The Babylonian Captivity of the Church
The Babylonian Captivity of the Church
Key to Rome’s power:
The Babylonian Captivity of the Church
Key to Rome’s power:
THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS
Key to Rome’s power:
THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS
Luther’s response:
Key to Rome’s power:
THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS
Luther’s response:
There are NOT seven sacraments. There are
only THREE:
Luther’s response:
There are NOT seven sacraments. There are
only THREE:
1) the Lord’s Supper
Luther’s response:
There are NOT seven sacraments. There are
only THREE:
1) the Lord’s Supper
2) Baptism, and
Luther’s response:
There are NOT seven sacraments. There are
only THREE:
1) the Lord’s Supper
2) Baptism, and
3) Penance (though Luther had his
doubts about this one).
Luther’s response:
There are NOT seven sacraments. There are
only THREE:
1) the Lord’s Supper
2) Baptism, and
3) Penance (though Luther had his doubts
about this one).
These 3 are being held in miserable
captivity by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper
This Sacrament is being held in
bondage, in 3 ways:
1. Communion in one kind
1. The Lord’s Supper
This Sacrament is being held in
bondage, in 3 ways:
2. Transubstantiation
1. Communion in one kind
3. Sacrifice
2. Transubstantiation
1. Communion in one kind
Luther’s response:
1. Communion in only one kind is an
arbitrary abuse of the Church’s power.
Luther’s response:
1.
2.
Communion in only one kind is an arbitrary
abuse of the Church’s power.
Transubstantiation is not taught in
Scripture, and it raises more questions
than it answers.
Luther’s response:
1.
2.
3.
Communion in only one kind is an arbitrary
abuse of the Church’s power.
Transubstantiation is not taught in Scripture,
and it raises more questions than it answers.
The “ sacrifice” idea is worst of all. The
Lord’s Supper is a promise from God to
be received in faith.
2. Baptism
2. Baptism
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Baptism also derives its power from a
promise of God.
2. Baptism
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Baptism also derives its power from a promise
of God.
As a promise, it is to be received in faith.
2. Baptism
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Baptism also derives its power from a promise
of God.
As a promise, it is to be received in faith.
Baptism is a death to sin and a
resurrection to life with God. Therefore,
in baptism, we have enough to believe
and practice our whole life.
2. Baptism
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Baptism is a death to sin and a resurrection
to life with God. Therefore, in baptism, we
have enough to believe and practice our
whole life.
The teaching that the vows taken by
monks are superior to baptism is absurd.
3. Penance
It is absolutely necessary to confess one’s
sins.
3. Penance
It is absolutely necessary to confess one’s sins.
Private confession cannot be proven from the
Scriptures, but is useful and should not
be abolished.
3. Penance
It is absolutely necessary to confess one’s sins.
Private confession cannot be proven from the
Scriptures, but is useful and should not be
abolished.
It is full, however, of abuses (e.g.
indulgences) that must be done away
with.
4. Confirmation
Whatever made anybody think that this
belongs on the same level as Baptism and
the Lord’s Supper?
5. Marriage
Marriage, clearly, is instituted by God.
5. Marriage
Marriage, clearly, is instituted by God. But it
is not a sacrament. Even pagans marry.
5. Marriage
Marriage, clearly, is instituted by God. But it is
not a sacrament. Even pagans marry.
The Church’s treatment of marriage is full of
all kinds of illogical acts and hypocrisies.
6. Ordination
Ordination is not commanded by God.
6. Ordination
Ordination is not commanded by God.
Properly understood, ordination certifies that
a minister has been properly called.
6. Ordination
Ordination is not commanded by God.
Properly understood, ordination certifies that a
minister has been properly called.
Ordained ministers should preach the Word,
not busy themselves with the ridiculous
things they do now.
6. Ordination
Ordained ministers should preach the Word, not
busy themselves with the ridiculous things
they do now.
Ordained ministers should not think they are
a separate class or “estate” from the laity.
7. Extreme Unction
What James describes (5:14f) is nothing like
what Roman Catholics actually practice.
SUMMARY
Let us save the term “sacrament” for a rite
that has:
1) a visible sign, and
SUMMARY
Let us save the term “sacrament” for a rite that
has:
1) a visible sign, and
2) a promise of the forgiveness of sins.
SUMMARY
Let us save the term “sacrament” for a rite that
has:
1) a visible sign, and
2) a promise of the forgiveness of sins.
If we do, there are only 2 sacraments:
SUMMARY
If we do, there are only 2 sacraments:
1) baptism, and
SUMMARY
If we do, there are only 2 sacraments:
1) baptism, and
2) the Lord’s Supper.
SUMMARY
Penance:
1) has no visible sign, and
SUMMARY
Penance:
1) has no visible sign, and
2) is nothing but a return to one’s
Baptism.
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