An email newsletter had the following in its latest edition:
Rome attributes to Mary many of the divine attributes that are unique to the Lord Jesus. The end result is a counterfeit version of Mary whom Catholics venerate and trust as the channel of all grace. Rome says both Jesus and Mary were immaculately conceived, born without sin, lived sinless lives and now intercede as our advocates. Jesus ascended into heaven, the Catholic Mary was bodily assumed into heaven; Jesus is the second Adam, Mary is the second Eve; Jesus is the King of kings, Mary is the Queen of heaven and earth; Jesus is the mediator, Mary is the co-mediatrix and Jesus is the redeemer, Mary is the co-redeemer. Catholics have also declared that it is Mary, not Jesus, that crushes the head of Satan, the serpent….
Now according to Carl Anderson, the head of the Knights of Columbus, Mary is the best evangelist. “She is the evangelist par excellence, in part because she enters the world…from the beatific vision, a state of supreme closeness to God,” he said Dec. 10 at the Ecclesia in America Conference in Rome. “Her example and continued motherhood of all peoples is a sure path today for the new evangelization.” (Mary Quite Contrary. Mike Gendron. pro-gospel.org)
To that last point, perhaps it should be mentioned that while researching the book Fatima Shock! What the Vatican Does Not Want You to Know About Fatima, Dogmas of Mary, and Future Apparitions, I learned how effective Satan has been in the past using apparitions that claim to be Mary in order to “evangelize.” This is not a role a dead woman, including Jesus’ mother, could have according to sacred scripture.
But what about this claimed evangelical role in history?
Basically, according to more reputable Catholic researchers, the first known apparition of Mary occurred in the early-mid third century. Shortly thereafter, the confederation that Serapion of Antioch warned about ended up dominating Asia Minor instead of the Church of God–certain other doctrines that are now widely accepted by the Greco-Roman faiths were given at least impetus because of Marian apparitions. Marian apparitions also appear to have been partially responsible for keeping those in Europe away from the biblical faith. It is claimed by certain Catholic researchers that Marian apparitions (specifically “Our Lady of Guadalupe” ) was why Latin America became predominantly affiliated with the Church of Rome. It also appears that Marian apparitions played a role in getting Russia to accept idols and Europe to remain, for centuries, even more tied to the Church of Rome.
The Bible warns about a woman in Isaiah 47 and Revelation 17 & 18 that seems to be like certain Marian apparitions. There are other scriptures (please see Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Apparitions) that support this view.
As far as Mary herself goes, though it is proper for Christians to state that Mary was the mother of Jesus and was blessed (Luke 1:48), it is blasphemous to insist that she was sinless (cf. Romans 3:23) and that one must turn to Mary in order to see Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5) as well as many other teachings accepted by millions.
For more information, please check out the following:
Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Apparitions Do you know much about Mary? Are the apparitions real? What might they mean for the rise of the ecumenical religion of Antichrist? Are Protestants moving towards Mary? How do the Orthodox view Mary? How might Mary view her adorers?
Origin of the Marian Dogmas: Where Do Catholic Scholars Say The Four Dogmas of Mary Came From?
Assumption of Mary Did Mary die? Was she taken to heaven on August 15th? What is known? What does the Bible show?
Women and the New Testament Church Were women important in the New Testament Church? Which women and how were they involved?
Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Continuing Church of God? Do you know that both groups shared a lot of the earliest teachings? Do you know which church changed? Do you know which group is most faithful to the teachings of the apostolic church? Which group best represents true Christianity? This documented article answers those questions.
Fatima Shock! What the Vatican Does Not Want You to Know About Fatima, Dogmas of Mary, and Future Apparitions. Whether or not you believe anything happened at Fatima, if you live long enough, you will be affected by its ramifications (cf. Isaiah 47; Revelation 17). Fatima Shock! provides concerned Christians with enough Catholic-documented facts to effectively counter every false Marian argument. In addition to the print version, there is a Kindle version of Fatima Shock! which you can acquire in seconds.