After scribbling some notes yesterday about the five solaes of the Reformation – Scripture Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone, To God Alone be the Glory – Pope Francis has helpfully come along with a tweet demonstrating why these points remain vital today.
Mary is the one who says “Yes”.Mary, help us to come to know the voice of Jesus better, and to follow it.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 23, 2013
At his election, there were many, many evangelicals around the world claiming that this pope was a friend to evangelical Christianity, possibly even open to dialogue with the Reformed or Protestant types. I wonder where these voices are on a day like this?
Mariolatry is dangerous because it invests faith in someone other than Christ to intercedes for us and help us. Mary is of course blessed, and we ought to thank God for her – the role she played in rearing Jesus is incredible, his human knowledge, his experience of learning, was at her knee. It is probably not unfair to say that her motherly influence will have shaped parts of Jesus’ character. She had incredible privileges.
But a mediator she is not. An intermediary between us and God she is not. Christ alone carries out these roles. He alone is the one in whom our faith must be rooted.