Summary: A Side by side comparison of the Catholic Church and the Bible.Has the Catholic Church adopted the ways of the Sadducees and Pharisees?
The Death of a Pope. The Bible and the Catholic Church. There has been many an article written about the death of the Pope of Rome. Many in the Catholic Church are praising him on His works and even saying that he was just about as popular as Jesus Christ. They called Him the Super Pope, holy father, our father and Father of Catholicism. Many a Christian believer, being interviewed, never once stated that what the Catholic Church has been doing was against the Scriptures. This sermon is not intended to put down any religion but to in-lighten many into the word of God and many questions that the Catholic Church refuses to answer. Lets look at the Scripture and see what Jesus had to say. Luke 20:46-47 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation. Question 1. Has the Catholic Church adopted the ways of the Sadducees and Pharisees? ” which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets.” Question 2.”Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.” After this verse, has the property holdings and grand church buildings become a way of life for the Clergy, when the poor in their congregations suffer for daily needs? Question 3. “and for a shew make long prayers.” And what about the long prayers to Mary, The Mother of Jesus? Have they made Her a god after Jesus and the Heavenly Father? And what about calling the Pope,”Holy Father” is this not makeing Him equal to God? For that is Gods Title. Luke 11:27-28 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Jesus rebuked the woman. Jesus had no intention for us to worship or pray to Mary. Prayers outside the name of Jesus are unanswered and useless words.
Jesus was against a grand show of religion, the large temples, the fine dress, long robes and costly jewelry. Why. The people that He was reaching were the Poor of this life. Those that had neither, costly raiment nor even some times the cost of food. You may say,”Well what about the temple that Solomon Built? Wasn’t it a large one?” Yes it was, but look at what happened to it, the corruption and rendering the faith to none effect. The temple of Solomon was Ordained by God, because of His love for His people. But the People turned it into a place for the rich and powerful. They turned something beautiful into a place of thieves. Question 4. Has the Catholic Church turned the Papal position into a king state, who reins rather than serves? 1Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. God suffered Israel to have a King, but from the begining this was not intended to be so. Question 5. Does the Pope of Rome have the ultimate authority in Interpretation of Scripture? 2Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. Many would say yes. Decieveing the masses that their interpretation is the only one that is true and binding upon the people. Do we look to Rome for our understanding of Scripture or to be taught? No.Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. The Bible states that if you are guilty of one point in the law then you are guilty of all. Question 5. What about having women as priest? Is this not a violation of 1Ti 2:12 ? But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. Paul stated very clearly that a woman cannot hold a position over a man.