The Roman Catholic Church versus the Bible:
How does the doctrine, ideology, teachings and worship of the Roman Catholic Church differ\compare from that which is in the Bible, the Word of God?
Here is a list that will show how the Catholic Church differs from the Bible:
1. The Authority of the Bible.
2. The Role of the Pope.
3. The Role of the Church.
4. The Role of the Priest.
5. The Role of the Sacraments.
6. The Role of Purgatory.
7. The Role of Worship.
8. The Role of Ecumenism.
The abbreviation of RCC used in the writings stands for Roman Catholic Church.
1. The Authority of the Bible:
The RCC discourages the normal church-goer to not read or study the Bible on their own, as this can lead to confusion and misinterpretation. They must rather depend on priestly guidance, because the RCC alone has the ability to interpret the Bible correctly. They see the Church-tradition as important because it has the same authority as the Written Word.
The Bible is the total opposite regarding this, as the Bible commands the believer to read and study the Word of God to not be misled by any false teachings. In Acts 17:11, the Berean believers are praised because everything they heard was tested in accordance with the Bible. In 2 Timothy 2:15 the apostle Paul declares that each believer must study the Word, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Each believer by studying the Word must then be able to interpret the scriptures [by the Holy Spirit].
The Bible is very clear in its direction to the believer, under leadership and teaching of the Holy Spirit so that the Bible can be understood; not depending on people or any organisation [1 John 2:27; John14:26; 16:13-15].
Regarding Church-tradition Jesus said the following, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”, Matthew 15:8-9. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ”. The whole Bible, Old and New Testaments are God inspired literature, 2Timothy 3:16.
The Bible can be divided into 8 categories:
The Old Testament:
1. Genesis - Deuteronomy: The Law.
2. Joshua - Esther: The history of God’s people, Israel [Their history already began with Abraham in Genesis 12]. These books were written so that we could learn about Israel’s history, [Romans 15:4; 1Corinthians 10:11].
3. Job – Song of Solomon: The literature of wisdom.
4. Isaiah – Malachi: the Prophets [Some Psalms also contain prophecies].
The New Testament:
5. Matthew - John: the gospels of Jesus Christ.
6. The Acts of the Apostles: The beginning of the Church of Jesus Christ.
7. Romans - Jude: the letters of the Apostles [Every teaching and doctrine must be based on the letters of the Apostles. We must read and study the rest of the Scriptures through the “glasses” of these writings; because:
a) Jesus gave the apostles the spiritual keys wherewith all doctrine must be realised. That which they [apostles] deemed as doctrine is binding\allowed\approved in heaven and on the earth. What they [apostles] did not deem as doctrine was disapproved, non-binding and disallowed in heaven and on the earth [Matthew 16:19; 18:18; John 20:23]. An example in scripture where the Apostles used these “keys” is found in Acts 15:28-29, where together with the Holy Spirit decided what was binding [regarding the Law of Moses] to the non-Jewish [gentiles] believers.
(b) Their letters is the foundation of the Church with Christ Himself as the Cornerstone [Ephesians 2:20-22].
(c) Jesus personally chose the apostles to begin His Church here on earth [1Corinthians 2:9-10; 4:1; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20].
(d) Jesus personally taught the apostles – also Paul [Luke 24: 44-45; Galatians 1:1, 11-12].
8. Revelation - Prophecy concerning the last days.
Note: If you understand the Bible but do not acknowledge it as the final authority in your life then you might as well stop reading it. If you do not understand your Bible, because you never had the opportunity to find out what is recorded therein, but do so wish, then now is the opportune time to start and find out for yourself about God’s wonderful Word, for you to experience the freedom in your life!
2. The role of the Pope:
The RCC declares the following concerning their Pope:
(a) That he alone is the representative [vicar] of Christ here on earth.
(b) That he [and each pope] is the successor of the Apostle Peter.
(c) That he is infallible, meaning he cannot make mistakes.
(d) That he is the Holy Father, the chief-leader [Pontiff Maximus] and the ultimate teacher.
The Representative in place of Christ:
According to the Bible this role at present is filled by the Holy Spirit. He is now in the place of Jesus, who is seated at the right hand of God, whereas He will return to earth sometime in the near future [John 16:7; 14:16-17; Acts 2:33; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 1:3; 10:12; 12:2; 1Peter 3:22].
The Pope lives in a palace and wears expensive official garments, while Jesus, who the pope says he represents said the following: “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head”, Luke 9:58
The successor of Peter:
The RCC says that Peter was the first Pope of the Church; and the authority given to him was carried over to all his successors, the Popes of the RCC. This authority includes the opening and locking of the gates of heaven, because the keys were given to him [the pope] so also the power of his role as the “rock” on which the Church is built.
Nowhere in the Bible does one read that Peter was the first pope. If this was supposedly true, why did the Apostle James sit in front [in the seat of authority] at the first council meeting of the elders in Acts 15 and not Peter? If Peter was the first pope why did he not occupy the position of authority? As concerns the “keys” of heaven, the Bible is very clear it is Jesus alone who has that privilege because, “He that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth”, Revelation 3:7.
The “keys” that have been given to the apostles is spiritual keys whereby doctrine is determined as we have already seen. As regards the “Rock” upon which the Church is built, is very clear that Jesus is the Rock [Psalms 144:1; Isaiah 30:29; 1 Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:4-8]. Peter’s name in the Greek means “Petros” which means small\little stone; whilst the word for rock in the Greek “Petra” always refers to a massive block [boulder if you like]. God never built His Church on a little stone, but on a Rock, namely Jesus Christ. He is the Head of His Body, the Church and no one else [Ephesians 1:10, 22; 4:15; 5:23; Colossians 1:18; 2:19].
The infallibility of the Pope:
The RCC says that when the Pope “speaks from the seat of Peter”, he cannot make a mistake and that which he decrees from this position never changes - it is irrevocable\irreversible.
The Bible declares that Jesus alone is infallible and the only sinless man who has ever lived. 2Corinthians 5:21 states, “For He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”. Christ was without sin, but God treated Him as sinner, so that we through oneness with Him through God might be set free – read also [Hebrews 4:15 and 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22 and 3:18].
Of all the other people the Bibles clearly states, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, Romans 3:23.
The different titles of the Pope:
Holy Father: “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven”, Matthew 23:9.
Pontiff Maximus which means, “Chief bridge-builder”. The Bible declares that Jesus Christ is the only way\bridge whereby a man can come to God the Father, John 14:6.
Chief teacher: The Bible declares: “But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren”, Matthew 23:8. The Holy Spirit also fulfils this role, 1 John 2:27.
Note: It is very clear that the role of the RCC Pope is totally unscriptural, as it differs completely as to what the Bible teaches about Church leadership.
3. The Role of the Church:
The RCC is of the opinion that she is the true Church on earth, and that it is through her alone that salvation can be gotten.
The Bible teaches us that salvation cannot be found anywhere and by anyone but through faith in Jesus Christ. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”, Acts 4:12 – also John 3:16; Romans 3:24; 5:1 and 9-11; Philippians 3:9.
“Church” is a collective name of the universal body of true believers [Ephesians 2:13-22; 4:3-6; 1Corinthians 12:12 & 13].
This Church exists out of all truly saved and born again believers across the whole globe, and is the body of Christ which was established through God Almighty on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, Acts 2. As already seen the teachings of the Apostles are the foundation and Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone and Head. This is the only true church on earth. Although the members of this body are not geographically together, they are still united as one through the Holy Spirit, by their faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ [Ephesians 4:3-6; 13; 15 & 16].
4. The Priestly office:
The RCC says that the priest’s office is separate from the normal church members [as it was practiced in the Old Testament Tabernacle and Temple worship] Priest are specially affirmed\inducted\initiated into their office; priests are never allowed to marry and must stay celibate\ and live sexually pure.
[Note: This is un-scriptural, as God created men to be pro-active sexually within the confines of marriage. That is why priests have been caught in abusive sexual sins. The RCC has been inundated with sexual incidents these past years]
The New Testament does not mention anywhere that a priestly office must be separate\apart from the normal church-member and to function as such. The New Testament tells us that all true believers [though their functions and responsibility differs within the body], and that Jesus Christ the High Priest is the Leader\Head thereof [Matthew 23:8-10]. All true believers in Christ are priest’s who offers spiritual offerings to God [1Peter 2:5]. These spiritual offerings include:
- Service and worship - Romans 12:1.
- A broken and contrite heart - Psalms 51:19.
- Obedience - 1 Samuel 15:22.
- Love and loyalty - Hosea 6:6.
- Thankfulness and praise - Hebrews 13:15.
- Prayer – Revelation 5:8; 8:3.
[The ritual of incense-offering as practiced by the RCC, is unscriptural because the use of incense-offering in the temple has been fulfilled in Christ Jesus as eternal High Priest, and the fact that He intercedes for us by the Father [Hebrews 2:17; 3:1; 5: 5, 10; 6:20; 7:16, 17, 24, 25; 8:1, 2]. For this reason it is no longer necessary for the priestly office as practiced by the RCC.
Concerning the induction\initiation of priests, the RCC says that the receiver of this office at this time receives a special godly anointing. This causes the priests to affectively do their work, despite the fact that whether he is morally competent or not. No personal sins disqualify him for service as priest, because he has received this godly anointing with his induction.
In the Bible we see the practice how that leaders and elders in the Church are separated for service [Mark 3:14; Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 2:7; 4:14].
Other than the RCC there are certain criteria for these leaders:
(a) They must adhere to certain moral and Biblical standards [1Timothy 3:1-7; 2 Timothy 2:2, 24; Titus 1:6-9; 2:7].
(b) Their behaviour and actions must be open for examination and correction [1 Timothy 5:19-20]. An example of this is dealt with in Galatians 2:11-14 when Peter was openly rebuked by Paul because of his actions in Antioch.
(c) They must at all times be exemplary at all levels before the sheep of God [1 Peter 5:3].
Concerning the celibacy lifestyle of priests in the RCC, nowhere in the Bible are pastors\ministers and leaders forbidden to marry and stay celibate. Most of Jesus’ apostles were married [Matthew 8:14; 1Corinthians 9:5 – Read also Hebrews 13:4]. Marriage is a holy institution by God Himself. Nowhere in the Bible does it mention that celibacy is a higher spiritual state than marriage. On the contrary, Paul calls this doctrine of celibacy “a doctrine of devils”, [1 Timothy 4:1-3], and he uses the institution of marriage as a type of relationship between Christ and His Bride the Church [Ephesians 5:25-28].
When a person decides out of his own because of his\her ministry not to marry God will give him\her the mercy\grace and strength to stay celibate, but no such duty is placed on anyone. The immorality that is happening within the RCC amongst priests is the result of this unscriptural covenant, versus the natural state of marriage. In the case of the priests the term celibate is not synonymous with being either chaste or pure.
It is very clear that the role of priests in the RCC is un-biblical, because it is contrary to what the New Testament teaches concerning leadership and priests.
5. The Role of the Sacraments:
The RCC teaches that the sacraments plays an essential role is the salvation of a soul. These sacraments are not merely symbols but are instruments whereby mercy unto salvation is found...
The Bible however teaches faith in Jesus Christ: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”, Ephesians 2:8; Colossians 1:13-14.
The seven sacraments of the RCC are “doors to salvation:
b. Confirmation [as member of the Church].
c. Holy Communion.
d. Confession and Penance.
e. Anointing of the sick.
f. Spiritual orders and works.
The RCC teaches that baptism [sprinkling of babies] washes the hereditary sins of Adam away, causing the recipient to be born-again; making him\her a child of God and a member of the church [RCC].
The Bible teaches exclusively that through the Blood of Jesus Christ we are cleansed from our sins [John 1:29, 1 John 1:7, 9] and it is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are born-again, and become a child of God and a member of the Body of Christ known as the true Church [John 3:3-8; John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26, 27; Ephesians 1:5].
Biblical baptism follows when a person has come to salvation and is an external sign\symbol of an internal spiritual cleansing that took place at salvation [Titus 3:5]. This is also symbolic by which the believer identifies him\herself with Christ’s death and resurrection [Romans 6:1-4; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12-13; 3:1-4].
The RCC teaches that the mercy and grace a person receives with baptism, is fulfilled\confirmed when the Bishop with confirmation of membership declares he\she has now received the Holy Spirit. The recipient is also at this time taught in the duties and privilege of Christian discipleship.
The Bible teaches that the believer receives the Holy Spirit as a free gift on him\her coming into salvation and faith in Jesus Christ. In Acts 2:38 Peter says: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Furthermore discipleship has nothing whatsoever to do with sacraments. Before Jesus ascended to Heaven He gave the command to His disciples, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”, Matthew 28:19. All that discipleship implies is instruction, strength and encouragement to those who are already through faith saved by Jesus Christ [Acts 14:21-22; 2 Timothy 3:16 and 4:2]
(c) Confession and Penance:
The RCC teaches that any sins committed after baptism, will be forgiven by the priest after confession has been made, and the prescribed penance has been done.
The Bible teaches us that sin committed by the believer is cleansed by the Blood of Jesus Christ of all sin and unrighteousness, and that it is only He who can save us from the punishment of sin [Romans 6:23; 1 John 1:9; 2:1- 2]. “[It was He] who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification”, Romans 4:25 but read also Acts 5:29-32; 13:38-39 and John 1:29.
Confession of sins is done only unto the Father and not to any man, and to want to pay the debt of our sins by ourselves is to bring the finished work of Calvary into dispute. We are made righteous and reconciled unto God only through Jesus Christ and the forgiveness and pardon of our sins is an authority that only He possesses [Matthew 9:6; Romans 5:1-2; 8:1-2; Colossians 1:13 & 14].
(d) Salvation through works:
The RCC teaches that a person can earn his\her salvation through doing good works. Obedience to the teachings of the Church [RCC] and participation of the sacraments is also works. Works of credibility can be spiritual or materialistic and can be beneficial to both the giver and the receiver. If the works are sufficient, it can lead to this person being totally free from the pain and of “purgatory”.
The Bible teaches that we are saved through faith and not by works [Ephesians 2:8-10]. Salvation is a gift from God that cannot be achieved from any type of good works\deeds. It is from our salvation as a free gift that good works\deeds flow. The believer does good works because he\she is saved not because they want to get saved by it [James 2:17]. The only thing that good works does is influence the rewards day in heaven, but it can never influence his\her salvation [1 Corinthians 3:14].
The RCC makes the marriage a sacrament whereby the Church is allowed jurisdiction over its members. They say that this sacrament [marriage] will only be accepted by God when it is administered\ordained by a priest.
The Bible tells us that marriage was ordained by God from the very first human parents [Genesis 2:24]. The marriage union is made holy by God and used by Him to equate His relationship between Israel, and the relationship of Christ with His Bride [Isaiah 54:5-6; Ephesians 5:31-32]. A marriage ceremony [between a man and woman] confirms that union with God, and not to other people or institutions.
(f) Anointing the sick:
In the RCC the ritual “the last rites” is administered by a priest to assist a dying person, from this life to the afterlife of purgatory. This person also receives forgiveness of sins and the assurance that he\she will escape the burning fires of hell.
In the Bible prayers and the anointing of the sick is done with the intention of healing for the physical [James 5:4,15], but if the believer is dying, then his departure from this life to Paradise is prepared by God Himself, by which the Holy Spirit guarantees that person he\she is a child of God [1Corinthians 2:22; Ephesians 4:30]. Forgiveness of sins and the assurance that he\she will escape the fires of hell is obtained, by having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ [Romans 8:1; 1John 1:9].
The RCC teaches that the sacrament of Holy Communion [the Eucharist] is literally the Blood of Jesus Christ, and that it is embodied together with his soul and deity under pretence of concealment within the bread and wine. Transubstantiation, the metamorphosis of the bread and wine to the body and blood of Christ takes place when the priest speaks out a blessing at the Holy Mass. The RCC bases this false doctrine on John 6:48-58, where Jesus spoke and declared: eat” of my flesh and “drink” of my blood. If this is read within context, it is very clear that Jesus was using the language of analogy\metaphorically. He refers to Himself as the “Bread of Life” meaning the One through Who we receive eternal life. If this verdict of Christ is interpreted literally as the RCC does, then this ritual of reverence to the “the Eucharist Wafer” comes down to nothing less than idol worship and cannibalism.
In the Bible both Testaments prohibits the children of God to eat\drink blood [Deuteronomy 12:16 and Acts 15:20]. Incidentally the “Eucharist Wafer” has its origins from the Egyptian worship of the sun-god Osiris and it is from this that the idea of transubstantiation comes from.
NO! The Lord Jesus is not present in the “Eucharist”, because He sits at the right hand of God, as mentioned above. The elements of bread and wine are merely symbols to bring into remembrance what Jesus did for us on the Cross. The communion is, as the Easter celebration is a reminder\commemoration\memoriam [Exodus 12:17; Luke 22:19; Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26].
The RCC teaches that the offer of the “Holy Mass” is identical with the offer of Jesus on the Cross, and that it is repeated and played out every time the priest presents the mass on the altar. This comes down to the RCC crucifying Christ afresh over and over with this godless ritual.
The New Testament makes no such comparison\mention of an altar in the Church of Jesus Christ. The Cross of Calvary is the equivalent of the bronze altar by the temple, which was fulfilled by Jesus on the Cross when He gave Himself as a sin offering.
Hanging on the Cross Jesus cried: “It is finished” [John 19:30].He offered once and for all time Himself never to be repeated again [Hebrews 9:12, 25-26; 10:10, 12, 14-18; 1Peter 3:18]. The price of sin was paid in full [Colossians 2:14].
Other un-biblical and superstitious teachings that the RCC alongside the false doctrine of the Communion follows:
(a) People are encouraged to fast before they use communion. According to the Bible Jesus and his disciples was busy celebrating the Passover feast when He introduced the Communion [Matthew 26:26-30]. [Incidentally, different prescribed fast and feast days are introduced as part of their [RCC] worship, and counts as works of credit\merit. In the Bible fasting is not practiced as part of worship, but is mentioned for use in times of spiritual necessity; for example when it is necessary to pray for someone that is demon-possessed [Matthew 17:15-21]. Paul mentions these obligations – “doctrines of people” [Colossians 2:20-23] and a “Slavic-yoke” [Galatians 5:1 & 4].
(b) Only the priest who serves the Communion uses the wine on behalf of the congregation. According to the Bible, Jesus, when He introduced the Communion at Passover, he took the cup and said “drink” [Matthew 26:27]. In other words this is clear that the drinking of the Communion cup was allowed for everyone to be partakers.
(c) In the RCC the participants are not allowed to take the bread [wafer] with their hands and chew it. The priest places the wafer in the receiver’s mouth, whereby it dissolves on the tongue.
The Bible teaches that Jesus took the bread, broke it, gave to the disciples and said, “take and eat hereof” [Matthew 26:26; read also Colossians 2:20-23].
According to the New Testament [the Gospels, Acts and letters of the Apostles] the Lord Jesus only introduced two  ordinances for all believers in His True Church; baptism [after a person has come to salvation] and Communion, as a remembrance what He did on the Cross. There is no saving grace in sacraments, rituals, symbols of elements, but alone and only in the Person of whom they represent, The Lord Jesus Christ. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”, Acts 4:12.
6. The Role of Purgatory:
The RCC teaches that purgatory is a place where a person goes to do penance for his\her sins, until he\she is ready to go to heaven. Many mediums are applied to shorten the specific soul’s stay in purgatory, i.e.:
- Prayers that are repeated over and over [according to the Bible, believers must not indulge in repeated vain repetitions\babblings when they are praying – Matthew 6:7).
- The payments to priests to divulge certain masses on behalf of the person in purgatory.
- The giving of alms.
- Certain indulgences, etc.
In the Bible no such place as purgatory is even mentioned [the idea found its origin in Buddhism, who also teaches the doctrine of temporal punishment]. The Bible teaches that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin and unrighteousness [Romans 1:17; 4:23-25; 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 2:13; Hebrews 1:3 en 9:12; 1 John 1:9). Forgiveness and reconciliation was accomplished for all of mankind, but this is of course only a reality for those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation. There is and never shall be a second chance for any person after death. “It is appointed unto man once to die, thereafter comes the judgement” [Hebrews 9:27]. The believer does not die, but only goes “to sleep”, where-after he\she will immediately be with Jesus in Paradise [Luke 23:43; 2Corinthians 5:8]
7. The Role of Worship:
The RCC worships and honours, as they so much desire to call it, a wide spectrum of objects, other than the Triune God:
- Christ in the “Eucharist” and the offer of the “Mass”.
- The Virgin Mary.
- The Apostles especially Peter.
- Deceased saints.
- Relics such as the “Rosary” and “Scapula”.
- Statues of people or deities\celestials etc. They bow down in worship before these objects, etc, whilst the Bible clearly teaches us that it is before God Almighty who we must bow down and worship, otherwise it comes down to idol-worship [Exodus 20:4-5; Deuteronomy 4:15-19].
Let us examine the above objects of worship. We shall also look at the different methods of worship within the RCC.
(a) The worship of Mary:
Mary the mother of Jesus cannot be blamed for the place of honour that the RCC gives her. In the Bible she is introduced as a humble, God-fearing Jewish maiden that was chosen by Almighty God to be the physical means through which the Messiah would be born, as the Saviour of mankind [Matthew and Luke 1-2]. The last time Mary is mentioned in the Bible is found in Acts 1:14, where she was one of the believers who waited and prayed for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus promised just before His ascension to Heaven [Acts 1:8].
Let us look at the different doctrines that the RCC teaches concerning Mary compared to the teachings of the Bible concerning Mary:
The RCC calls her “the Blessed Virgin”.
The Bible clearly teaches that Mary did not stay a virgin after the birth of Jesus, but that she had other children from her husband Joseph [Matthew 1:25; 13:55-56; John 2:12; Acts 1:14; 1Corinthians 9:5; Galatians 1:19]. The persons mentioned in these scriptures were not Jesus’ cousins, as the RCC would have us believe, but they were His earthly brothers and sisters.
(b) The RCC calls Mary our “Co-Mediatrix” [Co-Redeemer], and the only person through which a person can approach Jesus.
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is Lord and the only Redeemer of mankind [1 John 4:14; Acts 4:12], and that a believer has direct access to Him through the Holy Spirit [1 John 3:24; 4:13).
(c) The RCC teaches that Mary is “Co- Mediator” [Co-Mediatrix] to God.
The Bible teaches that there is only one Mediator between God and man, and that is Jesus Christ [1Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 8:6; 9:15]. He alone is our Advocate and Intercedes who brings reconciliation between us and the Father, because He paid the price for our sins [Romans 3:25-26; 5:10; 8:34; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Colossians 1:20; 1John 2:1-2; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24].
(d) The RCC teaches that Mary is our “Intercessor” by God, and because of her prayers we receive mercy from God.
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ alone is our Intercessor with the Father. He alone is the One who pleads our case before God the Father, not Mary. The mercy we receive from God is a free gift because of our faith in Jesus Christ [Ephesians 2:8].
(e) The RCC calls Mary “the Mother of God”.
The Bible calls her the mother of Jesus\the Messiah. Although Jesus is God [John 1:1], the only role that Mary performed in God’s plan of salvation was to physically give birth to the Messiah. The baby was created by the Holy Spirit as Matthew 1:18-20 declares. Nowhere in the Bible is she ever named the Mother of God or even addressed as such. This is a total fabrication of the RCC which they base on obscure reference of scriptures.
(f) The RCC claims Mary to be the way\entrance to heaven [gate to heaven]
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the only Way to the Father [John 14:6]. Jesus said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture”. Jesus is also the only entrance into heaven, because He alone holds the keys to heaven [Isaiah 22:22; Revelation 3:7).
(g) The RCC says that Mary is our Salvation, our Life, our Hope, and our Helper.
The Bible teaches us that the Lord Jesus has these titles. He alone is:
- Our Saviour - 1 John 4:14.
- Our Life - Colossians 3:4.
- Eternal Life - 1 John 1:1-2; 1 John 5:11-13; John 20:31.
- Our Hope - Colossians 1:27
- Our Helper - Hebrews 13:6
Most of the time the character-attributes of Jesus are afforded by the RCC to Mary.
(h) The RCC teaches their followers that Mary “was immaculately conceived”, meaning that she was born without the original stain of Adam’s sin. In other words they tell their followers that she knew no sin, because she was conceived in holiness and purity.
The Bible teaches that there is only one Man who was born sinless, and is the only One who is without sin and righteous and that is Jesus Christ [2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 1Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5]. Of all other people’s the Bible is clear, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” [Romans 3:10; 23; 5:12]. Mary herself declares in Luke 1:46-47 “And Mary said, my soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For He hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed”. Without a doubt Mary is declaring that she is a sinner and herself in need of a Saviour, just as any other human being on the face of the earth.
(i) The RCC teaches the “assumption into heaven” of Mary. They say that she never experienced the decay of her body as a deceased person does, because she was taken up to heaven three days after her death.
The Bible teaches of only One Person who died and whose body never tasted decay and that is our Lord Jesus Christ. He was resurrected on the third day from the grave, and forty days later with a glorified body ascended to heaven [Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:2-20; Luke 24:1-9, 51; John 20:1-18 and Acts 1:9-11].
The Lord Himself says in John 3:13, “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven”.[Read also 1Corinthians 15:45-47; Ephesians 4:9-10].
(j) The RCC teaches that Mary is called the [Queen of heaven].
The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ is forever King over Heaven and Earth, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end”, Luke 1:32-33. “For he is Lord of lords and King of kings” Revelation 17:14; 19:16. He is eternal God who became man and to who, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”, [Matthew 28:18; Philippians 2:9-11; Colossians 1:18]. The title “Queen of Heaven” is held by several other female goddesses like Diana, Ishtar, Asterod, Athena, Astarte Isis, etc. With the establishment of the RCC during the 4th century this title was simply applied\taken over by Mary.
Notwithstanding the fact that Mary, the mother of Jesus, “blessed amongst women” as Luke 1:42 indicates, nowhere in the Bible does it concur that we must honour or worship her in anyway. To do this is blasphemy and it is fruitless, as Mary can do nothing for any human being as far as salvation or otherwise is concerned. Like any deceased believer in Christ, who stays loyal to God in this life she is at this moment in Paradise. Nowhere in the scriptures does it indicate that those who are in Paradise have any knowledge that is happening on earth. So also Mary, like any deceased believer does not possess any godlike\supernatural powers.
(B) Worship of the saints:
The RCC holds all “saints” [whom they have honoured] as a special class of Christian who have already attained an excellent state of holiness. They are the spiritual “aristocrats” in heaven, whose names are written in a special book by the Pope himself. [Their names aren’t even in the Book of Life but rather in this special book] It is believed that their prayers have special power because they are very near to God.
In the New Testament holiness means “separated” for God\ “separated from the world” [2Corinthians 1:21; 6:17; 1 Peter 2:9-11] and the word “holy saints” speaks of believers who are born again, set free en made holy through their faith in Jesus Christ and the finished work of Calvary.
To pray to the dead is un-scriptural, and a sin [Deutoronomy18:10-11; Isaiah 8:19]. This is a sin because each believer is commanded to God in the Name of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit [John16:23; Romans 8:26; Jude: 20]. It is fruitless, because the deceased have no knowledge of what is happening on the earth, and do not possess any godlike powers [Read Ecclesiastes 9:5-6].
(C) The Rosary\Prayer beads:
The RCC has the idea that their “prayers” which contains a continuous repeating of fixed prayers, directed at God, but is rather fixated to the “Virgin Mary”. The beads help with the counting down of the repetitious prayers. It is believed by the RCC that the “Rosary” was given to St Dominic by Mary, and when it is blessed it is an assurance to guarantee more indulgences. The truth of the matter is that many sects like, Buddhists, and Moslems, also make use of beads when they are indulging in their many prayers. This practice was taken over by the RCC
The Bible teaches that prayers should be directed to God the Father, and is\should not be a continuous repetitious babbling [Matthew 6:7-8] and that believers should pray according to the will of God [1 John 5:14] and that the Holy Spirit [Himself] will assist the believer and not any form of beads [Romans 8:26; Jude: 20].
(D) The Scapula:
The “Scapula” is charm\talisman in the form of an amulet that is carried on the body for protection against evil influences and to assure the person carrying it will be saved.
The Bible however guarantees salvation only through faith in Jesus Christ, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” [Romans 3:24; 5:1; 1Corinthians 1:30 and Ephesians 2:8]. The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ is the Head of all powers and principalities; “Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him” [1 Peter 3:22; Colossians 2:10,15]. God gives all His children spiritual weapons whereby they can fight against evil powers\ principalities in the air. God’s weapons are: the truth; faith; freedom; acquittal; the gospel of peace; love and prayer [Ephesians 6:12-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:8]. The Scapula is therefore a product of a heathen superstition which brings no freedom but bondage to the one that wears it on their person.
(E) The different forms of worship:
The RCC thrives on massive and lustrous places and also methods of worship; by example very refined garments for each office\duty; Old Testament rituals, like the burning of incense and holy water [this is all part of the Law of Moses, which was fulfilled by Jesus Chris – Luke 24:44]; the making of the sign of the cross; lustrous processions, pilgrimages to holy places\shrines; stretched-out Latin prayers and rituals. Many of these objects and worship-methods were brought into the RCC as replacements for the heathen practices during the 4th century AD when the RCC was established.
To support the authenticity of their relics, holy places and false doctrines, the RCC testifies of many signs and wonders, of which the most famous is the appearance of Mary at certain places. Signs, wonders and miracles only come about when the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Only when the Word of God is preached, can such miracles happen to authenticate the true gospel [Mark 16:20; Acts 14:3]. In Matthew 16:4 Jesus says; “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign”. Paul confirms this statement of Jesus by declaring in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight”.
The Bible makes it very clear that God wants to be worshipped “in Spirit and Truth” [John 4:23-24]. Un-Biblical worship will always lead to falseness, and when Jesus comes back in power and majesty, He will destroy all idol-worship, not just of the heathen kind but also within the Church.
8. The Role of Ecumenism:
The role of the Ecumenical Movement under leadership of the RCC was to gather\entice all Christian groups into one universal body, the World Council of Churches which was established in 1948. The reason behind this of course is the result of a One-World-Religion under the leadership of the Pope. What the efforts of Rome has accomplished sad to say [of course this is a very dangerous position to be in], is that many Protestant organisations, such as the Baptists, Pentecostals, Charismatic-churches and even the Evangelicals have joined forces with the Whore of Babylon to be a part of the Ecumenical Movement.
Ever since the “Vatican Council” held in 1963, the exercise of these efforts of the ecumenical dialogue is to entice the non- Christian groups like Judaism, Buddhism, Hindus, Muslims and Sangomas [traditional healers] to join the movement. The reason being of course is to get all religious and non- religious [heathens] to unite as One World Religion under the Pope [eventually to become the world religion of the Antichrist]. It is easy to understand why the RCC feels so comfortable within these heathen idol-worshipping religions, because most of them use relics, images, statues and rituals. They are all the same; originating from ancient “Babylon”, the mother of all false religions on earth [Revelation 17: 5].
It is therefore the duty of all Bible believing evangelicals to stand against these false religions and their teachings. We must without fear or trembling preach the true un-compromising Word of Almighty God. The old hymn shouts out to us across the ages: “Stand up, stand up for Jesus ye soldiers of the Cross”. Listen to me saints of God; do not be swayed by your pastor, or any church leaders to give up your position in the Cross. To many believers today are being misled by these liberal preachers who have sold out for a more watered down gospel, the likes of a Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Todd Bentley, Benny Hinn, Paul and Jan Crouch, Paula White, and Creflo Dollar of the church world and such ilk. The Cross of Jesus Christ was a terrible punishment He bore, so that we can be free and not be bound by rules, rituals, and twisting of the Word of God to suit those who only preach the Word for gain. The Cross represents pain, suffering, agony, persecution, denial, death. But it also represents hope, freedom, happiness, joy, salvation, eternal life, mercy, grace, resurrection to all those who are in Christ Jesus. Those who will not sell out to a supposedly “new thing” that God is doing in the Church there is a new day coming. Despite the bloodbaths of the Jesuits, the martyrs of the inquisition, when anyone not being a Catholic was burned at the stakes, the RCC is “guilty of the blood of the true saints of God”, them who will not deny the Name of Jesus the and even now but will rather cling to the truth of His Word [Revelation 17:6]
True Biblical unity directs us unite in the Holy Spirit, and unity in faith and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ [Ephesians 4:3-6; 13, 15-16].
God declares in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people”. The Bible tells us that to be a friend of the world is to be an enemy of God. There is therefore no dialogue on any spiritual level where a true Christian can be on a par with the heathen world; other than to minister to them so that they may also come to a saving knowledge of Christ [1Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9].
As all this evidence indicates one can conclude that the RCC is not Christian, but rather that their roots are from the ancient heathen occults. The RCC presents itself as Christian, but comparing to the Word of Almighty God one can but only agree that all the RCC doctrines are nowhere close to anything that the Bible teaches. When the Bible is used as bases for their false doctrine it is completely pulled out of context. In Matthew 15: 9 it is very clear that, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”.
If someone is not a child of God, and his\her name is not written in the Book of Life, such a person will spend eternity in the “lake of fire” [Revelation 20:15]
Let me encourage you today my dear friend, examine what the RCC and other false churches teach and make sure of your salvation. In the unfortunate if you are caught up in this false church, listen and read the Bible for yourself to see what God has to say to you. God is saying to you today that read this message, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues”, Revelation 18: 4.