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CATHOLIC/REFORMED PROTESTANT RITE OF TEENAGE CONFIRMATION
Pagan Teenage Confirmation
· THE ROMAN CATHOLIC/REFORMED PROTESTANT RITE OF ‘HOLY’ COMMUNION
· The Biblical LORD’S SUPPER
· Catholic Transubstantiation— ‘Sacrificing’ and Eating Jesus, the ‘Perpetual Victim’
· Consubstantiation — eating the god Martin Luther’s way
· John Calvin, the pope of Geneva, on holy communion
· ‘Eating the god’ in paganism
· SACRAMENT OF PENANCE, LAST RITES, OR CATHOLIC and PROTESTANT CHURCH BURIAL AS A LAST RITE
THE CATHOLIC/REFORMED RITE OF TEENAGE CONFIRMATION
In Catholic/Reformed terms, ‘coming of age’ or teen confirmation means, a ‘baptized’ baby is already a full church member, but confirmation is the second atoning sacrament – the rite of passage that “renders the bond with the Church more perfect.” In the East, Catholic babies and new converts ‘accept’ this sacrament directly after the sprinkle-baptism, while in the West the child receives this ritual as a teenager. The Roman Catholic Catechesis teaches, “Confirmation or Chrismation is the second sacrament of Christian initiation." [THERE IS THAT PAGAN WORD ‘INITIATION’ AGAIN!] It is called Chrismation because it confirms and strengthens baptismal grace… and seals us with the Holy Spirit of God. Hence, it’s name, ‘Sacrament of the Seal.’ It [THIS RITUAL ITSELF, NOT GOD,] gives us grace to become complete Christians and soldiers of Christ as King, His Mother as Queen [THAT IS THE CATHOLIC MARY, THE SO-CALLED ‘MOTHER OF GOD,’] and the Church militant [OR AGGRESSIVE] AS His Kingdom on earth… [Babies, who were supposedly ‘born anew’ through the sprinkling rite, are allegedly then] strengthened by Confirmation and are then nourished by the Eucharist… [or ‘holy’ communion.] ”
No! Holy-Spirit teaching in God’s grace to study and understand the truth of His Word is the only real ‘nourishment’ for true believers – not the Christianized pagan rite of ‘confirmation,’ or ‘holy communion!’ – (Jn. 14:16,26; 15:26; 16:8-14; Acts 1:8!) Scripturally, the body of Christ consists of all sincere believers worldwide, and the nature of God’s true children is not aggression, but meekness – (not weakness!) The Roman Catholic catechism continues, “God confirms us so we may do spiritual battle and imparts to us the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost, as in a ‘personal Pentecost:’ Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord…”
This false system wrote its own bible, for 1 Cor. 2:8-10 describes the NINE gifts of the Holy Spirit exactly! The true gifts of the Holy Spirit are - the word of wisdom; the word of knowledge; supernatural faith to do miracles; gifts (plural) of healings (plural;) the working of miracles, supernatural prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of supernatural tongues for public use in the assemblies of born again believers, and the interpretation of these supernatural tongues.
Essentially, the second rite of passage, confirmation, means that a baby or a new convert, who was first initiated into that church system through the sprinkling-baptism, now needs to be ‘anointed’ with the ‘holy spirit’ through confirmation. However, this spirit is not really the Spirit of God at all, but Mary, or the goddess Isis, the Roman Catholic ‘Queen of heaven!’
Latter Day Saints also confirm their teenagers in a ceremonial rite; laying hands on them, commanding them to “receive the Holy Spirit!” What nonsense! Only Jesus Christ can and does baptize sincere believers with the Holy Spirit!
Reformed churches view this ‘second rite of passage; more as a teaching of church catechism and a confession of church faith by those who have already received the ‘rebirth’ through their sprinkling-baptism. However, in both Catholicism and Reformed Protestantism, the rite of confirmation makes their sprinkled children into full church members, who can then participate in ‘holy communion.’ This initiation is so important in their affiliation with their churches that confirmed Catholics even receive new names - just as in paganism! Usually, the confirmed chooses the name of one of their ‘gods,’ (their dead saints,) to whom they pray most frequently.
Neither Catholic nor Protestant ‘confirmation’ is Biblical or Godly! There is not a hint of the initiation rite of teenage confirmation in the whole Bible!’ So, where did they get the ‘sacrament’ of confirmation?
Once again – from paganism, of course!
Pagan Teenage ‘Confirmation’
Pagan initiation rites for teenagers, just as sprinkling-baptism and ritual circumcision, are a worldwide phenomenon. Typical of all pagan religions, (as in Islam, Judaism, and Catholic/Reformed Christianity,) atoning and anointing sacraments and celebrations make teens ‘pass through the fire’ of initiation into adulthood, thus turning them into full members of their religious culture and secular society. In Christianity, this means granting them official church membership and the right to ‘holy communion.’ [Refer to, ‘The Calvinist Covenant of Circumcision is a Pagan Rite of Passage.’]
In India, the Hindu ritual of teenage ‘confirmation’ is known as Upanayana or Janeu. This rite, accompanied by the Gayantri mantra, (the ‘blessing’ which the priest chants over the initiate,) declares the teen a Dvija, or ‘twice-born.’ This means that the baby, who was first ‘spiritually regenerated’ through the rite of Hindu sprinkling-baptism, had lost his or her innocence in the sinful world, and as teen, “must be born again to enter the spiritual kingdom once more!”
The Christian version of this ‘twice-born’ initiate is that baby-sprinkled teenagers study their church’s catechisms, (which is a twisted or fabricated version of the Bible,) to ‘graduate’ in the ‘second atoning sacrament,’ the rite of confirmation.
THE CATHOLIC/REFORMED PROTESTANT RITE OF ‘HOLY’ COMMUNION
The Biblical Lord’s Supper
The Real Gospel of God teaches that all of humanity must be saved through faith in the Person and completed atonement of Jesus Christ Alone, (Jn. 3:16; 1:12-13.) As a result, the Lord’s Supper does not consist of eating Jesus’ body and blood physically or literally, (simply read Rom. 14:17.) The observance of outward rituals, rites, or religious ceremonies is impotent in saving, hallowing, and preserving souls for the real Kingdom of God. Even the authentic Scriptural symbols, (the baptism of believers, the Lord’s Supper, and the anointing of oil) cannot save, redeem, or heal anyone, (Jam. 5:15.) These are mere allegories, or metaphors of our sincere, inward FAITH in Jesus Christ and our acceptance of His completed atonement in our place.
The bread and wine at the Lord’s Supper have compelling spiritual power, as the bread signifies “Jesus’ body which was broken for us,” while the wine symbolizes “the New Covenant (the New Testament) in His blood,” (1 Cor. 11:24-25.)
Sincere believers eat the bread and drink the wine of the Biblical Lord’s Supper in remembrance of what He had already fully achieved in our place, (1 Cor. 11:24-25.) By participating in the Lord Supper, sincere believers “proclaim the Lords death till He comes,” (v. 26.) This means, sincere believing disciples non-religiously and non-ritually reaffirm their faith in, and their commitment to Jesus as the One and Only True Christ, (or Savior) Who suffered and died, and has risen from the dead in their place. When Jesus stated that His flesh is real food and His blood is real drink, He was not calling His disciples to cannibalism! He was speaking metaphorically. Hence, the bread and wine are symbols of the spiritual life, healing, redemption, and eternal salvation of Jesus’ sincere disciples. As such, unbelievers, mere religionists, and willfully unrepentant believers dare not eat God’s “judgment” over themselves by eating and drinking in an “unworthy manner,” (1 Cor. 11:29-32.) Sincere believers only, are welcome at the Lord’s Table.
Catholic Transubstantiation - ‘Sacrificing’ and Eating Jesus, the ‘Perpetual Victim’
Transubstantiation, the Eucharistic rite, mass, or ‘holy’ communion is one of the Vatican’s most important ‘atoning’ sacramental rites, which ‘completes’ the ‘incomplete’ sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible. Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia describes the Roman Catholic mass or ‘holy’ communion as follows, “The bread and wine… used in the Eucharistic rite [ANOTHER CATHOLIC RITE OF INITIATION!] are transformed in all but appearance into the [LITERAL] Body and Blood of Christ, a change that is called transubstantiation. Catholics believe they are… eating the [LITERAL, PHYSICAL] human flesh and [DRINKING VAMPIRISTICLY THE] blood of Christ” during mass. The Catholic catechism states, “The victim, [their round wafer or ‘bread’ that was transformed into the literal ‘body or flesh of Christ,’ also called the Eucharist or ‘the host,’] is one and the same: the same [wafer-christ] now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered Himself on the Cross; only the manner of offering is different. 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 is offered in an unbloody manner... this sacrifice is truly propitiatory” – or truly atoning.
The satanic witchcraft of these Roman Catholic witches, whom Catholics call their deified, holy ‘fathers, never reveals itself as unashamedly as through this ‘magical’ feat, which supposedly turns the Almighty God, Jesus Christ, into a little round wafer-god! This little wafer-god then allegedly “contains” all of Jesus Christ’s attributes! When the priest sacrifices this little wafer-god, the wafer supposedly accomplishes what the Almighty Lord Jesus Christ could not. This wafer-god accomplishes “true propitiation;” it completes atonement for all of Roman Catholic sin – until the next mass, that is, when their false Jesus, “the victim,” has to be sacrificed all over again! Therefore, the Roman Catholic Jesus, (depicted as the dead ‘victim’ still hanging on the Catholic cross,) will remain their “eternal, perpetual victim,” whom they sacrifice over and over again during ‘holy’ communion. What is more, because the mass is supposedly the actual “bloodless” human sacrifice of ‘the physical body of christ,’ the Eucharist, (‘the host,’ victim, or little round wafer-christ) it needs to be worshipped before it is consumed. Hence, Roman Catholics bow to that little wafer and worship it as their ‘christ!’ They then consume the wafer, the ‘real body and blood of their Christ,’ literally. If transubstantiation could be real - they repeatedly cannibalize their dead Jesus and vampirize his blood! (In the occult, this gruesome practice is known as ‘eating the god.’) The Roman Catholic Church and her affiliates such as the Russian/Greek/Eastern Orthodox Churches, and ‘high church’ or devout Anglo-Catholic Anglicans, all teach transubstantiation. As the Roman Catholic Church, these daughters of Catholicism also call their mass the ‘sacrifice’ of the ‘unbloody victim.’ One thing is certain – that helpless victim on the Roman Ctholic cross, who suffers continually, is not the Real Jesus Christ of the Bible. That impostor’s ‘atonement’ is never done. That helpless ‘christ’ with his eternally incomplete sacrifice can never save any member of his Roman Catholic Christian church! The True Conqueror of the Bible, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, was no victim. Jesus Himself declared in Jn. 10:17-18, “…I lay down My life that I may take it again. NO ONE TAKES MY LIFE FROM ME, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again…” The Real Jesus Christ FINISHED His work on the cross! – (Jn. 19:30.) His atonement in the place of EVERYONE who truly believes in Him and accepts His perfect sacrifice personally and sincerely, is forever COMPLETE, (Jn. 1:12-13; Eph. 1:7.)
Consubstantiation - ‘eating the god’ Martin Luther’s Way
‘High Church Anglicans’ practice Roman Catholic transubstantiation while ‘Low Church Anglicans’ adhere to the doctrine of consubstantiation, which is Martin Luther’s doctrine of “sacramental union.” Remember that in Roman Catholic, and Reform church terms, the word ‘sacrament’ means ‘atoning’ - or gradual, systematic salvation through ritual initiations or passages into church rites. Consubstantiation or ‘sacramental union’ is just Roman Catholic transubstantiation with a little twist in the tail. Consubstantiation teaches that during the sacrament of The Roman Catholic Eucharist, (the host,) the bread remains bread and doesn’t change into the body of Christ literally - but the entire, glorified body of Christ comes down to be completely ‘united sacramentally’ (atoning) with the bread. Thus, Lutherans and ‘low church’ Anglicans are also eating the entire, physical body and blood of Christ, which now supposedly merges completely with the physical bread. All those who cleave to consubstantiation or sacramental union, are also ‘eating the god’ just as Roman Catholics do. Frighteningly, in the literal eating of Christ’s body and blood, Catholic, Anglicans, and Lutherans believe that even unbelievers consuming the Eucharist are really eating and drinking the literal body and blood of Christ, (His Real Presence,) and thus even unbelievers can be saved by this ‘sacrament!’ That is, ‘saved’ from their former religion to become Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans and the like. The Biblical Gospel of personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, personal acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior, and obedient discipleship never enter the picture. [Wikipedia - Martin Luther, 1528, Confession Concerning Christ’s Supper; the Wittenberg Concord of 1536, the Formula of Concord.]
John Calvin, the Pope of Geneva, on Holy Communion
In true Roman Catholic style, John Calvin earned himself the title, Pope of Geneva though his grave religious intolerance toward all those who dared to resist his ‘irresistible grace,’ his Roman doctrine on the trinity, and their baby sprinkling especially. [Read the difference between the Roman Catholic trinity, or ‘three different gods in union,’ and The Biblical Godhead, Who is One God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.] Just like Luther and the other reformers, Calvin also stole ‘holy’ communion as another of his ‘atoning’ sacraments. Calvin declared that, although the bread and wine of the Catholic Eucharist, [the waver-god, the ‘perpetual victim,’ or host,] is not the literal body and blood of Christ, the rite of ‘holy communion’ is indeed a sacrament, which has the power to ‘atone for sin’ and ‘save the chosen elite’ of Calvinism!
‘Eating the god’ in Paganism
Some blasphemers try to justify the pagan roots of ‘sacramental’ or ‘atoning’ ‘holy communion,’ and so they have the cheek to allege that the Lord Jesus ‘mimicked’ the pagan practice of ‘eating the god’ when He stated, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you…” (Jn. 6:48-54.) It is clear, however, that Jesus was speaking allegorically, not literally. As all the other twisted doctrines of paganism, the heathen practice of literally ‘eating the god’ can be traced back to the fall of humanity in Eden. Adam and Eve ‘took in’ the sin nature of Satan by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden, causing all of humanity to be born in Satan’s position of sin, filled with his controlling sin-nature. Since then, Satan assured that to ‘eat and drink the god,’ remained a deadly pagan practice to unify themselves literally with that god. Yet, that day in the Garden, the merciful God promised to send the Savior, Who will “bruise the snake’s head,” while the snake, “shall bruise His heel” at Calvary.) Satan, whom God still allowed to ‘stand before God like one of his own’ during O.T. times, certainly knew things humans cannot begin to comprehend. At the ultimate decision point of history, Jesus “cast out the ruler of this world,” when He broke the devil’s power over humanity at the cross. Nevertheless, although not all knowing like God, Satan is still aware of many future events – just think about the fortunetelling of Nostradamus, who was definitely not a believer of Christ! Hence, Satan’s substitute of an ‘atoning Savior’ dates back to before the flood of Noah, to peak again after the flood in the ‘one-world’ religion of ancient Babylon, (read Jn. 12:31; Job 1:6; Gen. 11.) From there, all pagan beliefs and rituals were dispersed throughout the entire world. In this way, Satan designed some religious ‘similarities’ to Bible events to draw humanity away from God, or to murder seeking souls with religious lies even before they can reach the Truth, the Way, and the Life - the real Savior of the Bible.
In Central America and in Mexico too, pagan priests made bread in the form of the Mexican ‘high’ god, Huitzilopochtli, which they then ‘magically turned’ into the literal flesh of their god to eat sacramentally. Eucharist sacraments were also prevalent in ancient Egypt. Just as in the mass of Roman Catholicism, Egyptian priests supposedly ‘changed’ their cakes into the ‘real flesh’ of the sun god Osiris – or often, into the ‘literal flesh’ of Osiris’ ‘reincarnated’ son Horus, the “Egyptian lord of the afterlife.” During these rituals, the priests then broke these cakes into pieces to eat as the ‘literal’ flesh of their god; thus ‘taking in’ the deity of their god literally; also becoming ‘one’ with their god by ‘changing’ into ever living gods themselves. [Prescott’s Mexico, Vol. 3; Sir James George Frazer, ‘The Golden Bough.’]
The Sacrament of Penance; Last Rites – or Catholic/Protestant CHURCH BURIAL as a Last Rite
This Sacrament is the first to two Roman Catholic sacraments of ‘healing.’ Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia wrote, “Penance is the sacrament [OR RITUAL OF ‘ATONEMENT’ TO ‘COMPENSATE’ FOR JESUS’ ‘INCOMPLETE’ OR ‘LIMITED’ ATONEMENT!] of spiritual healing for a ‘baptized’ [that is the sacramentally sprinkled] person from the distancing from God resulting from sins committed. [WHAT HAPPENED TO CONFESSING YOUR SINS TO GOD AND SIMPLY ASKING HIS FORGIVENESS AND CLEANSING BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, 1 Jn. 1:8-9?] If a man sins after baptism, he cannot have baptism as a remedy. [EVEN BIBLICAL BAPTISM CAN NEVER BE THE ‘REMEDY’ FOR SIN. TRUE BAPTISM IS A SYMBOL OF SALVATION THROUGH PERSONAL FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.] Baptism, which is [in itself, a ‘saving’ church sacrament,] a ‘spiritual regeneration,’ cannot be given a second time…. While it may be spiritually helpful to confess to another, only a Priest has the power to administer the sacrament; Absolution by the Priest; and Satisfaction or Penance. [GOD’S WORD CLEARLY COMMANDS, “CONFESS YOUR SINS (WHICH HAPPENED ON A PERSONAL LEVEL BETWEEN PEOPLE) TO ONE ANOTHER (AND NOT TO A CATHOLIC ‘PRIEST!’) AND PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER THAT YOU MAY BE HEALED…” JAM. 5:16.]
“Anointing of the sick is the second sacrament of healing. [NO, IT IS NOT A SAVING ‘SACRAMENT!’ ANOINTING WITH OIL IS MERELY THE SYMBOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT HIMSELF IN HEALING, AND RESTS FIRMLY ON THE PERSONAL FAITH OF THE SICK PERSON, READ JAM. 5:16.] A priest anoints the sick with oil ‘blessed’ specifically for that purpose… A new illness or a worsening of health enables a person to receive the sacrament a further time.
“The Sacrament of Last Rites [THE FINAL STAGE OF INITIATION INTO ROMAN CATHOLICISM ON THE PERSON’S DEATHBED] are meant to prepare the dying person's soul for death, by providing absolution for sins by penance, sacramental grace and prayers for the relief of suffering through anointing, and the final [OR LAST RITE] administration of the Eucharist, [or holy communion,] known as “Viaticum” which is Latin for "provision for the journey." [This ‘journey’ is allegedly the ‘journey into the afterlife,’ just as in raw paganism! However, Jesus Himself said, unless a true believer is personally born again through sincere faith in Him and obedience to His Word, he cannot see or enter the Kingdom of God! (Jn. 3:3-5!)]”
Because Roman Catholic doctrine was subtly ingrained into all of Protestantism, Protestant burial ceremonies in churches are also deemed as absolutely ‘necessary’ (or ‘saving-sacramental,’) by most Christians, even sincerely born again believes, because burial rites is actually viewed as the ‘final passage to the afterlife.’ [SEE WHAT CREMATION, OPPOSED TO BURIAL REALLY MEANS.] This so-called saving sacrament too, has stealthily replaced the truth of God’s Word, which states that once a person dies physically, his or her life here on earth is over. Nothing can ‘save’ that person anymore. Not a single religious act can help that person ‘progress’ to the afterlife. The deceased is either in heaven at the throne of Jesus, or in screaming agony in the fires of eternal hell. However, all religious Christians, (Protestants too,) might not even have gone to church much during their lifetime. Nevertheless, all view ‘sacramental’ or ritual church burial a vital necessity, because it is supposedly a ‘last rite,’ or final initiation into the afterlife. Thus, most still believe a clergyman ‘has’ to pray for them on their death bed, and/or they ‘have’ to be buried by a clergyman to reach heaven!
In reality, God does not require deathbed rituals and ‘burial rites’ of any kind to ‘initiate’ the dying and the deceased into death and the grave to complete their final steps of Christian initiation into God, which supposedly leads to heaven! God expects every person on earth to live a life of discipleship in Christ to glorify His Name while still physically alive. Once the human spirit has left the physical body, nothing is left for that body but to ‘sleep’ in the grave, awaiting either Jesus return on the clouds, their bodily resurrection from the grave, and the final judgment throne of God.
Holy Orders are another Roman Catholic sacrament, or another ‘rite of passage’ through systematic ‘sanctification,’ which eventually concludes the ‘journey’ of Roman Catholic salvation. Through this sacrament, a male church member is ‘ordained’ as a bishop, priest, or a deacon, and “thus dedicated to be an image of Christ.” In Jn. 13, Jesus commanded the structure of His spiritual body by servant hood, demonstrating the humble care and support of His body by washing the disciples’ feet! In stark contrast, Christian religions, as pagan religions, are ruled, dictated, or controlled by top-heavy, worldly hierarchies of so-called ‘divine’ leaders, which Jesus strictly FORBADE – read Mt. 20:25-28. The true body of Christ is managed, (not ruled,) by humble, male and female servants, according to the truth of Jesus’ Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit only. Real Godlike servants are sincere disciples, whom God Himself has called and prepared to function (without positions of honor) from the “bottom” upwards.
The entire concept of a HIERARCHICAL PRIESTHOOD, (either in the ‘image’ of the Catholic papacy, or in the ‘image’ of Protestantism’s ruling elders) is pagan, very unchristlike, and completely unbiblical! Peter explained Jesus’ priesthood and their functions in 1 Pt. 2:4-10, “…Coming to Him as to a Living Stone… you also, [ALL God’s born again disciples,] as living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house; a holy [spiritual] priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices [of praise, prayer, true Biblical instruction, and Holy-Spirit led social help] acceptable to God through Jesus Christ, [the One and Only New Testament High Priest!]” Hebrews chapters 5,78,9,10 states, “For every [Old Testament] high priest taken from among [Hebrew] men was appointed… that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins… [However, of His Son, (in the New Testament dispensation,) God said,] ‘You are a [High] Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek…’ He became Author of eternal salvation to ALL who obey HIM, called by God as [Eternal] High Priest… [He Himself is GOD and] King of Salem (or heaven;) without a father, without a mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made the Son of God, Who remains a [High] Priest continually, (7:3.)” God’s WORD makes the witchcraft of the Catholic ‘holy father’-hierarchy, the hierarchical structure of Lutheran/Calvinist Protestantism, and all other types of Christian hierarchies, absolute blasphemy! Godless Catholic and Protestant lies rule their religious systems, which lead billions of people away from the Living God to enslave them to darkness and eternal damnation.