Why do protestants celebrate the Roman Mass ?

First let us explain that we do not think it is wrong to celebrate the birth of God's Son on any day of the year. Every day is a good day to do such. And we do not think it is wrong to give gifts, especially to those in need. But we wish to share with you the TRUTH about this holiday and the customs that are found in it. What does Chrstmas trees, Santa Claus, Misletoe, Elves and reindeer have to do with Jesus Christ? Where did these things come from? What's up with December 25th? We shall see.

Heb 10:1-4 “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.   For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.   But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” 

Friends, we see here that the sacrifices before Jesus Christ, were shadows of the coming Lamb of God. They served their purpose in pointing the people to something real, something powerful. Notice that in these sacrifices themselves there was no power to cleanse the sinner, ‘For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins’. Then at the fullness of time, the person that these ceremonies pointed to came into the world. 

Hebrews 10:5-9 “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.” 

No friends, it was the broken body and the spilled blood of Jesus Christ that would be the cure for sin. When he was nailed to the cross, and hung between heaven and earth, the sinless became sin for us. Type met anti-type, the shadow met the true image and the ceremonial ordinances were nailed to the cross. Jesus is the final sacrifice for sins. He has taken away the ceremonial, and has established the everlasting.

Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Once for all! When Jesus hung there on the cross, and the time came for the Passover sacrifice it is written:

Mark 15:37-38   And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

What did he cry?
John 19:30 “It is finished”

The atoning sacrifice was completed friends, it was finished, it is a complete sacrifice, it is all-sufficient. There is not a sin in the world that this sacrifice will not cover if it is only confessed (1st John 1:9) and there remains no other sacrifice for sins. Jesus will never again be the Lamb of GOD, no after this sacrifice, he returned to heaven, to the right hand of God, where he now ministers in sanctuary of heaven.

Heb 10:11-12  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

The ultimate, the final, the complete sacrifice of the Son of God. How awesome and wonderful is our God? Yet with this truth clearly declared through out scripture, there are professed Christians that say that Calvary was insufficient. And that other sacrifices must be made, and Jesus must be crucified a fresh.

"The mass is the unbloody renewal of the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary’s cross… Christ, through the ministry of the Roman Catholic Priest offers himself to God in an unbloody manner under the appearance of bread and wine… The Mass is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross because the victim is the same. The purpose of the Mass is, among other things, to satisfy the justice of God for the sins committed against Him."  Rev. John A. O’Brien, Understanding the Catholic Faith, Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Ind. 1955 pg. 212.

What did we just read? That the Catholic Mass is Jesus Christ being re-sacrificed, in a un-bloody manner, to satisfy the Justice of God for sins committed against Him? What does the bible say about those who do such things? “There remains no more sacrifice for sin”

Heb 10:28-29  He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses; Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

The Catholic Church is wagging its finger in the face of Christ, and declaring, “Your death on the Cross was not good enough to satisfy the justice of God, you must be crucified afresh!” It is blaspheme friends. And does God accept bloodless sin sacrifices? NO!

Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

The Catholic church is offering a sin sacrifice that is unacceptable to God, they have gone the way of Cain.

“Thus the priest may in a certain manner, be called the creator of his Creator, since by saying the words of consecration, he creates, as it were, Jesus in the sacrament, by giving him a sacramental existence, and produces him as a victim to be offered to the eternal Father. As in creating the world it was sufficient for God to have said, Let it be made, and it was created, - He spoke and they were made, - so it is sufficient for the priest to say, ‘Hoc est corpus meum~ ‘ and behold, the bread is no longer bread, but the body of Jesus Christ.” - Dignity and Duties of the Priest; Selva, St. Alphonsus Ligouri (R.C.) pages 26-34, New York: Benziger Brothers, 1889.

Doesn’t the bible tell us that the Anti-christ would shew himself that he is God? And is above all that is worshipped? How much clearer can we get, they are claiming to create the Creator! The mass is considered in some ways to be more important than Calvary.

“So far as the practical effects produced upon the soul are concerned, the Holy Mass has in some sense the advantage over Calvary.”
- Herbert Vaughan, The People’s Manual - The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ([St. Louis]: P. Fox 1881), pages 42, 43.

I’ll tell you who they are offering sacrifice to, they are offering it to the devil.

1Co 10:20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

What fellowship has a Child of God with the Roman Catholic Church? God says, Come out of her my people and don’t be partakers of her sins! Don’t adopt her foolishness, separate from it!

How did this heresy come into the Roman Church? The Illustrated Version of the Great Controversy tells us.

The Egyptian god Osiris and later serapis were eaten in the form of a round disk wafer, a symbol of the sun. The persian god Mithra and the Roman Attis were adored in the form of a wafer.

Mithra, you remember that word friends. You see like most of the RCC system, it was adopted from paganism, Rome is the seat of Satan friends, and there is no truth in it.

“We are told by Eusebius, that Constantine, in order to recommend the new religion to the heathen, transferred into it the outward ornaments, to which they had been accustomed in their own....... The use of temples, and these dedicated to particular saints, and ornamented on occasions with branches of trees, incense, lamps and candles; votive offerings on recovery from illness; holy water, asylums; holy days and seasons, use of calendars, processions, blessings on the field, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure (shaving of the head), the ring in marriage, turning to the east, images at a later date, perhaps the ecclesiastical chant, are all of pagan origin, and sanctified by their adoption into the church.” - Cardinal Newman, Development of Christian Doctrine, pages 272, 273.

I’m sorry to have to inform Cardinal Newman, that his church cannot sanctify Satanism, and make it acceptable to God. God tells us not to have fellowship with unrighteousness, to come out from the world and be a separated people. Now want you all agree that this is blaspheme on the part of Rome? Amen it is. But do you realize that the majority of protestants celebrate the Catholic Mass? Do you know ‘Christmas’ is short for the Mass of Christ? Do you realize that Christ-Mass originated in paganism, and was adopted by Rome?

The Christian Historian James Arrabito tells us that the pagan God Tammuz was born on Dec 25.
“Born on December 25th, he represented the rebirth of the sun. As the pagan god-child he was called “Baal-berith” or lord of the fir-tree. The word “yule” is a Babylonian word for infant. December 25th was called by the pagan Anglo-Saxons, Yule Day.”

It goes on to name other false gods who were born on December 25th, included in this was MITHRA. Now let me explain some things about Mithra. Mithra is the Roman Sun-god. The false worship of Mithra migrated to Rome from Pergamos (Pergamos received it from the scattered priests of Babylon. see Revelation 2:12-13). Constantine the Great was a Mithra worshipper, and it was he that incorporated the Mithra religion into Christianity.On one of Constantine’s coins, he had the image of Mithra on the back, and his image on the front. When Constantine professed Christianity, he removed his image and placed one of Jesus on the front, leaving Mithra on the back. This is symbolic of the two religions uniting. In fact one writer wrote that you could leave the Christian church services and walk down the street to where Mithra was worshipped and you could not find an interruption. Thus we see that they adopted December 25th from the pagans..

"The worshippers (of Mithra) ...celebrated the birth of the Sun on the 25th of December." Franz Cumont, The Mysteries of Mithra, trans. by Thomas J. McCormack, pg. 191

Now remember what Jamess Arrabito said? That Tammuz was called Baal-Berith, the Lord of the fir tree?

“The Christmas Tree… was equally common in Pagan Rome and Pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm tree; In Rome it was the fir; the Palm tree denoting the Pagan Messiah, as Baal-Tamar, the fir referring to him as Baal-Berith.” “The divine child (pagan messiah) born at the winter solstice was born as a new incarnation of the great god (after that god had been cut in pieces)”. Thus the burning of the Yule Log on Dec. 24th was a symbol of the great god who died, and the standing of the evergreen tree was a symbol of this god re-incarnated as the pagan Messiah." Two Babylons by Rev. Alexander Hislop.

In the Old Testament, we learn that the worshippers of Baal set up ‘GROVES’. When we find the word in it’s singular form, “Grove” it refers almost always to ‘Asherah’, which is Hebrew for the decorated tree which was considered an image to Astarte (Ashtoreth). 2nd Kings chapter 23 is a perfect example of God’s hatred for the customs of the heathen. In this chapter we see that King Josiah destroyed and burned every thing he found that was associated with Baal. The bible unequivocally states: “there was no king like Josiah who turned to the Lord with all his heart” (2nd Kings 23:25).  If we (the Christian church) would just remember that what happened to ancient Israel was an example to us, we could avoid so many of these same pitfalls. Friends, there is NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN. Let’s compare Baal’s influence upon the children of Israel with the customs adopted by the protestants from Rome.

In 2nd Kings 23:7 we see that the “Women wove hangings for the grove”. Today christian women every where hang lights and strings of pearls around their grove (Christmas tree).

In 2nd Kings 23:6 we find that Josiah “Brought out the grove from the house of the Lord and burned it”. Today Christians place their groves right in the church house, despite the command of God that states

“Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the Lord thy God, which thou shalt make thee. Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the Lord thy God hateth” (Deuteronomy 16:21-22). {Did you notice that it said ‘Plant’? also in Judges 6:25 God commands that the ‘grove be cut down’?  Is it clear that it’s talking about a TREE?}

In 2nd Kings 16:4 we see that the offerings were placed under the every green (evergreen) tree. What kind of trees are placed in the home, in churches, and in schools today? Are gifts left under these also? OF COURSE! There’s nothing new under the sun. {For more verses which prove the pagan’s infatuation with the ever green tree see: 2nd Kings 17:10, Jeremiah 2:20+3:6, Jeremiah 3:13, and Ezekiel 6:13.}

the Mass of Christ with it’s pagan customs was considered blasphemy by the Bible believing Christians for years:

"A broad element of English Christianity still considered Christmas celebration a pagan blasphemy. The Puritans, Baptists, Quakers, Presbyterians, Calvinists, and other denominations brought this opposition to early New England and strong opposition to the holiday lasted in America until the middle of the 18th Century". –The Origins of Christmas, Rick Meisel Dec. 19, 1993 pg.4

Quote from the Catholic publication ‘Our Sunday Visitor’, February 5, 1950: “Practically everything Protestants regard as essential or important they have received from the Catholic Church. They accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change. But the Protestants mind does not seem to realize that in observing Sunday, in keeping Christmas and Easter, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church – The Pope.”


Oh, Christmas Tree?

     Seeing that we as servants of the Most High GOD, being called to sanctification by His Son Jesus, who bled and died for the remission of our sins; that we may be a peculiar people, separated, worshippers of Him in the beauty of holiness. I ask, Should we follow after the customs of the heathen; Whom in their ignorance worship other gods. Who are not gods at all, but only works by the hands of men, or things imagined in the minds of fools?  Shall we set up symbols (graven images) of other beliefs and incorporate it into the purity that is found in Christ the Lord? GOD FORBID, for what fellowship has light with darkness or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?

    Shall we be as the children of Israel who set their abominations in the house of God to pollute it? (Jeremiah 7:30) and were soon cast out of HIS sight. For HE has said unto us; "Come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, (2nd Corinthians 6:17-18)

    I ask each of you to search yourselves, and discern the traditions that have been handed down to you and see if they be of God or not. Are we, by practicing these traditions, ignorantly paying homage to false gods? Indeed. But if I expound unto you the knowledge of these things, will you willfully sin? For those who know to do good and do it not it is sin unto

    So, now let me bring into your remembrance how the heathen of old worshipped the queen of heaven, and how the children of God took up these customs and soon were condemned (Jeremiah 7:18-20). Now in the latter days we find the same customs practiced among those of the christian faith. Do you say, "I do no such thing"? I say search your home and sanctuary, and look through your spiritual eyes, and be not blinded, for satan has deceived the whole world. (Revelation 12:9), Have you cut a tree from the forest or the similitude there of and have you fastened it with nails or other devices that it may stand upright as the palm tree? Have you decked it with gold and silver or other ornaments? (Jeremiah 10:1-7) and have you done this in honor of the birth of GOD'S only Son? But instead you have corrupted it with ignorant Idol worship, with the abominations of the heathen, that the false church has instilled into our traditions.

    I call upon you to cast this vanity far from you, and to amend your ways so that God will establish your goings. Or will you say, "We are delivered to do all these abominations"? But GOD has said, Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant; Are we indoctrinated into the things of this world, so that we will not obey God? Do you not know that a friend of this world is the enemy of God?(James 4:4) and the wrath of God is reserved for the children of disobedience, Choose you this day whom you will serve. and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds.(Romans 12:2).

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