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Why did the ‘Protestant Reformation’ happen?

How many people know or care about this today? Ignorance in this is likely to, and does today, lead to ecumenical error that just reintroduces many of the Roman Catholic doctrinal problems back into Protestantism.

Note the great city, on seven hills, with clear influence over the rulers of the earth (more clearly in past, but also still today), and the controlling role she (the city) plays:
“The woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. … Here is the mind which hath wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth” (Revelation 17:18,9).
…see ‘The Seven hills of Rome’, also, the Catholic Encyclopedia states: “It is within the city of Rome, called the city of seven hills, that the entire area of Vatican State proper is now confined” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, 1976)

In accepting Roman Catholic doctrine today, you should consider why more people were willing to die (Rev 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus) rather than subject to the will and heresies of the Roman Church (the ‘Inquisitions‘ Roman, Medieval, and Spanish – in Spain alone more than 3 million were killed) and this is why the ‘Protestant Reformation’ was necessary. Is the ‘new’ Roman Catholic Church different than it was back then? Not really – the ‘objectionable fundamentals’ remained as can be verified by the ‘anathemas‘ of the Second Vatican Council.

Several severe problems can be highlighted in the core Roman Catholic belief system e.g. the eucharist, purgatory and indulgences. Some lesser known examples:

  • “The infallibility of the Pope” which each Catholic has to believe in but is denied by some of the popes themselves for example Pope Adrian VI, 1523: ” It is beyond question that the pope can err even in matters touching the faith. He does this when he teaches heresy by his own judgement or decretal. In truth, many Roman Pontiffs (popes) were heretics.”
  • “Apostolic Succession”. This claims biblical succession from Peter in the Bible to the current pope, where, in reality no record of a pope in Rome can be found in the first few centuries. The Vatican offers a list of popes from Peter, but the list has been disproven a few times resulting in a few ‘official lists’ that now conflict with each other.

Protestant Reformation

See also: History of Protestantism

The Protestant Reformation was a movement in the 16th century to reform the Catholic Church in Western Europe.

Many western Christians were troubled by what they saw as “false doctrines” and malpractices within the Catholic Church, particularly involving the teaching and sale of indulgences . Another major contention was the tremendous corruption within Church’s hierarchy, all the way up to the Bishop of Rome, who appointed individuals to various positions within the Church (bishop, cardinal, etc.) on the basis of financial contributions.

In 1517, Martin Luther published his 95 Theses On the Power of Indulgences criticizing the Church, including its practice of selling indulgences. Church beliefs and practices under attack by Protestant reformers included purgatory, particular judgment, devotion to Mary , the intercession of the saints, most of the sacraments, and the authority of the Pope.

The Protestant zeal for translating the Bible and getting it into the hands of the laity was empowered by the invention of movable type which advanced the culture of Biblical literacy.

The most important traditions to emerge directly from the reformation were the Lutheran tradition, the Reformed/Calvinist/Presbyterian tradition, and the Anabaptist tradition. The Protestant Reformation is also referred to as the “Protestant Revolution”, “Protestant Revolt”, and “Lutheran Reformation.”

Sola scriptura

Sola scriptura (Latin ablative, “by scripture alone”) is the assertion that the Bible as God’s written word is self-authenticating, clear (perspicuous) to the rational reader, its own interpreter (“Scripture interprets Scripture”), and sufficient of itself to be the only source of Christian doctrine.

Sola scriptura was a foundational doctrinal principle of the Protestant Reformation held by the reformer Martin Luther and is a definitive principle of Protestants today (see Five solas)

Sola scriptura may be contrasted with Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox teaching, in which the Bible must be interpreted by church teaching, by considering the Bible in the context of Sacred Tradition.

Although Martin Luther did not break with all of the doctrinal problems present in the original Roman Catholic Church, most of which are still present today (see indulgences still offered by Pope and related news coverage), he triggered the reformation that purged itself from many problems through the ‘ Sola scriptura’ principle.

  1. Kiley
    February 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I am so bored But this is interesting

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    • July 7, 2013 at 9:06 am

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