Hard to believe, right?
Not if you are a former Roman Catholic.
It’s hard to comprehend the Roman Catholic mindset unless you’ve “been there”.
Protestant Christian… why are you joining with the “queen of iniquity”.
Catholics Line Up to Worship the Flesh of a Dead Priest in Tennessee (found on Apostasy Watch)
Spurgeon: “This Popish rubbish was found in layers—first one doctrinal error and then another and then another, and then another, and then another—till at this time the errors of the Church of Rome are as countless as the stars, as black as midnight and as foul as Hell! Her abominations reek in the nostrils of all good men.
Her idolatries are the scorn of reason and the abhorrence of faith!
The iniquities of her practice and the enormities of her doctrine almost surpass belief!
Popery is as much the masterpiece of Satan as the Gospel is the masterpiece of God!
There can scarcely be imagined anything of devilish craftiness or Satanic wickedness which could be compared with her—she is unparalleled as the queen of iniquity.”
So many in today’s organized church have fallen into the trap of believing that Roman Catholicism is just one of many valid Christian denominations. All a Roman Catholic has to say is “I love Jesus” and that settles the issue for many born again Christians. Now I do realize that many believers may not have a clear understanding of Roman Catholic teaching, but that does not absolve them from the responsibility of searching into the matter more deeply. In my experience, of more than twenty years, I have found that when a believer is confronted with the truth about Roman Catholicism it is most often rejected. This I do not understand. Maybe it’s because “the majority rules.” In other words most go with the flow of what is being taught in the mainstream churches etc. This certainly is a dangerous place to be for it does not honor the Lord and His truth, nor is it being merciful to the poor lost Roman Catholics who have few who are willing to give them a Gospel witness. I have heard believers questioning whether all Roman Catholics are lost (with a hint a sarcasm in their question). The issue is that the Gospel the Roman Catholic is sitting under is not the true Gospel and “Mary” is the main mediator even though many say otherwise. If we belong to the Lord we will be lovers of souls and lovers and seekers of truth.
What follows is the conclusion of Keith Green’s Catholic Chronicles. His preaching was a breath of fresh air and flowed from rivers of living water, pure and clean. It is truly a tragedy that in today’s professing “church” there are so few who are willing to take a stand for truth. Few understand and few are willing to learn.
“It is obvious by even this brief glimpse into the doctrines of mortal and venial sins, confession, penance, and purgatory, that the Roman Catholic Church has constructed one of the most unbiblical doctrinal systems that has ever been considered “Christian”. The fear, anguish, and religious bondage that such a system of “reward and punishment” creates, has tormented millions of lives for centuries, and continues to prey on those who are ignorant of the biblical way of salvation.
To merely call such a system “a cult”, would be to throw it into the vast category of religions and quasi-religions that are currently making the rounds of our college campuses and city streets, snatching up many an unsuspecting youth. No, the Roman Church is not a cult. It’s an empire!
With its own ruler, its own laws, and its own subjects! The empire has no borders, it encompasses the globe with its eye on every person who does not vow allegiance. It calls the members of other faiths “separated brethren” (The term used by Vatican II to describe the members of Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant churches.) and has as its goal the eventual bringing together of everyone under its flag.
I know that many will not be convinced or moved by this article (or any of the others) to make such a conclusion. They are impressed by what they’ve heard about recent stirrings among the Catholics in the “charismatic renewal”. Many evangelicals (especially Charismatics) have been thrilled by the reports of Catholics speaking in tongues, dancing in the Spirit, having nights of joy and praise, even attending “charismatic masses”.
Mouths that used to speak out boldly against the Church of Rome have been quieted by the times. It no longer is in vogue to speak of the pope as “the antichrist” (Although the following people unhesitatingly did: Martin Luther, John Bunyan, John Huss, John Wycliffe, John Calvin, William Tyndale, John Knox, Thomas Bacon, John Wesley, Samuel Cooper, John Cotton, and Jonathan Edwards.) or the Catholic Church as the “whore of Babylon”. Now Protestants unwittingly believe that “our differences are not so great”. Ah, that is just what She needs us to think!
I’ve never completely understood why God led me to write these articles. But it becomes more clear with each day of study, and each page of research. Never has something so black and wicked, gotten away with appearing so holy and mysteriously beautiful . . . for so long!”
Over the past several years I have come to know quite a few of the residents at the nursing home where my father resides. I have also been blessed by having the opportunity to share the Gospel with many of them. I have known one particular woman since 2001. She has come to our church services and is always happy to see us. Recently her health has been failing and, as a result, has been in and out of the hospital. Years ago I gave her a Bible and in addition to hearing the Word preached at the church services over the years, I have also witnessed to her privately. She tells me she loves to hear what I say. There have been times when she has heard me witness to others and told me later that she loved listening. She likes to hear my husband preach also. What more can I say? I really thought she was coming along. Can you imagine my disappointment when I recently saw her wearing the brown scapular around her neck? It was the brown scapular that I am very familiar with.
The Brown Scapular
Mary’s promise to those who wear the scapular …
whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire
it shall be a sign of salvation,
a protection in danger
and a pledge of peace
I said to my nursing home friend “you know that I talk to you like I would talk to my own mother, and you know how much I loved my mother.” She gave me a big smile and said “yes I know.” Then I asked her about the scapular she was wearing. She said “if I am wearing this scapular when I die I will go to heaven.” She told me her daughter had given it to her. I told her that although her daughter meant well, and although the promise associated with scapular was something that we had grown up believing, it was a false hope to put our trust in Mary and scapulars. I reminded her that Jesus was our only hope, encouraged her to seek the Lord and His truth, and then I prayed for her.
As born again Christians, when we are with Roman Catholics, we must always look beneath the surface even when a Catholic professes love for Jesus. If we do that, then we will know their true spiritual condition, and know how to witness, and how to pray for these souls. A long time ago I overheard a Christian say “God would not send my grandmother to hell just because she prayed to Mary.” The real issue is that if someone knows the Lord they would not be praying to Mary. They would be repulsed at the very thought. The said truth is (though many a Christian may dispute it) “Mary” is the mediator for most Roman Catholics.
See … SALVATION