Sunday, January 6, 2019
The Irony Of Roman Catholic Marian Devotion
-After the Lord Jesus Christ healed a leper, He went to the village of Capernaum and was approached by a centurion. This man begged Christ earnestly to heal his paralyzed servant. Now, consider a portion of the dialogue as recounted in Scripture:
"The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!" (Matthew 8:8-10)
If the Roman Catholic Church is correct in asserting that Mary remained sinless throughout her entire life, then it surely is ironic that Christ identified the Roman officer as having the greatest faith in all of Israel. If the Roman Catholic Church is correct in giving all the adoration that it does to His mother, then it would have certainly been logical for Him to identify her as possessing even stronger faith. Although Christ was speaking in hyperbole, Mary was never given that degree of praise in Scripture.
Mary was an instrument used by God, which is indeed blessed. But Scripture never permits us to exalt her in the manner that Rome does. Nowhere does Scripture record people who found favor with God as pointing to themselves for honor. In other words, the constant focus of Scripture is upon God. The Roman Catholic Church has went far beyond the teaching of Scripture in its study of Mary and consequently engages in idolatry.