March 13, 2019: Tomb of Mother Teresa in Mothers House in Kolkata, India. (Credit BigStockPhoto.com)
In the book, “Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light...” she speaks throughout her life of a “terrible darkness within me.” Despite her “good works,” there is no evidence of her attempting to lead people to the Jesus of the Bible. (Proverbs 14:34)
Mother Teresa must have a Twitter account. At least, her good friend, Pope Francis, seems to think so. He recently tweeted her a prayer: “Mother Teresa, tireless worker of charity, pray for us, so that our criterion for action might be gratuitous love, offered freely to anyone without distinction of language, culture, race, or religion.”
So, what’s wrong with this picture? It’s really hard to know where to start. First of all, where in the Bible does God give us permission to pray to anyone other than God? Of course, Jesus, being God, said that no one comes to the Father but by Him (John 14:6).
It is commonplace to ask fellow believers to petition God for our needs. However, nowhere in scripture does it indicate that those who have passed on can do that. In fact, it could be very dangerous to trust them because those that have passed on may not have made it into the heavenly realm. For example, in the case of Mother Teresa, there is the grave question of whether she even entered into that blessed realm, given her unbiblical theology exposed by some of her statements while she was still alive. (See the article Poor Mother Teresa: Good Works But No Faith
But, given the fact that much of Rome’s teachings are simply baptized pagan rituals, this smacks of pantheism, which proposes that there are a wide range of gods responsible for various aspects of heaven’s economy. Along with Saint Teresa there is Saint Joseph, the patron saint of home sellers, tasked with helping you sell your house if you bury one of his idols in your yard. If you are looking for a job, then St. Cajetan is your contact in heaven.
When asked how many patron Saints there are, here is what Google responded: “There are more than 10,000 saints recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, though the names and histories of some of these holy men and women have been lost to history. The saints of the church are a diverse group of people with varied and interesting stories.”
The path to sainthood is tightly prescribed. Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia. In 1985, after a lifetime as a nun in Calcutta, India, she was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honor, for her famous work among the poor.
After her death at age 87 in 1997, she was "beatified" in 2003 by the pope. Apparently, she made a rather quick trip through purgatory. “Beatified” designates the point at which a person is allowed into heaven. It also installs them in the Roman Catholic pantheon because it confers upon them the capacity to intercede for those who pray to them.
But full sainthood is not yet.
During this test period of juggling an unknown volume of prayers, the world is watching for results. These must come in the form of attributable miracles. Someone who specifically petitioned St. Teresa has to report miraculous success to that prayer. This promptly came for her in the form of a healing of a cancerous tumor for an Indian woman in 2003.
It was not until 2008 that the clinching miracle came to a Brazilian man who suffered from a viral infection that left him in a coma. His wife’s persistent petition to St. Mother Teresa was considered effective when he was found awake and alert just prior to a scheduled brain operation.
After a respectful interlude, Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a full saint in 2016.
This charade is only one of the numerous ways that Rome’s unbiblical rituals bind people to this prostitute “church.” Changing Jesus into a wafer-god comes from ancient Egypt. And the simple mother of Jesus has become a goddess knock-off of the Babylonian mother god, Semiramis.
Soul winners, our hearts should break for the precious people deluded by this fake "church." Chick Publications has numerous books, tracts, and comics exposing this fraud. In recent years the pope has persuaded the world that Catholicism is “just another denomination.” Don’t believe it, and please become informed so you can lead at least some out to full freedom in Christ alone.