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Many Protestants believe in a once-saved-always-saved doctrine. They believe a true Christian can never lose his salvation. They will point to verses such as Heb. 10:14:

For by one oblation he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Rom: 8:38-39:

For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

and John 10:28:

And I give them life everlasting; and they shall not perish for ever, and no man shall pluck them out of my hand.

We can answer the Hebrews quote by saying that the sacrifice of Christ does prefect forever those that are sanctified provided we never sin again. Each time we sin, we turn to Christ and His sacrifice, which once again perfects us forever unless we sin again. A few verses later, we are told that Christians can lose salvation.

We answer the Romans quote by noting that it’s true that no one and no thing can make us cease or even hinder our love for Christ. However, we can choose by our own free will to stop loving Christ. God doesn’t make us love Him.

We answer the St. John quote by noting that God is speaking about His elect of whom only He knows. We don’t know who belongs in the group. I’m sure many damned individuals believed themselves to be part of the elect. Even St. Paul was not sure for he told us in I Cor. 9:27:

But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.

These proof-text Bible verses do not support eternal security for all Christians. The fact remains that true Christians can lose their salvation as the Bible clearly tells us.

He who endures to the end will be saved. (Matt. 24:13, Mark 13:13, James 1:12, Matt. 10:22)

We must endure to the end or else we will not be saved.

John 15: 6:

If any one abide not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up, and cast him into the fire, and he burneth.

To be cast off as a branch, one must first be a member of the tree. This verse implies that a member of Christ can be cut off to be burned.

Rom 11: 22-23:

See then the goodness and the severity of God: towards them indeed that are fallen, the severity; but towards thee, the goodness of God, if thou abide in goodness, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.

Again, to be cut off implies that one was a member first. Thus, salvation can be lost.

I Cor. 6: 9-11:

Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God. And such some of you were; but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of our God.

St. Paul is warning those who have been sanctified and justified that they could be deceived and go back to their old ways for such people will not be saved. Period!

I Cor. 15: 1-2:

Now I make known unto you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; By which also you are saved, if you hold fast after what manner I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain.

St. Paul qualifies his teaching with an “if” or else.

Heb. 3:12-14:

Take heed, brethren, lest perhaps there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, to depart from the living God. But exhort one another every day, whilst it is called to day, that none of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ: yet so, if we hold the beginning of his substance firm unto the end.

This is another warning to those in Christ that they could possibly lose their salvation.

Heb. 6:4-6:

For it is impossible for those who were once illuminated, have tasted also the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, Have moreover tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, And are fallen away: to be renewed again to penance, crucifying again to themselves the Son of God, and making him a mockery.

Only a Christian can be made a partaker of the Holy Ghost. He can lose his salvation.

Heb. 10:26-29:

For if we sin wilfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins But a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries. A man making void the law of Moses, dieth without any mercy under two or three witnesses: How much more, do you think he deserveth worse punishments, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath esteemed the blood of the testament unclean, by which he was sanctified, and hath offered an affront to the Spirit of grace?

II Peter 2:20-21:

For if, flying from the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they be again entangled in them and overcome: their latter state is become unto them worse than the former. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of justice, than after they have known it, to turn back from that holy commandment which was delivered to them.

These two verses are echoing each other. It’s better to never be a Christian than to stop being Christian.

 

 

 

 

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When I think of the most wicked and notorious humans who’ve ever lived, Nero, Caligula, Diocletian, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Pol Pot all come to mind. However, I would rank Martin Luther at the top of the list right behind Arius and Judas Iscariot.

Judas is #1 because he knew Christ, betrayed him, killed himself, and Christ told us that it would have been better had he never been born. He’s also the only person the Catholic Church has ever taught went to hell. [1] Luther taught that Judas was operating under God’s positive Will. This is just one of Luther’s many blasphemous heresies.

Arius argued against Christ’s divinity and it shook up the Church. Many bishops fell into Arianism throughout Christendom. St. John warned against those like Arius, “And every spirit that dissolveth Jesus is not of God. And this is Antichrist, of whom you have heard that he cometh: and he is now already in the world (I John 4:3).”

Then we come to Martin Luther, the ex-Catholic German Augustinian priest. He was a narcissistic, foul-mouthed, blaspheming glutton and drunk. Luther sinned boldly. With striking parallels with Hitler, Luther led a German campaign against the Catholic Church and Jews. Like Hitler, his death is also controversial. It’s related by several different documented sources that Luther committed suicide. [2]

Luther was no reformer or savior of Christianity. The Church never needs to be reformed in doctrine or else the Church would not be pillar and ground of the truth (I Tim. 3:15). Luther essentially argued that the gates of hell prevailed against the Church for hundreds of years. He stood against all of Christendom with his own personal doctrines to fit his own personal religion.

Luther left his convent, broke all his solemn vows to God, married a nun, and began a revolution, which has led countless souls astray from the true Faith, the sacraments, and ultimately Christ. His revolt is felt heavily today, since most all so-called Bible Christians of Protestantism, Fundamentalism, and Evangelicalism follow Luther’s sola scriptura doctrine, which is the very foundation for the mess we see in today’s secular society. Every man for himself on what constitutes the Word of God and how it’s to be applied. Therefore, man becomes the final arbiter of truth and the Christian nation is ultimately destroyed. Christ is no longer recognized as the King of all nations. Man rules himself as he feigns love and devotion to God. Man ends up worshiping himself. Luther’s defection with the backing of the German princes has led the world down a path of destruction and the forming of the final Antichrist.

Luther, himself, was an anti-Christ who denied the Word of God of Sacred Tradition and the authority that gave us the Holy Bible. What pride Luther had and what folly by those that follow him or his doctrines.

That person, pride, and folly are praised by the Vatican 2 popes.

Following the Second Vatican Council, the Vatican began cozying up to the followers of Luther’s doctrines. It first acknowledged that these heretics are true Christians and their religions make up part of the Church of Christ. [3]

Rome issued a new mass devoid of nearly all of the prayers used in the ancient Latin Rite. In concocting this new mass, Rome allowed the collaboration of six Protestants, in order that the new rite would please Lutherans and Anglicans. Keep in mind the Catholic maxim, Lex orandi, lex credendi, the law for prayer is the law for faith.

On Nov. 6, 1983, John Paul II issued a letter, which praised Martin Luther. The letter was to mark the anniversary of Martin Luther’s 500th birthday. [4] On Dec. 11, 1983, John Paul II participated in a Lutheran religious celebration of Martin Luther’s legacy, again praising him.

In 1999, John Paul II approved the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, which acknowledges the Lutheran religion as part of the Church of Christ, which necessarily rejects the formal unity of the Church, a complete heresy.

John Paul II continued his ecumenical relationship with the Lutherans through joint prayer celebrations and events. His successor, Benedict XVI, would follow in his footsteps.

On March 14, 2010, in a Lutheran temple in Rome, Benedict XVI preached on the anniversary of the joint declaration on justification.

On September 23, 2011, Benedict XVI met with the Lutheran council in Erfurt and celebrated an ecumenical service in the chapel of the Lutheran monastery of St. Augustine. There, Benedict XVI would bow towards the Lutheran altar devoid of sacrifice and prayed alongside a woman bishop. [5]

Apparently in Lutheranism (as with the rest of the world), women are seen as authoritative equals to men. At the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting his 95 theses (Oct. 31, 2017 Halloween or Protestant Day) German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended several ceremonies in Wittenberg, starting with a service at All Saints’ Church (Schlosskirche), the church Luther posted his gripes. Merkel’s father was a Lutheran pastor.

“Pope” Francis has taken the veneration of Luther to a whole new level. On Oct. 16, 2016, Francis held a papal audience with a group of Protestants. However, he first ordered a relatively large statue of Luther to be placed in the Vatican for the event (see above picture). The Protestants would later give Francis a copy of the 95 theses, which he happily accepted. [6]

On Halloween, 2016, the joint Lutheran and “Catholic” common prayer in Lund, Sweden, was concelebrated by Francis and Bishop Munib A. Younan, the President of the Lutheran World Federation. They signed a joint statement with the commitment to continue the ecumenical journey together towards the unity Christ prayed for, (cf. John 17:21). [7] Apparently, they believe that Christ’s prayer for unity has failed for 500 years.

On Nov. 23, 2017, the Vatican issued a postage stamp featuring Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon, marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Revolution. [8] The stamp presents the heretics at the foot of the Cross as symbol of their faithful witness of Christ. I can easily see Chancellor Merkel involved in issuing such a stamp, but the Vatican? Why not? After all, they’ve been venerating Luther for over 30 years.

What’s next from ole “Pope” Francis and the Vatican? Perhaps, it will be the beatification and canonization of Luther. [9] A priest told me that in his seminary days, there was talk about canonizing Luther.

It is beyond my comprehension how anyone claiming to be Catholic can’t see how praising Luther and Protestantism is 100% proof that the Vatican 2 popes are not Catholic popes of the Catholic Church. The Vatican 2 popes are not just feeding people with the poisonous food of error of history, doctrine, and practice, but they become the very gates of hell that Christ guarantees will not prevail against His Catholic Church. [10]

Now that I think about it, I probably should list the Vatican 2 popes in front of Luther, Arius, and even Judas as the most wicked and notorious men in all of history. They have done more damage to the Catholic Church than all the heretics, heathens, and infidels put together.

 

Footnotes:

[1] Twice this Catechism teaches that Judas Iscariot went to hell by implication.

“Such certainly was the condition of Judas, who, repenting, hanged himself, and thus lost soul and body.”  (p. 264 Catechism of the Council of Trent, TAN Books.)

“they derive no other fruit from their priesthood than was derived by Judas from the Apostleship, which only brought him everlasting destruction. (p. 319)

[2]  http://www.catholicityblog.com/2016/11/the-death-of-luther.html

Monday, November 28, 2016

How did Luther Die?

The official Protestant version narrates that the greatest architect of the Christian rupture died of a natural death on February 15, 1546, after a trip to Eisleben and suffering from angina pectoris; Was it really like this?

A contemporary German scholar, Dietrich Emme, offers a very different version in a review of events. In his book “Martin Luther, Seine Jugend und Studienzeit 1483-1505. Eine dokumentarische Darstelleng “[1] (“Martin Luther: Youth and Years of Study from 1483 to 1505. Bonn 1983”) points out that Luther committed suicide, and he is not alone in pointing this out.

Likewise, a Freudian psychoanalyst, M. Roland Dalbiez, in his study Luther’s Anguish [2], attributes him “… a very serious neurosis of anguish, so grave that one may wonder whether it has not been due to a border-state between neurosis on the one hand and “suicide raptus” on the other, a teleological anti-suicidal automatism”[3].

Indeed, Luther had suicidal tendencies, as it can be corroborated in his own “Tischreden” (“Table Talk”), where one of his conversations with Pastor Güben Leonhard Beyer, in 1551 is documented:

“He told us that when he was a prisoner the devil had wickedly tormented him and that he had laughed heartily when he (Luther) took a knife in his hand, saying:” Go ahead! Kill yourself! “(…). This has happened to me very often, so much as to put a knife in my hand … and what evil thoughts came to mind in this way, so evil that I could no longer pray “[4].

In 1606, Franciscan Heinrich Sedulius in his “Preaescriptiones adversus haereses”, narrates something analogous bringing up the valuable testimony of Ambrosio Kudtfeld, a witness and man of confidence of the “reformer” who, far from accounting a death from angina , says:

“On the night before his death, Martin Luther let himself be overcome by his habitual intemperance and in such excess that we were obliged to take him, completely drunk, and place him in his bed. Then, we retired to our bedroom, without sensing anything unpleasant! The next morning, we went back to our lord to help him get dressed, as usual. Then – oh, what a pain! – we saw our master Martin hanging from the bed and strangled miserably! His mouth was crooked, th right part of his face was black, his neck was red and deformed.”[5]

Indeed, at that time raised beds supported by columns were used.

“In the face of this horrible spectacle, we felt great fear! We ran, without delay, to the princes, his guests of the day before, to announce to them the execrable end of Luther! They, full of terror like us, immediately promised us, with a thousand promises and the most solemn oaths, to observe, with respect to that event, an eternal silence. Then they ordered us to remove the rope from Luther’s hideous corpse, lay him on his bed, and then report to the people that “Master Luther” had suddenly abandoned this life!”[6]

Maritain himself points out that Dr. De Coster, who examined Luther, explained that the deceased’s mouth was crooked with the face black and the neck red and deformed [7].

Likewise, Oratorian priest Bozio, in his book “De Signis Ecclesiae”, published in 1592 [8], points out that one of the reformer’s household indicated that his lord was found hanged from the columns of his bed; Dr. Géorges Claudin says the same: [9].

As Villa points out, “Luther, then, did not die a natural death, as has been falsely written in all the history books of Protestantism, but died as a suicidal, hanged from his bed after a splendid dinner,  in which, as usual, he had drunk too much and was satisfied with food beyond all bounds!”[10].

Paradoxically, that February 15, 1546, feast of the Chair of St. Peter, he, who had railed against the Church, the Papacy, and the Catholic doctrine, voluntarily abandoned his mortal life at three in the morning, the anti-hour of Redemption that Our Lord Jesus Christ brought to us on Calvary.

It’s sad: but that’s the end of those who live in a bad way.

Don’t let them deceive you…

  1. Javier Olivera Ravasi

SOURCE. Translated from Spanish by Catholicity blog.

[1] It is worth saying that the two most competent historians in Germany on Luther’s life: Dr. Theobald Beer and Prof. Remigius Baumer, have corroborated both the material and the documents cited by Emme.

[2] Roland Dalbiez, L’angoisse de Luther, Tequi, Paris 1974.

[3] Luigi Villa, Martin Lutero, Homicidal and Suicidal, Civilta, Brescia s/f, 5 (http://www.chiesaviva.com/lutero%20omicida%20e%20suicida/lutero%20homicida%20y%20suicida.pdf),

[4] Luigi Villa, op. cit., 12 13.

[5] Ibídem, 16. The text in Latin can be seen in Heinrici Seduli ex Ordine Minorum, Praescriptiones adversus haereses, Officina Plantiniana, Antwerp 1606, 257 pp. (online version here: http://bajarlibros.co/libro/f.-heinrici-seduli-ex-ordine-minorum-praescriptiones-adversus-haereses/bwjIJTfTtzjt2o2G/)

[6] Ibídem.  An interesting coincidence is that Maritain narrates in his book “Three Reformers” that several friends, companions and first disciples of Luther also committed suicide.

[7] Maritain’s information is contained in the French edition, not the Spanish one.

[8] Tomás Bozio, De signis Ecclesiae, Pedro Landry, Lyon 1593-1594, 3 vols.

[9] Géorges Claudin, La mort de Luther, Noisy-Le-Sec, Paris 1900, 99 ( http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k9323938.r).

[10] Luigi Villa, op. Cit., 17.

[3] https://stevensperay.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/fathers-of-mercy-priest-enters-subsists-debate/

Also,

JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION  by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church

Nov. 1, 1999

  1. We give thanks to the Lord for this decisive step forward on the way to overcoming the division of the church. We ask the Holy Spirit to lead us further toward that visible unity which is Christ’s will.

Comment:  It’s saying Lutherans are part of the Body of Christ the Church and that the Church of Christ is not even visibly unified. Edward Cardinal Cassidy (President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) informed us that John Paul II approved and blessed the Joint Declaration.

[4] https://www.nytimes.com/1983/11/06/world/pope-praises-luther-in-an-appeal-for-unity-on-protest-anniversary.html

[5]

https://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A357rcRatzLuther.html

and https://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A438-Erfurt.html

[6] https://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A700-Luther.html

[7] https://zenit.org/articles/joint-statement-for-end-of-commemoration-of-reformation/

[8] https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/11/vatican-issues-stamp-featuring-martin-luther-reformation-anniversary/

[9] https://www.traditioninaction.org/bev/195bev09_30_2016.htm

[10] https://stevensperay.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/the-gates-of-hell-and-the-gates-of-the-church-revisited/

 

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