by David J. Stewart
I'm amazed how many Catholics send me letters, telling me that I don't understand the Catholic religion. On the contrary, they don't understand the Word of God, and don't want to. Satan has so effectively blinded Catholics, that they even bow down to statues, while denying they are committing idolatry. Look at the picture below...
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God..." -Exodus 20:4,5
This victim of Catholicism is bowing to a statue of Our Lady of Fatima, a hoax from the early 20th century. Allegedly, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in six apparitions (ghostly appearances) to a group of three teenagers in Fatima, Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917. According to www.fatima.org...
"At Fatima Our Lady said that God wished to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady said that many souls would be saved from Hell and the annihilation of nations averted if, in time, devotion to Her Immaculate Heart were established..."
The Bible never mentions the "Immaculate Heart of Mary." In fact, the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary DIDN'T exist until 1834 when it was first proclaimed by Pope Pius IX. In contrast, the Bible states that all mankind, with the sole exception of Christ, are sinners. Mary herself had need of a Savior (Romans 3:23; 5:12; Psalm 51:5; Luke 1:30,46,47). Mary exclaimed in Luke 1:47, "And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." It is sinful to place confidence in man (the Pope), over God. Psalm 118:8 states, "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." Who is the Pope to create new doctrines, which are nothing more than the traditions of men? Jesus strongly condemned such traditions...
"Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men ... Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition ... Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye" (Mark 7,8,9,13).
Did you read that? Read it again, please! Jesus said that the traditions of men make the Word of God of NO EFFECT. In other words, you can't trust men and God, it's one or the other. Are you going to trust what the Catholic Church (men) have to say, or are you going to trust the Word of God? The Bible gives us some stern advice in Romans 3:4, "God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar..." Carefully notice the words, "every man a liar." That includes the Pope! So why do Catholics keep sending me letters, claiming that I don't understand their MANMADE religion? It is Catholics who refuse to see the light of God's Word, that their entire religion is composed of the traditions of men.
Worshipping Men and Their Manmade Doctrines
"But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi." -Matthew 23:5-7
It is so strange how the Word of God condemns the Catholic religion in plain Words; yet, Catholics BLINDLY follow the Pope and priests. It says in Matthew 23:9, in black and white, even in the Catholic Douay Bible, not to call any man "Father." Yes, that is exactly what Catholics call their priests, cardinals, and Bishops.
The Bible plainly states in 1st Timothy 4:1-3 that false teachers would come to us, teaching doctrine of devils: forbidding to marry, and forbidding to eat meat. The celibacy requirement for all priests is a devilish doctrine. The Catholic forbiddance of meat, or certain meats, on certain days, are doctrines of devils. God plainly tells us to enjoy the meat He has given us to eat, as long as we are thankful for it (1st Timothy 4:4).
Mark 7:6-13 plainly teaches that we are never to follow the traditions of men. Yet, the Catholic religion is one big conglomerate of traditions fabricated over the centuries. It wasn't until the year 1950 that Pope Pious XII decided to make the Assumption of Mary an official Catholic doctrine, a doctrine not found anywhere in the Bible.
Exodus 20:4,5 couldn't be any clearer that even BOWING down to a statue is idolatry. Yet, Catholics foolishly claim that they are not worshipping the statues they are bowing down to. BUT, God forbids us from even bowing to statues. In fact, the Bible is so clear on this matter that the Vatican has even REMOVED the second of the Ten Commandments to deceive you. No wonder 1st Timothy 4:2 states, "Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron." Everything that the Catholic Church has taught you is twisted, corrupted, and damnable!!! And their conscience's are calloused, harder than steel. In the old days, a wounded soldier would sterilize and seal his would by placing a red-hot sword over the affected area. Ouch! As you can imagine, placing a red-hot sword over any area of your body is going to kill all sensation to that area for a very long time. The Bible teaches that false prophets have their hearts seared, as with a hot iron. In other words, the same sun that melt the wax, hardens the clay. The Bible directs us to "Refuse profane and old wives' fables..." Every Catholic needs to REFUSE to believe the lies of Catholicism any longer, and turn instead to the precious Word of God.
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