We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Roman Catholic Mary

“For Mary to guide and protect the whole of humanity and sustain all Catholics on their journey of faith, she would have to be omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.  What supernatural powers would it take on her part to hear millions of prayers simultaneously in hundreds of different languages and dialects, to keep them all in her memory, and to answer them all by her power!  Furthermore, it is blasphemy of the worst kind to ask Mary to obtain the salvation which Christ alone has already provided through His death and resurrection and now offers freely by His grace to all who will believe in Him. …

“Both the new Catechism of the Catholic Church (approved by the Vatican) and the Second Vatican Counsel (Vatican II) refer to Mary as ‘the Mother of God to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs.’  Why fly to her protection when God’s protection is available?  And if this Catholic Mary can indeed protect all Catholics from all dangers and supply all their needs, then she must be at least as great as God.  Moreover, she is apparently considered to be more sympathetic than God, because at least a thousand times as many prayers are offered to Mary as are offered to God and Christ combined. …

Regardless of what any individual Catholic may believe, the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and the practice of the vast majority of her members elevates Mary to a position where she is at least equal in power to God and is considered to be far more sympathetic than He.  No wonder, then, that Roman Catholics by the hundreds of millions perpetually offer prayers to Mary for every need and desire.”

Dave Hunt, “In Defense of the Faith,” p.193-194, 197

As Dave Hunt notes, all these powers given to Mary by Roman Catholic doctrine and dogma indeed makes a god out of Mary.   The Mary of the RCC is a myth and an idol, who has nothing in common with the Mary of the Bible.

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