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July 2, 2009

Mary, Ark of the New Covenant



A biblical look at the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


His face stiffened, and his eyes narrowed to slits. Until now the Calvary Chapel pastor had been calm as he “shared the gospel” with me, but when I mentioned my belief in Mary’s Immaculate Conception, his attitude changed.

“The problem with you Roman Catholics,” he said, his forefinger stabbing the air a few inches from my face, “is that you’ve added extra baggage to the gospel. How can you call yourselves Christians when you cling to unbiblical traditions like the Immaculate Conception? It’s not in the Bible--it was invented by the Roman Catholic system in 1854. Besides, Mary couldn’t have been sinless, only God is sinless. If she were without sin she would be God!”

At least the minister got the date right, 1854 being the year Pope Pius IX infallibly defined the doctrine of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, but that’s as far as his accuracy went. His reaction was typical of many Evangelicals. He was adamant that the Catholic emphasis on Mary’s sinlessness was an unbearable affront to the unique holiness of God, especially as manifested in Jesus Christ. . . . (continue reading)

10 comments:

  1. Patrick-I'm having trouble reading the rest of the article. I tried clicking on "continue reading", but nothing came up. Any suggestions?

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  2. I checked the links, and everything seems to be working fine. Try clicking on the image of Our Lady in this post. That should work. If not, you can always directly access this article here:

    http://www.envoymagazine.com/ark_newcov.pdf

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  3. Thanks for sharing this with us, Patrick.

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  4. This is brilliant, thank you Patrick! My parish is The Parish of The Immaculate Conception in Rotherham, UK.

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  5. I'm guessing that when Mary said, "All generations will call me 'blessed'", she wasn't prophesying the Protestant Reformation.

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  6. Patrick, I am the "Steve" that called in today. Thank you for this! I can't wait to start this discussion and will keep you abreast of any developments. Please pray for us!

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  7. Hey there Patrick i to can not see a thing on. i tried the link and nothing happened.

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  8. hello patrick i would like to read the hole thing but nothing happens when i click on continue or when i press on the link. What can i do?

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  9. Hi, Dragonkight. I just checked it, and everything seems to be working correctly. Here is the direct link to the PDF: http://www.envoymagazine.com/ark_newcov.pdf. Depending on your connection speed, you might have to wait a few moments for it to load.

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  10. Having downloaded and read your defense of the Immaculate Conception of Mary I cannot support your arguments as sufficient evidence. You do present some interesting arguments that I had not previously seen including the comparisons between the Ark of the Covenant and Mary. Yet I remain unconvinced of her sinlessness.

    The reason Chirst is 'the way' and 'apart from me their are is no other' (my paraphrase) is that Christ being the only sinless human is the ONLY ONE who can stand before a righteaous God to claim the inheritance of everlasting life that was lost by Adam. If Mary was also sinless she too could stand before God and make the same claim thus nullifying Christ's singularity.

    This is the essence of the issue. One not lost on 4 million Catholics who claiming Mary's sinfullness also seek to have her declared co-redeemer by the Pope.

    Was she sanctified by God - yes! Is she to be honored as the Mother of Christ - absolutely! Without sin? - NO.

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