Taking a Pause Due to Covid

I’m sorry to have to pause for now. I have tested positive for Covid and it’s been awful. I would appreciate prayer. Thank you! I will return to writing as soon as I feel better. Thank you for understanding!

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The Bible

The Bible – Catholics believe that truth is found in the Bible, as interpreted by the church, but also found in church tradition. Protestants believe that truth is found in Scripture, as interpreted by the individual, and that the original manuscripts of the Bible are without error.

Although Catholics believe that truth can be found in the Bible, it is only as it is interpreted by the church. In addition, they believe that truth can also be found in church traditions. This is not uncommon in various “Christian” religions: Mormons also have an extra book. But what does a Catholic do if he desires to know the truth? Do you put your trust in what the church says or do you put trust in God’s Word?

The Bible says:

1 John 4:1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

They Holy Spirit inspired each and every word of God in the Bible. The Apostles were chosen by Jesus Christ, Himself. He entrusted that His words would be recorded. The Apostle Paul asked Timothy to bring the books and parchments to him.

2 Timothy 4:13  The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

Until the Bible was completed, the early Christians depended on those who taught from the books and parchments. But today, we are blessed with a Bible in every home. The born-again Christian can turn to the Scriptures and get answers from the same Holy Spirit who wrote them.

But to those who are not born again, they do not have the Holy Spirit residing in them to guide and direct. They are dependent on their church and its leaders. Unfortunately, the Catholic church is misguided with traditions superseding the Scriptures. Some traditions are good, but when they contradict the Bible, they are no longer good.

Matthew 15:3  But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Matthew 15:6  And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

1 Peter 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

Don’t let the words of any man or church hinder you from the truth of the Scriptures. Dig your nose into your Bible and allow the Holy Spirit of God to draw you to salvation through Christ alone; not through a church, but Christ alone.

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Sprinkle or Dunk?

When it comes to baptism, Catholics (and their branches, i.e. Lutherans, Episcopalians, etc.) view it as one of their sacraments and is to be done as an infant to remove “original sin.” They also believe that baptism consists of sprinkling a baby with holy water on the head. These are the two major points in baptism.

To the born again believer, baptism is where a new believer in Jesus Christ is able to publicly confess that Jesus Christ is his Saviour. He also goes to the Scriptures for the example for baptism.

Act 8:36-38  And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? (37) And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  (38)  And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

In the Catholic belief, the priest sprinkles the baby’s head with holy water. However, the Scriptures reveal that both the baptizer and the one to be baptized go down into the water. There is nothing holy about the water being used. It is a body of water: it is a lake or a swimming pool.

Why do we make a big deal about the quantity of water and the age of the person being baptized? Because baptism provides the opportunity to publicly proclaim our faith in Christ. Jesus said:

Mat 10:32-33  Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. (33)  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

A baby cannot publicly profess as a person who has come to the knowledge that he is a sinner. This knowledge doesn’t come until one can know the difference between right and wrong.

Why do we need a body of water rather than a sprinkling? Because of the symbolism that the Apostle Paul explains in:

Rom 6:3-4  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  (4)  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

We cannot be buried in a sprinkling. However, we can be buried under a body of water; anything deep enough to cover the head of reasoning. When we come out of the water, it symbolizes that we are risen from the dead (from our old sinful nature to our new nature) just as Christ was raised from the dead. At the time of salvation, we receive the Holy Spirit of God and He dwells within us.

Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 2Ti 1:14  That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

A baby cannot have a head knowledge of the need for salvation. The bible says:

Act 16:31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

A baby cannot proclaim his need for a Saviour until he is old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. Baptism comes after salvation and not before.

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Who’s In Charge?

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What does one do when our church’s doctrine differs from the Bible? Who do we obey? The Catholic church believes that their authority is the hierarchy: the Pope, the Cardinals, the Bishops, etc. However, the bible says:

Eph 1:20-23  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,  (21)  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  (22)  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  (23)  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

This isn’t the only Bible verse:

Eph 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Col 2:10  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

So what does one do when church doctrine differs from Scripture?

Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

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The Rosary

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Catholics pray using a rosary but that was not part of the early church. In fact, the rosary was invented by Peter the Hermit in 1090 AD. It became most popular in the 13th century by St. Dominic. Church tradition says that Mary appeared to him and revealed the beads to him. From this has the current tradition evolved. In case you don’t know what the rosary stands for, let me show you. I can recall kneeling in front of the radio as a child and we would go through the rosary with one of the local nuns who was broadcasting. The catholic goes through the rosary repeating 15 sets of 10 consecutive “hail Mary’s” in a row (150 times), in the Rosary. Since then, Pope John Paul in 2003, added a new set of Mysteries, so now it is 20 sets of 10 “Hail Mary’s”, (200 times).

But the rosary was not “invented” by the catholic church. The Hindus introduced prayer beads back in 456 AD. Islam has their verse of prayer beads which began in 610 AD. Buddhists have their own as well. So you see that catholics were not the first. The catholic church adopted the rosary in order to proselytize these people to win them over to catholicism.

But what does the bible say about repetitious prayer?

Mat 6:7-8  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 

Jesus calls these repetitive prayers “vain.” He also instructs us not to be “like them.” God wants us to know that this type of prayer is not what reaches Him. He wants us to come to Him with our own words.

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The “Assumption of Mary”

The catholic church is famous for its dogmas and traditions. Pope Pius XII instituted the dogma of the assumption of Mary in 1950. If this were actual biblical truth, would it not have been made part of church history early on? Why wait until 1950? Catholics must ask themselves these types of questions. One cannot assumed that what they are being taught by the church is actually from God. What did Jesus say about these things?

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Jesus Himself said that the word of God is what we must live by. Religious hierarchy, like the Pharisees of old, want people to fix their eyes of them, not God’s word. God’s word doesn’t need anything to be added to it. In fact, we are commanded not to add or take away from His word! Those who do bring condemnation to themselves according to Rev. 22:19!

Deu 4:2  Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Rev 22:19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Pro 30:5  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Jesus thought it important to tell us through His word that God’s word is to be the center of our lives. Since scripture is so important, then the addition of dogmas, etc. by the catholic church is wrong and should be condemned. The catholic church has led many to eternal damnation all for the sake of money. The bible is to be the source and center of our faith, not a church. Jesus said that scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35). Adding the dogmas or anything else is misleading many.

Turn to God’s word and let God lead you, not man.

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Salvation is Through Grace Alone

In 1545, the Council of Trent condemned the bible doctrine of salvation through faith and grace alone. They did not refer to specific scripture(s) to support their findings. The Vatican II Council continued this condemnation by saying it was through the mass and the sacrifice of Jesus through it that justification lies.

They continue to say that grace includes “works” and that salvation is a process: baptismal regeneration, doctrine of the mass, doctrine of the sacraments, doctrine of purgatory, doctrine of confession, doctrine of the papacy, doctrine of priesthood, doctrine of Mary, doctrine of the saints, doctrine of the confessional, doctrine of indulgences. None of this is backed by scripture! We will cover a couple today.

But what does the bible say:

Works:

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Gal 2:21  I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Baptismal Regeneration: No where in scripture is there evidence of a baby being baptized. A baby cannot repent from his/her sins. Baptism comes after repentance, not before.

Act 2:38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

The word “repent” appears over 20 times in the New Testament. How can a baby repent? A baby cannot, therefore this baby does not qualify under the requirements listed in scripture!

One MUST back up church doctrine with scripture otherwise how can one know if he is being deceived?

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Is Celibacy in the Bible?

Celibacy did not enter the catholic church until 1079 AD by Pope Gregory VII. Prior to 1079, priests and bishops were allowed to marry. But what does the bible have to say about this? The bible is our plumb line. When a church teaches a certain “doctrine,” we have the bible to compare that doctrine to.

1Ti 3:2-5  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;  (3)  Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;  (4)  One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;  (5)  (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

How can a priest or bishop counsel a couple if he is not married himself? How can he help with troubled children in a home if he doesn’t not have children?

To forbid marriage is inviting trouble. The bible expressly states that forbidding marriage is a departure from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.

1 Ti 4:1-3  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  (2)  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;  (3)  Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

When a church has a doctrine that goes expressly against the bible, who does a seeking catholic obey?

Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

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The Catholic Church Does Not Teach Biblical Doctrine

How can a person know that what he is being taught is according to God’s word? God gave us the bible so that we can compare what is being taught by a particular church. There has to be an “anchor” or “plumb line”! A church can’t just make stuff up (or I guess they can) and say it is gospel truth. One must have something to research a teaching to confirm that it is what God says.

Act 17:11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

And, friend, we do have something we can turn to and that is the scriptures! The catholic church teaches in its catechism (2nd edition), paragraph 969:

“This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation . . . . Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”

http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/para/969.htm

The term “mediatrix” has been used since about the fifth century. It is not found in the scriptures. However, the word “mediator” is found in the scriptures and it only refers to Jesus:

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

Heb 8:6  But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
Heb 9:15  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

He is also known as our Advocate:

1 Jn 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

My catholic friend, if what your church is teaching you goes against scripture, which do you believe? One must have a plumb line so that you can know what you believe is truth. The scriptures say that EVERY word of God is pure. Jesus says that man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word of GOD (not the created words of a church)!

Pro 30:5  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Luk 4:4  And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

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