by the Rev J.W.Hayes.
The Church Book Room 1924
The All Sufficiency of Christ as Mediator
The (5) Fifth Fundamental of the Faith is The All-Sufficiency of Christ as Mediator.
Once more : " What saith the Scripture" ?
- 1 Tim. 2, 5. " There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus."
- Heb. 9, 15. " For this cause He is the mediator of the New Testament." (Covenant.)
- John 6, 37. " Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.'
- John 6, 35. " He that cometh to Me shall never hunger and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst."
- Acts 2, 21. " Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
- Acts 4, 12. " Neither is there salvation in any other. There is none other name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."
- Matt. 11, 28. " Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
- John 10, 9. " I am the door." (i.e., represent the door.)
- John 14, 6. " I am the Way." (i.e., represent the way.)
- Heb. 7,25. " He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him."
- Heb. 4, 16. " Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy."
Now, if this be so, it dispenses at once with all other so-called mediators who are "man made" at the best, and at the same time nullifies all Masses for the dead, Purgatorial tortures, etc., and, more especially, Worship of the Virgin Mary. All these ideas and doctrines stand condemned as (a) un-Catholic; (b) deceptive; (c) superstitious; and (d) derogatory to the Blessed Saviour Who Himself said: “Thou shalt worship the Lord Thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve" (Luke 4, 8). Peter rebuked Cornelius for this kind of adoration (Acts 10, 25-26). Barnabas and Paul refused it on earth (Acts 14, 14). St. Paul warns the Colossians against it (Col. 2, 18); and twice, St. John was rebuked for a similar thing (Rev. 19, 10, and Rev. 22, 8). It is but the sin of the ancient Samaritans over again in a fresh guise, namely: the worshipping of other Gods as well as the true and only God ; since no personality less than Divine is to be adored. It is a distinct breach of the 2nd Commandment to. To banish such false teaching, the Reformers formulated the following as a warning, viz. :-
Article XXII. Of Purgatory.
"The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipping and Adoration, as well of Images as of Reliques, and also invocation of Saints, is a fond thing vainly invented, and
grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to the Word of God."
(For Church of England teaching on this subject, see Luke 23, 24 ; 11. Cor. 5, 8; Phil. 1, 28; Rev. 14,13; purely Scriptural.)
The most wide spread error of all, seems to be, however, the worship of the Mother of Our Lord. In defiance of both Holy Scripture and Apostolic teaching. She is invoked as “Queen of Heaven,” “The Refuge of Sinners,” “Our Lady,” “Mother of Mercy,” “Mother of Grace,” “Ladder of Heaven,” “Queen of the Universe,” “Vehicle to Heaven,” “Our Advocate and Mediator,” etc. A sort of parody on the Te Deum and Creed reads as follows :-
“O praise our Lady of Heaven: praise her in the height.
“Praise her, all ye men and beasts: fowls of the Heaven and the fishes of the sea.
“Praise her, Sun and Moon: stars and orbits of the planets.
“Praise her, Cherubim and Seraphim: Thrones and Dominions and Powers.
“Praise her, all ye legions of Angels: praise her, all ye orders of spirits above. Glory, etc.”
“We praise thee, O Mother of God: we acknowledge thee, Virgin Mary."
“All the earth doth worship thee; the Spouse of the Everlasting Father."
“Holy, Holy, Holy, Mary, Mother of God: Mother and Virgin. The Church throughout all the world joins in calling upon thee."
“The Mother of a Divine Majesty”
(Hymn similar to that ascribed to Ambrose and Augustine, v. 1,2,7,14.)
“Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary, that he hold the right faith about Mary." (Creed like that of Athanaaius, v. 1.)
Moreover, the same ideas are taught now, in our own Church, by persons inoculated with this false doctrine. Mariolatry has vastly increased since 1854, when the Pope published a Bull, declaring she had been born without sin; followed in 1870 by another Bull, declaring the Infallibility of the Pope.
Quite recently, again, we have word of another article to be duly added to the Creed in the Roman Church, showing plainly that she has no intention of reforming herself.
“The new dogma concerning the deification of the B. V. M. will be proclaimed by Pius XI. in the Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church, which will be convened in the spring, and which will continue its labours during three or four years." (The Madrid newspaper, viz., The "A. B. C." of January 8th, 1924.)
It is by her merits and those of the canonized Saints that the pains of the souls (supposed to be in Purgatory), are alleviated. These superabundant merits are called the Treasures of the
Church, viz.: “The superabundant merits and satisfactions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the holy Martyrs and of the other saints." These are added to the infinite merits of Christ and so made available by prayer, penance and payment. (See “Rules of the Purgatorial Society” and "Indulgences granted by Sovereign Pontiffs to the Faithful," Dublin: Powell. 1845.) We turn from this sickening recital of Anti-Catholic dogmas to the sublime words of our own sweet Communion Service, where we read concerning Our Heavenly Father: “Who of Thy tender mercy didst give Thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption. Who made there (on Calvary), by His one oblation of Himself once offered,
a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction.
for the sins of the whole world”; or, as the XXXI. Article expresses it:-
“The Offering of Christ once made is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction, for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual ; and there is none other satisfaction
for sin, but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifices of Masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits."
May the Holy Spirit keep us true to the Five foregoing foundations of the Faith, once delivered to the Saints; guard us from evil ; and, according to the Saviour's Own promise, guide us into all Truth.