- Jesus Dies Again -


Edited and compiled by Keith Green

Last Days Ministries, Box 40, Lindale, TX 75771-0040

In Chronicle I, we thoroughly examined the doctrine of

transubstantiation - its history, practice, and real meaning. But we have

waited for this second article to answer the question: WHY? Why must there

be present in the Mass the literal body and blood of Jesus? What purpose

does it serve?

The answer is found in the startling words: "The sacrifice of the Mass

is the same sacrifice of the cross, for there is the same priest, the same

victim, and the same offering." (1)

And in the words of Pope Pius IV....

"I profess likewise that in the Mass there is offered to God a true,

proper, and propitiatory (2) sacrifice for the living and the dead." (From

the fifth article of the creed of Pope Pius IV.)

That is the incredible truth! The Roman Catholic Church believes and

teaches that in every Mass, in every church, throughout the world

(estimated at up to 200,000 Masses a day) that Jesus Christ is being

offered up again, physically, as a sacrifice for sin (benefiting not only

those alive, but the dead (3) as well!) Every Roman Mass is a re-creation

of Jesus' death for the sins of the world. NOT A SYMBOLIC RE-CREATION!

But a literal, actual offering of the flesh and blood of the Lord to make

daily atonement for all the sins that have been daily committed since Jesus

was crucified almost 2,000 years ago. (4)

That's why the elements (5) must become physically Jesus' body and

blood, so that they can be once again offered for sin:

"The Holy Eucharist is the perpetual continuation of this act of

sacrifice and surrender of our Lord. When the Lord's Supper is celebrated,

Christ again presents Himself in His act of total surrender to the Father

in death." (6)

"He offers Himself continually to the Father, in the same eternal act

of offering that began on the cross and will NEVER CEASE." (7)

"The Mass is identical to Calvary - it is a sacrifice for sin - it must

be perpetuated to take away sin." (8)

The catechism of the Council of Trent required all pastors to explain

that not only did the elements of the Mass contain flesh, bones and nerves

as a part of Christ, "But also a WHOLE CHRIST." (9) Thus it is referred to

as "the sacrifice of the Mass" and as "a RENEWAL of the sacrifice of the

cross." (10)

The Council Of Trent On "The Sacrifice Of The Mass"


As we shared in chronicle I, the Council of Trent was called to clarify

and standardize Catholic doctrine in response to the challenges of the

Reformation. The canons on this subject (passed in Session XXII. Cap II.)

are as follows:

1. "If anyone shall say, that in the Mass there is not offered to God a

true and proper sacrifice, or that what is offered is nothing else than

Christ given to be eaten, let him be anathema." (11)

2. "If anyone shall say that in these words, `This do in remembrance of

Me,' Christ did not make the apostles priests, or did not ordain that they

themselves and other priests should offer His body and blood, let him be


3. "If anyone shall say that the sacrifice of the Mass is only of

praise and thanksgiving, or a bare commemoration of the sacrifice performed

on the cross, but not propitiatory; or that it is of benefit only to the

person who takes it, and ought not to be offered for the living and the

dead fro sins, punishments, satisfactions, and other necessities, let him be


4. "If anyone shall say that a blasphemy is ascribed to the most holy

sacrifice of Christ performed on the cross by the sacrifice of the Mass -

let him be accursed."

But Is This The Belief Of Rome Today?


If any be in doubt as to the modern Roman position, we shall quote the

recent (1963-1965) Second Vatican Council:

"At the Last Supper...our Saviour instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice

of His body and blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of

the cross..." p. 154, THE DOCUMENTS OF VATICAN II, Walter M. Abbott, S.J.

The catechism books teach that the reason the Mass is the same

sacrifice as that of Calvary is because the victim in each case was Jesus

Christ. (12) In fact, they refer to the bread of the Eucharist as the

"host," which is the Latin word HOSTIA which literally means "VICTIM." (13)

But Why "The Sacrifice" Of The Mass?


We will now quote the church's own contemporary literature to fully

answer this question (taken from the book, THIS IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH,

published by the Catholic Information Service, Knights of Columbus,

Imprimatur: (14) Most Reverend John F. Whealon, Archbishop of Hartford:

"Sacrifice is the very essence of religion. And it is only through

sacrifice that union with the Creator can be perfectly acquired. It was

through sacrifice that Christ Himself was able to achieve this for man. IT



"What makes the Mass the most exalted of all sacrifices is the nature

of the victim, Christ Himself. For the Mass is the continuation of

Christ's sacrifice which He offered through His life and Christ was not

only the priest of this sacrifice (of the Cross), He was also the victim,

the very object itself of this sacrifice.

The Mass is thus the same as the sacrifice of the cross. No matter how

many times it is offered, nor in how many places at one time, it is the

same sacrifice of Christ. Christ is forever offering Himself in the Mass."


But Jesus Said "It Is Finished!"


Every true believer loves the sound of these words: "It is finished!"

(John 19:30). For it is the wonderful exclamation that the Lord's

suffering was finally over - He had fulfilled His mission! Jesus had lived

a Life of Sorrow, bearing the burden of a world gone mad. He had been

rejected by everyone, even His closest friends. He had lived a perfect

life before men and God, and His reward on earth was to be laughed at, spat

upon, beaten beyond recognition, and finally nailed to a cross. But He had

submitted willingly, because it was the will of His Father to offer Him as

the satisfaction of the penalty for all the sin in the world - past, present

and future!

But here, in the words of a Roman Catholic priest, is the "true

meaning" of the words "it is finished!" "These words do not declare that

His sacrifice was finished, but that He had finished His former, normal,

earthly life and was now fixed in the state of a victim...He then began His

everlasting career as the perpetual sacrifice of the new law." (16) Hence,

according to Rome, Jesus must be forever dying for sin, "perpetually."

Have you ever wondered why in every Catholic Church they still have

Jesus up on the cross? Every crucifix with Jesus portrayed as nailed to

it, tells the whole Catholic story - Jesus is still dying for the sins of

the world! But that's a lie! We need only look to the Scriptures to see

the truth.

Back To The Book


The epistle to the Hebrews speaks of the "once for all" sacrifice of

Christ on the cross, not a daily sacrifice on altars. The Bible repeatedly

affirms in the clearest and most positive terms that Christ's sacrifice on

Calvary was complete in that one offering. And that it was never to be

repeated is set forth explicitly in Hebrews, chapters 7, 9 and 10:

"Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice,

first for his own sins, and then for the people's: For this He did once,

when He offered up Himself" (7:27). " His own blood He entered in

once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us"

(9:12). "Nor yet that He should offer Himself often..but now once in the

end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them

that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto

salvation" (9:25-28). "...we are sanctified through the offering of the

body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily

ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never

take away sins; but this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for the

sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God...for by one offering He

hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified" (10:10-14).

Notice that throughout these verses occurs the statement "once for all"

which shows how perfect, complete and final Jesus' sacrifice was! His work

on the cross constituted one historic event which need never be repeated

and which in fact cannot be repeated. As Paul say, "Christ, being raised

from the dead dieth no more" (Romans 6:9). Any pretense of a continuous

offering for sin is worse than vain, it is blasphemy and true fulfillment

of the Scripture, "Seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh,

and put Him to an open shame." (Heb. 6:6).

Jesus - The Only Priest


Jesus not only became the perfect sacrifice for sin, but after being

accepted by God as having totally fulfilled the requirements of the old

covenant, He became "the mediator of a better covenant" (Heb.8:6). That

means that Jesus is the high priest of every true believer! "There is one

mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ" (ITim.2:5).

The Bible teaches that the priesthood of Jesus Christ is unique: "Thou

art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek" (17) "...because He

abides forever (He) holds His priesthood permanently" (which means that it

cannot be transferred to another!) (Heb.7:17,24).

But Roman Catholicism teaches that the apostles were ordained by Jesus

Himself (at the Last Supper) to perpetuate the coming sacrifice He would

make on the cross. And that this ordination has been handed down through

the centuries to the current generation of priests. Therefore, Rome

teaches that her priests actually operate and discharge the priesthood of

Jesus Christ, and that they are called "other Christs" (alter Christus).


This explains the great adulation and honor heaped upon the Roman

priest. The French Catholic Saint J.M.B. Vianney said that "Where there is

no priest there is no sacrifice, and where there is no sacrifice there is

no religion...without the priest the death and passion of our Lord would be

of no avail to us... see the power of the priest! By one word from his

lips, he changes a piece of bread into a God! A greater feat than the

creation of a world." He also said, "If I were to meet a priest and an

angel, I would salute the priest before saluting the angel. The angel is

a friend of God, but the priest holds the place of God...nest to God

Himself, the priest is everything!" What humiliation for Jesus Christ, the

One who has been given a name "above all other names!"

But Isn't Rome Changing?


Today, many are expressing hope that Rome is turning toward scriptural

Christianity. They point to the many reforms of Vatican II (19) and also

to the ever-widening charismatic renewal. True, these things appear to be

a positive sign of change, and many are thrilled by them, but most fail to

realize that these changes are only superficial. For Rome could never

reject the sacrifice of the Mass - just streamline it enough to keep the

truth of its meaning hidden. Pope John XXIII made it clear that His Church

is bound "to all the teachings of the Church in its entirety and

preciseness, as it still shines forth in the act of the Council of Trent

and First Vatican Council..." (20)

It is clear that the whole of Roman teaching and belief is founded on

this premise of the continual sacrifice of Christ for sin:

"It should be easy to see why the Mass holds such an important place in

the Church's life. The Mass is the very essence of the Church. Within it

the Church's life, and the Church's very existence is centered. If there

were no Mass, there could be no Catholic Church. The Mass is our act of

worship, an act which we know to be really worthy of God, because it is the

sacrifice of God's own Son.

"What the sacrifices of the old law were unable to accomplish - the

Mass performs: Perfect atonement is made for sin.

"The souls of men yet unborn, together with those now living and those

who have come into existence since Christ's sacrifice, all have need of the

salvation which Christ has won for us. It is through the Mass as well as

through the other sacraments that the effects of Christ's salvation are

applied to the souls of men." (21)

It is made thoroughly clear that Rome will forever put its faith in the

Mass for the eternal forgiveness of sins. To remove this belief from her

system of theology, would be like knocking our the pillars of a great

edifice - the whole building would come tumbling down!

Paul's Extreme Warning


As I sat stunned, reading all the "Let them be accursed" threats of the

Council of Trent, I could not help but think how their curses would only

fall back on their own heads - for the words of our brother Paul call out

across the centuries:

"But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a

gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be

accursed!" (Gal. 1:8).

Not only does Paul warn that an authentic angel from heaven should not

be heeded while preaching "different doctrine," but he gives the ultimate

warning -"...even though we!" Paul strictly warned the Galatians, not even

to listen to him - the chief apostle and master of true doctrine - if he

should reverse himself on any of the fundamental teachings of the gospel.

How much more then, should we reject the appalling traditions and practices

of a system that is not only unbiblical, but is actually steeped in

mysticism, bordering dangerously on the occult!



The Definition Of A "Cult"


Now I am sure, many of you who have been reading this, might have been

wondering if (and when) I would use this word. Today, the word "cult" is

thrown around without much thought. People seem much too eager to use it

to describe any individual or group that doesn't exactly agree with them.

And I do not, and will not use the word lightly. But as far as I can see

from the Bible, a person is only in danger of being grouped with "false

brethren" by tampering with three very basic issues of biblical truth. (22)

1) Who Jesus is - Son of God, God the Son, Creator of the universe.

2) What He came to do - to die once for all, for the sins of mankind,

then raise from the dead as the eternal high priest of all true believers.

3) How a person directly benefits from Christ's death for sin - he is

accounted as righteous through a total faith and rest in the finished work

of Christ, and becomes the possessor of God's free gift - eternal life


The Roman Catholic Church has been considered a true Christian faith,

mainly because it is generally known that their theology is quite orthodox

on point #1. But as we have pointed out in these two chronicles, they are

perilously shaky on the atonement - Christ's substitutionary death for

sinners - #2. But if there is any doubt left at all, as to whether or not

the Roman Church is authentically and biblically Christian, there is a

complete and thorough study of the Roman view on how one obtains salvation

in our third installment of The Catholic Chronicles - "Salvation According

To Rome."


1] The Roman Catholic Sacrifice of the Mass, by Bartholomew F. Brewer,


2] Propitiatory - conciliatory, to soothe the anger of, to win or regain

the goodwill of, to appease, placate or make friendly, to reconcile -

Webster's New World Dictionary and Harper's Bible Dictionary.

3] "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment"


4] The Catholic Home Instruction Book #3, p.90.

5] The bread and the wine.

6] the Spirit of Jesus pp.89-90, Imprimatur: John Joseph Cardinal

Carberry, Archbishop of St.Louis.

7] Sons of God in Christ Book 4, p.117.

8] For Them Also, pp.289-299.

9] Encyclopedia of Religions, Vol.2, p.77.

10] "A Catholic Word List" p.45.

11] Anathema - The strongest denunciaiton of a person that can be made in

the ancient Greek (the original language of the New Testament). Literal

meaning: "devoted to death." A thing or person accursed or damned -

Webster's New World Dictionary and Harper's Bible Dictionary.

12] "The New Baltimore Catechism" #3, Question 931.

13] Webster's New World Dictionary.

14] Imprimatur - Sanction or approval. Specifically, permission to print

or publish a book or article containing nothing contrary to the

teachings of the Roman Catholic Church - Webster's New World


15] pp.20-24

16] The Sacrifice of Christ by Fr.Richard W.Grace.

17] Psalm 110:4 and Hebrews 7:17.

18] In Latin.

19] i.e., Such as Masses performed in the common language rather than

exclusively in Latin, the relaxation of taboos such as eating meat on

Friday, etc.

20] The Documents of Vatican II, Abbot,S.J.

21] This Is The Catholic Church pp.24-25.

22] These are greatly condensed for this example.

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