Roman Catholics give adoration and devotion to dead body parts. They may call it by another name, but it is, in fact, idolatrous worship.
March 21, 2015:
The dried blood of Naples’ patron saint Januarius half-liquefied during a ceremony when Pope Francis held and kissed the blood while on a visit to the southern Italian city.
Archbishop of Naples Crescenzio Sepe showed the glass vial to the congregation in the city’s cathedral and declared: “The blood has half liquefied, which shows that Saint Januarius loves our pope and Naples.”
The Roman Catholic church holds tens of thousands of body parts, and containers of bodily fluids of the dead, in its collection of so-called relics of the saints. These include what are alleged to be the hair and breast milk of Mary the mother of Jesus, pieces of John the Baptist’s head, and Peter’s brain and teeth. All are worshiped by the Catholic faithful. John Calvin mentions all of these and many more horrors in his Treatise on Relics. Revulsion against the worship of such relics was also a significant factor in Martin Luther’s break with Rome.
Doctrines of Demons
This is nothing less than “giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1). The Bible tells us that there is no power in the blood of bulls and goats (Hebrews 9:13, 10:4), much less in that of a sinful man. The pagan practice of worshiping the dead, and attempts to communicate with the dead, are forbidden by Scripture in the strongest possible terms (Leviticus 19:27-31, 20:6, 20:27; Deuteronomy 14:1, 18:11; Psalm 106:27; Isaiah 65:4; Ezekiel 43:7-9).
The Lord sums this up in Isaiah 8:19 – shouldn’t a people instead be consulting their God—and not the dead— on behalf of those who are living?
There is power only in the blood of Christ.
Knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, or with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; but with precious blood of the lamb without spot, even the blood of Christ. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, and counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing [and instead profess the blood of a dead sinner to be sanctified], and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, ” ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Hebrews 10:29)