What's Wrong with Rome's Sacrifice of the Mass? By Mike Gendron

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?)

  1. 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)

  1. 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.”

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  1. The Mass encourages idolatry as Catholics treat the sacramental elements of bread and wine with the honor and veneration that is due only to Jesus Christ. The Eucharist cannot be the physical presence of Jesus because He remains in heaven until His enemies are made His footstool.

This too is an unscriptural teaching, since 1st Corinthians 11:23-30 says that anyone who receives the Eucharist while in mortal sin becomes guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, which flies directly in the face of Gendron’s inferred teaching that Christian communion is merely symbolic. (See The Eucharist IS Scriptural) Therefore it cannot be idolatry. Moreover, one has to wonder how Gendron and anyone else can hold to this unbiblical position when we know that Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, being God, can do anything He chooses as exemplified by all the miracles documented in the New Testament.

  1. The human nature of Jesus Christ is violated. If His physical body can be present in thousands of places at the same time, it is not a body like ours and Jesus could not be our kinsman redeemer.

The logic here demonstrates a terrible faithlessness that flies in the face of the very Word of God. We know that Jesus has a human body just like ours, but yet we also know that He was seen by many people in many different places after the resurrection , so again, Gendron grossly misinterprets the very Bible that he claims as his final authority.

  1. It’s a deceptive and damning fabrication of the once perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It obscures people from the true meaning and power of the cross. It enslaves hearts and blinds people from the glorious light of the Gospel.

This is nothing more than Gendron spouting off specious a-C polemics in order to poison the minds of those who follow him. He cites no scripture here, nor does he cite even a Catholic teaching that would support this propaganda. Does this anger us as Catholics? It certainly could, but I believe it is more important to realize the diabolic nature of such tactics that (sadly) some gullible individuals will buy into simply because “the preacher says so…”

[FONT=Arial][size=2]6) The sacrifice of the Mass keeps Catholics in bondage to their false religion not only in this life, but also in the next. Illegitimate priests are paid stipends for sin offerings to removal souls from the purging fires of a fictitious place called purgatory. [/size][/FONT]

Bondage? I do not feel in any way enslaved by my Catholic faith, do you? In fact, it has been an ever increasing blessed freedom in my life. A false religion? How can that be when we have shown, not only in this discussion, but it many others on Catholic Answers Forums and my own Apocalypsis [FONT=Georgia]blog that Mike Gendron does not teach what the Bible actually says, but a gross misinterpretation and twisting of scriptures. What does the Bible say about that? 2nd Peter 3:***[/FONT] [16]** As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.* The attack on the priesthood is odd and specious, since even St. Paul speaks of his own ministerial priesthood in Romans 15:16.

No one pays for indulgences…that was Tetzel’s error and was quashed at the time of the Council of Trent and has not/will never happen again.

As for Purgatory being fictitious, that is also wrong since both the Jews and us Catholics share a Biblical and Traditional belief in it. You can read my research on it in my blog article Biblical and Jewish Traditional Beliefs About Purgatory

Take care my brothers and sisters in Christ and may the peace of the Lord be with you always.

Peace and All Good!!

Many thanks for your Posts, Church Militant, they’re really helpful!

May Our Divine Lord Bless and Reward you!

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Bookmarked! :slight_smile:

I’d also like to point out a couple things:

  1. The sacrifice of the Mass, which is repeated every day, is an outright rejection of the “cross work” of Jesus Christ.

Actually, it is the fulfillment of God’s prophecy in Malachi 1:11, which says, “For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.

I wonder if Gendron’s service fulfills this prophecy the way the Catholic Mass does?

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If His physical body can be present in thousands of places at the same time, it is not a body like ours and Jesus could not be our kinsman redeemer.

By this logic, it would also make sense to say that, because Christ was able to pass through a locked door after His resurrection (Jn 20:26), or rise from the dead, or appear as a stranger to His disciples until He chose otherwise (Mk 16:12, Lk 24:15-35. Jn 21:4)…His body is not like ours and cannot be “our kinsman redeemer”.

That statement shows an underlying lack of faith in God’s ability to do the extra-ordinary.

Just as wisdom is justified by her children, arrogance is condemned by his errors.

Do we have any idea how influential Gendron is? Is that degree of shoddy anti-Catholicism that significant anymore? Not that answers should not be provided, but maybe I’m off.

Excellent exposition! Thank you Church Militant.

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I wonder if Gendron’s service fulfills this prophecy the way the Catholic Mass does?

Good points both Dave! Thanks!

Hard to really say…
He milks the internet and I know that he seems to do a lot of seminars at other churches, while I understand that his own is actually pretty small, meets in a store front or something, and has a pretty high turn over. I won’t speculate as to why. He also seems to often be a guest speaker at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he seems to be their pet a-C propagandist, though he’s not actually on their staff.

Sadly, I do not believe for a moment that his style of teaching/preaching is on waning in America.

Does sent-by-self Mike ever attack the Orthodox for their sacrifice? The Orthodox are even bigger on the sacrificial aspect than we Latins are, while we may be bigger on Christ’s true presence. But, both of us believe in both.

I’ll bet that ol’ Mike is in league with Slick Matt on this one - and just as profoundly wrong.

That’s an interesting point. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard him address the Eastern Orthodox at all. May the Lord continue to bless them with this man’s neglect. :thumbsup:

[quote=ahs]By this logic, it would also make sense to say that, because Christ was able to pass through a locked door after His resurrection (Jn 20:26), or rise from the dead, or appear as a stranger to His disciples until He chose otherwise (Mk 16:12, Lk 24:15-35. Jn 21:4)…His body is not like ours and cannot be “our kinsman redeemer”.

That statement shows an underlying lack of faith in God’s ability to do the extra-ordinary.
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What it really reveals is the Arianism that leavens the Evangelical position. I have found this to be a recurring theme with Evangelicals. It also explains their inability to grasp the re-presentation of the Sacrifice of the Mass before the Father in Heaven. They have difficulty with the Hypostatic Union, and see Jesus as an ordinary man who has God with him, who is actually working the miracles and signs.

Actually, it sounds like he’s talking about paying a stipend for a Mass for the dead, rather than indulgences for them. :wink:

Possibly, but we have no way to know.

I figure that since he mentions Purgatory he was going for that shot.:shrug:

Sure, we can! He mentions ‘priests’, ‘stipends’, and ‘sin offerings’. A stipend is paid a priest for celebrating a Mass (cf c. 945), but not for an ‘indulgence’. :wink:

Excellent thread as always - thank you Church Militant…

if i was not raised catholic— well then – it would be easy to understand-- the concern-- but as catholics are trained – to believe in the supernatural “real presence”

“vs” the non catholic – obedience- of do this in memory of me communion–

the catholic mass - communion does make a person feel “warm and fuzzy” but generally 5 minutes later they are wondering what – the Homily was about and what was the scripture teaching… was??

thanks for the info-- but you neglected to post an important part-- of the discussion–

also it is interesting that –

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Mike, It is my observation that Catholics spend a life time not believing what the Catholic Church teaches and requires. Whenever questioned a Catholic readily admits, “I don’t believe that”, “I don’t practice that”, “I think the church has changed that”, “I never heard that”, etc. Their willingness to be part of a church that represents little of what they believe or practice has been the norm. It takes time before the lies are seen as a sacrilege within the flawed church. I agree that a Christian cannot remain in the Catholic church and grow. Eventually the believer will be starved and disturbed by the teachings. Your article has now been added to my prayer list. I have a greater sense of urgency for new believers to find a Christ-centered church even while on wobbly legs. L.O., Dallas, TX

Greetings Brother Mike, I just don’t understand how the Catholic church can navigate around such clear scriptures. It angers me because of the bondage and baggage put upon these misled souls. How on earth can Catholics blatantly violate the clear teachings of Scripture? Tom B. Internet

Tom, God’s Word describes the inability of unregenerate people to understand spiritual truth. “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Cor. 2:14). They cannot hear or understand God’s Word (John 8:43). They cannot see the Gospel because “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:4). Only when they turn to Christ for the truth will the veil of blindness be lifted (2 Cor. 3:16).

I wonder if he even knows the difference? I ask because a couple of years back, someone ( a rude guest here) was fulminating about something or other in a picture of an Orthodox church, & kept insisting that it was Catholic. It was quite apparent that he had never heard of the Eastern Orthodox…:shrug:

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