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Who Should We Pray To? October 20, 2011

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Who Should We Pray To?

“Through nature and revelation, through His providence, and by the influence of His spirit, God speaks to us.  But these are not enough; we need also to pour out our hearts to Him in prayer”… but what is prayer?  “Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend.  Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him.  Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.”

     1). When Jesus was upon the earth, who did He direct the church to pray to?  “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”–Matthew 6:6. See also verse 9.

     2). Who did the early church or the apostolic church pray to?  Let’s read the Bible for the answer: “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voices to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou are God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: And now, Lord, behold their threatening: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word. And when they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”–Acts 4:24, 29, 31.

3). When the wise men came from the east in search of Jesus, who did they worship when they found Him, Mary or the child Jesus?  Read Matthew 2:1-11.

Note. The Bible says they worshiped the child Jesus and not Mary, and they also presented gifts to Jesus and not to Mary.  The last time the Bible mentions Mary she was with the apostles assembled in an upper room.   Acts 1:13, 14.  When Jesus came to them He said nothing of or about them praying to Mary or that Mary would be our mediator; the Bible says they pray to the Lord not Mary and that is the last time we see the appearance of Mary in the Bible.  The Bible tells us, that “there is only one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”  1 Timothy 2:5.  In John 14:6, it clearly says that Jesus is the only way to the Father, not Mary, not popes, not priests, nor images of Mary.

My friends, the Bible is very clear on why we should not make images and bow down to them.  See Exodus 20:4, 5, because to do so is to “have other gods before the Creator of heaven and earth,” according to verse 3 of Exodus 20. The Bible says that “these gods will perish” and also those who worship them.  See Jeremiah 10:1, 2, 10-12, 14, 15.  The Bible is very clear, who we should pray to.  So we must ask the question…

     4). How did the worship of the saints and Mary enter the Christian church?

     Note. We will have to look to history for the answer.

“Most of the Christians at last consented to lower their standard and a union was formed between Christianity and paganism.  Although the worshipers of idols professed to be converted, and united with the church, they still clung to their idolatry, only changing the object of their worship to images of Jesus, and even of Mary and the saints.  The foul leaven of idolatry, thus brought into the church, continued its baleful work.  Unsound doctrines, superstitious rites, and idolatrous ceremonies were incorporated into her faith and worship.  As the followers of Christ united with idolaters, the Christian religion became corrupted, and the church lost her purity and power.”—GC 43.

“….To afford converts from heathenism a substitute for the worship of idols, and thus to promote their nominal acceptance of Christian worship, the adoration of images and relics was gradually introduced into the Christian worship….”—GC 52.

The decree of a general council finally established this system of idolatry.  The worship of images was one of those corruptions of Christianity which crept into the church stealthily and almost without notice or observation.  For a record of the proceeding and decisions of the Second Council of Nicaea, AD 787, called to establish the worship of images, see Baronius, Ecclesiastical Annals, vol.9.  Dear friends, God is calling you back to the Bible, to read and understand its teachings.

     5). Why should we study and understand the teachings of the Bible for ourselves?

     Note. The Bible warns us of false religion in the last days: see 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4; 2 Corinthians 11:13, 14; Revelation 14: 6-11; 17:1-6.  When God sends to men warnings so important that they are represented as proclaimed by holy angels flying in the midst of heaven, He requires every person endowed with reasoning powers to heed the message.  The fearful judgements denounced against the worship of the beast and his image (Revelation 14:9-11), should lead all to a diligent study of the prophecies to learn what the mark of the beast is, and how they are to avoid receiving it.

     Conclusion. “But the masses of the people turn away their ears from hearing the truth and are turned unto fables. The apostle Paul declared, looking down to the last days:  ‘The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.’  2 Timothy 4:3.  That time has fully come.  The multitudes do not want Bible truth, because it interferes with the desires of the sinful, world-loving heart; and Satan supplies the deceptions which they love.  But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms.”—GC 594.

My friends, John in the Revelation describes these faithful people, who will be ready to meet Jesus:  Revelation 12:17.  Today God is calling you to come out ofBabylonand to become a part of the remnant church.  Will you heed the message of love and warning, and come out?



GC – The Great Controversy


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