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Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope – part 50

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John 14:6

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

But those who agree with the pope, defending his doctrine and services of worship, defile themselves with idolatry and blasphemous opinions, become guilty of the blood of the godly whom the pope persecutes, detract from the glory of God, and hinder the welfare of the Church, because in doing so, they strengthen errors and crimes to all generations.

Pulling It Together

We will have disagreement over some matters in the church. Nonetheless, we must never have disagreement about that which is basic. We cannot, for example, do without God or have some other god in the church. But we can do without paraments. We cannot do without believing Christ died for our sins. But we can do without red doors. We can even move on from one pastor to the next, yet cannot do without the one preached. And so, teachings about the decoration of a church building, or conversation about what pastor served you best, can and should be be tolerated. But division over the doctrine of God and his Christ are deplorable and lamentable. As the church cannot exist without God, she cannot live without preaching and teaching correct doctrine. It is not enough to impart head knowledge about God; we must also reach the heart, teaching how God’s grace is apprehended: not by our own services and works, but through Christ alone.

Prayer: Open the eyes of the hearts of all your people, Lord, that they may be united in Christ. Amen.

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