Sunday, October 23, 2016
Lutherans and Catholics Joining Together
There's a lot of Lutheran churches where I live. Many are nice people and I know a lot of them. Some of the churches are charitable and offer community dinners to the poor. There's one church where the people are so friendly, I'd probably go there, if Lutheranism wasn't false. I've had discussions with Lutherans around here, they don't like how I view Catholicism and say Catholics are Christians too. Their belief in the church and it's sacraments are as strong as the Catholics.
The Reformation brought the Word of God out of Latin into regular people's language and other truths, but sadly was compromised from the start with false teachers like Calvin and others. Luther never gave up some Catholic basics, which are infant baptism and sacraments while getting rid of some Catholic deceptions like indulgences, purgatory and confession to a priest. I've witnessed to a few Lutherans, but that can be tough, around here many were born into their 100 or more year old Lutheran churches, they see me as the heretic, especially for not being in a church. Most Lutheran churches are joined with the papacy in different ecumenical organizations. WELS and a few smaller off-shoots are the only exceptions. WELS even teaches that the Pope is the Antichrist, which I have written about as my belief, and warns about the ecumenical movement but sadly the heritage of Catholicism remains in Lutheranism so they have not gotten fully away from what they accurately label as "antichrist".
Today you see the Lutherans joining with the Pope. Even the truthful warnings of their founder have been ignored. Sadly there seems to be evidence Luther was an "insider" from the start. They had a big chocolate statue of Luther at this ceremony. It's kind of creepy because the chocolate looks red, everyone is donning yellow and blue scarfs with the yellow color representing the papacy. I do not think Luther if he was still present in this world would appreciate this gesture. He looks like he will be choked by the scarf and literally eating a statue of someone doesn't seem respectful to that person beyond the idolatry issues. Most Lutherans see the Pope as a "great man" and see Catholics as fellow "Christians". Sadly many of these are misled people in grave error. The Pope when he asks "Who is better?" is using manipulation. It is the usual "truth doesn't matter" message.
Lutheranism is watered down Catholicism with a few Christian truths thrown in. It does not surprise me unity with the Pope is coming so naturally to many of their churches.