The actual origins of Roman Catholicism
date back to around the fourth century A.D. Over the
course of many centuries since then, numerous rituals
and traditions have been added thus causing it to
gradually become the worldwide religion that it is
today. Each of these man-made traditions themselves,
have "morphed" from their original ideas over many
hundreds of years. We will briefly review several
Roman Catholic traditions, and compare them to God's
Holy Word, The Bible.
Mass and Transubstantiation
Tradition: The Mass is the core belief
of Roman Catholics. During the Mass, Christ is mistakenly
"offered up for sacrifice" over and over, which
is in direct contradiction to God's Word. This is
summed up in the idea of Transubstantiation: the
belief that the wafer and the wine used in communion,
are somehow mystically transformed into the literal
body and blood of Christ during every Mass, thus
attempting to renew His sacrifice as often as a
Mass is performed.
Truth: Jesus was only sacrificed ONCE
for all eternity! "But this man, after he had
offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down
on the right hand of God..." (Hebrews 10:12)
"Nor yet that he should offer
himself often... For then must he often have suffered
since the foundation of the world: but now once
in the end of the world hath he appeared to put
away sin by the sacrifice of himself." (Hebrews
"So Christ was once offered to
bear the sins of many..." (Hebrews 9:28) "...we
are sanctified through the offering of the body
of Jesus Christ once for all." (Hebrews 10:10)
"Who needeth not daily, as those
high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his
own sins, and then for the people's: for this he
did once, when he offered up himself." (Hebrews
Through Good Works
Tradition: Belief that doing good deeds
automatically gets one into Heaven.
Truth: We cannot do anything on our own
strength to rid ourselves of sins. It is only trusting
in the blood of Jesus Christ (shed ONCE for all
time on Calvary), that can make us free from sin.
"...the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth
us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)
The Lord says that our works by themselves,
are dead. "How much more shall the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without
spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works
to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)
Furthermore, Ephesians 2:8-9 says,
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of
works, lest any man should boast."
(Worship) of Mary
Tradition: Roman Catholics regard Mary
as the 'Queen of Heaven'. She is considered by them
to be divine like the Godhead (Father, Son, and
Holy Ghost), and is venerated and prayed to for
intercession and salvation.
Truth: It is ONLY Jesus Christ who makes
intercession for us! "Wherefore he is able also
to save them to the uttermost that come unto God
by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession
for them." (Hebrews 7:25)
It is ONLY Jesus Christ who can save
us! "...Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified,
whom God raised from the dead... Neither is there
salvation in any other: for there is none other
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must
be saved." (Acts 4:10-12)
The Lord Himself says we need to
look ONLY to Him for salvation! "...there is
no God else beside me; a just God and a Savior;
there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye
saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God,
and there is none else." (Isaiah 45:21-22)
Finally, Jesus said, "...I am
the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) Without
Him, there isn't any access to the Father!
to Deceased "Saints"
Tradition: Prayers are made to innumerable
dead "Saints" for certain things. For example, 'Pray
to "Saint" Anthony when you lose something, to "Saint"
Jude for dire needs, etc'.
Truth: We are to pray to our Heavenly
Father in Jesus' name. "...Verily, verily, I say
unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in
my name, he will give it you." (John 16:23)
Praying to anyone besides the Lord
is idolatry. "I am the LORD thy God... Thou shalt
have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20:2-3)
of Sins to a Man
Tradition: People go before a priest
and confess their sins, so they will supposedly
be forgiven. The priest is claimed to be the mediator
between sinful humans and a righteous God.
Truth: Jesus Christ is the ONLY mediator.
"For there is one God, and one mediator between
God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself
a ransom for all..." (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
ONLY Jesus Christ can take our sins
away. "My little children, these things write
I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin,
we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ
the righteous: And he is the propitiation (atonement,
appeasement) for our sins: and not for ours only,
but also for the sins of the whole world." (1 John
Tradition: The Rosary is a series of
rote prayers done in homage to Mary and is believed
to 'pardon' one's sins and to help get dead people
out of 'Purgatory'.
Truth: Prayer beads, including the Rosary,
are a product of paganism. (Muslims and Hindus also
use prayer beads.) Jesus taught, "But when ye
pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do:
for they think that they shall be heard for their
much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them..."
Icons, and Images
Tradition: Statues or images of Jesus,
Mary, angels, etc. are considered sacred and are
often kissed, touched, or knelt in front of.
Truth: All of the above, including statues
of 'Jesus', is idolatry. "Ye shall make you no
idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing
image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone
in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the
Lord your God." (Leviticus 26:1)
"Thou shalt not make unto thee
any graven image... Thou shalt not bow down thyself
to them, nor serve them..." (Exodus 20:4-5)
Tradition: Unbiblical belief that a dead
person's soul needs further purging of sins before
being allowed into Heaven. Roman Catholics believe
that the soul is purified in fire to remove the
effects of sin. Through the prayers of the living
and the ceremony of the Mass, the deceased is supposed
to reach Heaven over the course of time. The Council
of Trent "officially" defined this tradition in
the 16th century.
Truth: This false teaching literally
has damnable effects, for it suggests that people
can eventually get into Heaven without having first
repented of their sins and turned their lives over
to the Savior. If the idea of Purgatory were true,
then Jesus Christ's one-time sacrifice on Calvary
would be both pointless and unnecessary, since we
would be able to reach Heaven without Him. Jesus
however, taught that the only way to the Father
was through Him (John 14:6). He also instructed
us that not everyone goes to Heaven, "...Except
a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of
God." (John 3:3) and "...Except a man be born of
water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God." (John 3:5)
The tradition of Purgatory also suggests
that Jesus' death on the cross is insufficient in
freeing us from the effects of our sins after we
die. The Bible however, states that, "If the
Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free
indeed." (John 8:36) and "...their sins and iniquities
will I remember no more." (Hebrews 10:17) This
means free of all of our sins and their effects
for all eternity!
Furthermore, Jesus only spoke of
Heaven and Hell when He taught, "Marvel not at
this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that
are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall
come forth: they that have done good, unto the resurrection
of life; and they that have done evil, unto the
resurrection of damnation." (John 5:28-29) The
Bible teaches that those who have been born-again
will have their names written in the Book of Life
and will be in Heaven. Likewise, those who are not
in the Book of Life, will be cast into Hell. It's
either one or the other; there isn't any other destination.
These are just a few of the MANY
unbiblical traditions of Roman Catholicism. Jesus
Christ had a strong opinion about religious traditions
created by men. He proclaimed, "...Well hath
Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written,
THIS PEOPLE HONOURETH ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR
HEART IS FAR FROM ME. HOWBEIT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP
ME, TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold
the tradition of men... Full well ye reject the
commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."
(Mark 7:6-9) Jesus also spoke about the truth of
God's Word and our need to apply it to our lives.
He said, "He that is of God heareth God's words..."
(John 8:47) and "If ye continue in my word, then
are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John
8:31-32) God's truths don't evolve over centuries.
His Gospel is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
(See Heb. 13:8) Don't be deceived. There are a lot
of nice, church-going religious people who have
missed Heaven and ended up in Hell because they
stubbornly held on to their man-made traditions,
instead of God's truth as revealed in The Bible.
You don't have to be one of these unfortunate people.
We respectfully and sincerely urge you to repent
of your sins and surrender your life to Jesus Christ