“This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12
This last weekend, I was called to go to a funeral a couple hours away from where I live. When I arrived, I noticed that it was a Roman Catholic Church, and as I walking in, I thought within myself as to what I was in for, and though I felt I knew what to expect, I found that it was not at all what I anticipated in any sense of the word.
As I walked in, I first noticed about 100 people praying, all following in recitation the words of the Priest (like a bunch of mindless robots) who were praying over the deceased repetitively, praying to Mother Mary, The “Queen of Heaven,” as if Mary was the mediator between man and the Living God.
Not only were Scriptural red flags going up everywhere (2 Timothy 3:16-17), but I also felt an indignation rising up to what these people were doing to themselves (Jeremiah 23:29).
This was blasphemy.
My kids, who know The Word of God, were with me asking the question, “What are these people giving themselves over to?” I said, “Idolatry!” (Acts 17:16)
There is only One Sacrifice! There is only One Mediator, friends, and His name is Jesus!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…” Revelation 1:5
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1
Got Questions explains… “Who is the Queen of Heaven?”
Answer: The phrase “the queen of heaven” appears in the Bible twice, both times in the book of Jeremiah. The first incident is in connection with the things the Israelites were doing that provoked the Lord to anger. Entire families were involved in idolatry. The children gathered wood, and the men used it to build altars to worship false gods. The women were engaged in kneading dough and baking cakes of bread for the “Queen of Heaven” (Jeremiah 7:18). This title referred to Ishtar, an Assyrian and Babylonian goddess also calledAshtoreth and Astarte by various other groups. She was thought to be the wife of the false god Baal, also known as Molech. The motivation of women to worship Ashtoreth stemmed from her reputation as a fertility goddess, and, as the bearing of children was greatly desired among women of that era, worship of this “queen of heaven” was rampant among pagan civilizations. Sadly, it became popular among the Israelites as well.
The second reference to the queen of heaven is found in Jeremiah 44:17-25, where Jeremiah is giving the people the word of the Lord which God has spoken to him. He reminds the people that their disobedience and idolatry has caused the Lord to be very angry with them and to punish them with calamity. Jeremiah warns them that greater punishments await them if they do not repent. They reply that they have no intentions of giving up their worship of idols, promising to continue pouring out drink offerings to the queen of heaven, Ashtoreth, and even going so far as to credit her with the peace and prosperity they once enjoyed because of God’s grace and mercy.
It is unclear where the idea that Ashtoreth was a “consort” of Yahweh originated, but it’s easy to see how the blending of paganism that exalts a goddess with the worship of the true King of heaven, Yahweh, can lead to the combining of God and Ashtoreth. And since Ashtoreth worship involved sexuality (fertility rites and temple prostitution), the resulting relationship, to the depraved mind, would naturally be one of a sexual nature. Clearly, the idea of the “queen of heaven” as the consort or paramour of the King of heaven is idolatrous and unbiblical.
There is no queen of heaven. There has never been a queen of heaven. There is most certainly a King of Heaven, the Lord of hosts. He alone rules in heaven. He does not share His rule or His throne or His authority with anyone. The idea that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the queen of heaven has no scriptural basis whatsoever. Instead, the idea of Mary as the queen of heaven stems from proclamations of priests and popes of the Roman Catholic Church. While Mary was certainly a godly young woman greatly blessed in that she was chosen to bear the Savior of the world, she was not in any way divine, nor was she sinless, nor is she to be worshipped, revered, venerated, or prayed to. All followers of the Lord God refuse worship. Peter and the apostles refused to be worshipped (Acts 10:25–26; 14:13–14). The holy angels refuse to be worshipped (Revelation 19:10; 22:9). The response is always the same: “Worship God!” To offer worship, reverence, or veneration to anyone but God is nothing short of idolatry. Mary’s own words in her “Magnificat” (Luke 1:46–55) reveal that she never thought of herself as “immaculate” or deserving of veneration; on the contrary, she was relying on the grace of God for salvation: “And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Only sinners need a savior, and Mary recognized that need in herself.
Furthermore, Jesus Himself issued a mild rebuke to a woman who cried out to Him, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you” (Luke 11:27), replying to her, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” By doing so, He curtailed any tendency to elevate Mary as an object of worship. He could certainly have said, “Yes, blessed be the Queen of Heaven!” But He did not. He was affirming the same truth that the Bible affirms—there is no queen of heaven, and the only biblical references to the “queen of heaven” refer to the goddess of an idolatrous, false religion.
Apparently, there are those that still believe that to withhold Scriptural truth is love. Let me tell you, love tells the truth, rejoices in the truth and it does not withhold the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6). Only hate does that.
Yet, there are those that just want to keep walking blindly behind man’s devised lies like this woman who recently wrote to me.
Bradlee, I started listening to your radio station The Sons of Liberty just 4 days ago & loved & agreed on everything you have said except for this morning. The first thing I hear this morning is you bashing (as if to suggest telling the truth is bashing) the Virgin Mary & the Catholic Church. Mary is a special graced filled woman. God would not have had Jesus be conceived in her womb. She had to be born without sin or she would not of been worthy to carry him for 9 months let alone raise him. She is our Queen in heaven. How could she not be after ALL she went through. And nobody has found her physical body since she ascended into heaven to be with her son I love your show but PLEASE don’t attack our Catholic believes [sic]. Thank you. God Bless You!
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. Ephesians 4:14