A Solemn Declaration of Protest

Romans 12:1-2 KJV, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

EG White SOP Vol 4, 1884, pp. 161-162, “The imperial party were convinced that the Christian princes would adhere to the Holy Scriptures as superior to human doctrines and requirements; and they knew that an acceptance of this principle would eventually overthrow the papacy. But they flattered themselves that weakness was on the side of the Reformation, while strength was with the emperor and the pope. Had the Reformers made flesh their arm, they would have been as powerless as the papists supposed. But though weak in numbers, and at variance with Rome, they had their strength. They appealed from the decision of the Diet to the word of God, and from the emperor of Germany to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

As Ferdinand had refused to regard their conscientious convictions, the princes decided not to heed his absence, but to bring their Protest before the national council without delay A solemn declaration was therefore drawn up, and presented to the Diet:—

‘We protest by these presents, before God, our only Creator, Preserver, Redeemer, and Saviour, and who will one day be our Judge, as well as before all men and all creatures, that we, for us and our people, neither consent nor adhere in any manner whatever to the proposed decree in anything that is contrary to God, to his word, to our right conscience, or to the salvation of our souls. . . . We cannot assert that when Almighty God calls a man to his knowledge, he dare not embrace that divine knowledge. . . There is no true doctrine but that which conforms to the word of God. The Lord forbids the teaching of any other faith. The Holy Scriptures, with one text explained by other and plainer texts, are, in all things necessary for the Christian, easy to be understood, and adapted to enlighten. We are therefore resolved by divine grace to maintain the pure preaching of God’s only word, as it is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, without anything added thereto. This word is the only truth. It is the sure rule of all doctrine and life, and can never fail or deceive us. He who builds on this foundation shall stand against all the powers of hell, whilst all the vanities that are set up against it shall fall before the face of God.’ ‘We therefore reject the yoke that is imposed upon us.'”

Matthew 11:29-30 KJV, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 15:9 KJV, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Solemn Protests:

1 Not consenting nor adhering to any manner proposed decree in anything that is contrary to the Word of God. In our time today rejecting unscriptural teachings of trinity doctrine, Sunday sacredness, immortality of the soul, new age spiritual formations.

2 No other true doctrine but that which conforms to the Word of God.

3 None but the Holy Scriptures, with one text explained by other and plainer texts.

4 No to unbiblical teachings and philosophical ideas. The Bible alone is the rule of faith and the final authority.

May we all stand in the Word of God in these waning days of earth’s history. Let us proceed with our protests. To honor the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ. We must trust and obey.

Sincerely in the Blessed Hope.

Published by marklastimoso

Follower of Jesus-the Son of the Living God!

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