This article is a result of a conversation I had with a couple of Catholics and what scripture shows. The term Tickled Ears comes from the idea that many people don’t always want to listen to truth but what makes them feel good or are comfortable with. Please understand not man, but the Bible is the authority.
I was raised a Catholic and even went to their schools. I was taught many things about the Catholic doctrine. But, I have to say that even as a child of 6 years old I was having trouble with some of the teaching. When I read the Bible for myself, I had issues with some things I was taught. For instance the Bible says in Matthew not to call any man father because we have One Father in heaven. But the Catholic church calls their priests father.
The bible is very clear that their is one mediator between God and man. He is Jesus. A person can say that a priest will forgive your sins if you confess them to him but the fact is when Jesus died on the cross he made a way for us to go directly to the Father. If you look at Matthew 27:51, the veil was torn from top to bottom. Showing us that the separation between mankind and God was removed. You see a man cannot forgive sins,, only God can. A priest no matter what they say is just a man. No man can take God’s place in any form.
Another very important point: Exodus 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God * We can not kneel before a statue, etc and pray to it. Even if you call it an Icon instead and think you can bypass his Word.
The Pharisees wanted to stone Jesus because He told people their sins were forgiven and they knew that only God could do that. Although we know now He is the only one who can forgive our sin.
Some people will go to Confession and tell a priest what their sin[s] are then do a penance believing that they are forgiven. Forgiveness begins with repentance and true repentance starts with a sense of guilt, then confessing your sin[s] to God. Then turning from your sin[s]. Not continuing in it. You must have a contrite heart! If your sincere, thats the end of the conversation.
We have one Holy Father and He is in Heaven, not in the Vatican. Also I have never seen where it says to sprinkle someone for Baptism, nor anything about baptizing children. When your baptized it should be only after a person accepts Christ as their Savior. A baby can’t do that. We don’t know what age the Lord holds us accountable.
Catholics teach that Mary died a virgin, and yes she was a virgin when the Holy Spirit came upon her and then she gave birth to the Messiah. But she did not die a virgin. Matthew 1:24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus. Matthew13:54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” * The nonsense about Joseph having the other children before his marriage to Mary will not work. There is no proof of that.
There are some similarities to the ancient worship of Dagon [the fish god], whom the Philistines worshiped. They called their priests Father and priestesses Sister. The priest wore hats that looked like fish heads just like the bishops of the Catholic Church do, and the coats looked like fish bodies, very similar to the coats worn by bishops today. When Constantine converted the Roman Empire they brought in some Pagan rituals to make it easier for them to accept conversion to “Christianity”.
The worship of Isis in Egypt was done because she was not only considered a Goddess, but also the Queen of Heaven. There are also other religions who had done the same thing. The Catholic church says Mary is the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven. Some say she is also considered a Co Redeemer with Christ. John 14:6 makes it very clear that Jesus is the only way! Mary was the mother of Jesus the human part, but God is not a created being. Don’t forget Jesus is the creator John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made..
There is also teaching about what Catholics call Purgatory. It is a temporary place of punishment and purification so that soul can be worthy to enter Heaven. If that were true there would be no need to repent and ask for forgiveness. And Jesus would not have had to die on the cross. Remember there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood, Jesus is the Lamb of God. You may have heard the expression “are you saved?” Or something of this nature. The term saved means to be free from judgment. For those who are under the blood of Christ will not go to the Great White Throne judgment. So when you die you are either saved or your not.
Here is where I’m coming from. I have no enemies but those who are the enemy of my Lord and Savior. I have a heavy heart for those whom I feel are ignoring what Scripture shows us and following after man made laws, rules and customs.
I speak the truth because I know the Holy Spirit has appointed me a watchman for His word. I feel very strong about speaking out when I see people doing things like trying to revive some of the ancient Babylonian worship.
You can reject what I say, and yes it is everyone’s right to do that. But as a Christian I have an obligation to follow what His Holy Word tells me. If you are offended because I speak out I am sorry, but I have to because of His Word.
In these last days people will have to either follow Him and His true teaching or run after what tickles their ears. It’s your choice, but remember also it’s your eternity. Read the Bible starting with the New Testament and find the truth for yourself.
There is something thing I need to add if you chose to follow the RCC, I will not fight with you or anyone else about it. I am not trying to force anyone to follow what I say, you must decide for yourself. I have family members that are Catholics, we do may not agree about this subject, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love each other. This is not an attack against Catholics but my disagreement with the teaching. I also need to make it clear that being a Catholic does not mean you aren’t a Christian or saved. Only Jesus decides who is saved. But please honestly examine His word.
God bless, Dan Beliveau
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; When man lets man control his relationship to God, then God is pushed aside!
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