Continuing his string of unbiblical and heretical proclamations, Pope Francis crowned a statue of Mary and proclaimed her “Queen of Heaven” before a packed crowd of adoring onlookers in Chile. The Pope’s elevation of Mary as a deity to be prayed to is not only wildly heretical but is just one of the many serious spiritual errors of his Roman Catholic doctrine.
Pope Francis – Leading The End Times Apostasy
According to reports:
“Jorge Bergoglio, the leader of Roman Catholicism who is also known as “Pope Francis,” placed a crown on the head of a statue of Mary during his visit to Chile on Tuesday.
The coronation took place during mass at O’Higgins Park in Santiago, where the tens of thousands in attendance watched Bergoglio place a crown on the head of the Christ child, and then also on the head of Mary. In Chile, the statue is known as “Our Lady of Mount Carmel,” who is also known by Roman Catholics in the country as the patron saint and “queen” of Chile.
“[T]he virgin who wanted to be called Your handmaid was chosen mother of the Redeemer, and true mother of all the living, and now exalted above the choirs of the angels, reigns gloriously with Your Son interceding for all men as an advocate of grace and queen of mercy,” he prayed during mass, moments before crowning the statue.
“Lord, look kindly upon these your servants, who by adorning with a visible crown the image of the mother of Your Son, recognize Your Son as King of the universe and invoke the virgin as queen,” Bergoglio said.” (source).
The Pope’s statements promotes many false doctrines that the Bible plainly declares as sinful rebellion against God:
- The Worship of Graven Images – “Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:” (Deuteronomy 4:15-18).
Rather than rebuking the packed crowd for the reverence of a statue of a mortal human woman, the Pope instead crowned the statue of Mary as a god. This is idolatry. The Lord in instructing the Israelites on His law as they prepared to enter the Promised Land, sternly forbade the creation of statues for veneration or worship.
- “The Mother of All Living” – This title was never given to Mary. In Scripture, it was Eve – the first woman, not Mary, of whom Adam said:
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” (Genesis 3:20).
Adam’s bestowing of this name not only symbolized being the first mother of humanity, but his faith and hope and God’s promise of redemption. Eve received this name after the sin of Adam and Eve and their banishment from the Garden of Eden. Though The Lord punished them for their disobedience, they were not abandoned. In Genesis 3:15, God prophesied that the “seed of the woman” would one day bruise or crush the head of Satan. It was a promise of future redemption through a child yet to be born.
Thus birth and motherhood took on a prophetic and Divine significance. Adam recognized this and had hope for the future in this prophecy. Thus, though they were dead in trespasses and sin, there was hope they they could once again “live” through the Messiah (who of course would be The Lord Jesus Christ).
Pope Francis ignored all of this in declaring that Mary was “the mother of all living.” Proverbs 30 says:
“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.
Rather than trusting in the pure Word of God, Pope Francis, (who on prior occasions hosted Muslim prayers at his church and declared that space aliens should be baptized) chose to twist and remake Scripture as he sees fit. This is grave spiritual error.
- Mary As Intercessor – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” –1 Timothy 2:4-6.
The Bible is clear that only Jesus Christ stands as a “mediator” between God the Father and humanity. Jesus is the only way to peace, reconciliation and right standing with God. The book of Hebrews, in beautiful language, identifies Jesus Christ as the true High Priest – taking the prayers of saints before the altar in Heaven and making one sacrifice – on the cross – to provide atonement for all sins of those who believe:
“By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. 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.
For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. 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. 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.” – Hebrews 7:22-28.
All of the Levitical priesthood in the Old Testament were a foreshadow of the work of Jesus Christ as High Priest in Heaven. The sacrifice of Christ – who was sinless and eternal – uniquely qualified Jesus to provide atonement for all for all time. Mary has no part in this whatsoever.
This has not stopped Pope Francis from repeatedly contradicting the Bible and pointing his followers to Mary – even to escape Satan. Pope Francis recently said that Mary is so powerful that the Devil cannot be in her presence:
“At Mass in the Basilica of St. Mary Major on Sunday, Pope Francis said that when we go through difficult times or have problems or worries, Mary is our shield, guarding our faith and protecting us from evil.
“Where the Madonna is at home the devil does not enter; where there is the Mother, disturbance does not prevail, fear does not win,” (source).
Christians, nor anyone for that matter, should ever pray to Mary or seek her “grace” or “intercession.” Mary, though chosen for possibly the greatest honor of any mortal person in history, was nevertheless, a normal human woman born with the sinful flesh nature all people born of Adam possess. Elevating Mary to a role of “intercessor” who we should pray to is blasphemy and sinful rebellion.
The Queen of Heaven – A Demonic Deception
The Book of Jeremiah details the twelve tribes sinful worship of “The Queen of Heaven.” This was not an honorary title but instead the name given to a demonic spirit who the Jewish people in ancient times wrongly worshiped:
‘As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying, The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the Lord remember them, and came it not into his mind?
So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day. Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.” – Jeremiah 44:16-22.
The conquest and destruction of the Kingdom of Israel – completed in 586 BC when Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar razed the temple of God and took the Southern Kingdom of Judah captive, was a result of repeated idolatry and rebellion by the Israelites against The Lord. And as the passage above details, one of the chief sins was the worship of The Queen of Heaven.
The “Queen of Heaven” in Jeremiah’s day was an idol – a false god. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul clearly identified these beings:
“What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” – 1 Corinthians 10:19-21.
Despite this, many Roman Catholics today all over the world “venerate” Mary – bowing before her and praying to her with scripted rosary prayers – the same type of “vain repetition, The Lord Jesus Christ warned us to avoid:
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking” – Matthew 6:7.
Whether it is called veneration or praying the rosary – these practices contradict the clear teachings of the Bible. Do not be deceived.
Pray For The Catholic Church
“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.
In the Book of Luke, a woman attempted to give Mary special praise as the mother of The Lord Jesus Christ. And Jesus immediately responded by saying the blessing should go to those who “hear the word of God and keep it.” Pray for Pope Francis to repent and for Roman Catholics to follow Biblical doctrine, not their own ideas. The Bible is clear that Jesus is our Savior – and through faith in Him Pope Francis and the many Catholics in grave spiritual error can be freely forgiven of sin.
What did make Mary special in the Bible was her willingness to humbly submit and trust God’s Word. Lord willing Roman Catholics will follow her example.