Christians Condemn Idolatrous ‘Queenship of Mary’ Observance, Emphasize Need for Evangelism

Christians nationwide are expressing concerns following Wednesday’s Catholic observance of the Feast of the Queenship of Mary — one of a number of holidays on the liturgical calendar — and are emphasizing the need for evangelism.

On the Roman Catholic holiday, Pope Benedict addressed a crowd of international followers at the courtyard of the Castel Gandalfo in Rome, declaring that Christians should look to Mary to find answers in life, and that prayers should continually be sent to her.

“I welcome all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today’s audience, especially the groups from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Japan and the United States of America. I also greet the young altar servers from Malta and their families,” he stated. “Today the church celebrates the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. May the prayers of our Lady guide us along our pilgrimage of faith, that we may share in her Son’s victory and reign with him in his eternal Kingdom.”

“Devotion to Our Lady is an important part of spiritual life,” he continued. “She will not fail to intercede for us with her Son. .. [Mary is] queen in the service of God to humanity, [and] is queen of the love that lives the gift of self to God [in order] to enter into the plan of salvation of man.”

Benedict claimed that the love of Mary is manifested through her “watching over us, her children, the children who come to her in prayer, to thank her or to ask for her maternal protection and heavenly help, perhaps after having lost their way, burdened with grief or anguish amid the sad and troubled vicissitudes of life.”

The “Feast of the Queenship of Mary” was established by Pope Pius XII in 1954, and was originally celebrated on May 31st. In a radio address announcing his reasons for the occasion, he stated, “[T]he Son of God, reflects on His heavenly Mother the glory, the majesty and the dominion of His kingship, for, having been associated to the King of Martyrs in the unspeakable work of human redemption as Mother and cooperator, she remains forever associated to Him, with a practically unlimited power in the distribution of the graces which flow from the redemption.”

The Catholic television network EWTN further explained, “Pius XII added that ‘nothing is excluded from her dominion.’ As Mediatrix of all graces, who shared in earning all graces, she is, as Benedict XV said…, ‘suppliant omnipotence’: she can obtain by her intercession anything that the all-powerful God can do by His own inherent power.”

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However, the date was later changed by Pope Paul VI to August 22nd, in order to place it eight days after the observance of the Assumption, a date marking Mary’s purported ascension into Heaven. Catholics believe that at the end of Mary’s life, she was received into Heaven both body and spirit. Pope Paul John Paul II explained in 2004 that when Christ said, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also,” Mary became the ‘pledge’ to the promise.

Pope Benedict stated that the placement of the Feast adjacent to the assumption demonstrates what he called “the close link between Mary’s royal nature and her glorification in body and soul beside her Son.”

“To him who rules the world and holds the destinies of the universe, we turn with confidence, through the Virgin Mary,” he said.

However, most evangelical Christians have nothing to do with the observance and many condemn it. Some have never heard of the holiday.

“It’s just a manifestation of idolatry,” Matt Slick, president of Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) told Christian News Network. “The Roman Catholic Church has elevated Mary to a goddess. … They’ve even said that she participated in the atonement.”

“Catholics place undo emphasis on Mary and give her glories reserved only for God,” said Robert Thomas of Ex-Catholic Baptist. “Any undo exaltation of Mary is repulsive to a true Bible believing Christian who desires to see the Lord Jesus Christ alone exalted. … The Scriptures clearly teach that Mary was a sinner and therefore needed a Savior, [but under] Pius XII, Catholics are required to believe under the pain of mortal sin that Mary was crowned Queen of Heaven and Queen of the Universe. … [W]here is the Scriptural proof for that?”

“She’s a recipient of the grace of God, just as any Christian is a recipient of the grace of God,” added Pastor Jon Speed of the Log College and Christ is King Baptist Church in Syracuse, New York. “We’re all highly favored. We’re beloved. Every believer who is in Christ is in the same position as Mary.”

The evangelists state, however, that they are not only concerned with the Vatican’s emphasis on Mary, but also a number of other doctrines that conflict with the heart of the Gospel.

“We are told in Scripture that if anyone adds any words to salvation, they don’t have salvation,” Slick said. “The Roman Catholic Church says that salvation by faith alone is heresy.”

“[The main question is] ‘Where do you get your righteousness from?'” Speed noted. “No matter where they are in the spectrum of Catholicism, that’s going to be the main issue.”

“The Roman Catholic church, like the Pharisees, contradicts the Holy Scriptures with its dogmas. Every teaching and tradition that is contrary to the inspired Word of God we reject on the authority of the Scriptures,” stated Thomas. “Rome in all actuality, nullifies or destroys God’s holy word with her unscriptural traditions of men.”

Speed said that he sees Roman Catholicism as being a “huge mission field.”

“Everybody’s afraid to say that Roman Catholics are not Christians, and that if you make that statement, you are perceived as unloving or old school,” he stated. “But, either we’re trying to hide what we believe about the Gospel, or we don’t really believe it.”

“Sharing the Gospel with a Catholic is like sharing the Gospel with anyone else,” Speed added. “Just go out and start a conversation with someone and give them something to read for Catholics, and ask them if they will read it.”

Slick agreed.

“One of the best things I’ve come across in years is to ask [them if they] will they pray and ask Jesus to forgive their sins,” he said, explaining that usually there is much hesitation to do so. “So, they can never just come to Jesus, and it’s because the Roman Catholic Church is apostate. It teaches another Gospel. … The obligation the Roman Catholic Church puts upon their members is an impossible Gospel.”

He added that most Christians, however, do not know how to articulate the Gospel, and need to study the Scriptures and share them with others.

“There are some very helpful resources,” Speed said, noting that Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries offers a variety of materials to Christians who want to learn more about how to share their faith with Roman Catholics.

According to the liturgical calendar, today is the Catholic Feast of St. Bartholomew.

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  • Kathleen

    I was RC for the first 26 years of my life. I started reading the bible and saw that the teaching of the RC didn’t measure up biblically.

    I left because they took out the commandment, “Exd 20:4 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:
    Exd 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;

    Also, the RCC changed or(thought to) the 4th commandment, Sabbath to Sunday, dropped it down to the 3rd commandment as stated in the cathechism. Daniel 7:25 says this power would attempt to do it.

    Exd 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    Exd 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
    Exd 20:10 But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God:[in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates:
    Exd 20:11 For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

    To make up the ten, they split the 10th in two.

    Now, I know that protestants will say it doesn’t matter. But I think it matters. There is no place in NT that Jesus changed day.

    As a matter of fact,

    Hbr 4:4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh [day] on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
    Hbr 4:5 And in this [place] again, If they shall enter into my rest.
    Hbr 4:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
    Hbr 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
    Hbr 4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

    In Christ, Kathleen

  • Steve

    It is amazing in the light of the clear teaching of Scripture concerning the finished work of Christ that anyone would be impressed by a supposed miracle occurring in Lanciano, Italy. Why would a Baptist or Protestant be impressed by such an assertion? Or yet further, why would any Catholic be impressed, seeing that Rome teaches that the hosts on a thousand Catholic altars are changed into the actual body and blood of Jesus every week throughout the world. I guess, though, that the simple assertion that the blood type was AB is to be accepted as true, simply because one man believes it to be so. One man’s fervent belief in a miracle is scoffed at by another man as a mere fabrication.

    Why would a Baptist or Protestant not accept the declaration that a miracle occurred in Lanciano? Because it contradicts the clear teaching of the finished work of Christ Jesus on the cross:

    Hebrews 9:26: “But now ONCE in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”

    Hebrews 9:28: “So Christ was ONCE offered to bear the sins of many.”

    Hebrews 10:12: “But this man, after he had offered ONE sacrifice for sins FOR EVER, sat down on the right hand of God.”

    Hebrews 10:14: “For by ONE offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

    It all comes down to one thing: Either God’s Word is a divine revelation that speaks infallibly on matters of doctrine and practice OR the dogmas and traditions of men usurp the supremacy of the Bible.

    If the latter is the accepted stance, then the verses above should be cut out of the Bible, along with many other passages.

    • jeanne myers

      Thank you that’s exactly what I’m talking about. God’s Truth is better than satan or man’s lies any day of the week.

  • Loddie resnick

    Response to Ron Rowan: Ron you write “Jesus Himself gave authority to the Church through St. Peter the apostle: ‘What you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and what you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’, and ‘I give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.’, and ‘Upon this rock (Peter) I will found my church.’, not Jesus being the rock that you Protestants like to misinterpret.” Peter wrote two letters that are in “your” Bible. Give me chapter and verse from one or both those letters where Peter clearly states that he (Peter himself) has all authority over the true Church of Christ and no one can oppose him or contradict him in any way. Give me chapter and verse when he clearly states that by virtue of this supposed authority he alone determines what is the true Gospel and all other must capitulate to his doctrine. Give me chapter and verse where Peter clearly and definitively declares that he and not Jesus is the rock upon which the true church is being built. I ask these questions knowing full well that you cannot find such statements anywhere in Peter’s letters. In fact, if you will look for yourself, you will find many statements made by Peter that are not only contrary to but oppose the catholic concept of Peter. If ever someone was ranting against the Catholic Church it was Peter himself. I was a former Catholic for the first 28 years of my life. I embraced as true the statements you wrote and quoted above. But after reading and studying the two letters of Peter it was obvious to me he was not the Peter that the Catholic Church said he was. I simply am letting Peter, by his letters, reveal who he really was and go with that instead of believing what the Catholic Church has declared about him. Why are you so opposed to someone just accepting Peter’s own words about himself?

  • ccalreds

    She has no ability to answer prayer.