Announcements for the week of July 1, 2018

Smalcald Articles, Part II, Article IV. The Papacy

And when we distinguish the Pope’s teaching from, or measure and hold it against, Holy Scripture, it is found [it appears plainly] that the Pope’s teaching, where it is best, has been taken from the imperial and heathen law, and treats of political matters and decisions or rights, as the Decretals show; furthermore, it teaches of ceremonies concerning churches, garments, food, persons and [similar] puerile, theatrical and comical things without measure, but in all these things nothing at all of Christ, faith, and the commandments of God. Lastly, it is nothing else than the devil himself, because above and against God he urges [and disseminates] his [papal] falsehoods concerning masses, purgatory, the monastic life, one’s own works and [fictitious] divine worship (for this is the very Papacy [upon each of which the Papacy is altogether founded and is standing]), and condemns, murders and tortures all Christians who do not exalt and honor these abominations [of the Pope] above all things. Therefore, just as little as we can worship the devil himself as Lord and God, we can endure his apostle, the Pope, or Antichrist, in his rule as head or lord. For to lie and to kill, and to destroy body and soul eternally, that is wherein his papal government really consists, as I have very clearly shown in many books.

 

18-07-01, Pentecost 6, BA-2018B

 

 

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Announcements for the Week of August 20, 2017

THE BOOK OF CONCORD
(Tappert Edition)
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION
XXVII. MONASTIC VOWS


We should leave our body, too, for the Gospel. But it would be silly to conclude from this that it is a service to God to commit suicide and to leave our body without the command of God. So it is silly to maintain that it is a service to God to leave possessions, friends, wife, and children without the command of God.

It is evident, therefore, that they wickedly twist the saying of Christ in applying it to monastic life, unless perhaps the statement that they will receive a hundredfold in this life applies here. Many become monks not for the sake of the Gospel but for the sake of food and leisure; instead of a slender inheritance they find the most ample riches.

But as the whole monastic system is full of counterfeits, so they quote passages of Scripture under false pretenses. Thus they are guilty of a double sin—deceiving men, and doing so under the pretext of the divine name.

They quote another passage on perfection (Matt. 19:21), “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor; and come, follow me.” This passage has exercised many people because they imagined that perfection consists in casting off possessions and the control of property. (42-45)

 

17-08-20, Pentecost 11, BA-2017A

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