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The False Heresies of Mary K Baxter about Hell Exposed

Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

2This is how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh belongs to God,

3and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus does not belong to God. This is the spirit of the antichrist that, as you heard, is to come, but in fact is already in the world.

4You belong to God, children, and you have conquered them, for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

5They belong to the world; accordingly, their teaching belongs to the world, and the world listens to them.

1 John 4: 1-5

Mary K Baxter, a Protestant , claiming that Jesus appeared to her and, over the course of 40 consecutive nights, took her on a tour of Hell and Heaven. She claims that Jesus explained to her what happens to souls in Hell. But these explanations, and the sights that she claims she saw in Hell, are contrary to what the Catholic Faith teaches.

1. She portrays the souls in Hell as being repentant for their sins.

This is a doctrinal error because the souls in Hell do not have grace, so they cannot be repentant.

2. She portrays the souls in Hell as sinning.

This is a doctrinal error. The souls in Hell are not permitted by God to sin. It would be unjust for God to permit the innumerable devils and souls in Hell to continue sinning unceasingly forever. Hell is a place of the eternal justice of God, not a place of eternal sinning. Also, if they could sin, they would deserve more punishment; then as their sins continued to increase, their punishment would increase forever, to such an extreme degree as to be unjust. Again, this is not possible, since Hell is a place of proportionate just punishment.

3. She portrays the souls in Hell as having bodies.

This is a doctrinal error because the souls in Hell do not have bodies until after the general Resurrection. Then after the general Resurrection, the damned are thrown into a new Hell, called 'the second death' (Rev 20:14), one fit for the punishment of body and soul. But these visions explicitly state that this is a vision of Hell prior to the Judgment at the general Resurrection.

4. She portrays fallen angels as if they were free to move in and out of Hell, as if they leave Hell to tempt persons on earth, then return, at will.

This is a doctrinal error because Hell is like a prison, where the inmates are being punished justly for their sins. The fallen angels and the damned souls are all prisoners being punished. Neither the fallen angels, nor the damned souls, are free to leave and return at will.

5. She portrays fallen angels in Hell as if they were not being punished there. She describes the fallen angels as talking and laughing among themselves, as going to and from Hell at will, and as tormenting the souls there, but not being tormented themselves.

This is a doctrinal error for the reason stated above, and because the punishments of Hell are not given by fallen angels, but by God. If fallen angels inflicted the punishments of Hell, then those punishments would not be just. But as it is, God punishes the souls in Hell, and so the punishment is perfectly just, and is even merciful.

6. She portrays the sufferings of Hell as extreme punishments for all souls.

This is a doctrinal error because God is just; the punishments of Hell are a proportionate punishment according to the degree and type of sins committed by each person. The Magisterium teaches that the punishments in Hell are unequal, and that some persons suffer only the punishment of the deprivation of Heaven, and not other types of torments.

Pope Innocent III: "The punishment of original sin is deprivation of the vision of God, but the punishment of actual sin is the torments of everlasting Hell…."

Council of Florence: "But the souls of those who depart this life in actual mortal sin, or in original sin alone, go down straightaway to hell to be punished, but with unequal pains."

7. She portrays the souls in Hell as being punished by the fallen angels.

This is a doctrinal error because Hell was created by God to punish the fallen angels. They are not in charge of Hell, nor in charge of punishing the souls in Hell. It is the Justice of God that punishes both damned souls and fallen angels in Hell.

8. She portrays the fallen angels as if they have physical bodies. This is a doctrinal error since angels are spirit only; they have no bodies.

9. She claims that Jesus said witchcraft is real.

"On earth this woman taught many witches, both white witches and black witches, to do their magic. One of her magical tricks was to change from a young woman, to a middle-aged woman, to an old woman -- even to an old man. It was fun in those days to make the change and frighten lesser witches with her magic. But now she suffers the pains of hell, and her flesh is ripped away with each change. She cannot control it now, and keeps changing from one form to another, but her real form is the misty soul inside her skeleton."

" 'Witchcraft is real,' said Jesus."

This is a doctrinal error because only God can perform miracles. Witchcraft and magic are not real. What is here described as 'magic' and 'witchcraft' would only be possible by miracles. Therefore, these claims are false.

10. She portrays Satan as being in charge of Hell.

"She screamed in pain as a large black book was brought for Satan. He opened it and ran his finger down the pages till he found her name. " 'Oh, yes,' Satan said, 'you did serve me well on earth. You brought me more than 500 souls." He lied and said to her, "Your punishment will not be as bad as the others.' "

This is a doctrinal error because God created Hell as a place of just punishment for both fallen angels and damned souls. God is in charge of Hell, not Satan. Also, Satan is not presently in Hell, but on earth, tempting sinners.

11. She portrays persons who die as being immediately dragged into Hell by fallen angels.

"If you are a sinner when you die, you go immediately to a burning hell. Demons with great chains will drag your soul through the gateways of hell, where you will be thrown into the pits and tormented."

This is a doctrinal error because the Church teaches that everyone receives a particular judgment by God immediately after death. Then God sends the person's soul to Hell, or to Purgatory, or to Heaven. The fallen angels are not in charge of sending persons to Hell, nor of taking them there. The justice of God sends persons to Hell, not the wicked fallen angels.

12. She portrays Hell as having a "fun center" where Satan torments souls for his own enjoyment.

"Jesus told me that there is a place in hell called the "fun center." … The fun center is shaped like a circus arena. Several people who are to be the entertainment are brought to the center ring of the fun center…. When they were alive on earth, they deceived many and caused them to follow Satan and to sin. The ones who had been deceived and were caused to fall into sin came and tormented their deceivers. One by one they were allowed to torture them…. Every imaginable method of torture was allowed. The souls being tormented cried out for death, but that is eternal death. Satan gave the orders for all this to be done. That is his fun center."

There are numerous doctrinal errors in the above quoted claim. Hell is a place of punishment; there is no fun or enjoyment there, neither for the devils, nor for the souls. The punishments of Hell are from the Justice of God. Neither the fallen angels, nor the souls, are allowed to punish souls or to extract revenge (as is claimed above). Also, the punishments of Hell are just; it is not true that anyone suffers without limit in Hell. And since Satan is tempting persons in this life, he is not in Hell. But when he will be sent there, he will not be giving orders; he will be punished.


In my humble and pious opinion as a faithful Roman Catholic theologian, the claimed private revelation to Mary K. Baxter cannot be from Jesus Christ. The many serious doctrinal errors described above are more than sufficient to show that the claimed private revelation to Mary K. Baxter is false. She was not taken by Jesus to Hell, and Jesus did not present these many doctrinal errors to her as if these were true. Her claims about Hell are either based on her own imagination, or on false private revelations from fallen angels, who wish to lead people away from the true Gospel by teaching falsehoods about the afterlife.

Article taken from Catholic Planet by by Ronald L. Conte Jr. March 25, 2010

I was talking to my daughter who sent me a tape from Mary K Baxter and wants to talk to me about her claims. Thank you Ronald for your work exposing the false prophetess.

St. Teresa also spoke of indescribable light in her vision, which unfolded gradually. She wrote:

One day, while I was in prayer, Jesus was so kind as to show me his hands. They were so beautiful that I do not know how to describe them. … A few days from then I saw His divine face and I was left completely enraptured. … The Lord showed Himself to me little by little, given that He had to give me grace in order to see Him entirely. However, I understood that it suited my natural weakness to happen this way. May He be forever blessed!

A creature so miserable and vile like me could not have resisted such glory if that God of bounty that I knew had not prepared me little by little. … My Father, how could I not want to contemplate two hands and a beautiful face. But these glorified beautiful bodies glow of such glory and such an elevated supernatural beauty that the sight of them muddles all reason.

The very sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ appeared to me complete and whole on the Feast of St. Paul, while I was assisting at Holy Mass. He was in that form that one gets used to seeing in depictions of the resurrection, but yet of an incomparable beauty and majesty, as I had already written in detail after the formal command that I had been given [after seeing] Heaven and such ecclesiastic beauty of these glorious bodies that have forever an immense blessedness, especially in contemplating the Humanity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. If He is like this on Earth, where He shows Himself in proportion to our natural weakness, what will be in Heaven where one will enjoy Him in all of His splendor?

It is a light that does not wane, a candidness full of sweetness, a splendor infused that deliciously enchants the eyes without tire, as does the clarity in which one sees the sublime reality. It is a light so different from ours that shines from the sun, that in comparison the sun seems very dim, this light so bright that after seeing it one cannot even open his eyes. … Not yet has sun or light had any resemblance to that light. Besides, our forms of light seem rather artificial and that one only natural: light without sunset, that nothing can disturb it because it is eternal, of such force that nobody could even imagine it, not even a great genius that contemplated it for life.

The Children of Fatima on Hell

The children of Fatima, Sts. Jacinta and Francisco Marto and Servant of God Sister Lúcia, are the best known of those who saw the horrors of hell. In her Memoirs Lúcia gave the details of their July 13, 1917, apparition:

Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant.

How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to Heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.’

Jacinta was so filled with horror at the sight and thought of people going to hell, she offered penances and mortifications to convert and save sinners.

“Some people, even the most devout, refuse to speak to children about hell, in case it would frighten them,” wrote Lúcia. “Yet God did not hesitate to show hell to three children, one of whom was only 6 years old, knowing well that they would be horrified to the point of, I would almost dare to say, withering away with fear.

Jacinta often exclaimed: “Oh, Hell! Hell! How sorry I am for the souls who go to hell! … I’m so sorry for sinners!” She would say to Lúcia, “If Our Lady lets you, tell everybody what hell is like, so that they won’t commit any more sins and not go to hell.”

St. Faustina on Hell

St. Faustina similarly saw hell and wrote about it in her Diary:

Today, I was led by an Angel to the chasms of hell. It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is! The kinds of tortures I saw: the first torture that constitutes hell is the loss of God; the second is perpetual remorse of conscience; the third is that one’s condition will never change; the fourth is the fire that will penetrate the soul without destroying it, a terrible suffering, since it is a purely spiritual fire, lit by God’s anger; the fifth torture is conditional darkness and a terrible suffocating smell, and despite the darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil, both of others and their own; the sixth torture is the constant company of Satan, the seventh torture is horrible despair, hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies. These are the tortures suffered by all the damned together, but that is not the end of the sufferings. There are special tortures destined for particular souls. These are the torments of the senses. Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable sufferings, related to the manner in which it has sinned. There are caverns and pits of torture where one form of agony differs from another. I would have died at the very sight of these tortures if the omnipotence of God had not supported me. Let the sinner know that he will be tortured throughout all eternity, in those senses which he made use of to sin.

[I am] writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no hell, or that nobody has ever been there, and so no one can say what it is like. I, Sister Faustina, by the order of God, have visited the abysses of hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence. I have received a command from God to leave it in writing. The devils were full of hatred for me, but they had to obey me at the command of God. What I have written is but a pale shadow of the things I saw. But I noticed one thing: that most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a hell. When I came to, I could hardly recover from the fright. How terribly souls suffer there! Consequently, I pray even more fervently for the conversion of sinners. I incessantly plead God’s mercy upon them. O my Jesus, I would rather be in agony until the end of the world, amidst the greatest sufferings, then offend You by the least sin.

We can help save souls from hell’s tortures and obtain heaven’s glory and beatitude. The Blessed Mother told the Fatima children: “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.” She is the surest way to Jesus, to whom we pray: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls into Heaven, especially those who are in most need of thy mercy.


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