‘Pope to share the altar with Lutherans at Reformation commemoration service in Sweden’

Poster for 500th Reformation Anniversary Reconciliation


Ecumenical News reported the following:

October 30, 2016

Pope to share the altar with Lutherans at Reformation commemoration service in Sweden

… on Oct. 31, 2016 in southern Sweden something remarkable will happen.

An ecumenical service attended led by Pope Francis and leaders of the Lutheran World Federation in a joint commemoration of the Reformation on 31 October 2016 in Lund, Sweden.

Along with Francis, Bishop Munib Younan, LWF president and Rev. Martin Lund, the general secretary of the federation will lead the service.

King Karl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden will attend the service.

The Monday service will be the first time in living memory that a prayer service organized jointly by Catholics and Lutherans at the global level is being held in the Cathedral in Lund.


“It’s been a long-standing dream of mine that different traditions in the churches can show a greater respect for one another. This meeting is therefore a dream come true,” says Johan Tyrberg, Lutheran Bishop of the Diocese of Lund since 2014.

“It’s all about ending a conflict that has lasted for 500 years,” Tyrberg noted. “The last 50 years we have been discussing how to make peace.

“It is in this spirit that the leaders of the Catholic and the Lutheran Church are meeting in Lund. It is an important step and part of the process of reconciling with the past and moving forward together.”

Dominican Father Johan Lindén of St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic parish in Lund, said, “The joint commemoration will offer an opportunity to grow in the understanding of the reformation, to understand what happened then and what the consequences are today. We share a common heritage and history.”

He told a Church of Sweden interviewer the hope is that future generations can reap what is now being sowed for renewed initiatives, a deeper understanding and more respect for the differences in Catholic and Lutheran traditions.

As one of the two local Catholic coordinators, Lindén notes, “It is also mutual opportunity to repent, to convert ourselves and ask for forgiveness. The mutual and clear exchange of forgiveness is what the whole event implies and signals.

“What we have seen in the past few years is that Pope Francis is putting a lot of effort into the ecumenical dialogue with other Christian churches and denominations. The [quest] for unity is very apparent in his pontificate. This is close to Pope Francis’ heart.”


Ahead of his trip to Sweden, Pope Francis granted a lengthy interview to the editor of the Swedish Jesuit magazine, Fr. Ulf Jonsson, that was carried in the journal La Civiltà Cattolica.

Francis noted how at the beginning of the Reformation Martin Luther’s intention when he nailed his 95 theses to the church door was to reform in a “in a difficult time for the Church.” http://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/pope-to-share-the-altar-with-lutherans-at-reformation-commemoration-service-in-sweden/54082.htm

The ecumenical and interfaith movement is pushing ahead with its agenda–an agenda warned against by the Bible (cf. Revelation 17).

Protestant’s claimed ‘sola Scriptura’ when they separated from Rome. Yet, the fact that Lutherans (and Roman Catholics for that matter) even have ‘altars’ where they consume ‘communion’ is not scriptural.

The Bible teaches that Jesus was the one sacrifice and there is no altar where one serving it now eats:

8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them”(which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:8-14)

10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. (Hebrews 13:10-12)

Early Christians did not have altars.

Notice an accusation against those who professed Christ in the second/third century (date uncertain) in a supposed argument between the heathen Caecilius and the claimed Christian Octavius:

Why have they no altars, no temples, no acknowledged images? (Minucius. Octavius. Excerpted from Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 4, Chapter 10. Edited by Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson. American Edition, 1885. Online Edition Copyright © 2004 by K. Knight).

If early Christians had altars, the above accusation would not have been made against them.

Yet, the Church of Rome and the Lutherans have altars as well as ‘acknowledged images.’

The type of unity that they are working towards is not biblical.  It is ‘Babylonian’ (cf. Revelation 17). Christians are warned:

4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities…” (Revelation 18:4-5)

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”

17 Therefore

“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18 ‘I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

Thus, no true Christian would endorse the ultimate goal of the reconciliation of the 500th anniversary of what is considered to be the start of the Reformation. These people do not truly believe the Bible and we are to realize that we must remain spiritually-separate from them.

The separation of the true Church of God from the Greco-Roman churches that wish to be in full-communion with each other remains essential today.

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