Friday, May 3, 2019

Hail Holy Queen Of Heaven?

          "Let us in all confidence choose as advocate before God the Immaculate and Most Holy Mother of God, the Virgin Mary. She has destroyed all the heresies of the world...In heaven as Queen at the right hand of her only Son, clothed in golden raiment and all manner of jewels, there is nothing that she cannot obtain from him." (Pope Pius IX, Quanta cura, December 8, 1864)

          If Mary had really accomplished what the pope claimed regarding the abolishment of all heresy, then why are we still encountering atheists, other world religions, and pseudo-Christian cults? Where in the Bible are we given such an impressive description of Mary? The constant theme of the New Testament is centered on Jesus Christ and His merits alone. To illustrate the point, consider how John the Baptist had stated that "Christ must increase," whereas he himself "must decrease" (John 3:30). It is not as though Mary would express disagreement with statements exclusively honoring Jesus.

          Nonetheless, such movement toward Christ is nowhere to be found in the Roman Catholic Church. Mary's elevated status is not in any way disappearing, even though we never see it given to her in Scripture. Moreover, those words of having need decrease were uttered from the man whom the Word of God reputes to be the greatest born among women (Matthew 11:11). The truth of the matter is that anybody who obeys Christ is to be considered a part of His family (Matthew 12:46-50), which logically deemphasizes any uniqueness that Catholics attribute to Mary. Not one time is she mentioned in Scripture as having divine or supernatural qualities. Roman Catholic saintly veneration is something that directly contradicts biblical doctrine.

          One factor that led the Apostle Paul to scolding the Corinthian Christians was their idolizing of men (1 Corinthians 1:10-13). Yet, there are plenty of Catholic congregations named after and giant statues erected in the name of influential Christian figures. Such activity extends beyond mere honor. It is all an indicator of religious carnality (1 Corinthians 3:4-5). Paul goes as far as to credit all success in ministry to God using a gardening analogy (1 Corinthians 3:7). He even tells his audience that Jesus Christ is our irreplaceable foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11). Thus, it would make perfect sense to say that every jot of our religious devotion rightfully belongs to Him alone.

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