Charles Spurgeon on the Mass

And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:10)


 “What, then, will we say of those who come forward and pretend that they perpetually present the body of Christ in the unbloody sacrifice of the mass? We say that no profane jest from the lip of Voltaire ever had even the slightest degree of God-defiant blasphemy in it compared with the hideous insult of this horrible pretense. It is infernal. There can be nothing more intolerable than the notion, for our Lord Jesus Christ has offered Himself for sin once, and once for all; and he who dares to think of offering Him again, insults Him by acting as if that once were not enough. There would be no language of abhorrence too strong if the performers and attendants at the mass really knew what is implied in their professed act and deed. In the judgment of Christian charity we may earnestly pray, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
– Charles Spurgeon, The Key To Holiness


4 comments on “Charles Spurgeon on the Mass

  1. Having read some of your blog, i must say that this post highlights the dogmatism which may otherwise have lay hidden beneath the brilliant rhetoric. This is a language of hate. Are you to say that the Eucharist (which has been an essential part of Chrisitanity before the reformation, and one embedded in Scripture) has been blasphemy. A very big judgement for a Christian writer who preaches the one should not judge.

    The act of mass is to encourage and revitalise the ever darkenning faith which exists in our sinful hearts. Once is not enough for us. We need to be taught again and again. we need to phisically bring our material and carnal bodies to worship this invisible God who makes himself visible for our sake.

    You may deny the nobility of the mass, but please do not let your pride bring you to a position of supremecy where you pretend to know the truth. I believe Charles Spurgeon (in this case) has done just that.

  2. I am interested in your explanation as to just what Jesus was doing the night before he died in even bothering to break bread and drink wine with the Apostles. Why go to all that trouble for something that would be “horrible pretense” if performed at any time after his death?

  3. I think we have a misunderstanding here. Spurgeon is not, and nor am I, talking about the practice of taking communion. Jesus Christ clearly tells us to break bread and drink wine in rememberance of him….this is a given. So of course the practice of Holy Communion is fine. However, there are two major and horribly distorted errors in Roman Catholicism.

    1) They believe Christ is re-crucified at the ringing of the bell in the mass ceremony. Christ IS NOT continually being re-crucified for our sins. His atonement was a one-off event. That is why he said “it is finished” on the cross. Catholic doctrine says: “In the mass, no less than on Calvary, Jesus really offers His life to His heavenly Father.”

    Yet clearly the bible says “We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL.” Hebrews 10:10.

    “But this man after he had offered ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOR EVER, sat down on the right hand of God.” Hebrews 10:12

    “By ONE OFFERING he has perfected FOREVER them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14.

    “For Christ also has ONCE suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.” 1 Peter 3:18

    2) The Catholic church also teaches that the bread and wine literally turns into the body and flesh of Christ. Radbertus first made up this doctrine in the 9th century. Catholics support this by a literal view of Matthew 26:26-29. “Take eat; this is my body. For this is my blood of the new testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

    Consider these reasons why the bread and wine were symbols of Christ’s body and blood, to be partaken in for remembrance purposes only, and that there was no material conversion of the bread to the body, nor of the wine to the blood of Christ;

    1. Jesus, after saying “this is my blood” in Matthew 26:28 also said “I will not drink henceforth of this FRUIT OF THIS VINE” in Matthew 26:29, showing that the grapejuice was STILL WINE and had not been changed to blood.

    2. Jesus often referred to Himself in symbols, yet why equate Him with the symbol in these Scriptures?

    John 10:7 “I am the door.” Did Jesus mean he was literally wooden? No.

    John 14:6 “I am the way.” Did Jesus mean he was literally a road? No.

    John 15:5 “I am the vine.” Did Jesus mean he was literally a tree? No.

    John 8:12 “I am the light.” Did Jesus mean he was literally a torch or a sun? No.

    John 6:48 “I am the bread of life.” Did Jesus mean he was literally a loaf of dough? No.

    John 6:63 states clearly that Jesus was speaking spiritually, not literally: “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.”

    Luke 22:19 states clearly that the Lord’s supper is for remembrance purposes: “This do in remembrance of me.” This is a metaphor, where one thing is said to be another thing because of it’s similarity. A metaphor is a figurative use of terms without indicating their figurative nature, for example, he shall eat his words.

    So, just to clarify. Holy Communion when done in REMEMBERANCE of the sacrifice of Christ is fine and is a necessity. It edifies the saints and allows for thanksgiving to God for what occured at the cross.

    BUT; Christ IS NOT being re-crucified and the bread and wine DO NOT turn into his body and blood.

    I hope this ahs made sense. I must go now. I am in work and need to get a cup of tea!

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