You shall know them by thier fruits[teachings], Part 1

The finished work dished out in installments

In Catholicism, apparently the Christian’s salvation is like a cup that was half-filled by Christ and is in process of being completely filled by Church sacraments especially the Eucharist. Don’t believe me? Check out the following authoritative quotes:

“…in this divine sacrifice which is performed in the mass, that same Christ is contained and immolated in a bloodless manner the same Christ who once offered Himself in a bloody manner…this is truly propitiatory….For the victim is one and the same…now offering [Himself] by the ministry of priests…not only for the sins…of the faithful who are living, but also for those departed in Christ but not yet fully purified” [i.e., still suffering in purgatory for their sins] ( Council of Trent, p142).

By the way, immolate means: To offer as a sacrifice by killing or by giving up to destruction

If anyone says that in the mass a true and real sacrifice is not offered to God…[by] priests [who] offer His own body and blood…[or] that the sacrifice of the mass is…not a propitiatory one…let him be anathema (Council of Trent, p 149).

“The Church…formulated and devised various ways [the seven sacraments] of applying [in installments] the fruits of Christ’s redemption to the individual faithful…For it is the liturgy [sacramental rituals] through which, especially in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, the work of our redemption is accomplished. (Vatican II, First page)

The Mass is a truly propitiatory sacrifice [by which] the Lord is appeased [and]…pardons wrongdoings and sins…. Finally the Mass is the divinely ordained means of applying the merits of Calvary. Christ won for the world all the graces it needs for salvation and sanctification. But these blessings are conferred gradually and continually…mainly through the Mass….The priest is indispensable, since he alone by his powers can change the elements of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ….the more often the sacrifice [of the Mass] is offered the more benefit is conferred [i.e.; Calvary wasn’t enough] (Pocket Catholic Dictionary, pp 248-49).

What does scripture say about this?

Nor yet that he should offer himself often [as Catholicism teaches]…but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself…we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…for by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified….Now…there is no more offering for sin Heb 9:25-10:18

Redemption is finished! Yet this truth is denied by the Catholic Church. Paul wrote:

“In whom we have [present possession, an accomplished fact through Christ] redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Eph 1:7; Col 1:14).

Hebrews 9:12 says, “…by his own blood he entered in once [for all time] into the holy place [heaven], having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

For Catholics “even Christ’s death is an ongoing process, so the Mass is not a remembrance of a finished work but a sacrifice which obtains forgiveness of sins and from which ‘graces and merits’ flow in partial installments. ”

“The Mass continues to transmit installments of grace even after one has died, as relatives buy “Mass cards” which are laid upon the altar during Mass in the name of the deceased in order to shorten purgatorial suffering. Christ’s death couldn’t get us to heaven, but Masses, Hail Marys, good works, “bearing one’s cross” for others, etc. will do so. ”

“In Roman Catholicism the “graces won by Christ and the saints” are “applied to the faithful” in installments so that they must come back again and again to receive more “graces and merits” to help them on their way to heaven. There is no assurance that this goal will ever be attained, nor is there any indication of the number of Masses, rosaries, indulgences, etc. it will take to reach heaven. The Catholic’s only hope of salvation is in the ongoing ritual of the Church. Yet the Bible offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life as the free gift of God’s grace to all who believe the gospel. What a contrast!”

Quotes adapted from Dave Hunt @ The Berean Call
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