Nothing Against the Roman Catholic Church, however…

By now anyone who has been following my blog posts will have noticed that most of them have been directed at the Roman Catholic Church. Why am I writing so much about them? Well most Roman Catholics (in fact all) that have read this blog are up in arms about the direction I have been taking regarding the actions and inactions of the RCC. In effect I have been writing polemically against the Church as I have found that the legalism and past history of the Church is choking the life out the followers.

I did a very unscientific poll recently, and the title of that poll was “How many Atheists were at one time from the Roman Catholic Church?” The results were not good for the RCC. I am also seeing very many Atheists in chat rooms today starting with….”I was raised in a Catholic family….etc”, the rest was not good if you can see where I am heading with this. Is there a connection? I don’t know for sure however it seems that there is a great disillusionment happening within that RCC! I thank God for not letting me head down the road of Atheism as I too was a Catholic that escaped with my faith in tact!

Recently I was at a Wedding Reception, and my wife and I were chatting with a guest at a table, and the subject of Religion came up. As both my Wife and I are Pastors the subject of faith usually comes up. The gentleman we were speaking with said “I guess by denomination I am a Catholic” and he went on to state, “although I don’t go to Mass anymore…” This is not the first time I have heard this. It happens over and over that the Roman Catholic says “I am a Catholic but I don’t go to Church…”? What the heck is going on?

A more startling side of all this is that when I quote actual writings from Official Roman Catholic publications and Councils etc., the reaction is always from a defensive postition. In fact the last post I read on a Catholic Bloggers site he posted that “The Church teaches us”, “The head of the Council said…”, but where is Christ in their teaching? So much Mary propaganda and legalism that they can’t seem to see through the stained glass and idol worship to read the actual word of God! I truly believe that the Catholic Church is an Idol in itself!

I hope that if you find this post offensive, instead of writing more snarky comments back to me, take some time to read the Gospels of Christ! Reevaluate then get back to me!

God Bless,

Brian Mason

Mary, The Mother of God?

Mary, the Mother of God?

The view from the Roman Catholic Church is that Mary is the Mother of God. Are we to believe this? Are we to take our eyes off of Jesus and worship Mary?
Hebrews 12:2 says otherwise….”2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Before I go any further let’s read what comes directly from the Roman Catholic Church…
From Vatican Collection Volume 1, Vatican Council II, The Conciliar and Post Conciliar documents. General Editor Austin Flannery, O.P. New revised edition 1992; Costello publishing company, Northport, New York. 1992 pages 420-421 (par. 65)

65. But while in the most Blessed Virgin the church has already reached that perfection whereby she exists without spot or wrinkle (cf. Eph. 5:27), the faithful still strive to conquer sin and increase in holiness. And so they turn their eyes to Mary who shines forth to the whole community of the elect as the model of virtues. Devoutly meditating on her and contemplating her in the light of the Word made man, the Church reverently penetrates more deeply into the great mystery of the Incarnation and becomes more and more like her spouse. Having entered deeply into the history of salvation, Mary, in a way, unites in her person and re-echoes the most important doctrines of the Faith: and when she is the subject of preaching and worship she prompts the faithful to come to her son, to his sacrifice and to the love of the Father. Seeking after the glory of Christ, the Church becomes more like her lofty type, and continually progresses in faith, hope and charity, seeking and doing the will of God in all things. The Church, therefore, in her apostolic work too, rightly looks to her who gave birth to Christ, who was thus conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that through the church he could be born and increase in the hearts of the faithful. In her life the Virgin has been a model of that motherly love with which all who joined in the church’s apostolic mission for the regeneration of mankind should be animated.

IV. THE CULT OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN IN THE CHURCH1
66. Mary has by grace been exalted above all angels and men to a place second only to her Son, as the most holy Mother of God who was involved in the mysteries of Christ: she is rightly honored by a special cult in the Church. From the earliest times the Blessed Virgin is honored under the title of Mother of God, whose protection the faithful take refuge together in prayer in all their perils and needs. Accordingly, following the Council of Ephesus, there was a remarkable growth in the cult of the people of God towards Mary, in veneration and love, in invocation and imitation, according to her own prophetic words: “all generations shall call me Blessed, because he that is mighty hath done great things to me,” (Luke 1:48).

This is completely unbiblical.

“Mary has by grace been exalted above all angels and men to a place second only to her Son” Where is this found in the Bible?
“as the most holy Mother of God who was involved in the mysteries of Christ” Mary was the Mother of the human nature of Jesus, not the Mother of God. Remember that Jesus had two natures, fully God and fully Human known as the Hypostatic Union. She is the Mother of the Human part of Jesus.
Don’t get me wrong, Mary was a woman of high virtue, however the Roman Catholic Church wants you to believe that she is at the level of Goddess and Mediatrix, (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 969), (CCC 966), (CCC 974) and (Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, par. 66)

I believe that it is not only unbiblical but heretical and the work of demonic forces. If it cannot be backed by Biblical scripture, then where does it come from? If you are a Roman Catholic, I challenge you to seek the truth and pray on this.

God Bless!

Brian Mason

Are you an “Invisible Christian”?

Whenever I talk to people about Faith and Religion I often have a hard time distinguishing what faith they actually believe? Some will identify with a faith (and I hate to say this), because it is fashionable such as the so-called “New Agers” do. Or it can be a “convenience” factor, so as it does not get in the way of their everyday lives. And the strangest belief that I think I have come across is a form of a “just in case” belief…just in case God exists they want to be safe from a one way ticket to Hell. They live their lives as if God does not exist, but in the back of their mind he just might. Very disingenuous to be sure!

Maybe you have heard of the statement “Christian Walk”? There is a very good website worth checking out called http://www.bible-knowledge.com and on it I found a good article on “The Basis of the Christian Walk” The article published an even number of specific requirements that will help you on your personal walk with God. I will share with you in paraphrase:

1. “The Full Surrender”
– You must completely surrender your life over to God the Father. Jesus must become Lord over your life!

2. Become “Spirit Filled”
– You need to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
– Only through “Faith and Belief” will this be allowed to happen. Not just “Theological knowledge”

3. Establish “Faith and Trust in God”
– After you receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit the next step is to establish Faith and Trust in God. A small amount will do at first. Just look at the Parable of the Mustard Seed.

4. Walk in ALL of God’s Ways
– Read the Bible! If you want to play a sport you have to learn all the basics and rules before playing, correct?
– You must also develop a good and healthy “Fear of the Lord”, a reverent healthy respect for God!
– It is God that wants you to have an intimate relationship with you!

6. Develop a Strong Prayer Life
– Remember not to pray in vain repetition or thoughtless prayer – you are speaking to God! Would you like it if someone kept repeating the same thing over and over? Prayer is a communication with God, not a work based repetition.
– Pray from your heart.

7. Enter into a True Sanctification Process with the Lord
– We have been saved the work done by the Blood of Jesus on the Cross in Calvary! God wants to transform us by a “renewing of our minds”.
– God is the Potter, we are the Clay!

8. Seek after the Knowledge of God
– The main source is the Bible
– The second source is Books. There is many good books to choose from to “feed” you
– TV/Radio/Podcasts. I would highly recommend the sermons of Dr. Michael Youssef @ http://www.leadingtheway.org

9. Establish “Fellowship” with other Christians
– You will find them as God presents them to you. You must be careful on the people that you connect with. Basically you will feed and share best with other Christians of equal yolk.

10. Join a good “Spirit Filled Church”
– Ask God through prayer to lead you to a Church that he would like you to join

So in summary, “Are you an Invisible Christian”? You will not be if you follow these ten steps above I guarantee it! You will have a great “Walk” and “Personal Relationship” with Jesus. You cannot help but become “Visible”, especially with Jesus our Lord!

Amen!

Brian Mason

Mary, Mother of Many Children

The Roman Catholic Faith has been teaching and denies the Biblical fact that Mary had children after the birth of Jesus Christ. Why is this? There is much evidence of Jesus having half Brothers and Sisters in the Bible. Let’s look at some scriptural evidence:

Matthew 13:55-56 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.”

The Catholic church teaches that in these passages Mary is the mother of Jesus, but Jesus brothers and sisters are children of another woman also named Mary. The children are plainly the offspring of the “Mary” of this passage! But hold on! The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church has come to the conclusion is must be a different Mary! Isn’t that amazing?

Matthew 1: 23-25 says that Mary was kept a virgin until AFTER Jesus was born!

23 “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.
Please note the word “until” she gave birth….

A common defense of the word “Brother(s)” by the Roman Catholic Church is to that the word refers to a cousin, relative or someone else. This is NOT TRUE as nowhere in the New Testament is the word “Brother” used for anyone else but an actual Brother (Sibling).

The reason that the Church holds onto the idea of Mary remaining a virgin after the Birth of Jesus is very clear. The Pope teaches that Mary is the Mediatrix between Man and God. By her remaining a Virgin she is interpreted as being pure and Goddess-like.

What is very sad about this to see Catholic church go to amazing lengths to maintain Mary’s virginity, by which it is actually suggests she is breaking the biblical law to be married and fill the earth.

God Bless!

Brian Mason

The Holy Bible vs. The Roman Catholic Church. Round One.

If you have been following this blog, you will notice that I have been very hard on the Roman Catholic Church. I am for many reasons. I am compelled as I see so many good people that cannot get above the legalism and straight out heresies that the RCC serves to them! This is a Salvation issue, nothing trivial!

So for discussion purposes I will lay out several falsehoods of the RCC and then what the Holy Bible aka “The Word of God” has to say about them. These are direct from the RCC that must be obeyed by the Church. I give you this scripture before embarking on our trip through the Catholic jungle.

2 Thess 2: 10-12, 10 “and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”

1) Catholic’s usage of “Father” as a salutation: Matthew 23: 9, “And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”
This is a direct violation of the Word of God.

2) The act of Pouring Water for Baptism (not total immersion): Romans 6: 4, 4 “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Hmmm…

3) Catholics appoint Saints: 1 Cor 1:2, 2 ” 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours:”
ALL Christians are Saints.

4) Catholics Observance of Special Days: Gal 4: 9-11, “9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces[d]? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.”
Pretty clear…and lastly but not all…

5) The importance of Clerical Dress by Catholics: Matthew 23: 4-5, “4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. 5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long;”
Enough here to chew on I am guessing?

These are just a few of the conflicts and contradictions of God’s word to be found in the massive ornate building’s, traditions and RCC doctrines. I hope if you are a Catholic you will at least think about these points, and God’s word.

God Bless!

Brian Mason

Mary. Full of Grace?

No. Let me explain or better yet, let me quote The Catholic Encyclopedia” under the topic of “Hail Mary”, it reads…”Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women , embodies the words used by the Angel Gabriel in saluting the Blessed Virgin. The RCC added “Hail Mary Full of Grace” to Luke 1: 28.

Luke 1:28 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” After the RCC was done with this it reads: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed among women are you, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

You cannot find the phrase “Hail Mary Full of Grace” in the Bible. The phrase is brought up though, through the Roman Catholic Church’s Catechism several times. For example:

She was redeemed from conception without sin. CCC pg 491 states, “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was from the first moment of conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the Human Race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin”

“Full of Grace” in Greek is “Plarus Karitos” and only occurs twice in the New Testament, and it is not about Mary.
John 1:14, 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Acts 6: 8, 8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that Mary was a “very blessed woman”, and she did give birth to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to not forget her “high privilege”. But to raise her up to a level of Goddess and Mediatrix, it is just plain Idol Worship! Mary was a creature that sinned. We should not worship or pray to a creature, but to pray to our Lord Jesus.

John 14:6, 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. And that includes Mary.

Ask a Catholic if they pray to Mary?

God Bless!

Brian Mason

Purgatory…Huh?

In this blog I have made a promise to myself that I intended to keep, however I have to break it. My full intention was to do a blog on apostasies attempting to destroy the word of God, and with the odd atheist propaganda and commentaries done from time to time. Sadly, it seems that the Roman Catholic Apostate Church has many members of it so mislead by false doctrine and brainwashing that it has directed me to bring up more false teachings from the RCC. And by what I mean by saying “false teachings” is direct scripture twisting, outright lies or man-made rituals and ideas that are nowhere to be found in the Bible! Today I will write about Purgatory.

This is the Roman Catholic “make believe” land that is completely unbiblical. By definition the RCC Church states…”it is a place in the afterlife where some of the sins of people are purged through suffering. After a period of time corresponding to the suffering necessary for the sins committed, the person is then released and enters heaven. Gifts or services paid to the church, prayers by the priests, and or masses provided by family or friends in behalf of the deceased can shorten, mitigate or remove the sojourn of the soul in purgatory.” This insults the work Christ did on the cross!

This is a bizarre and total disregard or comprehension of the atonement of Christ! Hebrews 9: 27 reads: 27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,
CCC par 1030 reads “”All who die in Gods grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation, but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.”
Huh?

I and fellow Protestants have some glaring issues with this doctrine, none of this is found in the Holy Bible! Purification? More works in something we must do is the bottom line again for the Roman Catholic Church! It infers that we are not justified by faith alone. Purgatory also infers by this doctrine that the righteousness of Christ does not cleanse from all sins. God does not require all these works!

The more I read into this the more I get fascinated by where all of this comes from?

God Bless!

Brian Mason