Solo Christo 3

Worship of Mary is arguably foreshadowed in the book of Jeremiah: But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven… (44:17).  When man’s feelings and mystical inclinations take the lead, there is no end to the distortions and corruptions of God’s infallible, unchangeable word.  Having grown up attending a Roman Catholic church I know first-hand the extent to which it thrives upon a mysterious, unknowable form of experiential ignorance.

Whenever we exalt a created man or woman or angel we are in trouble, and need to be warned as in Iconium Sirs, why do ye these things? (Acts 14:15) or Patmos See thou do it not (Rev 22:9).  That is not to say that Roman Catholicism is the sole cause of evil in the long history of the church, for the later Reformational wars in Europe, and persecution of sincere believers who didn’t subscribe to the sacral society of the day, all go to show that the outwardly religious man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upwards (Job 5:7).

As we scrutinise our Bible, let us approach it reverently, being wary of many intellectual minds which have gone astray, either stepping outside of or trampling upon its hallowed ground, being corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Co 11:3).  For that matter let us not be those who in our pride say we love Christ but do not love His lowly, uncelebrated servants who solemnly preach His word every Lord’s Day, for He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me (Jo 13:20).

Anno Domini

From Father God to mother church

our false, unholy lives did lurch,

from hail Caesar to hail Mary

we put a price on Christ, a fee,

 

From frankincense to innocence

we fell for worldly confidence,

from rosary’s nativity

we hid within activity,

 

From sinful yeast to holy priest

we said that John was more than least,

from forcing folk to celibacy

we made Paul our legacy,

 

From focusing upon our pope

we held up Peter as our hope.

from playing penitential games,

we misled people, misread James…

 

From crusades and inquisitions

you betrayed your own traditions,

from your putting down of Bible

we of God became your rival,

 

From the blood which then was spilled

we mixed the message God has willed,

that Jesus Christ’s the whole, the Way,

through Him alone we are to pray.