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INTENTION DOCTRINE MAKES SACRAMENTS UNCERTAIN

Catholicism says that there is no salvation without the sacraments. The sacraments are given by men who must have the right intention - the intention to let God give his grace and love to the recipient.

Liberals wonder if God is really that confined to the sacraments. But as God is boss and runs all things it would follow that if somebody seems to really need a sacrament is it is not available it is because God sees the person does not really want it. If God is boss and the sacraments are the only way to Heaven then nobody who really wants to be saved by a sacrament will be deprived.

What is an intention? An intention means you are doing something freely for a reason. Its about the why. A desire is not the same thing. A proof of this is, that you may intend to do what you don't want to do. You can also want to do what you have no intention of doing.
 
It is said that intending also means you are sure you will do what you intend.
 
Rome has infallibly taught that no one can give a sacrament unless they mean to permit the Holy Spirit to let his grace flow for the sake of God (Secrets of Romanism, page 105-107, Council of Trent, Session 7, Canon 11). It is not enough just to do the rite (page 90, 91, Dawn or Twilight?). This intention must be present the second the rite is performed. If a moment before or after will do then intention does not matter at all! A momentary distraction can prevent the administration of a true sacrament. If God can assume that you would have the right intention if you could then what if you never thought much about the person you are giving the sacrament to and donít know if you would withhold it if you knew them? He canít assume.

The correct intention is necessary for validity. If, for example, the bishop when ordaining a priest does not have the necessary intention to make him one the candidate wonít get the sacrament and so wonít be a real priest at all. The intention doctrine ensures that there can be no consolation if you are a Roman Catholic for you could get the sacraments and through their invalidity you could still end up in Hell and it is such a terrible prospect you would be mad if you were not deeply perturbed. The Church says that you need the sacraments for salvation and then it has a doctrine that makes you unsure that they will be valid. God wants us to be sure we are right with him and the Church is hurting people.

What if priests give a sacrament for the wrong reason through forgetfulness or nerves? The Church says that it is still valid for having the right intention is at the back of their mind. Suppose the priest intended not to give a sacrament and through distraction, mistakenly intended to give the sacrament when it was time to give it.  The sacrament will be invalidated by the mistaken intention only if they made the wilful intention that the sacrament would not work. See this teaching in What is Christianity? (page 16). The sacrament will still be invalid. Commonsense says the sacrament will be invalidated by the mistaken intention. It also says that if a priest is distracted and not concentrating properly, he is not bringing himself to the intention so his intention is invalidated. He is not bringing himself to the giving of the sacrament.  If he can give the sacrament, then what is intention needed for at all?

If a priestís baptism was invalid he cannot be ordained or be capable of getting any sacrament or its grace according to Roman Catholicism even if he thinks he is a true priest and so do others. When the recipient has reached the age of reason which is seven he must intend to receive a sacrament to get it. Many men enter the priesthood even if they donít believe because they are gay or misfits or because of the financial security and power it confers. They cannot be truly ordained. One can never be sure.

Many Roman Catholic marriages are null and void in the eyes of God for many people think that a marriage that isnít a sacrament is no marriage at all. No sacrament can be given so the marriage is just a legally impotent ceremony. The same should be true them of many priests, that their sacrament of ordination is invalid.

Sacramentalismís doctrine of intention makes it a gospel of misery. The sacramentalists are never sure even if intention is possible that they have received a true sacrament. Many priests have been Satanists who withheld the intention to confer the sacraments in the Devilís service. This withholding can happen because of malice, because of tiredness or insanity. It can happen that the priest who ministers the sacrament had a null and void ordination. God who wonít forgive some repentant mortal sinners without confession will not absolve anyone who incorrectly thought that they received a real absolution from the priest for that would be unjust discrimination. If God will then Romeís intention dogma is false and it doesnít matter if one intends to give a sacrament or not for it will work regardless.

When sin is defined as insanity by the Church it follows that sinners are mad and cannot have the right intention to give a sacrament any more than a crazy person can be guilty of murder.

If God is so understanding of mistakes that he will accept the person who does wrong thinking that it is good then surely he will confer a sacrament despite a priest omitting the intention though an understandable mistake? God would if he is good for helping people is more important than thinking about mistakes. Rome dogmatises that he canít. If he did there would be no such thing as an invalid sacrament and a layperson who makes the mistake of thinking that a layperson can ordain bishops can do so. Rome has rejected the validity of Anglican orders and those of nearly all Protestant churches. It is an article of Roman dogma that the laity can only give two sacraments, baptism and marriage, and can never give the rest. Otherwise, you could ordain yourself a bishop.

A God who wants all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4) would not have made the salvation and spiritual development of many depend on the will of the Church for it is too risky.

The Church maintains that the sacramental system is not risky because she is very careful and has made regulations to make the reception of invalid orders and sacraments almost impossible. But this contradicts her rule that nobody but God has the right to say what is in anybodyís heart.
There have been cases where investigations were conducted into certain ordinations to determine if they were valid or invalid. If we have free will we can refuse to let a sacrament give power although we go through the rite.

If the Church is particular about sacraments being valid then why does it not have two or more priests doing baptism at the one time or at least TWO bishops laying hands on ordination or confirmation candidates and why is there no system for repeating the rite for anybody who thinks they might have taken it invalidly through some defect in themselves? It would if it cared deeply enough for God. Nobody is encouraged to take the sacrament again conditionally. When a surprising number of marriages can be annulled why canít the same be done for other sacraments? The Church is changing the rules to suit itself all the time.
 
The Church says that fake sacraments will be found out before long which simply cannot be true. If a good Catholic is deceived with an unconsecrated communion wafer he or she feels and experiences that it is the body of Christ as much as a person who receives a consecrated one does.

The Bible says that there will be a religion headquartered in Rome that will be the whore of Babylon. The Bible says the Church of Rome is the whore now but believers in Catholicism imagine that the whore that masquerades as the Roman Church is still to come. For the apostate Catholics to set up the whore they have to refrain from intending to give valid sacraments assuming that the sacraments are really signs of grace. Bible prophecy then forbids reliance on the sacraments.

The Bible teaches that faith in Godís saving power is necessary for salvation (Hebrews 11:6). Rome replaces this faith with uncertainty for you have no idea if you have received sacraments or not. It contradicts the Bible.

Roman Catholic sacramentalism is not only irrational but also unchristian. It advocates unjust discrimination against those who are ordained over the Internet or who ordain themselves. Roman Catholicism says it believes in salvation by grace. It believes more in salvation by intention. Even an intention that is not inspired by God can channel a sacrament. A religion teaching such a thing is worse than a religion teaching that you earn salvation by good works. The sacraments are the core of Catholicism thus Catholicism is not truly Christian or godly. As Jesus might say, it does a form of godliness but which has no real God power in it. 
 
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