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Sunday, August 20, 2017
Date Posted:
5/25/2005

New Book: 'Mary Grace and Hope in Christ'


True Protestants Will Not Be Fooled By The Double-Speak Of The Hail Mary Brigade Of Anglican Ecumenists


Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley

The Anglican-RC International Commission (ARCIC) has issued an Agreed Statement on the special place of Mary in the Church, under the heading:

‘MARY’

‘Grace and Hope in Christ’

The statement actually exalts Mary and insults Christ.   It claims to shore up from the Holy Scripture the popish dogmas of the ‘Immaculate Conception of Mary’ and the ‘Bodily Assumption of Mary’.

Let us be clear what these dogmas are.

First: The Immaculate Conception of Mary

The Bible teaches that all mankind born by natural generation has sinned, and come short of the glory of God.  This includes Mary.  Only Christ was born without sin.  He was a miraculous incarnation.  Mary was born of natural generation.

On 8th December 1854 Pope Pius IX decreed that Mary was conceived and born without spot or stain of original sin.

The Papal decree is quoted in the Agreed Statement, p.56, para 59.  ‘Roman Catholics are bound to believe:

The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God in view of the merits of Christ Jesus, the Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.’

This runs contrary to the Word of God: ‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.’ Romans 3:23.

This text presents:

I. The Argument Concluded:  

What is the argument?  Look at v.22 - ‘For there is no difference”

II. The Statement Considered:

‘All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.’

III. The Judgment Confirmed:

All have come short’

IV. The Indictment Conceded:

‘All have sinned:

The fact that Mary, having brought a sacrifice of blood at her purification, demonstrated that she knew and believed that she needed cleansing as much as any other woman.  Because she was a sinner, she rejoiced in God her Saviour.  Luke 1:47: ‘And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.’

The Agreed Statement calls Augustine AD.398 in support but conveniently covers over what he said on this subject: ‘Mary, derived from Adam, died because of sin.’ - (Augustine Sermon Psalm 34 tom. 4, col.240, Paris 1681, from ‘The One Hundred Texts’ of the Irish Church Missions’, page 4.)

Strange to relate, Mary had to be filled with the Spirit in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost, contrary to the teaching of Rome that she was always full of grace. This dogma has no scripture roots as these ecumenists declare;  nor was Mary ‘Christ’s foremost disciple’, holding ‘the pre-eminent place within the communion of saints’;  nor has she ‘a special place’ in the economy of our salvation.’  (See para 57 and 58).  Nor is she in any way ‘the sign of hope for all humanity’, para 56.  The Scripture declares ‘Christ in you the hope of glory.’  Col.1:27.

‘Gibbon says (Decline and Fall, vol.5, c.1 p.341 Bury’s Edition): ‘The Latin church has not disdained to borrow from the Koran the immaculate conception of the virgin.’  In the third chapter, Gibbon, in giving an account of the birth of the Virgin Mary, speaks of ‘driving away Satan with stones’, in which words, according to the Jesuit Marracci, the Immaculate conception of the Blessed Virgin is hinted at!  (Marracci, in Alcoran, tom.ii, p 112: Patavii, 1698)  A Mohammedan, commenting on the passage, says that according to a tradition of Mahomet, all who come into the world are touched by the Devil at their birth, and therefore cry out, Mary and her Son only excepted!  (See notes of Marracci’s Alcoran).’

- The One Hundred Texts, p.92.

Second: The Bodily Assumption of Mary

The Agreed Statement goes on to say: ‘Roman Catholic Christians, however, are bound to believe the teaching defined by Pope Pius XII in 1950:

‘That the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.’

Now the death of Mary is nowhere mentioned in the New Testament, nor is her assumption, soul and body, into heaven.

The Agreed Statement, however, tries to manufacture a scriptural basis for the Immaculate Conception of Mary and her Bodily Assumption.

In doing so it denies the plain teaching of the Bible that ‘all have sinned’,  and adds to the scripture the dogma of the Bodily Assumption in order to uphold a satanic lie from the Koran.  This is all neatly wrapped and sold under the descriptive label ‘Consonant with the teaching of Scripture,’ para.60.

The great deception of the Bodily Assumption which it calls ‘the taking of the Blessed Virgin in the fulness of her person into His glory’, is consonant with scripture and only to be understood in the light of scripture’, para.78.

The other great deception of the Immaculate Conception, it claims, reached ‘back’ in Mary to the depths of her being and her earliest beginnings, para.78.

It claims that both are consonant with scripture, para. 78.  (Note; The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘consonant’  as ‘in agreement and harmony’.

The Agreed Statement claims that it places the two Papal definitions of 1854 and 1950 in a new ecumenical context, and that praying to Mary is not communion-dividing.

The Rosary Prayer will soon be introduced to the Protestant churches, exalting Mary and insulting Christ.  Such will be the result of this latest betrayal of the true gospel of Christ.

The choice is plain - the cult of Mary or the coronation of the only Mediator, our Lord Jesus Christ.

We pledge our allegiance to Him.  ‘That in all things He might have the pre-eminence.’

Col.1:18.

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