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Jesus is the Only Way Pt. 3

If you haven’t read the previous posts in this series click the links —> “Jesus is the Only Way Pt. 1″ “Jesus is the Only Way Pt. 2”

“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.

If you would like to check out the entire prayer you can CLICK HERE.

Photo Credit: shrineofsaintjude.net

This last post will focus on the last two sentences of this prayer. The whole prayer itself is troubling but, for me, this last section is heartbreaking. Allow me to elaborate.

The first sentence reads:

But one thing I fear; that, in the hour of temptation, I may neglect to call on thee, and thus perish miserably.” 

This prayer exhorts the Catholic to place their trust in Mary to help them through temptation. We discussed the Bible’s silence about Mary’s ability to hear prayers much less answer them in “Jesus is the Only Way Pt. 2”. Here again we see the same silence in the pages of Scripture when it comes to Mary’s ability to aid in temptation. The quoted sentence above suggests that Mary has the power to deliver us from temptations that come our way. Why wouldn’t the Apostle Paul speak about this in his letter to the Corinthians when he pens these words:

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” -1 Cor. 10:13 (ESV)

Paul is teaching about temptation and telling the Corinthian believers that God will not allow anyone to be tempted beyond their ability. That is not where Paul ends his discourse on this topic. Paul goes on to highlight how God is faithful when he says that God “will also provide the way of escape.” Who provides the way of escape? Mary? Or God? Would this not be the perfect time for Paul to mention that Mary can aid the believer through temptation? Yet, the Bible is totally silent on Mary’s ability to do so. What the Bible speaks loudly about is God’s ability and faithfulness to lead his people out of temptation.

Then this prayer ends with these words:

“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.”

When I read this I immediately thought of Romans 8:29-30 which reads:

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son,in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” (ESV)

The prayer says Mary can, “Obtain for me then the pardon of my sins“. The Bible says, “those whom he (God) called he also justified”. 

The prayer says Mary can, Obtain for me then…love for Jesus“. The Bible says, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son“.

The prayer says Mary can, “Obtain for me then…final perseverance“. The Bible says, “those whom he justified he also glorified.

The contrast is clear. Roman Catholicism takes what is God’s and places it into the hands of a creature. A creature made by God. A creature that needed a savior just like you and I (Luke 1:46-47, Romans 3:23).

It is heartbreaking that prayers like this rob God of his glory.

If you are a Roman Catholic reading this I pray that you have ears to hear and eyes to see that this prayer and ones like it are idolatry. I pray you realize that you are stealing the glory from God and giving it to a creature that he has made. I pray that you turn to God and God alone for salvation.

And may we all remember the words Jesus spoke in John 14:6 when he said:

Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on November 29, 2011, in Christianity, Theology and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. It seems like it is epistemologically premature to make such a bold move as to say Mary or anyone else other than God cannot hear our prayers in heaven. Christ asks us to pray and intercede for others. Why not ask someone in heaven, who is united to Christ more directly than anyone on earth to pray for us? If we ask friends, family and other Christians to pray for us here on earth, why not ask someone in heaven to pray for us?

    • FB,

      You asked, “why not ask someone in heaven to pray for us?”

      My answer: If you can point me to a place in Scripture where this is practiced or endorsed then it can be considered. If it is not found in Scripture then why should anyone practice it?

      Beyond that I think you may be missing the even bigger problem with this type of theology. It really boils down to idolatry. May I ask are you a Roman Catholic FB?

  2. Do you ever ask your Guardian Angel to protect you? These are “beings created by God.” In fact the Bible tells us they present our prayers to Him in golden chalices. Rev. We also see where the martyrs are praying for their day of justice. We also see Moses and Elijah coming to Jesus in the NT and they had been dead for a very long time. We see the rich man talking to Abraham and Lazarus, thought they had been dead. So we see there are conversations with those who have gone on before us. Now my question to you is this. Why would God answer a prayer if it was a “sinful prayer.” Let me give you a few examples.

    1. My daughter had seven miscarriages. Called and told me she was pregnant again with twins. I prayed the Rosary everyday for seven months. We not only got twins, we got a little girl and a little boy. Family complete. Why would God answer that prayer if the way I was praying was “taking away” all of His glory by asking Mary to pray for my daughter and those babies? No one can make me believe God will ever answer a “sinful” prayer.

    2. I was very sick and in a wheelchair for three years. Again praying the Rosary. Today I walk and am out of that wheelchair.

    3. We own our own business. This year around June we had squat and I do mean squat I had not money at all to run the business and pay the quarterly taxes. Again prayed the Rosary. I now have the income to pay all taxes for the rest of the year and next years.

    4. My mother who is a diabetic had gangrene in her finger. Black as dirt. No feeling in it at all. They were going to have to cut her finger off. Again I prayed the Rosary and that finger is as pink as yours and mine. No amputation and no medical reason as why that finger came back to life. She had no antibiotics at all for it.

    5. How do you explain Fatima where 70,000 people saw the “sun dance in the sky?” I have seen it as they caught it on film.

    6. How do you explain away Lourdes, the healing waters, and there are those who have been healed. This comes from a little girl given instructions by Mary.

    7. Asking Mary to pray for us is no different then me asking you to pray for me. If I do ask you am I “taking away” the glory from God? Am I making God less than He is, as I do not have to ask you to pray for me, I can go directly to God.

    8. My mother had a heart attack last Christmas. It was DNR time and we were told she was very sick and would not come home. This is her third heart attack. Again prayed the Rosary and here we are one year later about to celebrate another Christmas with her.

    9. My Dad had a massive stroke and lost speech and use of right side. Prayed the Rosary and he talks up a storm and has use of all of his right side. In fact he plows, mows, weed eats, plants and tends to a garden, anything he wants to do.

    10. He slipped and fell in the shower. Broke a rib. Prayed the Rosary. Took him back to Doctor eight days later, broke rib was gone.

    These are just a few of many answers to my prayers that God has given to me, through the intercession of Mary. I do not ask you to understand it, as at one time I did not either. I tried it, and I know it is true. People in heaven are not dead and if they are, then there is no hope for us, is there? What in our own ego’s makes us think, that those in heaven are not concerned about us and would not offer prayers to God for us. The are the one’s the Bible says, “have already run this race.” The Bible calls them, “our great cloud of witness.” I could not live without my spiritual family as well as my earthly, and do not know how I did so for so long. They help me all the time. God Bless, SR

    • Allow me to answer your questions one at a time.

      SR: “Do you ever ask your Guardian Angel to protect you?”

      Me: No

      SR: “In fact the Bible tells us they present our prayers to Him in golden chalices. Rev.”

      Me: Of course, you are referring to Rev. 5:8 and 8:3-4. 5:8 says: “And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”

      Can you show me in this passage that these prayers were made to these “creatures”?

      Rev. 8:3-4 says: “And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.”

      Again, I ask, where in this passage are the prayers of the saints made to anyone other than God himself?

      SR: “We also see Moses and Elijah coming to Jesus in the NT and they had been dead for a very long time.”

      Me: I think this is where you are not understanding the point of these posts. I am not saying that physical death results in annihilation. God can do whatever he pleases. My question is how is this reference even semi-relevant to our discussion? Two believers in the OT appear for the miraculous event (the transfiguration) and this means that they can and do hear our prayers? Where is that suggested here?

      SR: “We see the rich man talking to Abraham and Lazarus, thought they had been dead.”

      Me: I find it interesting that you would appeal to a parable to try and make your point. Is Jesus really addressing dead people interceding for the living?

      SR: “Why would God answer a prayer if it was a “sinful prayer.” Let me give you a few examples.”

      Me: You went on to give 10 examples of the Rosary being used to help in prayers being answered. That is impressive on the surface but then again can you tell my how a Mulsim praying to Allah would get this prayer answered?

      “Allah has answered our prayer. Alhamdulillah.. It was the greatest news to share with families and people around us. At first I was afraid to share this with everybody since the condition is too early but I am hoping that everything will go well throughout this year. Pray for me and the baby.” (the whole post/story can be found here: http://alia-spicesoflife.blogspot.com/2011/01/allah-has-answered-my-prayer.html)

      Apparently, this muslim lady had her prayers answered? Maybe we should convert to Islam. If we used your logic of quoting all the answered prayers then maybe both are OK ways of prayer. Would you agree with this?

      SR: ” People in heaven are not dead and if they are, then there is no hope for us, is there?”

      Me: Did I ever say they are dead?

      1 Tim. 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”. Anything less than this is unbelief. Anything more than this, including praying to Mary, is idolatry.

      Thanks for reading and commenting,

      Travis

  3. It seems like there’s a lot you don’t understand about Catholicism, but that arguing isn’t the best way to learn. Rather, I invite you to do your own research on the matter such as reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church if you are serious in learning about the Church. It is much better to actually read what the Catholic Church actually believes than to base your whole premise on a prayer that has no dogmatic or doctrinal authority behind it. For all I know, that prayer could have been written by a heretic who says he is Catholic. I have been Catholic my whole life and not once have I said a prayer like that. Otherwise, if you aren’t serious, why should I waste my time and yours?

    http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/ccc_toc.htm

    To answer your question: Yes I am Catholic! I believe Christ is the sole mediator between God and man. It is through the grace of God alone that anyone makes it to heaven. I believe Christ died once for all and that his sacrifice on Calvary was sufficient for the forgiveness of my sins. I believe Revelation ended with the death of the last Apostle. I believe everything asserted in Scripture is necessary for salvation. And no, I do not worship Mary or the saints. Worship belongs to God and God alone.

    • FB: “It seems like there’s a lot you don’t understand about Catholicism”

      Me: I certainly do not know everything about Catholicism however on what basis do you say there is a lot I do not understand?

      Would you consider St. Alphonsus Liguori a heretic when he wrote:

      “I love thee, O most Amiable Lady; and, for the love which I bear thee, I promise to serve thee always and do all in my power to make others also love thee. I place in thee all my hopes and I confide my salvation to thy care.”?

      I have never heard a Pope ever deny or denounce any such prayers to Mary. Maybe you can point me to where any Pope has done so.

      I know that the Catholic Church does not say you are giving worship to Mary but that is in fact what your prayers are doing. If you would like to hear some good interaction on this you can go here—-> http://youtu.be/QExqr4OwWgE this video is part one of three. watch all three and the truth is clear that praying to, lighting candles to, and trusting in Mary is worship according to the Bible.

      FB: “Yes I am Catholic! I believe Christ is the sole mediator between God and man.”

      Me: No, you do not believe that Jesus is the sole mediator between God and man. If you are a Roman Catholic that is currently in submission to the Bishop of Rome you believe that Mary and the saints can also intercede to God on your behalf. So, you do not believe Jesus is the sole mediator assuming you are a Roman Catholic.

      FB: “I believe Christ died once for all and that his sacrifice on Calvary was sufficient for the forgiveness of my sins.”

      Me: You really believe that Christ died once for all? Is not the Eucharist a representation of the sacrifice? That is normal Catholic teaching so how is that “once for all”?

      FB I pray that your eyes will be opened by the God who is able to save to the uttermost.

  4. Dear Travis,

    I woke up this morning with such a heavy heart over this. I cannot go on with my day without writing this.

    First and foremost: I should have never responded to this post. I ask forgiveness from God and you also for doing so. Sometimes our best thing to do is to stay silent and I failed God most of all by not doing so. I know this “discord” among any of us, Scripture says, “God hates.” By responding I attributed to this discord, and I feel so badly for it.

    We are all I feel very good and devoted people to our Lord. We are all trying to serve Him the best way we know how. We all are trying to glorify God in all that we do and say. For me to try and “rip you apart” for your beliefs is wrong. For me to even argue the point with you, is wrong of me. I do so apologize to God and you.

    I know my walk with God. I know what He has called me to, and the other I need to leave alone, as I said the heaviness in my heart is just awful today.

    I took you off of my blogroll and I want to explain, I did not do this out of anger or malice of any kind. I did it to keep others from feeling the way I am today. I did it to keep others from being led into any of this. I do not like to see people hurt, and I do not like to hurt others myself. Most of all I do not like arguments between God’s children.

    Take care as you have many gifts from our Lord. Use them wisely. God Bless, SR

    • Sr,

      I am sorry that you woke up this morning feeling as though you did something wrong. I do not see it that way. I stand for what I believe in. I believe that the Roman Catholic Church places burdens on its followers that the Bible does not speak of. I am willing to stand for that truth. I understand that many people these days find that insensitive and/or mean. The intention of these posts is not to create arguments but rather thinking. Of course, anytime someone writes or speaks about topics that are emotional there is going to be push back and I accept that.

      I forgive you for speaking up for what you believe in but I do not think you need to ask for it.

      I pray that God will draw you to himself through the Gospel of Jesus and relieve you of the burdens of the Catholic faith.

      Thanks for reading and responding,

      Travis

  5. Thank you so much for your kindness. I can only do what I feel my conscience is telling me to do. God Bless Travis, SR

  6. It seems like the actual debate which needs to take place is how Revelation is transmitted. That seems to be at the heart of the matter in this whole debate surrounding at the other objections many people have to Catholicism. Only a proper understanding of the transmission of Revelation will bear any real fruit in all these other arguments. The unbiblical notion of Sola Scriptura hinders any real debate. Here are some questions which need to be pondered before any other debate surrounding Catholic dogma can take place. If Christians cannot agree upon the modes of Revelation, then all future debate about Marian doctrine, Eucharist, etc. will be sterile and useless. I don’t expect answers to any of these, but these are legitimate questions to ask concerning having the Bible as the sole authority in Revelation: If Christians cannot agree on the handing on of Divine Revelation, there is no point arguing:

    1. How do you know that the collection of books in your bible (66? 73? 76? 33 as in the Hebrew Bible?) are the correct ones? Sola Scriptura can’t help you there, it seems, because the Bible doesn’t contain a list of canonical books.

    2. Why should I even read the Bible in the first place? A sense of authority/tradition makes people read the Bible. People do not just pick up the Bible like any old book and decide do read and believe it. Someone (aka a community of believers) gives authority to this text for believers to read the Bible.

    3. What came first, the Catholic Church, or the Bible? In other words–to whom was the Bible entrusted?

    4. Did you know that Jesus and the Apostles quote from the Greek Bible, the Septuagint (LXX)? How many books are in the LXX? 73, same as Catholic Bible.

    5. Did you know that the Bishop of Rome (pope) gave the earliest list of canonical books? How did the Catholic Church know which books to include and which to leave out (many were left out that were circulating) if the Catholic Church wasn’t trustworthy to make that decision?

    6. 2 Thess. 2:15

    7. Jesus=God, Mary=Jesus’ Mother, ergo, Mary=Mother of God (Theotokos). Do you, Protestant, believe Mary is Theotokos? If not, what’s wrong with my reasoning? If so, where in the Bible is Mary called “Mother of God”?

    8. If Protestants can just open the Bible and agree on doctrine by reading it, why so many Protestant denominations? There are many thousands of them, including ones that accept homosexuality, abortion, etc.

    For an understanding of Catholic Church’s stance on the transmission of Revelation, look to the document Dei Verbum (The Word of God), especially Chapter 2 (paragraphs 7-10) (it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes):

    http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19651118_dei-verbum_en.html

    • You bring up a great point. It is all about how we come to understanding revelation. I believe in Sola Scriptura. You believe in Sola Ecclesia. I go by what the Bible tells me. You go by what the Church tells you.

      Let’s try and give some answers to these questions.

      #1 How do I know that the Bible contains 66 books? Because those are the books that God has inspired. They are the ones that are “God-breathed”. To say we need an authority outside of Scripture to give us Scripture is illogical. Let me ask you. How would the average Jew know that the Old Testament was Scripture? There was no Roman Magisterium to tell them it was yet, Jesus holds people accountable for what God inspired. According to your view they couldn’t ever know what Scripture was. And if they didn’t or couldn’t then Jesus must have been crazy thinking that he could hold them to what the Old Testament said.

      #2 You should read the Bible because it is God speaking to us.

      #3 FB said, “What came first, the Catholic Church, or the Bible? In other words–to whom was the Bible entrusted?” This question is confusing. The OT was written long before the Catholic Church existed and the NT was written before the Catholic Church existed in the way you believe it.

      #4 You have you facts very confused here. The Greek Septuigant only refers to the OT. So, if you have 73 OT books that would be strange. However, many early church fathers rejected the Deuterocanonicals such as St. Athanasius.

      #5 I am not sure if this is true or not. Does it matter who or what came first? Or does it matter if it is accurate? Did you know that St. Gregory the Great, who was a Pope, had a different list of books that should be in Scripture than you do?

      #6 2 Thess. 2:15 says, “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by four letter.” So, Paul spoke traditions along with writing them. Has the Roman Catholic Church ever told us any word that the Apostles ever spoke that is not found in Scripture? Allow me to answer that with a NO. Fr. Mitch Pacwa answered that with a “no” in his debate with Dr. James White. So, to say that we need the Church to give us these traditions is dishonest at worst and ignorant at best.

      #7 FB said, “Jesus=God, Mary=Jesus’ Mother, ergo, Mary=Mother of God (Theotokos). Do you, Protestant, believe Mary is Theotokos? If not, what’s wrong with my reasoning? If so, where in the Bible is Mary called “Mother of God”?”

      “Theotokos” was never to indicate anything about Mary. Rather it was a defense of the deity of Jesus Christ. To even use that shows me that you are simply quoting from people like Staples, Hahn, Madrid, and people of that ilk.

      #8 Why are there so many denominations? Because people stray from Sola Scriptura. When you ask this question do you even see that you are attacking the Bible? Can you answer this one? Why are there so many Catholics that think abortion is OK? Why is Boston College so liberal? Notre Dame? Obviously, this argument is a double standard because you know as well as I that there are many different Catholic Churches.

      Allow me to pose this to you FBeavershausen. Is teaching about the Marian Doctrines and the Papacy “good works”? If they aren’t then I guess why would they be taught? If they are good works then you have some explaining to do. 2 Tim. 3: 16-17 says that Scripture equips the man of God for EVERY GOOD WORK. If that is so where does Scripture teach these doctrines and dogmas? The truth is the Bible is silent on these things. You place the Church ahead of Scripture which is how you come to your conclusions.

      Thanks for reading,

      Travis

  7. It is awful there is so much fighting amongst Christians. The devil has won when there is division within Christendom. I think what everyone needs to do is look through history to see what Church is able to claim to be around from the beginning. Can you inform me when all these churches were founded? I, for one, see the Orthodox Church as the Church most resembling that of what Christ intended.

    • Hey Tim,

      I guess you are going to need to be more specific as to “what Church is able to claim to be around from the beginning”. None of our modern day churches have been around from the beginning. The Roman Catholic Church certainly hasn’t otherwise we would find what they practice in Scripture.

      The best way to know what the early church believed and practice is by reading the Scriptures. That’s the earliest church we know of and that is what we should be living by. Anything else is not Christian.

      Can you give me some reasons why the “Orthodox Church” makes sense? Also are you referring to Eastern Orthodox?

      Thanks for reading,

      Travis

  8. Yes, I mean the Eastern Orthodox Church. If you read the Acts of the Apostles and see what the early Church did, then you see the Orthodox is the one who not only closely models what the churches in Acts did bu that there has also been an unbroken chain of continuity between the Apostles, their successors and the current leaders of the Orthodox.

    We see in Acts that Jesus gave his apostles his power when the Holy Spirit descended upon them (Acts 1:2 and 1:8). We also learn that the apostles, through the power entrusted them from Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit working through them to appoint new men to join them in the rank of Apostle (1:20 and 1:25).

    We also see the early members of the Church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). When there were people preaching who shouldn’t have been, the apostles “ordered them to leave the council while they (the apostles) discussed the matter with one another” (Acts 4:15). The apostles decided not to let them preach in the name of Jesus.

    We also see it was the apostles who layed hands on other men to give them the power of the Holy Spirit and appointed other men to be overseerers and bishops of other city churches.

    I could continue to go on through the Acts of the Apostles, but here is where the main thrust of the matter is:

    Jesus founded his Church and gave the apostles the authority and power of the Holy Spirit to lead it and be in control of it. Furthermore, the Apostles also had the power to add men into the order of apostle and by the laying on of hands, these new apostles had the same power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus gave to the original apostles. Therefore, we can logically conclude the Apostles continued to add men to the same rank of apostles with them and that the early church members continued to listen to devote themselves to the apostles’ teaching. This continues to this day with our Patriarch Bartholomew and other bishops, who have been given the same power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus gave the initial apostles. There has been an unbroken chain/connection between the original apostles and the current leaders in our church. The members of the Orthodox Church acknowledge this and continue to trust in the power of the Holy Spirit working in this process, so we stay committed to the preaching of the Apostles/Bishops/Patriarchs, breaking of bread (the divine liturgy) and prayers. To deny this is to deny history and the power of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ promise that “I will be with you always to the end of the age” and “I will send an Advocate” to be with you.

    We also see the early church leaders such as Clement of Alexandria, Ignatius of Antioch, Gregory of Nyssa, etc to as remaining within the apostolic tradition, so we look to their writings to see what the early Church believed.

    I hope this helps. I really want people to understand history really well.

    • Hey Tim,

      #1 You have not proven that the Eastern Orthodox Church best resembles the early church found in Scripture. You simply assertted it. Can you give me some reasons why you believe the EOC best resembles the early church using Scripture?

      #2 There is not an unbroken line of succession that anyone can prove.

      Travis

  9. Hey Travis!
    Thanks for this great conversation! I’m really enjoying it!!

    #1: I did show what the early Church looked like using the Acts of the Apostles and connected that to the what the Orthodox do now. If you want me to prove this rather than assert it, you also have to prove “None of our modern day churches have been around from the beginning” rather than asserting it.

    #2: There are plenty of lists out there to show there has been succession from one apostle to the next for all the different patriarchal sees. If we want to get into this “empirical proof” game, you also need to prove there hasn’t been a time when there were no current apostles/patriarchs/bishops, etc.

    • Hey Tim,

      I am going to be honest that I am not very familiar with EO (Eastern Orthodoxy). I am not sure how deep I want to go with this topic because it is not prevalent in the discussions I have. However, I do find it important to at least provide some answers.

      Tim you said, “We also see it was the apostles who layed hands on other men to give them the power of the Holy Spirit and appointed other men to be overseerers and bishops of other city churches.”

      I have a couple of questions for you. Are “overseerers and bishops” equal to apostles? Can you provide some Biblical documentation of this?

      Instead of going through every church I will point out a couple of things that the EO church does that the early church, as found in Scripture, doesn’t do.

      #1 EO venerates icons and images. That concept is foreign to the Bible.

      #2 EO believes that the Eucharist is a propitiatory sacrifice. The Bible is clear that only Jesus’ “once for all” death on the cross is propitiatory.

      Those are just a couple of issues.

      Travis

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