Americans Hold Processions in Streets on Day Marking Purported Apparition of Mary in Mexico

In one of the days on the liturgical calendar leading up to Christmas, Roman Catholics throughout the nation marched in the streets on Monday and walked long distances to make pilgrimages for the “Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe,” which marks the purported apparition of Mary in Mexico during the 1500’s—a legend that some say is contrary to the word of God.

“Celebrating Mary is, above all, to remember our mother, to remember that we are not and never will be an orphan people,” Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, delared during a mass in Rome at St. Peter’s Square. “We have a mother! … And where there is the mother, brothers may quarrel but a sense of unity will always prevail.”

The service included music in Nahuatl, Quechua, Mapuche and Guarani in recognition of the Mexican aspect of the observance. According to EWTN News, Bergoglio had traveled to Mexico earlier this year to visit a shrine and basicila there decidated to Mary.

Roma Catholic legend believes that in 1531, Mary appeared to an Aztec Indian named Juan Diego and requested that a church be built that “your people may experience my compassion.”

“All those who sincerely ask my help in their work and in their sorrows will know my mother’s heart in this place. Here I will see their tears; I will console them and they will be at peace,” she is reported as stating, also telling Juan Diego’s uncle to “[c]all me and call my image Santa Maria de Guadalupe.”

In 1945, Pope Pius XII declared the Lady of Guadalupe the “Patroness of all the Americas,” and a feast day was set on the liturgical calendar for Dec. 12.

Norberto Rivera, the cardinal of Mexico City, asked for Mary’s intervention on Monday, requesting that she move on the heart of Donald Trump in regard to Mexican immigrants living in America.

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“O merciful mother! Move the hearts of Americans so they make room for those who, with their hard work have given prosperity to their country, and touch the hardened heart of the new president-elect who being a Christian—as he has declared—so he cannot see the poor and the immigrants as enemies but rather as brothers with whom he must be tolerant, generous and just,” he said.

The day was also observed in cities throughout America, including in San Antonio, Texas, where an estimated 200 Catholics held a 17-mile walk in commemoration of the day. The Chicago Tribune reports that thousands participated in an observance at Des Plaines’ Maryville Academy in Illinois, some treking for miles, bringing flowers and carrying images of Mary.

And in Washington, D.C., a procession was held in the streets, complete with singing, flowers, banners and decorated images of the Lady of Guadalupe, followed by an indoor ceremony featuring Astec dancing. A two-hour procession was likewise held in New York City with an estimated 1,000 participants.


But Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries in Plano, Texas told Christian News Network that the legend and its observance is unbiblical and should be compared to Scripture.

“No one should believe in apparitions without testing every spirit with the Word of God (1 John 4:1),” he said. “The Lord Jesus warned us of lying signs and wonders that would deceive people. He said, ‘For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect (Mat. 24:24).'”

Gendron also stated that it is unprofitable to ask Mary—long deceased—for help, and that the Bible teaches that man can go to the Father Himself through Christ.

“There is no record of any God fearing person in the Bible praying to anyone other than the omnipresent, omniscient God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” he noted. “The practice of calling up the dead or contacting a medium is an abomination to God (Deut 18:10:12). Why would anyone seek Mary for help when we have the Lord Jesus who is our great High Priest and Creator? He is full of mercy and grace.”

He encouraged Catholics to hold every doctrine, practice and tradition against the light of Scripture.

“Satan, who is the master deceiver, continues to lead people astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ (2 Cor. 11:3),” Gendron stated. “I would encourage Catholics to keep their eyes on the author and perfecter of the Christian faith (Heb. 12:2). He alone is deserving of all praise, honor and glory! The only way to avoid being deceived is to abide in God’s Word, then you will know the truth and be set free from deception (John 8:31-32).”

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  • Reason2012

    Luke 1:46-47 “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”

    The catholic doctrines have gotten people to worship and bow down to Mary as if she’s some sort of co-redeemer, as if she’s omnipresent to pray to, as if she’s immaculately conceived like Jesus was.

    Read your Bible, folks, not what others TELL you it says, never checking.

    Matthew 22:11-14 “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.”

    • But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
      The “him” in the verse above applies aptly to this apparition of Mary which is a lie from the father of lies, and has nothing to do with Mary the mother of Jesus according to the flesh.

      • Reason2012


    • Croquet_Player

      What business is it of yours how other faiths practice? Seriously, why would you even care? There are thousands of faiths out there, all doing things differently than you. Unless they’re trying to tell you what to do, why even bother?

      • Reason2012

        If Jesus says there’s one way to Heaven, but others are pretending to teach that same truth but instead are teaching a false version that is deceiving many others into one day being cast out if they don’t hear the truth, would you really remain silent and not warn them?

        Of course.

        Whether or not they hear it is another story – but at least you can say you warned them time and again.

        Hope this helps.

        • Croquet_Player

          Oh I see, YOU, and your particular faith, know the “right way”. Honestly, what astonishing hubris. How extraordinarily obnoxious and intrusive to be told “you’re doing your faith wrong”. Literally billions of people do their faith differently than you. You have a very long row to hoe to tell them all they’re going about it wrong. Particularly since none of them asked you.

          • Reason2012

            “Oh I see, YOU, and your particular faith, know the “right way”. Honestly, what astonishing hubris.”
            You mean as opposed to the catholic denomination saying theirs is the “right way”?

            No, it’s not my way – it’s the Bible’s way: God’s way. And the catholic denomination violates it in countless ways – this is just one of those ways – and people deserve to know that truth. A plain reading of the bible makes it clear, but most don’t bother reading it with any seriousness whatsoever.

            “How extraordinarily obnoxious and intrusive to be told “you’re doing your faith wrong”.
            It will be far more than “obnoxious and intrusive” to be cast out and then wonder why no one told you while you still had a chance, even though they “never asked”.

            “Literally billions of people do their faith differently than you.”
            What I do doesn’t matter – it’s what the Bible says.

            And literally billions are going to end up in hell as Jesus points out MANY will be cast out, but FEW will find eternal life. How many people survived the flood? Millions died, 8 survived.

            Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

            Matthew 7:21-23 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

            Please think again – you don’t want to contribute to keeping people in the dark concerning salvation / eternal life.

          • Croquet_Player

            “Please think again – you don’t want to contribute to keeping people in the dark concerning salvation / eternal life.”

            I don’t make other people’s faith my business. If for no other reason than it’s appallingly bad manners. A concept apparently lost on you. Other people may believe whatever they like, including you, and I don’t think you’d take kindly to being told your theological interpretations are bunk. But by all means do carry on, because behavior like yours is so distasteful it puts people off religion entirely.

          • Reason2012

            “I don’t make other people’s faith my business. If for no other reason than it’s appallingly bad manners.”

            Jesus said otherwise. Using your logic, that means Jesus had bad manners.

            Matthew 10:7 “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

            Matthew 10:27 “What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.”

            Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

            Luke 9:60 “Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.”

            Luke 13:3 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

            2 Timothy 4:1-4 “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
            Preach the word;
            be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

            I’m sorry you think preaching God’s truth is distasteful. Those whom God saves by hearing His Word think otherwise.

            Romans 10:13-15 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
            How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
            and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
            and how shall they hear without a preacher?
            And how shall they preach, except they be sent?
            as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

            Preach the gospel to a lost and dying world, friend. Don’t sit on that amazing gift, refusing to share it with others and allow others to end up being cast out for believing whatever they like.

            Take care.

          • Croquet_Player

            It’s always amusing when people quote religious texts to justify their dreadful behavior. “See what it says right here? That means I can say and do such-and-such to so-and-so.” And so many do it, with so many different texts. Perhaps you may wish to consider that if you like enjoying the freedom to practice your faith in peace, you could try to find within yourself the graciousness to extend the same courtesy to others.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    It’s a heinous idol worship. Mary never appears to Bible-literate Protestant Christians. Muslims only dream of Jesus and convert. Mary and other historic Christians were great saints, but God alone is to be worshipped and honored and prayed to. The Holy Bible never mentions honoring Mary-like figures but has only stern warnings against the worship of a queen of heaven.

    • Jenny Ondioline

      You are incorrect, Grace. Catholics do not worship Mary.

      • Royce E. Van Blaricome

        Might wanna check what it means to “worship”. Question for you: Do Catholics bow down before Mary?

        • Oboehner

          That one is best to be ignored, you won’t get a logical response.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            He just did.

        • Jenny Ondioline

          Maybe some do, but as a gesture of respect, not worship. And kissing the pope’s ring isn’t worship either.

          • Reason2012

            Bowing down to someone is worship.

            Kissing a person’s ring is worship.

            It may be a weaker form of worship, but it’s worship nonetheless.

            How many people have you bowed down to in your life besides those who demand you call them “Father”? How many statues? How many altars? You bow down to worship someone / something. If you bowed down to someone you know, they’d clear it up for you that it’s obviously a show of worship and that you need to stop.

            How many people have you kissed their ring in your lifetime? If you did it to someone, they’d clear it up for you that this, too, is an obvious show of worship, awkward at best, and that you’d need to stop.

            In the end, it’s God we’ll have to convince that wasn’t worship in the least.

            Even bowing down to an angel in a vision is sin and John was told not to do it, but to worship God alone.

            Revelation 22:8-9 “And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”

          • Jenny Ondioline

            If you don’t know the difference between respect and worship then it’s your own issue to work out. If you kiss someone’s ring or bow to them it doesn’t mean you’re looking to them for salvation. Does it? Pretty obvious distinction right there.

          • Reason2012

            “you don’t know the difference between respect and worship”

            Then you say

            ” If you kiss someone’s ring or bow to them it doesn’t mean you’re looking to them for salvation.”

            Notice you changed the topic from “worship” to “salvation” – you’re not being honest. It seems you do realize it’s a form of worship as now you try to pretend I said you’re looking to them for salvation when you bow to them or kiss their ring, when I said no such thing.

            Don’t worship anyone except God. Take care.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You don’t worship a being that doesn’t grant salvation, yes or no?

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        That’s what I hope for all Catholics that they truly diffirenciate worshiping God and respecting Mary, but Catholicism’s aniti-Biblical, unhealthy stress on Virgin Mary sure leads people astray from God Himself. Catholics must read the Holy Bible and hold sound Biblical Christian faith.

        • ToneBurst

          Catholicism isn’t anti-Biblical. They canonized the very Bible you use. And it’s very appropriate to respect the mother of Jesus just as you’d respect your own mother.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            It’s different with Jesus. He Himself created Mary. We are commanded to honor our parents but are not commanded to honor Mary. God condemned the worsship of a queen of heaven. “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.” ( Matthew chapter 4) Some Catholics really believe in Mary as a co-redeemer. You really must address this destructive heresy.

    • Oboehner

      Actually there is this section about graven images…

      • Jenny Ondioline

        And if you say I worship you, please save me mr. rock or mr. statue you might have a point. Only no one says that.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          People do that all over the world. Humans so easily fall in love with images and statues; that’s the problem.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            But they don’t WORSHIP them!

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            They do. “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.” ( Matthew chapter 4)

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Catholics worship Jesus Christ. And no one else.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Really? And don’t they claim all roads leads to God, sounding more like a pagan Hindu than a truth-holding Christian?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            No, they don’t.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Pope, both historic and present, declare/d and do/did Anti-biblical things time to time. Are you a Catholic? Tell me how a man gets saved.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Well, you have to die first. You don’t get to call yourself saved before that happens because then you’re speaking for God. I am formerly Catholic. Catholics don’t do things in opposition to the Bible, you merely perceive them that way or misunderstand the practice.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. The Word of God clearly declares that man gets saved by repenting of sins and trusting in Jesus Christ as his Saviour. You neither know the Holy Bible or Catholicism. You must repent of your evil unbelief. Read Psalm 14 and John 3 and Romans 10.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You are not God, Grace. You don’t get to speak for Him. You neither understand Catholicism nor Christianity in general.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Those who believe in Jesus and read the Holy Bible do know God. You are an atheist who needs repentance to get saved.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You don’t know me, Grace. You’re in no position to guess about what I am and what I am not when I have not told you directly. I believe that bearing false witness is a sin.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The way you talk proves you are a typical Western atheist and no other kind. Self is a futile thing to believe in. Read the Holy Bible like some honest humans would.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You don’t know me, Grace.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            God knows you. You need to repent of your sins including your unbelief and ask Jesus for forgiveness to get saved. Read the Gospels in the New Testament Bible. Ask God to help you understand and read it. Go to a Bible-preaching church on Sunday and hear the Word of God.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You aren’t in a position to tell other people what they “need” to do, Grace. Especially people you don’t know.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Everyone is a sinner and needs to repent of sins and ask Jesus for forgiveness and trust in Him to get saved. No exception. Read the Book of Romans.

          • Mike Feehan

            You are correct..Ephesians 2:8 and 9, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9, 1 John 5:13, Titus 3:5, etc, etc…Keep in mind, she said that the BIBLE was a man made tradition…CLUELESS, ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS.I KNOW that I am going to heaven and I also KNOW that I am a saint…I sure don’t need some weak social justice JOKE POPE to canonize me.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Faith in Jesus is the only way to know God. “But as many as received Him(Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” ( John chapter 12)

      • ToneBurst

        I think the mistake you are making is assuming everyone is as stupid as you are, and so when they bow before a statue which clearly REPRESENTS God, you, not possessing much in terms of common sense, assume that the graven image is the actual thing being worshiped. And the average 4-year old can see that’s not the case, but why let logic and reason get in the way of a good hate-on?

        • Oboehner

          Speaking of “hate-on”, your little tirade there is quite hypocritical and nonsensical, “you, not possessing much in terms of common sense, assume that the graven image is the actual thing being worshiped” Never did I say that, nor did I imply that. The passage clearly states “any likeness” or as you so eloquently put it “a statue which clearly REPRESENTS” So before you get YOUR hate-on, you might want to think it over before you look the fool.

          “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: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them…” God’s words not mine, I guess those “kind” words were meant for him then.

          • ToneBurst

            You’re wasting everyone’s time.
            Exodus 25.18.

          • Oboehner

            Speaking of wasting everyone’s time, your lame attempt to justify idolatry doesn’t hold water. Did God command them to bow to the Cherubim, kiss their feet, worship them in any way? No, they were decorative and symbolic. Then there is the “what does Mary have to do with anything other than historical?” thing.

          • ToneBurst

            I am not justifying idolatry. I’m giving you a Bible verse that shows the command to create images and objects, which directly contradicts your rather lame claim that every single object is somehow an idol. And I still don’t think you comprehend what worship is if you think people actually worship pieces of rock. That requires a level of stupidity I cannot begin to fathom.

          • Oboehner

            I see you conveniently left out the difference between that and the graven mary images, you mary-worshipers slobber all over. So why don’t you post the verse(s) that state anyone is to make mary images and bow to them or that we are to even consider mary anything more than an obedient vessel that assisted in bringing the already-existing Son of God to earth.
            BTW, we already covered your ” you think people actually worship pieces of rock” nonsense.

          • ToneBurst

            We covered it, but you showed no sign of it sinking into your skull. Let’s see if we can do something about that. If you think a piece of rock is God then you’re not of perfectly sound mind. Fortunately no Catholic thinks that. A piece of rock can REPRESENT something else, however, and when that happens the object itself is STILL not being worshiped.

            I have to return to the original question and ask you, do you REALLY think over 1 billion Catholics worldwide are asking a piece of rock to give them salvation? Do you ACTUALLY possess the kind of mind that believes something that stupid?

            And if not, then I have to ask you to make up your mind, because in this same post you now accuse Catholics of worshiping MARY (which they don’t). I think in your haste to be as hateful as humanly possible you can’t decide which insult you’d rather lob. Which is it? Rocks or Mary?

          • Oboehner

            First off, quit beating the “you think a piece of rock is God” dead horse, you are the only one to say that.
            “A piece of rock can REPRESENT something else, however, and when that happens the object itself is STILL not being worshiped.” “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: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them…” I know over 1 billion catholics ignore this command of God.

            Mary worship is a staple of the catholic church (bother to read the article?), calling it a different synonym doesn’t change that. I see you convieniently avoided the ” So why don’t you post the verse(s) that state anyone is to make mary images and bow to them or that we are to even consider mary anything more than an obedient vessel that assisted in bringing the already-existing Son of God to earth.” part, so how about dropping your asinine “you think a piece of rock is God” nonsense and post up or shut up mary worshiper.

          • ToneBurst

            You are saying that Catholics worship rocks. They don’t.

            You are saying that Catholics worship Mary. They don’t. They respect her and venerate her and you are incapable of seeing the difference. Ten million people can tell you they don’t and you will continue to insist they do because apparently stamping your feet and holding your breath until you turn blue is all you’ve got. And calling me a Mary worshiper only makes you a colossal idiot.

          • Oboehner

            I am saying catholics violate a command of God with their graven images, I have never said they worship rocks (which would make as much sense as praying to mary). What idol worshipers worship rocks? It is what the idol represents.
            Veneration, adoration both synonymous with worship. You have been asked multiple times to post the passage(s) from anywhere in Scripture that states we are to do ANYTHING involving mary. So quit with the false accusation diversion tactic and post up or shut up

    • Saunders61

      Based on the results of a Harris poll, 91% of ,your so called, “Bible-literate Protestant Christians” believe Mary was a virgin when she gave birth, so there seems to be plenty of crazy to go around.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        ? Mary was indeed virgin when she gave birth.

  • TwoRutRoad

    “Purported Apparition” LOL! If THAT doesn’t make a believer out of you, nothing will!

  • TwoRutRoad

    I love the sign, PARK ROAD. It’s like CRASH LANDING.

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    I see many on FB saying that the Bible, the Apostles, and early “Church” teachings say that we should ask Mary and other “Saints” to pray for us. Let’s take a look at see what Jesus has to say:

    “Pray, then, in this way:
    ‘Our Father who is in heaven,
    Hallowed be Your name.
    10 ‘Your kingdom come.
    Your will be done
    (Matt. 6:9-10)

    Now seriously folks, don’t ya think if Jesus wanted His followers to be praying thru somebody else He wouldn’t have shown we have direct access to The Father???????? Don’t ya think that Jesus would’ve said SOMEWHERE that there was another “teaching” from Him??????

    • Jenny Ondioline

      Do you think He cares as long as the prayers are ultimately directed to Him?

      • Royce E. Van Blaricome

        Absolutely. That’s why He TAUGHT what He did!! And if you knew Him you would too.

        • Jenny Ondioline

          So now this is becoming a contest? I know Him just fine, and I think he knows when someone else is being worshiped.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Nope, no contest. Have no idea where you got that. Maybe from the same jesus (small ‘j’) that you know. Perhaps you should try reading your Bible. I’ll pray that the Holy Spirit will illuminate your mind to the truth. See 1st Cor. 2:14.

            You might start with the various passages that show folks bowing down before anyone but God.

            But more importantly, praying to Mary is just one minor sign that you don’t know the Bible or Christ. The far greater issue is that you don’t understand Soteriology nor probably Roman Catholic doctrine and what came outta the various canons from the Council of Trent. If you did you would run from the RCC.

            Lastly, as for “knowing Jesus”, I suggest you read Matt. 7:21-23. The folks there claim to know Jesus well enough to call Him “Lord” to His face. Perhaps His response to them will be of interest to you.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            The Jesus I know has a capital J,and I never stated otherwise. Maybe instead of telling people to read their Bibles who actually HAVE read them, you should stop making assumptions.

            Bowing is a simple gesture of respect. Ever visited Japan? If so, were you worshiping every person you bowed to, and were they worshiping you?

            Praying isn’t worship. It’s simple asking. And anyway they don’t pray TO Mary, they pray THROUGH Mary…more specifically, they ask Mary to pray for them. That’s called intercessory prayer and is absolutely no different than asking your friends to pray for you.

            Pray for yourself instead – I don’t need your prayers.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            No doubt he or she does in your mind. I didn’t make an “assumption”, I drew a conclusion and made a judgment based on your Biblical ignorance. But hey, thanks for proving 1st Cor. 2:14 true.

            As you wish. I’ll leave you to yourself, your false gods, and your pope who in January of this year showed himself to be a false prophet and apostate by saying there are many paths to God and we are all children of God. Have fun following him. Just don’t call yourself a Christian because that is a follower of Jesus Christ.

            Oh btw, had you actually read your Bible you might’ve stumbled across 1st Tim. 2:11-12. Perhaps that little tidbit of wisdom would’ve kept you outta the Lake of Fire.

          • ToneBurst

            Can’t you just feel the fundamentalist Christian “love” in that post…

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Thank you. Ya don’t get any more fundamental that Jesus so I appreciate the blessing.

          • ToneBurst

            Ya sure don’t see Christians who rag on other Christians quite like the fundamentalists!

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Yeah, funny thing about those Fundamentalists and their desire to follow Jesus, obey Him and do what He’s laid down in His Word. Not so funny and definitely not surprising at all when the Non-fundamentalists don’t see fit to do so. Not to mention characterizing speaking the Truth as “ragging on” other Christians.

            I’d suggest, if you really wanna know the truth, try reading your Bible and I’ll pray that the Holy Spirit illuminate it to your mind.

          • ToneBurst

            I do read the Bible, and I believe you are misrepresenting Catholics because you hate them. Leave people alone and let them believe what they feel to be correct.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Well then, first, why don’t you try opening it to 1st Cor. 2:14 and see if you can understand that. Second, then go looking for the passages that talk about God having omniscience and you NOT! Third, look at the passages about bearing false witness and making false accusations because I do NOT hate Catholics.

            And fourth, lastly, thanks for showing everyone once again that you’re as lost as lost can be and living out Eph. 2:1-4 because you tell others to disobey Christ and promote lies.

            Funny how those who talk so much about others hating always wind up showing themselves that it is they who are the Haters. Leaving people alone in their sins and letting them believe what they “feel” to be correct is the epitome of Hate and proof that you are of your father, Satan, who is the one that encourages that.

            Thank God Jesus never “felt” the way you do! Thank God that He did not do that but sent Jesus to us and brought us the Truth!!

            But hey, thanks for being a great example of a son of disobedience and child of wrath. Gives us Believers a great opportunity to have a teachable moment.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Ah, there it is- burning in hell because we have a difference of opinion. And because I understand that the pope is a Christian leader and not a satanist. Spoken like a true fundamentalist.

            Just because people have different understandings than you do doesn’t make them NOT Christians.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Nothing at all to do with a “difference of opinion”. Jesus said those who practice lawlessness and are workers of iniquity will be hurled into the Lake of Fire.

            The RCC follows a false prophet and teaches a different gospel. THAT is what will result in an Eternity of torment in the Lake of Fire. And THAT is a far cry from a “difference of opinion”.

            Btw, it was the RCC during the Council of Trent which pronounced anathema upon all Protestants. So, one is right and one is wrong. We shall see which on Judgment Day.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            No, it’s a difference of opinion. Over 35 thousand denominations, and you’re right and everyone else is wrong? Give me a break. If Christians understood everything the same way, there wouldn’t be all this division. The difference is I’m honest enough to call it a difference of opinion, where you’re so determined to play teacher’s pet to God that you not only think they’re going to burn in hellfire but that you’ve been given permission to send them there yourself.

            The RCC was doing this for two thousand years before your cult came along. I think I would trust them far sooner than I would you.

          • Mike Feehan

            Don’t you realize that this church utilizes a BUNCH of man made traditions which the BIBLE speaks against specifically in Mark 7:13, Matthew 15:9, Colossians 2:8?? WHERE in the BIBLE do you see priests forgiving sins, indulgences, purgatory, Mary is sinless, seriously WHERE?? You don’t, it is all man made traditions…You believe in your church’s teachings, the BIBLE is good enough for me…

          • Jenny Ondioline

            No, it doesn’t. If you studied it and explored it a bit rather than took the words of your Catholic-hating fundamentalist pastor, you’d find everything lines up just fine. And those things AREN’T in the Bible. Because Catholics are NOT “Bible-only” Christians like you…sola scriptura isn’t IN the Bible, did you know that?

          • Mike Feehan

            Everything lines up just fine, ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Purgatory, indulgences, infant baptism making one a child of God, HOW can a baby believe and repent as a one month old, answer me that one, indulgences, confessing your sins to another sinner priest, a fair amount of them homosexuals, etc, etc….You have a whole bunch of man made traditions which the BIBLE warns against in Mark 7:13 and Matthew 15:9. Unlike you, I have studied it, been in BIBLE studies for the past thirteen years and have seen all of the false things which your church teaches that are above and beyond Scripture…Yes, he and I are fundamentalists, we go by what the WORD OF GOD says, not some men as you do. The words Sola Scriptura are not specifically in there, but the implication DEFINITELY is…

            Let’s see, Proverbs 30:6 states the following:

            Proverbs 30:6

            New International Version
            Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

            ****What does “do not add to his words” mean to you? Do you think that that means that some Pope can come along and just add on stuff which your church has done over the years with all of its man made traditions?

            Deuteronomy 4:2–

            —Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

            ***What does “Ye shall not add unto the word” which I command you mean to you? Do you think that any man, any Pope can come along and just add stuff as he sees fit, do you? Again, the specific words are not in there, but the implication definitely is.

            1 Corinthians 4:6—Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.

            ***What does “do not go beyond what is written” mean to you? Do you think that that means that some Pope can come along and just add on things which your Church has done over the years?

            As it pertains to your many man made traditions, Mark 7:13. says the following:

            Parallel Verses

            New International Version
            Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

            ***If what you are saying, that your church uses Scripture as well as man made traditions, well, this verse warns against doing this.

            Matthew 15:9 states the following: English Standard Version
            in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

            ***Your church has a whole bunch of man made commandments, rules…Mortal sin, venial Sin, Holy Days of Obligation, NOWHERE found in the BIBLE, all made up by men who are sinners just like Mary is as well…

            Colossians 2:8–
            See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

            ****Hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition….Again, referring to all of the man made rules which your Church has come up with over the years which are absolutely outside of what God’s Word has to convey.
            The difference between true Christians and folks in your church is that true Christians follow the Word of God and the Word of God, THE BIBLE, only….You follow your church’s rules, I and others follow the BIBLE and the BIBLE only, huge difference…

            I have included 42 of those man made rules below.

            Presbyters first called priests by Lucian……2nd century..

            2… Sacerdotal mass instituted by Cyprian..3rd century

            3… Prayers for the dead—-A.D. 300

            4….Making the sign of the cross—A.D. 300

            5… Wax candles—-A.D. 320

            6….Veneration of angels, dead saints, and images…A.D. 375

            7…Mass became a daily ritual—A.D. 394

            8…Beginning of exaltation of Mary, term “Mother of God” first applied to her by Council of Ephesus….A.D. 431

            9….Priests began to wear special clothing—A.D. 500

            10..Extreme Unction (Rite of Healing)….A.D. 526

            11….The doctrine of purgatory….A.D. 593

            12… Latin used in worship….A.D. 600

            13..Prayers offered to Mary, dead saints and angels…A.D. 600

            14…First man to be proclaimed Pope…(Boniface III) A.D. 610

            15…Kissing the Pope’s feet…..A.D. 709

            16….Temporal power of Popes, conferred by Pepin, King of the Franks…..A.D. 750

            17..Veneration of cross, images, relics authorized…A.D. 786

            18…Holy Water, mixed with pinch of salt, chrism, and blessed by a priest…A.D. 850

            19….Venerations of St. Joseph—A.D. 890

            20…College of Cardinals begun—A.D. 927

            21…Baptism of bells instituted by Pope John X111…A.D. 965

            22…Canonization of dead saints by Pope John XV….A.D. 995

            23…Fasting on Fridays and Lent….A.D. 998

            24….The Mass developed gradually as a sacrifice, attendance made obligatory…A.D. 11TH century…

            25…Celibacy of priests declared….A.D. 1079

            26…Rosary adopted (pagan) by Peter the Hermit….A.D. 1090

            27…The Inquisition instituted by Council of Verona….A.D. 1184

            28….Sale of indulgences….A.D 1190..

            29….Seven Sacraments, defined by Peter Lombard….12th century

            30….Transubstantiation, defined by Innocent III…A.D. 1215..

            31…Auricular confession (Rite of Reconciliation of sins to a priest instead of God, instituted by Innocent III A.D. 1215 ****(the BIBLE tells me that I CAN AND WILL go straight to JESUS to confess my sins, not to some priest….You want to go to some sinner priest, you go right ahead…The BIBLE tells me that I can and will go straight to JESUS, 1 John 1, verse 9, Luke 5:21, Mark 2:5, Isiah 43:25, 1 Timothy 2, verse 5, etc)

            32….Adoration of the wafer (called the Host) decreed by Pope Honorius III….A.D. 1220

            33…Scapular invented by Simon Stock of England…A.D. 1251

            34…The cup forbidden to the laity at communion by the Council of Florence…..A.D. 1439

            35…Purgatory proclaimed as a dogma by the Council of Florence in A.D 1439

            36…***Traditions declared of EQUAL AUTHORITY with the BIBLE by the Council Of Trent…A.D. 1545

            37…Apocryphial books added to the Bible by the Council of Trent….A.D. 1546

            38…Creed of Pope Pius IV imposed as the official creed in place of the original Apostolic Creed….A.D. 1560

            39….Immaculate Conception of Mary (not virgin birth) proclaimed by Pope Pius IX…A.D. 1854

            40….Syllabus of Errors proclaimed by Pope Pius IX, and ratified by the Vatican Council; condemned freedom of religion, conscience, speech, press, and scientific discoveries which are disapproved by the Roman Church; asserted the Pope’s temporal authority over all civil rulers….A.D. 1864..

            41….Infallibility of the Pope in matters of faith and morals claimed by the Vatican Council….A.D. 1870…

            42…Assumption of Mary proclaimed by Pope Pius XII….A.D. 1950…..

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Because you misunderstand the intention of baptism…it’s not about actual sin for Catholics (and Lutherans and Episcopalians and Methodists and in fact MOSt Christians who baptize infants). It’s about ORIGINAL sin which all are born with.

          • Mike Feehan

            Well, IF they are baptizing infants, it doesn’t make them any more right either…HOW can an infant believe and/or repent, can you answer me that one?

            Question: “What does the Bible say about infant baptism / paedobaptism?”

            Answer: There is much confusion about baptism in the various Christian denominations. However, this is not a result of the Bible presenting a confusing message on baptism. The Bible is abundantly clear of what baptism is, who it is for, and what it accomplishes. In the Bible, only believers who had placed their faith in Christ were baptized – as a public testimony of their faith and identification with Him (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4). Water baptism by immersion is a step of obedience after faith in Christ. It is a proclamation of faith in Christ, a statement of submission to Him, and an identification with His death, burial, and resurrection.

            With this in view, ************infant baptism is not a Biblical practice. **************An infant cannot place his or her faith in Christ.********** An infant cannot make a conscious decision to obey Christ. An infant cannot understand what water baptism symbolizes.************* The Bible does not record any infants being baptized. Infant baptism is the origin of the sprinkling and pouring methods of baptism – as it is unwise and unsafe to immerse an infant under water. Even the method of infant baptism fails to agree with the Bible. How does pouring or sprinkling illustrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

            Many Christians who practice infant baptism do so because they understand infant baptism as the new covenant equivalent of circumcision. In this view, just as circumcision joined a Hebrew to the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants, so baptism joined a person to the New Covenant of salvation through Jesus Christ. ******This view is unbiblical. ******The New Testament nowhere describes baptism as the New Covenant replacement for Old Covenant circumcision. The New Testament nowhere describes baptism as a sign of the New Covenant. It is faith in Jesus Christ that enables a person to enjoy the blessings of the New Covenant (1 Corinthians 11:25; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Hebrews 9:15).

            Baptism does not save a person. It does not matter if you were baptized by immersion, pouring, or sprinkling – if you have not first trusted in Christ for salvation, baptism (no matter the method) is meaningless and useless. Water baptism by immersion is a step of obedience to be done after salvation as a public profession of faith in Christ and identification with Him. Infant baptism does not fit the Biblical definition of baptism or the Biblical method of baptism. If Christian parents wish to dedicate their child to Christ, then a baby dedication service is entirely appropriate. ****However, even if infants are dedicated to the Lord, when they grow up they will still have to make a personal decision to believe in Jesus Christ in order to be saved.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I told you, because it’s not about ACTUAL sins, which a baby wouldn’t have, it’s about ORIGINAL sin which we AlL have!

          • Mike Feehan

            Well, your church REQUIRES it for salvation…It is a WORK, what else is new within this church? Just like the sacraments and Holy Days of obligation and other special days…Have you ever read the Book of Romans to see what it says pertaining to works? By the way, your church’s teaching clearly is contradictory to Scripture. Are you willing to risk believing your church’s teaching over the BIBLE because you can deny it all that you want, but that is what you are doing…Baptism is not necessary in order to be saved unlike what your church teaches…Your church teaches that a baby sprinkled with water by some priest is “born again”….HOW, JUST HOW can a one or two month old believe and repent, can you please answer me that one?

          • PilgrimGirl

            Hi Jenny – I have a question for you. You said to Mike Feehan, “you misunderstand the intention of baptism…it’s about original sin”. What did you mean by that? In other words, what does baptism have to do with original sin?

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Well, thank you for showing yourself an apostate and calling Jesus a Liar.

            As for the 35,000 denominations, I can only say thank you for showing your ignorance and not knowing the Essentials from the Non-essentials. And btw, your faux omniscience is very unbecoming.

            Oh, and I never said I would send you to Hell or the Lake of Fire. I quoted Jesus.

            My cult? ROTFLMBO!!! That truly was a LOL!

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Do you have a better word for what it is? I mean Catholics and Orthodox Christians have been doing what they do for centuries and you call them liars but your 30 year old denomination is the real deal? REALLY?
            By the way, I didn’t call Jesus a liar, but you’re bearing false witness big time against your fellow Christians which I’m pretty sure isn’t making Him too happy.
            Jesus is loving and forgiving. It’s fundamentalists who want to throw me in the fire…every single time.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Yes, I have a better word – Truth. And it’s not I that calls them Liars but Jesus. I only echo what Jesus said.

            30 year old denomination? LOL You’re a riot! Thank you for showing your ignorance once again and publicly discrediting yourself one more time.

            And you did call Jesus a Liar because HE said there is ONLY one Way!!

            What you mean is “MY jesus is loving and forgiving.” Note where the emphasis is. Your jesus is not Jesus but one created in your image according to your world and your ways.

            You are not a Christian so I don’t know who you are talking about. In fact you are anathema.

            And yes, the Greatest Fundamentalist of ALL will throw you into the Lake of Fire for the evil that you spread along with all other workers of iniquity who practice lawlessness.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I should have guessed – truth, because your small fundamentalist group is the only one who has it, right? And the major denominations who’ve been doing it for centuries are all deceived by Satan?

            Give your head a shake. And if you’re going to trash the largest Christian denomination in the world you should at least make an attempt to understand what they teach.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Yes, that is correct. The “fundamentals” do NOT change no matter how many various groups try to. The Gospel WILL remain THE Gospel forever and it has been Satan’s goal to get as many as possible to add or takeaway or change it since Jesus died on the cross. Nothing new under the sun.

            The Narrow Path is VERY narrow and FEW will find it.

            Oh, and I obviously understand Catholic teachings in light of what God has said much better than you. Not only that but there really is NO excuse for those living today. God has blessed all humanity with one of the greatest gifts ever in that we have at our fingertips innumerable resources for knowing the truth.

            All one has to do to verify that the RCC is of the Devil and that the pope is an anti-christ is do a simple Google search. In a nanosecond one can have a bazillion things to research and study. I’d recommend anyone that wants to know more start by actually reading what came from the Council of Trent and the various canons proclaimed which pronounce all Protestants as anathema. Those were given ex-cathedra and therefore cannot be retracted. Secondly, I’d recommend folks watch the video I referenced below and see the words come from the pope himself!

            I’ve mentioned these above but Jenny doesn’t wanna deal with it. She wants to talk about Unity and Universalism and have everyone come to her Jesus of love and forgiveness in one big kumbaya moment.

            Tell us Jenny, will a practicing Homosexual who believes in your jesus ever get into Heaven?

          • Mike Feehan

            Well, one is not a Christian if the BIBLE is not their final authority…I was once a member and have been BIBLE studies for the past thirteen years…Your church teaches a false gospel, PERIOD…Venial Sin, Mortal Sin, Holy Days of Obligation, infant baptism, ALL man made traditions which your church made up…You NEED to start reading the Word of God, the BIBLE, you know, that book which your church does NOT have tin the pews, yes, that one…

          • Jenny Ondioline

            All the usual stuff, which has been refused thousands of times.
            The Catholics canonized the Bible. Every Catholic mass has meditations on scripture. But that’s one of those inconvenient truths to you, I guess.
            The Bible is a man-made tradition, too, by the way.

          • Mike Feehan

            Yeah, you’ve refused it alright, by adding on a bunch of man made traditions…I was once a Catholic and so I know that…WHY no BIBLES in the pews, can you answer me that one?? I know the answer…Because your church does not want folks like myself and others to actually start reading it, specifically the books of Galatians, Romans, and Hebrews and see all of the absolute contradictions between what your church falsely teaches in so many areas, purgatory, works based salvation, holy days of obligation, confessing your sins to a priest, infant baptism, the rosary, Mary being sinless which your church teaches and supports and which the BIBLE does not support at all.

            Yes, you canonized the books of the Bible, you CERTAINLY DID NOT write it because if you did, there would be near as many differences between what the BIBLE teaches versus what your church teaches.

            The Bible is a man made tradition….REALLY??? Well, the BIBLE is God breathed via this Scripture verse: ◄ 2 Timothy 3:16 ►

            WHY would the BIBLE be a man made tradition when Mark 7:13 says the following? Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”
            ***WHY would the BIBLE say that you nullify the Word of God by your tradition IF the Bible is a man made tradition?? Just answer the question, please..IF what you are conveying is true, then WHY does that verse seem to convey the exact opposite??

            Parallel Verses

            2 Timothy 3:16–
            New International Version
            All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Easy, because the lessons pertinent to the sermon are all printed out on bulletins handed out. Bibles aren’t intended to be read while church devices are going on. I spend a lot of time in a Lutheran church and they do exactly the same thing.

          • Mike Feehan

            Bibles aren’t meant to be read while church services are going on?? REALLY?? The problem is that far too many folks in this church rarely if ever read the BIBLE outside of Church…Have you ever read the Book of Hebrews? It is a one time sacrifice, NO NEED to crucify Christ over and over again which is what your mass involves..Hebrews 6:6 states

            and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are ***crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.

            Rome says the Mass is a bloodless sacrifice, but a sacrifice without blood cannot atone for sins (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22). Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper as a memorial not a sacrifice (Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24).

            6. Nowhere in the New Testament do we find priests offering sacrifices for sin or Masses for the dead. Catholic priests violate Christ’s unique role as mediator between God and men. (1Timothy 2:5).

            7. To worship the elements of the Mass is to commit the sin of idolatry (Exodus 20:4-5).
            Well, they are each wrong then…Every church that I go to has a BIBLE in it…And I do not know much about this Lutheran Church which you attend, but I know the reason why your church doesn’t have BIBLES and it is because of all of the false teaching…Heck, your church teaches that one cannot read the BIBLE and understand it themselves…REALLY?? Not even close to what Acts 17:11, 1 John 2:27, and 2 Timothy 2:15 have to say..
            Oh, and it is a memorial, not the real thing….Jesus also says in John 6 that he is a door…Do you actually think that if Jesus came back today that he would in the shape of a door? Do you?

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            “The Bible is a man-made tradition, too, by the way.” Thank you again for showing yourself to be a child of wrath and calling God a Liar.

            Always appreciated when you do it yourself so we don’t have to point it out.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            I think my posts are being deleted when I include a link to another site so let me repost it here as edited:

            Well said. What Jenny, and all others who go outside of Sola Scripture, refuse to admit is that by doing so they get to create their own god.

            Sola Scriptura is not in the Bible? Neither is the word Trinity and I suppose we’re not to believe in that either? 2nd Tim. 3:16 means exactly what it says. And the meaning of the word “All” means “ALL”!!

            Jenna is worshipping her god(s) and it’s pretty obvious by now that she has NO desire to let go of them and follow Christ and worship the One True God.

            As for her reading the Bible, see 1st Cor. 2:14. She can read it all day long until the cows come home but as long as she clings to her idols and holds to her own will and way the Holy Spirit isn’t gong to waste His time casting His pearls before swine. The Holy Spirit brings conviction and it’s as plain as day that she has no desire to be convicted and is not willing to humble herself when she is or has been.

            She’s the epitome of those standing in the Matt. 7:21-23 line.

            Btw, on a side note, if you haven’t seen this, here is the most alarming and most evident proof that the Pope is a false prophet and wolf than anything I’ve ever seen. Just go to YouTube and type in “Pope Vatican Videos” and then search that channel for “January”. Watch the very first video that the Pope made. THAT should be a neon sign to any true Believer and it should send anyone running with even an elementary understanding of the Gospel!!

          • Mike Feehan

            Amen brother…Keep defending the TRUTH…

      • Reason2012

        No, the prayers were directed to others and you asked THEM to direct them to Him. Huge difference. Pray to God directly – it’s what Christ made possible for us – He is the only mediator – but the catholic denomination has made dozens of mediators, which only shows how they keep people deceived.

        • Jenny Ondioline

          It makes ABSOLUTELY no difference. One-upping Christians who do things differently than you do does not make you SUPERIOR Christians. No Catholic puts any person or thing ahead of Jesus. Try actually asking one sometime.

          • Reason2012

            You don’t pray to others asking them to pray for you – no one else is omniscient nor omnipresnet to hear such prayers – only God is. You ASK people to pray for you, which would mean people alive that you actually in some way come in contact with to make that request.

            What I do means nothing – it’s what God says that matters. And God makes it clear He is the only one that’s omniscient, omnipresent, and the only one we now pray to – He tells us we are to boldly approach the throne of grace. For instance,

            Matthew 6:9 “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. …”

            Jesus makes it clear we pray to God directly. Nowhere does Jesus say to pray to anyone else for ANY reason.

            Catholic dot anything can claim what they want. The fact is they bow to the pope, they bow to statues of Mary, they kiss his ring – that’s worship. If you try to pretend it’s not, then go bow down to a friend of yours, or create a life-sized statue of your friend and put it on display and ask your friend what they think about it, or kiss your friend’s ring. They will point out how that’s in fact a form of worship (and hence awkward).

            So the actions contradict their claims.

            And the Bible is the final authority, not any denomination and not me – I’m nothing and am as deserving of_hell as anyone. It’s only by God’s grace any of us get saved.

            Hope this helps.

    • Reason2012

      They think others besides God are omniscient, that can hear their prayers from anywhere around the world. Talking to someone and asking them to pray for you is one thing – PRAYING to someone is a form of worship, which is a form of worship when they pray to others besides God / Christ.

      • Jenny Ondioline

        Go look up PRAYER in the dictionary. It’s not a form of worship. It’s a form of appeal or request or an expression of thanks.

        • Reason2012

          Prayer (n.)
          1. a devout petition to God or an object of worship.
          2. a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship

          Don’t worship anyone except God, Jenny.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            That’s not the definition. Prayer is communication often in the form of an appeal. It is not worship.

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    And you too, Brother. I’m going to go look at that now,

    • Mike Feehan



      (Compiled by Rev. Stephen L. Testa)“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall
      make you free.” —Jesus in John 8:32

      Notice: These dates are in many cases approximate. Many of these heresies had been current in the Church years before, but only when they were officially adopted by a Church council and proclaimed by the pope as dogma of faith, did they become binding on Catholics.

      And doctrine to be true must conform to the Word of God. “To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20)

      At the Reformation in the 16th Century these heresies were repudiated as having no part in the Religion of Jesus as taught in the New Testament.

      HeresyDate OF ALL THE HUMAN TRADITIONS taught and practiced by the Roman Catholic Church, which are contrary to the Bible, the most ancient are the prayers for the dead and the sign of the Cross. Both began 300 years after Christ.310Wax Candles introduced in church320Veneration of angels and dead saints375The Mass, as a daily celebration, adopted394The worship of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the use of the term, “Mother of God”, as applied to her, originated in the Council of Ephesus431Priests began to dress differently from the laity500Extreme Unction526The doctrine of Purgatory was first established by Gregory the Great593The Latin language, as the language of prayer and worship in churches, was also imposed by Pope Gregory I. 600 years after Christ

      The Word of God forbids praying and teaching in an unknown tongue. (1st Corinthians 14:9).600The Bible teaches that we pray to God alone. In the primitive church never were prayers directed to Mary, or to dead saints. This practice began in the Roman Church.

      (Matthew 11:28; Luke 1:46; Acts 10:25-26; 14:14-18)600The Papacy is of pagan origin. The title of pope or universal bishop, was first given to the bishop of Rome by the wicked emperor Phocas.

      This he did to spite Bishop Ciriacus of Constantinople, who had justly excommunicated him for his having caused the assassination of his predecessor emperor Mauritius. Gregory 1, then bishop of Rome, refused the title, but his successor, Boniface III, first assumed title “pope.”

      Jesus did not appoint Peter to the headship of the apostles and forbade any such notion. (Luke 22:24-26; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; 1st Corinthians 3:11).

      Note: Nor is there any mention in Scripture, nor in history, that Peter ever was in Rome, much less that he was pope there for 25 years; Clement, 3rd bishop of Rome, remarks that “there is no real 1st century evidence that Peter ever was in Rome.”610The kissing of the Pope’s feet

      It had been a pagan custom to kiss the feet of emperors. The Word of God forbids such practices. (Read Acts 10:25-26; Revelation 19:10; 22:9).709The Temporal power of the Popes

      When Pepin, the usurper of the throne of France, descended into Italy, called by Pope Stephen II, to war against the Italian Lombards, he defeated them and gave the city of Rome and surrounding territory to the pope. Jesus expressly forbade such a thing, and He himself refused worldly kingship. (Read Matthew 4:8-9; 20:25-26; John 18:38).750Worship of the cross, images and relics was authorized

      This was by order of Dowager Empress Irene of Constantinople, who first caused to pluck the eyes of her own son, Constantine VI, and then called a church council at the request of Hadrian I, pope of Rome at that time.

      Such practice is called simply IDOLATRY in the Bible, and is severely condemned. (Read Exodus 20:4; 3:17; Deuteronomy 27:15; Psalm 115).788Holy Water, mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by the priest, was authorized850The veneration of St. Joseph began890The baptism of bells was instituted by Pope John XIV965Canonization of dead saints, first by Pope John XV

      Every believer and follower of Christ is called saint in the Bible. (Read Romans 1:7; 1st Colossians 1:2).995Fasting on Fridays and during Lent were imposed

      Imposed by popes said to be interested in the commerce of fish. (Bull, or permit to eat meat), some authorities say, began in the year 700. This is against the plain teaching of the Bible. (Read Matthew 15:10; 1st Corinthians 10:25; 1st Timothy 4:1-3).998The Mass was developed gradually as a sacrifice; attendance made obligatory in the 11th century.

      The Bible teaches that the sacrifice of Christ was offered once and for all, and is not to be repeated, but only commemorated in the Lord’s Supper. (Read Hebrews 7:27; 9:26-28; 10:10-14). The celibacy of the priesthood was decreed by Pope Hildebrand, Boniface VII

      Jesus imposed no such rule, nor did any of the apostles. On the contrary, St. Peter was a married man, and St. Paul says that bishops were to have wife and children. (Read 1st Timothy 3:2,5, and 12; Matthew 8:14-15).1079

      The Rosary, or prayer beads was introduced by Peter the Hermit, in the year 1090. Copied from Hindus and Mohammedans

      The counting of prayers is a pagan practice and is expressly condemned by Christ. (Matthew 6:5-13).1090The Inquisition of heretics was instituted by the Council of Verona in the year 1184. Jesus never taught the use of force to spread His religion1184The sale of Indulgences, commonly regarded as a purchase of forgiveness and a permit to indulge in sin.

      Christianity, as taught in the Bible, condemns such a traffic and it was the protest against this traffic that brought on the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century.1190The dogma of Transubstantiation was decreed by Pope Innocent III, in the year

      By this doctrine the priest pretends to perform a daily miracle by changing a wafer into the body of Christ, and then he pretends to eat Him alive in the presence of his people during Mass. The Bible condemns such absurdities; for the Lord’s Supper is simply a memorial of the sacrifice of Christ. The spiritual presence of Christ is implied in the Lord’s Supper. (Read Luke 22:19-20; John 6:35; 1st Corinthians 11:26).1215Confession of sin to the priest at least once a year was instituted by Pope Innocent III., in the Lateran Council

      The Bible commands us to confess our sins direct to God. (Read Psalm 51:1-10; Luke 7:48; 15:21; 1st John 1:8-9).1215The adoration of the wafer (Host), was decreed by Pope Honorius

      So the Roman Church worships a God made by human hands. This is plain idolatry and absolutely contrary to the spirit of the Gospel. (Read John 4:24).1220The Bible forbidden to laymen and placed in the Index of forbidden books by the Council of Valencia

      Jesus commanded that the Scriptures should be read by all. (John 5:39; 1st Timothy 3:15-17).1229The Scapular was invented by Simon Stock, and English monk

      It is a piece of brown cloth, with the picture of the Virgin and supposed to contain supernatural virtue to protect from all dangers those who wear it on naked skin. This is fetishism.1287The Roman Church forbade the cup to the laity, by instituting the communion of one kind in the Council of Constance

      The Bible commands us to celebrate the Lord’s Supper with unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine. (Read Matthew 26:27; 1st Corinthians 11:26-29).1414The doctrine of Purgatory was proclaimed as a dogma of faith by Council of Florence

      There is not one word in the Bible that would teach the purgatory of priests. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sins. (Read 1st John 1:7-9; 2:1-2; John 5:24; Romans 8:1).1439The doctrine of 7 Sacraments affirmed

      The Bible says that Christ instituted only two ordinances, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Read Matthew 28:19-20; 26:26-28).1439The Ave Maria, part of the last

      It was completed 50 years afterward and finally approved by Pope Sixtus V, at the end of the 16th century.1508The Council of Trent, held in the year 1545, declared that Tradition is of equal authority with the Bible

      By tradition is meant human teachings. The Pharisees believed the same way, and Jesus bitterly condemned them, for by teaching human tradition, they nullified the commandments of God. (Read Mark 7:7-13; Colossians 2:8; Revelation 22:18).1545The apocryphal books were added to the Bible also by the Council of Trent

      These books were not recognized as canonical by the Jewish Church. (See Revelation 22:8-9).1546The Creed of Pope Pius IV was imposed as the official creed 1560 years after Christ and the apostles

      True Christians retain the Holy Scriptures as their creed. Hence their creed is 1500 years older than the creed of Roman Catholics. (Read Galatians 1:8).1560The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary was proclaimed by Pope Pius IX

      The Bible states that all men, with the sole exception of Christ, are sinners. Mary herself had need of a Savior. (Read Romans 3:23; 5:12; Psalm 51:5; Luke 1:30,46,47).1834In the year 1870 after Christ, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of Papal Infallibility

      This is a blasphemy and the sign of the apostasy and of the antichrist predicted by St. Paul. (Read 2nd Thessalonians 2:2-12; Revelation 17:1-9; 13:5-8,18).

      Many Bible students see the number of the beast (Rev. 13:18), 666 in the Roman letters of the Pope’s title: “VICARIVS FILII DEI.” — V-5, I-1; C-100, I-1; V-S, I-1; L-50, I-1; I-1; D-500, I-l — Total, 666.1870Pope Plus X, in the year 1907, condemned together with “Modernism”, all the discoveries of modern science which are not approved by the Church

      Pius IX had done the same thing in the Syllabus of 1864.1907In the year 1930 Pius XI, condemned the Public Schools1930In the year 1931 the same pope Pius XI, reaffirmed the doctrine that Mary is “the Mother of God”

      This doctrine was first invented by the Council of Ephesus in the year 431. This is a heresy contrary by Mary’s own words. (Read Luke 1:46-49; John 2: l-5).1931In the year 1950 the last dogma was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary1950


      What will be the next invention? The Roman Church says it never changes; yet, it has done nothing else but invent new doctrines which are contrary to the Bible, and has practiced rites and ceremonies taken bodily from paganism. Some scholar has found that 75% of the rites and ceremonies of the Roman Church are of pagan origin.

      Note: Cardinal Newman, in his book, “The Development of the Christian Religion,” admits that … “Temples, incense, oil lamps, votive offerings, holy water, holidays and season of devotions, processions, blessing of fields, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure (of priests and monks and nuns), images … are all of pagan origin…” (Page 359).

      HERESIES are those doctrines and practices which are contrary to the Bible. They are also called “human traditions” or “doctrines of men”. Both Peter and Paul predicted and warned that in the later times “false teachers” would rise within the Church and bring in “damnable heresies” and “doctrines of devils”. (Read 2nd Peter 2:1-3, and 1st Timothy 3:2-5). Jesus rebuked the Pharisees, for they transgressed the commandments of God by keeping their traditions. “in vain,” He said, “they worship me by keeping for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:3,9).

      The real heretics therefore, are the Roman Catholics and the true orthodox are the Evangelical Christians.

      BRETHREN! The Word of God commands us to get out of Babylon, saying: “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4). All true Christians will remain faithful to the religion of Christ as taught in the Bible, and heed the warning of the Apostle Paul, who said: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8).

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