Is There Another Way to God--through Mary?
There are really two ultimate questions in life.
1st - "Do you have a personal relationship with God?" And once you answer that,
2nd - "Is there another way to God?"
Jesus stops and looks around at those seated at His feet one day as He taught.
And in that moment, and in the words captured by the Holy Spirit in God's Word - is the setting for the two ultimate questions. Each of us needs to answer these questions. Only when these two questions are answered, can we make sense of the world we live in today.
Today there are supposed to be well over a billion Christians on the planet. The majority of that billion are part of a church that calls itself the Holy Roman Catholic Church. It says that it is built upon the foundation of Christ and His apostles. The key to understanding where a church stands in relationship to the Gospel is to examine the role of Jesus Christ in that church's doctrine. That is what we will do today. We will honestly examine one of the best-known doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church - the Role of Mary. And as we do so from scripture, you decide whether or not the Lord is honored and His Word obeyed by that church.
Please open with me to Mark 3.31-35. As we turn there, let me ask you --
But even as we all say that, the veneration of Mary is not in God's Word. The elevation of Mary to a co-mediator role is not in God's Word. The example we see around the world of what may be called "Mary worship" is not in God's Word.
And all of the false teaching about Mary that goes on starts with the three primary teachings about Mary - never found in Scriptures.
None of these three dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church are found in God's Word.
JESUS NEVER TAUGHT ANY FORM OF VENERATION OR ELEVATION OF MARY.
Let's be perfectly clear: It is a form of idolatry to bestow on Mary honor, titles, or attributes that in effect give her a coequal status in the redemptive work of her Son or elevate her as a special object of veneration. Nonetheless, Christ loved and honored His mother as a mother. He fulfilled the fifth commandment as perfectly as He fulfilled them all. And part of the responsibility of honoring one's parents is the duty to see that they are cared for in their old age. Christ did not neglect that duty.
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