Did you enjoy mass last Sunday?
Did you enjoy calling the priest “Father” even though Jesus told us not to use this title for church leaders (Matthew 23:8-9)?
Did you enjoy all the extra-biblcal ceremonies of the mass even though Jesus warned about the danger of man-made traditions (Mark 7:6-8)?
Did you enjoy praying to Mary as mediatrix even though the Apostle Paul said that Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5)?
Did you enjoy bowing down before statues even though the Apostle John commanded us to keep away from idols (1 John 5:21)?
Did you enjoy being reminded of upcoming Holy Days of Obligation even though the Apostle Paul granted liberty in such things (Romans 14:5-6)?
Did you enjoy watching Jesus re-sacrificed upon an altar even though the Apostle Paul described his death as a once-for-all sacrifice (Hebrews 7:27, 9:28, 10:10)?
Did you enjoy being told that your good works are meritorious before God even though the Apostle Paul said that they cannot justify (Galatians 2:16)?
Again, did you enjoy your time at mass last Sunday?
If you did, then you need to realize that you did so without the approval of Jesus Christ and his Holy Apostles.
I realize that you may feel offended by what I have written, but before you react, you should at least look up the Bible references I included.
If what you read in scripture seems different than what you have been hearing at church, call your priest and set up a time to visit with him.
I will even join you for the visit if you wish. I was raised Roman Catholic and am well aware of the teachings and practice of the church. Yes, I am also conversant in the writings of the Church Fathers.
You may also send me your questions directly. I do not need to know your name… but you do need to know God’s Truth.
The Rev. Christian McShaffrey, M. Div.