This will be posted to accompany Programs #97 & 98, in which Pastor Jim makes applications from Luke to the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church on this subject.
We are introducing a new outreach to Catholic visitors to our TFW Facebook page. After a quick discussion of Pastor Jim’s teaching (listen to the program for a fuller understanding), we will be announcing our special offer to Catholic visitors.
Here is an excerpt from an excellent article from former priest, Richard Bennett’s website:
Official Teaching on Transubstantiation:
- Roman Catholic Concept of “Transubstantiation” Must Be Seen in the Light of Scripture.
- The Roman Catholic Church claims a change of substance
in the communion elements.
- The concept of “transubstantiation” was officially introduced into the RC Church in 1215 AD at the Lateran Council under Innocent III.
- The roots of the concept can be found from after the Second Council of Nicea, when images of Christ were officially sanctioned in AD 787. The physics behind it is that of the pagan philosopher, Aristotle. Present-day Rome continues to teach this medieval tradition in the following,
“…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.’”
- This absurd conviction that defies the truth of Scripture, the evidence of the senses, and even reason itself is taught adamantly by the Church of Rome. So, she summaries in paragraph 1375, “It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ’s body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament….” Biblically, this is a denial of Christ’s words and the words of the Apostle Paul.
- The actual words of Scripture must be seen in context.
- In the passages of Scripture concerning the Last Supper, the elements retain the same name after the Lord’s words as before he spoke, “Take, eat; this.” The demonstrative pronoun “this” means this bread. There is nothing else that it can mean. The Scripture continually calls that which Christ gave to his disciples bread, “For as often as ye eat this bread,” “…whosoever shall eat this bread,” “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread” (I Corinthians 11:26, 27, 28). The relative pronoun “this” limits the element spoken about to the same that Christ took; no other explanation is possible.
- Similarly Christ calls that which he gave the disciples to drink “wine.” “For this is my blood of the new testament, …but I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:28, 29). “This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God” (Mark 14:24, 25).
Finally, because Catholics believe that the bread actually becomes the body of the Lord Jesus Christ, they WORSHIP the element:
- The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the communion bread is to be worshiped as God.
- Vatican Council II documents state, “There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind ‘that all the faithful ought to show to this most holy sacrament the worship which is due to the true God, as has always been the custom of the Catholic Church. Nor is it to be adored [worshipped] any the less because it was instituted by Christ to be eaten. For even in the reserved sacrament he is to be adored [worshipped] because he is substantially present there through that conversion of bread and wine.”
If you are a Catholic visitor to our Facebook page, we would like to offer you some free information about the true way of salvation. This is a pilot program, and you must reply by email and provide the following information:
Please indicate what type of information you’d like to receive. We are primarily using former-priest Richard Bennett’s resources from his website. We will send a sample of one of these to you free of charge.
Would you like to read a tract or a book?
Would you like to read testimonies of former priests or former lay Catholics?
Please send the request (and answer the above questions) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your street address (no PO Boxes), and allow 4 weeks for delivery. This is a limited time and limited resource offer.