Worship, Confession, Extreme Unction (Sacrament of the Sick)
PUBLIC WORSHIP IN THE TRUE CHURCH
The Bible teaches that there is a sacrifice and a priesthood in the new law.
Mal. 1:11 - For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same myname shall be great among the Gentiles and in every place incense shall be offered unto myname and a pure offering.
Heb. 13:10 - We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve thetabernacle (of the Jewish temple).
Comment: Where today except in the Catholic Church do we find among Christians analtar of sacrifice and a pure offering, i.e., the sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Christ underthe appearance of bread and wine?
1.) The Bible teaches that the confessing of sins is of divine origin.
Numbers 5:6, 7 - Speak unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commitany sin that men commit . . . Then they shall confess their sin which they have done;etc.
Proverbs 28:13 - He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whosoever confessethand forsaketh them shall have mercy.
II Samuel 12: 13 - After David confessed his sins to the prophet Nathan he was givenassurance of pardon.
Luke 23, 44 - When the thief on the cross confessed, our Lord promised himparadise.
1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and tocleanse us from all unrighteousness, etc.
Matt. 3:5, 6 - Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region roundabout Jordan. And were baptized of him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
Acts 19:18 - And many that believed came (to the Apostles), and confessed, andshewed their deeds.
Comment: It can likewise be demonstrated that private confession is necessarilycontained in the double power which Christ gave to the church - the power to forgive orretain sins as the circumstances require.
2.) The Bible teaches that Christ gave to the validly ordained ministers of his own churchthe power to forgive sins.
2 Cor. 5:20 - Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech youby us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
John 20:21 - Then said Jesus to them again, peace be unto you: as my Father hath sentme, even so I send you. 23. Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; andwhosoever sins ye retain, they are retained.
Matt. 18:18 - Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; andwhatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.
2 Cor. 5:18-20 - And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by JesusChrist, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
Comment: All purely spiritual powers which Christ conferred upon his Church weregiven to it perpetually, except where no need of such a power remained. But who will saythat there is no longer any need of the power to forgive sin, that sin is no longer a liveproblem upon earth?
The Bible teaches that the anointing of the sick with oil and prayer by the priests of thechurch (called Extreme Unction) may obtain refreshment of body and forgiveness ofsins.
James 5:14-16 - Is any sick among you, let him call for the elders (i.e., priests) of thechurch; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15. Andthe prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he havecommitted sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Comment: As all such spiritual ordinances derived from Christ and the Apostles were oftheir very nature perpetual, there is absolutely no reason for saying that Extreme Unction ashere described was but a temporary institution.