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Beware the False Church

September 04, 2019
By Martin Luther

"Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves."

GENESIS 11:4

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Beware the False Church

Emphasis lies on their saying: "Let us build ourselves a city and a tower," not for God, not for the Church of God, but to suppress the Church; and on the words: "Let us make a name for ourselves." These men who are gripped by such an intense desire to exalt their own name are surely not concerned that the name of God may be hallowed; and without a doubt they looked with profound contempt upon the humble cabins of the holy fathers and of their brothers, since they were building in such grand style. Nor is it without purpose when they declare that the top of the tower should reach to heaven. These words must not be applied to the height alone; they also denote that this was to be a place of worship. The implication was that God was dwelling very close to this tower. This is Satan's way. He adorns himself with the title of God and wants to have superstition regarded as religion. . .. Thus this account portrays the ungodliness, the schemes, the ambition, and the plots of all ungodly men, especially of the hypocrites who alone appear to themselves to be holy and very close to God and who want to rule the earth. . .. For the false church is always the persecutor of the true Church, not only spiritually, by means of false doctrine and ungodly forms of worship, but also physically, by means of the sword and tyranny.

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