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Idolatry – the Roman Catholic Church breaks the 2nd Commandment

by Bill Wong

 



 


The Roman Catholic Church “changed” the 10 Commandments


 

God tells us we must not create any carved images of anything. He also instructs that we must not bow down to them which the Bible defines as worship.


To worship or “bow down” to something or someone is not merely a physical act of bowing.  To “bow down” is where someone in his heart and mind already bows down to something and that is then expressed through their actions and speech, giving undue attention to a person or thing where the Bible says only divinity alone (YHWH God and His only-begotten Son) should receive this attention, or where false beliefs and actions are applied to God.  This idolatrous behavior includes the literal bowing down to and other reflexive gestures or movements, as well as glorifying/adoring, praying to, etc. to people and things (images, relics, etc.). This is the definition of ‘idol’ from which idolatry comes from, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:

 

1: a representation or symbol of an object of worship; broadly : a false god

2 a: a likeness of something b obsolete : PRETENDER, IMPOSTOR

3: a form or appearance visible but without substance <an enchanted phantom, a lifeless idol — P. B. Shelley>

4: an object of extreme devotion <a movie idol>; also : IDEAL 2

5: a false conception : FALLACY



As we can see from its definition, idolatry is having false beliefs about God (who He is, what He is, etc.), and worshiping Him not based on Biblical truth, but instead worshiping God in the faulty, deceptive and unholy ways (works-based salvation, man-made sacraments, purgatory, etc.) created by the vain imaginations of men and how people worship pagan gods. Idolatry is a false conception and an impostor/fake. 



Doing this --- creating a thing (whether physical or mental image) and behaving toward a thing or a person (even God or Christ Himself) in a false, non-Biblical manner, is committing the sin of idolatry. It is the 2nd of God’s 10 Commandments:

 

Exodus 20:

4     You shall not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above,

     or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

5     You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God,

     visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

6     And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.   (AKJV)

 

 

The Bible declares that God hates idolatry and it is absolutely not to be used in worship of Him (which also applies to any type of image or created thing used to worship Him):

 

Deuteronomy 4:

15   "So watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any form on the day the LORD

     spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire,

16   so that you do not act corruptly and make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure,

     the likeness of male or female,    

17   the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky,

18   the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water below the earth.

19   "And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven,

      and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples

      under the whole heaven.   (NASB)

 

Deuteronomy 12:

2     You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods,

     on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree.

3     And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire;

     you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place.

4     You shall not worship the LORD your God with such things.   (NKJV)

 

Deuteronomy 16:

22   Neither shall you set you up any image; which the LORD your God hates.   (AKJV)


Romans 1:

18   For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19   Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has showed it to them.

20   For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21   Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22   Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23   And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.    (AKJV)


 

Idols will be utterly destroyed when the Lord Jesus returns:

 

Isaiah 2:

17   The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low;

     The LORD alone will be exalted in that day,

18   But the idols He shall utterly abolish.   (NKJV)

 


 

However, the Roman Catholic Church has its own version of God’s 10 Commandments which it bases all its teachings from and it is in their catechism. Let us take a look at them:

 

God's 10 Commandments                                                     Catholic Church version of 10 Commandments      

1. You shall have no other gods beside me                               1. You shall have no other gods beside me

2. You shall not create and bow down to idols                           2. You shall not take the name of God in vain

3. You shall not take the name of God in vain                           3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day

4. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day                             4. Honor your father and mother

5. Honor your father and your mother                                        5. You shall not kill

6. You shall not kill                                                                     6. You shall not commit adultery

7. You shall not commit adultery                                                7. You shall not steal

8. You shall not steal                                                                  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor            

9. You shall not bear false witness against your                        9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife neighbor

10. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, house/goods      10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house/goods

 

 


The reader will notice that the Roman Catholic Church has tampered with the 10 Commandments. It has removed God’s 2nd Commandment to not create and worship idols. It then moves the commandments up and splits God’s 10th Commandment into two in order to reach a total of 10 and make up for the “missing” 2nd Commandment.

 

How can the Roman Catholic Church claim to be God’s true church by apostolic succession when from the very foundation it changes the 10 Commandments? The Lord Jesus taught that He did not come to destroy the 10 Commandments:

 

Matthew 5:

17   "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

18   "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass

      from the Law until all is accomplished.

19   "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same,

      shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them,

      he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.   (NASB)

 

 

And the Law of God will not pass away:

 

Luke 16:

17   "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.   (NASB)

 

 

The Bible makes it very clear that the Word of God is not to be added to or changed, but we must keep God’s commandments as He has given us:

 

Deuteronomy 4:

2   You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep

    the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.   (NKJV)

 

 

However, the Roman Catholic Church has abolished the 10 Commandments of God by removing commandments and changing their meaning:

 

Jeremiah 8:

8   " How can you say, 'We are wise, And the law of the LORD is with us'?

      Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood.     (NKJV)

 

 

Therefore, either heaven and earth has indeed already passed away, or we should see immediately that the Roman Catholic Church is not God’s true church.

 

 

The Roman Catholic Church has done away with God’s commandment to not bow down to idols and engages in idolatry. The evidence can be seen everywhere as we see religious figures in every Roman Catholic establishment and in many homes and places of business, and also the behavior, some in tears and ecstasy, directed at these images.  The remainder of this article will focus on physical idols/images.

 

Of course, the Roman Catholic Church will deny they are worshiping idols and says it is only “venerating” the persons in heaven whose images are represented. But we must note the word ‘idol’ pertains to both an inanimate object and a person.

 

The Oxford dictionary defines idolatry as the “immoderate attachment or devotion to something” and the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an idol as “an object of extreme devotion”. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines worship as “reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also: an act of expressing such reverence” and “extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem”.

 

Creating images, kissing and touching these images, attributing special supernatural significance to them and who are represented, praying to the persons they represent, etc. is idolatry.

 

 

The Roman Catholic Church tries to play with words, but the Hebrew word for worship means to bow down to and includes reverence and paying homage, etc. The Bible is also expressly clear to not bow down to any image of anything in all creation. Therefore, even the use of idols/images in any way for the worship of God is forbidden. We must note also that God’s 2nd Commandment prohibits even the creation of an image. God wrote the Bible and He says what He means and means what he says. So in every aspect, the Roman Catholic Church ignores and defies God’s 2nd Commandment.

 

By removing the 2nd Commandment from the Roman Catholic version of the 10 Commandments, people will not know how God feels about idolatry (it is an abomination to Him) and what it really is. The attitude would be since it is not one of the 10 Commandments/the moral law, it cannot be that important and therefore makes it easier to not recognize it and then practice idolatry.   Also, believers believe that their religious leaders are telling and teaching them the truth; they have been taught to accept the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church without question and as even more authoritative than the Bible itself. And this is exactly what we see in practice; Roman Catholics seemingly do not know or care that God has a commandment in the 10 Commandments that prohibits idolatry.

 

What the Roman Catholic Church did with the 2nd Commandment is two-fold. First, it removes the 2nd Commandment from the list of 10 Commandments. Second, in their official catechism, it takes the 2nd Commandment and melds it with its version of the 1st Commandment:

 

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them.

 

It is written: "You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve."

 


Then the forbidding of images would not be so “commanding”. It would be easier to circumvent. It makes it possible to say the use of images for worshiping God is fine and not the same as worshiping other gods with images. By doing this, the Roman Catholic Church has made the 2nd Commandment invisible and thereby null and void.

 

However, the first 3 commandments are all interrelated and pertain to the worship of God. When we break the 2nd Commandment forbidding idolatry, we also break the very 1st Commandment to not worship other gods besides Him. This is because when we use images, we are giving worship to the persons or things the images represent, thereby creating other gods to worship. By worshiping other gods, we are not respecting and treating God as we should and we lose sight of God. This makes our communication with God a double-minded and hypocritical affair; we cannot serve two masters and therefore when we call upon God, we are taking His name in vain – and break the 3rd Commandment as well.

 

We must always remember:

 

John 4:

24   God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."   (NKJV)


 

The true worship of God can never include images of any kind. Images are the works of our hands and is not spiritual at all, but a fleshly work. The true worship of God in spirit and truth is directly from man to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Any other path that adds to it, is not Biblical and is not of the spirit and truth.

 

The use of images can only take away from the true worship of God, because man is sinful and of the flesh and is easily misled and distracted by his emotions. It creates other gods to worship. This is why God commands we not use anything physical in worship of Him. Our worship must be in spirit: straight from our hearts and minds to the heart and mind of God – through Jesus Christ. Images are physical things that detract from this true worship of God in spirit and truth. Images do not direct us to God at all, but instead lead us away from God by creating other things we give our devotion to. This is why idolatry – the images and who/what they represent, are forbidden by God in His 2nd Commandment.


 

Even without going into details, there are two reasons that readily show that the Roman Catholic Church does practice idolatry despite its denials:

 

1) The very fact that they even removed the 2nd Commandment from the 10 Commandments. Why is there any reason to have to do this? Everyone has the same Book of Exodus that was penned by Moses. To remove it is more than an act of disobedience, it is an act of proud defiance – the Roman Catholic Church is living up to its own boast that its authority is greater than the Bible. To remove it is to not have to live by it. However, the evil perpetrated against God does not stop here, because the ones who know this, know in their own hearts what they have done. What makes this infinitely worse is that this falsehood is thrown upon innocent people who are deceived by it; it is the innocent that become victims of this grave deception. 

Producing its own 10 Commandments is idolatry in itself: the Roman Catholic Church has made itself “God” and worships itself – the creation, and not the creator.

 

 

2) The Roman Catholic Church claims it is God’s church, because Peter was the “first pope”. But the Bible shows that the actual person themselves did not want or allow themselves to be bowed down to:

 

Peter refuses it:

 

Acts 10:

25    And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.

26    But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.   (AKJV)

 


Angels refuse it: 


Revelation 19:

10    And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am your fellow servant,

      and of your brothers that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (AKJV)

 

Revelation 22:

8     And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen,

     I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things.

9     Then said he to me, See you do it not: for I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers the prophets,

     and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.   (AKJV)

 

 

If the apostle Peter and angels do not accept being bowed down to, why does the Roman Catholic Church insist on the Pope being bowed down to and the worship of Mary (as the “Queen of Heaven” – more on this later, etc.), saints and angels – and even to their statues and images? The actions of Peter and the angel declare that only God is to be bowed down to.

 

 


 


Idolatry – a Roman Catholic Church tradition of man

 


The Roman Catholic Church teaches its believers that the traditions of the fathers and its catechisms have more authority than the Bible as guides to obey God which as we just stated is idolatry in itself, because it elevates itself to be God.  And, therefore it thinks it is higher than God and that people should listen to the thoughts of the hearts of men/the Roman Catholic Church, instead of to the heart of God.  How can that be true?  Would not God’s own words be the final authority in what He means to tell us?  The traditions and catechisms of the Roman Catholic Church are in opposition to the Word of God.  It is a shame that many people are caught up in the affairs of this world to even care about Bible truth, while others have been indoctrinated at a very young age to believe the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church override the Bible.

 

But the Bible tell us to live by God's Word and not by the traditions or commandments of men:

 

Mark 7:

8     "Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men."

9     He was also saying to them, "You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.

10   "For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, is to be put to death';

11    but you say, 'If a man says to his father or his mother, whatever I have that would help you is Corban (that is to say,

      given to God),'

12    you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother;

13    thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that."

      (NASB)

 

Jude 1:

3     Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write to you,

     and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints. (AKJV)

 

 

The supposed “first pope”, the apostle Peter declares we should obey God and not men:

 

Acts 5:

29     But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men.  (ASV)

 

 

 

So why would the Roman Catholic Church remove the 2nd Commandment? Well, why is any law removed? Laws are removed so that people will no longer be bound to them.    

 

The meaning of idolatry does not just apply to the worship of inanimate objects, but it also applies to the worship of the ones whose image is represented (and to other things and beings as well) and to the wrong worship of God, which includes transferring what we think about God to anything other than God. Any kind of worship that is not rendered to God alone is idolatry.

 

The Roman Catholic Church states it believes all this itself, but still goes against the plain words of the Bible and approves using idols for the worship of God. Please read below Roman Catholic Church document or statement excerpts with comments that follow:


 

In the Catholic Encyclopedia:

 

“Idolatry etymologically denotes Divine worship given to an image, but its signification has been extended to all Divine worship given to anyone or anything but the true God. St. Thomas (Summa Theol., II-II, q. xciv) treats of it as a species of the genus superstition, which is a vice opposed to the virtue of religion and consists in giving Divine honour (cultus) to things that are not God, or to God Himself in a wrong way. The specific note of idolatry is its direct opposition to the primary object of Divine worship; it bestows on a creature the reverence due to God alone.”

 

“An essential difference exists between idolatry and the veneration of images practised in the Catholic Church, viz., that while the idolater credits the image he reverences with Divinity or Divine powers, the Catholic knows "that in images there is no divinity or virtue on account of which they are to be worshipped, that no petitions can be addressed to them, and that no trust is to be placed in them. . . that the honour which is given to them is referred to the objects (prototypa) which they represent, so that through the images which we kiss, and before which we uncover our heads and kneel, we adore Christ and venerate the Saints whose likenesses they are" (Conc. Trid., Sess. XXV, "de invocatione Sanctorum").

 

 

Comment: Notice the contradictions in the Roman Catholic position on idolatry:

 

1. The use of idols is in direct opposition to and disobedient to God’s 2nd Commandment forbidding it,

    and so is already worshiping God in the wrong way.

 

2. The Bible says bowing down to an idol and what it represents is worshiping it,

    and so this is bestowing “on a creature the reverence due to God alone”.

 

3. Catholics supposedly do not bestow divinity to images, so why are idols, amulets, body parts of saints,

    places and visions, etc. are considered holy and play such a large part of Catholic worship?

    This is also worshiping God the wrong way and is superstition.

 

4. As to who are represented by the images, divinity is applied to them. Mary is the perfect example.

    It is breaking the 1st Commandment to not have any other gods and also breaking the 2nd Commandment

    to not use images. God makes it clear that no one has seen Him, so we are not to make and use any

    images at all to worship Him, which include using “others” and their images to worship Him.

 




In the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the 1st Commandment (which it has combined with the 2nd Commandment), please read the subset paragraphs with comments below:

 

 


2112 The first commandment condemns polytheism. It requires man neither to believe in, nor to venerate, other divinities than the one true God. Scripture constantly recalls this rejection of "idols, [of] silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see." These empty idols make their worshippers empty: "Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them." God, however, is the "living God" who gives life and intervenes in history.

 

Comment:  The Roman Catholic Church uses the word “venerate” to describe what it does as not worshipping, which is wordplay and also does not accurately describe the actual actions of its believers.  However, even by their own standards of the word “venerate”, they are creating other gods besides the one true God (for example, Mary) and are using images.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘god’ as “a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship; specifically: one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality”.  Please note that the word translated as ‘god’ is the Hebrew word ‘elohim’ (Strong’s #430) which means a ‘mighty one’ – it is used for the Almighty (God, capitalized) and is also used for any mighty one, whether divine or not.  It can be any mighty person with special power or authority such as angels, kings, judges, etc. and is used this way in Scripture. The dead saints, angels and Mary, as the “Queen of Heaven”, etc. fit this description and idolizing them actually breaks both the 1st and 2nd of God’s commandments.  The first commandment to not have other ‘gods’ (‘elohim’) before the Almighty tells us to not put any mighty ones in place of or before/higher than God which believers do when they use intermediaries for worship.  The second commandment is also broken, because images of these mighty ones are also used for worship and assists in the worship of other gods before the Almighty.  In other words, the first commandment deals more with who you worship and the second commandment deals more with how you worship, but also aids in and leads you to the worship of others.  However, both are broken by the Roman Catholic Church. Then it has the audacity to say that those who make and trust in empty idols become like these empty idols but this is something that the Roman Catholic Church creates: empty worshipers who depend on empty idols.



 


2113 Idolatry not only refers to false pagan worship. It remains a constant temptation to faith. Idolatry consists in divinizing what is not God. Man commits idolatry whenever he honors and reveres a creature in place of God, whether this be gods or demons (for example, satanism), power, pleasure, race, ancestors, the state, money, etc. Jesus says, "You cannot serve God and mammon." Many martyrs died for not adoring "the Beast" refusing even to simulate such worship. Idolatry rejects the unique Lordship of God; it is therefore incompatible with communion with God.

 

Comment:  The Roman Catholic Church seems to acknowledge what idolatry is, but it approves and practices the opposite.  It says “idolatry consists of divinizing what is not God” and “man commits idolatry whenever he honors and reveres a creature in place of God”, but this is exactly what the Roman Catholic Church does for saints and angels, and especially the supposed “Mother of God” and “perpetual” virgin, Mary.  The Bible says that Mary was a virgin when she conceived Christ, but had more children afterwards with Joseph as the father and therefore no longer a virgin (Matthew 12:46-49; 13:55).  It says “idolatry rejects the unique Lordship of God; it is therefore incompatible with communion with God”, which is true, but what it does for Mary, saints and angels exactly takes away from the unique Lordship of God.  It is God who is the head of Christ who is the head of His church (1 Corinthians 11:3), and there are no persons such as Mary, saints, angels, or the pope, that comes between Christ and His church.  To insert others is idolatry and incompatible for communion with God.




2114 Human life finds its unity in the adoration of the one God. The commandment to worship the Lord alone integrates man and saves him from an endless disintegration. Idolatry is a perversion of man's innate religious sense. An idolater is someone who "transfers his indestructible notion of God to anything other than God."

 

Comment: The Roman Catholic Church accurately defines idolatry as one who practices idolatry. However, the Roman Catholic Church talks a good talk, but its actions do not follow, because this is exactly what the Roman Catholic Church is guilty of, and why it has taken the 2nd Commandment off the list of God’s 10 Commandments. It has taken advantage of “man’s innate religious sense” and perverted the true worship of God by creating many, many other persons and ways to direct our “indestructible notion of God” (remember what we read in Deuteronomy 4:15-19; no one has seen God so we must not feel drawn to worship the creation and images of them). We are going against the will and commandment of God when we look to other persons besides His son Jesus alone and also use images for worshipping Him. Man is fallen and fleshly, not spiritual, and cannot use anything physical in the worship of God, or look to anyone else besides the Lord Jesus, in our relationship with God.

 


 


Even though the Catechism of the Catholic Church appears to know what idolatry is and agrees with the Bible, it still proceeds to approve and state that the use of images is perfectly fine to worship God:

 

2132 The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, "the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype," and "whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it." The honor paid to sacred images is a "respectful veneration," not the adoration due to God alone:

 

Religious worship is not directed to images in themselves, considered as mere things, but under their distinctive aspect as images leading us on to God incarnate. The movement toward the image does not terminate in it as image, but tends toward that whose image it is.

 

Comment: Firstly, we must note the arrogance and deception of the Roman Catholic Church as it casually states the 1st Commandment prohibits idols when it is its own version which has “combined” God’s 2nd Commandment within it, but God’s command forbidding idolatry should stand alone as the 2nd of 10 Commandments. And then it still goes on to say it is okay to bow down to images and even to the ones who are represented by them. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘adore’ as “to worship or honor as a deity or as divine”, “to regard with loving admiration and devotion”, and “to be very fond of”. In addition, we must be reminded that the Roman Catholic Church does consider Mary as divinity in one form or another.

 

 



But note most telltale of all: the Catechism itself uses the word “worship”, and this “worship is not directed to images in themselves, considered as mere things, but under their distinctive aspect as images leading us on to God incarnate. The movement toward the image does not terminate in it as image, but tends toward that whose image it is”.

 

So then, if Roman Catholic worship is not directed at the image, but to the person whom the image represents, this means if we worship an image of Mary, then we are worshiping Mary. The Roman Catholic Church is caught in its own words which were meant to confuse us, and has “slipped”, confusing itself, showing itself to be the author of confusion. It shows it worships other persons as other gods and is guilty of idolatry in that respect, as well as the respect in using images to do so. According to God’s 10 Commandments, both the 1st and 2nd Commandments are being broken.

 


So the Roman Catholic Church admits it worships other persons. This is idolatry.

 

 

The worship of Mary, saints and angels – toward and through their statues or directly to them, is fundamental to the Roman Catholic Church. How is the Roman Catholic belief that worshiping through an image to the one that is represented by it, any different than the pagan worship of idols? It is not any different, as the Roman Catholic Church declares itself by its actions and the fact that idolatry was not used earlier in its history, but considered heretical:

 

“It is interesting to note how often our Church has availed herself of practices which were in common use among pagans … Thus it is true, in a certain sense, that some Catholic rites and ceremonies are a reproduction of those of pagan creeds…” - The Externals of the Catholic Church, Her Government, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sacramentals and Devotions, by John F. Sullivan, p 156, published by P.J. Kennedy, NY, 1942.

 

“God prohibits an idol as much to be made as to be worshipped. In so far as the making what may be worshipped is the prior act, so far is the prohibition to make (if the worship is unlawful) the prior prohibition. For this cause--the eradicating, namely, of the material of idolatry--the divine law proclaims, "Thou shall make no idol;"...All things, therefore, does human error worship, except the Founder of all Himself. The images of those things are idols; the consecration of the images is idolatry.”

 

- Tertullian. On Idolatry, Chapters 1,4. Translated by S. Thelwall. Excerpted from Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 3. Edited by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson. American Edition, 1885. Online Edition Copyright © 2004 by K. Knight.

 

“Christians and Jews have regard to this command, "You shall fear the Lord your God, and serve Him alone;" and this other, "You shall have no other gods before Me: you shall not make unto you any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them;" and again, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve." It is in consideration of these and many other such commands, that they not only avoid temples, altars, and images, but are ready to suffer death when it is necessary, rather than debase by any such impiety the conception which they have of the Most High God - Origen. Contra Celsus, Book VII, Chapter 64

 

A Catholic Church council that met near Chalcedon in 753AD declared the use of images in worship as being “idolatrous and heretical, a temptation to the faith that originated with the devil.” - Philip E. Hughes, The Church in Crisis: A History of the General Councils, 325-1870, p. 167.

 

Comment: This is also evidence that the doctrine of infallibility of the pope is false.

 

 

 


The Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Second Council of Nicaea or seventh ecumenical council at Nicaea, 787AD (just over 30 years after the Chalcedon council condemned the use of any images in worship as noted above), where the Roman Catholic Church states doctrinally for the first time what it has always believed about images and their use in worship.

 

In the catechism it states “2131….By becoming incarnate, the Son of God introduced a new "economy" of images.” When the phrase a “new economy” of anything is referenced, it really means everything that is normal will be turned upside down as the prophet Isaiah says so eloquently:

 

Isaiah 5:

20   Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness;

      that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!   (AKJV)

 

 



In the Second Council of Nicaea, 787AD (excerpts followed by comments):



 

“Given this state of affairs and stepping out as though on the royal highway, following as we are

  • the God-spoken teaching of our holy fathers and
  • the tradition of the catholic church --
  • for we recognize that this tradition comes from the holy Spirit who dwells in her – ”

Comment: Again, stating their own tradition and teaching overrides the Bible and shamelessly saying God actually approves it by stamping it with His spirit.


 

 


“The more frequently they are seen in representational art, the more are those who see them drawn to remember and long for those who serve as models, and to pay these images the tribute of salutation and respectful veneration. Certainly this is not the full adoration {latria} in accordance with our faith, which is properly paid only to the divine nature, but it resembles that given to the figure of the honoured and life-giving cross, and also to the holy books of the gospels and to other sacred cult objects. Further, people are drawn to honour these images with the offering of incense and lights, as was piously established by ancient custom. Indeed, the honour paid to an image traverses it, reaching the model, and he who venerates the image, venerates the person represented in that image.”

 

Comment: The Roman Catholic Church encourages giving tribute to images. It also promotes honoring these images with incense and lights which are “ancient custom”. However, these ancient customs are pagan and incense and lights are always linked with worship. Let us recall again the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2113: “....Man commits idolatry whenever he honors and reveres a creature in place of God” and 2114: “….An idolater is someone who "transfers his indestructible notion of God to anything other than God."




  • “So it is that we really follow Paul, who spoke in Christ, and the entire divine apostolic group and the holiness of the fathers, clinging fast to the traditions which we have received.”


Comment:  The apostle Paul opposed any worship of idols as the worship of demons and unclean which we must not do and separate ourselves from those who do:

 

1 Corinthians 10:

19   What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything?

20   Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God,

     and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.

21   You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons. 

     (NKJV)

 

2 Corinthians 6:

15   Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?

16   Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God;

     just as God said, "I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

17   "Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord. "And do not touch what is unclean;

     And I will welcome you.   (NASB)

 

 

The apostles James, Peter, John, and Paul were all present in Jerusalem, the headquarters of God’s church, and were of one accord in agreeing that we should render nothing to idols. This includes worship veiled as “veneration”, our prayers, etc.

 

Acts 15:

28   For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:

29   that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.

     If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.   (NKJV)


 

And notice Acts 15:28 contradicts this Second Council of Nicaea’s earlier statement in the summary “that this tradition comes from the holy Spirit who dwells in her” and proves it to be a lie. No, the Bible says God’s spirit declares to the church of God in Jerusalem to abstain from anything to do with idols, which includes tribute, honoring with incense and lights, prayer, etc. and supports God’s 2nd Commandment. Acts 15:28 declares that the Roman Catholic Church is not God’s true church.

 


 


“Therefore all those who dare to think or teach anything different, or who follow the accursed heretics in rejecting ecclesiastical traditions, or who devise innovations, or who spurn anything entrusted to the church (whether it be the gospel or the figure of the cross or any example of representational art or any martyr's holy relic), or who fabricate perverted and evil prejudices against cherishing any of the lawful traditions of the catholic church, or who secularize the sacred objects and saintly monasteries, we order that they be suspended if they are bishops or clerics, and excommunicated if they are monks or lay people.”

 

 

Comment: What if you are not a believer at all? Then is torturing and executing “fit” punishment? But we know the Roman Catholic Church has always persecuted those who do not believe as it does. Ironically and hypocritically, what about the popes who declared using images as heretical before the meeting of this council? Does this make them heretics or the Roman Catholic Church a heretic which still actively observes these practices? Of course, this is also proof that popes are not infallible and vicars of Christ if the Roman Catholic Church can flip back and forth on this key subject.




 

Anathemas concerning holy images:


  1. If anyone does not confess that Christ our God can be represented in his humanity, let him be anathema.
  2. If anyone does not accept representation in art of evangelical scenes, let him be anathema.
  3. If anyone does not salute such representations as standing for the Lord and his saints, let him be anathema.
  4. If anyone rejects any written or unwritten tradition of the church, let him be anathema.”

Comment:   Just because the Roman Catholic Church says those who do not agree with her are anathema means it is right? Hardly. All anathemas are based on the fathers and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church which are contrary to God as they are here regarding idolatry. Then isn’t the Roman Catholic Church actually saying that the Bible is anathema?


 


Should it not be the reverse? Since the Roman Catholic Church engages in idolatry and has tampered with the 2nd Commandment, then is it not the Roman Catholic Church that is anathema to God?

 

 

 



More mediators – not merrier

 


By worshipping persons or things, we are creating gods for ourselves to worship in place of or along side the worship of the one true God.  We are not to divide our love and devotion:

 

Matthew 4:

10   Then Jesus said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'"         

     (from Deuteronomy 6:13, NASB)

 

Matthew 6:

24   "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other,

      or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.   (NASB)

 

 

The Roman Catholic Church actually cites the two verses in Matthew above in its catechism, but still proceeds to worship idols. However, these two verses actually should carry even greater weight, because the Roman Catholic Church engages in worship of and praying to Mary, saints and angels as it believes that they serve an intercessor (mediator) role.  But the Bible states that there is only one intercessor:

 

1 Timothy 2:

5   For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;   (AKJV)


 

The Bible is clear that no other can be worshipped – bowed down to, prayed to, etc.  Only God and the Son of God can receive worship.  The Son of God is divine and is our only mediator.  But the Roman Catholic Church goes far beyond “mere” worship of idols, since it also considers these others as mediators besides just the Lord Jesus as the Bible declares. 


However, the Roman Catholic teaching about Mary gets worse. 


The Bible states that Mary called herself just a servant of God and He is her God and savior:


Luke 1:

46   And Mary said, My soul does magnify the Lord,

47   And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

48   For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from now on all generations shall call me blessed.    (AKJV)



The Bible also states that we should not worship the “Queen of Heaven” which is the queen/head goddess of pagan religions which originated in Babylon with Semiramis, the wife of Nimrod:

 

Jeremiah 7:

18   The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.    (AKJV)




But what else does the Roman Catholic Church teach about Mary?  In addition to believing Mary is the “Mother of God” and co-redemptor and co-mediator with Christ (which is bad enough and already idolatrous), the Roman Catholic Church also believes that was born without original sin, but the Bible states there are only three who people who had no sin: Christ who was the only person born without sin, because His father is God; and Adam and Eve who were created without sin – Adam first then Eve from his side.  The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary is the “Queen of Heaven” and is exalted above the angels and saints, standing at the right hand of Christ, in direct contradiction to the words of God!   Please find below the words of Pope Pius IX in his ‘Ineffabilis Deus’ (“The Immaculate Conception”) in 1854 that makes all of this idolatry evident:

 

“Let all the children of the Catholic Church, who are so very dear to us, hear these words of ours. With a still more ardent zeal for piety, religion and love, let them continue to venerate, invoke and pray to the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, conceived without original sin. Let them fly with utter confidence to this most sweet Mother of mercy and grace in all dangers, difficulties, needs, doubts and fears. Under her guidance, under her patronage, under her kindness and protection, nothing is to be feared; nothing is hopeless. Because, while bearing toward us a truly motherly affection and having in her care the work of our salvation, she is solicitous about the whole human race. And since she has been appointed by God to be the Queen of heaven and earth, and is exalted above all the choirs of angels and saints, and even stands at the right hand of her only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, she presents our petitions in a most efficacious manner. What she asks, she obtains. Her pleas can never be unheard.”

 

 

Also, please find below excerpts of Pope Pius XII’s encyclical named ‘Ad caeli Reginam’ (“To the Queen of Heaven”), given in 1954:


“From the earliest ages of the Catholic Church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ; nor has that faith ever failed by which we are taught that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother's solicitude over the entire world, just as she is crowned in heavenly blessedness with the glory of a Queen.


But the Blessed Virgin Mary should be called Queen, not only because of her Divine Motherhood, but also because God has willed her to have an exceptional role in the work of our eternal salvation.


From these considerations, the proof develops on these lines: if Mary, in taking an active part in the work of salvation, was, by God's design, associated with Jesus Christ, the source of salvation itself, in a manner comparable to that in which Eve was associated with Adam, the source of death, so that it may be stated that the work of our salvation was accomplished by a kind of "recapitulation," in which a virgin was instrumental in the salvation of the human race, just as a virgin had been closely associated with its death; if, moreover, it can likewise be stated that this glorious Lady had been chosen Mother of Christ "in order that she might become a partner in the redemption of the human race"; and if, in truth, "it was she who, free of the stain of actual and original sin, and ever most closely bound to her Son, on Golgotha offered that Son to the Eternal Father together with the complete sacrifice of her maternal rights and maternal love, like a new Eve, for all the sons of Adam, stained as they were by his lamentable fall," then it may be legitimately concluded that as Christ, the new Adam, must be called a King not merely because He is Son of God, but also because He is our Redeemer, so, analogously, the Most Blessed Virgin is queen not only because she is Mother of God, but also because, as the new Eve, she was associated with the new Adam.


For from her union with Christ she attains a radiant eminence transcending that of any other creature; from her union with Christ she receives the royal right to dispose of the treasures of the Divine Redeemer's Kingdom; from her union with Christ finally is derived the inexhaustible efficacy of her maternal intercession before the Son and His Father.


Hence it cannot be doubted that Mary most Holy is far above all other creatures in dignity, and after her Son possesses primacy over all.”




We should not be praying to other “mediators” or a supposed sinless “Queen of Heaven” as praying is an act of worship and should be directed only to the one who deserves worship.  The Bible is undeniably clear: there is only one mediator between God and men, and only one who is without sin, and the Bible never mentions that angels, saints or Mary are exalted in heaven.  When believers bow down to Mary in their hearts/minds and speech/actions, they are worshiping the “Queen of Heaven” from ancient Babylon which God expressly commands and warns us not to do.


Yet, the Roman Catholic Church continues to break the 2nd Commandment of God against idolatry and continues to try to justify its idolatrous practices as we read below.


 


Again, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

 

 


2098 The acts of faith, hope, and charity enjoined by the first commandment are accomplished in prayer. Lifting up the mind toward God is an expression of our adoration of God: prayer of praise and thanksgiving, intercession and petition. Prayer is an indispensable condition for being able to obey God's commandments. "[We] ought always to pray and not lose heart."

 

Comment: Prayer is an expression of adoration for praise, thanksgiving, intercession, petition. It is used when we worship. If God is the only one to be adored, then prayers should only be directed to Him. So why do we need prayers for Mary, angels and saints? Especially for the purposes of intercession if Jesus alone is mediator to God?


 


 

2110 The first commandment forbids honoring gods other than the one Lord who has revealed himself to his people. It proscribes superstition and irreligion. Superstition in some sense represents a perverse excess of religion; irreligion is the vice contrary by defect to the virtue of religion.

 

2111 Superstition is the deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God, e.g., when one attributes an importance in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performance, apart from the interior dispositions that they demand, is to fall into superstition.

 

Comment: The Roman Catholic Church says that superstition can affect the true worship of God when a person gives almost magical meaning to things which are normally fine to do and uses prayer as an example. However, the Roman Catholic Church is guilty of this itself. The Roman Catholic Church teaches believers to pray to persons that should not be prayed to. Praying is an act of worship, and as only God is to be worshipped, than only He is to be prayed to, in Jesus’ name. Since it teaches praying to others besides God, then the Roman Catholic Church engages in superstition, which is “perverse excess of religion” and is attributing importance to “certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary”. Praying is lawful and necessary according to the Bible, but praying to Mary, saints and angels is not.




2138 Superstition is a departure from the worship that we give to the true God. It is manifested in idolatry, as well as in various forms of divination and magic.

 

Comment: Well said. As we have already seen and by its own admission earlier, the Roman Catholic Church confirms it engages in idolatry which itself defines as superstition and departs from the true worship of God.

 




The Roman Catholic Church tries to casually explain away the Bible’s declaration of the Lord Jesus being the only mediator by stating the following:

 

Catechism of the Council of Trent:

 

“True, there is but one Mediator, Christ the Lord, who alone has reconciled us to the heavenly Father through His blood, and who, having obtained eternal redemption, and having entered once into the holies, ceases not to intercede for us. But it by no means follows that it is therefore unlawful to have recourse to the intercession of the Saints. If, because we have one Mediator Jesus Christ, it were unlawful to ask the intercession of the Saints, the Apostle would never have recommended himself with so much earnestness to the prayers of his brethren on earth. For the prayers of the living would lessen the glory and dignity of Christ's Mediatorship not less than the intercession of the Saints in heaven.”


 


However, adding other mediators when the Bible expressly and unambiguously declares there is only one, is adding to the Word of God.

 

Saying it does not exclude using other mediators, as when we ask people to pray for us, misses the point completely again. When we ask a friend to pray for us, this friend cannot in any way action or have any authority or favoritism with God, to fulfill the request. Also, this friend is physically alive on earth with us. But Mary, the saints and angels, on the other hand, are all supposedly in heaven, are supposed to have some influence on Christ and are asked to essentially get the Lord grant our request as a favor.

 

And, to show where ignoring the Bible truth that only Christ is mediator leads, we know in the case of Mary, she is even considered “co-redemptor” and “co-mediator” with Christ, which is far, far worse than just asking someone to pray or do other things for us.

 

However, it is the Lord Jesus who is the only one in heaven to intercede for us – He is our High Priest and sits at the right hand of God. And why is the Lord Jesus alone so special? He is the Son of God, the Messiah, and the only one who is perfect and exalted above the heavens.

 

Hebrews 7:

26   For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled,

     separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;   (NASB)

 

 

Only He has the attention of the Heavenly Father; it is only God and Christ. The Bible tells us to direct everything to God through the Lord Jesus. The Bible truth is that everything is to be done in Jesus’ name. This means we are supposed to direct everything to the Lord Jesus as the lone mediator. That is it:

 

Colossians 3:

17   Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.   (NASB)

 

 

We only call upon His name and no one else’s. Why? Because as the perfect and exalted High Priest, who alone is our mediator, He was also the one who died for us and whose name we are baptized in as we bear His name as the bride of Christ:

 

1 Corinthians 1:

2     To the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,

     with all that in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's:  

 

12   Now this I say, that every one of you said, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

13   Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of Paul?   (AKJV)

 

 

However, offering anything to or through a lifeless idol and then to the person whom the image represents, is doing it in a name other than the Lord Jesus’ name, and is actually communing with invisible dark forces:

 

1 Corinthians 10:

19   What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything?

20   Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God,

     and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.

21   You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons;

     you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons.   (NKJV)

 

 

The Roman Catholic Church’s reasoning to add other “heavenly” intercessors is not reasonable, is illogical and disingenuous. It is also deceptive and heretical. What part of there is only ‘one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus’ is so difficult to understand?


This idolatrous behavior towards Mary, saints, angels, etc. is actually a disguised form of ancient pagan god worship (mother goddess, pantheon of gods) that is applied to the worship of God.  Other pagan practices in Roman Catholicism that are used in the false worship of God are the use of rosary beads and repetitive prayers:


Matthew 6:

7   And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.    (NKJV)



Related to this and another example of idolatry is when priests are confessed to (and hence act as mediators) and are called ‘father’ in direct disobedience to the Lord Jesus’ command to not do so:

 

Matthew 23:

9   Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.   (NKJV)

 


The fact that priests are called ‘father’ as well as supposedly being able to “forgive sins” show not only that they play a mediator role, but also play the role of God Himself, replacing Him.  This is most clearly seen when the pope is called “Holy Father” and deemed infallible which are names and attributes that belong only to our Heavenly Father.  As the definition of idolatry states, we are having false conceptions about God and the true worship of Him, and are instead applying the worship of false gods to Him.  We are essentially replacing God and true worship with a pretend/impostor and fake version of worship where others can stand in the place of God and Christ.  This is blasphemous – there is just no other way to describe it.


Therefore, the manipulation of the 10 Commandments to remove the 2nd Commandment is quite simply more arrogant and flagrant than one can even imagine.

 

 


 


Do not put our God to the test


 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church closes in brief with some of the following statements:

 

2136 The duty to offer God authentic worship concerns man both as an individual and as a social being.

2140 Since it rejects or denies the existence of God, atheism is a sin against the first commandment.

 

Comment:   Which is “better”: to deny God’s existence which can be attributed to ignorance in some cases, or to accept God’s existence, but give Him unauthentic worship by consciously ignoring His will, turning our noses up and away from Him and creating our own traditions that manipulates His commandments and make them of no effect?



 

2141 The veneration of sacred images is based on the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God. It is not contrary to the first commandment.

 

Comment:   We see the craftiness of the Roman Catholic Church. This is why it “combined” the 2nd Commandment into the 1st Commandment. It would be far more difficult to say that using images is not contrary to an explicit commandment of God which has substantial authority of its own by being in the highly visible position of being 2nd in the 10 Commandments. Therefore, the 2nd Commandment has been made invisible by the Roman Catholic Church; no one must see it so plainly near the top of the list to not create and bow down to images of created beings or what they represent. If it is not “there” in the 10 Commandments, the far easier it is to circumvent it and explain it away.

 

 


The Roman Catholic Church invokes multitudes of anathemas against people who do not believe as it does, but it is the Roman Catholic Church that defies God in everything it does and has added to God’s Word by overriding it with its own authority and traditions. The Roman Catholic Church is actually what is anathema – to God:

 

Galatians 1:

8    But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you,

     he is to be accursed! (NASB)

 

 


In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it actually speaks about tempting God and sacrilege:

 

2119 Tempting God consists in putting his goodness and almighty power to the test by word or deed. Thus Satan tried to induce Jesus to throw himself down from the Temple and, by this gesture, force God to act. Jesus opposed Satan with the word of God: "You shall not put the LORD your God to the test." The challenge contained in such tempting of God wounds the respect and trust we owe our Creator and Lord. It always harbors doubt about his love, his providence, and his power.

 

2120 Sacrilege consists in profaning or treating unworthily the sacraments and other liturgical actions, as well as persons, things, or places consecrated to God. Sacrilege is a grave sin especially when committed against the Eucharist, for in this sacrament the true Body of Christ is made substantially present for us.


 

But who is the one who is really tempting God? Rewording God’s 10 Commandments to remove the 2nd Commandment prohibiting idolatry and then rationalizing idolatrous practices which lead to also breaking the 1st Commandment is testing God’s mercy.

 

And is it not sacrilege to profane the 10 Commandments of God by removing the 2nd Commandment?

 

Are we tempting God to provoke Him to anger? There will be a day for judgment and it will be according to the Word of God and remember, the Lord Jesus did not come to destroy the commandments of God:

 

Romans 3:

4   Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: " That You may be justified in Your words,

    And may overcome when You are judged."   (NKJV)

 

John 12:

48   He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him

     --- the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

49   For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command,

     what I should say and what I should speak.   (NKJV)

 

 

Believers in this idolatry, please stop this practice; it does not end well to scoff at the true commandments of God:

 

1 Samuel 15:

22   And Samuel said, Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD?

     Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.

23   For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry…….(AKJV)

 

Jonah 2:

8     Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.   (ESV)

 

Proverbs 14:

12      There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.   (NASB)

 

 


According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church under the subject of the 1st Commandment: 

 

2104 "All men are bound to seek the truth, especially in what concerns God and his Church, and to embrace it and hold on to it as they come to know it." This duty derives from "the very dignity of the human person."


 

Therefore, what if you find that the Roman Catholic Church has been teaching lies and traditions of men which conflict with and override the holy word of God and His will? The earnest seeker of truth – God’s truth, should realize the Roman Catholic Church is not God’s true church and the faith once for all delivered to the saints:

 

Jude 1:

3     Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write to you,

     and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints. (AKJV)

 


The earnest seeker of truth – God’s truth, should then be released from the grasp of Roman Catholicism and not be held captive by it or hold on to it:

 

2 Thessalonians 3:

6   But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. (NKJV)



Remember, God seeks true worshipers who will worship Him in spirit and truth, so this means if you truly love God you must flee from the false and idolatrous worship that is at the core of everything in Roman Catholicism:

John 4:

23   But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

24   God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."   (NKJV)



Truth is all-important and the truth shall set us free. It is time to worship God in spirit and truth as He wants to be worshiped, and how we want to worship Him. This is the only way to love Him with all our hearts, minds, soul, and strength.


Please do not be offended, Roman Catholic believers, whom I count as both family and friends.  I love you and you must know that the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are false and are against God.  Test for yourself what God’s truth is, and you will find that if you should have a reason to be offended, then you should be offended at the Roman Catholic Church which has prevented you from knowing God’s truth and has instead misled you with its lies.  The Roman Catholic Church practices idolatry which is an anathema --- an abomination, to God and is in direct opposition to God's 10 Commandments.  

 




Please also see the articles 'God's Calendar, not Rome's' and 'The Sabbath, not Sunday', as well as the sections ‘Sign of the Times’ and ‘The Truth about Death’.