ITALY SHALL BE SAVED!
THE IMMACULATE 'DECEPTION' OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image…
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:
for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God" (Ex. 20:4-5)
All throughout this universal world, the month of May for those that do not know is the very important month of veneration to ‘Mary’ – Rome’s “first lady” in the roman catholic church's calendar. As too is the month of October, so it seemed rather appropriate to focus this month's writing on Rome's "first lady”, and “queen of heaven”, and then examine her in the light of what Holy Scripture really speaks concerning the young Jewish peasant woman Mary. Mary was the mother of Jesus' human nature but never of His Divine nature. Yes, Jesus is God, but she didn't give birth to God the Son, she gave birth to the Son of Man. Also, and most importantly, there isn't a single verse in the entire New Testament that demonstrates how the disciples, or anybody else for that matter, ever sought Mary's advice on anything spiritual or physical, let alone requested intercessions from her; that's because she was no different from anyone else! The roman catholic official catechism blasphemes God with these deceitful words: "Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death: By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the 'Mother of Mercy', the All-Holy One" (p. 570).
Dubbing and reverencing Mary as 'the Holy One' is in absolute direct conflict and blasphemous with the Holy Bible (God’s Word), where you can read for yourself the following, from the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, about HIMSELF: "I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King" (Isaiah. 43:15).
You can also discover the following and most fascinating account in the New Testament when an unclean spirit, who had possessed a man, immediately recognizes that Jesus of Nazareth is God, by calling Him the Holy One of God: "And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying: ‘Hold thy peace, and come out of him’ “. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he cameout of him, and hurt him not. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about." (Luke 4:33-37)
So clearly the title 'The Holy One' is a sacred term reserved exclusively for God, and as such can only be applied to Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone (Acts 3:14).
The same is also true of the title 'Holy Father.' But in this case GOD the ALMIGHTY FATHER is the sole recipient of this Divine title, and not the despicable cassock caste popes of the Vatican city in Rome (Psalm. 108:7; John 17:11).
May God Almighty, the God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac, therefore, have mercy on all the lost souls of millions upon millions of roman catholics, and their clergy, for had this type of sin occurred in the Old Testament there could only have been one outcome: the death penalty! Let us remember a phrase that we hear often mentioned, "ignorance is no excuse of the law." The same will be true of God and His uncompromising Word, when He sits in judgment on these people at the Great White Throne Judgment! (Revelation. 21:8).
How was it possible for the church of Constantine (the roman catholic church), to get it so wrong on the person and place of Mary, in their so-called christian religion. Well, since the 4th century AD, roman catholicism has successfully amalgamated the pagan worship of goddesses, such as Ashtaroth, Minerva and Diana, in to ‘Mariology’, which had all long been on the scene and worshiped by evil pagans and infidels for many years. One further needs to appreciate that Constantine, a pagan himself, built many of today's roman catholic churches and cathedrals on lands that had once been places of pagan ‘Baal’ worship. By doing this he was able to please everyone by being all things to all people. He was in all truth the first ecumenical church leader of his generation, laying the initial foundation for a future one-world religion. But more importantly for students of Scripture, he is a major type of the future Antichrist. What he successfully achieved centuries ago, the final Antichrist will finalise to perfection. And it's not lost on Bible believers how dedicated catholics love and venerate Mary, much the same way that Muslims love and venerate Mohammed; so it's all rather convenient and cosy how both religions have found a greater sense of unity and interest in recent years. The Mary of the catholic church brings both groups together, including the Hindus as well, today called Chrislam.
In 1981 John Paul II was very nearly assassinated in St. Peter's Square. He spent five and half hours on the operating table, and in the process lost six pints of blood. Once he had fully recovered, he dedicated the success of his surgeons in saving his life not to the LORD Jesus, but to Mary! Today roman catholic pilgrims can see the bullet that almost killed their pontiff in Fatima, Portugal, one of the many global Marian shrines bringing the roman catholic church billions in currency!
It should also be pointed out how John Paul II, in particular, was one of the most fanatical of all popes, when it came to his blasphemous worship and near obsession of Mary. When he was only a child his mother sadly died so his father, in ignorance, told him that from that day on Mary would be his 'mother;'. So, without the Bible being the final matter in all areas of practice, faith, and doctrine in their house, he knew no better until the day he died. The following quote from John Paul II, should come as no surprise to the reader, for he thought nothing of putting the name of Mary before Jesus (Philippians. 2:9-11): "I beseech the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Incarnate Word and Mother of the Church, to support with her powerful intercession the catechetical work of the entire Church on every level...in the fourteenth year of my Pontificate" (Official Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, pg. 6).
Sadly in today's catholic church more prayers are spoken or chanted to Mary (their 'omnipresent queen') than apostle Peter, the saints, popes and even the Lord Jesus Christ all combined. This is so tragically sad! Mary, through catholicism, has now gone from being a young humble Jewish maidservant, to their 'supreme queen' in heaven.
For over thirty years as a practicing catholic, and working as a secretary and youth leader for several catholic parishes and Westminster diocese catholic churches in England in my young teenage years, and getting saved in November 1993 , out of religion, I often would ask myself why did I, and so many catholics pray to inferior sources, when they can go straight to the Supreme Superior Supernatural Source, the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF? But unfortunately stubborn roman Catholics will respond by saying that apostle Paul taught that we should pray for one another, but we need to carefully look at Paul’s point of view in its context, because those saints Paul mentioned were alive and living on earth, not dead in heaven!
"For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten" (Ecclesiastes 9:5).
FACT written in Black: Biblical Truth
Fiction written in Red: Catholic fiction
Fact: Jesus is the Son of God
Fiction: Mary is called the mother of God. She is never called this in any Holy Bible, anywhere in the world. Even roman catholic bibles don't call her this. Mary was the human mother of the Lord Jesus, and this is how one should remember her.
Fact: Jesus is virgin born
Fiction: Mary is immaculately conceived. We find no evidence whatsoever for this anywhere in Holy Scripture. To the contrary, we read that she believed herself to be in need of a Saviour, like all of mankind (Luke 1:47; Rom. 3:23), and although she was sinful, with sinful blood, this does not in any way change the fact that Christ was born sinless. We know this to be true because the mother's blood does not pass into the placenta, during pregnancy. Go and ask your own GP or practicing medical doctor and they will affirm this to be so. This is just as well, for had Mary's sinful blood flowed through into Jesus' veins, there would have been absolutely no salvation for sinners!
Fact: Jesus is the perfection of Man
Fiction: Perpetual virginity of Mary
We discover that Mary had at least four other sons, Simon, Bartholomew, James and Jude, and three daughters of whom one is called Salome (Psalm. 69:8; Matthew.12:46-50; Matthew 13:55-56). We also learn from Matthew chapter 12, that Jesus didn't rebuke the people for committing "heresy" when they told Him how His brethren were outside, waiting for Him. Further to this odd doctrine, had Mary been a perpetual virgin, then she would have sinned, for the apostle Paul writes against wives who refuse their husbands marital sex: "Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency." (Exodus. 19:15; 1 Corinthians. 7:5)
Also in Matthew 1:25, we read: "And [Joseph] knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS." This makes it very clear that as a married couple, normal sexual relations occurred in their marriage, after Jesus of Nazareth was born! Unfortunately, roman catholic fundamentalists, by not allowing Mary the right to fulfil her wifely role under the Jewish Mosaic covenant, have actually made her a lawbreaker, and so by twisting Scripture, they have created a dangerous superstitious religious, blasphemous belief that she became a perpetual virgin, or even worse, near deity.
Fact: Jesus Christ was resurrected into Heaven
Fiction: Mary was bodily assumed into heaven
Holy Scripture is totally silent on this ridiculous man-made selfish fable. In fact, the roman catholic church only taught this many centuries after she died!
FACT: JESUS IS KING OF ALL KINGS AND LORD OF ALL LORDS!
Fiction: Mary was crowned queen of heaven and the universe
Such lavish and idolatrous titles would cause the real and authentic Mary much blushing. Again, there is no Holy Scripture evidence for such outlandish claims. However, roman catholics will try to cite from the Book of Revelation chapter 12, suggesting that the woman found there is Mary. She is not! It is the nation of Israel that beloved John the apostle is describing.
Fact: Jesus Christ alone saved the world from sin
Fiction: Mary is proclaimed mediatory, a mediatrix, of all graces: that she mediates between mankind and Christ, and also shares in the work of salvation with Jesus Christ
The infallible Holy Bible makes it abundantly clear that God has only given mankind one Saviour and Mediator, and that is Christ Jesus: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 2:5)
Mary's part in bringing the LORD Jesus Christ into the world was certainly important and sacred, but it was short lived. Once she gave birth to the God-Man, her role ceased. The LORD Jesus Himself, no doubt prophetically and knowing one day how millions of blind vulnerable people would worship His dead mother, rebuked such a person for praising Mary, instead of God: "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. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it!!!" (Luke 11:27-28)
Furthermore, I would like to mention also that God's Word calls other individuals blessed, meaning ‘happy’ (see Genesis 26:29; 30:13; 49:25), yet nobody ever worshiped or prayed to these people!
We also read the following from the Book of Old Testament Judges 5:24: "Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be."
Mary was a humble recipient of God's grace, not a dispenser. She mustn't be worshipped or prayed to; and this commandment can be also found in all roman catholic bibles, like this from the Douay-Rheims: "And I, John, who have heard and seen these things. And, after I had heard and seen, I fell down to adore before the feet of the angel who shewed me the things. And he said to me: See thou do it not. For I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets and of them that keep the words of the prophecy of this book. Adore God.” (Revelation 22:8,9)
According to Peter De Rosa, until the 12th century, the roman catholic church believed that Mary was born in original sin, like everyone, and citing numerous Biblical texts, showed where Mary committed many sins. Only Ambrose and Augustine believed Mary did not sin. Also, Tertullian, Irenaeus, Chrysostom, Origen, Basil, Cyril of Alexandria, Thomas Aquinas, and others such as 'St.' Bernard and 'St.' Bonaventure, all taught and believed that Mary was born in original sin!
This would also be echoed many years later by two roman catholic pontiffs, Gregory the Great and Leo I, who both said: "Christ alone was conceived without sin." And one of the roman catholic churches greatest 'scholars,' Anselm the archbishop of Canterbury, said of Mary: "The virgin herself was conceived in iniquity and in sin did her mother conceive her, and with original sin was she born, because she too sinned in Adam in whom all sinned." He who has a receptive ear to listen to the voice of God’s holy anointed Spirit, let him hear what God is speaking that, the Mary of the roman catholic church AND NOT the Mary of the Holy Bible has sadly been elevated so high to 'deity,' that it is now unfortunately impossible to reverse this without God’s supernatural power and divine miraculous intervention in bringing all these blinded lost souls out of a deceptive religious anti-christian cassock false religious organisation.
It should also be pointed out that the roman catholic church is the largest landowner in the world. For example, one may be interested to know that in Israel alone, after the Israeli government, the Vatican City is the second largest landowner there. With Roman Catholicism probably being the richest religion in the world today, with an estimated and conservative value of $55 billion (this figure dates back quite some years), only Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh-Day Adventists come anywhere near, and all through man-made false deceptions – just like the immaculate deception and veneration of Mary and Lourdes and Fatima, etc, etc.........LORD have mercy in Jesus’ loving and beautiful name, AMEN!!!
The Infallible Word of God warns and speaks explicitly how God is a jealous God, and that He will not share His glory with anyone else. Disastrously, rome and the vatican city has strayed so far from this fundamental and non- negotiable truth, that the only hope for a repentant roman catholic who wishes to be saved would be to forsake this evil cultist Babylonian system, and to genuinely and sincerely turn totally to Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness and salvation, AMEN!
All the roman catholic dead relics, dead popes, dead rituals and dead imaginary intercessors, all of which come from Satan, will only add more judgment and fury from the LORD ALMIGHTY GOD of the Holy Bible to the lost and blinded sinner. Organized man-made religion, false doctrines and traditions of mere mortal men simply cannot save you. Jesus Christ came to save people from their sins, and from all man-made religious systems and organisations! These words of Holy Scripture found in the Gospel Book of Matthew should strike absolute fear and dread into the hearts of all religious and non-regenerate sinners, for here the LORD Jesus Christ Himself condemns the papist righteous works, and hypocritical systems of His day: "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him two fold more the child of hell than yourselves" (Matthew. 23:13-15).
of the catholic church is only interested in appearing to catholics. Those that have sadly fallen prey to this almost 100-year deception and distraction are not the Lord's true people.
The apostle Paul would offer this severe apostolic curse on anyone or anything that presented the world with a false gospel: "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:6-9)
My prayers and hope for them as an ex-catholic myself would be that they turn away from this demonic activity and be saved by believing on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, and by trusting in His precious and divine shed blood alone as full payment for their sins. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).
THE EUCHARIST - THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DECEPTION OF THE HOLY COMMUNION
And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” – Mark 14:22-25
The Eucharist is a ritual loosely based on and bearing some outward resemblance to the Last Supper of Jesus and His Apostles in Scripture which has been perverted into an idolatrous form of worship and the object of worship becomes the bread and the wine itself. According to roman catholic doctrine, a catholic priest has the power to summon Christ from his throne in Heaven, where he sits at the right hand of the Majesty on High (Hebrews 1:3), and change the bread and the wine into the literal body and blood of Jesus Himself.
In the catechism of the catholic church, paragraph 1376 and 1413 respectively state, The Council of Trent summarizes the catholic faith by declaring: “Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation. By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity” [cf. Council of Trent: DS 1640; 1651.]
Of course, as with all traditions of men and doctrines of demons found within romanism, this too finds its origins not in Christianity, but in Paganism. Theophagy, or the practice of eating the flesh and blood of one’s god through a sacramental meal, was a practice that was highly prevalent in the prominent religion known as Mithraism throughout Rome in the first few centuries A.D. and is interesting to note that the practice is nearly identical to the roman catholic doctrine of Transubstantiation. The meal was sacramental in that the god, Osiris, would grant salvation upon the ingestion of the transubstantiation bread that was believed to be a reborn presence of the roman god. This practice, upon the “Christianization” of Rome under Emperor Constantine then began to slowly work its way into the roman catholic church and was contested by many bishops and priests. However, in 1215 at the Fourth Council of the Lateran, transubstantiation became official roman catholic doctrine and a mandatory practice of the Church. Today, the practice is largely unquestioned by roman catholics and accepted as dogmatic, and attempts have been made to validate the Pagan ritual eisegetically with Scripture.
No sane person without pre-conceived notions on the practice and supposed authority of the roman catholic church could read any passage in Holy Scripture in reference to the Last Supper, including the one above, and walk away with the doctrine of transubstantiation. It simply does not happen. The context of these passages is clear that Christ is speaking of this ordinance as symbolic of the true sacrifice He was making on the cross. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (ESV) sheds further light on the context, Paul states, “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
Clearly, he was speaking of the LORD’s Supper as a way to remember the true sacrifice in a corporate setting and as a way to make a corporate proclamation of Christ’s death. Yet, the roman catholic church does not view Christ’s sacrificial death as a historical event that happened and accomplished its purpose. It is viewed as perpetual and in need of perpetual offering to God for efficacy. Paragraph 1382 of the catechism of the catholic church states, the mass is at the same time, and inseparably, the sacrificial memorial in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated and the sacred banquet of communion with the Lord’s body and blood. But the celebration of the eucharistic sacrifice is wholly directed toward the intimate union of the faithful with Christ through communion. To receive communion is to receive Christ himself who has offered himself for us. This false doctrine clearly contradicts Scripture since Jesus has been raised from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father who is interceding for the saints (Romans 8:34). Jesus cannot be both dead in the eucharist and alive in Heaven.
John Wycliffe, the first to translate the Bible into English, writes regarding the doctrine of Transubstantiation in Patriot and Reformer, 1884, p. 162, I maintain that among all the heresies which have ever appeared in the Church, there never was one which was more cunningly smuggled in by hypocrites than this, or which in more ways deceives the people; for it plunders the people, leads them astray into idolatry, denies the teaching of Scripture, and by this unbelief provokes the Truth Himself oftentimes to anger. Finally, the eucharist is to be worshiped and adored as Christ Himself. Literally, the wafer and the wine are to be bowed to and worshiped as if it were itself, Jesus. The catechism of the catholic church in paragraph 1878 states, worship of the eucharist. In the liturgy of the mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. “The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession.”
The roman catholic eucharist ritual is idolatrous in that worship is offered not to Christ Himself, but to the ordinance given to His people as an act of worship to remember Him by. In other words, the act of worship itself is being worshiped. These traditions of men and doctrines of demons are not products of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but of the fallible and errant wisdom of men. Romans 1 calls roman catholics and adherents to other false religions and forms of false worship fools, it says, "claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!" Amen. – Romans 1:22-25 (ESV)
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