What did Christ teach us? What does the Word say should be “part of” or “not part of” the born-again Church? Here are a few foundational beliefs that the Word teaches:
~Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
~Matthew 23:5-6 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, (5) And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, (6)
~Hebrews 7:26-28 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; (26) 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. (27) 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. (28 )
~1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
So why does the catholic church tell you to call the priest, Father; the pope, Holy Father? Jesus could not have been referring to the Jews because they called their teachers, Rabbi. Christ knew what was to come with the catholic church. He knew how to teach us and what we would have to look out for.
Although Matthew 23:5-6 deal with the Jews, do they not sound like the catholic church as well? The catholic leaders wear ornate gowns and are seated on throne-like seats in the cathedrals. Some of the offices of catholic leaders are priests, bishops, archbishops, cardinals, and pope. There are many in between but I think you get my point. The Bible speaks of deacons and bishops/pastors/elders but it stops there. There is no pontiff/pope – no one can claim to be like Christ for there is no other!
Hebrews 7:26-28 discuss the function of the high priest. The catholic church’s priests are known as Christ’s representatives. In fact, the pope’s very title claims he has the authority as though he were Christ here on earth. The Catholic Church has priests, which act as mediators between God and man, to hear the confessions of men and provide for the penance that will lead to their justification. Paul said of Jesus in 1 Timothy 2:5 that He is the only mediator between God and man.
The are so many differences between the catholicism and what is taught in the New Testament for the born-again body of believers that this post would be unending! What it boils down to is a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. When one is repentant and receives Christ as their Saviour, the personal relationship begins. The burdens are replaced with peace. The poor catholic believes that religion, rules, rituals, will take them to heaven. But that is not Scriptural. As a catholic, have you experienced a real relationship with Christ? Is He all you think about? Is He the center of your thoughts? Do you have complete peace?
I challenge the catholic reader to read the New Testament and write down the Bible references to each of the dogmas of the catholic church mentioned. I pray the Holy Spirit of God would enlighten your eyes, pierce your heart and draw you to true salvation.