Serious Theological Errors — Part IV

True Devotion to Mary

11. In Section 141, Saint Louis de Montfort makes another false and misleading statement by saying, “All the gifts, virtues and graces of the Holy Ghost are distributed by Mary, to whom she wishes, when she wishes, the way she wishes and as much as she wishes.” This statement is also false and conflicts with Sacred Scripture for several reasons. First of all, God is the giver of all good gifts, and it is the Holy Spirit who works in partnership with God’s beloved children to activate our spiritual gifts. According to 1 Corinthians 12:4–6, “There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.”

After Sacred Scripture clearly identifies God as the sole giver and activator of our spiritual gifts, a list of gifts is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7–11 as follows: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.”

There is no mention of Mary in this Scripture passage. It is not the Blessed Mother who controls the Holy Spirit, nor is it Mary who distributes the Holy Spirit’s gifts to “whom she wishes, when she wishes, and as much as she wishes.” According to Sacred Scripture, our spiritual gifts are activated by the Holy Spirit and are given to the body of Christ as the Spirit chooses. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are only given and activated by God, and because Mary is not God, those who publish and distribute false teachings are guilty of promoting heresy within the Catholic Church.

12. In a section entitled “Interior Practices,” Saint Louis de Montfort makes a request of his followers to do all their “actions by Mary, with Mary, in Mary and for Mary.” In an attempt to explain the meaning of this request, Saint Louis de Montfort says in Section 258, “We must do all our actions by Mary; that is to say, we must obey her in all things...” In Section 265, Saint Louis de Montfort says, “Finally we must do all our actions for Mary. As we have given ourselves up entirely to her service, it is but just to do everything for her as servants and slaves.”

In order for Saint Louis de Montfort’s followers to obey Mary in all things, they would need to be able to communicate with Mary on a regular basis. Because Mary is in heaven, and Saint Louis de Montfort’s followers are here on earth, some form of communication would be necessary to connect both parties. The first problem with this proposed method of communication is that Mary is not omnipresent. She cannot be in two different places at the same time, and she cannot deliver messages to millions of Catholics at the same time. The second problem with this proposed form of communication is that the Catechism of the Catholic Church in section 2117, calls this form of communication “Spiritism” and “warns the faithful against it.”

In addition, all forms of communication with the spirit realm have been condemned in Deuteronomy 18:10–12, when the Lord said, “No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire, or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or one who casts spells, or who consults ghosts or spirits, or who seeks oracles from the dead. For whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord.”

The reason all forms of communication with spirit guides and spirits of the dead have been condemned by the Catholic Church is because the devil and his vast army of fallen angels have the ability to operate under any religious-sounding name and title they want. The devil and his vast army of fallen angels also have the ability to appear as beautiful angels of light, or one of the saints, and even as the Blessed Mother. In John 8:44, Sacred Scripture calls the devil “a liar and the father of lies.” When Saint Paul was describing false teachers within the Church, he said in 2 Corinthians 11:14, “And no wonder! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

Because all sin is an agreement with evil, all the devil and his vast army of fallen angels would need to do is trick a person into believing one of their lies and then tempt that person into violating one of God’s laws. Because the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines the sin of idolatry in section 2113, by saying, “Man commits idolatry whenever he honors and reveres a creature in place of God,” all the devil would need to do is elevate the Blessed Mother to the point of being more important than God within a person’s heart. Once a person commits the sin of idolatry, the devil and his vast army of fallen angels would have the right to enter into that person’s life and drive that person deeper into bondage.

13. One of the most serious theological errors in Saint Louis de Montfort’s book is turning to Mary for the forgiveness of sins. In the Act of Consecration on Page 197, Saint Louis de Montfort encourages his followers to enter into a spiritually binding agreement by taking an oath that says, “I do not deserve to be called Thy child, nor yet Thy slave; and as there is nothing in me which does not merit Thine anger and Thy repulse, I dare not come by myself before Thy most holy and august Majesty. It is on this account that I have recourse to the intercession of Thy most holy Mother, whom Thou hast given me for a mediatrix with Thee. It is through her that I hope to obtain of Thee contrition, the pardon of my sins...”

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church in section 1441, “Only God forgives sins.”13 The Catechism of the Catholic Church also states in section 431, “Because sin is always an offense against God, only he can forgive it.”14 Because the Blessed Trinity is one in nature, essence and substance, (as per the Catechism of the Catholic Church in section 252) Jesus has the authority to forgive man's sin, but according to the Church's teachings, Mary does not have the ability to forgive sins or grant salvation.

14. Another very serious theological error in Saint Louis de Montfort’s book is entrusting a person’s salvation to the Immaculata. In the Act of Consecration on Page 198, Saint Louis de Montfort encourages his followers to enter into a spiritually binding agreement as follows, “In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception...”

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church in section 450, “From the beginning of Christian history, the assertion of Christ's lordship over the world and over history has implicitly recognized that man should not submit his personal freedom in an absolute manner to any earthly power, but only to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”15

The Catechism of the Catholic Church also states in section 150, “It is right and just to entrust oneself wholly to God and to believe absolutely what he says. It would be futile and false to place such faith in a creature.”16

Because the Catechism of the Catholic Church in sections 488 and 493 describes Mary as a “creature” (a part of God's creation), it becomes very dangerous to sell your soul into the possession of the Immaculata, giving this entity the full right of disposing of that person's soul any way it wants without exception, especially when demonic spirits have the ability to operate under any religious-sounding name and title they want, including the names of Immaculata and Queen of Heaven. For more information on how demonic spirits can operate under the names Immaculata and Queen of Heaven, please visit Consecration Vows.

15. Saint Louis de Montfort makes another false and misleading statement in Section 166 by saying, “Where Mary is, there the evil spirit is not.” Montfort Publications’ version of True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary makes the same point in Section 209 by saying, “There is no danger of a true child of Mary being led astray by the devil and falling into heresy. Where Mary leads, Satan with his deceptions and heretics with their subtleties are not encountered.”

These statements are not only false, but they are also extremely dangerous because the devil has the ability to tempt anyone he wants. Once the devil finds a person to make an agreement with him through the sin of idolatry, he will lead that person deeper into bondage. A good example of the devil’s ability to tempt anyone he wants comes from Matthew 4:1 when, “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” If the devil had the ability to tempt Jesus in the wilderness after he “fasted forty days and forty nights,” he also has the ability to tempt any of the Lord’s followers, any time he wants.17

A good example of how the devil likes impersonating the Blessed Mother for the purpose of ensnaring souls comes from a New Age practice called sprit-guide channeling. To learn more about how this technique works, all a person would need to do is visit their local metaphysical bookstore. There are thousands of these stores across the nation and they are filled with New Age practitioners who would be happy to teach anyone how to channel messages from Isis, the Queen of Heaven, and even the Blessed Mother. Keep in mind that when a New Age practitioner channels messages from the Blessed Mother, it is not the real Mary who will be delivering the messages, but a demonic spirit in disguise.

Another example of how the devil has been impersonating the Blessed Mother for the purpose of ensnaring souls comes from the growing number of psychics in our nation. Many of these psychics target unsuspecting Catholics claiming to deliver messages from the Blessed Mother, Padre Pio, and many other Catholic saints. Because the devil is a “liar and the father of lies,18 all a demonic spirit would need to do is pretend to be the Mother of Jesus. If a person wants to hear a message from the Blessed Mother, the demonic spirit will fulfill that request. If the person wants a message from the Black Madonna, our Lady of Lourdes, or Our Lady of Emmitsburg, a demonic spirit could pretend to be any spiritual entity that person wanted. For more information on how psychics, visionaries and seers have been targeting unsuspecting Catholics, please visit Medjugorje Messages.

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