Catholic False Doctrine
I recently posted a simple message to my over 400 Facebook friends, among whom are a number of Catholics. I wrote, “There is one mediator between God and man – the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). I expect, God willing, to continue with subjects concerning Catholic false doctrine for fear that many may have to go through and suffer the tribulation period.
The Catholic faith is a faith of convenience and tradition. (Do what you want and do penance for it without considering repentance.) It is my hope to enlighten them with scripture and to hopefully encourage them to “study to show themselves approved, workmen that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of God” (2 Timothy 2:15).
All my Facebook “friends” know I am an evangelical Christian and know that I seldom post anything frivolous. (However, I do express my displeasure with some political figures and try to keep up with world events to post.) With time running out to share the Gospel and the rapture of believers soon to take place, I have a sense of urgency for those caught up in unbiblical doctrine and heresy.
I was raised in a secular Catholic family and seldom went to church except when my father demanded that I do so. I studied a little catechism (man-inspired booklets) and learned prayers by rote. The Catholic church was cloaked in mystery, with “holy water” in a dish by the door of the dark, dank edifice. The paintings and statues and candles were intriguing and impressive, yet I never understood the manmade Latin liturgy and got nothing from it.
On the way to St. Mary’s Cathedral at the age of ten, I had to pass by a small Protestant mission for the homeless. Since it was closer to home, I dropped in and heard the Gospel for the first time and “walked the aisle” to receive Christ and salvation. Little did I know of the history of the Catholic denomination and the corruptness of its leadership.
For instance, did you know that the title “clergy” was allotted to the feudal lords of the “dark ages” from 500 – 1500 A.D. simply because they were land barons with many workers on their properties who could neither read nor write? In that way they were bound by what this trumped- up clergy said concerning the things of God. Many of them bought the title with money or goods.
Many Catholics are sincere in their unfounded “faith.” If they knew scripture they wouldn’t use prayer beads (like Muslims do) or say repetitious prayers, and do penance. They need to know that, in the Bible, Jesus tells us to not be saying repetitious prayers.
“But you, when you pray, go into your prayer closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father…and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 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” (Matthew 6:6-7).
Some Catholics are still “seekers” while others couldn’t care less about the things of God. They worship “saints,” not knowing that it is forbidden and that all believers are saints. They make unto themselves graven (hand-wrought) images and worship them as well. They rely on works, yet the scriptures tell us that we are saved through faith.
“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Do like the first Christians, who searched the scriptures daily to see if these things were true. Search the Holy Scriptures to see if what I say is true.
There was a time in its history when one could pay their way into heaven and pray for those in purgatory (Vatican II still teaches purgatory in its manmade doctrine). No; we only have this lifetime, to get it right. Christ’s work on the cross is finished.
“For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again…Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:24-28).
“There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).
Some breakaways are now beginning to study the Bible, yet still haven’t come to the knowledge of truth; old habits are hard to break. Still others are becoming more liberal than ever with homosexuals being ordained; albeit, the same can be said of some Protestant churches.
Today the Catholic Church is rife with pedophiles and hypocrisy. Recently, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, a group of Muslim school girls sang a song titled “Insha Allah.” Can you imagine a Christian group singing in a Mosque? Soon, I suspect, the Pope will issue an edict condemning the worship of Jesus Christ on whom the church was supposedly founded.
We should be very leery of the current pope who, with a liberal mindset, tries to bring false religions into the fold. Already he discounts Jesus as a living metaphor and nothing more. Yet He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; He is the Bread of Life; He is God incarnate – the Living Water; He is the Great I Am, the only begotten Son of the Living God.
Thank God Martin Luther protested and brought about a faith that relies solely on scripture.
Having said that, there are many Protestants that practice false doctrine, especially in these later days. They are just as wrong, but I will touch on that in other articles later as God directs. You don’t have to be a Catholic to be misled.
Don’t be taken in by the false doctrines that prevail in these last days before the rapture of the church. Don’t be misled by the apostate churches that rely on manmade thought, ideas and theology.
Most of these “so called” churches impose or demand that you put away your Bible and believe in what they say, however grievous and foolish. Run from such places. Do your due diligence – read the Bible prayerfully for yourself; see if what they say is true. Even so, beware because many have interpreted scripture to say things it really doesn’t.
Ask God to give you the Holy Spirit (but certainly not to be cackling like a chicken as is done in some Pentecostal churches) who leads into all truth as found in the Bible. These matters are too important to take lightly. Don’t let yourself be bound by strict unbiblical rules or man’s foolish interpretation. What Jesus said is true:
“You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). And “If I set you free you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
P.S. I’m still searching for a publisher for my 250-page evangelical manuscript. My hope is to reach the lost with this continuing nonfiction treatise. In it, I write about the many miracles that have occurred to me in my over forty-year ministry on the highways and byways of life and how these miracles correlate with scripture and prophecy. You can expect to have miracles happen for you too – if you give God first place in your life.