Rome’s Scriptural Defiance

20 05 2011

“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:14-16

     There are many teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church that I disagree with. In this blog I want to deal with a few that I not only disagree with in principle but are the exact opposite of what Scripture says to do.

1. Repetitous prayers: Roman catholocism relies heavily on printed prayers. Prayers to Mary, to saints, to God, and to angels. They seldom pray words of their own from their own hearts. The rosary is the most common, as well as what they call an “Our Father” prayer. This prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

     They call this “The Lord’s Prayer.” No place does Scripture refer to it in this manner. Most christians acknowledge it for what it is, a model prayer. The context in which it was given was the request by the disciples to be taught how to pray(Luke 11:1). Jesus even told them just before He taught them how to pray, “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them…”(Matthew 6:7-8a) Their prayers are printed and they repeat them over and over sometimes as many as 20 or 30 times. This is in direct defiance of the commands of Christ.

     One of the catholic prayers reads as follows, “HAIL, HOLY QUEEN,Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!” Not only are they praying to a person and not to God even though we are told to pray to God(Matthew 6:9) but they also point out that they are crying to Mary, not to God. All through Scripture God’s children prayed to Him, He heard and answered their petitions. Why would that change now? Jesus said anything we ask the Father in His name He would do it.(John 14:13) He never instructed us to pray to anyone but Himself.

Why would we need to seek pity from someone besides Christ? Scripture declares, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16) It tells us that because Christ understands and can sympathize with our needs we are to come boldly before the throne, we don’t have to sheepishly seek help and pity from another. Rome has degraded Christ and exalted Mary.

     They call Mary their “advocate” Scripture says the opposite, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”(1 John 2:1) They also pray that she would show Jesus to them. It is absurd to think we need her to do such a thing. Jesus declared He would draw all men unto Himself( John 12:32). Paul declares in Acts 17:27, that He was not far from each one of us.

2. Earthly Father’s: They commonly refer to a priest as “father” meaning spiritual father. The Bishop of Rome is known as the “Holy Father.” These practices are in direct violation of the command of Jesus in Matthew 23:9, “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” The catholic will claim that this is not to be taken literally, but then should Christ’s command to “abstain from fornication”(1 Corinthians 6:18) not be taken literally? How about the command to “love one another as I have loved you?”(John 13:34).

3. Worship of idols: I know, I know the catholic would refute this by saying that they don’t worship the things they bow down to. God told the children of Israel, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.”(Exodus 20:4-5a) In this passage He tells them not to make graven images, especially noting not to make images of things in heaven, and then He goes on to skip worship and forbids them from even bowing down to them. Bowing and worship are always closely related in the Scriptures. The two always go together, it is hard to seperate them and say I am worshipping God while bowing to saint Peter.

4. Continuous Sacrifice: Papal salvation is incomplete, it cannot offer an assurance of salvation. Rome offers a works based salvation which offers it’s followers only the hope of being good enough for heaven but never knowing for sure if their good deeds out weigh their bad ones. The mass is nothing more than the continual offering of Jesus for sins, it is the re-sacrifice of Christ. The Council of Trent declared, “the victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of the priests, who then offered himself on the cross.” Every time a priest stands at Rome’s altars he is denying the finished work of Christ. Jesus declared on the cross, “It is finished.” This statement is untrue if the mass is necessary and if the mass in not necessary then it is blasphemous because it claims a continual sacrifice is needed.

     What does Scripture say about the sacrifice of Christ? “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in ONCE into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”(Hebrews 9:12) “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.” (Hebrews 9:25-26) “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.” (Hebrews 9:28) “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE for all.”(Hebrews 10:10) “But this man, after he had offered ONE sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.”(10:12) “For by ONE offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (10:14) “Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.”(10:18) “For Christ also hath ONCE suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.”(1 Peter 3:18a)

     If God throughout history forbid the making of idols, the bowing down to idols, and prayers to anyone but Himself why would that suddenly change in this New Covenant? The answer is it would not. These practices are just as pagan as they were back in days of old. If Jesus told His disciples not to pray in repetition why would that change now? The answer is it would not. These practices are just as disobedient now as they were then. If God would not share His glory with another back then why would He do it now with Mary, if Paul claimed Christ alone was mediator between God and men why would that change now? I’m sure you guessed my conclusion…it has not changed. Roman catholocism is Old Testament paganism under new names. Heathenism was slowly introduced into the church until it swallowed up all but a remnant. Rome “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH,” and her teachings are an abomination.

Written By: Rick Garland


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