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“…the majority of people in the world, by far the greatest throng, do not give God what is his. The mass of humanity is constituted by so many factious spirits and sects that we are unable to count them.  In each of these the devil attempts to create new and strange beliefs, as those spawned by the enthusiasts, Anabaptists and Sacramentarians.  Just like the papacy, they,  too, have torn Holy Scripture shreds and robbed the people of God’s Word. One and all, they are guilty of subversion within the kingdom of God. Like those within the civil state who are rebellious and think everything belongs to them and do not give Caesar what is Caesar’s, rebellious people exist within the spiritual realm.  They think that spiritual blessing and God’s Word belong only to them.  They feel that these things are theirs to adapt, bend, and pervert to suit themselves, adulterate Christian belief, and design good works according to their way of thinking.  In short, they wish to be masters of their faith and lords over all of Holy Scripture, even though in baptism they have sworn allegiance to remain true to the Christian faith and to the pure Word.”

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