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Pope Francis: Christians who don’t worship Mary are “Orphans”

Deon
September 9, 2014

Pope-Francis-False-ProphetThe Pope challenges Biblical Christianity:

On September 2, 2014 — Pope Francis openly stated from his Twitter account that any Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an “orphan”.

Before I go any further into this post, I want to start by stating that I know that there are many good people in the world who happen to be Catholic. The problem is not with Catholics in general, but rather with Catholicism.virgin-mary

I can’t speak for anyone else, but as a Christian I was extremely offended by this.

Pope Francis is essentially saying that anyone who will not worship Mary (as their “Mother”) is not a real Christian — yet there is not ONE scripture that sustains this. In fact there are many scriptures that OPPOSE this (later in the post).

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Furthermore, what (or who) gives the Pope the authority to classify Christians who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as “orphans” simply because they refuse to worship Virgin Mary? (which is idolatry)

And to make matters worse, in 1854 The Papacy declared Mary as “Sinless”, and in 1951 they stated that she had now ascended up into heaven where she was then crowned “Queen of Heaven”.

(You would think that she would have ascended almost 2,000 years before 1951,
but I guess she was waiting for the L.A. Rams to win the Super-bowl)

But according to Catholicism, The Virgin Mary now acts as a mediator between God and humanity. Whenever humans sin against God they must confess their sins to the pope and then “Hail Mary” (worship Mary) 50-times or so (depending on what they have done) in order to be forgiven for their sins.

BUT WAIT — according to the Bible, isn’t Jesus the only Mediator between God and Humanity?

After all, Jesus clearly told the following to his disciples

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

Clearly something is not right (according to Catholicism),
Did Jesus forgot that his mother Mary could also save the world from their sins?


 

Who Needs The Bible when you have a Pope?

Although I find it fascinating that Pope Francis is bold enough to stand up in front of a crowd of thousands and contradict the bible, I find it disgustingly appalling that these same crowds are blindly following.

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The Bible tells us that all Christians who receive Jesus as their Lord and savior and are lead by the spirit of God are now the SONS of God despite what Pope Francis or anyone else can say.

(Romans 8:15)  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Therefore for the Pope to make such a statement is a direct challenge the the authority of God’s scripture. But instead of the Pope realizing that he must be wrong on the issue if he contradicts the word of God, he instead tells the people that they are not translating the message right and should trust what HE thinks the Bible is saying.

Wow, talk about dictatorial.

Christianity & Catholicism: What’s The Difference?

Although there are many differences between Christianity and Catholicism,
when it all boils down to it  — here is the main difference…

Catholicism exalts the traditions of Men above the Word of God.

When Jesus walked the earth, he frequently encountered the Pharisees and the Scribes (religious leaders).

These religious leaders had gotten so caught up with following the traditions of Men that they would actually exalt these traditions above the basic elements of God’s Law.

In fact, here is one encounter that Jesus had where he rebuked the hypocritical religious leaders for exalting their own traditions above the Word of God…

(Mark 7:5)  Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?

(Mark 7:6)  Jesus answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

(Mark 7:7)  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

(Mark 7:8)  For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

(Mark 7:9)  And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

Throughout the Life of Jesus you will frequently hear him rebuke the Scribes and Pharisees for their wickedness, but he also warned his disciples of their deception.

(Matthew 16:6)  Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

(Matthew 16:12)  Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

This is essentially what we see happening all over the world today, Many of the Catholic doctrines are man-made Dogmas that are being propagated and taught as if it were the word of God.


GOD’s Word: The Final Authority

As Christians It is important that we study God’s word for ourselves. The scriptures also clearly tell Christians that they should study the word of God to show themselves approved (2 timothy 2:15)

Although there are many Catholics out there who are indeed good people and who indeed love God, Catholicism is a deeply deceptive religion that disguises itself as Christianity but slowly eases its followers into idolatry (the worship of pagan gods).

Through the word of God we know that there is but 1 God (in 3 persons).

  • God (The Father)
  • God (The Son)
  • God (The Holy Spirit)

The Bible tells us clearly that there are only 3 that bear witness in heaven.

(1 John 5:7)  “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

Nowhere in the scripture does it mention Mary because Mary is not relevant, she is nothing more than a mere human in need of a savior — no different from you.

In fact, when one woman tried to Bless Mary (Jesus’s mother) Jesus told her something that I think is significant even today…

(Luke 11:27)  And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.

(Luke 11:28)  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

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  • FormerlyLib

    This article has totally distorted what Pope Francis tweeted into the “worship” of Mary. The author knows very little of Catholic doctrine and how it has developed and is promulgated and obviously not much about church history. Mary is not a mediator between God and man. She is an intercessor.

    The Bible alone???? Sola Scriptura was invented by a man in the sixteenth century. It was unheard of before then. We have gone from several reformers to over 33,000 protestant denominations all believing vastly different things about major issues and all claiming to be based “solely on the Bible”. Jesus didn’t teach Sola Scriptura. Paul did not. The Bible does not teach it. It was a totally new invention in the sixteenth century and has obviously been a dismal failure. Jesus never wrote anything down nor did he command anyone to. He founded a church and said to go forth and teach and baptize. (The Bible itself says not everything was written down.)

    Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 3:15 that the pillar and foundation of truth is the church. Paul also says in 2 Thessalonians 2:15 to stand fast and hold on to the traditions I have taught you by word of mouth or by letter. There was a church for over 350 years before there was a canon of the New Testament. In the late 4th century, two councils (Carthage and Hippo) of the Catholic Church defined the books that would be in the New Testament and the order of the books. The councils decided on 27 books to include. They had over 300 to review. Some were obviously not inspired. But the councils included a few books that many had thought were not inspired. They excluded some that many had thought were inspired. The canon of the New Testament is Sacred Tradition from those two councils.

    The author of this article does not understand the difference between traditions of God and traditions of man.

    Before the canon of the New Testament, almost all teaching was oral. Most people couldn’t read and had to be taught orally. This was true even up until the invention of the printing press. During that eleven hundred years, monks made hand copies of the Bible. It took a monk over two years to make a hand-written copy. So copies were very hard to come by. But the church preserved the Bible. It is her book. But it is not the sole rule of faith. It doesn’t claim to be.

    Luther had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother and prayed the rosary daily. He believed in her perpetual virginity, her Immaculate Conception and her Assumption. Just because these doctrines were not formally pronounced does not mean they were not believed and passed down as oral teaching. Calvin, Knox (and two hundred years later) the Wesleys believed all the Marian doctrines. It’s only been in the two hundred years and especially the last one hundred that protestants abandoned Mary.

    • dlundy1

      FORMERLYLIB: “Before the canon of the New Testament, almost all teaching was oral. Most people couldn’t read and had to be taught orally. This was true even up until the invention

      of the printing press.”

      MOD: This too is also false. When Jesus was teaching in the TEMPLE, he READ from the Scroll. (Luke 4:17)

      The early Christians were very educated, thus they were able to read and write letters to and fro.

      Maybe you are referencing some of the ENGLISH Christians — But the bible had already been out and moving long before England.

      • FormerlyLib

        Jesus did read from the Pentatuch in the temple – as all Jewish men did.

        The rest of his ministry was all preaching and teaching. He never wrote anything down nor commanded anyone to write anything down. Jesus said to go forth and TEACH all nations. He never said anything about writing a New Testament bible or only following one.

        The entire “Acts of the Apostles” is preaching and teaching and apostolic succession. People were Christian and saved without any Bible books written for many years as described in Acts. And people were taught and saved for hundreds of years before the canon of the New Testament was defined. And people were saved for over a thousand years when copies of the Bible were so scarce that most people only saw one in church. Jesus did not leave everyone adrift until people could “read”. You are in error when you say the early Christians were educated. They were not. Only about 1% of the population could read or write throughout much of history because there very few books to read. People had to be read to and taught orally.

        Jesus founded a church to teach and guide them. That was his mission: to found a church which gave us the Bible.

        You are closed minded to history of the apostolic church. But I hope one thing you never do is ever say: “Call no man father” again.

    • dlundy1

      FORMERLYLIB: “There was a church for over 350 years before there was a canon of the New Testament.”

      MOD: This is a Lie, if it were true — this would mean that it was not MATTHEW who wrote the Book of “Matthew” and it was not JOHN who wrote the book of “John” and it was not LUKE

      who wrote the book of “Luke”.

      This was a lie created to force people into SUBMITTING the translation and interpretations of the Bible and its scriptures to “Holy Men” who would teach them. Just another method of Control.
      This is why even today most Catholics don’t actually read the bible — they are trusting the catholic CHURCH to make all decisions, but are too ignorant of the actual text to realize that the

      Catholic church is not even FOLLOWING the bible.

      This was the CAUSE of the different denominations! People began to realize that the Catholic church was FALSIFYING doctrine and adding (as well as removing) passages as they saw fit.
      Therefore when the Bible actually began to be printed, people began reading it for themselves.

      But the Catholic Church did not like this so they started burning bibles, PERSECUTING, and KILLING the Christians who would not accept their interpretation of the Bible (The Inquisition)

      • FormerlyLib

        The books of the Bible were written as said. But there were over 300 books that people were thinking might be inspired in the first 350 years of the church. The church defined what books would be in the Bible and the order of the books. The Bible came from the Catholic church. The church did not come from the Bible.

        The church did burn bibles that were horrible translations or had awful footnotes. You will not find any of the bibles burned around today. They were such terrible translations. It was Luther who altered the Old Testament and tried to alter the New after the Bible had been in existence for over eleven hundred years.

        At daily mass including Sundays over a three year period, the entire New Testament and much of the Old is read at mass in the Catholic Church. (The homily must reference the scripture in some way.)At a protestant church, the minister may be hung up on “Revelations” or some book and that is almost all his people will hear preached on for years.

        A protestant minister who was studying the Catholic Church went to a daily mass and was stunned. He thought: They read more scripture at a weekday mass then we do at a Sunday Service. And he noted the prayers were soaked with Biblical language. That minister was Dr. Scott Hahn who wrote (with his wife Kimberly) “Rome, Sweet Home” about his journey from being an anti-Catholic protestant minister to a Catholic convert.

        The church never ever executed anyone for reading the Bible. That is a lie. But there has been nothing but chaos since people could read and began private interpretation of the bible which the bible forbids. God did not leave his people adrift for 1500 years when people were almost all illiterate. Jesus provided the church as guide.

        Your history is sorely lacking. The Spanish Inquisition was an attempt to get the Moors out of Spain. The state went after those who were actually Muslim or Jews and were pretending to be Christian. Most of those accused wanted to be heard by the church because the church recommended anathema for them (banishment). The state executed. In the first three hundred years of the Spanish Inquisition, there were two thousand convictions. Spain burned most of the these in effigy because they had already fled Spain.One place where Protestantism never took hold at all was Spain. So no one was ever executed for “reading” the bible. You wouldn’t have the Bible if the church had not preserved it for all the years until the invention of the printing press.

        • Johnny

          “The church never ever executed anyone for reading the Bible.”

          Tyndale? Oh wait, he translated the Bible into a readable language and they killed him for that.

    • dlundy1

      FORMERLYLIB: Jesus didn’t teach Sola Scriptura. Paul did not. The Bible does not teach it. It was a totally new invention in the sixteenth century and has obviously been a dismal

      failure.

      MOD: If “Sola Scripture” is the belief that the BIBLE contains everything necessary for Salvation — Then Jesus DID teach it!

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

      ALL that is needed for Salvation can be summed up in LESS than a paragraph!
      Catholicism teaches you that you must DO this and DO that — prayers, MASS, etc.

      They add another BARRIER between the people and Salvation. this is exactly what Jesus taught AGAINST.

      (Luke 11:46 ERV) Jesus answered, “It will be bad for you, you experts in the law! You make strict rules that are very hard for people to obey. You try to force others to obey your rules. But you

      yourselves don’t even try to follow any of those rules.

      In fact, Catholicism forbids the priests to MARRY, a burden that God never commanded for them.
      The bible even foretold of this

      (1 Timothy 4:1) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

      (1 Timothy 4:2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

      (1 Timothy 4:3) FORBIDDING TO MARRY, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

      • FormerlyLib

        No one is forbidden to marry in the church. Indeed there were heresies where people were “forbidden” to marry. A priest freely and willingly takes a vow of chastity. It is a discipline of the Western Rite of the Catholic Church. There are 22 Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church (small in numbers) where the priests choose to marry or be celibate before ordination.

        There is ordinariate for Anglican priests who convert to Catholicism to appeal to Rome through their Bishop to ask for ordination. They usually need about a year of study and are ordained. Theses men are almost all married. There is a smaller number of Lutheran ministers who are ordained and are married. Most other ministers who convert talk of the struggles of their wives and children and choose to ask for ordination but server in other ways.

        Jesus and Paul were the examples for celibacy. Jesus said that some choose to be eunuchs for the kingdom and that it was good. Paul said it was better for those unmarried to remain unmarried like him because a married men had to be concerned with family and that interfered with serving God.

        You showed nothing with a few scriptural quotes that the Bible teaches to only go by the Bible. It does not. Sola Scriptura was invented in the sixteenth century by Luther to promote his new theology. It was virtually unheard of before that.

    • dlundy1

      FORMERLYLIB: The Bible alone???? “Sola Scriptura was invented by a man in the sixteenth century. It was unheard of before then. We have gone from several reformers to over 33,000

      protestant denominations all believing vastly different things about major issues and all claiming to be based “solely on the Bible”.”

      MOD: This is deceptively false.

      “Sola Scriptura” is the belief that the Bible contains all the information that is necessary for salvation. But the Bible is NOT just 1 book by 1 Author
      — It is the accumulation of 66 books written by many different people who are all pointing to the same thing — JESUS CHRIST. The author and FINISHER of our Faith.

      There is only ONE way that mankind can be saved — through Jesus Christ. (Not Virgin Mary)

      (Acts 4:10-11) 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.

      (Acts 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

      But concerning your comment on the different denominations, they do NOT believe “Vastly different things about Major Issues” — they believe Vastly the SAME things with minor disagreements.

      For Example: They all believe that there is but ONE GOD and That Jesus is The Lamb of God who takes away the Sin of the world — ANYTHING that Challenges this is not TRUE Christianity.

      And just because an organization CLAIMS to be based on the bible doesn’t mean that they really are — take Catholicism for example.
      Jesus tells his disciples to call NO MAN your (spiritual) father upon the earth (Matt 23:9) — But Catholicism teaches you to do that anyway!

      • FormerlyLib

        You are being very deceptive if you think that “praying in tongues” is what separates Christians. They are divided on the divinity of Christ, the Trinity, if the Holy Spririt proceeds from the father and the son or not, infant Baptism, the number of sacraments (if any). These are very major issues. All claim to be Christians and based solely on the Bible. They can’t all be right and they are not.

        I have been waiting to respond to you so I could the verses about father in the Bible and spiritual fatherhood. When someone throws out “Call no man father”, I know they are pulling verses out of the Bible and never looking at surrounding verses or context. Call no man father is almost laughable.

        What did Jesus call Abraham in Luke 16:24?

        What did Paul refer to himself as in 1 Cor 4:15?

        How is Abraham addressed in Acts 7:2?

        How are the Christian leaders addressed in 1 john 2:13

        How does Paul refer to Isaac in Romans 9:10?

        Who are we to Honor in the commandments.

        The answer is “FATHER”

        What Christ is saying is give no man greater honor than “God”. Spiritual fatherhood and Physical fathers are referenced addressed all over the Bible. Your interpretation falls apart as it contradicts many other verses in the bible.

        Jesus also says in the passage you reference to call no man teacher or master. Doctor (which many protestans call their clergy) is from Latin for teacher. Mister and mistress are forms of master. Guess you must be running out of things to call people. Reverend (which many protestants call their clergy) is not scriptural at all.

        Jesus was using hyperbole to say to give no man greater honor than to God. What do you call the man who sired you? My bet is it’s “my father”.

        Jesus called Elijah and his spiritual ancestors “My fathers!” Paul says “I became your father through the gospel” which is where Catholics take it to call priests father (our fathers in the gospel). As I pointed out above, the whole New Testament is full of examples of spiritual fatherhood and calling men father and Peter, Paul, and John referring to their children or sons – which I can list for you if you’d like. You hold yourself up to laughter when you say “Call no man father” and expect to be taken seriously.

        You depend on the Bible (with the New Testament canon given to you by two councils of the Catholic church) and just pull out verses to support just about anything. The Bible does not define itself. The canon of the Bible was put together by men.

        • dlundy1

          Of course Jesus wasn’t saying that LITERALLY he was saying don’t do so SPIRITUALLY.

          Don’t call anyone your SPIRITUAL father, because only GOD is your spiritual father.

          I am actually shocked that you took the time to write 3 paragraphs on something I agree with you about.

          BUT — When Catholics say “Father” they are saying it to the priest and therefore giving themselves into SPIRITUAL submission to that priest.

          When Paul spoke to the churches, he called himself their father FIGURATIVELY because he had brought them to Christ — but they didn’t literally go around calling him “Father” — that is the difference between them and Catholics.

          When Jesus called his ancestors “Fathers” who was doing so in a NATURAL sense — not a SPIRITUAL sense. Those were literally his relatives.

          When you call your priest father, Is it Literal or Spiritual?

          When Jesus said call no man upon the earth your father — He meant in a SPIRITUAL sense. not literal.

    • dlundy1

      FORMERLYLIB: “Mary is not a mediator between God and man. She is an intercessor.”

      MOD: Maybe you should read your comment again, you are contradicting yourself.
      You say that Mary is not a Mediator between God and Man, but she IS an Intercessor?

      Who is she Interceding FOR? (Man)
      Well who is she Interceding TO? (God)

      So she is an Intercessor to God FOR man? This is the same as a mediator.

      FURTHERMORE, Who is Mary that she can make Intercession for Humanity? Is She not a SINNER in need of salvation just as the rest of us?
      (If you say that she is not, you make God a Liar — Romans 3:23/1 John 1:9-10)

      The bible CLEARLY tells us that there are only TWO who makes Intercession for humanity… Jesus Christ, and The HOLY SPIRIT.

      (Romans 8:26) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself MAKETH INTERCESSION for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

      (Romans 8:34) Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also MAKETH INTERCESSION for us.

      • FormerlyLib

        Do you ask anyone here on earth to pray for you when you are in need of prayers? If you do, then that person is praying to God for you and is an intercessor. I have never know a Christian who did not ask friends, relatives, and fellow Christians to pray for them when they were in need. That is the communion of saints here on earth. The saints who have gone before us are in heaven.

        However, since Luther threw out books from the Old Testament that recognized the prayers of the saints and angels, many Christians miss the meaning of the Communion of Saints. Some still profess belief in it by the Apostles and Nicene Creeds, many miss the understanding of that great cloud of witnesses (mentioned in Hebrews 12:1) praying for us in heaven. When Jesus was transfigured, he showed that the Old Testament prophets were alive and able to communicate from the beyond.

        BTW: No Catholic is required to pray to the saints of they do not feel comfortable with the communion of saints.

        • dlundy1

          Yes I have asked friends to pray for me, But I have NEVER prayed in the NAME of my friend NOR have I prayed TO my friends.

          Can you say the same about your relationship with “Mother Mary”?

    • dlundy1

      FORMERLYLIB: This article has totally distorted what Pope Francis tweeted into the “worship” of Mary.

      MOD: According to Google, The Definition of “Worship” is the following…
      “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.”

      Therefore the reverence and exaltation of the human MARY is indeed WORSHIP whether you choose to call it that or not.

      • FormerlyLib

        Mary is not a deity. She is not God. Therefore, it is wrong to say Mary is worshiped.

        But you must watch how the word “worship” has changed in English as all words do. In many parts of the United Kingdom, mayors and councilors were addressed as “Your Worship”. This is still true today. Many have dropped it. But not all. These men were not considered “gods” but persons worthy of respect and honor. Those who do not understand how words can change over time or be distorted are doomed to ignorance.

        • dlundy1

          A person doesn’t have to be a “deity” to be worshiped my friend, COWS were worshiped in the old testament.

          Likewise, Mary is being worshiped.

          I suggest you Google the definition of worship.

  • FormerlyLib

    This article has totally distorted what Pope Francis tweeted into the “worship” of Mary. The author knows very little of Catholic doctrine and how it has developed and is promulgated and obviously not much about church history. Mary is not a mediator between God and man. She is an intercessor.

    The Bible alone???? Sola Scriptura was invented by a man in the sixteenth century. It was unheard of before then. We have gone from several reformers to over 33,000 protestant denominations all believing vastly different things about major issues and all claiming to be based “solely on the Bible”. Jesus didn’t teach Sola Scriptura. Paul did not. The Bible does not teach it. It was a totally new invention in the sixteenth century and has obviously been a dismal failure. Jesus never wrote anything down nor did he command anyone to. He founded a church and said to go forth and teach and baptize. (The Bible itself says not everything was written down.)

    Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 3:15 that the pillar and foundation of truth is the church. Paul also says in 2 Thessalonians 2:15 to stand fast and hold on to the traditions I have taught you by word of mouth or by letter. There was a church for over 350 years before there was a canon of the New Testament. In the late 4th century, two councils (Carthage and Hippo) of the Catholic Church defined the books that would be in the New Testament and the order of the books. The councils decided on 27 books to include. They had over 300 to review. Some were obviously not inspired. But the councils included a few books that many had thought were not inspired. They excluded some that many had thought were inspired. The canon of the New Testament is Sacred Tradition from those two councils.

    The author of this article does not understand the difference between traditions of God and traditions of man.

    Before the canon of the New Testament, almost all teaching was oral. Most people couldn’t read and had to be taught orally. This was true even up until the invention of the printing press. During that eleven hundred years, monks made hand copies of the Bible. It took a monk over two years to make a hand-written copy. So copies were very hard to come by. But the church preserved the Bible. It is her book. But it is not the sole rule of faith. It doesn’t claim to be.

    Luther had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother and prayed the rosary daily. He believed in her perpetual virginity, her Immaculate Conception and her Assumption. Just because these doctrines were not formally pronounced does not mean they were not believed and passed down as oral teaching. Calvin, Knox (and two hundred years later) the Wesleys believed all the Marian doctrines. It’s only been in the two hundred years and especially the last one hundred that protestants abandoned Mary.

    • dlundy1

      FORMERLYLIB: “Before the canon of the New Testament, almost all teaching was oral. Most people couldn’t read and had to be taught orally. This was true even up until the invention of the printing press.”

      MOD: This too is also false. When Jesus was teaching in the TEMPLE, he READ from the Scroll. (Luke 4:17)

      The early Christians were very educated, thus they were able to read and write letters to and fro.

      Maybe you are referencing some of the ENGLISH Christians
      — But the bible had already been out and moving long before England even existed.

      • FormerlyLib

        Jesus did read from the Pentatuch in the temple – as all Jewish men who could read did.

        The rest of his ministry was all preaching and teaching. He never wrote anything down nor commanded anyone to write anything down. Jesus said to go forth and TEACH all nations. He never said anything about writing a New Testament bible or only following one.

        The entire “Acts of the Apostles” is preaching and teaching and apostolic succession. People were Christian and saved without any Bible books written for many years as described in Acts. And people were taught and saved for hundreds of years before the canon of the New Testament was defined. And people were saved for over a thousand years when copies of the Bible were so scarce that most people only saw one in church. Jesus did not leave everyone adrift until people could “read”. You are in error when you say the early Christians were educated. They were not. Only about 1% of the population could read or write throughout much of history because there very few books to read. People had to be read to and taught orally.

        Jesus founded a church to teach and guide them. That was his mission: to found a church which gave us the Bible.

        You are closed minded to history of the apostolic church. But I hope one thing you never do is ever say: “Call no man father” again.

    • dlundy1

      FORMERLYLIB: “There was a church for over 350 years before there was a canon of the New Testament.”

      MOD: This is a Lie, if it were true — this would mean that it was not MATTHEW who wrote the Book of “Matthew” and it was not JOHN who wrote the book of “John” and it was not LUKE

      who wrote the book of “Luke”.

      This was a lie created to force people into SUBMITTING the translation and interpretations of the Bible and its scriptures to “Holy Men” who would teach them. Just another method of Control.
      This is why even today most Catholics don’t actually read the bible — they are trusting the catholic CHURCH to make all decisions, but are too ignorant of the actual text to realize that the

      Catholic church is not even FOLLOWING the bible.

      This was the CAUSE of the different denominations! People began to realize that the Catholic church was FALSIFYING doctrine and adding (as well as removing) passages as they saw fit.
      Therefore when the Bible actually began to be printed, people began reading it for themselves.

      But the Catholic Church did not like this so they started burning bibles, PERSECUTING, and KILLING the Christians who would not accept their interpretation of the Bible (The Inquisition)

      • FormerlyLib

        The books of the Bible were written as said. But there were over 300 books that people were thinking might be inspired in the first 350 years of the church. The church defined what books would be in the Bible and the order of the books. The Bible came from the Catholic church. The church did not come from the Bible.

        The church did burn bibles that were horrible translations or had awful footnotes. You will not find any of the bibles burned around today. They were such terrible translations. It was Luther who altered the Old Testament and tried to alter the New after the Bible had been in existence for over eleven hundred years.

        At daily mass including Sundays over a three year period, the entire New Testament and much of the Old is read at mass in the Catholic Church. (The homily must reference the scripture in some way.)At a protestant church, the minister may be hung up on “Revelations” or some book and that is almost all his people will hear preached on for years.

        A protestant minister who was studying the Catholic Church went to a daily mass and was stunned. He thought: They read more scripture at a weekday mass then we do at a Sunday Service. And he noted the prayers were soaked with Biblical language. That minister was Dr. Scott Hahn who wrote (with his wife Kimberly) “Rome, Sweet Home” about his journey from being an anti-Catholic protestant minister to a Catholic convert.

        The church never ever executed anyone for reading the Bible. That is a lie. But there has been nothing but chaos since people could read and began private interpretation of the bible which the bible forbids. God did not leave his people adrift for 1500 years when people were almost all illiterate. Jesus provided the church as guide.

        Your history is sorely lacking. The Spanish Inquisition was an attempt to get the Moors out of Spain. The state went after those who were actually Muslim or Jews and were pretending to be Christian. Most of those accused wanted to be heard by the church because the church recommended anathema for them (banishment). The state executed. In the first three hundred years of the Spanish Inquisition, there were two thousand convictions. Spain burned most of the these in effigy because they had already fled Spain.One place where Protestantism never took hold at all was Spain. So no one was ever executed for “reading” the bible. You wouldn’t have the Bible if the church had not preserved it for all the years until the invention of the printing press.

    • dlundy1

      FORMERLYLIB: Jesus didn’t teach Sola Scriptura. Paul did not. The Bible does not teach it. It was a totally new invention in the sixteenth century and has obviously been a dismal

      failure.

      MOD: If “Sola Scriptura” is the belief that the BIBLE contains everything necessary for Salvation — Then Jesus DID teach it!

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

      ALL that is needed for Salvation can be summed up in LESS than a paragraph!
      Catholicism teaches you that you must DO this and DO that — prayers, MASS, etc.

      They add another BARRIER between the people and Salvation. this is exactly what Jesus taught AGAINST.

      (Luke 11:46 ERV) Jesus answered, “It will be bad for you, you experts in the law! You make strict rules that are very hard for people to obey. You try to force others to obey your rules. But you yourselves don’t even try to follow any of those rules.

      In fact, Catholicism forbids the priests to MARRY, a burden that God never commanded for them.
      The bible even foretold of this

      (1 Timothy 4:1) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

      (1 Timothy 4:2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

      (1 Timothy 4:3) FORBIDDING TO MARRY, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

      • FormerlyLib

        No one is forbidden to marry in the church. Indeed there were heresies where people were “forbidden” to marry. A priest freely and willingly takes a vow of chastity. It is a discipline of the Western Rite of the Catholic Church. There are 22 Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church (small in numbers) where the priests choose to marry or be celibate before ordination.

        There is ordinariate for Anglican priests who convert to Catholicism to appeal to Rome through their Bishop to ask for ordination. They usually need about a year of study and are ordained. Theses men are almost all married. There is a smaller number of converted Lutheran ministers who are ordained and are married. Most other ministers who convert talk of the struggles of their wives and children and choose not to ask for ordination but serve in other ways.

        Jesus and Paul were the examples for celibacy. Jesus said that some choose to be eunuchs for the kingdom and that it was good. Paul said it was better for those unmarried to remain unmarried like him because a married men had to be concerned with family and that interfered with serving God.

        You showed nothing with a few scriptural quotes to prove that the Bible teaches to only go by the Bible. It does not. Sola Scriptura was invented in the sixteenth century by Luther to promote his new theology. It was virtually unheard of before that.

    • dlundy1

      FORMERLYLIB: The Bible alone???? “Sola Scriptura was invented by a man in the sixteenth century. It was unheard of before then. We have gone from several reformers to over 33,000

      protestant denominations all believing vastly different things about major issues and all claiming to be based “solely on the Bible”.”

      MOD: This is deceptively false.

      “Sola Scriptura” is the belief that the Bible contains all the information that is necessary for salvation.
      But the Bible is NOT just 1 book by 1 Author

      — It is the accumulation of 66 books written by many different people who are all pointing to the same thing — JESUS CHRIST. The author and FINISHER of our Faith.

      There is only ONE way that mankind can be saved — through Jesus Christ. (Not Virgin Mary)

      (Acts 4:10-11) 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.

      (Acts 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

      But concerning your comment on the different denominations, they do NOT believe “Vastly different things about Major Issues” — they believe Vastly the SAME things with minor disagreements.

      For Example: Some believe that its ok to pray in tongues while others do not.

      But They ALL believe that there is but ONE GOD and That Jesus is The Lamb of God who takes away the Sin of the world — ANYTHING that Challenges this is not TRUE Christianity.

      And just because an organization CLAIMS to be based on the bible doesn’t mean that they really are
      — take Catholicism for example.

      Jesus tells his disciples to call NO MAN your (spiritual) father upon the earth (Matt 23:9)
      — But Catholicism teaches you to do that anyway! (Who cares what the bible says)

      God Fearing Christians care what the Bible has to say because it is what GOD has to say,
      and we refuse to entrust our Salvation to an individual who is not even being LEAD by the Bible.
      (such as the Pope)

      • FormerlyLib

        You are being very deceptive if you think that “praying in tongues” is what separates Christians. They are divided on the divinity of Christ, the Trinity, if the Holy Spririt proceeds from the father and the son or not, infant Baptism, the number of sacraments (if any). These are very major issues. All claim to be Christians and based solely on the Bible. They can’t all be right and they are not.

        I have been waiting to respond to you so I could gather some verses about father in the Bible and spiritual fatherhood. When someone throws out “Call no man father”, I know they are pulling verses out of the Bible and never looking at surrounding verses or context. Call no man father is almost laughable.

        What did Jesus call Abraham in Luke 16:24?

        What did Paul refer to himself as in 1 Cor 4:15?

        How is Abraham addressed in Acts 7:2?

        How are the Christian leaders addressed in 1 john 2:13

        How does Paul refer to Isaac in Romans 9:10?

        Who are we to Honor in the commandments.

        The answer is “FATHER”

        What Christ is saying is give no man greater honor than “God”. Spiritual fatherhood and physical fathers are referenced addressed all over the Bible. Your interpretation falls apart as it contradicts many other verses in the bible.

        Jesus also says in the passage you reference to call no man teacher or master. Doctor (which many protestants call their clergy) is from Latin for teacher. Mister and mistress are forms of master. Guess you must be running out of things to call people. Reverend (which many protestants call their clergy) is not scriptural at all.

        Jesus was using hyperbole to say to give no man greater honor than to God. What do you call the man who sired you? My bet is it’s “my father”.

        Jesus called Elijah and his spiritual ancestors “My fathers!” Paul says “I became your father through the gospel” which is where Catholics take it to call priests father (our fathers in the gospel). As I pointed out above, the whole New Testament is full of examples of spiritual fatherhood and calling men father and Peter, Paul, and John referring to their children or sons when referring to people who are not their actual children but are spiritual children. You hold yourself up to laughter when you say “Call no man father” and expect to be taken seriously.

        You depend on the Bible (with the New Testament canon given to you by two councils of the Catholic church) and just pull out verses to support just about anything. The Bible does not define itself. The canon of the Bible was put together by men.

        • dlundy1

          Of course Jesus wasn’t saying that LITERALLY he was saying don’t do so SPIRITUALLY.

          Don’t call anyone your SPIRITUAL father, because only GOD is your spiritual father.

          I am actually shocked that you took the time to write 3 paragraphs on something I agree with you about.

          BUT — When Catholics say “Father” they are saying it to the priest and therefore giving themselves into SPIRITUAL submission to that priest.

          When Paul spoke to the churches, he called himself their father FIGURATIVELY because he had brought them to Christ — but they didn’t literally go around calling him “Father” — that is the difference between them and Catholics.

          When Jesus called his ancestors “Fathers” who was doing so in a NATURAL sense — not a SPIRITUAL sense. Those were literally his relatives.

          When you call your priest father, Is it Literal or Spiritual?

          When Jesus said call no man upon the earth your father — He meant in a SPIRITUAL sense. not literal.

    • dlundy1

      FORMERLYLIB: “Mary is not a mediator between God and man. She is an intercessor.”

      MOD: Maybe you should read your comment again, you are contradicting yourself.
      You say that Mary is not a Mediator between God and Man, but she IS an Intercessor?

      Who is she Interceding FOR? (Man)
      Well who is she Interceding TO? (God)

      So she is an Intercessor to God FOR man?
      This is the same as a mediator.

      FURTHERMORE, Who is Mary that she can make Intercession for Humanity?

      Isn’t she a SINNER in need of salvation just as the rest of us?

      (If you say that she is not, you make God a Liar — Romans 3:23/ 1 John 1:9-10)

      The bible CLEARLY tells us that there are only TWO who makes Intercession for humanity… Jesus Christ, and The HOLY SPIRIT.

      (Romans 8:26) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself MAKETH INTERCESSION for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

      (Romans 8:34) Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also MAKETH INTERCESSION for us.

      • FormerlyLib

        Do you ask anyone here on earth to pray for you when you are in need of prayers? If you do, then that person is praying to God for you and is an intercessor. I have never know a Christian who did not ask friends, relatives, and fellow Christians to pray for them when they were in need. That is the communion of saints here on earth. The saints who have gone before us are in heaven.

        However, since Luther threw out books from the Old Testament that recognized the prayers of the saints and angels, many Christians miss the meaning of the Communion of Saints. Some still profess belief in it by the Apostles and Nicene Creeds, many miss the understanding of that great cloud of witnesses (mentioned in Hebrews 12:1) praying for us in heaven. When Jesus was transfigured, he showed that the Old Testament prophets were alive and able to communicate from the beyond.

        BTW: No Catholic is required to pray to the saints (asking for their intercession) if they do not feel comfortable with the communion of saints.

        • dlundy1

          Yes I have asked friends to pray for me, But I have NEVER prayed in the NAME of my friend NOR have I prayed TO my friends.

          Can you say the same about your relationship with “Mother Mary”?

        • Johnny

          The prayers of living saints work for me, frankly.

    • dlundy1

      FORMERLYLIB: This article has totally distorted what Pope Francis tweeted into the “worship” of Mary.

      MOD: According to Google, The Definition of “Worship” is the following…
      “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.”

      Therefore the reverence and exaltation of the human MARY is indeed WORSHIP whether you choose to call it that or not.

      • FormerlyLib

        Mary is not a deity. She is not God. Therefore, it is wrong to say Mary is worshiped.

        But you must watch how the word “worship” has changed in English as all words do. In many parts of the United Kingdom, mayors and councilors were addressed as “Your Worship”. This is still true today. Many have dropped it. But not all. These men were not considered “gods” but persons worthy of respect and honor. Those who do not understand how words can change over time or be distorted are doomed to ignorance.

        • dlundy1

          A person doesn’t have to be a “deity” to be worshiped my friend, COWS were worshiped in the old testament.

          Likewise, Mary is being worshiped.

          I suggest you Google the definition of worship.

        • George lambrou

          Your response is illogical. You are playing on words, and not very well. Anything can be worshipped……and sadly is.

          • FormerlyLib

            This response makes no sense. If you completely read and understood what I was replying to, you should be able to understand what I was saying.

    • George lambrou

      Catholics pray to, and venerate Mary. She is a vital part in forgiveness of sin, and in salvation theology. None of this is scriptural. And most certainly Mary was a sinner, just like you and I. Mary cannot save you on your deathbed.

      • George lambrou

        Must add that Mary is treated much more than an ‘intercessor’. She is deified. She is not sinless and she did not ascend into Heaven. Pure blasphemy. Furthermore, you don’t need wuth which to mindlessly chatter nonsense….you are not pleasing God with this. Can you imagine. He sends His Son to die in the cross for you, so that you can go directly to Him in prayer, and you say….”No thanks….I’d rather chant gibberish to .Mary.

  • Mahboob Khan

    According to Google, The Definition of “Worship” is the following…
    “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.”

    Therefore the reverence and exaltation of the mother of Jesus Isa, Meryam (in Qur’aan) or Mary (in the Bible), is indeed WORSHIP whether you choose to call it that or not.

    In this background and taking Pope Francis quote in consideration, “Christians who do not worship Mary are Orphans”, Qur’aan is spot on when Allah stated more than 1400 years ago:

    5.116 “And [beware the Day] when Allah will say, “O Isa/Jesus, Son of Meryam/Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah ?'” He will say, “Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen.

    5.117. I said not to them except what You commanded me – to worship Allah , my Lord and your Lord. And I was a witness over them as long as I was among them; but when You took me up, You were the Observer over them, and You are, over all things, Witness.” Masha’Allah.

    It is clear that in the past and in the present, Christians, or a sect of Christians, did take the mother of Isa Jesus, Meryam/Mary, as deity god, besides Allah. The reason I quoted this because many Christians in our debates said that the quoted verses of Qur’aan were in error.

    Subhan’Allah.

  • Mahboob Khan

    According to Google, The Definition of “Worship” is the following…
    “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.”

    Therefore the reverence and exaltation of the mother of Jesus Isa, Meryam (in Qur’aan) or Mary (in the Bible), is indeed WORSHIP whether you choose to call it that or not.

    In this background and taking Pope Francis quote in consideration, “Christians who do not worship Mary are Orphans”, Qur’aan is spot on when Allah stated more than 1400 years ago:

    5.116 “And [beware the Day] when Allah will say, “O Isa/Jesus, Son of Meryam/Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah ?'” He will say, “Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen.

    5.117. I said not to them except what You commanded me – to worship Allah , my Lord and your Lord. And I was a witness over them as long as I was among them; but when You took me up, You were the Observer over them, and You are, over all things, Witness.” Masha’Allah.

    It is clear that in the past and in the present, Christians, or a sect of Christians, did take the mother of Isa Jesus, Meryam/Mary, as deity god, besides Allah. The reason I quoted this because many Christians in our debates said that the quoted verses of Qur’aan were in error.

    Subhan’Allah.

  • Johnny

    Spirit of anitchrist is alive and well in this false teacher…

  • jenny_brn

    Why does God come in three fragments? Why not five or seven or one or ten? Why does God play a funny game sending himself to earth. Whence came The Holy Spirit? I thought The Holy Spirit could be replaced by The Holy Mother. That would make for a coherent family. No?

    • George lambrou

      You sound under the influence. I’m sorry, but you do…lol

  • wesley5150

    Great article! I completely agree!

  • George lambrou

    Great article. The pope is just a man….no more holy than you and I. The Bible says we have all sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. How these Catholic ‘scholars’ can pervert the Bible like this is beyond me. Jesus came to earth to die for our sins. Because of His Sacrifice, we go directly to Him when we have sinned and ask for forgiveness. You don’t need Mary or a priest to absolve your sins. That was why He died on the cross, so that He could be your bridge to God. No one can ex communicate you from God….and no one is infallible….except for God Himself. There is zero Scripture to justify the existence of a pope….let alone apostolic succession….which is so ridiculous and manmade that it’s actually sacrilege of the worstkind. I was raised Greek Orthodox, and now attend a loving , balanced Pentecistal Church. I use the brain that God gave me to think critically, and the Holy Spirit who lives inside me to guide me into all truth. Some traditions can be lovely, but they must line up with Scripture on the major tenets of our Faith. These are non negotiable. I’m sure the pope is a good man….but we are to worship God, not man.

  • rianne

    WORSHIPPING IDOLS, ICONS AND IMAGES VIOLATES THE 2ND COMMANDMENT.

    FACT: Catholics regularly bow down to idols, icons and images of Jesus, Mary and the apostles, kissing the feet of the statues and praying to them. Now Catholics get very upset when you accuse them of worshipping Mary. They deny they are worshipping Mary with loud illogical and irrational protests. What these need to understand, is that the Bible teaches that WE ONLY PRAY TO DEITY and Christians considers it paganism and polytheism to pray to anyone EXCEPT the Father, Son or Holy Spirit. So while Catholics pray to Mary, they fail to comprehend that only deity is to be prayed to, and this is the underlying reason why non-Catholics correctly lay the charge they worship Mary AND ALL THE SAINT, they pray to. The Bible clearly teaches that all dead humans, though conscious in the spirit world, are unable to know anything, much less hear prayers addressed to them. Bowing down to icons and kissing them etc. so closely resemble idol worship it is actually shocking that any Roman Catholic would attempt to defend the practice. But again, they simply do the practice but deny it is worship. To illustrate the point, Muslim deny they are worshipping the moon god as their “Allah” as moon worship is even condemned in the Koran. But the fact of history is that Muhammad rid the Kaaba in Mecca of the 365 gods inside the cubical building, but retained the one on the roof known as the moon god “Hubal”. Muhammad simply took the moon god from the roof, denied it was the moon god and called Hubal “Allah”. The historical vestage of this origin is confirmed in that every mosque in the world has a crescent moon on the roof… just like the original Hubal moon god on the roof of the Kaaba. Muslims get mad when you point out that Allah is really the moon god and Catholics get mad when you point out they are worshipping the Mary and the saints when they pray to them. When a child stands in the middle of a room and puts his hand over his eyes and says, “you can’t see me”, that doesn’t mean they are invisible, except in the mind of the child. Roman Catholics put their hands over their eyes and say, “We do no worship idols and we do not consider praying to Mary and act of worship”. Saying so doesn’t make it so. Roman Catholic apologists who harshly criticize protestants who accuse them of worshipping idols and Mary need to take a close look in the mirror and be honest with reality. At the very least, they could tone down their ranting against protestants “misrepresenting Catholic faith” with a bit of self-reflection and a good history lesson.

    NOTE: The Pope deleted the 2nd of the 10 commandments so they could use statues & images in worship. They split the 10th commandment on coveting into two commandments so they could still have 10 in number. Don’t believe this? Look at the list of 10 commandments published by the Roman Catholic church! The issue here is not how the Ten Commandments are numbered, rather the issue is that most published lists of the 10 commandments do not include the words, “you shall not for yourself an idol”. Open your Catholic Bible and look for yourself!
    Question #1: DOES THE 2ND COMMANDMENT APPROVE OF BOWING DOWN AND KISSING IDOLS?

    ANSWER 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them.” Exodus 20:4-5

    • George

      Where you fail is understanding what an idol is and what idol worshiping is. The Old Testament is clear on this subject. Ever hear of someone carrying a rabbits foot for good luck? That is closer to idol worship than bowing in pray to God while standing near a statue. The statue is nothing but a porcelain reminder of someone. No one worships it. Are Japanese worshiping each other when they bow? No. Are the Queens subjects worshiping her when they bow or kneel before her? No. Did not God command Moses to make a covering for the ark with two angels? Did not God also order Moses to make a bronze figure of a snake on a pole for people to LOOK at to be healed? You don’t understand God at all. You are simply Catholicphobic.

  • George

    I stopped reading at your first conjecture: Pope Francis is essentially saying… “Essentially saying”, is another way for you to put words in the mouth of another. I’ve been a Catholic a long time (also Baptist, Methodist and more) and have visited many Catholic churches and have yet to see anyone worship a statue or pray to it. Anyone who bows to anything in the church is (in their mind and heart) bowing to God the Creator, not a man made piece of porcelain. The Church teaches that idolatry is wrong and against God just as Deut 4:8-9 states. You are just like many in the world, ignorant and guilty of having a lack of information and are Catholicphobic. Catholics use the New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) which has ALL of the commandments just like any other bible. In fact, there aren’t just 10, but up to 14 depending on how you read it. Not one single original bible text lists the commandments by numbers or even refers to them by number. And don’t try to use the Catechism of the Catholic Church as that is NOT a bible and if you look in the index you will find it does indeed refer to Deut 4 about idolatry and bowing down to idols.

  • Deon makes a strong case. Those in opposition might be suffering from cognitive dissonance.

    WHY JESUS? WHAT IS THE TRUE GOSPEL? HERE IS THE ONLY GOSPEL FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD