“The Jesuit Order was the Satanic answer to the Reformation, endeavoring to restore the lost fortunes of the Papacy. What would it not give to again rule in England? Mr. Close reveals some of the criminal efforts of these ‘Shock troops of Rome’.”
“So that his information would be authentic the author spent a good deal of his time at the Public Records Office in London searching for the documentation proving the facts revealed in this book, and he gives the story of the discovery of how ‘authentic copies of damaging documents were recovered from the Vatican secret archives’ after having been hidden there for long years.
“In collaboration with others at Christ’s Mission who have also been converted from the Roman Catholic priesthood, I have in these past ten years tried to make up for “the years that the locust hath eaten,” when I blindly taught the errors I now fight against. I have done so in a fair, factual and objective manner, and in a spirit of love toward the Roman Catholic people who are of my own household.
“This book is not a book of one man’s ideas. It is a compendium of the teaching and interpretations of the Prophetic Scriptures by some of the greatest, most learned and spiritually minded men the Christian Church has produced. These men, besides being great scholars, were men who knew the Holy Spirit as a living Teacher. Their writings breathe with the Holy Spirit in every page. They instinctively recognized the character and origin of the great Futurist and Preterist movements to change the interpretation of prophecy in the early Nineteenth Century, and uncompromisingly repudiated these two Jesuit systems… Since the beginning of the Twentieth Century their writings have been considered as out of date by modern theological scholars.
“What the Catholic Church is hoping and working for… is the reestablishment… of the ‘Real State,’ a rigid hierarchical system wherein inferiors are subject to superiors. In this system each individual, like a cell in a body, must humbly submit to his fate and occupy his “natural place” which is allotted to him from birth and have no desire to get away from it.
“This basis of social structure is not only anti-Jewish, but also anti-Protestant.
“This is a graphic story of the gradual unveiling of the meaning of the Apocalypse in the light of the events of history. It traces this development through eighteen centuries, from the days of the apostolic and martyr Church to those of the mediaeval Church, the Reformation Church, and the Church of modern times. It is a history of the gradual evolution during eighteen centuries, under the influence of historical facts, of that system of interpretation which has commended itself to the most temperate and enlightened minds, Historicism.
What is going on in America? “Lock-downs”, riots in 100 cities, mass unemployment, the destruction of small businesses. This rare little book ties current events into the great chess game of history.
John Findlater writes:
“…the subversion, or destruction, of every incompatible civil government, to make way for one great Super-State; the erection of this sole and universal empire under a single irresponsible despot; the setting of States at war one with another as one ready means of conquest; the fomenting of civil disturbances and revolutions as another effective means to the same end; the penetration of every country by a highly organized spy system; the appeal to mob law wheresoever it could be made to serve the purpose; the amassing of wealth by fair means or foul; the subsidizing of revolutionary elements in Civil States; the promotion to high place of men with dark blots upon their escutcheons, which could be used as guarantees for their pliability and subserviency; the use of deceit and treachery, of forgeries and fictions, both to promote and to conceal the real objectives of the conspirators; the fostering in some areas of superstition and in others of atheistic disposition as counteragents to religion and piety; the play on the superstitious desires and hopes and fears of women; the production of concussive effects by the spread of atheism among men; the undermining of constituted authorities by the stirring up of sedition; the engineering of schemes making for their ultimate ends; the inculcation of pleas that members of the Council had in reality no rights, but duties only; the dragooning of these in order to supplement tutoring efforts; the browbeating of sturdy opponents when the grinding down and splitting up of parties in opposition had reached their limits; the employment of grim and stark duress upon hardy objectors — “Every one of those elements Quirinus had had occasion to note in the proceedings of the Jesuits; and in the Letters he analyzes what had been thus laid to his hand, exposing the results.
“To foretell the future is the prerogative of God alone. Not less is it God’s exclusive prerogative to interpret the future. In truth, Prophecy can never be clearly and satisfactorily understood till the finger of Providence has unveiled what the voice of Prophecy had announced. Man’s humble part is to sit down, and, by an attentive and patient comparison of the two, to seek to understand what the spirit of Prophecy did signify, when He spake in old time of the things that were to come to pass hereafter.
“Salvation is the great end for which the Son of God came into the world. To restore fallen man to his original state of holiness and happiness, he must be delivered from the curse of sin that is upon him and the power of the devil that enslaves him.
“The mistake of those who direct all their efforts toward making men better and improving human society by teaching and enforcing the law… is of serious consequence to the souls of men… It can neither save their souls nor make them good… The only help for us is in Christ, without whom we can do nothing; and that help consists first of all in the forgiveness of our sins, which separate us from God and all that is good, and deprive us of all true peace and joy.
This short tract summarizes in one place the essential historical information about both Preterism and Futurism. H.C. Martin writes:
“Today many Protestants have departed from the Christian interpretation of the prophecies in the Book of Revelation, and many other passages in the Word of God. Church history has not left us in ignorance concerning the [false] dispensational interpretation of the Book of Revelation…
“Preterists declared that the anti-Christ power of Scriptures had already come and gone being fulfilled in the Roman Emperors Vesparian and Titus, who had attacked the Jews, ransacked Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple and slaughtered over one million people in the year 70 AD…
“The Reformation of the sixteenth century, which gave birth to Protestantism, was based on Scripture. It gave back to the world the Bible. It taught the Scriptures; it exposed the errors and corruptions of Rome by the use of the sword of the Spirit… We have suffered prophetic anti-papal truth to be too much forgotten. This generation is dangerously… indifferent to truth and error on points on which Scripture is tremendously decided and absolutely clear.
“There is a knowledge which puffeth up, because it is sundered from true faith which maketh humble. It is knowledge without light or life, a cold thing lodged in the brain, but without influence on the sensibilities and will. Such knowledge is useless, no matter how extensive it may be. It secures not the accomplishment of God’s will in us unto our salvation, nor by us unto His glory. For faith is just as necessary for a life of conformity to God’s will, as it is for salvation according to His will.
What were the personal qualifications of the King James’ Translators of the Bible? Alexander McClure researched for more than 20 years to gather information on all 47 of the men under the King’s Commission. McClure writes of the results of his quest, “the Translators commissioned by James Stuart were ripe and critical scholars, profoundly versed in all the learning required; and that, in these particulars, there has never yet been a time when a better qualified company could have been collected for the purpose.
Pig Wisps and Shovel Ears, Balloon Pickers and Baked Clowns, Whitson Whimble and the Potato Face Blind Man are some of the people found in Rootabaga County. You can get there with “a ticket to ride where the railroad tracks run off into the sky and never come back… as far away as the railroad rails go and then forty ways farther yet.” Carl Sandburg wrote these stories for his daughters “Spink”, “Skabootch” and “Swipes”.
“Luther’s Commentary on the Galatians… is too voluminous… And yet any one that would truly know the man, and the secret of his power, must study these in his writings.”
”(Luther’s) language is uniformly simple and direct… “I preach as simply as possible. I want the common people, and children, and servants, to understand me.”
“…in the variety of its themes, the clearness of its exposition, the stinging force of its rebukes, the simplicity and directness of its language, [this commentary] is scarcely surpassed by any of Luther’s other writings.
Lars Lee tells of a boy’s spiritual awakening in rural Norway and his emigration to Minnesota. The author, N. N. Ronning explains:
“It was easy to write the story, but not easy to put the real Lars and Olaf, Helga and Olga into the story. We do not understand ourselves; how can we understand others? Still the baffling mysteries of life are all the time challenging our interpretation. The most difficult thing I was to describe how some of these persons found the Way of Life—and that after all was the main reason for writing the story.
“The more we meditate on the titles thus bestowed upon us, the more we find that we must think more highly of ourselves in our connection with the Savior. We are spiritually of royal descent. Actually we are nothing less than kings. It is true, in one sense we are slaves, “bondmen” as the Greek has it, owned in soul and body by our Lord, so that we belong wholly to him as our King, his word and will supreme for us, to be obeyed in all things without question.
Is true Christianity Marxist?
David Baring is a young Cambridge graduate who unexpectedly comes into a large fortune. Circumstances cause him to wonder if a rich man can really tell if he is loved for himself, or only for his money. He begins to despise his wealth and like many people today wonders if Socialism is the answer.
Joseph Hocking (1860-1937) was a Cornish novelist and United Methodist Free Church minister.
“…the book is to deepen devotion, but there is one class of people above all others, for whose help it is most adapted. It is ‘an admirable handbook for the parish priest, because written by one who himself labored through the greater part of his ministerial career as a[n Anglican] parish priest.‘”
“The Christian Year” is a book which will always appeal to the educated and cultivated intellect; that it will appeal with special force to all who have the responsibility of teaching religious truth; but its appeal will not cease here.
Henry Eyster Jacobs’ Book of Concord in modern English is highly respected and has been widely used. It is now back in print and available in all formats. The Augsburg Confession, Apology, Small and Large Catechisms, and Formula are also available as separate books.
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“Christ our Savior and all his apostles preached justification by faith, even as did the prophets of the Old Testament. Justification is the central doctrine of all the Scriptures, the heart and soul of the entire Christian religion. All believers are justified, all the saints in heaven now have been made what they are by justification, and at the last day the righteous at Christ’s right hand will be there because they have continued in justification to the end.