The 1994 Catholic Catechism states this about Mary:
“Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.” Pg. 252, #969
I can remember hearing my mother tell me, as she prayed the rosary, that she was praying to Mary so that she could go to the Father and Jesus on her behalf. She told me that Mary knew what my mother was going through and she had a greater compassion for her children and, therefore, could approach the Throne with greater effect. I told my mother that she was robbing Jesus Christ of what He deserved and a mother would not do this. However, she was blinded by so many years of indoctrination by the church of Rome and she just could not understand what I was saying and was very defensive of the things she had been taught.
Let’s look at the titles that the catholic catechism gives to Mary and let the Word of God deal with them:
The word advocate means “to defend the cause of.” The catholic church teaches that Mary is an advocate. This is not in the Bible and is a man-made tradition. What does the Bible say about this?
(1 John 2:1) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: (emphasis mine).
So who can be right? Where do you draw the line when it comes to this? Do you believe God’s Word when it contradicts what the catholic church teaches or do you prefer to put your head in the sand like an ostrich and hope you are right?
I have yet to find a verse in Scripture that says that Mary is a helper. In fact,
The Bible disagrees with catholicism by declaring that Jesus, not Mary, is the only Helper:
(Psa 54:4) Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
(Heb 13:5) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
(Heb 13:6) So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
This word is not even in Scripture nor is there any reference to its definition. This is yet another catholic tradition. The word benefactor means:
He who confers a benefit, especially one who makes charitable contributions either for public institutions or for private use.
Just what/how does Mary bring forth a benefit? What benefit? So much of the catholic doctrine is worded in such a complicated manner that the lay person cannot possibly understand it and must rely on the priest (and higher) to reveal the church’s will.
The definition of Mediatrix (female mediator) is:
One that interposes between parties at variance for the purpose of reconciling them.1. By way of eminence, Christ is the mediator, the divine intercessor through whom sinners may be reconciled to an offended God. Tim.2.
No where does the Bible state that Mary was a mediator between man and God. No where! In fact, Mary requested people to obey her Son!(Joh 2:5) His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. (emphasis mine). What does the Bible say about the one who holds the title of mediator?
(1 Tim 2:5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Tim 2:6) Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (emphasis mine).
(Heb 8:6) But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. (emphasis mine).
(Heb 9:15) And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. (emphasis mine).
(Heb 12:24) And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (emphasis mine).
Hmmm … four times the Word of God says that Jesus is the Mediator. No where does it indicate that Mary is even remotelya mediator. Again, the catholic is taught that tradition and magisterium supersede the Bible. But their own catechism says that all three sources work together.
“It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise arrangement of God, sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others. Working together, each in its own way, under the action of the one Holy Spirit, they all contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.” (Pg. 29, #95)
If each works in its own way, together with the rest, under the action of the Holy Spirit, then there would be no contradiction because God cannot lie. (Tit 1:2) In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; (emphasis mine). My word – it is so very clear! God cannot lie, therefore, something is wrong here – very wrong!
Who do you believe then? Tradition and magisterium or God? (1 John 4:1) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Lastly, Mary is given the title of Intercessor. The Word of God is very clear as to how many intercessors there can be.
(Heb 9:24) For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: (emphasis mine) Jesus appears before God for us – not Mary.
(Heb 7:25) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (emphasis mine) Again, Jesus makes intercession – not Mary.
(Heb 7:26) For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; (Heb 7:27) Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. (Heb 7:28 ) For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. (emphasis mine) Jesus offered one sacrifice and the Word says in verse 28 that this sacrifice is for evermore!
(Rom 8:34) Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (emphasis mine) Only Christ makes intercession for us! It does not say Mary!
(Rom 8:27) And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (emphasis mine) Again, Christ makes intercession for the saint. Here’s an afterthought – why would Christ have to make intercession for a saint if, according to catholic tradition, the saint is already in heaven? The saint is the born-again Christian – not someone already in heaven.
Intercession allows the believer to have a direct link to the Heavenly Father. When we go before the Father, He sees the blood of His Son upon the born-again believer. Jesus’ work on the cross allows us direct access to the Father. Not Mary.
(Eph 2:18 ) For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. (emphasis mine)
(Eph 3:11) According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: (Eph 3:12) In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. (emphasis mine)
So, my friend. Mary is never mentioned in God’s Word as being any of the titles listed in your catechism. Ask yourself this question! Why not? The catholic church has managed to place Mary on a throne in heaven. They have successfully convinced their people that the Father is some kind of scarey unforgiving God and that Jesus needs help to get through to Him. Therefore, Jesus’ mother has been promoted (only by the catholic church) and she now can take mankinds plea and prayers to her Son so she can “soften” Him and convince Him to go to the Father. Good grief, man! You don’t need any of that. You can go straight to God Himself if you are saved! You don’t need anyone but Jesus Christ!
Don’t be an ostrich with your head in the sand. God will hold you accountable for what you have done with His Son. If you wait until you die, it will be too late. There’s no turning back after that.
(Heb 9:27) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (emphasis mine).