Pray For The Roman Catholic Followers

I have always wondered as to why a lot of the atheists I have conversed with were once Roman Catholics? I don’t know if anyone else that reads this post has had the same observation, my guess would be yes. I would like to do a study on that connection.

Maybe it is because … they believe (or are told) that Baptism is necessary for salvation (CCC 1257), or maybe it is “Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation,” (CCC 846), or “The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation, (CCC 1129)?

The list goes on and on…!

I ask too that if a Catholic needs to go to confession, they must not be living rightly by the law. Is this a good example that the RC cannot live by the accordance of the Law? In fact, after confession the priest will then give them some things to DO….more works!

If you are a Catholic can you fulfill the requirements for that your church says you need for salvation? You know you can’t! Have you done enough to be saved?

Here is the depth charge: Romans 3: 27-30 (NASB)

27 Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.

As an escapee from that heresy called the Roman Catholic Church, I again ask for prayers for enlightenment and revelation for the Roman Catholic (Pope) follower.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: Immaculate Conception

* The Roman Catholic teaching that Mary the mother of Jesus was supernaturally prevented from being tainted by original sin so that she could give birth to Jesus as God’s own Son. The teaching was first suggested by the theologian Duns Scotus in the thirteenth century and declared to official Roman Catholic Dogma (authoritative teaching) by Pope Pius IX in 1854

*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 63

Mary was a sinful person just as we all are! Nowhere in the Bible does it say anything about her remaining sinless.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: coredemptrix

*In contemporary Roman Catholic theology, the idea that Mary the mother of Jesus uniquely participated in the provision of redemption, because she obediently became the mother of Christ in his incarnation and co-suffered in his passion by co-offering Christ to the Father as a redemptive sacrifice. Catholic theologians who argue for Mary as coredemptrix are usually careful to note that this status does not make Mary equal to Christ; yet they do suggest that redemption was accomplished by Christ with the free participation of Mary.

*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 30

God Bless

Brian Mason

The Roman Catholic Church: Ten Commandments Distortion!

This is what the Roman Catholic Church states is the “Ten Commandments”…check this out.

1. I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day
4. Honor your father and your mother
5. You shall not kill
6. You shall not commit adultery
7. You shall not steal
8. You shall not bear false witness
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods

Notice the hocus pokus?

Let us now look at the actual Ten Commandments with emphasis on the NASB.

EXODUS 20: 3-11 (NASB)

1. “You shall have no other gods before Me.

2. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

3. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

4. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

5. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

6. “You shall not murder.

7. “You shall not commit adultery.

8. “You shall not steal.

9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Now the biggest difference if you missed it is the second commandment. There is really nothing surprising here at all. If the Roman Catholic Church really took God’s commandments seriously it would use the real commandments, however they would not be able to have ALL THE IDOLS they currently use! I know many Roman Catholics that have Jesus STILL ON THE CROSS! The Roman Catholics also use Mary as an idol. I will do an article soon on that again.

The Roman Catholic Church is simply EVIL. I will also say for the record that there are Christians within the RC Church, The EVIL is within the Churches leadership.

God Bless

Brian Mason

What does “Catholic” mean?

When someone says “Catholic” are you sure what they are talking about?

*A term literally meaning “universal” or “worldwide.” The word is most often associated with Roman Catholicism but originally became standardized in Christian theology through the formula appearing in early Christian creeds that affirms belief in “one holy catholic and apostolic church.” To affirm the church’s catholicity is to suggest that the church is universal in scope. In other words, the church is not restricted to any one ethnic group or geographical location but is open to Jew and Greek, slave and free, male or female (Gal 3: 28), with its gospel message being directed to “all nations.”

God Bless

Brian Mason

*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 24

Why Do Roman Catholics Pray To Mary and the Saints?

A few days ago I found a prayer in the form of a tract that was given to someone near to me that is a Roman Catholic. It is called a Novena Prayer. By definition ***A novena (from Latin: Novem, meaning Nine) is an institutional act of religious pious devotion in the Roman Catholic Church, often consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days in belief of obtaining special intercessory graces.
The prayers are often derived from devotional prayer books, or consist of the recitation of the rosary (a “rosary novena”), or of short prayers through the day. Novena prayers are customarily printed in small booklets, and the novena is often dedicated to a specific angel, saint, a specific Marian title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or it invokes one of the personages of the Holy Trinity.
Within the Roman Catholic discipline, novena prayers for public use must have an Imprimatur, Nihil Obstat, and Imprimi potest. These ecclesiastical sanctions are usually granted by a bishop or any ranking prelate for publication and approval.

This particular “novena” reads this:

****Novena Prayers To Our Lady of the Snows
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen
Our Father Hail Mary Our Lady of the Snows, Pray for us.
ST. JOSEPH, pray for us.
ST. THERESE, THE LITTLE FLOWER, pray for us.
ST. EUGENE DE MAZENOD, pray for us.
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER.

Hebrews 12: 1-2 is very clear we are to have our eyes fixed on Jesus.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Mary herself, was greatly blessed, however she still needed a savior as she too was a sinner, see Luke 1:46-49,
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.

As for praying to Mary and the Saints, this is contrary to Biblical scripture as Jesus says in Matthew 4: 10,

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.

Where in the Bible does it say that Mary is to be prayed to let alone the Saints? The Bible actually condemns such action. Read Exodus 20: 4-6

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Here is a sample of Rome’s teaching of Mary the “mediator”:

“Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.'” (CCC, par. 969)

Here is what the Word of God says in the Bible:

1 Timothy 2: 5-6
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people.

Does anyone see the obvious contradiction here?

I ask we pray for the Roman Catholic people, to see the true God and not worship Mary as they have raised her to level of Goddess. They will deny this but their own false doctrines states this clearly:

Mary is the Queen over all things: CCC 966, “Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.”You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.”

Again check the Word of Jesus:

John 14: 6,
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

I see no other way!

God Bless

Brian Mason

*** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novena
**** Missionary Obiates of Mary Immaculate National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Belleville Il, 62223-1160

Yikes! Mormons Believe This?

One of a few cults that will come knocking on your door is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints aka The Mormons. There are heresies and non-Christian doctrine that they preach and you should be aware of them. Yes I did type that they NON-CHRISTIAN! Beware! Ultimately they deny the Biblical doctrine of Salvation and the very word of Jesus Christ. The name they boldy state in the title of their Church!
It would be wise for you to remember what they believe and when a Mormon Missionary comes to your door you should be gracious first to them, but it is incumbant that you question their beliefs and proclaim the truth of the word of God to them.

Here is a few of the heresies they believe:

– God had sexual relations with Mary to create Jesus’ body

– They believe that the Trinity is three separate Gods

– Gods’ body is comprised of flesh and bones

– Jesus and Satan are “Spirit Brothers”

– Good works are a requirment for the forgiveness of sins

– God was once a man who lived on another planet near the Star Kolab

– Mormons can become Gods of their own realm (worlds)

– There are many Gods

– God is married and creates “spirit babies” after having “physical” relations with his wife.

– Joseph Smith the Mormon prophet and God must consent to entering the celestial heaven

These are just a few, and I mean just a few of the heresies that they believe and preach. We must pray that they find the real Jesus as the way of Mormonism is the way to hell. They are good people being taken down the path to damnation!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Joseph, Husband of Mary; the Quintessential Husband!

When reading Matthew the first book of the Gospels one cannot possibly think of Joseph, Mary’s Husband as nothing but virtuous. As we read in verse 1: 18,

18 The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

Notice the word “betrothed”; this was a known as a “binding”, the same as a modern marriage. So in other words it was discovered that Mary was pregnant before they “came together” aka “consummated”.
What a shock this was for them obviously as death by stoning was the punishment for this sort of adultery! We go on to read;

Matthew 1: 19, 19 So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to send her away secretly.

“Righteous” means in this case that he was also merciful and followed the Hebrew Laws to the letter. “Sending her away” meant to divorce her thus sparing her from disgrace. However before this was allowed to happen Joseph was visited in a dream by an Angel of God, as indicated by the next two verses;

Matthew 1: 20-21 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

There is no scripture following that ever suggests that Joseph doubted Mary or the Angel of God! Not only was there no doubt, he obeyed the Angel and went ahead with plans of marrying her! He then took her as his wife and did not have sexual relations with her until after Jesus was born (as a result Mary bore more children to Joseph, something the Roman Catholics disagree with). In Rabbinic tradition much later Mary was charged with adultery, however the fact that Joseph married her would indicate he did not believe this to be true.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Jesus Is the Rock on Which the Church Is Built. Or Is It Peter?

One does not have to look any farther than 1 Corinthians 3: 10-11 to see that Jesus is the Rock on which the Church is built:

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

So why does the Roman Catholic Church insist that Peter is the rock on which the Church is built? Well the RCC is in error, by saying Jesus said that he would build his Church on him (Peter) when they refer to Matthew 16: 18,

18 And I tell you that you are Peter] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

The Roman Catholic Church position is very problematic. Matthew 16: 18 when read from the Greek language yields a different interpretation than in English! “…and I also tell you are Peter (πέτρος, petros) and on this rock (πέτρα, petra) I will build My church, and…” Greek nouns are gender specific.

The Roman Catholic defense to the above is where they will quote that in Aramaic the word “Peter” and “Rock” are spelled the same way “Kipha”. However the problem lies in the fact that the scripture was written in Greek not Aramaic. Why would the RCC say this? Jesus clearly said that the rock he would build his church on was the feminine “petra” not the masculine “petros”!

John 14: 6, 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

God Bless.

Brian Mason

Does The Roman Catholic Church Perform Sorcery?

I know, now you are going to say I am going too far now! However if we look at the very definition of “Sorcery” it is: “The involvement of the Spirit World via rituals and orations to get a specific aftereffect in the Physical World”. Are the Roman Catholics guilty of these things? Let’s take a quick look of this from the writing from the Church’s own publications:

CCC 1127 Celebrated worthily in faith, the sacraments confer the grace that they signify .48 They are efficacious because in them Christ himself is at work: it is he who baptizes, he who acts in his sacraments in order to communicate the grace that each sacrament signifies. The Father always hears the prayer of his Son’s Church which, in the epiclesis of each sacrament, expresses her faith in the power of the Spirit. As fire transforms into itself everything it touches, so the Holy Spirit transforms into the divine life whatever is subjected to his power.

CCC 1128 this is the meaning of the Church’s affirmation that the sacraments act ex opere operato (literally: “by the very fact of the action’s being performed”), i.e., by virtue of the saving work of Christ, accomplished once for all. It follows that “the sacrament is not wrought by the righteousness of either the celebrant or the recipient, but by the power of God.” From the moment that a sacrament is celebrated in accordance with the intention of the Church, the power of Christ and his Spirit acts in and through it, independently of the personal holiness of the minister. Nevertheless, the fruits of the sacraments also depend on the disposition of the one who receives them.

These two reference examples (and there are more) show clearly that by the simple act of performing a sacrament, which is a ritual, a particular outcome will arise. When the sacraments are done by a priest in a particular style they achieve, by indication of the procedure procured and the authority of the church and the priest, the intended result will be received, according to the Roman Catholic Church. This my friend is Sorcery!

The Rosary Beads:

The Rosary Beads are ritualistic and boldly laughs at the words of God! Roman Catholics must do 20 sets of 10 “Hail Marys”, (200 times in total.) In defense the Catholics petition to Psalm 136, that translates the same phrase 26 times with 26 different blessings that God gives us. It is not 26 in a row as with the rosary! This is a song, and not a prayer. As history indicates The Roman Catholic Church borrowed the idea from the Pagan Hindus and Buddhists and goes back as far as 1000 AD! The beads the Catholics use today were invented in 1090 AD by Peter the Hermit (a priest of Amiens and a key figure during the First Crusade).

Biblically a Christian knows this is wrong, and condemned by Jesus:

Matthew 6: 7-8, 7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

The Rosary is not only vain repetition and meaningless, it is a form of Mary worship that is against the Second Commandment.

Exodus 20: 4-5 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,

I ask that Christians pray to God (directly) to show the Roman Catholic’s the true way to Jesus and ultimately Salvation.

God Bless!

Brian Mason