By consequence of doctrine Roman dogma abolishes Christ, as I have shown. Papists in word confess Him to be “Our Lord,” but with this condition, that the Servant of Servants [i.e. the Pope] may alter and change His precepts, whose power (they say) is of the greatness, that he may be judged of none, and that he can open or shut heaven to whom he please. They confess Him to be “Jesus Our Savior,” yet a Savior in us, in that He gives us this grace, that by our own merits we may be our own saviors, borrowing also (if need be) a supply from martyrs and the rest of the saints. They confess Him to be “crucified, dead, and buried” for us, yet with this condition, that the fault being pardoned, we ourselves must satisfy for some part of the punishment, either in this world or in purgatory. They confess that, “He sits at the right hand of God the Father,” to be unto Him the Mediator of intercession for us. And yet withal, they hold that His mother is the queen of heaven, having authority to control and command her Son. What a Christ is He that, in sundry actions pertaining to our redemption, has partners or fellows joined with Him? For this cause, we reject this religion, because it turns our only and perfect Redeemer into a feigned Christ of man’s devising.… Read More Rome Denies the Mediatorial Offices of Christ
William PerkinsReformed CatholicWorks VII, pp. 149-152 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (Revelation 18:4) Where was the Protestant Church before the Reformation? Out of this commandment, “Go out of her, my… Read More Rome Is Not A True Church | William Perkins
Amandus Polanus (1561-1610)The Substance of Christian Religion (1595)Book I, pp. 172-178 Concerning the False Church. The false Church is that which followeth a false religion. A false religion, is what religion so ever is contrary to the word of God, delivered in the holy Scripture. Whosoever embraces this, are the enemies of Christ and his… Read More Concerning the False Church
On every point Transubstantiation is a false, shocking, & novel doctrine. With Transubstantiation falls the sacrifice of the Mass. Upon Transubstantiation, everything important and decisive in the church of Rome may be said in a degree to hang. Yet, Protestant sacramentology truly captures the simple and beautiful institution of Jesus Christ.… Read More Transubstantiation: Unbiblical, Ahistorical, and Unreasonable
William PerkinsWorks IV, pp. 484-485. The end of popery is to pull down the kingdom of Christ and to disannul His laws, as will appear by a short view in every commandment. And therefore it cannot be the true religion. The first commandment teaches us to choose and acknowledge the true God for our God… Read More Roman Catholicism Violates All Ten Commandments
Having seen that Christ did not institute a papacy in the church, and that Peter was not a pope or universal bishop, one may ask when and how the papacy came to exist and how it became what it is today. The papacy did not appear immediately at one time, rather it developed over a long period of time. Attempting to identify the first pope is akin to asking: When does food become rotten? It is not easy to pinpoint at one specific time because it is a gradual process.… Read More Who Was the First Pope?
Edward LeighBody of Divinity, p. 474. It is a question between us and the Papists, Whether Peter exercised a primacy at Rome? There is a primacy, 1. Of order and degree. 2. Of authority and jurisdiction. The first, with St Jerome, Protestants will easily ascribe unto St Peter, but not the other. Those words Matthew… Read More Peter Did Not Exercise Primacy at Rome
It is very evident that Peter neither was a general bishop of the entire church nor had a position of supremacy over the other apostles and over the church. Thus, the pope of Rome is neither a successor of Peter nor the head of the church.… Read More The Pope Is Not Peter’s Successor
“And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” (Rev. 21:14)… Read More The Equality of Peter Among the Apostles
We hold that there is a kind of implicit or unexpressed faith…yet we reject the Romanist delusion of implicit faith touching articles of religion.… Read More What Is Implicit Faith?