The picture above is of the monstrance that carries the consecrated host which according to Catholic tradition has become the literal body of Christ (See quote below). This monstrance is ushered around for people to venerate and worship the christ in the euchurist. The monstrance is a vessel to exhibit the blessed sacrament, it is sometimes set upon an alter for further veneration and when finished with, it is put into a tabernacle which is kept under lock and key. This is a very brief outline to a tradition that has seperated catholics from protestants but we are seeing a New church which believes in unity despite the truth and is pushing towards an ecumenical church which, undoubtedly will become an interfaith body. One body that is truly organic and evolving in nature. But, does the above practice fit in with scripture:
Mat 24:25 Behold, I tell you beforehand. Mat 24:26 Then if they say to you, Behold, He is in the wilderness; do not go out. Behold, He is in the inner rooms; do not believe. Mat 24:27 For as the lightning comes forth from the east and shines as far as the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man.
It is important to note that ‘inner rooms’ translates to: (a dispenser or distributor; akin to τέμνω temnō, to cut); a dispensary or magazine, that is, a chamber on the ground floor or interior of an Oriental house (generally used for storage or privacy, a spot for retirement): – secret chamber, closet, storehouse.
With that in mind read about what happens to the wafer according to Roman Catholic tradition. The quote below is taken from the Council of Trent, and Vatican 2 has not changed this tradition but has upheld it as being a paramount sacrament for believers to obtain salvation.
The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: “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.” […] The tabernacle was first intended for the reservation of the Eucharist in a worthy place so that it could be brought to the sick and those absent, outside of Mass. As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species. It is for this reason that the tabernacle should be located in an especially worthy place in the church and should be constructed in such a way that it emphasizes and manifests the truth of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. […] In his Eucharistic presence he remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave himself up for us, and he remains under signs that express and communicate this love: The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease. The Council of Trent – 1376-1380
Ok, here is my question. How can the emergents – the people of this New Christianity – justify having any kind of communion with this ungodly practice? People have not understood the true nature of the church of Rome. I have read across the blogoshpere concerning the emerging church and how excited they are with ancient practices which perhaps in ignorance they indulge in. These practices are un-biblical and are practices in which the pagan church of Rome have been steeped in for centuries. I wonder if we will soon start to hear about the eucharist’s mystery beginning to show itself within this emerging New Christianity?
Do the emergents understand that the catholic jesus is in no way the Jesus of the Bible and catholics actually worship another jesus. If they are willing to do a little research into the history of the catholic church will they see that this is actually an apostate church. I don’t think they do understand the history at all. If they are so willing to participate in ecumenical dialogue with this apostate church and have fellowship with them; rather than giving them the good news about the Grace of God through His Son, other than the catholic understanding that salvation is only obtained only by the blessed sacraments, then they are truly becoming unequally yoked. TallSkinnyKiwi has this to say about his recent experience with some charasmatic Catholics.
Despite being warmly received by the charasmatic Catholics, Reinhold is still a Protestant. And our Catholic friends are still Catholic. No one is trying to proselytize anyone else. We are all learning how to follow Jesus together. Its possible that i will lose a few friends over this “eccumenical” move, including some dear fundamentalist teachers from my Bible College days who will be horrified to hear this. You might be horrified also and you are welcome to leave some harsh comments below, if that will help you process it. Or . . . like me . . you may be happy to hear that some of us are responding to Jesus prayer that we might be one, so that the world will hear. I want the world to hear . . . so I need to be part of the solution that sees Christ body starting living together now, in preparation for the life to come.
Well, the majority of comments were positive towards this ecumenical dialogue, some not so. Ken Silva from ‘Apprising Ministries’ held his ground when he had this to say:
To use the Emergent buzzword, if you look carefully at the “story” of God’s dealing with man you will see that He has always worked through a remnant as the rest fall into apostasy. The point being, the Lord is not calling us to put away our “doctrinal differences,” but as in 1 Corinthians 11:19 – “No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval,” the Great Shepherd is actually calling to His true children to “come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:17)
Where will you stand? Will you stand against an apostacy as Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries has? Or will you continue to be unequally yoked even though the bible says that we must come out of any teaching that is unclean?
2Co 6:14-17 Become not yoked with others–unbelievers, for what partaking is there to righteousness and lawlessness? and what fellowship to light with darkness? and what concord to Christ with Belial? or what part to a believer with an unbeliever? and what agreement to the sanctuary of God with idols? for ye are a sanctuary of the living God, according as God said–`I will dwell in them, and will walk among them , and I will be their God, and they shall be My people, wherefore, come ye forth out of the midst of them, and be separated, saith the Lord, and an unclean thing do not touch, and I–I will receive you,