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Roman Catholics insist that they don’t worship Mary. To skirt the change of idolatry, Church apologists point to the three types of worship in Roman Catholicism: latria, the worship of God; dulia, the worship of saints and angels; and hyperdulia, a higher level of dulia worship reserved for Mary alone.  

The worship types are artificial constructs because they don’t actually define the differences among the three types worship except to say that one is for God, one is for saints and angels, and one is for Mary alone. The ill-defined worship types are distinctions without a difference, yet Roman Catholics blindly embrace the terms without question or serious reflection. 

Roman Catholicism admittedly worships angels and people; and if that’s not bad enough, its hyper worship of the Virgin Mary crosses the line to goddess worship.

Mary on the cross with Christ
 Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

Here is a Marian Year Prayer given by Pius XII in 1954:

“Enraptured by the splendor of your heavenly beauty and impelled by the anxieties of the world, we cast ourselves into your arms, O 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 conception until the day on which, after your assumption into Heaven, He crowned you Queen of the Universe.

O crystal fountain of faith, bathe our hearts with your heavenly perfume!

O Conqueress of evil and death, inspire in us a deep horror of sin, which makes the soul detestable to God and a slave of hell!

O well-beloved of God, hear the ardent cries which rise up from every heart in this year dedicated to you.  Then tenderly, O Mary, cover our aching wound.

Convert the wicked, dry the tears of the afflicted and the oppressed, comfort the poor and humble, quench hatred, sweeten harshness, safeguard the flower of purity, protect the holy Church.

In your name, resounding harmoniously in heaven, may they recognize that all are brothers, and that the nations are members of one family.

Receive, O sweet Mother, our humble supplications, and above all obtain for us on that day, happy with you, that we may repeat before your throne that hymn which is sung today around your altars.

You are all-beautiful, O Mary! You are glory, O Mary.  You are the joy, you are the honor of our people!”

Millions of Roman Catholics worldwide pray to Mary for protection, comfort, hope, and salvation. They kiss her image, her picture, and her statue.

Roman Catholics are taught to love and adore Mary because all graces pass through her and that she is their hope of salvation. Mary withholds divine justice, intercedes of behalf of sinners, and convinces God to accept them.

In his sermon “Exposing the Idolatry of Mary Worship: An Overview,” John McArthur lists some prayers and quotes taken from the “Glories of Mary” by Saint Alphonsus Liguori, an 18th century Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church. First the prayers: 

“Behold, O Mother of God, at thy feet a miserable sinner, a slave of hell who has recoursed to thee and trusts in thee. I do not deserve that thou shouldest even look at me, but I know that thou, having seen thy son die for the salvation of sinners, hast the greatest desire to help them. I hear all call thee the Refuge of Sinners, the Hope of those who are in despair and the Help of the abandoned. Thou art then my refuge, my hope and my help. Thou hast to save me by thy intercession.” 

“O sovereign Lady, saint of all saints, our strength and our refuge. God, as it were of this world, Glory of Heaven, accept those who love thee.” 

“We have confidence, but in thee O most faithful Virgin. O great Mediatress of peace between men and God, the love of all men and of God to whom the honor and benediction with the Father and the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

“Mary, Blessed Virgin, Immaculate Queen, I dedicate my family forever to thy service. I appoint thee ruler of my whole house. Bless us, defend us, provide for us, counsel us, comfort us, assist us in our infirmities, especially in the sorrows of death. Granted, we may go to heaven.”

Now for some quotes:

“As Queen, she possesses by right the whole kingdom of her son.” 

“There are just as many creatures serving Mary as there are serving God.”

“All things in heaven and earth are under God’s dominion so that they are, at the same time, under Mary’s dominion. She has dominion and power over all creation.”

“Every prayer of Mary’s is like an established law for our Lord.  She establishes the law by which God acts.”

“Every prayer of Mary’s is like an established law for our Lord obliging him to be merciful to everyone for whom she intercedes.” 

“Mary throws open the door of God’s mercies to anyone she pleases, when she pleases, as she pleases.” 

“Nothing resists her power for God the Father looks upon her glory as if it were His own and God the Son, taking delight in glorifying her, grants her every perfection as if he were paying a debt.” 

“The son is under great obligation to her to pay what he owes to Mary, listens to her requests and grants them.” 

“Mary is the Mother of our souls. Mary is our spiritual Mother. She is sovereign. She sets the heavenly law. She operates with glory equal to God. God and Jesus do what she tells them to do. She is the source of spiritual life. She gives life to our souls. She gives birth to our souls.” 

“All you who hunger for the Kingdom of God, honor the blessed Virgin Mary and you will find life and eternal salvation.” 

“Mary is the arc which saves from eternal destruction anyone who takes shelter in it. Under the shelter of Mary, sinners are saved.”

“If Mary ignores or condemns anyone, that person is inevitably lost.”

According to McArthur, Roman Catholicism’s veneration of Mary is “Just as idolatrous as the ancient worship of the Semitic goddess Astarte, known as Ishtar, originally, among the Babylonians. … It is no less offensive to God than the worship King Manasseh gave to the Tyrian goddess Asherah.”

It’s clear from history that the Roman Catholic Church has imported pagan goddess worship into Christianity, which steals glory from God the Father, from God the Son, and from God the Holy Spirit. 

To Roman Catholics Mary is the Mother of Mercy, the All Holy One, the Sovereign One, the source of salvation, the source of all graces, the comforter, the sympathizer, and the savior of the world.” Her qualities, powers, and attributes are God’s qualities, powers, and attributes.

Mary is given equal power with God, sovereignty over who is saved, and even sovereignty over God. God and Jesus are obligated to do what she says as if paying a debt.

If Mary is not a goddess in Roman Catholicism, what is she for only a goddess has the attributes, qualities, and powers of Rome’s Mary?

Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt: Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows. Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt … Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them. Jeremiah 44:24,25,26,27 KJV

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Sola Scriptura, the rallying cry of the Protestant Reformation, means that Scripture alone is the only authority for the Christian faith and its practices.

Although the apostate Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches acknowledge the Bible is both divinely inspired and authoritative, they deny that it is the sole authority for faith and practice. They insist that their decrees, rituals, and traditions are also divinely inspired and equally authoritative.

Their unregenerate followers often challenge Sola Scriptura believers to show them where in the Bible it explicitly states that Scripture alone is the only authority for the faith. Knowing the Bible doesn’t explicitly state that it is the sole authority for faith and practice, they walk away believing they’ve proved their point.

Sola Scriptura believers shouldn’t have to prove that the Bible is the sole authority for the Christian faith because both apostate churches agree that the Bible is divinely inspired and authoritative. Therefore, the burden should be on the apostate churches to prove that their added decrees, rituals, and traditions are divinely inspired and equally authoritative with the Scripture.

The Bible declares itself to be God-breathed, inerrant, and authoritative. It also says that God does not change His mind or contradict Himself. And the Bible does not allow for decrees, rituals, and traditions that contradict its teachings.

Sola Scriptura is not so much an argument against tradition as it is an argument against unbiblical, extra-biblical, and anti-biblical doctrines and practices.

Unless these apostate churches can prove that their decrees, rituals, and traditions are divinely inspired and equally authoritative with the Scripture, the only way for a Christian to know what God says about faith and practices is to consult what He has revealed in the Bible. 

The Bible says it’s God’s written word. It claims to be infallible, authoritative, and trustworthy. Without proof the same cannot be said for the traditions, practices, and rituals of the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.

It’s not difficult to understand what the Bible teaches, but it’s impossible to believe what it teaches without being born again. Peace.

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Members on the rolls of local churches belong to what theologians have called since the 4th century the visible church. Augustine loosely defined it as a mixed body of wheat and tares, as described by Jesus. People who respond to an outward call of the Gospel join visible church communities for their teaching, guidance, and fellowship.

The visible church can been seen and experienced, so its existence is readily apparent and not in dispute. However, an invisible universal church isn’t readily apparent to everyone. In fact some visible church members say an invisible church is pure nonsense, and they don’t believe it exists.

People who don’t believe in an invisible church know little to nothing about the Scripture, the Protestant Reformation, or the classic Protestant distinction between the visible and invisible church.

The distinction does not mean that the Lord Jesus has two separate churches. Scripture teaches there is one bride, one body, and one church of regenerated, born-again believers. The terms “invisible” and “visible” are used to draw distinctions between the two groups in the universal church.

All born-again Christians are members of the invisible church, but not all professing Christians are members of the invisible church even though they are members of the visible church.

The visible churches can’t save unregenerate sinners from God’s condemnation and judgment, and their sacraments and rituals can’t give life to unregenerate sinners who are spiritually dead and alienated from God.

Only Jesus Christ can save sinners from judgment, and only the Holy Spirit can give life to spiritually dead sinners.

The clearest description explaining the Scriptural doctrine of the invisible and visible church was penned in the mid seventeenth century by the Westminster divines in Chapter XXV of The Westminster Confession of Faith.  

Of the Church:

I. The catholic or universal Church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of Him that fills all in all.[1]

II. The visible Church, which is also catholic or universal under the Gospel (not confined to one nation, as before under the law), consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion;[2] and of their children:[3] and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ,[4] the house and family of God,[5] out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation.[6]

III. Unto this catholic visible Church Christ has given the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfecting of the saints, in this life, to the end of the world: and does, by his own presence and Spirit, according to his promise, make them effectual thereunto.[7]

IV. This catholic Church has been sometimes more, sometimes less visible.[8] And particular Churches, which are members thereof, are more or less pure, according as the doctrine of the Gospel is taught and embraced, ordinances administered, and public worship performed more or less purely in them.[9]

V. The purest Churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and error;[10] and some have so degenerated, as to become no Churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan.[11] Nevertheless, there shall be always a Church on earth to worship God according to his will.[12]

VI. There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ.[13] Nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalts himself, in the Church, against Christ and all that is called God.[14]

Scriptural Support:

[1] EPH 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him. 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. COL 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

[2] 1CO 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours. 1CO 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. PSA 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. REV 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. ROM 15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. 10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. 11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. 12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

[3] 1CO 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. ACT 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. EZE 16:20 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, 21 That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them? ROM 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. GEN 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

[4] MAT 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind. ISA 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

[5] EPH 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God. 3:15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.

[6] ACT 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

[7] 1CO 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. EPH 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. MAT 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. ISA 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.

[8] ROM 11:3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. REV 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

[9] (REV 2-3 throughout) 1CO 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

[10] 1CO 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. MAT 13:24-30, 47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind.

[11] REV 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. ROM 11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

[12] MAT 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. PSA 72:17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. 102:28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee. MAT 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

[13] COL 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. EPH 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.

[14]MAT 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 2TH 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 8 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: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. REV 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

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“[M]any leaders within Evangelical Protestantism in recent years have been working to help the Papal Dominion recover from the glorious Protestant Reformation. We call this effort the suicide of Non-Catholicism.

Unless a person does some serious research, he, many times, simply perpetuates the errors he himself has been taught, by men who think they are teaching the truth….A concerted effort has been made in the past 200 years to undo the truths of the Protestant Reformation, not just on the part of the Jesuits, and other Roman Catholic scholars; but on the part of those within Protestantism itself….Few thinking people will deny that great changes occurred within the once-Protestant denominations, across the board, in Europe and North America throughout the twentieth-century. The very term Protestant is all but gone, and the term non- Catholic is now used to describe the part of “Christendom” that has not yet joined Roman Catholicism.” Ronald N. Cooke

A Protestant View of Church History: The Early Church

by Ronald N. Cooke

http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/The%20Trinity%20Review%20328%20A%20Protestant%20View%20of%20Church%20History%20Cooke.pdf

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religious confusion

Religion is a social construct created to cultivate altruism, promote the greater good, and help ease the burden of conscience stricken people seeking answers to the meaning of life and why they exist.

Conversely, biblical Christianity is not a social construct; therefore, it is not a man-made religion based on human effort and will. Christianity is a God created, faith-based life centered in the death, resurrection, and lordship of Jesus Christ for the praise and glory of God alone.

Therefore, if religions, in fact, are social constructs, then Christianity, in truth, is not a religion.

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Sodomite Pride Parade Participants Denigrate Christ and the Crucifixion

By Jerry A. Kane

Tens of thousands of marchers for Sodomite Pride and approximately 20 dancer-filled theme floats paraded through Sao Paulo’s business district in the predominantly Roman Catholic, socially conservative country of 202 million people.

Organizers of Brazil’s annual Sodomite Pride Parade said they were expecting up to two million people over the course of the event, which has been billed as the largest of its kind in the world.

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Some marchers waved rainbow flags while others carried giant banners denouncing Christians as homophobes and proclaiming “Jesus was Gay.”

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The slogan for this year’s Sodomite pride event is “I was born this way, I grew up so I will always be like this: respect me.”

City officials reportedly spent close to $500,000 to help organize the event.

Even though Islam condemns homosexuality as a sinful practice and views it as a moral disorder, a moral disease, and a corruption, Sodomite Pride participants never get around to mocking Allah, denouncing Muslims as homophobes, or carrying banners proclaiming “Mohammed was Gay.”

Go figure.

For more on the story, see Big turnout for Sao Paulo gay pride and Gay Pride Participants Mock Jesus and the Bible in a Disturbing Way.

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