Anglican-RC International Commission (ARCIC) has issued an Agreed Statement on
the special place of Mary in the Church, under the heading:
and Hope in Christ’
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’.
us be clear what these dogmas are.
The Immaculate Conception of Mary
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.
8th December 1854 Pope Pius IX decreed that Mary was conceived and born without
spot or stain of original sin.
Papal decree is quoted in the Agreed Statement, p.56, para 59. ‘Roman Catholics
are bound to believe:
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
runs contrary to the Word of God: ‘For all have sinned, and come short of
the glory of God.’ Romans 3:23.
The Argument Concluded:
is the argument? Look at v.22 - ‘For there is no difference”
The Statement Considered:
have sinned and come short of the glory of God.’
The Judgment Confirmed:
‘All have come short’
The Indictment Conceded:
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.’
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.)
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
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).’
Hundred Texts, p.92.
The Bodily Assumption of Mary
Agreed Statement goes on to say: ‘Roman Catholic Christians, however, are bound
to believe the teaching defined by Pope Pius XII in 1950:
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.’
the death of Mary is nowhere mentioned in the New Testament, nor is her
assumption, soul and body, into heaven.
Agreed Statement, however, tries to manufacture a scriptural basis for the
Immaculate Conception of Mary and her Bodily Assumption.
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.
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.
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.
claims that both are consonant with scripture, para. 78. (Note; The Oxford
Dictionary defines ‘consonant’ as ‘in agreement and harmony’.
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
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.
choice is plain - the cult of Mary or the coronation of the only Mediator, our
Lord Jesus Christ.
pledge our allegiance to Him. ‘That in all things He might have the