The truth in no uncertain terms. Thank you, Meg!
9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.
John Bradford is ardent in his criticism of the Sacrifice of the Mass, but he kindly interjects a blunt prayer for ‘massers’ in the midst of his fiery words. This article is a bit difficult to read but worth the effort. It was written about a century before Bunyan fought the good fight.
John Bradford (1510–1555) was an English Reformer, prebendary of St. Paul’s, and martyr. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London for alleged crimes against Mary Tudor. He was burned at the stake on 1 July 1555. . .For a time whilst in the Tower, Bradford was put in a cell with three other reformers, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, Ridley, and Latimer. Their time was spent in careful study of the New Testament. . .Before the fire was lit, he [Bradford] begged forgiveness of any he had wronged, and offered forgiveness to those who had wronged him. ~ Wikipedia
Now, the mass being known to be the device and invention of man, I will briefly shew you that it is the most horrible and detestable device that ever the devil brought out by man.
First, the mass is a most subtle and pernicious enemy against Christ, and that double, namely, against his priesthood and against his sacrifice. His priesthood is an everlasting priesthood, and such an one as cannot go to another. But the mass utterly puts him out of place, as though he were dead forever; and so God is forsworn which said Christ should be “a priest for ever” (Psa. 110), and Paul lieth which affirmeth Christ to live, and to be “on the right hand” of the Father for us (Heb. 7), that by him “we may come to the throne of grace to find mercy to help us in our need” (Heb. 4): for, if these be true as they be most true, the mass priests are to be put down: for, if they be “of the order of Aaron,” then resume they that which Christ hath abolished; if they be “of the order of Melchisedec,” then be they Christ’s. Other orders of priests I read none, save that which all Christians be, to offer up themselves to God and other spiritual sacrifices by Christ, and the order of “priests of Baal,” whose successors indeed the massers be: for else if they were, as they would be taken, of the order of the apostles, then should they be ministers and not massers, preachers and not traitors, as they be both to God and his church: God amend them. . .
If ever antichrist had child or daughter, this mass is the most pestilent and pernicious: under the name of Christ it destroyeth Christ; under the title of God’s service it destroyeth God’s service; under the colour of the church it destroyeth the church. . .”
“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: