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Catholic Mass (Salvation by Works – Biblical Heresy)
John O’Brien, a Catholic priest, has helped Roman Catholics to understand the importance of the Mass. He has written a book called “The Faith of Millions: The Credentials of the Catholic Religion.” It is a classic work. This is what he writes, John O’Brien, a very popular work.
“When the priest announces the tremendous words of consecration,” [this is the Mass] “he reaches up into the heavens, brings Christ down from His throne and places Him upon our altar to be offered up again as the victim for the sins of man. It is a power exercised by the priest greater than that of saints and angels, greater than that of seraphim and cherubim. Indeed, it is a power greater even than the power of the Virgin Mary. While the Blessed Virgin was the human agency by which Christ became incarnate a single time, the priest brings Christ down from heaven, and renders Him present on our altar as the eternal victim.” [You wonder why you always see a crucifix and not an empty cross?] “The priest brings Christ down from heaven and renders Him present on our altar as the eternal victim for the sins of man, not once but a thousand times.”
Of the seven Sacraments, The Mass is the main one.
Catholic Catechism. “The Mass is the source of and summit of the Christian life.”
Cardinal Ratzinger i.e. Pope Benedict, “The Mass is the sum and substance of our faith.”
Mass is Not Scriptural:
For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. Hebrews 9:24-29 (NKJV)
There are no more sacrifices, tabernacles, priesthood; therefore, Catholic Mass is false sacrifice on a false altar by a false priest. There is no more temple in which God dwells, no more tabernacle, and there is no more priesthood.
Catholic Mass is essentially a reinstitution/a facade of the Levitical Law and altar sacrifices as the Eucharist becomes a blood-less reality of the Body of Christ who is sacrificed repetitively over and over again as a perpetual sacrifice for sin. In the practice of the mass, the Roman Catholic Church has reinstituted an unbiblical system of repeated sacrifices, blaspheming Christ and perverting His work on the cross. The Mass is a pagan cult of “works” denying the Biblical doctrine of Salvation by grace through faith alone.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Christ’s Death Perfects the Sanctified
[Concerning blood sacrifices under The Law] And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. Hebrews 10:8-18 (NKJV)
Salvation is granted by God through HIS Grace (unmerited favor) by Faith (trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation). The Church, no Church, can provide salvation. No one ascends into Heaven to bring Christ down for sacrifice on any altar.
For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:5-13 (NKJV)
Council of Trent in the 16th-Century
Reacting to the Reformation and therefore the need to emphasize the Mass…
The 13th session met in October of 1551 and promulgated the decree: “The Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist: the Mass.” At the end of the decree was a list of canons, or laws, and these laws provide anathemas or damnation for anyone who denied or rejected the Council’s teachings or doctrines. Following are the anathemas relevant to the Mass concerning the Eucharist.
Canon number One
If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist are contained truly, really, and substantially the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as a sign or figure or force, let him be anathema. Damnation is pronounced on anybody who says that Christ is not actually there, body, blood, soul, divinity, in the wine, and the wafer.
Canon number Two
If anyone says that in the sacred and holy sacrament of the Eucharist the substance of the bread and wine remains conjointly with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. That is, they’re both there. And denies that wonder and singular change of the whole substance of the bread into the body, and the whole substance of the wine into the blood, the appearances only of bread and wine remaining, which changed the Catholic Church most apply calls transubstantiation, let him be anathema. In other words, if you say the body and blood, as well as the soul and divinity of Christ are not there in the wine and the bread, you’re anathematized. If you say He’s only there along with the bread and the wine, you’re also damned. What you have to say is: He’s there, and the bread and the wine are not there, although they appear to be there.
Canon number Eight
If anyone says that Christ received in the Eucharist is received spiritually only, and not also sacramentally and really, let him be anathema. That is, if you say that in taking the bread in, taking the host, as they call it, which the bread is the only thing given to the communicant; if you say that Christ is only there spiritually and not sacramentally and really, you’re damned.
Year-1562, 22nd session was held of the Council of Trent
Decree promulgated: “Doctrine Concerning the Sacrifice of the Mass.”
“And inasmuch as in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass is contained and immolated in an un-bloody manner, the same Christ who once offered Himself in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross, the holy Council teaches, that this is truly propitiatory and has this effect: that if we, contrite and penitent with sincere heart, and upright faith, with fear and reverence draw nigh to God, we obtain mercy and find grace in seasonable aid.”
In other words, the Mass is really Christ. It is really a sacrifice on a real altar, by a real priest, just like priests in the Old Testament offered an animal on the altar as a sacrifice. The only difference is: it is an un-bloody one, that Christ is nonetheless immolated, or offered or sacrificed. And as a result of this, propitiation is achieved, actual satisfaction for sin is achieved.
“The victim is one and the same, in this Mass, the same, that is Christ, now offering by the ministry of priests who then offered Himself on the cross.”
That is, Christ is the victim as He was on the cross on Golgotha.
“It is well understood that it is an un-bloody sacrifice, but it is no less a sacrifice. It is rightly offered for the sins, the punishments, the satisfactions, and the other necessities of the faithful who are living, but also for those departed in Christ, but not yet fully purified.”
Where are they? Purgatory. So this is propitiation for the living and for the dead. Now, at the end of that decree which came 11 years later, there are more canons, more curses pronounced on those who would deny this.
Canon number One
“If anyone says that, in the Mass, a true and real sacrifice is not offered to God or that to be offered is nothing else than that Christ is given to us to eat, let him be anathema.”
If you say we’re eating Christ, literally eating His body and blood and spirit and divinity but it’s not a sacrifice, you’re damned.
Canon number Two
“If anyone says that by those words, ‘Do this in remembrance of Me,’ Christ did not institute the Apostles’ priests, or did not ordain that they and other priests should offer His own body and blood, let him be anathema.”
If you just say, “Do this in remembrance of Me,” is anything less than the institution of the Roman Catholic priesthood, you are damned.
Canon number Three
“If anyone says that the sacrifice of the Mass is one only of praise and thanksgiving, or that it is a mere commemoration of the sacrifice consummated on the cross, but not a propitiatory one.”
That is, it is not efficacious, that it is not a real sacrifice which God accepts so that He can forgive sin.
“If you say it’s anything less than that, or that it profits him only who receives, and ought not to be offered for the living and the dead,”
That is, only the person who is there receiving it and not other living people and other dead people who aren’t there.
…“for sins, punishment, satisfactions and other necessities, let him be anathema.”
If you say that it doesn’t count for the living and the dead who aren’t there, you’re cursed.
Canon number Four
“If anyone says that by the sacrifice of the Mass, a blasphemy is cast upon the most holy sacrifice of Christ consummated on the cross, let him be anathema.”
So, we’re all damned. If you say that this sacrifice blasphemes the most holy sacrifice of Christ, then you’re blaspheming and you’re damned.
Canon number Five
“If anyone says that it is a deception to celebrate masses in honor of the saints, and in order to obtain their intercession with God, let him be anathema.”
Masses are offered as some kind of offering to dead saints to get dead saints to intercede for us, the living, and dead. And then just to make sure you can’t escape…
“If anyone says that the canon of the Mass contains errors, let him be anathema.”
You are damned in every possible way. There is no way out. Now do you understand why Roman Catholic people are bound to this system? It is so full of damnation, there is no way out.
The Eucharist and Transubstantiation? (Summary)
As per the Council of Trent…
One, Jesus Christ is truly, really, and substantially present in the sacrament following the words of consecration. It doesn’t show up till after the words of consecration.
Two, transubstantiation. That simply means to transform the substance. It started out as wine and bread, the substance, but the transforming of that substance into the actual body and blood of Christ is what transubstantiation means. Transubstantiation, secondly, involves the change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance into the body of Christ, the change of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of the blood of Christ. It is a real and actual change, although it appears still to be bread and wine.
Three, since Christ is really present in the Eucharist, the elements themselves are worthy of worship. They’re worthy of worship.
Why is Catholic Mass not Scriptural
There are no more sacrifices, tabernacles, priesthood; therefore, Catholic Mass is false sacrifice on a false altar by a false priest. There is no more temple in which God dwells, no more tabernacle, and there is no more priesthood. Christ was offered as our Sacrifice once never to be sacrificed again. Hebrews 10:8-18; Romans 10:5-13
The consumption of the Eucharist as the literal body of Christ and the wine as the literal blood of Christ is heresy. Genesis 9:2-4 > Leviticus 17:14,
Catholic misinterpretation of John 6 involves the doctrine of transubstantiation which entails the worship of the Communion elements. The Council of Trent infallibly pronounced that “Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation” (CCC, 1376).” The Catechism of the Catholic Church adds that because the elements are transformed into the body and blood of Christ it is appropriate to engage in the “Worship of the Eucharist” (CCC 1378) which is the “worship of adoration” (CCC 1418). From a biblical and empirical perspective, this is a form of idolatry—the worship of created things (Ex. 20:4-5; Rom. 1:25).
The sacramental Roman Catholic interpretation of this passage is: (a) contrary to the time context in which it was given; (b) contrary to Jesus’ use of figures of speech in John; (c) contrary to the one condition for eternal life being which Jesus gave being belief; (d) contrary to Jesus statement that “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life”; (e) contrary to the continual nature of the mystical union with Christ indicated by abiding (Gk:meno); (f) contrary to the close parallel between “whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood” and “everyone …who believes in him” has eternal life (vv. 40, 55); (g) contrary to the communion formula of “body and blood” (1 Cor. 11:23-26) versus “flesh and blood” in John 6; (h) contrary to the biblical prohibition against eating blood (Lev. 17:14), and contrary to the biblical prohibition against idolatry.
When speaking of this literalistic misinterpretation of Jesus’ words, the great Greek scholar A.T. Robertson declared: “To me that is a violent misrepresentation of the Gospel and an utter misrepresentation of Christ. It is a grossly literal interpretation of the mystical symbolism of the language of Jesus which the Jews also misunderstood” [So], there is, of course, no reference to the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist), but simply to mystical fellowship with Christ” (Word Pictures, vol. 5, p. 112). It involves an idolatrous violation of God’s command: “You shall worship the Lord your God and him alone shall you serve” (Mt. 4:10). See: http://normangeisler.com/does-the-nt-support-the-rc-view-of-communion/
The Lord’s Table was always celebrated with leavened bread [artos]. The leaven in the bread represented OUR SINS which God had laid on Christ to be remitted at the CROSS [Is.53:6]. This is the manner in which the early Church celebrated the Lord’s Table until it was corrupted by the Roman WAFER—-embossed with a sunburst, a tribute to the day of the Sun, i.e.—-Sun worship. In every passage in the New Testament where “ceremonial bread” was used, it is translated from the Greek word AZUMOS [unleavened bread—-Passover bread]. That word AZUMOS is never used in regard to the Lord’s Table—-NOT ONCE. We have drifted so far from our beginnings. See: http://www.againstallheresy.com/abhorrent-traditions-3/communioneucharist/