The Perpetual Virginity of St Mary in the founders of protestantism

Perhaps this is the only time you will find quotes from protestants on this site but nevertheless it is a pointed reminder that the notion St Mary had Children apart from our Lord except by adoption is a modern innovation and misunderstanding of Scripture, that was not even considered by the founders of Sola Scriptura (Bible Alone) who rejected tradition.  Our Lord gave St Mary to St John the beloved from the cross as his mother because she had no other children… The holiness of St Mary is evident in apart from the Lord’s prayer the most beautiful prayer in Scripture which reveals the humility of St Mary Luke 1:46ff…

 

Famous Protestants on the doctrine of the Perpetual Virginity of the Theotokos

Martin Luther: “It is an artcle of faith that Mary is the Mother of the Lord and still a virgin…Christ, we believe, came forth from a womb left perfectly intact.” (Works of Luther, V. 11, pp319-320; V. 6, p 510) See also this article.

John Calvin’s Commentary on Matthew 1:25: “And knew her not This passage afforded the pretext for great disturbances, which were introduced into the Church, at a former period, by Helvidius. The inference he drew from it was, that Mary remained a virgin no longer than till her first birth, and that afterwards she had other children by her husband. Jerome, on the other hand, earnestly and copiously defended Mary’s perpetual virginity. Let us rest satisfied with this, that no just and well-grounded inference can be drawn from these words of the Evangelist, as to what took place after the birth of Christ. He is called first-born; but it is for the sole purpose of informing us that he was born of a virgin. It is said that Joseph knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son: but this is limited to that very time. What took place afterwards, the historian does not inform us. Such is well known to have been the practice of the inspired writers. Certainly, no man will ever raise a question on this subject, except from curiosity; and no man will obstinately keep up the argument, except from an extreme fondness for disputation.”

John Wesley: “I believe that [Christ] was… born of the blessed Virgin Mary, who, as well after as before she brought Him forth, continued a pure and unspotted virgin.”


Letter to a Roman Catholic, July 18, 1749.

 The Church of God has always considered St Mary as the second Ark of the Covenant,

for truly what dwelt within Our Blessed and Holy Mother was greater than the

tablets of stone which Our Lord God wrote on in the Ark of the Covenant.  So we call

her the Most Holy Theotokos or God bearer because we uphold the doctrine of the

incarnation that God the Word became man uniting Dininity and Humanity in the one person,

which was the statment of faith that Christ told St Peter he would build the Church on…

    Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

Matthew 16:13 xNow when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say yJohn the Baptist, others say zElijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, a“You are bthe Christ, cthe Son of dthe living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, e“Blessed are you, fSimon Bar-Jonah! For gflesh and blood has not revealed this to you, hbut my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, iyou are Peter, and jon this rock2 I will build my church, and kthe gates of lhell3 shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you mthe keys of the kingdom of heaven, and nwhatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed4 in heaven.” 20 oThen he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. x

For ver. 13–16, see Mark 8:27–29; Luke 9:18–20 y ch. 14:2; Mark 6:14; Luke 9:7 z Mark 6:15; Luke 9:8; [ch. 17:10; Mark 9:11; John 1:21] a John 11:27 b See ch. 1:17 c See ch. 14:33 d Deut. 5:26; Josh. 3:10; Ps. 42:2; Jer. 10:10; Dan. 6:20; Hos. 1:10; Acts 14:15; 2 Cor. 3:3; 1 Tim. 4:10 e [ch. 13:16] f [John 1:42; 21:15–17] g 1 Cor. 15:50; Gal. 1:16 (Gk.); Eph. 6:12; Heb. 2:14 h 1 Cor. 2:10; 12:3; [ch. 11:25; John 6:45] i [ch. 10:2; John 1:42] j Eph. 2:20; Rev. 21:14; [ch. 7:24] 2 The Greek words for Peter and rock sound similar k Job 38:17; Isa. 38:10 l See ch. 11:23 3 Greek the gates of Hades m [Isa. 22:22; Rev. 1:18; 3:7] n [ch. 18:18; John 20:23] 4 Or shall have been bound … shall have been loosed o Mark 8:30; Luke 9:21; [ch. 17:9]; See ch. 12:16 The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. Wheaton : Standard Bible Society, 2001, S. Mt 16:13-20