Monday, January 8, 2018

The Two Martins (Part I)

On October 31, 1517, the first Martin, a Monk and a professor of moral theology, made worldwide history. He came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the Catholic view on indulgences that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. Therefore, he proposed an academic discussion of the practice and the value of indulgences, in his Ninety-five Theses, which he nailed to the door at the University of Wittenberg, Germany.

Martin Luther sent the Theses, along with a letter to Albert of Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, on October 31, 1517, a date now considered the start of the Protestant Reformation and commemorated annually as Reformation Day.  He was later excommunicated (banished) from the Catholic Church.

In 1999, the Lutheran Church and the Catholic Church signed an agreement, whereby the Lutheran Church rescinded Martin Luther’s position on Salvation through grace alone and apologized to the Catholic Church for “rebelling” against her dogmas. They failed miserably in taking into account all of the other disagreements Martin Luther raised regarding the Church: some of which opposed the idea that the Pope was infallible; that the Pope was the “beast” of Revelation 13:2 and was the Anti-Christ “beast” spoken of in Revelation 13:18.

On October 31, 2017, the Evangelical Church and several other Protestant denominations signed a similar agreement with the Catholic Church, in Rome, as did the Lutherans; thus fulfilling Revelation 13:8.

I have learned over the years that the one thing a person should always do, before signing a document is to read it in its totality. Unfortunately, my Protestant brothers and sisters failed to read in its totality, the agreement formulated by Rome. Click the link below, if you would care to read it. It is long, but you can download a PDF of it, or read it online; it shows that the Catholic Church has not changed any of her teachings, but the Protestant Church has.  

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