Philistines

This article was written as an answer to the following article of CNN:

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/24/less-educated-americans-are-losing-religion-study-finds/

The question of the CNN article was: why do white Americans less attend religious services today?

Answer:

Indeed, there are two divine mandates (institutions): work and marriage. God requires man to produce children and goods.

I praise everybody who works, and who is married. Fine! That is the basis of human life.

However, I see a small danger.

One could assume working and being married would be all about Christianity. Such one is in danger to make an idol out of work and marriage. One making an idol out of work and marriage is a Philistine or square. Work and marriage are good in itself, but nobody likes Philistines, because of their idolatry.

The problem of today is that the secular (profane, godless) authorities try to breed human robots (people with a certain secular behaviour pattern). The authorities want human beings which are totally focused on work and to a less extent on marriage. Thus, they want to breed Philistines. Philistines are easy to handle and produce a big tax revenue.

Well educated or not; at Church, people want to meet Christian brothers and sisters, but they don’t want to meet nasty Philistines there. A Church consisting of Philistines will lose their members in the course of time because only a few people want to stay in a nasty wormhole.

What makes a Christian?

Of course, a Christian also works and marries, but he makes no idol out of these things. A Christian doesn’t adore an idol but Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Churches were always inclined to adopt themselves to the world and worldly values like these: he has a good workplace, he has a beautiful wife; thus he is good (blessed). Blessed are the Philistines! Of course, such churches are no real churches but temples of idolatry.

In the real Church, there should be the following people: people, having (or developing) a Jesus-like character. Everybody adoring Jesus will get changed into a human being which is totally opposed to a Philistine.

The character of a loveable man adoring Jesus we can find in the start of the Sermon of the Mount (Matthew 5: 1-12):

And seeing the multitudes, he (Jesus; R. B.) went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

We need pastors and bishops being model Christians. A pastor should keep connection to reality (outside the Church-world) by doing an ordinary job beside his ministry (carpenter, nurse, tailor, teacher, gardener or anything else). Pastors living according to the Sermon of the Mount within the real world (of work) would be very credible. They could preach with authority.

The big proplem of the Churches today is that the Church leaders live in a kind of subculture (they  meet solely people having something to do with the Church) and have lost touch to the real world. At Sunday, they preach how to behave in everyday life, but they live in a world where they themselves are not challenged by any brutal workmates or bosses or customers or pupils or so.

Pastors and bishops depending too much on the donations of their church members are in danger to preach a Philistine gospel. They may calculate like this: the richer my congregation, the richer I am.

Hence, it is high time to establish a new system. Pastors should never fully retire from a worldly job. They may do a somewhat easier job with limited effort of time in order to spare time for their divine ministry.

Note: Pastors preaching the Philistine gospel make a big mistake. They cause a contest between their church members: who has the best job, who has the most beautiful wife? This leads to selfishness and isolation of the single church member. This is the opposite of the real Church which Jesus founded.

Furthermore, true Christians in the true Church having no idotic contest could found cooperations (they could found small companies or schools, etc.). In this way they would become independent from the godless rulers of this world, which want to make them slaves or human robots.

Now, things have come full circle: when you preach the true gospel, you help your church members even materially.

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The Rich Young Ruler (Matthew 19: 16-30)

16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. 23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. 27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Before Jesus met  the young ruler, he just had blessed children, and through that he confirmed the divine mandates of marriage and work that man shall produce children and goods. After that Jesus went on to Jerusalem where he should be rejected and suffer.

Suddenly, a rich young ruler approaches Jesus, stops him, and tells him, “I am a man according to your notions of a perfect man:  I have purchased riches, wife and children.” By that he told Jesus he would belong to the good people on earth (establishment), which know how life works, and which cope with life. He belonged to that sort of people which get born into this world with a label on their forehead: Possessor! Possessing work, possessing money, possessing family. Possessing was the basic attribute of his personality. But sometimes, at silent moments, he started to mind and wondered what will come after death. What could he do in order to possess everything even after death? So, Jesus was very welcome; this famous evangelist could give him information for sure.

The young ruler asks Jesus which good deeds he had to do in order to become a possessor of eternal life.

First, Jesus had to made it plain that he himself didn’t belong to the possessors and bosses on earth, and he never wanted to be their good master. The young ruler had expected an answer from Jesus which would be inside the categories of this world, but Jesus directs him to God who could give him information about what is good. For Jesus was kind, he also told him what God required him to do, “Keep the commandments!” Jesus handles the young ruler  pastorally and first tells him the commandments which are even known within the world of the Philistines (Jesus first retains the commandments refering to loving God) not to overcharge him. The young ruler as honourable citizen cannot avoid to tell Jesus he had ever kept all the commandments whereby he obviously made a mistake regarding himself because how could he be rich and at the same time love his neighbours like himself. Okay, sometimes when he attented the market of Jerusalem, he gave the beggars some denars but to built a school for the poor children of his poor neighbours of his village, that was yet too much to ask for.

Jesus becomes a little more vigorous and requires the young man to give all his possession to the poor, and then to follow him. Should that be hard for him who allegedly loved his neighbour like himself to give all his possession to the poor? Jesus releases the young ruler at first from his delusion he would love his neighbour like himself. But Jesus goes on even further and tries to get him out out of the limited world of the Philistines by saying, “follow me!” Jesus doesn’t want to put in order merely the relationship between the rich young man and his neighbours but even his relationship with God. Jesus now requires him to do 2 things, “give all your worldly goods to the poor!” and “Follow me!”. In fact, it is merely about following Jesus. The wealth of the rich young ruler was his idol (mammon) which kept him away from Jesus. The wealth of the rich young man had become an idol because he was not ready to share it with people in need. Jesus told him, “abandon your idol, and join me, the true God!”  By following Jesus the young man had automatically kept all commandments: regarding the love to his neighbour and regarding the love to God.

The young man went away sorrowful because he loved his idol more than God. Jesus’ comment, “a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

The followers of Jesus got exceedingly amazed, saying, “who then can be saved?”

The disciples had understood Jesus very well. The young man didn’t use his wealth rightly. It was not about possessing much or little but about the lacking readiness of the young man to donate anything of his possession. That was his problem. He didn’t use his wealth to help the poor; thus, his wealth became a curse and demon for him which kept him away from Jesus.

The wealth in itself was not bad but the fact that the young man didn’t use it for helping the poor. The young man handled wrongly his wealth. But even a labourer with a small fortune  can be as guilty as the rich young ruler when he doesn’t help people in need. Even a small fortune can become a curse and demon for someone who doesn’t use it rightly. Often labourers criticize bosses for their wealth, but possibly they are as guilty as their bosses. The disciples had understood that even a very small fortune can keep someone away from heaven if he uses it wrong. Who then can be saved? We are all guilty of avarice.

One could say, “oh, I have understood; it is only important not to attach one’s heart to the fortune. I will keep on increasing my fortune and keep on saving money.” This man makes a big mistake. Somebody who really has not attached his heart to his riches will start immediately to give away portions of his fortune and will not keep on increasing his fortune. There are plenty of needy people. One must be blind to oversee them.

By the way, here it becomes clear what Jesus means by the term “bad eye” which he uses so often. A rich man who doesn’t donate any money could say, “oh, I have not attached my heart to my fortune, I am free.” But this would mean that he would not perceive solely one poor man. This is only possible by having “bad eyes”. Someone who doesn’t want to perceive the poor will finally become spiritually blind and unable to realize the existence of the poor. Bad eyes are a kind of damnation because a man with bad eyes has no awareness of the sin of his avarice.

Everybody reading this article should immediately start to help people in need. That is the only right conclusion after reading this article.

No matter, if you are a labourer or an enterpriser, start to give. Give away the money, that can become a curse and demon for you which keeps you away from Jesus.

By the way, Jesus doesn’t want us to become poor, but he just wants that we really love our neighbours by word and deed. Jesus doesn’t appreciate poverty, but the readiness to give. Poverty is no value in itself.

It is all about following Jesus and that means to submit all areas of the personal life to Jesus. How does a follower of Jesus handle his neighbour?: He loves him by word and deed. However, discipleship is even more than correct handling of finances but concerns all areas of life.

How can we get the power to obey Jesus entirely and to follow him?

Answer: by faith and sacramental baptism.

Read the article about baptism:

Holy Baptism

Important note:

By nature we are selfish. We are under the rule of the original sin. We need deliverance. At Holy Baptism we receive the power of Christ’s death and resurrection. We die together with Jesus and resurrect together with Jesus to a new life. Jesus wants to set us free. Of course, before we get baptized we have to believe that Jesus died for us on the cross. Jesus has borne our sins on the cross. The releasing power of this sacrifice we receive at baptism.

What is a Philistine?

Philistines (bourgeoises, squares) embrace an earthly (secular, wordly) attidute; that means they pursue honour, riches and power. A Philistine life is opposed to a Christian life. Both cannot be united at all. Either I am a Philistine, or I am a Christian. The rich young ruler was an obvious Philistine. Jesus didn’t really appreciate his life-style, but asked him to convert (sell all your goods and give it to the poor and come on and follow me!).

Christian life-style:

The fruit of faith is Christian love. A Christian pursues happyness for his neighbours and for himself. It is a game of making happy each other. Christians share the gospel of Jesus Christ with their neighbours and wish the advance of their neighbours in all areas of life. Their life is a life of health and their message is a message of health.

Of course, also Christians work and marry, but they don’t see work and marriage as expression of their social status. Christians are not concerned about their social status, but how they can live according to God’s will. Work and marriage are divine mandates for all human beings. Everybody is supposed to work and to marry (with some little exceptions). By the divine mandates children and good come into being which constitute the world, in which we live.

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The beast and the Roman Catholic Church

Protests against the Pope in Spain are splashy.

Why?

Spain actually is an traditional arch-Catholic country (it was the center of the Counter-Reformation against the Protestants).

So, obviously Spain experiences a big change. Maybe some years ago, nobody could consider it possible that the Spanish youth would protest against the Holy Father. Surveys show that Spain is about to become a arch-secular state. Regarding the separation of state and church, the Western Countries are secular for decades, but that even whole populations like the Spanish become secular, is a new occurrence.

Dr. Martin Luther said that according to the Book of Revelation papacy will perish. Finally, the secular powers will no longer protect the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) as they did for centuries; that is epochal.

Read Revelation, Chapter 17:

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

 5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

9 And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Maybe in 30 years or so, the RCC will have degenerated to an insignificant sect.

Should we rejoice at the decline of the RCC? It depends. Surely, it is good when an organization which has murdered many true Christians will decline, but what will come after the RCC? After the RCC comes the beast. Being aware of an awful future, we should escape under Jesus’ screen. Jesus is Lord of all lords and King of all kings.

Jesus is Lord-God (Kyrios).

Pray that Jesus gives you a revelation of himself.

Interpretation of Revelation, Chapter 17:

Note:

“scarlet coloured beast” means more or less “Europe”, which has it’s roots in the Empire of Charles the Great (Karl der Grosse). Charles the Great accepted that the imperial rule was shifted from Constantinople to him by the pope (this was very presumptuous by the pope). When Charles accepted to be the new Roman Emperor, he accepted that the whore climbed on the back of the beast, which is Europe.

For many centuries, the worldly (secular) powers (Emperors, Kings, democratic governments) have “carried” the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). “Carried” means protected, and the European rulers even submitted to the pope for 666 years.

Now, currently, the multitudes gradually become so corrupt that even the foul whore is too holy for them, and they show public refusal against the whore.

This corrupt multitudes can no longer get ruled by “normal” governments. They need a strict ruler who knows how they work. The ruler of downright sinners must be a downright beast; that is very clear.

On the one hand I am glad that the whore declines which has slayed plenty of true Christians, but one the other hand I am aware that we are about to enter a very dark age, darker than the Middle Ages.

Let us go under the screen of Kyrios Jesus, who will destroy the beast at last.

 

Correction from February 14, 2018:

I have undergone an evolution since I have drafted the article above. I no longer consider Europe the so-called beast but all nations on earth together under the informal leadership of the USA. Furthermore, I believe that the Roman-Catholic Church (RCC) will not perish until Judgement Day. It is only that the secular powers will prescribe her what she has to teach. The RCC will not be allowed to teach her genuine doctrine but a modified doctrine – it is all about extreme sexual and religious tolerance (when you look at pope Francis, you will notice that he is already preaching the “gospel” of tolerance). I no longer consider the RCC the whore, but the whole mankind save the people who believe in Jesus Christ. The RCC is part or head of a second beast which consists of all religious communities on earth under the informal leadership of the pope. The religious beast collaborates with the secular beast in pursuing one purpose: keeping away the mankind from faith in the God who has made heaven and earth, and the mankind (the whore) rides on the back of the beast (beast can mean only the conglomerate of all nations or the religious and the secular beast joint together because in fact it is one beast with one certain interest) towards abyss while the beast comforts the whore, telling her that the journey would lead towards heaven and not towards hell – it is a very bad, nasty and ugly game. The last religion instead of faith in Christ and his Father (God and the Lamb) will be total materialism – people will degenerate human robots or robot-like humans. Tolerance, the main guideline of behaviour of the bad “gospel”, is necessary for achieving maximum productivity at the workplace where people have to cooperate who are actually religiously and sexually different; truth is sacrificed on the altar of avarice.

 

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Islamic conquests

“Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests” is a book written by Prof. Dr. Walter Kaegi (University of Chicago).

Kaegi tries to solve the following brain-teaser: when Muhammad’s army in Arabia became strong, emperor Heraclius (he was emperor of Byzantium) did not make sufficient efforts to face the Muslim threat. What was the reason for that?

Introduction: Muhammad and the emperor Heraclius were contemporaries. Muhammad was about to establish the Islam in Arabia (today Saudi-Arabia), which did not belong to the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium) but was located at the south-eastern edge of Byzantium. Byzantium was a Christian empire (Heraclius even participated in Church councils). Palastine, Syria and Egypt belonged to Byzantium for a long time, and the population was Christian. Up to 634, Byzantine Palestine and Syria were Christian countries!

At the time of Muhammad and Heraclius there were two superpowers on earth: Byzantium and Persia. Between Byzantium and Persia was continual war. Finally, Byzantium won the last decisive war in 628 a. D. By that war Byzantium got quite exhausted.

Muhammad started to preach and to kill in Arabia around 613 a. D..

622 Muhammad started a civil war in Arabia, which finally led to his rule over nearly the whole Arabia in 631.

Heraclius had become emperor in 610. For many years (up to 628), he was busy with the hard war against Persia. In the year 631 he knew of Muhammad for perhaps 9 years (since 622 when Muhammad started civil war in Arabia). According to Kaegi, the Bishop of Jerusalem, Sophronius, said in 634 that the Arabs came “unexpected” (637 the Arabs finally captured Jerusalem after a long siege). Being aware of the weakness of Byzantium and the acute threat by Muslim-Arabs – why didn’t Heraclius warn the citizens of Syria and Palestine against the Muslims?

Hypothesis: Heraclius and his generals were in a situation similar to our todays situation: someone who has no exact knowledge of the Islam or Koran could think, “oh, that’s just a harmless theistic faith; isn’t it similar to Christianity? They even acknowledge Jesus as prophet.”

It is really possible that Heraclius and his generals totally underestimated the Muslim threat. Maybe they had recognized that Muhammad built up a strong army in Arabia, but they could not imagine to be assaulted by a folk believing in God.

Conclusion: It is high time for us to understand what the Islam really is. Islam is not harmless theism but pure anti-Christianity. Muhammad had a clear will to exterminate Jews and Christians. In Muhammad’s eyes, Abraham was the first faithful Muslim and Jews and Christians are Muslims having turned apostate. Muhammad wanted to lead back the mankind to the genuine belief of Abraham, which was the Islam in Muhammad’s eyes – this, we must understand.

Islam wants to rule the world. That is its declared aim.

By the way, there are some suras telling Muslims must keep treaties. Of course, that is a mean trick of Muhammad. Naive readers of the Koran shall get the impression that Muslims are promise-keepers or faithful people like Christians. Muhammad wants to fool us. We shall get the impression that Muslims would be true believers.

Maybe Muhammad had concluded a peace treaty with Heraclius and Heraclius thus feared no danger and did not inform his people about any Muslim threat. That was a mistake. The Muslims overrun Syria and Palestine and slaughtered with devotion.

Let us recognize that the whole Umma (Islamic community) is a criminal gang just using the Koran for refurbishing its image. The Umma is a big wolf in sheep’s clothing. Believe me, they are just evil warriors!

Islamic warfare: gain confidence of the naive Christians; then behead them. Gaining confidence again; behead them again. Finally, the whole world will be Muslim.

If a Muslim army would assault a Christian country, it should rain nukes on the Muslim army!

Satanic hosts must be exterminated.

Correction from February 14, 2018:

I suppose that the whole Islamic problem today is a satanic show. Historically seen, the Islam was brought down long ago by the modern European nations who defeated the caliphate or sultanate. Finally, the Muslim people were split into independent nations like the Europeans. They needed strongmen as rulers because a Muslim is actually a wild beast not able to voluntarily lead a civilized life; a Muslim always needs force and the whip. Saddam Hussein, Muammar al-Gaddafi, etc. where perfect leaders for such a people because wolves can only be led by wolves. I guess the US knew that. They knew that certain Muslim states would collapse if they would remove their strongmen from power and try to introduce true democracy. The calculus of the US was to weaken the Islamic world by the disaster following the attempts to introduce democracy, and to weaken Europe through the multitudes of refugees or asylum-seekers caused by the collapse of the Muslim states. Through the birth deficit European politicians are very tempted to welcome the wild beasts called Muslims because they urgently need contributors to pension scheme – it is all a mess. However, Muslims will seriously affect European culture, and of course this will be a harsh cultural decline for Europe.

One thing is important: we should not assume that there is any independent Muslim power similar to the old caliphate. The Islamic world is under control of the US and her allies. The whole Dschihadist show we face today is staged by the US and her allies.

Briefly: The problem for the ordinary European or American is not the Islamic threat but the so-called beast (term of the Bible) which is the community of all godless states under the leadership of the USA. They want to implement a totally materialistic systems where the faith in God and his Son is extinguished. They only use the Muslims to pursue their purposes. We enter a state of crisis where it is no longer allowed to really believe in Jesus Christ on the basis of the evidence of the Bible – this is apocalyptical.

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I am the Lord, your Physician!

In the middle of the merry nature, we see how a paralyzed child is driven in a wheelchair. Somebody who still has a heart which is not insensible to his neighbour will realize in that moment that something is wrong with our world, that the world in which such a torture and sadness is possible cannot be the genuine creation of God. Something anti-divine must have befallen the world. The world has apostated from her genesis. Destroying powers have seized rule in this world.

Only in a world having become godless, there is malady. Because the world suffers from God; therefore, there are sick people. Solely a world which would be secure in God, a delivered world, would be without any malady. In the Bible we encounter a strange sentence: “And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease [was] exceeding [great]: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.” (2. Chron. 16, 12). It is about a devout man there which the Bible else gives high praise for his zeal, regarding God’s matter. But this man, despite his devoutness, thought very modern so that he strictly distinguished between matters of religion, in which someone calls on God and the earthly matters, in which someone asks for help at earthly bodies. Diseases, particularly physical diseases, are earthly matters with earthly causes and earthly cures. Consequently, diseases are matters of physicians but not of God. How could someone be allowed to bother God, the Lord of the world, with his small physical maladies? God has other concerns.

That is thought pretty reasonable and maybe even religious, but it is wrong. Surely, diseases have their earthly causes and earthly cures. But with that is stated not at all everything and not the crucial thing about the essence of disease. For sure, the invalid shall call on a physician. But the most important thing is not done solely with that and is not realized. Behind the earthly causes and cures there are supernatural causes and supernatural cures of the disease. As long as someone passes by thereon, he or she lives ignoring his disease and doesn’t realize its essence. Its blessing or curse remain unrecognized.

The disease belongs to God in a special way. The Bible doesn’t blame a man for calling on a physician when he is sick but for not calling also on God. Not by chance, Christ lived noticeably close by the invalids; not by chance, blind man, paralytics, deaf-mutes, lepers, and lunatics were irresistibly attracted by him and seeked his community. Why didn’t Christ send them to the physician? Surely not in order to damage the reputation of the physicians or to present his own skills and suggestiv powers but in order to make clear that God and malady and that Christ and invalids belong strongly together.

Christ wants to be the real physician of the invalids. “I am the Lord, your physician!” (Exodus 15, 26). God says that; Christ says that. The Creator and Deliverer of the world wants to be the physician of the invalid. Do we want to spurn this offer after we have accepted so many less offers with more or less success?

One who merely intuits the connection between God and malady; one who takes serious the unexpected offer can get a pointer to the sin of the human beings, to the destruction of the community of the creatures with their Creator.

Here are the supernatural reasons and abysses of the malady. It is the sin of the world and it is my personal sin I get reminded of. My disease doesn’t have to be the consequence of or the punishment for a certain sin, which I had to accuse myself of; that may happen, but it is not necessaryly the case. Yet every disease will let me look into the depth of the sin of the world and the depth of my personal godlessness. This look drives me to God. When I looked into the abyss (of my sin), I don’t first ask for redemption of this or that malady, but I will confess my longly hidden guilt in the face of God. The physical malady wants to show me that my actual malady goes much deeper; so deep that no earthly physician can cure it because my actual disease is my sin. Not merely my body, my nerves, and my temper is sick but my whole essence, my heart is sick; sick by disbelieve, by fear, by the godlessness of my life. And which healthy man doesn’t suffer from that furtive and at the same time eerie disease?

Now I know that I can be helped if my whole essence becomes healthy, safe and new. How can that happen? The answer is very simple and yet touches the ultimate depth of our life: by true private confession and by divine forgiveness of all my sins. That may seem to be a strange turn and solution of this question for some people but yet only for someone who has not yet experienced the cure of the whole man by confession and forgiveness. What is confession? To open up oneself with all one’s sins, weaknesses, vices and maladies to Jesus Christ and to give him the whole heart without any reservation, according to his command. That is not easy and may seem to us harder than a dangerous surgery. Normally, the most of us will need a fraternal helper for that who assists us at confession; may it be the pastor holding an ecclesiastical office, may it be any member of the congregation who knows more about Christ than I. What is forgiveness? Extinction of all my whole hopeless, messy, failed past (of which maybe only I know) by God’s decree and by the present of a new and happy beginning of my life.

Who can give me such a new beginning? Nobody else than solely the crucified and living Jesus Christ, who himself experienced the hopelessness of life on himself and overcame it in the communion with God. He is the sole physician who knows my deepest malady; who himself has beared it. He is the saviour, who can cure heart, soul and body.

How is forgivness of sins connected with physical cure? More than the most people intuit. Of course, it is a mysterious connection. But isn’t it at least so much comprehensible that a man who got again a happy and released heart will get rid of some physical complaint? The body often becomes ill because it is not ruled because it has become its own master.  But now the body has get again his right master who rules it. The body is no longer the master. It is only tool, even more than that; it has become “temple of the Holy Spirit”. There are many maladies which are not visibly subdued and eradicated by the assurance of forgiveness. But the hidden connection of received forgiveness and physical cure can become visible in such a way that medical limits are bursted, and the physicians face a mystery. One is sure: the faith is a source for cure like the disbelief is a source for destruction and sickness of the body and the soul.

When Christ calls himself the physician of the invalid, then the divine mercy shines upon every invalid. The sick one belongs to God. On him God wants to materialize his salvation. In the ill brother we encounter God’s mercy, who is the physician of the invalid in Jesus Christ. The sick man wants cure, but Christ gives him more: salvation.

Originator of the above sermon: Dr. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (in my eyes, he is a king)

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Matthew 16: 18 or is the pope St. Peter’s successor?

Matthew 16: 18:

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Ecclesiastical history probably doesn’t know any other verse, that has been misinterpreted so often like the above verse.

The pope reasons his supremacy mainly by the above verse.

Jesus just had asked his disciples what they would think, who he would be. There, St. Peter shoot ahead and said, “You are Christ, the Son of the living God!”

Jesus rejoiced over the insight of Peter and the other disciples; obviously God had started a work in them.

The whole content of the gospels shows us that the disciples could indeed imagine to rule together with Jesus soon; therefore, Jesus had to take Peter down a peg a little after Peter had acclaimed Jesus as Christ (the king).

Of course, it was right; Jesus from Nazareth was the Christ, the eternal Son of God, but Jesus’ time of rule had not yet come at all. God had prescribed that first Jesus had to suffer and to be rejected.

Still, when Jesus was detained Peter wanted to fight using a sword. He indeed could not understand that Jesus didn’t fight back. Should the rightful king of Israel be conducted away like a mean criminal? At that time Peter was not able to understand this. The decision of God that Jesus had to be turned in in order to suffer and to die was hidden for the disciples up to that time.

Let us return to Mattew 16: 18. What wanted Jesus to say be the words of this verse? The following, “Peter you are Peter (with all your dreams of earthly rule), but my Church I (the Father) will build on the low (self-humilated) and humble Jesus.

This Jesus lowered himself down to death on the cross where he has borne the sins of the whole mankind. God brings about faith in Christ by the Holy Spirit. God builds his Church on Jesus by causing faith in him on people.

Seemingly, Jesus has foreseen that his Church will be continuously tempted to reach out for rule. However, Jesus doesn’t allow his Church to rule. To the contrary, the Church has to share the destiny of her Lord; that means, she has to suffer and to be rejected like her Lord.

Matthew 16: 24-26:

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

So, the correct interpretation of Matthew 16: 18 is contrary to the Roman Catholic interpretation of this verse. Matthew 16: 18 doesn’t reason the papacy but rejects it: God doesn’t want a ruling church but a suffering and low and rejected Church.

What is the pope actually?

He is the successor of the carnal desires (longing for rule) of St. Peter. Up to the time of Jesus’ crucifixion Peter and the other disciples had not yet understood that “Christ shall suffer”. They indeed hoped to rule together with him over the earthly state of Israel.

Latest since Pentecost our Peter is a transformed Peter. At Pentecost, the disciples received the Holy Spirit, which teached them about the true character of Christ: on earth, the Church has to share Christ’s destiny to be rejected and to suffer up to Judgement Day. Of course, Christ has returned to heaven and is ruler of the universe, but despite he feels the pains of his congregation. The congregation is his body in a real sense.

The pope has a right to say: “I am the successor of St. Peter!”, but he should be aware that in fact he is the successor of Peter’s carnal desires.

Pope, we tell you, “You are Joseph Ratzinger, but on those rock God will build his Church!”

I use the power of the keys, “Mr. Ratzinger as long as you claim you would be the head of the Church, your sins are kept, and you are outcast from the Christian Church!”

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Muhammad, God’s enemy

Introduction: Although I sharply criticize the Islamic doctrine, I love (see note, below) my Muslim neighbours according to Christ’s command. Christianity is the religion of love. Hate is prohibited. Of course, nevertheless we are allowed to check out the sometimes strange beliefs of our neighbours.

I have read the whole Koran once, and I am reading it now the second time. I get more and more shocked about the anti-Christian and anti-Jewish character of the Koran.

First time, when I read the Koran, it became immediately clear that the Koran rejects the Trinity (doctrine of the Trinity is the basic doctrine of Christianity) and the divine sonship of Jesus Christ (also a basic doctrine of Christianity). There is no doubt at all that Muhammad rejects Christianity and Judaism; that is absolutely obvious. Have a look on the following suras of the unholy Koran:

(Note: “Messiah” means Jesus Christ, “People of the Scripture” are Jews and Christians)

Sura 4, Verse 171:

O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not “Three” – Cease! (it is) better for you! – Allah is only One Allah. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.

Sura 5, Verse 72:

They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers.

Sura 9, Verse 30:

And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they!

End of the suras.

Everybody claiming Islam would be harmless after he has read the above verses should undergo a medical check of his head.

But the three verses above are not the top of Muhammad’s wickedness.

The crucial malice of Muhammad is his following statement: Jews and Christians are former Moslems having turned apostate. He even claims that Abraham, Moses and Jesus had been Islamic leaders or teachers, which were highly acknowledged by Allah. The pupils of Abraham, Moses and Jesus were actually Moslems, but because they were not obedient to the teachings of  Abraham, Moses and Jesus, God degraded them to Jews and Christians.

So, that is without limit; Muhammad calls us apostates. Thus, in Muhammad’s eyes we have no more right to live, and in his eyes we are garbage.

Actually, to understand Muhammad’s crucial malice, you had to read the Koran yourself because the wicked doctrine is somewhat hidden. Maybe the verses Sura 2, V. 87-91 are a hint:

Verse 87: And verily We gave unto Moses the Scripture and We caused a train of messengers to follow after him, and We gave unto Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs (of Allah’s sovereignty), and We supported him with the Holy spirit. Is it ever so, that, when there cometh unto you a messenger (from Allah) with that which ye yourselves desire not, ye grow arrogant, and some ye disbelieve and some ye slay?

Verse 88: And they say: Our hearts are hardened. Nay, but Allah hath cursed them for their unbelief. Little is that which they believe.

Verse 89:  And when there cometh unto them a scripture from Allah, confirming that in their possession – though before that they were asking for a signal triumph over those who disbelieved – and when there cometh unto them that which they know (to be the truth) they disbelieve therein. The curse of Allah is on disbelievers.

Verse 90:  Evil is that for which they sell their souls: that they should disbelieve in that which Allah hath revealed, grudging that Allah should reveal of His bounty unto whom He will of His slaves. They have incurred anger upon anger. For disbelievers is a shameful doom.

Verse 91: And when it is said unto them: Believe in that which Allah hath revealed, they say: We believe in that which was revealed unto us. And they disbelieve in that which cometh after it, though it is the truth confirming that which they possess. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Why then slew ye the prophets of Allah aforetime, if ye are (indeed) believers?

End of the suras.

So, Muhammad made a mistake. He saw that the practical behaviour of Jews and Christians did not always go together with their faith or what they claimed to believe. Of course, it is regrettable that we don’t behave perfectly always, but this doesn’t authorise Muhammad to judge us like criminals; not at all! All people have ever sinned despite their belief: the Jews, the Christians and the Moslems.

At the time when Mohammed lived, papacy came into being (yet some time before, the Roman bishops had been called popes, but this meant something like daddy because they were really loveable people helping their folk. First after pope Gregory the Great, the meaning of the word pope changed and became the name of people who dared to claim that they would be bishop of all bishops). It is really possible that Mohammed was disturbed by the first wicked popes; besides Phokas was the Byzantine emperor. Phokas was a beast like Nero or Adolf Hitler. He was an ancient Hitler. It is possible that he has committed a lot of crimes in Arabia during Muhammad’s lifetime and Muhammad draw his conclusions about the so-called Christians.

I will still love my Muslim neighbours, but their faith I must reject.

Every Muslim should become a Christian right now!

Addition:

As I have mentioned above, I am reading the Koran second time. Every now and again I will insert additional malicious statements of Muhammad which I have encountered in the unholy Koran:

Firstly, Muhammad daresays on the cross not Jesus had died but a person who resembled Jesus.

Sura 4: Verse 157:

And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger – they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain.
(  سورة النساء  , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #157)

The crucifixion of Jesus is the center of Christianity. Without Christ’s atonement, there would be not forgiveness and no deliverance. We would be hopeless people.

Secondly, guess what is the worst sin in Muhammad eyes? Answer: Incredible, the worst sin in Muhammad eyes is it to believe in Jesus Christ:

Sura 5: Verse 72:

They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers.
(  سورة المائدة  , Al-Maeda, Chapter #5, Verse #72)

Thirdly, Muhammad claims the gospel (part of the the New Testament) would command to slay in the way of Allah. This statement of Muhammad is extremely outrageous. The gospel is a message of love and not of hate. Muhammad perverts the gospel. Muhammad, indeed, was an incarnated devil.

Sura 9: Verse 111:

Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.
(  سورة التوبة  , At-Taubah, Chapter #9, Verse #111)

Sura 9: Verse 29:

Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.
(  سورة التوبة  , At-Taubah, Chapter #9, Verse #29)

Interpretation of Sura 9: Verse 29:

“Have been given the Scripture” are Jews and Christians; “believe not in Allah nor the Last Day” are Jews and Christians; messenger = Muhammad; “Religion of Truth” = Islam; “tribute” = tax. Hence, Muhammad commands to conquer Christian and Jewish countries. Muhammad commands aggressive war. At least, he is so “merciful” to allow that people pay a tax instead to convert to Islam.

Fourthly, Muslims are forbidden to be friends of Jews and Christians.

Sura 5: Verse 51 of the unholy Koran:

O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.
( سورة المائدة , Al-Maeda, Chapter #5, Verse #51)

Note: “O ye who believe” are Muslims.

Note from February 16, 2018

Since I have drafted the article above, I have undergone an evolution. We are always in danger to confuse Christ’s love with human love. Especially when we deal with Muslims, we have to distinguish between Christian love and the love of this world. Actually, Muslims are spiritual criminals. What is their crime? Their crime is that they believe that a murderer, fornicator, thief, robber, liar, heretic, etc. could be a prophet of the God who has made heaven and earth. The Muslims live in a perpetual violation of their human reason; according to sanity and reason it is impossible that the good God should have sent a criminal as his prophet. Because of this crime of intellectual suicide, the Muslims put themselves somewhat outside the civilized world – they cannot expect full respect from civilized people who use their reason. When we meet a Muslim, we have to criticize sharply his faith, which is in fact idolatry. Only on the condition that the Muslim accepts our criticism, we can get in closer contact with him. Once, Jesus Christ, the Lord-God, had to deal with “the Syrophoenician woman”. She was extremely involved in Greek idolatry and had even carried it so far that her daughter had become obsessed by a demon. Note: Jesus indirectly called her a dog (an expression which contemptuously means Gentile). Was that love? Of course was that love because Jesus Christ is personalised love. Everything which Jesus Christ has ever done and will ever do is according to the will of God. Thus, the divine love can mean some harsh treatment (depending on the person) sometimes, but it is never the less true love. The woman got blessed because she accepted Jesus’ harsh criticism. We have to require a Muslims to renounce Islam, Mohammad and the Koran; but that is not yet enough. We also have to tell him that he is under the curse of the original sin, that he is a sinner by birth. From this it follows that he needs redemption, that he needs a redeemer; and that is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Muslims must accept that the are cured by birth and not blessed by their descent.

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The unholy Tri-Unity

Three unholy bishops in unity (united to degrade Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God)

I am reading the book “Arius, Heresy and Tradition” written by Bishop Rowan Williams. Rowan Williams is the Archbishop of  Canterbury.

Subject-specifically seen, the book of Williams is excellent. You can get a lot of information about Arius, his heresy and the struggle between bishop Athanasius, the Christian Church and Arius.

It is common knowledge that Arius wanted to degrade Jesus Christ a creature; even if he was so clever to tell the Christians, they could consider Jesus Christ as a kind of God. Yet, alone this heresy to designate Jesus as a pure creature is enough to be condemned as a heretic.

Assumed, Jesus had merely been a creature then he would have been never able to bear our sins at the cross. Only the eternal Son of God could bear the punishment for our sins. At the cross, all our sinfulness has perished together with Jesus and we have resurrected with him to a new life. At the sacramental baptism the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is dedicated to us (the wrong rebaptism of some Free Churches is to reject). Near-terms to baptism we receive the Holy Spirit.

By reading Williams’ book I realized that Arius’ heresy goes even deeper as to degrade Jesus a creature. Arius even tries to establish a Father-God whose character is different or independent from the Son’s character. Strictly speaking, Arius’ tries to establish a second God beside the Christian God. Arius second God is totally inaccessible, impalpable and invisible. According to Arius, the second God can behave totally different from the Son.

Arius’ heresy can have incalculable consequences. According to Arius it is possible that the Father-God has changed his mind and thus accepts other religions beside Christianity; for example the Islam. According to Arius, someone can claim to be a Christian and to be a Moslem at the same time (by the way, in the USA there is a big confusion about the faith of president Obama. Sometimes he says he is a Christians, sometimes he claims to be a Moslem. Maybe he is a Neoarian.)

When someone has a look at the religious landscape, it seems to be a matter of fact that a number of our religious leaders have accepted the heresy of Arius. There is a general consensus that all religions have to be acknowledged. Finally, nobody knows the real opinion of the Father-God. The opinion of the Father-God can be totally different to Christianity. Maybe, Christianity is solely the opinion of the Son?

To bring to the boil, Arius even claims the Father-God could create a second Son. That’s outrageous. This heresy can lead people to claim, “I am the Messiah!”.

The MCA: Williams tries to rehabilitate Arius as a gifted theologian who was just a little misunderstood by the established Church of his time. That is worse than 9/11 and Fukushima together. That is a spiritual Mega-MCA. If Arius’ heresy will spread, the Western World will perish. Bishop Williams must leave the Church. No sympathy for the devil!

By the way, the leader of the German Evangelical Church (EKD), Nikolaus Schneider, has got a similar heresy like Arius called doctrine of adoption. According to Schneider, Jesus was just produced by sexual intercourse of Joseph and Mary. First at his baptism by John the Baptist he was raised (adopted) to God’s Son. Schneider even rejects the Virgin Birth. Mr. Schneider is a heretic who should leave the Church.

Assumed, the pope rejects the heresy of Arius and the doctrine of adoption; nevertheless, he belongs to the Unholy Trinity. Why? Answer: the pope has stolen Christ’s office to be the head of the Church. He says, “who wants to get saved, must come under his (the pope’s) rule.”

Rowan Williams, Präses Schneider and the pope have something in common: they undermine the divine sonship of Jesus Christ. They are soulkillers. They keep away people from the rule of the true Jesus Christ and by this deny the people the Salvation in Christ.

The true Jesus:

Let Jesus speak himself (John 14: 7-11):

7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11 Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

One of the most important sentences of history:

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?

Today let us remember Athanasius. Athanasius fighted against the heresy of Arius. Athanasius was a spiritual knight, and he was a faithful spiritual fighter.

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Nobody knows

Refrain:
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.
Nobody knows but Jesus.
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.
Glory Hallelujah!

Sometimes I’m up,
Sometimes I’m down
Oh, yes, Lord.
Sometimes I’m almost to the ground
Oh, yes, Lord.
Refrain:

I never shall
Forget that day
Oh, yes, Lord,
When Jesus washed my sins away,
Oh, yes, Lord.
Refrain:

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the pope

First, who was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

Bonhoeffer probably was the most gifted theologian who has lived since Martin Luther. Bonhoeffer studied at Friedrich-Wilhelm-University (today Humboldt-University) in Berlin. Bonhoeffer was one of the most gifted of the junior scientific staff at the faculty of theology. However, Bonhoeffer didn’t choose the scientific career but became an evangelical pastor (he was pastor of the “Altpreußische Union”, the Church of Pruzzia).

Bonhoeffer was not merely a theologian of the top class but also a devout Christian. Bonhoeffer actually practised what he preached (this kind of pastor has probably ceased for a long time). Just read Eberhard Bethge’s biography about Bonhoeffer.

Bonhoeffer’s genuine intention was it to reform the German Evangelical Church (former DEK, today EKD). Unfortunately, the National Socialism intervened. The Confessing Church (the reformed part of the  Evangelical Church of Germany with own leadership), which Bonhoeffer joined, regrettably declined after the Third Reich. The Confessing Church was the lawful (in God’s eyes lawful) Protestant Church of Germany during the Third Reich (the Confessing Church resisted Nazi-State and Nazi-Church). Contrary to the Confessing Church, the DEK behaved opportune to the Nazis and supported them. The DEK was antichristian because she was not built according to Christ’s intention or even was an opponent of Christ’s intentions. After the Second World War, the Confessing Church and the DEK were summarized in the EKD (a historical mistake). Unfortunately, after the Second World War, reactionary forces could become prevalent, and the influence of former members of the Confessing Church disappeared. Thus, the DEK or EKD did not get reformed finally.

Bonhoeffer was a reformer on the same level like Luther. Only because of unfavorable, historical circumstances, Bonhoeffer did not become as famous as Luther.

Why do I tell this? I want to express that Bonhoeffer was not a nobody but an authority of theology. Bonhoeffer was a real scholar. He was at one level with St. Paul, bishop Augustine and Luther.

When someone doubts statements of Bonhoeffer, he has to procure evidence. Because of Bonhoeffer’s authority, it isn’t allowed to reject statements of him casually. Everybody should humble himself before Bonhoeffer. After a long time of research, someone may build up own theories.

Bonhoeffer has rejected papacy!!! Bonhoeffer has rejected papacy!!! Bonhoeffer has rejected papacy!!!

During the Third Reich, single people, congregations and pastors had to decide whether they wanted to join the Confessing Church or the Nazi-Church (Reichskirchenregierung). At that time, there were pastors, congregations and single people arguing, “as long as we preach the true gospel in our local congregation, we belong to the true, worldwide Church of Jesus (Christian Church) regardless of our “formal” submission to the Nazi-Church.”

Bonhoeffer has rejected this reasoning. His quotation “extra ecclesiam nulla salus (outside the Church, there is no salvation)” became well known. When the Christian Church is attacked by an antichristian church, there is solely one holy reaction: someone must leave the antichristian church and join the Christian Church.  A verbally correct preaching of the gospel inside the antichristian whole Church is nullified by the cowardice of the pastor and the local congregation to profess Jesus Christ publically (by shifting from the antichristian church to the Christian Church). The continous enemy of the Christian Church is the Roman-Catholic Church. Bonhoeffer regarded submission under the pope like submission under the Nazi-Church!

You can check this in Volume 14 of the DietrichBonhoefferWerke (DBW) “Illegale Theologenausbildung in Finkenwalde 1935-1937”, Bonhoeffer’s Aufsatz über Kirchengemeinschaft:

Open page 677 and 678 of the volume because there you can read the following:

What if, if in a single congregation of the Roman Church or of the Reichskirche (Nazi-Church) the gospel would be preached purely? Isn’t there then the true church too? (Answer:) There is no pure preaching of the gospel independent from the whole Church. Even if someone would preach the gospel in purity like the apostle Paul, and he would be obedient to the pope or the Reichskirchenregierung (Nazi-Church), he would be a heretic and seducer of the congregation.”

By the way, the problem of papacy is a basic problem. The practical behaviour of the Roman Church is not the subject but her structure: Jesus Christ wants to be the head of the general Christian Church. This office, the pope has stolen from Christ. Thus, the papcy must be rejected even if the Roman Church behaves friendly.

Salvation you can solely find in the Church which is ruled by Jesus Christ! Extra ecclesiam nulla salus!!!

According to an interpretation of the Revelation by Luther, papacy will decline. The time has come?

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