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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Date Posted:
4/13/2005

New Book: Where Rome Is Wrong


New Book: Where Rome Is Wrong (Part Two)


An Exposure of Rome’s Authoritarianism, Totalitarianism and Sectarianism
Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley

We take Luther as the Representative of the true Protestant – a witness for the truth.

We note him especially as he stands before the Royal and Ecclesiastical Representatives of ‘The Holy Roman Empire’ and cries out, ‘Here I stand, I can do no other.  So help me, God!’

Luther, it can be truly said, was ‘great in life and in soul’.

Luther’s conscience, as he inherited it from Adam, was not the driving force in his personality but Luther’s conscience reborn and sprinkled with the Saviour’s blood was the driving force within him.

Although he was naturally afraid, he was as strong as a lion as he witnessed his good confession.

He stood up against the so-called Almighty Church and with immeasurable independence he declared the sentence of God upon it.

He had a courage more than sublime and an independence more than colossal. 

You see, Luther was living up to his calling.  He knew his calling.  The question of the difference between the Protestant and the Romanist is on this nature of revelation.  The Roman Catholic knows it only as a system, the Protestant knows it as salvation.

There was a difference between Luther and Erasmus. 

Erasmus was the champion of the new learning, the Renaissance as it is called.  His claim was for intellectual freedom, a new culture with human reason, human thought, human beauty and human grace.

Luther was the champion of the new birth.  He was not reformed, he was regenerated.  He did not have a toning up of his human life, he had an impartation of divine life.

Luther was the champion of the Gospel.  The Gospel had made him what he was.   He had been set free not from the load of the Church but from the guilty load of his own sin.  He had escaped the corruption, which is in the world through lust.  His was the simplicity of faith in Christ and Christ alone.

Luther had witnessed in his inmost soul the serenity of the gospel.  The gospel had gone down into his heart.  It was dreadful.  But then came sweet grace, sweet pardon, sweet love, sweet blood, sweet cleansing and sweet forgiveness.

He became a new man, a pardoned man, a justified man, a saved man, and God’s man.  His was trust.  His was confidence.  His was life.  His was power.  His was deliverance.  He was a Christ committed man.

Two fundamentals lay at the heart of Luther’s spiritual experience.

I.  THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORD OF GOD
II.  THE FOUNDATION OF THE FAITH OF CHRIST

Luther believed that the Word of God was the foundation of the Church.

His faith was not built on tradition, not upon Popes and Bishops.  It rested not on invention but rather on revelation.

The way was opened by God alone and only God could keep it open, or keep it shut.

The foundation of the Church was the Gospel.  The Church is the fellowship of the gospel.

The Gospel of the Church is the Act of God.  In Christ reconciling the world unto Himself the gospel is the Work of God, the deed of God.  The gospel is God in Christ, God in His Cross and God in Redemption.  Only Christ could save.  Only Christ the Saviour can save the sinner.  The preaching of the Cross is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.

Luther knew the assurance of salvation.  He knew that it was to be able to:-

My fierce accuser face
And tell him Christ had died.

Luther gave back to Christianity the preaching of the simple Gospel, the New Testament Gospel, plain, simple and life imparting.

When we speak of Justification by faith alone we do not speak of dry dogma but of thrilling everlasting life.

‘Justification is an act of God’s free grace wherein He pardoneth all our sins and accepteth us as righteous in His sight only for the righteousness of Christ imparted to us and received by grace alone’. 

Luther believed in the Church as the edifice of Grace alone. He believed in grace as the only Gospel, the Gospel of Christ who is in Himself Grace and Truth.

Faith to Luther is direct contact with Christ crucified, not as a condition of grace but as He Himself.

This is the true faith of Christ.  It is not the faith of the Church of Rome.  It is not the faith of the sacraments.

Romanism is not the Gospel.  The faith of the Son of God is the gospel.  To believe anything else or anyone else is to commit spiritual suicide.

Indifference to this is one of the ways to the death which never dies.

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