Who Says the Mass is a Sacrifice?

by Steve Ray on October 9, 2018

Who Says the Mass is a Sacrifice?

Jimmy Swaggart (making a foolish and unhistorical claim):

“The Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation is, without question, one of the most absurd doctrines ever imposed on a trusting public…  Roman Catholic errors are inevitably human innovations that were inserted into the church during the early centuries. This teaching on the Eucharist follows this pattern.

Early Christians celebrated the Eucharist as a sacrifice! Early Christians celebrated the Eucharist as a sacrifice!

“In the first century, as described in the New Testament, Holy Communion was a meal of fellowship eaten as a memorial to the death of Christ and a symbol of unity among Christians both with each other and with Christ.

“In the second century it began to shift toward a ceremony, in which Christ was present in some undefined form. This was not yet the eventual Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation which was a development of the Middle Ages but it was a beginning in this unfortunate direction.

“By the third century the idea of sacrifice began to intrude, whereby Christ’s body and blood were mysteriously produced by an ordained priest for the gratification and benefit of both the living and the dead.” (Catholicism and Christianity)

Oh, really?!?!

For the whole article and chart, click here.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan E. Daigle October 9, 2018 at 12:40 PM

Swaggart reads from Lorraine Boettner’s “Roman Catholicism” which is basically one anti-catholic rant without proof. Actually, if Jesus had meant eucharist as only symbolism He would have run after those who got upset at the “eating His body and drinking His blood” and said “Guys, I was just kidding, what I really meant…” (I love Scott Hahn and his works along with all of the YouTube videos, including yours.)

Timothy W Hallett October 25, 2018 at 11:02 AM

Indeed a sacrifice….now if only the Western church could have a liturgy that is not a complete joke compared to all others (Byzantine, Syraic, Coptic)

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