Jesus is the Only Way Pt.1
I heard an interaction between Dr. James White and Tim Staples a while back that caught my attention. Dr. White is a reformed Baptist and Staples is a Roman Catholic. Dr. White quoted a prayer that is common among catholics and it really shocked me when I heard it. Here is an excerpt of it:
“Count me among thy most devoted servants; take me under thy protection, and it is enough for me; for, if thou protect me, dear Mother, I fear nothing; not from my sins, because thou wilt obtain for me the pardon of them; nor from the devils, because thou art more powerful than all hell together; not even from Jesus, my Judge Himself, because, by one prayer from thee, He will be appeased. But one thing I fear; that, in the hour of temptation, I may neglect to call on thee, and thus perish miserably. Obtain for me then the pardon of my sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to have recourse to thee, O Mother of Perpetual Help.”
Now I hope for most people reading this I don’t need to say much about how wrong this prayer is. However, I think it is important to understand the reasons why this is a wrong view of Mary.
I want to point out the bold-faced section in this text. This prayer is saying that because of the prayer’s faith in Mary they need not fear his/her sins. Mary is apparently able to “obtain” the “pardon for them”. This is anything but biblical. There is no where in Scripture that begins to suggest this concept. On the other hand Scripture is clear about who does obtain the pardon for sin…Jesus!
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” -Acts 4:12 (ESV)
If you would like to read the full prayer “click here”
There will be more to come on this topic so make sure to check in tomorrow.