Jesus is the Only Way Pt. 2
Yesterday we looked an portion of this Roman Catholic prayer:
“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.”
For the sake of time I am going to skip over the part about Mary being “more powerful than all hell together”. What I do want to focus on today is the Roman Catholic belief that if a person prays to Mary they do not need to fear Jesus. Here are the phrases we will look at today:
“If thou protect me, dear Mother, I fear nothing…not even from Jesus, my Judge Himself by one prayer from thee, He will be appeased.”
This part of the prayer is one of the most grotesque views of Jesus and his relationship with his people. It really sickens me that people view a mere mortal (Mary) in this way. It hurts my heart to know that people are trusting Mary more than they are trusting Christ.
If you are like me, you were immediately drawn to this section. The prayer is apparently suggesting that a person who is a believer in Jesus needs to fear Jesus because he will judge their sin. This is one of the biggest problems with Roman Catholicism. I will not discuss all the details but the Catholic view of sin is not close to the Protestant view. The Catholic view essentially makes Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross hypothetical. His payment wasn’t really for sin but rather only for the ability to save one’s self. This is shown by the many “Hail Marys” one must repeat to be forgiven for the sins they commit. Of course, this is found no where in Scripture but that is not my point. My point is that because of this works salvation the Catholic must fear Jesus because how could anyone ever appease his call to “be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”? (Matt. 5:48)
This is where the Catholic turns to Mary. The logic goes like this: #1 Mary is Jesus’ mother. #2 Jesus loves his mother. #3 Jesus will do anything that his mother asks because he loves her. #4 We must pray to Mary because Jesus wont turn her away.
The first two points are correct. Mary is Jesus’ mother and he does love her. The problem is the next two points. The next two points show us what happens when you do not follow Scripture.
First, the Bible never speaks of Mary being able to hear anyone’s prayers. This is a concept that arises outside of Scripture. Also, the Bible does not exhort us to pray to Mary. Rather, the Bible teaches us to pray in the name of Jesus in John 14: 13-14 when Jesus says:
“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
Jesus is to only be feared for his holiness and righteousness. Jesus is to not be feared by his own people because of their sin. Jesus paid the penalty for sin. Mary cannot and does not hear your prayers. She would be saddened that so many people pray to her to “appease” Jesus. She would be heartbroken that people come to her instead of confessing their sin and trusting in Jesus’ work on the Cross to save them.
Jesus is the one that saves.