Mariolatry is worship of Mary the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “early 17th century: from Maria (Latin equivalent of ‘Mary’) + -latry, on the pattern of idolatry”. The Oxford’s definition of the practice of Mariolatry is “idolatrous worship of the Virgin Mary” whilst the Merriam Webster Dictionary has “excessive veneration of the Virgin Mary”. The Roman Catholic Church practises all of the above and much more.

With the development of the apostasy and Papacy, Rome commenced her invention and dogma of the cult of Mary, and the Mary of the Roman Church today cannot be recognised as the Mary of Scripture. She is unquestionably Rome’s supreme goddess, her greatest idol. Mariolatry has become the greatest idolatry of the Papal system.

A few Bible facts concerning Mary

Mary was an ordinary (but very faithful) Jewish woman chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus. She was most favoured and blessed by God for this role as the following Scriptures attest. Take firstly the angel Gabriel’s words to Mary, “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women … And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS” (Luke 1:28,30,31). Then Elisabeth’s words to Mary: “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”(42,43). Finally Mary’s response in her song of praise to Yahweh: “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed” (v46-48).

Mary submitted to God’s plan, admitted her lowly state and her need for a saviour. She did not fully understand Jesus’ mission and Jesus rebuked her on occasions. She witnessed bravely the death of her son but rejoiced in his resurrection, lived as a faithful disciple of Christ, died and was buried awaiting the resurrection. She stands out as a faithful example of a God-fearing worshipper of the Creator of heaven and earth. But although Mary was a very faithful woman favoured by God beyond all others, and although she was of a godly character in bearing and bringing up the Son of God, one can never extract from the Scriptures the exalted and idolatrous position of Mary portrayed by the Church.

The Church teaches that Mary is the mother of God, immaculately conceived Jesus, was without sin, a perpetual virgin, assumed bodily into heaven and once in heaven performed mediatory and redemptive roles. When you consider this impressive list then it is no wonder that Catholics worship such a woman. But, brothers and sisters, not one scrap of the above can be supported from the Bible. Starting with giving Mary the false title “Mother of God”, the Roman Church then builds upon this incredible statement one fanciful teaching after another until we have Mary sitting in heaven as the Queen of heaven almost on a par with the Lord Jesus Christ, and even the God of heaven Himself! This is nothing short of that total blasphemy of which the Scriptures spoke eloquently, “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns” (Rev 17:3). This is a picture of the Papacy in the last days ready to do battle with the Son of God.

Let us briefly analyse the Church teachings concerning Mary which have given substance to the widespread worship of Mary in the practice of Mariolatry.

Mary as ‘Mother of God’

During the early years of the apostate Church, Mary was not worshipped as she is today; she was given just a superior title than “ordinary saints” because of her motherhood of Christ. But by the time of the Council of Ephesus (ad431) the title of theotokos meaning “God-bearer” was applied to her and eventually the title “Mother of God” became accepted. It is significant that the title “God-bearer” was decided upon at the Council of Ephesus because it was at Ephesus, of course, that the Apostle Paul encountered the idolatrous worship of another woman, Diana (or Artemis) of the Ephesians (Acts 19). There is no doubt that this pagan idolatrous worship of Diana later became incorporated into the Roman Catholic teaching regarding Mary. This is not the only circumstance where pagan beliefs were assimilated into corrupt Christian teaching. It was far easier for the Roman Church to take over pagan customs and tweak them into Christian beliefs and customs!

To any one who has the truth, the title “Mother of God” is not only blasphemous but plainly ridiculous, yet for Roman Catholics who believe that the Son of God is the second person of the trinity they see no problems. However the title “Mother of God” implies that Mary shared in Christ’s divine nature (as ‘God the Son’) and yet being the mother she must have existed even before God!! In consequence Mary has been exalted and has become an object of worship in the Roman Church. She is to be prayed to, worshipped by angels, intercedes in heaven for the saints and is also now given the title “Queen of heaven”.

Mary ‘immaculately conceived’ – and hence without sin

This teaching of the Church known as The Immaculate Conception claims that Mary was without sin, either actual sin of her own or “original sin” passed on from Adam (inheriting “original sin” being another false teaching of the Church). The ‘logic’ of this teaching is that one could hardly have the “Mother of God” sharing the sinful nature of all mankind and hence the problem is solved by the ‘Immaculate Conception’.

The surprising thing however is that although the concept of the immaculate conception in the Church was around for hundreds of years, it was not until 1854 (that is, nearly 1900 years after Mary was born) that the Church through the Pope declared this doctrine to be a fundamental teaching.

In 1854 Pope Pius IX, having sounded out the Bishops but without summoning a Council and on his own responsibility, by the Papal Bull Ineffabilis Deus proclaimed that Mary was conceived without the taint of original sin. “We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the saviour of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful” (Pope Pius IX, December 8th,1854).

So it took nearly 1900 years after Mary died, for God to definitively reveal a fundamental doctrine to be firmly believed by all the faithful!! And if anyone should dare to not believe this dogma they were damned: “Hence, if any one shall dare – which God forbid! – to think otherwise than has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own judgement; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith …” Pity all “the faithful” before 1854 who never knew such a teaching was vital to their faith!! And yet such a woman supposedly without sin could exclaim those beautiful words found in the Gospel of Luke, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden” (Luke 1:46–48). Why would a woman who conceived without “original sin” and without sin need a saviour? Aren’t we grateful that we understand the clear logic, truth and power of God’s Word?

Mary ‘a perpetual virgin’

Well, if Mary was conceived without the taint of original sin then you cannot ever have her being ‘corrupted’ by marriage to a husband who does have the taint, especially if she is the “Mother of God”! So the Church removed this problem by teaching that Mary was a perpetual virgin! This teaching was put forward in the 4th century by Jerome. In paragraph 499 of the Roman Catholic Catechism, Mary is celebrated as Aeiparthenos (“Ever-virgin”) only having given birth to Jesus.

But wait a minute – doesn’t the Bible talk about Jesus having brothers and sisters? What then about this matter of perpetual virginity? (Mark 6:3, John 7:3,5). In 2 Thessalonians 2 the Papacy is called “the mystery of iniquity”coming “with all power and signs and lying wonders” (v7,9). Paul also speaks about this system “speaking lies in hypocrisy” (1 Tim 4:2). Having told one lie concerning Mary’s perpetual virginity, it is no trouble for the Church to tell another and so Catechism 500 deals with this ‘small’ matter of the mention of Jesus’ brothers and sisters. “Against this doctrine the objection is sometimes raised that the Bible mentions brothers and sisters of Jesus. The Church has always understood these passages as not referring to other children of the Virgin Mary. In fact James and Joseph, ‘brothers of Jesus’, are the sons of another Mary, a disciple of Christ, whom St Matthew significantly calls ‘the other Mary’.” Not one skerrick of biblical evidence is produced for this fanciful teaching but rather nebulous authoritative terms such as “The Church has always understood” to support the lie.

Against this the Bible makes it clear that Mary was only a virgin up until the Lord’s birth, but not after “… Joseph … took unto him his wife: And knew her not (that is, there were no physical marital relationships) till she had brought forth her firstborn son” (Matt 1:24,25).

Mary assumed bodily into heaven

Well, what do you with a woman whom the Church describes as the “Mother of God”, who was immaculately conceived, and was a perpetual virgin? You would teach that at the end of her life she was assumed body and soul into heaven (unlike other lesser saints, whose soul only, goes to heaven!) just like her son!

This preposterous Roman Catholic dogma states that the Virgin Mary was taken up into heaven bodily shortly after her death and once in heaven she was given special honour and mediatory roles and ascribed as Queen of Heaven. For the first few centuries of the Church there was no mention at all of the death of Mary. The first reference to it is by Epiphanius who (no doubt now to the embarrassment of the Church) stated that “her end no one knows”.

Readers would probably be aware that in 1870 the doctrine of Papal Infallibility was proclaimed, according to which when the Pope is speaking authoritatively, ex cathedra, on doctrine or morals he can make no mistake, he is infallible! So it was that on the 1st November 1950 (80 years later) that Pope Pius XII issued the first of such “infallible” statements with the promulgation of the Bull of the Assumption: “We pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” One could ask why is it (like the doctrine of the ‘Immaculate Conception’) that it took centuries of time after Mary’s death for such an infallible statement to be “divinely revealed”?

The Bull was the answer to requests and petitions that had been pouring into Rome in increasing numbers over the previous 100 years. In 1849 Pius IX told the Archbishop of Malines that it was not yet time for the dogma to be pronounced and in 1863 the same answer was given to Queen Isabella of Spain. But by 1950 Pope Pius XII said “we hold that the moment appointed by God has arrived, to proclaim this privilege of Mary the Virgin…”. Why, if this is a dogma revealed by God, it should have been opportune in 1950, and not 101 years before, does not appear!

One would suspect that other more important factors such as Catholic politics and personal prestige of the then current Pope would have played a part. Such are the machinations of this utterly corrupt system. And to this infallible pronouncement was added the usual warning that “anyone who may henceforth doubt or deny this doctrine is utterly fallen away from the divine and Catholic faith”. That means that it is a mortal sin for any Roman Catholic to refuse to believe this doctrine. Pity the millions of Catholics before 1950 who knew nothing about such an infallible doctrine!!

The Queen of Heaven

And so we come to Mary’s exalted position in the cult of Mariolatry. Having been assumed into heaven, body and soul, the “Mother of God” is crowned, sceptred and enthroned as the Queen of heaven receiving a throne at her son’s right hand. “She has been appointed by God to be the Queen of heaven and earth” (Pius IX, 1854). According to Papal Encyclical 1897, “As no man goes to the Father except by the Son, so no man goes to the son except by his Mother.” Mary’s role in heaven is spoken of by the Church as essentially equal to Christ’s. She acts as an intercessor (Mediatrix) between God and man and plays a role in mankind’s salvation (Co-Redemptrix). Pope John Paul II in his “Holy Thursday” address of 1979 urged bishops and priests to look to Mary. “You must look to Mary with exceptional hope and love … Who better will communicate to you the truth about him than his Mother? … May the Virgin of Pentecost obtain this for us through her intercession.”

One of the statements concerning Mary that came out of the Second Vatican Council was, “… by her manifold intercession (she) continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation … Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress and Mediatrix.”

Just one scriptural reference to conclude this section. The only reference in the Bible to the Queen of heaven is the Canaanite pagan goddess to whom the Jews burned incense, made cakes and poured out drink offerings. Such worship was detestable and wicked in the eyes of Yahweh (Jer 44:17–25; 7:18–20). It is ironical that the Roman Church in choosing a title for Mary in heaven has chosen a title associated with an idolatrous false practice from Old Testament times condemned by God. Perhaps it is more than ironical – it is so fitting!

Conclusion

We have seen that Mariolatry is part of a terrible religious system masquerading as Christianity that for centuries of time has cast a covering of blindness over all people and a veil over all nations (Isa 25:7). Whilst no one likes to speak of such negative issues yet it is vitally important for us to see the apostasy for what it is – a system of lies and deceit – a political system which has no resemblance to the Christianity of the followers of Christ. In his book The Two Babylons Alexander Hislop, in outlining how that much of the Roman Catholic system is based on the religion of Babylon, has this to say: “If the position laid down can be maintained, she [ie Roman Catholicism] must be stripped of the name of a Christian Church altogether, for if it was a Church of Christ that was convened on that night when the pontiff-king of Babylon, in the midst of his thousand lords, praised the Gods of gold, and of silver, and of wood, and of stone (Daniel 5:4), then the Church of Rome is entitled to the name of the Christian Church; but not otherwise” (cover sleeve). Did not the Apostle Paul in warning us of such a system write: “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained” (1 Tim 4:6).

Yes, brothers and sisters, we have by the grace of God been nourished up in the good things of the gospel. Let us make sure that we play our part in ensuring that the truth in all its beauty is preserved and that we will not be responsible for the subtle shifts in doctrine or practice that can creep into the brotherhood and ultimately lead to wholesale error as we have witnessed in the Church.