@ semper fi....I agree with what you are saying. I refer to the actual spiritual warfare and how best to combat by working through Christ and in Christ and with Christ. Quoting: anonymous coward 27222919
@ Brother in Christ....obviously you did not read my previous posting on the difference between worshiping and veneration. Unfortunately, your ego as with many other naysayers and dissenting Christians here today, went cherry-picking and honed in on OP's honest testimony, to begin your attack and foundless decimation. Hmmmm!!
As you are ever so eager to demonstrate your knowledge of Scripture, in your response to semper fi, quote, 'I believe its from Joshua',what comes to mind is how the Pharisees attacked Jesus in the temple, and he referred to them as nest of vipers.
This woman came with a message and spoke honestly and without animosity thoughout the complete thread. Can you say the same, dear brother in Christ???
You are correct, I didn't see your post on worshiping and veneration. I must of missed it. I will search for it so I can read it.
I have no ego in this matter. Not once have I placed myself on a pedestal or claimed I was anything special or that I was perfect in any way shape or form. Decimate is a strong word...if you re-read what I wrote I think you'll see a scriptural basis for my words, and nothing that in any way personally attacks or debases the OP as a person. I have brotherly love for the OP, and as a brother want him/her to be sure. Cautionary advice is not considered hostile (at least not by me).
If you find something I posted that refutes what I just wrote, please point it out so I can correct it. You also incorrectly claim I responded to Semper Fi's quote as "I believe it was Joshua", when in fact I claimed I believed it was from Hosea (but I wasn't sure which verse). I just looked it up and it is Hosea 4:6.
You claim many things about Mary that I don't know about. Can you point me to the scripture that says Mary was born without sin and should be "venerated", be prayed to, or should be the one who sinner's should ask for forgiveness? Or where she is listed as the intercessory to God for such things? I am genuinely curious to read what the scripture has to say about her, and I don't recall reading anything before, so I ask humbly for you to help me find these answers in the Word.
These are the verses I stand on:
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me" (John 14:6)
"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5)
You and the Catholic Church may feel otherwise, and that is your choice to make. I don't believe God requires anyone to go through a "saint", a priest, an angel of God, or any human for anything, but only through His Son, Jesus Christ so that they may be saved.
I think (my opinion) that a significant source of anguish expressed in Paul's letters, and Peter's writings is these false "rules" and "regulations" and "new traditions" which were appearing in the early churches (body of worshipers) which they saw as going completely against the words of Jesus Himself.
It is my belief that God doesn't need rituals. God doesn't need prayers to Mary, St. This, or St. That. God wants obedience to His Word, and acceptance of His Son. It is my belief that anything beyond that is added by man, and subject to corruption.
You of course are free to worship as you see fit (free will).
One thing I'll mention is the fairly constant theme of a handful of people in this thread that keep claiming some are here to derail the thread, that they are hostile towards the OP, that those who don't immediately accept the OP's vision as genuinely from God (without discernment) are vile, from evil (and yes, *sigh* won't get to board the spaceship)...
I don't recall one post from real followers of Christ where any derogatory comments or cursing, or disparaging comments were made about the OP him/her self.
I read plenty of comments that basically amounted to "make sure you discern who the spirit is from" which is soundly scriptural, and that advice was turned against them.
Since when is advice, whether it be contrary to someone's current belief, or in harmony with their belief, considered hostile?
Peace and love through Christ,and may the Lord bless you AC.