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Mass Deception

 

The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club recently teamed up with a local Satanic Temple to try to provide students the opportunity to “learn more about different religions.” The planned May 12, 2014, event received strong criticism from many in the community, especially the Archdiocese of Boston, who sees it as a mockery of the traditional Catholic Mass. It was cancelled at the last minute. [1]

The origins of the black mass are sketchy, with few and unreliable manuscripts explaining the rituals. Historians are not unified on exactly what was practiced or who carried out the services in the Middle Ages. Some speak of murder and blood, others of sexual immorality. A renewed interest in black masses arose in the 20th century with more writing and development by Satanists and other occultists. [2]

Of course, it is appropriate to condemn the black mass. People who do not believe in the supernatural and think this type of experience is simply an intellectual experience are in darkness. The Bible says Satan is a real being and an arch-deceiver who delights in people focusing their experiences on him. Some say the black mass is a distortion of Christianity that mixes pagan ideas with pure religion. We should be disturbed when any person or group plays around with concepts rooted in anti-God rebellion; the fact that some openly desire to practice a black mass shows how far our culture has fallen.

But this raises even deeper questions. What are the origins of the mass? Does it truly go back to the time of Jesus and the apostles? Is it genuinely biblical … or has it developed over time mixing truth with error and biblical teaching with human tradition?

The German reformer Martin Luther declared that true believers should receive no authority other than the Holy Bible. Digging beneath the accumulation of church tradition, he uncovered forgotten truths and revealed that the celebration of the mass mixed truth with error. He spoke against the belief of transubstantiation, which holds that the communion bread and grape juice literally became the blood and body of Jesus.

Without question, we would warn anyone from choosing to participate in any occult or Satanic services. Paul tells us, “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). The answer to this rhetorical question is ‘none.’ The Christian knows that when you play with fire, you get burned.

But it would be well for us to take a step further and ask, “Do the traditions I believe have a basis in Scripture or are they the doctrines of humans?” Paul also states, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1). Jesus said, “And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9).

Let’s take time to ensure that all of our Christian practices are founded on the solid rock of Scripture.

 

 

 

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