February 22, 2024     2:03 pm
296. Week of Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity - Monday
Lord’s Supper - False Teachings
          The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?   1Corinthians 10:16
          It is disagreeable to be compelled to speak of false and seductive doctrine when contemplating the Gospel. But unless we do so, the seduction will spread. - The Roman Church, the church of the Pope, whose coming was foretold in 2 Thess. 2, teaches that bread and wine in the Lord's Supper is changed into the body and blood of Christ. But all Scripture passages treating of the Lord's Supper show that we are given bread and wine to eat and to drink, but that this bread and this wine are the "communion" of the body and blood of Christ, that is to say, that together with the bread and the wine Christ's body and blood are given us. Because the Church of Rome teaches such changing; or "transubstantiation," it also teaches that the bread and wine must be adored. But Scriptures nowhere say that the bread and wine are to be adored, but they everywhere command us to eat and drink the bread and wine of the Lord's Supper. And the Church of Rome furthermore says that the bread in the Sacrament, which according to their false doctrine, is changed into the body of Christ, is to be offered as an unbloody sacrifice for the sins of the living and the dead. But this is an abomination and a profanation of the atoning sacrifice of Christ upon the cross. "For by one offering He has perfected forever them that are sanctified. Now where remission of these (of sins) is, there is no more offering for sin." (Hebr. 10:14,18) And lastly the Roman Catholic Church refuses the cup to the laity, that is, to the members of the congregation, saying, with blasphemous presumption, Why, the body of Christ already contains blood! But the Lord Jesus says: "Drink ye all of it!" (Matt. 26:27) - My dear Christian, abide simply by the words of Christ, and seek the forgiveness of your sins in the Lord's Supper; - for that is given you through the body and blood of Christ which you receive together with the bread and wine.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and God, do not let Your precious Word, the bright and unchanging light which now shines onto us, be put out and taken from us. Guard Your dear Christian Church against the specious (apparently good or right but deceptive). seduction of the Antichrist at Rome! Continue with us Your pure Word and Sacrament, and grant that therein we may seek and find the forgiveness of sins. Amen.

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February 22, 2024     2:03 pm