I was watching an episode of The Borgias on Netflix yesterday and reference was made to the “Holy Lance” of Saint Longinus, which sparked my curiosity.
Clerics of the increasingly institutionalized church competed with each other to stock their churches with famous relics connected to the New Testament. There were churches claiming to have splinters of Jesus’s cross, thorns from His crown, vials of His blood, and even His infant foreskin. Great powers were attributed to these relics and credulous pilgrims flocked to see them and receive blessings.
One of the more famous relics to appear was the “Holy Lance” of Saint Longinus. Catholic tradition has it that Longinus was the Roman soldier who pierced the side of the crucified Jesus’ body with a lance to verify His death and eventually converted to Christianity. See here for more information. The Vatican claims it has the genuine lance in its possession at St. Peter’s Basilica but like all of the relics associated with Christ, there are several other versions in existence, each one claimed to be the original by its possessor.
This is all sheer nonsense my friends. The Roman soldier who lanced the body of Jesus was not named Longinus. The “Holy Lance” in the Vatican is a fake as are all the other alleged “relics” associated with Jesus. The institutionalized church turned simple, saving faith in Jesus Christ into superstition and idolatrous worship of physical objects.
Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and come out of superstition and gross fraud. Seek an evangelical church in your area that preaches God’s Word without compromise and worships the Lord in spirit and in truth.
“(Hezekiah) removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan.” – 2 Kings 18:4