in which our filial prayer unites us in the Church with the Mother of Jesus.(27 – Cf. Acts 1:14)

Para 2674

Mary gave her consent in faith at the Annunciation and maintained it without hesitation at the foot of the Cross. Ever since, her motherhood has extended to the brothers and sisters of her Son, who “still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties.”(28) Jesus, the only mediator, is the way of our prayer; Mary, his mother and ours, is wholly transparent to him; she “shows the way” (hodigitria), and is herself “the Sign” of the way, according to the traditional iconography of East and West. (28 – LG 62).

Para 2675

Beginning with Mary’s unique cooperation with the working of the Holy Spirit, the Churches developed their prayer to the holy Mother of God, centering it on the person of Christ manifested in his mysteries. In countless hymns and antiphons expressing this prayer, two movements usually alternate with one another: the first “magnifies” the Lord for the “great things” he did for his lowly servant and through her for all human beings;(29) the second entrusts the supplications and praises of the children of God to the Mother of Jesus, because she now knows the humanity which, in her, the Son of God espoused. (Cf. Lk. 1:46-55).

Para 2676

This twofold movement of prayer to Mary has found a privileged expression in the Ave Maria.

Full of grace, the Lord is with thee: These two phrases of the angel’s greeting shed light on one another. Mary is full of grace because the Lord is with her. The grace with which she is filled is the presence of him who is the source of all grace. “Rejoice…O daughter of Jerusalem…the Lord your God is in your midst.”(31) Mary, in whom the Lord himself has just made his dwelling, is the daughter of Zion in person, the ark of the covenant, the place where the glory of the Lord dwells. She is “the dwelling of God…with men.“(32) (31 – Zeph 3:14, 17a). (32 – Rev 21:3).

Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. After the angel’s greeting, we make Elizabeth’s greeting our own. “Filled with the Holy Spirit,” Elizabeth is the first in the long succession of generations who have called Mary “blessed.”( 33) “Blessed is she who believed…”(34) Mary is “blessed among women” because she believed in the fulfillment of the Lord’s word. Abraham, because of his faith, became a blessing for all the nations of the earth. Mary, because of her faith, became the mother of believers, through whom all nations of the earth receive him who is God’s own blessing: Jesus, the fruit of thy womb.”(33 – Luke 1:41,48) (34 – Luke 1:45)

Para 2677

Holy Mary, Mother of God: With Elizabeth we marvel, “And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”(36) Because she gives us Jesus, her son, Mary is Mother of God and our mother; we can trust all our cares and petitions to her: she prays for us as she prayed for herself: “Let it be to me according to your word.”(37) By entrusting ourselves to her prayer, we abandon ourselves to the will of God together with her: “Thy will be done.”(36 – Luke 1:43). (37 – Luke 1:38).

Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death: By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the “Mother of Mercy,” the All-Holy One. We give ourselves over to her now, in the Today of our lives, and our trust broadens further, already at the present moment to “surrender the hour of our death” wholly to her care. May she be there as she was at her son’s death on the cross. May she welcome us as our mother at the hour of our passing(38) to lead us to her son, Jesus, in paradise. (38 – Cf. John 19:27)

Para 2679

Mary is the perfect Orans (pray-er), a figure of the Church. When we pray to her, we are adhering with her to the plan of the Father, who sends his Son to save all men. Like the beloved disciple we welcome Jesus’ mother into our homes, for she has become mother of all the living. We can pray with and to her. The prayer of the Church is sustained by the prayer of Mary and united with it in hope.(40 – Cf. LG 68-69).

Para 2682

Because of Mary’s singular cooperation with the action of the Holy Spirit, the Church loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary, to magnify with her the great things the Lord has done for her, and to entrust supplications and praises to her.

ARTICLE 3

GUIDES FOR PRAYER

A cloud of witnesses

Para 2683

The witnesses who have preceded us into the kingdom,(41) especially those whom the Church recognizes as saints, share in the living tradition of prayer by the example of their lives, the transmission of their writings, and their prayer today. They contemplate God, praise him and constantly care for those whom they have left on earth. When they entered into the joy of their Master, they were “put in charge of many things.”(42) Their intercession is their most exalted service to God’s plan. We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world. (41 – Cf. Heb 12:1). (42 – Cf. Mt 25:21).

Servants of prayer

Para 2687

Many religious have consecrated their whole lives to prayer. Hermits, monks, and nuns since the time of the desert fathers have devoted their time to praising God and interceding for his people. The consecrated life cannot be sustained or spread without prayer; it is one of the living sources of contemplation and the spiritual life of the Church.

Para 2690

 The Holy Spirit gives to certain of the faithful the gifts of wisdom, faith, and discernment for the sake of this common good which is prayer (spiritual direction). Men and women so endowed are true servants of the living tradition of prayer.

According to St. John of the Cross, the person wishing to advance toward perfection should “take care into whose hands he entrusts himself, for as the master is, so will the disciple be, and as the father is so will be the son.” And further: “In addition to being learned and discreet a director should be experienced…if the spiritual director has no experience of the spiritual life, he will be incapable of leading into it the souls whom God is calling to it, and he will not even understand them.”(47 – St. John of the Cross,The Living Flame of Love, stanza 3, 30, in The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross eds K. Kavanaugh OCD and O. Rodriguez OCD (Washington DC: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1979), 621.

Places favorable for prayer

Para 2691

The Church, the house of God, is the proper place for the liturgical prayer of the parish community. It is also the privileged place for adoration of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

–For personal prayer, this can be a “prayer corner” with the Sacred Scriptures and icons, in order to be there, in secret, before our Father.(48 – Cf. Mt 6:6).

CHAPTER THREE

THE LIFE OF PRAYER

Para 2698

The Tradition of the Church proposes to the faithful certain rhythms of praying intended to nourish continual prayer. Some are daily, such as morning and evening prayer, grace before and after meals, the Liturgy of the Hours. Sundays, centered on the Eucharist, and kept holy primarily by prayer. The cycle of the liturgical year and its great feasts are also basic rhythms of the Christian’s life of prayer.

Para 2699

The Lord leads all persons by paths and in ways pleasing to him, and each believer responds according to his heart’s resolve and the personal expressions of his prayer. However, Christian Tradition has retained three major expressions of prayer: vocal, meditative, and contemplative.

ARTICLE 1

EXPRESSIONS OF PRAYER

II.  MEDITATION

Para 2705

Meditation is above all a quest. The mind seeks to understand the why and how of the Christian life in order to adhere and respond to what the Lord is asking. The required attentiveness is difficult to sustain. We are usually helped by books, and Christians do not want for them: the Sacred Scriptures, particularly the Gospels, holy icons, liturgical texts of the day or season, writings of the spiritual fathers, works of spirituality, the great book of creation, and that of history–the page on which the “today” of God is written.

Para 2708

Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversation of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ. Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ, as in lectio divina or the rosary. This form of prayerful reflection is of great value, but Christian prayer should go further: to the knowledge of the love of the Lord Jesus, to union with him.

III.  CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

Para 2709

What is contemplative prayer? St. Teresa answers: “Contemplative prayer [Oración mental] in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.”(6)

Contemplative prayer seeks him “whom my soul loves.”(7) It is Jesus, and in him, the Father. We seek him, because to desire him is always the beginning of love, and we seek him in that pure faith which causes us to be born of him and to live in him. In this inner prayer we can still meditate, but our attention is fixed on the Lord himself. (6 – St. Teresa of Jesus, The Book of Her Life, 8, 5 in the Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, tr. K. Kavanough, OCD, and O. Rodriguez, OCD (Washington DC Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1976), I. 67. (7 – Song 1:7; cf. 3:1-4).

Para 2710

The choice of the time and duration of the prayer arises from a determined will, revealing the secrets of the heart. One does not undertake contemplative prayer only when one has the time: one makes the time for the Lord, with the firm determination not to give up, no matter what trials and dryness one may encounter. One cannot always meditate, but one can always enter into inner prayer, independently of the conditions of health, work, or emotional stress. The heart is the place of this quest and encounter, in poverty and in faith.

Para 2711

Entering into contemplative prayer is like entering into the Eucharistic liturgy: we “gather up” the heart, recollect our whole being under the prompting of the Holy Spirit, abide in the dwelling place of the Lord which we are, awaken our faith in order to enter into the presence of him who awaits us. We let our masks fall and turn our hearts back to the Lord who loves us, so as to hand ourselves over to him as an offering to be purified and transformed.

Para 2714

Contemplative prayer is also the pre-eminently intense time of prayer. In it the Father strengthens our inner being with power through his Spirit “that Christ may dwell in (our) hearts through faith” and we may be “grounded in love.”(10 – Eph 3:16-17)

Para 2715

Contemplation is a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus, “I look at him and he looks at me” : this is what a certain peasant of Ars in the time of his holy curé used to say while praying before the tabernacle. This focus on Jesus is a renunciation of self. His gaze purifies our heart; the light of the countenance of Jesus illumines the eyes of our heart and teaches us to see everything in the light of his truth and his compassion for all men. Contemplation also turns its gaze on the mysteries of the life of Christ. Thus it learns the “interior knowledge of our Lord,” the more to love him and follow him.(11 – Cf. St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises, 104).

Para 2717

Contemplative prayer is silence, the “symbol of the world to come”(12) or “silent love.”(13) Words in this kind of prayer are not speeches; they are like kindling that feeds the fire of love. In this silence, unbearable to the “outer” man, the Father speaks to us his incarnate Word, who suffered, died, and rose; in this silence the Spirit of adoption enables us to share in the prayer of Jesus. (12 – Cf. St. Isaac of Nineveh, Tract myst. 66). (13 – St. John of the Cross, Maxims and Counsels, 53 in The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, tr. K. Kavanough, OCD, and O. Rodriguez, OCD (Washington DC: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1979),678.

Para 2718

Contemplative prayer is a union with the prayer of Christ insofar as it makes us participate in his mystery. The mystery of Christ is celebrated by the Church in the Eucharist, and the Holy Spirit makes it come alive in contemplative prayer so that our charity will manifest it in our acts.

 

ARTICLE 2

THE BATTLE OF PRAYER

Para 2725

Prayer is both a gift of grace and a determined response on our part. It always presupposes effort. The great figures of prayer of the Old Covenant before Christ, as well as the Mother of God, the saints, and he himself, all teach us this: prayer is a battle. Against whom? Against ourselves and against the wiles of the tempter who does all he can to turn man away from prayer, from union with God.

I.  OBJECTIONS TO PRAYER

Para 2726

In the battle of prayer, we must face in ourselves and around us, erroneous notions of prayer. Some people view prayer as a simple psychological activity, others as an effort of concentration to reach a mental void. Still others reduce prayer to ritual words and postures. Many Christians unconsciously regard prayer as an occupation that is incompatible with all of the other things they have to do: they “don’t have the time.” Those who seek God by prayer are quickly discouraged because they do not know that prayer comes also from the Holy Spirit and not from themselves alone.

II. HUMBLE VIGILANCE OF HEART

Para 2729

The habitual difficulty in prayer is distraction. It can affect words and their meaning in vocal prayer; it can concern more profoundly, him to whom we are praying, in vocal prayer (liturgical or personal), meditation, and contemplative prayer. To set about hunting down distractions would be to fall into their trap, when all that is necessary is to turn back to our heart; for a distraction reveals to us what we are attached to, and this humble awareness before the Lord should awaken our preferential love for him and lead us resolutely to offer him our heart to be purified. Therein lies the battle, the choice of which master to serve.”(16 – Cf. Mt 6:21, 24).

III.  FILIAL TRUST

Para 2736

Are we convinced that “we do not know how to pray as we ought”?(23) Are we asking God for “what is good for us”? Our Father knows what we need before we ask him,(24) but he awaits our petition because the dignity of his children lies in their freedom. We must pray, then, with his Spirit of freedom, to be able truly to know what he wants.(25) (23 – Rom 8:26). (24 – Cf. Mt 6:8). (25 – Cf. Rom 8:27).

Para 2737

“You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”(26) If we ask with a divided heart, we are “adulterers”;(27) God cannot answer us, for he desires our well being, our life. “Or do you suppose that it is in vain that the scripture says, ‘He yearns jealously over the spirit which he has made to dwell in us?’ “(28) That our God is “jealous” for us is the sign of how true his love is. If we enter into the desire of his Spirit, we shall be heard.

Do not be troubled if you do not immediately receive from God what you ask him; for he desires to do something even greater for you, while you cling to him in prayer.(29)

God wills that our desire should be exercised in prayer, that we may be able to receive what he is prepared to give.(30) (26 – Jas 4:3; cf. the whole context: Jam 4:1-10; 1:5-8; 5:16). (27 – Jas 4:4). (28 – Jas 4:5) (29 – Evagrius Ponticus, De oratione) (30 – St. Augustine, Ep 130, 8, 17: PL 33, 500).

Para 2741

Jesus also prays for us–in our place and on our behalf. All our petitions were gathered up, once for all, in his cry on the Cross and, in his Resurrection, heard by the Father. This is why he never ceases to intercede for us with the Father.(32) If our prayer is resolutely united with that of Jesus, in trust and boldness as children, we obtain all that we ask in his name, even more than any particular thing: the Holy Spirit himself, who contains all gifts. (32 – Cf. Heb 5:7; 7:25; 9:24).

 

ARTICLE 3

THE PRAYER OF THE HOUR OF JESUS

Para 2749

Jesus fulfilled the work of the Father completely; his prayer, like his sacrifice, extends until the end of time.

SECTION TWO

ARTICLE 1

“THE SUMMARY OF THE WHOLE GOSPEL”

Para 2763

All the Scriptures –the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms–are fulfilled in Christ.(10) The Gospel is the “Good New.” Its first proclamation is summarized by St. Matthew in the Sermon on the Mount;(11) the prayer to our Father is at the center of this proclamation. It is in this context that each petition bequeathed to us by the Lord is illuminated.(10 – Cf. Lk 24:44). (11 – Cf. Mt 5-7).

ARTICLE 2

“OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN”

Para 2782

We can adore the Father because he has caused us to be reborn to his life by adopting us as his children in his only Son: by Baptism, he incorporates us into the Body of his Christ; through the anointing of his Spirit who flows from the head to the members, he makes us other “Christs.”

God, indeed, who has predestined us to adoption as his sons, has conformed us to the glorious Body of Christ. So then you who have become sharers in Christ are appropriately called “Christs.”(34 – St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catech. myst. 3, 1: PG 33, 1088A).

Para 2783

Thus the Lord’s Prayer reveals us to ourselves at the same time that it reveals the Father to us.(36)

O man, you did not dare to raise your face to heaven, you lowered your eyes to the earth, and suddenly you have received the grace of Christ: all your sins have been forgiven. From being a wicked servant you have become a good son…Then raise your eyes to the Father who has begotten you through Baptism, to the Father who has redeemed you through his Son, and say: “Our Father…” But do not claim any privilege. He is the Father in a special way only of Christ, but he is the common Father of us all, because while he has begotten only Christ, he has created us. Then also say by his grace, “Our Father,” so that you may merit being his son.(37) (36 – Cf. GS 22 § 1) (37 – St. Ambrose, De Sacr. 5, 4, 19: PL 16:450-451).

Para 2791

For this reason, in spite of the divisions among Christians, this prayer to “our” Father remains our common patrimony and an urgent summons for all the baptized. In communion by faith in Christ and by Baptism, they ought to join in Jesus’ prayer for the unity of his disciples.(50 – Cf. UR 8; 22).

Para 2798

We can invoke God as “Father” because the Son of God made man has revealed him to us. In this Son, through Baptism, we are incorporated and adopted as sons of God.

Para 2813

In the waters of Baptism, we have been “washed…sanctified…justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”(79).

By whom is God hallowed, since he is the one who hallows? But since he said, “You shall be holy to me; for I the LORD am holy,” we seek and ask that we who were sanctified in Baptism may persevere in what we have begun to be.(81) (79 – 1 Cor 6:11). (81 – St. Cyprian,De Dom,orat. 12: PL 4, 527A; Lev 20:26).

NOTE: In context, let’s take a look at the verse that they cite as their basis for teaching that a person is sanctified in Baptism –1 Corinthians 6:11:

“Surely you know that the wicked shall not receive God’s Kingdom. Do not fool yourselves; people who are immoral, or worship idols, or adulterers, or homosexual perverts, or who rob, or are greedy, or are drunkards, or who slander others, or are thieves–none of these will receive God’s Kingdom. Some of you were like that. But you have been cleansed from sin; you have been dedicated to God; you have been put right with God through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – Sacred Heart League Catholic New Testament – SHLCNT)

Here is the same passage of Scripture in the Douay-Rheims Catholic Version:

“Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God. And such some of you were; but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – DRV)

In their proper context we see that there is no mention of baptism or water. The truth in this verse clearly speaks for itself; we are sanctified/cleansed from sin through Jesus Christ, and not by baptism as Catholic Tradition teaches.

Let’s take a look at some verses in the Word of God that clearly show us how we become sanctified. As you read them, please note the completeness and finality of Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice:

“First he said, “You neither want nor are you pleased with sacrifices and offerings, or with animals burned on the altar and the sacrifices to take away sins.” He said this even though all these sacrifices are offered according to the Law. Then he said, “Here I am, God, to do what you want me to do.” So God does away with all the old sacrifices and puts the sacrifice of Christ in their place. Because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do, we are all made clean (sanctified) from sin by the offering that he made of his own body, once and for all. (Hebrews 10:8-10 – SHLCNT)

Here is the same passage of Scripture in the Douay-Rheims Catholic Version:

“In saying before, Sacrifices, and oblations, and holocausts for sin thou wouldest not, neither are they pleasing to thee, which are offered according to the law. Then said I: Behold, I come to do thy will, O God: he taketh away the first, that he may establish that which followeth. In the which will, we are sanctified by the oblation of the body of Jesus Christ once.” (Hebrews 10:8-10 DRV)

Here is another passage of Scripture that clearly shows it is by the blood of Jesus — by fully placing our trust in His once for all sacrifice — that we become sanctified:

“The Jewish High Priest brings the blood of the animals into the Most Holy Place to offer it as a sacrifice for sins; but the bodies of the animals are burned outside the camp. For this reason Jesus also died outside the city gate in order to cleanse (sanctify) the people from sin with his own blood.” (Hebrews 13:11,12 – SHLCNT)

Here is how the above passage of Scripture reads in the Douay-Rheims Catholic Version:

“For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the holies by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Let’s continue:

II.  THY KINGDOM COME

Para 2820

By a discernment according to the Spirit, Christians have to distinguish between the growth of the Reign of God and the progress of the culture and society in which they are involved. This distinction is not a separation. Man’s vocation to eternal life does not suppress, but actually reinforces, his duty to put into action in this world the energies and means received from the Creator to serve justice and peace.(93 – Cf. GS 22; 32; 39; 45; EN 31).

Para 2821:

This petition is taken up and granted in the prayer of Jesus which is present and effective in the Eucharist; it bears its fruit in the new life in keeping with the Beatitudes.(94 Cf. Jn 17:17-20; Mt 5:13-16; 6:24; 7:12-13).

III.  THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

Para 2824

In Christ, and through his human will, the will of the Father has been perfectly fulfilled once for all. Jesus said on entering into this world, “Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.”(99) Only Jesus can say: “I always do what is pleasing to him.”(100) In the prayer of his agony, he consents totally to this will: “not my will but yours be done.”(101) For this reason Jesus “gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.(102) And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (99 – Heb 10:7; Ps 40:7). (100 – Jn 8:29). (101 – Lk 22:42; cf. Jn 4:34; 5:30; 6:38). (102 – Gal 1:4).

NOTE: They may profess that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus once for all, but in their continual offering of the sacrifice of the Mass (which they say is truly propitiatory), they completely deny the sufficiency of Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice.

Continuing on:

Para 2827

“If anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.”(110) Such is the power of the Church’s prayer in the name of her Lord, above all in the Eucharist. Her prayer is also a communion of intercession with the all-holy Mother of God(111) and all the saints who have been pleasing to the Lord because they willed his will alone. (110 – Jn 9:31; cf. 1 Jn 5:14). (111 – Cf. Lk 1:38; 49).

Para 2832

As leaven in the dough, the newness of the kingdom should make the earth “rise” by the Spirit of Christ.(119) This must be shown by the establishment of justice in personal and social, economic and economic relations, without ever forgetting that there are no just structures without people who want to be just.” (119 – Cf. AA 5).

Para 2835

There is a famine on earth, “not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.”(124) For this reason the specifically Christian sense of this fourth petition concerns the Bread of Life: The Word of God accepted in faith, the Body of Christ received in the Eucharist.(125) (124 – Amos 8:11) (125 – Cf. Jn 6:26-58)

Para 2837

“Daily” (epiousios) occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. Taken in a temporal sense, this word is a pedagogical repetition of “this day”(128) to confirm us in trust “without reservation.” Taken in the qualitative sense, it signifies what is necessary for life, and more broadly every good thing sufficient for subsistence. (129) Taken literally (epi-ousios: “super essential”), it refers directly to the Bread of Life, the Body of Christ, the “medicine of immortality,” without which we have no life within us.(130) Finally in this connection, its heavenly meaning is evident: “this day” is the Day of the Lord, the day of the feast of the kingdom, anticipated in the Eucharist that is already the foretaste of the kingdom to come. For this reason it is fitting for the Eucharist liturgy to be celebrated each day.

The Eucharist is our daily bread. The power belonging to this divine food makes it a bond of union. Its effect is then understood as unity, so that, gathered into his Body and made members of him, we may become what we receive…This also is our daily bread: the readings you hear each day in church and the hymns you hear and sing. All these things are necessities for our pilgrimage.(131) The Father in heaven urges us, as children of heaven, to ask for the bread of heaven. [Christ] himself is the bread who, sown in the Virgin, raised up in the flesh, kneaded in the Passion, baked in the oven of the tomb, reserved in churches, brought to altars, furnishes the faithful each day with food from heaven.(132) (128 – Cf. Ex 16:19-21) (129 – Cf. 1 Tim 6:8). (130 – St. Ignatius of Antioch Ad Eph. 20, 2: PG 5, 661; Jn 6:53-56) (131 – St. Augustine, Sermo 57, 7: PL 38, 389). (132 – St. Peter Chrysologus, Sermo 67: PL 52, 392; cf. Jn 6:51).

V.  “AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES, AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US”

Para 2839

With bold confidence, we began praying to our Father. In begging him that his name be hallowed, we were in fact asking him that we ourselves might be always made more holy. But though we are clothed with the baptismal garment, we do not cease to sin, to turn away from God. Now, in this new petition, we return to him like the prodigal son and, like the tax collector, recognize that we are sinners before him.(133) Our petition begins with a “confession” of our wretchedness and his mercy. Our hope is firm because, in his Son, “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”(134) We find the efficacious and undoubted sign of his forgiveness in the sacraments of his Church.(135) (133 – Cf. Lk 15:11-32; 18:13). (134 – Col 1:14; Eph 1:7). (135 – Cf. Mt 26:28; Jn 20:23).

Para 2845

The communion of the Holy Trinity is the source and criterion of truth in every relationship. It is lived out in prayer, above all in the Eucharist.(148 – Cf. Mt 5:23-24; 1 Jn 3:19-24).

VI.  AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION

Para 2846

This petition goes to the root of the preceding one, for our sins result from our consenting to temptation; we therefore ask our Father not to “lead” us into temptation. It is difficult to translate the Greek verb used by a single English word: the Greek means both “do not allow us to enter into temptation” and “do not let us yield to temptation.”(150) “God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one.”;(151) on the contrary, he wants to set us free from evil. We ask him not to allow us to take the way that leads to sin. We are engaged in the battle “between flesh and spirit”; this petition implores the Spirit of discernment and strength.

Para 2852

“A murderer from the beginning…a liar and the father of lies,” Satan is “the deceiver of the whole world.”(165) Through him sin and death entered into the world and by his definitive defeat all creation will be “freed from the corruption of sin and death.”(166) Now “we know that anyone born of God does not sin, but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world is in the power of the evil one.”(167) (165 – Jn 8:44; Rev 12:9). (166 – Roman Missal Eucharistic Prayer IV. 125). (167 – 1 Jn 5:18,19).

Para 2853

Victory over the “prince of this world” was won once for at the Hour when Jesus freely gave himself up to death to give us his life. This is the judgment of this world, and the prince of this world is “cast out.”(170) “He pursued the woman”(171) but had no hold on her: the new Eve, “full of grace” of the Holy Spirit, is preserved from sin and the corruption of death (the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of the Most Holy Mother of God, Mary, ever virgin). “Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring.”(172) Therefore the Spirit and the Church pray: “Come, Lord Jesus,”(173) since his coming will deliver us from the Evil One. (170 – Jn 12:31; Rev 12:10). (171 – Rev 12:13-16). (172 – Rev 12:17). (173 – Rev 22:17,20).


This brings us to the end of the Catechism Of The Catholic Church. Throughout this series I have tried to clearly point out to you how the Catholic church does not place their emphasis on Jesus Christ and the sufficiency of His once for all sacrifice that paid the debt for all sin in full in their teachings.

I have also tried to show you from their own teachings how they twist and distort God’s Word by adding to Scripture instead of basing their teachings on the clear truths presented in Scripture, and how they oftentimes back up their teachings by sharing quotes from Catholic mystics of the past and mystical teachings of monks, known as the desert fathers.

Throughout this series, regarding the Catechism Of The Catholic Church, you have seen how terms such as Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, desert fathers, spiritual director, silent prayer along with “saints”/people such as St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Ignatius of Loyola, etc., have been mentioned quite innocently. But as I have tried to document for you throughout this series, these terms and people will lead Catholics and others (who are not aware of the spiritual dangers of Contemplative prayer and what these “saints” and desert fathers believed, taught, and experienced), slowly into the world of the occult!

To refresh your memory, and for those of you who may not have read any previous posts in this series, here is some information on Contemplative Prayer, St. John of the Cross, and St. Teresa of Avila, and more:

UPDATED EXPANDED EDITION OF BOOKLET ‘5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER’ – LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS

THE DESERT FATHERS – BORROWING FROM THE EAST – LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS

IS YOUR CHURCH DOING SPIRITUAL FORMATION? (IMPORTANT REASONS WHY IS SHOULDN’T) – LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS

THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING – “TAKE A LITTLE WORD AND REPEAT IT.” – LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS

REMEMBERING THE ENTICING APPEAL OF RICHARD FOSTER AND BETH MOORE’S BE STILL FILM – LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS


INFORMATION ON THE UNBIBLICAL NATURE OF SACRED RHYTHMS AND CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OT THE TRANSFORMING CENTER, RUTH HALEY BARTON, WHO PROMOTES THIS, AMONG MANY OTHER PROFESSING CHRISTIAN LEADERS:


WHO IS RUTH HALEY BARTON? – KEN SILVA – APPRISING MINISTRIES


Below is a quick capture of some information regarding St. John of the Cross in which you can see that he promoted Contemplative Meditation and union with God, terms that can both be found in Eastern religions, not Biblical Christianity. His writings, such as, ‘The Ascent Of Mount Carmel’ and ‘Dark Night Of The Soul,’ promote mysticism.

(SOURCE)Capture Saint John of the Cross - contemplative union with God - meditation - source - Fr Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen

Very troubling information on mystic, Teresa of Avila, can be seen in the following video starting at the 24:55 minute mark and ending at the 34:14 minute mark. However, the entire video is well worth watching.


Now I’d now like to share some information with you from a tract that was written by a former Roman Catholic priest, Bartholomew F. Brewer, PH.D., regarding the central focus of Catholicism –the Sacrifice of the Mass. Back in 1980, right after I just became a Christian, I sent away for some information from Mission To Catholics International Inc., and this was one of many tracts that I received.

Although the information in this tract is deeply rooted in Scripture, some Catholics who read this may find what he has to say to be rather harsh. However, when your eternal destiny is at stake regarding what you choose to believe and to place your trust in for the forgiveness of your sins, the truth is what’s most important, and he clearly shares the truth based on the Word of God regarding some of the troubling teachings of Catholicism that denies the sufficiency of Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice to pay the debt for all sin –in full!

NOTE: The following information has been added for documentational purposes only and is not necessarily an endorsement of Bart Brewer since I am not aware of all his beliefs and whether they all line up with Scripture or not.] 

Capture Bart Brewer Former Catholic Priest

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC SACRIFICE OF THE MASS

The sacrifice of the Mass is the very heart of Roman Catholic faith. It is the most beautiful, the most sacred part of Catholic worship. “It is the secret of her holiness and vitality.” Saint Francis De Sales said it is “the mainspring of devotion.” According to Pope Urban, if the angels could envy man anything, it would be his power to offer the Holy Sacrifice. Cardinal Newman called it “the greatest action that can be on earth.”

OFFICIAL CATHOLIC TEACHING 

The Church of Rome teaches –(1) that at the Last Supper, Christ instituted the Mass, a true, visible, sacrifice…;  (2) that Christ bequeathed the Mass to His Church…to be of avail for the remission of sins and the punishment due them, and the benefit of the living and the dead; (3) that Christ established a special priesthood for its celebration; (4) that Christ, through the ministry of His priests, offers Himself in the Mass as He offered Himself on the cross; but that, whereas He offered Himself in a bloody manner on the cross, He offers Himself in an unbloody manner in the Mass; (5) that, this difference apart, the sacrifice of the Mass is the same sacrifice as that of the cross, for there is the same Priest, the same Victim and the same Offering. Rome teaches that just as the sacrifice of Calvary was prefigured in the Jewish sacrifices, so it is continued in the Mass in its essentials as a sacrifice. Catholic doctrine teaches that through the sacrifice of the Mass a friend of God receives the appeasement of God’s anger, the extinction of the debt of temporal punishment and the reception of blessings, which include an increase of Sanctifying Grace, Through the Mass, one’s acts of adoration, praise, thanksgiving, atonement, satisfaction and petition receive a new and special efficacy. In the sacrifice of the Mass one is said to receive, more surely that through any other means, the grace of contrition in the hour of need, the grace of more perfect sanctity, and all temporal blessings not in conflict with one’s spiritual well-being.

FIFTH ARTICLE OF THE CREED OF POPE PIUS IV

“I profess likewise that in the Mass there is offered to God a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead. And that in the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist there is truly, really, and substantially the 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 bread into the body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the blood, which conversion of the Catholic Church calleth Transubstantiation. I also confess that under either kind alone Christ is received whole and entire, and a true sacrament.”

THE COUNCIL OF TRENT

The canons of the Council of Trent on this subject passed in session xxii. cap. ii are as follows:

1. “If any one shall say, that in the Mass there is not offered to God a true and proper sacrifice, or that what is offered is nothing else than Christ given to be eaten, let him be anathema.”

2. “If any one shall say that in those words, This do in remembrance of Me, Christ did not make the apostles priests, or did not ordain that they themselves and other priests should offer His body and blood, let him be anathema.”

3.”If any one shall say that the sacrifice of the Mass is only of praise and thanksgiving, or a bare commemoration of the sacrifice performed on the cross, but not propitiatory; or that it is of benefit only to the person who takes it, and ought not to be offered for the living and the dead for sins, punishments, satisfactions, and other necessities, let him be accursed.”

4. “If any one shall say that a blasphemy is ascribed to the most holy sacrifice of Christ performed on the cross by the sacrifice of the Mass, or the latter derogates from the former, let him be accursed.”

PRONOUNCEMENT FROM VATICAN II

“At the Last Supper…our Saviour instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross…” p. 154, The Documents of Vatican II, Walter M. Abbott, S. J.

CATHOLIC PROOF – TEXTS EXPLAINED

Malachi 1:11: “From the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering.”

Roman Catholic authorities claim that this prophecy is fulfilled in the sacrifice of the Mass. However, a close look at the meaning of this verse indicates not a literal, external offering, but a spiritual, internal offering. David declared in Psalm 51:17 that “the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart.” Peter admonished the people of God to offer up spiritual sacrifices (1 Peter 2:5), praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (v. 9). The author of Hebrews speaks of spiritual sacrifices as praise, thanksgiving and alms-giving (13:15,16). The Christians in Rome were admonished to present their bodies (i.e. their whole being) as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). Catholic authorities say that the Hebrew word for offering (mincha) refers to the unbloody sacrifice of the Mass, but in 1 Samuel 2:17 the word mincha is used in reference to a bloody sacrifice and in Isaiah 66:20 the company of God’s people constitutes the mincha. One cannot, therefore, use this verse to substantiate evidence in favor of the sacrifice of the Mass.

Romans 15:16b: “…that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost…”

Again the offering of the Gentiles was a spiritual, internal sacrifice, that of obedience in word and deed (v. 18).

Genesis 14:18: “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was a priest of the most high God.”

One cannot assume that this verse speaks of a sacrifice offered to God. Melchizedek was a priest of God and he brought bread and wine, not for a sacrifice but for the refreshment of Abram and his men returning from battle. Cyprian was the earliest of the post-apostolic fathers to teach that Melchizedek was a sacrificer but there is no Biblical reference of Melchizedek offering sacrifice (see Hebrews 7).

1 Corinthians 11:24b: “This do in remembrance of me.”

Catholics are taught that in this verse Jesus was, in effect, saying, “As I have now offered My body and blood under the appearances of bread and wine as a sacrifice, so must you offer in sacrifice My body and blood in every celebration of this sacrament.” Rome teaches that with these words Jesus made the apostles priests and gave Himself as a perpetual victim whom they were to sacrifice daily. It is estimated that there are more than 200,000 sacrifices offered on Roman altars around the world each day of the week. What a perversion of the common expression “this do” which in this context simply means that God’s people are to partake of the bread and wine as a reminder (not a perpetuation) of Christ’s atonement.

John 19:30: “It is finished.” 

According to a Roman Catholic priest, Richard W. Grace, in his book, “The Sacrifice of Christ,” “These words do not declare that His sacrifice was finished, but that He had finished His former, normal, earthly life and was now fixed in the state of a victim…He then began His everlasting career as the perpetual sacrifice of the New Law.”

According to Rome, the sacrifice of Christ was completed on Calvary, but not finished, i.e. He must be perpetually sacrificed in the Mass. However, it is not the blood sacrifice of the Cross that is repeated, but the so-called unbloody sacrifice of the upper room, the sacrifice of His flesh and blood under the appearance of bread and wine. It was the shedding of Jesus’ blood that brought remission of sin. That sacrifice was finished as He said and Hebrews 9:22 later tells us that apart from the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Therefore, what took place in the upper room was not a sacrifice but an explanation of the sacrifice that was to take place and since admittedly, there is no blood in the sacrifice of the Mass, it cannot be a sacrifice for sin.

John 6:54-55: “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.” Meat is to satisfy hunger and in verse 35 Jesus said “he that cometh to me shall never hunger.”

Therefore, to come to Him is to eat. To drink is to satisfy thirst and again in verse 35 Jesus said “he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” Therefore, to believe is to drink. No one can say that here Jesus was establishing the eating and drinking of a sacrifice for sin, especially not after what he said in verse 63: “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” In Levitical law, not only was the blood never eaten, but the sin offering was never to be eaten. Yet Catholics believe that they really eat Christ’s body and drink His blood in their communion. If they insist on a literal meaning in this verse, then they must take literally the whole statement and also believe that all who receive their communion are saved (will live forever) and they do not believe that. Without doubt, to consistently literalize this passage involves some impossible interpretation for the Catholic.

Matthew 26: 26 and 28:   “This is my body…this is my blood.”

No one can deny that here we have figurative language. Jesus did not say, touto gignetai (this has become or is turned into) but touto esti (this signifies, represents or stands for). In another passage he said “this cup is the new testament.” For one thing, “the cup” refers to its contents and certainly neither the cup nor its contents constitutes the new covenant, but symbolizes it. Throughout Scripture we find similar metaphorical language: Jesus referred to Himself as “the door,” “the vine,” “the light,” “the root,” “the rock,” “the bright and morning star” as well as “the bread.” If I were to show someone a photograph of my son and say, “this is my son,” they would not take these words literally. The Scripture is written with such common language that it is obvious to any observant reader that the Lord’s Supper was intended primarily as a memorial and in no sense a literal sacrifice. In taking Biblical statements literally, we must be sure that doing so is consistent with the context and not in contradiction to other clear teaching.

THE FINALITY OF CHRIST’S SACRIFICE

The Bible teaches that the priesthood of Jesus Christ is unique:

“Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek” (Psalm 110:4 and Hebrews 7:17); “but this man, because he continueth ever hath an unchangeable priesthood (i.e. it cannot be transferred to another)” (Hebrews 7:3b and 24); “there is…one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

There is an obvious superiority in Jesus Christ, the one who is approachable and can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). The human sacrificing priesthood was weak and unprofitable being made up of “many priests” and men of infirmity, but Christ was holy, undefiled and separate from sinners (Hebrews 7:23 and 28). Roman Catholicism teaches that her priests discharge the priesthood of Jesus Christ, that they are other Christs (Alter Christus). This explains the extravagant adulation and exaltation heaped upon the Roman priest. The French Catholic saint, J. B. M. Vianney said that

“Where there is no priest there is no sacrifice, and where there is no sacrifice there is no religion…Without the priest the death and passion of our Lord would be of no avail to us…See the power of the priest!” By one word from his lips, he changes a piece of bread into a God! A greater feat than the creation of a world.”

He also said:

“If I were to meet a priest and an angel, I would salute the priest before saluting the angel. The angel is a friend of God, but the priest holds the place of God…Next to God Himself, the priest is everything!”

What humiliation for Jesus Christ (the one who is to have preeminence in all things). All mankind must say with John the Baptist:

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”

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, chapter 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 holy 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 others; for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world; but now 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” (9:22-28).

“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every high priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sin: But this man, after he had offered onesacrifice for sins forever, 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 forever them that are sanctified” (10:10-14).

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 repeated and which in fact cannot be repeated. The language is perfectly clear: ‘He offered one sacrifice for sins forever’ (Hebrews 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 hath 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.”

PAGAN ORIGIN

It is shocking for Roman Catholics to learn that the proposal of the Lord’s Supper as a sacrifice was first made by a Benedictine monk, Radbertus, in the ninth century and was the subject of many fierce verbal battles by the bishops until Pope Innocent III declared it an official Roman doctrine in 1215 A.D. The very principles found in the bloodless sacrifice of the Mass as it is in the church of Rome today can be traced back through the labyrinth of paganism to the fountain of idolatry, ancient Babylon. Rome’s most blasphemous and massive religious fraud originated in Chaldean idol worship and will continue until the time of the end when, according to Revelation 17 and 18, amid the wonder and admiration of the world, Rome will be judged with violence and be thrown down and shall be found no more at all, for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

HAS THE MASS REALLY CHANGED?

Today many are expressing hope that Rome is turning toward Scriptural Christianity. Many are thrilled with her changes while failing to realize that they are only superficial. For example, the Church of Rome will never reject the sacrifice of the Mass–just streamline it enough to fool the unlearned in the Scriptures (the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth). Pope John XXIII made it clear that his church is bound “to all the teachings of the Church in its entirety and preciseness, as it still shines forth in the Acts of the Council of Trent and First Vatican Council…” (The Documents of Vatican II, Abbott, S.J.)

CONCLUSION

Based on the authority of the Bible, we must conclude that the Roman Catholic sacrifice of the Mass is a mockery, a deception, a fraud, an abomination before God. As we have shown, it is not the same sacrifice as that of Calvary, regardless of what the priests may say. Yet, under the threat of eternal condemnation, Catholics are, forced to believe what their church teaches, even though it contradicts the Scriptures and reason. The Bible says to “come now, let us reason together,” but Rome demands that her people accept as true that which they know to be false and practice traditions of men which can never bring them to salvation.

Because there are thousands of nominal Roman Catholics who do not believe all that their church requires, we are pleased to announce that they are not Roman Catholics at all, for according to Pope Paul VI, no one may claim to be a member of the Roman Catholic church if he does not maintain fidelity to the churches’ magisterium (teaching authority). On August 24, 1977 he said:

“People who say they are part of the Church and yet are not faithful remain outside.” 

Our earnest prayer and expectation is that our beloved Roman Catholic friends will study the Scriptures with an honest desire to know and obey God’s Word to us. The Holy Spirit will then convict them with truth and give them the courage and integrity to separate from false teaching (John 12:46, 1 Timothy 6:3-5, II Timothy 3:5, II Corinthians 6:14-17, Ephesians 5:11, II John 10, Revelation 18:4) and join fellowship with the truly born-again believers in Bible teaching, Christ honoring churches where they can grow in grace and in the knowledge of our wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. [End of tract.]


 

HERE IS A LIST OF SOME CATHOLIC TEACHINGS BASED ON TRADITION, NOT ON SCRIPTURE

Transubstantiation (the teaching that the priest was given the power by Jesus Christ to transform the bread and the wine into the literal body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ) was first made an official doctrine of the Catholic church at the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 A.D.

Purgatory was made an official doctrine of the Catholic church in 1274 A.D.

• Immaculate Conception (Mary proclaimed to be sinless) – 1854 A.D.

Papal Infallibility (In matters of faith and morals) – 1870 A.D.

The Assumption of Mary – (Mary taken body and soul into heaven) – 1950 A.D.


BRIEF LIST OF SOME MAIN TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH REFUTED BY THE TRUTH CLEARLY REVEALED IN THE WORD OF GOD

PURGATORY (PARA 1472 CCC) REFUTED

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the figure of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, making purgation of sins, sitteth on the right hand of the majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3 – DRV)

“And you, employing all care, minister in your faith, virtue; and in virtue, knowledge; And in knowledge, abstinence; and in abstinence, patience; and in patience, godliness; And in godliness, love of brotherhood; and in love of brotherhood, charity. For if these things be with you and abound, they will make you to be neither empty nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he that hath not these things with him, is blind, and groping, having forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” (2 Peter 1:5-9 – DRV)

THE SUFFICIENCY OF JESUS CHRIST’S ONCE FOR ALL SACRIFICE

 “And so he is able, now and always. to save those who come to God through him, because he lives forever to plead with God for them. Jesus, then, is the High Priest that meets our needs. He is holy; he has no fault or sin in him; he has been set apart from sinful men and raised above the heavens. He is not like other high priests; he does not need to offer sacrifices every day for his own sins first, and then for the sins of the people. He offered one sacrifice, once and for all,when he offered himself.” (Hebrews 7:25-27 – SHLCNT)

“When Christ went through the tent and entered once and for all into the Most Holy Place, he did not take the blood of goats and calves to offer as sacrifice; rather he took his own blood and obtained eternal salvation for us. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of the burnt calf are sprinkled on the people who are ritually unclean, and make them clean by taking away their ritual impurity. Since this is true, how much more is accomplished by the blood of Christ! Through the eternal Spirit he offered himself as a perfect sacrifice to God. His blood will make our consciences clean from useless works, so that we may serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:12-14- SHLCNT)

“Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God. In the same manner, Christ also was offered in sacrifice once to take away the sins of many. He will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:27,28 – SHLCNT)

“Every Jewish priest stands and performs his services every day and offers the same sacrifices many times. But these sacrifices can never take away sins. Christ, however, offered one sacrifice for sins, an offering that is good forever, and then sat down at the right side of God. There he now waits until God puts his enemies as a footstool under his feet. With one sacrifice, then, he has made perfect forever those who are clean from sin. And the Holy Spirit also gives us his witness. First he says, “This is the covenant that I will make with them in the days to come,”says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and write them on their minds.” And then he says, “I will not remember their sins and wicked deeds any longer.” So when these have been forgiven, an offering to take away sins is no longer needed. We have, then, brothers, complete freedom to go into the Most Holy Place by means of the death of Jesus. He opened for us a new way, a living way, through the curtain–that is, through his own body. We have a great priest in charge of the house of God. Let us come near to God, then, with a sincere heart and a sure faith, with hearts that have been made clean from a guilty conscience, and bodies washed with pure water.”
(Hebrews 10:11-22- SHLCNT)

The same verse as above in the Douay-Rheims Bible:

“And every priest indeed standeth daily ministering, and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this man offering one sacrifice for sins, for ever sitteth on the right hand of God, From henceforth expecting, until his enemies be made his footstool. For by one oblation he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. And the Holy Ghost also doth testify this to us. For after that he said:

And this is the testament which I will make unto them after those days, saith the Lord. I will give my laws in their hearts, and on their minds will I write them:

And their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.

Now where there is a remission of these, there is no more an oblation for sin. Having therefore, brethren, a confidence in the entering into the holies by the blood of Christ; A new and living way which he hath dedicated for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh, And a high priest over the house of God: Let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with clean water.” (Hebrews 10: 11-22 – DRV)

One more verse for you regarding the sufficiency of Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice:

For Christ himself died for you; once and for all he died for sins, a good man for bad men, in order to lead you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18 – SHLCNT)

Here is how the same verse above is presented in the Douay-Rheims Catholic Version which strengthens, emphasizes, and clarifies the contrast between Jesus Christ (the just) and sinful humanity (the unjust):

“Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust: that he might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but enlivened in the spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18 DRV)

THE SUFFICIENCY OF JESUS CHRIST’S ONE SACRIFICE TO EVEN CLEANSE OUR CONSCIENCES

“But Christ, being come an high priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hand, that is, not of this creation: Neither by the blood of goats, or of calves, but by his own blood, entered once into the holies, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of an heifer being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who by the Holy Ghost offered himself unspotted unto God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:11-14 – DRV)

MARY AS OUR MEDIATRIX (MEDIATOR) REFUTED

“For there is one God, and one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Who gave himself a redemption for all, a testimony in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:5,6 – DRV)

SACRIFICE OF THE MASS REFUTED

“For Jesus is not entered into the holies made with hands, the patterns of the true: but into heaven itself, that he may appear now in the presence of God for us. Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holies, every year with the blood of others: For then he ought to have suffered often from the beginning of the world: but now once at the end of ages, he hath appeared for the destruction of sin, by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment: So also Christ was offered once to exhaust the sins of many; the second time he shall appear without sin to them that expect him unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:24-28 – DRV)

Here are just a few thoughts that I’d like to share with you regarding what I have learned as I reflect back to the time when I was a Catholic in light of the joyous thoughts and deep appreciation that I now have after coming to the knowledge of the true Biblical gospel and understanding all that Jesus Christ accomplished for each one of us after I started reading the little Catholic New Testament Bible that was given to me back in the spring of 1980:

Catholicism plays upon the emotions and senses of its people with its rich traditions: the ringing of bells, the incense, images and icons, the mystical idea of the bread and wine literally becoming Jesus’ body, blood, soul, and divinity, the worship of the wafer known as Eucharistic Adoration, processions in which a statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is carried into Catholic churches and crowned with a wreath made of flowers, etc., etc. The beauty and amazing truth of the Biblical gospel is veiled by their Catholic Traditions and it is never prominent in their teachings; all that Jesus Christ accomplished for us through His sinless life, His death on the cross in our place, His glorious resurrection from the dead in bodily form three days later showing that God accepted His death as completely satisfying God’s full wrath that He has towards us because of our sins, is never clearly taught. Instead, He is depicted as still hanging on the cross (in most Catholic churches) and He is continually being sacrificed over and over again during every mass, at every altar, in every Catholic church throughout the world! The way to God the Father is never revealed as being coming to Him through Jesus Christ alone as God’s Word says (John 14:6, 1 Timothy 2:5). Instead, precious Catholics are also taught to pray to Mary or one of many different saints telling them that they will intercede before God for their needs; in one breath they speak the truth declared in God’s Holy Word, and in the next they contradict it!

Yes, the Catholic church does indeed teach many Biblical things such as Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, born of a virgin, fully God and fully Man, came to die on the cross for our sins, arose from the dead three days later, the triunity of God (the Biblical concept of the Trinity), but what they add to their teachings and leave out of their teachings causes most, if not all, precious Catholics to place their trust in the Catholic Church to save them instead of Jesus Christ alone, as the Word of God clearly declares; it leads them to wrongly trust in the Catholic Church’s sacramental system and their good works to make them righteous in the sight of a thrice Holy God, which is completely impossible! (Titus 3:4,5, Galatians 2:21, Isaiah 64:6)

Dear reader, no matter what religion or spiritual beliefs you have chosen to adhere to, what truly matters — if one desires to follow the one and only true God, the God of the Bible — are these important questions that I urge you to prayerfully reflect upon and answer:

• Can you honestly say that everything you have been taught can be backed up with Scripture without adding to Scripture or Scripture being taken out of context?

• Have you ever had doubts about something that you have been taught because God’s Word says something completely different, but you choose to push your doubts aside and accept your church’s interpretation of a certain passage of Scripture?

• Do you merely accept everything that you are taught without questioning anything?

• Have you been taught anything that has no Scriptural support whatsoever, but merely based on tradition or supposed new revelations?

These are very important questions to ponder because if you are prone to simply believe whatever you are taught and don’t stop to question things or test things against the truth of God’s Word, you will most likely be deceived and will never come to the knowledge of the truth. A very frightening thought that could be your reality if you ignore this warning.

When people come to faith in Jesus Christ many think that everyone in Christian leadership can be trusted and that everything they say can be believed. However, God’s Word is filled with warnings about spiritual deception in the last days, warnings about false teachers, some even rising from among us (Acts 20:26-31), mysticism, and doctrines of demons. God’s Word also warns us of the fact that the traditions of men nullify God’s Word. (Mark 7:13). Therefore we should always be on guard against false teachings that attempt to distort God’s Word and the Biblical gospel in order to defend their false beliefs.

Please begin to use your critical thinking skills, and, above all, please ask God for discernment and test everything that you are being taught against the truth of the Word of God. I pray that by the power of God’s Holy Spirit the eyes of many precious Catholics, as well as other precious people who truly think that what they believe is true, will have the blinders removed from their eyes as they seek God in His Word — not in the teachings of any  religion — and see the gloriously good news of the Biblical gospel regarding everything that Jesus Christ has already done for each one of us, and I pray that many will choose to place their trust in Him alone for the forgiveness of their sins –every last one of them, no matter how horrific of a sin that it may be!


Now that we have finally come to the end of this series, I ask you to please prayerfully reflect on what’s most important –the truth of the Word of God. The reason being that on the day when you find yourself standing before the Lord, the only thing that will truly matter is if you placed your trust in the only way that God has provided for us to be reconciled to Himself, and that is by placing your complete trust in the once for all sacrifice that Jesus Christ willingly offered in our place on the cross of Calvary. Jesus lived the sinless, perfect life that we could never live to become the perfect sacrifice; Jesus took upon Himself the full wrath of God, His Father, that was intended for us because of our sins, and He died in our place. He was buried, and three days later He gloriously arose from the dead in bodily form showing that God, His Father, indeed accepted His death as paying the debt for every one of our sins — in full! No more sacrifices or punishment is required or needed! Now that is the good news of the Biblical gospel!! In contrast, the gospel of Catholicism teaches that more sacrifices for sin is required (Sacrifice of the Mass) and temporal punishment for sins is still due which requires being sent into the purifying fires of a place that the Roman Catholic church calls purgatory where it is taught that one remains there after death to suffer and to be purged from sin for an undetermined amount of time until they are made acceptable to enter heaven. However, remember as I shared with you earlier, the Word of God says in Hebrews 1:3 and 2 Peter 1:5-9 that Jesus purged us from our sins.

If a person ceases from trusting in their good works as the means to obtain God’s forgiveness and chooses instead to place their full trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice, their sins will be washed away, and will be as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), cast into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:18,19), never to be remembered again (Romans 4:7,8, Hebrews 8:12, 10:17), and they will be clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 61:10)


Dear Catholic, for the last time I present the following question to you:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God (Scripture), or the word of man (Catholic Tradition)?

Your response will truly reveal where you have placed your trust for the forgiveness of your sins and will most certainly have eternal consequences. I pray that you will get a Bible and spend time reading it and comparing the teachings of the Catholic church to your own Bible. If you do, you will see for yourself the gloriously good news of the Biblical gospel regarding all that Jesus Christ truly accomplished for us! Jesus Christ has the power to set you free and to fill you with true peace and joy –if you choose to believe it and to fully place your trust in the once for all sacrifice of Jesus Christ as being completely sufficient to pay the debt for every one of your sins in full!

Thank you very much for stopping by today.

God Bless You

Mary Dalke – Living4HisGlory

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NOTE: This post was updated on Feb. 27th at 10:30 A.M.

UPDATE:

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As we begin this series of posts, I would like to start out by sharing some Scriptures with you in order to lay a solid foundation based on the truth of God’s Word before we start looking into some of the serious concerns that one should have when it comes to these supposed apparitions of the Virgin Mary. We will also be using  our critical thinking skills based  on what we can learn from what God says in His Word in order to help us learn to discern truth from error, which is a must in these days of rapidly growing spiritual deception!

Let’s begin:

We know from many passages of Scripture that the level of spiritual deception in the end times will be extremely powerful. Jesus Christ, Himself, strongly warned about spiritual deception and mentions it first among the many signs that will point to His soon return. He also made it very clear that these lying signs and wonders could deceive the very elect –if it were possible:

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:1-4)

“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:23-27)

God also strongly warns us in His Word that we must not be ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11) and how we are to:

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

It is also made abundantly clear to us in John 3:19-21 that those without Jesus Christ love the darkness because of their sin and are not willing to come into the light, and in 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 we read that many will perish because they will not choose to receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. These are the ones to whom God will send strong delusion to because they chose not to believe the truth; their desire will be to continue on in their unrighteous ways:

“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come  into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil. For everyone who practices evil hates the light, and does not come into the light, lest his works be reproved. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may me manifested that they are wrought in God.”(John 3:19-21)

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12)

One can only speculate at this time as to what all of these lying signs and wonders will actually be. However, if you will please just take the time to read this series — in its entirety — I believe and pray that after you pray for discernment and read and listen to the information that I will be sharing with you (concerning how the messages given by these apparitions contradict the very Word of God and instead reflect the many false messages of unity proclaimed by those involved in the New Age Movement), you will then come to realize that these supposed apparitions of the Virgin Mary are instead cunningly deceptive plans devised by Satan himself to mislead and deceive many who will choose to reject Biblical truth and refuse to test things against Scripture. I truly believe (along with some other Christians) that these apparitions are presently playing  — and will indeed continue to play — a huge part in end times spiritual deception! However, my opinion doesn’t matter. Let’s look at some of the facts. Just think of the many who have already been lured into New Age Contemplative Spirituality through Spiritual Formation classes and Contemplative Prayer by reading books by authors such as Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, Margaret Feinstein, Ruth Haley Barton, Mindy Caliguire, Richard Foster, Richard Rohr, Rick Warren, Gary Thomas, Henry Blackaby, (and many others), because they have been encouraged to have “experiences with God” instead of seeking to know God in a very real and personal way by reading and studying His living, life-giving, unchanging Word –the Bible! Or think of the many who have involved themselves in Eastern meditation practices by joining so-called Christian yoga classes that, sadly, are being offered at many churches these days!

Here are some more Scriptures that I would like you to please keep in mind as you read through the first installment of this three, or possibly four part, series:

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9)

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”     (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

“Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” (Jeremiah 14:14)

“If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-3)

For those of you who may be Catholic, please know that I am not out to attack what you may hold dear to your heart if you indeed hold the Virgin Mary in a place of honor much higher that you should. It is out of love and concern for all of you that I am sharing all of this information with you to warn you so that you will not be deceived by these alluring apparitions and the messages that come from this entity that claims to be the Virgin Mary, and to urge you to look to Jesus Christ alone for truth, forgiveness, and salvation!

Let’s begin now by looking at some of the messages given during these apparitions from around the world. If you will take the time to pray for discernment and test these messages in light of Scripture, you will see how this being who claims to be the Virgin Mary does not reflect the humble Virgin Mary that we see revealed in God’s Word who always pointed to her virgin born Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, and not to herself. This being who claims to be the Virgin Mary also makes requests for chapels to be built in her honor!

Please also note the emphasis on “penance” and the need to “make sacrifices” that is stressed in these messages given to the visionaries, thus rendering Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice on the cross as being insufficient to pay the debt of our sins in full, when God’s Word clearly shows us otherwise!

Apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego in 1531

A widely known series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary are the ones that allegedly took place in 1531 in Guadalupe, Mexico when it is said that the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego and requested that a chapel be built in her honor.

“For I am your merciful Mother,” she said, “to you and to all mankind who love me and trust in me and invoke my help. Therefore, go to the dwelling of the Bishop in Mexico City and say that the Virgin Mary sent you to make known to him her great desire.”

The Bishop was very hesitant to believe Juan Diego and requested that this Lady give him some sign. Juan Diego was told by the Lady that she would grant his request the next morning. However, Juan Diego was unable to return the next morning because his uncle became very ill. Two days later as he was on his way to the church to request for a priest to come to his dying uncle, he was stopped by the Lady, who said to him, “It is well, littlest and dearest of my sons, but now listen to me. Do not let anything afflict you and be not afraid of illness or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Are you not in the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need? Do not fear for your uncle for he is not going to die. Be assured…he is already well.” Juan Diego was exceedingly happy to hear her reassuring words, and then asked her for the sign that he was to bring to the Bishop. He was told to climb to the top of the hill where he would find many flowers in bloom, and he was to cut them and bring them to her. He was surprised to find many flowers blooming on the stony ground. Returning to the Lady with the flowers held within his cloak, the Lady rearranged them and sent him on his way to the Bishop, telling Juan Diego that this would be the sign for the Bishop that would convince him to fulfill her request. When Juan Diego was in the presence of the Bishop he opened his cloak, and the flowers gently tumbled to the floor, and the Bishop was awestruck as he saw an amazingly colorful image of the Lady, just as Juan Diego had described her, imprinted on his cloak. “Earlier that same day, December 12th, she had also appeared to Juan’s uncle, Juan Bernardino and restored him to health as she had told Juan Diego.” “Both had been among the first of the natives to be baptized into the true faith several years before.” (Source – YouTube video – The story of the five apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Juan Diego)

The “true faith” that is being referred to here, is the Catholic faith, not Biblical Christianity.

Even though it seems that the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that appeared on Juan Diego’s cloak/tilma made from cactus fiber came about in a miraculous way, and the colors have somehow been preserved from fading, and the cloak/tilma was protected from damage and deterioration  over hundreds of years from being exposed to the smoke of burning candles, and it was not damaged when bombs were planted under the image in some flowers in 1921, we cannot come to the conclusion that this image was a miracle from God since God’s Word clearly condemns images of any kind: Exodus 20:4 Deuteronomy 4:16, 5:8,

We must also keep in mind the warnings in Scripture about false miracles and lying signs and wonders in the last days. (Matthew 7:23, 2 Thessaalonians 2:8,9, Revelation 13:13,14)

The details concerning this image, although intriguing, (reflections of what appears to be that of Juan Diego and other people that were discovered in the eyes of the image, and other details that lead people to wrongly believe that Mary is the Queen of heaven), add to the evidence that this is not a miracle sent from God, but rather a counterfeit miracle that, once again, points people away from Jesus Christ, and to Mary. These apparitions of a woman who claims to be the Virgin Mary, is not the Virgin Mary revealed in Scripture, as you will soon come to realize –if you will choose to test these supposed miraculous details against Scripture.

What I found to be most disturbing is the fact that this image of the Virgin Mary is given credit for the conversion of eight to nine million of the pagan Aztec Indians into the Catholic faith, who had previously sacrificed thousands of their people to their pagan gods, when it is the gospel and faith in Jesus Christ alone that brings one to true salvation!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16,17)

In this trailer from a documentary movie based upon these alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Guadalupe, the focus is on “unity,” which has been promoted among religions for quite some time now. It is said that this image brought about “the unity of different peoples and different cultures” and it is also proclaimed as “an image that would unite a continent.” This documentary is narrated by John Caviezel, who states,”The Virgin of Guadalupe is not just a bridge between heaven and earth, but also a bridge between different cultures, it is her love that unites us.”

In the video further below, it is wrongly stated that the Virgin Mary is the woman spoken of in Revelation Chapter 12 who is clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

Catholicism also teaches that the Virgin Mary is the woman in Genesis 3:15 who crushes the serpent’s head. In Part 3 of MY TESTIMONY: FROM FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY TO PEACE AND ASSURANCE – HOW GOD REVEALED THE TRUTH TO ME AS I WAS READING A CATHOLIC NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE, (that you can read HERE), I shared with you how the Latin Vulgate mistranslated Genesis 3:15 using the word ipsa (she) instead of ipse, he, referring to Jesus Christ, and therefore the Catholic church claims that it is the woman who crushes the serpent’s head, and that the woman is Mary.You can hear a detailed teaching on this, and more, in the following video:

 

Former Catholic, Timothy Kauffman, author of Mary Mary Quite Contrary, a book that addressed the apparitions of Mary, made an excellent point in a video (that I will be sharing with you in Part 2 of this series), by stating — and this is not an exact quote —  that since the Catholic church teaches Mary was sinless, she should not have experienced pain when she was giving birth to Jesus because pain during childbirth is a consequence of sin. And since the woman in Revelation cries out in  pain, it cannot be Mary, or it would not be consistent with Catholic doctrine. He also points  out the fact that this woman who claims to be Mary in these apparitions oftentimes proclaims herself to be the woman in Revelation. Later in the video he makes this statement:

  “What it all come down to is that…we have the Word of God, and we compare it against what the popes teach, and what the apparitions teach. Both can’t be right; either the apparitions and the pope are right, or the Word of God is right.”


Apparitions of the Virgin Mary at LaSalette, France 1846

Here are some of the messages given during the apparitions at LaSalette (which took place in September of 1846) that I quick captured for you from the video further below. You will also be able to see them  — along with many other messages given during these apparitions — if you choose to watch the video when time allows:

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There is nowhere in the Bible that mentions there will be a “future Reign of Mary.” You will, however, find that God’s Word tells us that there will be a literal thousand year reign of Jesus Christ on this earth. (Revelation 20:1-4 and Isaiah 65:24,25)

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In this message notice how it is Mary who is shown to have power to hold back the arm of her Son, Jesus Christ, from striking out because of the rebellion of mankind:

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Here is the video:

Apparitions to Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France in 1858

Next to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal in 1917 (which I have already written about in great detail), probably the next most widely known apparitions of the Virgin Mary are the ones that allegedly took place in Lourdes, France. It is said that the Virgin Mary appeared to fourteen year old Bernadette a total of twenty-eight times. In many of these appearances it is said that the Virgin Mary remained silent.

Below are some of the messages given to Bernadette during these alleged apparitions. You will find the following messages, and more, in the video above.

8th Apparition February 24, 1858:

“Penance! Penance! Penance! Pray to God for sinners. Kiss the ground as an act of penance for sinners!”

9th Apparition February 25, 1858:

Bernadette: She told me to go, drink of the spring… I only found a little muddy water. At the fourth attempt I was able to drink. She also made me eat the bitter herbs that were found near the spring, and then the vision left and went away.” In front of the crowd that was asking, “Do you think that she is mad doing things like that?” she replied, “It is for sinners.”

10th Apparition February 27, 1858:

800 people were present. The Apparition was silent. Bernadette drank the water from the spring and carried out her usual acts of penance.

11th Apparition February 28, 1858:

Over 1000 people were present at the ecstasy. Bernadette prayed, kissed the ground and moved on her knees as a sign of penance. She was then taken to the house of Judge Ribes who threatened to put her in prison.

13th Apparition March 2, 1858:

The Lady asked her: “Go, tell the priests to come her in procession and to build a chapel here.” Bernadette spoke of this to Fr. Peyramale, the Parish Priest of Lourdes. He only wanted to know one thing: the Lady’s name. He demanded another test; to see a wild rose bush flower at the Grotto in the middle of winter.

14th Apparition March 3, 1858:

Bernadette arrived at the Grotto, but the vision did not appear. After school, she heard the inner invitation of the Lady. She went to the Grotto and asked her again for her name. The response was a smile. The Parish Priest told her again: “If the Lady really wishes that a chapel be built, then she must tell us her name and make the rose bush bloom at the Grotto.”

16th Apparition March 25, 1858:

The vision finally revealed her name, but the wild rose bush, on which she stood during the Apparitions, did not bloom. Bernadette recounted; “She lifted up her eyes to heaven, joined her hands as though in prayer, that were held out and open towards the ground and said to me: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” The young visionary left and, running all the way, repeated continuously the words that she did not understand. These words troubled the brave Parish Priest. Bernadette was ignorant of the fact that this theological expression was assigned to the Blessed Virgin. Four years earlier, in 1854, Pope Pius IX declared this a truth of the Catholic faith (a dogma).

For those of you who are unaware of what this teaching of the Catholic Church is concerning the Immaculate Conception, it is not one that focuses on the virginity of Mary regarding the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, but rather it teaches that Mary did not inherit original sin as all of us did. They also teach that she never once committed sin of any kind her whole life long. Here is what it says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

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Para 490   To become the Mother of the Savior, Mary “was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role.” The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as “full of grace.” In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God’s grace.

Para 491   Through the centuries the church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854: The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by the virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.

Para 492   The “splendor of an entirely unique holiness” by which Mary is “enriched from the first instant of her conception” comes wholly from Christ: she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son.” The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and chose her “in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love.”  

Para 493  The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God “the All-Holy” (Panagia) and celebrate her as “free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature.” By the grace of God Mary remained free from every personal sin her whole life long.

To say that Mary was sinless is to go beyond what Scripture says when it declares in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” In Romans 5:12 God’s Word also says that “just as sin entered the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all have sinned.” To present a teaching that says Mary never sinned her entire life is also adding to the text what simply is not there, and God’s Word warns against doing such things! (1 Corinthians 4:6)If any teaching cannot be found in Scripture, or if the teaching conflicts with Scripture, it is to be rejected! God’s Word is to be held in higher regard than any teaching of any church  –no matter what!

In the book of Revelation God gives this warning:

“I warn everyone who hears the words if the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” (Revelation 22:18,19)

Clearly, God’s Word is not to be tampered with!

In the eyes of precious Catholics the teaching of the Immaculate Conception also places Mary on the same level as Jesus Christ, who, as Scripture clearly shows us, did remain sinless His whole life long even though He was temped in all ways as we are:

“But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him, or known him.” (1 John 3:5)

He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:22)

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who who has been tempted in every way, just as we areyet was without sin. Let us then approach the of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Once again, for those of you who are Catholic, I must ask you the  question that God strongly impressed upon my mind in 1980 when I began to read the little Catholic New Testament and saw how the many teachings of Catholicism totally oppose what God’s Word has to say:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God, or the word of man?”

God’s Word gives us this warning in Colossians 2:8:

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”

In 2 Peter 3:15-18 we are also told:

“Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the errors of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”


 In the video below you will see the following quotes taken from messages supposedly given during apparitions of the Virgin Mary. If this was truly Mary she would not be claiming to have the attribute of God’s omnipresence, or telling people to consecrate themselves to her heart.

“I’m always next to all those who pray and pray with maternal anxiety and concern.” (8:47 min. mark)

“I am always present in your midst.” (@ 7:16 min. mark).

“I am always next to all those who pray and pray with maternal desire and instinct.” (@8:52 min. mark).

“I’m always next to all those who pray and pray with maternal anxiety and concern.”(@8:56 min. mark)

“Consecration to My Heart is the vaccine that as loving Mother, I give you to  keep epidemics of atheism that infects so many of  My children, taking them to the death of true spirit.” (@9:07 min. mark)

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At the 9:07 minute mark in the video above you will also see the following:

Once again, the above message is one of many examples that show how precious Catholics are taught that they cannot come directly to Jesus, but must come through the Virgin Mary.


In the video below you will hear the following:

“…a bleeding wound appeared on the right hand of the statue of Our Lady in the chapel. Sister’s guardian angel told her the flowing of blood is significant for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins.” (5:55 minute mark)

“According to Sister Sasagawa, the Blessed Virgin wants to gather compassionate souls who can please God by their sufferings.” (7:28 minute mark)

Agnes Sasagawa: “He [God] loves us so deeply. He is trying to save us from the chastisements through Our Lady’s messages.” (7:59 minute mark)


 If you listen to the video below, you will come to realize by what this priest says, that the Catholic church clearly teaches that Mary is the dispenser of all graces. In doing so they are, once again, causing many dear Catholics to turn to Mary instead of coming to God through Jesus Christ alone as God’s Word clearly reveals we are to do. (John 14:6) (Acts 4:12) You will also see that they attribute to Mary what only should rightly be the accomplishments of Jesus Christ in the role of our redemption:

“…she gave supernatural life to us at the foot of the cross by acquiring with her Son the graces of our redemption. And her role as mother did not cease after her ascension into heaven but she continues to dispense graces to souls here on earth –all graces. And for this reason we call her ‘The Mediatrix of All Graces.’ So today we invoke her under this title and we ask her to give her all the graces that we need to become the saints that God wants us to be.” (00:58-1:40 minute mark),

In the quick captures below, which are illustrations from the Baltimore Catechism, you will see that it is Mary who is identified as the Dispenser of All Graces:

Here are two videos on this topic from a Biblical perspective. I added many more for you on this topic and others, further below under Related Videos:


In the video below you will hear the following:

“So in today’s gospel where we have Our Lady standing at the foot of the cross…this is from St. John’s gospel…this prophecy of the sword of sorrow comes to fulfillment. The sword of sorrow that will pierce the soul of Our Lady is driven  through her soul at the foot of the cross. And thus she becomes the Co-redemptrix with the Redeemer and the mother of the human race. So as she brought forth our Lord at Bethlehem with no pain,  so now she brings forth the members of His mystical body in great pain… she gives birth, supernatural life to us poor sinners at the foot of the cross. And we too are called to share in this passion, in this work of redemption….we ask to be incorporated into this mystery of redemption, not in the objective redemption that Our Lady took part in,  that is, opening the gates of heaven with her Son, acquiring the graces of redemption, but we’re called to share in the subjective redemption, that is in the distribution of those graces by our prayers, by our sacrifices as Our Lady did, uniting  those with Christ on the cross we can become co-redeemers ourself,  collaborators in the redemption of others, calling down graces, the graces of the redemption, upon souls who are in need…” (00:53-2:41)

While it is true that Mary indeed experienced deep sorrow as she looked upon her Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, as He suffered in agony during the six long hours that He hung on the cross and took upon Himself the sins of the world and the full wrath of God that was intended for us because of our sins, to say that she participated in the work of redemption is completely unbiblical! Nothing can be added — or needs to be added — to the sufferings of Jesus Christ that led to His death which satisfied God’s demand for justice.

The Catholic church has been in the process of petitioning popes — past and present — for quite some time now, desiring to have Mary declared as Co-redemptrix with Jesus Christ:

Mary on the cross with Christ – Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome – source – David Clouds video, entitled ‘Catholicism, Past And Present‘ (see below under Related Videos)

This is why it is so very important for everyone to be born again by the Spirit of God (not through baptism, as taught in Catholicism) so that when we read and study God’s Word we can then come to know the truth by the power of His Holy Spirit, and be able to discern truth from error as soon as we hear something! No matter what is proclaimed through the teachings of the Catholic Church, if it  is not in God’s Word and if it conflicts or contradicts God’s Word even in the slightest way, it is not true!

Here is some of what God’s Word says that points to Jesus Christ and to Him alone as bringing about our salvation:

He [Jesus Christ] came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:11-13) (Insertion added)

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24)

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (John 10:7-9)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:25-31) 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23,24)

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”(Romans 5:1)

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” (Romans 5:6-9)

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Romans 8:1-11)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9,10)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” (Galatians 2:16)

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of God’s grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Thessalonians 5:9)

“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)

By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:22-25)

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” (1 Peter 1:18-21)

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18) 

“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7 )

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:11-13)

In the following videos you will hear many attempts made by Catholic clergy and leaders in the Catholic church to justify their reasons for petitioning the pope to have the Virgin Mary proclaimed as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate –titles that should in no way be given to Mary, for Jesus Christ alone is our Redeemer, our Mediator, and our Advocate with the Father, and before Jesus ascended into heaven He made it known that the Holy Spirit would come and be our Advocate (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:13,14, 1 Peter 1:18-21, 1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 2:1, John 14:16,17, 26, John 15:26, John 16:7)!

These are also titles that the entity in many of the apparitions is requesting to be proclaimed by the pope as *dogmas of the Catholic church, *(dogma – a truth that must be divinely revealed, and it must be infallibly defined by the Catholic church as something that has been divinely revealed, and it must be believed as true by all who claim to be Catholic). I will be sharing more detailed information with you in Part 2 to give evidence to the fact that this being who claims to be the Virgin Mary is making requests to have the pope grant her these titles, and that when he does, true peace will come to the world for a time!

Blessed Virgin Mary: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate

Dr. Miravalle, Professor of Theology and Mariology at the Franciscan University at  Steubenville for over 35 years. He may have a lot of credentials, but does everything he says line up with Scripture? Or is he simply trying to insert into Scripture what simply is not there?

In the following video, clergy from many nations and from many churches, including an Anglican church, gather together to present a proposal to declare Mary as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix of All Graces, and Advocate of the people of God.  Nowhere in Scripture do we see any evidence to support giving Mary such titles which, regardless of what anyone says, truly would and does detract from what only Jesus Christ accomplished for us through His propitiatory sacrifice on the cross, His death, and His glorious resurrection from the dead!


Here are some quotes from previous popes and Catholic leaders concerning the Virgin Mary:

“Who can worthily thank thee and adequately praise thee, O Blessed Virgin, who by thy fiat has saved a lost world.” ~Saint Augustine

“Sinners receive pardon by the intercession of Mary alone.” ~Saint John Chrysostom

“All those who seek Mary’s protection will be saved for all eternity.” ~Pope Benedict XV

“For God has committed to Mary the treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that through her are obtained every hope, every grace, and all salvation. For this is his will, that we obtain everything through Mary.” ~Pope Pius IX, Ubi Primum, 1849

“The Church…been accustomed to have recourse to that most ready intercessor, her Mother Mary…For as Saint Irenaeus says, she “has become the cause of salvation for the whole human race.” ~Pope Paul VI Christi Matri

“In every miracle we must recognize the mediation of Mary, through whom, according to God’s will, every grace and blessing comes to us.” ~Pope Benedict XV

“O Mary, the guardian of our peace and the dispensatrix of heavenly graces.” ~Pope Leo XIII, Supremi Apostolatus, 1883


Many of the visionaries who see these alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary exhibit unusual spiritual and physical manifestations, many which can be observed in the world of the occult: translike states, levitation, ecstatic falls into sculpture-like positions in which four doctors could not move them, no response when being pricked with pins, having flashlights being directed into their eyes, not being burned when a match was held momentarily against their hand, “walking forward and backwards over rocky terrain with heads tilted back and eyes looking heavenward” as they were drawn to the presence that called them inwardly to the spot where the apparitions took place; all manifestations that defy natural law. Another common occurrence in many of these apparitions is the appearance of an angel to the visionaries announcing that the Virgin Mary would soon be appearing to them, just like what happened at Fatima. In the video below you will discover what took place at Garabandal, Spain in 1961-1965 when the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared to four young girls over 2,000 times and gave them the following messages, and many more, which do not reflect the truth that can be found in the Biblical gospel that shows Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice on the cross was sufficient to pay the debt for our sins in full; no more sacrifices are needed!

“You must make many sacrifices, perform much penance, and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, you must lead good lives. If you do not, a chastisement will befall you! The cup is already filling up. If you do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon you.”

You should turn the wrath of God away from yourselves by your efforts. If you ask His forgiveness with sincere hearts, He will pardon you. I, your mother, through the intercession of  St. Michael the Archangel, ask you to amend your lives. I love you very much and do not want your condemnation. Pray to us with sincerity and we will grant your requests. You should make more sacrifices. Think about the passion of Jesus.”

At the 3:23 minute mark, it is stated:

“On July 1962 a significant phenomenon took place between Conchita and the Archangel Michael. This miracle was prophesized two weeks in advance. Conchita received a visible communion host on her tongue from the Archangel, witnessed by hundreds of people. This miracle was chosen to call our attention to the reality of the True Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist.”

While the Catholic church does teach that the bread and the wine literally becomes the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ during the Sacrifice of the Mass (CCC Para 1374), many Christians gave their lives and were burned at the stake rather than to accept that as being true. They knew that to accept this teaching would mean they would not only have to deny the sufficiency of Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice, but also they would have to reject the truth revealed in God’s Word that clearly says the following:

“Such a high priest meets our need–one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart for sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.” (Hebrews 7:26,27)

“For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one, he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:24-28)

“Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.” (Hebrews 10:11,12)

 

Visionary, Conchita Gonzalez, says the following beginning at the 5:29 minute mark:

“Our Lady did not come just for the people in the village of Garabandal, but rather, she came for the whole world; for all of mankind.”(Again, a message that reveals this entity is attempting to reach everyone –no matter what their religion may be).

 

Garabandal predicts four supernatural events will take place, and the date they are to happen will be revealed to Conchita eight days in advance:

  • 1) A celestial worldwide warning

  • 2) The great miracle – the sick will be cured and unbelievers will be converted

  • 3) a permanent visible sign will appear and remain until the end of time; a sign that can be photographed and televised but cannot be touched

  • 4) A chastisement

Near the end of this video, the narrator, Ricardo Montalban, has the following to say, which again shows that the messages given during these apparitions are attempting to bring about unity because they are not intended just for Catholics, but to reach and to influence all the people in the world, (as you will see in Part 2 of this series).

“She [the Virgin Mary] clearly wanted all of us to know that we are all her children.”


There has been talk for quite some time now of a “New Pentecost” by many Catholic leaders, and it has also been said that the Virgin Mary will be the one to bring this about:

In the video below you will hear Dr. Miravalle say the following starting at the 6:05  minute mark:

“Well now, we need a new Pentecost. How are we going to get a new Pentecost? We’re going to get a New Pentecost by doing proper tribute to the Mother. By proclaiming the truth about the Mother. By giving the Mother a dogmatic crown… Conceive it this way if you’re a visual person. Think of…a dove entrapped in the Immaculate Heart. Think of our Blessed Mother’s heart and think of a cage in the heart. And think of a dove entrapped in the heart. Now of course the Holy Spirit is divine…of course the Holy Spirit can do what He wants, but in the order of providence…in the order how God has arranged it, the Holy Spirit will not descend until the mother is recognized. So in other words, when the Mother is recognized in the proclamation of the dogma…when she is solemnly pronounced as the Spiritual Mother of all Peoples, then and only then, the Holy Spirit  will be freed to mediate through her in bringing the graces of redemption and a new redemption to humanity. To bring the grace of a new Pentecost to humanity.”

“Saint Maximilian, again, is so one in this thought.  He says, “The Holy Spirit is the source of all graces. Mary is the instrument of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit acts only through the Immaculata…” So, she is the Mediatrix of each and every grace of the H S. That means when you get the dogma, and my friends, it’s not if, it’s when…when the Holy Father makes a proclamation of the dogma…when that takes place, when the Mother is acknowledged, the Holy Spirit, the cage will be opened, the Holy Spirit,  the dove will fly out of the Immaculate heart of Mary and historic graces will come upon a church, the world, in need of these graces by the day.”

As I was continuing my research for this post by listening to many different videos over the past month, I discovered the following video awaiting me yesterday on my YouTube channel among the list of recommended videos for me to watch. Dr. Miravalle opens the video by saying the following:

“You and I must start tapping the supernatural power of our guardian angels.”

Whether you listened to all of what Dr. Miravalle had to say or not, the title of the above video alone should raise some red flags concerning the reliability of Dr. Miravalle’s teachings!


It is my prayer that many of you are now coming to realize by the power of the Holy Spirit, as well as by the evidence in this information that I have shared with you so far, that the Virgin Mary is truly being exalted to a position that is nearly — if not completely — equal with Jesus Christ, God in the flesh by the Roman Catholic Church by giving her titles, and petitioning for titles, that rob Jesus Christ of all the glory that is due to Him alone!

Many of these apparitions have been approved by the Catholic Church because the messages do not conflict with Catholic doctrine. However, if the Catholic church were to test these messages solely against Scripture and not by their “Tradition” that they declare must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments and reverence as Scripture is (CCC Para 80,81,82,95),  most of the messages would fail to line up with God’s Word, and instead they would completely contradict it!

The Virgin Mary as revealed in Scripture would never seek for such power, position, and authority that is being expressed in these messages given during these apparitions! There is only one who would, and he has been striving to do so — and to be worshiped — since the beginning of time –Satan! (Isaiah 14:12-15) (Matthew 4:8-11)

(TO BE CONTINUED IN PART 2)

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”                       (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high placesWherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10-13)

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

“Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

“And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”

“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye hath delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:7,9,13)

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:8)

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God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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Capture Pic - Lead me in Thy truth and teach me Psalm 25 5I found and quick captured the beautiful picture above on KingJamesBible.org page on Facebook.

Joy, peace, confusion, fear, and anger.  These were the emotions I deeply experienced and quickly moved through as I discovered the true gospel while reading the Catholic New Testament Bible that I received from my ‘husband’ in 1980.  Because, as time went on, the truth of God’s Word began to peel back the layers of man-made traditions and expose the false doctrines that cloaked the glorious reality of who Jesus truly is and what He actually accomplished through His sinless life, His atoning death, and His miraculous resurrection from the dead. 

Even though the truth that I found in God’s Word began to fill me with a deep sense of joy, seeing the truth also made me realize that I had been lied to and deceived by the teachings of Catholicism. It took some time to deal with the anger, but by the grace of God, around a year or so later, after spending a lot of time reading God’s Word on a daily basis, I finally came to the point of having a faith that was firmly established on Jesus Christ as my solid foundation; the day finally came when I was no longer ‘tossed to and fro by every shifting wind of the teaching of deceitful men.’  (Ephesians 4:13,14)  God used that time in my life to make me realize the importance of searching the Scriptures and studying them and testing the words of men (and women who claim to speak for God), against the truth of God’s Word (Acts 17:11) so that I would never be deceived again!  Little did I know at that point in time, that in the years to come, I would be leaving other churches, as well.  Not only because of unbiblical teachings, but also because of a pastor who would make wrong relationship choices which would cause him to drift slowly, yet steadily, away from the strong stand he once had for Biblical truth.

REFLECTING BACK TO THE VERY BEGINNING

As I started writing this final part of my testimony, I reflected back to the time when God began to open my eyes to the false teachings of the Catholic church and I realized just how long it actually took for me to finally leave!  It only took an instant for God to reveal the true gospel to me through His Word, but it took much longer for me to break free from the bondage and the fear that Catholicism produces in its people which holds them tightly in their grip —until Jesus sets them free once and for all! After many years of Catholic Doctrine classes, twelve years of attending Catholic schools, and participating in hundreds of masses not only on Sundays, but also every Monday through Friday for three years while I attended a particular grammar school, as well as attending many more masses through the years that followed, it was hard for me to simply let go of all I believed to be completely true for so long, because in the back of my mind, that main, nagging, fearful thought was still haunting me:

“What if you’re wrong and you spend eternity in hell for leaving the one true church?”

 However, as I mentioned to you in Part 2, all of that changed one day after I read 1 John 5:11-13:

“This, then, is the witness: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has this life; whoever does not have the Son does not have life. I write you this so that you may know that you have eternal life–you that believe in the name of the Son of God.”

While reading that passage of Scripture, “God gave me complete assurance of my salvation and removed the final traces of fear and doubt” once and for all!

WHAT I DISCOVERED AS I BEGAN TO READ

THE CATHOLIC NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE

As I began to read God’s Word, God began to open my eyes so that I could not only see the richness and the beauty of the truth that was in His Word, but also He made me realize that much of what I learned as a Catholic was either nowhere to be found in Scripture, or the teachings of the Catholic church did not line up with what God’s Word was saying.  That’s when the confusion began to set in, which was actually the beginning of the light of His truth shining into my spiritual darkness and exposing the traditions of men and some of the false teachings of the Catholic church.

TEACHINGS OF CATHOLICISM NOT FOUND IN SCRIPTURE

When I first began to read my Catholic New Testament Bible, I remember that I kept searching all four gospels because I  couldn’t find many of the things that I was taught.  Teachings such as:

‘The Stations of the Cross’

  • CATHOLICISM TEACHES: Jesus fell three times on the way to the cross

  • CATHOLICISM TEACHES: A woman named Veronica wiped the face of Jesus when He fell, and the imprint of His face was left on the cloth

  • CATHOLICISM TEACHES: Jesus meets His mother Mary on the way to the cross

Around 8 years ago while watching *Mark Woodman’s YouTube video, ‘Poison in the Passion of the Christ,‘ *(He died a few years ago, and I recently found out that he was part of the Seventh Day Adventist cult, so I do not endorse him at all, but I found the information in his video very revealing) I learned that the actual inspiration behind some of ‘The Stations of the Cross’ as well as Mel Gibson’s ‘PASSION OF THE CHRIST‘ movie, was partially based on ‘visions’  that a woman mystic named Anne Catherine Emerich supposedly had, which explains why I was not able to find those things in the Bible!

Note in the quick capture below, that ‘indulgences (a shortening of the amount of time that a person would have to spend after death in the ‘purging’ fires of a place the Roman Catholic church calls ‘purgatory’ “in order to undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.” CCC 1030) will be granted to a person who chooses to pray at each of the Stations of the Cross.’  This would mean that a person’s time in ‘purgatory’ would be shortened if they would walk up to each station, (which is a sculpted picture or painting representing some of what Jesus endured the day He died), and take time to reflect on each part of Christ’s journey to the cross, saying certain prayers at each station, as well.  This practice may sound good, and it may seem very meaningful to reflect on what Jesus endured on our behalf, but when one realizes that portions of what is said to have happened during Christ’s journey to the cross is based on false visions of a mystic and proves to be unbiblical, as well as the fact that images are also unbiblical according to God’s Word (Exodus 20:4-6, Deut.4:23-25, ), it then becomes very clear that this is not honoring to God in any way!

Note also in the final sentences in the quick capture below, that “…in the year 1520, Pope Leo X granted an indulgence of 100 days to anyone who would do each of a set of sculptured stations representing the “Seven Dolours (Sorrows) of Our Lady.” Not only are indulgences unbiblical, because they clearly imply Jesus’ death was not sufficient to pay the debt for our sins in full, but also once again you can see how the teachings of Catholicism turns the attention of their people to Mary when our focus should be on Jesus Christ alone.

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Here is a list of the Seven Dolours of Our Lady:

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:34-35) or the Circumcision of Christ

  2. The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13)

  3. The loss of the child Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:43-45)

  4. Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary (No reference because you cannot find this in Scripture.)

  5. Jesus dies on the cross (John 19:25)

  6. The piercing of the side of Jesus, and Mary receiving the body of Jesus in her arms. *(See note and  information below)

  7. The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb. (John 19:40-42)

*(Information concerning point 6 from the list above). Though Catholic sources cite Matthew 27:57-59, as to where this event can be found in Scripture, you can see by reading that Scripture below that this is just not so:

“When it was evening, a rich man from Arimathea arrived; his name was Joseph, and he also was a disciple of Jesus. He went into the presence of Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate gave orders for the body to be given to Joseph. So Joseph took it, wrapped it in a new linen sheet,…”

Upon doing research on this, on Sunday, 11/16/14, I found the following disturbing information to reveal where this idea of ‘Mary receiving the dead body of Jesus‘ actually came from! Here is a small portion of that information that you can also read in greater detail further below, and you can also read the entire article by clicking on the word SOURCE under the information I quick captured below.

“Mary [the Virgin Mary] revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden some extraordinarily painful details in one of many private revelations which have been approved by the church as having nothing in them contrary to faith and morals. She told her that”A man [a soldier, commonly known to us today as Longinus] came up and drove a spear so forcefully into His [Jesus’] side, that it almost came out of the other side. And as soon as he drew it out, its point was all red with blood. The Heart of my beloved Son was so violently and mercilessly pierced that the spear split His heart in two. When I saw that my Son’s Heart had been stabbed through, I felt that my own heart was likewise pierced, and it was a wonder that it did not break.”

“St. Bridget herself related a corroborating vision she had about our Blessed Mother’s reaction to this incident.According to this 14th century mystic, one of the Patron Saints of Europe, Mary “trembled so violently, and with bitter groans, that her countenance and manner showed that her soul was then pierced with a keen sword of grief.”

“Although there are no specific scriptural references to our Blessed Mother’s having received our Lord’s body, tradition has it that she did indeed hold Him in her arms one last time before He was laid in the tomb.”

“Let Mary describe the scene further, again, in her revelation to St. Bridget:

While the others left the scene, I did not want to go away. Later my Son was taken down from the cross… . We carried Him to a stone which I had covered with clean linens. All my Son’s limbs had become stiff and cold in death, and the blood which had flowed over them during His Passion adhered to them. But I was indeed consoled that I could touch His body and take Him onto my lap, examine His wounds and dry up the blood…. Then they laid Him out on some clean linen, and with my cloth I washed His wounds and His limbs. And with my fingers I closed His eyes and His mouth, which were open when He died.”

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These are the closing words of the article above:

“Consider these words from St. Alphonsus Liguori as he quotes another religious figure: “If you desire, O children of Mary, to find a place in the heart of Jesus, without fear of being rejected…go with Mary; for she will obtain the grace for you.” (Emphasis in red is mine).

Can you see what is going on here? Can you see how all of these revelations/teachings are placing the emphasis on the sufferings of Mary? Now I’m certain that Mary did indeed suffer anguish as she watched Jesus, her Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, yet her Son whom she carried in her womb, and held, and cuddled, and watched Him grow and do amazing things (since He was God in the flesh), dying on the cross right before her very eyes! As accurately mentioned in the above article, Scripture does say in Luke 2:35 that “sorrow, like a sharp sword will break your (her/Mary’s) heart.” All of us can imagine how we would feel if we had to watch our son endure such horrors like Jesus endured! However, something much more is taking place here; something sinister, sneaky, and deceptive. First of all, unbiblical information is being mixed with Scripture, given approval by the Catholic church, and therefore it places this information on the same level as Scripture, since according to Para 82 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church it states that:

“Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.” (Emphasis in red is mine).

Whether intentionally or not, placing the emphasis on the sufferings of Mary that are revealed through these unbiblical revelations, seems to indicate Catholicism’s plan — a plan that has been in progress for many years now — working towards proclaiming Mary as Co-redemptrix supposedly at her request!

Below is an excerpt from the following video concerning a church approved apparition which was approved on May 31, 2002 by the local bishop. This apparition, who claimed to be the Virgin Mary and proclaimed as Our Lady of All Nations, said on May 31, 1954, to:

“…work and ask for the dogma; you  must  petition the Holy Father for this dogma.”

“First of all, she is the Co-redemptrix…”  “The doctrine means that Mary participated with Jesus and under Jesus in a way unparallelled; in a unique fashion in all of human history that, as a woman was part of the process of the fall of the human race — the role of Eve with Adam — so God willed that a woman would be part of the process of the restoration of grace with Jesus, the new Adam. This is Mary the Co-redemptrix. So when the church calls Mary Co-redemptrix  as blessed John Paul II did, for example in 6 occasions, it means specifically that Mary uniquely collaborated, participated, cooperated with and under Jesus for the redemption of the world.” (Emphasis in red is mine).

 

If you have never seen the following disturbing, yet very informative video before, when time allows please watch and listen to these supposed  messages given by these apparitions who all claim to be the Virgin Mary. Please be sure to test the messages in light of Scripture.

Here is just one of many messages you will hear these apparitions say:

Message to St. Bridget of Sweden:

“I boldly assert that His sufferings became my suffering because His heart was mine. And just as Adam and Eve sold the world for an apple, so in a certain sense my Son and I redeemed the world with one heart.”

MORE TEACHINGS OF CATHOLICISM NOT FOUND IN SCRIPTURE

  • CATHOLICISM TEACHES: Mary, the mother of Jesus, was sinless

  • CATHOLICISM TEACHES: Mary did not die but was assumed into heaven, body and soul.

  • CATHOLICISM TEACHES: We go to a place called ‘purgatory’ after we die to burn in a purifying fire for an unknown amount of time before we are allowed to enter heaven (based on 2 Maccabees 12:38-46, a non-canonical book  rejected by Protestants and Jews, and Matthew 5:26 which is a distortion of Scripture).

  • CATHOLICISM TEACHES: Mary remained a virgin

  • CATHOLICISM TEACHES: Mary participated in the redemption of mankind

SOME TEACHINGS OF CATHOLICISM I FOUND TO BE FALSE

  • The Ten Commandments listed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church are different than those listed in the Bible:

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  • Priests, bishops, cardinals, and popes are told they are not to marry, and yet Peter, said to be the first Pope, was  married.  “Jesus went to Peter’s home, and there he saw Peter’s mother-in-law sick in bed with a fever.”  (Read Matthew 8:14)

  • Mary remained a virgin after Jesus was born and therefore had no other children, and yet I read many verses that said Jesus had brothers and sisters!  Matthew 12:46-50  (Also in Mark 3:31-35 and Luke 8:19-21) (Also read Matthew 13:53-57, John 7:1-10, Acts 1:14, Galatians 1:19)

  • The Sacrifice of the Mass (Catholicism claims that Jesus instituted the Sacrifice of the Mass at the last supper, and yet I read many verses that said Jesus died once for all, and it’s never to be repeated again. Read Romans 6:10, Hebrews 9:26-28, Hebrews 10:10,18,26 1 Peter 3:18,

  • Jesus is referred to as a ‘victim’ in the Mass, and yet I read verses that said Jesus died willingly. Read John 10:17,18, Matthew 20:28, 1 Timothy 2:5,6,

  • Catholicism teaches that the Mass is a bloodless sacrifice, and yet they say the mass  atones for sin (Read Hebrews 9:22)

  • Catholicism teaches the doctrine of ‘transubstantiation’ in which they say that the bread and wine actually becomes the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus and yet when I read John 6:53-63, I could clearly see Jesus was not speaking in a literal sense, and how Jesus reveals this to His disciples in John 6:60-64: “Many of his disciples heard this and said, “This teaching is too hard. Who can listen to this?” Without being told, Jesus knew that his disciples were grumbling about this; so he said to them, “Does this make you want to give up?” Suppose, then, that you should see the Son of Man go back up to the place where he was before?” What gives life is God’s Spirit; man’s power is of no use at all. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. Yet some of you do not believe.” (SHLT)  John 6:32-35 says, “I tell you the truth, Jesus said, “What Moses gave you was not the bread from heaven; it is my Father who gives you the real bread from heaven. For the bread that God gives is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they asked him, “give us this bread always.” “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (SHLT)

  • Catholics are told to call every priest ‘Father,’ and yet Matthew 23:9 says the following concerning addressing those in a spiritual leadership position,  “They love the best places at feasts and the reserved seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the market places and have people call them ‘Teacher.’  You must not be called ‘Teacher,’ because you are all brothers of one another and have only one Teacher.  And you must not call anyone here on earth ‘Father,’ because you have only the one Father in heaven.”  (Read Matthew 23:1-12)

  • After Catholics confess their sins to the priest, they are told to do “penance,” for their sins, which means they have to say specific prayers a certain number of times as determined by the priest when he ‘absolves Catholics from their sins with the power priests claim they have been given by Jesus Christ.’  However, when I first began to read the Catholic New Testament given to me by my ‘husband,’ I never found the word ‘penance.’ Instead I found the proper and accurate word ‘repent,’ which means ‘to change your mind;’agree with God that you have sinned and turn from your sin and turn to God.’  In my family’s Douay Rheims Catholic Bible, however, the word penance is used instead of repent. If you click HERE you can read a list of all the verses where penance is used in place of repent.

Please be sure to watch the videos I posted because they are filled with a lot of good information that goes into detail concerning some of the things I mentioned in this post. When time allows, please consider clicking on the links to many of the good articles that I posted below, as well.

A NEW BEGINNING

It was March of 1980 right before Easter/Resurrection Sunday.  I was still attending the Catholic church on Saturday evenings and would then attend the Assembly of God church with my friend on Sunday mornings.  When I made a commitment to Jesus Christ and to believe God’s Word, the Bible, over man’s word, Catholicism, I decided to be baptized again to show I was following Jesus of my own free will and leaving the old Mary with all of her sins nailed to the cross and buried in the waters of baptism, and that I was emerging out of the waters as a new creation in Christ.  (Colossians 2:8-15, 1 Peter 3:21,22, 2 Corinthians 5:17)  None of my family came to see me, but my church family was there praising God for revealing the gospel to me and giving me eyes to see the truth and setting me free. 

At that point in time my daughter was in Kindergarten in the public school just two blocks from our home.  Just a few months before I had placed my complete trust in Jesus and came to realize and believe that He paid the debt for my sins in full and chose from that point on to believe God’s Word over the teachings of Catholicism, I had already made the decision to enroll my daughter in the Catholic school near our home for the following year because I wanted her to learn about God.  She did attend Catholic school the next year as I continued my research into the teachings of Catholicism and compared everything against God’s Word, the Bible.  Throughout that year I made the most of the time while she was there by giving her teacher (who was a nun) a New Testament Bible (that had the plan of salvation and a list of questions in the front of it) as a Christmas gift, and I shared the gospel with her, as well as with some mothers of my daughter’s friends that I met that year.  However, when I finally came to the point of clearly realizing that many teachings of Catholicism were false, and knowing the following year that my daughter would begin having Catholic Catechism classes to prepare her to receive her ‘First Holy Communion,‘ I decided to pull her out of the Catholic school at the end of the school year to protect her from being indoctrinated, confused, and deceived, and I enrolled her back into the public school down the street for Second Grade. 

I realized that my decision not to allow my daughter to make her ‘Communion’ would probably cause my mom to be very disappointed and even angry with me, but I didn’t realize just how angry she would actually become!  As gently, and as carefully as I tried to choose my words as I shared the truth with her, after our conversation ended, my mom sadly came to the conclusion that I was in a cult.  Therefore, she no longer allowed my younger sister to babysit for my children after our conversation.  She rejected my explanation that I shared with her about why I left the Catholic church and said these words to me that many former Catholics  have heard from their loved ones… “Once a Catholic, always a Catholic!” 

I understood why she was angry, but her words and rejection still hurt me deeply.  Probably as deeply as it hurt her to hear me share with her that I had left the Catholic church.  But I knew I had to take a stand for the truth of God’s Word –no matter what the cost —*as you will soon see a little later in this post.

LEARNING TO WALK BY THE SPIRIT AND NOT REACTING IN THE FLESH

The more I learned about what the Catholic church actually teaches as I continued to do research, the angrier I became because of all the lies and deception within this religion that I was a part of for so many years and believed to be true for so long with all of my heart!  That anger began to gush out of me one day during a conversation I was having with my neighbor, who was also a Catholic, and who was the mother of one of my daughter’s friends.  She had asked me ‘why I took my daughter out of Catholic school and enrolled her back into the public school again.’  I wanted to ‘make the most of that opportunity,’ so I calmly began to tell her about what I was learning while reading the little Catholic New Testament Bible that my ‘husband,’ gave me and how I didn’t want my daughter to learn about some of the false teachings of the Catholic church, such as ‘purgatory.’  She replied simply by saying,  “Oh purgatory.  They don’t teach that any more.”  I didn’t direct my anger at her, but I was utterly shocked at what she said and how she had said it in just a matter-of-fact way as if it didn’t bother her in the least bit! I replied to her filled with a righteous anger thinking of the many Catholics who have been deceived by this teaching by saying,  “They don’t teach that any more?!!  Then what about all the Catholics who pay for masses to be said to get their loved ones out of purgatory??”  I forgot what she said in reply because it happened so many years ago, and I don’t have the time to search through all my journals to try and find that actual day and what I wrote concerning all that was said that day, but I do remember that it didn’t turn into an argument

Because of another certain incident that happened shortly after becoming a Christian, God strongly convicted me of the attitude I was beginning to have concerning Catholicism.  It happened  during a women’s Bible study when I expressed my anger concerning the false teachings of the Catholic church in a sarcastic way not knowing that one of the new women who was attending our women’s Bible study that day was a Catholic.  She never came back, and I found out it was because of what I had said.  I can’t remember what it was that I actually said, but I do remember that I felt horrible when I found out the reason she didn’t return was because of what I had said that day!!  From that point on, instead of having anger, I  began to develop a deeper compassion for Catholics, and to this day I am very conscious of what I say when I am with a group of people that I don’t know; I use my words very carefully so as not to offend any Catholic, or anyone who may hear me speak out of a righteous anger concerning Catholicism, or whatever the subject may be.

A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST —

GOD’S STRENGTH BEING MADE PERFECT IN MY WEAKNESS

My ‘husband’ saw me change from being a very fearful and depressed young woman before I became a Christian (mainly because of his behavior, and because of how he was treating me since the day we were married), to a young woman who was now filled with God’s peace and joy and who also had His strength and courage to now face many of my fears and to stand up to him; God not only gave me eyes to see through his manipulative schemes, but He also gave me courage to confront him, when necessary, in a  firm, but loving manner. 

My ‘husband’ also saw me change from a young woman, who, just a few years earlier, wanted to find a Catholic church to attend by our newly purchased home that had statues, (one other Catholic church we attended near our new home didn’t have any statues) to just a few years later now leaving the Catholic church because they had statues, and for many even more serious reasons, as well. 

I am sure my ‘husband’ must have experienced some confusion from the obvious changes he saw in me, but there was no good reason whatsoever that he could use to justify what he continued to do throughout our marriage –before and after I became a Christian.  Now, with a deep desire to glorify God and to honor my ‘husband,’ and because God had healed me emotionally and renewed my mind, with joy in my heart I began to clean our home, room by room –including the closets and laundry room!  And because my worth as a person was now based on God’s love for me and not based on receiving the love and acceptance of my ‘husband,’ I began to take care of my appearance as I once did, but I began to dress in a way that honored God instead of continuing to dress in a way that I thought would gain the attention and affection of my ‘husband.’ 

In spite of all the significant changes I made in our home and in my appearance,  he made it very clear to me one day by what he said that he liked the new and more courageous and no longer fearful Mary even less than the Mary I once was.  He pointed out some of the facts: The new Mary no longer drank at parties and social occasions like weddings.  The new Mary shared the gospel with all of his friends whenever an opportunity presented itself.   He began to distance himself even further from me, even to the point of suggesting one day that I sleep in my son’s room because my son would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and crawl in bed with us when he was around three years old.  I refused to take him up on his suggestion and from that point on I felt an even deeper level of his rejection.

Now that the new Mary no longer withdrew into a state of depression and hopelessness because of his behavior, but chose to express her feelings and concerns to him within a day or so after first expressing her hurt and anger to God and praying for words of wisdom in order to express her/my thoughts to him in a God-honoring way, she/I was prepared to handle what would soon take place just four years after I became a Christian in that glorious Spring of 1980; God showed me through circumstances and through Scriptures, that my ‘husband’ was going to leave me, and that day finally came on October 5th 1984.  Here is some of what I wrote in my journal on that devastating and heart-wrenching day which climaxed on October 6th.  I will refer to my ‘husband’ as Horace, which is not his real name, and my children as Penny and Peter, also not their real names:

JOURNAL ENTRY– OCTOBER 5, 1984

“I began to feel very sad and hurt and came out in the front room and sat on the couch and Horace went up in our bedroom and then came down again and finally came out to me and I knew that we were about to have another talk.  Horace began by asking me what I was thinking.  I swallowed to gain some strength and said through tears,  “I wish this was just a dream.  I am trying to be strong, but I am also human, and I hurt!  Horace said something like,  “I just have to go away for a while to get myself together, and I think deep down you know that’s what I need.”  Horace sat down to my left on the couch and said,  “I would like to see the kids as much as possible.”  I began to cry at this because it hurts so much to think he just wants to see them and not me and Horace asked why I was crying and I told him,  “I wish that you wanted to see me as much, too.”  Horace said,  “I love you.  I just wish you were the same one that I fell in love with.”  When he said that, two tears fell from his left eye, and the battle began. 

Satan tried to blame this all on me because of me being a Christian.  Horace went on and on saying,  “They got a hold of your mind and they have you trained to think the way they want you to think.”  As he said this, and other things to come, I silently cried and shook my head  (no) as the tears dropped from the outer corner of my left eye and fell upon my vest and pillow on the couch.  The verse,  “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of Me…” went through my mind as I also prayed in the Spirit to fight what was coming against me.  “God, please make him understand,”  I said within me.  I refused to receive any of this.

Horace went on and on about how ‘all of his friends don’t even know me anymore,’ and how I ‘used to be so much fun,’ and how ‘even my family doesn’t know me.’  To all of this I answered when he began how I don’t even want to come around his friends any more’… “Hon, how many times did I ask to go to your baseball games…I kept asking you,  ‘Do you have one game today, or two?’  You always said,  I’m not sure,’  or ‘I have late games.’  Every time!  Whether it’s true or not, I felt you didn’t want me to be at your games.”  When he said, “You’re not fun any more,’ and “You’ve changed,” I said,  “Yes, I’ve changed.  But that wasn’t really me, either.  I was scared of people, and I had to drink to relax, and now I don’t need to drink.  God has given me the peace that I need.  And my family has accepted me.”  Horace said,  “No they haven’t…they’ve learned to just live with it.”  I said,  “No, my sister even calls me to pray with her because she’s been having a hard time with her husband.” 

Then at one point, Horace said,  “When you would be with my friends, all you ever did was just sit there and preach to them, and give them tracts and act as if you were their judge!”  To that I said,  “Maybe I was too strong in the beginning, but God knew my heart.  I just wanted to share the truth with them no matter what they thought of me because it says in the Bible, ‘if you don’t warn them, their blood is on your hands,’ and I’d rather them think I was weird, than to stand before God and be responsible for their souls.  (God had shown me Ezekiel 33:7 at least two times this week…when I’d open the Bible it fell on that Scripture and I wondered what God was trying to tell me.  Now I know He wanted me to share that with Horace.  Then Horace said,  “Is it so much to ask to pick up a glass and have a toast?”  (He said that because we went to a wedding once and I didn’t drink the toast with his friends).  I said,  “I am not going to go along with everyone else and do something that I don’t want to do, no matter what they think of me.” 

Another thing that Horace said was, “You say one thing, and then you do another.” I said, “What do you mean?” He said, “You say,  ‘this guy has the truth,’ and then you listen to all these other guys who say the opposite.”  I said,  “Hon, I told you that when guys started saying ‘the world is going to end on this day or that day,’ I don’t listen to them…”  Horace cut me off before I finished the sentence and said,  “Nobody  knows.”  I said,  “Right.  Only God.  But it could be soon by all the things that have been happening, but it may be in twenty years, or so.” Then Horace said,  “I think it’s *Gertrude and George *(not real names of my friends he mentioned) that started you into religion.”  No, I didn’t even listen to them…besides they were into Hari Krishna.  I told you, hon, in the letter I wrote you that it all started when I began to read the little Catholic Bible you brought home to me…nobody preached to me.  I just began to read and see how the Bible differed with what I was taught and I heard a voice in my mind say,  “Whose word are you going to believe…the Word of God, or the word of man?”  And that’s when I chose to believe what was only in the Bible.”  Horace said,  “Well, everyone has their own interpretation of it.”  I replied by saying,  “And that’s why it’s so important to read the Bible because God will show you the meaning.” 

Horace asked,  “How did you start going to this church?”  I told him how our babysitter invited my friend, Matilda (not her real name) to come and see this piano player and that was also the guy who talked about rock music, and I was so excited to see all these young men and women crying and coming up to the altar when he asked who wanted to come forward  and accept Jesus, and I never saw such brokenness, and they cried and didn’t care who saw them.  And people were happy and singing instead of falling asleep in church, and I wanted the joy that these people had found that I was searching for.  Not that you didn’t give me joy, but the kind of joy that is missing from all of our lives that only God can give.”  Horace said,  “Why do you have to go every Sunday?”  I said,  “Because I like to hear what he (the pastor) talks about…”  Horace said something that questioned the authority of  my pastor, and I told him,  “To my knowledge everything he says is in the Bible, and if I ever hear anyone who says anything against the Bible I don’t listen to them any more.” 

Then we were both quiet, and Horace asked,  “What are you thinking?”  I said,  “I want you to understand me.”  Horace said,  “I do too.”  I said,  “No matter what you think, I am not brainwashed; I have my own free mind, and I chose to change my life.”  The Horace said,  “Yeah, my friends say,  ‘Try to change Mary.’  And I told them,  ‘She’ll never change; she wants to be this way.”  Horace said,  “You won’t change…will you?”  I shook my head ‘no’ as tears came streaming down my face.  But in my heart, as Satan was trying to destroy me by telling me ‘my Christianity is destroying my marriage,’  the Holy Spirit comforted me with the thought that if Horace’s only argument why this marriage can’t work is because of me being a Christian, I know God will bring Horace to understand and to accept Jesus and truly make us one. 

I said to Horace as I tried desperately to control my tears,  “You wrote in my wedding ring, ‘Two as one,” and to me, we’ll always be one.”  Horace said,  “Yeah, when you went away for that weekend  women’s seminar, on the bottom of the note you left for me, you had written,  “Two as one.”  I wish we were one.”  Then around this point, Horace said,  “It’s not that I don’t love you, because I do.  And it’s not that you’re not a nice person, because you are.”  I began to really break apart when he said that because I’ve wanted to hear something nice from him for so many years!  Horace continued and also said,  “Come here,”  and he reached out his arms to me and I held him tightly and broke down crying and he cried too.  I told him how I wanted him to hold me for such a very long time, and how I loved him so much.  Then Horace said after we held each other for about a minute:  “That’s why I’ve got to go away.  We need some time apart because I’m thinking of the future, too.  When the kids grow up and all that’s left is you and I, we’ll still be living our own separate lives.  Do you understand what I’m trying to say?”  I was afraid for a minute that he was saying ‘there’s no hope for us; I’m asking for a divorce,’ but that he couldn’t bring himself to say it and he wanted me to say it, but I just stared at him in shock and emptiness and said,  “Yes, I understand that you need time to be by yourself.”  But I think when Horace agreed with me he wanted me to say ‘yes, I understand,’ so that it would ease the guilt in his mind because he got me to say ‘yes.’ 

God must really be convicting him because he said,  “I feel so guilty…I feel so bad about myself.  That’s why I have to get away and find me and get myself together.”  Then he tried to justify his leaving by saying,  “This is the most we’ve talked in a looooong time.  Maybe this will be the best for us.”  I said,  “I think the problem has been a lack of communication.  I will never believe you leaving is a good thing.”  I asked Horace when he was leaving, and he said ‘he was moving some stuff out today when the kids wouldn’t see him.’ 

He went upstairs  and began to pack and I had to go walk away because it was too heartbreaking for me to watch. I went downstairs in the family room and opened my Bible and God spoke to me through His Word to confirm what He had brought to my mind during my conversation with Horace; my Bible opened to this verse:  “Blessed are you when people insult you; persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…”  (Matthew 5:11)  I said out loud, softly,  “Oh God, You are so close!”  I just felt He was so close when He gave me that Scripture and realized that He is right with me. 

Horace came downstairs and he hugged me again, and as we began to walk up the stairs he said something that really carried me through this rough day.  He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said,  “I know this might sound strange coming from me, but…keep the faith.”  I was so touched!  He had a look on his face like he admired my strength and believed I found the truth, but that he was confused and torn both ways.  I think he wanted me never to stop believing and praying for him, either.  I hugged him tightly and said,  “Oh, hon, I will never stop loving you and never stop praying for you.  And don’t forget, Satan is a liar and God loves you and will forgive you no matter what, and so will I.”  Horace answered by saying,  “Don’t preach at me.”  I couldn’t tell if he was angry or said it lightly, but I felt really led to say that to him. 

(His aunt had died on October 3rd, and tonight, October 5th, was the wake). Horace asked me if I wanted to go to the wake with him.  In spite of how sad and devastated I felt, I told him ‘yes,’ and that ‘I wanted to be strong in front of his family.’  He said,  “Well, we won’t stay long.”  I prayed every possible way while he drove so that I wouldn’t feel any guilt that I had failed to pray a certain way that I might think of later after he left us.  Horace had asked me if we should tell his family that he was leaving, and I told him ‘no.’ (‘Love covers all things’ was my reason for not making him tell his family, but later I wondered if I should have made him tell them so that he would have had to deal with the choice he had made).  I told him that I might just tell Myrtle (one of his sisters whom I was very close to…not her real name). I did talk to Myrtle, and she agreed that Horace was using my ‘religion’ as an excuse.  She also said,  “When he’s on his own for a while that he’ll realize it not all that great.”  While we were there God gave me strength and peace just to sit and to talk to  everyone, and I told Myrtle not to tell anyone and she agreed.  She hugged me and said to call her if I needed to talk or anything. 

The ride home was the beginning of the hardest moment of my life!  I prayed that God would open Horace’s eyes and ears to see the world as it really is.  I prayed that the convicting power of the Holy Spirit would be with Horace stronger than ever before.  I especially prayed that God would not let him go unless it was God’s will that he go; only if it was the path that would lead Horace to Him.  I prayed for God to hold back all the powers of hell from interfering with His will so that whatever happened I would have God’s peace because I totally prayed every way I knew how and I wouldn’t feel it was my fault in any way because of a lack of prayer.

When we got in the house (and even before that) tears began to fill my eyes, and as his eyes met mine, his eyes were also filled with tears.  And, without speaking, his eyes said,  ”  I’m leaving now; this is it.”  He held me and I held him, and he said,  “Don’t worry.  I’ll be back either late tonight or early tomorrow.”  (He said that because he had asked me when we got in the house if I wanted to go to the funeral tomorrow.  I was surprised that he asked, because he told the kids that we were only going to the wake).  I looked at him and tried one last time to penetrate his heart, and without sounding desperate, I simply said,  “Don’t go unless you’re sure.”  Then the hardest moment of my life took place as he began to walk away from me.  He held my hand as he looked at me standing in the doorway of the kitchen, and he in the driveway, and he looked into my eyes like he did today during our big talk, and I felt he really did love me, as strange as it seems.  He acted like he did when we were dating as he was saying ‘good-bye.’ 

My heart broke in two as he said ‘good-bye.’  How I wanted to run after him and say,  “Please don’t leave!  I love you!”  I wanted to scream and run and hug him, and hold him, and never let him go!  I thought of him watching his own dad leave him and how he must have wanted his dad to come back!  I wanted to fulfill his dream by stopping him from doing the very same thing!  My heart broke with compassion for him thinking how he’s searching for the very thing that I have right here…Jesus!  But I have to believe, as devastating as it may be to me, that what Satan is using for evil, God will somehow use for good, and that this will be the road on which leads Horace to Him!  I watched through tear-filled eyes as he drove away, but had a peace knowing that God was still in control. 

After the kids were in bed I got ready for bed and prayed some more and cried some more, and went to bed.  I tossed and turned all night looking at the clock and wondering  when he’d come back, and praying in the Spirit as I laid my hand on his pillow. 

JOURNAL ENTRY — OCTOBER 6th 1984 As I laid there awake at 6:30 a.m., Horace came home.  I reached out my hand to him and he said,  “Hi,”  so sweetly and took my hand and laid his cheek on it so sweetly, the way he used to.  He said,  “What are you thinking?”  I said,  “I couldn’t sleep all night…I tossed and turned…missing you, thinking about you, and praying for you.”  I told him ‘I’d talk to him in the morning because Peter, (our son…not his real name)  had crawled in bed with me during the night and I didn’t want to wake him up.’  He said,  “Try and get some sleep.”  He held my hand and laid on his back and closed his eyes. When we got home after the funeral, Horace’s eyes said the same thing they said last night; that he was leaving.  I asked him to ‘please come upstairs so I could talk to him.’  We went upstairs and I tried to be strong and said to him,  “I just wanted you to know that last night, when I watched you walk away, was the hardest thing that I have ever had to do.  I wanted to run after you and stop you, but I also knew you wanted time away.”  Horace said,  ” Thanks…I needed to hear that.”  I said,  “Please don’t ever think that I don’t love you because I let you go.”  Horace said,  “I know.”  I also said,  “Don’t ever think that I can take your place with these kids, because I can’t; I can only be their mother.”  Horace said,  “Thanks, I needed to hear that too.”  Horace said,  “Do you want to tell the kids, or should I?”  I said,  “It has to come from you, but if you want me to come with you, I will.  But first let me pull myself together.” 

With tissues in hand, I followed Horace down the stairs to be with him as he faced the thing he dreaded the most.  Horace still had tears in his eyes and spoke quietly to keep from breaking down and crying.  Horace said to the kids as they were sitting on the couch,  “Come here.”  They both knew something was wrong and they both stood up, sad and silent.  I said calmly,  “Come on.  Let’s all go and sit on the couch.”  They both sat down by Horace and he put his arms around them and said,  “Daddy loves you both very much.  And you are both very special, and I want you never to forget that.”  Then he said to our daughter, Penny (not her real name)  “Remember, honey, what we talked about before?”  (I had no idea that he had been talking to them about leaving).  She quietly and sadly said,  “Yeah.” He continued…”Well, daddy needs to go away for a little while to think about things.  He just needs some time to get away by himself and think.  But I’ll call you every day, and, Peter… (our son…not his real name) I’ll still take you to your ‘Dad and Me’ class.  I love you both and I love your mom too, but I just need some time away.  Your mom loves you both too, and she’s going to need you both very much.  I cried quietly when I heard him say all of this to the kids.  I was getting so angry at Satan.  Then the kids started to cry and Peter put his head into his pillow and Horace stood up to walk away, and the kids stood up and he put his arm around all of us and said,  “I love you all!”  He cried, and we all cried together. 

I was filled mostly with compassion for Horace, but also with a little anger.  If he loves us so much, why doesn’t he try and make things work instead of running away?  Then I began to wonder.”How could this be happening?”  Horace walked out and I burst out crying as  he closed the kitchen door and drove away.  I pounded the kitchen doorway by the dining room and sobbed uncontrollably.  Then I held the kids and we all cried together as we watched him drive away.  I held them and began to pray for God to show him the truth and for His Holy Spirit to convict him and to comfort us. 

Then I began to thank God for what He was doing in Horace’s life.  I told the kids that ‘they have to believe the truth and that this is a spiritual battle, and that Satan is trying to make their dad think that the things in this world is what makes people happy, but since we have been praying so hard, God is also dealing with him, and that he needs the time away to find the truth for himself.’  I told them,   “Don’t ever think that your dad doesn’t love you, because that’s a lie from Satan.”  Precious little Peter began to pound the floor with his foot, and when I asked him what he was doing, he said,  “I’m mad at Satan.”  We went into Penny’s room and Peter picked up the Bible and said,  “Mommy, read the Scriptures.” 

In the midst of all the pain and heartache, there were many precious moments with my children like that.  Through all the years I waited, I hurt so deeply for my children –even deeper than the personal pain I experienced.  I watched my children endure heart-wrenching hurt and disappointment when their dad decided not to come on days when he told them that he would.  No child should ever have to go through what they did, but sadly, many children do.  And, sadly, many other children never even see their fathers again when they choose to walk out the door!

Needless to say, I was deeply hurt that he chose to leave us, and that over the previous two days he had treated me the way he should have treated me throughout our marriage; with love and tenderness, even though it was not genuine.  How deeply sad and how horribly ironic to see what it took in order to actually have a deep conversation with him as well as to receive some form of affection that I had desired for so many years! 

After my ‘husband’ left, it was by the grace of God alone that I was able to take one day at a time. I fought very hard to keep my thoughts under control so that sorrow and hurt would not rob me from enjoying each moment with my children.  I also took on many different baby sitting jobs in the years to come so that I could stay home with my children and make them feel as secure as possible.  I took turns being ‘room mother’ for both of my children’s school parties and field trips, and went to their schools to see them in plays and music recitals, and enjoyed every minute of it all! During those years we rode bikes together, roller skated together, went paddle boating, went to Great America, and played miniature golf together. I enjoyed playing Barbies with my daughter, and pitching balls to my son in the field. I endured standing outside on cold days just so that I could watch my son play basketball and do tricks on his skateboard, and play on the football team. I stayed up until 2:00a.m. or 3:00 a.m. listening to my daughter share stories of  her adventures with her friends when she’d come home. Knowing the day would come all too soon when she would go off to college, as tired as I was, I just deeply appreciated the fact that she shared her thoughts with me.

Those days were bittersweet, but I have many memories of the time I spent with my children that I will treasure forever. All because I chose to surrender all the hurt and rejection and fears of what tomorrow would bring to Him, and in return God gave me His grace that was sufficient and His strength that was made perfect in my weakness.

Days turned into months, and months into years, and he still did not return home.  He called every day and took my daughter and son out at least twice a week, and I appreciated the fact that he was faithful to pay all the bills –most of the time.  There were two or three times when the electricity was shut off because he failed to pay the bill on time, and we were cold and in the dark for at least two or three days. 

In spite all the heartache and turmoil I went through in the years that followed, I continued to pray and believe that the day would truly come when my ‘husband’ would receive God’s love and forgiveness and ask for our forgiveness and return home.  I even saved up for a massaging, reclining chair and purchased it and kept it covered in plastic awaiting the day that he would return home.  Three different Christian women at three separate times told me that God showed them that my husband was going to return home, and one friend even said she had a vision of Horace sitting in his new chair with my children joyously running around in circles wearing robes of righteousness. I never placed my faith in the words of men (or women, in this case), but only in the Word of God; if I had, my faith might have been shattered by what was soon to come. 

BACK TO THE TEACHINGS OF ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Before I share the final portion of my testimony with you, I’d like to share some of the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent with you :

 

CANONS AND DECREES OF THE COUNCIL OF TRENT

Time does not permit me to share all of the ANATHEMAS of the ‘CANONS AND DECREES OF THE COUNCIL OF TRENT’ with you, but I listed many of them.  If you’d like to read them all, you can do so by clicking on ‘SOURCE’ at the end of this section.

Anathema –

Function: noun

Etymology: Late Latin anathemat-, anathema, from Greek, thing devoted to evil, curse, from anatithenai to set up, to dedicate, from ana-  + tithenai to place, set.

 1 a: one that is cursed by ecclesiastical authority b: someone or something intensely disliked or loathed

2 a: a ban or curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority and accompanied by excommunication b: the denunciation of something as accursed c: a vigorous denunciation

3: a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction

CHAPTER XVI

ON THEE FRUIT OF JUSTIFICATION, THAT IS, ON THE MERIT OF GOOD WORKS AND ON THE MARNIER OF THAT SAME MERIT.

ON JUSTIFICATION

–CANON XVIII If anyone shall say, that the commandments are, even for a man that is justified and constituted in grace, impossible to keep; let him be anathema.

–CANON XXIV If any one shall say, that the justice received is not preserved, and also increased in the sight of God through good works; but that the said works are merely the fruits and signs of justification received, but not a cause of the increase thereof; let him be anathema.

–CANON XXIX If any one shall say, that he, who has fallen after baptism, is not able by the grace of God to rise again; or, that he is able indeed to recover the justice lost, but by faith alone, without the sacrament of penance, contrary to what the holy Roman and universal Church, instructed by Christ and his apostles, has hitherto professed, observed and taught; let him be anathema.

–CANON XXX.  If any one shall say, that, after the grace of justification received, unto every penitent sinner the guilt is so remitted, and the penalty of eternal punishment so blotted out,that there remains not any penalty of temporal punishment, to be discharged either in this world, or in the next in purgatory, before the entrance to the kingdom of heaven can be laid open; let him be anathema

 

DECREE CONCERNING THE SACRAMENTS

–CANON IV.  If any one shall say, that the sacraments of the New Law are not necessary unto salvation, but superfluous , and that without them, and without the desire thereof, men, through faith alone, obtain of God the grace of justification; though all [the sacraments] be not necessary for every individual; let him be anathema.

–CANON VIII.  If any one shall say, that by the said sacraments of the New Law grace is not conferred through the act performed, but that faith alone in the divine promise suffices for obtaining grace; let him be anathema. 

–CANON X.  If any one shall say, that all Christians have power to administer the word, and all the sacraments; let him be anathema.

TOUCHING BAPTISM

–CANON III.  If any one shall say, that in the Romish church, which is the mother and mistress of all churches, there is not the true doctrine concerning the sacrament of baptism; let him be anathema. 

–CANON V.  If any one shall say, that baptism is free, that is, not necessary unto salvation; let him be anathema. 

–CANON VII.  If any one shall say, that the baptized are, by baptism itself, made debtors but to faith only, and not to the observance of the whole law of Christ; let him be anathema.

–CANON XIII.  If any one shall say, that infants, for that they have not actual faith, are not, after having received baptism, to be reckoned amongst the faithful, and that, for this reason, they are to be rebaptized, when they have arrived at years of discretion; or, that it is better that the baptism of such be omitted, than that they, while not believing by their own act, should be baptized in the faith alone of the Church; let him be anathema.

DECREE TOUCHING THE MOST HOLY

SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST.

CHAPTER III.

On the Excellency of the most Holy Eucharist above the rest Of The Sacraments.

CONCERNING THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT

OF THE EUCHARIST

–CANON I.   If any one shall deny, that, in the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist, are verily, really, and substantially contained the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ; but shall say that He is only therein as in a sign, or in figure, or virtue; let him be anathema.

–CANON II.  If any one shall say, that, in the sacred and holy sacrament of the Eucharist, the substance of the bread and wine remains conjointly with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and shall deny that wonderful and singular conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood, the species only of the bread and wine remaining which conversion indeed the Catholic Church most aptly calls Transubstantiation; let him be anathema.

–CANON III.  If any one shall deny, that, in the venerable sacrament of the Eucharist, the whole Christ is contained under each species, and under every part of each species, when separated; let him be anathema.

–CANON IV.  If any one shall say, that, after the consecration is completed, the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ are not in the admirable sacrament of the Eucharist, but are there only during the use, whilst it is being taken, and not either before or after; and that, in the hosts, or consecrated particles, which after communion are reserved or remain, the true body of the Lord remaineth not; let him be anathema.

–CANON VI.  If any one shall say, that in the holy sacrament of the Eucharist, Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is not to be adored with even the worship external of latria, and is, consequently, neither to be venerated with a festive celebration, nor to be solemnly borne about in processions, according to the laudable and universal rite and custom of the holy Church; or, is not to be proposed publicly to the people to be worshiped , and that the worshipers thereof are idolaters; let him be anathema.

–CANON VIII.  If any one shall say, that Christ, presented in the Eucharist, is eaten spiritually only, and not also sacramentally and really; let him be anathema.

–CANON IX.  If any one shall deny, that all and each of Christ’s faithful of both sexes are bound, when they have attained to years of discretion, to communicate every year, at least at Easter, in accordance with the precept of Holy Mother Church; let him be anathema.

–CANON XI.  If any one shall say, that faith alone is a sufficient preparation for receiving the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist; let him be anathema.

ON THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

–CANON I.  If any one shall say, that in the Catholic Church penance is not truly and properly a sacrament, instituted by Christ our Lord for reconciling the faithful unto God, as often as they fall into sin after baptism; let him be anathema.

–CANON II.  If any one, confounding the sacraments, shall say, that baptism is itself the sacrament of Penance, as though these two sacraments were not distinct, and that therefore penance is not rightly called a second plank after shipwreck; let him be anathema.

–CANON III.  If any one shall say, that those words of the Lord the Saviour, Receive ye the Holy Ghost, whose sins ye shall remit, they are remitted unto them, and whose sins ye shall retain, they are retained are not to be understood of the power of remitting and of retaining sins in the sacrament of Penance, as the Catholic Church has always from the beginning understood them; but wrests them, contrary to the institution of this sacrament, to the power of preaching the Gospel; let him be anathema.

–CANON VI.  If any one shall deny, either that sacramental confession was instituted, or is necessary unto salvation, of divine right; or shall say, that the manner of confessing secretly to a priest alone, which the Catholic Church hath ever observed from the beginning, and doth observe, is alien  from the institution  and command of Christ, and is an human invention; let him be anathema.

–CANON X. If any one shall say, that priests, who are in deadly sin, have not the power of binding and of loosing; or, that not priests alone are the ministers of absolution, but that unto all and each of the faithful of Christ it is said: Whatsoever ye shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven [ ] and whose sins ye shall remit, they shall be remitted unto them; and whose sins ye shall retain, they are retained by virtue of which words every one is able to absolve sins, to wit, public [sins] by rebuke only; provided the person rebuked yield thereto, and secret [sins] by a voluntary confession; let him be anathema. 

–CANON XII.  If any one shall say, that the whole punishment is always remitted by God, together with the guilt, and that the satisfaction of penitents is no other than the faith whereby they learn that Christ hath made satisfaction for them; let him be anathema.

–CANON XIII.  If any one shall say, that satisfaction for sins, as regards to their temporal punishment, is in no wise made to God, through the merits of Christ, by the punishments inflicted by Him, and patiently borne, or by those enjoined by the priest, nor even by those voluntarily undertaken, as by fastings, prayers, almsgivings, or by other works also of piety; and that, therefore, the best penance is merely a new life; let him be anathema.

TOUCHING THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS

–CANON I.  If any one shall say, that in the mass a true and proper sacrifice is not offered to God; or, that to be offered is nothing else but that Christ is given unto us to eat; let him be anathema.

–CANON II.  If any one shall say, that by those words, Do this in remembrance of me, Christ did not institute the apostles priests; or, did not ordain that they, and other priests,  should offer His own body and blood; let him be anathema. 

–CANON III.  If any one shall say, that the sacrifice of the mass is only a sacrifice of praise and  of thanksgiving; or, that it is a bare commemoration of the sacrifice offered on the cross, but not a propitiatory sacrifice; or, that it avails him only who receiveth; and that it ought not to be offered for the living and the dead for sins, punishments, satisfactions, and other necessities; let him be anathema.

–CANON IV.  If any one shall say, that, by the sacrifice of the mass, a blasphemy is thrown upon the most holy sacrifice of Christ offered on the cross; or, that it is thereby derogated from; let him be anathema.

–CANON V.  If any one shall say, that it is an imposture to celebrate masses in honour of the saints, and for obtaining their intercession with God, as the Church intends; let him be anathema.

–CANON VI.  If any one shall say, that the canon of the mass contains errors, and is therefore to be abrogated; let him be anathema.

ON THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS

–CANON I.  If any one shall say, that there is not in the New Testament  a visible and external priesthood: or that there is not any power of consecrating and offering the true body and blood of the Lord, and of remitting and retaining sins; but only an office and bare ministry of preaching the Gospel; or that those who do not preach are not priests at all; let him be anathema.

—CANON II.  If any one shall say, that, beside the priesthood, there are not in the Catholic Church, other orders, both greater and lesser, by which, as by certain steps, advance is made unto the priesthood; let him be anathema.

–CANON III.   If any one shall say, that orders, or sacred ordination , is not truly and properly a sacrament instituted by Christ the Lord; or, that it is a certain human figment devised by men unskilled in ecclesiastical matters; or, that it is only a certain kind for choosing ministers of the word of God and of the sacraments; let him be anathema.

–CANON IV.  If any one shall say, that, by sacred ordination the Holy Ghost is not given; and that the bishops do therefore vainly say, Receive ye the Holy Ghost; or, that a character is not thereby imprinted; or, that he who has once been a priest, can again be a layman; let him be anathema. 

–CANON V.  If any one shall say, that the sacred unction which the Church makes use of in holy ordination, is not only not required, but is to be despised and is pernicious, as likewise the other ceremonies of Order; let him be anathema. 

–CANON VI.  If any one shall say, that, in the Catholic Church there is not a hierarchy instituted by divine ordination, consisting of bishops, priests, and ministers; let him be anathema.

–CANON VII.  If any one shall say, that bishops are not superior to priests; or, that they have not the power of confirming and ordaining; or, that the power which they possess is common to them with the priests; or, that orders, conferred by them, with the consent or vocation of the people, or of the secular power, are invalid; or, that those who have neither been rightly ordained, nor sent, by ecclesiastical and canonical power, but come from elsewhere, are lawful ministers of the word and of the sacraments; let him be anathema.

CANON VIII.  If any one shall say, that the bishops, who are assumed by authority of the Roman Pontiff, are not legitimate and true bishops, but a human figment; let him be anathema.

TOUCHING THE INVOCATION, VENERATION, AND ON RELICS OF SAINTS, AND SACRED IMAGES

And the bishops shall carefully teach this; that, by means of the histories of the mysteries of our Redemption, depicted by paintings or other representations, the people are instructed , and strengthened in remembering, and continually reflecting on the articles of faith; as also that great profit is derived from all sacred images, not only because the people are thereby admonished of the benefit gifts which have been bestowed upon them by Christ, but also because the miracles of God through the means of the saints, and their salutary examples, are set before the eyes of the faithful; that so for those things they may give God thanks; may order their own life and manners in imitation of the saints; and may be excited to adore and love God, and to cultivate piety.  But if any one shall teach-or-think contrary to these decrees; let him be anathema.

 

 DECREE CONCERNING INDULGENCES

Whereas the power of conferring indulgences was granted by Christ to the Church; and she has, even in the most ancient times, used the said power, delivered unto her of God; the sacred and holy synod teaches and enjoins, that the use of indulgences , most salutary for the Christian people, and approved of by the authority of sacred councils, is to be retained in the Church; and it condemns with anathema those who either assert that they are useless, or who deny that there is in the Church the power of granting them.  In granting them, however, it desires that, according to the ancient and approved custom in the Church, moderation be observed, lest, by excessive facility, ecclesiastical discipline be enervated. 

ON RECEIVING AND OBSERVING

THE DECREES OF THE COUNCIL

So great has been the calamitousness of these times, and the inverate malice of the heretics, that there has been nothing ever so clear in the statement of our faith, or so surely settled, which they, at the persuasion of the enemy of the human race, have not defiled by some sort of error.  For which cause the holy synod hath taken especial care to condemn and anathematize the principal errors of the heretics of our time, and to deliver and teach the true and Catholic doctrine; even as it has condemned, anathematized, and defined.  And whereas so many bishops, summoned from the various provinces of the Christian world, cannot be absent for so long a time without great casting away of the flock committed to them, and without universal danger; and whereas no hope  remains that the heretics, after having been so often invited, even with the public faith which they desired, and so long expected , will come hither later; and as it is therefore necessary to put an end at length to the sacred council: it now remains for it to admonish in the Lord all princes, as it hereby does, so to afford their assistance as not to permit the things which it has decreed to be corrupted or violated by heretics; but that they be by them and all others devoutly received and faithfully observed.

ACCLAMATIONS OF THE FATHERS AT THE CLOSE OF THE COUNCIL

Cardinal.   Anathema to all heretics.

Answer.  Anathema.  Anathema.

THE BULL OF OUR HOLY LORD, THE LORD PIUS, BY DIVINE PROVIDENCE FOURTH POPE,

TOUCHING THE FORM OF THE OATH OF THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Pius, Bishop, servant of the servants of God, for the perpetual memory hereof. 

…I recognize the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Roman Church as the mother and mistress of all churches; and I promise and swear true obedience to the Roman pontiff, successor of St. Peter, prince of the apostles, and vicar of Jesus Christ.  All other things also delivered, defined, and declared by the sacred canons and ecumenical councils , and particularly by the holy Synod of Trent, I undoubtingly receive and profess, and at the same time all things contrary, and any heresies soever condemned by the church, and rejected and anathematized, I, in like manner, condemn, reject, and anathematize.  This true Catholic faith, outside of which no one can be saved, which at present I readily profess and truly hold, I, N. (the person’s name) promise, vow, and swear, that I will most steadfastly retain and confess the same entire and undefiled to the last breath of life (with God’s help), and that I will take care, as far as shall be in my power, that it be held, taught, and preached by my subjects, or those whose charge shall devolve on me in virtue of my office.  So help me God, and these holy gospels of God.

 –Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent  SOURCE

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THE VIRGIN MARY FEAST DAYS

FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATIONMARCH 25th –This feast day commemorates the day when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to be the mother of Jesus Christ.  However, as I shared with you in PART 2,  March 25th, The Feast of the Annunciation is also the pagan celebration of their “Queen of Heaven.”  In the quick capture that I took from the website, ‘A Chapel of Our Mother God,’ it states:

“After Her resurrection, she returns to the Middle World (where she first came at Her birthtime of Nativity) and takes up Her full royalty as Princess of the World.  This is celebrated on the Day of Our Sovereign Lady (Culverine 5th/March 25th).

ASSUMPTION OF MARYAUGUST 15th — This feast was first declared in 1950 by Pope Pius XII.  The belief was that Mary did not see corruption at the time of her death, but was assumed into heaven, body and soul.  And, as I also pointed out through the information I posted on Part 2…

“August 15th was originally the Assumption of the Holy Sophia” celebrated in paganism.

“For centuries celebrations were held in the honor of the goddess Isis of the Sea, who was born on this day according to mythology.  With the coming of Christianity, church leaders decided that the easiest way to handle this pagan ritual was to simply change it into a Christian holiday, hence the introduction of Assumption Day came forth.”  SOURCE

And as you can see from the painting below, the Assumption of Mary, body and soul into heaven, was not always taught.

Capture Burial of Mary painting - Restored Traditions web site picAbove picture, entitled ‘Burial of Virgin Mary’ was  found and quick captured on ‘Restored Traditions.’  Caption reads as follows: Artwork by Fra Angelico shows the apostles placing the body of Our Lady in her tomb.  Jesus Christ, above center, is surrounded by angels in heaven as he comes to collect the soul of His blessed Mother.”

IMMACULATE CONCEPTIONDECEMBER 8th The following is a quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

PARA 490  “To become the mother of the Savior, Mary “was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role.”  The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as “full of grace.”  In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God’s grace.  “

PARA 491  “Through the centuries the church has become even more aware that Mary “full of grace” through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception.  That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854:

The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.  (Pius IX Ineffabilis Deus 1854; DS 2803).

PARA 492   “The splendor of an entirely unique holiness” by which Mary is “enriched from the first instance of her conception” comes wholly from Christ:  she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son.”  The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and chose her “in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love.” (Based on Ephesians 1:3,4)

PARA 493  “The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God “the All-Holy” (Panagia) and celebrate her as “free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature.”  By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long.”

PARA 494  “At the announcement that she would give birth to “the Son of the Most High” without knowing man, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary responded with the obedience of faith, certain that “with God nothing will be impossible: “Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word.”  Thus, giving her consent to God’s word, Mary became the mother of Jesus.  Espousing the divine will for salvation wholeheartedly, without a single sin to restrain her, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she did so in order to serve the mystery of redemption with him and dependent on him, by God’s grace:As St. Irenaeus says,  “Being obedient she became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race.”  Hence not a few of the early Fathers gladly assert… :”The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by Mary’s obedience: what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief, Mary loosened by her faith.”  Comparing her with Eve, they call Mary “the Mother of the living” and frequently claim: “Death through Eve, life through Mary.”

During my research for this post, I came across a pagan calendar and discovered that from December 7th through December 9th is the Feast of the Immanent Feminine Divine Spirit – Honoring Goddess as Maha Devi Shakti (Hindu), and that December 8th is also “a Zen Buddhist celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment.”

Those are only the main ‘feast days’ of Mary.  There are many more days throughout the year devoted to Mary, some focusing on her alleged appearances throughout the world.  These are only a few of many other Marian feast days: February 11th — Our Lady of Lourdes, May 13th — Our Lady of Fatima, August 22nd — Queenship of Mary, October 7th — Our Lady of the Rosary, December 12th — Our Lady of Guadalupe.

DOES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WORSHIP MARY, OR HONOR HER?

HERE IS MORE INFORMATION TO HELP YOU DECIDE

If you still aren’t convinced after reading all the information that I added to Part 2 concerning how the Catholic Church views Mary, I hope that after you read the following information concerning what the Catholic church teaches about Mary, that you will then begin to see how they elevate Mary to a position that makes her equal to Jesus Christ Himself, because they give her many of the attributes and credit due only to Jesus Christ; God in the flesh: sinless, ascended into heaven, and ever present.  And they also say that she played a role in our redemption and Christ’s resurrection, therefore coming extremely close to deifying Mary.  If you didn’t read Part 2, may I suggest, when time allows, that you take some time to see all the information I posted.  Let’s continue: 

Capture Mary New Evanelization

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

CONCERNING MARY

PARA 966  Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.” (506)  The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians:

“In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life.  You conceived the living  God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.”  (507)

PARA 967  By her complete adherence to the Father’s will, to his Son’s redemptive work, and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity.  Thus she is a preeminent and …wholly unique member of the Church” ; indeed, she is the “exemplary realization” (typus) (508) of the Church.

PARA 968  Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still further.  “In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls.  For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace.”

PARA 969 “This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterrupted from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect.  Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation…Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.” (510) LG 62

Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical October of 1891 declared:

“No one can go to the Father except through the Son, and similarly no one can go to the Son except through His mother Mary.”

The picture below clearly reveals how Catholicism portrays Mary; that she participated in Christ’s suffering and therefore shared in the atoning work of Christ.  This is pure blasphemy because it robs Jesus Christ from His complete atoning work that alone satisfied the full wrath of God that He has towards us because of our sins!

Capture Mary on the cross with Christ -cross in RomeAbove picture captured from David Cloud’s video entitled, ‘CATHOLICISM, PAST AND PRESENT’ on YouTube.

A CLASSIC BOOK IN THE FIELD OF ROMAN CATHOLIC MARIOLOGY WRITTEN BY ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI, A DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

THE GLORIES OF MARY AUDIOBOOK PART ONE AND TWO

THE BIBLE COMPARED TO THE GLORIES OF MARY

The following is a quote ( a very blasphemous quote, I might add) from former Pope John Paul II that Rob Zins shares in the video I posted further down:

“Mary, by bearing her immeasurable sorrows, she has supplied what was lacking in the sufferings of Christ for His body the church.” 

And here is the pontifical prayer said by Pope Pius XII in 1950 to Mary in his celebration of the Marian Year in Rome  (that I also found in the video below) which clearly reveals the Catholic church’s view of Mary as being completely unbiblical and greatly exceeding how Scripture portrays Mary to be:

“Enraptured by the splendor of your heavenly beauty, and impelled by the anxieties of  the world, we cast ourselves into your arms.  Oh, Immaculate Mother of Jesus and our Mother, Mary.  We adore and praise the peerless richness of the sublime gifts with which God has filled you above every other mere creature.  From the moment of your conception until the day of which after your assumption into heaven He crowned you Queen of the Universe.  Oh crystal fountain of faith, bathe our minds with the eternal truths.  Oh fragrant lily of all holiness, captivate our hearts with your heavenly perfume.  Oh conqueress of evil and death, inspire in us a deep horror of sin which makes the soul detestable to God and the slave of hell.  Oh, beloved of God, hear the ardent cries which rise up from every heart in this year dedicated to you.  Then tenderly, Oh Mary, cover our aching wound, convert the wicked, dry the tears of the afflicted and the oppressed.  In your name resounding harmoniously in heaven.  Receive, O sweet Mother, our humble supplications, and above all obtain for us that on that day, happy with you, we may repeat before your throne that hymn which is sung today around your altars.  You are Glory, you are the Joy, you are the honor of our people.”

And as you can see below, the present pope, Pope Francis, is also continuing in this spiritual adultery.

Capture Pope Francis before shrine of mary -- moon under her feet pic

Capture THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY - STAR OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION(SOURCE) <–CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING

Capture Hail Mary Co Redeemer - James G McCarthy(SOURCE) <– CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING

In the quick capture of the article above, it says in part:

“Not only did Mary offer her Son to God, but she remained at the cross to suffer with Christ.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #964)

“According to the Church, Mary’s sufferings were so intense that they brought her to the threshold of death.  She, says the Church, participated with Jesus Christ in the very painful act of redemption.” (Pope Pius XI, Explorata Res)

“Mary suffered and, as it were, nearly died with her suffering Son; for the salvation of mankind she renounced  her mother’s rights and, as far as it depended on her, offered her Son to placate divine justice; so we may well say that she with Christ redeemed mankind.” (Pope Benedict XV, Inter Sodalicia) 

ROB ZINS–THE IDOLATRY OF MARY WORSHIP: MAKING MARY

THE FOURTH MEMBER OF THE DIVINE TRINITY

In Genesis 3:1-15, is the account of the fall of man.  And in verses 13-15 where God addresses Eve and the serpent, we read the following:

“Then the LORD God said to the woman,  “What is this you have done?”  The woman said,  “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”  So the LORD God said to the serpent,  “Because you have done this,  “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals!  You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (NIV Translation)

In the Catholic Douay Reims Bible, this is what you will read:

“I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed; she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.”

And, as you can see in the picture below, it is Mary who is shown to be the one who is crushing the serpent’s head!

Capture Mary crushing serpents head - Restored Traditions picPicture above was found on Restored Traditions website and entitled:  Immaculate Conception by Rubens Caption reads: “Sunlight radiated from the Virgin Mary, represented as the Immaculate Conception in this painting by P.P. Rubens, as she crushes the head of the devil.”

In the footnotes at the bottom of my Douay Rheims Bible it says the following concerning Genesis 3:15:

Verse 15.  She shall crush. Ipsa, the woman; so diverse of the fathers read this place, comfortably to the Latin; others read it ipsum, that is, the seed. The sense is the same: for it is by her seed, Jesus Christ, that the woman crushes the serpent’s head. (For detailed information exposing this distortion of Scripture, please watch the video I posted below, entitled, ‘Roman Catholicism Series #6 Rome’s Virgin Mary – Queen of Heaven or Doctrine of Demons’ starting at the 33:22 minute mark.)

WHAT DOES SCRIPTURE SAY?

I think at this point I’ve shared enough information with you so that hopefully you now realize that Catholicism indeed places much more emphasis on Mary than they do on Jesus. So now let’s get our focus where it belongs –on the Word of God–and let’s examine the Scriptures to see if what we have learned about Mary from Catholic teachings thus far lines up with what God’s Word has to say concerning Mary. Yes, Mary was blessed among women because she was chosen to be the mother of Jesus, but does Scripture indicate in any way that we are to come to Mary, and that Mary is to be worshiped? How did Jesus act when He was with Mary? Observe what takes place in the following verses, and carefully read all the rest of the verses and you will see that Scripture does not indicate in any way that Mary should be given the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix. These are titles that apply to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, yet the Catholic church is attempting to give these titles to her, and supposedly at her request!

“Jesus was still talking to the people when his mother and brothers arrived. They stood outside, asking to speak with him. So one of the people there said to him, “Look, your mother and brothers are standing outside, and they want to speak with you.” Jesus answered, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look! Here are my mother and my brothers!” Whoever does what my Father in heaven wants him to do is my brother, my sister, my mother.”(Matthew 12:46-50) SHLT

“While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak with him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:46-50) NIV

“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying your heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. The yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) (SHLT)

“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, amd you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) NIV

Jesus said, “And remember! I will be with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b) SHLT

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b) NIV

 

“The last day of the feast was the most important. On that day Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, “Whoever is thirsty should come to me and drink. As the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes in me, streams of living water will pour out from his heart. Jesus said this about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were going to receive. At that time the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not been raised to glory.” (John 7:37-39) SHLT

“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7:37-39) NIV

“If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, the Spirit of Truth, to stay with you forever. The Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and make you remember all that I have told you.” (John 14:15,16,26) SHLT

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the Spirit of Truth. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:15,16,26) NIV

 

“The Helper will come–the Spirit of truth, who comes from the Father. I will send him to you from the Father, and he will speak about me.” (John 15:26) SHLT

“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.” (John 15:26) NIV

 

“But now I am going to him who has sent me; yet none of you asks me,  ‘Where are you going?’ And now that I have told you, sadness has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth: it is better for you that I go away, because if I do not go, the Helper will not come to you. But if I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes he will prove to the people of the world that they are wrong about sin, and about what is right, and about God’s judgment. But when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will lead you into all the truth.” (John 16:7,8,13) SHLT

“But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:7,8,13) NIV

 

“Jesus is the one of whom the Scriptures says, ‘The stone that you the builders despised turned out to be the most important stone.’ Salvation is to be found through him alone; for there is no one else in all the world, whose name God has given to men, by whom we can be saved.” (Acts 4:11,12) SHLT

“He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:11,12) NIV

 

“What the law could not do, because human nature was weak, God did. He condemned sin in human nature by sending his own Son who came with a nature like man’s sinful nature to do away with sin.” (Romans 8:3) SHLT

“For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son, in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.” (Romans 8:3) NIV

 

In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak that we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us, in groans that words cannot express. And God, who sees into the hearts of men, knows what the thought of the Spirit is; because the Spirit pleads with God on behalf of his people and in accordance with his will.” (Romans 8:26,27) SHLT

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” (Romans 8:26,27) NIV

 

“For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and men together, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for all men.” (1 Timothy 2:5) SHLT

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men…” (1 Timothy 2:5) NIV

 

“I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.” (Isaiah 42:8) NIV

 

“But, as it is, Jesus has been given priestly work which is much greater than theirs, just as the covenant which he arranged between God and men is a better one, because it is based on promises of better things.” (Hebrews 8:6) SHLT

“But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which He is a mediator is superior to the old ones, and it is founded on better promises.” (Hebrews 8:6) NIV

“But Christ has already come as the High Priest of the good things that are already here. The tent in which he serves is more greater and more perfect; it is not made by men, that is, it is not a part of this created world. When Christ went through the tent and entered once and for all into the Most Holy Place, he did not take the blood of goats and calves to offer as a sacrifice; rather he took his own blood and obtained eternal salvation for us. The blood of goats and  bulls and the ashes of the burnt calf are sprinkled on the people who are ritually unclean, and make them clean by taking away their ritual impurity. Since this is true, how much more is accomplished by the blood of Christ! Through the eternal Spirit he offered himself as a perfect sacrifice to God. His blood will make our consciences clean from useless works, so that we may serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:11-14) SHLT

“When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” (Hebrews 9:11-14) NIV

“For you know what was paid to set you free from the worthless manner of life you received from your ancestors. It was nothing that loses its value, such as silver or gold; you were set free from the costly sacrifice of Christ, who was like a lamb without defect or spot.” (1 Peter 1:18,19) SHLT

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:18,19) NIV

 

“For Christ himself died for you; once and for all he died for sins, a good man for bad men, in order to lead you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18) SHLT

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18) NIV

“…Jesus Christ, who has gone to heaven and is at the right side of God, ruling over all angels and heavenly authorities and powers.” (1 Peter 3:21b,22) SHLT

“…Jesus Christ who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand — with angels, authorities, and powers in submission to him.” (1 Peter 3:21b,22) NIV

 

“I write you this, my children, so that you will not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have Jesus Christ, the righteous, who pleads for us with the Father. And Christ himself is the means by which our sins are forgiven, and not our sins only, but also the sins of all men.” (1 John 2:1,2) SHLT

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense –Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1,2) NIV

THE I AM STATEMENTS OF JESUS

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” (John 6:51) SHLT

 

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in the darkness.” (John 8:12) SHLT

 

“And you will die in your sins if you do not believe that ‘I Am Who I Am.’ ” (John 8:24b) SHLT

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied. “Before Abraham was born, ‘I Am.’ ” (John 8:58) SHLT

 “I am the door. Whoever comes in by me will be saved; he will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that they might have life, life in all its fullness.” (John 10:9,10) SHLT

 

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd is willing to die for the sheep.” (John 10:11) SHLT

 

“As for me, the Father chose me and sent me into the world. How, then, can you say that I insult God because I said that I am the Son of God?” (John 10:36)SHLT

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25) SHLT

 “Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.” (John 14:6) SHLT

 THE CONCLUSION OF MY TESTIMONY

CHRISTIANITY ACCORDING TO GOD’S WORD AND NOT MAN’S —

A TURNING POINT

When a person comes to the point of no longer placing their trust in their religion, their church, or their “good works” to save them, and instead simply realizes they are a wretched sinner in the sight of a completely Holy God and chooses to turn from sin and place their trust in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation, and makes the decision to follow Him with their whole heart, they are not promised a perfect life free from problems and that every prayer that is prayed will be answered according to the desire of one’s heart.  On the contrary!  God’s Word clearly shows us throughout the New Testament that the cost of following Jesus Christ comes at a high price and that we are to ‘count the cost‘ (Luke 14:25-33).  With that in mind, I’d now like to tell you that I waited and prayed for over 18 years for my husband to turn to Jesus and to return home… (yes, you read that right.  For over 18 years I waited and endured rejection and heartache, and for over 18 years I also prayed and cried out to God asking Him to reveal His love and His truth to my ‘husband’) …my faith was definitely put to the test!  And even though I went through a period of time where I was very angry at God because of the painful circumstances in my life and how things were not at all turning out the way I believed, prayed, and trusted Him to work things out, one day towards the end of 1995 I opened my NIV Bible and my eyes fell upon this verse in Luke 18:8b, which says,

“But when the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth?”

It was then that I clearly realized that I was at a serious turning point in my life, and that I had to make a decision:  Was I going to love God simply for who He is, or was I going to base my love for Him on what He did or didn’t do for me?  The reality of the seriousness of the spiritual condition of my heart led me to make an even deeper commitment to Him, and my life verse from that point on became based on Daniel Chapter 3 when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s faith was tested when they were told that they would be thrown into the fiery furnace if they did not bow down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had erected.  Their response was:

“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.  But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”  (Daniel 3:17,18)

And, by God’s grace alone, from that point on I decided in my heart that even though God was able to bring my ‘husband’ to repentance and bring him home again, even if He doesn’t, I would choose to love Him and serve Him for the rest of my life simply because He paid the full price for my sins and revealed the true gospel and His love to me and He set me free from sin, shame, and guilt, and gave me a peace beyond all human understanding.  If I could have everything this world has to offer if I chose to reject God’s love and forgiveness,  it wouldn’t cause me to consider changing my mind not even for a second!

A SAID FAITH, OR A GENUINE FAITH — EXAMINE YOURSELF

The trials of life will sometimes stretch us way beyond our ability to endure on our own strength, but God’s Word gives us the reasons why:

We want to remind you, brothers, of the trouble we had in the province of Asia.  The burdens laid upon us were so great and so heavy, that we gave up all hope of living.  We felt the sentence of death had been passed against us.  But this happened so that we should rely, not on ourselves, but only on God, who raises the dead.  (2 Corinthians 1:8,9) 

“But to keep me from being puffed up with pride because of the many wonderful things I saw, I was given a painful physical ailment, which acts as Satan’s messenger to beat me and keep me from being proud.  Three times I prayed to the Lord about this, and asked Him to take it away.  His answer was,  “My grace is all you need; for My power is strongest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me.  I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ’s sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you –unless, of course, you fail the test?”  (2 Corinthians 13:5)

God’s Word also shows us that ‘our faith will be tested to prove if it is genuine or not.’

“Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy, he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from the dead. This fills us with a living hope, and so we look forward to possess the rich blessings that God keeps for his people.  He keeps them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay, or spoil or fade away.  They are for you, who through faith are kept safe by God’s power for the salvation which is ready to be revealed at the end of time. Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer. Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine. Even gold, which can be destroyed, is tested by fire; and so your faith, which is much more precious than gold, must also be tested that it may endure. Then you will receive praise and glory and honor on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:3-7) 

IN CONCLUSION

In spite of what some pastors and teachers may say, having a strong faith to believe that God can and will do what you pray and believe Him to do, does not guarantee that He will reward our faith by protecting us from sickness and disasters, and performing every miracle we are praying for –including physical healing, deliverance from persecution, healing for our marriage, and salvation for our spouse or another loved one.  Hebrews 11:36-40 gives us a completely different outcome for these Christians who were clearly commended for their faith:

“Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put into prison.  They were stoned and sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword.  They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated–  the world was not worthy of them.  They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.  These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.”

*And so it was with me; in spite of the fact that I believed with all of my heart that God could and would restore our marriage, and even though I remained completely faithful to my ‘husband’ for over 18 years as I waited and hoped and prayed and believed that he would repent and return home, Horace chose to file for divorce in July of 2000. Here’s how it all began to unravel:

In September of 1999 my ‘husband’ told my son that he wanted us to get our home ready to sell. That’s how I found out! Not from him, but through our son.  Fear tried to take hold of me, but I chose to cling to God for my strength and peace. Then my dad died on October 31st 1999. The devastation in my life was mounting, but God’s grace was proving to be sufficient, and His peace went beyond all human understanding.

Then, on Saturday, July 1, 2000, I went to the store right before Horace came to pick up our children to take them out for a few hours. When I came back, I walked into our home to find a white business envelope with my name printed on it. I could tell it was written by my ‘husband,’ and I immediately knew what it was –a letter asking for a divorce. I ripped opened the envelope and found a typewritten letter in a cold, business form style, with the date and my name and address typed out. There was no greeting in his letter; just this short and to-the-point message that confirmed what I suspected:

“…perhaps it is time for us to begin actions aimed toward the resolution of our relationship. 

While this is certainly not a pleasant subject, it is something that needs to be addressed so that we may be able to determine a reasonable and equitable distribution of our assets, and proceed with our lives. 

Please respond either by mail sent to (address withheld) , or you may phone me at (phone# withheld) to discuss this proposal.”

His signature was typed and written above it, as well, in the usual business letter style. 

Needless to say, I was crushed by how cold and heartless his letter was, but I guess there’s no nice way to tell someone that you want a divorce.  Plus, he was oftentimes very cold and verbally abusive to me throughout our marriage, so why should he be any different now?  After I cried and prayed, I decided to write a letter in response to his.  In part, this is what I wrote:

Horace,

First I just want to express my deep appreciation to you for paying all the bills throughout all these years, and saying that you would continue until the house is sold.  However, I had always hoped that the time would come when you would be truly sorry for walking out on me, Penny, and Peter.  I thought that you would one day desire to make things work between us instead of allowing our home to be sold and wanting our marriage to end.  “…the reality of seeing it, [the letter]  and the coldness of the business-like form that you chose, caused me to cry from the depths of my heart.

Horace, it doesn’t have to end this way.  In the first paragraph of your letter, you wrote,  “…perhaps it is time for us to begin actions aimed toward the resolution of our relationship.”  You do have another choice; it could also be time to take steps aimed towards the restoration of our relationship and marriage. 

My love and forgiveness towards you are not  dependent upon your acceptance of the truth put forth in God’s Word.  However, your peace of mind, freedom from guilt and shame, and your eternal destiny are.  (I said that to him because of a previous conversation we had when he had said to me, “I feel so guilty; I feel so bad about myself.”)

The choice is up to you…if you want to end what could be a wonderful marriage, after sorrow is expressed, and trust is once earned, that choice is in your hands alone to make. 

As I said to you in the past, I made a vow before God to love you forever, and I will not break it.  If you want a divorce you will have to be the one to file.  I can never force you to love me, but I will not be the one to begin the process of ending our marriage. 

Mary

My faith was now being put to the ultimate test!  Even then I still continued to pray for a miracle, but after an extremely long and painful  2 1/2 year divorce process, on January 31, 2003 the judge declared that our marriage was dissolved. 

My lawyer had told me the day before our final day in court that I would be allowed three minutes to express my thoughts to Horace in front of the judge (who was actually Jewish).  So, since one of my favorite verses is “make the most of every opportunity,” (Ephesians 5:15,16) I prayed for God to give me the words to say that would not only plant a seed in Horace’s heart and in the heart of the judge, but also I prayed and asked God to give me words to say that would glorify Him in the midst of these tragic circumstances. Except for six personal words that I left out, here is what I said in front of a court filled with people that helped bring some closure to me in this painful and trying time in my life, and also brought a sense of peace to my shattered, broken heart:

Horace,

Because of my love and commitment to you, and to the God of the Bible — the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob — and to the Savior He provided for us — Jesus Christ — I never “gave up the faith”…in Him, or in the fact that through receiving His love and forgiveness, our marriage could be restored.  Even though I had Biblical grounds for divorce, I chose to forgive you, to remain faithful to you, to wait, and hope, and not file for divorce.  In spite of all the hurt and rejection I have felt, I still have a love for you, but I now release you, knowing I cannot make you love me.  I do not regret waiting for you all these  18 years, for through it all I have learned what is means to truly love and forgive, and I have come to know the reality of God’s love and faithfulness to me.

The judge was obviously moved by what God had put on my heart to say, because when I had finished reading my letter, she said, 

“Wow.  I never heard anything like that before!” 

When the court proceedings finally ended that day and everyone was walking out, with God’s peace and courage in my heart, I walked up to Horace and calmly said, “Good-bye, Horace,”  but he didn’t even look at me or say anything to me at all. 

God had abundantly given me His peace and His grace that was sufficient to carry me through that day! And even though I was very sad when I realized our marriage was actually over, I was finally at peace because I no longer had to deal with all of his lies, deceptive ways, and manipulation tactics. The only tears I shed that day were tears that came trickling down my cheeks out of a deep sadness that came over me when I removed my wedding rings that night. I felt as if I was removing a literal part of me, and, in a sense, I guess I was.

So many more painful things happened throughout our ‘marriage,’ but it really isn’t necessary for me to share all the dirty details with you. Lord willing, I plan on sharing a little more of what I went through in the book I am in the process of writing, but I tried to just give you a short version (believe it or not) of my testimony here.

In spite of the fact that my hopes and dreams had been shattered, in the end I came to know God’s love and faithfulness in an even deeper way –especially through those last 2 1/2 years!  Even though there were definitely short periods of time through all those years when I was angry at God, when it was all said and done, instead of being angry at God and losing my faith, my faith grew even stronger! In spite of the fact that I fought against going through the many trials that came my way at the start of many of those trials, I came to welcome the testing of my faith throughout all those years because I wanted to show God that, in spite of all the circumstances, I loved Him for all He had done for me to make me His own.  

When the trials became overwhelming, I always forced my mind to dwell on these verses:

“…when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10b) 

“Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21)

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

“But He said to me,  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9,10)

TO PUT IT BLUNTLY — MY FINAL THOUGHTS ON CATHOLICISM

To put it bluntly and to sum it up, Catholicism presents “another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:4) and “another Gospel,” (Galatians 1:6-9) both having no power to save. Catholicism presents the false hope of a nonexistent place called ‘Purgatory’ by twisting Scriptures (and adding to the text what clearly is not there), and making Catholics believe they have a second chance after death to be “purged” from their sins, when Scripture is very clear that Jesus purged us from our sins.  (Hebrews 1:3) Catholicism robs Jesus of His glory by reducing Him to a helpless babe in the arms of Mary, and elevates Mary to a level that makes her equal with Jesus Christ because they claim she had a role in our redemption.  Catholicism gives Mary many attributes that belong to God alone (the All-Holy one, CCC #2030, CCC #2677)and have no Scriptural basis. Roman Catholicism is working towards proclaiming Mary as Co-Redemptrix, and continues the blasphemy of the Sacrifice of the Mass, thus making Jesus a continual “victim” and an offering for sin, when in fact He is the Victor over sin and the grave; Jesus paid the debt to our sins in full and declared, “It is finished.”  The veil in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, thus signifying that God the Father accepted the death of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, as satisfying His complete wrath He has towards us because of our sins. Catholicism claims that the Sacrifice of the Mass is a “bloodless sacrifice,” when, according to God’s Word, “…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”  (Hebrews 9:22)

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9,10)

Jesus, as revealed in God’s Word, is the risen Savior who is now seated in heaven at the right side of the Father and lives to intercede on our behalf before the Father.  (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:23-25)  The Jesus of Catholicism, however, is shown as still hanging on the cross and is presented to Catholics as the Eucharistic Jesus; a wafer worshiped when on display in an elaborately decorated monstrance and placed on altars around the world, and who is called down from heaven continually during the ‘sacrifice of the mass’ that takes place countless numbers of times in Catholic churches worldwide. 

Catholicism makes the claim that they are the only ones who have the “real presence” of Jesus by their teaching that the bread and wine actually becomes transformed into the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus, (by the process known as ‘transubstantiation’) thus luring many Protestants into Catholicism because they seek to “experience God” and fail to truly test teachings like that in light of Scripture.

ON A VERY PERSONAL NOTE

There are many important reasons why I wanted to share my testimony with you, but my very personal reason is because of something my dad said to my mom shortly before he died:

“I wonder if I’m going to purgatory?” 

I was so deeply grieved and righteously angry when I found out that he had said that!  I had shared the gospel with him so many times, and had given him a Bible, and prayed for his salvation, asking God to open his mind to the Scriptures so that the truth of His Word would set him free from the false teachings of Catholicism knowing that He alone can do that work in a person’s heart to bring them to salvation.  And yet it seemed to me that in the final moments before he died he was still bound by the fear of death and deceived by the man-made teaching of purgatory and may not have embraced the joyful truth of all that Jesus had accomplished through His sinless life, His completely atoning death, and His resurrection that brought us justification by simply repenting of sin and choosing to place our trust completely in what Jesus Christ has already done instead of in our own attempts to try and earn our way into heaven by our “good works.” 

I was angry at the Roman Catholic system because their teachings blind the minds of their people — including my dear father —  from seeing Biblical truth because they make their people dependent from birth until death on the Church to save them, instead of teaching the sufficiency  of Jesus’ death as full payment for sin and trusting Christ alone for salvation as revealed in God’s Word!  Therefore, even though I was angry at God for a brief moment because my dad seemed to have died without assurance of salvation, the fact still remained that the gospel, as revealed in His Word, was true! So from that point on I was even more determined to do all that I could do in order to reach my family and all Catholics with the truth that is so clearly revealed in their Bibles so that they might come to the knowledge of the true gospel and live and die with assurance of eternal life and not die without hope!  I still continue to hold on to hope that in those final seconds before my dad actually died that God was faithful to bring the truth of His Word to his mind, and that he embraced the joyful truth that Jesus Christ paid the debt for all of his sins in full! 

Regardless of the decision that my dad made in that very last moment before he breathed his final breath, I will always be a follower of Jesus Christ who is determined to do all I can do — with God’s help — to make the truth of His Word known to every person, whether they are a Catholic, Buddhist, New Ager, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, or whatever false religious system a person has chosen to embrace that is leading them astray, so that they will come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4)

YOU MAY BE WONDERING

Some of you may be wondering: 

“So, how is your life now? Did God bring you a ‘knight in shining armor,’ to reward you for your faithfulness, and are you now living a “happily ever after” kind of life?”

Well… not quite. I am still single and going through a different kind of trial; this one is health-related. To make a long story short, in April of 2010 right before Easter, I was diagnosed with a very slow moving form of Leukemia called CLL; Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Praise God, even though I was briefly devastated by the news because I thought that my life would soon be over, I saw how merciful God was to me by allowing it to be a a very slow moving form. My doctor said that most people live for at least 20 years with this form of Leukemia. After fighting this for at least 4 1/2 years now, (because no one knows for sure how long I have actually had this) I am still at stage zero, which means it is in my blood but has not progressed any further. Besides being a little tired at times, I am doing very well! My doctor continues to tell me, 

“You are going to live a looooong time! Just keep doing what you’re doing!” 

I have already seen how God has used this trial to bring glory Him; it’s easy to live for God when things are going well, but people watch how we as Christians respond to tragedies to see if we continue to live for Him when our world turns completely upside down, and my family has seen me go through a lot over the years! During a recent conversation with  my mom she made a comment on how strong my faith has been with all I have gone through and continue to go through, which then gave me another  opportunity to share about Jesus with her and how He gives a peace that is real and surpasses all human understanding, and I also used it as an  opportunity to share the gospel with her again. If God can use what I am going through as a way to share the gospel with my family and others, then I consider this trial to be a blessing!

Lord willing, I’m considering writing about this physical trial in greater detail in the future hoping that I might be an  encouragement to others who may be going through something similar, so be watching for that sometime in the Spring of 2015. (UPDATE: Lord willing, make that the Spring of 2016).

Now, since I lost my job of thirteen years at the end of October of 2013 (due to the previously mentioned health issue, though no one in management will admit to that) I am looking for a job as a Christian writer and will be signing up on a website called ‘Faithwriters’ trusting that if this is God’s will for me, that one day this will happen. (UPDATE: I now have a part-time job and decided not to sign up on Faithwriters, but to just continue writing on my blog when time allows. If God desires me to have a job as a Christian writer, He will bring it to pass in His way and in His timing, so that He will  receive all the glory).

I am also trying to serve my mom and to show her that I love her and that she has worth and value by helping take care of her as she is trying to regain her ability to walk again after an injury in March of 2014, as well as  suffering from a bad case of the Shingles at the same time, and breaking her leg in March of 2015. I can now see God’s ‘hand’ in all of this, and came to realize that it was His will for me to no longer have my job so that I would be available to help and to encourage my mom at this difficult time in her life.

You can be certain that I am trying to ‘make the most of every opportunity’ that God gives me with my mom by lovingly sharing Biblical truth with her. My prayer is that God will open her mind to the Scriptures and use me to continue to share the glorious good news of the gospel with her, as well as use me to expose the false teachings of Roman Catholicism so that she will “know the truth”  hoping that “the truth will set her free” and that God will then fill her with His joy and peace before her life also comes to an end; a thought that has brought tears to my eyes ever since I was a little girl!  No one likes the thought of losing a loved one, but sadly there’s nothing we can do to stop the hands of time. Instead we just have to rest in the fact that God is in control and that ‘He is not willing that anyone should perish, but that all would come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

Religion and the traditions and philosophies of men can blind people from seeing Biblical truth, (Mark 7:13, Colossians 2:8) but the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. (Romans 1:16) People can be very religious and very sincere, but they can be sincerely wrong and lost for all eternity if they do not come to God through Jesus Christ and place their trust in Him alone  instead of depending on their good works or their religion to save them.

Dear Catholics, (or whatever religion you may be a part of) may I please ask you to sit down with your Bible and pray for God to show you what the truth is? In the days and weeks to come, please just take fifteen or twenty minutes every day and read through the book of Romans, Hebrews, and the gospel of John and test all you have learned over your many years of religious training against God’s Word and see what you discover.

So, I’ll end this post by asking you the same question that God impressed upon my mind and heart when I was confused, but amazed and filled with joy by the truth I discovered about Jesus while reading the little Catholic New Testament Bible that my ‘husband’ gave me back in 1980:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God?  Or the word of man?” 

 

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 LORD WILLING, COMING SOON:

While I was writing this post on Sept. 24th 2014, I noticed the ‘word count’ was already at 5,319.  (For those of you who are wondering, the final count, from the beginning to the very end of this post, came in at 22,767) It was then that I decided to make an entirely separate post comparing the rest of the Catechism of the Catholic church against God’s Word, the Bible, so that it will be easier for you to read through all of this very important information.  If you are interested, please consider checking back in January, because, Lord willing, I am hoping to have that post completed by then.  The title of the post will be:

 ‘ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE THE WORD OF GOD…OR THE WORD OF MAN?’ — A COMPARISON OF GOD’S WORD, THE BIBLE, WITH THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’ (UPDATE 8/10/15  I am still reading through the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church book which is over 700 pages long, and I am not quite sure when this post will actually be written, but I will update you when it is close to being completed).

Thank you for stopping by.  And thank you very much for taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.  And to those of you who actually read this extremely long post, an extra big thank you goes out to you!

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

FURTHER READING:

Here are some articles with very good information that I found when searching for more information to add to this post for those of you who would like to do more research.  As always, please be sure to test everything in light of Scripture. (Acts 17:11)

THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – ALOHA.NET

THE DOUAY RHEIMS BIBLE – THE ACHILLES HEEL OF PAPAL INFALLIBILITY – ALOHA.NET

DO CATHOLICS WORSHIP THE MOTHER MARY? AND IF THEY DO, IS IT AGAINST GOD’S WORD? — BIBLESTUDYSITE.COM

PROBLEMS WITH THE MARY OF ROMAN CATHOLICISM — LET US REASON MINISTRIES

DID JESUS HAVE BROTHERS AND SISTERS? — BIBLESTUDY.ORG

2 MACCABEES OF THE APOCRYPHA IS NOT INSPIRED SCRIPTURE