Are We True Christians?
Summary: This is a Bible study. Comparing churches' doctrines and teachings to the Bible, I find all churches are severely deficient, and producing spiritually dead people. I urge you to temporarily set aside what you learned in your church and open your heart to these biblical truths. So many people are misled by their church! My only bias is towards God. My wisdom comes from God, not from earthly organizations or church denominations.
Jesus said: If you love me, keep my commands.
1 John 2:4
“The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
Does anyone know Jesus' commands? Is anyone keeping them?
The majority of Christians today are not true Christians, because they're running Christianity their way, not God's way.
Most "Christians" today are one of these:
Praying to Mary and saints to intercede.
They don't know God!
"By faith alone" - ignoring Jesus' commands
Don't know the other side of the Bible!
God already mysteriously selected people.
They don't know God!
No wonder there is no peace on earth, which is also why Jewish people are mocking us and are still waiting for the "true messiah" to come!!
After years of attending churches followed by years of diligently seeking God in the Bible, I realized how far off we all are. I documented my notes of how to be Christians as God intended, here: How to Be True Christians and here: The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood.
I'm not selling anything! It is all out of love for God and for all people on earth.
What gives me the right to do this? Direct orders from the Apostle Paul in the Bible:
2 Timothy 4:2-4
Paul: "I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear."
We have without a doubt reached that time! And I am rebuking and correcting!!
Let's start with the church leaders and so-called "Christian theologians" of today, our supposed role-models and top decision-makers on doctrines and theology. It is obvious none of them are true believers; none are filled with the Holy Spirit. Yes, a bold claim; how dare I say this? Here's why:
Jesus: Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
If the pope or the most devout protestant church leader walk into a hospital, can they heal anybody in the name of Jesus? No. Can they put their hand on a child in wheelchair and make her walk? No. And yet they are the top decision-makers on doctrines, theology, and what to teach people!! And people are still in churches listening to their misleading teaching and false doctrines!! It is true we are called to obey our spiritual leaders, but only when they are teaching sound biblical doctrines!!
1. Comparison of Christian Leaders' Accomplishments, Then and Now
Disciples & Apostles' accomplishments, then:
Preached the Word correctly? Yes
Laid their hands on sick people and healed them? Yes
Laid their hands on crippled people and made them walk? Yes
Brought dead people back to life?! (Peter and Paul did!) Yes
Paul accidentally picked up a venomous snake and it did not harm him.
Number of changes in God's realm: 0 - As it should be!
Having dedicated every moment of their lives to this, they were poor and homeless, with barely enough to eat. 💝
Church leaders' accomplishments, since then:
Preached the Word correctly? No
Protestants brain-washed people into doing nothing, and just keep saying these words: born-again, saved by the blood, saved by Grace.
Catholics brain-washed their people into praying to Mary and saints to intercede with God.
Calvinists brain-washed their people into "God already decided; it's all His will, we have no say". Anything else is "devil doctrines".
And the resulting number of miracles performed in the name of Jesus: 0
Number of dead people brought back to life: 0
Number of changes in God's realm: 2 - Horrible & blasphemous
The Pope seated Mary next to God in heaven as God's mother.
The Pope created a mini-Hell (aka, Purgatory) to process certain type sins after death and provide a path to heaven, that Jesus didn't/couldn't provide.
Any church leaders homeless or hungry? No, they improved some on that.
Protestants stressed the need to tithe 10% - Church leaders are Millionaires with private jets.
Catholic churches collected donations and sent to the Vatican. The Vatican's worth is in $trillions. It's an organized spiritual mafia.
Each church-denomination preaches from their side of the Bible, limiting it to verses that support their individual theologies, and ignores the rest of thousands of pages opposing to them.
👉 Consider this analogy of facts:
Old-covenant - God gave the leadership high-priest role to Moses who became Godly and performed miracles in the name of God.
1500 years later, the Jewish high-priest and the whole Sanhedrin voted unanimously to crucify Jesus, despite knowing He was the awaited Messiah!
New-covenant - Jesus gave the church to Peter who became Godly and performed miracles in the name of Jesus Christ.
2000 years later, (fill in the blank) ________. Hint, use from the bullets above.
Humans will be humans. God gives it a push, then years later human-corruption takes over. It always did, ever since creation, causing God to take drastic measures - Noah's flood, Sodom & Gomorrah, Jews exiled, etc.. And now awaiting the final big one. See my page on The Rapture.
If you are truly seeking God and His kingdom, then seek God in the Bible on your own or with a small group. More details here How to Be True Christians.
God never intended for us to have all these contradicting denominations, but rather one Christian body of believers. Did you know there are 41,000 Christian denominations today? What is God's view on all this? Here's what the Bible says:
Jesus said: "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
The 2 or 3 gathering in Jesus' name would be one example of that church. If the 2 or 3 are gathered truly in His name, then God would not mislead them or give each group of 2 or 3 different interpretations of the scriptures. So only one explanation, leaders in church-denominations are not truly filled with the Holy Spirit. This is why people need to be on their guard, and not blindly follow their church. It is our eternity we're talking about; are you willing to take a chance with earthly loyalties? There is no "oops" later; no changing your mind after death!
For Jesus, the "church" is the Christian body of genuine believers, led by Jesus Himself through the Holy Spirit within us.
"And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
When He told Peter he was the rock to build His church on, He meant Peter was the role model He intended for Christians to follow. So, we don't need an earthly church leader, because Jesus Himself is the leader of the church consisting of genuine Christian believers filled with the Holy Spirit, and with one interpretation of the Bible - Continued with supporting Bible references here: How to Be True Christians.
2. The Deficiencies in Church-Denominations
Trying to be fair here and listing some good for each. But mainly focusing on the deficiencies and abuses of God's scripture.
(Including Baptists, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, etc.)
I listened to Charles Stanley's weekly sermon for 30 years, and Chuck Swindoll's for a number of years. The parts of the Bible they preached, they preached very, very well. And the parts of the Bible they avoided, they avoided very, very cleverly!! Never did either of them touch on the verses highlighted here below. They only preached from one side of the Bible; the side that agrees with their lip-service-faith theology! And ignored the rest.
Saved, nothing else to do? - The bible is full of verses and parables about spiritual maturity, but all ignored by protestant churches! Why? To please people with the "do nothing" message. They stick to the high-level verses in the Bible, please the people, and collect donations. See my page, What Does "Believe in Jesus" Really Mean?
Impossible to become unsaved? - Protestants spend whole sermons on "once saved always saved", ignoring the many parables from Jesus about becoming rejected and sent to hell if you're not growing spiritually. Examples, John 15:6 "branches that wither and die", Luke 13:6 "cut the fig tree down", and Matthew 25:30 "cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness". See my page By Faith Alone? for more details and Bible references.
By Faith Alone? Paul introduced Jesus to the Gentiles. But Protestants ran with the intro as the complete message!! Protestants ignore the Bible saying that this meant "no added works of the flesh"! Instead, they call it: "By faith alone and nothing else, nothing, nothing else at all, nothing at all". It is clearly stated in many parts of the Bible as no added works of the law, example, Galatians 2:16 "know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.” By faith alone means we still have to learn Jesus' commands and keep them! Spiritual maturity is not "works of the flesh", seeking God in the whole Bible is not "works of the flesh", and praying the Lord's Prayer daily as He commanded is not "works of the flesh"! See more details in my page By Faith Alone?
Refuse to pray the Lord's Prayer - The key part of God's salvation!! Protestant churches utterly refuse to pray it in their sermons, and never encourage their members to pray it daily as Jesus commanded. Why? 3 reasons: (1) Because Catholics pray this prayer! (2) Because they call it "repetitive works" - it's a burden to have to pray it daily; contradicting to their "by faith alone" theology. And (3) because their arrogant theologians decided Jesus meant it only for the Jewish people. They connected it to the manna from Moses, or some worthless explanation like that. They decided, and that's their final answer - But you stopped seeking God! Go back and look!! You messed up big on this one!!! You're not covered by the blood, nor saved by grace; you're spiritually dead, unless you pray the Lod's Prayer daily - we need the Bread of life daily. It is one new covenant from God, not two - not one for Jews and one for gentiles?!! See my page The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood for eye-opening Bible references.
Pentecostals? They're just Protestants, equally lost with the same by-faith-alone theology but kicked-up a few notches with energy and charisma. And people flock there like they flock to the newest restaurant in town! Making a lot of noise jumping up and down and waving hands, does not mean the Holy Spirit is anywhere near there. It is not a sports game. The Holy Spirit is given by God to those who obey Him:
Acts 5:32 ...the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him. This clearly means not jumping up and down, not waving hands, not making noise, not faking speaking in tongues, and not faking miracles!!! It means first learn Jesus' commands and keep them. If you truly know Jesus' commands? you wouldn't be doing this. I don't say this to criticize everybody. I say it to make those who genuinely care, look closer at the Bible. Don't just join the charismatic crowd.
Must tithe the whole 10%? - Protestants would spend a whole sermon on the subject of tithing; digging up verses all the way back from Leviticus and making sure that people tithe the full 10% of their income, not 9% or 8% because "they'd be stealing from God." But the Lord's Prayer? "Jesus meant that for the Jews." When in fact the 10% amount of tithing was the one meant only for the Jews, for their 11 to 1 tribes' ratio! Tithing was part of the Moses law!!! Hebrews 7:5 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites. Tithing was later modified by Paul for the Gentiles, to: "Any gift is good" Philippians 4:14-17. See section below on "Still Tithing 10%?"
Solely going by Paul's message as the one for the gentiles, and ignoring the fact that God gave us 1 new-covenant not 2!! Protestants brush off discrepancies between Jesus' message and Paul's as something like: "Jesus meant that for the Jews; Paul's message was for the gentiles who became Christians later..." This is so dangerous on so many levels, disrespectful to God, and causing spiritual-death to so many people! Those churches missed the following scripture from Jesus after His resurrection talking to His Jewish disciples:
... Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you...”
Notes: This clearly says, "teach all nations to obey EVERYTHING Jesus commanded His Jewish disciples". Any church who preaches otherwise, makes it no different than the Pharisees who crucified Jesus despite knowing He was the Messiah. Jesus is GOD!! All His teachings are for all people, not just the Jews. And Paul is a human. His teachings to the gentiles were elementary, a supplement to Jesus'. Paul mainly pointed to Jesus. Any discrepancy between Paul's and Jesus' messages meant check what Jesus said for completeness! See my page on Jesus for Jews & Paul for Gentiles?
Giant Screens & Loud Music, But No Seeking of God - The focus shifted to big screens, loud music, and waving of hands. When instead it should be on seeking God and His kingdom. Even if we spend every moment of our lives seeking God in the scriptures, we'd barely scratch the surface. But churches went on with what pleases people!! And the sermon preaching is always yearly-rotating the same simple, safe, and unoffending subjects. No preaching on Jesus parables that contradict their theology!! Nor on "politically incorrect" subjects of today's culture; careful not to upset people and lose donations.
Jesus for Jews & Paul for Gentiles?
Why didn't Paul Preach the Lord's Prayer?
2.2 Catholic Church (including all Orthodox)
I grew up Catholic, went to Catholic schools and the rest. So, I know Catholicism inside and out, and I can write a hundred books on the subject.
They got the Nicene Creed right. They pray the Lord's Prayer in their sermons, although they don't mean it right. Other than these, everything else they do is problematic! And even blasphemous!! The Catholic church and their side-kick the Orthodox church teachings, for hundreds of years, have been mostly unbiblical. And the people following them are duped by the grand display of authority, and are being misled!
The root cause of the mess in Catholic & Orthodox churches is this:
They don't know that God does not use "sin" as the measure of our "righteousness" - they're still canonizing "sinless" saints!! And the message to people is, minimize your sins to maximize your chances for heaven.
Here's one example verse in the Bible that explains why this thinking is wrong:
Matthew 5:20 Jesus said: "For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
The Jewish scribes and Pharisees were the role models in perfection and living sinless all their lives. But Jesus told them it's not good enough!! He specifically said, "you will never enter heaven"! He said we need to exceed that level of sinless perfection! How do we achieve that? We do by getting renewed day by day through praying the Lord's Prayer daily. The "righteousness" achieved by receiving the Bread of life daily, is impossible to achieve any other way!! For how the Eucharist relates to the Lord's Prayer, see section 1.8 in The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood.
Canonization of Saints - An unbiblical doctrine. A process where the pope and cardinals anoint so called "saints", based on investigations into their lives and determining that they were "sinless". Which is contradicting to the Bible teachings and the whole sin-redemption sacrifice of Jesus. The process is mostly political. They try to satisfy all countries by canonizing a saint from each. Some churches around the world take it a step further and use sensational tricks like mummifying the "saint", showing blood still oozing out of their body, and putting him/her on public display!!!
Pray to saints - The Vatican canonize them, and people pray to them! Some get on their knees before the statue of so and so, and others lay face down at the feet of another. The church is not doing anything to stop it - being careful not to upset people (where donations come from), but is ok with upsetting God!
The Vatican's difficult process to confirm a "saint" got the Catholic people thinking, "if it is that impossible to become a 'saint' and get into heaven, then there is no hope for me. Thus, the only remaining way for me is to pray to the 'virgin Mary' and to those 'saints'!!!" Catholics think that turning to Mary and saints is the same as turning to God via these people. They ignore the Bible saying, Jesus is the only mediator (1Timothy 2:5) who's sacrifice is sufficient for them to become true saints! I am extremely sad! So many innocent people are/were lost, including my own parents and ancestors. Misled by the church!!
Mary the Mother of God?! Pope Pius in 1950 declared it a doctrine. There were 259 Popes before Pope Pius XII. 1900 years and 259 Popes; none of them touched this. Why? Because despite pressure from the people, they were still part of the church-generation that feared God! So then, was Pope Pius XII and his cardinals smarter and Godlier than the 259 before him? That they got this great idea to seat Mary next to God?
What I find most puzzling is that Catholics and Orthodox make the biggest celebration on Easter commemorating Jesus' rising from the dead and the forgiveness of sins, and with the same breath declare that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was not sufficient to forgive all their sins!!! particularly the sexual sins. They felt they needed to turn to the "virgin" Mary and the "sinless" Saints to beg God for them. This is not Christianity!! it's something else! Matthew 15:8 ‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. My Catholic relatives keep pressing me to read a book about all the miracles of Mary. It is a hopeless situation 😪. Continued in my page Mary the Mother of God?
Little to no spiritual growing - The Catholic church is still running with their antiquated plan since the 3rd century: The church (its priests), supposedly study the Bible (but in reality, they don't), then turn around and teach it to the people who are illiterate and can't read or understand the difficulty of the Bible for themselves." Maybe this was acceptable in 300AD, but now in 2023, I think we can do it ourselves and don't need bishops anymore. We have no excuse not to, except laziness.
No Seeking of God as Jesus Commanded - People don't read the Bible - instead they look to the priests. And the Priests don't read the Bible - A church priest behaves more like a social worker - he doesn't have time to read the Bible. He learned it in theology school? No, all he learned there was about how to run a Catholic mass. If people have difficult Bible questions, they usually ask the priest. And the priest usually does not know. Because all he knows is what to do in the repetitive activities of sermons. The usual Catholic sermon Bible reading time is nice stories from the New Testament. Followed by a message from the priest about "let's all be good and nice".
The Lord's Prayer not interpreted right - The Catholic church would not acknowledge "the Bread" = "the Bread of life". Obviously, because it makes it a DIY version of their Eucharist. Which would belittle their bishops' and priests' roles - if people can receive the Bread of life at home by directly praying to God, then they won't come to church and donate! Is the Catholic church thinking from God's perspective here? Or their financial perspective? see my page on The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood.
Purgatory (Catholics only) Another unbiblical doctrine created by the Vatican. It is a kind of a mini hell, "required for those sins that Jesus' sacrifice did not cover"! It is a result of misunderstanding some verses in the Bible: 1 John 5:16-17 and Mark 3:28-30. They took these 2 references and extrapolated a whole doctrine. All because Jesus used the term "will not be forgiven in the next age" related to the "unforgivable sin of the spirit". I have a good explanation on my page: Purgatory?
Confessions! People confess their sins to a priest. Then based on the number of death-sins and not-death-sins they committed, the priest determines how many times they should repeat the hail-Mary prayer as a penalty for their sins in order to be forgiven, but no guarantee on the death-sins - they may need Purgatory for those! So people spend their lives aware and afraid of the Purgatory time they have coming to them! Some even think Purgatory takes place before death; depending on how much the person suffers before they die!! It's a pagan religion, completely opposing to the Bible. They've been making it up as they go, the past few hundred years.
The Vatican - A hierarchy of people with glittery costumes and props - They're more concerned with levels and appearance than with substance, in-line with Jewish temples and Pharisees. ... instead of spending their time on seeking God in the scriptures to revisit their ungodly doctrines and see if just in case, ... just in case they messed up! But no, like the rest of churches, they created their niche and cookie-cutters, and are marching forward.
"Watch out and be on your guard for the yeast of the" Calvinists. So I reused Jesus' words here (as in Matthew 16:6). I'm sure Jesus won't mind.
Giving a quick summary on this subject for those who don't know. Christianity today can be sliced in many different ways in terms of Bible interpretation, one example is the different church-denominations out there. But at a higher layer, there is a fork-in-the-road disagreement on the free-will subject:
Calvinist: God predestined us for His mysterious reasons, before creation. We have no say. > Calvinist churches.
Arminian: We have the free-will to choose God's grace or reject it. It's our free-will decision. > All other churches, Protestants & Catholics.
Calvinist Doctrine Summary: Based on some verses in the Bible that contain these words "Elect" and "Predestined for His pleasure" and a few other verses that allude to them, the Calvinist church built a whole doctrine around that, ignoring the rest of the thousands of verses in the Bible that say otherwise, and preaching that God is the one who "elects" us based on His mysterious reasons. The Calvinist doctrine states that we have no say in it, no matter what we do. Which makes us mere robots; and which is the complete opposite of what the God we know, would do! The Calvinist doctrine, being human-limited-thinking at its best, cannot see that God is not in our space-time continuum. God is "I Am"; He foresaw us before creation. Romans 8:29 "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son". God foreknew our tendencies first, then destined second! I am very sad for the people following the Calvinist church. They are so misled.
The line that separates Calvinists from Arminians is "free will". Calvinists say we don't have free will; God decides everything. Arminians say we have free will, and we decide to accept God's Grace or not.
I listened to RC Sproul's sermon for a couple of years and read one of the Calvinist books. So, I am qualified to say a few things about Calvinists:
Do nothing, God already decided for His mysterious reasons - Calvinists are even worse than the regular Protestants, in the "do nothing" message. They take it a step further to tell their members that no matter what they do, God already decided who will be saved and who won't. Calvinists don't encourage reading the Bible either. They do however encourage to read some books from famous Calvinist leaders!
God's election decision is Unconditional - ignoring the many Bible statements from Jesus/God saying things like, "if you love me, I will love you back..." and "if you obey my commands, you will be my people..." But Unconditional is the only way the Calvinist doctrine can hold. If God's predestination was conditional, their whole doctrine would crumble.
Scripture meaning manipulated - They also try to put words in the scripture's mouth; make it seem that "the Bible did not really intend to say 'that', but rather it meant to tell us 'this'..." For example they teach: "any biblical reference to 'the whole world' actually means 'the whole world of the Elect', not the actual whole world." I can understand human incompetency can lead to misinterpretations, but this? I don't see how their church members can swallow it! And sometimes the meaning is manipulated to accommodate certain psychological human behavior...You get the picture. They're in the same league with Mormons, Jehovah's witnesses, etc..
Violent Internet Forums - I see thousands of violent internet forums and debates raging on between "Calvinists" and "Arminians". So much time and effort wasted. People treating this like a sports game; who will win? When instead, we should all be Christians, and direct our efforts to seeking God. But the competitive-sports-minded people, which we have ample supply of in this country, chose to run with it for the win.
A Calvinist saw my post on one of the forums about the Lord's Prayer. He replied "I see you so arrogantly state this. What makes you think that God would change His plan because of your praying?" Whether the Calvinist church taught him this or not is irrelevant. The problem is, this is what their people think!!!
And in a separate forum a Calvinist was mistaken for an Arminian. He replied: "heavens I am no Arminian. the doctrine of human freewill is Satan's no.1 deception in my mind and the mainspring from which flows salvation by works and conditional salvation [probation] oh no no I am not an Arminian." I'm guessing this person left the Catholic church and became Calvinist, because of this: "conditional salvation probation", which is purgatory. So he left one bad church and joined a worse one!
3. Calling All Christians
Calling all Christians who genuinely care. Churches made a mockery of God's word!! Do you know what all this means? A partially good church is not good at all!! Preaching partial truth means people are lost; not saved! They are producing spiritually dead people!! They perverted God's word and made a mockery of it!! Millions of innocent people are spiritually lost. Which is fulfilling Jesus' "wide gate" verse in Matthew 7:13-14.
A partially good church is not good at all!! Their spiritual food is poisoned with their bad theology and doctrines. You're not on the right path to God!
If you believe your church is great and want to stay with them, show them this page. Let them know they need to revisit their teaching to make it in-line with the Bible! Have them forward it to their theologians, Vatican, and seminary colleges. Or they can separate from their denomination and simply become a true Christian church. Don't just stand there and pray hail Mary with them, or quietly listen to their "by faith alone and nothing else" preaching. God IS alive and can see you doing this!
Most people in church-denominations behave as in a war - "us and them", rather than acting like the Godly people they claim to be, loving one another, and truly seeking God! Protestants, Catholics, and Calvinists went far apart in their interpretations. Protestants don't do what Catholics do, and vv.. Is this Godly? They each have some good interpretations and some not so good. But each denomination's members are loyal to their church as if they got everything 100% right (sort of like Republicans and Democrats).
3.1 If by miracle of God churches agreed to change, here's the biblical way:
All churches should start their sermons with the Lord's Prayer and teach people to pray it daily with the "bread" = "Bread of life" for forgiveness. Then you become saved! First meet God's requirements, then do your other fluff, hymns, loud music, and "eloquent" speeches.
Mature spiritually by seeking God in the whole Bible - The bible reading needs to get into those parts contradicting to your "by faith alone" theology! And properly explain them that there are Jesus commands that need to be obeyed daily!! You can become unsaved if you don't!
Downsize your seminary colleges and let go the useless theology professors. They're not Godly; how could they have missed all these truths!!
No more pushing for 10% tithing! Any gift is good as the apostle Paul said. Get rid of your Business Development people.
THIS IS A HOUSE OF GOD!!
Your mass needs to change from 90% "repetitive stuff stand-up sit-down incense", to 90% Bible reading. Sure you'll lose people, but you'll gain God. The ones that leave are in it for the tradition's aspect of it, not Godly people.
The pope should reverse all unbiblical doctrines, starting with "Mary the mother of God" and "Purgatory"! And stop the unbiblical "canonization of saints"! All true believers who pray the Lord's Prayer daily are righteous in the eyes of God and are called saints.
Although I actually believe if the pope does do this, a mob of people would attack the Vatican and destroy it. Therefore, he won't - it's a blind leading the blind.
Ignore your "respected" Calvinist book authors! READ ONLY THE BIBLE!!
TULIP? We can't make a "cookie-cutter" out of God's scripture! We have to keep seeking God, learning, and maturing.
4. Churches Are Businesses
So many contradicting denominations, most are not “seeking God”. They're basically donation-collecting businesses and social settings that people enjoy being at. But seeking of God is nowhere to be found!
They call themselves non-profit, but in reality they're high-profit. It is acceptable to collect tithes and donations from the people, but only when teaching sound doctrines from the Bible. Not when misleading them!
Jesus asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” ...Yes, Lord,” he answered, “You know I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”
But churches are not feeding the sheep with proper truths. And still charging them tithes and donations.
Shortly after the disciples and Paul's generation died off, churches' spiritual quality went downhill. Not surprising; they even went downhill in-between Paul's visits to those churches in his days: Galatians 1:6, I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.
The real objective of churches is money, not God, as evident in these public facts:
Seminary college graduates find high-paying jobs at churches.
Bankers estimate the Vatican's wealth between $10 billion and $15 billion and some think it's $ trillions.
Catholic churches around the world send money to the Vatican! Sure the Vatican has charity programs, but bankers estimate those to be "a drop in the bucket" compared to the church's wealth. Btw, if you check public records, you'll find that the Vatican's wealth doubled shortly after their 1950 official announcement of Mary's ascension to heaven, to say what people's itching ears want to hear! It's a business - please the people and collect more donations.
It's time for people to be vigilant about their spiritual status and their eternity. And not rely on churches. There is no oops later. When facing God at judgement, claiming it's the church's fault will not fly. The Bible is full of verses that point to personal responsibility to mature spiritually, or face spiritual death, which leads to hell. We need to learn the truth and mature spiritually.
Do you know this verse from Jesus? Luke 9:60 “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” And along those lines I say, let the dead attend church with the dead. But as for you, genuine Christian believer, leave the churches and seek the kingdom of God by studying the scriptures with your family and friends, without letting the church poison your knowledge. See my page on what to do instead here: How to Be True Christians. I assure you God will be with you and will guide you.
4.1 Still tithing 10%?
Should be more like 0.01% today. The 10% amount of tithing was meant only for the Jews. It was advised by God in the days of Moses when it was an 11 to 1 ratio of tribes. Of the 12 tribes of Israel, one tribe, the Levites was the priestly tribe who did not get a land inheritance and instead was given 10% of goods from the other 11 tribes.
This was because the Levites had a tough job to execute hundreds of requirements in the temple of God daily, and had no time to work the land, God advised the other 11 tribes to give a tenth of their produce to the Levite tribe. Today's church, in comparison does nothing, except preach on Sunday what their predecessors preached. And is still pressing their members to tithe the full 10%. Also in comparison, the ratio of people-to-church-ministers today is more like 1,000 to 1, vs., the Jews was 11 to 1.
Tithing was later modified by Paul in the New Testament to: "Any gift is good" Philippians 4:14-17. So, a more fair tithing number today would be 0.01% of income, and this is more than enough for the inefficient preaching they do. Donate the rest of the 10% to charity.
4.2 Closing Notes
This new reality of how to be real Christian believers may seem strange to you at first. This is because churches have brainwashed us into thinking differently for years. Today's Churches teach what previous generations of ministers taught. Not many study the Bible to seek God for themselves. "Why re-invent the wheel" is the general view. But I urge you to keep looking at these Bible references on this website and studying them. You'll see it clearly.
Request from your church to preach the biblical truths revealed in this website, correctly. Be loyal to God, not to your church, to your favorite preacher, to your denomination, or to your ancestors.
4.3 Old English?
Please stop "old English" because young generations don't understand it. It is NOT the language of the Bible; it's a tradition. Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek were the original languages of the Bible. Why are there churches today still teaching in "old English"? This is how you get the young generations who speak plain English to completely miss the message, and become uninterested. It is about getting the meaning of the scriptures to the people. Not about fake traditions and formalities. Older people can use old-English with each-other, that's fine. But careful with young generations. Many are misunderstanding the message and fleeing Christianity altogether. They're flocking to atheism. Check the latest news on religious statistics.
5. The next 2 sections provide detailed examples of related subjects:
Mary The Mother Of God?
What Does Believe In Jesus Really Mean?
5.1 Mary The Mother Of God?
In this section, biblical answers to all the questions surrounding the Blessed Mary. Strictly from the Bible, not influenced by any church denominations.
5.1.1 Clarifying The Blessed Mary's Role in The Bible
The following are directly from the Bible with Bible references. It is not me saying; it is God saying:
The blessed Mary is the mother of Jesus the human. She is not the mother of Jesus the son of the Triune God: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.
John 16:28 Jesus: “I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.””
Jesus did not come into existence when Mary gave birth to Him. Before Mary was born, Jesus is "I Am". John 8:58 "Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am."
When the angel appeared to Mary to tell her she's pregnant, Jesus was alive with God in heaven. She was not His mother then. And therefore, the same after His human death, He went back to the same spot with God. He's an infinite Triune God. Did not change.
The mother-son relationship between Mary and Jesus ended after His death on the cross and went back to being a human-God relationship just as it was before the angel appeared to her, but with special consideration to Mary similar to prophets and disciples.
When Jesus was about to die on the cross, He transferred Mary's motherhood to one of His disciples: John 19:26-27 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Of course, all true Christians love and cherish the blessed Mary who carried Jesus in her womb and nursed him! It is all the unbiblical roles that people gave her that is unacceptable.
Biblical references are the official truth about the way to God. And there is nothing there about the blessed Mary in relation to the way to God. Only one mediator, not two, 1Timothy 2:5. If you say the Bible is not the only book you follow, you're certainly free to do that. But then you're not Christian. Christian means Bible, not what people or churches build on the Bible. Which the Bible specifically says not to do!
God saw that Mary was a genuine believer, good-hearted, and pure. He called her blessed among women, and gave her the most honorable role - deliver Jesus to earth in order to accomplish God's salvation plan.
Before coming to earth through His birth from Mary, Jesus was with God for eternity past (John 1:1-4). He came to earth for the sole purpose of dying on the cross to accomplish God's redemption plan. Jesus was not unfairly crucified and killed by the Jews; He did not come to this earth to have a family and raise children! Although the Jews meant it for bad, God meant it for good in order to bring salvation to all people on earth. And this is the sole main objective of the Christian religion. Why are people doing this to themselves and to the blessed Mary?
God accomplished His redemption plan through His son Jesus and made it available in the scripture to all people. Why are we going in all kinds of wrong directions? God's redemption plan is very clear, and completely sufficient - pray the Lord's Prayer daily, as Jesus commanded, to receive the Bread of life for the forgiveness of your sins then receive God's blessings and eternal life. Why are we going to other places, praying to humans and annoying God? 1Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” This clearly means not Mary and not saints! We can't run Christianity our way!! It has to be God's way as in the Bible. Blaming the church will not get you off the hook on judgement day!!
(The explanation of how the Eucharist relates to the Lord's Prayer for forgiveness of sins is in Section 1.7 in The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood)
Nowhere in the Bible does it say to pray to Mary! In fact it says the opposite. The Bible actually says don't look at Mary, focus on God. Yes it says exactly that, here:
As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”
He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
This woman was impressed with His teachings and miracles, so she praised His mother. It is obvious here that Jesus was annoyed - "Blessed rather...". Because throughout His ministry on earth He kept pointing people to God and to the spiritual side of things, but they insisted on dwelling on humans and the earthly side! And here we are today - we still don't get it.
5.1.2. Also Clarifying that Protestant Teachings are Unbiblical
I am not a Protestant person hitting at the Catholic church. I am a true Christian believer by the Bible. I am pointing to Bible references and humbly and with respect correcting misinterpretations. I actually have harsher words for the unbiblical teaching of all Protestant churches in my other pages:
- What Does "Believe in Jesus" Really Mean?
Churches have been diverging away from the Bible in all kinds of wrong directions for hundreds of years.
5.1.3 Pope Pius-XII in 1950 Seated Mary Next to God in Heaven
There were 259 Popes before Pope Pius-XII. 1900 years and 259 Popes; none of them touched this. Why? Because despite pressure from the people, they were still part of the church-generation that feared God! So then, was Pope Pius-XII and his cardinals smarter and Godlier than the 259 before him? That they got this brilliant idea to seat Mary next to God? I'll let you answer that.
“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
This prophesy from Paul, has been fulfilled by Pope Pius-XII and all the popes that came after him approving of it. The popes, their cardinals, bishops, and priests since 1950 were "the great number of teachers that said what people's itching ears wanted to hear".
In the early days of the church, Godly people like Paul, Peter, and the other apostles, in an effort to clarify and explain how Christianity works, wrote the chapters in the New Testament that came after the 4 Gospels. They knew the blessed Mary very well, but did not mention anything about her! Almost half the New Testament Bible, not one word about the blessed Mary. All their teachings pointed to Christ, the scriptures, and to God's salvation plan through Jesus the Christ.
Jesus gave the authority to Peter, to attend to the spiritual needs of the people - Jesus told Peter: "feed My sheep" John 21:15-17. He trusted Peter with making sure that His teachings and commands reach people throughout the world, and even perform miracles in His name. But He did not instruct him to create "New-Testament Part 2" contradicting to the Bible!! Or make changes in the structure of God and His heaven! Converting people from humans to gods is not the business of the Vatican. I urge you not to blindly follow the church of today! Let's look again at what Jesus told Peter:
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven.”
But Jesus also said the exact same sentence later and clarified how to use this power:
If your brother sins against you, go tell him his fault, between you... If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, regard him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven
Notes: It becomes obvious when we look at the before and after verses that this whole binding and loosening was about people relations on earth and attending to their needs. Meaning whatever the church determines, related to people's affairs, will be approved in heaven. This does not include the power to make Mary a Deity and seat her next to God the Father! And to modify the Bible, replacing the mediator Jesus with the mediators Mary and saints??!!
5.1.4 Is Mary the Mother of God?
The term itself is blasphemous. Our infinite triune God, Father Son & Holy Spirit, has no mother. The Bible always referred to Mary as the mother of Jesus, never as the mother of God. To include Mary in the Trinity is like saying our God has now become Father, mother, Son, & Holy Spirit? Even the Catholic church is not saying that! And therefore a big confusion to young generations. No wonder they're flocking to Atheism! And the older generations are flocking to Calvinism! Going from one bad church to another.
For those wanting the Blessed Mary to be the mother of God so badly, there is a harsh reality for them in the Bible. Jesus never called her "mother". And all we see in the Bible is Jesus ignoring her and calling her "woman". Example verses:
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied.”
While Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, His mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to Him. Someone told Him, “Look, Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.” But Jesus replied, “Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?” Pointing to His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers. For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.
Notes: When we look at biblical references like these, we may think even Jesus did not acknowledge His mother, and was insensitive to her. But He was not! He was just very focused on God and His plan to provide salvation to people, including to Mary. And Mary herself saw this clearly later, on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:1-4.
The Catholic church was quick to come up with an answer to why Jesus only called her "woman". They linked it to Eve, "who was called woman". A completely worthless answer, because the fact remains, Jesus never called her mom!!! Catholics not only did not accept His position on this, but they kicked it up a few notches and arrogantly forced the motherhood of Mary to the top - the mother of God!!! I am sorry, I truly believe Catholics will be at the front of the "I never knew you" line at judgement.
What I'm about to say here may be upsetting to many, but it is the Godly truth. The blessed Mary is a human and is currently dead like all other prophets and disciples who died. She's not alive in the flesh in heaven today seated next to Jesus! She cannot hear any prayers; she’s not Deity nor a mediator between people and God. Where in the Bible does it say any of these things? You can only stretch the "wedding at Cana" so much.
From God's view, which is outside our time continuum, of course all dead people including Mary are alive; Jesus said in Mark 12:27 "He is not the God of the dead, but of the living". But from our view in our human time-space continuum on earth, all people who died since creation, including prophets, disciples, apostles, and Mary are currently dead, until judgement day (or until the rapture) when we will all rise together. The only exception is Jesus who ascended into heaven in the flesh and was seen by many as described in the Bible.
The bigger question really is, why are we even going there??!! To decide to ignore God's plan through Jesus and turn to dead people, is in itself a form of a statue-worshipping paganism!!! Even if you say we only ask Mary to intercede on our behalf. This shows you have no clue about God! He didn't say you're allowed to do this! It is disrespectful and most painful to God!!
5.1.5 Mary visits cousin Elizabeth when both are pregnant
One of the biblical references used to justify all this is, Luke 1:41-43 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Beautiful scripture! Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and her baby (John the Baptist) leaped in her womb. Mary here was carrying Jesus in her womb, and Elizabeth called her "the mother of my Lord". She did not say "the mother of my God". She said Lord. Take a look at all public books and all the way back in historic books. The term "Lord" does not exclusively mean God. It is mostly used with people of status - a high-priest, a bishop, a king, etc.. To the people around Him, Jesus was a human teacher or rabbi, but was called Lord throughout the new testament. Again according to the Bible, God is triune for eternity past and eternity future - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And He did not change based on Elizabeth's statement, to become a quadrune god - mother, father, son, and holy spirit.
5.1.6 The Wedding at Cana
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you."
Notes: As in, "Jesus didn't want to help them, but Mary forced His hand; she told Him what to do and He did it". Every Catholic person I know points to this as the undisputable evidence of the higher authority of Mary over Jesus. My goodness! This is worse than the Calvinists. When people develop a mental block, it stays with them all the way to hell. So throw the whole Bible away? And use these 2 references here to secure your eternity?
5.1.7 Some are in it Because Mary Represents the Caring Woman and Mother
But if they only knew God, they would have changed their ways! God is "I Am"; He is not male nor female. God transcends the human concept of sex. These attributes are for humans. God is our parent representing both genders and He is far more loving and caring than any human can be. He chose to be called "Father" but He is both parents, as clear in these verses:
God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
'As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
'Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even she may forget, yet I will not forget you.'
So all those in need of a female Godly figure to turn to “because she understands women better” or "because she's like a mother to everyone", and went on and gave the blessed Mary more roles than God intended, need to stop that. The blessed Mary herself would chastise them severely for this, and would ask them to turn to God!
5.1.8 And Some Pray to Mary Because "God is a Male Chauvinist"
In today's culture some people may think (inwardly), God must be a chauvinist, because there is no female representation in heaven, and because of biblical verses like these:
"For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior."
Women are to be silent in the churches. They are not permitted to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they wish to inquire about something, they are to ask their own husbands at home; for it is dishonorable for a woman to speak in the church.
For man did not come from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.
A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
And due to the unfortunate male/female relationships on this earth, women can become resentful and push the elevation of Mary into places unintended by God. God is not a chauvinist. It is the earthly evil that drove people to think earthly, not spiritually, and not see God clearly.
The human relationships problem really started with men. God meant for man to be, lovingly and responsibly, the head of the family. But most men just abuse their privileges. The harsh reality is that we live in a male-chauvinistic world, which produced bitter women over time causing unnecessary actions. One can't blame women for this; they are the victims. The blame ultimately goes to the devil who has a strong footing in this world. This is a result of people not doing the right things towards God, which has been fueling the devil's firm-grip on earth! And this is why bad things happen on earth, including to innocent babies!
God is not a male chauvinist. The Bible did not say women should not go to college, or cannot get a job equal to men! The Bible only described spiritual activities in relation to God - God gave the role to men; not to be misunderstood as demeaning to women. In the same way in the Jewish days God gave the priestly role to the tribe of Levi. Only a Levite could enter the inner room where God had a presence, if any non-Levite entered that room he would die instantly. Not because Levi was any better than his 11 brothers. It was a God choice. Clearly nothing chauvinistic about it.
And we can't talk about chauvinism, without also talking about feminism! The reality is, feminism is the main driver for Mary's ungodly roles. But in the end, both chauvinism and feminism are the work of the devil. And humans when not true Christians will succumb to his lies.
No need for a female representation in heaven. Please stop this; it's blasphemous and producing generations of spiritually dead people. Doing the right things towards God is not difficult. His salvation plan for us is completely sufficient. No added actions are needed. All we have to do is seek God by reading the Bible, and pray the Lord's Prayer once a day, with the "bread" meaning the spiritual Bread of life that God gives for the forgiveness of sins. God will receive you with pleasure no matter what you've done in your past. And will bless you beyond your expectations. See my page on The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood.
5.1.9 The Queen of Heaven?
The woman in Revelation with a crown of twelve stars on her head, is not Mary. Because a few verses down in Revelation 12, it talks about this woman's other offspring, which is a major contradiction to the Catholic church, and their self-declared "perpetual virginity of Mary". The woman in Revelation with the crown of 12 stars is the nation of Israel with 12 tribes.
Mary is not the "queen of heaven". Mary is the "Blessed Mary", as the angel called her. She's the mother of Jesus, nothing else different about her in the Bible.
The term "queen of heaven" was not used in the book of Revelation. It was used in the old-testament Bible describing the "queen of heaven" as an abhorrent detestable pagan god, but Catholics don't know this, because they don't read the Bible!!! Jeremiah 44:16-27 stated that God severely punished those Jews driven by the women at the time, who insisted on worshiping this queen of heaven:
16 “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you. 17 But we will do everything that we have vowed, make offerings to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we did, both we and our fathers, our kings and our officials, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, and prospered, and saw no disaster ...19 And the women said, “When we made offerings to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did not our husbands know...20 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, ... 22 The Lord could no longer bear your evil deeds and the abominations that you committed.
The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to arouse my anger.
Obviously the Catholic church had scoured the Bible in desperate search of any scripture that might remotely hint at Mary as anything more that fit their agenda, to please the people. Revelation 12 was all they could find, and they latched on to it. But looking at the rest of the verses in Revelation 12 reveals a different woman. It's the nation of Israel; the twelve tribes of Israel (crown of 12 stars). In the old-testament, the nation of Israel was often referred to as a woman, examples Ezekiel 16, Isaiah 54.
Here are the explanations to the specific verses in Revelation 12:
Driven to wilderness for a time - Israelites in the desert with Moses for 40 years.
The 12 stars on her crown are the 12 tribes of Israel.
The child is Jesus. He was born to the nation of Israel, descendent of King David. "...will rule all the nations with an iron scepter."
The dragon is satan.
He tried to kill the child right after birth: King Herod killing all infants under 2-yr old.
He tried to derail Jesus in the desert when he tempted Him.
He entered Judas to hand Jesus over to be crucified.
Then Revelation 12:17 mentioned other offspring to the woman. Revelation 12:17: "Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring - those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.". This is clearly describing the rest of the nation of Israel's offspring, which are the disciples of Jesus, who brutally suffered later in their lives.
5.1.10 Pray the Rosary and to "Saints"?
The Bible says pray to God only! Any added prayers to humans, Mary, saints, etc. is a blasphemy, a sin. You're not adding anything by also praying to humans. You're just annoying God! If you spend time reading the Bible, you'll clearly see that He despises praying to anyone other than Him. And that includes Mary, who is not His mother!!
Look in the Bible. These verses clearly say not to pray to humans:
As Peter was about to enter, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet to worship him. But Peter helped him up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”
After Paul raised a man from the dead: "When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker... But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.
Jesus: "43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?"
Notes: Jesus expressing frustration over how people love to elevate each other, instead of God. Throughout His life on earth, He kept pointing them to God, but instead they kept praising each other. Example, ...the woman in the crowd calling out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:27-28
And Jesus specifically said not to do repetitive prayers as in the rosary type praying:
when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Notes: This reminds me of long ago; my grandmother sitting in bed for hours, holding the rosary in her hands, and her lips bouncing.
5.1.11 The Hail Mary Prayer
Let's examine this prayer:
The first half of it is what the angel said to Mary. This is not a prayer. This is what the angel said to Mary. Nothing more nothing less.
The 2nd half of it, is fabricated by the Vatican and is completely unbiblical. "Holy Mary Mother of God?" The angel didn't call her Holy; only God is Holy. And the Bible never called her "mother of god!". But the church overrode the Bible and forced their way.
"Pray for us sinners?" Mary cannot hear any prayers, and cannot pray for anyone, because she is dead.
Why are you doing this? Ignoring Jesus' commands and doing it your way?!!! You think this is going to cure your cancer? Think again. God not only does not hear your prayers through Mary, He also considers you a blasphemer - the Bible said Jesus is the only mediator. Why do you think it's ok to ignore this and make Mary the mediator instead??!! Nobody in the New Testament prayed to anyone except to God the Father. Even Jesus didn't say to pray to Himself but said to pray to God the Father.
5.1.12 "I Feel Inadequate Praying Directly to God Because I'm a Sinner"
Having come from a Catholic family, I heard this often from everyone. Which is an oxymoron response to God's offer. They avoided the only way to life and went in all kinds of wrong directions. Catholics feel God the Father is too strict and Mary the mother is more lenient. These are the devil's earthly lies. If the Catholic church had done the right teaching and advised people to spend time seeking God in the Bible, people would have come to know God, and would have naturally made the choice not to pray to Mary. But as it stands today, people don't really know God, and therefore the Bible says He does not know them!
2 Chronicles 15:2
... The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.
I'll answer this section heading question with an analogy story from the Old Testament. Recall that God had instructed the Israelites that no one is allowed to touch the "Ark of God" except priests from the Levite tribe.
1 Chronicles 13:7-10
They moved the ark of God from Abinadab’s house on a new cart, with Uzzah and Ahio guiding it...
When they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled. The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So, he died there before God.
Notes: Uzzah a non-Levite touched the Ark, and God struck him dead instantly. Uzzah did it because the Oxen were misbehaving, and the Ark looked like it was going to fall to the ground. So, he thought "surely God doesn't mind me doing this to keep His Ark from falling...". Do you see the parallel? Breaking God's command because we thought it's ok for a seemingly good reason or another!!
We can't mess with GOD!! God demands respect! Christianity is not "anything goes"!! Before we get creative with our earthly ways, we must first keep His commands. He commanded that we pray the Lord's Prayer for the forgiveness of sins based on Jesus' final sacrifice on the cross. Saying "it can't hurt to pray to Mary because she's His mother anyway", is wrong! God did not command this. You're being an Uzzah. Although God is not striking Catholics down, He's not striking Atheists and devil-worshippers down either. In this post-Jesus time we're in, the more likely action would be God saying, "I never knew you" at judgement: Matthew 7:23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' You say, "I'm not concerned because I'm not an 'evildoer'"? WE ARE ALL EVILDOERS!! unless we get our sins forgiven through the daily Bread of life!!
Jesus said He came for the sinners. Mark 2:17 Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” And Jesus also commanded us to pray directly to God. It's the only way to become forgiven of sins and become righteous in the eyes of God. Those feelings you have, have been embedded in your system by the church from childhood. I know! I was like that too earlier in my life. Yes difficult to let go, but must control it if you really care about becoming right with God.
One last note on this subject. I also believe it is the Vatican's "canonization of saints" theology that is the root cause of all this confusion. The Vatican's process of canonization makes it look like it is near-impossible to confirm the next "saint". They get into lengthy investigations into the life of the person to determine that he / she never sinned in their life. So, Catholic people feel they are inadequate; and that only the canonized saints are worthy of heaven. As a result, they turn to Mary and beg her for their needs, thinking she will try hard with God for them. I am so sad!! They missed the whole objective of God and the sacrifice of Jesus for forgiveness of sins. What is really puzzling is that they do go through the motions of Jesus died for our sins, and they pray the Lord's Prayer. But obviously they don't believe any of it, because they feel it's not enough; they have to supplement with something else like pray to Mary and saints.
5.1.13 What is your spiritual objective in life?
1. Stay true to your earthly loyalties, and social and emotional needs?
2. Or truly find God, and spend eternity with Him?
When facing God at judgement, blaming the church will not be acceptable. God gave us enough wisdom to know right from wrong! We know that today's Vatican has their business agenda; what is your excuse?
There is no oops later. If you die without becoming a true believer you will not gain eternal life! This is extremely serious; eternity in torment and darkness; forever, infinity. Just to defend your social setting, ancestral loyalties, and emotional needs here on earth?
1. Stay true to your earthly loyalties, and social and emotional needs?
The usual earthly complacent human behavior:
Mary is the mother of God. She'll talk to her son for me; intercede. Completely trusting the church with this.
Our family prayed to Mary for generations. All our ancestors believed this; who am I to change it?
Mary is the mother of the world.
We don't do like the protestants. We don't want them to win this battle. We will remain loyal to Mary. "Us and Them" attitude. And of course the Protestants too have the same "us and them" attitude.
2. Or truly find God, and spend eternity with Him?
The only way to God is through His redemption plan - Jesus' death on the cross. There is no other way through another person whispering in God's ear.
There is one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 1Timothy 2:5.
Mary was appointed mediator by the people, not by God! People gave her roles that God never intended nor approved.
Pray to God only! The triune God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Do not pray to any humans or saints!
Seek God by reading the Bible. And pray the Lord's Prayer daily.
According to Jesus, praying only to God means receiving His blessings here on earth, and salvation to eternal life. What else are you expecting by praying to Mary and other humans?
5.1.14 Do Not Call Anyone on Earth Father
This verse is about our spiritual Father, not our biological father. Meaning, our only spiritual instructor is Jesus through the scriptures. And our only spiritual father is God the Father, not Catholic priests.
But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher [Jesus], and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth your father, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Christ.
If the Catholic church had focused on teaching the scripture properly, example, pray the Lord's Prayer daily with the "Bread" meaning Jesus' body for the forgiveness of sins, and encouraged people to seek God by reading the Bible, we would not have gotten to this blasphemous state today, with millions of spiritually-dead people! People would have seen clearly, fell in love with God's personality, and learned that His redemption plan was the main objective of the Christian religion, instead of their emotions-driven praying to Mary.
If the ascension of Mary to heaven was true, then God would not have left people in the dark about it! He would not have left such an unprecedented event out of the Bible. It is so unlike God's personality to only give this information to Pope Pius to announce it!! At a minimum Isaiah or one of the prophets would have prophesied something about it. This is what the Bible said:
“Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”
No hint of this anywhere in the Bible!! This is a huge unbiblical mistake! It puts the Vatican in the same league with other unbiblical churches like Calvinists, Jehovah's witnesses, and Mormons. So Mary is now seated at the right-hand of God with her son Jesus?!! In the highest heaven, the unapproachable light? Timothy 6:15-16: ...God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Meaning Mary transformed from human to Deity? This is even contradicting to the Catholic church's own teachings! Why then is Mary not in "In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit"? And why is she not in the Nicene Creed? Are we to expect an updated version of the Nicene creed to be issued by the Vatican?
I prayed for a long time before I wrote this page. Should I not write anything to keep from upsetting people, and let them send themselves to hell? Or upset them and hope that some will see clearly and make it to the right path to God? Obviously, I chose the latter as my obligation towards God, and I am truly sad for those hurting because of it.
Ever since the 3rd century, Christians became less and less filled with the Holy Spirit, resulting in unbiblical theologies. Notice the Bible uses the term "filled with", as in a "measure of", in connection with those who were truly filled with the Holy Spirit back in the days of Jesus, Mary, and Paul. Today, if we are to use a measure, it appears that Christians barely have "a trace of" the Holy Spirit in them. It's been going downhill since shortly after the death of the disciples of Jesus and their generation. People who wrote in the Bible, performed miracles and were obviously filled with the Holy Spirit. The Vatican people of today are filled with everything except the Holy Spirit, and are modifying the Bible, changing the mediator from Jesus to dead people!!
Actually don't be surprised. History keeps repeating itself. The same thing happened with the Jews. In the days of Moses, the Jews in the desert obeyed God's commandments and God lived among them. Remained fairly good up to the days of King David and King Solomon. Then during the next 1,500 years or so things went downhill, up to the days of Jesus. When Jesus showed up, the Jews were so blind spiritually, they could not recognize their own Messiah. Their high-priest Caiaphas, single-handedly drove His crucifixion.
Non-Biblical Internet References
There are many religious internet sites saying that Mary's body ascended to heaven and she's seated next to Jesus. Here are parts from one of them:
"The early centuries of the Christian tradition were silent on the death of Mary. But by the seventh and eighth centuries, the belief in the bodily ascension of Mary into heaven, had taken a firm hold in both the Western and Eastern Churches. But the Eastern Orthodox Greek Church held to the dormition of Mary. According to this, Mary had a natural death, and her soul was then received by Christ. Her body arose on the third day after her death. She was then taken up bodily into heaven.
For a long time, the Catholic Church was ambiguous on whether Mary rose from the dead after a brief period of repose in death and then ascended into heaven or was “assumed” bodily into heaven before she died. Belief in the ascension of Mary into heaven became Catholic doctrine in 1950. Pope Pius XII then declared that Mary was not subject to the law of remaining in the corruption of the grave, and she did not have to wait until the end of time for the redemption of her body."
Notes: Let's start with the first 2 sentences. This confirms that it took the usual time after the truly Holy-Spirit-filled generations died off until the human-natured people took over.
So they're not sure if "Mary rose from the dead and went to heaven... or ascended bodily into heaven before she died?!" How did the Bible miss telling us this? If the blessed Mary was here today, she would personally put a stop to all this non-sense. They hijacked her role in the Bible, and took it into all kinds of wrong directions, unintended by God. How do I know this? I know God through diligently seeking Him in the Bible for years, and I know I am filled with the Holy Spirit. This doctrine is not from God.
The devil cooked-up the perfect lie. He used Mary in it. No one dares to dispute this claim. No one dares to say Mary is not the mother of God!
So What Then Should the Catholic People Do?
Simply become Christians by the Bible. Flee from all churches; they're all corrupt and deficient in their teachings. See my page on Are we True Christians?
For praying, pray the Lord's Prayer daily as Jesus commanded, to receive the Bread of life daily and remain righteous in the eyes of God. See my page on The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood.
Get on the right path with God; seek Him always, by reading the Bible, pray the Lord's Prayer daily, and watch your life transform in amazing ways. God's blessings will pour out on you. As you stand today, believing the unbiblical doctrines of Mary and Purgatory, you are on the wrong track in God's eyes. Effectively you don't know God and are heading to spiritual death.
Look at my page How to Be True Christians, I provide alternatives and answer all your questions on how to live without a church.
Don't become a protestant. Don't become a Baptist or Evangelical, or a Calvinist.
Don't pray the rosary any more. Just pray the Lord's Prayer once a day. This is what Jesus said to do. And this is God's redemption plan for us. Nothing else to supplement with. See my page on The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood.
Don't also pray to Mary after you pray to God; she is not His mother! He sees it differently than you see it. It is most painful to Him.
You don't have to become anything other than a "Christian". God never intended for us to have denominations.
And What Should the Catholic Church Do?
True reforms, towards God, not to please people! The current pope can be a hero for God, and reverse Pope Pius-XII's reckless and blasphemous doctrines. Sure it will upset some people, but it will please God! If you truly believe in God, which side do you want to be on? Even the Jews during the years of their deterioration had an occasional king that "did what was right in the eyes of the Lord", who demolished/reversed the previous king's damage to God's law. Example here: 2Kings 18:3-4 [King Hezekiah] "He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it."
Sound familiar? Moses showed them the way to God, but they wanted to pray to the bronze snake!
5.2 What Does "Believe In Jesus" Really Mean?
- It means believe in everything He said.
- It means learn His commands and keep them!
1 John 2:4
“The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
[Jesus:] “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever
If you are only following the "high-level" verses that Protestant churches preach, you are not saved!! You did not look at the details of how those "high-level" verses are accomplished! "Believe in His name and you shall be saved" is a loaded statement. You missed the details of "how to."
Notice Jesus said in John 14:15-16 above, only when we keep His commands, He will then ask the Father to give us " another advocate", the Holy Spirit! Not everybody gets the Holy Spirit - we must keep His commands first!
Who is keeping Jesus' commands today? And who therefore has the Holy Spirit? People are going by "faith alone" and doing nothing!! Just singing hymns in church!! So many good people are spiritually lost due to their church stubbornness. I'm extremely sad to the point of crying. And the rest of other churchgoers are even worse. Praying to Mary and saints, or "God already decided we have no say"!
"Accept Jesus as your personal savior", is meaningless if you don't obey Jesus' commands! And if you don't forgive others!
Before declaring belief in Jesus you have to learn what Jesus said. Do you know all what He said? Do you know all His commands, teachings, parables, and their meanings?
If you're a lip-service believer, God has a verse just for you:
Matthew 15:8 ‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.
What does believe in Jesus mean? Keep His commands. What are His commands? They're all spiritual and attitudinal; no "works of the flesh" commands. They're scattered throughout the New Testament. A number of them are in the Sermon on the Mount, examples seek God always, the Lord's Prayer, and the good-hearted shall see God... Then there were other commands embedded in His parables, which mostly reiterated the need to mature spiritually by continually increasing our knowledge of God, and make sure our sins are forgiven through receiving the daily Bread of life.
5.2.1 Some of Jesus' Commands:
Jesus' commands are all spiritual, no works of the flesh. Here are some of them:
Seek God and His righteousness - Matthew 6:33. God and His ways and personality are in the Bible. He shines through both the New and Old Testaments. We can learn so much about Him by reading the scripture, including the parts contradicting to your Church's theology!!
The Lord's Prayer - Matthew 6:9-13, prayed daily to receive the daily Bread of life for forgiveness, receive the Holy Spirit, and remain "Righteous" in the eyes of God.
Forgive others so God forgives you. Matthew 6:12. This one was stressed several times by Jesus. It is in the Lord's Prayer, and Jesus kept stressing it further in several other parts of the New Testament. The key message is, don't expect to receive God's blessings and salvation if you're holding hate and grudge against any other human. God sees our innermost self - Forgive them all!
Become born again in the spirit - Baptists, Evangelicals, and the rest of the protestants only follow this command and ignore the rest of this list!
Continue to mature spiritually or face spiritual death - Many parables from Jesus explain this clearly, examples, John 15:6 "branches that wither and die", Luke 13:6 "cut the fig tree down", and Matthew 25:30 "cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness".
Enter through the narrow gate... Matthew 7:13-14.
Love God and all people on earth including your enemies - Matthew 22:34-40 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Don't be hypocrites - Example shooting arrows at abortion doctors and homosexuals, ignoring how big of a sinner you yourself are!! God knows the hearts. Matthew 7:4-5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
The good-hearted shall see God.
And many other commands embedded in Jesus' parables, that most people don't know nor understand!
And Here is What "Believe in Jesus" Does Not Mean:
It does not mean pray to Mary and saints. The whole Bible stresses to pray to God only!!
It does not mean God already mysteriously picked from the humans for His pleasure!! He gave us freedom to choose; He doesn't want robots!
It does not mean ignore Jesus' commands and directly skip to singing hymns, loud music, and waving of hands. “By faith alone” means you still have to obey Jesus' commands!!
No, I'm not overreacting, and everything is not ok! Devil-worshippers and Atheists drive latest model SUVs and live in nice homes too!! The question to ask in this post-Jesus time is, "will I be in the I-never-knew-you line at judgement?" I beg you to re-examine the scriptures, and not just rely on your church.
5.2.2 Continuously Shouting "I Love You Jesus", is not Good Enough?
NO IT IS NOT!! It is meaningless if you don't obey Jesus' commands!
I listen to church sermons, podcasts, and social media quotes all over the internet. A popular pastor shouting for example "give me an 'I love you Jesus'". And all people shout it out loud... I have bad news for you. God can't hear you!! For these reasons:
Who is this Jesus you're shouting for? What did He teach? What are His commands for you? Do you think He likes this and wants you to keep doing it? Then your Jesus is different than our Jesus Christ of the Bible!
You say "all I need to know is He died on the cross for my sins". Did you also bother to look at what He wants from you?
Jesus specifically said “If you love me, keep my commands." John 14:15. Are you keeping His commands? No? Then all your shouting is landing on deaf ears!!! It is meaningless. It is just lip service.
You ask, how do I know you're not keeping His commands? If you're keeping His commands you wouldn't be shouting this with the rest. You would be doing something different. What is it? GO LEARN JESUS' COMMANDS!!! HE IS GOD!!! HE DEMANDS RESPECT!!!
Here is a similar situation from the Bible that confirms what I'm saying:
A woman followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
This woman is exactly the same as today's Protestant, and particularly Pentecostal churches. Kept repeating words that seemed right, but were empty words and a disgrace to God; it is not God's ways!! Paul had to drive a demon out of her!!
If you only believe in Jesus as in "the existence of Jesus as the son of God", then even the devil himself believes that much:
Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”
When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?”
You believe that God is one. Good for you! Even the demons believe that— and shudder.
Notes: James here takes it a step further and mocks those who are giving lip-service declaration of belief.
True Christianity is not "be creative" and "anything goes." Going to church every Sunday and singing hymns is only the icing on the cake; you've ignored the cake and focused on the icing!
Or you may be in a Christian band, singing or writing songs titled something like "the blood of Jesus". Belonging to a big church with thousands of members, and making a lot of noise on Sundays... and thinking "what's this one guy here talking about?" Despite the grand picture you're in, the fact remains, unless you keep Jesus' commands, your sins are not forgiven. Again, what you're doing is icing on the cake; Jesus did not command any of this. He gave us simple commands like pray the Lord's Prayer daily and seek God always to keep learning about Him and mature spiritually. Are you doing these? If yes, you're on the right path. If no, you're not reconciled with God because you're doing things your way, not His way, not as He commanded. I'm not judging; I'm only pointing out God's view in relation to what I see going on in the Christian world today. Only He knows the hearts.
First obey Jesus' commands. Then do your other creative fluff. You're ignoring Jesus' commands, the most essential part of salvation!
To "believe in someone" is not a casual statement. You need to know about this person before you can truly say you believe in them. In today's world, many get that knowledge from watching movies about the Bible. That knowledge is invalid; movies veer significantly from the truth in order to make a sensational, profit-producing product. Another method in today's world, is relying completely on churches, which only preach from certain parts of the Bible to keep it pleasing to people. The majority of Bible verses are unknown to people. Personal Bible reading is the only way to truly seek God. Look at all the new truths from the references in this website. Most churches don't talk about these! At a minimum, if you're staying with your church, which is not recommended, make sure to supplement with your personal Bible reading, and researching online. Focus on the cake first, then on the icing! It's your eternity at stake; do you trust anyone with that? Check things for yourself! I provide help in this area in my link How to Be True Christians.
Declaring belief in Jesus is the beginning of a relationship with Him; a journey of getting to know Him. It goes in this order:
1. Birth of the flesh - first birth.
2. Birth of the spirit - born-again.
3. Spiritual growth - maturing with more knowledge about God/Jesus
It is the 3rd item that most churches and people ignore. If you declare you believe in Jesus and then move on with your life, and just keep telling everybody "I'm covered by the blood", you're not!! Because all you know about Jesus is that sentence. The Bible says you're spiritually dead; did not mature in the knowledge of God, like one of these people in the verse below, "choked by life's worries, riches, and pleasures":
"The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature."
==> "they do not mature" <==
Spiritual maturity, is more of an attitude. Being a true born-again believer would result in interest springing from within for wanting to grow that relationship with God, by:
- Seeking God, through reading the scripture and gaining more wisdom and knowledge about Him; maturing spiritually.
- Worshiping Him daily (Jesus’ prayer daily)
- Respecting Him! Keep Jesus' commands
- Liking what He likes and hating what He hates.
- Love all people, just as He loves all people, His children, His creation.
- Then after doing all the above, you can sing hymns and Christian music etc.
If you’re not doing these things, you're not maturing spiritually, your declaration of belief in God did not flourish. These things should spring from within; if you feel they’re a burden, or label them as "works" because they don't fit your lifestyle, then you're not cut-out for the Kingdom of God.
5.2.3 By Faith Alone?
"By faith alone" meant no added works of the flesh. It is in the Bible but your church missed it:
“know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.”
So, "by faith alone" is not "do nothing" - Learning Jesus' commands and keeping them is not "works of the flesh"! Spiritual maturity is not "works", seeking God in the whole Bible is not "works", and praying the Lord's Prayer daily as He commanded is not "works"!
Paul introduced Jesus to the Gentiles. But Protestants ran with the "intro" as the complete message!!
Paul: 13 “for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
Protestant churches and their people, MEMORIZED verse 13 but have no idea that verse 14 even existed!!
👉 Verse 14: How can they call on His name without knowing Him??!! Do they know His commands? No. Do they understand His parables? No. Their church convinced them these were meant for the Jews!!!
Do you have a favorite verse? Please stop that!
- Romans 10:13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
- Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven...
The Bible is contradicting? No!!! You have to read the whole Bible to understand. You can't pick and choose your favorite verses and run with them! If anybody asks you this popular question, "what is your favorite verse in the Bible?" Start running the other way. No one understands!! No one cares to truly seek God!!
A guy emailed me recently asking, how is it that the thief on the cross next to Jesus was saved instantly, and we have to go through a different process? I answered, "that thief had minutes to live. He declared belief in Jesus as the Messiah and Jesus granted him salvation. Had the thief lived a full life after that, he would have been required to be renewed day by day like the rest of us." I did not hear back from him.
Are you a "Do Nothing" Believer?
Please stop the "do nothing", because you've become spiritually dead; "did not mature". A big difference between "Works of the flesh" and "Spiritual Activities":
Works of the flesh: Means earthly efforts or still trying to apply the Jewish law - Circumcision, animal sacrifices, refrain from certain foods, dress a certain way, do a lot of good deeds to offset the bad, etc.
Not works of the flesh: Spiritual activities like seek God, read the Bible, and pray the Lord's Prayer daily.
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