|“||For there must be heresies even among you, that they which are approved among you, might be known.||”|
|— Paul the Apostle|
Protestantism is a term used to describe a variety of heresies and correct religious beliefs, which first came to the fore in 16th century Europe as various figures broke from the Catholic Church in a process supporters refer to as the Reformation. The word Protestant is derived from the Latin protestatio meaning declaration which refers to the letter of protestation by Lutheran princes against the decision of the Diet of Speyer in 1529, which reaffirmed the edict of the Diet of Worms against the Reformation. Since that time, the term Protestantism has been used in varying ways, often as a general term to refer to "Western Christianity that is not subject to papal authority." Protestants are a largely anti-Roman Catholic sect, and regrettably typically unopposed to Talmudists and even very often quite much so Judeophiliac, unlike the old Roman Catholic Church that the Protestants broke away from.
The main points of Protestantism can be summarized as a) the rejection of papal authority, b) rejection of most of the sacramental aspects of Catholic and Orthodox Christianity, including a strong iconoclastic current, c) the priesthood of all believers, d) the primacy of the Bible as sole infallible rule of faith and practice, and e) the belief in justification by faith alone.
a) "the rejection of papal authority" is a point that should be advised against. It should be noted that a Pope is a Bishop of Rome, Head of the Roman Catholic Church, and is not Bishop of the Christian Church of Rome itself. It should be investigated what the Bible has to say about Bishops (Church Leaders). Bishops are those that are elected, or ordained, and should be elected, as it is rather worthy to desire being a Bishop, so it would be as such for one, according to the New Testament. They have a special place as a leader of the Church of God, in particular over the local Church, and, according to 1 Timothy 3:1-7, and Titus 1:5-17, there is actual high moral restrictions on who and what a Bishop can be, he must even be modest, respectful, calm, faithful, vigilant, not avaricious, sober, honorable, hospitable, nonalcoholic, gentle, nonviolent family man (at least one wife and has good children), values good men, and is forbearing as he has been taught so "that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.", etc. and that chapter of Titus warns against Jews (Titus 1:10), Jewish fables and the laws of men (Titus 1:14), for they turn away from the truth. Protestants have made some brash, irrational mistakes in rejecting Papal authority, as Papal authority was based upon that meaningful intention for the hierarchical functioning of the Christian Church, that is Bishopric authority.
About b) "rejection of most of the sacramental aspects of Catholic and Orthodox Christianity, including a strong iconoclastic current," is another point that should be advised against, except for being against idolatry. In the Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, the sacraments are the rites of baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, ordination, and matrimony. The sacramental rites are useful and have a fundamental biblical basis that they are things that should be done, as all are useful and important. On penance, the Church may and should carry it out, however Christians may also confess to each other, but the confession priest is reliable and it is his job. This is based upon James 5:16: "Acknowledge your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed: for the prayer of a righteous man availeth much, if it be fervent." Ordination is good for hierarchy, and there definitely should be that. This is elaborated on point a). That is for a Bishop. A Pope is the Catholic form of that. Holy matrimony is what marriage truly is, and the Church should maintain this principle and the practice thereof, and to make sure as Christ said "Every one who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery" (Luke 16:18; cf. Mark 10:11–12) is recognized and warned against, so it may be prevented and others do not fall into this sinful trap employed by the Devil's trickery upon man. But iconoclasm is nothing that should be disagreed upon, if it is about idols or those sorts of pictures, which these sects like to call "icons". Even the Byzantine Church were iconoclasts, notably, in the past, against idolatry, It is condemned all throughout Old Testament and New Testament, but Protestantism largely rejects these as 'idols' also. However, Protestantism denied the religious practice of the anointment of oil, carried on from the Old Testament's Hebrewist practice of it, and is affirmed in the New Testament at James 5:14: "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the Elders of the Church, and let them pray for him, and anoint him with oil in the Name of the Lord.". This is a sacramental practice. Sacraments among Protestants are baptism and the Eucharist. Baptism is non-heretical, but the belief that water baptism or such saves you from your sins, and not Christ, is a heresy. You must have the enduring faith in Christ, even until the end to be the saved. The Eucharist is very related to the Agape feast, or Love feast, mentioned in Jude 12, 2 Peter 2:13, and 1 Corinthians 11:17–34. The sacrament of confirmation is found in Bible passages such as Acts 8:14–17, 9:17, 19:6, and Hebrews 6:2, which speak of a laying on of hands for the purpose of bestowing the Holy Spirit.
c) "The priesthood of all believers", is a correct point within Protestantism, that is based from within Hebrews 7:23–28. It is their doctrine of "Universal Priesthood", which is a non-hierarchical religious view. Another New Testament verse outside of Hebrews such as 1 Peter 2:1;9 does assert that Christendom is a holy and royal Priesthood, which is a confirmation of the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers, albeit this term of Priest was still used as a name for a role within the clerical hierarchy of the traditional Church. According to Google, a Priest is "an ordained minister of the Catholic, Orthodox, or Anglican Church having the authority to perform certain rites and administer certain sacraments." Protestant Church itself does have priests and a hierarchy, but the hierarchy is different than the more traditional Churches. More comprehensive and biblically relevant definitions of Priest would be "One who is designated an authority on religious matters" or "a person whose office it is to perform religious rites, and especially to make sacrificial offerings." or "a person ordained to act as a mediator between God and man in administering the sacraments, preaching, blessing, guiding, etc".
d) "the primacy of the Bible as sole infallible rule of faith and practice", is an incorrect point. Throughout the world's history God has revealed his secret to his prophets and his truth to his followers in general. Divine revelation is an infallible rule of faith and practice. Christian people get inspired by the Holy Ghost and state truths revealed by God, besides the writers of the Bible. Such as the ancient Church Fathers, who are regarded as saints by the Catholic Church, and their writings are regarded as divinely inspired. St Paul the Apostle quoted in his writings what pagans said, such as the Delphic Oracle of Apollo as recorded by Plato, that "the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God" (1 Cor 3:19). This implies the Delphic Oracle of Apollo and Plato are sources of divinely revealed truth, since this truth came from them.
On e) "the belief in justification by faith alone", this is a point that is correct, justification by faith is true without works, but works prove the justification by faith. 1 Corinthians 3:13: "Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by the fire: and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.". Works confirms the faith. According to James 2:24: "Ye see then how that of works a man is justified, and not of faith only." Protestants believe that a human is even 'righteous' and 'faithful' when he has absolutely no works to show for it in his degenerate life, nothing to show a righteous life unto God as a Christian from the faith, and only because that human is supposed as having the faith, do Protestants consider him a true Christian. That's ignoring human nature is fallen and reprobate. But Christianity should still be tested for, as it is said that in 1 John 4:1: "Dearly beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: for many false Prophets are gone out into the world." Just because a Jew says they're a Christian, that doesn't make it true that the Jew is a Christian. For that to be seen as is true is based in subjectivity. Jews especially lie, they tell the big lie. A common myth among Western Christendom is that if a human says they're a Christian, you should believe it. For example, they misconstrue that if a person makes a confession of Christianity in the form of stating that "Jesus is Lord" on their deathbed, they go to heaven, based on a misinterpretation of 1 Corinthians 12:3. That's regardless of if they believe it or not. But that doesn't account for that fact there should be evidence of works unto God to show for the faith, if they're a Christian. It would exist in reality then. As we see there is true and fake Christians described in 1 John 2:19: "They went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, they should have continued with us. But this cometh to pass, that it might appear, that they are not all of us."
The main forms of Protestantism which predominated in the first couple of centuries after its establishment were Lutheranism, and the supposed Protestantism of Calvinism and Anglicanism. Typically, these became the state religion of the Germanic countries of North-Western Europe and spread elsewhere through the Dutch Empire, British Empire and Swedish Empire. There were also some minor supposedly Protestant sects such as Anabaptism, Congregationalism and Quakerism amongst others, but these were less prominent. As a result of liberalism, higher criticism and atheism many of the traditional Protestant European countries have become de-Christianised. Much of today's Protestantism around the world originates not from the teachings of Martin Luther and John Calvin, but from the Evangelicalism of the Great Awakenings in the United States from the 18th century onwards. Today, the eccentric, allegedly Protestant sect of Pentecostalism is gaining much influence across the world.
A major problem with the Protestant Reformation is that because of it there has been more empathy for Jews and toleration of Jews. The Catholic Church correctly held Jews in ghettos, under the Inquisition, on the business end of expulsions or clearly identified by yellow hats. Martin Luther was originally Judeophiliac before he was anti-Semitic, and felt that if he treated the Jews less "harshly" they would convert to his sect; when they didn't, and he therefore realized they stabbed him in the back and played him for a fool, he studied the Talmud and discovered the real deal, in response authoring On the Jews and Their Lies. As a result Lutherans are historically probably the least Judeophiliac of the Protestants; the worst are the Puritans, Presbytarians and Evangelical Protestants in the English-speaking world. After the ethnic European saints were stripped of their reverence as "Papist" by the Protestants, a stronger focus was placed on the Israelite prophets of the Old Testament; Anglo-Protestants gave their children names such as Enoch, Jeremiah, Moses, Abraham, Aaron and others. They started to identify modern Jews as being the same race of people as the Old Testament prophets, then extending naive empathy towards the modern Jews.
|“||The Anglo-Saxon, more than any other race, wants to sympathise with the Jews. No doubt we understand the Jew better than can those to whom the Old Testament is not familiar from infancy. To the foreigner the word Jew is a hissing in the street; to us the word suggests Solomon and Moses, and a thousand cradle stories. So often have we used their names for our own children that they seem now to be our fathers, especially our Puritan forefathers. Towards such a people one has a feeling almost of awe.||”|
|— Josiah Wedgwood (1872-1943), Zionist MP, explains why so many Anglo-Evangelicals are Jew-loving creeps.|
|“||We've deeply rooted discord & Protestantism. No regard is paid to victims who fall whom suffer for the well-being of the future.||”|
|— The Jew (Bronze Age - ????), The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (late 19th century), Protocol 15.|
|“||But since the devil's bride, Reason, that pretty whore, comes in and thinks she's wise, and what she says, what she thinks, is from the Holy Spirit, who can help us, then? Not judges, not doctors, no king or emperor, because [reason] is the Devil's greatest whore.||”|
|— Martin Luther (November 10 1483 – February 18 1546) Martin Luther's Last Sermon in Wittenberg … Second Sunday in Epiphany, 17 January 1546.|
- ""We Who Have Urged Patience on the Jews ... Have No Right To Do So Any Longer, Least of All For What the Gangster Terrorist May Think Or Say": Remembering the English MP who recommended rebellion against Britain to the Jews of Palestine". Daphne Anson. (Jewish) Retrieved on 14 March 2013.
- Introduction to Protestantism at Christianity in View