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Cult of Mary - Part One

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The Church of Rome Not A Church of Jesus Christ But The Cult of Mary

Rome is not the Church of Jesus Christ let alone the true Church, but rather the synagogue of Mary, a cult of papal invention.

In the true Church of Jesus Christ our Lord Jesus Christ has all the preeminence. In the Church of Rome Mary, by order of the Roman Antichrists, has all the preeminence.

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit are demoted to secondary places by the order of the self-professed infallible popes. The entire Godhead must stand aside for Mary – note it must be emphasized not Mary, the virgin mother of the Christ Child but a woman of Rome’s own invention as far apart from the Mary of the New Testament as heaven is from hell.

It is my task to lay the foundation of Bible truth in contrast to the inventions of Popery on this subject to trace the continuing development of Rome’s falsehoods about Mary and her increasing advancement; and then to consider the exaltation of Mary to the jettisoning of the true doctrine of God.

It will be my task to discuss how Rome exalts her Mary at the expense of God the Father and God the Son.

MARY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IS NOT THE MARY OF ROME

The Bible Revelation of Mary the Mother of our Lord is quite easily summarized.

The New Testament has little to say of Mary. Her last recorded words the Church of Rome would do well to head, ‘Whatsoever He (the Lord) saith, do it.’ Then silence. No further record of her speech.

During our Lord’s ministry we read of her and her sons and daughters seeking Him and this drew from his lips the rebuke, ‘Who is my mother and who are my brethren?’ Matt. 12:46-50.

Mary was present at the Cross-where Christ disassociated Himself from her giving John the duty of sonship.

Notice, Christ never addressed her as ‘Mother’ but always as ‘Woman’

She is lastly mentioned as being an attendant at the pre-Pentecostal upper room prayer meeting. Professor Boettner states:

‘The apostles did not show her any special honour. Peter, Paul, John and James do not mention her name even once in the epistles which they wrote to the churches. John took care of her until she died, but he does not mention her in any of his three epistles or in the book of Revelation.

When the church was instituted at Pentecost there was only one name given among men whereby we must be saved, that of Jesus (Acts 4:12). Wherever the eyes of the church are directed to the abundance of grace, there is no mention of Mary. Surely this silence is a rebuke to those who would build a system of salvation around her. God has given us all the record we need concerning Mary, and that record does not indicate that worship or veneration in any form is to be given to her.

How complete, then, is the falsehood of Romanist that gives primary worship and devotion to her!’

To sum up, Mary was the Divinely chosen woman to be the channel for the incarnation in flesh of the second person of the Holy and Divine Trinity, God the Son.

For the privileged of that special honour, however, she has been termed in the following manner in the Scriptures, ‘Blessed art thou amongst woman’ – not above or before or above.

In the earliest days of the New Testament Church that scriptural view was upheld and affirmed.

With the apostasising of truth and the development of the Papacy, Rome commenced her invention and dogma of the cult of Mary and has now produced the figure of the Roman Mary, another Mary unrecognizable as the Mary of Scripture - Mary the mannequin of the Roman catwalk. The Mother of God is Rome’s term. She is Rome’s supreme goddess and deity, her greatest idol. Mariolatry has become the greatest idolatry of the Papal system.

Rome glories in

  1. HER PECULIAR SINLESSNESS
  2. HER ETERNAL VIRGINITY
  3. HER CO-REDEMPTORIST STATUS
  4. HER IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
  5. HER UNLIMITED MIRACLES
  6. HER BODIY ASSUMPTION
  7. HER CORONATION AS QUEEN OF HEAVEN
  8. HER EVER DEVELOPING POSITION AS HIGHER THAN GOD
  9. HER MANY FEASTS
  10. HER MANY TITLES

This is a vast subject and so to cover it in an interesting manner I am going to present it in the form of a dialogue.

I am indebted to an old publication, which I purchased many, many years ago for this called ‘Popery Unmasked’ by Rev. Henry Woodcock – a primitive Methodist from Cornwall. The dialogue, which I have adapted, commences in its preface with the following lines, which express succinctly my conviction:

‘Tender handed touch a nettle
And it stings you for your pains
Grasp it like a man of metal
And it soft as silk remains.

So it is with Roman teaching
Give it favour and you’re caught
Press it hard with Scriptural teaching
And its powers will come to naught.’

My dialogue is between Mr. Twilight [T] and Mr. Daylight [D].

Mr. Twilight is an unenlightened nominal Protestant. Mr. Daylight is a well-instructed Bible-believing Protestant, not ignorant of the Roman Antichrist’s devices.

T. Please inform me of the teaching of Rome concerning the Virgin Mary.

D. Why, sir, the books of devotion which are sanctioned by the Papal church, contain, in regard to Mary’s power and glory, the honour which is due to her, and the miracles she is said to have performed, a mass of absurdity, falsehood and blasphemy, almost incredible.

T. Be kind enough to state, in a concise a form and as clear a light as possible, the sum of Rome’s teaching on this point.

D. Attend then to the following particulars:-

1. Her Titles

In the devotion of the ‘Sacred Heart of Mary’ (Dublin 1840) and at page 43 we read:

‘ The Church assisted and instructed by the Holy Spirit, gives to Mary titles which resemble those given to her Divine Son. Jesus is our King; Mary is our Queen. Jesus is our advocate and mediator; Mary is also our advocate and mediatrix. Jesus is our hope, our refuge, our consolation: we say the same of Mary. Jesus is the way which leads to heaven; Mary is the gate of Heaven.’

The following titles are given to her in ‘The Garden of the Soul’ pp 260-262 (Derby Edition) where she is entreated to pray for her devotees:-

2. The Blessings she is said to Confer

‘O generous Mary, beautiful above all, obtain pardon for us – apply grace unto us – prepare glory for us – hail, thou rose, thou Virgin Mary. Grant unto us wisdom, and with the elect to enjoy grace, that we may with melody praise thee, and do thou drive our sins away.’ – From the Hours of the Blessed Virgin.

Pope Gregory XVI in his encyclical letter says, ‘And that all may have a successful and happy issue, let us raise our eyes to the most blessed Virgin Mary, who alone destroys heresies, who is our greatest hope, yea, the entire ground of our hope.’

‘O blessed Virgin Mary, how entirely did you love your son Jesus! O cause me to love him, and that nothing in this world may ever separate me from his holy grace.’ – Douay Cat. P 122.

3. The Protection she Affords

‘I beseech thee most humbly, that thou wilt protect me this day and defend me from sin and wickedness.’

‘I beseech and request that at the hour of death thou wilt enlighten my soul with true faith.’

‘I pray thee, that at the hour of death thou wilt pour in, and fill my soul with Divine love.’

-From the Hours of the Blessed Virgin

‘We fly to thy patronage, O holy mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers.’ -From Garden of the Soul, p 260

4. Her Equality with Christ and the Godhead

‘Mary is the Queen of the Universe, since Jesus is its King; thus as St. Bernard again observes, ‘As many creatures as obey God so many obey the glorious Virgin; everything in heaven and on earth which is subject to God is also under the empire of the holy Mother.’

‘Mary is omnipotent, for, according to all laws, the Queen enjoys the same privileges as the King; and that power may be equal between the Son and the Mother – Jesus has rendered Mary omnipotent – the one is omnipotent by nature, the other is omnipotent by grace’ – From the Glories of Mary

5. She Cooperates with Christ in the great work of Salvation

‘Blessed be the man who is bound by love and confidence to these two anchors of salvation, Jesus and Mary; he certainly shall not be lost. Precious confidence! Secure refuge! Since the mother of God is my Mother also. How well founded is the good Christian’s hope of salvation, since it depends on the best of Brothers, and the tenderest of Mothers.’

‘Jesus says in the gospel, - No one can come to me if my Father does not draw him by his grace. He says also of Mary – No one can come to me if my Mother does not attract him by her prayers.’

- From the Glories of Mary

6. She is the Source of Salvation.

‘You are the joy of the church, the support of the faithful, the glory of the universe, the astonishment of nature, the miracle of grace, the miracle of beauty, the treasure of virtue, the ocean of all grace; we run to you the advocate of sinners, the mother of orphans, the hope of mortals, the only helper of those in affliction.’

-From the Flowers of Devotion.

7. She is more Merciful than Christ

‘What shall be the fit accompaniment of one whom the Almighty has deigned to make, not His servant, not His friend, not His intimate, but his superior, the source of His second being, the nurse of his helpless infancy, the teacher of his opening years! I answer, as the King was answered, nothing is too high for her to whom God owes His life; no exuberance of grace, no excess of glory, but is becoming, but is to be expected there where God has lodged himself, whence God has issued. Let her be clothed in King’s apparel; that is, let the fullness of the Godhead so flow into her, that she may be a figure of the incommunicable sanctity, and beauty, and glory of God himself; that she may be the Mirror of Justice, the Mystical Rose, the Tower of Ivory, the House of God, the Morning Star. Let her receive the King’s diadem upon her head, as the Queen of Heaven, the Mother of all living, the heath of the weak, the refuge of sinners, the comforter of the afflicted; and let angels, and prophets, and apostles, and martyrs, and all saints kiss the hem of her garments, and rejoice under the shadow of her throne,

– Dr. Newman’s sermon on the fitness and Glories of Mary p 348 [1850]

‘If my Saviour drive me off because of my sins, I shall go and cast myself at the feet of his mother; thence I will not rise until she has obtained my pardon, for she does not know what it is to be insensible to the voice of misery, and her pity will soften the anger of her son.’

‘In the Franciscan Chronicles it is related that brother Leo once saw a red ladder on the summit of which was Jesus Christ; and a white one, on the top of which was His most holy mother; and he saw some one who tried to ascend the red ladder, and they mounted a few steps, and fell – they tried again, and again fell. They were advised to go and try the white ladder, and by that one they easily ascended; for our Blessed La; and he saw some one who tried to ascend the red ladder, and they mounted a few steps, and fell – they tried again, and again fell. They were advised to go and try the white ladder, and by that one they easily ascended; for our Blessed Lad stretched out her hand and helped them, and so they got safely to heaven.’

-From the Glories of Mary

8. The Praises which are rendered unto her

The most conclusive proof of the absolute deification of the Virgin with which I am acquainted is to be found in ‘The Psalter of the Blessed Virgin’ – a production of the celebrated St. Bonaventure. ‘This impious book is nothing less than a parody upon the book of Psalms – the same titles, prayers and praises being addressed to Mary, which David and others addressed to the blessed Jehovah.’ The following are specimens:-

Psalm 16: ‘Preserve me, O Lady, I have hope in thee etc’

Psalm 19: ‘The heavens declare thy glory, O Virgin Mary, and the balm of they perfume is spread over all nations etc.’

Psalm 25: ‘Unto thee, O Lady, do I lift up my soul, etc.’

Psalm 27: ‘O Lady, may the glory of thy countenance be my light etc.’

Psalm 32: ‘Blessed are they who cherish thee in their hearts, O Virgin Mary; their sins will be mercifully effaced by thee.’

Psalm 34: ‘I will bless our Lady at all times, and never shall per praise depart from my mouth.’

Psalm 42: ‘As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thy love, blessed Virgin.’

Psalm 46: ‘O Lady, thou art my refuge in all our necessities etc.’

Psalm 68: ‘Let Mary arise, and let her enemies be scattered.’

Psalm 83: ‘How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lady of Virtues, etc.’

Psalm 91: ‘He who dwells in the confidence of the mother shall abide under her protection, etc.’

Psalm 110: ‘The Lord has said to our Lady, my mother, sit thou on my right hand, etc.’

Psalm 150: ‘Praise our Lady in her holiness, praise her in her virtue and miracles.’

These, Mr. Twilight, are Rome’s ascriptions of praise to Mary in prose. Hear now its poetry. For the Papists not only pray to the Virgin, they also sing to her. I could scarcely believe this until I got ‘The Garden of the Soul’ the book of devotion to which I have often referred. Then the fact became palpable.

The following are parts of two hymns on page 263.

‘Loosen the sinners’ hands
All evil drive away;
Bring light unto the blind,
And for all graces pray.

Preserve our lives unstain’d
And guard us in our way,
Until we come to thee,
To joys that ne’er decay.

Hail, Queen of Heaven, the ocean star
Guide of the wanderers here below,
Thrown on life’s surge we claim thy care,
Save us from peril and from woe.’

9. The Miracles performed by her.

‘A devout servant of Mary went one day, without telling her husband, to visit a church of our blessed Lady, and was prevented by a great storm from returning home at night. She was greatly alarmed lest her husband might be angry at it. She, however, recommended herself to Mary, and returned home, when she found her husband very kind to her, and quite a good humour. By her inquiries she discovered, that the night before, the Divine Mother had taken her form, and attended to all the duties of the household as a servant.

‘Bernadine de Busto relates that a bird was taught to say ‘Hail Mary!’ A hawk was on the point of seizing it, when the bird cried out, ‘Hail Mary!’ in an instant the hawk fell dead. God intended to show thereby that, even if an irrational creature was preserved by calling on Mary, how much more would those who are prompt in calling on her, when assaulted by devils, be delivered from them.’ - From the Glories of Mary

Such, Mr. Twilight is a fair and truthful representation of the teachings of the Papal Church concerning the Virgin Mary.

T. I am appalled at the reckless idolatry of the Romish Church in thus elevating the earthly Mother of our Lord, into equality with God. I see that they place her on the throne; give her a joint honour and occupancy with the Saviour; address more prayers to her than to Christ; confide in her protection and trust more implicitly to her intercession than to Christ’s. Does such worship comport with Mary’s character, as revealed in the Bible?

D. No. You may trace her life from its commencement to its close and you will not find a single instance in which her intercession was solicited or her help desired. If no other arguments existed against the idolatrous worship of Mary, the very silence of scripture on the point, ought to be decisive.

After a discourse of our Lord ‘a certain woman lifted up her voice and said, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou has sucked.’ Here was the moment for Christ to leave on record the true light in which posterity was to regard his earthly mother. Did he say, ‘The Virgin Mary, she who bare me, on her quitting this world, will be raised to the throne of God, become the spouse of the Eternal, hear the prayers of mortals, intercede on their behalf, and receive their adoration’? No, Sir. But, as if he designed, by anticipation, to discourage the idolatrous devotion of latter times, he checked the laudations of the woman, by assigning a higher blessedness and a superior relationship to those who obey his words – ‘Yea, rather blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.’ Luke 11:27-28.

Now these passages ought forever to settle the question of Mary’s supremacy, and show that Rome’s inculcation to worship Her are false, idolatrous and unscriptural.

T. But do not the Papists quote Luke 1:28 in justification of the worship of the Virgin? ‘And the Angel came unto her, and said, ‘Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women.’

D. They do. But if you turn to Judges v 24 you will read, ‘Blessed shall Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above woman.’ If therefore, the Virgin is to be adored because she is blessed among women, how much more is Jael to be adored because she is blessed above woman? Beside it is written, ‘Blessed is the man whose transgression is forgiven.’ ‘Blessed are the meek,’ etc And if all who are pronounced blessed are to be worshipped, why then, we converted Protestants must at once fall down and worship each other in the strains in which the Church of Rome adores the Virgin Mary!

T. I see that the Mary of the Bible and the Mary of the Papacy are as unlike each other as a triangle is unlike a circle. And yet, am I to understand that she is worshipped in the present day?

D. Yes. Indeed, the worship of Mary has become at the present day, more than ever a sort of monomania in the Church of Rome, and is followed out with an utter disregard of common sense and decency and of ordinary prudence and discretion. The Rev. H. Seymour, MA, who spent some months in Rome, says:

‘The worship of Mary has become predominant, it is absorbing all else. Her pictures, her images her worship, her patronage, her intercession, her churches, her convents are all preferred to ought else. ‘As the serpent rod of Aaron swallowed all the serpent rods of the Magicians, so the modern devotion for Mary has absorbed all the offerings, prayers and devotions for Jesus.’ – Pilgrimage to Rome p. 464

‘After a few months residence in Rome,’ says the Rev. S. Vicary, ‘ a stranger unacquainted with the religion professed there, would probably conclude that the Virgin Mary is the deity of the Italians.

The appearance of the interior of the churches, and many indications in the streets, would incline him to that opinion. In the former he finds various painting of her, placed generally in the most prominent place and not infrequently statues bearing her likeness or wooden figures richly attired. In the latter, he observes in the corner of most streets, busts of the Virgin with a small lamp before them, and some words underneath expressive of confidence and devotion. The altar of the Virgin has always the greatest number of suppliants while that on which stands the emblem of salvation – the cross – has but a straggling worshipper. The days set apart in honour of the Virgin are very numerous and are as much observed as the Sabbath, and probably more. The shops are closed, and to transact any business would be sacrilege. At present, the worship of the Virgin is placed upon the surest foundations at Rome. Pope, priests and people alike favour it. It is agreeable to their habits and wishes; and so firmly interwoven with their system, that I am sure they are convince, if her worship receive a wound, the fabric of their religion would fall to pieces. This article of their creed gains strength daily; and instead of giving way before extended knowledge and enlightened times; it takes a firmer hold upon their hearts and affections.’ – Notes of a Resident in Rome p. 183.

T. I am now convinced that, though there may be many sincere and benevolent people in the Papal communion, yet the Papacy, as such, is guilty of worshipping the creature instead of the Creator. May God have mercy on the dupes of such a system.

That is how Mr. Twilight came into the Daylight.

Cult of Mary - Part Two

Part One’s dialogue between Mr. Twilight and Mr. Daylight’s dialogue covered the whole sweep of Mariolatry but some matters must be surveyed and studied in reference to the Mary’s usurpation of the Father and the Son.

Rome’s Idolatrous title for her idol Mary the ‘Mother of God’

The doctrine of ‘Mary, the Mother of God,’ as we know it today is the result of centuries of growth, often stimulated by pronouncements of church prelates. And yet the full-fledged system of Mariolatry is a comparatively recent development in Roman Catholic dogma. In fact the last one hundred years have quite appropriately been called the ‘Century of Mary’.

As late as the fourth century there are no indications of any special veneration of Mary. Such veneration at that time could begin only if one were recognised as a saint, and only the martyrs were counted as saints. But since there was no evidence that Mary had suffered a martyr’s death, she was excluded from sainthood. Later the ascetics came to be acknowledged as among the saints. That proved to be the opening wedge for the sainthood of Mary, for surely she of all people, it was alleged, must have lived an ascetic life! The church acknowledged that Christ was born of the Virgin Mary. Apocryphal tradition built on those possibilities, and slowly the system emerged.

The phrase ‘Mother of God’ originated in the Council of Ephesus, in the year 431. It occurs in the Creed of Chalcedon, which was adopted by the council which met in that city in 451, and in regard to the person of Christ it declared that He was, ‘Born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God according to the manhood.’

S. E. Anderson says:

‘Roman priests call Mary the ‘mother of God’, a name impossible, illogical and unscriptural. It is impossible, for God can have no mother. He is eternal and without beginning while Mary was born and died within a few short years. It is illogical, for God does not require a mother for His existence. Jesus said, ‘Before Abraham was born, I am’ (John 8:58). IT is unscriptural, for the Bible gives Mary no such contradictory name. Mary was the honoured mother of the human body of Jesus – no more – as every Catholic must admit if he wishes to be reasonable and Scriptural. The divine nature of Christ existed from eternity past, long before Mary was born. Jesus never called her ‘mother’; He called her ‘woman’.’ [From the booklet Is Rome the True Church? P20]

Furthermore, if the Roman terminology is correct and Mary is to be called God’s mother, then Joseph was God’s step-father, James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas were God’s brothers, Elizabeth was God’s aunt, John the Baptist was God’s cousin, Heli was God’s grandfather, and Adam was God’s 59th great grandfather. Such references to God’s relatives sound more like a page out of Mormonism than Christianity.

The correct statement of the person of Christ in this regard is: As His human nature had no father, so His divine nature had no mother.

The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

It is well known to all that a controversy on this subject has existed in the Church of Rome. The favourers and opponents of the notion that the Virgin was born without sin, denounced each other as heretics.

The extent to which the bitterness of spirit was carried is manifest from the following passage in the Constitutions of Pope Sixtus V.

‘Certain preachers, as we have heard, of different orders, in their sermons to the people, have not hitherto been ashamed publicly to affirm in different cities and provinces, and do not desist from daily teaching, that all those who hold or agree that the same glorious and immaculate Mother of God was conceived without the stain of original sin, are guilty of mortal sin, or are heretics; that those who celebrate the service of the said immaculate conception, and those who hear the sermons of those preachers who affirm that she was conceived without this stain, sin grievously.’ – p262 Can. Et Dec. Trid. Lip 1846

The Constitutions then forbid that either party should denounce the other as heretical.

In fact, so wide was the gulf between both parties, that there were certain religious services in the Church of Rome in which they could not unite. For example, in the Carmelite confraternities, offices of the Immaculate Conception are used, in which there is constant mention of the sinless conception of Mary. Now, those who dissent from that notion could not join with Carmelites in offering up such prayers, and thus Roman Catholics were so divided in sentiment, that on certain occasions they could not unite in prayer.

The Council of Trent left the question undecided, but Pope Pius IX on 8th December 1854, dogmatically decreed that the Virgin was conceived without sin. In thus deciding the point –

  1. He has added a new article to the creed, an article never as such until eighteen hundred years after Christ.
  2. He has contradicted the views of the fathers of the primitive Church, and many of the most eminent doctors and saints of his own Church. Canus, Bishop of the Canary Isles at that time, says, ‘All the holy Fathers, with one consent, affirm the blessed Virgin to have been conceived in original sin.’ – Loc. Theol. P. 348. Colon. 1605

Thus, the Pope’s decision excited considerable commotion in the Church of Rome.

The Bodily Assumption of Mary

The latest addition to the long list of Roman Catholic believes (‘inventions’ might be a more accurate term) cam on November 1, 1950, with the ex cathedra pronouncement by Pope Pius XII from St. Peter’s chair that Mary’s body was raised from the grave shortly after she died, that her body and soul were reunited, and that she was taken up and enthroned as Queen of Heaven. And to this pronouncement there was added the usual warning that ‘anyone who may henceforth doubt or deny this doctrine is utterly fallen away from the divine and Catholic faith.’ That means that it is a mortal sin for any Roman Catholic to refuse to believe this doctrine.

According to tradition Mary’s assumption was on this wise:

‘On the third day after Mary’s death, when the apostles gathered around her tomb, they found it empty. The sacred body had been carried up to the celestial paradise. Jesus Himself came to conduct her hither; the whole court of heaven came to welcome with songs of triumph the Mother of the divine Lord. What a chorus of exultation! Hark how they cry, ‘Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be lifted up, O eternal gates, and the Queen of Glory shall enter in.’’

This is the type of account that might be expected from a medieval monk who was not satisfied with the information given in the Bible concerning Mary, and who undertook to describe the events as he imagined they might have happened. Here we are told that Mary was not only received into heaven, but that she was raised to a pre-eminence far above that which it is possible for any of the saints to attain. Because of her alleged co-operation in the passion of her Son, she is assigned a dignity beyond even the highest of the archangels. She was crowned Queen of Heaven by the eternal Father, and received a throne at her Son’s right hand.

Thus, Mary’s body was miraculously preserved from corruption, and her resurrection and ascension are made to parallel Christ’s resurrection and ascension. And she, like Him, is said to be enthroned in heaven where she makes intercession for the millions of people throughout the world who seek her assistance. This was a natural consequence of the 1854 pronouncement of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – a supernatural exit from life. A mysterious halo of holiness falls over her entire being. Whereas the glorification of the saints will take place at the end of the world, her glorification has already taken place.

While Pius XII was the Marian Pope the present occupier of the Vatican, Pope John Paul II, has exceeded him in his actions. He is the greatest Mariologist of them all. He is intent to point the world to Mary. As he does so he points the world away from Christ.

The Secret Purpose of Mariolatry

Dee Smith states:

‘Presiding over the two functions of Roman Catholic womanhood, the child-bearing program and the unpaid labour pool, stands the puppet figure of the Blessed Virgin, at once the instigator and the patroness.

Compared with her services in insuring the cushioned privilege and power of the hierarchy by subjugating the Roman Catholic women, the enormous wealth brought to Rome’s exchequer by the financial exploitations of Mariolatry is merely incidental. Yet it is worth a glance.

From the sale of ‘holy’ pictures, leaflets, scapulars, candles burned before altars, fees for masses and so on, the staggering intake at commercialised shrines such as St. Anne de Beaupre, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and others, a steady stream of gold flows into hierarchical coffers One might also paraphrase the Roman title, ‘Mother of God,’ to ‘Minter of Gold.’

But all this is nothing beside the Blessed Virgin’s vital and indispensable function in maintaining the status quo. Without the inspiration of the Blessed Virgin, the Roman Catholic woman could not be kept at her business of childbearing and drudging. Without the subjection of the Catholic woman, without her submissive acception of the yoke of Mary caricatured by the Roman Church, the all-powerful, self-indulgent ambitious men who constitute the Roman hierarchy would not be able to use their power as a weapon against human liberties and human rights.

Without doubt, the devotion to the Blessed Virgin constantly impressed upon the Roman population by its clergy is inspired not by piety, but by expediency. For the clergy, devotion to Mary is not merely a matter of dollars and cents, but of survival. Their sinecure depends on it. That is the secret purpose of Mariolatry.’

The contrast between Roman and Protestant Teaching

Dr. Joseph Zacchello, one time editor of The Convert, Clairton, Pennsylvania made the following statement concerning Mary’s rightful place in the Christian church:

‘The most beautiful story ever told is the story of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. And a part of that beautiful story is the account of Mary, the mother of our Lord.

Mary was a pure, virtuous woman. Nothing is clearer in all the Word of God than this truth. Read the accounts of Matthew and Luke and you see her as she is – pure in mind, humble, under the hand of God, thankful for the blessing of God, having faith to believe the message of God, being wise to understand the purpose of God in her life.

Mary was highly favoured beyond all other women. It was her unique honour that she should be the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed was Mary among women. Through her, God gave His most priceless gift to man.

But, though Mary be worthy of all honour as a woman favoured of God beyond all others, and though she be indeed a splendid, beautiful, godly character, and though she be the mother of our Lord, Mary can neither intercede for us with God, nor can she save us, and certainly we must not worship her. There is nothing clearer in the Word of God than this truth.

Let us notice this truth as it is diligently compared with the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and the Word of God. The following quotations are taken from the book ‘The Glories of Mary’ which was written by Bishop Alphonse de Liguori, one of the greatest devotional writers of the Roman Catholic Church, and the Word of God taken from the Douay Version which is approved by the Church. The Editor’s notice says, ‘Everything that our saint has written is, as it were, a summary of Catholic tradition on the subject that it treats; it is not an individual author, it is, so to speak, the church herself that speaks to us by the voice of her prophets, her apostles, her pontiffs, her saints, her fathers, her doctors of all nations and ages. No other book appears to be more worthy of recommendation in this respect than The Glories of Mary.’ [1931 edition. Redemptorist Fathers, Brooklyn]

Note the following deadly parallel:

Mary is given the place belonging to Christ

Roman Catholic Church

‘And is truly a mediatress of peace between sinners and God. Sinners receive pardon by … Mary alone.’ (pp 82,83). ‘Mary is our life … Mary in obtaining this grace for sinners by her intercession, thus restores them to life.’ (p.80) ‘He fails and is LOST who has not recourse to Mary.’ (p94).

The Word of God

For there is one God, and ONE Mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus’ (1 Tim. 2:5) ‘Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.’ (John 14:6). ‘Christ … is our life.’ (Col. 3:4).

Mary is glorified more than Christ

Roman Catholic Church

‘The Holy Church commands a WORSHIP peculiar to Mary.’ (p. 130). ‘Many things … are asked from God, and are not granted; they are asked from MARY and are obtained,’ for ‘She … is even Queen of Hell, and Sovereign Mistress of the Devils.’ (pp. 127,141,143).

The Word of God

‘In the Name of Jesus Christ … For there is no other name under Heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.’ (Acts 3:6, 4:12). His Name is ‘above every name … not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.’ (Eph. 1:21).

Mary is the Gate to Heaven instead of Christ

Roman Catholic Church

‘Mary is called … the gate of heaven because no once can enter that blessed kingdom without passing through HER’ (p. 160)

‘The Way of Salvation is open to none otherwise than through MARY,’ and since ‘Our salvation is in the hands of Mary ... He who is protected by Mary will be saved, he who is not will be lost’ (pp 169,170)

The Word of God

‘I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved,’ says Christ (John 10:1,7,9)

‘Jesus saith unto him, I am the way … no man cometh to the Father but by me’ (John 14:6) ‘Neither is there Salvation in any other’ (Acts 4:12).

Mary is given the power of Christ

Roman Catholic Church

‘All power is given to thee in Heaven and on earth,’ so that ‘at the command of MARY all obey – even God … and thus … God has placed the whole church … under the domination of Mary’ (pp 180,181).

Mary is ‘also the advocate of the whole human race … for she can do what she wills with God.’ (p193)

The Word of God

‘All power is given to me in Heaven and in earth,’ so that ‘in the Name of Jesus every knee should bow,’ ‘that in all things He may hold the primacy’ (Matt. 28:18; Phil. 2:9-11; Col. 1:18)

‘But if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Just; and he is the propitiation for our sins’ (I John 2:1,2).

Mary is the peacemaker instead of Jesus Christ our Peace

Roman Catholic Church

‘Mary is the peacemaker between sinners and God’ (p., 197)

‘We often more quickly obtain what we ask by calling on the name of Mary than by invoking that of Jesus.’ ‘She … is our salvation, our life, our hope, our counsel, our refuge and our help’ (pp. 254, 257).

The Word of God

‘But now in Christ Jesus, you, who sometimes were far off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace.’ (Eph. 2:13,14).

‘Hitherto you have not asked anything in my name. Ask, and you shall receive,’ for, ‘Whatsoever we shall ask according to His will, He heareth us.’ (John 16:23,24).

Mary is given the Glory that belongs to Christ alone

Roman Catholic Church

‘The whole Trinity, O Mary, gave thee a name … above every other name, that at Thy name, every knee should bow, of things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.’ (p. 260)

The Word of God

‘God also hath highly exalted Him and hath given Him a Name which is above all names, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in Heaven, on earth and under the earth’ (Phil. 2:9,10)

Liguori, more than any other one person has been responsible for promoting Mariolatry in the Roman Church, dethroning Christ and enthroning Mary in the hearts of the people. Yet instead of excommunicating him for his heresies, the Roman Catholic Church has canonised him as a saint and has published his book in many editions.

In a widely used prayer book, the Raccolta, which has been especially indulgenced by several popes and which therefore is accepted by Romanists as authoritative, we read such as the following:

‘Hail, Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life. Sweetness, and Hope, all Hail! To thee we cry, banished sons of Eve; to thee we sigh, groaning and weeping in this vale of tears.’

‘We fly beneath thy shelter, O holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessity and deliver us always from all perils, O glorious and blessed Virgin.’

‘Heart of Mary, Mother of God … Worthy of all the veneration of angels and men … In thee let the Holy Church find safe shelter; protect it, and be its asylum, its tower, its strength.’

‘Sweet heart of Mary be my salvation.’

‘Leave me not, My Mother, in my own hands, or I am lost; let me but cling to thee. Save me, my Hope, from hell.’

Also in the Raccolta prayers are addressed to Joseph:

‘Benign Joseph, our guide, protect us and the Holy Church.’

‘Guardian of Virgins, and Holy Father Joseph, to whose faithful keeping Christ Jesus, innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, were committed, I pray and beseech thee by those two dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that being preserved from all uncleanness, I may with spotless mind, pure heart and chaste body, ever most chastely serve Jesus and Mary. Amen.’

The rosary, which is by far the most popular Roman Catholic ritual prayer contains fifty ‘Hail Marys’ The Hail Mary (or Ave Maria) is as follows.

‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst woman 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.’

Charles Chiniquy, a former priest from Montreal, Canada, who became a Presbyterian minister and author, tells of the following conversation between himself and his bishop when doubts began to assail him regarding the place given to Mary.

‘My lord, who has saved you and me upon the cross?’

He answered, ‘Jesus Christ.’

‘And who paid your debt and mine by shedding His blood; was it Mary or Jesus?’

He said, ‘Jesus Christ.’

‘Now, my lord, when Jesus and Mary were on earth, who loved the sinner more, was it Jesus or Mary?’

Again he answered that it was Jesus.

‘Did any sinner come to Mary on earth to be saved?’

‘No’

Do you remember that any sinner has gone to Jesus to be saved?’

‘Yes, many.’

‘Have they been rebuked?’

‘Never.’

‘Do you remember that Jesus ever said to sinners, ‘Come to Mary and she will save you’?’

‘No,’ he said,

‘Do you remember that Jesus has said to poor sinners, ‘Come to me’?’

‘Yes, He ahs said it.’

‘Has He ever retracted those words?’

‘No’

‘And who was, then the more powerful to save sinners?’ I asked

‘O, it was Jesus!’

‘Now, my lord, since Jesus and Mary are in heaven, can you show me in the Scriptures that Jesus has lost anything of His desire and power to save sinners, or that He has delegated this power to Mary?’

And the bishop answered, ‘No’.

‘Then, my lord,’ I asked, ‘Why do we not go to Him and to Him alone? Why do we invite poor sinners to come to Mary when by your own confession she is nothing compared with Jesus, in power, in mercy, in love, and in compassion for the sinner?’

To that the bishop could give no answer.

[Extract from Fifty Years in the Church of Rome p, 262]

In a church in Malta, on either side eof he altar is a large picture. That on the right represents a Roman Catholic dying; the priest is present, administering the last sacraments; angels descend with hovering wings and bless him and the Virgin Mary, life size, with a halo of glory around her, is waiting to receive him into Glory; Jesus Christ being represented as a little baby is in Heaven. It is the Ashtaroth of Babylon; that is what it is. Fancy Christ Jesus being represented as a little baby in Heaven; and the Virgin Mary standing in a halo of glory, looking down at the dying man to lead him through purgatory to Glory.

On the other side of the altar there is also the picture of a man dying. He is a heretic – a Protestant. The priest comes to give him the last sacraments, but he turns his head away and will not have him. Thousands of devils are represented as snapping at him, and the Lord Jesus Christ in that picture is represented as a full-sized man, with a large dagger, thrusting it into his heart and killing him. The Virgin Mary is represented as a full-sized woman, turning away weeping, and the only one showing sympathy for the fallen man. I ask you, dear friends, when our Lord Jesus Christ, who poured out His soul unto death for us, is thus represented, is it not high time to speak out, and show up such iniquitous practices? I tell you, my Protestant friends, you are getting weak as a nation, because your ministers come not out more boldly and show up this system, called in the Bible, ‘The Mystery of Iniquity’. There is too much of the feeling by which Nebuchadnezzar was animated, when he walked around Babylon and said, ‘Is not this great Babylon which I have built?’ We need more Daniels; more ministers like the three Hebrew children who feared not the furnace. There must, I say, be more bold witnessing for the Master if you are to expect God’s blessing upon you.

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