The Gospel According to Rome ~ Part 2 Index

Galatians 4:16 Please first read the Introduction as to why these blog posts are necessary. This is the Part 2 Index.

THE MASS: Error versus Truth

The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

1. The Last Supper was a real sacrifice in which Christ’s blood was poured out for our sins in the cup [RC Catechism 610-611, 621, 1339].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

The Last Supper was a Passover meal. Christ’s blood was poured out for our sins at the cross (1 Peter 2:24).

Read more at Part 2:1 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

2. The bread and wine become the real body and blood of Christ [RC Catechism 1373-1377].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

The bread and the wine are symbols of the body and blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:23-25).

Read more at Part 2:2 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

3. Christ’s body and blood exist wholly and entirely in every fragment of consecrated bread and wine in every Roman Catholic church around the world [RC Catechism 1374, 1377].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Christ is bodily present in heaven (Hebrews 10:12,13).

Read more at Part 2:3 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

4. The consecrated bread and wine are heavenly food which help one to attain to eternal life [RC Catechism 1392, 1405, 1419].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

The bread and wine are symbols which help one to remember Christ (Luke 22:19).

Read more at Part 2:4 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

5. God desires that consecrated bread and wine be worshiped as divine [RC Catechism 1378-1381].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

God forbids the worship of any object, even those intended to represent Him (Exodus 20:4,5; Isaiah 42:8).

Read more at Part 2:5 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

6. Christ has ordained certain men to a ministerial priesthood to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross [RC Catechism 1142, 1547, 1577].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Christ has ordained every believer to a holy and royal priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices, the praise of their lips, and lives yielded to God (1 Peter 2:5-10; Hebrews 13:15; Romans 12:1).

Read more at Part 2:6 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

7. The Sacrifice of the Mass is the sacrifice of the cross [RC Catechism 1085, 1365-1367]. Only the manner in which it is offered is different [RC Catechism 1367].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

The sacrifice of the cross was a historical event. It occurred once, approximately 2000 years ago, outside Jerusalem (Mark 15:21-41).

Read more at Part 2:7 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

8. The sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated in the Sacrifice of the Mass [RC Catechism 1323, 1382].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

The sacrifice of the cross is finished (John 19:30).

Read more at Part 2:8 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

9. The Mass makes present Christ in His death and victimhood [RC Catechism 1353, 1362, 1364, 1367, 1409].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Christ should not be presented in His death and victimhood, for He has risen and is “alive forevermore” (Revelation 1:17,18; Romans 6:9,10).

Read more at Part 2:9 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

10. At each Mass the priest re-presents to the Father the sacrifice of Christ [RC Catechism 1354, 1357].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Christ presented the sacrifice of Himself to the Father “once at the consummation of the ages” (Hebrews 9:24-28).

Read more at Part 2:10 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

11. The Mass is an unbloody sacrifice which atones for the sins of the living and the dead [RC Catechism 1367, 1371, 1414].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22).

Read more at Part 2:11 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

12. Each sacrifice of the Mass appeases God’s wrath against sin [RC Catechism 1371, 1414].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

The once-for-all sacrifice of the cross fully appeased God’s wrath against sin (Hebrews 10:12-18).

Read more at Part 2:12 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

13. The faithful receive the benefits of the cross in fullest measure through the sacrifice of the Mass [RC Catechism 1366, 1407].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Believers receive the benefits of the cross in fullest measure in Christ through faith (Ephesians 1:3-14).

Read more at Part 2:13 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

14. The sacrificial work of redemption is continually carried out through the sacrifice of the Mass [RC Catechism 1364, 1405, 1846].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

The sacrificial work of redemption was finished when Christ gave His life for us on the cross (Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 1:3).

Read more at Part 2:14 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

15. The Church is to continue the sacrifice of Christ for the salvation of the world [RC Catechism 1323, 1382, 1405, 1407].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

The church is to proclaim the Lord’s death for the salvation of the world (1 Corinthians 11:26).

Read more at Part 2:15 >

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Note – Quoted from pp175-177 of The Gospel According to Rome: Comparing Catholic Tradition and the Word of God by James G. McCarthy, 1995

Soli Deo Gloria

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