A Testimonial #2D by Joseph C. Malone
Lord’s Supper Becomes Literal Body And Blood Of Jesus
Now let us briefly consider the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation. The Council of Trent declared, “Whosoever shall deny that in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist are contained, truly, really and substantially, the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore, the entire Christ; but shall say that he is in it only as in a sign, or figure of virtue: let him be accursed.” From one of the Catholic Mission Books comes this: “Question: How and when are the bread and wine changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ?
Answer: This change is wrought by virtue of the words of consecration pronounced by the Priest during the Holy Mass.” Thus the Catholic Church teaches that the priest has the power to change the bread and wine into the very body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ; and then, permit us to add, the priest proceeds, along with his fellow-communicants, to eat the very Lord whom he professes to have thus brought into being. This absurd doctrine and practice was no doubt what prompted Crotus, the Jew, to say, “Christians eat their God.” The cannibal never eats the object of his superstition, but the Roman Catholic eats the object of his adoration.
Mr. Chiniquy, the ex priest, declares, “The world in its darkest age of paganism has never witnessed such a system of idolatry, so debasing, impious, ridiculous and diabolical in its consequences as the Church of Rome teaches in the dogma of transubstantiation. … It seems impossible that man can consent to worship a God whom the rats can eat….”
In instituting the Lord’s Supper, Jesus took bread and said of it, “…take, eat; this is my body.” When our Lord made that statement, He was very much in the flesh of His body and the blood was coursing through His veins. Yet He used the present tense of the verb in declaring, “…this is my body.” Now this question: if the bread thus became the very body of Christ, what became of the One whose hand held that bread? Remember, He has but one body. Jesus also said, “I am the door…” (John 10:9) and “I am the true vine,…” (John 15:1) yet none of us have any difficulty understanding that Christ is not a literal door or vine. Why then should anyone have difficulty in understanding that Christ, in the body, said of a piece of bread, “…this is my body“; that He did not literally become that piece of bread?! Paul tells us, “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-24). Notice, “…this do in remembrance of me. [Christ]”. Now can the bread be, at the one and the same time, the memorial and the thing memorialized? Paul tells us that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of “…the Lord’s death till he come.” (1 Corinthians 11:26).
Usually the Catholic will strive to justify his position by turning to the sixth chapter of John and reading, “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. … For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.” (John 6:53, 55). Where is the Lord’s Supper mentioned in that chapter? That was spoken before He instituted the Supper. To take a text from the context becomes a pretext. Continue to read the chapter and Jesus gives this meaning: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (verse 63).
In Deharbe’s Large Catechism, we read: “Have we to drink of the chalice, to receive the blood of Christ? No, for under the appearance of bread, we receive also the Blood of Christ, since we receive His living body.” Let the very words of Jesus refute that Catholic teaching, “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;” (Matthew 26:27). And then we read in Mark 14:23, “And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.”
Doctrine Of Celibacy
Let us view for a short while the Catholic doctrine of celibacy. The Council of Trent decreed: “Whoever shall say that the clergy constituted in sacred order, or regulars, who have solemnly professed chastity, may contract marriage and that the contract is valid: let him be accursed. . . . Whoever shall say that the marriage state is to be preferred to the state of virginity, or celibacy, and that it is not better and more blessed to retain virginity, or celibacy, than to be joined in marriage: let him be accursed.” The Catholic Church imposes celibacy on the pope, the cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops, the priests and the nuns. Yet God said, “…It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” (Genesis 2:18). We read in Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honourable in all….”
In the summer of 1946, a young lady who was a Catholic and who was preparing to become a nun attended the last service of a meeting in which I was preaching in Stratford, Oklahoma. Afterwards, she asked to talk with me. During our conversation, I pointed out that, if she became a nun as she planned, she was going to pervert the course that God would have her follow, and then I quoted this statement made by the apostle Paul, “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.” (1 Timothy 5:14). I am happy to say that, after some two hours of our considering the Bible versus Catholicism, I had the very great pleasure of baptizing that young lady into Christ!
Concubinage In Catholicism
In the Moral Theology of Ligori, Volume 8, page 444, we read: “A bishop, however poor he may be, cannot appropriate to pecuniary fines, without license of the Apostolical See. But he ought to apply them to pious uses. Much less can he apply those fines to anything else but pious uses, which the Council of Trent has laid upon non-resident clergymen, or upon those clergymen who keep concubines.” Think of it! If a clergyman of the Catholic Church marries, he is excommunicated, but if he keeps a concubine, he merely is subject to a fine. Indeed it is a strong delusion that can ensnare people in a religion that teaches such!
It is no wonder that the St. Louis Republican of June 20th, 1887, printed a letter from Bishop Hogan of the Catholic Diocese of St. Joseph in which he gives a list of twenty-two priests received into his diocese the fifteen years prior to 1876 whom he was compelled to dismiss on account of immoralities. About the middle of the past century, Bishop Vandeveld, of Chicago, said of the conduct of priests in his diocese: “… they are all either notorious drunkards, or given to public or secret concubinage.” Finally, concerning this matter of forbidding to marry, listen to this language from the Bible: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3). If ever God in His Word points the finger of inspiration at a religious body and brands it an apostasy, He does in this instance. Which body?
That one which forbids to marry and commands to abstain from meats;
but with Catholicism, the Bible is a dead letter. No wonder……..
Pope Becomes Infallible In 1870
The Roman Catholic Church had considerable difficulty deciding that her pope is infallible, and the matter required much time. In fact, it was not until the Vatican Council in 1870 that the infallibility of the pope was adopted. Here is the result of that council’s vote on the matter: For 451, against 88. 62 would accept if modified, and 70 did not vote at all! On the basis of that, a fallible cardinal becomes infallible in the administration of his office when appointed pope. Who can believe such? And remember, this was adopted more than eighteen hundred years after Christ had given to the world His fixed, final and complete revelation of what constitutes acceptable service to Almighty God.
Images In The Catholic Church
The use of relics and images by the Roman Catholic Church is common knowledge. Suffice it to spend but a few moments on the matter. About 601, Gregory the Great condemned the use of images in the strongest terms. He very highly commended the Bishop of Marseilles for breaking the images to pieces. Yet at the Council of Trent, A.D. 1545, a decree was pronounced, and is authoritative today, to the effect that “images were to be retained and due honor and veneration to be given them as representing those whose likenesses those images bear.” Thomas Aquinas said, “The same reverence is to be paid to the image of Christ, as to Christ himself.”
Did you ever see a Catholic statue supposed to be a likeness of the adult Christ in which his hair was not shown as long dropping, perhaps, to the shoulders? The apostle Paul declares that even nature teaches that it is a shame for a man to have long hair (1 Corinthians 11:14). Do you think that Jesus would violate that declaration which He moved Paul to record? Did you ever see a statue of Jesus in which He was not portrayed as being beautiful in body? Yet Isaiah said of Him, “. . . when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him” (Isaiah 53:2).
I have said the foregoing in order to point up this statement: no one knows how Jesus looked in the flesh and I submit to you that here is sufficient grounds for withholding such from man, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
hou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, …” (Exodus 20:4-5). It is no strange thing that the Catholic Church has entirely eliminated the wording of this second commandment of the Decalogue from its versions of the Catholic Baltimore Catechism, taught in all its parochial schools. The Bible becomes a dead letter to that religion which it condemns.
Life magazine, reporting the ceremonies in Ottawa, Canada, in June, 1947, at the Marian Congress, pointed out that a great procession of devout people knelt and kissed the foot of the giant statue of Mary “Until the paint wore off its toes.” Pictures in L’Europeo, an Italian newspaper, of April 5, 1947, shows that devout Catholics in Naples continue to crawl at full length on their stomachs before the images of their Madonnas and lick the ground with their tongues on their way to the statues. Some years ago, the New York Department of Health was compelled to put a stop to this practice among the Italian people in the Bronx, because it resulted in so many cases of tetanus. Such idolatry!
The Worship Of Mary The Goddess Of Heaven
Catholics pray to Mary, to their saints and here is a prayer, found in the Breviary for the 14th of September, addressed to the cross as if it were living: “O cross, more splendid than the stars, illustrious throughout the World, much beloved by men, more holy than all things, who alone was worthy to bear the treasure of the world, bearing sweet wood, sweet nails, a sweet burden, save this present multitude assembled this day in thy praise.”
As for prayers to Mary, in a book published by the Excelsior Publishing House, New York, 1891, and which book is entitled Glories of Mary and which was approved by the Archbishop of New York, on page 84 we read, “Sinners receive pardon only through the intercession of Mary.” In the rosary, Catholics call on our Father some fourteen times and upon Mary some fifty-three times!!! The Bible teaches that “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:17).
Nowhere in God’s Word are we taught to pray unto anyone other than God, and nowhere in His Word are we taught to pray through anyone other than Christ, who said, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
Mother Of God
Catholics exalt Mary thus: “Thou art called the Mediatrix of all grace, the Refuge of afflicted hearts, the Advocate of desperate causes, the unfailing succor of all in need. It is through Thy maternal Heart that all benefits come to us. Filled with confidence in Thy Immaculate Heart which we venerate and love, we come to Thee with our pressing needs and many supplications….”
The Catholic Church addresses Mary as the “Mother of God” even though the first four words in the Bible declare that it is not so. On occasion, Catholics pray “five Our Fathers and five Hail Marys”; and, at such a time, they pray the same prayers through five times in undelayed succession. But listen to Jesus, “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:7).
According to a recent issue of the Time magazine, next year on the occasion of the present pope’s fiftieth anniversary of entry into the priesthood, the Catholic Church is going to proclaim the ascension of Mary as a tenet of Catholicism! (This sermon was in November, 1948). And Catholics will accept it!
Thus Catholicism, like paganism, has her high priestess! Now listen to the Bible: “And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:27-28).
How The Catholic Church Gains Adherents
The Catholic Church gains her adherents through three principal channels:
(1) immigration those who come to our
shores are largely Catholic;
(2) the offspring of Catholics usually
educated in parochial schools;
(3) the offspring born to a Catholic and
non-Catholic union the Catholic Church requires
that children born to such a union be reared as
How can a man or woman find such attraction in one of the opposite sex as to be willing to consign their unborn children to such an apostasy?
Thus I have set forth why I left the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church disregards the Word of God and is not the church of the New Testament. I believe that I have established that in the light of truth. I thank God that I am a member of the church of Christ, which takes its stand upon the Bible.
Beloved, Jezebel with her idolatry is at work in the land. We see bowed forms before her in the press and on the screen. This is no time for weak-kneed Protestantism; this is a time for courageous, concerted action in behalf of truth. Cast out that evil influence, as was Jezebel of old! How? Exalt and spread the Bible’s influence. No one can embrace Catholicism without rejecting the Bible. The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God.