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The Insanity of Luther
Ligonier.Org ^ | Based on a lecture by R.C. Sproul

Posted on 10/30/2011 10:50:07 AM PDT by Gamecock

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith’” (Rom. 1:16–17). - Romans 1:16–17

If there were any doubt about the veracity of Paul’s statement that knowledge often “puffs up” (1 Cor. 8:1), we only have to look at many of the assertions made by modern scholarship. For example, our advances in psychology have made many scholars arrogant. Academics are often quick to attribute various psychoses to men who lived hundreds of years ago, even though they have never had any person-to-person contact with these individuals.

Among other giants of the past, Martin Luther has been repeatedly subject to such scrutiny. Some have even gone so far as to label the German Reformer insane, much as he was labeled a “wild boar” by the pope in his own lifetime.

Luther did indeed have a “unique” personality. For much of his life he suffered from anxiety and was known as a hypochondriac. Luther was also prone to bombastic commentary; once he described Erasmus’ writings on free will as dung served on gold plates.

What bothers modern thinkers the most, however, is the acute sense of personal guilt that pervaded Luther during his early life. He had a paralyzing fear of the Lord’s wrath and always seemed to look over his shoulder for God to smite him. During his first celebration of the Mass, Luther froze while consecrating the elements because he realized how unworthy he was before the Lord. While in the monastery he tired his superiors with his long confessions of “trivial” sins, never finding peace for his guilty conscience.

Luther had a better understanding of his Creator’s unsurpassable holiness than most people, and consequently, he had a greater fear of God’s wrath. Only modern society that has become skilled at guilt-denial and self-justification can possibly believe this scholar lacked the ability to reason clearly. But Luther’s embrace of the holiness of God did not make him despair all the days of his life. Instead, it drove him to the Bible where he found that by faith alone man can be credited an alien righteousness that satisfies God’s justice without compromising His holiness (Rom. 1:16–17). The holiness of Christ enables us to be justified in the sight of this holy Lord (Rom. 4).

Coram Deo

God’s demand for holiness is absolute. We have to be holy just as He is holy (Lev. 19:2), and we deserve His wrath when we fail. All men merit this judgment (Rom. 3:23), but in His grace the Father has provided His Son, whose perfect conformity to the Lord’s standard is reckoned to us, if we trust in Him alone (2 Cor. 5:21). Only in Christ can we stand before a holy God. Confess your reliance upon the holiness of Jesus today and forsake your attempts to earn divine favor.

Passages for Further Study

Gen. 15:6
Ps. 130
Gal. 3:10–14
1 Peter 1:13–21


TOPICS: Apologetics; Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: luther

1 posted on 10/30/2011 10:50:10 AM PDT by Gamecock
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The Insanity of Luther, from the video series The Holiness of God
A Teaching Series by Dr. R.C. Sproul
2 posted on 10/30/2011 10:51:54 AM PDT by Gamecock (I’m so thankful for [the] active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. JGM)
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To: drstevej; OrthodoxPresbyterian; CCWoody; Wrigley; Gamecock; Jean Chauvin; jboot; AZhardliner; ...
Reformation Sunday Ping!


3 posted on 10/30/2011 10:53:49 AM PDT by Gamecock (I’m so thankful for [the] active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. JGM)
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To: Gamecock

Thank you, sir!

Hoss


4 posted on 10/30/2011 10:57:15 AM PDT by HossB86 (Christ, and Him alone.)
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To: HossB86

We have to ‘try’ to be as holy as God. Therein lies the truth. It is lot by our works that we achieve Sanctification. Sanctification is a life long process in union with the Holy Spirit that will only be completed when we are called ‘home’.


5 posted on 10/30/2011 11:17:05 AM PDT by dvan (Send Them Home!)
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To: Gamecock

I’m saddened that the good doctor gives such a slanted view of what actually transpired with the pope. That is not very christian.

The christian approach would make their point, but to point out, say, that the pope just wasn’t unclouded enough to understand.....

see this author’s way of describing the time....

http://catholicdefense.blogspot.com/2011/10/revisiting-reformation-pope-defense-of.html

The doctor doesn’t seem to have love for his worst neighbors, we apparent antichrists. I’m not an abortionist, but I love them and pray for them and don’t take their statements out of context, less they never see Christ in me.


6 posted on 10/30/2011 11:41:36 AM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: If You Want It Fixed - Fix It; Gamecock
I’m saddened that the good doctor gives such a slanted view of what actually transpired with the pope. That is not very christian. The christian approach would make their point, but to point out, say, that the pope just wasn’t unclouded enough to understand.....
Revisiting the Reformation Pope: A Defense of Pope Leo X

The only thing saddening is Pope Leo X. Perhaps a little history is in order:
Follies of Roman Catholicism: How the Catholic Church failed to save itself from the Reformation
God doesn’t create junk: Identifying a God worth serving
How the Renaissance Papacy contributed to the Reformation
The man who dared to laugh at the Pope ["Out of the Storm: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther"]

7 posted on 10/30/2011 12:06:44 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2703506/posts?page=518#518)
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To: Gamecock

later


8 posted on 10/30/2011 12:15:42 PM PDT by quintr
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To: Gamecock

Mete out the justice, Oh Lord. It is needed.


9 posted on 10/30/2011 12:20:26 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Gamecock
Sooooo, there you have it. 10,000 denominations founded upon..."The Insanity of Luther."

That was the easiest discussion on this topic I've ever seen.

10 posted on 10/30/2011 12:25:56 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: Gamecock

Nice article, fitting for today.


11 posted on 10/30/2011 12:39:48 PM PDT by huskerjim
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To: Gamecock
God’s demand for holiness is absolute. We have to be holy just as He is holy (Lev. 19:2), and we deserve His wrath when we fail. All men merit this judgment (Rom. 3:23), but in His grace the Father has provided His Son, whose perfect conformity to the Lord’s standard is reckoned to us, if we trust in Him alone (2 Cor. 5:21) Only in Christ can we stand before a holy God.

We can not grasp the holiness of God..The holiness that Isaiah saw ..somehow men separate sin into 'big and "little " categories.. when God has already told them ONE LIE will send them to hell... It is not until we see our sin as God sees it..not until we see the holiness of God will we understand we can NEVER do one thing that earns the merit of God... THAT is why we need a Savior ..

12 posted on 10/30/2011 2:26:34 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: Gamecock

Thank you for posting this!


13 posted on 10/30/2011 2:41:31 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Gamecock
once he described Erasmus’ writings on free will as dung served on gold plates.

Martin, old buddy, I forgive you. Everybody has a bad day once in a while.

14 posted on 10/30/2011 4:07:10 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: Gamecock

Reformation day bump.


15 posted on 10/30/2011 4:24:20 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Gamecock
Luther was also prone to bombastic commentary; once he described Erasmus’ writings on free will as dung served on gold plates.

Hey....what's bombastic about that??? :O)

16 posted on 10/30/2011 5:25:18 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: HarleyD

Indeed!

Jeremiah 9:22

Speak: “Thus declares the Lord,

‘The dead bodies of men shall fall

like dung upon the open field,

like sheaves after the reaper,

and none shall gather them.’”


17 posted on 10/30/2011 6:43:37 PM PDT by Gamecock (I’m so thankful for [the] active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. JGM)
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To: the invisib1e hand; Alex Murphy
Sooooo, there you have it. 10,000 denominations founded upon..."The Insanity of Luther." (Emphasis mine)

We have whittled the number down to 10,000? I would think that the Papists would be overjoyed! After all, foe years FRoman Catholics have claimed 40,000!

18 posted on 10/30/2011 6:46:51 PM PDT by Gamecock (I’m so thankful for [the] active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. JGM)
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To: Gamecock; The Invisible Hand
We have whittled the number down to 10,000? I would think that the Papists would be overjoyed! After all, for years FRoman Catholics have claimed 40,000!

Wow - down to a mere 10,000 now? Remember when they used to say that we had a million?

19 posted on 10/30/2011 8:39:16 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2703506/posts?page=518#518)
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To: Alex Murphy

Remember...it’s done out of love...


20 posted on 10/31/2011 7:13:14 AM PDT by Frumanchu (God's justice does not demand second chances)
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To: Frumanchu

Happy Reformation Day, Fru!


21 posted on 10/31/2011 7:15:20 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2703506/posts?page=518#518)
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To: the invisib1e hand
10,000 denominations founded upon..."The Insanity of Luther."

It would really be nice if Catholics would decide on a number for their "count" of Protestant denominations. Today alone, I've read three different numbers by three different posters.

At any rate, the Catholic Church needs to assume a great deal of the blame for the schism. If it weren't for their corruption, Luther never would have posted his theses in the first place.

22 posted on 10/31/2011 8:48:49 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody
It would really be nice if Catholics would decide on a number for their "count" of Protestant denominations. Today alone, I've read three different numbers by three different posters.

No, it doesn't matter. It's like when Jesus says, "seventy times seven." You can go and demand that quite using poetic license if you want - that will allow you to pretend you don't get the point -- which, after all, is what matters, not the number.

As for that last bit, whatever. Maybe you can go be the next martin luther, because of the priest abuse scandal. That makes great sense. Or, you could become a communist because Jimmy Carter was president for a couple of years. Leave the Church because someone's cellphone went off during Mass. Move away because you don't like the color of your neighbor's car. Suit yourself.

23 posted on 10/31/2011 8:56:01 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: the invisib1e hand
You can go and demand that quite using poetic license. .

Ah, so it's poetic license, not truth. Thanks for admitting that.

As for that last bit, whatever.

So you think it was absolutely proper for the Catholic church to be involved in corruption, including the "selling" of God's mercy. Got it.

24 posted on 10/31/2011 9:06:00 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody
Ah, so it's poetic license, not truth. Thanks for admitting that.

I neither know nor care what the "actual" number is. I do know that it's always changing. But more importantly, if it is only 1, it is too many.

You seem to have highly developed gnat-straining skills -- totally fitting the profile.

I'm done, bye.

25 posted on 10/31/2011 9:11:03 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: MEGoody
Yet, a while back someone asserted IRS Pub 78 listed over 100,000 independent protestant churches. I viewed such Pub in hard copy and indeed there were 18 volumes each over 1000 pages per volume.

I bet if one had the time one could make an educated guess from this independent source.

26 posted on 10/31/2011 9:58:06 AM PDT by pyrr1
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To: Frumanchu
Remember...it’s done out of love...

Fru! Long time no see.

27 posted on 10/31/2011 10:07:54 AM PDT by Lee N. Field ("Can a leopard change his spots, or a dispensationalist his faulty hermeneutic?")
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To: the invisib1e hand

Sorry the debate got too difficult for you. Have a nice day.


28 posted on 10/31/2011 12:00:27 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: RnMomof7

In other words, you can’t outwork your sinful nature.


29 posted on 10/31/2011 12:04:16 PM PDT by upsdriver ( http://grizzlyfest.com/)
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To: the invisib1e hand
++++Sooooo, there you have it. 10,000 denominations founded upon..."The Insanity of Luther."++++ That was the easiest discussion on this topic I've ever seen.

That is a lie formed in the pit of hell..oppps i mean the Vatican http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/756707/posts

30 posted on 10/31/2011 12:55:01 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: upsdriver

Isaiah was a holy priest...did he understand the Holiness of God before God revealed it to him??


31 posted on 10/31/2011 12:56:49 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: pyrr1; MEGoody
Yet, a while back someone asserted IRS Pub 78 listed over 100,000 independent protestant churches. I viewed such Pub in hard copy and indeed there were 18 volumes each over 1000 pages per volume. I bet if one had the time one could make an educated guess from this independent source.

I wonder how many Catholic churches, organizations, and dioceses can be found in the same source: a government listing of non-profit corporations. Have you ever heard of a Corporation in Sole?

32 posted on 10/31/2011 5:09:22 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2703506/posts?page=518#518)
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