[quote="Lincoln7, post:7, topic:281798"]
]Im already involved in another thread so don't want to get too deep in this one, just a quick comment to say this isn't the case. There is a sacrifice involved in Protestant worship, one which is supported rather strongly by scripture: The sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, the sacrifice of the believers entire life:
Romans 12:1: "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."
So Paul says our BODIES are presented and become living sacrifice acceptable to God and this is our spiritual worship. Refer to Genesis, Cain and Abel, acceptable and unacceptable sacrifice to see why Paul designates the sacrifice of our bodies as acceptable..
What is the purpose of us sacrificing our bodies? What does it accomplish? A sacrifice is an exchange where one thing is sacrificed to obtain another. So what does bodily sacrifice obtain in exchange?
Wouldn't Protestants say that Jesus sacrifice is the only sacrifice?
Hebrews 13:15: "Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name."
Praise is called sacrifice, but one can not take a sentence from Romans and tie its meaning to Paul's intent in Hebrews, or vice versa. In Hebrews it says the sacrifice of praise is to be continuous, coming from the mouths of those who acknowledge Jesus. It does not say that this sacrifice is worship as Romans says the sacrifice of our bodies is. It does not say worship is getting together and getting worked into a loud frenzy shouting glory to God or alleluia thank you Jesus is worship, but the sacrifice of our bodies is. The sacrifice of praise in continuous, not necessarily linked to communal worship, but continuous. It goes on and on echoing from the mouths, coming from the souls of believers.
1 Peter 2:5: "you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
Here we see that Jesus is not the only priest who offers sacrifice to God. The Old Testament prophets say that God will raise up for Himself a priestly people, a royal priesthood, a nation of priests. Jesus is the eternal high priest. Implicit in that is there are others of lower rank. Also implicit in that is He is still a priest. What makes a priest a priest is the offering of sacrifice. Jesus ascended into heaven in His body. His body retrains the wounds of His sacrifice. Thomas probed them. So we see in the Romans scripture you quoted that there is BODILY sacrifice that is SPIRITUAL worship. Jesus offered His body and blood as sacrifice for a spiritual exchange. The offering was made to the Father from our eternal high priest who offered Himself and it was accepted by the Father. The key here is matter was offered as spiritual sacrifice. The two are not seperated, matter here, spirit there. They are joined, married, forever in the person of Christ. But we too make bodily sacrifice according to the scipture you quoted for spiritual reasons, and it is accepted, because it is married to the sacrifice of Christ who offers the only acceptable sacrifice. We are part of Him, in communion with Him, one body, one flesh, the two become one flesh, His priestly people. He offers us to the Father with Himself.
As such there is a sacrifice, but not a propitiatory one in the form of the Eucharist as Catholics see it.
If you are correct then the earliest Christians believed false doctrine. History not theology reveals what they believed about the Eucharist. The canon of the Mass goes back to at least the year 100. If you are correct then until your novel doctrine was realized the faith of Christians was in error. Luther did not teach what you believe. Calvin did not. It is a newer idea and it says all Christians of all previous centuries were wrong.
Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit to lead His Church into all truth. If His promises are true then what Christians believed in faith until you came along is true. If you are correct, His promise is false.