Blog 231: 4.18.2 - 4.18.7
The Mass. At the heart of Calvin's theological method in assessing the value of the Mass is the cross. The Mass signifies an on-going ritual of sacrifice, undermining the "once-for-all" of Calvary. By its constant repetition, it declares all prior "sacrifices" - including Calvary - insufficient to forgive sins. It denigrates Christ and makes his life and work of less value. By participating in the re-sacrifice ritual, we abandon "free grace" and declare that we are forgiven by something which we do. Again, there rises from the heart of man the reflex of self-justification.
Calvin reformed theological method is clearly observable in this piece of polemical theology. Its language and style may appear blunt - course even - by today's sanitary evaluation of theological exchange; but Calvin's is exercised (emotionally) because in the Mass he see a dishonoring of Jesus. And when that is viewed, he cannot be silent. Nor should we.
reformation21 is the online magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. It is supported only by its readers and gracious Christians like you. Please prayerfully consider supporting reformation21 and the mission of the Alliance. Please donate here.