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THE VIRGIN MARY
God freely chose Mary from all eternity to be the Mother of his Son. In order to carry out her mission she herself was conceived immaculate.
It is impossible to prove this from scripture. Romans 3:23 states clearly, “For ALL HAVE SINNED and come short of the glory of God.” This verse applies to everyone ever born through Adam and Eve and throughout history except Christ, who alone lived a sinless life. It then follows that the next statement cannot be true if we choose to read and believe scripture for ourselves rather than allowing someone else to interpret it for us and tell us what to believe. 2 Timothy 2:15 exhorts us to study and understand scripture for ourselves. “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Does this sound like we are to just take the words of any man about what God’s word has to say to us? I think not, and so I challenge everyone reading this to prove the statements below by their own study of scripture. To allow someone else to tell you what the Bible teaches is foolhardy since God will hold us all accountable for obeying 2 Timothy 2:15 as well as his other commands. Another verse that speaks of our responsibility to study scripture is Joshua 1:8.
This means that, thanks to the grace of God and in anticipation of the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary was preserved from original sin from the first instantof her conception. Mary is ever virgin in the sense that she “remained a virgin in conceiving her Son, a virgin in giving birth to him, a virgin in carrying him, a virgin in nursing him at her breast, always a virgin” (Saint Augustine).
Therefore, when the Gospels speak of the “brothers and sisters of Jesus”, they are talking about the close relations of Jesus, according to the way of speaking used in Sacred Scripture.
A study with a reliable concordance which clarifies the Greek rendering of this declaration of Jesus’ brothers and sisters in the Bible will quickly show that it actually means brothers and sisters as we know them to be – in other words, our siblings. Try looking it up for yourself.
Mary had only one Son, Jesus, but in him her spiritual motherhood extends to all whom he came to save. Obediently standing at the side of the new Adam, Jesus Christ, the Virgin is the new Eve, the true mother of all the living, who with a mother's love cooperates in their birth and their formation in the order of grace. Virgin and Mother, Mary is the figure of the Church, its most perfect realization.
The most perfect figure of the church is her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. No mere human can be co-equal with him. The Godhead is closed! Father, Son and Holy Spirit (the Godhead) is all there is. Read the scripture for yourself. Baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit excludes Mary. If she were co-equal with them she would be in the baptismal formula. The fact that she is not makes it clear she is not equal to them, and only a mortal like everyone else.
The Holy Spirit brought to fulfillment in Mary all the waiting and the preparation of the Old Testament for the coming of Christ. In a singular way he filled her with grace and made her virginity fruitful so that she could give birth to the Son of God made flesh. He made her the
Mother of the “whole Christ”, that is, of Jesus the Head and of the Church his body.
While it is true that believers are called the body of Christ, it is equally clear that Christ as God doesn’t need us to complete him because he is sufficient in himself and complete with the Father and the Holy Spirit. We are his body by faith and through the grace extended through God when Christ died for us. If God hadn’t seen fit to provide salvation to anyone Christ could still go on without us and be perfectly fine. We need him to complete us – not the other way around.
Mary was present with the twelve on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit inaugurated the “last days” with the manifestation of the Church.
The day of Pentecost didn’t inaugurate the last days. It was the inauguration of the believers as a body and the anointing of them to preach the gospel. Christ gave many more signs concerning the last days, and they are a teaching totally distinct from the day of Pentecost. Study it for yourself.
The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church in the order of grace because she gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God, the Head of the body which is the Church. When he was dying on the cross Jesus gave his mother to his disciple with the words, “Behold your mother” (John 19:27).
Here in this verse Jesus is giving someone care of his Mother because he was about to ascend to be with his Father. He wasn’t giving some spiritual meaning to this as Rome teaches. To use this scripture to teach that Mary is the Mother of the entire church is to deviate from the scripture through what is know as isogesis or taking the scripture and twisting it to teach what you want it to teach. Get a good concordance with Greek words and study this. Truth diffuses error every time if you are objective enough to allow that you have possibly been led astray for any amount of time.
After the Ascension of her Son, the Virgin Mary aided the beginnings of the Church with her prayers. Even after her Assumption into heaven, she continues to intercede for her children,
The Bible teaches that there is only one intercessor between God and man, and that is Jesus Christ who intercedes before the throne for us day and night. Hebrews 7:25 – He lives to make intercession. See also 1 Timothy 2:5.
to be a model of faith and charity for all, and to exercise over them a salutary influence deriving from the superabundant merits of Christ. The faithful see in Mary an image and an anticipation of the resurrection that awaits them and they invoke her as advocate, helper, benefactress and mediatrix.
The Bible teaches that we are to pray to God our Father, under the direction of the Holy Spirit and in the Name of Jesus Christ if we expect our prayers to be honored and answered. There is no warrant anywhere from the first verse of Genesis through the last verse of Revelation that directs anyone to pray to Mary or the saints. To teach otherwise is to mislead others and is sin.
The special veneration directed to Mary finds particular expression in the liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and in Marian prayers such as the holy Rosary which is a compendium of the whole Gospel. Prove this through scripture. It can’t be done.
The word Church refers to the people whom God calls and gathers together from every part of the earth. They form the assembly of those who through faith and Baptism
Wrong! See below! have become children of God, members of Christ, and temples of the Holy Spirit.
One becomes a member of this people through faith in Christ and Baptism. The one Church of Christ, as a society constituted and organized in the world, subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the Successor of Peter and the bishops in communion with him. Only through this Church can one obtain the fullness of the means of salvation since the Lord has entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant to the apostolic college alone whose head is Peter.
In the churches and ecclesial communities which are separated from full communion with the Catholic Church, many elements of sanctification and truth can be found. All of these blessings come from Christ and lead to Catholic unity. Members of these churches and communities are incorporated into Christ by Baptism and we so we recognize them as brothers.
Baptism is not and never could be essential to salvation. See my notes below on this subject. As far as Peter being the Rock the church is built upon – see my notes on this below also.
Every particular Church (that is, a diocese or eparchy) is Catholic. It is formed by a community of Christians who are in communion of faith and of the sacraments both with their Bishop, who is ordained in apostolic succession, and with the Church of Rome which “presides in charity” (Saint Ignatius of Antioch).
All human beings in various ways belong to or are ordered to the Catholic unity of the people of God. Fully incorporated into the Catholic Church are those who, possessing the Spirit of Christ, are joined to the Church by the bonds of the profession of faith, the sacraments, ecclesiastical government and communion. The baptized who do not enjoy full Catholic unity are in a certain, although imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church.Simply put, a works salvation that negates or adds to the work of Christ on Calvary.
What is the meaning of the affirmation “Outside the Church there is no salvation”? This means that all salvation comes from Christ, the Head, through the Church which is his body. Hence they cannot be saved who, knowing the Church as founded by Christ and necessary for salvation, would refuse to enter her or remain in her.At the same time, thanks to Christ and to his Church, those who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel of Christ and his Church but sincerely seek God and, moved by grace, try to do his will as it is known through the dictates of conscience can attain eternal salvation.
Once again, salvation through works or church membership. This is totally contrary to scripture. Salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone. His sacrifice on Calvary is sufficient for the salvation that men need. Trusting in him through faith in his shed blood on Calvary and acceptance by faith of his death and resurrection for us leads us to eternal life. Any other teaching is a lie. The apostle Paul spoke saying; “If any man preach unto you any other gospel than that which I have preached let him be accursed.” The Roman Catholic gospel is another such gospel, and the curse of God will rest upon those who teach and die accepting it. David wrote in the book of Psalms, “Oh Lord, how I love thy law; It is my meditation all the day, but I HATE every false way. If those of you who read this want to find real salvation and peace with God you must place your faith in Jesus alone for your salvation. Acts 4:12 – “Neither is there salvation in any other for there is one name GIVEN AMONG MEN UNDER HEAVEN whereby we MUST be saved.” If you study the preceding scriptures you will understand that this verse is speaking of Jesus Christ. No church or man other than Christ can give forgiveness and salvation to us.
The Church is apostolic in her origin because she has been built on “the foundation of the Apostles” (Ephesians 2:20). She is apostolic in her teaching which is the same as that of the Apostles. She is apostolic by reason of her structure insofar as she is taught, sanctified, and guided until Christ returns by the Apostles through their successors who are the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter. See my notes below.
The Pope, Bishop of Rome and the Successor of Saint Peter,
Peter was never a Pope, and he is not the Rock that Christ spoke of. Jesus was speaking of himself as the Rock his church is built upon. Are we to believe that he would share his glory with a mere sinful human? God forbid! is the perpetual, visible source and foundation of the unity of the Church. He is the vicar of Christ, the head of the College of bishops and pastor of the universal Church over which he has by divine institution full, supreme, immediate, and universal power. This lie has multitudes following a man instead of being followers of Christ alone as the Bible commands! No human has this kind of authority or power given to him from God. Christ alone is the head of his church which are all true believers of all time.
InfallibilityOnly one infallible person ever lived on earth – Jesus Christ! The Pope is a sinner just like anyone else and has no special favor with God. Run from this heresy! Your eternal destiny depends on it! is exercised when the Roman Pontiff, in virtue of his office as the Supreme Pastor of the Church, or the College of Bishops, in union with the Pope especially when joined together in an Ecumenical Council, proclaim by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. Infallibility is also exercised when the Pope and Bishops in their ordinary Magisterium are in agreement in proposing a doctrine as definitive. Every one of the faithful must adhere to such teaching with the obedience of faith.
This infallibility is a lie binding people to a lie. This effectively locks the faithful in and scares them to think of believing any teaching that would be contrary to this supposed authority.
The college of bishops in union with the Pope, and never without him, also exercises supreme and full authority over the Church.
Only the Catholic church – which is polluted with false doctrine that gives people the impression that they can somehow earn favor with God by performing acts that will wash away their sins. What Christ did on Calvary was sufficient. He died that we might have life through him – not any church or any other person or persons. To teach otherwise is blasphemy because it puts men on an equal footing with the Savior of the world! Judgment day will bring this out in a way that will be frightening to the faithful who allowed themselves to have someone else read and interpret scripture for them. It is a terrible thing to live believing a lie and wake up in eternity unforgiven and condemned. Trust God to teach you before it is eternally too late.
The first and chief sacrament for the forgiveness of sins is Baptism.Heresy! For those sins committed after Baptism, Christ instituted the sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance through which a baptized person is reconciled with God and with the Church. The only person we all
need to be reconciled with is God not any church. The work was finished on Calvary! Christ’s blood was enough to cleanse our sins! Nothing can be added to it!
The Church has the mission and the power to forgive sins because Christ himself has conferred it upon her: “Receive the Holy Spirit, if you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:22-23).
This power was given to those who walked with Christ while he was on earth. Read scriptures before and after to get the whole picture. To take a few verses and create a doctrine on them without reading context is isogesis or falsely translating scripture to make it say what the reader wants. True exogesis (right study of scripture) will make scripture clear when guided by the Holy Spirit who Christ promised would “teach us all things.”
Justification is the most excellent work of God's love. It is the merciful and freely given act of God which takes away our sins and makes us just and holy in our whole being. It is brought about by means of the grace of the Holy Spirit which has been merited for us by the passion of Christ and
is given to us in Baptism. Heresy!
Justification is the beginning of the free response of man, that is, faith in Christ and of cooperation with the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Purgatory is the state of those who die in God’s friendship, assured of their eternal salvation, but who still have need of purification to enter into the happiness of heaven.
More works that never accomplish anything because the payment has already been made in full. The Bible teaches two places where the dead go and only two prior to the judgment – Heaven and Hell! After the great white throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15) there will be two more destinations; the Lake of Fire or the New Earth with New Jerusalem descending from Heaven
and God dwelling among his people there. Purgatory exists nowhere in scripture and is a horrible deception propagated by Rome on the faithful. It is one of the greatest tragedies to ever curse
the human race and honest seekers!
The sacraments, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, are efficacious signs of grace perceptible to the senses . Through them divine life is bestowed upon us.
This is one more strong delusion and deception! Divine life or life beyond salvation is already given through Christ’s work on Calvary. No sacraments can bestow life of any kind on us or in us. Communion is not the actual eating of the body of Christ or the drinking of his blood as taught in transubstantiation. That would be spiritual cannibalism. The sacrament of communion as Christ taught, “This do in remembrance of me” is exactly that. It is an act of remembrance and commemoration and has no bearing on our salvation. To believe otherwise is to believe a lie. Likewise, baptism is only an outward sign or an inward change. It is not essential to salvation or Jesus lied to the thief on the cross when he said to him, “Today you shall be with me in Paradise.” Jesus never lied.
There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. For believers in Christ the sacraments, even if they are not all given to each of the faithful, are necessary for salvation because they confer sacramental grace
All seven sacraments are necessary for salvation? Can this be true? Baptism is not as shown above. Eucharist is not as shown above. Marriage? What about those who remain single including priests? Are they never to receive salvation if they don’t marry? This is strange teaching indeed. Perhaps it is time for Catholics to pick up a Bible on their own instead of being spoon-fed doctrine by Rome and those who espouse her teachings. My eternal life depends on what I believe, and no church or human will take responsibility for that from me. God will require of me that I obey his command to “Study to show myself approved to God – a workman, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.” Forgiveness of sins, adoption as children of God, conformation to Christ the Lord and membership in the Church. The Holy Spirit heals and transforms those who receive the sacraments. Heresy!
Christian initiation is accomplished by means of the sacraments which establish the foundations
of Christian life. The faithful born anew by Baptism Heresy! are strengthened by Confirmation and are then nourished by the Eucharist. Baptism is necessary for salvation for all those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament.
See the notes above on salvation through baptism.
The Church baptizes infants because they are born with original sin.They need to be freed from the power of the Evil One and brought into that realm of freedom which belongs to the children of God.
A useless exercise! Babies do not and cannot understand the concept of sin. Baptism is to follow conversion through faith in Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary for the sins of mankind. It does nothing to help anyone, baby or otherwise to gain privilege or access to the family of God. Becoming a child of God begins with godly sorrow and repentance for sin, followed by faith in the finished work of Jesus on the cross and then the distinct work of the Holy Spirit in revealing to the repentant sinner that God indeed has forgiven them. Apart from this there is no salvation – only wishful thinking or very real heresy of the worst kind. Children can't receive forgiveness for sin they never did.
Since Christ died for the salvation of all, those can be saved without Baptism who die for the faith (Baptism of blood). Catechumens and all those who, even without knowing Christ and the Church, still (under the impulse of grace) sincerely seek God and strive to do his will can also be saved without Baptism (Baptism of desire). The Church in her liturgy entrusts children who die without Baptism to the mercy of God.
Baptism takes away original sin, all personal sins and all punishment due to sin.It makes the baptized person a participant in the divine life of the Trinity through sanctifying grace, the grace of justification which incorporates one into Christ and into his Church.It gives one a share in the priesthood of Christ and provides the basis for communion with all Christians. It bestows the theological virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. A baptized person belongs forever to Christ. He is marked with the indelible seal of Christ (character).
Never! Baptism has nothing to do with cleansing for or in salvation as shown above.
CONFESSION TO A PRIEST
Penance is a careful examination of conscience; contrition (or repentance), which is perfect when it is motivated by love of God and imperfect if it rests on other motives and which includes the determination not to sin again; confession, which consists in the telling of one’s sins to the priest;
Never! The priesthood was taken away when the temple curtain was ripped from top to bottom when Christ was crucified, and that priesthood was abolished forever because man was finally given direct access to God through the only mediator between God and man – Jesus Christ. Here we see the scripture is very clear once again. 1 Timothy 2:5 – “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” I can think of no way this could be made more clear!
and satisfaction or the carrying out of certain acts of penance which the confessor imposes upon the penitent to repair the damage caused by sin.
Christ already paid the full price for our sins with the shedding of his blood on Calvary! Shall we continue to believe that there is something that we can add to this great sacrifice? To do so is to court the wrath of a Holy God who will not countenance our willful neglect of searching scripture for ourselves.
All grave sins not yet confessed, which a careful examination of conscience brings to mind, must be brought to the sacrament of Penance. The confession of serious sins is the only ordinary way to obtain forgiveness.
Heresy! Jesus paid the full price! His brutal treatment and final crucifixion was all that was necessary to pay the price for our sins. To teach otherwise is to call God a liar and invite his condemnation and wrath.
Each of the faithful who has reached the age of discretion is bound to confess his or her mortal sins at least once a year and always before receiving Holy Communion.
Who gave man the authority to set a time for the forgiveness of sins? Only God can forgive sins! No man and no church has been given authority to do so. To preach or teach otherwise is outright blasphemy! We are to come to God for forgiveness daily as we continue to sin throughout our entire lives. It requires no ceremony and no priest.
Christ has entrusted the ministry of Reconciliation to his apostles, to the bishops who are their successors and to the priests who are the collaborators of the bishops, all of whom become thereby instruments of the mercy and justice of God. They exercise their power of forgiving sins
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
This also is heresy! It assumes that Peter was the Rock spoken of by Christ, but a close study of scripture will show that Christ himself is the Rock he spoke of. He will build his church on nobody but himself! Should he give his glory to a mere man? Never! Therefore apostolic succession is a deception and believing priests can forgive sins adds to the finished work of Christ and qualifies as blasphemy of the worst kind. It declares to the world that the work of Christ on Calvary wasn’t sufficient to merit God’s favor and pay the full penalty for our sins! God forbid that anyone should believe that there is forgiveness in any other!
The absolution of certain particularly grave sins (like those punished by excommunication) is reserved to the Apostolic See or to the local bishop or to priests who are authorized by them. Any priest, however, can absolve a person who is in danger of death from any sin and excommunication.
More blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins, and that only through the blood of Jesus Christ!
The effects of the sacrament of Penance are: reconciliation with God and therefore the forgiveness of sins; reconciliation with the Church; recovery, if it has been lost, of the state of grace; remission of the eternal punishment merited by mortal sins, and remission, at least in part, of the temporal punishment which is the consequence of sin; peace, serenity of conscience and spiritual consolation; and an increase of spiritual strength for the struggle of Christian living.
This also is blasphemy! It is irrefutable that Jesus Christ died as payment for our sins. No other payment can be made or will be made by man or God. Should we pervert scripture? John 3:16 most clearly states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. ” WHOSOEVER means just what it says. Further, written in Romans 10:9-10 scripture states; “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe IN THINE HEART that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto RIGHTEOUSNESS, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” The confession in this verse is not to be mistaken for the Catholic confession to a priest. Confession here means to speak out what you believe to others and has nothing to do with priests unless they are in hearing range along with others and hear you speaking in faith that you are saved.
Indulgences are the remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt
has already been forgiven. The faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains the indulgence under prescribed conditions for either himself or the departed. Indulgences are granted through the ministry of the Church, which, as the dispenser of the grace of redemption, distributes the treasury of the merits of Christ and the Saints. Indulgences are another attempt by man to merit favor with God which has already been paid for by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.If we can somehow gain God’s favor with indulgences then Christ’s death was worthless and vain.
Sin is “a word, an act, or a desire contrary to the eternal Law” (Saint Augustine). It is an offense against God in disobedience to his love. It wounds human nature and injures human solidarity. Christ in his passion fully revealed the seriousness of sin and overcame it with his mercy.
A distinction is made between mortal and venial sin. One commits a mortal sin when there are simultaneously present: grave matter, full knowledge, and deliberate consent. This sin destroys charity in us, deprives us of sanctifying grace, and, if unrepented, leads us to the eternal death of hell. It can be forgiven in the ordinary way by means of the sacraments of Baptism and of Penance or Reconciliation.
This is outright heresy! Christ already paid the price for our sin when he bled and died on Calvary. To think that we can somehow add to this sacrifice is blasphemous. Do we actually believe that
the all-sufficiency of Christ is not enough? This is utter foolishness and damnable heresy!
One commits a venial sin, which is essentially different from a mortal sin, when the matter
involved is less serious or, even if it is grave, when full knowledge or complete consent are
absent. Venial sin does not break the covenant with God but it weakens charity and manifests a disordered affection for created goods. It impedes the progress of a soul in the exercise of the virtues and in the practice of moral good. It merits temporal punishment which purifies.
Again, this is blasphemy. Nothing can be added to the work Christ did on Calvary. He suffered, died and resurrected to obtain our salvation. Nothing we can do can add to the finished work. Jesus himself said it; “It is finished.”
A last word of hope for all mankind whether Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jew, or any other belief system on earth spiritual or philosophical! There is a day coming when all that is happening on this planet will come to a close. Time will cease to exist an be swallowed up in eternity. Those who will repent of their sins from a sincere heart and accept the gift of eternal life offered from God the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ by faith in what he did on Calvary will find eternity to be a glorious time in a world where peace and joy and harmony reign without end. Please study all that the Bible has to say on these things and many others. Compare them with what your belief system teaches without prejudice and with objectivity and you will know beyond all doubt that God has extended mercy to you that is of more valuable than anything that you hold dear in this life.
It is my most ardent hope that you will turn to Christ with all your heart and join me in serving and loving him both in this life and throughout all eternity.
C. R. Lord © 9/27/2015
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