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Roman Catholics Encourage the Bereaved to Pray to the Dead for the Dead. Can our Dead Speak to us?

In the last days Satan is redoubling his efforts to either catch people in his snares or to fasten them deeper in his deceptions. He realizes that he has a short time and is therefore intensifying his attacks, especially against the people of God.  One of Satan’s primary methods of holding people in darkness and deception until the Savior’s mediation is complete, is spiritualism. Satan used spiritualism to deceive our first parents into sin. As it was in the beginning, so in the end. We can expect spiritualism in many guises to become more ubiquitous and therefore widely accepted, awakening no alarm among the masses. Additionally, Satan preys on the weaknesses of souls and comes to them at their most vulnerable state.  In fact, spiritualism along with another papal error, Sunday sacredness, is what Satan is using to not only hold individuals in his deceptions but to also prepare them to willingly surrender liberty of conscience in exchange for security and safety as the conditions of the world become more catastrophic, financially, politically, socially, environmentally and morally. “Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul [spiritualism] and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome. The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.”[1]

 

It is not surprising then that Roman Catholics still continue to urge its members and people in general to “talk to their dead loved ones.” An article recently was published on The Catholic News Agency, “‘Remember Me’-Should Catholics talk to their dead loved ones?” In the article, the following can be read: “It is not uncommon for grieving loved ones to experience what psychologists call ‘After Death Communication,' in which the bereaved believe that they see, hear the voices of, or even smell their dead loved ones. These experiences sometimes called ‘bereavement hallucinations,’ can be healing and comforting for those who grieve multiple studies have found. But Catholics should proceed with caution when ‘communicating’ with the dead, two Catholic psychologists told CNA, and they should ground their communications in prayer. Dana Nygaard is a Catholic and a licensed professional counselor who speaks to grief groups and counsels clients through loss. Nygaard told CNA that because many Catholics misunderstand what happens to souls after death, she urges caution when talking about what it means to talk to dead loved ones. ‘If they're speaking to a loved one, how are they doing that? Is it through saying, ‘Hey grandma, I think you're up there in heaven with God. I really hope you pray and look over me.’ Okay, well that sounds fine,’ she said. ‘Or...are they going to a psychic or a medium? Is this necromancy? How were they doing this?  I think that's an important question,’ Nygaard said. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ‘all forms of divination are to be rejected’ which includes the ‘conjuring up the dead.’ However, the Church encourages Catholics to pray for the dead as one of the spiritual works of mercy. 'From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead,’ the Catechism states. ‘Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.’ ‘Prayer, prayer, prayer,’ Nygaard said, noting that because Catholics do not know the state of the souls of their loved ones when they die, it is important to pray for them after their death, as prayers can help the souls in purgatory get to heaven faster. The Liturgy of the Hours, a set of prayers said periodically throughout the day by priests, religious and some lay Catholics, includes a special Office of the Dead, a set of prayers said specifically for those who have died.[2]

The Roman Catholic Church has mastered the art of deception and gives just enough truth to mask its errors and to give them credibility so that individuals cannot readily discern its deadly heresies. She has the attributes of the chameleon, adapting and changing so that her real character cannot be discerned. “The papacy is just what prophecy declared that she would be, the apostasy of the latter times. 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4. It is a part of her policy to assume the character which will best accomplish her purpose; but beneath the variable appearance of the chameleon she conceals the invariable venom of the serpent.”[3] Perhaps the reader picked up on the statement cited from the catechism which states and suggests that Roman Catholics “reject all forms of divination” or conjuring up of the dead, just as the Bible condemns those practices.  However, this is not the case, the very act of praying to the dead [‘saints’] for the dead and holding concourse with the deceased, a common practice among Roman Catholics, is included in the Biblical definition of divination. The Bible is clear that the entire system of Roman Catholicism is entrenched in sorcery (see Daniel 8:25; Revelation 18:2-5 and 23).

 

In the very same article where it is stated that the Roman Catholic Catechism rejects all forms of divination can be found examples of the same.  “Nygaard told CNA that she often encourages Catholics who are grieving a loss to ask for the intercessory prayers of saints already canonized by the Church, which means that they are assured to be with God in heaven. ‘Maybe it was that my great-grandmother was really close to St. Anne. I'm going to ask St. Anne, ‘Would you please look after my sweet great grandmother? I pray she's there with you in heaven.’ I've known people also to pray, ‘God, I'm asking you, do I need to keep praying for my father?’ she said. Nygaard said that those she counsels through grief will sometimes, after a period of prayer, feel a deep sense of peace that their loved one is in heaven.”[4] How unfortunate that individuals choose to be comforted in a lie that their loved ones have ascended to heaven and can offer them comfort and advice. The Bible is clear, from Genesis to Revelation that when a person dies he/she is no longer conscious, is not in heaven, or hell or purgatory, but is in the grave awaiting either the first or second resurrection. There can be no communication whatsoever with the dead for as Psalm 146:2 and  4 and Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6 and 10 say: “While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” "There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Please read also, Isaiah 38:18 and 19; Psalm 6:5, Psalm 115:17, Acts 2:29 and 34; and 1 Corinthians 15:16-18 concerning the state of the dead. 

Since the dead are in the grave and are no longer conscious, we need to understand that evil angels will impersonate dead loved ones to contradict the testimony of the Bible, not only regarding the state of the dead but other important doctrines from God’s Word. Therefore if a dead relative or friend appears to bring  comfort or any type of message, know that it is not that person, reject it immediately, placing God’s Word above your very senses. There have been and will continue to be apparitions and impersonations of the dead that will become even more frequent as we approach the final moments of earth’s history.   It is vitally important then that we are established in God’s Word and have implicit faith in it so that if we are confronted with fallen angels in the form of dead loved ones, we can withstand Satan’s devices. “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” 2 Corinthians 2:11. It should be noted that the doctrine of the natural immortality of the soul is derived from paganism and incorporated into the “Christian” faith during the time of the great apostasy.

 

“If, as taught by popular theologians, spirits of the dead are hovering about their friends on earth, why should they not be permitted to communicate with them, to warn them against evil, or to comfort them in sorrow? How can those who believe in man's consciousness in death reject what comes to them as divine light communicated by glorified spirits? Here is a channel regarded as sacred, through which Satan works for the accomplishment of his purposes. The fallen angels who do his bidding appear as messengers from the spirit world. While professing to bring the living into communication with the dead, the prince of evil exercises his bewitching influence upon their minds. He has power to bring before men the appearance of their departed friends. The counterfeit is perfect; the familiar look, the words, the tone, are reproduced with marvelous distinctness. Many are comforted with the assurance that their loved ones are enjoying the bliss of heaven, and without suspicion of danger, they give ear 'to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.’”[5]

Communication with the “dead,” spiritualism, is one of the primary devices Satan will use to give credence to and establish Sunday sacredness, as shown in the opening paragraph, thus preparing individuals to receive the Mark of the Beast, enforced Sunday observance. We are warned in 1 Timothy 4:1: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” Therefore again, it is incumbent upon us to learn the Biblical truth regarding the state of the dead and receive the love of the truth so that we do not receive a lie and accept Satan’s sophistries in whichever guise they present themselves.

 

 “I saw that the saints must get a thorough understanding of present truth, which they will be obliged to maintain from the Scriptures. They must understand the state of the dead; for the spirits of devils will yet appear to them, professing to be beloved friends and relatives, who will declare to them that the Sabbath has been changed, also other unscriptural doctrines. They will do all in their power to excite sympathy and will work miracles before them to confirm what they declare. The people of God must be prepared to withstand these spirits with the Bible truth that the dead know not anything, and that they who appear to them are the spirits of devils. Our minds must not be taken up with things around us, but must be occupied with the present truth and a preparation to give a reason of our hope with meekness and fear. We must seek wisdom from on high that we may stand in this day of error and delusion.”[6] 

 

“The miracle-working power manifested through spiritualism will exert its influence against those who choose to obey God rather than men. Communications from the spirits will declare that God has sent them to convince the rejecters of Sunday of their error, affirming that the laws of the land should be obeyed as the law of God. They will lament the great wickedness in the world and second the testimony of religious teachers that the degraded state of morals is caused by the desecration of Sunday. Great will be the indignation excited against all who refuse to accept their testimony.”[7]  

 

“As Spiritualism assimilates more closely to the nominal Christianity of the day, it has greater power to deceive and ensnare. Satan himself is converted, after the modern order of things. He will appear in the character of an angel of light. Through the agency of Spiritualism, miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and many undeniable wonders will be performed. And as the spirits will profess faith in the Bible, and express regard for Sunday, their work will be accepted as a manifestation of divine power.”[8]  

 

The Catholic News Agency article ends with these lying, anti-scriptural words: “‘Not only is there the hope of being reunited with our loved ones after death, but there is the reality of remaining mysteriously connected with them even today. Whether we are interceding for them as we pray for the repose of their soul or we are asking for their prayers, there is a sense that we are within reach of one another,’ he added. ‘The bonds of true love are not destroyed in death but are made ever stronger. The Church recognizes this in a unique way when we celebrate All Souls Day and we call to mind our deceased loved ones. We are united in Christ.’”[9] It is interesting that the quote would mention “bond.” Our quotation in the opening paragraph from The Great Controversy mentions that the natural immortality of the soul which lays the foundation of spiritualism along with Sunday sacredness is what creates a bond of sympathy between papists and Protestants.

 

We end our article with this statement from the pen of inspiration: “Only those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive. By the Bible testimony these will detect the deceiver in his disguise. To all the testing time will come. By the sifting of temptation the genuine Christian will be revealed. Are the people of God now so firmly established upon His word that they would not yield to the evidence of their senses? Would they, in such a crisis, cling to the Bible and the Bible only? Satan will, if possible, prevent them from obtaining a preparation to stand in that day. He will so arrange affairs as to hedge up their way, entangle them with earthly treasures, cause them to carry a heavy, wearisome burden, that their hearts may be overcharged with the cares of this life and the day of trial may come upon them as a thief.”[10]

 

 

  1. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 588
     

  2. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/remember-me---should-catholics-talk-to-their-dead-loved-ones-87919?fbclid=IwAR10cZ09EARjywbRgF8xrJ-GzYaGix3B3q75qMG6_VRW8pazLdUzwC-uSjk
     

  3. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 571
     

  4. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/remember-me---should-catholics-talk-to-their-dead-loved-ones-87919?fbclid=IwAR10cZ09EARjywbRgF8xrJ-GzYaGix3B3q75qMG6_VRW8pazLdUzwC-uSjk
     

  5. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 552
     

  6. White, Ellen. Early Writings (1882), page 87
     

  7. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 590
     

  8. White Ellen. The Spirit of Prophecy, Volume 4 (1884), page 405
     

  9. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/remember-me---should-catholics-talk-to-their-dead-loved-ones-87919?fbclid=IwAR10cZ09EARjywbRgF8xrJ-GzYaGix3B3q75qMG6_VRW8pazLdUzwC-uSjk
     

  10. White Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 623

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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