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Those who refuse the Cup to the Laity, and give an unbroken wafer instead of broken bread, in effect disannul our Lords institution, and substitute another in its place.
It is material to notice the reason assigned by our Redeemer why all the Apostles were to drink of the Cup, “ for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” All, therefore, who stand in need of remission of sins, are to drink of the Cup; that is, all mankind, Laity as well as Clergy.
OF THE ONE OBLATION OF CHRIST FINISHED
UPON THE CROSS.
The offering of Christ once made, is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual ; and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifices of masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits.
Q. What is the offering of Christ, once made ?
A. It is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction, for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual.
Q. Is there any other satisfaction for sin ?
Q. What were the sacrifices of masses, in which it was commonly said, that the priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain, or guilt ?
A. They were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits.
Hebrews ix. 12, 25, 26. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Nor yet that he should offer Himself often, as the High Priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; for then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
1 Timothy ii. 6. Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
1 John ii. 2. And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Psalm li. 17. The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit.
The atonement and satisfaction to God for our sins, was made wholly and solely by the perfect obedience and meritorious sufferings, and death of Christ our blessed Lord, in our nature, in our stead, as our sacrifice and our surety, who has paid the whole debt, to the uttermost farthing, to the last demand of infinite justice. He made, on the cross, (by his one oblation of himself once offered) a full, perfect and sufficient sacritice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world; the sacrifice of masses may, therefore, justly be called fables, since they have no authority in Scripture; and they are blasphemous, as they derogate from the sufficiency of the death and passion of Christ, as an expiation for the sins of mankind; and they are dangerous deceits, because they lead men to place their hope of salvation upon a false foundation. The "
mass is part of the liturgy, or Church service, among the Roman Catholics. Mass was the name for the Lord's Supper, in England, till the middle of the reign of Edward the Sixth.
OF THE MARRIAGE OF PRIESTS.
Bishops, priests, and deacons, are not commanded by God's law, either to vow the estate of single life, or to abstain from marriage : therefore it is lawful for them, as for all other Christian men, to marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge the same to serve better to godliness.
Q. What do you say of bishops, priests, and deacons ?
A. That they are not commanded by God's law, either to vow the estate of single life, or to abstain from marriage.
Q. What is therefore lawful for them to do?
A. As for all other Christian men, to marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge the same to serve better to godliness.
1 Timothy iii. 2. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife.
1 Timothy iv. 1, 3. Now the Spirit speaketh expressly,