Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Of the Papacy and their merry men
- Great Quote!!Thanks for posting this DeeJay, for those that would like to read a little more from Luther... go to http://www.truecovenanter.com/ and you'll find a button on the left titled TrueLutheran.blessings,~Mrs.Cathie-Iris:Soles~rpna----- Original Message -----From: BraniacTo: C. R. C.Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 2:11 AMSubject: [Covenanted Reformation] Of the Papacy and their merry men
On account of this judgment fear and trembling might well seize our great Spiritual prelates, as they call themselves, the popes, cardinals, bishops, canons, priests and the hole diabolical rabble of the anti-Christian crowd at Rome, and everywhere, in their monasteries and brothels, if they were not altogether hardened and deliberately given to Satan body and soul. They think and act as though they were especially appointed to snatch to themselves everything that belongs to the poor church, and in their own wantonness to consume, spend, waste, squander, in dissipation, gambling and debauchery, in the most shameful and scandalous manner, whatever has been given for the maintenance of students, schools and the poor people. They mock God and man, 2 Pet. 2, 13; yeah, they publicly murder innocent, pious people.
Yea, woe another and eternal woe, to them and to all who side with them. For it had been better for them, had they never been born, as Christ says of Judas. Therefore they ought rather to wish that their mother had drowned them in their first bath, nor that they had never come forth from the womb, than that one of them should have become pope or cardinal or a popish priest. For they are nothing else than merely desperate and select ones, not highway robbers, but public country thieves, who take, not the goods of the mighty and the powerful that really have something, but of the poor and wretched, of the parish churches, schools and hospitals, whose morsels are snatched from their teeth, and whose drink is torn from their mouths, so that they are unable to maintain life.
Therefore, let every man beware of the Pope, the bishops, and the priesthood, as he would beware of those have already been condemned alive to the abyss of perdition. Truly Paul did not prophesy in vain, 2 Tim 3, 1 that in the last days perilous times shall come.
From a sermon by Martin Luther from his third Postil. Pages 387-389