Faith in God, Love for People

What about “No Other gods” . . . and Mary?

Harmony Baptist Herald 10-B, Fall 2007

Allow me to apply briefly the truths we have discussed concerning the first of God’s Holy Commandments as they relate to the “worship” of Mary by many. First of all, realize that I do so, not with the purpose to offend or cause strife, but with the love of God in my heart. The love of Christ constrains me. I can not keep silent for the sake of your
precious, immortal soul and for the sake of the truth of God.

I understand that some will object, saying that you do not “worship” Mary or actually “pray” to her. To you I ask, have you ever prayed “The Rosary?” If not, I submit you are not a good follower of the Pope. If so, then you are engaged in the worship of Mary. Does not the Rosary contain a prayer entitled “Hail, Holy Queen?” It reads as follows: “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.” This is a prayer, no matter what some may call it.

As further proof of my point I quote from Pope Leo XIII. These are excerpts from an address given on the subject of the Rosary on September 8, 1894 “To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops, and Ordinaries in Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See.” (Taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia)
“the extreme necessity for signal aid from God, it was manifest to Us that that aid should be sought through the intercession of His Mother, and by the express means of the Rosary,”
“The recourse we have to Mary in prayer follows upon the office she continuously fills by the side of the throne of God as Mediatrix of Divine grace”
“Our summons to the Faithful to turn with increased ardor in prayer to Mary, the Queen of Heaven.”
“Every grace granted to man has three degrees in order; for by God it is communicated to Christ, from Christ it passes to the Virgin, and from the Virgin it descends to us.”
“her who was blessed among women, and who “alone took away the curse and bore the blessing”
“we prove to her that we cannot often enough call to mind the blessings of her unwearied charity in the work of our salvation.”
(Emphasis mine, RFB)

He attributes to Mary such titles as, “Queen of Heaven,” “Mediatrix,” “co-Redemptress,” and “Queen of the Universe,” He ends his plea for his disciple to pray the Rosary with these words, “Yes, we fly to thee, we miserable children of Eve, O holy Mother of God. To thee we lift our prayers, for thou art the Mediatrix, powerful at once and pitiful, of our salvation.” (Emphasis mine, RFB) If someone might object saying, these words were spoken over 100 years ago and no longer represent “The Church’s” position, I would say then that you can no longer talk to me of an infallible “Church.” I would also point out that a Catholic publication much more recent states, “I believe that my salvation depends upon Mary’s Mediation in union with Christ, because of her exalted position as Mediatrix of all grace and nearness to her Divine Son.” (From My Sunday Missal by Father Steadman, no date given.)

My dear Catholic Friend, your own pope called saying the Rosary, praying to Mary. No matter what one calls it, the admonition for all Catholics to say the Rosary ascribes to Mary attributes of deity. For how can anyone, but God, hear the petitions of millions of persons from around the world at once? Besides this, we have no basis in Holy Scripture that any person in Heaven can see or hear anything that is done on the earth. And even if they could the Bible strictly forbids us to make any effort to contact the dead. (See Deut. 18:9-14; 1 Chron. 10:13; Is. 8:19)

Is not Mary also exalted by Rome to the status of a god by using terms that apply only to the Savior, Jesus Christ, such as “Mediatrix,” or “co-Redemptress?” And it is certainly blasphemous to the Lord Jesus to say that Mary is “Mediatrix of all grace.” All of these titles and attributes belong to God our Savior alone. To apply them to Mary or any other human is idolatry in direct violation of God’s commandment; “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”

Dear Friend, if you are praying to Mary and have even the lightest hope that she is in some way able to help you to God, you have been deceived. Your trust is in a false Gospel that can not save you. Jesus Christ alone is the Savior. He does not need nor allow the help of Mary, Peter, Joseph, or any other sinful human being. My heart is broken for the darkness that blinds the eyes of sinners held by Satan’s deceptions. Do not take my word for it. Trust God through His Word. Please read carefully and prayerfully the following verses of God’s Holy Word. I challenge each one as you read these Scriptures to pray and ask God: “God, show me Your truth. If I have been deceived, show it to me.”

God’s Word:
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself
a ransom for all,” (1 Tim. 2:5,6)
“Wherefore he [Jesus] is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Heb. 7:25)
“Neither is there salvation in any other: . . . In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins:” (Acts 4:12; Eph.1:7)
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” (Gal. 3:13)

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