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The Truth about the Eucharist

by Bill Wong


 

 

 

“Transubstantiation”

 

The Roman Catholic Church teaches the doctrine of transubstantiation, where during the bread and wine ceremony (called the Eucharist, a required Catholic “sacrament”), the priest has the power to transform the bread and wine into the actual body and blood of the Lord Jesus. Believers are then to eat and drink this flesh and blood of the Lord Jesus as part of what they must do to gain the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus (which is already anti-Bible, because this is a doctrine of works for salvation). The Eucharist and its observance on Sunday, is the cornerstone of the Roman Catholic Church.

 

But does the Bible teach such a thing? There is absolutely no mention of the bread and wine turning into the literal flesh and blood of the Lord Jesus. The Bible teaches the bread and wine are only symbols of His broken flesh and shed blood for us. It tells us that the Lord Jesus does not die again and again and sacrificed over and over – the Bible says Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice once for all time.

 

 

The Council(s) of Trent and the catechism and teachings from it, are authoritative and representative of Roman Catholic doctrine. This is what the Council(s) of Trent says:

 

"Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and 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 essentially promotes cannibalism.  This is no different than the ancient pagan religions that practice cannibalism or the cannibalistic savages in the remotest parts of the earth which eat people; they all have the same reason for doing so – to absorb their victims' qualities and become more powerful.  In the case of Jesus, the Son of God, the strength and quality that is “absorbed” gives eternal life. 

 

The Roman Catholic Church bases this on the following verses in the gospel of John:

 

John 6:

53   Then Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood,

     you have no life in you.

54   Whoever eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.   (AKJV)

 

 

But is Jesus really teaching cannibalism?  Do these two verses justify the belief and practice of transubstantiation? We must look more closely at what the Bible says to see if the Lord Jesus was really telling His disciples they must literally eat Him.

 

 

 


What does John 6 really say?

 

Let us go to John 6 itself, which occurs right after He fed over 5000 people with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. We must get the correct context (the verses will be followed by a comment).

 

 

John 6:

26   Jesus answered them and said, Truly, truly, I say to you, You seek me, not because you saw the miracles,

     but because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

27   Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures to everlasting life,

     which the Son of man shall give to you: for him has God the Father sealed.

 

Comment: Notice that the Lord Jesus transitions from physical food in verse 26:  "you did eat of the loaves", into something more.  He tells them to work for the spiritual food which will not perish, but "endures to everlasting life", in verse 27. 

 

 

  28   Then said they to him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

29   Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent.

 

Comment: In verse 29, Jesus tells them this spiritual food is faith in Him.

 

 

30   They said therefore to him, What sign show you then, that we may see, and believe you? what do you work?

31   Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

32   Then Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven;

     but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.

33   For the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.

 

Comment: In verse 33, Jesus likens Himself to the bread or manna from heaven that gives life.

 

 

34   Then said they to him, Lord, ever more give us this bread.

35   And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger;

     and he that believes on me shall never thirst.

 

Comment: In verse 35, Jesus says He is the bread and whoever believes in Him will no longer hunger or thirst.  Again, He expresses faith in Him is this food that gives life.

 

 

36   But I said to you, That you also have seen me, and believe not.

37   All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.

38   For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me.

39   And this is the Father's will which has sent me, that of all which he has given me I should lose nothing,

     but should raise it up again at the last day.

40   And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees the Son, and believes on him,

     may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

Comment: In verse 40, for the third time, Jesus says it is faith in Him which gives eternal life.

 

 

41   The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.

42   And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?

     how is it then that he said, I came down from heaven?

43   Jesus therefore answered and said to them, Murmur not among yourselves.

44   No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

45   It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that has heard,

     and has learned of the Father, comes to me.

46   Not that any man has seen the Father, save he which is of God, he has seen the Father.

47   Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me has everlasting life.

 

Comment:  In verse 47, for the fourth time, Jesus says it is faith in Him which gives eternal life.

 

 

48   I am that bread of life.

49   Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

50   This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

 

Comment:  The Lord Jesus reiterates that He is the bread of life and starting in verse 50, begins phrasing the eating of this bread as what gives eternal life. It has already been clearly established that believing in Him is what gives eternal life (4 times), so Jesus is now equating eating of Him/bread with faith in Him.

 

 

51   I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever:

     and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 

Comment:  Again, Jesus says eating of this bread gives eternal life which equates with believing in Him gives eternal life.  Here, Jesus gets more specific and alludes to His impending sacrifice by saying bread represents His flesh.

 

 

52   The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

53   Then Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man,

     and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

54   Whoever eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

55   For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

56   He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him.

 

Comment: The Lord Jesus completes the picture of His impending sacrifice by saying we must partake of Him - His flesh and blood, which gives eternal life.  It is His sacrifice as represented by His broken body and shed blood for us that gives eternal life.  Specifically, it is faith in Him and His sacrifice that gives us eternal life.  It is not a literal consumption of His flesh and blood; He calls himself the bread of life as a metaphor.  The theme throughout is faith in Him is what gives eternal life.  A critical component of what faith in Him means is accepting that He is the Son of God who gave His life to save us. Describing His sacrifice (His body and blood) as bread and wine does not change the fact that it is faith in Him which saves, not literally “eating” Him and “drinking” His blood.

 

 

57   As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me.

58   This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead:

     he that eats of this bread shall live for ever.

 

Comment:  Jesus points back to the beginning (verse 27) where He differentiates physical food and spiritual food.

 

 

59   These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

60   Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

61   When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said to them, Does this offend you?

62   What and if you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

63   It is the spirit that vivifies; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life.

 

Comment: In verse 63, the Lord Jesus brings the point to a close: It is not the physical or flesh that gives life, but what is spiritual.

 

 

His words are spiritual and give life.  All along He was talking about the spiritual things which give life, not physical things; He was using figurative speech.  Faith in Him is spiritual and what gives life, not literally “eating” Him which is physical.  In fact, in verse 63 above He also says the flesh, which is what is physical, profits nothing, so how could He be instructing us to “eat” His flesh? But, as indicated, He is referring to His spiritual words about Him being the spiritual bread that we must partake of, which is faith – not transforming bread to His flesh to eat.

 

64   But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not,

     and who should betray him.

65   And he said, Therefore said I to you, that no man can come to me, except it were given to him of my Father.

66   From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

67   Then said Jesus to the twelve, Will you also go away?

68   Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life.

69   And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the living God.     (AKJV)

 

Comment: In verses 68 & 69, the apostles confirm that faith is what gives life.  Specifically, as we saw in verse 63, that it is His words which are spirit and life and He is the holy one of God.  This confirms the spiritual intent and content of what the Lord Jesus was saying all along.  He was always referring to the spiritual and never the physical or literal eating.

 

 

The context of John 6 does not suggest a literal eating of the flesh and drinking of the blood of the Lord Jesus, but of faith in Him and His words which are spirit and give eternal life.  This is made even clearer when we look at the last supper the Lord had with His disciples before He was betrayed and taken away:

 

Luke 22:

17   Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves;

18   for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."

19   And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you;

     do this in remembrance of Me."

20   Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.   (NKJV)

 

Comment:  Where is it mentioned here or in any of the Biblical references of the last supper that the Lord instructs them or gave them the power to make bread and wine into His flesh and blood? Instead, we see that the bread and wine are meant to be symbolic of His body and blood, because the Lord says take the bread and wine and divide it amongst them in remembrance of Him. The only time His body is literally broken and His blood literally shed and given to us is during His crucifixion.  The Lord is instructing them to use bread and wine as a reminder of His sacrifice. The disciples were not literally eating His flesh and drinking His blood and were not told to do so in future observations either. 

 

 

In 1 Corinthians 11, long after the Lord Jesus had been raised, the apostle Paul speaks about partaking of the bread and wine. We again see no reference to literal eating of His flesh and drinking His blood or any supernatural act to make such a transformation.  Instead, we see Paul reiterating that we are to remember the Lord by using bread to symbolize His body and wine to symbolize His blood. Paul does not mention anything about the bread and wine being the literal flesh and blood of the Lord Jesus.    

 

1 Corinthians 11:

23   For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered to you,

     That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

24   And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body,

     which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

25   After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood:

     this do you, as oft as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

26   For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's death till he come.

27   Why whoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

28   But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.   (AKJV)

 

Comment: In verses 26, 27 & 28 the apostle Paul states three times about eating bread, not literal flesh. 

 


 

 

It is figurative speech

 

Again, the Bible lays out the bare truth that it does not teach literally ingesting the Lord’s flesh and blood, because we are told the Lord Jesus spoke in parables all throughout His ministry:

 

Matthew 13:

10   And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables?

11   He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,

     but to them it is not given.

12   For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not,

     from him shall be taken away even that he has.

13   Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.  

     (AKJV)

 

 

Are we really supposed to believe when He says eat His flesh and drink His blood, that He meant cannibalism? Of course not. The Bible tells us His flesh and blood are symbolized by the bread and wine and the Lord Jesus spoke in parables.

 

The Lord Jesus emphasizes this point at the very end of His ministry, just before He was taken away to be punished and condemned for our sins. In John 16, the Lord Jesus says He had been speaking in figurative language and only after this statement was made, did the veil lift from His disciples’ ears and minds:

 

John 16:

25   "These things I have spoken to you in figurative language;

     but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.

26   In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you;

27   for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.

28   I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father."

29   His disciples said to Him, "See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech!   (NKJV)

 

 

So the Lord Jesus tells us it is figurative language; there is no way one can misunderstand or misinterpret the Lord to mean we are to literally eat Him. He is not a literal door (John 10:7) or a literal vine (John 15:1), and neither is the bread and wine literally His flesh and blood.

 

The apostle Paul is speaking many years after the Lord Jesus had already risen, so if we think about it, how and why would we be eating and drinking the literal flesh and blood of the Lord Jesus when the Bible tells us (via Paul) that flesh and blood does not inherit the Kingdom of God:

 

1 Corinthians 15:

50   Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.   (NKJV)

 

 

Why would we be eating the Lord’s literal flesh and blood to inherit the Kingdom of God in contradiction to this? We do not want to remain flesh and blood, but yet we are eating His flesh and blood? And exactly how? The Lord Jesus quite clearly was dead and is now raised, so though He was flesh and blood like we were before His resurrection, He is surely not flesh and blood now.

 

Unless the Roman Catholic Church is saying that the Lord Jesus is still flesh and blood, but then this means He Himself cannot be in the Kingdom of God? So what exactly are Roman Catholics eating and drinking? It is either the flesh and blood of Christ before He was glorified (but we know He already is, so this is not possible and makes no sense) or the transubstantiation doctrine is undeniably false, dealing in deception, sorcery and pagan practices.

 


 

 

If pursued to “logical” conclusion what must surely happen?

 

Indeed, if one were to follow this idea of transubstantiation to its conclusion – that the bread and wine truly turn into the body and blood of the Lord, then we must contend with a very disgusting and ultimately degrading scenario:

 

What happens to all things we eat and drink???

 

The Lord Jesus says everything we eat and drink is purged out of our bodies through our digestive system:

 

Mark 7:

17   And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.

18   And he said to them, Are you so without understanding also? Do you not perceive,

     that whatever thing from without enters into the man, it cannot defile him;

19   Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the draught, purging all meats?   (AKJV)


 

So what happens to the supposed piece of the Lord’s flesh and blood?!?

 

Just the idea is terrible to contemplate, but this is exactly what must follow if one believes the bread and wine becomes a literal piece of the Lord’s flesh and cup of His blood. All things that are eaten are purged.

 

Therefore, the bread and wine are symbolic as the Bible says many times in various ways.

 

There is absolutely no way the Bible is promoting a doctrine of transubstantiation. Instead, the Bible truth speaks out vehemently against such an idea. The idea of transubstantiation is un-Biblical.  The Lord Jesus did not advocate cannibalism of His body. 

 

 


 

Offered up once for all time

 

It also conflicts with the Bible when the Bible says Jesus was only offered up once for all time.  A belief in a literal consumption of the Lord's flesh and blood means the Lord is being repeatedly sacrificed.  This is also un-Biblical and goes against the core of God’s gospel.

 

Hebrews 7:

26   For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

27   Who needs not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's:

     for this he did once, when he offered up himself.  

 

Hebrews 9:

22   And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

23   It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these;

     but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24   For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true;

     but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

25   Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holy place every year with blood of others;

26   For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world:

     but now once in the end of the world has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27   And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28   So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;

     and to them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin to salvation.

 

Comment: Note verse 28. After it says the Lord Jesus died once for all, it says His people should wait for His second coming. So what exactly is the Eucharist? Is the Lord Jesus in fact returning every week in the bread and wine?

 

 

Hebrews 10:

10   By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (AKJV) 




Another Jesus, a different gospel


Besides the fact that having the supposed power to turn bread and wine into Christ is sorcery and pagan belief, if we think about what the Roman Catholic Church is actually teaching in the doctrine of transubstantiation/the Eucharist, what else do we find? 


It says the bread and wine becomes Christ – that the bread and wine is Christ and is treated as Christ.  According to the Bible, this false doctrine breaks the 1st and 2nd of the 10 Commandments.  It breaks the 1st Commandment to not have other gods, because we are elevating the bread and wine to be as the Son of God.  It also breaks the 2nd Commandment to not commit idolatry, because we are treating the bread and wine as an idol and worshiping it.  God specifically says nothing in heaven above or on the earth or the water beneath should be bowed down to, which includes bread and wine.


But there is more.  By teaching that the bread and wine is the literal Christ which is manifested repeatedly and must be consumed as a required offering, the Roman Catholic Church is both spiritually and very literally teaching another Jesus as well as a different gospel.  The Bible warns us to not be deceived by the enemy Satan who will try to teach another Jesus and a different gospel than what the apostles taught:


2 Corinthians 11:

3    But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

4    For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted --- you may well put up with it!     (NKJV)


The Eucharist is also condemned by the Bible’s many other warnings against being deceived by false Christs. 



 

The Eucharist is proof the Roman Catholic Church is not “the true church”

 

So we see transubstantiation is un-Biblical in more than one way.  But the most evident one is the fact that the Bible has always forbidden cannibalism. 

 

Referring back to the Roman Catholic Church's statement of belief regarding transubstantiation, it says "it has always been the conviction of the Church of God" that the bread and wine is changed into the body and blood of the Lord.  It says it "always" believed in transubstantiation and refers to itself as the "Church of God".

 

But let us look at Acts 15.  Paul and Barnabas go to Jerusalem which is the headquarters of the apostles and the church of God (Galatians 1:16-19 and 2:9 tell us the apostles before Paul are there and James, Peter and John are “pillars”).

 

James is the leader of the Jerusalem congregation.  He announces the following, in the presence of Peter and Paul at this time: 

 

Acts 15:

29   that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.

      If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.   (NKJV)

 

 

James is only repeating what the Bible has always said since Genesis:

 

Genesis 9:

4      But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.     (NKJV)

 

 

It is expressly made clear here again to all Christians.

 

James is saying in no uncertain terms that eating/drinking blood is strictly forbidden.

 

However, the Roman Catholic Church has always claimed to be the true church, but is it really the "Church of God" it claims it is?

 

It clearly is not the same church of the apostles James, Peter, John, and Paul.   The Bible and the apostles forbade ingesting blood, but the Roman Catholic Church said it “always” believed and did this while claiming to be the “Church of God” by apostolic succession from Peter. But in reality, the Roman Catholic Church goes against the apostles James, Peter, John, and Paul and the Bible’s teaching from the very beginning to not eat blood. The apostle Peter was present at that meeting which had reiterated that consumption of blood was and will always be forbidden! (So not only is the Eucharist not of God and a lie, but Peter also could not have been the first pope as the Roman Catholic Church also falsely claims.)

 

By the Roman Catholic Church’s own admission it says it has always done these Eucharistic rites – which the Bible clearly identifies as wrong and forbidden. So this means the Roman Catholic Church was always wrong and cannot be the true church.

 

By saying it has always believed and practiced transubstantiation in contradiction to the Bible’s commands, the Roman Catholic Church has revealed itself to not be the Church of God at all. It has revealed itself to be the very opposite of the Church of God – boldly and expressly disobeying the clear command of the Bible. The church of God is the church which was comprised of the apostles James, Peter, John, Paul, and all the other believers – who denounced the eating of blood.

 

So despite its claims, the Roman Catholic Church proves by its own words and actions that it is not God’s true church.

 

It is lying and has been caught in its own lie – it claims to always practice an un-Biblical act which the Bible expressly states is forbidden since Genesis and confirmed again in the Acts of the apostles.

 

In practicing this forbidden act, the Roman Catholic Church has marked itself as NOT being the Church of God and is lying when it claims to be so.  In saying it has always done this un-Biblical act, it has identified itself as always going against the Bible and always not being the true church.

 

This is just another proof why God insists we go to His Word ourselves and prove all things – and believe and follow the Word of God only.

 

 


 

When we are to take the symbols of bread and wine

 

As we have seen, the Roman Catholic Church is not the true church as it claims itself to be.  The bread and wine are symbols of the Lord Jesus’ flesh and blood; they are not changed or “transubstantiated” into His real flesh and blood.  However, we still need to know when we are supposed to partake of the bread and wine.  The Lord Jesus said to partake of the bread and wine “in remembrance of me” and the apostle Paul said when we do, we observe “the Lord’s death till He comes” as we read again in 1 Corinthians 11 below:

 

1 Corinthians 11:

23   For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;

24   and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you;

         do this in remembrance of Me."

25   In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood.

         This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

26   For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.     (NKJV)

 

 

So when is this?  When do we do this/partake of the bread and wine?  Does the Roman Catholic Church get the day/date correct? Is it every Sunday or at mass like when the Roman Catholic Church does?  No; not only is Sunday not the correct day of rest or worship (it should be God’s Sabbath day – the 7th day, and not Sunday, the 1st day), but the Bible tells us when we are to do it and it is not a day of the week.  The Bible makes it clear that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Passover Lamb of God since before the foundation of the world whose blood takes away our sins and saves us:

 

John 1:

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!    (NKJV)

 

1 Peter 1:

17   If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;

18   knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,

19   but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

20   For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you

21   who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.    (NASB)

 

 

The Bible tells us that the time we are supposed to observe the Lord Jesus our Passover who was sacrificed for us is during the days of the Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread where He Himself represents the Passover lamb (it is not a time of the week, but a time of the year):

 

1 Corinthians 5:

6    Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

7    Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

8    Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.     (NKJV)

 

 

These are the annual holy days of God which He specifically created and commanded we observe as a memorial to the Passover Lamb by partaking of the lamb.  This is when we partake of the symbols of the bread (His flesh) and the wine (His blood) to represent Him as the Passover Lamb and heed Christ’s command to do so “in remembrance of me” and proclaim “the Lord’s death til He comes”.

 

We do it on Passover to observe our Passover. 

 

These are yet more things (Sunday instead of the Sabbath, throwing out God's Biblical feasts, etc.) that the Roman Catholic Church have done which proves it is not “the true church” it claims to be.  Since its beginnings, it has created its own commandments and traditions which contradict and override/replace the commandments of God.  It has deceived believers to think that God’s commandments, such as His Sabbath and feast days are “Jewish” when in truth the Bible states they are for all mankind, whether Jew or Gentile.    

 

Again, the Bible shows that transubstantiation is absolutely a false doctrine and the Roman Catholic Church is NOT the true church and NEVER has been since the very beginning.  God has forbidden from the very beginning the consuming of blood, but yet the Roman Catholic Church has said from the beginning it changes the bread and wine to Christ's flesh and blood and consumes it. God in the Bible tells us that the bread and wine are symbols of our Passover Lamb of God which we are commanded to partake of on Passover.  We do these symbols on Passover to observe our Passover.  It is that simple and the Bible cannot be more clear.



What the Roman Catholic Church has done to the true faith of the Bible is extremely damaging.  Not only has it deceived many earnest believers who want and seek God’s Bible truth only (God seeks worshipers in spirit and truth, John 4:23-24) that it is the “true church”, but it has also succeeded in deceiving non-believers that it is the “face” of Christianity.  This belief that the Roman Catholic Church and its un-Biblical teachings, traditions and actions are reflective of the Bible has given many of these non-believers, such as atheists and Muslims, reasons to attack the God and truth of the Bible itself, and make many turn away from the true Bible faith (it should be noted also that the teachings and actions of the Roman Church is also a major reason why the Jews stay away from Christianity).


This is written not to offend my Roman Catholic brothers and sisters, but to let them know in love that the institution and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church are false and go against the teachings of the Bible. 

In addition to loving my neighbor as myself, I have Roman Catholic family, friends, next-door neighbors, and colleagues, so please do not think I “hate” Roman Catholics which is a silly thought.  Instead, as someone who loves you very much, I am speaking truth, even though it is not something you want to hear.  However, please remember that it is the hard truth which is the most difficult to hear, but it is also the most important to know and therefore cannot be covered up or sugarcoated.


We must flee from man-made religion and the deceptions of men.  We must live by God’s truth and God’s word only; and it is not too late to flee from the deceptions of the Roman Catholic Church that have been put upon its believers.  Test for yourself what God’s truth is, and you will find that if you as a Roman Catholic believer should be offended, then you should be offended at the Roman Catholic Church which has prevented you from knowing God’s truth, and has instead blinded and misled you with its lies.  The time is too short in these end days to be comforted by lies we have always known, but we must seek God’s truth only: seek and find; knock and know; and live it --- it is the truth which sets us free in the dark days soon ahead. 


 

Please also see the articles about God's salvation plan in the Biblical feast days in the section ‘Gospel of God’ (specifically Passover) and the Sabbath day in the section ‘Law of God’, as well as other articles in this section such as Binding and Loosing’.