The following quotes were severely inflammatory words when they were nailed to a church door on this day in 1517, by an earnest young priest and theologian who feared God more than men. Part of a document that sparked many more necessary departures of doctrine from the corrupt Roman Catholic church, and planting seeds of truth with which the dissenters formed a true church that followed Jesus Christ alone, instead of popes and bishops and priests. Even more wonderfully, the Bible was translated into the commoner’s German so that people could read it for themselves — the Dark Ages would soon be over!
Note: Although many reforms were subsequently made within Catholicism, it is tragic that in much of the world Catholicism is synonymous with Christianity. I’d love to wipe out a millennia of semantics and make this no longer the case; if only wishing made it so. Perhaps there is a way. This weighs heavily on my heart. Followers of Christ MUST defend His name and not allow it to be dragged through the Catholic quagmire which makes its parishioners into slaves of the church rather than slaves of Christ!
50. Christians are to be taught that if the pope knew the exactions of the pardon-preachers, he would rather that St. Peter’s church should go to ashes, than that it should be built up with the skin, flesh and bones of his sheep.
51. Christians are to be taught that it would be the pope’s wish, as it is his duty, to give of his own money to very many of those from whom certain hawkers of pardons cajole money, even though the church of St. Peter might have to be sold.
52. The assurance of salvation by letters of pardon is vain, even though the commissary, nay, even though the pope himself, were to stake his soul upon it.
Another note: Even though so much of Martin Luther’s work was used by God to clarify the truth, we must exercise careful discernment as we think about the Reformers, and any other men in leadership or other influential positions. Here are some ways that Luther was not biblical in his beliefs/approach, as laid out by Dr. William Varner.
“He (Luther) had a lot of baggage that should not be overlooked. He persecuted the Anabaptists; he contributed to the slaughter of myriads in the Peasants War; he refused to work with Zwingli because of differences on the eucharist and was not displeased at his death; he approved of his secular elector’s bigamy; he spoke very disparagingly of James and Jude; he viciously attacked the Jews because of their refusal to believe the Gospel; and he supported the idea of a state church with infant baptism as its badge.”
We are all susceptible to error. Let’s commit to stay in the Word and regularly feed ourselves with its truth!