DO YOU BETRAY THE LORD?
……others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of [cruel] mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy)…..
(Hebrews 11: 35-38)
Across Europe literally tens of thousands of people perished for believing the Bible over the dogmas of Ecclesiastical Authorities. The main reason was the fact that they dared to reject Sacramentalism over faith, to read the Bible in their own language, to teach their children to recite the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments in their own language and (above all) reject Papal Authority!
Quite often their “crime” was to reject the Dogma of the Eucharist which teaches that the “Host” (the wafer) has its substance changed from bread into the ACTUAL flesh of Jesus Christ! That it is through eating the ACTUAL flesh of Christ, in the Eucharist, by which we receive the Grace of God unto Salvation!
One important Church Service is the “ADORATION OF THE EUCHARIST”! This word “Adoration” comes from the Latin verb Adorare and means “Worship”! Thus by attending such a service the people are participating in an act of worship, the worship of the Eucharist!
Today we see so many non-Catholics who are either ignorant of this dogma (A Dogma is seen as an essential component of belief whereby a person must be saved), or they know what this Dogma means but simply choose to ignore it!
Often Church leaders will even publicise such Services to their congregations even going as far as to recommend that their flocks participate in such services!
The Bible is very clear on this subject:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8)
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9)
By promoting such Services to their flocks these church leaders are betraying those who were martyred for the Faith of Christ. By attending such Services individual believers are also betraying those who were martyred for the Faith of Christ. This is, ultimately, a denial of Christ!
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” (2 Peter 2:1)
We, all of us, can quickly fall prey to the deceit of men. Why, we can even deceive our own selves–which is also a betrayal of Christ! “Sin lieth at the door,” always seeking a way to enter.
The enemy of our souls is always looking for a way to get us to drop our guard, to doubt God’s Word and persuade us to eat forbidden fruit.
A common theme throughout the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) is God’s hatred of idolatry. Israel constantly rebelled and sinned in this way, and God has constantly rebuked her for it!
The Apostles warned us to “Flee from Idolatry” and insisted that idolatrous practices were to be rejected to the point where we are to not even share a meal with those who practise such things:
“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” (1 Corinthians 5:11)
May we repent of such things in our own lives and may we, as followers of Christ, NEVER let our guard down when it comes to Essential things!
“For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well.”
It is bad enough when food is offered to idols, it is even more so when the food itself IS the idol, for remember the Eucharist “BECOMES” the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the World” and, thus, becomes an idol which is to be adored!
“1376 The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: “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.”206
1377 The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist. Christ is present whole and entire in each of the species and whole and entire in each of their parts, in such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ.207
1378 Worship of the Eucharist. 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.”208”
(The catechism of the Catholic Church CHAPTER ONE THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION ARTICLE 3 THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST)
Christ, Himself, denounced one church for such practices:
“unto the angel of the church in Thyatira……I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.”
They allowed her to teach such things and to seduce the church there to participate in such things! These church leaders are committing the sin of Jezebel. Although they may not literally be seducing their flocks to commit sexual fornication they ARE seducing them to commit SPIRITUAL adultery!
“Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?” (Jeremiah 7:8–9)
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