1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
Lest anyone think this is gratuitous Catholic-bashing, please note that I spend way more time addressing false teachers within Protestantism.
The Mother Mary Facebook page shared this story about how demons allegedly fear Mary and her power for salvation. These demons also give you tips on how to be saved — but only because they were allegedly forced to. I completely agree that the message is demonic in nature, just not in the way the author intended it. I see these possibilities:
1. A demon really said it, but was lying because Satan wants to confuse people about Mary’s role, take away glory from Jesus and keep people in bondage.
2. Someone made it up as “evidence” of the Catholic Church’s false claims about Mary. And we know who the father of lies is.
This is only believable to those who don’t study the Bible and/or those who are hostile to its truths.
When Saint Dominic was preaching the Rosary near Carcassone, an Albigensian was brought to him who was possessed by the devil. Saint Dominic exorcised him in the presence of a great crowd of people; it appears that over twelve thousand had come to hear him preach.
During the exorcism, the demon was forced to speak the following about devotion to the Mother of God: “Listen well, you Christians: the Mother of Jesus Christ is all-powerful, and She can save Her servants from falling into hell. She is the Sun which destroys the darkness of our wiles. It is She who uncovers our hidden plots, breaks our snares, and makes our temptations useless and ineffectual.
Please stop and consider for a moment whether a demon of Satan just might lie about how people are really saved.
So we are supposed to be her servants and not Christ’s? Mary is all-powerful?
The Holy Spirit forgot to mention any of that in the Bible when He addressed the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).
“We have to say, however reluctantly, that not a single soul who has really persevered in Her service has ever been damned with us; one single sigh that She offers to the Blessed Trinity is worth far more than all the prayers, desires, and aspirations of all the saints.
“We fear Her more than all the other saints in Heaven together, and we have no success with Her faithful servants. Many Christians who call upon Her when they are in the hour of death, and who really ought to be damned according to our ordinary standards, are saved by Her intercession.
They slip up here when referring to “our ordinary standards.” Uh, wouldn’t that be God’s standards that are involved with the damnation question?
“Oh, if only that Mary (it is thus in their fury that they called Her) had not pitted Her strength against ours and had not upset our plans, we should have conquered the Church and should have destroyed it long before this, and we would have seen to it that all of the Orders in the Church fell into error and disorder.
So they fear Mary but not Jesus? Interesting.
“Now that we are forced to speak, we must also tell you this: nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because She obtains for Her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins, and by means of this they obtain God’s forgiveness and mercy.”
So we’re saved by saying the rosary and not by repenting and believing in Jesus? I missed that part in the Bible. Must have been right after the part about vain repetition.
For the record, I think that some people in the Catholic church are saved but just don’t know what the foundations of the religion really are (works-based justification, Mariolatry, indulgences, purgatory, etc.). I also think that many in the Protestant church aren’t saved.
But people who believe what that Facebook page said have some wildly inaccurate theology. The comments there were as creepy and sad as the post itself. I beg people to read the Bible for themselves and abandon these man-made / demon-made tales. Read the Book of Acts, the history of the early church, and ask why Mary was only mentioned once — and that was merely noting her presence a room. Why no mentions in Romans? And 1 Corinthians? And 2 Corinthians? And so on. If the Bible was given to us by the Catholic religion, as it falsely claims, then why doesn’t it include more about Mary?
This is from another post on that site. I don’t recall any Bible verses about this, either.