Posts Tagged ‘Roman Catholicism’

The Popes claim the place of God on earth

September 19, 2009

‘Pontiff’ means ‘bridge-builder’, pontifex is ‘one who makes a bridge’ and in ancient Rome was a member of the principle college of priests in Rome. Pontifex Maximus was the head of this and was the title used by the pagan Roman emperor, who was also the head of the old Roman religious college of pagan priests who claimed to be the ‘connecting bridge’ between this life and the next. A man who does this is in fact claiming, as did Pope Leo XIII in 1885, to hold ‘upon this earth the place of God Almighty.’

Even a Catholic priest becomes, on his ordination,  alter Christus, (‘another Christ’) because it is claimed that he will offer on the altar the same sacrifice as did Christ.

In 1302, Pope Boniface VIII issued a bull, Unam Sanctum, which affirmed that all temporal powers are subject to the spiritual authority, as invested in the pope…’We declare…that it is altogether necessary to salvation for every human creature to be subject to the Roman pontiff.’

Douglas C. Wood, The Evangelical Doctor, E.P., 1984, pp.6-7, 22


Offering pardon for future sins

September 13, 2009

The pope needed funds to rebuild St. Peter’s Chuch in Rome. So he authorised a preacher named Tetzel to see ‘indulences’ throughout Germany. Tetzel said, ‘No sooner do the coins clink in the money chest than the souls of a loved one flies out of purgatory.’ ( Luther, Works of Martin Luther, The Philadelphia Edition, trans. C. M. Jacobs, vol. 1: Letter to the Archbishop Albrecht of Mainz (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1982), p. 26.)

One day a young man asked Tetzel if the purchase of an indulgence could obtain pardon for any sin.  “Absolutely!” responded Tetzel.  “What if the sin hasn’t yet been committed, but is being contemplated by a person?” the man asked.  “It makes no difference,” Tetzel assured him.  “No sin is too great.”  With that, the young man eagerly purchased the indulgence.  After Tetzel had completed his rather lucrative session in that village, he packed up his wares and journeyed toward the next town.  On the way, he was confronted by a band of thieves who robbed him of all he had, including the money from that day’s sale of indulgences.  The grinning leader of the thieves was none other than the young man who had purchased an indulgence that afternoon in contemplation of a future sin – robbery.

David W. Bercot, Will The Real Heretics Please Stand Up, 3rd ed., Scroll Publishing Company, Tyler, TX, 1999, p. 144.

When popes err

September 12, 2009

To follow a pope who rebels against the will of Christ is to separate from Christ and his body; and if ever the time should come when all men follow an erring pontiff, then will be the great apostasy . . . and Rome will be the cause of an unprecedented schism.

Robert Grosseteste (1252 AD),

in Douglas C. Wood, The Evangelical Doctor, EP, 1984, p.12

Latimer’s last words to Ridley

September 9, 2009

Then they brought a faggot, kindled with fire, and laid it down at Dr. Ridley’s feet. Master Latimer spake to him in this manner: ‘Be of good comfort, master Ridley, and play the man. We shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.’ And so the fire being given unto them, when Dr. Ridley saw the fire flaming up towards him, he cried, several times, with a wonderful loud voice, ‘Into thy hands, Lord, I commend my spirit. Lord, receive my spirit.’

John Foxe

English Protestant preacher, Bishop of Worcester, Hugh Latimer, burned with Ridley, October 16, 1555 at Oxford.

O Lord God, defend this realm from Papistry

September 4, 2009

Edward VI, “that incomparable young prince”, as Bishop Burnet justly called him, died on the 6th July 1553. Never, perhaps, did any royal personage in this land die more fully lamented, or leave behind him a fairer reputation. Never, perhaps, to man’s poor fallible judgment, did the cause of God’s truth in England receive a heavier blow. His last prayer before death ought not to be forgotten  –“O Lord God, defend this realm from Papistry, and maintain Thy true religion”. It was a prayer, I believe, not offered in vain.

J.C.Ryle, Five English Reformers, Banner, 1994, p.6

Mission – How not to

August 4, 2009

In 1513 Martin de Encisco read a short history of the world, the coming of Christ and the institution of the papacy, often in Latin, to South American Indians! If the Indians did not convert to Christianity, their lands were seized as they were seen to be wilful idolators.

Gavin D’Costa, Theology and Religious Pluralism

Married Life no Barrier to Godliness

July 30, 2009

Enoch fathered Methuselah before he ‘walked with God’ and during that time of walking with God for 300 years he had other sons and daughters (Gen. 4.21-22). Married life for him was no contradiction and no distraction from godliness.

Jim Gourlay

Spurgeon – There are true believers in Romanism

June 28, 2009

I rejoice to confess that I feel sure there are some of God’s people even in the Romish Church…In Brussels I heard a good sermon in a Romish church. The place was crowded with people, many of them standing, though they might have had a seat for a half penny or a farthing; and I stood, too; and the good priest–for I believe he is a good man–preached the Lord Jesus with all his might. He spoke of the love of Christ, so that I, a very poor hand at the French language, could fully understand him, and my heart kept beating within me as he told of the beauties of Christ and the preciousness of His blood, and of His power to save the chief of sinners. He did not say, `justification by faith,’ but he did say, ‘efficacy of the blood,’ which comes to very much the same thing. He did not tell us we were saved by grace, and not by our works; but he did say that ail the works of men were less than nothing when brought into competition with the blood of Christ, and that the blood of Jesus alone could save. True, there were objectionable sentences, as naturally there must be in a discourse delivered under such circumstances; but I could have gone to the preacher, and have said to him, ‘Brother, you have spoken the truth;’ and if I had been handling his text, I must have treated it in the same way that he did, if I could have done it as well. I was pleased to find my opinion verified, in his case, that there are, even in the apostate church, some who cleave unto the Lord–some sparks of heavenly fire that flicker amidst the rubbish of old superstition, some lights that are not blown out, even by the strong wind of Popery, but still cast a feeble gleam across the waters sufficient to guide the soul to the rock Christ Jesus.

CH Spurgeon, The Full Harvest, Banner of Truth,1973, p21-22

Heresy and Intolerance

May 28, 2009

The only way to argue with a blasphemer is by running your sword through his bowels, as far as it will go.

St. Louis IX, King of France

I entirely detest heretics, and as Magistrate do promise assiduously to perform my duty in investigating them. Heresy is a kind of treason, and if a heretic persisteth in his false belief, he may be handed over to be burned.

St. Thomas More

If heretics be altogether uprooted by death, this is not contrary to Our Lord’s command.

St. Thomas Aquinas

Error will never be suppressed unless the criminal elements of depravity be consumed in flames.

Pope Clement XII

That it is against the will of the Spirit to burn heretics at the stake is condemned as false.

Pope Leo X

Even if my own father were a heretic, I would gather the wood to burn him at the stake.

Pope Paul IV

With regard to heretics, two arguments must be observed: one concerning themselves, the other from the aspect of the Church. On their own side, there is the sin whereby they deserve to be separated from the Church by excommunication, but also to be severed from the world by death. For it is a much more serious matter to corrupt the faith which gives life to the soul than to counterfeit that which supports temporal life. Wherefore, if counterfeiters and other evil-doers are immediately condemned to death by the secular authorities, there is much more reason for heretics, as soon as they are convicted of heresy, not only to be excommunicated but even put to death. On the part of the Church, however, there is mercy, which looks to the conversion of the wanderer; wherefore, she condemns not at once, but “after the first and second warning”, as the Apostle directs (Titus 3:10). After that, if he is still stubborn, the Church, no longer hoping for his conversion, looks to the salvation of others by excommunicating him and separating him from the Church; and, furthermore, she delivers him over to the secular tribunal, thereby to be exterminated from the world by death.”

St. Thomas Aquinas

NB 1. No scriptural warrant is offered for these intolerant sentiments. Aquinas knew nothing of Paul’s actual sentiments who said (after a second warning) of a divisive person, ‘Have nothing to do with him’ (not, ‘burn him’).

2. How many of these many were heretics themselves? They assume that their obedience to Rome is obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ! Little did they know that many were semi or full-blown Pelagians and thus heretics themselves.