Which will you believe?
The Holy Scriptures, God's Unchanging Word
or The Human Traditions of Men?
Roman Catholic Catechism: "What is Purgatory? Purgatory is a
state in which those suffer for a time who die guilty of venial sins
or without having satisfied for the punishment due to their sins."
This statement is contrary to God's teaching. The word "purgatory"
does not appear in the Bible. Nor does the Bible even mention such a
place as Purgatory. In fact, to believe in Purgatory is to hold the
Word of God untrue. God's Word, in the Epistle to the Hebrews,
chapter 9, verse 22, says, "And without the shedding of blood is no
remission"; and in the First Epistle of St. John, chapter, verse 7, we
read: "The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. God's Word
is true, but the above Roman Catholic teaching contradicts God's Word.
We must believe God's Word, the Holy Scriptures.
St. Paul says, "Being justified therefore by faith, we have peace
with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). Justified means
made innocent, pure, free from all guilt. How? Not by spending time
in Purgatory, but by accepting the finished work of our Lord Jesus
Furthermore (Romans 8:1: "There is therefore now no condemnation
to them that are in Christ Jesus" (or, to those who are real
Christians). Nothing and nobody can condemn to Purgatory or to any
other place of condemnation those who through Jesus Christ have been
made free from all guilt.
2. CONFESSION, OR THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
Roman Catholic Catechism: "How do the priests of the Church
exercise the power of forgiving sins? The priests of the Church
exercise the power of forgiving sins by hearing the confession of
sins, and granting pardon for them as ministers of God and in His
This is contrary to God's teaching. In the Holy Scriptures, First
Epistle of St. John, chapter 1, verse 9, we read: "If we confess our
sins [to God], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness"; and also, "The blood of Jesus
Christ, [God's] Son, cleanseth us from ALL sin" - venial and mortal (1
First we are told to confess our sins to God, not to a priest, and
God will forgive. Then we are told that the blood of Jesus Christ
cleanseth us from ALL sin. As we believe this, the cleansing power of
the blood of Jesus Christ takes away, washes away all our sins and
guilt. This being true, we have no more sin or guilt left. If we do
confess our sins to a priest, we deny the power of the blood of Jesus
Christ to cleanse us, and thus close God's way of cleansing and
Confession to a priest is and inducement to commit more sin. God
forbids us to seek forgiveness of our sins through confession to any
human being: "Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh
flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord" (Jeremiah
3. THE MASS
Roman Catholic Catechism: "What is the Mass? The Mass is the
unbloody sacrifice of the body and blood of Christ. Is the Mass the
same sacrifice as that of the Cross? The Mass is the same sacrifice
as that of the Cross."
Rome teaches that her priests offer Jesus again in sacrifice every
time they say Mass. Every 24 hours, throughout the world, 200,000
Masses are said. This means, according to Roman teaching, that Jesus
suffers the terrible agony of Calvary 200,000 times every day!
God knew that men would fall into error and gave us the Holy
Scriptures to guide us into all truth. Note how God contradicts Rome
in Hebrews, chapters 7-10. "Wherefore He is able to also to save them
to the uttermost that come unto God by Him [Jesus], seeing He ever
liveth to make intercession for them Who needeth not daily...to
offerup sacrifice...for this He did once, when He offered up
Himself... We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus
Christ once for all...This Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for
sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God."
God says that the "Mass" took place once and for ever, sat down on
the right hand of God."
God says that the "Mass" took place once and for all at Calvary,
where God sacrificed His only Son, Jesus Christ, for our sins - venial
and mortal. "Now where remission of these [sins]is, there is no more
offering for sin" (Hebrews 10:18).
Therefore, we neither offer any more sacrifices for sin nor do we
suffer for any of our sins when we accept the finished work of Jesus,
who offered Himself once and for all. "The blood of Jesus
Christ...cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7). All we need do is
ask the Holy Spirit to give us faith to believe God's Word.
What is idolatry? Idolatry is the making of any image or likeness
of God or any creature for a religious purpose.
In the Roman Catholic Bible, the Douay version, in the book of
Deuteronomy, chapter 16, verse 22, we read: "Neither shalt thou make
nor set up to thyself a statue which things the Lord they God hateth";
and in Exodus 20:4, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven
image..." (or statue). Yet the Roman Catholic Church, in the face of
this commandment, defies God and fills its temples and homes with
Clearly the Roman Church is acting in direct opposition to the will
of God, plainly stated in many verses of scripture: "thou shalt not
make thee any graven image..." (Deuteronomy 5:8). "Now the works of
the flesh are manifest, which are these:
..adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry..."
(Galations 5:19,20) "...No...idolator...hath any inheritance in the
kingdom of Christ" (Ephesians 5:5). Wherefore, my dearly beloved,
flee from idolatry" (1 Corinthians 10:14).
"Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor
adulterers...shall inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 6:9).
We dare not add or take away from God's Word! "What thing soever I
Command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor
diminish from it" (Deuteronomy 12:32). "For I testify unto every man
that heareth the words of the prophecy of this Book: If any man shall
add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are
written in this Book" (Revelation 22:18).
5. THE PRIEST OR FATHER
According to the Roman Catholic teaching, every Roman Catholic
priest is called a spiritual father. This teaching is contrary to and
in disobedience to the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God's promise to Israel was for a priesthood on this earth. Only
those who are of the tribe of Levi can be priests on the earth
(Numbers 18:1-8; Exodus 28:1). Therefore, Jesus had to ascend from
the sphere of this promise - the earth - and sit on at right hand of
God the Father in Heaven and become a priest unto us (Hebrews 8:1-4).
Jesus knew that men would disobey Him when He warned: "And call
none your father upon the earth; for One is your Father; He is not
referring to our natural fathers. Anyone calling himself a spiritual
father is anti-christ.
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some
shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and
doctrines of devils - teaching lies in hypocrisy...forbidding [nuns
and priests] to marry, and commanding to abstain [fast] from meats,
which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving by those who
believe and know the truth" (1 Timothy 4:1-5).
In Hebrews, chapters 7-10, we read that Jesus is the only Priest of
the New Testament, who is on the right hand of God the Father, always
making intercession for them that come to God by Him. So when we go
to Jesus and confess to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all iniquity. "Him that cometh to Me I
will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).
6. PRAYERS TO MARY AND THE SAINTS
The Roman Catholic Church teaches and commands the people to pray
to the Saints and Mary; for these, they say, will, in turn, pray,
intercede and be mediators for us.
This is contrary to the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. "For
there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ
Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus is the Son of God and therefore He is
everwhere. He is equal with God and can hear our prayers. Not so
with the Saints or Mary. If they are everywhere, they are gods; if
they are not everywhere, they cannot hear prayers.
The month of May is set aside for prayers and devotion of Mary.
Hundreds of thousands of Catholics are praying to her in thousands of
different churches and homes all over the world at the same time. If
she is everywhere at the same time and hears those prayers, she must
be God or a goddess; for, as the Roman Church herself admits, only God
can be everywhere at the same time.
All through the Holy Scriptures we are taught that Jesus is the only
mediator, intercessor, between man and God. 1 John 2:1 shows this
clearly: "We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the
just." Not Mary, notice, not the Saints, but Jesus Christ.
Jesus never called Mary His mother; He called her "woman." He
foresaw that she would become the object of great idolatry, would be
given the place of Deity by the Roman Catholic system, and would be
assigned names properly given to Deity only. Mary is blessed, yes but
7. THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH CLAIMS SHE NEVER CHANGES
The following partial list of events not only proves the opposite,
but demonstrates successive steps in the degradation of the Roman
Prayers for the dead were instituted........................A.D. 330
Making the sign of the Cross................................A.D. 330
Adoration of Mary, the Saints, the Cross, images, relics....A.D. 788
Fasting, lent, advent, and Fridays..........................A.D. 998
Fabrication of Holy water...................................A.D. 1009
Marriage of priests forbidden...............................A.D. 1079
Rosary beads invented.......................................A.D. 1090
Sale of indulgences.........................................A.D. 1190
Sacrifice of the Mass.......................................A.D. 1215
Auricular confession of sins to a priest....................A.D. 1215
Purgatory proclaimed........................................A.D. 1438
Tradition held equal with the Bible.........................A.D. 1545
(The dates are approximate.)
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never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Trust Him as your all sufficient Saviour, and Lord of your life. Be
saved from Hell, and cleansed from sin by His blood. Then unite with
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