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“The Papacy curses the doctrine of justification, the teaching that the sinner is justified and saved alone by God’s grace for the sake of Christ, and the whole machinery of the Papacy has the purpose of serving the doctrine of works and ripping Christ as the only Savior of sinners out of the hearts of people. And it does not engage in this murder of Christians openly, like the express unbelievers, of whom Christians beware in advance, but under the appearance of exquisite Christianity and holiness. It entices the people to it under the pretense of being the only saving church in order then to lead all those who follow its call, not to trust in Christ as the only Savior, but onto the way of works and with that into damnation.”

“Rome conducts, under the appearance of being the only saving church, supported by all kinds of lying powers, signs and miracles, the murder of Christians on a grand scale. It continuously leads millions to hell under the pretense of leading them to life. Rome is the greatest enemy of the church, the Antichristendom.”

At the same time it also becomes clear why people don’t recognize this, which the church of the Reformation confessed with a single voice. The greater part of the so-called Protestant church has fallen away from the article of justification. One teaches, sometimes crudely sometimes more finely, the way of works as the way of salvation. The great mass of the so-called Protestant Christianity has, with regard to the doctrine of the way of salvation, gone over into papist territory. Exactly this is the case with the synergists within the Lutheran churches. That we, and all who stand on our side, who, again, confess with one voice like the church of the Reformation that the Papacy is the great Antichrist comes from the fact that we, through God’s grace, stand in the right recognition of the doctrine of justification. Whoever rightly recognizes Christ can also recognize the Antichrist. And Christ is only rightly recognized when it is recognized that nothing in us, whatever name you want to give it, but only God’s grace in Christ is the basis of our salvation.

“Now however comes the Pope and then practically shoves Christ’s word to the side, in that he declares the Bible to be dark and on top of that forbids the general reading of the same. He himself however, comes on with the claim to be the chief of all Christians, to whom all must submit who want to be saved. Under the monstrous pretense of being the infallible representative of Christ on earth, he alters Christ’s Word and commandments at his pleasure. Under the claim of representing Christ on earth, he sets up his own lordship and makes subjection to this lordship a condition of salvation.”

“What kind of an abomination this is, is absolutely unspeakable. That in the Protestant Christianity of our time one does in general not feel for this abomination and does not in it recognize the Papacy as the Antichrist comes from the fact that one has also in this point gone over into Roman territory. One makes room, either expressly in doctrine or in actuality, for a lordship over Christians as Christians of princes, consistories, pastors, etc. As we have praised the article of justification, so also the article of the freedom of a Christian person, the article that the Christian as Christian is subject alone to God’s Word and is free from all lordship of men. We recognize through God’s grace also again the article of Christian freedom and are also horrified in our innermost hearts at the abomination of the Papacy.”

“The other catechism truth, through the taking to heart of which one recognizes the Papacy as the true Antichrist is that the Christian church is subject only to Christ and His Word, and not to any person and his word. Christ alone wants to rule through His Word in the hearts and consciences of Christians. This prerogative He claims for Himself. Among Christians, none should rule over the other, but rather they are ordered next to each other as brothers. “For one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.”

“Also, we do not believe of the Antichrist that he is still in the future, but hold that he is big and wide before our eyes in the Roman Papacy, and that it is a special deception of the devil, that so many Christians, who do know of the Papacy and its nature, still do not recognize it as the Antichrist prophecied in the Scripture (especially at 2 Thess. 2). We confess with the church of the Reformation that the Papacy is “the true End Christ or Counter-Christ” (ipsum verum antichristum [Tr. note: “that true Antichrist]), because “all vices that are prophecied of the Antichrist in Scripture correspond to those of the Pope’s empire and its members.”

“At one point the Holy Scripture speaks of many Antichrists: “even now there are many Antichrists”. 1 John 2:18. With that it designates all false teachers. All false teachers are actually Antichrists. Christ wants only His Word proclaimed in the church and that with that only He rules the church. The false teachers, however, who proclaim their own word instead of Christ’s Word, set themselves in Christ’s place in the church and against Him; they seek, in that they conduct their own teaching, to set up their own authority. We should also take this word of Scripture always well to heart, so that we do not forget what an abomination false doctrine is. All false doctrine in the church is rebellion against the authority of Christ.”

“But we do not forget in this regard that the Scripture still speaks of one Antichrist, in whom the abomination of all false doctrine is fulfilled, and whose coming occurs through special work of Satan. This one Antichrist was in the time of the apostles still in the future, but St. Paul already described him particularly in 2 Thess. 2. And he is come in the papacy and revealed through the Reformation.”

“Of course not only the Papists hold this confession against us. It is also not right according to the modern theologians. But that comes from the fact that they have either fallen away entirely from the fundamental truths of Christianity or only continue to have an unclear and deficient recognition of the same. One need recognize two catechism truths clearly to be convinced that the Papacy is the true Antichristendom, and that there can be no greater enemy of the Christian church than the papacy. It is both of these truths: 1) the Christian church is the community of those who believe that they are justified and saved by grace for Christ’s sake through faith and not by their own works, and 2) the Christian church is subject only to Christ and His Word and not to any person and his word. Let’s take a short look at the meaning of these catechism truths and hold the nature and claims of the Papacy against them.”

“Of what consists actually the inner life of each individual Christian and of the whole Christian church? What is the actual heartbeat of the spiritual life of all those who are Christians? The faith that they have only through Christ, and not through their own works, have forgiveness of sins. This faith defines the actual nature of the spiritual life of a Christian. What water is for a fish and air is for the natural life of a person, that is the element of life, that, for a Christian, is the faith that he through Christ alone has forgiveness of all sins and is with God in grace. Whoever does not wish to leave this faith to a Christian attacks his life. Whoever most endangers and attacks this faith damages the church the most. Who is according to this the greatest enemy of the church, when we look around among the enemies of the same? Is it Nero, Decius and their like who slaughtered thousands of Christians gruesomely? Oh, no! In those cases Christians could remain in faith, sing songs of praise to Christ in the places of martyrdom and go to Heaven. But when someone takes Christ out of their heart, that goes truly to their life, namely the spiritual and eternal life. And that is what the papacy does.”

Excerpts From: Our Position in Doctrine and Practice – 1893

Lecture delivered before the 1893 Synod of Delegates of the Synod of Missouri, Ohio and other States

Franz August Otto Pieper

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“And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men” #Mr 1:17

Only by coming after Jesus can we obtain our heart’s desire, and be really useful to our fellow men. Oh, how we long to be successful fishers for Jesus! We would sacrifice our lives to win souls. But we are tempted to try methods which Jesus would never have tried. Shall we yield to this suggestion of the enemy? If so, we may splash the water, but we shall never take the fish. We must follow after Jesus if we would succeed. Sensational methods, entertainments, and so forth — are these coming after Jesus? Can we imagine the Lord Jesus drawing a congregation by such means as are now commonly used? What is the result of such expedients? The result is nothing which Jesus will count up at the last great day.

We must keep to our preaching as our Master did, for by this means souls are saved. We must preach our Lord’s doctrine, and proclaim a full and free gospel; for this is the net in which souls are taken. We must preach with His gentleness, boldness, and love; for this is the secret of success with human hearts. We must work under divine anointing, depending upon the sacred Spirit. Thus, coming after Jesus, and not running before Him, nor aside from Him, we shall be fishers of men.

 

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Pink Hebrews 11.17-19
“O how little faith is in exercise among the professing people of God today. Occupied almost wholly with the rising tide of evil in the world, with the rapid spread of Romanism, with the apostasy of Protestantism, the vast majority of those now bearing the name of Christ conclude that we are facing a hopeless situation. Such people seem to be ignorant of the history of the past. Both in O.T. times and at different periods of this dispensation, things have been far worse than they now are. Moreover, such trembling pessimists leave out God: is not HE “able” to cope with the present situation? A hesitating “Yes” may be given, at once nullified by the query, “But where is the promise that He will do so?” Where? Why in Isaiah 59:19, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood (has he not already done so!), the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him”—but who believes it!

Ah, my Christian reader, ponder thoughtfully that blessed affirmation of Him that cannot lie, and then bow the head in shame for thine unbelief. Every thing in the world may seem to lie dead against the fulfillment of many a Divine promise, yet no matter how dark and dreadful the outlook appears, the Church of God on earth today is not facing nearly so critical and desperate a situation as did the father of the faithful when he had his knife at the breast of him on whose one life the accomplishment of all the promises did depend. Yet he rested in the faithfulness and power of God to secure His own veracity: and so may we do also at this present juncture. He who responded to the faith of sorely-tried Abraham, to the faith of Moses when Israel stood before the Red Sea, to the three Hebrews when cast in Babylon’s furnace, will to ours, if we really trust Him. Forsake then your newspapers, brethren, get ye to your knees, and pray expectantly for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Man’s extremity is always God’s opportunity.”

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“In these days of boasted liberality, it may appear captious to oppose with zeal the errors of men who have acquired a name in the Christian world. The mantle of charity, it will be said, ought to be thrown over mistakes that have resulted from a free and impartial investigation of truth, and if not wholly overlooked, they should be noticed with a slight expression of disapprobation. Such however, was not the conduct of the Apostle Paul. He spared neither churches nor individuals, when the doctrines they maintained tended to the subversion of the Gospel; and the zeal with which he resisted their errors was not inferior to that with which he encountered the open enemies of Christianity. He affirms that the doctrine introduced into the Galation churches is another gospel, and twice pronounces a curse against all by whom it was promulgated. Instead of complimenting the authors of this corruption of the Gospel as only abusing in a slight degree the liberty of free examination, he decides that they should be cut off as troublers of the churches. Let not Christians be more courteous in expressing their views of the guilt and danger of corrupting the Gospel, than faithful and compassionate to the people of Christ who may be injured by false doctrine. It is highly sinful to bandy compliments at the expense of truth.”
“The awful responsibility of being accessory to the propagation of error is strongly expressed by the Apostle John. ‘If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him god-speed; for he that biddeth him god-speed is partaker of his evil deeds’ If the imputation of Adam’s sin and of Christ’s righteousness be doctrines contained in the Word of God; commentaries that labour to expel them from that Word must be grossly pestiferous books which no Christian ought to recommend, but which on the contrary, to the utmost of his power, it is his duty to oppose.”
Robert Haldane, Preface: The Epistle to the Romans, London, Banner of Truth, 1966.

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“Therefore I pray and beseech you, in the name of Christ, Show yourselves to be men; “quit yourselves like men!” It doth not infer any reproach if you do show yourselves men: Christian men — which alone will make you “quit yourselves.” I do not think that, to this work you have in hand, a neutral spirit will do! That is, a Laodicean spirit; and we know what God said of that Church: it was “lukewarm,” and therefore He would “spew it out of His mouth!” It is not a neutral spirit that is incumbent upon you. And if not a neutral spirit, it is much less a stupified spirit, inclining you, in the least disposition, the wrong way! Men are, in their private consciences, every day making shipwreck; and it’s no wonder if these can shake hands with persons of reprobate interests–such, give me leave to think, are the popish interests. It is not such a spirit that will carry this work on! It is men in a Christian state; who have works with faith; who know how to lay hold on Christ for remission of sins, till a man be brought to glory in hope. Such a hope kindled in men’s spirits will actuate them to such ends as you are tending to do. If men, through scruple, be opposite, you cannot take them by the hand to carry them ‘along with you’ — it were absurd: if a man be scrupling the plain truth before him, it is vain to meddle with him! He hath placed another business in his mind. Doubting, hesitating men are not fit for your work. You must not expect that men of hesitating spirits under the bondage of scruples, will be able to carry on this work, much less such as are merely carnal, natural; such as, having an outward profession of godliness, whom the apostle speaks of so often “are enemies to the cross of Christ; whose God is their belly; whose glory is their shame; who mind earthly things.”,,, No! I do not look the work should be done by these. But by men of honest hearts, engaged to God; strengthened by His Providence; enlightened in their words, to know His Word–to which He hath set His seal by the blood of His Son, and with the blood of His servants; that is such a spirit as will carry on this work!” If I have any peculiar interest which is personal to myself, which is not subservient to this public end–it were not an extravagant thing for me to curse myself: because I know God will curse me if I have. I have learned too much of God to dally with Him.”
Oliver Cromwell, 17th September 1656, Speech to Parliament.
Carlyle, Thomas. Oliver Cromwell’s Letters and Speeches, Vol III, p120-1
George Routledge and Sons, London, 1888.

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“The authority of Scripture is a key issue for the Christian church in this and every age. Those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are called to show the reality of their discipleship by humbly and faithfully obeying God’s written Word. To stray from Scripture in faith or conduct is disloyalty to our Master. Recognition of the total truth and trustworthiness of Holy Scripture is essential to a full grasp and adequate confession of its authority.”

The Chicago Statement
http://gospelhour.info/pdf/The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.pdf

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“Unwarranted confidence in human ability is a product of fallen human nature … God’s grace in Christ is not merely necessary but is the sole efficient cause of salvation. We confess that human beings are born spiritually dead and are incapable even of cooperating with regenerating grace. We reaffirm that in salvation we are rescued from God’s wrath by his grace alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life. We deny that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques or strategies by themselves cannot accomplish this transformation. Faith is not produced by our unregenerated human nature.”

The Cambridge Declaration
http://gospelhour.info/pdf/The Cambridge Declaration.pdf

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