Does Biblical Christianity and Catholic teachings agree? This article gives 15 reasons why one cannot be both a Bible-believing Christian and an observant Catholic at the same time. The Lord Jesus warned those who would accept the traditions of men over the Word of God:
“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” (Mark 7:7-8)
Although there are many more reasons, these are my top 15.
1. Mary is regarded as Co-Mediatrix, Queen of Heaven and mother of God. Prayers are directed to Mary and Saints.
The Pope’s latest statement that absolutely violates the truth of Scripture: “The Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an orphan,” Pope Francis tweeted in September 2014.
The Bible says: “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)
2. The Immaculate Conception and Bodily Assumption of Mary
The Bible says: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Rom 3:23
3. The Perpetual Virgin
The Bible says: “…’Is not his mother the woman called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude? His sisters too, are they not all here with us?’” (Mt. 13:55-56)
4. The Mass
Through transubstantiation, the wafer/host and the wine supposedly become the actual blood and body of Jesus Christ when the priest prays over them. He is supposed to be sacrificed over and over again on Roman Catholic altars.
The Bible says: “But this man [Jesus], after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12)
5. The church is founded on Peter.
The Bible says: “Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected [Jesus], the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?” (Matthew 21:42 )
6. Celibacy, Nuns & Popes
Clergy serving in many denominations around the world have been accused or have admitted to sexual assault, rape, adultery, and other sexual violations. Tunnels were discovered underground in monasteries for priests and convents for women, and how the children were buried in graves so that that nation would not discover the fact that the nuns and priests were covering up abortions.
The Bible says: “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife….” (1 Tim. 3:2)
7. Venerating Images & statues
The Bible says: ” Thou shalt not make unto thee 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. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…” (Exodus 20:4-5)
8. Confessing Sins to a Priest
In the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew chapter 6, we are told to ask God to forgive us of our debts. Our Father in heaven is the one that forgives us.
9. Calling Priests ‘Father’ and the Pope is called ‘Holy Father’
The Bible says: “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” (Matthew 23:9)
10. Salvation through Works
The Bible says: “…the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (I John 1:7b)
11. The Pope: Vicar of Christ
While the Catholic church elevates the pope to the position of “supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful,” God’s Word reveals that someone else already fills that position:
“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 14:26)
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13)
12. Purgatory and Indulgences
According to church teaching, even after sinners are absolved in the confessional and say their Our Fathers or Hail Marys as penance, they still face punishment after death, in Purgatory, before they can enter heaven. In exchange for certain prayers, devotions or pilgrimages in special years, a Catholic can receive an indulgence, which reduces or erases that punishment instantly, with no formal ceremony or sacrament.
13. Infant Baptism
The Bible says: “…they that gladly received his word were baptized…” (Acts 2:41)
14. Weeping Statues, Mary sightings, stigmata and other supernatural Catholic phenomena
Is it possible that Satan could be the supernatural force behind a weeping Mary statue? Absolutely. “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matt. 24:24)
15. The Catholic Church in Bible Prophecy
For centuries Christians have believed that Rome is the Great Harlot of Revelation 17 (having her final position as “sitting upon 7 mountains’. This clearly pinpoints Rome since Rome has been known as the “city of 7 hills” or over 2000 years & to this day.
It is impossible to calculate the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church. In truth, the church itself likely could not answer that question, even if it wished to.Its investments and spending are kept secret. Its real estate and art have not been properly evaluated, since the church would never sell them.There is no doubt, however, that between the church’s priceless art, land, gold and investments across the globe, it is one of the wealthiest institutions on Earth.
My conclusion is that here can be no harmony between Christ and the Devil. (2 Corinthians 6:15)
I urge readers to examine the Scriptures very carefully, and to prayerfully ask the Lord Jesus to grant them the discernment to differentiate God’s truth from man-made traditions.
Priests & Nuns:
Wealth of Roman Catholic Church impossible to calculate