8 Charges Against the Mass
If in Paul's times an ordinary abuse of the Supper could kindle the
wrath of God against the Corinthians, so that he punished them thus
severely, what ought we to think as to the state of matters at the
present day? We see, throughout the whole extent of Popery, not merely
horrid profanations of the Supper, but even a sacrilegious abomination
set up in its room.
In the first place, it is prostituted to filthy lucre (I Timothy 3:8)
Secondly, it is maimed, by taking away the use of the cup.
Thirdly, it is changed into another aspect, by its having become
customary for one to partake of his own feast separately,
participation being done away.
Fourthly, there is there no explanation of the meaning of the
sacrament, but a mumbling that would accord better with a magical
incantation, or the detestable sacrifices of the Gentiles, than with
our Lord's institution.
Fifthly, there is an endless number of ceremonies, abounding partly
with trifles, partly with superstition, and consequently manifest
Sixthly, there is the diabolical invention of sacrifice, which
contains an impious blasphemy against the death of Christ.
Seventhly, it is fitted to intoxicate miserable men with carnal
confidence, while they present it to God as if it were an expiation,
and think that by this charm they drive off everything hurtful, and
that without faith and repentance. Nay more, while they trust that
they are armed against the devil and death, and are fortified against
God by a sure defence, they venture to sin with much more freedom, and
become more obstinate.
Eighthly, an idol is there adored in the room of Christ.
In short, it is filled with all kinds of abomination
(John Calvin, Comm. on I Cor. 11:30).