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Biblical Edification

Fascinating Reading of the Holy Bible for Roman Catholics

by Theodore Wright.

 

 

 

 

 


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so that you may learn from us not to go beyond what is written,
– 1 Corinthians 4:6b NAB

We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.
– 1 Corinthians 2:12 NAB

He said this in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive.
– John 7:39a NAB

 

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
– 2 Timothy 2:15

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17

…they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
– Acts 17:11b

 

Fascinating Reading of the Holy Bible for Roman Catholics is presented here to be just that. These pages are not intended to be a point-for-point refute to Roman Catholic catechism nor to dogma and canon, as such. Rather, the purpose here is to answer, from the Scriptures, frequent misconceptions about Christian doctrine commonly held by many Roman Catholic people. It is our desire that the readers of these homepages will receive the free gift of eternal life and the forgiveness of all sins which comes solely by faith in none other than God’s Son Jesus Christ.

 

JUSTIFIED BY FAITH IN CHRIST

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
– ROMANS 5:1

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
– ROMANS 3:25-26

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
– GALATIANS 2:16

 

THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE IS GIVEN FREELY BY GOD AND CANNOT BE BOUGHT FROM GOD BY PEOPLE

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
– ROMANS 6:23

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
– ROMANS 11:6

Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
– ROMANS 4:4-5

 

RIGHTEOUSNESS THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
– PHILIPPIANS 3:9

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
– ROMANS 3:21-24

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
– 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
– MARK 10:18

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
– ISAIAH 64:6

 

THERE IS NO PURGATORY, JESUS PURGED OUR SINS ALREADY

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
– HEBREWS 1:1-3

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
– HEBREWS 9:14

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
– 1 CORINTHIANS 6:9-11

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
– TITUS 3:5-6

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
– 1 JOHN 1:7

 

MONEY CANNOT PAY FOR A WAY TO HEAVEN, GOD IS NOT BRIBED

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
– 1 PETER 1:18-19

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
– MATTHEW 19:23-24

But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
– ACTS 8:20

They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
– PSALMS 49:6-9

 

WATER BAPTISM IS NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR SALVATION OTHERWISE PAUL WOULD HAVE BEEN SENT TO BAPTIZE

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
– ROMANS 1:16-17

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
– 1 CORINTHIANS 1:17

 

WATER BAPTISM DOES NOT CLEANSE US FROM ORIGINAL SIN

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
– 1 JOHN 1:7

 

WATER BAPTISM IS A BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE WHICH INFANTS ARE NOT OF AGE TO DO

When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
– ACTS 13:24

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
– ACTS 2:41

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
– ACTS 19:4

And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
– ACTS 8:36-37

 

WATER BAPTISM IS TO BE DONE BY FULL IMMERSION

And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
– ACTS 8:38-39

 

EVERY PERSON (OTHER THAN JESUS CHRIST) HAS SINNED

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
– ROMANS 3:10

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
– ROMANS 3:23

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
– ROMANS 5:12

 

ALTHOUGH JESUS WAS NOT A SINNER, HE WAS FULLY IMMERSED IN WATER BAPTISM TO ASSOCIATE HIMSELF WITH US IN OUR SINFUL NATURE

And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
– 1 JOHN 3:5

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
– MATTHEW 3:16

And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
– MARK 15:28

 

MARY BRINGS A SIN OFFERING TO GOD, THEREFORE, HER OWN CONCEPTION IS NOT IMMACULATE

And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
– LUKE 2:22-24

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.
– LEVITICUS 12:2

And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest: Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female. And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.
– LEVITICUS 12:6-8

 

MARY IS NOT A CO-REDEMPTRIX

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
– 1 PETER 3:18

And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
– HEBREWS 9:22

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
– 1 PETER 1:18-19

 

JESUS IS NOT THE ONLY SON OF MARY, THEREFORE, MARY WAS NOT A VIRGIN HER ENTIRE LIFE

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
– MATTHEW 1:24-25

While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
– MATTHEW 12:46-50

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
– MARK 6:3

But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.
– GALATIANS 1:19

I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
– PSALMS 69:8-9

 

MARY WAS NOT THE MOTHER OF GOD

For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
– HEBREWS 7:1-3

Although Mary was the mother of Jesus Christ in His humanity, she was not the mother of His Deity.

 

MARY IS NOT THE MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
– GALATIANS 4:26

 

MARY WAS NOT THE ONLY WOMAN WHO WAS BLESSED AMONG WOMEN

Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.
– JUDGES 5:24

 

GOD’S WORD IS TO BE ADORED, NOT MARY

And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
– LUKE 11:27-28

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.  His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
– JOHN 2:1-5

 

GOD HATES WORSHIP OF THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN

Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
– JEREMIAH 7:17-20

 

MARY IS NEVER MENTIONED AS EVER HAVING AN ASSUMPTION INTO HEAVEN

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
– 1 CORINTHIANS 15:21-23

 

PARTAKING OF HOLY COMMUNION IS NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR SALVATION

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
– ROMANS 14:17

But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
– 1 CORINTHIANS 8:8

 

HOLY COMMUNION IS A REMEMBRANCE OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST BUT IS NOT THE ACTUAL BODY AND BLOOD

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
– JOHN 6:35

Notice what Jesus comments on what He just said after that…

When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
– JOHN 6:61-64

These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father.
– JOHN 16:25

Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
– 1 CORINTHIANS 10:14-17

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
– MATTHEW 26:26-29

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
– 1 CORINTHIANS 11:28

 

COMMUNION IS NOT THE UNBLOODY ONGOING SACRIFICE AT CALVARY

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
– HEBREWS 9:12

And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
– HEBREWS 9:22

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
– JOHN 19:30

 

CHRIST SACRIFICED HIMSELF ONCE FOR ALL, THEREFORE, HE DOES NOT SACRIFICE HIMSELF REPEATEDLY IN MASSES

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
– HEBREWS 10:10-14

For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
– ROMANS 6:10

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
– 1 PETER 3:18

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.
– HEBREWS 7:27

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
– HEBREWS 9:12

For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
– HEBREWS 9:26-28

 

MEN, INCLUDING SAINTS, ARE NOT TO BE WORSHIPPED

And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
– ACTS 10:25-26

 

GOD WILL NOT SHARE HIS GLORY WITH STATUES SO DON’T BOW DOWN TO THEM

I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
– ISAIAH 42:8

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
– EXODUS 20:4-5

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
– 1 JOHN 5:21

 

WE CANNOT KNOW CHRIST BY FLESHLY IMAGES

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
– 2 CORINTHIANS 5:16

 

ONLY GOD IS TO BE CALLED FATHER

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
– MATTHEW 23:9

 

APOSTASY TO FORBID MARRIAGE AND MEATS

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
– 1 TIMOTHY 4:1-5

 

TRADITIONS OF MEN CREATE PROBLEMS FOR US WITH GOD

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
– COLOSSIANS 2:8

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
– 1 PETER 1:18

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
– MARK 7:13

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
– PROVERBS 30:5-6

 

COMMANDMENTS OF MEN ARE WORTHLESS WORSHIP

And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
– MATTHEW 15:6

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
– MATTHEW 15:9

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER AND ALL PRAYER TO GOD IS MEANT TO BE MEANINGFUL NOT EMPTY REPETITION

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
– MATTHEW 6:7-13

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
– MATTHEW 23:14

 

OBSERVING SPECIAL HOLY DAYS IS NOT MANDATED FOR US IN CHRIST

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
– COLOSSIANS 2:16-17

But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
– GALATIANS 4:9-11

 

ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE DEAD TO BE A SAINT

But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
– PSALMS 16:3

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
– EPHESIANS 1:1

 

THE CHRISTIAN’S HOME IS WITH THE SAINTS

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
– EPHESIANS 2:19

 

EVERY CHRISTIAN MAY READ TO UNDERSTAND THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
– JOHN 5:39

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
– ACTS 17:11-12

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
– 2 TIMOTHY 3:14-17

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
– ROMANS 15:4

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
– 1 CORINTHIANS 2:9-16

 

THE APOCRYPHA DOES NOT BELONG IN THE HOLY BIBLE

That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
– LUKE 11:50-51

And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.
– LUKE 24:44-45

The Old Testament canon is closed with Chronicles as the last book in the Hebrew Bible wherein is written of the murder of Zechariah. The books of the Apocrypha were written afterwards in the Greek language before Messiah opened the Kingdom of God to the gentiles.

 

BISHOPS ARE ALLOWED TO MARRY

This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
– 1 TIMOTHY 3:1-5

 

PETER THE APOSTLE HAD A WIFE

And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.
– MATTHEW 8:14

Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
– 1 CORINTHIANS 9:5

[And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
– JOHN 1:42]

 

JESUS CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF HIS CHURCH, NOT POPES, NOR PETER

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
– EPHESIANS 5:23

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
– EPHESIANS 4:15-16

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
– COLOSSIANS 1:18

 

JESUS IS THE ROCK ON WHICH GOD’S CHURCH IS BUILT, NOT PETER

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
– EPHESIANS 2:20

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
– MATTHEW 16:13-18

For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
– PSALMS 18:31

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
– 1 CORINTHIANS 3:11

To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
– 1 PETER 2:4-8

 

KEYS OF THE KINGDOM SOLELY GIVEN TO PETER WITH NO MENTION OF SUCCESSORS

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
– MATTHEW 16:19

 

AUTHORITY TO BIND AND LOOSE GIVEN TO ALL BELIEVERS

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
– MATTHEW 18:18-20

 

PETER CALLED HIMSELF A SERVANT, AN APOSTLE, AND AN ELDER, BUT NOT A POPE

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
– 1 PETER 1:1

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
– 1 PETER 5:1

 

PETER WAS NOT ABOVE OTHER APOSTLES

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians:

I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
– 2 CORINTHIANS 12:11

 

PETER THE APOSTLE WAS NOT INFALLIBLE

Paul writes in Galatians:

But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
– GALATIANS 2:11

But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
– GALATIANS 2:14

And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples? He saith, I am not. And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.
– JOHN 18:15-18

And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not. One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him? Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.
– JOHN 18:25-27

From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. – MATTHEW 16:21-23

 

CHRIST IS THE ONLY MEDIATOR THROUGH WHOM WE CAN PRAY TO GOD

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
– 1 TIMOTHY 2:5

 

CHRIST FULFILLS PRIESTHOOD

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
– HEBREWS 4:14-16

 

CHRIST IS THE INTERCESSOR

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.
– ROMANS 8:34

 

THE DEAD CANNOT INTERCEDE AND NO ATTEMPT SHOULD BE MADE TO CONTACT THEM

And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 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.
– HEBREWS 7:23-25

And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
– ISAIAH 8:19-20

 

PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD AVAIL NOTHING

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
– HEBREWS 9:27

 

CHRIST IS THE ONLY ADVOCATE TO WHOM WE ARE TO CONFESS OUR SINS

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 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: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
– 1 JOHN 1:9-2:2

I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
– PSALMS 32:5

 

CONFESS AND FORSAKE SIN

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
– PROVERBS 28:13

 

JESUS GIVES THE AUTHORITY TO FORGIVE SINS TO ALL BELIEVERS

And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
– MATTHEW 9:1-8

And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
– JOHN 20:22-23

So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;
– 2 CORINTHINANS 2:7-10

If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
– 1 JOHN 5:16

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
– JAMES 5:16

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
– COLOSSIANS 3:13

 

WE ARE FORGIVEN OF ALL OF OUR SINS THROUGH CHRIST

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
– PSALM 103:2-3

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 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: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
– 1 JOHN 1:7 – 2:2

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
– COLOSSIANS 2:13-14

 

WE BECOME A NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
– 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

 

MUST REPENT TO BE SAVED

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
– ACTS 3:19

 

ONLY GOD CAN SAVE, WHO SAVED US THROUGH HIS DIVINE SON JESUS CHRIST. NO OTHER NAME CAN SAVE

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
– ISAIAH 43:11

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
– LUKE 19:10

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
– JOHN 14:6

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
– ACTS 4:12

 

WE CAN BE SURE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
– JOHN 6:47

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
– JOHN 10:28-29

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
– 1 JOHN 5:13

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
– 1 PETER 1:3-5

 

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP IS NOT A SALVATION REQUIREMENT

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
– ROMANS 10:9

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
– ROMANS 10:13

 

UNITY OF A MAJORITY DOES NOT PROVE A CAUSE IS RIGHT

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
– GENESIS 11:5-9

God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
– ROMANS 11:2-5

 

GOD’S PEOPLE SHOULD NOT FELLOWSHIP WITH UNBELIEVERS

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
– 2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-18

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
– REVELATION 18:4

 

 

 

 

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