I remember being Catholic, it was the most boring and torturous few hours of my week. I thank God my parents changed their denomination after I made my sacraments. They became Lutheran, which isn’t totally off from Catholic, it’s better, but also still has it’s traditions that are not necessary.
I became non-denominational when I was born again because my beliefs changed now that my eyes were open to actually understanding Scripture and not just following what I was told by family or the Church etc.
I believe that we will be lead into the end times by the Catholic Church and the government. I will be surprised if the beast does not emerge from one of these groups.
Satan is the one who deceives us and gives us half truths making us believe them if we aren’t careful. I also believe the once saved always saved message that is sent, is also deception by the enemy.
For now lets focus on Catholicism.
I remember calling the Priest Father, but Scripture says……..
Matthew 23:9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
I remember confessing to a Priest, telling him my shameful sins, so he could forgive me on behalf of God, but Scripture says……. This Scripture is talking about God, confessing to God. There is tons of Scripture on this topic and never have I read how we have to go to an ordained minister so he can intercede for me. Jesus did that already, so I can go directly.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
I remember then being told I would be forgiven if I go say 5 hail marys and 7 Our Fathers etc, but Scripture says…….
Matthew 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words, NIV.
King James version/Catholic version “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”
I was told that Mary was the focus, worship and bow down to her, but Scripture says not to worship anything but God in the 2nd Commandment.
Exodus 20: 4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
I also don’t know where it says you can’t eat meat on Fridays? Scripture does say….
Mark 7: 14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”
I also know we should be baptized after we accept Jesus on our own and are born again. There is tons of Scripture on this also. You can’t accept a relationship with Jesus on behalf of your child.
Lastly, Scripture says not to follow man made traditions……. Communion ceremonies, Confirmation ceremonies, confession, baby baptism etc is no where in the Bible, telling us that we can’t have relations with God or have communion with Him until we take a class.
Mark 7: 5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:“‘These people honor me with their lips,but their hearts are far from me. 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’[b] 8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
Satan is a Great deceiver having many followers and it all got worse, when Jesus went up to Heaven and the Catholic Church was formed.
Revelation 12:9-10 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.
Everyone will be accountable for following, there is no excuse, you can buy a Bible and read it. If you don’t understand it, that means you are not born again and you are still blind.
Ask God for his Spirit and to save you, opening your eyes to these lies.
Luke 11:43 43 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.
Is this a picture of walking humbly with our God or a picture of the Pharisees who loved to be noticed and have their hands kissed?