Monday, December 16, 2013
I belonged to the Catholic Church when I made Jesus Christ the LORD of my life. I resisted the promptings of the Holy Spirit to come out of it because I was steeped in Catholic tradition from the day I was born. I used everything I knew about scripture (which wasn't much) to defend the Catholic Church and explain away its tenacious flaws. I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues at Riverside Christian Center, where my new found brothers and sisters in the Lord took turns questioning my Catholic membership. One little lady just wouldn't leave me alone. She was a head shorter than me, which is short, since I'm only 5'6". I dreaded to see her coming! She got in my face in front of everyone, saying things like "What about, 'Call no man your Father?' What about bowing down to idols and graven images, and burning incense to statues of dead saints?" I resisted because I found value in faithfulness even though I had no answers for her. Catholics all over the world are being prompted with answers for those questions now by the enemy of their soul. They quickly change the subject behind a great wall of offense I call, What Did You Say About My Mama?! They say to me, 'You could have never been Catholic, or you would understand how we love our Mama Mary.' They pray to her asking and pleading for protection, for themselves and for their loved ones; they 'come and sit in her kitchen'. They think they are exempt from Jesus' command to pray to our Father in heaven because Jesus will do what his mother tells him to do. They use the water to wine miracle at Cana to justify their confidence. But Mary didn't tell Jesus what to do; she told them, "Do what he says." Still Catholics all over the world aspire to control the kingdom of heaven by establishing a relationship with Mary, by worshipping the 'Queen of Heaven' and by 'pouring out drink oblations to her' (Jeremiah 44:17) in the form of the blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world for their sins, which they despise and count as nothing: they don't need it, they have Mary to plead their case. She is their advocate; they choose her over Jesus the Wonderful Counselor, Lover of your soul. Why? So they can do what they want and God will have to be okay with it. It is the greatest deception perpetrated upon man since Eve saw that the forbidden fruit was desirable for wisdom. Now come I in the name of the Lord, to get in the face of Catholics everywhere, honor bound to challenge you with the same questions presented to me in 1983 when a little lady had the intestinal fortitude to get in my face more than once and ask, 'What about, call no man your Father?'! Jesus is your friend. Jesus is your deliver. He is the Alpha and the Omega! The beginning and the end! The Lover of your soul! He is the answer to every question you have! He alone loves you unconditionally. He died for you; he felt the nails and the stripes and the rejection. He alone will come again to receive you unto himself! The best news of all is, you don't need anyone else! hey! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We praise you LORD God Almighty! We give you glory! We give you all the glory for your Unspeakable Gift to us in your beloved only begotten Son, Jesus Christ! O Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We celebrate you now and always! And if it's alright with you, Father God, we celebrate his birth in a manger about this time every year. Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! And we thank you Holy Spirit, O how you are welcome here! Hallelujah!