One of the major deceptions which Roman Catholics fall into is the belief in the mass, a perpetual crucifixion of Christ that never ends.  When you look at a Catholic cross they always depict Jesus hanging upon it, and this is because that is where they see him.  For them he can never come down from that place of suffering.  A perpetual reminder of the agony at the hands of men.  Satan has no problem with a suffering saviour so long as he remains a suffering saviour.  The difference between the Roman Catholic and the Christian is the reality of what took place afterwards. 

Jesus did not remain on the cross.  He was taken down buried and after three days rose from the grave with triumph and glory.  Now it is important because what took place on the cross was only part of a greater whole.  Physiologically to stay at one point without moving on means that salvation for them is incomplete.  Its like counting down to launching a rocket that never gets launch.  You just keep counting and the rocket never leaves the launch pad.  The flight is incomplete.  It does not matter if the crowd cheers, and  the papers prints the headlines.  The rocket is still on the launch pad.  So for the Catholic Christ still hangs on that cross.  The price for mans sin is still being paid for. The victory that should be entered into is never realised. 

When Jesus declared that it is FINISHED.  The work he did was complete finished accomplished.  There is no need for a perpetual sacrifice or even a continual sacrifice; the hearts of those who weep at his sufferings soon turn to ecstatic joy that he had risen.  But for the Catholic there is a continual weeping because Jesus remains at the point of suffering.   Only by the reality that he came down can one come to the realisation that Victory had been won.  Sin had been dealt with; Satan had been defeated; Prisoners can be set free; Hope is born within the hearts of all who believe in him;  We poor sinner go through the cross, resurrected with Christ into the newness of life. 

Rom 6: 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his deathTherefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

If there is no resurrection then we are still in our sins.

Now as long as you have men and women focused on the suffering of the cross, they are unlikely to move on from the cross.  The door is wide open; God himself beckons them to enter and enjoy his company.  But they stand refusing to enter because they cannot see beyond what their priests and their hellish dogma keeps them.    They are reminded of his sufferings but never of the victory.  They are reminded of the battle, but never the reality that it has been won.  They keep going over and over the struggle, but never see the peace.    They are prisoners to a physiology of status.  For that very reason they will pray to a saint, to Mary or whoever, because they feel they need for another who has made it to intercede on their behalf.    But there is Jesus himself willing to do that Job.  But then if he is still at that place of suffering how can they see him standing to intercede on their behalf.  For that he had to come down from the cross to do so.  That is something their church refuses to acknowledge. 

When you point this out they will say they accept what the Bible teaches, yet physiologically they are still unable to enter in.  Their own institution on the pain of anathema keeps them stuck at one point in time.  Unable to enter into the fullness of what God promises.    The cake is there to eat but they will not eat.  The countdown has finished but there is no launch.  The battle has been well and truly won, but they cannot see it.  For them to enter into the fullness is to endure the wrath of the Catholic Church, the displeasure of the priests and the curses of their popes.    The saddest part of this is whilst the Christian Church stands and a cry out that he is risen, the catholic cannot comprehend the meaning of this.  For a resurrection means no more suffering on Jesus part.  Maybe that has always been the issue looking beyond the cross.  For Movie makers alike it all focuses on the suffering, with a two sec spot afterwards for the resurrection. Yet the resurrection is as vital as the cross. For with the resurrection it herals that death had been conquered and the grave defeated.  With the resurrection the sufferings of the cross is over.  Resurrection is the materialisation that salvation is now realisation.

Phil 3: 9-10 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

You cant have one without the other.  Jesus death and resurection becomes the reality that saves us.

 The main issue of the mass is that it keeps the Catholic tied to the skirts of their priests who deems who can and cannot partake.  So obedience to a priest becomes absolute.    The cycle of despair and darkness needs to be broken and these poor people are allowed to enter into the light of day and into the joy of the resurrection.  It is heartbreaking to see hearts that cannot and will not enter.  The invitations have been sent out but they refuse to attend.  The banquet is set but they refuse to come.  God himself has written the invitations but they don’t believe it.  The joy that would welcome them is indescribable and yet they choose sackcloth’s and ashes.  The peace that is glorious and yet they choose despair.  The struggle has ended but they continue to labour.

Until they are prepared to move on from the sufferings, allow Jesus to die and realise the resurrection.  As Christians we are continually being impressed upon by God spirit of the triumph of the cross, the defeat of the grave, the assurance of eternal life.  The fullness of the glory which is to come.  We see the lights of home and press onwards and upwards.    

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  1. Roger Sims says:

    These are spiritual truths that are in the bible but the Catholics are not the only denomination still has Jesus on the cross. The Baptist, Methodist and several other denominations including the Charismatic still teaches a man who is saved can still be a sinner. Just listen to some of their sermons. Creflo Dollars is the only one to recently admit that his teachings many things have been wrong. In fact after 26 yrs in ministry and studying the word God, I see what Jesus meant in Matt 24 about deception. It is rampant in the religious community.
    My contention is, if the church doesn’t have an understanding of the book of Genesis, there,s no way you can even begin grasp the books of the new covenant. Until it the church, (religious organizations), not the body of Christ have an understanding of the Creator, it will always be tossed and turn by every doctrine that comes comes along.

  2. Matthew 25 explains how Jesus is present throughout the world. He still suffers in 2 billion people who live off less than $2 a day and will be lucky to feed themselves today. These people are searching now to find clean drinking water. Jesus still suffers on the cross in the 40,000 children who will die of starvation and curable diseases today on this planet and in the 3,000+ unborn babies who will be executed in the wombs of their mothers today in America alone. He suffers in the 2 million prisoners in America where 85% are there for victimless crimes, but rather for having violated some statute (bond) used to enforce the bankruptcy. They are being traded on the world market and are making more money for those entrusted to pay off the debt but are not, instead they are hoarding it for themselves. Such greed is a deadly sin that causes much suffering throughout the entire world for their methods are based on deception. Yes Jesus is still on the cross. Sad but true until He comes in glory.

    “For every one taketh before his own supper to eat. And one indeed is hungry and another is drunk. What, have you not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise ye the church of God; and put them to shame that have not? What shall I say to you? Do I praise you? In this I praise you not.For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread.And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me.In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me. For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep. But if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But whilst we are judged, we are chastised by the Lord, that we be not condemned with this world. Wherefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. If any man be hungry, let him eat at home; that you come not together unto judgment. And the rest I will set in order, when I come. ” 1 Corinthians 11: 21-31

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