Praising Mary is Idolatry!
"Unto you therefore which believe he is precious..." —1st Peter 2:7
It is a Sin to Praise and Adore Mary
By very definition, bowing, praising and adoring a statue of Mary is blatant IDOLATRY and the Bible condemns it in every form. Exodus 20:4-5, “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.”
Roman Catholics have been deceived by the Devil to follow religion instead of the Bible. Catholic priests discourage members from studying the Bible on their own. Jesus plainly preached against the Catholic Church in Mark 7:6-13, describing their religion in exactness and detail. Mark 7:8-9“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.” Woe unto Roman and Russian Orthodox Catholics who bow to statues, claiming that they are only honoring them. The Bible commands us not to even BOW to them, nor to serve them.
Catholics serve Our Lady of Fatima, bringing her demonic statue into their living room and worshipping it for weeks at a time (and then passing it on to another member's home to commit idolatry). Catholics are victims of Satan, worshippers of demons, and the children of Hell. I say this with a spirit of concern and love, for if you don't come out of The Great Whore (not Jesus' mother; but rather, the evil monstrosity that the Vatican has turned her into), you will go to Hell in your sins without Christ (John 8:24). Ephesians 2:8-9 plainly teach that salvation is by grace through faith and NOT by works of self-righteousness. Romans 4:5-6 teaches the same. Titus 3:5 also and Romans 3:20. Catholicism is a lie of the Devil. Religion wants to fit you with glasses; but the Lord wants to open your eyes. Say yes to Jesus! Won't you receive Him now, apart from all works of self-righteousness and religious devotion?
By the way, it is also a sin to bow in praise and adoration (worship by very definition) of the Pope. Below is a graven image of Pope John Paul II and young people sinfully bowing in worship of him. This is sinful. We are all sinners. Erecting a statue of a great historical figure is one thing; but bowing in praise and adoration to it is another completely.
Bible Corrupters Remove the Word "Worshipped"
Many of the modern perversions of God's Word remove the word "worshipped" and replace it with the word "knelt." This is evil and blasphemous against the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a world of difference between the words "knelt" and " worshipped." A person can kneel before a king without worshipping him, but to worship someone signifies deity.
People foolishly bow in worship to the Pope or various statues of saints or Mother Mary. This is idolatry because God has forbidden us from worshipping (or even bowing) to such objects (Exodus 20:3-5). Keep in mind the even "bowing" is a sin.
Catholics who deny that they are praying to (or worshipping) Mary are still in grievous violation of Exodus 20:5 for bowing to Mary. To no surprise, Catholic leaders in their official Catechism have completely removed the second of the Ten Commandments and have split the ninth commandment into two separate commands to make up for it. This is blatant evil.
The Vatican has perverted the Truth of God's Word and is now trying to hide their evil. It is a sin to worship statues of saints. It is a sin to bow in praise of the Pope or any priests. Just as Meshach, Shadrach, and Abed-nego refused to bow to Nebuchadnezzar's golden image (Daniel 3:18), so should we refuse to bow to the idols and arrogant imposters of Roman Catholicism.
Likewise, we should refuse to allow the Bible corrupters to remove the rightful worship that Jesus Christ is worthy to receive ("Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." -Revelation 4:11). Jesus Christ is Almighty God ("I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." -Revelation 1:8) and is WORTHY of our worship. We should worship Jesus as God Almighty because that is Who He Is. In multiple places in the New Testament, people came to WORSHIP the Lord Jesus Christ...and Jesus worthily accepted it.
"And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." -Matthew 8:2
"While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live." -Matthew 9:18
"Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God." -Matthew 14:33
"Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me." -Matthew 15:25
"Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him." -Matthew 20:20
"And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him." -Matthew 28:9
"And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted." -Matthew 28:17
"And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit...But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him" -Mark 5:2, 6
Every King James Scripture I just quoted you has been perverted by the NIV corrupters. Here's what the horribly corrupted New International Version (NIV or better yet, HIV) has to say...
"A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." -Matthew 8:2 (NIV)
"While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, "My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live." -Matthew 9:18 (NIV)
All Modern Bible Versions are Corrupt!
Why would anyone remove the word "worshipped" concerning our Creator, Lord, and Saviour? The answer can only be rooted in Satan. To no surprise the NIV also removes the name "Jesus" (the name above every other name, Philippians 2:9) from 38 places in the New Testament. I am amazed that so many professed Christians are still blind to the work of the Devil in all of the modern versions. There have been over 200 new versions in the past few decades alone. Only a complete fool would add or subtract from God's Word for any reason.
If you don't have a 1611 King James Bible, then you DON'T have a Bible!!!
Just As In Jesus' Day, the Religious Crowd Refuses to Worship Jesus
The Word of God plainly teaches that Jesus was worshipped by people from all walks of life, all except the religious leaders. Isn't it interesting that lepers and demon possessed people ran to Jesus' feet in worship, while the arrogant self-righteous religious leaders sought to kill Him. Nothing has changed. It's the religious Bible corrupting crowd that is doing more damage to the name of Christ than any other group today.
I'd expect to see godless magazines endorsing Harry Potter's witchcraft, but I wanted to vomit when I found out that Christianity Today endorses Harry Potter's witchcraft. God's biggest enemies today are RELIGIOUS people; most of whom do not know God ("Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away" -2nd Timothy 3:5). Just as the Pharisees of Jesus' day are burning in the fires of Hell today, so will the godless religious leaders of today be burning in the fires of Hell tomorrow.
When Jesus was born, Babylonian wise men came from the East to worship the Saviour. You would have thought that the religious leaders would have gone to see Jesus, but instead they informed Herod of the whereabouts of the little Baby Jesus so Jesus could be murdered. The religious leaders knew where Christ was to be born, but they could have cared less and didn't go. Isn't this just like the religious world today? They claim the name of Christ, but their hearts are so far away from God.
This world is filled with all sorts of religious people who practice their ceremonial rituals and sacraments, but they have never come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" -2nd Timothy 3:7. They have religion without Truth, Churchianity without Christianity. Jesus said in John 4:24 that God can only be worshipped in TRUTH, not heresy. This is why Jesus said in Mark 7:7, "Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Oh don't be a fool my friend, turn to Jesus Christ now in belief, asking Him to forgive all your sins and to save you from Hell. Once you're saved, study and learn the 1611 King James Bible, and worship Jesus!!!
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Romans 4:6-8, “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
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