First ask yourself, if you had to choose between the word of God or the Roman Catholic church, which would you choose? If you choose the word of God, read on:

Statues Roman Catholicism

Making statues, which we are forbidden to do:

Exodus 20:4 King James Version (KJV)

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.

 

Virgin MaryIn response to someone shouting that Mary is blessed, Jesus says the people who hear the word of God and keep it are the ones who are blessed:

Luke 11:27-28 King James Version (KJV)

27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.

28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

 

Roman Catholic altarPraying to saints and angels, which is praying to the created and not the Creator.  We must worship and serve God only:

Matthew 4:10 King James Version (KJV)

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

 

Roman Catholicism-mary-Praying to saints and Mary, is praying to dead people.

Hebrews 9:27 King James Version (KJV)

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

 

Praying to dead people is consulting with familiar spirits and necromancy:

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 King James Version (KJV)

10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

 

roman catholicism - call no man fatherCalling Priests and the Pope “Father”, which Jesus instructed not to do:

Matthew 23:9 King James Version (KJV)

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

 

Venerating Mary and the Saints.  Jesus says that anyone who does the will of the Father is his brother, sister and mother:

Matthew 12:50 King James Version (KJV)

50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

 

roman catholicism-rosaryPenance, punishment, hail Marys, using rosary beads and other forms of self-punishment is self-righteousness.  There is no reason to do these things because human righteousness is filthiness to God:

Isaiah 64:6 King James Version (KJV)

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 

We are saved entirely by the grace of God.  We enter heaven through the price that Jesus Christ paid and not through any of our “good” works, which is pride:

Ephesians 2:8-9 King James Version (KJV)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Regarding the “infallibility” of Popes; None of us are actually good people:

Romans 3:10-12 King James Version (KJV)

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

roman-catholicism pomp ceremonyWe worship God in spirit and in truth.  Not by doing the things of man nor the traditions of men nor observing rituals nor saying rites nor wearing garments and head ornaments:

John 4:23-24 King James Version (KJV)

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

To worship God in spirit and in truth, is to realise that physical things don’t matter to God.  It is what is in our hearts that count.  God wants us to worship him truthfully.  We must humble ourselves and approach him without phylacteries, pomp, ceremony or any kind of pride.

2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

 

Further explanation:

 

 

  • Amanda D Wyllie

    I see your point when it comes to some of these but have some personal views on others. I would love to sit down with a few ristian and Catholic Bible and compare the two scriptures on these subjects I would be able to make better judgements on what I think.

  • Brother from Another Mother

    Revelations 17 , the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH , LEVITICUS 18 , THE SKULL AND BONES OWNED AS A BRANCH FROM THE ILLUMINATI UNDER THE BLACK POPE , SATANIST

    • Brandon Overbeck

      It is obvious that you do not understand the Books.

  • Brodericks

    If indeed, one makes images with the intent to worship it, it becomes idolatry. But Catholics do not make images with that intention to worship it. Instead, it is an avenue to help lift up your soul and help you realise that you are in a Sacred place of worship. The Arch of Covenant is a good example it signified the presence of God among the Israelites. The bronze snake is another example that signified the presence of God much that the people later called it Nehushtan and worshipped it.

    Images are not worshipped in the Catholic. I state that we Catholics know what we do it shouldn’t bother you just go on loving as we have been enjoined to do.

    • Well, read Exodus 20:4. Don’t make graven images. Catholics certainly do venerate the statue of Mary. I’m glad you don’t worship or pray to Mary but many do. Btw, you should also research the inquisitions commissioned by the Catholic Church as well as the pornocracy era of the Roman Catholic Church.

      • Joy Knowles Kane

        Dear Lloyd, I don’t know if you realise this, but perhaps the reason why Brodericks is not getting it is because, if you look up the Catholic version of the 10 commandements you will notice the 2nd commandment has been removed and changed. Check it out, look at the catholic commandements next to the actual commandements and you will see the changes. Also the 4th commandement has been tampered with in their version.

      • Joy Knowles Kane

        They removed the commandment of God that would condemn the very practice of theirs of venerating idols (graven images) The commandments says not to make ANY graven images of any likeness to anything in heaven or the earth or the sea…..So that pretty much covers everything in existence.

      • Alex127

        I have a nice picture symbolizing mother holding a child, implying Mary and Jesus, it belonged to my grandmother and still hangs on the wall. If I see it as a painting, art, would this be idol worshiping? Cause, I am thinking the whole art as far as painting is concerned is put to question by this Bible verse, right?

      • Joy Knowles Kane

        Alex127 Having a photo that you are not bowing down to, praying to,or kissing the feet of, is definitely not worship. However so many times we see The Pope, and many persons in certain faiths venerating statues supposed to be one saint or another…….at best this is absolutely not necessary nor requested by God the Father, or Jesus Christ the son. It is of no consequence…..so what is the purpose? God said in his word, that those who worship should do so in Spirit and in truth……because these are the types of worshipers he is looking for….I am sure many Catholic’s do this because they feel that somehow this is bringing them closer to God, but is it? Making statues is one thing, making them in the likeness of anything in Heaven and Earth or under the earth, to venerate is not called for but forbidden!

      • Brandon Overbeck

        No, you just lack understanding.

      • Brandon Overbeck

        It is the 1st Commandment; it was not removed, and if you want to get technical about it open up a BIBLE to Exodus 20 and you will see according to your faulty logic that you prots are missing a few.

    • Alex127

      So, why do you then pray to Saint Anthony, Saint Leopold, and so on? I mean I am not inferring you are praying to these ‘Saints” as proclaimed by the Catholic church, but I know many people who do.

  • Brodericks

    I did highlight to you that the intent for these images do not constitute acts of worship but imports significance of varying degrees such as the Arch of Covenant of God where God Himself instituted it and gave precise instructions on the modelling. Check Exodus 25.

    Numbers 21, God Himself tasked Moses to make a bronze serpent and to stand it on a pole that anyone beaten by the snake may look up to it and be healed. Does that mean that God cannot heal without the bronze image? No, He certainly can but it for-shadows the salvation of man by the death of Christ on the Cross of Calvary John 3: 14 -15.

    For the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Roman Catholic have insistently and repeated stated that we do not worship her but honour her, a mark of respect. And not to the statue which only steers the soul to immense and true devotion and honour to her as the mother of the Saviour of the world whom all generation must call blessed. Luke’s 1 : 48.

    The essence of museums are to preserve sacred and reversed images amongst others. People go there to see them with utmost respect and even pay to see these things. The Japanese bow head to their elders or seniors, does that constitute worship? No, it only connotes respect.

    More importantly, do not judge do not condemn but go on loving the neighbour. If you say the RC worship images but they say they do not, let it be so that there may not be contention among us. Judgement is coming when all works shall be revealed and judged by Him who alone is Worthy and Holy.

    Thanks

    • Dear friend, God did not tell us to make statues of Mary which is different to the situation with the ark and the bronze statue. In relation to Mary, Jesus said that she is not more blessed than a person who hears and keeps the word of God. So we should not be making statues of her anymore than you should make statues of you or I. I pray that helps to explain it.

      Luke 11:27-28 King James Version (KJV)

      27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.

      28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

    • I apologise if I sounded as if I was judging you. With respect, you do not represent all Catholics. Secondly, again with respect, the bible tells us to judge people who call themselves Christians. See 1 cor 5:11-13. If they are idolaters, fornicators, greedy, drunkards – don’t eat with them. Put them away.

    • Alex127

      I am former Roman Catholic and just recently was saved by Jesus and become a new born Christian, threw away all my rosary beads, statutes etc. RC maybe claims they only respect Mary, but the true is that Mary is heavily worshiped, there are numerous piligramige places around the world such as Lourdes, Fatima, Medugorje that worship Mary as if she was Goddess. I come from a small Catholic country in Eastern Europe where in rural places older ladies gather in the church to pray to and worship Mary, they take it seriously. I am sure these ladies mean well, and many belong to older generation that tries to be obedient to God, but in a wrong way,

  • Brodericks

    If there’s anyone that has kept the Word of God it is the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her absolute dependence on the Word of God stands her out. Luke’s 1: 38.

    However, I think we are coming from irreconcilable viewpoints. Thus, may the will of the Lord in our lives prevail through Christ Jesus our Lord-Amen!

    • I think you’re right. Thanks for your viewpoint. I think one big difference between Christianity and Catholicism is the idea of being a stand out in the kingdom of God. In Christianity, there is a belief that all are fallen short. See Romans 3:10-15. And that we are saved completely by grace and that we have no righteousness. See Isaiah 64:6. That’s why it’s written that no man may boast in their works. If we had any righteousness then we would not need Jesus Christ. See Galatians 2:21. I pray that helps. Godbless you my friend.

      • Brandon Overbeck

        Who will be the least in the Kingdom of God, and who will be great?

  • John H McConnel Jr

    Your ignorance of Catholic theology and Bible interpretation are very apparent. Perhaps you could educate yourself a little by actually studying what and why Catholics believe what they do. I have a feeling though that someone like you has been swayed too far to come to God and His truth. My sympathies for you.

  • Look Deeper

    I have discarded my crucifix and pictures of Mary and Jesus. My question is what do you think about the Calvary cross, just a plain wooden cross? I threw mine in the bin then felt bad that i was insulting God so got them out again. I am aware that the cross is the symbol of the sun god. Another question is holy water, I have been under spiritual attack and been using catholic holy water to bless myself but still not sure if its a good idea. What do you think?

    • I think a plain wooden cross is okay but does not do much. I believe all power is in the name of Jesus. See Philippians 2:9-11. Regarding, water from the Catholic church, I would strongly avoid.

  • Brandon Overbeck

    What a joke; none of that has anything to do with the context of those (heretical) BIBLE quotes.