The Vortex is a video production of the Roman Catholic ministry called Church Militant, operated by Michael Voris. In his short eight-minute video from May 23, Mr. Voris briefly introduces, and then immediately sets aside, the question of whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God. He does this in order to address what he believes to be a much more pressing question: “Do Protestants and Catholics worship the same Jesus?” His refreshingly honest conclusion is, “Nope,” and such refreshing honesty finds a very welcome reception here at Out of His Mouth. We agree with him.
In his introduction, Mr. Voris notes that while Roman Catholicism and “heretical Christianity, which is to say, Protestantism,” disagree on a great many things, “Catholics need to understand this fundamental decisive issue: there is a Catholic Jesus, and a Protestant Jesus, and they are not really related” (The Vortex, the “Protty” Jesus, 1:15-1:43). First and foremost in Voris’ mind is this: “The ‘Protty’ Jesus is not really present in the Eucharist” (1:46). “In the Catholic Church,” Voris continues, “the Eucharist is the source and summit of the faith. In the Protestant world, the denial of the Real Presence in the Eucharist is the source and summit of their creed” (3:05-3:15). What it really comes down to is that Protestants do not worship the Eucharist and sacrifice it to the Father:
“The Church … believes in a Eucharistic Jesus. The Protty Jesus has nothing to do with the Eucharist. How can it ever be said that these two groups worship the same Jesus? Protestant worship is not true worship at all. Protestant worship offers nothing to the father. Catholic worship offers the Son to the Father, the only pure and perfect thing that can be offered.” (3:16-3:42)
At this point in the video, Voris repeats Rome’s false claim that the Mass Sacrifice is the fulfillment of Malachi 1:11, which says that “in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering.” As we noted in our series, Their Praise was their Sacrifice, the Early Church did not believe that the Mass was the fulfillment of the sacrifice prophesied by Malachi, and they did not believe they were offering Jesus to the Father in the elements of the Lord’s Supper.
The first explicit statement to that effect regarding the Sacrifice of the Mass was from Gregory of Nyssa in 382 A.D. in On the Space of Three Days between the Death and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Oration 1. Before then, the thoughts, minds, prayers, supplications, psalms, worship, fellowship and care for the needy were considered the sacrifices of God’s New Covenant people—just as Romans 12:1-2, Philippians 4:18 and Hebrews 13:15-16 instruct us.
In order to illustrate just how far Roman Catholicism has fallen away from the Early Church, we provide this small sampling of quotes from the time before Gregory of Nyssa’s late 4th century novelty, showing what the Early Church identified as their pure, undefiled “victim,” or offering:
“[T]he victim fit for sacrifice is a good disposition, and a pure mind, and a sincere judgment. … These are our sacrifices, these are our rites of God’s worship; … But certainly the God whom we worship we neither show nor see.” (Minucius Felix, Octavius, chapter 32)
“Therefore, in each case, that which is incorporeal must be offered to God, for He accepts this. His offering is innocency of soul; His sacrifice praise and a hymn. For if God is not seen, He ought therefore to be worshipped with things which are not seen.” (Lactantius, The Divine Institutes, Book VI, chapter 25)
“[T]his is true worship, in which the mind of the worshipper presents itself as an undefiled offering to God.” (Lactantius, The Divine Institutes, Book VI, Chapter 2)
“ ‘…and in every place sacrifice shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering’ [Malachi 1:10-11] — such as the ascription of glory, and blessing, and praise, and hymns.” (Tertullian, Against Marcion, Book III, chapter 23)
” ‘…and in every place a sacrifice is offered unto my name, even a pure offering” [Malachi 1:10-11] — meaning simple prayer from a pure conscience…” (Tertullian, Against Marcion, Book IV, chapter 1)
“Hear concerning the strength of pure prayer, and see how our righteous fathers were renowned for their prayer before God, and how prayer was for them a pure offering. [Malachi 1:11] … Observe, my friend, that sacrifices and offerings have been rejected, and that prayer has been chosen instead.” (Aphrahat, Demonstration 4:1,19)
“He says well on both these grounds, ‘And in every place incense is offered to My name, and a pure sacrifice.’ [Malachi 1:11] Now John, in the Apocalypse, declares that the ‘incense’ is ‘the prayers of the saints.’ ‘ (Irenæus, Against Heresies, Book IV, chapter 17.6)
“For, ‘from the rising of the sun even to the setting my name has been glorified among the Gentiles, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure sacrifice;’ [Malachi 1:11] as John also declares in the Apocalypse: ‘The incense is the prayers of the saints.’ Then again, Paul exhorts us ‘to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.’ [Romans 12:1] And again, ‘Let us offer the sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of the lips.’ [Hebrews 13:15]” (Irenæus, Fragments, 37)
“Wherefore we ought to offer to God sacrifices not costly, but such as He loves. And that compounded incense which is mentioned in the Law, is that which consists of many tongues and voices in prayer, or rather of different nations and natures, prepared by the gift vouchsafed in the dispensation for ‘the unity of the faith,’ and brought together in praises, with a pure mind, and just and right conduct, from holy works and righteous prayer.” (Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, Book VII, Chapter 6)
Now, contrast these statements from the Early Church with Voris’ claim that the Church “offers [in the Eucharist] the Son to the Father, the only pure and perfect thing that can be offered” (3:16-3:42). The Early Church did not agree. Jesus had offered Himself so that we could offer a pure sacrifice of praise: prayer, thoughts, worship, psalms and deeds done with a pure conscience, just as the Scripture prescribes (1 Timothy 1:5,19; 3:9; 2 Timothy 1:3; Hebrews 9:14; 10:22), in fulfillment of Malachi 1:11. In his failure to understand early Christianity, Voris has essentially (and correctly!) relegated the entire first three centuries of the Church to “heretical Christianity, which is to say, Protestantism,” for it is clear that the Early Church worshiped “Protty” Jesus, too! Voris complains,
“The ‘Protty’ Jesus cannot be the fulfillment of this prophecy [Malachi 1:11] because there is no manner in which this can be fulfilled. How can Protestantism, which rejects the Eucharist, offer anything by way of worship to God? The only thing pure which can be offered to God is God Himself. Yet this fundamental understanding of God is completely lost on those who follow and believe in ‘Protty’ Jesus.” (3:58-4:25)
Well, if “the only thing pure which can be offered to God is God Himself,” then the Early Church was grossly heretical for offering its “pure mind,” “pure conscience,” and “pure prayer” to Him as the fulfillment of Malachi 1:11. Voris’ Roman Catholicism would have been an entirely alien novelty to them. If “this fundamental understanding of God is completely lost” on Protestants, then it was completely lost on the Early Church, too, for they believed as we do that there is a manner in which Malachi 1:11 can be fulfilled apart from physical offerings of the elements of the Lord’s Supper. Malachi 1:11 is fulfilled not in the visible sacrifice of the Mass but in the invisible sacrifices of the minds, prayers, thoughts, fellowship, praises, psalms and supplications from the pure consciences of God’s people.
In sum, if the sacrifices of the Early Church were “not seen,” and the God they worshiped they “neither show nor see,” then the Sacrifice of the Mass was unheard of, and Eucharistic Adoration was right out, and therefore, the “Eucharistic Jesus” was not “the source and summit of the faith” of the Early Church at all. Indeed, they worshiped what Voris calls, “the ‘Protty’ Jesus,” which is to say, they worshiped the Jesus of the Bible.
In the conclusion of his video, Voris declaims against the rise and presence of “Protty Jesus” within the hallowed halls of Roman Catholicism, and insists that those within Rome’s walls who have accepted the heretical “Protty Jesus” ought to show some self respect and leave the Roman Catholic Church. We agree. And God calls to them as well, saying “Come out of her, My people” (Revelation 18:4). They should leave Roman Catholicism’s novel, late 4th century Mass Sacrifice, and their even more novel late-11th century Eucharistic Adoration, and return to the faith and worship of the Apostolic Church. Voris is right: they should repent of their false religion that was founded a full three centuries after Christ founded His, and become Christian.
As we noted above, Voris’ criticism of “Protty” Jesus really comes down to the need for Eucharistic Adoration and devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist. This was made explicit in another video production of Church Militant, the Download. In the June 1 episode, available here, Voris participates in a panel discussion about “all aspects of Catholic devotion to the Sacred Heart,” and in particular, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist. That devotion is made all the more relevant by the prevalence of Eucharistic Miracles in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Notably, in the various Eucharistic Miracles in which the wafer bleeds or turns to flesh, the blood is always type AB blood, and the flesh is always heart muscle:
“The Catholic Church teaches us the risen body of Jesus is really and fully present in Holy Communion under the appearance of bread and wine. But in eucharistic miracles, those appearances no longer veil Christ; this results in His Flesh and Blood appearing instead. … Whenever the blood type is examined in such miracles, as in the case of Argentina and Italy, scientific tests verify that blood is human and type AB … And whenever the flesh that has appeared in these miracles is examined, it is always shown to be tissue from the human heart.” (Church Militant, the Download, The Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 1, 2016)
As we noted in our recent article, “Asking the Wrong Questions,” Eucharistic Miracles often involve bleeding wafers, but also occasionally involve speaking wafers. The Scripture testifies that “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11), and “A sound heart is the life of the flesh” (Proverbs 14:30). These bleeding wafers are coming to life and speaking. The Eucharist, according to Rome, is to be worshiped, and we agree with their persistent belief that their image comes to life and speaks.
We also note that the Eucharist is based on the unleavened bread, or Passover, feast of the Old Testament, which feast yields a mark on the forehead and hand (Exodus 13:7-9). We also acknowledge that the Albigensian “heretics” of the 12th century worshiped ‘Protty’ Jesus, but steadfastly refused to bow to the Roman Catholic bread Jesus in the Eucharist, and for this “crime” they were forbidden in 1163 to engage in trade:
“That the Albigensian heretics are to be shunned. … Commercial trade with them is forbidden; neither the sale nor the purchase of things may be undertaken with them, in order that that source of comfort to mankind might at least force them to see the errors of their lives to return to their senses.” (Pope Alexander III, Council of Tours (1163), Canon 4)
We also acknowledge that Eucharistic Adoration has made its historical advances by the occurrences of Eucharistic Miracles, and Pope Gregory IX interpreted just such a miracle in 1228 “as a sign against the widespread heresies regarding the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist” (Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association, Eucharistic Miracle in Alatri, Italy). What followed was the Papal Inquisition of 1230.
We also acknowledge, as we noted in our article, When “Mary” Got Busy, that the practice of Eucharistic Adoration has historically advanced at the urging of the false prophet known as the Apparition of Mary.
We also acknowledge that those Apparitions of Mary are known for working miracles, even to cause the sun to come down to earth in the sight of men, as in Fatima in 1917. We noted that particular phenomenon in our article, “Like The Sun Going Down On Me“.
We also acknowledge that Roman Catholics believe that “The Church receives the Roman empire” from its previous custodians (Taylor Marshall, Eternal City), and that it was by the fraudulent Donation of Constantine that the Roman Catholic Church received it. In that Donation, forged by Roman Catholicism to authenticate its claims, the pope is called the “Vicar of the Son of God,” or in Latin, VICARIVS FILII DEI. We will leave it to the reader to verify our math, but the name of the man, when the Roman Numerals are summed up, is 666.
To conclude, Mr. Voris is quite right when he says that the world must choose between two “Jesuses:” ‘Protty’ Jesus and the Roman Catholic Eucharistic Christ. Or to put it another way, the world must choose between the Jesus of the Bible and the Image of the Beast, and we have been warned not to worship the Roman Catholic bread idol:
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (Revelation 13:11-18)
The world is offered two Jesuses: the ‘Protty’ Jesus, the Jesus of the Bible Whom the Apostles and the Early Church and the Albigensians and Protestants have worshiped for two millennia; or the Image of the Beast that Roman Catholics worship.
“[S]moke and torment” are reserved for those who worship the Roman Catholic Eucharist, “who worship the beast and his image, and … receiveth the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:11). The richness of heaven is reserved for they who worship ‘Protty’ Jesus, those “which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands” (Revelation 20:4).
Choose wisely (Revelation 13:18).