Mt. Vernon Register-News

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March 12, 2014

Paying lip service

Editor:

This letter is to comment on the articles printed every Friday written by Kathryn Lopez. Ms. Lopez is obviously an apologist for the Roman Catholic Church. Week after week, she sets forth Roman Catholic dogma, often quoting Roman Catholic authorities such as cardinals and popes, etc.

The first article I want to comment on is her Feb. 14 article, “Lip Service Not Enough.” In it she tells us about Pope Emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis “consecrating the Holy See to St. Michael, the archangel.” She goes on to write that they pray and ask, “For St. Michael’s intercession” to protect against “the wickedness and snares of the devil.” Praying to angels, Mary, saints, etc., is idolatry and is but one of the many false teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. God’s Holy word tells us that there is only “one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” who is even at the right hand of God and who also maketh intercession for us.” I Timothy 2:5, Romans 8:34. Revelation 22:8, 9 tells us not to worship angels.

As for the lip service of President Obama, I would most certainly agree with Ms. Lopez on this. The President and the Pope however, have much in common when it comes to lip service. The Pope, you see, gives “lip service” to Christianity, as does the church, by preaching salvation by sacraments, rituals and ceremonies, none of which can save. The true gospel is salvation by faith alone, in grace alone, through Christ alone. This, therefore, makes the Pope, whoever he is, an antichrist head of an antichrist church. Wherein is hope?

Ron Pigg

Opdyke

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