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From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles
Secondly, as consequence of their doctrine, evil spirits performed devilry by appearing as the souls of the departed, and with unspeakable lies and tricks, demanded masses, vigils, pilgrimages, and other alms. We had to accept all these things as articles of faith, and live accordingly. The pope confirmed these things, the Mass too, and all other abominations. Here, too, there must be no compromise or surrender.
Pulling It Together: Again, what has this to do with Scripture? What does the Word of God say about the matter? Someone says that a spirit told them to do something. How convenient. They may as well say, “God told me you’re supposed to do this.” They should ignore the voices in their heads and supposed spirits, and start listening to the Spirit of God. The only objective way to hear God is in his Word, not in one’s imagination.
Prayer: Speak to me, O Word of God. Amen.
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