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Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope – part 32

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Luke 12:51–53

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

To dissent from the agreement of so many nations and to be called schismatics is a serious matter. But divine authority commands all to not be allies and defenders of impiety and unjust cruelty. Our consciences are sufficiently excused on this account, for the errors of the kingdom of the pope are obvious, and Scripture exclaims with its entire voice that these errors are the teaching of demons and of Antichrist.

Pulling It Together

The only peace that Christ came to bestow on this earth is the peace that is had through faith in him. Believe in Christ—in God’s salvation and forgiveness given only through such faith—and no matter who offends you or disagrees with your faith or its teachings, you will be at peace with the one person who makes a difference. That person is Christ himself, not the person who offers you false peace if only you believed his deceitful doctrine.

Prayer: Give me that peace, O Lord, that surpasses all comprehension. Amen.

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