Pope Francis marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on Monday by traveling to largely secular Sweden.
The Pope prayed alongside the country’s Lutheran Church leaders in a historic show of unity commemorating the schism in Western Christianity.
Francis arrived to applause, hymns and tolling bells at the Lund Cathedral for the service, which featured alternating prayers by the pope and the heads of the Lutheran World Federation in the presence of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
They lamented the divisions and guilt of the past and asked forgiveness for the deaths and pain that their divisions caused.
And Francis prayed that the Holy Spirit “help us to rejoice in the gifts that have come to the church through the Reformation, prepare us to repent for the dividing walls that we, and our forebears, have built, and equip us for common witness and service in the world.”
After the Reformation began five centuries ago, Sweden became such a grim place for Catholics that those who rejected the new Lutheran faith were punished with deportation or death. As Protestantism spread, religious wars erupted, including the Thirty Years War from 1618 to ’48, one of Europe’s bloodiest conflicts.
As a result, the visit initially raised eyebrows. But the Vatican and the Lutheran Church both insist the event is no celebration of Luther’s revolt. Rather, they say, it’s a solemn commemoration to ask forgiveness for the schism in Western Christianity and rejoice that relations have improved in the last five decades.
Francis has prioritized these deeply symbolic encounters to show that even while divided on dogma, the Christian faithful can and must work together and pray together, especially in times of religious persecution.
“If we don’t do it, we Christians hurt ourselves by division,” Francis said in an interview this weekend with a Jesuit journal.
Source: ABC News.
The book of Revelation speaks about the children of the harlot, returning to their mother. That is what we see right in front of our eyes.
And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Rome is presented to us as the “mother church”, to whom all “separated brethren” must return.
For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.’
The secular Socialist Prime Minister of Sweden gives the Jesuit Pope a red carpet welcome in Stockholm. Next, a female Lutheran Bishop greets the “Holy see”. She is the head of the state Church of Sweden.
These claimed to be “Lutherans” are not sharing the theology of Martin Luther. Not at all. To the radical opposite, they defame Luther using his own name. By simply acknowledging the Pope as the head of a Christian Church.
This is recorded by Wikipedia:
Lutherans, Reformed, Anabaptists, and Methodists all included references to the Papacy as the Antichrist in their confessions of faith:
Smalcald Articles, Article four (1537)
...the Pope is the very Antichrist, who has exalted himself above, and opposed himself against Christ because he will not permit Christians to be saved without his power, which, nevertheless, is nothing, and is neither ordained nor commanded by God. This is, properly speaking to exalt himself above all that is called God as Paul says, 2 Thess. 2, 4. Even the Turks or the Tartars, great enemies of Christians as they are, do not do this, but they allow whoever wishes to believe in Christ, and take bodily tribute and obedience from Christians… Therefore, just as little as we can worship the devil himself as Lord and God, we can endure his apostle, the Pope, or Antichrist, in his rule as head or lord. For to lie and to kill, and to destroy body and soul eternally, that is wherein his papal government really consists..
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What you see is the end time ecumenical movement. It is a colorful hell bound gathering of comprising religious people. All of them will in the year 2017, worship the last man of lawlessness, the head of the Vatican Priesthood. Do not be surprised if the former Lutheran kingdom of Norway, grants the Pope the Nobel peace price. Than the pathetic circle of non sense will be completed. The Pope will be branded as the “peace maker” of our time. And the reign of the final antichrist can begin.
The false “holy father” will be worshiped and honored by the multitudes. From apostate pentecostals, to the cult of the latter day saints. We will be told, we have to stand “united in Christ”. This false religious movements, will perish on the day of the true Messiah. They will perish, because believed in the lies, and refused to accept the infallibility of the Bible. They refused to repent from the crimes of the papacy, but rather acknowledged the man of sin as a Christian brother, bring swift destruction and judgment down on their heads.
If you are blessing this movement, you will be in need of deliverance. I can only pray that Jesus the Messiah will have mercy on your soul. And that the Holy Spirit will lead you into repentance, and down the narrow party towards the kingdom of Heaven. Amen.
Written by Ivar.