CATHOLIC WORSHIP? BY STEVE FINNELL
The Roman Catholic Church teaches the church itself is God's authority here on earth. They believe the Bible is second in authority to the Catholic Church.
Catholics worship the Pope, the Virgin Mary, and other dead saints by offering up prayers to them.
Worship Defined: Reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage.
Do Catholics pray to the Pope? Yes. A Costa Rican woman told how she recovered from a brain aneurysm after praying to the Blessed Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005. The woman stated that the Pope answered her prayer in 2011.( a google search can confirm this) Praying to people, dead or alive is worship.
Acts 10:25-26 As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, Stand up; I myself am also a man.(NKJV)
The apostles Peter did not accept worship from men.(Peter was not a Pope. The office of Pope is not mentioned in the Bible)
Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, Away with you, Satan! For it is written, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.'"(NKJV)
The Lord your God does not include the Pope, the Virgin Mary, or any other saints dead or alive. Man cannot answer prayers, only God can answer prayers.
Do you really want to trust the Catholic Church as the authority for your faith and practice.
God wrote the Bible He did not write Catholic Church doctrine.
PRAYING TO GOD IS WORSHIPING GOD!
Praying to men is worshiping men!