The Word of God and of Man
Protestants with an excess of zeal to “reform” the occasional human failings in the organization of Christ’s Catholic Church, have in addition managed to mangle the divinely inspired principles on which it is based. The revisionist heresy of “faith alone” was not imagined until the advent of Martin Luther after nearly 1500 years of contrary Christian dogma maintained by the universal Catholic Church. Indeed, the Catholic Pope and Catholic Bishops had invented the Bible to inspire Catholic congregations which Protestants had to rewrite to bolster their contrary concepts. The Protestants have thrown out the baby with the bathwater.
Martin Luther John Calvin King Henry VIII Oliver Cromwell
1483-1546 A.D. 1509-1564 A.D. 1491-1547 A.D. 1599-1658 A.D.
Indeed, all Protestant sects were founded by mere men and not by Christ. And while Christ gave his entire life in the service of others, in each and every case without exception, the Protestant reformer benefited immensely here on Earth. This mostly involved the seizure of Catholic Church property and works of art, by wars of conquest and the looting of neighboring states, by shunting voluntary church donations to mandated government taxes and murdering peasants who objected [q.v. German state “Concordances” licensing allowed religions], and not least in excusing deeds of sexual conquest.
And the rationale in every case was novel and logically twisted and fanciful interpretations that not only reversed 1500 years of teaching but elevated personal preferences above reason. In particular, Martin Luther removed many books from the Bible and also personally re-wrote portions to add “faith-alone” pretending these were the testimony of the Apostles recounting the words of Christ. And so today there are upwards of 30,000 different Protestant sects all with different beliefs and all invented in near modern memory by mere men far removed from the eyewitness of Christ’s Apostles (Bishops) and Disciples (Priests). And today all Protestants thrive on a diet of hatred against those who do not accept their utter illogic of nitpicking and irrational Biblical interpretations. Note that the Bible alone was never previously accepted at the sole repository of Christ’s legacy. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that it alone should be the sole reference for the faithful… in fact it says exactly the opposite.
Protestants do not call themselves “catholic or universal” Christians but rather followers of Luther, or Calvin, or the Monarchy of England. Why do they so deny Christ?
The Bible was written and assembled into Books to simply and clearly convey Christ’s message across the world and down through the ages to largely illiterate masses. It was painfully sustained by Catholic Popes and a nearly uncountable number of Catholic Bishops and Priests and congregations who were willing to die, and often did, for the sake of that message. And so Protestant distortions of the fundamental theology, which often require a Ph.D. in hairsplitting to write or even to dimly understand, are painful to behold. Rather the Catholic position remains that the Bible means what its words clearly say.
To the extent religious “reformers” claim that leading a virtuous life is too hard and unreasonable and they have discovered, after some incredibly tortured reasoning, a “proof” there is painless back door into heaven, they are only demagogues and rabble rousers.
The dubious concept that since Christ made it possible for us to be saved excuses us from all responsibility is not scholarship but sophistry. And the difficulty in reconciling this heresy with common sense, not to mention the clear wording of the Bible, does not render it an intellectual triumph but rather a self-delusion. Indeed, it only seems to serve as a means for Protestant Reformers to excite a crowd loyal to a themselves rather than to the original words of Jesus Christ as collected in the Bible by Catholic Bishops meeting in conclave and supervised by a Catholic Pope.
Saying that because you believe in the truth of Christ’s message you will then go on to do good works is not true. Devils and demons believe having direct evidence of the supernatural are not in heaven. Not everyone who cries out Lord! Lord! however sincerely or heartfelt will be saved but rather those who actually do good works.
BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR CHRIST’S CATHOLIC CHURCH
The Catholic Church assembled the words of Jesus Christ into the Christian Bible from the direct witness of the Apostles. And this work was faithfully preserved, often at great cost, for 1500 years before a handful of Protestant reformers saw fit to whimsically revise it. Whether this was for personal edification or advantage we cannot know. But what is unmistakable is that Christ’s original message is simple and clear and logically elegant while the new Protestant revisions are invariably twisted and strained and complicated in a vain attempt to avoid the obvious meaning of the original text. That this Protestant failure is often masked by a hate filled diatribe against fellow Christians, who remain true to Christian principles of forgiveness and thus make easy targets, is yet another sorrow.
In any event, that the Catholic Church was organized and granted authority by Jesus Christ is also well supported.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church;
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt
bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be
loosed in heaven.
[ Not that in all instances above, the PERSONAL pronoun “you” is used to denote St. Peter.
Also note that “Peter” is a translation from the original Aramaic. In Greek the
word “rock” is considered feminine and so it was changed to a masculine form from
Simon. This is obvious from other references to Peter in Sacred Scripture but in a
profound lack of scholarship and sometimes even with malevolent intent, some
Protestant ministers continue to misrepresent this. ]
21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you:
as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them,
and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them;
and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
It is the duty of every Christian to read the Bible and the writings of the early Church Fathers and to return to the truth of the Christian faith as maintained by the Catholic Church. In keeping with Christ’s message EVERYONE is always more than welcome. And so with “charity for all” and “malice towards none”, may the blessings of God be upon us all.
1. Martin Luther, who was the first Protestant reformer, on Thanksgiving day in 1517 started the revolt against the teachings of the Catholic Church as he himself rationalized in a FEW of his own words:
a) "A person that is baptized cannot, thou he would, lose his salvation by any sins however grievous, unless he refuses to believe. For no sins can damn him but unbelief alone." [Reference "The Babylonian Captivity"].
b) "Be a sinner and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides... No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day." [Reference Martin Luther’s letter, “Saemmtliche Schriften”, Letter No. 99, 1 Aug. 1521].
c) "Do not ask anything of your conscience; and if it speaks, do not listen to it; if it insists, stifle it, amuse yourself; if necessary, commit some good big sin, in order to drive it away. Conscience is the voice of Satan, and it is necessary always to do just the contrary of what Satan wishes." [Reference Martin Luther’s letters assembled by J. Dollinger, “La Reforme et les Resultants qu'elle a Produits”, translated by E. Perrot, Paris, Gaume, 1848-49, Vol III, pg. 248].
d) “It is more important to guard against good works than against sin.” [Reference Trischreden, Wittenberg Edition, Vol. VI., p. 160].
e) "Good works are bad and are sin like the rest." [Reference Martin Luther’s letters assembled by Denifle, “Luther et Lutheranisme, Etude Faite d'apres les Sources”, translated by J. Paquier (Paris, A. Picard, 1912-13), VOl. III, pg. 47].
f) “There is no scandal greater, more dangerous, more venomous, than a good outward life, manifested by good works and a pious mode of life. That is the grand portal, the highway that leads to damnation." [Reference Martin Luther’s letters from Denifle, “Luther et Lutheranisme, Etude Faite d'apres les sources”, translated by J. Paquier (Paris, A. Picard, 1912-13), VOl. II, pg. 128].
g) "Peasants are no better than straw. They will not hear the word and they are without sense; therefore they must be compelled to hear the crack of the whip and the whiz of bullets and it is only what they deserve." [Reference Martin Luther’s letters from “Erlangen”, Vol 24, pg. 294].
h) "To kill a [Catholic] peasant is not murder; it is helping to extinguish the conflagration. Let there be no half measures! Crush them! Cut their throats! Transfix them. Leave no stone unturned! To kill a peasant is to destroy a mad dog! If they say that I am very hard and merciless, mercy be damned. Let whoever can stab, strangle, and kill them like mad dogs." [Reference Martin Luther’s letters from Erlangen Vol 24, pg. 294].
i) "I, Martin Luther, have during the rebellion slain all the [Catholic] peasants, for it was I who ordered them to be struck dead. All their blood is upon my head. But I put it all on our Lord God: for he commanded me to speak thus." [Reference Martin Luther’s letters from Tischreden, “Erlanger Ed.”, Vol. 59. pg. 284].
j) [I, Martin Luther, instruct you] …to burn down Jewish schools and synagogues, and to throw pitch and sulphur into the flames; to destroy their homes; to confiscate their ready money in gold and silver; to take from them their sacred books, even the whole Bible; and if that did not help matters, to hunt them of the country like mad dogs. [Reference “Luther’s Works”, vol. Xx, pp. 2230-2632 as quoted in Stoddard JL, “Rebuilding a Lost Faith”, 1922, pg. 99].
2. The Bible [without Luther’s personal revisions]
3. “Four Witnesses” by Rod Bennet, Ignatius Press (March 1, 2002) ISBN-10: 0898708478,
4. “Church Fathers: From Clement of Rome to Augustine” by Pope Benedict XVI, Ignatius Press
5. “Faith of the Early Fathers” by William A. Jurgens, Liturgical Press (June 1, 1979)
ISBN-10: 0814610250 ISBN-13: 978-0814610251