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THE PAPISTIC BELIEF.

It is true, the papists teach and believe, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he offered up his flesh, and shed his blood for us, but if we would enjoy them, and be partak­ers thereof, we must adhere to and obey the pope and his church, hear mass, receive the holy water, perform pilgrimages, call upon the mother of the Lord, and the departed saints, confess at least twice a year, receive papistic absolution, have our children bap­tized, and commemorate the holy days. The priests must vow chastity; the bread in the mass, must be called the flesh, and the wine, the blood of Christ; besides all their other idolatry and abominations, which are daily practiced by them.

And all this is called, by these poor, ig­norant people, the most holy christian faith, and the institution of the holy christian church. Although it is nothing but mere human opinion, self‑chosen righteousness, seductive hypocrisy, manifest deception of the soul, ungodly, indecent bodily nourish­ment and gain of lazy priests, an accursed abomination, an incensing of God, a dis­graceful blasphemy, an unworthy despising of the blood of Christ, a self‑devised under­taking, and a disobedient, contumacy to the divine word. In short, a false, offensive, divine worship, and open idolatry, of which Jesus Christ (to whom the Father points us) has not left or commanded us a single letter of all these things.

It does not suffice that they practice such abominations; they not only also despise as vain and useless all true fruits of faith, commanded of God himself, the sincere, pure love and fear of God, "the love and service of our neighbor, the true sacraments and divine service, &c., but they also revile them as damnable and heretical, and exter­minate and persecute them. I think this may properly be called a sect.

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