August 22, 2019

“What was the Protestant Reformation?”

Protestantism explains itself by –


The Protestant Reformation was a widespread theological revolt in Europe against the abuses and totalitarian control of the Roman Catholic Church. Reformers such as Martin Luther in Germany, Ulrich Zwingli in Switzerland, and John Calvin in France protested various unbiblical practices of the Catholic Church and promoted a return to sound biblical doctrine. The precipitating event of the Protestant Reformation is generally considered to be Luther’s posting of his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church on October 31, 1517.

”a Katholike, I Answer that”

The Diet of the Holy Roman Empire, assembled at Speyer in April, 1529, resolved that, according to a decree promulgated at the Diet of Worms (1521), communities in which the new religion was so far established that it could not without great trouble be altered should be free to maintain it, but until the meeting of the council they should introduce no further innovations in religion, and should not forbid the Mass, or hinder Catholics from assisting there at. Interesting?

  Against this decree, and especially against the last article, the adherents of the new Evangel — the Elector Frederick of Saxony, the Landgrave of Hesse, the Margrave Albert of Brandenberg, the Dukes of Lüneburg, the Prince of Anhalt, together with the deputies of fourteen of the free and imperial cities — entered a solemn protest as unjust and impious. The meaning of the protest was that the dissidents did not intend to tolerate Catholicism within their borders. On that account they were called Protestants. The Church of England broke away, not for any “high minded” ideas of freedom but due to a King not receiving an annulment after he had killed his previous wives. Gee more Truth, Not one word of solas?

The Church must be One is authentic, biblical, Apostolic Doctrine and vital in the mission of the Holy Spirit. As God is One. Christ stated on several occasions a house divided cannot stand, nor can the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are sown with deceit and disobedience. All of course, appears lost on this independent Bible “book religion”. It is most “fitting” then, that the father of this Rebellion chose the “Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos” to begin his church of reform, with a hammer “95 Theses” So thoroughly refuted in ancient times by our Church Fathers. Like with Adam and Eve’s first sin was “disobedience”, followed by “pride” so it is with our reformer brothers. How can the Church discuss reconciliation, without the first admission of the sin upon you. So it is to this day, the Church must stand as One,heart mind and soul, and those with a independent mind, separate heart, new faith do not dwell within the Ark of Life, yet mysteriously tether to its side. Obey Soul.

Objection 2

As a background to the history of Protestantism and the Reformation, it is important to understand the Catholic claim of apostolic succession. This doctrine says that the line of Roman Catholic popes extends through the centuries all the way from the apostle Peter to the current pope. This unbroken chain of authority makes the Roman Catholic Church the only true church and gives the pope preeminence over all churches everywhere.

Because of their belief in apostolic succession and the infallibility of the pope (when speaking ex cathedra), Catholics place church teaching and tradition on a level equal to Scripture itself. This is one of the major differences between Roman Catholics and Protestants and was one of the foundational issues leading to the Protestant Reformation.

Even prior to the Protestant Reformation, there were pockets of resistance to some of the unbiblical practices of the Roman Catholic Church, yet they were relatively small and isolated. The Lollards, the Waldensians, and the Petrobrusians all took a stand against certain Catholic doctrines. Before Luther ever picked up a hammer and headed to Chapel Church, there were men who had stood up for reform and the true gospel. Among them were John Wycliffe, an English theologian and Oxford professor who was condemned as a heretic in 1415; Jan Hus, a priest from Bohemia who was burned at the stake in 1415 for his opposition to the Church of Rome; and Girolamo Savonarola, an Italian friar who was hanged and burned in 1498.

I Answer that: #2

  Once more the above statements are made of half truths. The importance and significance of the Apostolic succession does NOT rest on the Roman See alone. Each Apostle represents a Holy See, from which each “chosen, appointed, trained and sent” successors by Jesus,then His Apostles”, among the world to preach, just as Jesus did his successor. So today “every Bishop, Priest, or Deacon are ordained as the Apostles were ordained by Christ on the eve of the Holy Last Supper. They received their commission and authority from the same “breath of God” as our Apostles received, not ordained on a book of God-Breathed text, but into life as, God breathed into Adam’s nostrils. Each valid priest of the Catholic Church knows upon his commission into the Priesthood, his unbroken chain of succession from his appointment to his Holy See, of an Apostle. The Peter of Rome chairs the ‘Mercy seat” (Mt23:2-3) {Mt23. Verse comes with a command of Jesus, “ practice & observe whatever they tell you”, again lost on protesters ears?} and an established hierarchy long established by God, the same, as He did in Mose’s day. [Jewish priests lost authority – (Mt23:23-36; Mt27:51) “Behold the curtain of the temple torn in two from top to bottom; and the “rocks”were split.” ] Just as the Hebrews maintain the record of their High Priest successions, the Catholic Church holds to this same hierarchical foundation of Authority Ordained from God. There is no doubt that Peter, (Cephas “the rock”) was primary among the Apostles, as Christ so stated and the bible time & again lists, and points to his principal leadership within the Church, as further witnessed in Acts first 2 Church Counsels of Jerusalem settling dispute over diet and circumcision for Gentiles and again over eating animal sacrifices of idols. Peter is laid to rest in his Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican within Rome, as are many of his successors. St Paul has his own Basilica “Outside the Walls”, owned and cared for by the Catholic Church where his remains, lie beneath that Alter , where he and thousands of other martyrs lay “crying out to God for Justice” (Rev6:9-11).

Objection 3

The opposition to the false teaching of the Roman Catholic Church came to a head in the sixteenth century when Luther, a Roman Catholic monk, challenged the authority of the pope and, in particular, the selling of indulgences. Rather than heed the call to reform, the Roman Catholic Church dug in its heels and sought to silence the Reformers. Eventually, new churches emerged from the Reformation, forming four major divisions of Protestantism: Luther’s followers started the Lutheran Church, Calvin’s followers started the Reformed Church, John Knox’s followers started the Presbyterian Church in Scotland (using Calvinistic doctrine), and, later, Reformers in England started the Anglican Church.

I Answer that: #3

  Again in true ancient trumpeters of Apostasy’s Horn, the new religion-ist pontificate their righteousness in doctrine and claim their true faith based on their beliefs, and NOT the Apostles. The question of alms giving and indulgences although distasteful to some has its roots in ancient Hebrews Talmuds and was acceptable. Please point to the verse or verses where Jesus criticizes the Pharisees for this practice. If not, “then Obey Soul”.

Reformers CRUCIFY St. Peter, his Church, & Apostolic Teachings “Di dache” Paradosis

  The angry young man was so scripture based, he failed to seek the truth. For Luther an indulgence would be meaningless, as they only reduce time in Purgatory, a doctrine he abandoned in his new religion. Thus the giving or “selling” of alms at its core was freely given from the rich, yet Luther doth protest to much” like our Lady McBeth in Hamlet. For One who claims Bible authority should not expect his superiors to acquiesces to his whims violating these Scriptural verses as well as the Sacred Tradition from the Apostles’ (Dt15:11; Mt6:2,4; Eccl3:30,29:12; Prov11:4; 2Cor9:7-9; Hos10:12; Lk11:41). While the rich are always seen as never sharing enough of their wealth to the poor, so why such anx? In any event, breaking from the One True Church over such insignificant non-doctrinal issues, while direct evidence lacking from Christ teaching is absurd! I refer and compel you to Luther’s Vows & Apostasy as a Monk. 

Objection 4

At the heart of the Protestant Reformation lay four basic questions: How is a person saved? Where does religious authority lie? What is the church? What is the essence of Christian living? In answering these questions, Protestant Reformers developed what would be known as the “Five Solas” (sola being the Latin word for “alone”). These five essential points of biblical doctrine clearly separate Protestantism from Roman Catholicism. The Reformers resisted the demands placed on them to recant these doctrines, even to the point of death. The five essential doctrines of the Protestant Reformation are as follows:

1 – Sola Scriptura, “Scripture Alone.” The Bible alone is the sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. Scripture and Scripture alone is the standard by which all teachings and traditions of the church must be measured. As Martin Luther so eloquently stated when told to recant his teachings, “Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason—I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other—my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.”

I Answer that: #4

Yes, “RECANT” does sound better than Apostasy, Just not descriptive in religious truth. The Protestant use the term Sola or solas as Luther did, as IF the definition of the word escapes them. Sola defined is: alone, unaided, unaccompanied. Yet there are 5 solas all unaccompanied? apart from Apostolic Doctrine, into One brand spankin new Religion!, (which they deny)? And yet not one Sola is worthy of standing “alone” in the light of truth in Christ. Got is right the 5 Solas were never part of the Apostolic Paradosis. Not one word of these ideas were written in the Di Dache, teachings from thousands of documents. The first of five “solas’ scripture. Until Luther developed this idea into his doctrines “bible alone” did not exist, in an orderly form until nearly 400 years of Church Life. Not that this book theory wasn’t tried in prior centuries by other apostates, to no avail. The Bible does not claim this authority to itself. In fact, the bible states the opposite. My favorite is: ..The angel of the Lord sent Philip,…And Philip running thither, heard him reading the prophet Isaiahs. And he said: Think thou that thou understand what thou read? Who said: And how can I, unless some man shew me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.(Acts9:17-20) Then Peter also says (2Pet1:20; 3:15-16)  The verse with Philip above teaches that even this slave had enough sense to seek an authority. The “book religion” has a book without a manual, a multitude of interpreters and not One referee with authority to stop the clock. So the sin of disobedience metastasizes with dreadful consequences on an important precept from Christ. UNITY Before his Passion on Mt. Olives, (Jn17); Jesus prays for His Church (Jn17:1-26). IS Unity, just mere words from a passage of scripture to be Avoided? There are nearly 100 scripture verses attesting to Unity, Jesus prayed that his Church be One, as he and His father are One, as he offered his life for sacrifice. But this Jesus’ Prayer, wish and hope for His Church, cannot supersede this lust for their cherished Solas, “Book, Grace, Faith”, Christ and Gloria. So for 501 years the Bible Religion spreads its false teachings, so that today no one knows what direction or what Christianity believes with over 45,000 organizations around the world spreading CHAOS and confusion for individualism in interpretations of scripture, rather than Truth of the Gospel. What ARE THEY PROCLAIMING? Often they proudly tell Catholics that these are minor differences but hold fast to the teaching to their “Beloved Solas” and while the Apostles and their successors are but an afterthought, even WHEN the Bible states to do the opposite in ..(Acts2:41); (1Cor11:2); 2Th2:15; 3:6); (2Tim1:13;2:2) So they refuse both to listen to the Church, & to the Word of God? “Houston we have a problem!”

Objection #5

2 – Sola Gratia, “Salvation by Grace Alone.” Salvation is proof of God’s undeserved favor; we are rescued from God’s wrath by His grace alone, not by any work we do. God’s blessing in Christ is the sole efficient cause of salvation. This grace is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life.
3 – Sola Fide, “Salvation by Faith Alone.” We are justified by faith in Christ alone, not by the works of the Law. It is by faith in Christ that His righteousness is imputed to us as the only possible satisfaction of God’s perfect standard.
4 – Solus Christus, “In Christ Alone.” Salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone; no one and nothing else can save. Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross is sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to God the Father. The gospel has not been preached if Christ’s redemption is not declared and if faith in His resurrection is not solicited.
5 – Soli Deo Gloria, “For the Glory of God Alone.” Salvation is of God and has been accomplished by God for His glory alone. As Christians we must magnify Him always and live our lives in His presence, under His authority, and for His glory.

These five important doctrines are the reason for the Protestant Reformation. They are at the heart of the Reformers’ call for the church to return to biblical teaching. The Five Solas are just as important today in evaluating a church and its teachings as they were in the sixteenth century.

I Answer that #5

I must begin by correcting the above assertions. The reformer said “to go back to biblical” teaching is a false statement and premise regarding the bible as the sole source and guide for Christian life. First, as I relayed earlier, The Catholic Church NEVER held that our teaching is from “scripture alone”. So there is “NO GOING BACK TO !”, because for 1500 years prior (Luther), this source did not exist in 16th century form until the 4th century. By which time the Catholic faith had spread & lived beyond more countries borders than Roman Empire controlled. Also, this so called “call by reformers” was their personal interpretation of the book and a list of complaints, and obvious ignorance of Sacred Tradition ie- Paradosis. NONE of it agrees with the Apostles and the early first Church Paradosis – (as handed down from Christ by the faithful), but does agree to one man’s written arguments, M. Luther, an Apostate from the Order of the Hermit Augustinian monks. This Gotquestions author insinuates that the 5 Solas stood from the beginning, as reasons for their Apostasy, which is FALSE, providing a sample of the NEED for us Catholics in acts of spiritual work in Mercy to charitably ” Instruct the Ignorant” on the 21st century and 16th century reality.

The 5 solas were NEVER Church Doctrine and still NOT! Therefore, not part of their Apostasy on their Faith, we each attested every Easter season. The Apostles’ Creed!

What is /was really at the heart of the reformers, was a distaste for ALL things Catholic. The reformers took complaints and elevated that to Deadly Sin. They were disobedient as Adam and Eve in the garden, but this time, the reformers chose disobedience in the Kingdom of God on earth. The Apostasy and “heresy”are simple to diagnose. Each no longer believing in the FAITH, as taught by the Apostles (Acts2:41). We are ALL CALLED to be of “One mind”, “One Heart” and “One Faith”, NOT in part but all in all, we have a name for this unity, it called “Sensus Fide” in the Church Magisterium our servants to the “Fedei Depostium”proclaimed by Christ and His Apostles. LUTHER, as a learned hermit Augustinian monk vowing to seek holy perfection KNEW THIS TRUTHALL of IT! But yet he persisted, denying his faith, demanding change on his time table on the Bishops he was duty bound by Sacred VOW to OBEY and on his Church, abandoning his VOWS of OBEDIENCE in the HOLY ORDERS he made with GOD.

Rebellion against authority was in the European air and Luther was just a lowly unfaithful monk, to his VOWS in Religious life, his disobedience to his Bishop and Church, his forsaking of his Holy Orders, a GRAVE sin in the eyes of God. What is a father to do with these DISOBEDIENT Rebellious sons?

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come And let him who hears say, Come.” And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without out price. (Rev22:17) They stand UNITED with open arms for every lost sheep and goat, to the very end of St. John’s great revelations.

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