“Mary Seated On The Throne…Again” by Michael Micky

I try not to air “doctrinal” differences between denominations too often on this blog, since I believe that in most cases, Christians should stick together and not allow these differences to tear us apart and detract us from our mission of spreading the Good News of Salvation Through Jesus Christ.
Sometimes though, when a high profile member of a fellowship says or does something which is in complete contention to what is written in the Bible, I find it necessary to draw attention to this.
With that said, I would like to re-publish a post from Michael Micky’s Rapture Alert Blog.

Mary Seated On The Throne…Again

by Michael G. Mickey
(8-26-07)

On August 15th, Pope Benedict XVI, in celebrating Catholicism’s Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, quoted Pope Pius XII, particularly the following (emphasis added mine):

“Hence, the revered Mother of God, from all eternity joined in a hidden way with Jesus Christ in one and the same decree of predestination, immaculate in her conception, a most perfect virgin in her divine motherhood, the noble associate of the divine Redeemer who has won a complete triumph over sin and its consequences, finally obtained, as the supreme culmination of her privileges, that she should be preserved free from the corruption of the tomb and that, like her own Son, having overcome death, she might be taken up body and soul to the glory of Heaven where, as Queen, she sits in splendour at the right hand of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages.”

Pope Benedict XVI added, in his own words, the following: “May the example and prayers of Mary, Queen of Heaven, inspire and sustain us on our pilgrimage of faith, that we too may attain the glory of the Resurrection and the fulfilment of our hope in her Son’s promises.”

A Wikipedia article demonstrates that both Pope Pius XII (in 1935) and Pope John Paul II (in 1985) referred to Mary as a “co-redeemer” of mankind with Christ, our Savior. As a result, many today incorrectly believe that praying to Mary is beneficial as she, acting in her alleged role as the “Queen of Heaven”, provides intercession between mankind and Christ on behalf of those who pray to her. This, as those closest to me will immediately recognize, is what I like to refer to as “a bunch of hooey!”

Mary was a fine woman, yes! Is Mary seated at the right hand of the Father and Son? Decidedly not!

If Mary was to be a co-redeemer of mankind, wouldn’t Christ have acknowledged her future role during His ministry? Of course He would’ve, but let’s be certain that He didn’t!

Jesus is preaching in the synagogue when we see, as recorded in Mark 3:31-35, the following occur:

31. There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.

32. And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

33. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?

34. And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

35. For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

If Mary, whom I’m certain was and is yet greatly loved by Christ, was to serve in a capacity that it would somehow be beneficial for mankind to call out her name in prayer, He would’ve exalted her greatly and directed us to do the same! Because He didn’t, we shouldn’t!

1st Timothy 2:5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Clear enough? I think so.

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