But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
I was recently contacted by a ‘Youtuber’ who requested that I subscribe to his site. So thinking that having either seen my few videos or website, he thought I might be interested in subscribing to his channel.
Obviously instead of just subscribing, I took the time to see what I was being asked to subscribe too, and to my horror discovered it was pro Roman Catholic channel.
I emailed him to say “thanks, but no thanks” and mentioned their traditions of asking Mary to intercede for them, amongst other things quoting...
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
The gentleman replied by asking the question...
“Don’t you ask others to pray for you?”
To which I replied, “yes” quoting...
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
To which he replied saying something like...
“Well if we pray for one another, why can't we ask Mary to pray for us, for as we... she too is alive, as say the scriptures.”
26 - And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
27 - He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
We traded a few emails which dwindled to nothing, but left me with a few things to dwell on. Obviously we know that Mary sinned because the scriptures tell us that she acknowledged she had fallen short of the glory of God when she said...
46 - My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 - And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
As have we all...
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
And scripture makes it quite clear, what shall happen to us sinners after death.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
For we shall all eventually be resurrected for judgement...
2 Timothy 4:1
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Some to eternal life and some to eternal damnation. Daniel speaking of the dead in his day, long time before the Cross who all resided in Hades their debt still unpaid said...
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Anyway, obviously Mary, as all who trust in Jesus, having no outstanding debt with God through faith in Christ’s sacrifice will be judged for eternal life, and receive loss or reward depending on what she did in the flesh [obviously reward]... but either way she is now physically dead, yet her soul alive with the Lord in Heaven and not in earshot on Earth.
Now Heaven is not on Earth but we are on Earth, meaning that they are both in different locations either physically, dimensionally or both. My point is that to interact with each other one must travel to the other else there is no interaction. The scriptures make that quite clear when Jesus ‘physically’ returns to Earth as the ‘Son of Man’...
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
My point is, when Jesus comes physically as the Son of Man He comes from one location to another, as do the angels...
Genesis 28:12 - John 1:51
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
But of cause, Jesus ‘The Son of God’, the Holy Spirit and the Father are omnipresent, because all things hold together in Him.
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Therefore the living, when in the same location can pray for one another, petitioning God for one another who is omnipresent and hears all things. But to pray to Mary, the Saints or a dead relative has no scriptural foundation, for they are either bodiless in heaven awaiting the resurrection and judgement to eternal life, or in Hades below awaiting resurrected and judgement unto damnation. My point is this, they can not hear you because they are neither drifting about in the air or omnipresent as Catholics appear to believe Mary is, but are in error.
The worst thing about this is that because their prayers are not often covered by the authoritative name of Jesus [John 14:14], and not scriptural but lawless, there are plenty of fallen spirits floating around...
2 Corinthians 4:4a
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,...
...who masquerading as Mary, a Saint or whoever...
2 Corinthians 11:14-15
14 - And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 - Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
...are more than willing to answer their petitions, and have a legal right to do so, often signs and wonders following that they might lead them by a type of ‘faith’ into more and more error. Whose sacrifices of praise in their worship of idols of Mary, the saints etc... are answered by devils.
And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.
1 Corinthians 10:20
But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
Now I am not judging Catholics because they are anymore a sinner than I, but that they rebel against truth not counting it as sin...
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
But if I, the chief of sinners am overtaken in a sin I do not call it by another name, but in repentance calling it for what it is... fall upon my knees and repent trusting in Christ's sacrifice.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Struggling with temptation is one thing but to wilfully and knowingly adhere to traditions which are contrary to sound doctrine [2 Tim 4:3], that I find disturbing. I might struggle not to look upon a maid, but to bow down and worship a lump of wood as if deity, surely that is wilfully sinning unless done in complete ignorance.
4 - Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
5 - They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see;
6 - They have ears, but they do not hear; noses they have, but they do not smell;
7 - They have hands, but they do not handle;
Feet they have, but they do not walk; nor do they mutter through their throat.
8 - Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.
For if we go on sinning wilfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,