Have you ever been told “Don’t rock the boat“, “Let sleeping dogs lay” or “It is what it is, so let it be!”
Well so have I; the only problem is I didn’t listen then and since it’s an eternal issue concerning millions of souls going to Hell, I won’t listen now either!
Signs and wonders refer to the miracles produced by the Holy Spirit, such as through the Apostles, especially Paul, as a testimony to God’s power and glory.
We can see them portrayed in many places in Scripture..BUT….
have you also noticed lately that the same group of “Naysayers” about the cults have begun to attack and EAT their own in the “Body of Christ” and give all that “FALSE religion” right in front of them a BIG FAT PASS?
It has become an epidemic in the Church to cannibalize the truth we know, acting as wolves instead of sheep!
Matthew 7:14-16 (in Context) Matthew 7 (Whole Chapter)
So do not be led astray by false ideas, trends, or other things just because they are new OR FOR THAT MATTER OLD, remember just as much crap is preached, that is traditional as that which we deem new doctrine.
“Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them.”
The Corinthian church for example was chastised for tolerating “other gospels”–gospel accounts and religious claims that don’t come from God or his apostles.
There is only one Gospel not many versions of it and one way to God not many roads leading to the same place; there are no substitutes for Jesus or additional accounts of what he meant by what he said.
Christians must always be on guard against false teachers within the church.
2 Peter 2:3
“In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up.
Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.”
The early church had to watch carefully for signs of false doctrine, and we must continue to do this today.
False Teachers Will be Judged and Destroyed!
Take heed, God will destroy those who are wicked; but take comfort, for He also will rescue those who are in Him.
No one is immune from the judgment of God,NO ONE.
No one will escape God’s wrath!
Satan is the arch-counterfeiter, the second best scientist and he can make from our creative abilities anything that’s possible to us as humans.
Why then do we FALL hook, line and sinker for what we could have done ourselves, Satan just uses US to do his “miracle-working” and we look in amazement as if he did something wonderful!
The Devil is now busy at work in the same field in which the Lord sowed the good seed. What do you think he’s doing?
He’s planting a seed that resembles what you planted in Jesus name.
When you reap from that wrong seed that produces crap; what do YOU do?
You simply fall in devotion to YOUR way of believing, basing a new “tradition” on that “false growth” from “bad soil” and call it a blessing “From God”.
Satan is seeking to prevent the growth of the wheat, not the planting but the growth by planting another plant, the tares, which closely resemble the wheat in appearance…but choke out it’s life-giving force.
Please understand that this problem is deep enough to cover the whole of religion not only the Protestant and Catholic Churches, we don’t disagree on EVERYTHING just the Important issues of Salvation and Lifestyle!
The Church has fallen prey to an insidious evil called “False Devotion”, we become devoted to our Denominations, our pastors, our teachers, our VERSION of the Truth.
This a very unhealthy practice IF we do not keep our flesh in check, flesh devotes itself to that which loves it, preserves it and otherwise supports it!
I think God is fed up with the hypocrisy of defending the indefensible doctrines in the name of “Getting Along with others”!
Trust me, getting along with Satan is not what God said to do, we are to CAST HIM OUT….not kiss his @##!
THE GREAT WITTENBERG DEBATE: LUTHER Vs. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH!
The First Commandment. FROM MARTIN LUTHER’S CATECHISM:
“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”
“Thou shalt have [and worship] Me alone as thy God.”
What is the force of this, and how is it to be understood?
What does it mean to have a god?
or, what is God?
A god means that from which we are to expect all good and to which we are to take refuge in all distress, so that to have a God is nothing else than to trust and believe Him from the [whole] heart; as I have often said that the confidence and faith of the heart alone make both God and an idol.
If your faith and trust be right, then is your god also true; and, on the other hand, if your trust be false and wrong, then you have not the true God; for these two belong together faith and God.
That now, I say, upon which you set your heart and put your trust is properly your god.
Therefore it is the intent of this commandment to require true faith and trust of the heart which settles upon the only true God and clings to Him alone.
That is as much as to say:
“See to it that you let Me alone be your God, and never seek another,” i.e.: Whatever you lack of good things, expect it of Me, and look to Me for it, and whenever you suffer misfortune and distress, creep and cling to Me.
I, yes, I, will give you enough and help you out of every need; only let not your heart cleave to or rest in any other.
This I must unfold somewhat more plainly, that it may be understood and perceived by ordinary examples of the contrary.
Many a one thinks that he has God and everything in abundance when he has money and possessions; he trusts in them and boasts of them with such firmness and assurance as to care for no one.
Lo, such a man also has a god, Mammon by name, i.e., money and possessions, on which he sets all his heart, and which is also the most common idol on earth.
He who has money and possessions feels secure, and is joyful and undismayed as though he were sitting in the midst of Paradise.
On the other hand, he who has none doubts and is despondent, as though he knew of no God. For very few are to be found who are of good cheer, and who neither mourn nor complain if they have not Mammon.
This [care and desire for money] sticks and clings to our nature, even to the grave.
So, too, whoever trusts and boasts that he possesses great skill, prudence, power, favor friendship, and honor has also a god, but not this true and only God.
This appears again when you notice how presumptuous, secure, and proud people are because of such possessions, and how despondent when they no longer exist or are withdrawn.
Therefore I repeat that the chief explanation of this point is that to have a god is to have something in which the heart entirely trusts.
Besides, consider what in our blindness, we have hitherto been practising and doing under the Papacy.
If any one had toothache, he fasted and honored St. Apollonia [acerated his flesh by voluntary fasting to the honor of St.
Apollonia]; if he was afraid of fire, he chose St. Lawrence as his helper in need; if he dreaded pestilence, he made a vow to St. Sebastian or Rochio, and a countless number of such abominations, where every one selected his own saint, worshiped him, and called for help to him in distress.
Here belong those also, as, e.g., sorcerers and magicians, whose idolatry is most gross, and who make a covenant with the devil, in order that he may give them plenty of money or help them in love-affairs, preserve their cattle, restore to them lost possessions, etc.
For all these place their heart and trust elsewhere than in the true God, look for nothing good to Him nor seek it from Him.
Thus you can easily understand what and how much this commandment requires, namely, that man’s entire heart and all his confidence be placed in God alone, and in no one else.
For to have God, you can easily perceive, is not to lay hold of Him with our hands or to put Him in a bag [as money], or to lock Him in a chest [as silver vessels].
But to apprehend Him means when the heart lays hold of Him and clings to Him. But to cling to Him with the heart is nothing else than to trust in Him entirely.
For this reason He wishes to turn us away from everything else that exists outside of Him, and to draw us to Himself, namely, because He is the only eternal good.
As though He would say:
Whatever you have heretofore sought of the saints, or for whatever [things] you have trusted in Mammon or anything else, expect it all of Me, and regard Me as the one who will help you and pour out upon you richly all good things.
Lo, here you have the meaning of the true honor and worship of God, which pleases God, and which He commands under penalty of eternal wrath, namely, that the heart know no other comfort or confidence than in Him, and do not suffer itself to be torn from Him, but, for Him, risk and disregard everything upon earth.
On the other hand, you can easily see and judge how the world practises only false worship and idolatry.
For no people has ever been so reprobate as not to institute and observe some divine worship; every one has set up as his special god whatever he looked to for blessings, help, and comfort.
Thus, for example, the heathen who put their trust in power and dominion elevated Jupiter as the supreme god; the others, who were bent upon riches, happiness, or pleasure, and a life of ease, Hercules, Mercury, Venus or others; women with child, Diana or Lucina, and so on; thus every one made that his god to which his heart was inclined, so that even in the mind of the heathen to have a god means to trust and believe.
But their error is this that their trust is false and wrong for it is not placed in the only God, besides whom there is truly no God in heaven or upon earth.
Therefore the heathen really make their self-invented notions and dreams of God an idol, and put their trust in that which is altogether nothing.
Thus it is with all idolatry; for it consists not merely in erecting an image and worshiping it, but rather in the heart, which stands gaping at something else, and seeks help and consolation from creatures saints, or devils, and neither cares for God, nor looks to Him for so much good as to believe that He is willing to help, neither believes that whatever good it experiences comes from God.
Besides, there is also a false worship and extreme idolatry, which we have hitherto practised, and is still prevalent in the world, upon which also all ecclesiastical orders are founded, and which concerns the conscience alone that seeks in its own works help, consolation, and salvation, presumes to wrest heaven from God, and reckons how many bequests it has made, how often it has fasted, celebrated Mass, etc.
Upon such things it depends, and of them boasts, as though unwilling to receive anything from God as a gift, but desires itself to earn or merit it superabundantly, just as though He must serve us and were our debtor, and we His liege lords.
What is this but reducing God to an idol, yea, [a fig image or] an apple-god, and elevating and regarding ourselves as God ?
But this is slightly too subtile, and is not for young pupils.
But let this be said to the simple, that they may well note and remember the meaning of this commandment, namely, that we are to trust in God alone, and look to Him and expect from Him naught but good, as from one who gives us body, life, food, drink, nourishment, health, protection, peace, and all necessaries of both temporal and eternal things.
He also preserves us from misfortune, and if any evil befall us, delivers and rescues us, so that it is God alone (as has been sufficiently said) from whom we receive all good, and by whom we are delivered from all evil.
Hence also, I think, we Germans from ancient times call God (more elegantly and appropriately than any other language) by that name from the word good as being an eternal fountain which gushes forth abundantly nothing but what is good, and from which flows forth all that is and is called good.
For even though otherwise we experience much good from men, still whatever we receive by His command or arrangement is all received from God.
For our parents, and all rulers, and every one besides with respect to his neighbor, have received from God the command that they should do us all manner of good, so that we receive these blessings not from them, but, through them, from God.
For creatures are only the hands, channels, and means whereby God gives all things, as He gives to the mother breasts and milk to offer to her child, and corn and all manner of produce from the earth for nourishment, none of which blessings could be produced by any creature of itself.
Therefore no man should presume to take or give anything except as God has commanded, in order that it may be acknowledged as God’s gift, and thanks may be rendered Him for it, as this commandment requires.
On this account also these means of receiving good gifts through creatures are not to be rejected, neither should we in presumption seek other ways and means than God has commanded. For that would not be receiving from God, hut seeking of ourselves.
Let every one, then, see to it that he esteem this commandment great and high above all things, and do not regard it as a joke.
Ask and examine your heart diligently, and you will find whether it cleaves to God alone or not.
If you have a heart that can expect of Him nothing but what is good, especially in want and distress, and that, moreover renounces and forsakes everything that is not God, then you have the only true God.
If on the contrary, it cleaves to anything else, of which it expects more good and help than of God, and does not take refuge in Him, but in adversity flees from Him, then you have an idol, another god.
In order that it may be seen that God will not have this commandment thrown to the winds, but will most strictly enforce it, He has attached to it first a terrible threat, and then a beautiful, comforting promise which is also to be urged and impressed upon young people, that they may take it to heart and retain it:
[Exposition of the Appendix to the First Commandment.]
“For I am the Lord, thy God, strong and jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments.”
Although these words relate to all the commandments (as we shall hereafter learn), yet they are joined to this chief commandment because it is of first importance that men have a right head; for where the head is right, the whole life must be right, and vice versa.
Learn, therefore, from these words how angry God is with those who trust in anything but Him, and again, how good and gracious He is to those who trust and believe in Him alone with the whole heart; so that His anger does not cease until the fourth generation, while, on the other hand, His blessing and goodness extend to many thousands lest you live in such security and commit yourself to chance, as men of brutal heart, who think that it makes no great difference [how they live].
He is a God who will not leave it unavenged if men turn from Him, and will not cease to be angry until the fourth generation, even until they are utterly exterminated. Therefore He is to be feared, and not to be desisted.
He has also demonstrated this in all history, as the Scriptures abundantly show and daily experience still teaches.
For from the beginning He has utterly extirpated all idolatry, and, on account of it, both heathen and Jews; even as at the present day He overthrows all false worship, so that all who remain therein must finally perish. Therefore, although proud, powerful, and rich worldlings [Sardanapaluses and Phalarides, who surpass even the Persians in wealth] are now to be found, who boast defiantly of their Mammon, with utter disregard whether God is angry at or smiles on them, and dare to withstand His wrath, yet they shall not succeed, but before they are aware,they shall be wrecked, with all in which they trusted; as all others have perished who have thought themselves more secure or powerful.
And just because of such hardened heads who imagine because God connives and allows them to rest in security, that He either is entirely ignorant or cares nothing about such matters, He must deal a smashing blow and punish them,,so that He cannot forget it unto children’s children; so that every one may take note and see that this is no joke to Him. For they are those whom He means when He says: Who hate Me, i.e., those who persist in their defiance and pride; whatever is preached or said to them, they will not listen; when they are reproved, in order that they may learn to know themselves and amend before the punishment begins, they become mad and foolish so as to fairly merit wrath, as now we see daily in bishops and princes.
But terrible as are these threatenings, so much the more powerful is the consolation in the promise, that those who cling to God alone should be sure that He will show them mercy that is, show them pure goodness and blessing not only for themselves, but also to their children and children’s children, even to the thousandth generation and beyond that. This ought certainly to move and impel us to risk our hearts in all confidence with God, if we wish all temporal and eternal good, since the Supreme Majesty makes such sublime offers and presents such cordial inducements and such rich promises.
Therefore let everyone seriously take this to heart, lest it be regarded as though a man had spoken it. For to you it is a question either of eternal blessing, happiness, and salvation, or of eternal wrath, misery, and woe. What more would you have or desire than that He so kindly promises to be yours with every blessing, and to protect and help you in all need?
But, alas! here is the failure, that the world believes nothing of this, nor regards it as God’s Word, because it sees that those who trust in God and not in Mammon suffer care and want, and the devil opposes and resists them, that they have neither money, favor, nor honor, and, besides, can scarcely support life; while, on the other hand, those who serve Mammon have power, favor, honor, possessions, and every comfort in the eyes of the world.
For this reason, these words must be grasped as being directed against such appearances; and we must consider that they do not lie or deceive, but must come true.
Reflect for yourself or make inquiry and tell me:
Those who have employed all their care and diligence to accumulate great possessions and wealth, what have they finally attained?
You will find that they have wasted their toil and labor, or even though they have amassed great treasures, they have been dispersed and scattered, so that the themselves have never found happiness in their wealth, and afterwards never reached the third generation.
Instances of this you will find a plenty in all histories, also in the memory of aged and experienced people. Only observe and ponder them.
Saul was a great king, chosen of God and a godly man; but when he was established on his throne, and let his heart decline from God, and put his trust in his crown and power, he had to perish with all that he had, so that none even of his children remained.
David, on the other hand, was a poor, despised man, hunted down and chased, so that he nowhere felt secure of his life; yet he had to remain in spite of Saul, and become king. For these words had to abide and come true, since God cannot lie or deceive.
Only let not the devil and the world deceive you with their show, which indeed remains for a time, but finally is nothing.
Let us, then, learn well the First Commandment, that we may see how God will tolerate no presumption nor any trust in any other object, and how He requires nothing higher of us than confidence from the heart for everything good, so that we may proceed right and straightforward and use all the blessings which God gives no farther than as a shoemaker uses his needle, awl, and thread for work, and then lays them aside, or as a traveler uses an inn, and food, and his bed only for temporal necessity, each one in his station, according to God’s order, and without allowing any of these things to be our food or idol.
Let this suffice with respect to the First Commandment, which we have had to explain at length, since it is of chief importance, because, as before said, where the heart is rightly disposed toward God and this commandment is observed, all the others follow.
THE ONLY PROBLEM HERE IS THAT LUTHER NEVER MENTIONS THE TRUE SECOND COMMANDMENT….WHY?
HAVING BEEN RAISED IN CATHOLISISM HE DID NOT BELIEVE ALL OF GOD’S COMMANDMENTS , THE DECEPTION OF THE CHURCH IN REGARDS TO THE SECOND COMMANDMENT WAS SAFE FOR A TIME.
4.“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
Both Exodus and Deuteronomy list the Ten in the same order.
Luther did not believe the Second Commandment, so he omitted it in his Large and Small Catechism, this is deception at it’s greatest.
Therefore, to show ten commandments in his catechisms after eliminating the Second, he than takes the Tenth Commandment and divides it in two, showing it as number Nine and number Ten.
Wherever the Ten Commandments are on public display in our country, they are always in the same order as given in the Word of God.
In order to prepare you for this deceit, he states on Page 44 of The Small Catechism the following:
NOTE: The policy of false reasoning he uses…..
“The Lord gave the Ten commandments, but he did not say which is the First, the Second, the Third, etc. Not all churches use the same order in numbering the Commandments.”
BUT THE BIBLE DOES GET IT RIGHT SO…….
What’s the difference if ANY church of men gets it right or wrong?
The ONLY arbiter of Truth is the Word of God not ANY denomination….period!
This statement is simply to cover Luther’s real deceit, should you notice in his catechism that the Second Commandment of the Bible is omitted by Luther.
He then takes the Third Commandment and lists it as the Second Commandment. Very sneaky by a man who claimed to believe God.
Now, let’s go to Exodus 20:1-3 and notice in Verse 3 which commandment God gives first.
“And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
(Vs. 1,2). In Verse 3, he gives the First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
In refutation of Luther’s statement on Page 44 (Small Catechism), Why would God have to say this is the First Commandment when it is the First Commandment God gave, its simple Logic that it is.
In order to hide from you the fact he did not believe the Second Commandment, Luther further states that, “not all churches use the same order in numbering the commandments.”
Luther fails to name any specific church or churches that change the order of the Ten Commandments. You are just supposed to believe Luther because Luther said it, with no documentation.
Why would any Bible-believing church change the order of the commandments, from the order in which God gave them?
Maybe God should have consulted with Luther to see if He was doing it right. All of this is Luther’s smoke-screen to cover up your perception of his unbelief in God’s Second Commandment, which he omitted in his catechisms.
Let’s look again at Luther’s statement on Page 44 (Small Catechism) where he states that “God did not say which is the First, the Second, the Third Commandment and etc.”
Yet, Luther on Page 5 (Small Catechism) lists the First Commandment as the First Commandment that God gave. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3).
Knowing this, the next commandment in Verses 4-6 would be the Second Commandment. Then follows the Third Commandment in Verse 7 which states: “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.”
But, notice when you go to Page 5 (Small Catechism), Luther takes the Third Commandment and tells you it is the Second Commandment.
This is Luther’s first lie in the deception of getting you to believe him instead of believing God’s Word concerning the Ten Commandments.
SORRY,BUT LUTHER WAS STILL PROTECTING THE CATHOLIC LIE AGAINST GOD’S WORD!
A. The Second Lie. In Exodus 20:5, God said the Fourth Commandment is, “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” Luther says this is the Third Commandment. (Small Catechism, Page 5).
B. The Third Lie. In Exodus 20:12, God said the Fifth Commandment is “honour thy father and thy mother.” Luther says this is the Fourth Commandment. (Small Catechism, Page 6).
C. The Fourth Lie. In Exodus 20:13, God said the Sixth Commandment is, “Thou shalt not kill.” Luther says this is the Fifth Commandment. (Small Catechism, Page 6).
D. The Fifth Lie. In Exodus 20:14, God said the Seventh Commandment is, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Luther said this is the Sixth Commandment. (Small Catechism, Page 6).
E. The Sixth Lie. In Exodus 20:15, God said the Eighth Commandment is, “Thou shalt not steal.” Luther said, “This is the Seventh Commandment.” (Small Catechism, Page 6).
F. The Seventh Lie. In Exodus 20:16, God said the Ninth Commandment is “Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbor.” Luther said, this is the Eighth Commandment (Small Catechism, Page 7).
G. The Eighth Lie. In Exodus 20:17, God said the Tenth Commandment is, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.” Luther divides this verse and says this is Commandments Nine and Ten. (Small Catechism, page 7).
Luther believed and followed the Roman Catholic organization in bowing to images made of Mary and various other “saints.” This is why Luther did not believe the Second Commandment and excluded it from his Catechism.
You talk about hypocrites and deceitful men concerning the Bible, Martin Luther is the Master of Deceit, and he BEGAN the Protestant faith we see today!
The Protestants have a LIE to start with, no wonder other lies crept in over the years. You cannot HUG the devil and Kiss God on the cheek and not be deceived!
Now let us examine what Luther says on Page 8 of his Small Catechism.
“What does God say of all these commandments?
By making the statement “all these commandments,” you are being led to believe that the Ten Commandments in Luther’s Catechism, pp. 5-7, are the same as given by God in Exodus 20.
If Luther had been an honest man, he would have come straightforward in his Catechism and told his followers, I do not believe in God’s Second Commandment; therefore, I have excluded it from my Ten Commandments. At least we could respect him for being honest with himself and his followers.
Luther continues on Page 8, Paragraph 2, of the Small Catechism, to warn his followers that, “God threatens to punish all that transgress these commandments.” This statement by Luther condemns himself, as he is the one who disbelieves the Second Commandment and excludes it from his Catechism.
This man has little value for the intelligence of his followers as will be seen by his next step of deception.
If you have a small catechism, I hope you will turn to Page 8, Paragraph 1, and notice what Luther quotes from the Bible, which is the Second Commandment found in Exodus 20:4-6.
Remember, this is the Commandment he excluded and didn’t believe. The following is the Second Commandment in its entirety from the Bible. What is underlined is only what Luther quoted in his Catechism. What is not underlined is what he did not believe.
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (V. 4).
“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (V.5). And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (V.6).
Luther does not believe all of Verse 4 and only less than half of Verse 5. In other words, Luther says he believes God’s judgment will be upon those who do not believe in the Second Commandment, which includes himself.
Notice Verse 5, how that Luther does not believe the first half of the verse; but, says he believes the last half, which he quotes on Page 8. (Small Catechism).
James 1:8 describes Luther precisely,
“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
The Word of God in Proverbs 30:5 tells us that,
“Every word of god is pure…”
Luther, by excluding the Second Commandment, does not believe these words. Luther only picks and chooses which parts of the Bible he wants to believe, KIND OF LIKE HIS MOTHER CHURCH?
I have talked to many, many Lutherans and I have yet to find one who is aware of Luther’s disbelief and exclusion of the Second Commandment from his Catechism. Sad to say, they don’t even care.
Luther has been dead for about 460 years, and his false teachings are as much alive today as they were when he was living. This is only one of the many false teachings and deceptions of Luther.
One must remember that in 1508 Luther was appointed to a university in Wittenberg, Germany, as a public teacher of Philosophy. Notice Colossians 2:8, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
Yes, Luther is unquestionably “the Master of Deceit.” Notice on Page 41, Paragraph 11 (Small Catechism) Luther’s words. “Every word of the Bible is God’s word, and therefore the Bible is without error.”
Luther lied in this statement in deleting the Second Commandment from his catechism which contains 91 words. Judge for yourself. Does Luther love God and believe that every word of the Bible is God’s Word, or is he a liar and a false teacher?
THIS SHOWS THE SWAY THAT THE GREAT WHORE OF REVELATION HAD OVER IT’S PEOPLE AND STILL DOES TODAY…BEWARE,FOR SHE HAS LEFT HER SEED EVEN IN THE REFORMATION!
Luthor’s 95 Thesies…What started it all?
THIS IS WHAT STARTED IT ALL WHEN MARTIN LUTHER NAILED THESE 95 THESES ON THE DOOR OF THE CHURCH HE CAME OUT OF: Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther
on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences
by Dr. Martin Luther (1517)
Works of Martin Luther:
Adolph Spaeth, L.D. Reed, Henry Eyster Jacobs, et Al., Trans. & Eds.
(Philadelphia: A. J. Holman Company, 1915), Vol.1, pp. 29-38
Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, may do so by letter.
In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
1. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said Poenitentiam agite, willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.
2. This word cannot be understood to mean sacramental penance, i.e., confession and satisfaction, which is administered by the priests.
3. Yet it means not inward repentance only; nay, there is no inward repentance which does not outwardly work divers mortifications of the flesh.
4. The penalty [of sin], therefore, continues so long as hatred of self continues; for this is the true inward repentance, and continues until our entrance into the kingdom of heaven.
5. The pope does not intend to remit, and cannot remit any penalties other than those which he has imposed either by his own authority or by that of the Canons.
6. The pope cannot remit any guilt, except by declaring that it has been remitted by God and by assenting to God’s remission; though, to be sure, he may grant remission in cases reserved to his judgment. If his right to grant remission in such cases were despised, the guilt would remain entirely unforgiven.
7. God remits guilt to no one whom He does not, at the same time, humble in all things and bring into subjection to His vicar, the priest.
8. The penitential canons are imposed only on the living, and, according to them, nothing should be imposed on the dying.
9. Therefore the Holy Spirit in the pope is kind to us, because in his decrees he always makes exception of the article of death and of necessity.
10. Ignorant and wicked are the doings of those priests who, in the case of the dying, reserve canonical penances for purgatory.
11. This changing of the canonical penalty to the penalty of purgatory is quite evidently one of the tares that were sown while the bishops slept.
12. In former times the canonical penalties were imposed not after, but before absolution, as tests of true contrition.
13. The dying are freed by death from all penalties; they are already dead to canonical rules, and have a right to be released from them.
14. The imperfect health [of soul], that is to say, the imperfect love, of the dying brings with it, of necessity, great fear; and the smaller the love, the greater is the fear.
15. This fear and horror is sufficient of itself alone (to say nothing of other things) to constitute the penalty of purgatory, since it is very near to the horror of despair.
16. Hell, purgatory, and heaven seem to differ as do despair, almost-despair, and the assurance of safety.
17. With souls in purgatory it seems necessary that horror should grow less and love increase.
18. It seems unproved, either by reason or Scripture, that they are outside the state of merit, that is to say, of increasing love.
19. Again, it seems unproved that they, or at least that all of them, are certain or assured of their own blessedness, though we may be quite certain of it.
20. Therefore by “full remission of all penalties” the pope means not actually “of all,” but only of those imposed by himself.
21. Therefore those preachers of indulgences are in error, who say that by the pope’s indulgences a man is freed from every penalty, and saved;
22. Whereas he remits to souls in purgatory no penalty which, according to the canons, they would have had to pay in this life.
23. If it is at all possible to grant to any one the remission of all penalties whatsoever, it is certain that this remission can be granted only to the most perfect, that is, to the very fewest.
24. It must needs be, therefore, that the greater part of the people are deceived by that indiscriminate and high-sounding promise of release from penalty.
25. The power which the pope has, in a general way, over purgatory, is just like the power which any bishop or curate has, in a special way, within his own diocese or parish.
26. The pope does well when he grants remission to souls [in purgatory], not by the power of the keys (which he does not possess), but by way of intercession.
27. They preach man who say that so soon as the penny jingles into the money-box, the soul flies out [of purgatory].
28. It is certain that when the penny jingles into the money-box, gain and avarice can be increased, but the result of the intercession of the Church is in the power of God alone.
29. Who knows whether all the souls in purgatory wish to be bought out of it, as in the legend of Sts. Severinus and Paschal.
30. No one is sure that his own contrition is sincere; much less that he has attained full remission.
31. Rare as is the man that is truly penitent, so rare is also the man who truly buys indulgences, i.e., such men are most rare.
32. They will be condemned eternally, together with their teachers, who believe themselves sure of their salvation because they have letters of pardon.
33. Men must be on their guard against those who say that the pope’s pardons are that inestimable gift of God by which man is reconciled to Him;
34. For these “graces of pardon” concern only the penalties of sacramental satisfaction, and these are appointed by man.
35. They preach no Christian doctrine who teach that contrition is not necessary in those who intend to buy souls out of purgatory or to buy confessionalia.
36. Every truly repentant Christian has a right to full remission of penalty and guilt, even without letters of pardon.
37. Every true Christian, whether living or dead, has part in all the blessings of Christ and the Church; and this is granted him by God, even without letters of pardon.
38. Nevertheless, the remission and participation [in the blessings of the Church] which are granted by the pope are in no way to be despised, for they are, as I have said, the declaration of divine remission.
39. It is most difficult, even for the very keenest theologians, at one and the same time to commend to the people the abundance of pardons and [the need of] true contrition.
40. True contrition seeks and loves penalties, but liberal pardons only relax penalties and cause them to be hated, or at least, furnish an occasion [for hating them].
41. Apostolic pardons are to be preached with caution, lest the people may falsely think them preferable to other good works of love.
42. Christians are to be taught that the pope does not intend the buying of pardons to be compared in any way to works of mercy.
43. Christians are to be taught that he who gives to the poor or lends to the needy does a better work than buying pardons;
44. Because love grows by works of love, and man becomes better; but by pardons man does not grow better, only more free from penalty.
45. 45. Christians are to be taught that he who sees a man in need, and passes him by, and gives [his money] for pardons, purchases not the indulgences of the pope, but the indignation of God.
46. Christians are to be taught that unless they have more than they need, they are bound to keep back what is necessary for their own families, and by no means to squander it on pardons.
47. Christians are to be taught that the buying of pardons is a matter of free will, and not of commandment.
48. Christians are to be taught that the pope, in granting pardons, needs, and therefore desires, their devout prayer for him more than the money they bring.
49. Christians are to be taught that the pope’s pardons are useful, if they do not put their trust in them; but altogether harmful, if through them they lose their fear of God.
50. Christians are to be taught that if the pope knew the exactions of the pardon-preachers, he would rather that St. Peter’s church should go to ashes, than that it should be built up with the skin, flesh and bones of his sheep.
51. Christians are to be taught that it would be the pope’s wish, as it is his duty, to give of his own money to very many of those from whom certain hawkers of pardons cajole money, even though the church of St. Peter might have to be sold.
52. The assurance of salvation by letters of pardon is vain, even though the commissary, nay, even though the pope himself, were to stake his soul upon it.
53. They are enemies of Christ and of the pope, who bid the Word of God be altogether silent in some Churches, in order that pardons may be preached in others.
54. Injury is done the Word of God when, in the same sermon, an equal or a longer time is spent on pardons than on this Word.
55. It must be the intention of the pope that if pardons, which are a very small thing, are celebrated with one bell, with single processions and ceremonies, then the Gospel, which is the very greatest thing, should be preached with a hundred bells, a hundred processions, a hundred ceremonies.
56. The “treasures of the Church,” out of which the pope. grants indulgences, are not sufficiently named or known among the people of Christ.
57. That they are not temporal treasures is certainly evident, for many of the vendors do not pour out such treasures so easily, but only gather them.
58. Nor are they the merits of Christ and the Saints, for even without the pope, these always work grace for the inner man, and the cross, death, and hell for the outward man.
59. St. Lawrence said that the treasures of the Church were the Church’s poor, but he spoke according to the usage of the word in his own time.
60. Without rashness we say that the keys of the Church, given by Christ’s merit, are that treasure;
61. For it is clear that for the remission of penalties and of reserved cases, the power of the pope is of itself sufficient.
62. The true treasure of the Church is the Most Holy Gospel of the glory and the grace of God.
63. But this treasure is naturally most odious, for it makes the first to be last.
64. On the other hand, the treasure of indulgences is naturally most acceptable, for it makes the last to be first.
65. Therefore the treasures of the Gospel are nets with which they formerly were wont to fish for men of riches.
66. The treasures of the indulgences are nets with which they now fish for the riches of men.
67. The indulgences which the preachers cry as the “greatest graces” are known to be truly such, in so far as they promote gain.
68. Yet they are in truth the very smallest graces compared with the grace of God and the piety of the Cross.
69. Bishops and curates are bound to admit the commissaries of apostolic pardons, with all reverence.
70. But still more are they bound to strain all their eyes and attend with all their ears, lest these men preach their own dreams instead of the commission of the pope.
71. He who speaks against the truth of apostolic pardons, let him be anathema and accursed!
72. But he who guards against the lust and license of the pardon-preachers, let him be blessed!
73. The pope justly thunders against those who, by any art, contrive the injury of the traffic in pardons.
74. But much more does he intend to thunder against those who use the pretext of pardons to contrive the injury of holy love and truth.
75. To think the papal pardons so great that they could absolve a man even if he had committed an impossible sin and violated the Mother of God — this is madness.
76. We say, on the contrary, that the papal pardons are not able to remove the very least of venial sins, so far as its guilt is concerned.
77. It is said that even St. Peter, if he were now Pope, could not bestow greater graces; this is blasphemy against St. Peter and against the pope.
78. We say, on the contrary, that even the present pope, and any pope at all, has greater graces at his disposal; to wit, the Gospel, powers, gifts of healing, etc., as it is written in I. Corinthians xii.
79. To say that the cross, emblazoned with the papal arms, which is set up [by the preachers of indulgences], is of equal worth with the Cross of Christ, is blasphemy.
80. The bishops, curates and theologians who allow such talk to be spread among the people, will have an account to render.
81. This unbridled preaching of pardons makes it no easy matter, even for learned men, to rescue the reverence due to the pope from slander, or even from the shrewd questionings of the laity.
82. To wit: — “Why does not the pope empty purgatory, for the sake of holy love and of the dire need of the souls that are there, if he redeems an infinite number of souls for the sake of miserable money with which to build a Church? The former reasons would be most just; the latter is most trivial.”
83. Again: — “Why are mortuary and anniversary masses for the dead continued, and why does he not return or permit the withdrawal of the endowments founded on their behalf, since it is wrong to pray for the redeemed?”
84. Again: — “What is this new piety of God and the pope, that for money they allow a man who is impious and their enemy to buy out of purgatory the pious soul of a friend of God, and do not rather, because of that pious and beloved soul’s own need, free it for pure love’s sake?”
85. Again: — “Why are the penitential canons long since in actual fact and through disuse abrogated and dead, now satisfied by the granting of indulgences, as though they were still alive and in force?”
86. Again: — “Why does not the pope, whose wealth is to-day greater than the riches of the richest, build just this one church of St. Peter with his own money, rather than with the money of poor believers?”
87. Again: — “What is it that the pope remits, and what participation does he grant to those who, by perfect contrition, have a right to full remission and participation?”
88. Again: — “What greater blessing could come to the Church than if the pope were to do a hundred times a day what he now does once, and bestow on every believer these remissions and participations?”
89. “Since the pope, by his pardons, seeks the salvation of souls rather than money, why does he suspend the indulgences and pardons granted heretofore, since these have equal efficacy?”
90. To repress these arguments and scruples of the laity by force alone, and not to resolve them by giving reasons, is to expose the Church and the pope to the ridicule of their enemies, and to make Christians unhappy.
91. If, therefore, pardons were preached according to the spirit and mind of the pope, all these doubts would be readily resolved; nay, they would not exist.
92. Away, then, with all those prophets who say to the people of Christ, “Peace, peace,” and there is no peace!
93. Blessed be all those prophets who say to the people of Christ, “Cross, cross,” and there is no cross!
94. Christians are to be exhorted that they be diligent in following Christ, their Head, through penalties, deaths, and hell;
95. And thus be confident of entering into heaven rather through many tribulations, than through the assurance of peace.
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Rev. Robert E. Smith
Concordia Theological Seminary.
6600 N. Clinton St.,
Ft. Wayne, IN 46825 USA
According to the Church of Rome, all Protestants are heretics and anathema.
Rome claims it alone is the true church and that there is no salvation outside it.
This is sometimes denied by Roman Catholics, but is abundantly documented by the statements and decrees of Popes and Church Councils.
Romanism is not seen in its true light in the United Kingdom or in the United States. As long as the majority in a country does not consist of Roman Catholics, the Church can carefully disguise its true aims and beliefs.
If you want to see Rome as it really is, just live in the Irish Republic, go to Spain or Italy, or step across the border into Mexico. Ask the missionaries of the Gospel who have laboured and suffered in these countries.
Non-Roman-Catholics are accursed by the Church of Rome. She does not recognise a marriage outside the Roman Church as legitimate, thereby making all married Protestants adulterers and their children bastards.
No marriage outside the Roman Church is recognised as valid. If any readers should be inclined to doubt this, we submit herewith the contract which every non-Roman-Catholic who wishes to marry a Roman Catholic is required to sign.
The Roman Church will marry a non-Roman-Catholic to a Roman Catholic (by a priest), but only upon the condition that the following contract be signed by the non-Roman-Catholic.
The contract will speak for itself:
“I [the non-Roman-Catholic party] therefore agree:
That I will not interfere in the least with the free exercise of the Catholic party’s religion;
That I will adhere to the sacred doctrine of the indissolubility of the marriage bond, so that I cannot contract a second marriage while my consort is still alive, even though a civil divorce has been obtained;
That all the children, both boys and girls, that may be born of this union shall be baptized and educated solely in the faith of the Roman Catholic Church, even in the event of the death of my Catholic consort.
In case of dispute I further hereby agree fully that the custody of all children shall be given to such guardians as assure this faithful execution of this covenant and promise, in the event that I cannot fulfil it myself;
That I will lead a married life in conformity with the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding birth control, realizing fully the attitude of the Catholic Church in this regard;
That no other marriage ceremony shall take place before or after this ceremony by the Catholic priest.”