Al writes: JESUS NEVER UTTERED THE PAGAN WORD "SACRAMENT." SO WHY IS YOUR "CHURCH" DOING IT? IS IT PAGAN?
My response: Perhaps not in scripture, but every word Christ uttered is not recorded so we don't really know that now do we? As far as scripture goes, Jesus never said "Trinity" either but Christians believe in it. The word "sacrament" isn't any more of a 'pagan word' than the days of the week are. It comes from the Latin word "sacrare" meaning 'to consecrate'. The seven Sacraments (Baptism, Eucharist, Marriage, Holy Orders, Extreme Unction, Penance, Confirmation) in the Catholic Church are not pagan. Sacraments are rites instituted by Jesus Christ. They can't be changed by anyone, not even a Pope. Many Protestant denominations have sacraments, though usually only 2 (Communion, Baptism). Some Protestant denominations prefer to use the term "ordinance" rather than "sacrament". I see nothing "pagan" in either terms, and certainly not in the Christians participating in these sacraments.