Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is always a sad reminder to me of the gulf there is between us and those of the Catholic faith. There is a person I work with that comes in with ashes on his forehead, and I'm reminded that he does not have a high priest who made a sacrifice once for all and then sat down at the right hand of God (Heb 10:12-14). Instead, he and other Catholics have a priest that still stands making daily sacrifices that can never take away sins.

Phil Johnson wrote about the flip side of this today--"evangelicals" embracing Romanism (among other things).


Kim said...

Matt, I read Hebrews 9-12 this morning in my devotions. I was thinking as I read that I don't understand how anyone can not see that continually sacrificing Christ just isn't necessary.

Gummby said...

I've been wondering that same thing as we've gone through Hebrews. I want to ask some of my friends here at work, but without coming off as a in-your-face, "I'm better than you" kind of thing.

We talked about this a couple of weeks ago, and decided that you couldn't come to that conclusion merely from reading the Bible--you'd have to add another authority to do that.

Of course, there's always the Romans 1 problem of us naturally supressing the truth that gets in the way, too.

pilgrim said...

As a former RC I used to participate inthis, but even before I was saved and left RCism I saw the hollowness of the ashes.
And I stopped getting them.

My exit from RCism was gradual, but eventually the gospel was so clear, I had no choice but to embrace it.

I rejoice that Christ's work is done, and we have no need of empty ritual. (Although I know most RC's would disagree that it's empty. But saying something is so doesn't make it so--we need to go to the Word of God)