Priest Has Supernatural Power To Convert The Bread And Wine Into Christ
(1375) It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christs body and blood that Christ BECOMES PRESENT in this sacrament. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion. Thus St. John Chrysostom declares:
It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who was crucified for us, Christ himself. The priest, in the role of Christ, pronounces these words, but their power and grace are Gods. This is my body, he says. This word transforms the things offered,
And St. Ambrose says about this conversion:
Be convinced that this is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed. Could not Christs word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? It is no less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature. (Page 384)
Nowhere in the Word of God is this doctrine taught. Men have turned the Lords Supper into a pagan cannibalistic ritual rather than a remembrance of what the Lord has done for man. The Lords Supper is so often defiled by non-believers receiving it, and by saved people receiving it without confessing their sins to the Lord. Transubstantiation is another way to separate the clergy from the laity. The priest must be something special if he can say some magical words and miraculously the Eucharist turns in to Christ. It is designed to deceive men, and to elevate men above others in order that they may usurp their power and authority over other men. All true believers are saints of God, and are of no greater importance than another. God is not a respecter of persons. These priest are just men, as I am.
1 Corinthians 6:1-2 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by YOU, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
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