Her False “Gospel” and Her Lost State
Teresa was a faithful Papist. In the words of nun Mary Prema Pierick, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity order, “She never did anything to lead others to herself, but only to Jesus and Mary.” Jesus and Mary: for Roman Catholics there is always an “and”. It is never Jesus alone. It is always “Jesus and”. Roman Catholic teaching is that Mary is “co-redeemer” with Christ; “mediatrix”. And Teresa believed this with all her heart. She believed that Mary plays a part in the salvation of souls. She trusted her soul to Mary. She prayed to Mary. She loved Mary.
She also loved the blasphemous Roman Catholic mass. Nun Pierick said that going to mass always empowered Teresa. And no wonder: for in the mass, Roman Catholics are taught that they actually “receive Christ” by eating His real body and drinking His real blood! This is what “receiving Christ” means to a faithful Roman Catholic. It is a physical receiving of Him, not a spiritual receiving of Him by faith.
At the canonisation ceremony Francis said: “Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defence of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded. She was committed to defending life, ceaselessly proclaiming that ‘the unborn are the weakest, the smallest, the most vulnerable.’” He went on: “She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity”.
Yes, there is no doubt at all that Teresa did many merciful works for the poor, the outcast, the downtrodden, the unborn, the suffering. And of course, for those at the receiving end of her charitable works, these were of great physical benefit. But there is a world of difference between “good works” and “dead works”. The Bible says that even “the plowing of the wicked, is sin” (Prov. 21:4 ). Yes, many may benefit, physically, from the food produced by the wicked; but in the sight of God all his works are sinful, for he is sinful, and sins in all he does – even in such deeds as are good in themselves. When a convicted criminal grows vegetables in a prison garden, which are used to feed the hungry, he remains a rebel against the government and the law of the land. A rebel against God may do many things which benefit other people physically, but because he is a rebel against God, his works are nothing but dead works in God’s sight. We are not saved by our works. We are saved solely by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8-10); and once we are saved, good works will be produced – not in order to earn our salvation, but because we are already saved, and out of love for God we want to live lives that are pleasing to Him. Thus works are to faith what the fruit is to the tree: the tree is known by the fruit it produces, and saving faith is known by the works it produces (Eph. 2:8-10).
To make salvation by works is to put the cart before the horse. Tragically for her eternal soul, this is what Teresa did. As a faithful Roman Catholic, she was taught to believe that she could earn salvation by her own “good works”. But because she was still “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1), her works were “dead works” (Heb. 6:1; 9:14). Dead works are works performed without true faith in Christ; works performed by one still dead in sins; and works which, if depended upon for eternal life, will issue in eternal death.
Millions of people speak of Teresa as having been a “great Christian” because of her works of mercy. But there is a vast gulf between works done in order to earn one’s own salvation, and works done because one is already saved by grace through faith, loves God and wants to please Him. Teresa’s works were of the former kind. She did all that she did in order to try to earn eternal salvation. This is a demonic deception, and multitudes are in hell because of it.
Besides, a true Christian is known by his fruit (Matt. 7:20-23). Yet when we look at Teresa’s conduct, we find many dishonest and sinful practices! “Along with other dubious characters she has been a darling of the world’s media and was even awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. However, her medical work in Calcutta has been castigated for its poor practise, her funding was raised for the poor but redirected to ‘missionary’ work, she had questionable relationships with some of the most corrupt individuals of the 20th Century, and in order to produce Roman Catholic converts she taught the nuns under her to pretend to mop a dying patient’s brow whilst secretly ‘baptising’ them – without any regard to the patient’s wishes or religion. So corrupt were her practises that Channel 4 did a documentary on her called Hell’s Angel.”
But for all her much-vaunted “sanctity” (in the eyes of others), she herself had no peace with God. She once said, “If I ever become a saint, I will surely be one of Darkness.” A statement of despair! What did she mean? Well, after her death, it was revealed from her private writings that for decades, she had felt that she had no relationship with God at all. She believed, in fact, that she would be “absent from heaven”. Such words can mean only one thing – that she herself did not believe she would be accepted by God into heaven. But the postulator for her canonisation cause, priest Brian Kolodiejchuk, a member of her Missionaries of Charity, tried to explain such words away by saying the following: “I think it was Mother Teresa’s ‘mission statement’ of what she will be doing when she, as she used to say, ‘goes home to God.’ From the letters that we discovered [after her death]… to the surprise, if not shock of everyone, even the sisters [nuns] closest to Mother Teresa, we discovered that her interior experience was what she called ‘the Darkness’ and that she is a woman passionately in love with Jesus.”
This is nothing but spin. She declared she would be a saint of “Darkness” if she was ever a saint in the Papist sense, and that she would be “absent from heaven” – yet this man says this was her “mission statement” of what she would be doing in heaven? She described her inward experience, ominously, as “the Darkness” – yet this man, in the same breath that he quotes these words of hers, says she was passionately in love with Jesus?
The priest went on to admit that her letters revealed that she felt unloved and unwanted by Jesus. Some of her letters were written directly to the false Roman Catholic “Jesus” (2 Cor. 11:4), describing her doubts about the strength of her faith and of whether this “Jesus” loved her or not. Now it is certainly the case that even true Christians experience times of great doubt and soul agony. The true child of God goes through periods of inward trials. But it turns out that these inward conflicts which Teresa experienced went on and on for many decades. She never had that peace which the truly justified have, described so beautifully in Rom. 5:1,2: “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” As a Papist, she was a stranger to biblical justification by faith in Christ; and being a stranger to it, she had no peace with God, and could not rejoice in the blessed hope of the glory of God.
We find this to be the most tragic aspect of her life. Here was a woman being lauded by the blinded multitudes as the “greatest Christian” on earth – yet she herself had absolutely no such assurance. She felt entirely lost. She described her inward experience as “the Darkness”. And what makes this so tragic is that she really was lost. She was a woman still dead in trespasses and sins. She had no saving knowledge of the true Lord Jesus Christ.