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Unbiblical and/or mystical phrases, in The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

God’s WORD

    “For when they speak great swelling words of vanity,
    they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much
    wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who
    live in error.”—2 Peter 2:18

    “This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.”—James 3:15

    “And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.”—Colossians 2:4

    “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”—Matthew 12:37

The Chapters in A. W. Tozer’s, The Pursuit of God, with a few of the unbiblical and/or mystical phrases.
Chapter 1 Following Hard after God

All is of God
God is always previous
man must pursue God
experience of the Divine
Creating Personality, God
throbbing heart of New Testament religion
feel the heat of their desire after God
torrent of spiritual desire
his burning desire after Christ
to taste, to touch with their hearts
to see with their inner eyes the wonder that is God
our expanding hearts
to sacrifice the many for the One
we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word

Chapter 2 The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing
We must ascend a step at a time.
know God in growing intimacy
inward bleeding

Chapter 3 Removing the Veil
to push in to conscious awareness of His Presence
interior journey of the soul
push on into His Presence
Flame of the Presence
the need to experience that Presence actually
the manifest Presence
wrenched loose from that `blissful center’

Chapter 4 Apprehending God
A spiritual kingdom lies all about us…within reach of our inner selves
only One who is Absolute, that is God
Absolute One
great Reality is God
fixed points in the universe
By the deep wisdom of life
real and the imaginary
the great unseen Reality is God
we can rise to unlimited heights
our inner eyes
taste and hear and inwardly feel the God who is our life and our all
God will become to us the great All

Chapter 5 The Universal Presence
the divine immanence
the doctrine of the divine Presence
transcendent above all His works even while He is immanent within them
think on them and pray over them until they begin to glow within us.
The Universal Presence is a fact
We will know Him in increasing degree

Chapter 6 The Speaking Voice
He fills the world with His speaking Voice.
the living Voice of God immanent in His creation
This word of God is the breath of God filling the world with living potentiality.
universal Voice of God
The order and life of the world depend upon that Voice
[The concept of the speaking voice seems to be from the “Imitation of Christ” by Thomas a Kempis.]

Chapter 7 The Gaze of the Soul
faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.
a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God
volitional act which establishes the heart’s intention to gaze forever upon Jesus
a habit of soul is forming
faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests
lift our inward eyes to gaze upon God
eyes of the soul looking out
the eyes of God looking in
the all-seeing eyes of God
nor ever turn aside the eyes of my mind
Thou, who are Love’s self
constantly practice this habit of inwardly gazing upon God
we shall be ushered onto a new level of spiritual life
without special equipment or religious paraphernalia
can never be subject to the caprice of accident

    God’s WORD
    “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.”—Proverbs 5:21

    “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”—Proverbs 15:3

    “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”—Acts 26:18

The source and even the concept of the phrase, Gaze of the Soul, and the idea that, “faith is the gaze of the heart at God,” in Chapter 7, is not from the Bible.

    God’s WORD
    “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” —Acts 16:31

    “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”—Hebrews 11:6

    “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word
    of God.”—Romans 10:17

Chapter 8 Restoring the Creator/creature Relation
emotionally satisfying
a fixed center
Such a center is God.
The pursuit of God
will embrace the labor of bringing our total personality into conformity to His
as we make progress in the holy way
`the stars in their courses’ fight for him
this voluntary sell-out of his all to his God
to take again our God as our All
God was our original habitat
our hearts…feel at home when they enter again that ancient and beautiful abode
holy intention made the difference

    God’s WORD
    “…he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”—Philippians 1:6

Chapter 9 Meekness and Rest
a visitation from above
His words are the essence of truth

    God’s WORD
    “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came
    by Jesus Christ.”—John 1:7

    “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
    no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”—John 14:6

Chapter 10 The Sacrament of Living [Sacrament is not in the Bible]
and turn the whole life into a sacrament.
unify our inner lives and make everything sacred to us
a thousand thought-prayers
God is in all our simple deeds
The sacredness of times and places
a half-light necessary to the education of the race
passed away before the full sun of spiritual worship
For such a man, living itself will be sacramental and the whole world a sanctuary.

    God’s WORD
    “…but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and
    of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”—Isaiah 66:2

    “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them
    that believe.”—Galatians 3:22

    “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:”—1 Corinthians 2:4

    “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things,
    thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished
    up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto
    thou hast attained.”—1 Timothy 4:6

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A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God and Augustine

God’s WORD

    “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”—Romans 10:17

    “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.”—2 Timothy 1:13

    “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”—Colossians 2:8

Many religious institutions and leaders, Roman Catholic, Reformed, Protestant, and others, have based some of their belief system on the writings of Augustine of Hippo. Tozer, in his Pursuit of God seems to accept Augustine’s unbiblical phrases and philosophies—the interior life, gaze of the soul, summum bonum.

The Pursuit of God, Chapter 1: Following hard after God

    “The experiential heart-theology of a grand army of fragrant saints is rejected in favor of a smug interpretation of Scripture which would certainly have sounded strange to an Augustine…”

The Pursuit of God, Chapter 3: Removing the Veil

    “Among the famous sayings of the Church fathers none is better known than Augustine’s, `Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.’ The great saint states here in few words the origin and interior history of the human race…”

The Pursuit of God, Chapter 7: The Gaze of the Soul

    “…When the habit of inwardly gazing Godward becomes fixed within us we shall be ushered onto a new level of spiritual life more in keeping with the promises of God and the mood of the New Testament…

    “We will have found life’s summun bonum indeed. `There is the source of all delights that can be desired…For it is the absolute maximum of every rational desire, than which a greater cannot be.'”

God’s WORD
“O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”—Jeremiah 10:23

“…for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…”
—Genesis 8:21

“For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness…”—Psalm 5:9

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 3:14

JTB comment:
In these three excerpts Tozer has referenced error. Don’t we base truth on what is written in God’s Word, not what a person, even a so-called church father says? What is experiential heart-theology? The following information explains what is meant by some of Augustine’s unbiblical terms and thinking.

Augustine: Inner man, Gaze of the Soul, and summun bonum

    The Soul of St Augustine by Nymph Kellerman
    “Augustinian thought is based on the soul as the innermost reality, which he calls the ‘inner man’…’To arrive at God, one begins with the reality of God’s creation, and especially with the inner nature of man.” He refers to the soul as the ‘interior of man’…”

God’s WORD
“And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.”—Luke 11:39

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

“Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

“All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
—Mark 7:21–23

“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”
—Ephesians 3:16

    Gaze of the soul/contemplation
    Contemplation, the object of contemplative life, is defined as the complacent, loving gaze of the soul on Divine truth already known and apprehended by the intellect, assisted and enlightened by Divine grace.
    —p. 329 The Catholic Encyclopedia by Charles George Herbermann, Knights of Columbus Catholic Truth Committee, 1908

    In his early work, Augustine adopted a Platonic confidence in reason. Defining reason as the gaze of the soul, he proposed that the soul’s eye could gain direct insight into truth and eventually achieve an intellectual vision of God.—Christianity, A Global History, by David Chidester

    13. When, then, you shall have sound eyes, what remains?
    From The Soliloquies of St. Augustine
    A. That the soul look.
    R. The gaze of the soul is Reason; but since it does not follow that every one who looks, sees, that right and perfect looking, which is followed by seeing, is called Virtue, for Virtue is rectified and perfected Reason. But that very act of looking, even though the eyes be sound, cannot turn them toward the Light unless three things persist:

    Faith—by which the soul believes that, that toward which the gaze has been directed, is such that to gaze upon it will cause blessedness:

    Hope—by which, the eyes being rightly fixed, the soul expects this vision to follow: and

    Love—which is the soul’s longing to see and to enjoy it. Such looking is followed by the vision of God Himself, who is the goal of the soul’s gaze, not because it could not continue to look, but because there is nothing beyond this on which it can fix its gaze.

    This is truly perfected Reason—Virtue—attaining its proper end, on which the happy life follows. And this intellectual vision is that which is in the soul a conjunction of the seer and the seen.” (translated into English by Rose Elizabeth Cleveland)

God’s WORD
“But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?”—Luke 5:22

“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock,
and unto the Greeks foolishness;

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”—1 Corinthians 1:22–24

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”—1 Corinthians 2:13

    Summum bonum
    “Summum bonum (Latin for the highest good) is an expression used in philosophy, particularly in medieval philosophy, and in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, to describe the ultimate importance, the singular and most ultimate end which human beings ought to pursue.

    “…In the Western world, the concept was introduced by the neoplatonic philosophers, and described as a feature of the Christian God by Saint Augustine in De natura boni (On the Nature of Good, written circa 399).

    Augustine denies the positive existence of absolute evil, describing a world with God as the supreme good at the center, and defining different grades of evil as different stages of remoteness from that center…”

God’s WORD
“And from Jesus Christ…Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”—Revelation 1:5

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”—Revelation 20:10, 14, 15

“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

“And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”—Revelation 22:3–5

For more reading on Augustine:
wikipedia
Just the BOOK

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The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America through Culture

God’s WORD

    “…The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

    “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

    “But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

    “…The servants said unto him [the householder], Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

    “But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest…”—Matthew 13:24–30

    “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-
    block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”—1 Corinthians 1:23

This post compares the quotes of the Pope and others regarding the Roman Catholic Church’s evangelization through culture goal (which they have
had for at least 1500 years) with quotes of Christian/Biblical Worldview folk/organizations and family/morals/values folk/organizations, which
seem to have a political agenda.

from Ecclesia in America: The Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America, Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999

    The evangelization of culture
    70. …the Synod Fathers rightly felt that the new evangelization calls for a clearly conceived, serious and well organized effort to evangelize culture”. 264

    In America, the mestiza face of the Virgin of Guadalupe was from the start a symbol of the inculturation of the Gospel, of which she has been the lodestar and the guide.

    Through her powerful intercession, the Gospel will penetrate the hearts of the men and women of America and permeate their cultures, transforming them from within. 266

from the Discourse to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture, John Paul II, January 1987

    5. This leads me…to insist upon…a central objective in our work…inculturation (newly-coined word)…

    When the Church enters into contact with cultures, she must welcome all that is compatible with the Gospel…to be enriched herself by the manifold wisdom of the nations of the earth…inculturation commits the Church to a path that is difficult, but necessary…

Redemptoris missio, On the permanent validity of the Church’s missionary mandate Ioannes Paulus PP. II December 1990

    Incarnating the Gospel in Peoples’ Culture
    52. inculturation “means the intimate transformation of authentic cultural values through their integration in Christianity and the insertion of Christianity in the various human cultures.”85 …

    Through inculturation the Church makes the Gospel incarnate in different cultures…She transmits to them her own values…Inculturation is a slow journey…

    53. Missionaries…must immerse themselves in the cultur[e]..evangelizing the culture of the environment in which they are working…

    54. …inculturation must be guided by two principles: “compatibility with the gospel and communion with the universal Church.“94

    …In effect, inculturation must involve the whole people of God…The safeguarding of traditional values is the work of a mature faith.

Religious Cleansing, Keith Fournier (Roman Catholic Deacon), 1993

    It is essential for Christians of the twentieth century and the beginning of a new millennium…to contend once again for the culture…to rescue a civilization which is heading toward barbarism. p. 6

Defending the First Right and First Freedom: A Call for Collaboration, Deacon Keith Fournier, 2004

    For decades I have tried in my own little way to take the social teaching of the Catholic Church and offer it as a resource for building a culture of life, family, freedom and solidarity. This beautiful teaching is not just for Catholics, other Christians or even other people of faith but intended for all men and women.

Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis
of Faith
by C. John, III McCloskey, Russell Shaw, 2007

    “So now we face the need to do again what our forebears in the faith did all those centuries ago—I mean evangelize a largely pagan society and convert the pagans

    “And as that kind of growth takes place, it will lead inevitably to the transformation of the contemporary culture into one that faithfully reflects Christ’s teaching as mediated by the Church.

    “Primarily through her laity,” Pope John Paul II told the American bishops in 1987, “the church is in a position to exercise great influence upon American culture.”

    “Then he asked, “But how is American culture evolving today? Is the evolution being influenced by the Gospel? Does it clearly reflect Christian inspiration?

    “Your music, your poetry and art, your drama, your painting and sculpture, the literature that you are producing—are all those things which reflect the soul of a nation being influenced by the sprit of Christ for the perfection of humanity?” p. 25, 26

“Preaching” a Christian/Biblical Worldview to redeem culture; supporting and voting for conservative morality in the form of family/traditional/pro-life values; or spending massive amounts of money for such—NONE of this saves you from your own wicked deceitful heart; Nor does it nor can it make culture or society better.

The Lord Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross to rescue and redeem culture? NO! Jesus died on the cross (taking the punishment for all sin), so that people (individuals, YOU specifically) could be rescued, redeemed and freed from sin, darkness, and from this wicked world. Jesus Christ and repentance are to be preached, not culture or values.

God’s WORD

    “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world…”
    —John 18:36

    “…our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins,
    that he might deliver us from this present evil world…”
    —Galatians 1:3, 4

    “And that repentance and remission of sins should be
    preached in his name among all nations…”—Luke 24:47

    “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord…”
    —2 Corinthians 4:5

    “And from Jesus Christ…the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”—Revelation 1:5

Rather than proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who live in darkness, the ecumenical “religious” and “spiritual” leaders of our world are promoting transformation through culture. Many of these groups have political agendas, and have a major influence on our current government.

The Ecumenical/Common Good/Dialogue Way or Evangelization of culture with the help of Christian Worldview, Values, the Family
Through ecumenism/common good and focus on culture/values, Evangelicals, Methodists, Baptists, Orthodox, Reformed, Roman Catholics, Calvinists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Mormons, Moonies, and Muslims, the poor and the very wealthy (to mention some groups)—all can agree that society (culture) needs to have morals and values such as family, marriage, sanctity of life.

The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Eucharist is Jesus’ real body and real blood. As I have discussed in this Real Presence series, the RC Church believes the Eucharist is the center of worship, they are NOT going to change, and they are out to get YOU to agree with them so they can once again rule the world.

Any group that is ecumenical—including worldview and transforming culture, or focusing on pro-life, family values and/or the social gospel—is, whether they know it or not, participating in the Roman Church agenda.

    “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”—Ephesians 5:11

The following are posts on my AreYouAware site and give more information on some of the Christian Worldview and Family/Values groups.

1. Christian/Biblical World View
Background information on the Christian/Biblical Worldview.
Some Christian/Biblical Worldview groups
Starting with Awana and ending with YWAM.
Christian Worldview Weekends
Timeline of Norman Geisler’s education, books, etc.

2. Cultural/Political Groups
Some Culture/Family/Values Groups
Alliance Defense Fund
Arlington Group Links
Howard Center Links
Values Voters Summits
World Congress of Families, funding, sponsors, supporters

God’s WORD

    “In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.”—Psalm 143:2

    Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.”—Isaiah 29:13

    “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”—Acts 20:21

    “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

    “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

    “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”—2 John 9–11

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelism through Education, Part I—Catholic

God’s WORD

    “When wisdom entereth into thine heart…understanding
    shall keep thee:

    “To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man
    that speaketh froward things;

    “Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways
    of darkness;

    “Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of
    the wicked;

    “Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:”
    —Proverbs 2:10–15

    “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
    deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the
    world, and not after Christ.”—Colossians 2:8

Evangelizing centers of education, Ecclesia in America, John Paul II

    71. Education can play an outstanding role in promoting the inculturation of the Gospel.

    …Catholic centers of education, and those which, although non-denominational, are clearly inspired by Catholic principles, will be able
    to engage in authentic evangelization only if at all levels including that
    of the university they clearly preserve their Catholic orientation.

    The content of the education they impart should make constant reference to Jesus Christ and his message as the Church presents it in her dogmatic and moral teaching.

    Only in this way will they train truly Christian leaders in the different spheres of human activity, and in society, especially in politics, economics, science, art and philosophical reflection. 267

    Hence, it is essential that the Catholic university be truly both things at once: a university and Catholic...

    Pastoral work in Catholic universities will therefore be given special attention: it must encourage a commitment to the apostolate on the part of the students themselves, so that they can become

    the evangelizers of the university world. 269

    In addition, cooperation between Catholic universities throughout America needs to be encouraged, for their mutual enrichment; 270

    this will help put into effect, at the university level too, the principle of solidarity and interchange between the peoples of the whole continent.

    In the overall work of the new evangelization, the educational sector occupies a place of honor.

    For this reason, the activity of all Catholic teachers, including those working in non-denominational schools, should be encouraged.

    I also make an urgent appeal to men and women religious not to abandon this field which is so important for the new evangelization. 274

Pope Benedict to Catholic Educators, Catholic University 4/17/2008
Wash., D C publicaffairs.cua.edu/Releases/2008//PopeBenedictSpeech.cfm

    “…Again, we see why fostering personal intimacy with Jesus Christ and communal witness to his loving truth is indispensable in Catholic institutions of learning.

    The Church’s primary mission of evangelization, in which
    educational institutions play a crucial role
    , is consonant with
    a nation’s fundamental aspiration to develop a society truly worthy of the
    human person’s dignity…the Church never tires of upholding the essential
    moral categories of right and wrong… 



    Teachers and administrators, whether in universities or schools, have the duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruc-
    tion in Catholic doctrine and practice.

    This requires that public witness to the way of Christ, as found
    in the Gospel and upheld by the Church’s Magisterium, shapes
    all aspects of an institution’s life,
    both inside and outside the
    classroom. Divergence from this vision weakens Catholic identity…

    
”…lay and Religious teachers of catechesis…must also be
    ready to lead the commitment
    made by the entire school community
    to assist our young people, and their families, to experience the harmony between faith, life and culture.

Roman Catholic Education
To help the pope out with his goal of evangelization through education,
is the Roman Catholic education system with 200,000 Catholic educators,
7.6 million students and 8000 Catholic elementary and secondary schools,
religious education programs, seminaries, colleges and universities. (ncea.org/about/index.asp)

As far as higher education, there are 245 Catholic higher education institutions
in the United States. In 2006, it was estimated there were more than 686,000
students enrolled in 215 Catholic higher education institutions in the US.

According to the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, approximately 12.5% of the world’s Catholic colleges and universities are located in the United States. There are approximately 1,861 Catholic colleges and universities worldwide.

To be right in everything, we ought always to hold that the white which I see, is black if the hierarchical Church
so decides it.
—Thirteenth Rule of Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises

Ignatius Loyola, The Society of Jesus, and Jesuit Educators
Major help for the Pope and his goal of evangelization through education has been in place since the mid-1500s from The Society of Jesus or Jesuits started by the Spaniard, Ignatius Loyola, also the originator of the Jesuits’ Spiritual Exercises. Considered Ignatius’ greatest contribution to the Church, the Spiritual Exercises are the basis for the Spiritual Disciplines of today’s emergent church.

    Benedict XVI 4/22/2006 to the Society of Jesus

St. Ignatius of Loyola was first and foremost a man of
God who in his life put God, his greatest glory and his
greatest service, first. He was a profoundly prayerful
man for whom the daily celebration of the Eucharist
was the heart and crowning point of his day.

    Sketches from Church History, S. M. Houghton, p. 135

The Jesuits were a Catholic order founded in 1534, by
Ignatius Loyola, a Spaniard, their chief aim being the
complete extermination of Protestantism. They called
their Order the Society of Jesus.

Responsible only to the Pope and exempted from all
other jurisdiction, they bound themselves by oath to unconditional obedience to the Pope.

Country, friends, personal interest, even private opinion and conscience were nothing; the rules of the Order were everything to them.

They specialized in providing a high standard of education for the sons of the nobility, and by this means their influence was enormous.

They penetrated into all the relationships of life and obtained possession of secret information that would further their aims.

The most notorious principle of the Society of Jesus was, “the end justifies the means”. Hence they would engage in murder
if they judged that the Catholic Church would benefit by it…”

Some background links to read
The following links on my Are You Aware site give the necessary background
for my next post, The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelism
through Education, Part II—Jesuit.

Catholic Schools in the US and Four conservatives with some Roman Catholic Education.

Ignatius Loyola and the Society of Jesus.

Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises/Ignatian Spirituality.

God’s WORD

    “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge
    of the truth.

    “…so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”—2 Timothy 3:7. 8

    “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:”
    —Titus 2:1

    “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

    “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”
    —2 Timothy 1:9, 10

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelization Through Media

God’s WORD

    “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”—Psalm 118:8

    “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud,
    knowing nothing…”—1 Timothy 6:3, 4

“For the new evangelization to be effective, it is essential to have a deep understanding of the culture of our time in which the social communications media are most influential…knowledge and use of the media…is indispensable”.—John Paul II

Evangelization through media, Ecclesia in America, John Paul II

    72. Using the media correctly and competently can lead to a genuine inculturation of the Gospel…initiatives to make the Gospel effectively present…

    the training of pastoral workers for this task;

    the support of high-quality production centers;

    the careful and effective use of satellite and other new technologies;

    teaching the faithful to be “critical” in their use of the media;

    joining forces in order to acquire and manage new transmitters and TV and radio networks, as well as coordinating those already in operation…

    Business people should be encouraged to provide economic support for quality products promoting human and Christian values. 278

NEA: New Evangelization of America Mission Statement
“NEA is a Pan-American organization which seeks to use and help coordinate media communications to bring about the “New Evangelization.”

letter of recommendation for NEA from the Vatican
From the Vatican, January 4, 1999
Dear Bishop Grahmann,
The Holy Father was pleased to receive your letter forwarding the plan of evangelization approved at the NETA 200 Conference held in Dallas last month. He wishes me to assure you and your Brother Bishops of his gratitude for your efforst to promote the new evangelization of America according to the vision…set forth in his Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America…

NEA and movies

    NEA has been blessed to present early previews of some of the finest Catholic Christian movies produced in recent years.

    Thérèse
    January 2003 conference featured…[the] true story of St. Thérèse of Lisieux…in the movie Thérèse.

    The Passion of the Christ
    In January 2004, NEA hosted a special preview of The Passion of the Christ, by Mel Gibson, with…Jim Caviezel as special guest…

    Bella
    The 2007 NEA Conference…played a special preview of Bella…

Star Quest Production Network
Leading the way in Catholic New Media

(SQPN)’s first Catholic New Media Celebration, 6/22/2008
in conjunction with the Eucharistic Congress, Atlanta, Georgia

It’s a day of learning about the technologies that make up the heart of Catholic New Media.

It’s Catholic: the Eucharist will be the heart of the celebration!

    “The new media—telecommunications and internet in particular—are changing the very face of communication
    —Pope Benedict XVI, message for the 42nd World Communications Day

Catholic Radio Association

    Global Catholic Radio Conference
    October 8–11, 2008
    It is now necessary that the Good News be spread by the invaluable medium of radio available to us.

Institute for World Evangelism, ICPE Mission
Theme: To Know Christ and make Him known

    NEA (New Evangelisation of America) has had an alliance with the Institute for World Evangelization—ICPE Mission, since January 2007. Founded by Mario and Anna Cappello, the Catholic ICPE Mission was dedicated to the formation and training of Catholics so that they may become more effective evangelisers.

Inspirational Films and Institute for World Evangelisation sign Jesus Film agreement

    The Jesus Film originated by Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade,
    was distributed in 1979. In 1981, Bill created the Jesus Film Project organization with the goal of accurately translating Jesus into other languages and showing them around the world.

    In April 1999, Inspirational Films and the ICPE Institute for World Evangelisation signed an agreement in which the Pontifical ICPE
    Institute for World Evangelisation
    was given permisssion to prepare a Catholic Edition of the film JESUS.

    The ICPE Institute also prepared their own literature, for the follow-up
    of Film JESUS which would be used as “evangelization” worldwide.

    The Institute for World Evangelisation established Millennium Films International (MFI) to proclaim the “gospel” through the distribution
    of the film JESUS.

Millennium Films International

    The International Office of the Institute for World Evangelisation,
    in Rome since the summer of 1998, is also the main headquarters of Millennium Films International.

    Millennium Films International has translated the film in various languages. Our goal is to reach every nation, tribe, people and tongue, helping them see and hear the story of Jesus in a language they can understand…

    [JTB comment: Is this the Jesus of the Bible?]

film JESUS

    Through the use of the film JESUS and other means of mass communication, Millennium Films International aims to evangelise
    and to help parish communities, families and individuals worldwide
    to renew their personal faith and love for Jesus.

      Film Jesus Statistics
      May 2000: Jubilee Edition of the film JESUS won the Grand Prix
      of the XV International Catholic Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland.

      Rome in 2000: over 1.5 million videocassettes in 7 languages were given as gifts…

      World Youth Day—film JESUS was shown to an estimated 2.2 million people..

      Eucharistic Congress, Argentina—60,000 packages of the film JESUS in Spanish distributed

      Ukrainian version—20,000 copies crowds gathered with Pope
      John Paul II in Ukraine

      Malta —110,000 videocassettes of film JESUS distributed to every household.

      In 2002, distribution of approximately 2,000,000 copies of the film JESUS in various Asian countries started…

      Thousands of copies of the film JESUS in Arabic were distributed
      in Middle Eastern countries.

      World Youth Day in Germany—50,000 DVDs were distributed…

      June 2006 meeting of Pope Benedict XVI with Ecclesial Movements: 10,000 DVDs of film JESUS were distributed.

    Bill Bright letter

    March 18, 2002
    Mr. and Mrs. Mario Cappello
    Institute for World Evangelisation
    Rome, Italy
    Dear Mario and Anna:
    Warm greetings with Christ’s great love from our beautiful Lake Hart campus!

    Thank you so much for your letter of February 15, and your kind and gracious words. I am humbled and honored that our great God and Savior has used us and Campus Crusade for Christ in some small way to help impact souls for His Kingdom. To Him be all praise and glory!

    I rejoice over every report of what God is doing in the Catholic world. My special prayers for you and Pope John Paul II.

    It is so exciting to hear about what you and your ministry are accomplishing for the cause of our Lord. I consider it a privilege to work alongside you in the greatest spiritual harvest of all time.

    Warm affection in Christ.

    Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
    Bill Bright
    Founder of Campus Crusade International

    More reference on Bill Bright:
    Fellowship of the Burning Heart 1947
    Evangelicals and Catholics Together

    God’s WORD

      “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”—Psalm 119:130

      “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”—Psalm 119:133

      “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”—2 Timothy 2:15

The “Real Presence” in the Eucharist Part 5 B cont’d: Council of Trent’s Anathemas—Now

Pope Benedict revives The Tridentine Mass from 1570–1572, ok’d by the Council of Trent, contained in the 1962 Roman Missal

Pope Poised To Revive Latin Mass, Official Says
By Alan Cooperman 10/13/2006

Old rite wins new Mass appeal July 30, 2007

“Don’t pray at Holy Mass, but pray the Holy Mass.”
Pope Saint Pius X

Listing of Latin Mass Churches and Communities
This page was updated on January 9, 2012. “…Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (previously called the Latin, traditional or Tridentine Mass per the 1962 Missal) in the USA and Canada.

Mel Gibson and the Latin Mass
Exactly what type of Catholic is Mel Gibson?
“…Several years ago, Mel Gibson told the press: ”I go to an all-pre-Vatican II Latin mass…”

“According to various sources, Gibson shares many beliefs of the Traditionalist Catholic movement which rejects some or all reforms started by the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

“…Mel Gibson funded the construction of a church not affiliated with the local Roman Catholic diocese, the Holy Family Chapel in Agoura, California. This church conducts a Latin mass and observes Traditionalist Catholic doctrine.”

‘The Passion’…for its author, is a Mass 2/18/2004
Vittorio Messori on Mel Gibson’s Work

The Passion of Mel Gibson 02/20/04
Why evangelicals are cheering a movie with profoundly Catholic sensibilities. by David Neff

The Return of the Latin Mass October 12, 2006
By Jeff Israely, Rome and David Van Biema, New York


The Roman Church still believes the Eucharist is
Jesus’ real body and real blood

John Paul 2 and the Eucharist
On the Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist
Promulgated by Pope John Paul II on February 24, 1980
“…Therefore in eucharistic Communion we receive Christ, Christ Himself; and our union with Him…brings it about that in Him we are also associated in the unity of His body which is the Church.

Only in this way…is there brought about that building up of the Church, which in the Eucharist truly finds its “source and summit,” according to the well-known expression of the Second Vatican Council.[18]”

On the Way to Jesus Christ
by Joseph Ratzinger, Current Pope

This book…concludes with reflections on Jesus’ Presence in the Holy Eucharist, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s presentation of the Christian mystery as seen through the Catechism’s dynamic view of Sacred Scripture.

Chapter 6. Daily Bread and Eucharistic Bread:
A meditation for the Feast of Corpus Christi
Chapter 7. Eucharist–Communio–Solidarity:
Christ Present and Active in the Blessed Sacrament

On the Eucharist, “‘Treasure’ of the Church”
From Benedict XVI’s address at Vatican City,
June 18, 2006.


“The Eucharist is, in fact, the “treasure” of the Church, the precious heritage that her Lord has left her. And the Church guards this heritage with the greatest care, celebrating it daily in the holy Mass, adoring it in churches and chapels, distributing it to the sick, and as viaticum to those on their last journey.

“…the Eucharist is the Lord Jesus…

“…the Eucharist also has cosmic value: The transformation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ constitutes, in fact, the principle of divinization of creation itself.

“This is why the feast of Corpus Christi is characterized particularly by the tradition of carrying the Blessed Sacrament in procession, a gesture full of meaning.

“By carrying the Eucharist through the streets and squares, we wish to submerge the bread descended from heaven in the everyday of our lives; we want Jesus to walk where we walk; to live where we live. Our world, our lives, must become his temple…

“Mary is the “Eucharistic woman…Let us pray to the Virgin that all Christians may deepen their faith in the Eucharistic mystery, so that they live in constant communion with Jesus…”

College Student steals “Jesus” (the consecrated host)
The Student That Stole The Body of Christ
University of Central Florida student, Webster Cook, took the Eucharist, a small wafer that represents the Body of Christ during communion, out of the church to show a friend a sample of the wafer. Now the student claims that he fears for his life, reporting that he has received death threats and other disturbing messages from Catholic enthusiasts…

Catholic League comments:
Florida Student Abuses Eucharist July 7, 2008
“…Catholic League president Bill Donohue offered the following remarks today:
“For a student to disrupt Mass by taking the Body of Christ hostage—regardless of the alleged nature of his grievance—is beyond hate speech. That is why the UCF administration needs to act swiftly and decisively in seeing that justice is done. All options should be on the table, including expulsion.”

“Body Of Christ’ Returned To Church After Student Receives Email Threats: July 9, 2008 Orange County, FL

The Roman Catholic Church wants All, Everyone (that means YOU) to celebrate the Eucharist as “Jesus’ Real blood and body”

Ecumenism ultimately points toward a common Eucharist,
Pope tells Christians
Sydney, July 18, 2008 (CNA)
Fifteen leaders of the Australian Christian church met the Pope in an Ecumenical event held in the St. Mary’s Cathedral Crypt on Friday morning. In his address to the church leaders, Benedict XVI called on them to not view doctrine as divisive since that view can prevent Christians from working to improve the world…

While Baptism is the starting point for ecumenical dialogue, the Pope said that, “The road of ecumenism ultimately points towards a common celebration of the Eucharist. We can be sure that a common Eucharist one day would only strengthen our resolve to love and serve one another in imitation of our Lord.”

God’s WORD

    “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.”
    —Psalm 82:5

    “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”—Psalm 14:3

    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”—Luke 4:18 (Isaiah 61:1)

    “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”—Luke 19:10

The Real Presence in the Eucharist Part A cont’d: The Council of Trent Anathemas—then

God’s WORD

    “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

    “As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”—Galatians 1:8, 9

    “Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.”—1 Peter 3:9

    “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”—Matthew 10:28

Note: This list is very abbreviated as are the biographies. There is much more to the story of these godly men who believed God’s Word and did not render evil for evil.

A few who were killed because they would not believe Jesus’ real body and blood were in the Eucharist

John Badby, a tailor and layman March 1409
“…they demanded of him what he believed about the bread. John answered that it was hallowed bread, and not God’s body. A tun (beer cask) was put over him, and a fire set.

And when he felt the fire, he cried, Mercy! calling belike upon the Lord. The prince immediately commanded to take away the tun, and quench the fire and asked him if he would forsake heresy, to take him to the faith of holy church…

When Mr. Badby refused, the prince commanded him straight to be put again into the pipe or tun…

Illustration of the horrible burning of John Badby.

John Oldcastle, Lollard leader 1417
“…Oldcastle…insisted the bread was still bread (did not become the literal body of Christ)…

[Oldcastle was] condemned as heretic for denying transubstantiation and “hung and burnt hanging” in St Giles’s Fields, London, 1417. Wood engraving.

Six Articles Act of 1539 in England revived death by burning as a penalty for denying transubstantiation.
Because of this act many, often quite humble folk were tried by Church courts and tried according to whether they believed the wafer used in the Mass was changed in substance at its consecration into Christ Himself bodily. If they said the host and wine were NOT the real Jesus, they were burnt alive…

John Rogers 1555
“I was asked whether I believed in the sacrament to be the very body and blood of our Savior, Christ, that was born of the Virgin Mary and hanged on the cross really and substantially.

I answered, ‘I think it could be false. I cannot understand really and substantially to signify otherwise then corporeally, but corporeally Christ is only in heaven and so Christ cannot be corporeally in your sacrament.’ And therefore he was condemned and burned.”—John Rogers, from Foxe’s book of Martyrs.

Dr. Rowland Taylor, a pastor 1555
“My second cause why I was condemned an heretic is, that I denied Transubstantiation and Concomitation (meaning-that the bread/wine body/blood of Christ literally coexist together with one another at the
same time),

“two juggling words of the papists, by the which they do believe, and will compel all other to believe, that Christ’s natural body is made of bread, and the Godhead by and by to be joined thereunto;

“so that immediately after the words called ‘the words of consecration,’ there is no more bread and wine in the sacrament, but the substance only of the body and blood of Christ together with his Godhead…

“This matter was not long debated in words: but because I denied the aforesaid papistical doctrine (yea rather, plain, most wicked, idolatry, blasphemy and heresy), I was judged a heretic.

“I did also affirm the pope to be antichrist, and popery antichristianity. And
I confessed the doctrine of the Bible to be sufficient doctrine, touching all and singular matters of Christian religion, and of salvation.”—Dr. Taylor

Dr. Rowland Taylor was convicted and burned at the stake for heresy.

Derek Carver of Brighton July 22, 1555
“Ye think ye can make a God. Ye make a pudding.” He said this at his trial in St Mary’s Church-Over-the-Water. Derek was burnt at Lewes on 22nd July 1555.

William Wolsey and Robert Piggot, October 16, 1555
“The sacrament of the altar was an idol and the natural body and blood of Christ were not present in the said sacrament and to this opinion they said they would stick, believing the same to be no heresy, that they had affirmed but the very truth, whereupon they would stand.”

They were burnt at Ely, Cambridgeshire on 16th October 1555.

Nicholas Ridley, English clergyman, died 1555
“White told Ridley that he had been condemned as a heretic…for denying the Real Presence, that there could be no further argument about this, and that unless Ridley recanted he would be condemned and burned as a heretic; but he urged Ridley to acknowledge Papal Supremacy and the Real Presence, and told him that the queen would pardon him if he recanted.

“Ridley refused to recant, denounced both Papal Supremacy and the Real Presence, and asked to be allowed to address the court and justify his attitude.”

“Ridley spoke a bit, but then was forced to quit speaking and White condemned Ridley as a heretic…

“Ridley…denied that the sacrament of the altar (Eucharist) was the true and natural body and blood of Christ, and said that after the words of consecration, it was really bread and wine which remained. For this, Ridley was condemned and burned.”—Bloody Mary’s Martyrs: The Story of England’s Terror
by Jasper Ridley p. 113

Maerten Janss, Corn Porter,
Jan Hendrickss of Swartewael, Steersman, February 5, 1572

“Both men were condemned to death with fire by the judges of the city of Delft…

“They also hold very evil views concerning the mass, despising and utterly rejecting the holy sacrament of the altar…”

Maerten and Jan were “to be led upon the scaffold erected in the marketplace of this city, and there to be tied to a stake and burned till death ensues…

“We furthermore declare all their property confiscated and forfeited for the benefit of his royal majesty…

“Done the fifth of February, A. D. 1572, Delft Style.”
—Extracted from the first book of criminal sentences, fol. 195, preserved in the archives of the city of Delft, 23d of August, A. D. 1659.

George Bucker, also called Adam Damlip,
was drawn, hanged and quartered for his preaching against transubstantiation and the propitiatory sacrifice of the mass.

God’s WORD

    “O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”
    —Psalm 84:12

    “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”—Romans 12:19

    “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

    “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.—Isaiah 55:6, 7

    “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”—John 12:46

The Real Presence in the Eucharist Part 5 B: Council of Trent’s Anathemas—Now

The Real Presence in the Eucharist Part 5 A: The Council of Trent Anathemas—then

God’s WORD

    “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”—John 14:15

    “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”—John 15:12

    “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words…”—John 14:23

Council of Trent and Anathemas against unbelief in the Real Presence in the Eucharist
Between December 1545 and December 1563, the Council of Trent (the 19th Ecumenical Council) defined Roman Church Doctrine and then listed Anathemas—judgment and condemnation against anyone who did not agree.

An infallible teaching by a pope or ecumenical council is considered definitive and binding and usually has an accompanying anathema (formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church), stating that anyone who deliberately dissents is outside the Catholic Church…

Anathema pronouncement ceremony
The Pope in a purple cope, held a lighted candle, and was joined by twelve priests, each with a lighted candle. The anathema concluded with these words:

Wherefore in the name of God the All-powerful, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, of Blessed Peter…

we deprive (Name) himself and all his accomplices and all his abettors of the Communion of the Body and Blood of Our Lord,

we separate him from the society of all Christians,

we exclude him from the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church in Heaven and on earth,

we declare him excommunicated and anathematized and we judge him condemned to eternal fire with Satan and his angels and all the reprobate,

so long as he will not burst the fetters of the demon, do penance and satisfy the Church; we deliver him to Satan to mortify his body, that his soul may be saved on the day of judgment.

The priests respond: “Fiat, fiat, fiat” (Let it be done), and all, including the pontiff, cast their lighted candles on the ground.

Notice is sent in writing to the priests and neighbouring bishops of the name of the one who has been thus excommunicated and the cause of his excommunication, in order that they may have no communication with him.

Although he is delivered to Satan and his angels, he can still, and is even bound to repent.

On the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist; Excerpts from the Text of the Council of Trent

Anathemas condemning anyone that rejects the Most Holy Eucharist or its Adoration

“If any one denieth, that, in the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist, are contained truly, really, and substantially, the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ; but saith that He is only therein as in a sign, or in figure, or virtue; let him be anathema.”—Thirteenth Session CANON I

“If any one saith, that, in the holy sacrament of the Eucharist, Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, is not to be adored with the worship…neither to be venerated with a special festive solemnity, nor to be solemnly borne about in processions…or, is not to be proposed publicly to the people to be adored, and that the adorers thereof are idolators; let him be anathema.”—Thirteenth Session CANON VI

Anathema condemning anyone who does not believe in Transubstantiation

If any one saith, that, in the sacred and holy sacrament of the Eucharist, the substance of the bread and wine remains conjointly with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and denieth that wonderful and singular conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood—the species Only of the bread and wine remaining—which conversion indeed the Catholic Church most aptly calls Transubstantiation; let him be anathema. Thirteenth Session CANON II
http://history.hanover.edu/texts/trent/ct13.html
and http://www.geocities.com/peterpaulmin/CoucilofTrent.html

The Roman Catholic Church justifies repressive measures against those who did not believe the Eucharist is Christ’s real blood and real body
Basing their beliefs on “infallible” church doctrine, popes, church fathers, tradition, and scripture they have twisted, the Roman Catholic church’s leaders and councils, completely disregarded Jesus command to love one another and ones enemies, and justified their torturing and burning to death of fathers, mothers, children, even annihilating whole groups of people because they
would not agree with Roman Church doctrine.

“… for punishment does not take place primarily and per se for the correction and good of the person punished, but for the public good in order that others may become terrified and weaned away from the evils they would commit.”—Directorium Inquisitorum, edition of 1578, Book 3, page 137, (translated from Latin)

There is no room in the constitution of the Roman church “for private judgment sorting essentials from non-essentials.” It is
seen as “revolt against a Divinely constituted authority.”
—from http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07256b.htm

“All repressive measures cause suffering or inconvenience of some sort…But they are not therefore cruel…Opponents say: Precisely; the rigours of the Inquisition violated all humane feelings. We answer: they offend the feelings of later ages in which there is
less regard for the purity of faith…”
—from http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07256b.htm

“…all those are damned who see the Sacrament of the Body of Christ which is consecrated on the altar in the form of bread and wine by the words of our Lord in the hands of the priest, and do not see or believe in spirit and in God that this is really the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—Francis of Assisi

“…It is the spiritual mystery that unites the Eucharist to us…Yet some heretics disclaim the truth of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. To some, it appears scandalous to eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ… The body of Christ is not related to place…It is not divided into parts, but is entire in every single one…Every consecrated bread is converted into the entire Body of Christ.”—Aquinas, From Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 4, Chapters 61 to 69

In the next post (5A continued) I am going to list just a very few of the people killed for the “heresy” of not believing the Eucharist was Jesus’ real body and blood. Often, there was more than one “heresy” charge, such as believing salvation was by faith alone, believing the Bible was the only authority or not baptizing babies.

Is it reasonable to kill or torture people, even wiping out whole groups because they do not agree that the host and wine become Jesus’ real body and real blood? That is not Jesus’ way.

    “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”—Matthew 5:44

Part 5A Continued

The Real Presence in the Eucharist Part 4: Thomas à Kempis’ “The Imitation of Christ”

    “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like
    the most High.”—Isaiah 14:14

    “And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ;
    or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

    “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall
    shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible,
    even the elect.”—Mark 13:21, 22

    “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”—2 Timothy 4:3

    “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight
    of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”—Ephesians 4:14

Meister Eckhart, Gerard Groote and Brothers of the Common Life
“Simply defined, mysticism is the immediate experience of oneness with God. It is this experience that characterized the teaching of Meister Eckhart (1260–1327), who sparked a mystical movement in western Germany.

“Eckhart was a well-educated Dominican theologian…whose message on the union of the soul with God was typical of mysticism. According to Eckhart, such a union was attainable by all who pursued it wholeheartedly. Eckhart’s movement spread from Germany into the Low Countries, where it took on a new form called the Modern Devotion, founded by Gerard Groote (1340–1384).

“After a religious conversion, Groote entered a monastery for several years of contemplation before reentering the world. His messages were typical of a practical mysticism. To achieve true spiritual communion with God, people
must imitate Jesus and lead lives dedicated to serving the needs of their fellow
human beings…

“Eventually, Groote attracted a group of followers who came to be known as
the Brothers of the Common Life…They also established schools throughout Germany and the Netherlands in which they stressed their message of imitating
the life of Jesus by serving others…”
—Western Civilization: Volume I: To 1715, by Jackson J. Spielvogel, p. 303

Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
At age 15, Thomas à Kempis (1380–1471) went to a school conducted by the Brethren of the Common Life. Thomas, thought to be the the author of the
short devotional book, The Imitation of Christ, was a follower of Geert Groote mentioned above, and Florentius Radewijns, the founders of the Brethren
of the Common Life.

The Imitation of Christ, first published anonymously, in Latin, ca. 1418,
is a short manual of devotion, named for the title of the first of four books.
TIOC was heavily influenced by the mystic goal of oneness with God and the
Modern devotion of Gerard Groote and the Brothers of the Common Life.

Thomas was apparently (accidentally) buried alive, in that splinters were later found embedded under the fingernails of his corpse. He was denied canonization on the grounds that a saint would not fight death in this way.
—Wilkins, R.: A History of Man’s Obsession and Fears, 1990

A couple sources claim that The Imitation of Christ is second to the Bible in
being widely read. The Imitation of Christ is praised by Protestants and Roman Catholics; the Jesuits give it an official place among their “exercises;” and it is in full conformity with the Catholic faith both of the time it was written and with the Catholic faith today.

The teaching in The Imitation of Christ is 180-out (the complete opposite) of what is taught in God’s Word. TIOC with its major wresting of scripture, is a very contemplative book, focused on suffering, doing good works to appease God and be holy, guilt trips from the Voice of Christ who was unkind and demanding to the Disciple, and references a number of Roman Catholic doctrines such as purgatory, as well as other unbiblical thinking.

But mostly, TIOC promotes the actual eating of Jesus’ body in the Eucharist
(in a very sensual manner, alluding to a physical marriage relationship to God)
as the way to be holy and become Jesus (have oneness/union/divinity with god). One can apparently eat “Jesus” and achieve holiness and divinity, but never be completely forgiven of sins.

God’s WORD

    “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”—Romans 6:23

    “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
    —John 17:17

I have included a few quotes (PG-13) from the 18 short chapters in An Invitation to the Holy Communion, one of the four short books in TIOC. In these few chapters, a harsh, condescending Voice of Christ instructs a Disciple on how to have oneness with God through the Holy Communion (Eucharist) by eating the real body and the real blood of Jesus, doing good works, and what sounds like eucharistic adoration.

This is not the Jesus of the Bible, but another Jesus and another gospel. To me, the book destroys confidence in the goodness and kindness of the Lord and His Word, presenting Man’s Word and experience as an alternative—isn’t that what the serpent did in the garden?

excerpts: An Invitation to the Holy Communion from
Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis

Chapter 3. It Is Profitable To Receive Communion Often
The Disciple
“…my heart desires to be united with You. Give me Yourself…You Who have
left Yourself in this Sacrament for the consolation of the faithful…

Chapter 7. The Examination of Conscience and the Resolution
to Amend

The Voice of Christ
“…For there is no more worthy offering, no greater satisfaction for washing away sin than to offer yourself purely and entirely to God with the offering
of the Body of Christ in Mass and Communion.

Chapter 8. The Offering of Christ on the Cross; Our Offering
The Voice of Christ
Offer yourself to Me, therefore, and give yourself entirely for God…I even
gave My whole Body and Blood for food that I might be all yours, and you
Mine forever.

Chapter 12. The Communicant Should Prepare Himself for Christ with Great Care
The Voice of Christ
“…You have need of Me. I do not need you…You come to be sanctified and united with Me…

Chapter 13. With All Her Heart the Devout Soul Should Desire Union with Christ in the Sacrament
The Disciple
“…Surely there is no other people so fortunate as to have their god near them, as You, our God, are present everywhere to the faithful, to whom You give Yourself to be eaten and enjoyed for their daily solace…

Chapter 14. The Ardent Longing of Devout Men for the Body
of Christ

Chapter 15. The Grace of Devotion is Acquired Through Humility and Self-Denial

Chapter 17. The Burning Love and Strong Desire to Receive Christ
The Disciple
Let all people, races, and tongues praise You and with the greatest joy and most ardent devotion…And when they have received the longed-for devotion and blissful union, and…have retired from Your holy, Your celestial table…

God’s WORD

    “For all those things hath mine hand made…saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”—Isaiah 66:2

    “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”—Psalm 51:17

    “But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

    “How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

    “These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.”—Jude 17–19

    “This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.”—James 3:15

    “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power
    of God.”—1 Corinthians 1:18

Next Post: The Real Presence in the Eucharist Part 5 A: The Council of Trent Anathemas—then

The “Real Presence” in the Eucharist Part 3: Eucharist as Union or On Becoming Deity

God’s WORD

    “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

    “Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things?”—Acts 7:48–50

    “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that
    he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

    “Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he
    needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath,
    and all things.”—Acts 17:24, 25

    “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity
    of their mind,”—Ephesians 4:17

    “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”—2 Corinthians 11:3, 4

Although it may not be common knowledge, Roman Catholic doctrine (which can not be changed) teaches that by eating Jesus’ “real body” and drinking his “real blood” in the Eucharist, a person becomes one with Jesus (union with God).

Oneness with God, intimate union with the divine or transformed into Jesus—the terms all mean the same thing as becoming deity. This is what Satan offered Adam and Eve in the garden—eat something physical, and you will get godhood—something spiritual.

Catholic Catechism: The Eucharist, “Real Presence” and Union
The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior.—Catechism of the Catholic Church 1129

Holy Communion augments our union with Christ. The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus.—Catechism of the Catholic Church 1391

The Eucharist, the “Real Presence” and Union in their own words
c. 347–407
John Chrysostom
John Chrysostom said that Jesus Christ…desired so to unite himself to us, as to become one and the same thing with us. ‘He mingled himself with us, that we might be one thing…’ (St Alphonsus: “The Holy Eucharist” ) emmitsburg.net/grotto/father_jack/2003/jesus_the_eucharist.htm

354–430
Augustine of Hippo
As Augustine explains it…the Eucharist Christ…receives the church’s sacrifice “in the form of God” in union with God the Father. At the same time, Augustine adds, Christ “in the form of a servant” prefers to be the sacrifice rather than receive it.

In this way Christ is both the priest who offers the sacrifice and the oblation which is offered…” (civ. Dei 10.20).—Allan Fitzgerald, John C. Cavadini, Augustine Through the Ages: An Encyclopedia 

c. 1181–1226
Francis of Assisi

Let the whole of humanity tremble, the whole world shake and the heavens exult when our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, is present on the altar in the hands of a priest…


That the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation 
He hides Himself under the little form of bread…Therefore, hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves so that He who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally.”—Francis of Assisi

1225–1274
Thomas Aquinas

“It fits in perfectly with that charity of Christ which led him to take a real body having human nature and unite it to himself in order to save us. And because it is the very law of friendship that friends should live together, as Aristotle teaches, he promises us his bodily presence as a reward…

“In the meantime, however, he has not left us without his bodily presence in this our pilgrimage, but he joins us to himself in this sacrament in the reality of his body and blood…Hence this sacrament, because it joins Christ so closely to us, is the sign of the extreme of his love.—Thomas Aquinas (ST 3a.75.1) (pontifications.
wordpress.com/2008/03/17/is-transubstantiation-bodily-enough/)

c. 1380–1471
Thomas a Kempis

Thomas à Kempis’ book, “Imitation of Christ” has a whole section on union with Christ in the Eucharist which I will discuss in my next post.

1567–1622
St. Francis de Sales

‘In no other action can the Savior be considered more tender or more loving than in this, in which he annihilates himself, so to say, and reduces himself to food, in order to penetrate our souls, and to unite himself to the hearts of his faithful.’
—Francis de Sales (emmitsburg.net/grotto/father_jack/2003/jesus_the_eucharist.htm)

1673
Margaret Mary Alacoque
(1647 to 1690)
“Love keeps Him there [in the Blessed Sacrament] as a victim completely and perpetually delivered over to sacrifice for the glory of the Father and for our salvation. Unite yourself with Him, then, in all that you do…”—Margaret Mary

1811–1868
Peter Julian Eymard

“…There is a relation of life between Jesus living in the sacrament and ourselves living in the midst of the world: a relation of body to body. For that reason, this feast is not called simply the feast of our Lord, but the feast of the body of our Lord, Corpus Christi. 

Through this body, we touch him; through it, he is our food, our brother and our guest…If you feel that he loves you more, you will give yourself to him more entirely; and the result of these two loves will be perfect union. Therein lie holiness and perfection.”—From the Real Presence of Saint Peter Julian Eymard (sjbrcc.net/corchris.html)

1881–1963
Pope John 23

“Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy…I am determined to give myself no peace until I can truly say I am absorbed into the Heart of Jesus.” (Pope John XXIII, Journal of a Soul) Timothy Terrance O’Donnell, Heart of the Redeemer: An Apologia for the Contemporary and Perennial Value

1895 to 1979
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

We are not called to great penances…but the Holy Hour is a sacrifice in union with Christ!

1905
On Frequent and Daily Reception of Holy Communion

Issued and approved by Pope Pius X on December 20, 1905
But since it is plain that by the frequent or daily reception of the Holy Eucharist union with Christ is strengthened…parish priests, confessors and preachers, according to the approved teaching of the Roman Catechism should exhort the faithful frequently and with great zeal to this devout and salutary practice.

1905 to 1938
“Saint” Faustina
(see 1905 justthebook.wordpress.com)

“Saint” Faustina…an “apostle” of the Mercy of the Heart of God, considered a special aspect of her life to be transformed into a living host. “Transform me in yourself, oh Jesus, that I may be a living sacrifice. I desire to atone at each moment for poor sinners,” she prayed.

“Her entire life, in imitation of Christ’s, was to be a sacrifice…she willingly offered her personal sufferings in union with Him to atone for the sins of others.”—catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=510

1978 to 2005
Pope John Paul II

During Eucharistic Adoration we share in Jesus divine life in a transforming union!

Note: some quotes are from stmonicaadoration.com/Adoration%20Quotes.htm or mbprice.com/therealpresence/pea-sayingssaints.htm

1985
Peter Kreeft, One Catholic to Another,
1985,
published by Inter varsity Christian Fellowship
This little booklet is a theologically twisted and unbiblical discussion between Dusty (who is called a Catholic Christian drifting into no church p. 9, and Sonny (the person informing of Catholic doctrine).

On p. 23, Sonny tells Dusty that Faith, which he says is letting Jesus come into your soul and life, is intimate like marriage. In fact, Sonny says, it is “like getting pregnant—letting God get your soul pregnant with his own life.”

2004
The Year of the Eucharist acfp2000.com/Year_Eucharist/yeareu.html
Week 23 “Our union with Christ [in the Eucharist], which is a gift and grace for each of us, makes it possible for us, in him, to share in the unity of his body which is the Church” (Art. 23).

2007
Seeking the Face of the Lord:
The Eucharist transforms us into Christ
August 3, 2007
“…we are transformed when we receive Christ in the Eucharist. We are transformed into Christ.

Pope Benedict writes: “…This ‘eternal life’ begins in us even now, thanks to the transformation effected in us by the gift of the Eucharist…It is not the eucharistic food that is changed into us, but, rather, we are mysteriously transformed by it. Christ nourishes us by uniting us to himself…” (n. 70)
—archindy.org/archbishop/column/2007/08-03/archbishop.html

God’s WORD

    “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”—2 Timothy 3:13

    “And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”—2 Peter 2:2

    “For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who
    live in error.”—2 Peter 2:18

    “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”—Colossians 1:13, 14

    “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,”—Ephesians 3:17