Sunday, March 17, 2019

Roman Catholic Priestly Vestments Contradict The Teachings Of Christ

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          -"They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others." (Matthew 23:5-7)
          -"Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts" (Luke 20:46)

          In context, Jesus Christ was speaking against the religious leaders of His day who were prideful and craving worldly attention. He was categorically denouncing those who arrogantly used their religious offices as a means of obtaining praise from other men. Christ openly exposed the scribes and Pharisees for hypocrisy and self-righteousness. They did good works to be seen of men. Even the robes that they wore served as a display to impress other people.

          These scoldings of Jesus are certainly applicable to the Roman Catholic priesthood, as members continually wear clerical garments and are given special admiration. Now, there is no denying that the Old Testament priesthood had a specific dress code (Exodus 28). The Jews were to be different than their pagan neighbors. But there is no ordained ministerial priesthood found in the New Testament. It is not necessary because Jesus Christ lives forever to make intercession on our behalf. He has already made the once for all atonement sacrifice for our sins. Nowhere does Scripture record God establishing a new class of ministerial priests who intervene between God and man.

          Therefore, the garbs worn by Roman Catholic priests are not appropriate at all. The clothing is of no significance to the Cause of Christ. In fact, it is offensive to the biblical gospel. The elaborate priestly attire and the allegedly bloodless sacrifices performed during masses are sure evidences of flawed religion. The words of Jesus Christ indicate that Roman Catholic priests are not in a rightful place of honor.

2 comments:

  1. Rome has always taught that the Church replaced Israel, and therefore the church needed a priesthood like Israel's. Of course that totally ignores the teachings of Hebrews and the rest of the N.T. which says the only priesthood is that of Christ.

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  2. This is something I think that I forgot to mention on my Catholicism post. I'm glad that you brought this up Jesse. Indeed the catholic priests attire is unbiblical.

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