Q. Why Do Non-Catholic Authorities Reject the Apocrypha As Being Canon?
Four reasons are:
1. “They abound in historical and geographical inaccuracies and anachronisms.”
2. “They teach doctrines which are false and foster practices which are at variance with inspired Scripture.”
3. “They resort to literary types and display an artificiality of subject matter and styling out of keeping with inspired Scripture.”
4. “They lack the distinctive elements which give genuine Scripture their divine character, such as prophetic power and poetic and religious feeling.”
Some other reasons why we must reject the Apocrypha as being part of canon are:
1. It is not included in the Hebrew canon of Scripture.
2. The Apocryphal writers sometimes disclaim divine inspiration. For example, in 2 Maccabees 15:38,39 CT, we read, “So these things being done with relation to Nicanor and from that time the city being possessed by the Hebrews, I also will here make an end of my narration. Which if I have done well and as it becometh the history, it is what I desired: but if not so perfectly, it must be pardoned me.”
3. “In all of the New Testament there is not even one single reference or quotation, made by Christ or any of the Apostles that would confirm all or any part of the Apocrypha as being divinely inspired.”
In 2 Maccabees (another spelling) 12:43-46, we have the reference cited by the Catholic Church to support Purgatory. If one would read verses 40 through 46, he would learn that God killed these people because of idolatry. According to Catholicism, if you die in the state of mortal sin, which idolatry is, you’ll go straight to Hell when you die! Therefore, according to Catholic doctrine, Judas Machabeus was WRONG in suggesting that the people should “pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins” (verse 46)!
For a person to believe in the doctrine of Purgatory, he/she would have to be totally misinformed about the Biblical doctrines of the Atonement, Redemption and even Salvation. Purgatory infers works for salvation, a soul-damning and devilish teaching. Augustine said, “There are some who have departed this life, not so bad as to be deemed unworthy of mercy, nor so good as to be entitled to immediate happiness.” This statement infers works for salvation, which is refuted by Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Rom. 4:4-6 and 2 Tim. 1:9. Consequently, one can therefore conclude that Augustine was NOT a Christian but instead a minister and servant of Satan, 2 Cor. 11:13-15!
In summary, the Apocryphal books, which include 2 Maccabees, are NOT from God, NOT inspired and MUST NOT be placed on the same level of authority as Holy Writ. For the Catholic Church to do just the opposite shows:
1. They are misleading people by filling them with FALSE hopes about a non-existent place (Purgatory). This in turn causes people not to make a real heart-felt commitment to Jesus Christ, a thing Catholics NEVER hear about anyway in their doctrines. The Gospel, according to the Catholic Church, is baptism, communion, penance, good works, church membership and Mary. This, of course, places all who teach such (priests, nuns, monks, etc.) under the divine curse of Gal. 1:8,9. (By the Catholic Church’s false directions to heaven, we therefore can identify it as NON-Christian and just as deadly as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism and any other cult.)
2. Those in authoritative positions in the Catholic Church, past or present, who hold to the Apocryphal books as being inspired are not led by the Holy Spirit, for He will guide into all truth (Jn. 16:13). Also, the same people can’t be “of the truth” (Jn. 18:37), because they don’t hear Jesus’ voice.
3. To believe the Apocryphal books are inspired means either ignorance or dishonesty to hermeneutical principles and processes.
4. For a Catholic Council like Trent or Vatican I to declare inspiration for these books show that God is not controlling these councils.
Considering all the adverse effects of tradition, of which the Apocrypha is a result, one can see why Jesus refuted tradition and error as He did, Mt. 15:1-14; Mk. 7:6-13; Lk. 11:37-52; Mt. 16:6,12! Christians who desire to please God first and not man should unhesitatingly give logical reasons why the Apocrypha is not inspired as they “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15) and “contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).