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Ancient Testimonies Ignored by Romanists #1

DTK on the Puritan Board:

Thinking about beginning a series of such testimonies . . . Citations you’ll never see a Romanist cite. These are from my latest acquisition.

Cyril of Alexandria (patriarch 412-444): For how is it that we should accept what the divine Scripture has not stated and reckon it as being among those things that are true? Fathers of the Church, Vol. 137, St. Cyril of Alexandria: Glaphyra on the Pentateuch, Vol. 1, Genesis (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018), p. 84.
Greek text: Ὃ γὰρ οὐκ εἴρηκεν ἡ θεία Γραφὴ, τίνα δὴ τρόπον παραδεξόμεθα, καὶ ἐν τοῖς ἀληθῶς ἔχουσι καταλογιούμεθα; Glaphyrorum In Genesim, Liber II, PG 69:53C.

Cyril of Alexandria (patriarch 412-444): At many times and in many ways the inspired scripture set forth in advance figures of the salvation to come through Christ, thereby bringing considerable benefit to those reading it. Fathers of the Church, Vol. 137, St. Cyril of Alexandria: Glaphyra on the Pentateuch, Vol. 1, Genesis (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018), p. 225.
Greek text: Πολυμερῶς καὶ πολυτρόπως ἡ θεόπνευστος γραφὴ τῆς διὰ Χριστοῦ σωτηρίας προαναφωνεῖ τοὺς τύπους, οὐ μετρίαν ἐντεῦθεν τοῖς ἐντευξομένοις τιθεῖσα τὴν ὄνησιν. Glaphyrorum in Genesim, Liber V, §1, PG 69:225C.

Cyril of Alexandria (patriarch 412-444) citing and commenting on 1 Jn 2:27: But to those in the faith, who are in Christ, the wise John writes, “You do not need anyone to teach you, but his anointing teaches you about all things.” For those who have the mind of Christ know all things, and they are not incapable of teaching and exhorting one another. Fathers of the Church, Vol. 137, St. Cyril of Alexandria: Glaphyra on the Pentateuch, Vol. 1, Genesis (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018), p. 354.
Greek text: Ἐπιστέλλει δὲ τοῖς ἐν πίστει καὶ ἐν Χριστῷ λέγων ὁ σοφὸς Ἰωάννης· Οὐ χρείαν ἔχετε ἵνα τις διδάσκῃ ὑμᾶς, ἀλλ’ ὡς αὐτοῦ χρίσμα διδάσκει ὑμᾶς περὶ πάντων. Νοῦν γὰρ ἔχουσι Χριστοῦ τοῦ πάντα εἰδότος, καὶ οὐκ ἀνικάνως ἔχουσιν εἰς τὸ διδάσκειν καὶ παρακαλεῖν ἀλλήλους. Glaphyrorum In Genesim, Liber VII, PG 69:584C.

Not exactly an exaltation of the Roman magisterium as obtruded upon the public of our day.

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/ancient-testimonies-ignored-by-romanists-1.97336/

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SBC Prez: God Says We Need to Shut Up About the Reformation

JD Greear, SBC President:

Basically what God says through Amos is if you’ll let me put it in colloquial language, “will you shut up about Gilgal and Beersheba?” I’m sick and tired of hearing about those places because I’m not a God who moved in the past. I’m a God who wants to move today in your present. I almost think, I’m on dangerous ground here…I almost think that God is saying to us “shut up about the Reformation.”

Source: https://pulpitandpen.org/2019/01/09/sbc-prez-god-says-we-need-to-shut-up-about-the-reformation/

His Lifetime Strategy to Win American Protestantism to Ecumenism and Theological Liberalism

https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/pastorsandpreachers/harry-emerson-fosdick.html

“The sermon became famous in theologically liberal circles within a few weeks. It was published in The Christian Century(June 8) and The Christian Work(June 10). But this was just the beginning. A layman in Fosdick’s congregation, Ivy Lee, approached him. He asked: Would Fosdick consent to a reprinting of the sermon? Fosdick agreed, and soon thereafter Lee sent 130,000 copies to ministers and laymen throughout the nation.(63) The original title had been toned down; it was now called The New Knowledge and the Christian Faith. After it had been mailed, Fosdick announced that all this had been done without his knowledge.(64) Over 30 years later, however, Fosdick admitted in his autobiography that Lee had come to him and had asked permission to publish it.(65) That is to say, he had lied in 1922.

Someone had put up the money to print and mail 130,000 copies of this sermon. At the time, it was not clear who had done this. Also, the title had been changed. Why? Fosdick never publicly admitted why: because John D. Rockefeller, Jr., had suggested the change. Rockefeller had written to Lee: “The object in circulating this sermon is to get the views therein expressed widely read and not stir up discord. The title which I suggest is clear and accurately descriptive,–at the same time it does not breathe controversy. . . . This is merely a suggestion; whatever Raymond Fosdick thinks wise, and perhaps he will care to take up with the matter with his brother, will be satisfactory to me.”(66)

What interest did Rockefeller have in all this? Considerable: he was putting up the money to mail it.(67)This expenditure was part of his lifetime strategy to win American Protestantism to ecumenism and theological liberalism, a plan that he supported with over one hundred million dollars.(68) Much of this was spent during an era in which the dollar was worth at least ten times more than it is today.”

https://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/docs/html/gncf/Chapter08.htm

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/interesting-historical-account-of-attack-against-orthodoxy-and-the-church.96373/, comment 1

The Mass and Occasional Hearing

Calvin on being present for the Mass (from The Unlawful Rites of the Ungodly) and the sin of occasional hearing:

Come now and consider with me, in regard to a pretended observance of the Mass, with what kind of conscience you can be present at the performance of its mysteries. Immediately on your entrance, the altar offers itself to your view, differing little from a common table, but proclaiming, by its very name, that it is to be used for sacrificing ! This itself assuredly is not free from blasphemy. You see the Priest coming forward, who boasts that, by the anointing of four fingers, he has been appointed mediator between God and man, who, carrying off from the faithful of the Church, and from -the Supper itself, that promise in which Christ gives his Body and Blood to his servants, to be eaten under the symbols of Bread and Wine, arrogates it to himself and his fellow slayers, who dishonour his heavenly Supper by giving it the name of Mass, in which it is completely inverted and deformed. The people stand by, persuaded that every one of these things is Divine ; you stand among them pretending to be similarly affected. When the impostor has gone up to the altar, he begins the play with acts partly motionary, partly stationary, and with those magical mutterings by which he thinks himself, or, at least, would have others to think—he is to call Christ down from heaven, by which he devotes Him when called down to Sacrifice, and by which he procures the reconciliation of God with the human race, as if he had been substituted in the place of a dead Christ ! These acts you see received by the whole multitude, with the same veneration as those above-mentioned ; you shape your features to imitate them, when they ought visibly to have expressed the utmost abhorrence !

Will it still be denied to me that he who listens to the Mass with a semblance of Religion, every time these acts are perpetrated, professes before men to be a partner in sacrilege, whatever his mind may inwardly declare to God ? At last, behold the Idol (puny, indeed, in bodily appearance, and white in colour, but by far the foulest and most pestiferous of all Idols !) lifted up to affect the minds of the beholders with Superstition. While all prostrate themselves in stupid amazement, you, turning toward the Idol with an expression of veneration, prostrate yourself also. What effrontery must ours be, if we deny that any one of the things delivered in Scripture against Idolatry is applicable to the Idolatry here detected and proved ! What ! is this Idol in any respect different from that which the Second Commandment of the Law forbids us to worship ? But if it is not, why should the worship of it be regarded as less a sin than the worship of the Statue at Babylon ? And yet the three Israelites, to whom we above referred, shuddered more at the idea of offering- such worship than of suffering death in its most excruciating form. If the Lord declares the impurity of the vulgar superstitions of the Gentiles to be such that they are not to be touched, how can it be lawful to keep rolling about in such a sink of pollution and sacrilege as here manifestly exists ? Taking the single expression which gives the essence of all the invectives which the Apostle had uttered against Idolatry—that we could not at once be partakers at the table of Christ and the table of demons—who can deny its applicability to the Mass? Its altar is erected by overthrowing the Table of Christ, and its feast is prepared by plundering, lacerating, defiling the meats prepared for the Table of Christ. In the Mass Christ is traduced, his death is mocked, an execrable idol is substituted for God—shall we hesitate, then, to call it the table of demons? Or shall we not rather, in order justly to designate its monstrous impiety, try, if possible, to devise some new term still more expressive of detestation? Indeed, I exceedingly wonder how men, not utterly blind, can hesitate for a
moment to apply the name ” Table of Demons” to the Mass, seeing they plainly behold in the erection and the arrangement of it the tricks, engines, and troops of devils all combined.

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/christians-visiting-churches-which-preach-a-false-gospel.95345/, Comment 3

Protestant Bibles Could No Longer Be Distributed

More food for thought considering Rome’s involvement in producing modern, critical-text translations of the Bible:

Nino Lo Bello, The Vatican Empire, “The Lateran Treaty V:”

The 1929 treaty was actually a unity of three separate agreements: the Lateran Pact, which provided for the creation of the new State of Vatican City; the Financial Convention, which granted payments to the Church for the loss of its temporal powers; and the Concordat, which gave the Vatican powers and privileges to administer its own special affairs…

The Concordat also stipulated that Protestant Bibles could no longer be distributed in Italy, that evangelical meetings in private homes were forbidden, and that Catholicism was to be Italy’s official religion. Furthermore, religious teaching was to be extended into state schools and religion made a compulsory subject at the primary and secondary levels; Church-related educational institutions were to receive preferences over similar lay or state institutions. Finally, February 11 was named a national holiday to commemorate the signing of the treaty.

Read more: http://www.jamesjpn.net/roman-catholicism/the-vatican-empire/6/

Ten Doctrines Which Render Rome Outside of Christ

The Cripplegate:

Tragically, several reasons remain why Roman Catholicism still is not Christian. At this 500th year anniversary [2017], it’s worth taking a thorough look at ten doctrines which render Rome outside of Christ. Many of these are sufficient on their own…

Read more: http://thecripplegate.com/reformation-500-can-roman-catholicism-be-considered-christianity/#more-218605

Free Presbyterian Church on a Proposed Papal Visit to Ireland

A statement from the March 2018 meeting of the General Presbytery of the Free Presbytery Church of Ulster:

As reformed evangelical Protestants we totally reject the arrogant and, more importantly, unscriptural titles, claims and teachings of the pope. While, in obedience to Scripture and out of love for the souls of men, we cannot welcome this proposed visit, it will present us with a challenge to highlight the contrast between the teaching of scripture and the false doctrines of the papacy. Our supreme aim and overriding concern is to exalt the only King and Head of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ. To this end we continue to call all people, of all denominations and none, to a personal faith in Christ the Saviour as the only mediator between God and men’.”

Rev. Ian Brown Clerk, Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster

Source: http://soundofanalarm.blogspot.ca/2018/03/free-presbyterian-church-statement-in.html

Do Indulgences Deny the Gospel?

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

I didn’t know the Anglican Church also celebrates this:

“In the Church of England, the “Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary” may be observed as a Lesser Festival on 8 December. The situation in other constituent churches of the Anglican Communion is similar, i.e., as a lesser commemoration.[14] Many Anglo-Catholic parishes observe the feast using the traditional Roman Catholic title, the “Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary”.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_the_Immaculate_Conception#Anglican_Communion

And a famous death that occurred on that day:

https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/blogs/entry/4792-lincoln-kennedy-parallels-try-lincoln-lennon/

All Things Hideous and Shameful

Interesting what a Roman historian had to say about pagan Rome:

Tacitus, Annals:

Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular.

Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind.

Source: http://soundofanalarm.blogspot.ca/2018/03/interesting-corroboration-of-existence.html