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Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope – part 46

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2 Timothy 2:8–9

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

Even if the pope holds synods, how can the Church be healed if the pope allows nothing to be settled contrary to his will, if he allows no one expression of opinion except his followers, whom he has sworn by dreadful oaths and curses to defend his tyranny and wickedness without any consideration of God’s Word?

Pulling It Together

Thank God the days are gone when oaths had to be sworn to churchmen. The Christian must be bound to no one but God. The Christian conscience must be captive only to the Word of God, as Luther said, “My conscience is captive to the Word of God.” Despite the decrees of culture or even church councils, the Christian conscience must always be guided by God’s Word. No matter the consequences, Christ and him crucified and risen, the very message of the gospel, is our worldview. Live by it; die by it; and be at peace with God, even if you cannot be in concord with people.

Prayer: Hold me to your Word, Lord, and give me your peace in my spirit. Amen.

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