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April 22, 2011

Oh, that Popish Mass of Accursed Idolatry!

Filed under: Uncategorized — j.hansen @ 3:14 PM

Question 80. What difference is there between the Lord’s supper and the popish [A.K.A., Roman Catholic] mass?

Answer. The Lord’s supper testifies to us, that we have a full pardon of all sin by the only sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which he himself has once accomplished on the cross; and, that we by the Holy Ghost are ingrafted into Christ, who, according to his human nature is now not on earth, but in heaven, at the right hand of God his Father, and will there be worshipped by us: – but the mass teaches, that the living and dead have not the pardon of sins through the sufferings of Christ, unless Christ is also daily offered for them by the priests; and further, that Christ is bodily under the form of bread and wine, and therefore is to be worshipped in them; so that the mass, at bottom, is nothing else than a denial of the one sacrifice and sufferings of Jesus Christ, and an accursed idolatry.

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  1. Oh, amen & amen! Die Heidelberg rocketh!

    From your WCF, ch 29:

    II. In this sacrament, Christ is not offered up to His Father; nor any real sacrifice made at all, for remission of sins of the quick or dead; but only a commemoration of that one offering up of Himself, by Himself, upon the cross, once for all: and a spiritual oblation of all possible praise unto God, for the same: so that THE POPISH SACRIFICE OF THE MASS (as they call it) IS MOST ABOMINABLY INJURIOUS to Christ’s one, only sacrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of His elect…

    IV. Private masses, or receiving this sacrament by a priest, or any other alone; as likewise, the denial of the cup to the people, worshipping the elements, the lifting them up, or carrying them about, for adoration, and the reserving them for any pretended religious use; are all contrary to the nature of this sacrament, and to the institution of Christ…

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    And from its predecessor, the 39 Articles in the Anglican BCP:

    XXVIII. Of the Lord’s Supper.

    The Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another, but rather it is a Sacrament of our Redemption by Christ’s death: insomuch that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith, receive the same, the Bread which we break is a partaking of the Body of Christ; and likewise the Cup of Blessing is a partaking of the Blood of Christ.

    Transubstantiation (or the change of the substance of Bread and Wine) in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by Holy Writ; but is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given occasion to many superstitions.

    The Body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten, in the Supper, only after an heavenly and spiritual manner. And the mean whereby the Body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper, is Faith.

    The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was not by Christ’s ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted up, or worshipped.

    Amen again, and again, amen!

    Comment by Hugh McCann — April 25, 2011 @ 12:04 PM

  2. Thanks for those additions, Hugh. That helps.

    Comment by j.hansen — April 25, 2011 @ 11:16 PM

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