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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Universal Objective Justification and the Church of Rome

Walther promoted and insisted upon UOJ,
just as he assumed the papacy of Bishop Stephan, STD.
Episcocide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I please. (from MASH theme)

Someone wrote:
Hi Greg. I have a question!
I found the following quote from the 6th Session of the Council of Trent

"CANON XIV.-If any one saith, that man is truly absolved from his sins and justified, because that he assuredly believed himself absolved and justified; or, that no one is truly justified but he who believes himself justified; and that, by this faith alone, absolution and justification are effected; let him be anathema."


The second part (underlined) of the Canon seems very much like the view of UOJ supporters. Am I reading something into the text that is not actually there? Do UOJ and Rome agree on this point? 


The statement is an assault on Justification by Faith, and was intended that way, but I agree that Roman Catholicism today is completely harmonious with UOJ.

The main reason would be the New Theology embraced by the Roman pontiffs. They gave the impression of being conservative, especially John Paul II and Benedict XVI (16 for those who went to WELS schools).

But Rome shares a deception common to modern Protestant theologians. Each group has favorite authorities, but they share a common starting point - not the Scriptures but the rationalistic philosophy of the 19th century. They use the vocabulary of faith but without meaning those words. Everything is either mythological or symbolic.

For Roman Catholic leaders, Holy Mother Rome is that One Church that includes all world religions.  

Protestant mainline leaders (including LCMS-WELS), there is great urgency to cooperate, work together, and preserve the perks and benefits of leadership, because nothing really matters, given the great uniting truth of UOJ.

Barth (Kirschbaum) and Tillich are loved by Catholic and Protestant leaders, because their language perpetuates the great scam of talking about but not meaning the categories addressed. God's grace cannot be constrained by actually requiring or expecting faith. Then grace is not grace!

In other words, God's grace demands that all men be forgiven and saved. They only need to know it is already true.

Note how the leading faction of the LCMS loves UOJ and Roman Catholicism - so easy to see in the now erased ravings of Paul McCain, Jay Webber, the Purple Palace pundits, the two LCMS seminaries, and Chad Bird:
  1. Pastors are priests.
  2. Holy Communion has to be called Mass.
  3. Lutherans should not longer neglect Mary and the saints.
I would join them in their smoky, incensed processions on designated holy days, if they only taught the Gospel, but they reject and repudiate Justification by Faith.

The LCMS Romanists are sinuflecting to the Vatican, pretending their high church entertainment evangelism is superior to the circus clowns of Church Growth entertainment services. The elaborate robes are just as comical as the deliberately dirty and wrinkled jeans.

Jim Heiser is more out in the open than most Ft. Wayne graduates.
They are the reason Robert Preus wrote Justification and Rome, to battle The Fort's embrace of Rome.