It’s funny when I find myself reading Papists with approval, because they understand the Reformed and Fundamentalist position correctly. What worries me is that the Papists — who have the magisterium, which regulates almost all of life — still find degrees of freedom to weasel out of clear teaching. It is as if they are not part of the flock of God: that is clearly untrue. Better to say that within them, as there are within the evangelical flock, there are false teachers.
But false teaching is a perilous place. To go against the gospel is to go against Christ, who has all power and authority. His current appearance is such that his very apostles fell down at his feet as if dead. If he commands his apostles not to fear, how will his enemies feel?
9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”Revelation 1:9-20, ESV
12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash round his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Christ has already conquered and holds the keys to death and Hell. Mock him at your peril. Do not try to conflate his way with the ways of this world. Do not preach another gospel or another Christ. But preach Christ risen. All other teaching is but lies, and will not save your soul.
And the false teachers? We should not be like them.