When Turkish gunman Ali Agca attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, the Pope’s first whispered cry was heard to be, “Mary, my mother…!” before losing consciousness.
According to author Tad Szulc in his book, “Pope John Paul II – The Biography,” the pope believed that his life was saved as a “real miracle” by the Virgin of Fatima, whose feast day is May 13 (the date of his assassination attempt).
John Paul II went to her shrine in Fatima, Portugal on the first anniversary of Agca’s attack to thank the Virgin for saving him and to place the bullet that had struck him on her altar.
That the Pope called on Mary to save his life, and not Jesus Christ, is significant.
Mariology is one of the cardinal doctrines of the Catholic Church. It ascribes scores of titles to Mary that are in many cases utterly scandalous and blasphemous: “Ark of the Covenant,” “Gate to Heaven,” “Moses’ Burning Bush,” “Tower of David,” “Queen of the Universe,” “Morning Star,” “Refuge of Sinners,” and many more outrageous misnomers.
Mariology asserts four primary dogmas pertaining to Mary:
1. That she is a Perpetual Virgin; that Mary was virgin before, during and after giving birth. (This is entirely irrational and unscriptural. She bore an entire family of humanly-conceived children).
2. That she is the Mother of God – “Theotokos” – It is called “divine maternity.” The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) holds that since Jesus was both God and man, Mary was the mother of God. The extension of this idea would make Mary divine, which is a blasphemous notion. However, only a human was conceived in Mary’s womb. God was NOT conceived, nor was God born of a woman. God was IN Christ by incarnation. The deity in Christ was the Father in His ancient fullness. God was neither conceived nor born. Mary is NOT the mother of God in any way.
3. That she was Immaculately Conceived – The Immaculate Conception is a false doctrine that states that Mary, from the moment of her conception, was “full of grace,” and “never stained” by sin.
4. That she was “Assumed” into Heaven. The false doctrine of theAssumption asserts that Mary was caught up alive into Heaven – body, soul and spirit, and never tasted death. Not one shred of scriptural evidence supports this belief, which in fact contradicts fourth century Catholic writings by Epiphanius that stated that no one knew the fate of Mary. But we do know that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,” Hebrews 9:27. If Jesus could not escape that divine appointment, we have NO REASON to believe that Mary could.
The Assumption doctrine erroneously appropriates the twelfth chapter of the book of Revelation, in which the nation of Israel (symbolized by 12 stars around her head) is depicted as a woman bearing the man-child Messiah. The RCC ignores the true meaning of this chapter and interprets to say that MARY is the woman crowned by twelve stars (leaving that detail unexplained).
One of the real detriments of this false doctrine is that it is impossible to CORRECTLY interpret the prophetic meaning of Revelation 12 while believing the Catholic interpretation. [button link=”http://amredeemed.com/prophecy/revelation/c12/” icon=”127758″ target=”” color=”orange” size=”small”]Revelation 12 Interpretation[/button]
Veneration of Mary
Furthermore, the very heart and soul of Mariology is the Veneration of Mary – holding her to be sacred, and highly revered. Despite all arguments to the contrary, “veneration” in the Roman Catholic Church amounts to full-blown idolatry.
All around the world, lavish feasts and celebrations are held where hundreds of millions of people celebrate and give offerings to the Virgin Mary – “Our Lady.” Flowers are placed at her feet; delicacies are baked, and laid at the base of her idol. Her image is placed in the most conspicuous, highly visible focal points at the head of “churches,” in prominent places in private homes, in most noticeable places in parks and yards and businesses. Mary’s image is worn on necklaces and bracelets, and hung in portraits on walls, and massive statues are constructed in public places to venerate and glorify Mary. It is impossible to overstate the amount of superstitious power, charm and blessing that is believed to be in the images of Mary.
This CANNOT be, and IS NOT, acceptable with God. It is a flagrant and offensive manifestation of idolatry in its purest form. There are few subjects in the Bible for which God has more hostility than idolatry and the worship of false gods. And in Catholicism, Mary really is a false god. [button link=”http://amredeemed.com/evangelism/adventist-muslim-relations/islam-catholicism-freemasonry-one-god/” icon=”127758″ target=”” color=”green” size=”small”]Catholicism, Islam and Free Masonry[/button]
Let me pose a hypothetical example to illustrate what a gross offense Mariology is to the truth of God as set forth in scriptures.
Just suppose that the President arrived at his inauguration ceremonies to assume his duly-elected powers in office. But instead of finding a legitimate inauguration ceremony being conducted, he found hundreds of thousands of citizens celebrating a strange woman who claimed to be his wife. Can you imagine the thoughts that would pass through the President’s mind as he watched the multitudes totally usurp his inauguration? This strange woman, with whom he has NEVER had a relationship, is receiving ALL the honors, all the praise, all the accolades. She is standing in the podium where the President was supposed to stand. Meanwhile, the President is being ignored. In a final, horrifying, blasphemous act, this strange woman stands and takes the Oath of Office!
And to make matters worse, NOBODY objects to this travesty of justice! Nobody raises a voice to decry the illegality of this ceremony, nor to condemn the impostor!
This hypothetical example shows exactly how outrageous and scandalous it is that this DEMON SPIRIT by the name of MARY, or the BLESSED VIRGIN, or “Our Lady,” posing as a non-existent perpetually virgin, “immaculately conceived,” “Mother of God,” “Queen of Heaven,” who never died, stands in the midst of hundreds of millions of religious worshipers around the world and STEALS THE WORSHIP AND GLORY THAT IS ONLY DUE TO JESUS CHRIST ALONE! I cannot imagine anything on earth being more abominable.[button link=”http://amredeemed.com/evangelism/doctrines/corruptions-christianity-catholicism-idolatry-mary/” icon=”9733″ target=”” color=”blue” size=”small”]Idolatry and Mary[/button]
In the end of time, Almighty God will certainly destroy all such images, as well as all those who worship them.
“Mother of the Church”
Mary is held to be the eschatological (prophetic) fulfillment of the Church. Mary is called the Bride of God and the Queen of Heaven, and first manifestation, first embodiment of the church. Since Vatican II, she is called the Mother of the Church.
If that is so, then the doctrine of the New Birth (as taught by Jesus and all the apostles) is moot and irrelevant. If Mary was the embodiment of the church before Calvary, then there is a church that is not born again — a notion we cannot accept. This furthermore suggests that all believers must be born of Mary into the Roman Catholic Church, rather than as Jesus taught, “born again” of water and of Spirit into the kingdom of God.
The stark reality is that Mary had to be born again just like every other New Testament believer. Mary was one of the 3,120 seekers who were born into the kingdom of God on the Day of Pentecost.
Another tenet of Mariology that presents a major problem is the concept of Mary being the Mother of God. Whose mother was she? God’s, or the Son of God’s? “When the fulness of time came, Mary brought forth her firstborn son and laid him in a manger.” Jesus was certainly God, but God wasn’t born that day — a man in whom God dwelt was born. How can anybody in their right mind believe that God has a mother? Mary had a baby boy named Jesus. He was the incarnation of the Father. Mary was only a human body bearing a human body; a vessel producing a vessel. She is NOT the mother of any kind of deity. She is the mother of the man, Jesus Christ.
The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is not as it may sound. Anyone who is uninitiated to the idea would probably presume that the Immaculate Conception refers to Mary’s virginity at the time of Jesus’ conception. But that is NOT what the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is about. Instead, it posits that Mary HERSELF was born immaculately — without sin; that SHE was immaculately conceived. That is a heretical doctrine that cannot be supported by ANYTHING in the Bible. Psalm 51:5 says, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
Neither did Mary remain immaculate throughout her life. In contradiction of that obvious truth, Pope Pius XII said, “If the popular praises of the Blessed Virgin Mary be given the careful consideration they deserve, who will dare to doubt that she, who was purer than the angels and at all times pure, was at any moment, even for the briefest instant, not free from every stain of sin?” But the Bible is certain on that matter: “ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost, which was experienced by all those in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost, according to Peter’s exhortation in Acts 2:38, had to be preceded by repentance. If Mary was among those who repented, she must have had sin. And of course, she did.
Mary was born again after the same fashion of all her other brothers and sisters in the early church. She had to repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of her sins, and receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Yes – Mary spoke in unknown tongues as the Spirit gave her the utterance. She would be completely aghast at the horrific abominations being perpetrated in her name today.
This Roman heresy of the Immaculate Conception ascribes sinless perfection to Mary, which cannot possibly be true. It is an intolerable, devious doctrine intended to divert the glory for which only God is worthy, to an unworthy human being, and ultimately, a deceiving spirit – a devil!
Was Mary a Sinner?
We found Mary among the 120 believers praying in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost. “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance,” Acts 2:2-4.
Mary was one of the believers upon whom the Holy Ghost fell at Pentecost. When the multitudes in Jerusalem heard the news of what had happened, they inquired as to how they, too, could experience the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Peter answered them in a straight-forward formulaic manner. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call,” Acts 2:38-39.
Peter showed the people that if they wanted to receive the Holy Spirit as the others had, they should repent of their sins, and be baptized by immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Then, he said, they would receive the Holy Ghost.
In consideration of Peter’s formula, we can deduct that all those 120 believers had already repented of their sins, and been baptized in the name of Jesus. That includes Mary. Yes, Mary had repented of her sins. Yes, she was a sinner just like every other person who comes to God.
Prayers to Mary (same as prayers to the dead)
The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is a false doctrine with a deceptive and destructive purpose. Any time a false doctrine is preached, it misleads the people, and necessarily distracts them from the pure and infallible doctrines of the Word of God. In the case of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, the deception is that people are encouraged to turn their love and devotion to a human being, encouraged to PRAY to her, VENERATE her, keep icons and images of her, give gifts to her, and look to her to perform signs, wonders and miracles for them.
Mary has absolutely no awareness of what is going on in earth, “…for who shall bring him [the dead] to see what shall be after him?” Ecclesiastes 3:22. “Wherefore I praised the dead… who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.”
Solomon said, “The living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, …Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished,” Ecclesiastes 9:5-6. What does that mean? That means that MARY CANNOT HEAR ANYBODY’S PRAYERS!
Finally, the Veneration doctrine includes not only the “veneration,” or “highly honoring” of Mary, but also is preliminary to her declared Sainthood. Sainthood, (another extra-biblical heresy created and promoted by the Roman Catholic Church) among other things, is the esteeming of some purportedly great Christian to the office of Sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church, and subsequently holding him or her to be a heavenly intercessor, or one to PRAY to.
This is seriously wrong. To begin with, there are absolutely no scriptural precedents for such behavior. Not one scripture even suggests that we should attempt to communicate with any deceased person, saint or sinner. In fact, the scriptures declare that the body of the dead returns to the earth, “ashes to ashes and dust to dust,” and “the spirit returns to God who gave it.”
An evil King Saul tried to communicate with the dead prophet Samuel by going to the witch of Endor. She purported to raise the spirit of Samuel, which condemned Saul to death that night. To be absolutely sure, she did NOT raise the spirit of Samuel. To believe that she did opens the door to believing that witches have power over God. That is frighteningly heretical. You MUST understand that witches ONLY communicate with devils. The witch of Endor only raised a “familiar spirit” of Samuel’s. The witch’s ONLY access to the nether world was by a familiar spirit (demon). That was NOT Samuel. It was a familiar spirit POSING as Samuel! That “Samuel” was a lying devil. To believe otherwise is to break every other Biblical precedent. The tragic fact is that Saul died within twenty-four hours of communicating with that forbidden spirit.
We must similarly conclude that when anyone claims to be able to communicate with the dead, they are only communicating with “familiar spirits,” or demons! It is an evil thing to have communications with Mary. The spirits and apparitions that appear around the world, performing hundreds of miracles, including weeping statues, bleeding statues, images dripping oil, et cetera – ALL are demonic manifestations that deceive and delude the masses.
Therefore, on the basis of that reasoning, we must conclude that any prayer to the Virgin Mary could only be heard by God Himself or by a familiar spirit demon. Mary, who has for 2000 years been dead, was and is NOT ABLE to communicate with the living today. Her mortal body has returned to the dust, and is awaiting the resurrection of the dead – the putting on of a new body. Her spirit is now in the presence of Jesus Christ in Heaven, and completely oblivious to circumstances going on in the earth.
ANYONE posing as Mary today would HAVE TO BE AN IMPOSTOR SPIRIT, a powerful and influential devil that no Christian in their right mind would want to have ANY dealings with!
How can it NOT be an abomination to pray to the devil?? [button link=”http://amredeemed.com/evangelism/doctrines/corruptions-christianity-catholicism-mass-transubstantiation/” icon=”128077″ target=”” color=”orange” size=”small”]Corruptions of Christianity[/button]
Apparitions and Miracles by Mary
The horrifying reality is that powerful demons are the impostors of Mary. All the miracles that are presently attributed to the “Blessed Virgin” in over 600 sites around the world that are officially recognized by the RCC, are not miracles of Mary or of God, but DEMONIC DECEPTIONS, perpetrated to keep men and women from ever believing in the true, infallible Bible doctrines contained in the (non-Catholic) gospel of Jesus Christ.
By now, the apparitions of the Virgin are almost countless. They spread from Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, to Lourdes, France; from Fatima, Portugal to the Hill of Tepeyac, Guadalupe, Mexico; including Mbuye, Uganda; Zaragoza, Spain; the Esquiline Hill in Rome, Italy; Walsingham, England; Cambridge, England; Prouille, France; Saint-Étienne-le-Laus and Paris, France; La Salette, Pontmain, Beauraing, Banneux, and even Lubbock, Texas!
All these demonic appearances have NOT resulted in millions of people being born again into the kingdom of God, but have drawn millions of people AWAY from the true gospel into the mystical clutches of Roman Catholic spiritual perversions. The Virgin’s miracles do NOT promote the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ or the preaching of the pure, unadulterated word of God. In fact, they accomplish the EXACT OPPOSITE of spreading the gospel. Because of the GROSS DECEPTIONS of Mariology, the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ is being supplanted and side-stepped in nations all over the world.
In places where the Roman Catholic Church is the predominate religion, the people have NEVER been taught the truth that Mary CANNOT do ANYTHING for them, and that only JESUS CHRIST can save their souls, heal their sicknesses, or write their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life. So Mariology is leading people astray! It is distracting hundreds of millions of people from the real and true doctrines of the early Church.
You can and should believe that Almighty God will ultimately condemn Mariology in every form. Those whose religion was based upon Mariology will find themselves in the gravest of positions, never having been taught the truth about being Born Again by repentance, baptism in Jesus name, and being filled with the Holy Ghost. Instead, they will find themselves standing before Jesus Christ at the final judgment, accused and guilty of both idolatry and witchcraft.
If Mary could speak from Heaven, (which she CANNOT), she would soundly denounce all such teaching, in the same manner in which the angel rebuked John in Revelation 22:8-9. “And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”
“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness,” Psalms 29:2. “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images,” Isaiah 42:8.
It is a blasphemous abomination to bow before an image of the “Virgin Mary.” All glory belongs to God, and He will not tolerate the glory being given to any human or idol. “That no flesh should glory in his presence,” 1 Corinthians 1:29.
The Spirit of Mary “Prophesies” Fire Will Fall
In a book called, ‘The Thunder of Justice’ written by Ted and Maureen Flynn, with the foreword written by prominent Vatican insider, the late Malachi Martin, Mary predicts profound changes on the world scene imminently.
“Our Lady” is quoted as saying prophetically (in the very opening chapter), “A chastisement worse than the flood is about to come upon this poor and perverted humanity. FIRE will descend from Heaven and this will be a sign that the justice of God has as of now fixed the hour of His great manifestation.” THEY think this is Mary speaking. Actually, it is a DEMON!
These words of “Mary” recall Revelation 13:13-14, which refers to the “False Prophet” of the apocalypse: “and he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh FIRE come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast…”
First, the Fire, then the Antichrist?
The surrounding verses describe the most powerful religious leader in the world performing a miracle that is presently being predicted by the “Blessed Virgin” herself!
The Pope prays daily to the “Blessed Virgin,” and he is the principal defender of her role in reconciling the world to God. He has said that Jesus Christ is the MEDIATOR between God and Mary!
The demon spirit behind the entire “Blessed Virgin” deception is the same spirit that drives the Antichrist, who will soon be revealed in these last days. The prophecy states that the Pope has the “power to give life to the image of the beast.”
When all these facts are taken into consideration, no one who wants to be saved should remain in the Roman Catholic Church.
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.”Revelation 18:4-6 (KJV) [button link=”http://amredeemed.com/evangelism/doctrines/great-final-message-catholics/” icon=”127758″ target=”” color=”orange” size=”small”]Great Message for Catholics[/button]