Luke chapter 1 says that Elizabeth and Zechariah were righteous before God. However, just because God rebuked them for worshipping the false queen of heaven, doesn’t mean that we cannot pay honor to the true Queen of Heaven…the Blessed Mother.
If absolutely no one is righteous, then how can that be? No, the folks who interpret Romans as saying absolutely, without exception, no one is righteous, are misinterpreting that passage. That type of thinking would lead you to believe that just because people worship a false god that they call “god,” we, therefore, should not call the true God, by that same name…God…because that’s the same title the idolaters use for their god!
Mary is the model of perfect love and obedience to Christ.
God preserved Mary from sin, and she conceived our Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit, bringing Christ into our world.
They are failing to realize that the key to understanding Romans is the phrase, “it is written.” Here in Romans, Paul is quoting from the O. In Psalm 14 it says, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God. That is faulty logic and it makes no sense whatsoever.
They are corrupt…there is none that does good.’” But then that same psalm goes on to talk about the “righteous.” Well, if none has done good, who are these righteous the psalm is talking about? Paul is not saying absolutely no one is righteous, if he was, then how do you explain all the Old and New Testament passages that refer to the righteous? Does that mean that absolutely no one is seeking God? Just so verse 23 which says that “all have sinned”. Again, the fact that there is a false “queen of heaven”, does not lead to the conclusion that we worship a false goddess when we call Mary the “Queen of Heaven.” Just as the fact that there is a false “god”, does not lead to the conclusion that we worship a false god when we call our Father in Heaven, God.
Scripture tells us that we have only one Judge, Jesus Christ (James ); but, Scripture tells us there is more than one judge (1 Cor 6:2). Jesus is the only foundation; Jesus is the only Lord; and Jesus is the only Judge. Therefore, we are able, according to the graces given by Christ, to share in Jesus‘ role as foundation, as lord, and as judge, and in other aspects of Christ, as well.