Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Daughters: Protestant Churches #3: False Sacraments, Rituals and Rites

I hate to post the above picture, it is blasphemous but I am doing so to show basically a pictorial of sacraments. Notice the priest is the middle-man between man and God. Jesus is to be our high priest, not clergy. This is the main error of sacraments after all. Clergy as the MIDDLEMAN.

Jeremiah 17:5, “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” 

Revelation 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.




 Sacraments are loathsome. Grace is not handed to men by other men via rituals and rites. There is no holy power in rituals, rites, and reciting scripts, Satan's workers depend on these things of course. Rituals are dead. Ceremonies mean nothing. Even lesser rituals in the Roman Catholic church, where they use water and salt to consecrate a new church, have nothing to do with God's Word and everything do with false religion.


Some of the rituals can get strange:


What does this have to do with the gospel? NOTHING.

This is an extreme example of the false traditions of men.

Sadly the Daughters cling to as many false rituals, rites and sacraments as well. Lets make a list, infant baptism, confirmation, confessions, blessing of animals, consecrations, ordinations, scripted prayers, Advent, Lent, Ash Wednesday, special dress for the clergy, and far more.


Romans 1:16

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

"Ye must be born again", you can go through sacraments, rituals and rites and be lost. They mean nothing unless you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and if you know Jesus, you want nothing to do with them! I was on the way to hell after a thousand communions, being marked by ashes, dozens of confessions, hundreds of recitation of creeds, an infant baptist, and a confirmation. It is only via God's grace I am a Christian today. These things meant nothing because I never had been born again, I did not know Jesus. I know a false "jesus" in the Eucharist and nothing else.  This applies to ALL churches not just Catholics and the Orthodox, so the Daughter Protestants putting their own children and themselves on the ritual assembly line are just as in bad shape spiritually. Those who teach that one becomes born again via rituals such as in baptismal regeneration is a liar. Those who teach God's grace is handed over via clergy lie as well. The gospel is the power of God, NOT sacraments.



An infant baptism just makes a baby wet, it does not guarantee them heaven once they are older.
A bishop or clergy member slapping a teen at a confirmation claiming that his infant baptism automatically made him a Christian, that means nothing either. The poor teen is now confused until he meets a Christian who witnesses the true gospel to him. Baptism was to be an ordinance for a newly saved adult believer to show to others, not saving or granting grace within itself. False churches teach sacraments save, that sacraments are channels of God's grace. The Lord's Supper was about remembering Jesus, an actual dinner, not a scripted ritual of handing out wafers said to be "god" themselves!

Does the book of Acts speak of special rituals and words or prayers or any of this? Do you see any of the apostles reciting scripted prayers or breaking out the altars or enforcing specific ceremonies? No, you will not see it anywhere! If anything a honest reading of the book of Acts calls out the false traditions and sacraments do NOT exist in the book of Acts.

Acts 2: 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

Some may say these are strong statements but sacraments represent assembly line religion without any real relationship with God. Line up, literally to get your supposedly transubstantiated wafer, or to have scripted words read from a book over you, or repeat phrases handed to you on a xerox, and you can see how fast and how quick it all falls flat especially if you have experienced sincere prayers or the Holy Spirit among two or three more gathered together.

There is a reason born again Christians FLEE the dead ceremonial churches. Have you ever wondered why just weeks after I left the Catholic church after being saved, that I knew NOT to go check out the United Methodists or the Lutherans? How did I know? The only born again Christian in my social circles was one lady hundreds of miles away. I knew via the Holy Spirit's direction. There was no quibbling or mulling over it. Why would I seek after a watered down Mass elsewhere or more dead religious rituals after coming to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior knowing He made the ultimate and only sacrifice and the proscribed dance steps of the over-dressed clergy meant nothing to me?

Hebrews 6:10 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have taken no pleasure. 

Perhaps some of you like me were born again and left out of a false daughter Protestant church, the Catholic church or another liturgical church. Remember the scripts? Remember the mind-numbing parade of the church calendar? Remember the dull, the boring, rote and repetitive? I used to feel guilty I found the Mass so boring. I had it memorized by the time I was a teen. No one should expect worship to be entertainment like the mega-churches have made it, but there is a point where repetitiveness is insanity, where it leads to stale creeds, deadened minds and hearts. This is purposeful as Satan leads to people to non-interest in God, with false sacraments and droning rituals. Why was there a race for the door at the end of every Mass?  People were bored and wanted to get home! Watching paint dry is more interesting but many of course believe that it is their duty to go to Mass or liturgical services. This is why many of these churches teach that missing church is a sin, to guilt the people into going. If you ever have been in a ritual based church, this verse has personal meaning for you.

Matt 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

Sadly there are good and sincere people trapped in the false church system believing their main duty is to keep praying scripted prayers and receiving these rituals and rites and these "appeasements" of God. They have been falsely led to be dependent on clergy who obscure God's Word. This is a tragedy to me and I've cried over this matter. There are people I care about stuck in false churches, keeping up these walls between them and God. Even for the few that manage to be born again and love God, they are kept from God's full truth. Even if a Protestant Daughter church makes a nod towards some salvation via grace, the very fact that rituals and works are part of the landscape is a spiritual distraction.

The Catholic church kept telling me that inanimate piece of white wafer was God. Today I know better, I know God is anything but boring! I know that knowing God in His Word, there is something always new to discover almost daily, almost something wonderful to share with God and to pray to Him using my own words in all sincerity rather then reciting creeds over and over to the point the words lost meaning.

Years ago, I got very ill in the hospital, and managed to come out but my health was on a severe downward trajectory still and went to a priest to get what is called "The Anointing of the Sick". I remember standing there, after my days of praying to God in the hospital, that is how sick I was. I was not saved yet but on my way to it.  I had a bible with me, and hearing the priest who was a well intentioned guy but deceived, rambled off the scripted words to me, I thought, "Something is wrong with this."

I think I had my first inkling when I had left the UU church after 12-13 years in it and went back to what I knew back then which was the Catholic church. I admitted to the priest, that when I was confirmed at the age of 13, that I was really an atheist.  It was a sin, {I lied} and I was thirteen years old, and my parents were so upset when I told them my true religious beliefs or then lack there of, and the priests and nuns didn't listen either when I said...."You know, I don't really believe in this". I was left on the confirmation roster. My sponsor was even a nun who was a family friend. I was one of those eager to please kids. Trying to insist on telling all those around me that I was an atheist and rejected what I thought was Christianity was not something I had the bravery to do until I was around 16-17 years old. In fact, I remember telling my best friend, "This is such a charade", ten minutes before we all lined up to march into the church. I am sure there are young Baptist teens out there who may answer an "altar call" or say they are saved to please Mom and Dad so trying to be fair here but then as I sat there telling the priest this, the priest actually told me, "You cant get confirmed again and it still 'took'". I told him that sounded very odd. It made no sense. He told me, "We can't confirm you again."

The worse thing about sacraments isn't the dry cold rituals, or the fact that ritual is put above reality but that sacraments make the clergy the center of everything. They form a wall between you and God. And this applies to all the Protestant daughters who have retained infant baptist, communion or the Eucharist except they don't take the real presence teachings as far as Rome, teen confirmation, confession to clergy in some cases and other false traditions. As the only ones able 'supposedly' to commence the sacraments, the ritual makers-the clergy, are the ones who tell their congregations that "god" is for them to hand out literally. While I disagree with Jack Chick on some things when he wrote the tract "The Death Cookie" he definitely hit some truth here:



So the priests of Rome fulfill all of this and the clergy of the Prostant daughters all center on these things to a certain extent, they put their congregants in the place where they are told they MUST....

Receive "christ" from THEIR hands...when they get communion.

Receive the "holy spirit" from THEIR HANDS...when they get confirmation.

Become "born again" or "become a Christian" when they get infant baptism.

Receive "forgiveness" from confessing to THEM

The ritual makers have to make themselves indispensable, job security and all that....


How many Catholics, Orthodox, liturgicals and daughter Protestants believe that they are earning their salvation or partially earning their salvation in the churches that make a nod to salvation via grace because of their church membership, participation in religious rituals and ingesting sacraments? Why do all these churches teach these sacraments are necessary to a certain extent?

Hebrews 10:8 After saying above, “SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE in them” (which are offered according to the Law),9then He said, “BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second.10By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins;12but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,13waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.14For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.15And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying,



The thing that is the worse about this, is they are basically teach young people, that faith in Christ is not what brings the Holy Spirit to indwell in a person but that the Holy Spirit is like the wafer, for the clergy to "pass" out at THEIR WHIM. Even the bishop or priest supposedly passes out "god" literally in teen confirmation rituals. It obliterates true salvation via faith, and the fact that being born again has to do with belief, not special rituals. Jesus Himself spoke of those who believeth on Him.

John 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

 Some man following God's direction in the BIble to lay hands on a person in the Bible to sincerely pray is far different then these Catholic clergy believing they can "dole" god out like potato chips {oops wafers} This mentality is present even in this false sacrament. god is for them to "pass" out. In fact, the very concept of communion is idolatrous given that ordinary people can't "confect" or "transubstantiate" the wafer.

Sacraments are seen as the average person's main access to God, which of course only comes through clergy, which are tied to one of the biggest lies of Rome. The Daughter Protestant churches as well while they have removed some of Rome's worse evils such as indulgences, and some even have reduced the number of sacraments down the two, the fact they retained the idea of sacraments to begin with is false and a place where they went astray. Even more disturbing is they use the same exact lingo as Rome and it's definitions.




LUTHERANS:


The Lutheran Sacraments are "sacred acts of divine institution".[1] Lutherans believe that, whenever they are properly administered by the use of the physical component commanded by God along with the divine words of institution, God is, in a way specific to each sacrament, present with the Word and physical component.[1] They teach that God earnestly offers to all who receive the sacrament forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation.[1] They teach that he also works in the recipients to get them to accept these blessings and to increase the assurance of their possession.[1] Though the Lutheran Church only teaches two sacraments, most churches still practice the "seven sacraments" of the Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox Church (though they are referred to as "rites.")[2]



METHODISTS: [From the United Methodist website.."United Methodists and Communion: Some Questions and Answers"]


"What do United Methodists mean when they call this act a sacrament?
Our Confession of Faith states: “We believe the sacraments, ordained by Christ, are symbols and pledges of the Christian’s profession and of God’s love toward us. They are means of grace by which God works invisibly in us, quickening [bringing to life], strengthening and confirming our faith in him. Two Sacraments are ordained by Christ our Lord, namely Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.” The term is taken from the Latin sacramentum, which was a Roman soldier’s pledge of allegiance. A sacrament is God‘s pledge of allegiance [love and faithfulness] to us, and our answering pledge of allegiance to God.".




EPISCOPALIAN{From the official website for the Episcopal Church [American]


“Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 857).
Besides baptism and the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the church recognizes other spiritual markers in our journey of faith. These include:Confirmation (the adult affirmation of our baptismal vows), pp. 413-419, Book of Common Prayer, Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession), pp. 447-452, Book of Common Prayer, Matrimony (Christian marriage), pp. 422-438, Book of Common Prayer,Orders (ordination to deacon, priest, or bishop), pp. 510-555, Book of Common Prayer,Unction (anointing with oil those who are sick or dying) pp. 453-467, Book of Common Prayer
These help us to be a sacramental people, seeing God always at work around us."




PRESBYTERIAN 

"What do Presbyterians believe about sacraments?
Sacraments: Grace we can touch"

WHAT PRESBYTERIANS BELIEVE ABOUT THE SACRAMENTS
"What is a Sacrament?
Literally, the word sacrament means “holy thing.” Presbyterians believe that a sacrament is a sign of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church—a symbol of God’s action. Through the sacraments, God seals us in redemption, renews our identity as people of God, and marks us for service.
Just as we believe that the Word of God is revealed in the Scriptures, so too we believe that the Word of God is enacted in the sacraments. As such, they are an integral part of worship—as integral as the proclamation of God’s Word.



UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST


"As I was sorting through some books donated to our used book project, The Dusty Cover, I came across "From Beginning to End: The Rituals Of Our Lives" by Robert Fulghum. Flipping through the book, I came across some basic ideas he puts forth about rituals:{snip}
* Rituals create sacred time.
* Sacred time is the dwelling place of the Eternal.
* Haste and ambition are the adversaries of sacred time.
Is this so?
What do you think about these "propositions"? What role does ritual play in your life, whether they be public (weddings), private (birthdays) or secret (puberty/menopause)? Have we lost something of ritual in our life here in Western Christianity outside of the sacraments? How can we embrace them once again?"

{From amazon review posted by Jamie Arpin-Ricci--Robert Fulgrum was a Unitarian Universalist minister.

Sure the Unitarian Universalists don't follow "Christian" sacraments perse, by they do make heavy use of rituals and rites, even mixing and blending them from other religions. They have infant baptism called infant dedication.



EMERGENTS

Emergents often make up new sacraments and rituals to add to all the Catholic ones they are re-introducing. See a variety here at this website including new ones like "Advent fridge magnet prayers" to old ones mixed with new stuff using a scripted prayer from an Anabaptist theologian.


Then add in several other churches, Church of Christ--baptismal regeneration, celebration of sacraments, and many other denominations which have retained sacraments.



Sacraments are false. They come from Rome. Even the idea of a sacrament where something must be "sacrificed" takes away from the one time sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and adds works to the gospel. We know the Catholic church calls the Mass, the "HOLY SACRIFICE of the MASS, I posted about how the daughters kept to the altars and the false communion in this article:

The Daughters: Protestant Churches #1: Altars and Pseudo-Masses


Sadly the daughter Protestant churches kept this lie from Rome. The daughters have sacraments. They credit themselves and the clergy system as handing over "power" and "grace" to their people in the pews when the true power of God is within the gospel.

10 comments:

Douglas Andrew Willinger said...

"There is no power in rituals, rites, and reciting scripts. Rituals are dead. Ceremonies mean nothing."

In my opinion this is being too kind- the rituals may well have hidden evils irrelevant to one's mens rea- state of mind or conscious intent.

On a related note- what about the word "catholic" with OR without the term "Roman"?

Bible Believer said...

Let me amend that statement there is NONE of GOD's POWER in these things...but Satan does use them.

You are right about that. I probably was being too kind.

Remember I'm the one that called out the Catholic Mass as being witchcraft on this blog.

http://galatiansfour.blogspot.com/2012/01/satans-masterpiece-catholic-mass-is.html

Sacraments are evil...I think they are a way to "MIMICK" God, you know like Satan always desiring to be like the most high, so instead of a true Lord's Supper of born again Christians, you get idolatry, instead of being born again, and entering God's family and being baptized as a sign, they invert things and say baptism brings the baby into hevaen, so forth and so on.

I reject the general use of the word "Catholic", some Protestants use it. It means universal....

Bible Believer said...

I went up and amended a statement, Satan's workers do use rituals, etc....I had just finished this article this morning so glad you pointed that out... Want to make things as clear as possible.

Anonymous said...

Douglas Andrew Willinger is right. The rituals are from paganism and they do have demonic power. They wouldn't do them if there wasn't some force behind them.

Bible Believer said...

I agree definitely. The Catholic Mass as I already have written is witchcraft.

Even that weird church rituals with the SALT, and WATER, and the Xs in the aisles is witchcraft.

The daughter protestants do the same things, consecrations, benedictions, other rites and rituals. They follow the same pattern to a lesser extent in some areas in more in others.

Mormonism is a daughter, not included for space reasons, with endless rituals and rites with even more obvious occult freemasonic influences.

http://galatiansfour.blogspot.com/2012/04/mormonism-is-updated-freemasonry.html

RCIA...INTIATION, etc.

Whenever you hear RITES OF INTIATION, it's a false church.

http://books.google.com/books?id=otQeg8-xSlEC&pg=PA377&lpg=PA377&dq=Lutheran+and+initiation&source=bl&ots=Pj350Dn8tL&sig=FzCCal87LUyq1jtJ0Z6GU3Gyscs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cLk7UfPUKaXGygGQ4oBw&ved=0CFgQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=Lutheran%20and%20initiation&f=false

The same witchcraft/occultism in the Catholic mass infuses through. They give a "Christian" veneer to things that are anything but biblical.


christian cerna said...

I have seen some RCC ideas entering the Christian churches- more specifically the practices of Lent and celebrating Ash Wednesday. I know of many people who have begun to practice these things without even knowing their roots, or why they are doing them.

Bible Believer said...

It's all over the place here, there are even a bunch of the evangelical churches here, doing a Sat. night service for those who want to sleep in Sunday, just like the RCC does. Lent and Ash Wednesday and the rest are a given. Very few explore the roots of any of these rituals or why they are done. Considering all the people who get the "baby bath" done as infants who grow up to be atheists, witches, secularists, etc....why do people even continue with that particular ceremony?

I was thinking about the pagan occult aspects. Did you all know in a Catholic baptism they even use salt during the ceremony...[it may be done less since Vatican 2]

http://baby.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Catholic_Baptism
"The Exsufflation The priest breathes into the child's face three times recalling the Spirit breath of God. "

{snip}

"The Imposition of Salt Priest places a few grains of salt in the baby's mouth as a symbol of wisdom."

"The Exorcism The priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the child three times and prays for the exorcise of the unclean spirit in the name of the Trinity. "

Bible Believer said...

"From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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For other uses, see Insufflation (medicine).

In religious and magical practice, insufflation and exsufflation[1] are ritual acts of blowing, breathing, hissing, or puffing that signify variously expulsion or renunciation of evil or of the devil (the Evil One), or infilling or blessing with good (especially, in religious use, with the Spirit or grace of God).

In historical Christian practice, such blowing appears most prominently in the liturgy, and is connected almost exclusively with baptism and other ceremonies of Christian initiation, achieving its greatest popularity during periods in which such ceremonies were given a prophylactic or exorcistic significance, and were viewed as essential to the defeat of the devil or to the removal of the taint of original sin.[2]

Ritual blowing occurs in the liturgies of catechumenate and baptism from a very early period and survives into the modern Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Maronite, and Coptic rites.[3] Catholic liturgy post-Vatican II (the so-called novus ordo 1969) has largely done away with insufflation, except in a special rite for the consecration of chrism on Maundy Thursday.[4] Protestant liturgies typically abandoned it very early on. Muslims include the practice to a certain degree, following the Biblical rites to a lesser extent.[citation needed] The Tridentine Catholic liturgy retained both an insufflation of the baptismal water and (like the present-day Orthodox and Maronite rites)[5] an exsufflation of the candidate for baptism, right up to the 1960s:

[THE INSUFFLATION] He breathes thrice upon the waters in the form of a cross, saying: Do You with Your mouth bless these pure waters: that besides their natural virtue of cleansing the body, they may also be effectual for purifying the soul.[6]

THE EXSUFFLATION. The priest breathes three times on the child in the form of a cross, saying: Go out of him...you unclean spirit and give place to the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.[7]"


Disturbing...

Joe Krohn said...

"What the fanatics are saying today we learn from the book Erbe und Auftrag, where it says on p. 135: “Every ontic-substantial thinking – regardless of whether it lets Christ’s body and blood be transmitted to the recipients immediately or mediately by the vehicle of the Holy Spirit – brings foreign categories to the biblical statements, drags what takes place in the Lord’s Supper to the level of what can be immanentized, and falsifies the NT vision of Christ.” We prefer Luther’s clear language over this glossolalia in which the words of the New Testament are talked into pieces.

Sasse, Letters to Lutheran Pastors 47, 1958."

William Sculley said...

I love how you make such a spectacle of the people you have to thank for your doctrines. I guess you like biting the hand that feeds you your interpretations of scripture.