by Understand the Times with Roger Oakland
The Roman Catholic Church’s belief that the “presence” of Jesus Christ becomes manifest by the mystical process of transubstantiation during Mass has been foundational to their faith for centuries. According to the Roman Catholic Church, a Roman Catholic priest supposedly has the authority and the power to conjure up the presence of the Creator of the universe from a wafer. In order to be a Roman Catholic, the church requires members to accept this belief and be obedient to it. There are no exceptions.
While it is true that during the Reformation and Counter Reformation, many who refused to believe in the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist died or were tortured for their disbelief, time has a way of allowing the facts of history to be forgotten. It is also a fact there are even practicing Roman Catholics today who do not abide by the Church’s proclaimed standard that they must believe the consecrated wafer is God and not just a symbol of remembrance.
This, of course, was one of the major reasons for the “New Evangelization” program implemented by Pope John Paul II during his time of leadership. In April of 2003, the pope wrote an encyclical promoting the “New Evangelization” program for the purpose of “rekindling amazement” focussing on the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. From that point on, I have been following the Roman Catholic agenda to win the world to the Roman Catholic Jesus.
However, it is apparent that many evangelical “Protestant” Christians are not aware of this agenda. Nor do they recognize that the Roman Catholic Jesus is a Jesus that requires a human priest to manifest his presence and offer each mass as an “unbloody sacrifice.” The Roman Catholic Eucharistic Jesus is not the same Jesus, who said “it is finished” when He died upon the cross at Calvary.
There are others who seem have no problem with joining hands with Rome for the purpose of evangelization. For example, Nicky Gumbel, founder and head of the Holy Trinity Brompton based Alpha Program, literally joined hands with Pope John Paul II in Rome during an audience in February 2004, and later declared “It was a great honor to be presented to Pope John Paul II, who has done so much to promote evangelization around the world … [W]e can be united and proclaim this Jesus.” Click here to read this entire article.