Our brother Job at Jesus Christology posted an excellent article clarifying (i.e correcting) a common RCC claim that Christ Himself established Peter as the Vicar of His Church. Also, our brother Independent Conservative posted excellent teaching videos from an ex-Catholic exploring (and refuting) Mary worship.
I’ve made no apologies about my personal views on the Roman Catholic Church, and how they preach a different Gospel (Galatians 1:6-7). Today’s post is simply an illustration – just in case some of you think I’ve lost my mind in calling out the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church:
Charting a path to John Paul II’s sainthood
Team in Rome examines ’cause’ of the hugely popular former popeBy Michelle Boorsteinupdated 3:58 a.m. ET, Mon., June. 2, 2008
ROME – Evidence overflows from hundreds of boxes stacked to the ceiling in room after room at the Catholic Diocese of Rome — photographs, drawings, letters and other items that church officials are scouring for the answer to a question: Is Pope John Paul II a saint?
The task here at the Office of the Postulator of the Cause for Beatification and Canonization is to judge souls, a complex job even when the soul in question doesn’t belong to a spiritual superhero such as John Paul, who died in 2005 as one of the most popular pontiffs in history. (click here to read the entire article)
Did you catch that? There are people sitting in an office in Rome “judging souls”! The process of canonization of saints is controversial to non-Catholics because it (essentially) deifies a person. How can anyone who claims the Name of the Lord be comfortable praying to a “saint” that was voted into that position by men?
And don’t use the argument “well, the bible was also written by men yet we believe it as the breathed Word of God, right?”. Yup – every TRUE Christian should accept the bible as the INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD, given to men by inspiration to tell of His plan for us through His Son.
The bible also speaks clearly in cautioning us to worship anything or anyone except God through Jesus Christ. If we are going to use the bible to defend or argue against the RCC (which we should), then let’s look at the totality of it’s evidence.
Once again, here are a few of the key tenets of the RCC – and how scripture refutes them:
Dead saints intercede to God on behalf of the living (NO – read Isaiah 8:19-20)
Mary is as holy and sinless as Christ, therefore she can intercede on our behalf to God (NO – Luke 11:27-28)
I’ll end this with “evidence” from the article that could aid in the “beatification” of the late John Paul II:
The report makes a case for John Paul to be beatified. This requires proof of one miracle (usually of the medical kind) after the candidate’s death. Church officials say privately that Oder has attributed the 2005 healing of a French nun who had Parkinson’s disease to prayers she addressed to John Paul’s soul.
Oh, and if you’re ready to denounce me for siding with scripture, then, well…pray to one of your dead saints on my behalf.