The Roman Catholic Pope Benedict XVI entrusted the people of Italy to the Virgin Mary, according to a report from the Vatican Information Service on May 27, 2011. As a former Roman Catholic, and former rosary prayer I find this to be extremely sad. When I was born again of the Spirit, I knew that Jesus Christ was the only mediator that I would ever need. (1 Timothy 2:5) I knew that Jesus Christ was the way, truth and the life (John 14:6, ) so why would I need Mary? My Bible came alive to me as the Holy Spirit showed me that Jesus Christ was the ONLY name by which a person can be saved! (Acts 4:10-12) So why would I need the intercession of Mary, a human being that is not DEITY nor DIVINE? It was the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings who opened up my spiritual eyes to the grand deception of this Roman Catholic system. Mary is not omniscient, nor is she an addition to the eternal Godhead. Mary is certainly not the Mother of God, because God does not have a Mother. If Mary were the “Mother of God” then that would make Mary a “god” herself. The scriptures tell us that Mary was in need of a Saviour herself, and only sinners need a Saviour.
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. (Luke 1:46-47)
The REAL Mary needed to be SAVED just like everybody else. She needed to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit just like everybody else! Mary was in NEED of the very same SAVIOUR that you and I were also in need of!
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he SAVED us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; (Titus 3:5-6)
It was Jesus Christ the eternal Son of God who emptied his veins of His BLOOD for us, (Romans 5:8-9) and he is the one whom we need to seek. God is our refuge and strength in times of trouble.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; IN HIM will I trust. (Psalms 91:1-2)
These actions of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church clearly prove that they preach a different Gospel, but is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will point you to Jesus Christ and not to Mary or any other mediator, and that is according to Jesus Christ himself.
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of ME (JESUS): (John 15:26)
The Lord did not even budge from his place when people came to tell him that his own mother, and his brothers and sisters were outside, when he was inside preaching. They should have been INSIDE where the rest of them were being ministered to, by the Lord! Jesus made it very clear to them, that his spiritual family was what mattered the most. That is exactly what the scriptures are trying to show us. Read it:
Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without (outside), desiring to speak with thee. But he (JESUS) answered and said unto him that told him, WHO IS MY MOTHER? and who are my brethren (family)? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren (family)! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. (Matthew 12:47-50)
Who told you to pray to Mary? Where is that in the Bible? It was NEVER the intention of the Lord to have people seek the intercession of his earthly mother Mary for anything, in fact, it is an absolute insult to everything he did.
Who is he that condemneth? It is CHRIST that died, yea rather, that is RISEN again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh INTERCESSION for us. (Romans 8:34)
If Jesus Christ died and shed his BLOOD for me, why would I seek the intercession of Mary? The Bible tells me that Jesus Christ paid the final price on the CROSS, and he did that for Me and YOU. There is no longer a need for any more earthy sacrifices, including the DAILY SACRIFICE of the Roman Catholic Mass. I am praying that the Lord absolutely move by His Spirit through the Catholic Church and deliver people OUT from the man made traditions from which he delivered me. I am not talking about a “Charismatic Movement” where the people still adhere to the Roman Catholic false teachings, but that the Lord MOVE them OUT completely from that false religion.
Wherefore he is able also to SAVE them to the uttermost that come unto GOD by HIM (JESUS), seeing he ever liveth to make INTERCESSION for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth NOT daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this HE (JESUS) did ONCE, when HE (JESUS) offered up HIMSELF. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the SON (JESUS), who is consecrated for evermore. (Hebrews 7:25-28)
Here is an excerpt from the Vatican report:
VATICAN CITY, 27 MAY 2011 (VIS) – Yesterday afternoon in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Benedict XVI presided over the praying of the Rosary together with the bishops of Italy, entrusting the people of Italy to the Virgin. The Italian bishops were gathered for a General Assembly on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the political unification of Italy.
After praying the Luminous Mysteries, Benedict XVI addressed the Italian bishops, recalling that this basilica “is the first in the West dedicated to the Virgin Mother of God”, and that on 1 January 2000, Pope John Paul II opened the Holy Door “entrusting the Jubilee Year to Mary. Today we also wish to cross the threshold of this Most Holy “Door”, which is Christ, and we ask the Virgin Mary to sustain our journey and to intercede for us”.