2/9/2013 11:07:33 AM
Religion, Relics & Idolatry
Religion is man's futile attempt to become right with God while Christianity is God declaring men right with Him through faith in His Son. Roman Catholicism is a gigantic, complex system of works and sacraments to merit the graces needed for salvation.
It is coupled with the idolatrous worship of a wafer and the veneration of Mary and the saints along with relics and images. These ungodly traditions have suppressed the truth of God's word in unrighteousness. "For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things" (Rom. 1:21-23). They have "exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever" (Rom. 1:25).
Many Catholics are victims of deception because they either do not know the truth or have rejected the truth because of their religious pride. It is for this reason the Catholic people deserve our sympathy and compassion. My own conscience will not allow me to remain silent. If I do not warn Catholics that their religion is an idolatrous offense to God, then I am not loving them. When Jesus Christ is rightly known, truly believed and passionately loved, He will protect His people from idolatry, ritualism and the fatal lies of the devil.