What’s Wrong with Rome’s Sacrifice of the Mass? By Mike Gendron
The Catholic Church teaches that the Mass is the same sacrifice that Jesus offered on Calvary’s cross. It is said to be the source and summit of the Catholic life.
Well, here at least Gendron touches upon authentic Catholic teaching. Pope John Paul the Great refers to this very paraphrase statement in the opening paragraphs of his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, which is quoted from Vatican II’s ***Lumen Gentium, which says “***the Eucharistic sacrifice, which is the fount and apex of the whole Christian life.”
However, there are significant errors when the Mass is tested with the supreme authority of God’s Word.
You will note here again that Gendron, as do many n-Cs assigns the Bible an authority that it nowhere lays claim to. Thus, as with all Sola Scriptura arguments it violates its own premise that everything for Christian life must be found within its pages. (See the CAF thread It’s NOT in the Bible, okay?)
- The sacrifice of the Mass, which is repeated every day, is an outright rejection of the “cross work” of Jesus Christ. He is the perfect High Priest who offered Himself, the perfect sacrifice once, for all sin, for all time. His sacrifice completely paid the eternal debt for sin, totally satisfied divine justice, and finished the work of redemption.
How can this be a rejection of Christ’s sacrifice? The church teaches us that, as a sacrament instituted by Christ Himself, it is a miraculous re-presentation of that same sacrifice offered by Our Lord through the ministry of the priest. Far from a rejection of it, it is an act of faithful obedience to the command of Jesus at the last supper when He tells us all “Do this in memory of me”. (See Luke 22:19 & 1st Corinthians 10:16)
- Sinful Catholic priests can never be exalted to the position of mediator between God and man. Jesus Christ, who is God’s perfect man and man’s perfect God, is the only one qualified to mediate between sinful men and Holy God.
This is a specious remark that infers that Catholic priests are greater sinners than Gendron himself or any other Christian, nor is this what the Catholic Church teaches, since authentic Catholic teaching is that we are all sinners saved by the grace and mercy of God through the redemption Jesus’ sacrifice made possible.
If one follows out Gendron’s misinterpretation of Catholicism and even n-C Christian belief then no one should ever be able to intercede and pray for anyone else…not even themselves, which is not at all what the Bible teaches. (See Job 42:10, 2nd Maccabees 3:1-40, & James 5:16)
If Gendron’s teaching is correct, then why do so many n-Cs readily intercede for those who respond to their altar calls. This pray of intercession is certainly a form of mediation “between sinful men and Holy God.”