Sermon of the week: “Exposing the Idolatry of Mary Worship” by John MacArthur.

John MacArthurYour sermon of the week is Exposing the Idolatry of Mary Worship: Catholic Dogma by John MacArthur. This is a great examination of the unholy worship of a false goddess advanced by the Romish religious system. You can download both parts below.

Exposing the Idolatry of Mary Worship (Part One)

Exposing the Idolatry of Mary Worship (Part Two)

If you want more information, I recommend listening to anohter of John MacArthur’s sermons on Roman Catholicism found on this post. I also suggest checking out the post It’s All About Mary where I answer the fifteen most commonly heard justifications for the veneration (worship) or Mary.

6 thoughts on “Sermon of the week: “Exposing the Idolatry of Mary Worship” by John MacArthur.

  1. Thanks for this post. This is a most powerful religious cult; we must pray for all who are deceived. I just read a very disturbing story concerning this cult and their ‘dirty little secrets’. If anyone is interested, here is the link

    Here is a snippet from the news story concerning abuse of children in Catholic church run reform schools for Ireland’s castaway children, ‘”I do genuinely believe that it would have been a further step towards our healing if our abusers had been named and shamed,” said Christine Buckley, 62, who spent the first 18 years of her life in a Dublin orphanage where children were forced to manufacture rosaries — and were humiliated, beaten and raped whether they achieved their quota or not.”


  2. More evidence that Christians should NOT call the Roman Catholic Church a christian church. While the Lord may, in His grace, save folks in a Roman church, it will be in spite of their doctrine. Such a one should either leave that cult or, once discipled properly, contend for the Truth from within. May God have mercy.


  3. Manfred,

    Not calling the Roman Catholic Church a Christian Church: Not at all standing for what was done in Ireland or anywhere else for that matter, I deplore it, I hate it, I detest it, and so do many many more Catholics. I also had abuse as a child so I know what it is and all that goes with it. But how can you say it is not a “Christian Church?” Is this the only Church we should give this “title” to?

    What about the millions of Catholics that love God, go and worship God, bow at the very Name of Jesus, who would walk a mile before they hurt another, what about them? These people in Ireland, the Pope, the Bishops, etc.. are not the only people who make up the Catholic Church. There are millions of us, who try our best to do what we feel God has called us to do. There are millions of us who do good things, such has help the poor, feed the hungry, will not even hurt an animal let alone a child, what about these things? In Isaiah, are these things not the “fast God said He would honor?”

    As far as “His grace saving folks in a Roman Church” what makes anyone think they deserve the Lord’s grace which is freely given to us all, and another does not? What makes anyone think their sin is any less than anyone elses? Who outside of God can ever tell me what grace I will receive from Him and what grace I will not, as the grace belongs to Him and is a gift to the rest of us? Are your sins less than mine or anyone elses, so therefore you will receive His grace and I will not? Therefore you will be “saved” and I will not? I think that choice is God’s and God’s alone. I do not think God needs anyone directing His grace to save anyone, He does quite well on His own.

    What about Jimmy Swaggart wanting a 12 year old girl as it was reported to watch as her mother did the things she did in front of him? Yet you can get him on Christian television. What about Lakeland Florida and all these others which have come across the news over the years. Tammy and Jim Baker yet he is on Christian television also.

    It does not make mad when others say our Church is not “Christian” as a lot of it is from total lies that are spread about how we worship, statues and the like. What makes me mad, is when things like this are said, no one ever extends it out to some others. That is not fair nor correct.

    Will you be saved “in spite of your doctrine?” Of course as we all will, because Jesus came to save the world. James tell us the pure and perfect religion in the eyes of our Lord, are those who feed the hungry and poor. Not a direct quote but the same meaning.
    So anyone who is out here claiming to have the “perfect religion” the “perfect doctrine” the “perfect way of worshipping” and does not do what is pure in the eyes of God as far as the religion goes, has a perfect and pure nothing.

    I am also a convert so you cannot tell me anything about the other side that I do not know myself. I was a Protestant many more years than I have been a Catholic.

    May God have Mercy on us all, each and every one of us, for not one, not one of us deserves it.


  4. Sandy,

    Do you bow before statues? Then you are violating God’s 2nd commandment. Exodus 20:4-5–“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.”

    Do you pray a rosary? Then you are violating God’s commands. Isaiah 8:19-20— And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” And what does the Law say? Deuteronomy 18:10-12–“There shall not be found among you…a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD.” If you are calling upon the dead, you may call it “veneration” but it is actually a form of necromancy, which is forbidden (see also what happened to King Saul when he had the witch of Endor call upon Samuel).

    Do you pray to anyone other than God? If so, then that is contradictory to what Jesus commanded us. Matthew 6:9–“When you pray, pray in this manner: Our Father, who art in Heaven.”

    The Roman Catholic system is also guilty of placing traditions of men over the clear words of Scripture.

    As far as the “loving God” and “doing many wonderful things.” Remember the words of the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 7:21-23–Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Also, the prophet Isaiah wrote that all of our “good deeds” are like filthy rags, and will not do us a bit of good when it comes to the debt we owe to God for all of our sins.

    Sandy, do you consider yourself saved? If so, how did you become saved? By your works? By your devotion to Rome? Or was it by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone?


  5. Fourpointer,

    Sorry but I have had sick family members to take care of, and I thank our Lord that all are doing great now.

    1. I have never bowed to a statue nor have I ever seen anyone in my Church bow to one. To me they are no more than reminders of what was done for all of us, the same as what-knots and pictures I have in my home. I am sure you can look around your home and find many things which could be considered ‘graven images.” I have Angels, dolphins, and mice in my living room. Also pictures of my grandchildren. Angels-Images of heaven. Dophins-Images under the sea Mice-Images on the earth. If you will read the Ark of the Covenant also had images on them. It was not until they were bowed down and worshipped that God had them destroyed. As far as those in my house, dust collectors. As far as the Church reminders of Christ, and dust collectors. A “graven image” is something that you worship. If I am wrong then everybody needs to get a trash can and take down every picture, what-not, and anything else that stands for something in the heavens, on earth, and under the sea, or any picture for that matter. I have many Protestant friends who have Angels and pictures of Jesus in their homes, what is the difference? One is in a Church and the other a house. I have seen stained glass windows in Protestant Churches with doves, Jesus being taken to heaven, a vacant Cross which reminds me that He rose. I do not go off on a tangent because of it. Some even have flags.

    2. Praying the Rosary: Yes I do, though it was very hard at first. Mary is not dead, Mary is alive in heaven with Jesus. If she is dead then so is Jesus, and He is not. The Angels present our prayers to God in a golden chalice. The martyrs pray for their justice. Rev. Jeremiah 15 Chapter KJV we see Samuel and Moses praying for Israel though they had been dead for quite sometime. I do not pray to Mary I ask her to pray for me. I think no more of that than asking you to pray for me. In the Rosary we say Blessed art thou amongest women, Blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus. Is this not what Elizabeth said to her? Mary herself said, “All generations would call her blessed.” When we call her Blessed is this not a fulfilling of this prophecy? We call her “Mother of God” is this not what Elizabeth called her, “Mother of my Lord?” In Rev. 12 do we not see her being crowned upon entering heaven and the devil going to wage war against the rest of her offspring? Who would that be? It is us, as if she is the mother of Jesus (God Man) she is also our mother. I have had many many prayers answered by asking her to intercede for me to her Son. The answers came from God alone not through Mary. We also see in the NT at the Transfiguration Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus, and they had been dead a long long time as far as their bodies go. Did Jesus rebuke them and call them mediums, wizards, and spiritist? No He stood there and talked with them.

    3. Mary is not a “witch” “medium” or a “spiritist” Mary is the mother of “God Man.” I do not think Jesus would appreciate His mother being compared to such things. Do you not think Jesus loved/loves His mother? Remember she was impregnated by the Holy Spirit and I do not think God would have chosen a “witch” to come to earth by. Mary is the mother of the King of Kings, which makes her the Queen Mother. If you will read your OT the Queen Mother always set on the right side of the King their son. It was not the wife nor anyone else but the mother. It was also the Queen Mother which people went to with their request, that she would intercede for them to the King, her son. 1Kings 2:13-22 When I ask Mary to pray for me, it is the same as in 1Kings. If you will also go to 1Cor. 15:29 you will see the Corinths being baptized on behalf of the dead. Paul says, “Otherwise what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?” These baptisims were to free the dead for the oh no, dreaded word, “Purgatory” But you do not see Paul rebuking them for it do you? If anyone believes that people in heaven are dead, then those who believe such do not believe Jesus was ever raised, as because of this we have ever lasting life.

    4. My works are the fruit of my faith, and without them says James, “my faith is dead.” Paul taught about the works under the system of the “law’ being of no avail. James taught about the works under the system of “grace” counting. Jesus also said, we would be known by doing the “works” of our Father. So we are recognized as Christians through our works. If you go to 1Cor. 3:15 you will see what will happen to our works and the place of this event is called Purgatory. It is a name which was given to where this was to take place. Kind of like the word “Rapture” and “Trinity.” You do not see those words in the Bible either, but it does not mean the event or meaning of the words are not there. Works do count for something.

    5. I do not practice “lawlessness” so why would Jesus say He does not know me. Jesus knows me and I Him, and that is between He and I alone. Who are you or anyone else to say what Jesus will say to me or not? He may say that to me, but He may say that to you also. It just really gets me when people think their feet are in the door of heaven, and someone elses are not. That is God’s decision alone, not mine and not yours.

    6. Do I consider myself saved? How did I become saved? The Bible tells us to “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.” How our Father and I have done this is between our Father and me. It tells me I had to work out my “own.” How I have done this with the much needed help of God, is and I am sorry for being rude, is no ones business but the business of God and myself, and you have no right to ask me about such a private and long suffering time in my life. If you do not believe I am saved, believe what you want. Your opinion of that will not get me to heaven nor keep me out, so truly it does not matter to me what you feel regarding my salvation. What matters to me is what God thinks of it. He and I are fine. I would never dream of asking you such a question nor anyone else for that matter.

    I tried to answer your questions the best and most honest way I know how. If you do not agree with it I am sorry and I am not asking you to. But if you take away one thing from our conversation take this. A persons relationship with God is their own. That is why it is called a personal relationship. The reason I even brought up the “works” of others in the Church to begin with, is because there are many good people who do wonderful things in the Catholic Church and the Priest and the like are not the only one’s who make the Church up. It was because of what those Priest had done in Ireland. The discussioin of works in that conversation had nothing to do with getting or not getting to heaven.

    God Bless


  6. Sandy,

    Sorry to hear about the sick young ‘uns. Hope they’re feeling better.

    As far as bowing to statues–you may not do so, but the current Pope and his predecessor have done so, and quite publicly. (see here and here and here and here and here). Now, is it wrong to have pictures of angels or Mary or fuzzy bunny rabbits in one’s house? Of course not. The sin is when we bow down to any graven image “of anything in heaven or on earth” (Exodus 20:5). And yes, the walls of the tabernacle had depictions of angels, and there were sculptures of angels atop the Ark of the Covenant. But what would God have done to the High Priest if he had bowed down to them? This was the very thing the apostle Paul had to deal with in Colosse (“Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels”–Colossians 2:18).

    With all due respect, concerning your use of Jeremiah 15 to support the practice of praying to dead saints–this is one place where the KJV is not clear on the translation of the Hebrew. It should read “EVEN IF Moses and Samuel stood before Me…” Much like in Psalm 27, when David says, “Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear.” Not that a host WAS encamping against him, but that EVEN IF a host encamped against him. in Jeremiah, YHVH was letting it be known to the people that even if Moses and Samuel–who were two of the fiercest intercessors for the people–even if THEY had pleaded with Him at that particular time, He would not defer His wrath (as He did in Exodus 32).

    You mention that “the Corinthians were baptized for the dead.” Does this mean you agree with the Mormon practice of vicarious baptism? That if someone is baptized for their dead uncle, that their “merit” can be transferred to the dead uncle? If so, then that is (1) a misunderstanding of Paul’s words in 1 Cor 15:29 (since Paul says “what shall they do who are baptized for the dead” NOT “what shall we do…”) and (2) patently unbiblical, since no person can do anything to atone for the sins of another person (except, of course, Christ. But from among sinful men, none is capable).

    As far as “praying to Mary,” can you show me once in the Scriptures where we are told to pray to anyone but the Father? Or do you agree with the Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraph 963) which says “Mary’s role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it. ‘This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ’s virginal conception up to his death’…” Or paragraph 969–Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation…” Would you have agreed with John Paul II if he had gotten his way and Mary had been named a Co-Redemptrix along with Christ?

    Speaking of Mary, I was in no way calling her a “witch” or a “medium.” That is not what I was implying in the least. Mary the mother of our Lord was a virtuous, devoted woman and we would all do well to imitate her modesty. But she is not a “queen.” And she is not a mediatrix. The apostle Paul is very clear on this in 1st Timothy 2:5–we have ONE Mediator between God and Man, the man Jesus Christ. We also read in Hebrews 7:25–Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

    Mary being a “Queen of Heaven” is an invention of the Roman Catholic Church, based on the misappropriation of Solomon’s granting to his mother a throne. But the idea that Jesus gave a throne to His mother does not stand up biblically. Consider what He told James and John in Matthew 20:23–“You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit on My right hand and on My left hand is not Mine to give but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My father.”

    Finally, my inquiry as to how you believe a person is saved was not meant to be “nosy” or anything of the sort. But just as a Mormon thinks is saved by his obedience to the LDS church, and just like many people think they’re saved because they prayed a little prayer once, it is important that we understand that we are all sinful creatures, who rebel against God all our lives, and are called to repent of sin and that we are saved by the grace of God through faith in Christ alone. We cannot trust in anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ for our salvation–whether it’s someone other than Christ, or a certain “church,” or our own works–to save us, for salvation is of the LORD.


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