I cried when I viewed this You Tube video of an Italian festival and procession in honor of Mary. My original intention was to post written material regarding a Marian (Mary) feast day that my father mentioned to me yesterday. But as I searched the internet for information, I came across this You Tube video, and it made me cry. As “they” say, a picture is worth a thousand words. These festivals, and processions, are really all one and the same. It’s only the name of the festival that changes. The name changes because each festival is a celebration of some particular event attributed to “Mary” the earthly mother of Jesus. She is referred to as the “Madonna” which means “Our Lady.” This is idolatry, and something I have personally repented of.
“La Festa de la Madonna de la Croce” or “The Festival of Our Lady of the Cross” was celebrated in my father’s home town of Castellonorato, Italy. It was a festival he remembers, with fondness, which truly breaks my heart because these events are an abomination in the sight of the Lord. He told me he remembers an old woman who fell and broke her leg while walking in the procession. He said the woman fell because the pace was too fast for her, and she couldn’t keep up. He wondered why such a bad thing could happen during such a “holy” event.
For the past couple of weeks my father and I have been talking about his beliefs. He told me he was raised in “Rome,” meaning Roman Catholicism, and he cannot change. While I realize that the Lord is the God of amazing grace, I also know my father is currently in a very dangerous place spiritually. He is 91 and cannot say that the bible is God’s Word or that Jesus is the only way to heaven.
All this made me think of the ecumenism within the protestant “church” and the acceptance of Roman Catholics as brethren. I write this because I know that there are many born again Christians being deceived by this ecumenism, and for that reason many Roman Catholics will be denied a Gospel witness. If you think Roman Catholics are already Christians, you won’t witness to them. Discussions can go on ad infinitum, endlessly, but God will not be mocked, and many church leaders are going to be found with blood on their hands.
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1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Mark 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
Colossians 2:8 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.