“The Early Church understood praise, not the Lord’s Supper, to be the sacrifice of the New Covenant (Hebrews 13:15).”
After the Apostles died, and were received into the Lord’s presence, did early Christians remain faithful to their teaching, which was Christ’s?
What did these early Christians believe about worship and sacrifice?Timothy F. Kauffman is posting a series of articles answering these questions on his blog, Out of His Mouth. This is the intro from one of the posts:
… This series is a response to The Sacrifice Challenge, a challenge issued by Roman Catholic apologists who believe that the only possible fulfillment of Malachi 1:11 is Roman Catholicism’s sacrifice of the Mass. The Early Church, however, saw the sacrifice and incense of Malachi 1:11 to be “simple prayer from a pure conscience,” not a sacrifice of bread and wine.
Before Roman Catholicism came on the scene, the Early Church saw the Lord’s Supper as a memorial meal, and saw praise and thanks as the sacrifice of the New Covenant, in accordance with Romans 12:1 and Hebrews 13:15,
Take these links to read the first two articles in this multi-part series:
Here is the passage of Scripture in question:
10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.
The Lord commanded us to preach the Gospel to every person, for it is the power of God unto salvation unto all those who believe (Romans 1:16). We must be equipped to preach to Catholics by knowing what they have been taught. We then can emphasize those things they need to grasp, particularly the finished character of the Lord’s work on our behalf, and the Word of God as our sole authority.
Visit Timothy’s blog to learn from post-apostolic writers what was taught and believed in the early church about Malachi’s prophecy, and what Catholics claim in opposition to this.
Pray for Catholics. And pray for Christians as well, that they won’t be deceived into thinking that union with the Church of Rome is desirable on the grounds that it will foster world peace, or that in some way Rome is our true and ancient home. Pray that they will love the truth and maintain separation, and please God not man.
A word of caution. The discussions in the comment sections of the posts are sometimes intense.
About Out of His Mouth blog:
Revelation 19:11-16 describes a white horse whose Rider is “called Faithful and True,” and whose “name is called The Word of God.” Out of His Mouth “goeth a sharp sword.” That sword is the Word of God. Out of His Mouth is a blog written by a former Roman Catholic, Timothy F. Kauffman, with a passion for wielding the sword of truth in defense of the faith, and refuting the errors in which he himself was once enslaved. Mr. Kauffman lives in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife, Jennifer and their four children.
Suggestions from Timothy for further study: