Unfounded Catholic Doctrine derived from the Councils
Baptism according to Paul in Romans 6:4 is an outward expression of the inward change in a human being to adhere to the gospel message. “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Paul is telling us to die to our selfish and idolatrous ways and through the power of YHWH over sin we are to live according to the life Yeshua exampled. He affirms this in Colossians 2:12 when he tells us “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”
Catholicism declares “The celebration of baptism must be prepared properly; consequently: an adult who intends to receive baptism is to be admitted to the catechumenate and is to be led insofar as possible through the various stages to sacramental initiation, according to the order of initiation adapted by the conference of bishops and the special norms issued by it.” Canon 851, 852
Matthew 3:13 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.” The scriptures do not record the ‘catechism’ of Yeshua.
Canon 860 “The ordinary minister of baptism is a bishop, a presbyter, or a deacon.” Under this canon John would have been disqualified. This would make it incumbent upon Yeshua to baptize converts yet the scriptures tell us in John 4:2 “Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples”
Canon 853 “Apart from a case of necessity, the water to be used in conferring baptism must be blessed according to the prescripts of the liturgical books.”
Canon 857 “Apart from a case of necessity, the proper place of baptism is a church or oratory”
This severely hampers the freedom of the faith found in Yeshua the messiah. There is no Catholic Church in the 1st century and the followers in Messiah grew in extraordinary numbers.
Mark 1:4 “John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.”
Acts 8:36, 38 “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”
Can. 879 “The sacrament of confirmation strengthens the baptized and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It imprints a character, enriches by the gift of the Holy Spirit the baptized continuing on the path of Christian initiation, and binds them more perfectly to the Church.”
The faithful are not to be bound to the ‘church’ for Paul tells us in Galatians “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
Can. 890 “The faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the proper time.” There is nothing in the scriptures that require a person to bind themselves to an entity other than YHWH himself. The act of confirmation is an oath to propagate the Roman Church and create converts solely to its hierarchal system.
Can. 898 “The Christian faithful are to hold the Most Holy Eucharist in highest honor, taking an active part in the celebration of the most august sacrifice, receiving this sacrament most devoutly and frequently, and worshiping it with the highest adoration. In explaining the doctrine about this sacrament, pastors of souls are to teach the faithful diligently about this obligation.”
This is quite possibly the most profane action in all of the Catholic Church. The wording specifically states we are to “worship it in the highest” which stands in direct violation of the first commandment. The ritual described by the RCC as “The most August sacrament is the Most Holy Eucharist in which Christ the Lord himself is contained, offered, and received” believes the bread and the wine used in the service actually becomes the literal body and blood of Yeshua. This action is called ‘transubstantiation’ and is considered to occur when the priest orates a specific prayer over the elements. This action is directly associated with the rituals of the god Apis from the Mithraic religious festival. The incantation or prayer of the magician transferred the powers of Apis to the bull that was sacrificed and the people consumed the raw meat expecting the powers to transfer into their lives.
The natural defense for their position is found in Mark 14:22-23 “And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.” The part failed to be recognized here is that Yeshua is giving the disciples a visible example of the events to come and not a literal example. His body would be broken under the persecution of the cross.
There are an endless number of regulations associated with the bread and wine:
- must be reserved in the cathedral church or its equivalent
- there must always be someone responsible for it
- No one is permitted to keep the Eucharist on one’s person or to carry it around
- The tabernacle in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved habitually is to be immovable, made of solid and opaque material
- Consecrated hosts in a quantity sufficient for the needs of the faithful are to be kept in a pyx or small vessel; they are to be renewed frequently and the older hosts consumed properly.
- When it can be done in the judgment of the diocesan bishop, a procession through the public streets is to be held as a public witness of veneration toward the Most Holy Eucharist, especially on the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.
- The most holy eucharistic sacrifice must be offered with bread and with wine in which a little water must be mixed.
- The bread must be only wheat and recently made so that there is no danger of spoiling.
- It is absolutely forbidden, even in extreme urgent necessity, to consecrate one matter without the other or even both outside the eucharistic celebration.
- In celebrating and administering the Eucharist, priests and deacons are to wear the sacred vestments prescribed by the rubrics.
These overreaching traditions of men stand in violation to the scriptures. 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”
THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
Can. 959 “In the sacrament of penance the faithful who confess their sins to a legitimate minister, are sorry for them, and intend to reform themselves obtain from God through the absolution imparted by the same minister forgiveness for the sins they have committed after baptism and, at the same, time are reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by sinning.”
In my own experience of life I chose to get married in the Catholic Church. This required a nightmarish stack of paperwork and a ridiculous amount of pomp and circumstance. I had to complete the catechism previously described as well as confirmation and baptism as the ‘church’ did not recognize my prior protestant baptism. Among these, included a trip to the local priest to adhere to the practice of Penance.
The conversation included the need for reconciliation to God and the requirement of admission to sins committed. These areas were not of much contention to me personally as I understood the needs as a protestant. Then comes the cataclysmic head butt. Just picture the mighty mountain rams on the nature channel crashing headlong into each other. The priest asks “What would you like to confess so I can forgive your sins.”
My reply was not received with enthusiasm, “Why, have I done something wrong to you?” The crook in the eyebrow gave it away. The priest continues “No, but at some point in your life you have sinned against God and man. This is the sin for which I will provide absolution.” My bride-to-be, a lifelong Catholic, sits a few feet away wincing at the exchange. Again my reply not well accepted, “Bob (without his formal title) you but a simple man of flesh and bone the same as I. You do not hold the power or authority to forgive my sins against God or any other man. The only one capable of the forgiveness of ALL sins belongs to Jesus Christ alone.” I then reminded him of 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”
Canon 962.2 “An exhortation that each person take care to make an act of contrition is to precede general absolution even in the case of danger of death” This is the act, often pictured in movies and TV, of a person kneeling towards a candle encompassed statue reciting the “Hail Mary” prayer. As previously discussed the “Queen of Heaven” status of Mary is a direct association to the demon Lillith and worship and prayer to her are an affront to the first commandment. The statue is also an abomination as it is a graven image and not a true reflection of YHWH.
For the sake of time, I will stop here, just know in total there are more than 2500 edicts of canon in the Catholic Church that equate to nothing more than a systematic usurping of power and authority directly from YHWH. This is the foundation in which the Protestant church derives many of their own doctrines and beliefs, Martin Luther being the first to protest