Yes – There is Difference!

popeThis past Monday (December 22,2014) Pope Francis said these words in an opening prayer at the Feast of Immaculate Conception celebration:
Oh Mary, our mother, today the people of God in celebration venerates you, the immaculate, preserved from the contagion of sin from the beginning, accept the gift I offer on behalf of the church in Rome and throughout the whole world.
 Why do I bring this up?  Just as a simple little reminder of the HUGE differences between protestant Christianity and the religion of the Roman Catholics.  This one sentence (not to mention the rest of the celebration) is a perfect illustration of the rebellion against God’s clearly written Word that the Roman Catholics indulge in every day.  A rebellion that the Catholic rank-and-file could easily see if they would just take the time to open the Word of God for themselves.  But they won’t.  Most have been taught that opening that book is the job of the priest and no one else is qualified, least of all them.  Since they won’t do it, let’s you and I take two minutes to look for ourselves at what’s wrong with this one sentence:
1st – The Pope is praying to a dead person – the prayer is addressed to Mary.  The Bible makes it extremely clear that this isn’t to be done.  If you don’t believe me then go look for yourself in Isaiah 8:19, Deuteronomy 18:10-11, and Ecclesiastes 9:5-6.
2nd – The Pope, and all those praying with him, is bypassing Jesus Christ and trying to choose another mediator, another spokesperson before God.  Scripture also makes a very clear point saying there is only one mediator, Jesus.  To try to go around him is to blatantly rebel against the Word, insult Christ, and perform a high-handed, intentional sin.  You can see this for yourself by looking up 1 Timothy 2:5 and John 14:6.
3rd – The Pope states that Mary was born without sin.  If this was true, would Mary herself state she needed a savior?  Of course not!  But she did need one, and found one in Christ who bore her sins on Himself the same way He did for all of those who are called by His name.  See Luke 1:47, Romans 3:23 and Romans 5:12
 Just one sentence can clearly illustrate that this is a different religion from the one the protestants follows.  It also illustrates that if we worship together with them we will be joining in their sin, their rebellion, and their insult of our savior.  The Roman Catholic church has a history of keeping their members separated from the written Word, but the truth is they really didn’t need to worry about it all that much.  Today, most protestant church-goers are encouraged to study Scripture for themselves and yet they don’t!  Very few of any persuasion take the time to open the Word and see for themselves what it says , to think on the teachings and try to see what it all means.  This is how folks like Rick Warren, Beth Moore and Kenneth Copeland can work toward a coming-together of religions (although they like to say they’re the same religion with different “traditions”) and very few even raise an eyebrow.
 This coming year will see a strong push in this area.  I’m convinced we’ll hear more and more how Roman Catholics, Baptists, Muslims, Pentecostals and many others are, as Rick Warren puts it, “on the same team”.  Folks, if you’re following the teachings of these leaders take some time to think about what they’re teaching.  Open the Word, study it and THINK!  Just because they’re popular and have material being taught at the local church doesn’t make them right any more than the Pope is right because of his large following.  There is a great deception coming (in my opinion it’s already here) and it will deceive, if possible, even God’s elect.  What are you going to do?  Continue along blindly following every teaching put in front of you or examine the Scriptures for yourself, lead your family in the ways of truth and stand up for the Lord who saved you?  The time to decide may only be months away…
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3 Comments on “Yes – There is Difference!”

  1. voicewilderness1 Says:

    I was Roman Catholic all my life until 2 1/2 years ago. Now, I’m reading my bible quite a lot, and it’s really feeding my soul.


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