The Catholic Church
Updated: Apr 14
II Corinthians 11
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Growing up I was raised Catholic. We would go to church every Sunday and it was painful. Boring isn't even the word to describe a Catholic mass. As a child I found it difficult to deal with the boredom and would get a little rambunctious, often receiving serious looks of displeasure from my father. The Catholic Church was after all a very serious place, it was the way to heaven, or so I thought. Why wouldn't it be, it was so official. What with its ornate cathedrals, pious priest, and elaborate ceremonies. Every service was a kind of ceremony, kneel, enter the pew, sit, stand, sit, kneel, stand, sing, kneel, stand, sit, stand, sit, stand, kneel, sit, stand, sing, sit, stand, shake hands, kneel, stand, aaaaaaand sing. Wow what a good time and just like the bible teaches us about worship. Actually nothing the Catholics do is in the Bible. It is what the Bible calls Religion or the traditions of men. Lets take a look at the Catholic Church a little more carefully.
Now I am no scholar, but just a little digging can turn up a lot of dirt against the Catholic Church. It is my opinion and the opinion of others, that the only way the devil could destroy Christianity was to infiltrate it. He tried to kill off the church early on, but all it did was make it spread farther faster. Satan had to steer people away from the Gospel and replace it with something else. He has many devises, most religions belong to him, but it is the Catholic Church that is his crowning achievement. Satan knows the bible cover to cover and what God expects. Satan simply does the opposite.
For instance Exodus 20 Says:
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Kind of like this:
The bible strictly forbids the worship of graven images or Idols. People will say, "but we are in the age of grace and not under the law", this is true, only problem is the Catholics don't teach grace. We will get to that later. Satan knows this is an abomination to God and he loves watching people do this sort of thing. Every day millions of people pray in front of statues of the virgin Mary or dead saints, and it will do nothing to save them from an eternal hell. Speaking of praying to dead saints, lets see what the Bible says about that. Dueteronomy 18
10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
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.
The Bible forbids communicating with the dead. It calls it necromancy, divination, and witchcraft. If a person is praying to dead saints, they are communicating with the dead.
Every believer in Christ is a saint. The Catholic Church will have you believe that only they can elect saints, who become like Gods to be worshipped. This is pure idolatry and completely against biblical teachings. They like to make lowly men on earth equals to God. They want you to confess your sins to a priest, pray to dead saints, bow down before the Pope like he is God. They say that the Pope can talk to God. No, he can't because he is not saved. A homeless person who is saved can talk to God, but he isn't puffed up with wealth and prestige and surrounded by beautiful things, so no one cares. You don't need to to confess your sins to any man, or at all for that matter. You should pray to God and confess them to him out of your love for him and obedience. They also teach that you must pray to the virgin Mary to get to Jesus. This is because Jesus loves his mother and will listen to her when she tells him your prayers. The Bible teaches that you must Pray to the Father in Jesus name. Catholics also teach repetitive prayer, which the Bible forbids.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Catholics use the rosary for just such a practice. Saying the hail Mary over and over again.
I believe this could also be numerology. Your prayer time with God needs to be personal and used to form a better relationship with him.
How does a Catholic get to heaven? Catholics teach a works based salvation that goes like this. You need to repent of your sins. If you sin you must turn back to God and repent again. Basically constantly asking for salvation. As though Christs blood is not sufficient to pay for all sins. When you commit sins, you must also, confess them to a priest. If you die without purifying yourself of sin than you go to a place called purgatory, to be purified or some non-sense. Purgatory is not in the Bible, hell is. If you die without believing in Christ, hell is where you go. Again more made up lies. Lets now take a quick look at the Pope.
See the scepter in his hand, it has an emaciated Christ hanging off of it. This is blasphemous to our Lord. It is disrespectful to our risen savior. It has even been said that witches use a similar scepter to this, for casting spells. He also wears a hat called a mitre, that has been compared to the Dagon fish hat worn by the high priests in Babylon, who were basically Satan worshippers. Where is any of this in the Bible, about how a priest to the Gentiles is suppose to dress. This is more of the traditions of men. Everything about the Catholic Church has been made up to separate people from God. It does a great job because as I write this about 1.3 billion people call themselves Catholics. Pray for these people that they can come to Christ and to be saved. I thank you for reading my blog and I will leave you with the Gospel.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: