The Lords Supper and the Error of “Transubstantiation”

By definition the word “Transubstantiation” is: the changing of the elements of the bread and wine, when they are consecrated in the Eucharist, into the body and blood of Christ. This is a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Apostle Paul corrects this “abuse” in scripture, read 1 Corinthians 11: 23-29
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.

The Roman Church states:
Paragraph 1376 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):

“Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation (CCC, 1376).

The disciples never thought that Jesus literally meant that the bread was has actual body. How could they when at the last supper Jesus said: Matthew 26: 26-29:
26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Are we to believe that the disciples who can plainly see that Jesus sitting with them would think that the bread he was breaking was his actual body and his blood? Are we to believe that Jesus was speaking of cannibalism?

The Levitical Laws were still in effect since the new covenant was yet to be established and this was pre-crucifixion, see Lev. 17:14:

“For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life. Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, You are not to eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off,”

This is important to remember as the Roman Catholic Church teaches that the bread and wine change into actual flesh and blood!

We must remember the incredible sacrifice our Lord Jesus made on the cross. The Roman Catholic Church maintains this sacrament as part of the “works” toward Salvation. Please pray that the Roman Catholic follower finally recognizes that participation in this unbiblical ritual is committed over and over again. Christ died once on the cross and was resurrected and that was sufficient. This ritual is nothing more than Christ’s re-sacrifice declaring that Jesus’ crucifixion was not enough and that equals heresy!

God Bless
Brian Mason

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