Ordinances

 

 

The Lord’s Supper is the repetition of the sacrifice of Christ: the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and offered in an unbloody manner, and this sacrifice is truly propitiatory

 

 

 

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the Lord’s Supper – which they call ‘Mass’ or ‘Eucharist’ - is the repetition of the sacrifice of Christ: ‘Because it is the memorial of Christ's Passover, the Eucharist is also a sacrifice. The sacrificial character of the Eucharist is manifested in the very words of institution: "This is my body which is given for you" and "This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in my blood." In the Eucharist Christ gives us the very body which he gave up for us on the cross, the very blood which he "poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross, because it is its memorial and because it applies its fruit: [Christ], our Lord and God, was once and for all to offer himself to God the Father by his death on the altar of the cross, to accomplish there an everlasting redemption. But because his priesthood was not to end with his death, at the Last Supper "on the night when he was betrayed," [he wanted] to leave to his beloved spouse the Church a visible sacrifice (as the nature of man demands) by which the bloody sacrifice which he was to accomplish once for all on the cross would be re-presented, its memory perpetuated until the end of the world, and its salutary power be applied to the forgiveness of the sins we daily commit. The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice. 'The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.' 'And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and offered in an unbloody manner ... this sacrifice is truly propitiatory." …. The Eucharistic sacrifice is also offered for the faithful departed who "have died in Christ but are not yet wholly purified," so that they may be able to enter into the light and peace of Christ’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1365, 1366, 1367, 1371)

 

Confutation

 

The Scripture says that when Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper He said to His disciples twice: “Do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25), and the Scripture says also that as often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we “proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26 – NKJV). Therefore whenever we partake of the Lord’s Supper we remember the atoning sacrifice of Christ for by it we proclaim the Lord’s death. In other words, the sacrifice of Christ is not repeated or represented at all in the Lord’s Supper, but it is just remembered or proclaimed.

The Scripture teaches that Jesus Christ gave Himself for us once for all, for it is written: “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” (Hebrews 10:11-12 – NKJV), and: “Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people” (Hebrews 9:28 – NIV), and again: “For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself” (Hebrews 7:26-27 – NKJV). Therefore, His sacrifice cannot be re-presented (made present) or repeated in any way or form. It can be remembered or proclaimed – and this is what we do when we partake of the Lord’s Supper - but it cannot be re-presented or repeated. Therefore, in the light of the teaching of the Holy Scripture, we conclude that the Lord’s Supper is not a sacrifice.

Let me tell you another thing. Roman Catholics affirm that the Eucharist is an unbloody sacrifice, for they say: ‘'In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and offered in an unbloody manner ‘, but at the same time they say that it is a propitiatory sacrifice. My question is this then, ‘How can Mass be considered a propitiatory sacrifice since there is no shedding of blood? Is it not written that “without shedding of blood there is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22 – NKJV)? As you can see, then, Catholics contradict themselves, for Jesus shed His blood on the cross for the remission of sins, while they make people believe that Jesus is offered daily in the Mass for the sins of the people without shedding of blood! Reflect upon this contradiction.

Mass is not an unbloody sacrifice nor a propitiatory sacrifice, but just one of the pagan rites performed by the Roman Catholic Church. Know this, that what the Roman Catholic Church calls ‘Mass’ or ‘Eucharist’ is not the Lord’s Supper, but a pagan rite. Reject it and expose it.

 

 

 

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