Reformed Christians had had enough of that Church and its collusion with the state, and were justified in leaving in hopes to practise religion without that organization’s persecution. Most religious scholars of that period knew that Church was not practicing biblical precepts as Luther and other great men of God rightly proved. Basically, the so-called Church was an off-shoot of
And that truth cannot be discerned until both teacher and student have received this “power from on high!” Instead, those “competing” entities (Catholics and Protestants) adopt man made precepts as if they hold more biblical sway than the other, when in fact they are both wrong on so many fronts. Sadly, the American version of Christianity is in shambles, crumbling, destined to the dust heap of religiosity, along with those who chose not Jesus’ way, but to practise church their own fashion, to suit their own selfish needs.
Pastors and priests need to tell their flocks the truth, and not encourage and perpetuate mythologies to control their man-conceived religions. For example, the belief by the Catholic faithful in Mariology (reverence of Mary on an equal plane with God), confessions to a priest, repetitious prayers such as the Rosary, and lighting votive candles for the dead (among other man conceived traditions) are beliefs and practises that are not called for nor contained in the Bible any more than the belief by many Protestants that Jesus is planning to come down from heaven and secretly snatch born again Christians up to heaven seven years before His Parousia (return to earth), to avoid the so-called Great Tribulation. There is no Bible truth foundation, either, to support the evangelical Protestant doctrine that the cultic Zionism philosophy (which purports ethnic Jews and the land they currently control has been divinely promised to them) is biblically based, nor that today’s nation of ethnic Jews will soon rule the whole world from New Jerusalem.