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Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope – part 59

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Galatians 1:6–9

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

All these things make it clear that the Church holds the right to elect and ordain ministers. The wickedness and tyranny of bishops allow cause for schism and discord, because Paul instructs that bishops who teach and defend a godless doctrine and godless services should be considered accursed (Gal 1:7–9).

Pulling It Together

If bishops are apostatic, or will not ordain gifted, confessional people, the churches must ordain their own pastors. Even if some consider this to be division, it is better to be separated from heresy and tyranny than in bed with it. Furthermore, the apostolic injunction demands it and considers such divisions necessary (1 Cor 11:19).

Prayer: Attune my ears to your gospel, Lord Jesus. Amen.

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