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					The 4 Legs of Roman Catholicism

               By
           Zeke Flores
Here's a skeleton outline titled "The 4 Legs of Catholicism." The premise is
that though there are many facets of doctrine that Catholics share with the
denominational world at large, there are some that are peculiar to Catholicism
only and form the "legs" on which the table of the religion rests. Disproving
each doctrine is like cutting of a leg of the table, eventually it will fall.

Zeke Flores
Belen, NM
               Tradition
• Catholic Catechism teaches that
  church tradition is just as authoritative
  as Holy Scripture.
• Only 2 sources of authority:
  – Heaven (God).
  – Man.
               Tradition
• Matt 21:23
  – "And when He had come into the temple,
    the chief priests and the elders of the
    people came to Him as He was teaching,
    and said, "By what authority are You
    doing these things, and who gave You this
    authority?"
               Tradition
• Matt 21:24
  – And Jesus answered and said to them, "I
    will ask you one thing too, which if you
    tell Me, I will also tell you by what
    authority I do these things.
                Tradition
• Matt 21:25
  – "The baptism of John was from what
    source, from heaven or from men?" And
    they began reasoning among themselves,
    saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will
    say to us, 'Then why did you not believe
    him?'
               Tradition
• Jesus condemned man-made tradition.
• Mark 7:5
  – And the Pharisees and the scribes *asked
    Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk
    according to the tradition of the elders,
    but eat their bread with impure hands?"
                Tradition
• Matt 15:8-9
  – “THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR
    LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY
    FROM ME. 9'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY
    WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES
    THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.”
               Tradition
• Mark 7:6-7
  – And He said to them, "Rightly did Isaiah
    prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is
    written, 'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH
    THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR
    AWAY FROM ME. 7'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY
    WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES
    THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'
               Tradition
• Mark 7:8-9
  – "Neglecting the commandment of God,
    you hold to the tradition of men.” 9He
    was also saying to them, "You nicely set
    aside the commandment of God in order
    to keep your tradition.
                Tradition
• Scripture is ALL we need
• 2 Tim. 3:16-17
  – All Scripture is inspired by God and
    profitable for teaching, for reproof, for
    correction, for training in righteousness;
    17that the man of God may be adequate,

    equipped for every good work.
               Tradition
• because ALL truth has been delivered
• John 16:12-13
  – "I have many more things to say to you,
    but you cannot bear them now. 13"But
    when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He
    will guide you into all the truth; for He
    will not speak on His own initiative, but
    whatever He hears, He will speak; and He
    will disclose to you what is to come.
               Tradition
• Jude 3
  – Beloved, while I was making every effort
    to write you about our common salvation,
    I felt the necessity to write to you
    appealing that you contend earnestly for
    the faith which was once for all delivered
    to the saints.
              Maryology
• Catholic Catechism teaches that Mary
  is co-mediatrix and co-Saviour with
  Jesus Christ.
• There is ONE mediator between God &
  man- 1 Tim. 2:5
  – For there is one God, and one mediator
    also between God and men, the man
    Christ Jesus:
              Maryology
• There is ONE Saviour for man.
• Acts 4:11-12
  – "He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by
    you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME
    THE VERY CORNER stone. 12"And there is
    salvation in no one else; for there is no
    other name under heaven that has been
    given among men, by which we must be
    saved."
              Maryology
• Mary herself needed a Saviour.
• Luke 1:46-47
  – And Mary said: "My soul exalts the Lord,
    47And my spirit has rejoiced in God my

    Saviour.
              Maryology
• Catholicism teaches that Mary was
  "ever virgin”
• Bible says she had other children.
• Luke 2:7 Jesus was her "first son”.
• Jesus had brothers & sisters
               Maryology
• Matt 12:46
  – While He was still speaking to the
    multitudes, behold, His mother and
    brothers were standing outside, seeking
    to speak to Him.
• See also Mark 3:31-35, Luke 8:19-20,
  John 2:12, 7:3-10, Acts 1:14
        Formal Priesthood
• Catholicism teaches that only church
  ordained priests may officiate over
  "eucharist". They teach this is "based
  upon and a continuance" of Levitical
  priesthood of OT.
• Jesus is only "special" high priest.
        Formal Priesthood
• Heb. 10:21
  – “and since we have a great priest over the
    house of God”
• Heb. 7:23-24
  – And the former priests, on the one hand,
    existed in greater numbers, because they
    were prevented by death from continuing,
    24but He, on the other hand, because He

    abides forever, holds His priesthood
    permanently.
        Formal Priesthood
• Heb. 7:11-12
  – For the priesthood being changed, there
    is made of necessity a change also of the
    law. 13For he of whom these things are
    spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of
    which no man gave attendance at the
    altar.
        Formal Priesthood
• There was an OT priesthood.
  – It was cancelled & superseded by NT.
  – In NT, we have only ONE special high
    priest - Jesus.
• All believers act as priests offering up
  spiritual sacrifices.
        Formal Priesthood
• 1 Peter 2:5.
  – you also, as living stones, are being built
    up as a spiritual house for a holy
    priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices
    acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
• Rev 1:6
  – and He has made us to be a kingdom,
    priests to His God and Father; to Him be
    the glory and the dominion forever and
    ever. Amen.
        Formal Priesthood
• 1 Peter 2:9
  – But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal
    PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE
    FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, that you may
    proclaim the excellencies of Him who has
    called you out of darkness into His
    marvellous light;
               The Mass
• Catholic Catechism teaches that the
  Mass is an actual sacrifice and RE-
  presents the sacrifice of Christ.
• Jesus offered Himself once for all
  time.
• Heb 10:10
  – By this will we have been sanctified
    through the offering of the body of Jesus
    Christ once for all.
                The Mass
• Heb 10:11
  – And every priest stands daily ministering
    and offering time after time the same
    sacrifices, which can never take away
    sins;
• Heb 9:25
  – nor was it that He should offer Himself
    often, as the high priest enters the holy
    place year by year with blood not his
    own.

				
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