Paul marvelled that people were so quickly removed from the simple gospel. Yes, Christ was not enough! Is it any different today really, that Christ is not enough? Have we advanced spiritually above they of the apostle’s day? Honesty says no.
‘Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: that we visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and that we keep ourselves unspotted from this world.’ The book of James.
Now then, are you religious? Sadly, I am indicted. Kind of puts a different character on the religious machinery that passes for spirituality, but scripture paints a different picture of a religious person.
A city given over to processions carrying plastic or stone figurines, (such as Ephesus with Diana, Rio de Janeiro, or New Orleans) chanting prayers to a good woman and God at the same time; people who are known as religious with very good intentions, people who think such activity gives merit to their salvation, who can find fault, and what business is it of mine to even comment?
Ah but the slogan of the Hot Dog company: ‘We answer to a higher authority.’ When a man broadcasts a weather report, some tune in, some hear, some avoid, some ignore, some believe, some doubt, some scoff, yet he is true to himself. He must give the report.
Is there a difference in holding one view over another as to Mary? Let the reader decide, but like the apostle’s concerns, he would ask: ‘Were you baptized in the name of Paul?’ Were you baptized in the name of Mary? ‘Did Paul die for you?’ Did Mary die for you? ‘Is Paul coming again for you?’ or is Mary coming again for you?
There is a depth to the word of God that cannot be reached in a lifetime. There are books after books of dedications to Mary that cannot be exhausted in a lifetime. Which do you suppose should occupy our spiritual affections?
The anointed cherub that covers is a beautiful being. He cleverly appeals to the eye and mind, seeking whom he may devour. He is a minister of half truth propaganda, and presents a ‘religious way of life.’
He is artfully tactful, and is an angel of righteousness, and he is anything but ugly in his seduction. Ask Eve. If he cannot have your soul he will be happy with a person’s testimony of lukewarm uselessness. He as an antichrist has a resume of the brightest distinction. From the garden in Eden to the tree of life in eternity, the scriptures point to the Lord Jesus Christ, as he has done all things well.
As there were forces responsible for the electing of America’s last president, so too are there powers who work in the children of disobedience. Mr. Obama had little or no credentials, a dubious background, and questionable loyalties. Titles of undue worth were equally laid on Mary’s head without her consent, and against the truth of scripture. Both individuals were given a messiah image.
These posts do not diminish the worth of Mary the mother of the Lord one bit. But it is dead wrong to elevate a person to a level that scripture does not allow. The fact is, we are speaking of the power behind her image, and if the spirit of God does not orchestrate this power, then great care needs exercised in any attention bestowed.
Eve was plainly deceived says Paul, whereas the Lord covered her sin, as well as she who said: ’My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my heart rejoices in God my Saviour.’ Yes, words spoken by Mary the mother of the Lord.
There is no co-redeemer. The work of Christ was sufficient.
There is but one Morning Star. He is the Lord Jesus.
The king of the Jews is both Lord of heaven and earth, as well as the Lord of the living and the dead..
The Holy Spirit points to Christ.
There is but One who shed his blood, once, for ever.
There is but one King of kings. Sorry, but scripture does not present a Queen of queens.
Satan is a master of twisting bible sounding themes, and his desire is to steal the glory that belongs to Christ, and heap it upon himself. His arena is religion, and by the way, he finds taverns not suitable to his purpose.
These arrivals of his are not ugly in appearance and they always, always contain elements of truth, but a drop of poison in a glass is still a poisonous glass.
Does it matter what we believe as long as our intentions are good? I would hope the answer is clear. Aristotle said ‘to know something is to be able to explain it,’ and Gibran wrote: ‘necessity for explanation is a sign of weakness of the text.’ I trust both are clear.
That the ascriptions of Mary are above and beyond scripture is one thing; that they are sought after and believed as gospel is quite another. That they are approved by the church is disturbing. Ignorance can be excused, but willful ignorance has no excuse in a world where the revelation of God has ended and is clear.
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Glory to god in the highest