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The Roman Catholic Mass

The doctrine of the Mass is central to the teaching and practice of the Church of Rome. We should understand that the Mass is not simply the Roman Catholic ‘version’ of the Lord’s Supper. Some Protestants have the idea that attendance at a Mass is not really any different to attending a communion service—it’s just done a little differently. Put simply, …the sacrifices of Masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits. [Article XXXI of the Church of England—Of the one Oblation of Christ finished upon the Cross] The Mass is an act of blasphemous idolatry and cannot be countenanced as Christian by any who professes to believe the Scriptures.

What is a Protestant?

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“And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.” (Ac 17:2-3 AV)

The term Protestant has its origins in the history of the Reformation. In 1526 Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, at the Diet of Spires demanded unconditional submission to the Pope from the Electors/Princes of the German provinces. Six of the electors and two German cities protested that in matters relating to the glory of God and the salvation of their souls, their conscience demanded that they submit to God and the Scriptures. Therefore they could not obey the Emperor’s demands. Because of this protest they became known as Protestants.