A bleeding communion wafer? Well, not quite.

Late last month the national press picked up a story out of Salt Lake City whereBCW parishioners at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church were claiming a communion wafer was bleeding. Catholics from all over the area flocked to the church to worship the “miraculous” wafer. Catholics believe their priests transform bread wafers into the literal body, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ during the mass.

However, after investigating the phenomenon, the Diocese of Salt Lake City announced on Wednesday that the stains on the wafer were actually red mold, not blood.


As Gregg Allison points out in “Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment” (see my review here), Catholic theology utilizes a nature-grace interconnection which posits the concrete conferring of grace through nature (priests, sacraments, sacramentals, shrines, relics, buildings, etc.). Catholicism is all about the physical. Spirituality is going to church, participating in the sacraments, and regularly using sacramentals. Accepting Christ is ingesting the consecrated wafer at mass. Catholics are taught God’s grace comes through their church’s sacraments. They must then “cooperate with grace” and perfectly obey the Ten Commandments (impossible!) and church rules to merit their salvation.

But none of us are ever “good enough” to merit Heaven. Not even close. We all fall far short of God’s perfect holiness. So God, in His mercy, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life and be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. He was the Lamb of God without one single blemish. Jesus paid the full price for all of our sins on Calvary. Praise God, He rose from the dead and He offers His free gift of salvation to all those who accept Him. I have absolutely no plea before a Holy God other than the perfect, imputed righteousness of my Savior.

Forsake all of your own efforts to earn your way to heaven. They won’t work. After you “turn over a new leaf” on January 1st you’ll be as much of a sinner in God’s eyes as you were on December 31st. Believe me, I tried that route more than a few times. Turn away from all those who tell you that you must merit your salvation. Pray to Jesus and ask Him to save you. After you accept Christ as Savior only then can you attempt to obey Him and serve Him as Lord. Find a good Evangelical church in your area that teaches the “Good News” of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE, without compromise.

“One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” – Luke 23:39-43





4 thoughts on “A bleeding communion wafer? Well, not quite.

  1. This is an ignorant post. My suggestion to you is to: (1) Read the Gospel, John 6. Then verse yourself in Catholic Theology and Philosophy before you make absurd posts like these. Then actually read the comments of the priest of this diocese. Then read Catholic Theology of Bleeding Hosts. Then compare all the above. This is blasphemy and it is very sickening to read. May God have Mercy on us all

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    1. Thanks. I certainly understand that every chauvinist Catholic would take offense to the post but I’m praying it may jog someone out of their myopia. Oh, yes, I’ve read John 6 more than a few times and have defended the symbolic understanding versus the literalist understanding MANY times. I’m also pretty well versed in Catholic theology and philosophy – probably more than 98% of Catholics, which isn’t saying a lot.

      Blasphemy? I’m picturing tens and hundreds of Catholics on their knees in Utah, bowing down and worshipping that partially dissolved bread wafer with red mold stains all over it. That is sooooooooo blasphemous, so disgusting, so idolatrous!!! My heart breaks for those blind religious legalists.

      “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” – John 6:35

      You know as well as I do that Catholics who consume the wafer and wine at communion become physically hungry and thirsty afterwards. If Jesus was speaking literally He was a liar.

      The emphasis in the passage is on saving belief-faith in Christ, not physically eating Him:
      “…believe…” vs. 29
      “…believes…” vs. 35
      “…believes…” vs. 36
      “…believes…” vs. 40
      “…believes…” vs. 47

      The kicker is Jesus even confirmed He was speaking in spiritual terms, not physical, literal terms.

      “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. John 6:63

      Catholicism took a very wrong turn here but we know why because it puts all the control in the hands of the clerics. Physically consuming a bread wafer doesn’t give anyone eternal life. Billions of Catholics have consumed billions of wafers over the ages and many ended up living outrageously debauched lives. Eating bread wafers did not give them eternal life or anyone else.

      You claim that I “appear to actually worship Luther and Calvin.” Can you show me where I might have given anyone that impression? I don’t agree with everything Luther and Calvin taught. It took subsequent reformers to clear away the remaining vestiges of Roman ritualism. But Luther and Calvin were right on target regarding the most important issue – salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus ALONE – and were also definitely on the right track when they both declared the papacy the antichrist. I happen to believe the papacy will assume the role of the false prophet in Revelation but no need to argue the point.

      Say, isn’t that Jesus’ face in the middle mold stain? Better call the diocesan investigators back. Oy vey! I looked at your blog and you’re more Catholic than the pope.


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