Exposing Roman Catholicism (Part 2)
By: Brian A. Yeager
The first study we concluded on the errors of Roman Catholicism exposed the worship of their “Pope”. We discussed that worshipping man is biblically errant (Matthew 4:10, Acts 10:25-26, Acts 14:8-18, II Thessalonians 2:3-4, etc.). Previous to that article, as we began our series exposing not only Catholicism but other denominational churches as well, we studied how there is only one church (Matthew 16:18, Colossians 1:18, Romans 16:16, and Ephesians 4:4-6).
In this article we are going to discuss the error of idolatry, which is rampantly practiced in the Catholic Church. We will see undeniable evidence of idolatry within the Catholic Church. We will then show what the Bible says about idolatry, which is another “nail in the coffin” of Catholicism. Before we get to that, I want to be sure and state clearly that the Roman Catholic Church denies that they practice idolatry. I know, that statement is odd to anyone that has been in a “Catholic Church building”. It is odd to those of us who have seen Catholics worship images of “the Virgin Mary”, etc.
This is what the Catholic Church says about their practice of idolatry and the subject in general: “An essential difference exists between idolatry and the veneration of images practiced in the Catholic Church, viz., that while the idolater credits the image he reverences with Divinity or Divine powers, the Catholic knows ‘that in images there is no divinity or virtue on account of which they are to be worshipped, that no petitions can be addressed to them, and that no trust is to be placed in them. . . that the honor which is given to them is referred to the objects (prototypa) which they represent, so that through the images which we kiss, and before which we uncover our heads and kneel, we adore Christ and venerate the Saints whose likenesses they are’ (Conc. Trid., Sess. XXV, ‘de invocatione Sanctorum’)… Considered in itself, idolatry is the greatest of mortal sins. For it is, by definition, an inroad on God's sovereignty over the world, an attempt on His Divine majesty, a rebellious setting up of a creature on the throne that belongs to Him alone” (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07636a.htm). This kind of sounds like a drunken man who is holding a bottle of whiskey, staggering out of a bar, and falling on the ground denying ever drinking alcohol. Yet, what one does speaks much louder than what one says (Proverbs 20:11, Ezekiel 33:30-33, Matthew 7:15-20, and Titus 1:16). Idolatry in Catholicism is very evident to anyone who looks upon their practices.
You’d Have To Be Blind Not To See The Idolatry In Roman Catholicism
It is said that a picture speaks a thousand words. So, maybe that
Fleeing from idolatry is the last thing on the minds of those who practice Catholicism. In fact, they flock to abominable idolatries (I Peter 4:3). Not only did we see a gathering outdoors to an image of what is supposed to be the mother of Christ, but they also attend their paganisti
The idolatry that you see above is widespread. To the right, we have a
Idolatry is so widespread in the practice of Catholicism that you can even buy idols for your home, automoible, office, etc. They have websites selling these devices of the devil (http://www.catholicstore.com). You can even get an idol that has been “blessed by the Pope”(http://www.vaticangiftstores.com). Do you want “sacred art”? Don’t fear, Catholics have that for sale too (http://onlinecatholicstore.com). Certainly, the Roman Catholic Church knows how to “sell religion” (John 2:13-17; cf. II Peter 2:1-3). God is against these things!
God Opposes The Idolatry Of Roman Catholicism
From the Old Testament, notice a small amount of what God says concerning idolatry: “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, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me… Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God… Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the LORD thy God hateth… But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel… And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing… Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods… The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands… What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it” (Exodus 20:4-5, Leviticus 19:4, Deuteornomy 16:22, I Kings 21:25-26, II Kings 17:9-12, Psalms 97:7, Psalms 135:15, and Habakkuk 2:18-19).
God’s view of idols has not changed from the Old to New Testaments. Seeing that we are governed today by the New Testament (Romans 7:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-17, Colossians 2:14, and Hebrews 9:15-17), notice what is taught therein concerning idols: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God… Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (Romans 1:22-25, Galatians 5:19-21, and I John 5:21).
Clearly, we can see that you cannot serve God and bow to statues at the same time. To serve God, someone in Roman Catholicism would have to turn away from idolatry, be converted, and serve the Lord (I Thessalonians 1:8-9). Anyone with half of a brain can figure out that the preaching of Christ exposes even the making of these statues we see in Catholicism (Acts 19:18-28). For those in Catholicism, let’s conclude this article with these Scriptures: “But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezekiel 20:18-19).
Volume 10 – Issue 3 - October 11th, 2009