The Reformation’s Accomplishments and Errors, and the End of Its Protest

Another major tool to destroy Protestantism has been the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement.  This has been, and is, a powerful uniting force for “Protestants” and Papists.  How so?  Well, when millions on both sides claim to have experienced the “baptism in the Spirit”, accompanied with what they wrongly claim to be “speaking in tongues” and “prophesying”; when both sides downplay the Bible and exalt “signs and wonders” and “new revelations” in its place; when the so-called “Protestant” side openly mocks doctrine and exalts “love” and “unity”, and the Papist side smiles and nods in approval even while constantly emphasising its own doctrine and stating it will never abandon it; then it is very plain how the Charismatic Movement is a bridge to Rome for the multiplied millions of Pentecostal/Charismatic “Protestants”.

In New Orleans, USA, in 1987, the Charismatics declared: “We knocked the giant (of Protestantism) down in 1977 in Notre Dame; we must now chop off his head in 1987 so that disunity among Roman Catholics and the denominations will never appear again.”[28]  Charismatics love to claim that they possess the Holy Spirit in a special way, and that He gives them revelations, tongues, prophecies and visions.  There are many reasons which could be given to show that this is a lie, but in the context of the rush Romeward, here is the only one which needs to be mentioned now:  God the Holy Spirit never leads His true people further into error (Jn. 16:13)!  And yet this is precisely where the Charismatic Movement has gone: ever deeper into greater and greater error, including into increasing “union” with the false religion of Rome.  Truly, the Holy Spirit is not the spirit at work within it.  It is influenced by lying spirits, and especially by the spirit of Antichrist (1 Jn. 4:3).

Still another tool to destroy Protestantism has been Reconstructionism.  Just like their Papal brothers, Reconstructionists believe the world was better off before the Reformation, when Europe was united under a single “Church”: the “Catholic Church”.  They long to see those days return.  To this end, Reconstructionists, “Kingdom Now” and “Dominion Theology” theologians proclaim doctrines which come straight out of Jesuitism and mediaeval Roman Catholic theology, but with a “Protestant” twist.  These “Protestants” are more than halfway into the Papist camp already, and are leading multitudes of others along the same path.

The above has been a very brief examination indeed.  Much more could be said about how the Reformation, as far as its protest against Rome is concerned, has been destroyed.

When the Papacy Itself is Commemorating the Reformation, then We Know the Reformation’s Protest is Over!

The one religious institution which should want nothing whatsoever to do with Reformation commemorations and celebrations should be the Roman Catholic institution.  After all, the Reformation struck the greatest blow to Papal power that it had ever experienced.  The Papacy’s vice-grip on Europe was broken in a number of countries.  For the first time since the Papacy had assumed control of Europe centuries before, it experienced immense losses, politically and religiously.

No, the Roman Papacy should have no grounds for celebration in 2017.

And yet…

And yet, as unbelievable as it sounds, this very Roman Papacy, which condemned the Reformers as heretics, which has spent the past five centuries trying to destroy the “Protestant” institutions and stamp out Protestantism altogether – this very Roman Papacy is commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation alongside “Protestant” institutions!

Of course we know that its commemoration is designed solely to deceive.  The Papacy is not truly commemorating it.  But even so, it is astonishing that such a time has actually arrived, when the Roman Papacy could go through the motions of commemorating the Reformation, and the “Reformed” institutions could fall for it!

Who could ever have imagined that such a day would ever arrive?  But it has.  It beggars belief.  Even Romanists are open-mouthed with astonishment at how times have changed.

What in the world is going on?

It would be more appropriate to ask: what, in the dark regions of hell, is going on?  For that is where these astounding events were first planned, and what we are witnessing is simply the outworking, in history, of activity in Satan’s underground.

God willing, this will be the subject of the second article in this series.

September 2017

Shaun Willcock is a minister, author and researcher.  He runs Bible Based Ministries.  For other articles (which may be downloaded and printed), as well as details about his books, audio messages, pamphlets, etc., please visit the Bible Based Ministries website; or write to the address below.  If you would like to be on Bible Based Ministries’ email list, to receive all future articles, please send your details.

ENDNOTES:


[1]. The Book of Revelation: Chapter 10 (five sermons, in MP3 and CD format), by Shaun Willcock.  Bible Based Ministries.  Available from our website.

 

 

[2]. What do We Owe to the Reformation? by J.C. Ryle.  Reprinted by the Protestant Truth Society, London.

 

 

[3]. J.C. Ryle, as quoted in Papal Theonomy and America Today, by Ronald Cooke, pg.32.  Published by Ronald Cooke, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, 1996.

 

 

[4]. The Book of Revelation: Chapter 11 (fourteen sermons, in MP3 and CD format), by Shaun Willcock.  Bible Based Ministries.  Available from our website.

 

 

[5]. See Born Again Through Baptism? Lutheran Teaching Compared with the Bible (tract), by Shaun Willcock.  Bible Based Ministries.  Available from our website.

 

 

[6].  See, for example, The Reformers and Their Stepchildren, and The Anatomy of a Hybrid, both by Leonard Verduin.  Published by the Christian Hymnary Publishers, Sarasota, Florida, 1991 and 1992 respectively.

 

 

[7]. The Reformers and Their Stepchildren, pg. 36.

 

 

[8]. Die Aelteste Chronik der Hutterischen Brüder, edited by A.J.F. Zieglschmidt, pg. 42, Ithaca, New York, 1943; as quoted in The Reformers and Their Stepchildren, pg. 37.

 

 

[9]The Reformers and Their Stepchildren, pg. 107.

 

 

[10]. The Anatomy of a Hybrid, pg. 168.

 

 

[11]. Luther’s Werke, St. Louis Edition, Vol. I, pg. 296; as quoted in The Reformers and Their Stepchildren, pg. 108.

 

 

[12]. Luther’s Werke, St. Louis Edition, Vol. V, cols. 720ff.; as quoted in The Reformers and Their Stepchildren, pg. 108.

 

 

[13]. The Anatomy of a Hybrid, pg. 195.

 

 

[14]. The Anatomy of a Hybrid, pg. 206.

 

 

[15]. The Anatomy of a Hybrid, pg. 207.

 

 

[16]. The Anatomy of a Hybrid, pg. 209.

 

 

[17]. The Anatomy of a Hybrid, pg. 209.

 

 

[18]. The Reformers and Their Stepchildren, pg. 77.

 

 

[19]. The Reformers and Their Stepchildren, pg. 83.

 

 

[20]. Only very occasionally do we read of Protestant historians facing up honestly to these unpalatable facts about many of the Reformers.  One such historian was Leonard Verduin, author of The Reformers and Their Stepchildren and The Anatomy of a Hybrid.

 

 

[21]. Papal Theonomy and America Today, pg.32.

 

 

[22]. Behind the Dictators, by L.H. Lehmann, pg. 20.  Agora Publishing Company, New York, 1942.

 

 

[23]. Satan’s Seat, by Shaun Willcock.  Bible Based Ministries, Fifth Edition 2013.  Available from our website.

 

 

[24]. The Jesuits: the Secret Army of the Papacy, by Shaun Willcock.  Bible Based Ministries, 2012.  Available from our website.

 

 

[25]. Billy Graham: Serving the Papal Antichrist (lectures available in MP3 and CD format), by Shaun Willcock.  Bible Based Ministries.  Available from our website.

 

 

[26]. Ecumenism, by Michael de Semlyen, pg. 6.  Dorchester House, England, 1990.

 

 

[27].Papal Theonomy and America Today, pg.34.

 

 

[28]. Rome and the Bible-Believer, by Alan Cairns, pg. 2, 1987.  Quoted in Papal Theonomy and America Today, pgs. 33-34.

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