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Discover the Book - Jan. 16, 2009

  • 2009 Jan 16

Mary and the Rosary - Is There Another Way?

Mark 3:31-35

Two Ultimate Questions in Life

# 1 "Do you have a personal relationship with God?”

# 2 “Is there another way to God?”

Jesus stops and looks around at those seated at His feet one day as He taught.

And in that moment, and in the words captured by the Holy Spirit in God's Word – is the setting for the two ultimate questions. Each of us needs to answer these questions. Only when these two questions are answered, can we make sense of the world we live in today.

We had the 1st question answered by Jesus, “Do you have a personal relationship with God?”

Is There Another Way to God?

Today the second vital question, “Is there another way to God?”

Today there are supposed to be well over a billion Christians on the planet. The majority of that billion are part of a church that calls itself the Holy Roman Catholic Church. It says that it is built upon the foundation of Christ and His apostles. The key to understanding where a church stands in relationship to the Gospel is to examine the role of Jesus Christ in that church's doctrine. We will honestly examine one of the best-known doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church – the Role of Mary. And as we do so from scripture, you decide whether or not the Lord is honored and His Word obeyed by that church.

Please open again with me to Mark 3.31-35. As we turn there, let me ask you --

  • Who is presented as perhaps the most honored woman in the Bible? Mary.
  • Who was chosen out of all the women in the whole world to raise God's Son? Mary.
  • Who is the greatest living, breathing example in God's Word of the Proverbs 31 woman in ordinary everyday life? Mary.
  • Without exception, who is probably the most beloved and best-known woman in the world, from the Bible? Mary .

But even as we all say that, the veneration of Mary is not in God's Word. The elevation of Mary to a co-mediator role is not in God's Word. The example we see around the world of what may be called “Mary worship” is not in God’s Word.

3 Primary Teachings About Mary—All Are False

And all of the false teaching about Mary that goes on starts with the three primary teachings about Mary – never found in Scriptures.

  • The Immaculate conception (“ in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin.");
  • The Perpetual Virginity (stated in the 5 th Ecumenical Council at Constantinople in AD 553 “ holy and glorious Mary, mother of God and ever-virgin…”);
  • The Bodily 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 to heavenly glory." With these words, Pope Pius XII formally declared, in 1950, the bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven to be a dogma of the Catholic Church.”)

None of these three dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church are found in God's Word.


Let’s be perfectly clear: It is a form of idolatry to bestow on Mary honor, titles, or attributes that in effect give her a coequal status in the redemptive work of her Son or elevate her as a special object of veneration. Nonetheless, Christ loved and honored His mother as a mother. He fulfilled the fifth commandment as perfectly as He fulfilled them all. And part of the responsibility of honoring one’s parents is the duty to see that they are cared for in their old age. Christ did not neglect that duty.


Jesus is never recorded in the Scriptures as ever calling Mary His Mother; He does call her Woman twice in public. Once is in this week’s text.

 The expression conveys no disrespect. But it does underscore the fact that Christ was much more to Mary than a Son. He was her Savior, too (cf. Luke 1:47). Mary was no sinless co-redemptrix. She was as dependent on divine grace as the lowliest of sinners, and after Christ reached adulthood, her relationship to Him was the same as that of any obedient believer to the Lord. She was a disciple; He was the Master.


Christ Himself rebuked those who wanted to elevate Mary to a place of extraordinary veneration: “A certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, 'Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!’ But He said, ‘More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!’ ”(Luke 11:27–28). Mary was blessed because she was obedient to the Word of God—the same as any other believer. Her position as Christ’s mother did not carry with it any special titles such as co-mediatrix, queen of heaven, or any of the other forms of deification medieval superstition has attached to the popular concept of Mary.

  • Only Jesus is to be worshipped says Jesus, Peter and the angels of Heaven. Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
  • Acts 10:25-26 As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also a man .”
  • Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God ! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”


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