CONTINUATION — Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· 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
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THE CATHOLIC/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 powerless to save, hallow, and preserve souls for the real Kingdom of God. Even God’s genuine 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 symbols of our sincere, inward faith in Christ Jesus 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 their 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, has risen from the dead in their place, and will return on the clouds.
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. The bread and wine are symbols of the spiritual life, healing, redemption, eternal salvation of Jesus’ sincere disciples, and His return at the Marriage Feast. 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 –the ‘saving’ sacrament of ‘sacrificing’ and eating Jesus, the ‘Perpetual Victim’
Transubstantiation or 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. In transubstantiation, Catholics believe they are… eating the real human flesh [cannibalizing] and drinking the real blood [vampirizing] of Christ” during mass.
The Catholic catechism states, “The victim, [their round wafer or little piece of ‘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.’ Something, the Lord Jesus Himself apparently could not achieve.
The witchcraft of these Roman Catholic teachers, whom Catholics call their deified, “holy fathers,” (and whom Protestants call their “church fathers,”) never reveals itself as unashamedly as through the doctrine of transubstantiation. The magic, which these magicians perform with that round little wafer, supposedly turns it into the Almighty God, Christ Jesus! This little wafer-god then allegedly “contains” all Jesus’ attributes. When the priest sacrifices this little wafer-god, the wafer allegedly accomplishes what the Almighty Christ Jesus could not. This wafer-god achieves “true propitiation:” it completes atonement for all Roman Catholic sin – until the next mass, that is, when their “victim” has to be sacrificed all over again!
Therefore, the Roman Catholic Jesus, (depicted as dead and still hanging on the Catholic cross,) still hanging on the Catholic cross,) will remain their “eternal, perpetual victim,” whom they sacrifice over and over again during mass. What’s more, because the mass is supposedly the actual “bloodless” human sacrifice of ‘the physical body of christ,’ the Eucharist, (‘Host,’ victim, or wafer-christ) needs to be worshiped before it is consumed. Hence, Roman Catholics bow to that little wafer and worship it as their ‘christ!’ They then cannibalize the wafer, the ‘real body of their christ,’ and vampirize his ‘real blood.’
In the occult, transubstantiation is known as ‘eating the god.’ The Roman Catholic Church and her affiliates such as the Russian/Greek/Eastern Orthodox Churches, and ‘high church’ of devout Anglo-Catholic Anglicans, all practice 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 dead victim on the Roman Catholic cross, who suffers continually, can never be the Real Jesus Christ of the Bible. That impostor’s ‘atonement’ is never done. Scripturally, 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[or saving] union:” gradual, systematic salvation through ritual initiations or church passages.
Consubstantiation or ‘sacramental union’ is just Roman Catholic transubstantiation with a little twist in the tail. Consubstantiation teaches that during the sacrament of the Eucharist, the bread remains bread and doesn’t literally change into the body of Christ –but contains the real presence of Christ’s body and blood. “In the sacramental union the consecrated bread of the Eucharist is united with the body of Christ and the consecrated wine of the Eucharist is united with the blood of Christ… with the result that anyone eating and drinking these "elements" — the consecrated bread and wine — really eats and drinks the physical body and blood of Christ as well… This is an attempt to describe the body and blood of Christ in metaphysical terms.”
Thus, Lutherans and ‘low church’ Anglicans are 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 like 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 Catholic doctrine of the trinity, and their baby sprinkling especially. 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,] 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 people try to justify the pagan roots of ‘sacramental’ or ‘atoning’ ‘holy communion,’ and 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 spiritually ‘took in’ the sin nature of Satan by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden, causing all of humanity to be born into Satan’s position of sin, filled with his controlling sin-nature. Since then, Satan made certain that to literally ‘eat and drink the god’ remained a pagan practice to unify people with that god.
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 Old Testament times, certainly knew things us humans cannot begin to comprehend. Jesus “cast out the ruler of this world,” when He broke the devil’s power over humanity at the cross, (Jn. 12:31,) but although he is not all knowing and omnipresent like God is, Satan is still aware of many future events. Hence, Satan’s substitute of an ‘atoning Savior’ which he designed with some ‘similarities’ to Bible events to draw humanity away from God, and 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.
So, 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 literally ‘taking in’ the deity of their god; 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 AND ANOINTING THE SICK, LAST RITES AND CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT CHURCH BURIAL
Penance is the first of 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.] It is used in healing for a baptized person, [who has been sacramentally sprinkled,] for the distancing from God, [or actually, from the church,] resulting from sins committed. [What happened to confessing your sins to God and simply asking His forgiveness and cleansing by the blood of Jesus, 1 Jn. 1:8-9?] If a person sins after baptism, he or she cannot have baptism as a remedy. [Sprinkle] baptism, which is [in itself, a ‘saving’ church sacrament, is] ‘spiritual regeneration,’ and 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 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.) Sin against God such as idolatry must be confessed to God Himself.
“Anointing of the sick is the second sacrament of healing. [Scripturally, anointing with oil is merely the symbol of the Holy Spirit in healing. It rests on the personal faith of the sick person — Jam. 5:16.] In Catholicism, however, “a priest anoints the sick with oil ‘blessed’ specifically for healing … New or worsening illness enables them to receive the sacrament a further time.”
In Calvinism, anointing of the oil as James commanded is rejected because the “practice failed to remain faithful to the words of James;”it does not ‘really accomplish healing.’
In Lutheranism, “anointing of the sick has been retained in some churches since the Reformation. Although it is not considered a sacrament like baptism and the Eucharist, it is known as a ritual in the same respect as confession, confirmation, holy orders, and matrimony” – Wikipedia.
“The Sacrament of Last Rites [The final stage of initiation into Roman Catholicism on the person’s deathbed] prepares 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 believer is born again through sincere faith in Him, he cannot see or enter the Kingdom of God – or the Kingdom of heaven! (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’ by most Christians, even by sincerely born again believes, because knowingly or unknowingly, the sacrament of burial rites is viewed as the ‘final passage to the afterlife.’ This so-called saving sacrament too, 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 ever living human spirit of the deceased is either in heaven at the throne of Jesus or in screaming agony in the fires of hell.
Roman Catholics, (Protestants too,) might not even have done church all that much during their lifetime. Nevertheless, all see church burial as necessary and ‘decent,’ because an ordained’ clergyman must pray for them on their death bed, and they must be buried by a clergyman to reach heaven! God said in Eccl. 9:5, “…But the dead know nothing… [of what is going on here on earth.] Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun.”
In fashion with pagan sun worship that was Christianized by their mother, the Roman Church, most Christians believe they must be buried facing the rising sun in the east. Non-church members and unbaptized babies must face west, because there is no hope for them in the day of resurrection.
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 steps of Christian initiation into the church, which supposedly leads them to heaven! God expects every person on earth to live a life of discipleship in Christ to glorify His Name. Once the human spirit has left the physical body, that body must ‘sleep’ in the grave, awaiting Jesus return on the clouds.