What did early Christians believe? Their praise was their sacrifice.


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“The Early Church understood praise, not the Lord’s Supper, to be the sacrifice of the New Covenant (Hebrews 13:15).”

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After the Apostles died, and were received into the Lord’s presence, did early Christians remain faithful to their teaching, which was Christ’s?

What did these early Christians believe about worship and sacrifice?Timothy F. Kauffman is posting a series of articles answering these questions on his blog, Out of His Mouth. This is the intro from one of the posts:

… This series is a response to The Sacrifice Challenge, a challenge issued by Roman Catholic apologists who believe that the only possible fulfillment of Malachi 1:11 is Roman Catholicism’s sacrifice of the Mass. The Early Church, however, saw the sacrifice and incense of Malachi 1:11 to be “simple prayer from a pure conscience,” not a sacrifice of bread and wine.

Before Roman Catholicism came on the scene, the Early Church saw the Lord’s Supper as a memorial meal, and saw praise and thanks as the sacrifice of the New Covenant, in accordance with Romans 12:1 and Hebrews 13:15,

Take these links to read the first two articles in this multi-part series:

THEIR PRAISE WAS THEIR SACRIFICE (PART 1)

THEIR PRAISE WAS THEIR SACRIFICE (PART 2)

Here is the passage of Scripture in question: 

Malachi 1:10,11

10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.

The Lord commanded us to preach the Gospel to every person, for it is the power of God unto salvation unto all those who believe (Romans 1:16). We must be equipped to preach to Catholics by knowing what they have been taught. We then can emphasize those things they need to grasp, particularly the finished character of the Lord’s work on our behalf, and the Word of God as our sole authority. 

Visit Timothy’s blog to learn from post-apostolic writers what was taught and believed in the early church about Malachi’s prophecy, and what Catholics claim in opposition to this.

Pray for Catholics. And pray for Christians as well, that they won’t be deceived into thinking that union with the Church of Rome is desirable on the grounds that it will foster world peace, or that in some way Rome is our true and ancient home. Pray that they will love the truth and maintain separation, and please God not man.

A word of caution. The discussions in the comment sections of the posts are sometimes intense. 

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About Out of His Mouth blog:

Revelation 19:11-16 describes a white horse whose Rider is “called Faithful and True,” and whose “name is called The Word of God.” Out of His Mouth “goeth a sharp sword.” That sword is the Word of God. Out of His Mouth is a blog written by a former Roman Catholic, Timothy F. Kauffman, with a passion for wielding the sword of truth in defense of the faith, and refuting the errors in which he himself was once enslaved. Mr. Kauffman lives in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife, Jennifer and their four children.

Suggestions from Timothy for further study:

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Sections 21, 22 and 23
21.  The Sacraments
22.  The Right Administration of the Sacraments
23.  To Whom Sacraments Appertain

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11 thoughts on “What did early Christians believe? Their praise was their sacrifice.

  1. I hear many sincere Catholics repeat that often heard mantra, “The Catholic Church is the only true church”, without offering a valid reason “why” they believe this. Is it because it is probably the oldest organized institutions bearing the name of Christ, (even though it’s a falsehood)? If so, Catholics should realize that the Roman Catholic church has only maintained it’s power in the world due to it’s severe persecution of true believers, and any and all other opponents to it. Also, it bears no resemblance whatever to the true and holy church Jesus Christ ordained and began after His resurrection; which occurred in Acts Chapter 2. But then, Catholic clergy have been historically known to dissuade and suppress the reading of the bible by their adherents.
    Keep telling it like it is dear sister. And may the Lord bless you as you do,
    Scarlett

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    • Scarlett, thank you for commenting!

      In this series of articles that Timothy Kauffman has been doing at his blog, and in other articles there too, he shows from early writings (2nd to 4th century), that the Roman Catholic Church wasn’t in existence yet – its doctrines and practices (like the Sacrifice of the Mass) weren’t in place. To me this is so encouraging and wonderful to learn about.

      Catholics usually point to a few things to try to prove their case that they’re “the True Church.” Many are captivated by their arguments. For most of us the arguments are kind of hard to answer – but they can be answered definitely and finally from God’s Word. Catholics argue: 1) that their church is the oldest and therefore it’s the original church the Lord established, 2) that the divisions among Protestant Bible believers demonstrate that reading the Bible without the guidance of Rome is dangerous, and 3) that the Lord Jesus gave “the keys” to Peter. We can’t argue against their lies without studying hard. Some of their errors are more clear to figure out – you have addressed the issue of their idolatry, and I have tried to write about idolatry too. But some things, such as “the keys” and the divisions among Bible-believers aren’t as easy to answer, but they can be. Tim’s blog is a great place to go, because he is a former Catholic, and because he has studied these things in depth.

      Thank you for commenting! I know this is on your heart. To see people being deceived by an incredible imitation of the real thing is heartbreaking. It’s like seeing your daughter bring home the worst possible guy and being basically clueless because of his charm.

      God bless you!
      Maria

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  2. Thank the Lord Jesus Christ that you have a heart for Catholics and desire to see them saved. It is hard to have discussions with Catholics because they will deny the doctrines the church embraces, even though they know they are taught by their church.
    I was just thinking that I have missed you. I am glad that you are back. God bless you:)

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    • Eliza, thank you for your kind words about missing me – this means a lot to me. Yes, it’s hard to have discussions with Catholics who deny their church’s doctrines. I don’t know who is harder to approach – this kind of person, who clings to Catholicism while denying what it actually teaches, or people who know what it teaches – and even know about its crimes – and still cling to it as the True Church. It is very sad, and only the Spirit of God through the Word of God can help such people believe the truth and flee the lie. We were all blind once – whether in Catholicism or some other lie – but He was gracious. His Word never returns to Him without accomplishing the thing He sent it for. It is living and powerful. So with Catholics, as with everyone – and you know this and do this – the Word of God is what we must use with them.
      God bless you!!
      Maria

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  3. Okay, I read one of the links by Kauffman and browsed the other, I have to get to bed. Anyway, very informative since the links address the supposed traditions the Catholic church contends its mishandling of the Lord’s Supper rests upon and proves that there isn’t any support from the early church Fathers for the false teaching of the Eucharist. It is indeed idolatry. I did appreciate the author’s frank appraisal of the Catholic rite of the Eucharist. God bless you:)

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  4. Transsubstantiation is witchcraft and it might be one of the most blasphemous deeds on earth, directly attacking GOD.

    Off 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

    Real truth seekers will discover it and go out!

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    • Stephan, yes, it is witchcraft, and yes it is a horrible blasphemy against Almighty God.

      I believe there are genuine believers in the Church of Rome, but that they are trapped by a web of lies, especially the lie that the Roman Catholic Church is the original church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ. These precious souls cannot see the wickedness of the act of transubstantiation, and the re-sacrificing of the Lord in the Mass, because all of the lies seem to fit together and are so plausible. This is because it seems to them that a lamb is addressing them but it speaks as a dragon – and it is terribly confusing. Satan is a liar and the father of it, Jesus said. And God is not the author of confusion. Let’s pray, you and I, because we understand the extent of the deception, that the Lord will bring genuine believers, and other Catholics also, out of this incredible imitation of His Church.
      Lord bless you!
      Maria

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