The Roman Catholic Church
The Whore of Babylon
The reason she is portrayed as a whore is because the RCC has committed spiritual adultery against the only true and living God, the God of the Bible, by crawling in bed with every known pagan and therefore Godless belief system known to man, including political alliances about which the Bible says nothing in terms of affiliation. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world…” (John 18:36)
Blind obedience to religiosity, to which billions of people have given their allegiance, with many not realizing perhaps that this blind obedience is not true Christianity, is jeopardizing the very thing they hope to achieve. For the Christian who knows his Bible well, meaning the doctrines that the Bible teaches, it is easy to discount a religion that clearly does not adhere to biblical principles, such as Buddhism, Islam, Bahai, or Wiccan, etc. However, there are religions that claim to be Christian on the one hand, but on the other they totally ignore clear meanings of Scripture, to the point where they’re actually blaspheming the Holy Word of God and promoting pure heresies.
This obvious deception must be brought to light, because it is dangerous to follow and adhere to their dogma, as it will lead to the Lake of Fire forever. There are major religious movements that most people would label “Christian” but are in actuality far from the truth as taught in the Bible. At the top of this list is the Roman Catholic Church, which most people and uninformed Christians believe to be a “Christian” organization.
There exist many doctrines established by the hierarchy of the Vatican that are not only contradictory to true Scripture but evil to the core. This author nor this writing is Catholic bashing, rather I’m giving the facts, as anyone can check out for themselves. Credit must be given to where credit is due. Keep in mind that what an individual says about his or her religion doesn’t matter; what matters is what the official writings declare. Due to the sheer volume of problems with Roman Catholicism, we will deal only with the most obvious and detrimental to true Christendom.
A Brief History Of The Catholic Church
There is a fundamental and definite difference between the RCC and born-again believers in the death, burial, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is obvious from Hollywood and other media that most people, including most Americans, assume that the RCC truly represents Christendom, and in fact the RCC in no uncertain terms makes this claim about herself in her official decrees. In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth, as the Vatican’s claims are totally without foundation or merit.
The so-called protestant movement that was started by Martin Luther broke from the church in Rome precisely because of major doctrines that Roman Catholicism adheres to and has never abrogated. These teachings were opposed because they are in direct contradiction to the Bible.
Note that Luther and the many others who worked on the Reformation did not have all the answers, but God used these men to start the ball rolling on pointing out and countering the vast discrepancies of Roman Catholicism.
The First Pope
The RCC began politically with Emperor Constantine and ecclesiastically with Pope Gregory I. In Constantine’s day, the Roman Empire was a pluralistic society. Any religion was tolerated except true Christianity. Sounds just like the world today, doesn’t it? This intolerant position against the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ was not because His followers believed in Jesus, rather it was because they believed only in Jesus. Today’s Christians are being labeled “intolerant” for exactly the same reason, and the so-called “interfaith movement” and what’s called the “inclusive doctrine” are dominating our culture the world over.
The belief in only one Savior/God aroused hatred and loathing in the pagan leaders just like it does today. In The Life and Times of Constantine the Great, author D. G. Kousoulas writes, “Early Christians were rightfully accused of staying away from public sacrifices of the gods, and that this practice certainly bothered most of the other soldiers.” (p. 95), and again, “Most military commanders agreed that Christians in their units were good soldiers, obeying orders and keeping their religious beliefs to themselves.” (ibid)
Emperor Constantine realized that, in order to unify his empire, Christians should be given the right to worship as they pleased. Kousoulas writes again, “Constantine would later show that he, too, appreciated the influence of religion but, unlike Diocletian, he understood that the ancient religion was fading away and that a new religion was emerging.” (ibid, p.77) Being a military commander, Constantine also understood that there could be no political stability without religious unity. He sought to bring union between Christianity and paganism. How could that be accomplished you might ask? For Constantine, Christianity had to undergo a transformation that would allow pagans to convert without giving up their old beliefs and customs. This is the classic demonstration of the marriage between the Church and the world.
Historian Michael Grant in his book “Constantine the Great, The Man and His Times”, sheds light on this union between paganism and Christianity; “The sun god was worshipped as a sort of middle ground between paganism and Christianity. Old Testament prophecy was interpreted as identifying the ‘Sun of righteousness,’ with Jesus Christ, who was often called, ‘Sol Justitiae,’ and depicted by statues that resembled the young Appolo.” (p. 153) At this time the mystery religions, as they are called, flourished in the three centuries after the birth of Christ.
To accomplish his goal of unity, Constantine himself adopted Christ as the new God that had given him the victory in a crucial battle at Milvian Bridge in A. D. 312. The supposedly new Christian Caesar continued, however, to function as Pontifex Maximus of the Empires pagan priesthood known as the Pontifical College. Pontifex Maximus means bridge-builder. He therefore continued supporting the building of pagan temples while simultaneously allowing the building of Christian churches.
As Michael Grant puts it, “Moreover he even retained the title of Pontifex Maximus, a traditional and very pagan part of the imperial titulature.” (p. 178) The word “titulature” refers to title in name only; a person holding such a title was not obligated to perform its duties. Constantine however was greatly involved. As a “Christian” Emperor he automatically became the de facto (actually existing but not officially approved) civil head of the Christian church and seduced her with promises of power. This is where Roman Catholicism officially got her start. The term “catholic” means universal or all-inclusive, and this is what Constantine wanted, his whole Empire unified. There is no record of Constantine asking permission from the true church leadership, which was in Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, et al. As Caesar, he was the “main man” and answered to nobody. Besides, political intrigue including murder is partly how he came to be Emperor.
Because the Emperor claimed it, “Christianity became a means for nearly everyone. Being a ‘Christian’ was soon essential to anyone who wanted to advance in business, politics, or even the military. Positions of power like Cardinals, Bishops, and Popes went to the highest bidder,” says apologist and occult expert Dave Hunt in his book Global Peace and the Rise of
Antichrist p. 107. We can see that Biblical Christianity of the early Church and the martyrs, is not the same as Roman Catholicism.
Famous historian Will Durant states, “When Christianity conquered Rome, the ecclesiastical structure of the pagan church, the title and vestments of the Pontifex Maximus, the worship of the ‘Great Mother’ and a multitude of comforting divinities, the sense of supersensible presences everywhere, the joy of solemnity of old festivals, and the pageantry of immemorial ceremony, passed like maternal blood into the new religion, and captive Rome captured her conqueror. While Christianity converted the world, the world converted Christianity.” (The Story of Civilization: Vol. 3, Caesar and Christ – Simon and Schuster, 1944, p. 657)
Will Durant did not claim to be a Christian yet, he was able to historically put his finger right on the pulse of the situation. As the head of the church, Constantine claimed the titles of Vicar of Christ and Bishop of Bishops, in addition to his pagan title of Pontifex Maximus. Modern popes are also known as pontiffs and make claims to be the Vicars of Christ, which they say means the earthly authority of Christ. In actuality, the word “Vicar” comes from the Latin word from which we get “vicarious,” and its Greek equivalent is “anti,” which makes the Vicar of Christ an anti-Christ. “Vicar” and “anti” translate into - instead of or in place of. RCC doctrine makes the claim that the popes are Christ on earth. Protestant creeds unanimously called the various popes anti-Christs. Catholic historians themselves admit that many of the popes were among the most vile and evil people on earth and were engaged habitually in wholesale murder, rape, pillage, incest, and general corruption, according to Jesuit Peter de Rosa in his work “Vicars of Christ”.
The trouble that the RCC has experienced and will experience of priest pedophiles molesting young boys and other immoral sexual behavior is the direct result of the unbiblical doctrine of celibacy. Millions of individual lives have been ruined by these perverts. It goes without saying that this behavior is unfortunately not confined to the RCC but has infiltrated all of society. Claiming to be the Church and representing Christ makes this evil behavior totally unacceptable. The RCC has collectively paid billions of dollars in court settlements and fines in this matter, and continues to do so; as is clearly substantiated by the recent ongoing accusations of sexual perversions by a multitude of high ranking Vatican officials, including Pope Francis, in 2019.
The whoredom goes all the way back to Catholicism’s origin and the fact that she is not what she claims, having been severely polluted with all kinds of paganism. Pope Pius II, who himself fathered illegitimate children said that Rome was, “the only city run by bastards.” The list of bastards among others, include: Pope Boniface I, Pope Galasius, Pope Agapetus, Pope Theodore, Pope Adrian IV. Among the popes that were illegitimately fathered were: Pope Sylverius, who was fathered by Pope Hermistas, and Pope John XI, who was fathered by Pope Sergius III.
For centuries a favorite joke was that, “Rome had more prostitutes than any other city because she had the most Celibates.” (Dave Hunt, Video, A Woman Rides The Beast)
Rome and the Catholic Church is rivaled only by the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS. One of Brigham Young’s daughters-in-law, interviewed by the New York Times said, “If they put a roof over Salt Lake City, it should be the biggest whorehouse in the world.”
Among the continual consorting with known murderers and ungodly people the various popes throughout history have been in bed with the likes of Benito Mussolini who in 1929 paid the Vatican the sum of 750,000,000 Lire in cash and one billion Lire in state bonds to get Pope Pius XI to claim that Mussolini was chosen by God and that Catholics should not oppose him politically. In 1933 the Pope turned his attention to Adolph Hitler and in a concordat with the Nazis, he made similar deals for hundreds of millions of German Marks in return. The Vatican was part of the infamous “rat lines” that helped Nazi war criminals (officers) escape capture after WWII known as ODESSA.
Back to Constantine, to reward those loyal to him, he bestowed his three titles and thus used the church for the empirical good. The title of Pope was established by Constantine and thus this makes him the first pope. After the end of the Caesars, the popes took full control of the Empire, and in this regard Pope Gregory I would be the first official ecclesiastical pope.
The office of pope and all its hierarchy is totally foreign to biblical teachings. The RCC’s claim that the apostle Peter was the first pope cannot be substantiated by history, Christian or secular. There was a fraudulent document circulated in the Middle Ages by the hierarchy of the Vatican to justify their position and power. This document, the Donation of Constantine, justified the office of pope and the authority which the popes were exercising as having been granted to them by imperial decree. Interestingly, no attempt was made to trace their authority back to the apostle Peter; instead, they sought to get their authority from Constantine, and since he never drew up such authority in writing, the RCC produced a document all on their own.
The forged document declared, “And we[the Roman Emperors] command and decree that [the Bishop of Rome] should have primacy over the four principal Sees of Antioch, Alexandria, Constantinople and Jerusalem, as well as over all the Churches of God throughout the whole world; and the Pontiff who occupies at any given moment the See of that same most holy Roman Church shall rank as the highest and chief among all the priests of the whole world and by his decision all things are to be arranged concerning the worship of God or the security of the faith of Christians.” (Hunt, Global Peace and the Rise of Antichrist, Harvest House, Appendix A, P. 293)
Emperor Constantine decreed that since Rome was the capitol of the Empire, its Bishop should be the ecclesiastical head of the church. Prior to that time there had been no popes, but bishops of equal authority presiding over the regions of Rome, Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem and Constantinople. Without doubt, history proves that Constantine was the first pope who only used Christianity to further his selfish goals.
Understanding the pagan background of Catholicism makes it easy to understand why they would deviate completely from Scripture as laid out in the Bible. If it were just a matter of a few meaningless traditions, though wrong, most Evangelicals would have no problem with the Roman Church. Although there are serious doctrinal flaws in various evangelical churches, nothing compares to the deliberate distorting and lying that goes on in the RCC. The kind of differences that exist between true Christianity and Romanism are foundational core beliefs concerning authority, Jesus, Mary worship, angel worship, mass or religious service ,the lie of purgatory, transubstantiation, and, above all, salvation.
No amount of “conciliatory” talks can, by any stretch of the imagination, ever bring the two sides together, except that both sides strictly adhere to correct Biblical doctrine and not deliberate, made-up lies, that serve only to keep the masses controlled.
Will Durant boldly notes, “Constantine aspired to an absolute monarchy; such a government would profit from religious support… Perhaps that marvelous organization of Bishops and priests could become an instrument of pacification, unification and rule? Throughout his reign he treated the Bishops as his political aides; he summoned them, presided over their councils, and agreed to enforce whatever opinion their majority should formulate. A real believer would have been a Christian first and a statesman afterward; with Constantine it was the reverse. Christianity to him was a means, not an end.” (Civilization, Vol. 3, Caesar and Christ, p. 656)
Clearly, Roman Catholicism seduces its members into embracing a different God, a different Jesus, a different Mary, and a different plan of salvation from what the Bible teaches. Much of the confusion concerning Catholicism comes out of a fact that they use Biblical terminology such as the trinity, the blood sacrifice on the cross, the Virgin Birth, etc. What Rome means by such expressions is entirely different from what is clearly taught in the Bible.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains it this way; “In one sense…you might well think that the Roman Catholic Church is the most orthodox Church in the world… [It] believes that Jesus of Nazareth was the eternal Son of God; it believes in the Virgin Birth; it believes in the incarnation; it believes in His miracles; it believes in His substitutionary work upon the cross and His resurrection [etc.]…
But at this point the subtlety comes in and the difficulty arises. To all that [orthodox truth] she ‘adds,’ with a ‘damnable plus,’ the things which are utterly unscriptural and which, indeed, become a denial of Scripture. … So she lands us eventually in a position in which, if we accept her teaching, we are believing a lie!” (Roman Catholicism, Evangelical Press, P.O. Box 22453, Grand Rapids, MI 49501, one in a series of “Pastoral Booklets,” pp. 1-4)
And again, “Roman Catholicism is the devil’s greatest masterpiece! It is such a departure from the Christian faith and the New Testament teaching. … her dogma is a counterfeit; she is as the Scripture puts it, ‘the whore.’” (ibid, p. 16)
The Vatican’s dealing with rulers including Hitler, Mussolini, virtually all US Presidents, Kings, and tyrants alike is a matter of history. When the Vatican wanted to deal with Joseph Stalin, the dictator smirkingly asked, “how many divisions does he [the pope] have?” God has always called spiritual adultery “whoredom,” and the punishment of the fornication committed under the banner of the Romish Church, in the name of Jesus, will be eternity in the Lake of Fire, for all her foolish but willing leaders and, unfortunately, followers.
Alexander Haig, the former U.S. Secretary of State, once said, “The Vatican’s information was absolutely better and faster than ours in every respect.” Archbishop Pio Laghi said, “Listen to the Holy Father, we have more than 2000 years experience in this.” (Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast, Video)
After Hitler’s death, Franco released the following exaltation of the Nazi Führer, “Adolph Hitler, son of the Catholic Church, died while defending Christianity… Words cannot be found to lament over his death,…so many were found to exalt his life. … With the palm of the martyr, God gives Hitler the laurels of victory.” (Published in the Press of the Spanish Dictator Generalissimo Franco on May 3, 1945, the day of Hitler’s death: Reforme)
In the Seattle Times, May 8, 1990, Pope John Paul II warns Catholics, “Not to be deceived by Protestant fundamentalist sects.”
Consider Mother Teresa, who is lifted up as high as God by even ignorant Evangelical’s. Here is a quote from her to show where her faith was, about God: “Oh, I hope I’m converting. I don’t mean what you think… If in coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we are converting. … We become a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever you are…what approach would I use? For me naturally, it would be a Catholic one, for you it may be Hindu, for someone else, Buddhist, according to one’s own experience. What God is in your mind you must accept.” (Hunt, Global Peace and the Rise of Anti-Christ) ,A more blasphemous concept of God and His Gospel is hardly imaginable!
Engraved in John Paul’s robes and vestments is the Latin phrase, “Totus Tutus Som Maria,” which means, “Mary, I’m all yours.” John Paul had dedicated himself and his Pontificate to “Our Lady.” The [M] on his coat of arms stands for Mary! While he was recovering from the attempt on his life May 13, 1981, it occurred to him that the assassination attempt had taken place on the anniversary of the appearing of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, on May 13, 1917. In a vision she appeared to him and said that she had spared his life for a special mission he was to fulfill. The next year he made a trip to Fatima and prayed to a statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Thousands heard him speak and consecrate the world to Mary as she had requested.
On at least three occasions Oct. 16, 1983, March 25, 1984, and Dec. 8, 1985, he consecrated the world to Our Lady with special mention of the Russian people. (ibid)
In the place of Christ, the apparition at Fatima declared her own plan for peace on earth: “Say the Rosary everyday to obtain peace for the world…Pray, pray a great deal, and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and pray for them… God wishes to establish in the world the devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If the people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.” (ibid)
We also have this, from “The Glories of Mary,” by Cardinal Alphonsos de Liguori: “He falls and is lost who has not recourse to Mary…We shall be heard more quickly if we have recourse to Mary and call on her name, than we should be if we called on the name of Jesus our Savior…Many things are asked from God, and are not granted; they are asked from Mary, and are obtained [for] she is even Queen of Hell…all power is given thee [Mary] in heaven and on earth that at the command of Mary all obey, even God. Thus…God has placed the whole church…under the domination of Mary.”
This obvious blasphemy is so far out there that it is hard to believe that even a staunch Catholic could believe it, but they do. Most Catholics deny that their prayers to Mary are any more than you or I asking a friend to pray to God for us. The facts are, however, that Mary is asked for everything, including salvation. This is ancient Semiramis, Diana, Astarte, Venus, etc. female worship to the max.
On the back cover of a booklet titled, ‘Devotions in Honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help’ is printed, “No true child of Mary is ever lost.” Whatever happened to being a child of God? This is it, only it’s the female Goddess of paganism.
Consider this quote: “Oh Mother of Perpetual Help, thou art the dispenser of all the goods which God grants to us miserable sinners…Come, then, to my aid, dearest Mother…In thy hands I place my eternal salvation and to thee do I entrust my soul… For, if thou protect me, dear Mother, I fear nothing: not from my sins, because thou wilt obtain for me the pardon for them; nor from the devils, because thou art more powerful than all hell together; nor even from Jesus, my judge himself, because by one prayer from thee, he will be appeased. But one thing I fear, that, in the hour of temptation, I may neglect to call on thee, and thus perish miserably. Obtain for me, then, the pardon of my sins. …” (ibidDHOMPH pp. 46, 47)
One of the most vile of blasphemies is recorded on pages 618, 964, 968, and 970 in the Catholic Catechism, this being the claim that Mary is co-redeemer, “for she participated with Christ in the painful act of redemption.” One has to ask, where do they get this stuff? The Bible says, in 1 Peter 1:18-21, that Christ alone is the redeemer, for He alone suffered and died for sin.
A statement by famous Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen says, “Mary would be key to unite Islam and Catholicism.”
In truth, she already is, for Islam and the RCC are brother/sister religions. Both venerate Mary, both count worthless beads, both rely on superstitions, both have a works salvation, etc.
The doctrine of the assumption is another of Catholicism’s great wonders. This claims that Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven. (pp. 966, 974) The book of Genesis, in chapter 3:19, declares that when we die our bodies return to the dust. The lies go on with the teaching that Mary is the co-mediator to whom we can entrust all our cares and petitions. (pp. 968, 970) On page 2677 this is expounded upon with the statement that we should entrust ourselves to Mary, surrendering “the hour of our death wholly to her care.” (ibid Catholic Catechism)
Jesus is the only one to whom we should entrust our care wholly. This Catholic Mary has no authority or power to do anything.
There is one more blasphemy worth mentioning. This is the claim that God has exalted Mary in heavenly glory as Queen of Heaven and earth (ibid pp.966) and also that she is to be praised with special devotion. (ibid pp. 971, 2675) The Bible is very clear in this case, as in every other, emphatically stating, “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens. (Psalm 148:13) Exodus 20:3 commands, in the first of the Ten Commandments, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” It is also noteworthy to point out that Jesus said of this Commandment that it was the first and the greatest of all the Commandments. (Matthew 22:37)
This Queen of Heaven denotation is quite dangerous because it is obvious idolatry. In Jeremiah 44 we read where the prophet is sent to warn the people to flee from their idolatry, from worshipping other gods, or the Lord’s wrath would destroy them. Here’s how the people responded: “We will not listen to the message you, have spoken to us in the name of the Lord! We will certainly do everything we said we would: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem.”
WOW! These covenant people were so deceived that they had no fear of the true God. Verse 19 reads, “The women added, ‘When we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did not our husbands know that we were making cakes like her image and pouring out drink offerings to her?’” (NIV) In verse 23 Jeremiah declares, “Because you have burned incense and have sinned against the Lord and have not obeyed Him or followed His law or His decrees or His stipulations, this disaster has come upon you as you now see.” The title Queen of Heaven, according to the Holy Scripture, is not Mary but a false god, a devil to be exact. The titles, Queen of Heaven, Star of the Sea, and Stella Maris, were integrated by the RCC from the Phoenician Mother Goddess and conferred to Mary. Burning incense and candles is a pagan practice that has no merit in true Christianity any more than “making images” of any kind. God strictly forbids this, yet Catholics are covered in images, which they bow and pray to.
In the Catechism of the RCC, under “Holy Images,” is stated, “The sacred image, the liturgical icon, principally represents Christ. It cannot represent the invisible and incomprehensible God, but the incarnation of the Son of God has ushered in a new ‘iconomy of images’.” (p. 299)
It is clear that Catholics are in deep trouble doctrinally and therefore spiritually and need to be prayed for as well as witnessed to because the position that they hold is purely in doctrines of demons. No other religion is as dangerous to salvation as Roman Catholicism because no other religion has masked the truth as she does.
What The RCC Says — What The Bible Says
Catholic references are from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
|Serious sins must be confessed to a priest. pp. 1456, 57
||Sin is to be confessed directly to God Ezra 10:11
|Purgatory is necessary to atone for sin and cleanse the soul. pp.1030, 31
||Purgatory does not exist. Jesus made purification for sins on the cross. Heb. 1:3
|No one can know if he will attain eternal life. pp. 1036, 2005
||The believer can know that he has eternal life by the Word of God. 1 John 5:13
|The Roman Catholic Church is necessary for Salvation. pp. 846
||There is salvation in no one but the Lord Jesus Christ, “For there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
|Salvation is attained by cooperating with grace through faith, good works, and participation in the sacraments. pp. 183, 1129, 1815, 2002
||Salvation is attained by grace through faith apart from works; good works are the result of salvation, not the cause. Eph. 2:8-10
|Justification is a transformation of the soul in which Original sin is removed and sanctifying grace infused. pp. 1987-1995
||Justification is an act of God in which He declares a sinner to be righteous in His sight, having forgiven his sins and imputed God’s own righteousness. Romans 3:21; 4:8
|The Last Supper was a real sacrifice in which Christ’s blood was poured out for our sins in the cup. pp. 610, 11, 621, 1339
||The Last Supper was only that, a plain old supper, eaten before the night of the actual Passover, but which became a symbol for all Christians to keep in remembrance of His next-day sacrifice. Christ, the “Passover Lamb,” was sacrificed on the night of the actual Passover, when all the Jews ate the Passover meal. Christ’s blood was poured out for our sins at the Cross, as the final sacrifice for our sins. 1 Peter 2:24
|The bread and wine become the real body and blood of Christ. pp. 1373, 1377
||The bread and wine are symbols of the body and blood of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
|Christ’s body and blood exists wholly and entirely in every fragment of consecrated bread and wine in every Roman Catholic Church around the world. pp. 1374, 1377
||Christ is bodily present in heaven. Hebrews 10:12, 13
|God desires that consecrated bread and wine be worshipped as divine. pp.1378, 1381
||God forbids the worship of any object, even those intended to represent Him. Exodus 20:4, 5; Isaiah 42:8
|The sacrifice of the Mass is the sacrifice of the Cross. pp. 1085, 1365-67; only the manner in which it is offered is different. pp. 1367
||The sacrifice of the Cross is an historical event. It occurred once, approximately 2000 years ago, outside of Jerusalem. Mark 15:21-41
|The sacrifice of the Cross is perpetuated in the sacrifice e of the Mass. pp. 1323, 1382
||The sacrifice of the Cross is finished. John 19:30
|The Mass makes Christ present in His death and victimhood. pp. 1353, 1362, 1364, 1367, 1409
||Christ cannot be made present in His death and victimhood, for He has risen and is alive forevermore. Revelation 1:17, 18; Romans 6:9, 10
|The Mass is an un-bloody sacrifice, which atones for the sins of the living and the dead. pp. 1367, 1371, 1414
||Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. Lev 17:11; Heb. 9:22
|The faithful receive the benefits of the Cross in fullest measure through the sacrifice of the Mass. pp. 1366, 1407
||Believers receive the benefits of the Cross in fullest measure in Christ through faith. Eph. 1:3-14
|The Church is to continue the sacrifice of Christ for the salvation of the world. pp. 1323, 1382, 1405, 1407
||The Church is to proclaim the Lord’s death & Resurrection for the salvation of the world. 1 Cor. 11:26
|Peter was the head of the apostles. pp. 552, 765, 880
||Christ was the head of the apostles. John 13:13
|The Bishops are the successors of the apostles. pp. 861, 62, 936
||The apostles have no successors, for to succeed them one needed to be a witness of Christ’s Resurrection. Acts 1:21,22.
|The Pope, as the bishop of Rome, is the successor of Peter. pp 882, 936
||Peter had no successor!
|The Bishops, with the Pope as their head, rule the universal Church. pp. 883, 894-96
||Christ, the head, rules the true universal/invisible Church/His Body. Colossians 1:18
|God has entrusted revelation to the Roman Catholic Bishops. pp. 81, 86
||God has entrusted revelation to the saints. Jude 3
|The Magisterium is the only infallible interpreter of Scripture. Pp. 890, 91, 2034-
||Scripture is the only infallible interpreter of Scripture. Acts 17:11
|The Pope is infallible in his authoritative teaching. p. 891
||God alone is infallible. Numbers 23:19
|The Magisterium alone has the right and the ability to interpret Scripture. pp. 85, 100, 939
||Every true Christian, aided by the Holy Spirit, has the ability and the right to interpret Scripture. Acts 7:11; 1 Cor. 2:12-16
|The Magisterium has the right to define truth found only obscurely or implicitly in revelation. pp. 66, 88, 2035, 2051
||No one has the right to go beyond that which is written in Scripture. Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; 1 Cor. 4:6; Rev. 22:18, 19
|Scripture and tradition together are the Word of God. pp. 81, 85, 97, 182
||Scripture is the Word of God. John 10:35; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21: Tradition is the word of men and it ruins God’s Word in men’s minds. Mark 7:13.
As if these obviously anti-Christ traditions of men aren’t enough, Mary worship is by far the most blasphemous. Mary worship far exceeds Jesus worship the world over, and prayers to Mary far outnumber those offered to Father God in the name of Jesus. Most Catholics won’t admit it, but idolatry is a major part of their ritual. The devil isn’t shy - he went right after the first Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”
Mary Was Only An Incubator
Let me say that all of creation should honor the true Virgin Mary for her courageous decision to allow what the angel had told her, about the Holy Spirit overshadowing her and thus impregnate her, to come to pass. But this is where it has to stop. The biblical mother of the human body of Jesus deserves that honor, but not the demon that the Catholic Church has portrayed as Mary.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Mary was preserved from all stain of original sin from the first intent of her conception.” This is called the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, on pp. 490-492.
The truth is that Mary was a descendent of Adam and was thus born in sin just like the rest of us. Ps. 51:5 states, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” And Rom. 5:12 explains, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all have sinned.” Mary needed salvation just like everybody else. If one wants to create idols, one is forced to elevate them to a godly status (Queen of Heaven), as we will shortly see again.
It is also claimed by the RCC, on pages 411, 493 of their Catechism, that Mary lived a perfect, sinless life. The Bible, however, declares that God alone is holy and sinless. Luke 18:19 records, “So Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good, no one is good but one, that is God.’” And Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And if one persists in arguing the point, Revelation 15:4 emphatically states, “Who shall not fear you oh Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before you. For your judgments have been manifested.” (bold ours)
One of the most astounding claims made by Catholics, on pp. 496, 511 of their Catechism is that Mary was a virgin before, during and after the birth of Christ. The Word of God soundly defeats this, like all other absurd claims made by the Vatican. Matthew 13:55, 56 declares, “Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? and His brothers James, Joses, Simon and Judas?” Verse 56 , continues “and His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And again, in Matthew 12:46, 47 we read, “While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold His mother and brothers stood outside seeking to speak with Him.” Verse 47, “Then one said to Him, ‘Look you mother and your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak with you.’” These Scriptures speak for themselves and are crystal clear.
Mary was the earthly mother of Jesus and; thank God for her, but that’s all she was. Jesus Himself refused to make a big deal out of Mary when she and His brothers sought to speak with Him as mentioned above. By taking the action He did, Jesus was confirming that her role as His mother was from that moment on changed. He was now fully engaged in the very purpose for which He was sent. Verses 48-50 of Matthew 12 tells us how Jesus answered their request; “But He answered and said to the one who told Him, ‘Who is My mother and My brothers?’ And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.’”
Unless one is deliberately out to deceive, one cannot misinterpret these Scriptures. They tell it like it is. The RCC goes even further with outright lies by proclaiming, pp. 963, 971, 2677 of the Catechism, that Mary is the mother of God. If God had a mother, then He can’t be who the Bible claims He is. God is outside of our space/time dimension and therefore has no beginning and no end. He always was and always will be.
On pages 963 and 975 Mary is also said to be the mother of the Church. There is no mention of the Church having a mother, or Father for that matter, in Scripture. According to the Bible, the Church universal, also known by theologians as the Invisible Church, [no local, physical address except earth] is the body of Christ, of which Jesus is the head. Mary does have her place in the body as a member, but no other special provision for her is made.
The real biblical Mary knew she needed a Savior for she said, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. …” (Luke 1:46-55 underline ours)
1 Cor. 12:13 says, we were all baptized into the body by the Spirit, and in verse 27 of that chapter we find that we all are individual members of that one body.
Heaven Or Purgatory
Purgatory is defined as, “A state of place after death for expiating sins by suffering.” (New World Dictionary) The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus did a complete work on the Cross; that’s why He cried out, “It is finished.” Jesus paid for all of our sins, past, present and future, once for all. That’s why it’s called the Gospel, which means good news. It certainly would not be “good news” if we still had to suffer ourselves for our sins, besides we’ve already established that only Jesus qualified to perform such an act of mercy.
When God forgives, He forgives all the way. The apostle Paul and others warned that there were also false prophets among the people, just like there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves. (2 Peter 2:1)
As far as salvation is concerned, Catholics are depending on works as prescribed and approved by the Pope and the RCC hierarchy. They can never know whether they’ve performed enough deeds to make it to heaven. In contrast, the Bible states, in Romans 8:16, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
Also, in John 15:10 we read, “Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made Him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about His Son.” The Holy Spirit really drives the point home in verses11 and 12 declaring, “And this is the testimony; God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
Notice that God gave eternal life; we didn’t have to earn it, as if we could anyway. Also notice that we can know that we are saved through God Himself witnessing with our spirits.
As already pointed out purgatory does not exist, and is actually a lie that came about to raise funds for the RCC. “As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, a soul from purgatory springs,” was the saying made famous by Tetzler, a Dominican Catholic priest who infuriated men like Martin Luther and other reformers with this and other blatant lies.
Speaking about purgatory apologist and occult expert Dave Hunt writes, “It was proposed by Pope Gregory I in 593 and dogmatized in the Council of Florence in 1439 as a required belief of every Catholic who hopes to get eventually to heaven. The Council of Trent anathematized [eternally damned] all who would not believe it.” (Global Peace and the Rise of Anti-Christ, p. 307)
The RCC also teaches that others can also suffer for those in purgatory by doing penance or offering money. Padre Pio, who desired to be punished for sinners in purgatory, and after obtaining permission from his superiors, supposedly manifested the “stigmata,” a mysterious bleeding in his palms, in a presumed sharing of the sufferings of Christ.
This is an insult to Jesus our Savior in that He already paid the full price for all sin, for all men, for all time. The sin debt has been paid; all that remains is for men to believe it and accept it.
If these deluded men suffer, it’s because they’re biblically stupid and completely willingly ignorant of the truth of God’s Holy Word. (II Pet 3:5)
There are those who claim that every human being is a child of God. They make this claim not because they have any proof or authority to back up their claim, but simply because they acknowledge that God is the Creator of everybody and therefore we must all be God’s children.
God, however, doesn’t acknowledge us as His children until we acknowledge Jesus As Savior and Lord. It can only be said that we are all His creation but not His children. Acknowledging God and accepting His Son creates the beginning of a relationship, which denotes family, hence, sons and daughters. Scripture tells us in the book of John 1:12, “Yet to all who received Him [Jesus], to those who believed in His name, He gave the power and right to become the children of God.”
Like on every other issue, the Word of God is crystal clear on this issue also. The expression, “being in the family of God” is very serious indeed, for only family members get to be in His presents when that particular member leaves this earth in physical death. 2 Cor. 5:8 tells us specifically, “We are confident, yes well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” Verse 5 of that chapter states, “Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” Then the Word proclaims further in verse 6, “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.” (NKJ) Notice that the idea of something like purgatory doesn’t exist. In 2 Peter 1:1-11 we read that “we can make our own election sure thru adding goodness to faith and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance, and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is near-sighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.” (NIV)
There we have it again, “we have been cleansed from our past sins.” Since we have been, past tense, cleansed from our past sins we no longer owe anything for them.
The doctrine of purgatory is a doctrine of demons. Is it any wonder why the RCC prohibited, even forbade, the people, under penalty, to read the Bible for themselves? When people know the truth, they’re free and can no longer be lied to and therefore held captive to unbelievable superstitions.
Even though illiteracy can’t be blamed, and fear of persecution for reading the Bible for oneself is not an issue in the United States, the majority of those claiming loyalty to the Roman Church have no clue what their Bible says. If they did, it seems they would cease to believe the lies they’re being told to believe and actually become the children of God. There are, of course, all the other cults that trash the Word of God, but none is as dangerous and deceiving as the Roman Catholic Church because of her supposed authority, which they never actually received. Calvinism runs a close second in deceiving the evangelical side of this issue.
The Catholic Bible
A few words about the Catholic Bible! The Catholic canon, according to the 2002 Catholic Almanac, “Our Sunday Visitors” on page 11, is given as the Old Testament containing 46 books as opposed to the 39 in actual Christianity. To the historical books they have added the book of Tobit, Judith, 1st & 2nd Maccabees. To the Wisdom books they have added the book of Wisdom and Sirach. To the Prophets they have added the book of Baruch, who was Jeremiah’s secretary. To the New Testament they’ve added no books but consider the books of James, 1st & 2nd Peter, 1st, 2nd, 3rd John, Jude, and Revelation as “Catholic” letters. These additions were stated by the Councils of Hippo and Carthage and affirmed by Pope Innocent I in 405 A.D.
The Apocrypha thus added to Catholicism is unbiblical because they cannot be substantiated with other known Scripture. One other element to mention is the work by Jerome of translating the Bible called the Latin Vulgate. It is by all knowledgeable experts considered one of the worst translations, as many liberties were purposefully taken in order to skew and actually lie about the holy Scriptures.
Satan leaves no stone unturned and is unashamedly brutal in doing what he does best, which is, that he only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10)