Luther or any other have the authority from the Lord or His Church
As said in Mk 13:34-37, the
apostles received their authority from the Lord and passed it on to successive generations to care for the church till ‘the
master of the house returns’
For the Son of man is as a man taking a far
journey, who left
his house, and gave authority to his servants,
and to every man his work,
and commanded the porter
to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the
master of the house cometh,
at even, or at midnight,
or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly
he find you sleeping.
And what I say unto you I say unto all,
Jesus who was ‘send’
by the Father, appointed the Kingdom to the apostles ‘as the Father appointed it to the Son’
Lu:22:29: And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath
appointed unto me.
Then, from where did the Reformers
get their authority? Some may justify the authority of Luther by claiming that he was a priest of the Catholic Church,
and so he had power and commission from the Catholic church to preach the true doctrine contained in the Scripture. But then,
either they are affirming that the Catholic Church was at that time the true Church. If she was then the true Church,
it was unlawful for Luther to separate from her, and she could not give him a commission to preach a doctrine contrary to
her own; but if she had ceased to be the true Church, then she was not qualified to give any commission at all. In the Bible
St Paul specifically foretold that even if an angel had to come and preach a gospel different from the one ‘we’
i.e. the church taught, let him be accursed. Then all protestant preaching is accursed preaching.
St. John in his epistle asks
every believer ‘not to believe every spirit’ but to ‘discern every spirit whether they are of God’’because
many false prophets are gone out into the world’.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God: because many false prophets are
gone out into the world. Hereby
know ye the Spirit of
God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in
the flesh is
of God (those who believe He was flesh & blood;
course from that of Mary) And every spirit
that confesseth not
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this
is that spirit of antichrist, whereof
ye have heard that
it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are
of God, little
children, and have overcome them: because
greater is he that is in you,
than he that is in the world. They
are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and
the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God
heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby
know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Anyone teaching ‘Jesus
came in the flesh’ acknowledges that He was the flesh and blood of Mary. He became flesh in Mary’s womb, He is
‘the fruit of her womb’ ; her offspring as the Bible says (Lk 1:42 & Gen 3:15). Hebrews 2:14-16 says Jesus,
like every children are partakers of flesh and blood, took human form.
Forasmuch then as the children
are partakers of
and blood, he
also himself likewise took part of the
same that through death he might destroy him that had the
power ofdeath, that is, the devil; And deliver them who
through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to
bondage. For verily he
took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
i.e. He partook the flesh and
blood of whom? Mary of course, who else? He was the flesh and blood of Mary 'like every children are partakers of the flesh
and blood of their mothers' as the Holy Bible proclaims. Mary is then not just an eggshell as protestants teach.
The Catholic church acknowledges Mary as the 'Mother of the Lord' and Jesus as the 'fruit
of Mary's womb' just as Elizabeth of whom the Bible testifies as ‘was of the daughters of Aaron and the wife of a Jewish
priest, and that ‘ they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless’
(Luke 1:5,6). Well, this Elizabeth 'filled with the Holy Spirit had proclaimed.
Lu:1:41-43: And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the
Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou
among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is
this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
The Catholic church has continued proclaiming Mary's blessedness throughout
all generations in fulfillment of Mary's proclamation in Lk 1:48.
Lu:1:48: For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:
for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me
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