- On today’s show Landon discusses the band Jesus Culture and their anti-biblical message they bring to the youth and young adults of the evangelical world. Then, we continue our series on Catholicism with a discussion about the exaltation of Mary to a point of idolatry.
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[00:02:40] Topic 1: The danger of the band “Jesus Culture” and those like it.
- Kim Walker-Smith claims that she spoke with Jesus, that He cuddled her, and that she saw God the Father. And while she acknowledges that such visions are not regular occurrences, she nevertheless indicates that she’s had multiple encounters with Him. One wonders how many people sitting amongst that large crowd left disappointed that night that they had not “encountered” Jesus as Kim Walker-Smith claimed that she had. Walker-Smith’s recollection of the vision is natural, and seems to presume that everyone should experience such a thing.
[00:51:55] Topic 2: Are Roman Catholics Saved? A study of Catholicism. (Part 5, Mary)
- Roman Catholicism elevates Mary, the mother of Jesus, to an astonishingly high position. She is called all holy, all-powerful, co-redeemer, mediatrix, the mother of God, full of grace, and the queen of heaven, to name a few.
- Her titles are not only magnificent, but her actions are equally impressive. She is said to be conceived without sin, the force behind the spread of the gospel, able to hear our prayers, guarantees us salvation, the only means of salvation, and she even atoned for our sins. But are these things true? Not according to the Bible.
- The danger with exceeding what is written in Scripture is teaching things that are against God‘s word and this can, in the case of their teaching on Mary, lead to idolatry. Of course, the Catholics will
say they commit no idolatry when they ―give honor‖ to Mary and pray to her and call her the ―Mother of God‖, Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, Mediatrix, The New Eve, the Mother of the Church, etc. But, it is one thing to make such a claim and another to demonstrate that they are not committing such a sin.
- The Roman Catholic Church is quick to say that Mary only receives the honor that is due tobher since she is ―Full of Grace‖ (more on thisblater). They call this honor “Hyperdulia”.
- By saying that Mary is worthy of hyperdulia, but not the worship and adoration that belongs to God alone, they are then enabled to bow before her images, pray to her, ask for her intercession and protection, etc. They do the very same things they would do to God and yet deny it is worship equal to God. They are still going beyond the boundaries of what Scripture says about Mary. Remember, we are not to exceed what is written.
- Catholics recite “The Hail Mary” which is part of the Rosary. The Rosary is a string of beads used to count the set number of repetitive prayers to God and to Mary. This prayer is often used in Penance as a means to regain grace lost due to sin.
- “Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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.”
- The “Hail Mary” prayer is another form of exaltation of Mary. But, the phrase “full of grace” in Greek is “plaras karitos” and it occurs in only two places in the New Testament; neither one is in reference to Mary.
- Roman Catholicism exalts Mary to an exceedingly high degree. She is called ―Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, Mediatrix‖ (CCC 969). She is said to have been conceived without sin and that she never committed sin (CCC 508). It says that she can hear our prayers as well as answer them (CCC 2675), that she crushed the head of the serpent (Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus), that she can be worshipped (Vatican II, p. 420), that she delivers our souls from death (CCC 966), and that she made atonement for sins (Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, Ott, p. 213).
- She is exalted almost to the level of God himself. And, instead of guarding the people under it, the Roman Catholic Church even promotes the adoration of Marian apparitions that clearly violate scripture. These apparitions request adoration and chapels be built to them (Guadalupe, Mexico), wearing medallions to obtain grace (Rue Du Bac, France), doing penance to save sinners (Lourdes, France), and making sacrifices to repair the sins committed against ―the sacred heart of Mary‖ (Fatima, Portugal).
- The Roman Catholic Church is wrong about Mary. Instead of promoting superstition, works righteousness, adoration to her (and statues), praying to her, putting trust in her, etc., it should do what Mary said in her last recorded words found in the Bible:
- “Whatever He [Jesus] says to you, do it.” (John 2:5)
Resources Mentioned During the Show
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- Jesus Culture and Judah Smith to Join Piper, Moore, Chan and Others at Giglio’s Passion 2013
- Catechism of the Catholic Church
- CARM.org (Site of the Catholic study author, Matt Slick. Please consider purchasing the actual study as it is highly edifying.)
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