The Heresy of Last Rights!
by David J. Stewart
The following article appeared in the November 24, 2003 Chicago Sun-Times newspaper"
Man dies in fall from scaffold at Wabash Ave. building site
November 24, 2003
BY MAUREEN O'DONNELL Staff Reporter
Worshippers at St. James Cathedral were leaving Sunday services when they heard a sound like a car crash.
Cathedral officials ushered them out a side door to help prevent them from seeing what caused the noise: A man had plummeted to his death from scaffolding across the street as the 10:30 a.m. mass was dispersing about noon, authorities said.
The Rev. Ralph Blackman tried to help the man, who had not been identified as of Sunday evening.
"I just grabbed some holy water with me and gave him the last rites,'' said Blackman, dean of the Episcopal cathedral at 65 E. Huron. He said two physicians at the service attended the man, but they could not get a pulse.
The man plunged from sixth-floor scaffolding at 672 N. Wabash, said Officer Matt Jackson of Chicago Police News Affairs. Blackman said it is the site of new residential construction.
Wabash was temporarily closed between Erie and Huron, Blackman said.
Police and Blackman said no one was working on the building Sunday and that no foul play was suspected.
I was saddened as I read this article. Here's a man who suffered a tragic fall and died. Death is sudden for many people, we just never know what will happen next. There was an article in yesterday's paper about an elderly couple who was killed when high winds blew over a large tree onto their car as they were driving by. Death was sudden for them. The man killed in the article above fell six stories to his death. You could be next. I could be next. There is no guarantee of tomorrow. We do not know whether he was a Christian or not. We do not know whether he is is heaven or not.
Even more sad to me was the fact that so many people have been blinded by the heresy (false teaching) of Last rights. What is Last rights? It is the unbiblical teaching that a minister has the power to forgive a person's sins on their death bed. It is one of the Seven Sacraments of Catholicism. The "Reverend" Blackman of the church in the article above said...
"I just grabbed some holy water with me and gave him the last rites.''
Of course, there is NO such foolishness taught in the Bible. No priest or minister has the power to forgive anyone's sins. There is NO SUCH thing as "holy water!" Holy water is a superstition manufactured by the Catholic religion. The Pope has no power to forgive. Holy water will just get you wet. Those priests are in dyer need of forgiveness themselves! It's hard to imagine people so blinded by religion that they would actually stoop to confess their sins to another sinful human being (priest, minister, etc). The Bible teaches that ALL people have sinned (Romans 3:23). The Pope is a sinner. Every minister is a sinner. You are a sinner. I am a sinner. There is ONLY one way to get our sins forgiven, through the blood of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:14). We are taught in the Word of God to confess our sins to God (1st John 1:9).
The teaching of "last rights" (also called "Extreme Unction") is NOT found in the Scriptures, but prayer for the sick certainly is:
"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." -James 5:14-15
We are advised in the Scriptures to call for the elders of the church when we are sick. It is the "prayer of faith" which heals the sick. Notice that the Catholics and Lutherans observe the last rights only in death. The Bible speaks of healing, not death. The prayer of faith was intended for physical healing, not to prepare you for death. ONLY a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ can guarantee anyone admission into heaven, all else leads to destruction in hell. You get that personal relationship by admitting to God that you are a dirty-rotten sinners, deserving of hell, and then turning in faith to the Lord Jesus for forgiveness. Jesus died on the cross for you and me, He paid the price for our sins. ONLY Jesus has the scars in His hands and feet, so ONLY Jesus can save us.
EXTREME UNCTION is one of the sacraments of Rome, and as such, is held to "confer grace on the receiver;" it is therefore placed on the same level with the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, Baptism, and Confirmation. Such is its position in the standards of Papal doctrine. The Council of Trent has pronounced its ever-ready anathema on every soul of man who shall deny that it is "truly and properly a sacrament instituted by Christ our Lord," so that every Papist is shut up to the faith of the dogma on peril of damnation! Let the Protestant reader ponder this! Popery is as profuse in its curses, as it is parsimonious in its blessings; it never blesses but for money, while its curses are dispersed gratuitously! In this case, as usual, it builds upon a single portion of the Word of God, that of James v. 14, 15, which has thus been made instrumental of working a world of misery, and of extorting incalculable treasure from the human family. It is a sight to make an angel weep, to see a creature who has been duped, deceived, and plundered through life, on having reached the end of his journey, and lying on the brink of eternity, attended by the priest, for the purpose of administering the said Extreme Unction!
-Dr. Ian Paisley (Read the complete article here)
When my mother was in the hospital dying, she was in horrible pain; her leg had just been amputated, then a heart attack, then kidney shutdown, and several other medical problems. There was no doubt that it was soon her time to die. Thankfully, she was a born-again Christian. While she lay dying, a foolish Lutheran minister came to perform last rights on her. Evidently, he didn't know that once you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour that all your sins are forgiven forever. She didn't need last rights, he needed to get saved. She did die a week later. I'm confident that she's in heaven. Hopefully that minister will come to repentance before it's too late. I'm saddened to realize that so many people are blinded about this thing of last rights. Folks, no one can forgive your sins except Jesus Christ. You had better go to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to forgive your sins and take you to heaven when you die. Relying upon the priest or minister is a sure road to hell-fire. Holy unction (last rights) is of the devil, no minister can help your soul. YOU must do that yourself through Christ Jesus! I would like to quote Dr. Paisley once more:
It is a sight to make an angel weep, to see a creature who has been duped, deceived, and plundered through life, on having reached the end of his journey, and lying on the brink of eternity, attended by the priest, for the purpose of administering the said Extreme Unction!
So many billions of people have gone to hell because of false religion. So many people have placed their soul's eternal fate into the hands of a heathen priest. By the way, any minister or priest who claims to have the power to forgive sin in an imposter, a phony. Any minister who administers last rights (extreme unction) is an imposter, a counterfeit. Let God be true, but every man a liar (Romans 3:4). Last rights of of the devil, a false teaching not taught in the Scriptures. If you or a loved one is about to die, all that matters is this, "Have you been born-again?"
Have you been born again?
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. -John 3:3
"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." -John 3:5
There is NO OTHER WAY TO HEAVEN! You MUST be BORN-AGAIN! You get born-again by having the Spirit of Christ born in you. The physical birth was of water. Now you need the spiritual birth, which is of God's Spirit. The moment you confess that you are a heathen sinner to God and beg His forgiveness, God comes to live in your heart. God the Father and God the Son move into your heart in the form of God the Holy Spirit (John 14:23).
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." -Revelation 3:20
Is Jesus knocking at your heart's door? Will you send Him away? No minister can let Jesus in for you, it is a personal decision that you alone MUST make. Every human being makes the decision either to accept or to reject the knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, most men and women reject Christ (Matthew 7:14). Although some people are sincerely blinded by Satan (2nd Corinthians 4:4), most people reject Christ because of their love for sin (John 3:20). Where do you stand? It is sad concerning the man who died in the scaffolding accident in the article above. It is even more sad that he more than likely is burning in hell right now. It is most saddening for me to know that foolish and stiff-necked ministers are teaching damnable heresies to the masses, the blind leading the blind, offering false hope to families. For someone to put their faith in last rights or holy water is a sure road to hell. I say "stiff-necked" because they know the truth, but reject it (just like the religious Pharisees of Jesus' day). The Pharisees were Jesus' worst enemy, the religious people. Should it be a surprise to us then, that it is religion itself that the devil uses to send billions of unconverted souls to hell? Not at all. Jesus warned the foolish ministers of His day:
"And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition." -Mark 7:9
That's what the Catholic and Lutheran religions are all about...TRADITION. Billions of men and women are burning in hell now because of tradition. Listen friend, you had better OBEY God's commandments! The Bible is God's Word, it is your responsibility to yourself to search out the truth. Where will you spend eternity? Jesus wants to save you! Do you want to be saved? Would you like to be saved now? If so, admit your sinful condition to Jesus Christ (God) right now. Believing that Jesus died upon the cross by the shedding of His blood, that He was buried and rose again three days later, tell Him that you are very sorry for your sinful lifestyle. Ask Jesus to forgive you of all your sins. Ask Jesus Christ to take you to heaven when you die. Invite Him into your heart as your new friend and Saviour. Tell Jesus that your going to rely upon Him 100% to save you, apart from ALL else (apart from baptism, apart from church, apart from good works, apart from the priest, apart from the sacraments, apart from everything). Thank Christ for saving you. Don't make the foolish mistake of calling some imposter to forgive your sins. Don't rely upon last rights. Don't trust your church. You call upon Jesus, He is the ONLY Saviour:
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" -Romans 10:13
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