This sermon was delivered by Dr. John Gerstner. Date, occasion, and location unknown.



The original audio was poorly recorded on substandard equipment. There were numerous irreparable problems with the original recording. I have done my best to improve and restore it using Sony Sound Forge software, but was unable to achieve the desired result.

My deepest apology if you have difficulty understanding the message.


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  1. Steve Finnell December 17, 2014 at 1:54 PM #


    Is praying to the Virgin Mary worship? Is worshiping anyone other than God a sin?

    Worship Defined: To show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate.

    Do Catholics pray to the Virgin Mary? Yes.


    We turn to you for protection, holy Mother of God.

    Listen to our prayers and help us in our needs.

    Save us from every danger, glorious blessed Virgin.

    REF: Catholic Online

    Praying to anyone is worship.


    What does the Bible tell us about prayer?

    Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ…(NKJV

    The apostle Paul did not thank the Virgin Mary. Paul did not thank God through the Virgin Mary.

    Luke 11:1-2 “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven….(NKJV)

    Jesus told his disciples to pray to God the Father. Jesus never told his disciple to pray to the Virgin Mary nor any other saint.

    Matthew 26:53 “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? (NKJV)

    Jesus not once mentioned praying to the holy Mother of God. Jesus never prayed to the Virgin Mary.

    Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you. (NKJV)

    The apostle Paul nor any other apostle ever gave thanks to the Virgin Mary. Yes, Christians who are alive can pray for others, however, Christians should not pray to others, and that includes the Virgin Mary and other dead saints.

    Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

    We are not to give thanks in the name of the Virgin Mary.

    Matthew 6:9 “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
    10. Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.
    11. Give us this day our daily bread.
    12. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
    13. And do not lead us into temptation, But delivers us from evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (NKJV)

    The Virgin Mary has no power nor authority to give us our daily bread. The Virgin Mary cannot forgive us our debts. The Virgin Mary cannot deliver us from evil. The Virgin Mary has no kingdom.

    Praying to the Virgin Mary or praying to any Christian dead or alive is worship.

    We are to pray to God the Father through Jesus Christ. No man nor woman can answer our prayers.

    It is sin to worship anyone other than God.

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