Almost 500 Years Later: Roman Catholics Join Lutherans in Commemorating the Reformation!

Coming Home to Roost

  And now, five centuries later, the once-rebellious chickens are coming home to roost.  They love to cluck boastfully and claim they taught Rome a lesson, and that it has reformed now to a sufficient degree that they are able to unite with her.  But Rome hasn’t reformed at all.  It hasn’t changed. In fact, it has added greatly to its iniquitous and blasphemous doctrines and practices since the sixteenth century and is even worse today than it was back then.  It is the Lutheran institution which has changed.  Never truly separate from Rome in a number of its doctrines and practices, it has moved even closer to Rome over the years.  And now it is on the point of being absorbed into the folds of Rome like a prodigal son.

  What a sweet victory this will be for Rome!  To gather its truant Lutheran chicks under its wings 500 years after they hived off on their own, and to be able to say with a deep sigh of satisfaction: “It’s over.  Five centuries of schism are over.  The Lutherans have come home to Mother Rome.  Lutheranism, as a separate movement, is, for all practical purposes, dead.”

November 2016

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ENDNOTES:

. To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate: a Look at Pope Francis’ Multifaceted Trip to Sweden, Rome Reports, October 26, 2016. www.romereports.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. Cardinal Koch: Pope’s Visit to Sweden Emphasizes 3 Aspects, October 28, 2016.  Zenit.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. Cardinal Koch: Pope’s Visit to Sweden Emphasizes 3 Aspects, October 28, 2016.  Zenit.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate: a Look at Pope Francis’ Multifaceted Trip to Sweden, Rome Reports, October 26, 2016. www.romereports.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. The Pope Has Already Arrived in Sweden, Rome Reports, October 31, 2016.  www.romereports.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. Why Pope Francis Goes to Sweden for the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Rome Reports, October 22, 2016.  www.romereports.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. For example, see Martyrs Mirror, by Thieleman J. Van Braght, 1660, reprinted by Herald Press, Scottdale, Pennsylvania; and The Reformers and their Stepchildren, and The Anatomy of a Hybrid, both by Leonard Verduin, The Christian Hymnary Publishers, Sarasota, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. Why Pope Francis Goes to Sweden for the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Rome Reports, October 22, 2016.  www.romereports.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. Pope in Sweden: Our Separation Has Enabled Better Understanding of Some Aspects of Faith, November 1, 2016.  Zenit.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. See Born Again Through Baptism? The Lutheran Teaching Compared with the Bible, by Shaun Willcock (Gospel tract for Lutherans), Bible Based Ministries.  Available from our website: www.biblebasedministries.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. Pope’s Homily at Ecumenical Prayer Service in Lund, November 1, 2016.  Zenit.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. Cardinal Koch: Pope’s Visit to Sweden Emphasizes 3 Aspects, October 28, 2016.  Zenit.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. Pope’s Address at Ecumenical Event at Malmö, November 1, 2016.  Zenit.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. Joint Statement on the Occasion of the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Rome Reports, October 31, 2016. www.romereports.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. Here I Stand: Martin Luther, by Roland Bainton, pg. 367.  Lion Publishing, Tring, Herts, England, 1987.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. See Luther’s Small Catechism, “The Sacrament of Holy Baptism.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.  See Luther’s Small Catechism, “The Sacrament of the Altar.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. Caritas, Lutheran Federation Sign Common Declaration, November 2, 2016.  Zenit.org.

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