Not to start arguments or be confrontational since I do have Catholic friends who do their best to follow Christ as Savior and Lord. However, it is unsettling and disturbing how easily erroneous teachings have permeated so many so called “Christian circles”
There are a few serious issues circulating in Roman Catholicism or in many circles there of, for starters, where in scripture do we find that we have to confess our sins to a priest. The only priest capable of forgiving our sins is Jesus Christ, the Great High Priest.
Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
These verses should be enough to build a case. We through faith and the rebirth of the Holy Spirit have access to God through the blood of Christ, not some priest in a box.
2.) Another error is the whole concept of calling a priest, “father” since this is clearly not supported in scripture either.
Matthew 23:8-12 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
So at the end of the day the religious hierarchy in the Catholic Church is a unbiblical. The idea of the Pope is not a scripturally based one.
Let me reiterate:
Matthew 23:5-11 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others. “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant.
3.) What about intercessions through Mary like the Catholic Church seems to suggest.
That is not scriptural either.
1 John 5:13-15 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
What does it say our confidence is in here in 1 John 5 “if we ask anything according to his (God’s) will” It also says “I write these things to you who believe (Born Again Christ Followers)
The truth of the matter we are made right with God through rebirth into God’s family by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, not through confirmation or incantations or ritualistic observance or the “saints interceding for us” since the Bible makes it clear that Jesus Christ is the one who intercedes for us.
Romans 8:26-27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Hebrews 7:24-25 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
We have full access to God through only, yes only, the saving work of Jesus Christ and nothing else