Years ago I overheard a Christian speaking to another Christian. He said something to the effect that the Lord wouldn’t send his grandmother to hell just because she prayed the rosary. I didn’t say anything, but my thought was that if someone is praying the rosary it is an indication that they do not know the Lord. And if they do not know the Lord, it is a tragedy not to witness to them.
This is a quote by Billy Graham:
“When Mother Teresa died the only thing she owned was her rosary beads and the simple clothing that she wore. But one writer said of her she took a vow of poverty and became fabulously wealthy in the ways that really matter. She’s wealthy in the next world.” (Billy Graham San Francisco Bay Area Crusade, Excerpt from December 1997 televised broadcast, Speaker: Billy Graham, Topic: The Value of a Soul)
The is a quote by Mother Teresa:
“If coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we . . . become a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are . . . . What God is in your mind you must accept.” (Desmond Doig, Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work, Harper & Row, 1976, p. 156)
As a born again Christian, and former Roman Catholic, I am grieved that within the “born again church” there are those who teach that praying the rosary is acceptable to God. I am also grieved that Mother Teresa is held up as an example of true Christianity.
This is how I prayed “the rosary” to “Mary” before I was born again:
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.”
I prayed to Mary and I petitioned Mary. I prayed this prayer over and over again, for many many years. Then I was born again and, as a born again Christian, I repented of the idolatry of praying to Mary. I call it idolatry because the bible calls it idolatry. The bible also says that idolaters will not enter heaven. It was a vain hope for me to think that Mary would help me at the hour of my death.
These are simple, basic bible truths. If we really love someone we will tell them the truth. Souls are at stake, yet it seems that false prophets within the “church” are praised no matter what they say. Why?