Throwback Thursday: Mary – Another Redeemer?

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on February 24, 2016 and has been revised.

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Mary – Another Redeemer?
By James R. White
Bethany House, 1998, 164 pages

5 Stars

This book is a short, evangelical response to the groundswell within Roman Catholicism to dogmatically recognize Mary as “Co-Redemptrix,” with Jesus Christ. “Mary – Another Redeemer?,” by evangelical apologist, James R. White, was written during the papacy of Karol Wojtyla, aka John Paul II, who had completely dedicated himself to Mary. Wojtyla’s official Latin papal motto, “Totus tuus sum, Maria,” is translated as “Mary, I am completely yours.” John Paul II was a strong advocate of formally recognizing Mary as Co-Redeemer, but fifteen years after his death, Mary’s supporters are still waiting. As White points out, some of the Catholic hierarchy hesitate to formally proclaim this belief as dogma because they realize it will dampen efforts to gather in the “separated brethren.” Pope Francis has publicly stated that he is not interested in defining the doctrine as binding dogma. Although the doctrine is not yet official, for all intents and purposes Mary is recognized as Christ’s Co-Redeemer within Catholicism.

How did Catholics come to worship Mary as semi-divine and as Co-Redemptrix when there is absolutely no Biblical basis? White briefly reviews the history of the rise of Mariolatry and compares the simple, Biblical view of Mary to the idolatrous Marian extrapolations invented by Rome. It’s somewhat puzzling that White refrains from any mention of the development of Marian worship as an accommodation by the increasingly institutionalized early church to pagan, mother-goddess worship (e.g., Asherah, Isis, Ishtar, Hera, Venus, Pachamama, etc.), which was clearly the case. See “The Virgin: Mary’s Cult and the Re-emergence of the Goddess” by historian, Geoffrey Ashe, for a thorough examination of Mariolatry’s pagan roots.

Evangelicals are amazed and saddened by Rome’s transformation of Mary from a sinner in need of the Savior, as we all are, to the alleged sinless Queen of Heaven, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Mother of God, Holy Mother, Holy Virgin, Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. Catholics vehemently protest that they don’t deify and worship Mary, but their practices and attitudes demonstrate otherwise. This book was written as a wake up call to evangelicals who are increasingly embracing Rome, as exemplified by Chuck Colson’s once-influential “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” (ECT) project.

I’m so grateful that I was redeemed by God’s grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone. I pray many Catholics will leave the religious ritualism, legalism, and man-made traditions of their church and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith alone. Christ came to save sinners, not the religious self-righteous who believe they can earn heaven by receiving the Catholic sacraments and by obeying the Ten Commandments. “Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God.” – Galatians 3:11

Biblical perspective on Mary: “As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” – Luke 11:27- 28

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20 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Mary – Another Redeemer?

  1. I will never understand the RCC veneration of Mary, this makes my stomach hurt. I have heard that Pope John Paul II was more pro woman than most, I am assuming this is due to his love of Mary. Maybe this is a stretch but the RCC is like Paul’s Judizers, people who consider themselves Christians but need to be circumcised and keep the law. Tom, you are having a profound influence on me! I have spent the morning reading and meditating on Romans 4 and Galatians 3. As I was journaling my reflections, I was really flummoxed as to how anyone in the RCC could read these chapters and believe in works based righteousness. I know your response will be very little Scripture is read in personal time. Even if this was preached in mass, there is a presupposition that Scripture is not the final authority, RCC doctrine and tradition is. Thank you for sharing this, I will look into White’s book!

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    1. Re: was really flummoxed as to how anyone in the RCC could read these chapters and believe in works based righteousness.

      That’s because they spin it such that “works of the law” = ” works of the [ceremonial/levitical] law”, therefore works of mercy are not excluded. See Tom’s “about” section, one Romanist attempted to do that. Then they quote James 2:21-24 to say one is justified by faith and works.

      Funny that it’s OK for Romanists to insert “ceremonial/levitical” in the verses, yet engage in double standards about Luther inserting “alone” in Rom 3:28, even though he was following an earlier tradition.

      On James 2:21-24, there are Atheists and Muslim polemics that the Romanist interpretation of “justified” lead to a contradiction between Paul and James. Not a problem for me as I’m not a Romanist. 😀

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    2. Thanks, Mandy! Your comments are very encouraging as usual! I believe most evangelicals don’t want to hear about the important doctrinal differences dividing Roman Catholicism from Gospel Christianity because it rocks their comfortable “why-can’t-we-all-just-get-along” ecumenical paradigm. I remember reading the NT for the first time as a Catholic in my early twenties and reading Romans and Galatians and those books rocked my Catholic works-righteousness paradigm. The Book of Hebrews and the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ (in contrast to the RCC’s perpetual sacrifice of the mass) was the final straw. I stopped going to mass after reading Hebrews. Yes, the RCC clergy definitely remind me of the Judaizers mentioned by Paul and I’ve written a few posts to that effect.The RCC’s focus on Mary is most unfortunate, but even if their “focus” was totally on Jesus, it would still be be part of their works-righteousness salvation system.

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  2. The errors, if not blasphamies, of Maryology cannot be overstated. It fosters heartbreaking superstition, if not outright demonic influences, that give birth to shrines like Fatima.
    Years ago I read ‘MARY What the Bible Really Says’, a straight forward Biblical view of Mary by Pastor Douglass Connelly.
    Good post brother, may the Lord shake the hearts of deceived folks and lead them to the truth.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa Beth! The rampant Mariology within the RCC is a good example of how it replaces Scripture with its man-made traditions. Mary worship is all a part of Catholicism’s works-righteousness gospel, i.e., praying to Mary to help them merit salvation.

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  3. The Roman Catholic concept of Mary is truly disgusting. In truth, she was, as you said, a sinner in need of a Savior. She was also a righteous (though flawed), Jewish teenager when she gave birth to the Messiah, and went on to have children of her own through normal means.

    All else is vile heresy.

    Thanks for the excellent post, Tom.

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    1. Thanks!
      RE: Bethany House and Romanism

      Funny you should ask that. I checked their catalog earlier today and their only book about Romanism they have in print is “The Roman Catholic Controversy” (1996) by James White. Of course, you and I both know that BH’s parent company, Baker Publishing, has plenty of books by Catholic authors advancing the Catholic gospel.

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