Exposing Roman Catholicism (Part 3)
By: Brian A. Yeager
We have certainly seen enough to conclude that Roman Catholicism is a false religion. Before we even began studying this false religion, we established that there is one church. That fact excludes all others from being right. Now, we will spend one more article wherein we’ll see some more answers to the errors of Roman Catholicism. Understand, this series of articles could go on and on exposing these errors. So, we obviously won’t be covering everything that is wrong with Catholicism. Let’s get started by looking at some errors with how the Catholic Church views the word of God.
The Catholic Church Rejects Bible Authority
I know we’ve already exposed the fallacy of the “Pope” (a word not even found in the Bible). Yet, you still have to continue this exposure when you talk about authority in Roman Catholicism. Catholics make the Pope their standard of authority instead of the Scriptures. Notice: “# 937 The Pope enjoys, by divine institution, supreme, full, immediate, and universal power in the care of souls" (Catechism of the Catholic Church; http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p123a9p4.htm#brief). They also state that the Catholic Church is the authority: “But the Pope goes on to say something that is vitally important. He says that it is not enough merely to believe the truth. We must also accept the way the Church has devised to express that truth exactly” (http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/1993/9307iron.asp). The word of God outright states otherwise. It is Christ who has all authority in Heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 4:10-12, Ephesians 1:20-23, Colossians 1:12-19, Colossians 2:8-10, Colossians 3:17, and I Peter 3:21-22). We are not supposed to be reading Catechism books or any other books written by men as a source of authority (Colossians 2:8; cf. John 6:63). It is the Bible and in the Bible alone where we are to seek out God’s will (Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4, John 5:39, John 8:31-32, John 17:17, Romans 1:16, I Corinthians 4:6, Galatians 1:6-12, II Timothy 1:13, II Timothy 2:14-18, II Timothy 3:15-4:2, James 1:21, and Revelation 22:18-19).
The Catholic Church rejects that the Scriptures are all sufficient and they even guide their members on how to reject Bible studies (http://www.catholic.com/library/What_Your_Authority.asp). The Catholic Church tells their members that the Catholic Church is to interpret the Scriptures: “The authoritative interpretation of the Bible is the prerogative of the Catholic Church (1 Tim. 3:15; Matt. 18:17; CCC 85-88)” (http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/2007/0701fea5.asp). Of course, the Scriptures reject this doctrine (II Peter 1:20-21). Any person, who is capable of reading and functioning mentally can read and understand the Scriptures (Ephesians 3:4). Those who misunderstand the Scriptures have done so through twisting them to suit their own desires (II Peter 3:16-18). As we proceed with a number of errors in Catholicism, let’s remember that they really don’t care much for what the Scriptures say. The evidence of such is in how many errors are practiced in Roman Catholicism.
Their Errors Are Great In Number
To whom should we pray? The biblical answer to that question is that we should pray to God the Father through Jesus Christ His only begotten son (Matthew 6:9, Ephesians 5:20, and Colossians 1:3). The Roman Catholic Church teaches prayer to many of which the Scriptures never have even hinted that we should pray to. While the Scriptures show we are only to pray to God the Father, Catholics pray to Mary, “the saints”, and others (http://www.catholic.com/library/Praying_to_the_Saints.asp; http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?s=31; http://www.marypages.com/PrayerstoMary.htm). We have already seen in our previous studies that Mary, Peter, and others are not to be worshipped (Luke 8:19-21 and Acts 10:25-26). This is a great error!
Are the bread and fruit of the vine used in the Lord’s Supper really the fleshly body and blood of Christ? Prior to the death of Christ He established His memorial supper. In doing so, He put to rest the question at hand. Notice: “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom… And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you” (Matthew 26:26-29 and Luke 22:19-20). Clearly, Jesus established that unleavened bread (Matthew 26:17) and the fruit of the vine are the representatives of His body and blood. Yet, the Roman Catholic Church has their doctrine known as “Transubstantiation”. Catholics believe they literally eat and drink Jesus’ flesh and blood. Notice: “1375: It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ's body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion” (http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a3.htm#1373). Not only does the institution of the Lord’s Supper prove this is error, but also the fact that we are not to eat flesh and drink blood disproves this fallacy (Acts 15:28-29). Oh, but the Catholic will quickly say that Jesus said to eat His flesh as they cite the figurative text of John 6:51-53. Their error exists because they refuse to read further to verse 63 which states: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). The Lord’s Supper is not under discussion in this chapter, but consuming the word (which is figuratively Christ –John 1:1-5; 14) is under discussion. Transubstantiation is clearly an error!
Are babies born as sinners? Let’s begin by realizing what sin is. Sin is transgression of God’s law (I John 3:4). To sin, one has to have the ability to know the difference between right and wrong (James 4:17). Sin is not something passed on from one generation to the next (Ezekiel 18:20 and Ezekiel 28:15). As we can see by God’s definition of sin being transgression of His law, sin is something one does (Ecclesiastes 7:29). Children are an example of purity (Matthew 18:3), not of sin. Yet, the Catholic Church says: “We are by nature children of wrath. Original sin is real. It is not something the Catholic Church invented. We are born of the flesh, not of the Spirit. We are not born in a state of holiness. We are born in a state of original sin” (http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/2005/0502fea5.asp). The idea of original sin is clearly an error!
Should infants be baptized for the remission of their sins? We just covered the fact that babies are not sinners. Therefore, we know they cannot be baptized for the remission of their sins, as they have no sins to be remitted. Infant baptism is another false doctrine that is held and taught in the Roman Catholic Church (http://www.catholic.com/library/Infant_Baptism.asp). When we look at baptism in the New Testament, we find that infants were never baptized (i.e. Acts 2:36-41, Acts 8:5-13, Acts 8:26-39, Acts 9:1-20, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:13-15, Acts 16:23-34, Acts 18:8, and Acts 19:1-7). If you’ll think for just one second, you know that to be baptized you have to hear and believe the Gospel first (Mark 16:15-16). What infant (or even child) can do that? To obey the Gospel, Jesus expects us to count the cost of discipleship realizing that our lives must be given to His service (Luke 9:57-62 and Luke 14:25-33). Again, what infant (or even child) can do that? To be immersed into Christ (Romans 6:3-6), one has to confess Christ (Acts 8:37 and Romans 10:10). To be baptized into Christ one must repent of one’s sins [change their living sinful lives into living godly lives] (Acts 3:19, Acts 26:18-20, and Colossians 3:1-15). What infant (or even child) can understand the need to repent and confess Christ with true understanding of who He is? Infant baptism is clearly an error!
Can a priest be married? First, one error in Catholicism is the misunderstanding of what (or who) a priest is. The Scriptures plainly declare that all Christians are priests (I Peter 2:5-11 and Revelation 1:4-6). Secondly, all Christians have a right to marry a Scripturally eligible male or female (Matthew 19:3-9, I Corinthians 7:1-5, and Hebrews 13:4). Even Peter, whom they ERRINGLY claim is their first Pope, was married (Matthew 8:14-15 and I Corinthians 9:1-5). To deny the right of marriage is to teach a doctrine of demons (I Timothy 4:1-4). Yet, the Catholic Church says: “Primarily, training for celibacy is a task that the Church undertakes with regard to candidates for the priesthood, at the same time that it demands the choice of celibacy and verifies the signs of a genuine divine vocation” http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cclergy/documents/rc_con_cclergy_doc_01011993_train_en.html Clearly, their doctrine concerning priests and forbidding marriage is an error!
Would the real church of Christ ever be involved in money making schemes? False teachers are often known because of their covetousness and making merchandise of those that follow them (II Peter 2:1-3). The only way the church has authority to fund her work is through the FREEWILL offering of Christians upon the first day of the week (I Corinthians 16:1-2 and II Corinthians 9:7). Making money in the name of the Lord is repulsive to Him (Matthew 21:12-13). The real church is never involved with money making schemes. Roman Catholicism on the other hand, not being the Lord’s church, they have plenty of money making schemes. Read your Bible and find “Peter’s Pence” to support the “Pope” (http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/secretariat_state/obolo_spietro/documents/index_en.htm), it’s not there. In the Bible you won’t find bake sale schemes, fundraisers, and other sorts of businesses that are run under the false religion of Roman Catholicism. Become a Catholic and you don’t even have to attend services. You can contribute by “PayPal” (http://www.stspeterandpaulchurch.org/contributions) via the Internet. Clearly, the Roman Catholic Church is made up of a bunch of crooks.
There is much more that could be said about the errors of Roman Catholicism. Any one point should be enough to show they are not following the Lord (Luke 6:46, James 2:10, and II John 9). It is certainly my hope that anyone who has found they’re following the errors of Catholicism will come out of that false religion, obey the Gospel, and then live their lives to the will of God (Matthew 7:21-23).
I will conclude this article with some Scriptures that those who are all wrapped up in Catholicism should consider: “Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD… Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations… Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (Jeremiah 23:32, Ezekiel 14:6, and II Corinthians 6:17-18).
Volume 10 – Issue 4 - October 18th, 2009