As seen in yesterday’s post, Common Cause – for Concern, the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, the Evangelical Fellowship Canada, the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada, and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops all appear to be heading down the path of ecumenism in the name of ‘common cause.’ Is the Canadian MB Conference tip toeing in the footsteps of their Mennonite cousins who have already crossed the bridge to Rome?
For example, the Bridgefolk want you to know…
Mennonite seminary hosts conference on Mary
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Indiana) will be hosting a conference entitled My Spirit Rejoices in God my Savior: Mary in Anabaptist Dress in late March. Bridgefolk board members Mary Schertz and Marlene Kropf are among the event coordinators.
More conference info can be found on the AMBS website, here:
My spirit rejoices in God my savior: Mary in Anabaptist Dress
March 24 to 26, 2011
The goal of the conference is that all who participate in the conversations will understand the place of Mary in their lives and thoughts.
However, as Roger Oakland reminds us, the Bible teaches us to focus on Jesus, not Mary:
As we read through both the Old and New Testament, one thing becomes very apparent—Christianity is all about Jesus Christ and in believing in Him alone for salvation. The Scriptures testify of the true Jesus, who made this clear:
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (John 5: 39-40)
The entire Bible leads us to, testifies of, and focuses on, the one and only Savior of the world.
Source: The “Mary Connection” to the Eucharistic (False) Christ
Roman Catholics venerate, and even offer prayers to, Mary and the Saints, but the veneration of Mary has no place in the life of a true Christian who believes in the biblical Jesus.
Roman Catholics attempt to “bypass” these clear Scriptural principles by claiming they do not “worship” Mary or saints, but rather that they only “venerate” Mary and the saints. Using a different word does not change the essence of what is being done. A definition of “venerate” is “to regard with respect or reverence.” Nowhere in the Bible are we told to revere anyone but God alone. There is nothing wrong with respecting those faithful Christians who have gone before us (see Hebrews chapter 11). There is nothing wrong with honoring Mary as the earthly mother of Jesus. The Bible describes Mary as “highly favored” by God (Luke 1:28). At the same time, there is no instruction in the Bible to revere those whom have gone to Heaven. We are to follow their example, yes, but worship, revere, or venerate, no!
–Is worship of saints / Mary Biblical?
Surprisingly, a recent issue of the MB Herald promoted the uniquely Catholic Feast of the Immaculate Conception on their ‘traditional’ Christmas calendar, even though the doctrine of the immaculate conception is not taught in the Bible.
Why are Mennonites seeking common ground with the doctrines of the Roman Catholic church? Are Christians to learn of Mary or Jesus?
Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:29
Mary to be in the spotlight at AMBS
Roman Catholicism, Mary, and Idolatry
What Every Catholic Should Know – about MARY