This Might Ruffle Some Catholic Feathers

If you are Catholic, I beg you to take the time to read this. Many of the Catholic teachings are not Biblical beliefs followed by first century Christians, but rather, they are man-made doctrines. After Constantine’s more ardent profession of Christianity in 324 AD, there were arguments amongst believers as to doctrines. So, some in the church looked to Emperor Constantine to give his opinion and based on his opinions, cemented certain beliefs. This incorporation of man-made teachings persisted until this very day in the Catholic Church. For instance, the teaching of transubstantiation; The Eucharist becoming the literal body and blood of Christ and is a propitiatory sacrifice for sin which is not a Biblical belief and is in fact quite dangerous to one unfamiliar with the Scriptures. Why? Because the Word is clear that: When he died, he died once to break the power of sin.” (Romans 6:10 NLT)

“Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.” (1 Peter 3:18 NLT)

“And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:27, 28 NLT)

When the Catholic Church teaches that consuming the Eucharist is a means of receiving forgiveness of sins and that it’s a sacrifice for sins, they are really saying Christ’s death on the cross was not sufficient to cleanse you for all time and that you need to practice a ritual in order to receive forgiveness, rather than what the Bible teaches you need to do to receive forgiveness which is repent (turn away from your sins). What this ritual does is make it ok to keep sinning, because all you have to do is eat the Eucharist and you’ll be forgiven. This is false doctrine and very dangerous. God does not care for religious sacrifice:

“You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” (Psalms 51:16, 17)

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:1, 2)

“So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it. You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.” (Colossians 2:16-23)

This ritual of consuming the Eucharist does not grant forgiveness of sins. Jesus’ sacrifice has granted forgiveness for all time. Now, because of His sacrifice on the cross, you simply need to come to God with a desire to change, and just ask Him for forgiveness on account of His Son:

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 John 1:9)

“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

You will not find a single verse in the entire Bible that says the Eucharist (you actually won’t even find that word) is a sacrifice for sins. This is the only thing Jesus taught regarding His supper:

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. (Luke 22:19, 20)

He taught that it was simply an act of remembrance and that it represents the new covenant, confirmed by Jesus’ blood, which had yet to be spilled as a sacrifice. So it was not His blood, but a representation of what was to shortly happen.

The Apostle Paul affirms this teaching of the Lord’s supper being an act of remembrance in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26:

For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.”

Did the Apostle Paul say it was a sacrifice? No. He said it was to be done as a remembrance and an announcement of the Lord’s death. That is all.

The Catholic Church tends to take the focus off Jesus, and distract its followers with many others: saints, the mother Mary, angels, Jesus’ brothers, and the popes, and the main focus of their mass is the Eucharist which you now see is a false teaching. The focus is not what God desires it to be, Christ and His Word:

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

“Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said to them, “ All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.” (Mark 7:5-9)

“I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” (Psalms 138:2)

“Then he [Jesus] said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”(Revelation 22:6-10, 18, 19)

So many of the Catholic doctrines add to Christ’s sacrifice (Purgatory, indulgences) and are completely unbiblical. Why do you think they only read small bits of usually the same Scriptures week in and week out? Because those who read the Bible will discover many of the Catholic teachings simply are not backed by the inspired Word of God.

These teachings enslave the poor soul unfamiliar with Christ’s teachings and the early fathers of the faith as recorded in the New Testament. They continue to demean Christ’s sacrifice, causing Catholics to have to work for a more perfect forgiveness as though Christ’s brutal death and precious blood was not enough. The Bible completely annuls every Catholic doctrine of sacrifice in this single passage:

The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared. But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings. But you have given me a body to offer. You were not pleased with burnt offerings or other offerings for sin. Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God— as is written about me in the Scriptures.’” First, Christ said, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them” (though they are required by the law of Moses). Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says, “This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord : I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.” And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. (Hebrews 10:1-18)

So please, if you are Catholic, study the Bible for yourself to see if you can find their teachings. Do not have a priest go over the Scriptures with you, for the Word teaches us:

“But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.” (1 John 2:27)

Pray and ask Christ Himself by His Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth:

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” (John 14:16, 17)

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’”(John 16:13-15)