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Baptizing Protestant Children

Vicente Poveda Taufe in Assisi 1899

It is not generally known, nor perhaps suspected by Protestant parents, who employ Roman Catholic domestics, in nursing and taking care of their children, that these nurses are in the habit of taking their children privately to the houses of the priests, and bishops, and there getting them baptized according to the Roman Catholic ritual: I know this as a fact, within my own knowledge. When I officiated as a Roman Catholic priest, in Philadelphia, I baptized hundreds, I may say thousands of Protestant children, without the knowledge or consent of their parents, brought to me secretly by their Roman Catholic nurses; and I should have continued to do so till this day, had not the Lord in his mercy, been pleased to visit me, and show me the wiles, treachery, infamy, corruption, and intrigue of the church, of which the circumstance of birth and education caused me to be a member. It was usual with me in Philadelphia, in St. Margaret church, of which I was pastor, to have services every morning at seven o’clock; and often when I returned home, between eight and eleven, have I found three, four, and sometimes six and eight children, whose parents were Protestants, waiting for me, in the arms of their Roman Catholic nurses to be baptized. This is a common practice in every Protestant country, where there are Roman Catholic priests; but as far as my experience goes, it prevails to a greater extent in the United States than elsewhere; and I should not be in the least surprised, if at this time, in the city of Boston, nearly all the infants, nursed by Roman Catholic women, are baptized by their priests and bishops…

“14. Whoever shall say that baptized children of this kind, when they have grown up, are to be asked whether they wish to have that ratified which their sponsors promised in their name when they were baptized; and that when they reply that they are unwilling, they are to be left to their own choice; and that they are not in the meantime to be compelled by any other punishment, to a Christian life, except that they be prohibited the enjoyment of the Eucharist, and the other sacraments, until they repent; let him be accursed!”

This last canon, as the reader perceives, explains fully why Roman Catholics are so anxious for the baptism of Protestant children by their priests. It gives them the power of compelling those children, should they deem it expedient to do so, to profess the Catholic faith, and thereby strengthening her power. They try to alienate the children from the parents; or calculating upon that natural affection with which a parent clings to a child, they hope to bring over the parent also to the Catholic faith; or, failing in this, they hope to break up those alliances of blood which nature has established, and that community of interest and feeling, which society has sanctioned, and religion and nature have blessed, between parent and child.

~William Hogan, Popery! As it Was and as it Is, Popish Bishops and Priests Absolve Allegiance to Protestant Governments

When Will The Tide Turn?

Karl Aspelin-Luther uppbränner den påfliga bullan“If they ask, But when will the tide turn for the Protestant Church?  I answer, When they turn more universally to God, and no sooner.”

~Robert Fleming, The Rise and Fall of the Papacy, page 68 of this online copy: http://www.preteristarchive.com/Books/pdf/1701_fleming_rise-fall-papacy.pdf

Copper in Exchange for Gold

Rev. Hendrick DeCock writing to the Netherlands Reformed Churches on the error of using uninspired hymns in the worship of God:

Lucas Bacmeister d.Ä.

Will you, I say, trample and disobey and stray from the path and do away with all the decisions of the general Synods of our fathers regarding their pronouncements from God’s Word against these songs? This ought to be far from you, the faithful and upright, who tremble before God’s word, and who, along with our God-fearing forefathers should resist degenerate lies and perverse sin. They opposed Rome and Spain, and will you be charged with the blood of our fathers?!

Beloved, these songs were not imported solely by the early heretics and emigrants from God’s Word, but also by those who came after. Of this the learned and God-fearing Peter Martyr11 gives evidence, as well as the Reformers in Italy and in Germany, that by this means the Roman church received copper in exchange for gold.

Read more: http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/DeCockonHymns.htm

Protestants Against Protestant Iconoclasm



“The new National Museum of Estonia features an exhibit that invites visitors to desecrate a virtual image of the Virgin Mary, in celebration of the Protestant Reformation in the historically Lutheran nation…”

Read more: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/10/13/new-museum-invites-visitors-desecrate-image-virgin-mary/

A comment to the article:

Besides, no abiding heir of the Reformation would desecrate an image of the Virgin Mary, the mother of our Savior.

That is completely misrepresenting what the Reformation was all about.

Obviously the commentator is unaware of history as pictured above (note the burning of images mentioned).  Here is the image information from Wikimedia:

Woodcut image from the 1563 edition of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, depicting iconoclasm. In the top part of the image “papists” are packing away their “paltry,” while the church is purged of idols. The bottom left depicts clerics receiving the Bible from King Edward VI, while on the bottom right we see the main elements of Protestant worship, including preaching of the Word and the two Protestant sacraments of communion (with bread and wine) and baptism.
Date 1563

Devotion of Act for Devotion of Heart

REV. EDWARD HOARE, M.A. on how Rome satisfies the need for holiness through its asceticism:

Joseph Leycester LyneA second substitution for true holiness is asceticism: according to which system the unholy heart finds its refuge in a separation from ordinary men.  Christianity carries holiness into life, asceticism takes the hermit out of it.  But yet it is perfectly natural that men should seek such a refuge.  When they feel the burden of sin, and experience the temptations of a surrounding world, it is no wonder that they should seek a remedy in a complete retirement from its influence.  To give themselves up to fasting, penance, and solitary communion with God, must lead, they very naturally argue, to the enjoyment of more holy peace than they can hope to find in the midst of the duties and varied engagements of society.  Hence every false faith has produced its devotees.  Under different systems they have assumed a different character, but in all the principle is the same.  The Hindoo separates himself from the world, and stands with his arm erect till it becomes stiffened into a fixed position; while the Buddhist and the Romanist retire to the convent that they may there withdraw from the world, and devote themselves wholly to spiritual exercises and to God.  But though this is natural, it is a mere accommodation.  The real evil of the human heart is not corrected by the change, nor have the hair shirt and the leathern girdle the slightest influence in controlling the corrupt passions of the nature.  There may be as much pride, self-righteousness, and ill-governed temper in the lonely hermit’s cheerless cell, as in the deep current of the world’s society.  At the same time it is an accommodation, for it employs the name of Christ, and gives the semblance of a very elevated piety.  It adopts the language of devotion, and prescribes a course of action and self-denial.  It gives the inquirer something to do, and something to bear; it separates him also from other men, and so, though his heart be not purified, it gives him the hope that he is holy.  This was remarkably seen in the case of Ignatius Loyola.  Like Luther, he was awakened to a deep sense of sin, and it is a remarkable fact that the two greatest p. 18phenomena of the sixteenth century, the Reformation, and Jesuitism, should have sprung out of the same uneasiness for sin.  Luther found peace through the blood of the Lamb, and holiness in the work of the Spirit; Loyola was as much distressed as he, and failing in his discovery of Christ, he took refuge in the substitute of an ascetic life.  He tore himself away from his kindred and father’s house, determining to undergo penances of the severest character, and to serve God in Jerusalem.  He hung up his shield before an image of the Virgin, and, having clothed himself in coarse raiment, he stood before it for whole nights with his pilgrim’s staff in his hand.  At Manresa he passed seven hours daily on his knees, and scourged himself regularly thrice a-day.  He devoted three whole days to making a general confession for sin, but the more he explored the depths of his heart, the more painful were the doubts which assailed him.  Having read in some of the fathers that God had been moved to compassion by a total abstinence from food, he remained from Sunday to Sunday without tasting anything, and at last only broke his fast in obedience to the positive injunctions of his confessor.

Such were the efforts of a master mind, to create for itself an artificial holiness, and such are the principles more or less involved in the whole system of the monasticism of Rome.  It substitutes devotion of act, which withdraws men from their appointed sphere, for devotion of heart which glorifies God in its varied duties: and thus presents a spurious holiness within reach of unconverted minds.

Source:  POPERY THE ACCOMMODATION OF CHRISTIANITY TO THE NATURAL HEART at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/42280/42280-h/42280-h.htm, p. 17-18

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Until the World’s End

William Tyndale“Christ is with us until the world’s end. Let his little flock be bold therefore. For if God be on our side, what matter maketh it who be against us, be they bishops, cardinals, popes, or whatsoever names they will?”

~ William Tyndale

Source: http://calvinisticquotes.blogspot.ca/2013/05/christ-is-with-us-until-worlds-end.html

Refuting Answers to Catholic Myths

Apologetica Christiana refutes Catholic answers to various so-called myths.  They are as follows:

Gaspar the Crayer - Veneration of the Virgin by saintsMyth Number 1: Catholics worship statues

Myth Number 2: Catholics pray to Mary instead of God

Myth No 3: “The saints can’t hear your prayers, because they are dead”.

Myth Number 4: “Mother Mary isn’t important, she’s just like anyone else”

Myth Number 5: Catholics made up all their rules

Myth Number 6: “God said to confess sins to Him, not a priest.”

Myth Number 7: Catholicism is a cult.

Myth Number 8: Catholics aren’t Christians

Myth Number 9: Catholics added books to the Holy Bible

Myth Number 10: Catholics believe you can pay your way into heaven

Read the responses to these myths here: http://apologeticachristiana.blogspot.ca/2016/04/refuting-answers-to-catholic-myths.html

Image: Gaspar the Crayer – Veneration of the Virgin by saints

If You Would Have Antichrist Fall In The Earth


Richard Alleine discusses the need for personal reformation before national reformation:

“But would you that your prayers should be heard? Then arise out of your places, and fall every man upon a personal reformation. Down with your sin, and out with the world; lift up Christ in your hearts, if you would have Antichrist fall in the earth; let Christ have a name within you above every name, and let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity, — from his own iniquity; seek not for corn, and for wine, or for freedom to sit down every man under his own vine, and under his own fig-tree, where none shall make them afraid; but seek the Lord, that the Lord God may dwell among you,  — may delight in you and be exalted by you, that you may indeed become the people of his holiness, and the people of his prayer. Seek to be made partakers of his holiness, and follow after holiness, and so follow after that which ye may obtain. Let there be such a heart in you, and such a holy design heartily taken up, and zealously pursued by you; and the Lord will certainly accept you, and answer your prayers, and your profane enemies will then learn to take heed how they again mock or boast themselves against the prayers of the saints.”

~A Companion for Prayer, or, Directions for Improvement in Grace and Practical Godliness, pages 338-339

Acquiring Riches is Legitimate

Bourdichon The Wealthy Man“Without question, the doctrine of Calvin, in so far as it concerns lending at interest, ran counter to the doctrine of the Catholic Church. This was because Calvin did not believe in barriers between the spiritual and the temporal: he considered work and the serious exercise of a profession as praiseworthy, and therefore accepted the acquisition of riches as legitimate…”

(39, Modern Capitalism: Its Origin and Evolution, By Henri Eugène Sée, Ayer Publishing, 1968.)

Source: http://pastormathis.com/index.php/2015/10/21/october-31-economics/

Even The Protestant Ministers

Abraham Lincoln as recorded by Charles Chiniquy in Fifty Years in the Church of Rome:

CastilloJuan“I feel more and more everyday,” [stated the President] “that it is not against the Americans of the South, alone, I am fighting.  It is more against the Pope of Rome, his Jesuits and their slaves.  Very few Southern leaders are not under the influence of the Jesuits, through their wives, family relations, and their friends.

Several members of the family of Jeff Davis belong to the Church of Rome.  Even the Protestant ministers are under the influence of the Jesuits without suspecting it…”

~qtd. in Rulers of Evil: Useful Knowledge About Governing Bodies, Chapter 22