Friday, April 08, 2005

Mary as Mediator

There has been lots of controversy regarding the late Pope John Paul II. Some of this controversy has taken place within my family (most of whom are Roman Catholic). The point I try to make is not to judge whether or not the late pope is in heaven or not, but that the beliefs he defended are heretical and a denial of the true Gospel, which according to Scripture, is no gospel at all. To believe these things is a categorical rejection of the true Gospel by definition. They are mutally exclusive, and I will show, for the dogma of Mary as intercessor/mediator, how this does deny the Gospel.

For those interested, this has direct bearing on the late pope. On John Paul II's coat-of-arms was the inscription, "Totus Tuus sum Maria", which means, "Mary, I am totally yours". John Paul II credited Mary with his survival of an attempted assasination early in his papal ministry. He was ardently Marian -always pushing for devotion to Mary from within the Roman Church.

Many evangelicals are unaware of the seriousness of the Marian dogma of the Roman Catholic Church. Some think it is just an odd addition to the faith which is wrong, but doesn't necessarily destroy the rest. Others fight againt it vehemently but don't really know why.

Here is the meat of the matter: the Marian dogmas are the fruit of unbelief. Why? Because they insist that we need another advocate -one between man and Christ. Christ, being God, is fearful, Rome imagines, so we need an advocate with Him, as well. But this only says one thing: that the grace of Christ is hidden. If we see Christ as Savior, but also fear Him in this manner, then what is this descriptive of? It is descriptive of a system of co-salvation and human merit. If Christ is to be feared in this way, it is because there is some expectation of human merit which must be met. If we fear Him as unapproachable as sinners, then this means we have reason to fear. And if we have reason to fear, what is it? It must be that we may not be meeting our end of the equation. To be in awe of Christ and fall on our faces before His holiness is one thing which all Christians share. To add an advocate between us and Christ is to deny the Christian faith. Christ is the only Mediator, and He is a gentle One -a Savior for sinners, a Shepherd for the lost. To add an advocate between us and Him is an indicator of blindness to the free grace of Christ, and this is unbelief.

Praise God that He has given us sinners a Mediator -One full of grace and truth, One who was tempted in every point like we are, yet who did not sin. The true Christ calls those who despair in themselves and mediates for them, and His mediation, based upon the once-for-all sacrifice of Himself, perfects for all time those who draw near to God through Him. There is no other, and to add another -even in addition to Him or before Him- is to replace Him and disgrace His office as our High Priest and Mediator forever.


Anonymous said...

all christians mediate for each other when we pray for each other. mary prays for us, so she is mediator in that way.

Tim said...

Christians *intercede* for each other, yes, but there is a vast difference between that and your "dulia" which is given to Mary. When I ask a friend to pray for me, I am asking him to intercede for me on the basis of Christ's work as he is a believer. The basis is still 100% Christ. With Mary, you may say otherwise, but with a title such as "Co-Redemptric", how can you honestly say that you are asking Mary, a mere sinful human just like you, to intercede knowing that God hears her only on the basis of Christ's blood? I have heard many Catholic apologists try to use this argument, and it is ridiculous. You know very well that the Roman church does not treat Mary just like asking any other believer to pray for them.

Secondly, can you identify from God's Word where it says we shall communicate with the dead? And please don't give me that mumbo-jumbo about them "being more alive than we are, since they are with Christ". You know what I mean by dead. They have left this earth and gone to the next.

And do you mean to say that you pray to Mary in the same manner that you would pray to the now deceased Pope John Paul II?

God tells us in His Word to pray for one another, and He has ordained that as a means, along with our own prayers, through which He brings about His purposes for our joy in Christ. Yet, there is no Biblical basis whatsoever for exalting Mary in this way, much less asking the deceased to intercede for us.