Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

Should Mary Be Worshipped? (November 2003)

November 2003
Volume 12, Number 9

Jesus' mother Mary receives relatively little mention in the Bible, yet the Catholic Church reveres her almost as much as her divine Son! Does the Bible give us any reason to believe that Mary is worthy of worship?  (Reuters)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Eight):
Conclusion (Part One)

As he begins concluding his series, John Ritenbaugh writes that the offerings have a great deal to do with our relationship with God. How closely do we identify with Christ? Are we walking in His footsteps? Are we being transformed into His image?

Ready Answer
Is Heaven the Reward of the Saved?

by Staff

Most of Christianity believes humans go to heaven or hell after death, but is this so? This belief does not originate in the Bible—and in fact, the Bible reveals a very different Christian destiny.

Prophecy Watch
'Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive . . .'

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

To some, the virgin birth is a major teaching. However, Richard Ritenbaugh shows that it is only one of several signs that prove Jesus is the promised Messiah. Moreover, its major purpose is not to glorify Mary but her divine Son!

Is Mary Worthy of Worship?
by David C. Grabbe

The Catholic Church places great importance on Mary—to the point that many Catholics, both lay and clergy, are pushing for Mary to be recognized as "Co-Redemptrix"! David Grabbe points out that the Bible makes no such claims for her. She may be "blessed among women," but she is in no way to be deified!

WorldWatch November 2003

by David C. Grabbe

News, events, and trends for November 2003.
"European Economics"; "Religion in America."

Bible Study
Parable of the Faithful and Evil Servants

by Martin G. Collins

Jesus teaches His disciples to be ready at all times for His return. We show how well prepared we are by the quality of our service to the brethren.