The Cross of Protestantism

There was a Cross, and there stood the mother of Jesus, and “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, John. That disciple writes as an eyewitness to the sufferings of Christ on the Cross of Golgotha:”And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.” – John 19:35

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The Lord called His disciples to carry the cross in His footsteps. Thus the Cross – the Cross of Christ – did get amazing measures throughout history, all the time since the apostle Paul wrote these remarkable words to the Colossians:” (I Paul) ..who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:” – Col. 1:24

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What does that mean? Is something “behind” in the afflictions of Christ? No, I don’t think so. Or is it the partaking of the apostle in His afflictions that is spoken about? Rather so. For this was the question which the Lord gave his apostles:”..can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” Mark 10:38

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This was about their calling:”Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized
Mark 10:39


When , now in these days, a conclave was held in the Vatican, because a pope for the first time in several hundred years have resigned, I am reminded about the role of Protestantism in history. Protestantism appeared obviously in this period of time, since last when a pope resigned from the “Holy See” voluntarily. And when it was officially mentioned about pope Grigory XII:s resigning then – in the month of July 1415 – there was only a few hours left of the life of John Hus.

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The Cross of Protestantism:

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– The stake of John Hus, 6 of July 1415.
– Excommunication of Luther, enforced by two papal bulls, 1520 and 1521.
– Bartolomei-night 23 – 24 August 1572

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are not these examples a beginning of the “cross of protestantism”?

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The Protestants soon raised their voices to require a universal church-council, where the doctrine of Luther and the protestant theologians could be examined in as unprejudiced a way as possible.When a universal, catholic council finally came to be (Trent 1545 – 1563), the protestants were not represented at all, save as condemned, as heretics, which is clear enough recorded in the ecclesiastical documents that were made public.

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Since then the catholics have always had a preference when it comes to GREAT councils, cross adorned ceremonies and various formalities. And this carry them away even unto this day. Just a simple tweet from a pious catholic speaks clearly about it: ”Behold the princes of the Church gathered from all ends of the earth to elect a new Servant of the servants of God.”

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Since the 16 th century though, all Christians – protestants as well as catholics and orthodox – have got strong common adversaries who grew forth in subsequence with the secular ideas of the enlightenment, the french revolution with its atheism, and the neohedonism of romanticism – and the terrible political and social experiments that followed, when man, ideologically more convinced than ever that he was no sinner, thoroughly in action seems to have proved the opposite.

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And what measures brought it to the Cross of Protestantism?
Not so “great” measures always..

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