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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Date Posted:
7/31/2004


Were the Reformers Right in Separating from the Church of Rome at the Reformation?


Chapter 6

It is the purpose of Rome to undo the glorious work of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century in seeking by every foul means possible to malign the Reformers and thus bring their work into contempt. Her three great weapons in this diabolical crusade are Ignorance, Treachery, and Lying.

IGNORANCE

Rome seeks to keep men and women and epecially young people from a study of the condition of things at the Reformation.  She has succeeded in muzzling the great vehicles of information to such an extent that neither by letter nor by article in the great daily papers of our nation are the British people reminded of the price paid for their Protestant heritage. Rome hates light.  She prospers only in the darkness of evil concealment and iniquitious secrecy. We have practical demonstration of this by the refusal of the Belfast Telegraph, Ulster’s only evening paper, to take our church advertisement announcing the subject, “The Reformers’ View of the Papacy”. How successful Rome has been in the spread of ignorance about the Reformation!  Even sincere believers in our Lord Jesus Christ manifest an appalling ignorance of the real facts of this most vital of subjects.

TREACHERY

C. H. Spurgeon said of the Bible that it is the Pope’s bane and poison.  Rome has militantly set her battle in array against this divine weapon for papal destruction.  Her Jesuits cleverly trained and cleverly planted have succeeded in overthrowing belief in the Bible in the training institutes of the larger Protestant denominations. Episcopal, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist and Congregationalist Colleges are notorious for their infidelity.  Drugged by the poison of Rome they are now but helpless pawns on Rome’s chessboard of religious supremacy.

The leaders of the World Council of Churches openly boast that their aim is to reverse the Reformation while Dr. Fisher, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, has gone on record as saying that we need to repent of  “the sin” which has divided us from Rome, Rome being our ally and not our enemy.  Rome’s weapon of treachery has done a deadly work in the large Protestant denominations.

LYING

Rome has all the characteristics of her diabolical parent.  The devil is the father of lies and his offspring has the same leading characteristic.  The radio and television programmes are leavened with the lies of the papacy. She slants the news, suppressing truth and propagating falsehoods.  By lying she has almost succeeded in burying the truth about the Reformation.

Having glanced at the methods Rome has used (and is using) to conceal the truth about the Reformation and to undo its great liberating work we will now consider:‑ I. The Condition of Rome at the Reformation.

What was Rome like 400 years ago? How did the Reformers find her? What was her condition?  The answers to these questions deserve our most careful attention.

HOW WAS SHE MORALLY?

Was she, as she often boasts, the queen of virtues, the example of the nations and the exemplar of holiness?  Never!  Not even her most valued historians dare suggest she was anything of the kind.  Rather she was a debauched, degraded, filthy, incestuous, adulterous monster.  Her popes, her cardinals and her priests all lived in a state of the most monstrous villainy.

At the beginning of the 15th century she was rent asunder in schism. The world then beheld a strange thing. Two pretended infallibilities anathematizing one another until the whole church was accursed. Urban VI and Clement VII fought and cursed each other like lusty brigands over the vast treasures of the Church. Urban's villainies were notorious even in those dark days of lawlessness.

He tortured and then barbarously murdered five of his cardinals and had them buried in a stable. In 1409 the Council of Plea deposed the two popes and elected a new one. The two refused to be deposed so now there were three pretended infalibilities all cursing one another!  In 1410 the infamous John XXIII was elected. The late pope took his name and title although he should have by right called himself John the XXIII the Second.  Such a monster of iniquity was this John that he was called to trial at the General Council of Constance.  At Constance the so‑called Vicar of Christ was accused of piracy, murder, rape, sodomy and incest. The Council turned Constance into a moral sewer.  Dietrich Vrie, a monk who was present, wrote: “The papal court nourishes every kind of scandal, he who gives most is best received. The papal court is rotten; the Pope himself, head of all wickedness, plots every kind of disgraceful scheme, and while absolving others, hurries himself to death. The priests frequent brothels and taverns and spend their time in drinking, revelling, and gambling; fight and brawl in their cups, and with their polluted lips blaspheme the name of God and the saints.” Remember, this is the testimony of a Romish monk, and not of a Protestant Reformer.

Here is an extract from the Roman Catholic historian Reeves whose “History of the Christian Church” was published with approbation of the late Dr. Troy, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. Reeves, by the way, was a Roman Catholic priest:

“The Popes were not masters in their own capital, raised by faction, as it happened, or by intrigue, they lost their personal respectability, were often insulted, imprisoned and even murdered by the prevailing party.  Two sister prostitutes, Marozia and Theodora, daughters of the lewd Marchioness of Tuscany, governed Rome by their political influence and criminal intrigues.  To these disorders the popes themselves contributed in no small degree. Between the years 891 and 999, there are one and thirty Popes; their number is a clear proof that the reigns of many of them were short, and their end dishonourable. Sergius III, exhibited a spectacle of scandal of which the Christian world had never known an example ‑ a Sovereign Pontiff clasped in the lewd embraces of a notorous prostitute.  Sergius III, without regard for his dignity or the holiness of his pontifical character, publicly avowed his criminal connections with Marozia; and by her he had a son, who, under his mother’s influence, crept afterwards into St. Peter’s Chair, by the name of John XI.  To the infamy of his spurious birth he added personal vice, in which he was shamefully imitated by many, who, in that century, were raised to the Papal throne without the virtues to merit or support their elevation.  Protestant writers here exult in the disgrace of the Roman Pontiff at that time.”

Leopold Ranke in his great standard work “The History of the Popes” describes the popes of the Reformation era thus:-

Alexander VI – “His only care was to seize on all means that might aid him to increase his power and advance the wealth and dignity of his sons: on no other subject did he ever seriously bestow a thought.”  Alexander’s son Caesar Borgia was notorious for his passions and blood shedding.  Ranke exclaims: “How did Rome tremble at his name!  Caesar required gold and possessed enemies: every night were the corpses of murdered men found in the streets, yet none dared move; for who but might fear that his own turn would be next?  Those who violence could not reach were taken off by poison.”

Julius II ‑ characterised by “intemperance and licentious excess.”

Leo X ‑ the people of Rome themselves pursued the corpse of this pope to the grave with insult and reproach, crying “Thou hast crept in like a fox, like a lion thou hast ruled us and like a dog hast thou died.”

As the popes so were the priests. Professor Blunt’s “History of the Reformation in England” describes the priests thus: “Persons of the lowest of the people with all the gross habits of the class from which they sprung; loiterers on the ale‑house bench; dicers; scarce able to say by rote their Pater‑noster, often actually unable to repeat the commandments.”

The monasteries were veritable cess‑pools of filth. What awful revelations were made when they were investigated!

What other conclusion could any right‑thinking person come to than that of Ranke the historian: “There needed no advent of Luther to prove to the world that these things were in direct opposition to the spirit of Christianity.  Even at that time men complained that the Pope was preparing the way for antichrist and labouring for the interest of Satan rather than the Kingdom of God.”

Let it not be thought by any here that Rome is one whit better morally than she was in the sixteenth century. Here is proof for what I affirm.  In 1936, there took place in Germany a series of trials which completely exposed the monastic systems of Romanism.  The exposures in these trials are parallel with Reformation revelations. I quote from “The Bulwark”:

“In the province of Westphalia out of probably about 400‑500 Franciscan monks, 276 were arrested on a charge of sodomy, in a few cases the charge was that of seducing feeble‑minded girls, to escape being arrested, fifty fled from Germany. Possibly some of them found shelter in some of the R.C. monasteries in this country.

The trials were reported in the German Press. They were held in the High Court of Coblentz, a Catholic city, and the judicial proceedings were unimpeachable.  Most of the friars admitted their guilt, and gave evidence against each other. They were all found guilty, though some escaped punishment under the 1934 amnesty law.  The rest were imprisoned, as common felons, generally for one to four years.

“Their excuses were deplorable. Some pleaded drunken orgies on feast days, the Holy Days of the Roman Catholic Church, and even confessed to committing crime on the way to Midnight Christmas mass,” Westfalischer Courir, 29th June. Some were over sixty, and confessed to years of the practice in all the monasteries of the province.

“During the three months of the trial ‑ each monk was tried separately ‑ other scandals broke out.  For smuggling on a large scale, a community of monks were tried and condemned at Aachen.  One of the friars of this community was arrested on a charge of raping three girls aged eight to eleven years old, and a boy of nine.  A few days later a Carmelite nun in a different part of Germany was arrested on a vice charge with young boys, and a week later a priest in another part of Germany.”

“The thing which is of major significance about these events is, that though the sodomy trials at Coblenz ran for three months, reports of them were suppressed by Roman Catholic influence (Catholic Action) in this country.”

Such is the effect morally in every age and in every country, of the scourge of Romanism.

WHAT OF ROME DOCTRINALLY?

Let us consider Rome’s doctrinal position at the Reformation on five major points. What she taught and practised concerning the Word of Christ, the Service of Christ, the Death of Christ, the Worship of Christ and the Pardon of Christ.

The Reformers, Luther, Latimer, Knox and the majority of the others had all been Roman Catholic priests and they knew from the inside what Rome really believed and practised on these vital subjects. They learned from personal experience that:-

Rome turned the Word of Christ Into a Heresy

Rome was the great enemy of the Word of God and made it a grave heresy, punishable by death, either to translate into the vulgar tongue or to read the Word of Christ.  The Reformers saw the tremendous steps Rome was prepared to take in order to keep the Word of Christ from the people.  Fires were kindled to burn copies which Rome had confiscated and translators suffered the most hideous of tortures for their attempts to bring the Word of Christ to the people.  To possess the scriptures was an offence punishable by death.

In the year 1414, in the reign of Henry V, a law was made by which all Lollards, or those who possessed or read any of Wickliffe's books, (and his New Testament was the chief of them), were declared to be guilty of treason, and their goods were ordained to be confiscated.  In 1530 Henry Forrest was put to death at St. Andrew’s, on the sentence of the ecclesiastical court; and one of his offences was his possessing a copy of the New Testament in the vulgar tongue.  In 1538, a whole impression of the English Bible, consisting of 2,500 copies, was seized at Paris by the orders of the Inquisition, and committed to the flames.  In 1540‑1, the Roman Catholic clergy made a list of seven hundred and twenty earls, lords, barons, gentlemen, burgesses, and craftsmen, in Scotland, whom they accused of reading the Old and New Testament in English. They presented this list to James V, begging him to assist them in bringing these men to suffer capital punishment. The answer of the King, according to the historian Pitscottie, was: ‘Name and choose a judge at your own pleasure, whom ye think will execute justice most sharply and rigorously for punishing of these heretics; and I shall command him, and give him my power, that whomsoever ye delete as a heretic, to burn him and put him to death at your pleasure.’

Rome’s final and irreversible attitude to the Bible is defined in the Bull Unigenitus. In that Papal Bull the following propositions are condemned:-

The reading of the Sacred Scripture is for all;

The obscurity of the holy word of God is not a reason for dispensing laymen from reading it;

To take away the New Testament out of the hands of Christians, or to consider it to be shut up from them by taking away the mode of understanding it, is to shut the mouth of Christ;

To interdict Christians from reading sacred Scripture, particularly the New Testament, is to interdict the light from the sons of light and to condemn them to a species of excommunication.

And what does my audience think was the sentence pronounced upon these plain and pointed assertions of the great principle as to the right and duty of all men to search the Scriptures, which testify of Christ?  You shall judge. Here it is: ‘Having heard all and singular the foresaid propositions’, the Pope and cardinals declare them to be ‘false, captious, ill‑sounding, offensive to pious ears, scandalous, pernicious, temerarious, injurious to the Church and her customs, contumelious to the secular power, seditious, impious, blasphemous’, (they seem as if they had been resolved to exhaust the whole catalogue of abusive and condemnatory epithets), ‘suspect of heresy, and savouring of heresy, itself, favouring heretics, heresy, and even schism, bordering on heresy,                                 often condemned, and finally heretical’.  And accordingly, adds this reverend, let me say rather impious, conclave, ‘by this our perpetually authoritative constitution, they are denounced, condemned, reprobated!’  And further, they command the venerable patriarchs, archbishops, bishops and other ordinaries, and likewise the inquisitors of heretical pravity, that they coerce and compel its contradictors and rebels of every kind!  That is, those named penalties, and other remedies of law and fact, invoking likewise, if need be, the aid of the secular arm”. And, finally, they conclude the whole with the following denunciation: that if any one shall dare to infringe or oppose what they have thus wickedly decreed, “let him know that he shall incur the indignation of almighty God and of the blessed apostles, Peter and Paul.”

So Rome turns the Word of Christ into a heresy.

The Reformers also discovered that:

Rome turned the Service of Christ into a Mockery

As the Reformers turned over the scriptures which Rome forbad them to read on pain of death, they could find nothing of the system of the papacy. Priestcraft and popery are nowhere in Bible Christianity. In fact, their principles are condemned in the plainest language.  The Reformers soon discovered that Rome had turned the service of Christ into a mockery.  No wonder popes, cardinals, priests, friars, monks and nuns conspired to keep the Bible from the people.  They dreaded the exposure of their blasphemous mockery of the service of Christ.  Like the priests of old they feared the people.

The Service of Christ was made by Rome, as Bishop J. C. Ryle points out, “an organised system of Mary‑worship, saint‑worship, image-worship, relic‑worship, pilgrimages, almsgivings, formalism, ceremonialism, processions, penances, absolutions, masses and blind obedience to the priests.  It was a huge higgledy‑piggledy of ignorance and idolatry, and serving an unknown God by deputy.  The only practical result was that the priests took the people’s money, and undertook to secure their salvation, and the people flattered themselves that the more they gave to the priests, the more sure they were to go to heaven.”

Was it strange that the Reformers reached the conclusion that Rome had turned the Service of Christ into a mockery?  Moreover, the Reformers became convinced that:-

Rome turned the Death of Christ Into a Blasphemy

The Reformers realised as they studied the Scriptures of Truth that the great central doctrine of the gospel was expressed in the comprehensive sentence, “Christ died for our sins”. The death of Christ was the great centre from which the doctrine of salvation sprung. Rome, instead of preaching the Cross, boasted she was repeating the Cross in her blasphemous service of the Mass. With what abhorrence, in view of the Scripture teaching, did the Reformers come to view Rome’s claim that at the Mass the elements of the sacrament became truly the soul and divinity, the bones and nerves of Jesus, and therefore the entire Christ!

How blasphemous was Rome’s claim to these biblically‑enlightened men that “Wheresoever the sacrament be found, whether in a fair place or foul, in the belly of a mouse, there is the very body of Christi” (This is the officially sanctioned teaching of popery from one of her greatest theologians, Alexander de Hales).

Listen to this statement from the Roman Missal: “If through negligence any of the blood of Christ have fallen to the ground, or on the boards, let it be licked up with the tongue, and let the spot be sufficently scraped, and the scrapings burned, and the ashes laid upon the sacrarium.  But if it have fallen on the altar‑stone, let the priest suck up the drop; and let the place be well washed, and the ablution thrown into the sacrarium.  If on the altar‑cloth, and the drop has penetrated to the second, and also to the third cloth, let the cloths in the places where the drop has fallen, be washed over the chalice, and the suds thrown into the sacrarium: but if on the corporal only, or on the priest’s vestments, it ought to be washed out in like manner, and the ablution thrown into the sacrarium: so also if on the foot‑cloth, or on the carpet.”

“If the priest vomit the Eucharist, if the species appear entire, let them be reverently swallowed, unless sickness arise: for then let the consecrated species be cautiously separated and laid up in some sacred place, till they are corrupted; and afterwards let them be cast into the sacrarium.  But if the species do not appear, let the vomit be burned, and the ashes cast into the sacrarium.”

Such statements alone call for the strongest possible condemnation of Rome.  The Mass is the greatest possible blasphemy of the “once for all”, all‑sufficient, all‑atoning, all‑completed blood shedding of Christ on the Cross.

Further, the Reformers saw clearly that:-

Rome turned the Worship of Christ Into Idolatry

Rome turned the whole system of New Testament worship into shameless idolatry. Pilgrimages and relics were Rome’s great mediums of worship.  The Rood of Grace erected at Paul’s Cross, London, was but one of Rome’s exploitations of the people’s blinded superstitious worship.

The Image of the Rood opened its mouth when it was offered silver, but actually wagged its beard when given gold. Pilgrims came from far and near to worship at the “miraculous shrine” to the enrichment of Rome’s coffers. The “sacreligious hands” of Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII's chancellor, soon exposed this priestly fraud.  When this “Holy Rood” was opened, a system of wires was discovered which the priests in charge manipulated according to how they wanted the image to respond.  This was but one of Rome’s idolatrous showpieces at the Reformation.

All over Europe Rome turned the worship of Christ into a moneymaking system of relics so manifestly fictitious that the priests who dared to display the same were evidently unmitigated scoundrels.  So many pieces of the “true cross” were displayed as to load a great ship.  About a score of nails were on display all of which were claimed to have been used at the crucifixion, though only four were needed.

At least four spearheads, all of which were said to have pierced Christ’s side, though only one was actually used, were shown, and three seamless coats and the whole three, claimed to be the one original robe of Christ.  Rome knew she was telling lies but her god being her belly she persisted in the same to her own great financial advantage.

How far removed is this from true worship.  Listen to our blessed Lord: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth”. (John 4:24).

Lastly, the Reformers knew from personal experience that:‑

Rome turned the Pardon of God Into a Profanity

Rome’s system of Indulgences was a clever ruse on the part of the Pope to fatten on the sins of the people.  No wonder C. H. Spurgeon said he had more respect for the devil than the priest, for the devil hadn’t enough shame to pretend to forgive men their sins.

The Roman Chancery, or Text‑Book, contains a long list of sins with the price of licence or indulgence attached to each. A copy has been translated into English under the title of “Rome a great custom‑house for sin”. In Bayley’s Dictionary, under the article Bank, may be found an account of these taxes. They are perfectly authentic, having the authority of the Pope and are to be found in various languages as well as in the original Latin.  It were a waste of time, and too little accordant with the common rules of decency to read a hundredth part of the shameful catalogue; a few examples may suffice:‑

For a layman for murdering a layman                                         £076
For him that killeth his father, mother, wife or sister                   £0106
For laying violent hands on a priest, so it be without effusion of Blood
(A slight blow in this case is equivalent to the murder of father, mother, wife or sister!)
£0106
For a priest that keeps a concubine, as also his dispensation for living irregular£0106
To eat flesh in times prohibited£140
Not to be tied to fasting days£140
For him that burns his neighbours house£0120
For him that forgeth the Pope’s hand£170
For a man or woman that is found hanged, that they may have Christian burial£176
For a queen to adopt a child£30000
For a king for going to the holy sepulchre without licence£7100
For a town to take out of a church, the murderers that have taken sanctuary therein£4100

By this brief extract, taken from the tabular view of human crimes and their costs, a great proportion of which it was an offence to modest ears so much as to name, we are furnished with matters of very grave reflection, as well as strong condemnation of the moral tendency of such a code. It appears that those offences which, from the nature of things, can be but rarely repeated, are rated very high, whereas those which are likely to be more frequent, may be absolved or licensed at a very easy rate.  Hence it is calculated, that a great number of sins, at a smaller cost, will yield a larger revenue than could be produced by a higher charge, which might have the effect of either preventing the offence, or of inducing the offender to stifle conscience and evade tax. The bill of fare is evidently made out in a way most effectual, to increase the number of customers.

Was it any wonder that the Reformers could tolerate no longer such a system of hell?

II. THE POSITION OF THE REFORMERS AT THE REFORMATION

The Reformers were “come‑outers”.  Having discovered what Rome was like morally and doctrinally, they unhesitatingly left the system of the Roman Antichrist, like Moses choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Were the Reformers right in leaving Rome at the Reformation?

THE WORD OF GOD ANSWERS "YES"

The Bible, which the Reformers studied, clearly warned them of the apostasy of the papacy.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth”. (1 Tim. 4:1‑3). See also 2 Tim. 4:3, and 2 Pet. 2:1‑3. It also exhorted them as preachers of the gospel to warn of false doctrine. “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased man, I should not be the servant of Christ”. (Gal. 1:8‑10). See also Rom. 18:17‑18 and 2 John 6‑11. The Reformers obeyed the scriptures and turned away from the false and clave unto the true. Are you, believer, willing to obey the Lord’s clear commands? If you are in a church of the World Council of Churches apostasy which is hastening you to union with popery you must come out and stand for the truth. Obey the Scriptures and be blessed.  Disobey the Scriptures and be blighted.

THE GRACE OF CHRIST ANSWERS “YES”

Wherein was the grace of God more demonstrated than in the martyrs?  Take the massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve when 70,000 Christians were murdered.  What stories could be told of the faith, the courage, the fortitude, and triumph of Grace in the victims of that appalling bloodbath.

Listen to the old historian Fox tell of the martyrdom of the godly Bishops:

“The night before the execution, the Mayor of Oxford, by whom Latimer was kept in trust, offered to keep him company throughout the night, but the reformer refused his kindness saying, ‘No, tonight I shall sleep as soundly as ever I did.  Tomorrow my breakfast may be somewhat sharp, but my supper will be most sweet’.  Meaning of course his execution would be painful but it would bring him into the presence of his Lord and Saviour. It was Wednesday, October 16th, 1555, when Latimer and Ridley were led out ‘to witness a last good confession.’

“Ridley led the way, and, looking back, saw Master Latimer coming after, unto whom he said, ‘Oh, be ye there?’  ‘Yea’, said Master Latimer ‘have after as fast as I can follow’; so he followed a little way off; at length they came both to the stake, the one after the other where first Dr. Ridley entering the place marvellously earnestly holding up both hands, looking towards heaven. Then shortly after, espying Master Latimer, with a wondrous cheerful look he ran to him, embraced him and kissed him; and as they who stood near reported, comforted him, saying, ‘Be of good heart, brother, for God will either assuage the fury of the flame or else strengthen us to abide it’. With that he went to the stake, kneeled down by it, kissed it and prayed very earnestly; and behind him Master Latimer kneeled, as earnestly calling upon God as he. As they were secured to the stake, Ridley broke out into prayer, thus: ‘Oh, Heavenly Father, I give unto Thee hearty thanks, for that Thou hast called me to be a professor of Thee, even unto death. I beseech Thee, Lord God, take mercy on this realm of England, and deliver the same from all her enemies.’

“Then they brought a faggot, kindled with fire, and laid it down at Ridley’s feet.  To whom Latimer spoke in this manner: ‘Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England, as I trust shall never be put out.’

“And so the fire being kindled, when Ridley saw the flame flaming up towards him, he cried, ‘Lord, Into Thy hands I commend my spirit: Lord receive my spirit’, and repeated this latter part often in English, ‘Lord Lord, receive my spirit’.  Latimer crying as vehemently on the other side ‘Father of Heaven receive my soul’, he received the flame as though embracing it. After he had stroked his face with his hands, and, as it were bathed them a little in the fire, he soon died, as it appears with very little pain.”

Were these men right? The grace of God which so gloriously triumphed within them answers, Yes.

THE BLESSING OF GOD ANSWERS “YES”

God wonderfully vindicated the Reformers with a revival unprecedented since Pentecost. What blessings came to Europe as a result of their faithfulness to God’s Word.

Darkness gave place to light, the priestcraft of a caste to the priesthood of all christians, bondage to liberty, superstitions to salvation and putridity to purity.

Truly those who sat in darkness saw the light and to the poor the gospel was preached.  Were the Reformers right?  The blessing of God which attended their labours answers “Yes!”

THE CHRIST OF GOD ANSWERS “YES”

Listen to these words which formed part of our Lord’s last great discourse before His death:-

“These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  And these things will  they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.  But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.  And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you”. (John 16:1‑4).

These words of Christ gave assurance to the Reformers that they were right.

How do you stand to relationship to the Saviour?  Are you saved?  Have you a saving interest in the precious blood of Christ?  What is your hope for eternity?  Is It a sure hope?  A true hope? A scriptural hope? A living hope?  Remember your church membership your prayers, your religion, your morality, your works are vain to hope in. Yes vain, doubly vain, are all things but a lively faith in the living Christ.

Oh, embrace Christ now freely offered you in the word of the gospel.  See that you refuse not Him who speaketh.  Reject the Christ and you will be surely damned. Receive Him and you will be surely saved.

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