Throwback Thursday: Five reasons why I cannot pray to the Virgin Mary

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on May 26th, 2016.

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Why I do not pray to Mary: Five reasons why I cannot pray to the Virgin Mary
By Will Graham
Evangelical Focus
2/20/16

Mary. What a wonderful woman of God. Her faith, her obedience and her wholehearted submission to the will of God never cease to amaze me.

Down and throughout the ages few saints have been as sorely tried and tested as she was; and yet through it all, she remained faithful to the God of Israel and to the Son she so problematically bore. No Bible loving person can fail to be moved by Mary’s God-centered love; but at the same time, no Bible reader could ever fall into the trap of turning Jesus’ mother into a quasi-Savior-like figure to whom we must pray and intercede earnestly (and through whom we have access to the Father). Such thinking is a blatant distortion of New Testament faith. So do I pray to Mary? No, I don’t. Why don’t I pray to her? Let me offer you a bouquet of reasons.

1.- Mary isn’t God
One, I don’t pray to Mary because Mary isn’t God. The Bible makes it crystal clear that prayer is to be directed to God and God alone. The Bible strictly prohibits the deification of any creature in the stead of God. I can’t help thinking how horrified mild Mary would have been had she realized that so many billions of biblically ignorant ‘believers’ would use her name to usurp the authority of the Almighty.

See the rest of the article via the link below:
http://evangelicalfocus.com/magazine/1379/Why_I_do_not_pray_to_Mary

18 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Five reasons why I cannot pray to the Virgin Mary

  1. Hallelujah! So thankful the true Jesus showed us out of the pagan practice of Roman Catholicism, brother!! All glory and honor to the risen Lord Jesus the Christ that sits at the right hand of God the Father and mediates for us!!!

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    1. Thanks, Beth! Yes, we praise and glorify God now for opening our blind eyes and leading us out of RCism, but when we get to glory and realize the full extent of His grace towards us, ….oh my!!!! 🙌🙏🏻

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  2. Thank you Tom. Great reasons why Mary should not be prayed to. Even in my days as a Catholic I could never pray to a statue, any statue. It saddens me when I see deceived people praying to a statue of Mary. But when I see the pope do it it irritates me.
    Have a blessed day.

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    1. Thank you, Crissy! Yes, it’s so grievous to see people praying to statues and/or to Mary. A part of an evil system. Thank you have a blessed evening!

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  3. This is an excellent article, thank you! I appreciate that he hasn’t minimized Mary but rightly asserts why we do not pray or venerate Mary. Are you able to get some rest before work tomorrow?! What a week!!! Love, hugs and prayers for you and Corinne!!!

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    1. Yes, author Graham presents Mary in accordance with Scripture, a sinner who needed a Savior, but also a faithful servant of God who probably endured great scorn and contempt because of her obedience. Evangelicals have avoided Mary in reaction to Catholicism’s Mariolatry, but that is an overreaction.

      Thanks, Mandy. I had a meeting with the realtor and did some other sister-related errands, but it was a comparatively calm and peaceful day. Enjoy your post-houseboat weekend and love and blessings to you and Nathan.

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  4. I am a Devout Conservative Christian✝ Republican in our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America 🇺🇸🇺🇸 USA and I STAND with the HOLY LAND of Israel-Yisrael🇮🇱 🇮🇱of Israel!! “Pray Without Ceasing” ( I Thessalonians 5:17 KJV ) For USA and Israel-Yisrael and our Christian Earth Forevermore!!

    Amen-Amein Sweet Brother in Jesus-Yeshua Christ-Messiah TOM!! May our ONE TRUE GOD the HEAVENLY FATHER BLESS you and Your Family and Friends in Jesus-Yeshua Christ-Messiah!!

    GOD BLESS ALL my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and my Messianic Jewish Sisters and Brothers in Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua and my Devout Jewish Sisters and Brothers and Your Families and Friends!!

    I Love ❤ you all Everyone through Jesus-Yeshua Christ, because HE LOVED EVERYONE FIRST!! Praise Jesus-Yeshua Christ for Today and Everyday!!

    Mazel Tov Everyone Forevermore!!

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL✝️!!

    Love ❤ Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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    1. Yup, hard to believe these Throwback posts are from five years ago.

      RE: But she isn’t God

      When I read the New Testament for the first time as a Catholic I was shocked at how little she was mentioned in contrast with the great amount of worship she is accorded within the RCC.

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