Wednesday, August 17, 2005the French word just seems more fitting...
"In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession." (Roman Catholic Cathechism)
Indeed, Romanist Mass is one serious mess. You see, as we have seen in my "Transubstantiation" post, Romanists actually believe that their priest, by the power of their god, can, and does, transform the elements of the Lord's Table, that is the bread and the wine, into the ACTUAL flesh and blood of Christ. Well, you really have to hand it to them, when Romanists go "looney", they don't go halfway: they actually carry the idea that with the bread and wine being transformed into the flesh and blood of Christ, the elements have, well, BECOME CHRIST! And what do they do with this "Christ-sample"? Why they worship it and sacrifice it of course (woohoo woohoohoo...).
That, in a nutshell, is what Mass is all about. While there is sometimes musical interludes, a short time for a "bible sermon" (note the quotation marks), and the announcement of "bingo night" on Tuesday, the main thrust of Mass is the re-sacrifice of Christ. Ah! I can hear my Romanist readers going all up in arms now. They are yelling: "it's not a re-sacrifice, it's the same sacrifice being re-enacted in a bloodless manner." But this is nonsense and double-talk. Consider their wicked Council of Trent:
"The sacrifice (of the Mass - note this is sacrifice # 1) is identical with the sacrifice of the Cross (and there you go... sacrifice #2... hence two sacrifices), inasmuch as Jesus Christ is a priest and victim both."
Jesus is priest and victim in both you ask? Oh yeah! did I forget to mention? The Romanist priest is an "Alter Christus" (man! I hate Latin), that is, "Another Christ". Yes folks, another Christ. Could we go any further into blasphemy? I think not.
So how does the old fool play the part of "another christ"? By following Romanist liturgy (an established formula for public worship) to a tee. All set in this formula is an exact number of times the priest is to make signs of the cross, turns to the congregation, lifts his eyes to Heaven, kisses the altar, folds his hands, bows his head, genuflects, prays... etc... etc. The liturgy is rigid, it is carried out mechanically by the priest and the congregation simply watches the drab spectacle. And when I say mechanically, I'm surely not kidding! You could set your watch to when the communion was distributed: 11:50 am, without exception.
While Romanists will defend every aspect of the Mass by pointing out that every element of the liturgy is filled with spiritual meaning, the fact of the matter is most Romanists are completely clueless as to what these meanings are, and in the end, NONE OF THIS IS PRESCRIBED BY GOD IN HIS WORD. It is ALL pure invention.
In conclusion, let us look at some Scriptures that clearly dismisses the pratice of the Mass:
"For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: NOR YET THAT HE SHOULD OFFER HIMSELF OFTEN, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now ONCE in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." (Hebrews 9:24-26)
"By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE [for all]. (Hebrews 10:10) (the "for all" is not in the original Greek text, it is supplied in our English Bibles)
"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in ONCE into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us]. (Hebrews 9:12) (again, note the supplied words. You see, the sacrifice that was done ONCE has obtained redemption. ALL REDEMPTION! Past, present and future. Absolutely no need for continued sacrifices)
"So Christ was ONCE offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Hebrews 9:28)
"But this man, after he had offered ONE sacrifice for sins FOR EVER, sat down on the right hand of God" (Hebrews 10:12)
Romanist Mass is one SERIOUS UNGODLY MESS. Have no part in it. It is false, it is idolatrous, and it is blasphemous.