Catholic Influence Demolished

Posted on August 1, 2011

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Catholic Influence Demolished

If you are involved in the Catholic religion, please read and carefully consider the scriptures I will post to show that the Catholic religion goes against the word of God.  If you have left the Catholic religion, yet still wonder if maybe the Catholic religion might be the religion God wants you to be in, I am making this post to help demolish any doubts in favor of the Catholic religion.  The Catholic religion is false, and you need to come out of her completely.

Calling others “father”

In the Bible, Jesus says not to call anyone on earth father.  Matthew 23:9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

Jesus said not to call any one on earth ‘father’ and that they are all brothers.

Catholics have a Pope.  Pope means ‘father’.   Not only do the Catholic parishioners call the Pope and priests ‘father,’ the Pope and priests call each other ‘father’. Jesus said not to call any one on earth ‘father’ and that they are all brothers.  There are many other false doctrines in the Catholic religion, but starting from the top of their religion— the Pope, that should be enough to stop there with that religion.

The Catholics even call their Pope “Holy Father”.  That is the  name Jesus called God  (John 17:11), this is a name reserved for God.  It should make you cringe when you hear the Catholic Pope referred to as Holy Father.

Apostle Paul was an Apostle, that means the first prominent missionary.  In addition, he was older.  In 1 Corinthians 1:15, Paul says to the believers in Corinth that they do not have many fathers in Christ.  However, we can see how this is opposite of the Catholic religion.  The Catholic religion calls all their priests “father.”  The Catholic “fathers” even call each other ‘father’. There must be tens of thousands of fathers in the Catholic religion.  Yet another scripture that shows the Catholic religion goes against the Word of God.  Furthermore, no apostle ever told anyone to call him ‘father’.

The Catholic Pope walks around in flowing robes, and always takes the seat of importance.  Jesus teaches us not to do those things (Luke 20:46).

The Catholic Pope is reverenced by people bowing to him and having his feet kissed.  However, the Word of God says not to do these things.
Revelation 22:8-9 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things.  And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me.  But he said to me, “Don’t do that!  I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll.  Worship God!”

Acts 10:25-26 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence.  But Peter made him get up.  “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”

Apostolic Succession

Catholics teach that their Popes are that of “Apostolic Succession.”  Apostolic Succession is the unbroken line of succession beginning with the apostles to that of the Pope.  There is no such command in the Bible as “Apostolic Succession.”  There is no such command, none.  That is a manufactured belief.  Catholics claim Apostolic Succession from apostle Peter.  However, the word of God tells us of no such thing; God’s word forbids us to have favoritism over the apostles.

1 Corinthians 1:11-12 My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.  12What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”  13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?

1 Corinthians 3:1Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ.  2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it.  Indeed, you are still not ready.  3You are still worldly.  For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly?  Are you not acting like mere men?  4For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men?

5What, after all, is Apollos?  And what is Paul?  Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task.  6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.  7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  8The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.  9For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:18 Do  not deceive yourselves.  If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise.  19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.  As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness“; 20and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”  21So then, no more boasting about men!  All things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

1 Corinthians 4:6 Now brothers, 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 take pride in one man over against another.

Confession to a Priest

Catholics teach that we must confess to a priest.  In fact, if a Catholic sins a certain offensive sin and does not confess to a priest before death, then according to the Catholics, the person does not get to go to heaven with Jesus.  In the Old Testament, the Jews went to a priest to confess their sins; the priest was behind a curtain, where the sinner could not cross.  However, when Jesus died on the cross, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  Through Jesus, we are reconciled to God.  We go directly to God when we sin.  We ask God to forgive us in the name of Jesus.  Jesus intercedes for us, Romans 8:34.  Jesus is our high priest.  See Hebrews 2:17; 3:1; 4:14,15; 5:10; 6:20; 7:26,27, 28; 8:1; 9:7, 11, 25.

Matthew 27:51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.

Infant baptism is not biblical

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.  And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

An infant cannot repent.  Many denominations perform infant baptisms.  The way to salvation changes by infant baptism, it is not biblical.  Catholics perform infant baptisms; they preach this falseness, which is a damaging blow to those needing the truth, those who want Jesus to save them.

Many Catholics try to use Matthew 19:13-14 to support their false doctrine of infant baptism.

13 Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them.  But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  15When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

If the disciples were baptizing infants, as the Catholics claim, why do you think the disciples rebuked the people who brought the little children?
And, why did Jesus place his hands on them but not have his disciples baptize them?

The kingdom of heaven belongs to little children such as the ones brought to him.

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

Matthew 18:3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

John 9:41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

You see, infant baptism is not biblical.  In fact, infant baptism goes against the Word of God.

Forbidding marrying

Catholics forbid their Nuns, Priests, Cardinals, Bishops, and Popes not to marry.  The word of God tells us those teachings are teachings taught by demons.  In addition, the Catholics teach to abstain from meat on Good Friday that is not from the scriptures.

1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.  2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.  3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.

Catholic Traditions

When Popes add teachings to the Bible, they call this man-made teachings “Tradition.”

The Bible says the foundation was laid by the Apostles, and the Prophets, and Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone.  See Ephesians 2:20.  No Pope or Bishops can add to God’s word.  The foundation has been laid.

When the Apostles taught the Gospel, God also testified to what they said, God testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.  See Hebrews 2:4; Galatians 3:4-6; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Romans 15:19; Acts 19:11; Acts 8:13; Acts 2:22.

When the Popes add teachings to the Christian beliefs that are not in the Bible…there are no signs and miracles from God to testify to the validity of those teachings.  Furthermore, the teachings Popes add to the Bible, they contradict God’s word.  The oral Tradition of the Catholics is not biblical, and it is against the Word of God.

Peter and the other apostles said: “We must obey God rather than men!  (See Acts 5:29)

See what Jesus say about tradition from men.
Matthew 15:3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?

Matthew 15:6 he is not to ‘honor his father ‘with it.  Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.

Mark 7:8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”

Mark 7:9 And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!

Mark 7:13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.  And you do many things like that.”

Praying to Mary and the “Saints”

Catholics teach us to pray to Mary and the other “Saints”.  However, there is only one Mediator between God and man, and that is Jesus, 1 Timothy 2:5.  It is wrong to pray to Mary.  It is wrong to say the Rosary.  Catholics even teach that we should pray to Saints, but we are not to pray to Saints.  We can ask others to pray for us, but we are not to pray to others.

Catholics pray to Mary and ask her to go to Jesus with their request.  They also do this with the Catholic saints.

When a person is saved…they have Jesus living inside them.  They are reconciled to God.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:16.

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.  Ephesians 3:12.

Who is he that condemns?  Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  Romans 8:34.

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.  Romans 8:27.

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.  Hebrews 7:25.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 1 Timothy 2:5.

We do NOT go through Mary and Saints to get to Jesus and God!  I hope you really do carefully consider these scriptures.

Teachings about Mary

Catholic Popes teach Catholics to elevate Mary.  There is no such command in the Bible, nor are there any examples of such an act in the Bible. Mary would not want to be exalted in such a way.  In fact, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”  Jesus replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”  See Luke 11:27-28.  Does that sound like Jesus wanted Mary exalted to the level that the Catholic Church has exalted her?  No.  Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”  Jesus replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”  See Luke 8:20-21.  Does it sound like Jesus wants us to elevate and worship his mother?  No!

Jesus did not come to this world to be a husband, or a father, or a son to Mary.  Jesus came to this world to save us.  When Jesus was on the cross, Jesus called Mary “woman,” and gave her to one of his disciples.

John 19:26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,”

Catholics believe Mary never had sexual intercourse with her husband Joseph.    However, Joseph and Mary promised each other to get married, and this planned marriage was before Mary and Joseph knew that Mary was carrying the Son of God.  If Mary had plans to marry a man…surely she had in mind to have a marriage bed.

Mary having, or not having, sexual relations with her husband, after the birth of Jesus; this has no effect on our salvation.  However, what does hurt one’s salvation is making up, and, or believing in things that are not God’s Word.

Real Blood and Body in the wafer

Here are scriptures to show that there is not real presence in the bread and wine.  John 6:60-64.  Catholics believe that the priest can turn wafers into Jesus’ real body.  A special box holds these wafers, the supposed body of Christ.  There is even a service called Adoration, whereas parishioners can come to church, sit, and pray near the box of wafers, that box that they believe has the real body of Jesus.  Catholics believe they can turn wine into the blood of Jesus.  Jesus died once—on the cross, and the blood of Jesus shed once—on the cross.  Jesus is not in a wafer.  No one is turning the wafer into the body of Christ.  No one is turning wine into Jesus’ blood.

Catholics believe that the Lord’s Supper is a sacrifice, a sacrifice every Mass where the priest turns the wafers into Jesus’ body.  Catholics believe they are experiencing a miracle when the priest does this.  No wonder Catholic teachings are that missing a Mass is sin.  However, read what the word of God says.  The word of God tells us that Jesus is the Sacrificial Lamb.  In the Old Testament day after day every priest performs his religious duties again and again, offering the same sacrifices.  However, when Jesus offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, see Hebrews 10:12.  Did you hear that?  Jesus offered for ALL time ONE SACRIFICE for sins.  Jesus is not in a wafer, he is at the right hand of the Father.

By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy, see Hebrews 10:14.  By “one sacrifice,” not a daily or weekly sacrifice of turning the wafers into the body of Christ, over and over again, by many priests all over the world.

We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all, see Hebrews 10:10.  How hard is that for anyone to understand that we have been made holy THROUGH the BODY of Jesus Christ ONCE for all?

Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.  Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.  Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world.  But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself, see Hebrews 9:24-26.  Jesus has appeared ONCE for ALL, not again and again in a wafer.

Statues and Idols

There are many scriptures telling us not to make statues, not to have idols.  Here is a passage to show why NOT to make statues.  Deuteronomy 4:15-17 You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire.  Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, 16 so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, 17 or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air,

The Pope crowns the statue of baby Jesus.  The Pope crowns the statue of Mary.  This crowning by the reigning Pope represents the highest honor the Church can pay to an image of Jesus Christ or the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The President of ACN, Father Joaquín Alliende, commented, “The gesture of the Holy Father is an expression of a profound truth.  Even as a Child, Christ is already a King.  The Child Jesus is the only King who can bring peace to the world.”  http://catholicexchange.com/2009/10/01/122340/

This is ridiculous idol worship.  This act is against the word of God.

The following paragraph is part of an article that explains further the acts Catholics perform.

In both East and West the reverence we pay to images has crystallized into formal ritual.  In the Latin Rite the priest is commanded to bow to the cross in the sacristy before he leaves it to say Mass (“Ritus servandus” in the Missal, II, 1); he bows again profoundly “to the altar or the image of the crucifix placed upon it” when he begins Mass (ibid., II, 2); he begins incensing the altar by incensing the crucifix on it (IV, 4), and bows to it every time he passes it (ibid.); he also incenses any relics or images of saints that may be on the altar (ibid.).  In the same way many such commands throughout our rubrics show that always a reverence is to be paid to the cross or images of saints whenever we approach them.  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07664a.htm

Every time a Catholic walks in a church for Mass, they bow to the altar with the statues and images placed there.  This is against God.

2 Kings 18:1 In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.  2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years.  His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah.  3 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done.  4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.  He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it.  (It was called Nehushtan.)

Catholics symbolism and manner of incensing:

Incense, with its sweet-smelling perfume and high-ascending smoke, is typical of the good Christian’s prayer, which, enkindled in the heart by the fire of God’s love and exhaling the odour of Christ, rises up a pleasing offering in His sight (cf. Amalarius, “De eccles. officiis” in P.L., CV).  Incensing is the act of imparting the odour of incense.  The censer is held in the right hand at the height of the breast, and grasped by the chain near the cover; the left hand, holding the top of the chain, is placed on the breast.  The censer is then raised upwards to the height of the eyes, given an outward motion and slightly ascending towards the object to be incensed, and at once brought back to the starting point.  This constitutes a single swing.  For a double swing the outward motion should be repeated, the second movement being more pronounced than the first.  The dignity of the person or thing will determine whether the swing is to be single or double, and also whether one swing or more are to be given.  The incense-boat is the vessel containing the incense for immediate use.  It is so called from its shape.  It is generally carried by the thurifer in the disengaged hand.  new advent.org/cathen/07716a.htm

The Israelites burned incense to the bronze snake/the Catholic priest burns incense to the crucifix, and any relics or images of saints.  If the bronze snake that Moses had made was broke into pieces because the Israelites had been burning incense to it (see 2 Kings 18:1-4), then why is it okay for the Catholic priests to bow to and incense the crucifix?

Exodus 20: 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments

Leviticus 26:1″‘You must not make for yourselves idols, so you must not set up for yourselves a carved image or a pillar, and you must not place a sculpted stone in your land to bow down before it, for I am the LORD your God.

No longer bow down to the work of your hands (see Micah 5:13)

Hosea 14:8.  Isaiah 44:9.  God’s word warns us no idols.

1 John 5:21 Dear children, keep yourself from idols.

1 Thessalonians 1:9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us.  They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.

The word of God warns us against idols, yet the Catholic religion makes statues to idolize, they even idolize relics, the material possessions belonging to the so-called Catholic Saints.  The Catholics bow and pray to these relics.  Relics are even the dead decayed remains of these Saints.  Catholics believe that the bodies of these Saints are incorruptible, meaning not decayed.  Pictures speak for themselves whether or not these remains have decayed.  Pictures in Part 2 of Catholic Influence Demolished.

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