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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.

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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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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.”

If you would like to check out the entire prayer you can CLICK HERE. If you haven’t read yesterday’s post click here —> “Jesus is the Only Way Pt. 1”

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.

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.

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