Against the Pope

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Q: How can I know that I am in the true church?

A: The true church is the household of God. By our baptism we are baptised into the name of Jesus Christ – the man whom God has appointed as our ruler under God – in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thus everyone who is baptised and believes is in the true church, the house of God, an adopted and beloved child of the same, and will be saved.

Q: What is an Antichrist?

A: AN antichrist is someone who attempts to be a world-ruler. The Lord Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and the Lord of lords, so any claim of any other person to the same power makes him a rival, or anti, Christ.

Q: Why is the Bishop of Rome an Antichrist?

A: The Lord Jesus Christ, by his death and resurrection, has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. He has sat down at the Father’s right hand upon the throne of David where he has begun to rule that same empire. His ascension into heaven does not imply a distancing from power over the affairs of the earth, but the exact opposite. The right hand of Power is the most powerful place a man can be. He has begun to wage war against his enemies on earth from there, as it is written, “The LORD said to my Lord, sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.”

The Pope claims to be excercising Christ’s power upon earth in his absence, hence the title Vicar of Christ (vicarious ruler). He has usurped Christ’s power and office, so he is without doubt an Antichrist.

Q: How are my sins remitted?

A: By grace alone, through the propitiation of the cross alone, and by faith alone, apart from the works of the law. If it is by grace then it is not of works, or grace is no longer grace. If then we are justified apart from the works of the law, being the commandments of God, how much less are we justified by the laws of the Pope?

Nevertheless, Pope Boniface VIII declared in his bull Unam Sanctum of 18 November 1302:

We declare, say, define, and proclaim to every human creature that they by necessity for salvation are entirely subject to the Roman Pontiff.

Luther commented:

Therefore, it is the devil himself who is speaking in the person of the pope and all such papal decrees. For if salvation consists in the observance of the pope’s laws, what need do we have of Christ as our Justifier and Saviour?

We see then that the Church of Rome, far from being the true church, is the home of treason against Christ, denial of the sufficiency of the cross, and it is filled with wicked hubris, pride and arrogance.

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3 thoughts on “Against the Pope

  1. From Artistree:

    Isaiah 22
    20 ‘ Then it shall be in that day,
    That I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah;
    21 I will clothe him with your robe
    And strengthen him with your belt;
    I will commit your responsibility into his hand.
    He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem
    And to the house of Judah.
    22 The key of the house of David
    I will lay on his shoulder;
    So he shall open, and no one shall shut;
    And he shall shut, and no one shall open.
    23 I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place,
    And he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house.

    Matthew 16
    17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[d] in heaven.”

    Nothing wrong with having a Father of the Church. But the father is to be a father not a dictator. He represents the Fatherhood of God on earth who fathers God’s household. Nor is that earthly Father infallible.

  2. A question for the author…
    If you are an educated man in the history of the church, why have you not taken a look at the Eastern Orthodox Churches? You site the Solas of Martin Luther, yet seek not further into the teachings of the Ancient Fathers. I recommend Justinian, Polycarp, Hyppolytus who were all close to the Apostles by a mere 150 yrs. For they speak of a different thought. If they had come into the time of Martin Luther, they would have called him a heretic.
    For Grace and Faith and Works are one in the life of a Christian. One would not be inspired to do Works without Faith and can not achieve them without Grace.
    Do not cling to teachings which lack understanding of tradition, for it was Christ who gave new life to the teachings of the Old Testament scriptures, and it is by His Apostles that it was passed on through the ages and preserved, intact, within the Orthodox Church.
    I will pray for you.
    In Christ, Germanus

  3. Germanus, I have indeed looked at the Eastern Churches. However, having studied the apostles themselves through their own writings, I know what their teaching is without needing what you call tradition. The fathers are not all in agreement on the issue of sola fide. Some are for and others against. Others are confused and do not understand the issues.

    I firmly believe in tradition, and have read what the fathers said it was. I agree with them that it is nothing else than the Bible.

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