A Superstitious Old Lady Bound by Nature’s Night
At this point we could do no better than to reproduce an excellent article, written in the early 1990s, by Peter Trumper, founder and editor of the magazine of the Vocal Protestants’ International Fellowship, entitled Startling News About Mother Teresa. While we would not refer to her as Mother Teresa, this is what she was known as to the world, and the article exposes her tragically false gospel:
“Ask any passer by who he believes the world’s greatest Christian is, and without thinking twice he will say, ‘Mother Teresa’. Needless to say, this pleases the Vatican and to prove it she was awarded the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971. Eight years later the world honoured her with the Nobel Peace prize, and a year after that India with its highest decoration the Bharat Ratna. This year she was invited to offer prayers on BBC TV (of course!) during ‘Holy Week’, although I thought every week is supposed to be holy.
“Well, glancing through the Radio Times which has the lady’s face as its cover, my eyes lighted upon an article about her and her work which she founded in 1948, the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, who by the way by-pass Jesus (Matthew 11:28) and confess their sins to a Jesuit priest. Mother Teresa’s ministry has received massive global media publicity, because it jolts international conscience in identifying with the poor living in squalor. No one can dispute that it is a good work – or is it?
“Do not misunderstand me, assisting the poor is a truly Christian act, we should all do more of it, but what is being taught these hapless people in the process of being helped and comforted? That is of vital importance and dared not be overlooked, for romantic sentiment unchecked by biblical truth is of more danger to sinners’ souls than anything else. Lazarus, who sat at the rich man’s gate ‘full of sores’ (Luke 16:20) was more in need of saving faith than charity despite his condition, as he would have been the first to acknowledge for he would not have wanted to spend eternity in hell with the rich man.
“So, what are Mother Teresa and her missionaries teaching India’s poor…? Three fundamental matters. First, that the sacrifice of Christ requires constant repeating in the mass which we are informed she observes daily. In other words, she teaches the typical papist heresy that Christ’s atoning blood was not fully satisfactory to the Father. Biblical truth sternly contradicts the mass (Hebrews 9:24-28), but Mother Teresa is not resting solely in Christ’s atoning work for salvation, but rather it appears in her many ‘good’ works.
“Secondly, she evidently teaches that Christ’s unique mediatorial work is not required, that not only Mary but even pagan gods can assist the dying. The story is told of Mother Teresa sheltering an old Hindu priest, and ‘she nursed him with her own hands and helped him to die reconciled with his own gods’ (Radio Times, 7-13 April 1990). How strange, Peter the supposed first pope (what nonsense!) once declared ‘Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved’! (Acts 4:12). Mother Teresa’s ‘comfort’, however, consisted of leaving the man to die in his darkness of soul. Jesus, whom the world assumes she is serving, has been rejected by her as she deliberately overlooks his precious teaching, ‘no man cometh unto the Father, but by me’ (John 14:6).
“Thirdly, although lack of space forbids further examination, she obviously knows little about prayer for no one ever truly prayed without a correct revelation about the Son of God’s position at the right hand of the Throne above (Hebrews 1:3). In any case, the Radio Times cover exposes her pathetic ignorance as she clutches her pagan rosary beads, about which Jesus said, ‘use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking’ (Matthew 6:7).
“Again, in quotations one notices she mentions God without reference to Christ, in other words she separates in her own mind the Father from the Son, which is not surprising in the light of her humanistic outlook. For example, note the titles of her ‘Holy Week’ prayers as advertised in the Radio Times –
a) Prayers for hospitality;
b) A thanksgiving for animals;
c) A prayer for the disabled;
d) A prayer for the prisoner;
e) A prayer for someone dying.
“What pathos lies behind all this, for writing as one of the disabled, let me say Mother Teresa’s ‘prayers’ are of no help because what she does not possess herself she cannot pass on to others. I want to hear prayers of thanksgiving about Christ,
a) his perfect life of obedience;
b) his fully-sufficient sacrifice for sin;
c) the cleansing power of his blood;
d) assurance of salvation;
e) his resurrection, ascension and glorious return.
“These mighty truths constitute the gospel of the ‘God of all comfort’ (2 Cor. 1:3). Only after a Christ-exalting experience of salvation can others be prayed for and helped. In short, any Christian will appreciate in his heart that far from Mother Teresa being the world’s greatest Christian, she is not a Christian at all. At that, I can hear the entire world gasp!