We must be careful not to compare ourselves and our righteousness with other men, In 2
Corinthians 10:12, the Bible states, For we dare not make ourselves of the
number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring
themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
Jesus Christ is the standard, and it is Him that we should be comparing ourselves with. We
tend to elevate men to a high plateau, but we must remember that all men are sinners. I do
not want to minimize who Mary was. She was a godly woman, the mother of Jesus, but the
Bible clearly states that ALL are sinners. All would include Mary. She needed
a savior just like the rest of us, and she knew that Jesus was her savior.
(491) Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary,
full of grace through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception.
That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed
The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a
singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ,
Savior of the human race, preserved IMMUNE from all stain of original sin. (Page
Mary was redeemed from the moment of her conception, where does it say that
in the Bible? It doesnt! Nor does the Bible say that she was immune from
any kind of sin.
The Apostle Paul spoke very clearly on the matter of righteousness, and sin. He makes
it very clear that none are without sin.
Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, There is NONE righteous, no, NOT
ONE: There is NONE that understandeth, there is NONE that seeketh after
God. They are ALL gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there
is NONE that doeth good, no, NOT ONE.
Romans 3:23 For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Peter gave warnings about such teachings.
2 Peter 2:1-2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there
shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift
destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of
truth shall be evil spoken of.
(494) At the announcement that she would give birth to the Son of the Most
High without knowing man, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary responded with the
obedience of faith, certain that with God nothing will be impossible:
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your
word. Thus, giving her consent to Gods word, Mary becomes the mother of Jesus,
Espousing the divine will for salvation wholeheartedly, without a SINGLE SIN to
restrain her, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she
did so in order to save the mystery of redemption with him and dependent on him, by
As St. Irenaeus says, Being obedient she became the cause of salvation for
herself and for the whole human race. Hence not a few of the early Fathers
gladly assert . . : The knot of Eves disobedience was untied by Marys
obedience: what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief, Mary loosened by her faith.
Comparing her with Eve, they call Mary the Mother of the living and frequently
claim: Death through Eve, life through Mary. (Page 138)
Mary was a godly virgin when she conceived, no doubt about it. That is what the Bible
says. This catechism makes the claim that she was without sin, she became the cause of
salvation for herself, and for the whole human race. It also teaches that death and sin
came by way of Eve. This is contradictory to Roman 5:12, it states, Wherefore, as
by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon
all men, for that ALL have sinned. This catechism also teaches that life
comes through Mary. This, also, is contradictory to the Word of God. Examine the following
verses that repudiate such teaching:
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation IN ANY OTHER (Jesus is in focus here,
not Mary): for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the
life: no man cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME.
1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this
life is in his Son (it did not say in Mary). He that hath the Son (not Mary)
hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
(495) Called in the Gospels the mother of Jesus, Mary is acclaimed
by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as
the mother of my Lord. In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy
Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the
Fathers eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church
confesses that Mary is truly Mother of God(Theo-tokos). (Page
(966) Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of
original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and
soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that
she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin
and death. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her
Sons Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.
In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not
leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the
living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death (Page
No doubt about it, Jesus is God. He is the second person of the Holy Trinity. He is
100% God, yet he became 100% man, which did not minimize His deity. To title Mary the
Mother of God when the Bible simple calls her the mother of Jesus,
elevates her to deity status. By putting this title on her, the Catholic Church has
derived the doctrine that Mary maintained her virginity all throughout her life. God did
not have a mother. God is eternal! Mary was just the vessel He chose to enter the world in
the flesh, and fulfill the law. Mary was the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, but also,
the mother of James, Jose, Simon, Judas, and of his sisters. Mary did not remain a virgin!
Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the
women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
Matthew 13:55-56 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary?
and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas (not
Judas Iscariot)? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this
man all these things?
Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and
Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with
us? And they were offended at him.
Galatians 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
Nowhere in the Bible does it teach anything about Mary being the queen over all things.
In many Catholic Bibles one can find a dedication page to the Queen of Heaven,
that being Mary. To the Catholic Church, Mary is the Queen of Heaven. It is
interesting to note, the only mentions of the queen of heaven in the Bible are
done so in a negative, rebuking manner. It is also interesting to see the similarities
between the traditions and practices of these people as compared to those of the Catholic
Jeremiah 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the
women knead their dough, to make cakes (wafers?) to the QUEEN OF HEAVEN, and
to pour out drink offerings (wine) unto other gods, that they may provoke
me to anger.
Jeremiah 44:15-25 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto
other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that
dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, As for the word that
thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, WE WILL NOT HEARKEN
UNTO THEE. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own
mouth, to burn incense (candles?) unto the QUEEN OF HEAVEN, and to pour
out drink offerings (wine?) unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our
kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then
had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. But since we left off to
burn incense to the QUEEN OF HEAVEN, and to pour out drink offerings unto
her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. And
when we burned incense to the QUEEN OF HEAVEN, and poured out drink
offerings unto her, did we make her cakes (wafers, Eucharist?) to WORSHIP
HER, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men? Thus saith the
LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your
mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we
have vowed, to burn incense to the QUEEN OF HEAVEN, and to pour out drink
offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.
There it is, the only mention in the Word of God about the queen of heaven. It is also
interesting to note that the Bible only mentions Mary 19 times. Not much
emphasis is given to her, however, I scanned the 756 pages of the book, Catechism of the
Catholic Church, and found 169 references made to Mary, 76 references made to
the Blessed Virgin or Virgin, and 27 references to Mary as the
Mother of God. The some total being 272 references given to Mary. Keep in mind
that I only scanned the pages, therefore, there is no doubt I missed many. That is a very
high percentage when you consider the Bible only devotes .9% of its pages to Mary as
compared to 36% of the pages devoted to her in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Who is the Catholic Church lifting up, Jesus or Mary? It is Jesus that must me lifted up.
I dont believe Mary should be given any more importance than what Scripture gives to
John 12:32 And I (Jesus), if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all
men unto me.
Beware of those that put more emphasis on someone other that Jesus Christ.
John 3:30 He (Jesus) must increase, but I MUST DECREASE.
This is the principle that God teaches in His Word. Christ is to be first, pre-emanate.
Christ is the head of all things, and He is the one who intercedes for the believers.
Christ is the one that should have preeminence, He is the one who prays for those that
believes and puts their trust in Him.
Colossians 1:18 And he (Jesus) is the head of the body, the church: who is the
beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the
Ephesians 1:20-22 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set
him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, FAR ABOVE all principality, and
power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but
also in that which is to come: And hath put ALL THINGS under his feet, and gave him
to be the head over all things to the church.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the
man Christ Jesus; Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made
with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in
the presence of God for us:
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto
God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
The teaching that Mary was above sin, and bless above all women is just not sound
Biblical teaching. She, was a godly woman, no doubt, but she, like Abraham, had faith in
God, and her faith was accounted unto her for righteousness. She was not bless above all
women, but rather she was blessed among women. It is clear from Scripture that God is not
a respecter of persons. That means He doesnt put any more value or importance over
the life of Mary, than He did Peter, Paul, or the other disciples, or for you or I. All
souls are precious to the Lord.
(508) From among the descendants of Eve, God chose the Virgin Mary to be the
mother of his Son. Full of grace, Mary is the most excellent fruit of
redemption (SC 103): from the first instant of her conception, she was totally
preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from all personal
sin throughout her life. (Page 142)
The angel Gabriel, told her:
Luke 1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly
favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou AMONG women.
The Bible is very clear. She was blessed among women, not above women!
Marys cousin, Elizabeth, told her:
Luke 1:42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou AMONG
women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is
no respecter of persons.
To say that Mary was pure from personal sin would contradict the Word of God.
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
TRUTH IS NOT IN US.
1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and HIS WORD
IS NOT IN US.
(964) Marys role in the Church is inseparable from her union with
Christ and flows directly from it. This union of the mother with the Son in
the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christs virginal
conception up to his death; it is made manifest above all at the hour of his
Thus the Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and faithfully preserved
in her union with her Son unto the Cross. There she stood, in keeping with the divine
plan, enduring with her only begotten Son the intensity of his suffering, joining
herself with his sacrifice in her mothers heart, and lovingly consenting to the
immolation of this victim, born of her: to be given, by the same Christ Jesus dying on the
cross, as a mother to his disciple, with these words: Woman, behold your son. (Page
This all sounds lovely and good, but nowhere in the Bible does it teach that Mary
assumes an exalted position. As a matter of fact, women were to be silent in the Churches,
and in subjection to their husbands. They were not to have authority over men. This was
not because men were better, it is because God is a God of order. Everyone is in
subjection to someone. Christ is over the Church, and the husband is to be in subjection
to Christ, and the woman to be subject to the husband, and the children to their parents.
Paul gave many such clear instructions to the church on this matter. To teach that Mary
had this exalted position directly contradicts clear Bible teaching.
1 Timothy 2:11-13 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer
(allow) not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in
silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
1 Corinthians 14:34-35 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it
is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as
also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home:
for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
1 Timothy 2:11-14 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I
suffer (allow) not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be
in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the
woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Many women rebel at these Bible verses, but remember, ALL scripture is
inspired of God (II Timothy 3:16). God is a God of order. Many men like to abuse these
verses. They do not teach that a man is supposed to be a dictator over his wife and run
rough shod over her. He is to love his wife. Read the verses following:
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, LOVE your wives, even as Christ also loved the
church, and gave himself for it;
Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so LOVE his
wife even as himself; and the wife see that she REVERENCE her husband.
If you will notice, the Bible does not command the wife to love the husband, but it
does command the husband to love the wife. God made men and women differently. If the man
will treat the wife right and love her, the wife will naturally love the husband.
Mary only gave one commandment to men. At the marriage feast, the servants came to her
when they ran out of wine. Mary directed them to do only what Jesus told them to do. Jesus
is omnipotent (all knowing), and I believe that He knew that one day men and women would
worship and adore Mary, and he calls her Woman, not mother. Under the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit it is recorded in Scripture that he calls her
Woman and not mother, or Blessed Mother.
John 2:3-4 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have
no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour
is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he (speaking of
Jesus) saith unto you, do it.
John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom
he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
(968) Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still
further. In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and
burning charity in the Saviors work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For
this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace. (Page 274)
Where is this found in the Bible? This is nothing more than babbling and mens
philosophy. It sounds nice, but it is not based on Bible teaching. We are warned not to
follow after philosophies that lead away from Christ.
2 Timothy 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase
unto more ungodliness.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit,
after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, AND NOT AFTER
(969) This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues
uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she
sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the
elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this SAVING OFFICE but by
her manifold intercession continues to bring us gifts of eternal salvation. . .
. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate,
Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix. (Page 275)
My friend, this is blasphemous. Only God has the power to save. To elevate someone to
the position of Savior is to elevate them to deity or Godhood. Mary never had a saving
office. The office of Savior has always belonged to the Lord Jesus Christ, and Him alone.
He is God! He needs no help from man! The Bible teaches that Jesus is our advocate.
1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And
if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation IN ANY OTHER (than Jesus): for there is
none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the
life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME.
It is through His Gospel that we are saved.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for IT is
the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek.
It is through the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that God saves man. Paul defines
the Gospel as the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ..
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which
I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also
ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed
in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ
DIED for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was BURIED, and that
he ROSE again the third day according to the scriptures:
There it is, just as plain as the nose is on your face. He defined the Gospel as the
DEATH, the BURIAL, and the RESURRECTION. That is the Gospel of Christ! Paul gives a strong
warning against those who pervert this Gospel, and make up other gospels.
To say that the Gospel is a mixture of works, or that it comes through anyone other than
Christ is perverting the Gospel.
Galatians 1:6-9 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into
the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be
some that trouble you, and would PERVERT the gospel of Christ. But though we,
or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we
have preached unto you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED. As we said before, so say I now again,
If ANY MAN preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, LET
HIM BE ACCURSED.
Notice he says there is not other Gospel of Christ, and there are those that pervert
it. He indicates that there is a Satanic influence in preaching other gospels, and anyone,
whether it be angelic or human, would be accursed for doing so. It was so important a
point to be made that he repeated himself. Who are you going to trust? Are you going to
trust man, or are you going to trust the Word of God? Be careful; the Bible says that
Satan has his angels, and they can appear as good, or ministering spirits of light.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan
himself is transformed into an angel of light. 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.
You had better beware of those who claim to be an apostle. There are no more apostles.
One of the qualifying factors for an apostle was that he had to have seen Jesus Christ
personally in the flesh.
1 Corinthians 9:1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus
Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?
1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have
seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word
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