OK, here is our own little thread since I seem to be “hijacking” your other one. I am not trying to be antagonistic here, that is not the spirit of my questions. Notice that even Jesus debated with others, so debate in and of itself is not wrong. I will do my best to keep things civil, and hope that others can too.
So here we go. Here is where we are:
With regard to:
Which leads us to your next question:
The Bible is VERY clear on that as well. (Christ is the only exception to the earlier statement that all have sinned, and as such He is pointed out specifically. Since Mary is not pointed out as sinless as well, we know she sinned.)
OK, that’s fine. But I live in AZ and I see a culture here (Mexican) that reveres the Virgin Mary as equal with God. If you don’t believe it, you have but to ask them. I have, and many have admitted to praying to Mary directly. Surely the Church knows of this and has done nothing to correct the misconception within the Latin cultures. What about the Lady of Guadalupe? One can not help but notice that some cultures have allowed the reverence for Saints to encroach upon the worship of God alone. Surely, you cannot deny this simple fact?
Fair enough. But…
I was not complaining that the Church was correction it’s mistakes, I was establishing the simple fact that it does make mistakes, and does so by it’s own admission.
My church does have a building, but it is only a place for believers to gather. I have attended new churches that were held in a field. Our building holds no special place in our beliefs--it is unadorned and simple. In contrast, I have seen the Vatican, and I can assure you that it is certainly adorned. The building alone is priceless, not to mention the thousands of pounds of gilding that grace its trim. How many starving people could those funds save? I wonder.
We also have a cross. But, it is on it’s side off to the side. It is a simple, rough-hewn affair and sits on its side as a reminder to parishioners that it is meant for carrying (not adoration).
I have no idea what a watch tower is.
Back to the original point: Please show me from scripture why you believe the way you do. This is not meant to be disrespectful in any way, just curious.
When I was back there in seminary school, thepreacher there said you can petition the Lord with prayer. Petition the Lord with prayer,...YOU CANNOT PETITION THE LORD WITH PRAYER!