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  • The Airplane Magisterium and Its Consequences

    07/12/2016 9:17:43 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | July 11, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In my last column before a brief hiatus (to attend the important Roman Forum Conference at Lake Garda, Italy), I promised further discussion of Pope Francis’ latest scandalous inflight press conference, this time on the return to Rome from an utterly pointless (and needlessly expensive) trip to Armenia. At the risk of being facetious, it would appear that at this point in the Bergoglian pontificate one can speak of a Rule of Bergoglio: No Papal Press Conference Shall Be Without at Least One Major Error Against the Faith. This time we had the following whopper concerning Luther, who literally invented...
  • The Lake Garda Statement: Regarding the “Catholic” Apotheosis of Luther

    07/09/2016 6:02:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | July 7, 2016 | multiple; see end of post
    The Lake Garda Statement Regarding the “Catholic” Apotheosis of Luther Final Session of the 24th Annual Roman Forum Summer Symposium Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius July 7th, 2016 Our civilization is so sick that even the best efforts to prop up its few tottering remnants manifest the pathetic illness that has step by step brought the entire structure crumbling down. The disease in question is a willful, prideful, irrational, and ignorant obsession with “freedom”. But this is a malady that gained its initial effective entry into Christendom in union with the concept of the natural world as the realm...
  • A Lutheran Cannot be Pope

    06/27/2016 7:09:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 62 replies
    non veni pacem ^ | June 27, 2016 | non veni pacem
    Kleinjung: Too much beer … Holy Father, I wanted to ask you a question. Today you spoke of the gifts of the shared Churches, of the gifts shared by the Churches together. Seeing that you will go in I believe four months to Lund for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the reformation, I think perhaps this is also the right moment for us not only to remember the wounds on both sides but also to recognize the gifts of the reformation. Perhaps also – this is a heretical question – perhaps to annul or withdraw the excommunication of...
  • Hovering over Rome: The Ghost of Martin Luther

    03/17/2016 7:49:46 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 458 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | March 16, 2016 | Allessandra Nucci
    Rome has found a name for a new Square in the heart of the city, an open space in the middle of a leafy garden park in a choice area near the Coliseum: Martin Luther Square. Almost 500 years after Augustinian monk Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Cathedral of Wittenberg, Swabia (October 1517), and 494 years after the bull of excommunication issued by Pope Leo X ("Decet Romanum Pontificem", January 1521), the city of Rome has honored the man who sparked the Protestant Reformation, a movement premised on what Luther condemned in that very...
  • James Larson on the October Horror (Luther's Revolt) before us

    02/29/2016 3:59:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    The Eye-Witness ^ | February 26, 2016 | An Aged Parent
    Mr James Larson, in a new article on his blog, has brought to our eyes the terrifying reality of what is coming soon from a papacy rapidly going off the rails. If Pope Francis goes ahead with what he is planning this October he will have taken a gigantic step toward the final de-legitimization of his papacy. Almost daily, Francis gives scandal upon scandal, dissolving the Faith as he does so. Blogs and news venues are replete with these events so there is no need for me to rehash them. But they dissolve trust, faith, hope, charity and the teachings...
  • The Pope on Luther and Lutherans

    01/26/2016 7:32:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 274 replies
    St. Louis Catholic ^ | June 15, 1520 | Pope Leo X
    "Rise, Peter, and fulfill this pastoral office divinely entrusted to you as mentioned above. Give heed to the cause of the holy Roman Church, mother of all churches and teacher of the faith, whom you by the order of God, have consecrated by your blood. Against the Roman Church, you warned, lying teachers are rising, introducing ruinous sects, and drawing upon themselves speedy doom. Their tongues are fire, a restless evil, full of deadly poison. They have bitter zeal, contention in their hearts, and boast and lie against the truth. [...] Moreover, because the preceding errors and many others are...
  • Celebrating an Apocalyptic Plague: Pope Francis to Lead "Common worship service" to Commemorate...

    01/25/2016 1:39:05 PM PST · by ebb tide · 71 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 1/25/16 | John Vennari
    Celebrating an Apocalyptic Plague Pope Francis to Lead "Common worship service" to Commemorate 5th Centenary of Lutheran Revolt Note: It is now official what many of us expected. Pope Francis will participate in ceremony commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The January 25 Vatican Bollitano announces: "The Holy Father Francis in Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. His Holiness Francis intends to participate in a joint ceremony of the Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, scheduled to take place in Lund, Sweden on Monday 31 October...
  • Important - Lutherans/Vatican launch "Common Prayer" service extolling Luther and the Reformation

    01/14/2016 11:19:43 AM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 14, 2016 | Augustinus
    This "liturgical order" is characterized by the dominance of Protestant material, and the one-sided praise for the Reformation while nothing at all is said about -- or taken from -- the distinctive elements of Catholic history, theology and heritage. The Reformation and Martin Luther are repeatedly extolled, while the Counter-Reformation and the Popes and Saints of the 16th century are passed over in total silence.
  • Yale’s Halloween Advice Stokes a Racially Charged Debate (PC student mob rule)

    11/12/2015 6:11:49 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 8, 2015 | LIAM STACK
    The debate over Halloween costumes began late last month when the universitys Intercultural Affairs Committee sent an email to the student body asking students to avoid wearing “culturally unaware and insensitive” costumes that could offend minority students. It specifically advised them to steer clear of outfits that included elements like feathered headdresses, turbans or blackface. (clip) In response, Erika Christakis, a faculty member and an administrator at a student residence, wrote an email to students living in her residence hall on behalf of those she described as “frustrated” by the official advice on Halloween costumes. Students should be able to...
  • "Born a Priest, Made a Pastor" (Sermon on Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16)

    11/11/2015 2:10:39 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 10, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Born a Priest, Made a Pastor" (Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16)Circuit Pastors' Conference, November 10, 2015Today is Martin Luther's birthday. He's 532 today, although I'd say he doesn't look a day over 490. Yes, it was on this day, November 10, in the year 1483, that Hans and Margaretha Luther had a baby boy, in the town of Eisleben, Saxony. The next day, November 11, that little squirming baby was taken to the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, there in Eisleben, and he was baptized. Since it was November 11, the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, the boy...
  • The Protesting Pope

    11/10/2015 7:20:15 PM PST · by ebb tide
    The Radical Catholic ^ | November 10, 2015 | The Radical Catholic
    In the 500 years since its inception, the Protestant revolt has evolved from the erroneous opinions of a single mad monk into a thousand-headed hydra of heresy, with each head snapping at the other almost as frequently as at the Catholic Church itself. Nonetheless, the many heads have remained joined at one common point - a point which Protestant theologians such as Paul Tillich and Dietrich Bonhoeffer desired to see writ large on the flag of modern Protestantism: Ecclesia semper reformanda est, i.e. "The Church is always to be reformed." Today, speaking to bishops and faithful gathered in Florence, Pope...
  • Fiorina: Carson, Trump ‘sound a lot like politicians’

    10/16/2015 8:16:53 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/16/15 | Mark Hensch
    Carly Fiorina criticized fellow GOP presidential contenders Ben Carson and Donald Trump for threatening to boycott CNBC's debate. “Well, I think apparently they’re worried about answering questions for three hours,” she told host Megyn Kelly on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” on Thursday night. “For heaven sakes, we have ten candidates on stage,” Fiorina said. "I don’t think three hours is a long time. “They also apparently asked for prepared statements,” she added of Carson and Trump. "You know, prepared statements are what politicians do. “So, honestly, here are two outsiders supposedly. Donald Trump and Ben Carson – they sound...
  • Invading Islamic “Reformation” in Luther’s Germany

    09/22/2015 5:37:57 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 7 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Invading Islamic “Reformation” in Luther’s Germany By Julio Severo Reports from various European news outlets are confirming mass migration rampage events by hordes of Islamists whom the Western media insist in portraying as “refugees”. One of these reports says, Half an hour ago on the border between Italy and Austria I saw a huge crowd of immigrants. With all solidarity to people in difficult circumstances I have to say that what I saw arouses horror. This huge mass of people – sorry – but it’s an absolute wilderness … Vulgar, throwing bottles, shouting “We want Germany”. So what, Germany...
  • The Left Wants To End the Separation of Church and State (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | James Mann
    If there is one thing consistent about the tides of the culture wars, it is that whenever one side is emboldened, it inevitably leads to overreach. The secular Left is proving this point with gusto in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to nationalize gay marriage, calling for the removal of tax exemptions for churches and religious non-profits who continue to hold the tired old definition of marriage that existed all the way up until yesterday. This step, which would crush the budgets of many churches and non-profits, reveals an amusing hypocrisy of the modern Left’s turn against civil...
  • Why I'm Catholic. Sola Scriptura isn't workable Part 1

    In September of 1996 I resigned my ministry as a Protestant pastor to enter the Catholic Church. It was a decision that was easy for me to make in that I was convinced that Catholicism was true and that the Catholic Church was my spiritual home. It was a decision that was nearly impossible to make in that I understood the implications of that decision. I knew what it would entail in practical terms. This was beautifully manifest, shall we say, when three months after leaving the ministry I was waiting tables at a restaurant in Encino. I was standing...
  • By Faith Alone: The Conversion of Martin Luther

    03/22/2015 7:35:22 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 146 replies
    Christian Communicators Worldwide ^ | 2013 | Susan Verstraete
    By Faith Alone: The Conversion of Martin Luther by Susan Verstraete     It was the moment he had been waiting for. His father was in the audience watching, as were his fellow monks. It was time for Martin to offer his first mass, and he was overwhelmed with the solemnity of the event. He led the congregation, saying, “We offer unto Thee, the living, the true, the eternal God.” Suddenly Martin froze. He couldn’t go on. He later wrote:“At these words I was utterly stupefied and terror-stricken. I thought to myself, ‘With what tongue shall I address such...
  • The Fireproof Martin Luther

    03/17/2015 5:15:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 44 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | Aaron Denlinger
    The sixteenth-century papacy never succeeded in setting fire to Martin Luther, much to its chagrin. Support from a string of Saxon princes and political events in the Holy Roman Empire combined to keep Luther from Rome's grasp until he succumbed, aged 62, to a natural death. Intriguingly, there was much speculation in Luther's day and for several centuries afterwards about what would have happened if Rome had succeeded in sending the reformer to the stake -- speculation, that is, about whether he would have actually burned or not. From rather early in Luther's reforming career the opinion circulated that Luther...
  • Luther's Comments About the Jews vs. The Papal Bull "Decet Romanum"

    03/06/2015 7:32:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 22 replies
    Beggars All: Reformation Apologetics ^ | March 4, 2015 | James Swan
    I don't have anything to gain by an exoneration of Luther's obvious societal stereotype against the Jews. Luther was not infallible. He said a number of things ranging on the scale of brilliant to typical to ridiculous to offensive. From my perspective, Luther's theology neither stands or falls because of statements on the negative side of the scale. It's my opinion that Luther's attitude toward the Jews is part of Church history, and, that really, to point a finger at Luther one needs to consistently point the fingers beyond Luther as well. This would be the consistent thing to do. There...
  • Faith Alone v. Forgiving Trespasses: How the Lord's Prayer Contradicts the Reformation

    02/25/2015 11:50:17 AM PST · by NYer · 438 replies
    Catholic Defense ^ | February 25, 2015
    Lines from the Lord's Prayer, in various languages. From the Eucharist Door at the Glory Facade of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain. It's Lent in Rome. That means it's time for one of the great Roman traditions: station churches. Each morning, English-speaking pilgrims walk to a different church for Mass. This morning, on the way to St. Anastasia's, I was once again struck by a line in the Our Father: “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” That's a hard thing to pray, It doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room. Even the Catechism...
  • Our Whole Bodies Are Cleansed (The Original Prot. on Baptism)

    02/23/2015 1:11:03 PM PST · by LearsFool · 53 replies
    Gnesio ^ | 1522 | Martin Luther
    But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit… (Titus 3:5) How beautifully the apostle in these strong words extols the grace of God bestowed in baptism! He refers to baptism as a washing, whereby not our feet only, not our hands, but our whole bodies are cleansed. Baptism perfectly and instantaneously cleanses and saves. For the vital part of salvation and its inheritance, nothing more is necessary...
  • 3 ways to Make the Reformers Proud

    02/17/2015 8:19:50 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 19 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | October 31, 2011 | Clint Archer
    On October 31st 1517 Anno Domini a comically tonsured German monk, with an attitude and a mallet posted the Medieval equivalent of a snarky  blog post on the castle door at Wittenberg. Martin Luther’s 95 Theses voiced irrefragable concerns about doctrine, ecclesiastical abuses, and unbiblical doctrines. The paper was merely intended to spark debate and reform within the Roman Catholic Church.However, the spark blew a little further than the intramural playground of the Vatican. The white squall of God’s Spirit (with a little help from Guttenberg’s press and a Latin-German dictionary) ignited the hearts of the masses, as the...
  • Tim Staples, Luther, and "Error Begets Error," a Review

    02/02/2015 2:11:13 PM PST · by boatbums · 15 replies
    Beggars All: Reformation and Apologetics ^ | Monday, March 25, 2013 | James Swan
    I was sent a link over to a recent Catholic Answers article by Tim Staples: Error Begets Error. The "errors" Mr. Staples has in mind are Luther's understanding of justification without the contribution of human works, Luther's error of claiming Roman Catholics deny the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice, the error of denying free will, the error of "simul justus et peccator," and finally the ultimate error of double predestination. 1. Justification In regard to the first "error," Staples cites the Packer / Johnston translation of Luther's The Bondage of the Will, (he doesn't cite the page number, 294): The assertion...
  • The Gospel in Church History (Part 1)

    01/31/2015 9:49:52 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 115 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | September 12, 2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    It was just over 500 years ago, in the fall of 1510, that a desperate Roman Catholic monk made what he thought would be the spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime.He had become a monk five years earlier—much to the surprise and dismay of his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer. In fact, it was on his way home from law school, that this young man—then 21 years old—found himself in the midst of a severe thunderstorm. The lightning was so intense he thought for sure he was going to die. Fearing for his life, and relying on...
  • The Dark Side of Martin Luther

    11/12/2014 2:58:29 PM PST · by NYer · 99 replies
    catholicdefense ^ | November 11, 2014 | Joe Heschmeyer
    Yesterday was Martin Luther's 531st birthday, and today is the Feast Day of St. Martin. It seems like a fitting time to give an honest assessment of some of the darker parts of Luther's legacy, and consider their implications. There's a popular Luther narrative that plays out a little like Star Wars. A humble son of the Church rises up to overthrow the Dark Side, the Evil Empire, the Roman Catholic Church, all while cominfg to see his true identity. We love an underdog story, so it's easy to root for Luther. And this narrative is an important one,...
  • A Reformation Day homily

    10/31/2014 1:32:56 PM PDT · by chajin · 13 replies
    LCMS Facebook site ^ | 10/31/2014 | Rev. Will Weedon
    A Reformation Day homily: By 1520 the storm Martin Luther stirred up was threatening to become a tsunami engulfing all the Western Church. He still didn’t seem to have the first clue about the threat he’d proven to Church officials and he thought that if the pope himself just heard of this joy that was now his, all would come out okay. So he pens a little book and dedicates it, of all things, to Pope Leo X from his dutiful servant, Martin Luther. And as he thought about how to encapsulate everything he’d been rejoicing in, it came down...
  • Reformation Day

    10/31/2014 9:37:07 AM PDT · by edwinland · 10 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/31/2014 | Timothy George
    It was not Luther’s intention to divide the Church, much less to start a brand new church. To the end of his life, he considered himself to be a faithful and obedient servant of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Though Luther renounced his monastic vows and married a former nun, Katarina von Bora, he never forgot that he had received a doctorate in Holy Scripture. His vocation was to teach the written Word of God and to point men and women to the Lord of Scripture, Jesus Christ. On this Reformation Day, it is good to remember that...
  • Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception

    10/26/2014 8:08:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 184 replies
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | Monday, February 09, 2004 | Dave Armstrong
    Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception Genesis 38:9-10: “But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother. 10 And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him also.” It is an historical fact that no Christian communion sanctioned contraception until the Anglican Lambeth Conference in 1930. Protestant historian Roland Bainton states casually that the Church “very early forbade contraception”...
  • Protecting God’s Word From “Bible Christians”

    10/03/2014 2:33:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 1,085 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 3, 2014 | RICHARD BECKER
    “Stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.” ~ St. Paul to the ThessaloniansA former student of mine is thinking of becoming a Catholic, and she had a question for me. “I don’t understand the deuterocanonical books,” she ventured. “If the Catholic faith is supposed to be a fulfillment of the Jewish faith, why do Catholics accept those books and the Jews don’t?” She’d done her homework, and was troubled that the seven books and other writings of the deuterocanon had been preserved only...
  • Protestants Try to Calm Row Ahead of Luther Celebration

    07/24/2014 6:35:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/24/14 | David V Barrett
    A fierce row between Catholics and Protestants in Germany is the result of a misunderstanding, a German theologian has claimed. Lutheran leaders had invited the Catholic Church to join them in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther published his 95 theses. Luther was opposed to the sale of indulgences, to the Bible not being in the vernacular and to the Church’s doctrinal position on justification through faith – all issues which have seen significant changes over the years. In 1999 the Catholic and Lutheran Churches issued a joint declaration on the doctrine of justification which...
  • The Reformation roots of an independent press

    06/07/2014 1:29:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    World ^ | June 7, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    Martin Luther’s emphasis on literacy helped make modern day journalism possible. Rise of the Corruption Story Unnatural Acts In America, we expect journalists to have some independence from government and other leading power centers. We are not surprised to glance at the morning newspaper or television news show and see exposure of wrongdoing. We assume that the press has a responsibility to print bad news as well as good. And yet, that which seems ordinary to us is unusual in the history of the world, and even in much of the world today. How did the unnatural act of independent...
  • Vatican displays Bible that traveled to moon, and oldest Gospel on record

    04/05/2014 5:31:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 4-05-14
    Between the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical texts in the world, and this microfilm, which contains the Bible and traveled to the moon on board Apollo 14, there is a 2,000-year span. Both pieces are intended to show the uniqueness of the Bible. They're part of the "Verbum Domini” exhibit, which includes 150 other precious artifacts. CARY L. SUMMERS Museum of the Bible, Oklahoma City (USA) "The technology that we have today that didn't exist many years ago, we're able to look at the writing underneath writings, For example in this collection, it's called the Climaci Rescriptus, and in...
  • Martin Luther King's daughter defiant after estate sues for Bible, Nobel prize

    02/06/2014 3:47:44 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | February 6, 2014 | Jason Hanna
    The daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said Thursday that her brothers won't take King's Nobel Peace Prize and traveling Bible from her without a fight. Bernice King alleges her brothers Dexter King and Martin Luther King III want to sell the objects, and she told reporters that she won't stand by to let it happen. The slain civil rights icon's estate -- controlled by his sons -- filed a complaint in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta last week to force Bernice King to turn over the items. "Not on my watch," she said at Atlanta's Ebenezer...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: REFORMATION DOGMA, 01-20-14

    01/20/2014 7:51:14 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-20-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:REFORMATION DOGMA The dogmatic teaching of the original Protestant reformers. They were constrained by the logic of separating from Rome to defend their new doctrinal positions. Thus we find Luther writing numerous treatises on faith, grace, and justification, and John Calvin (1509-64) producing in 1536 his Institutes of the Christian Religion, as the first systematic compendium of Protestant doctrine. "My design in this work," wrote Calvin in the introduction, "has been to prepare and qualify students of theology for the reading of the divine word." The beginnings of the Reformation were thoroughly dogmatic in character. The...
  • The Trouble With Luther

    12/18/2013 8:35:23 AM PST · by GonzoII · 59 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | October 17, 2013 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Luther It is no secret that Martin Luther eliminated all works as having anything to do with our justification/salvation. In what most call his “greatest work,” The Bondage of the Will, Luther commented on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans:The assertion that justification is free to all that are justified leaves none to work, merit or prepare themselves… For if we are justified without works, all works are condemned, whether small or great; Paul exempts none, but thunders impartially against all.Paul’s point in saying justification is a free gift was not to eliminate works as necessary for...
  • Martin Luther's Highway to Heaven-Romans 1:16-17 (Reformation Sunday 2013)

    10/27/2013 12:45:15 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 86 replies
    Keep Believing ^ | October 2006
    October 2006 – It is a mark of our changing times that many people have only a vague idea who Martin Luther is. Most of us have heard his name but we’re not sure where he’s from or what he did or when he lived. Some of us even get him mixed up with someone else. I would venture to say that most of us are aware of the fact that Martin Luther was a religious leader who managed somehow to get a whole denomination named after himself. And some of us are probably aware that Martin Luther had something...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Luther" (2003)

    10/27/2013 12:37:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2003 | Eric Till
  • "A Reformation in Catechesis" (Sermon for Reformation Day, on John 8:31-36)

    10/26/2013 4:02:44 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 27, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Reformation in Catechesis” (John 8:31-36)“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This is the word of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he spoke in John 8:31-32. His word is truth, and this truth sets us free. Free from all our sins, and from our slavery to sin. Free from the burden of the law, which would crush us with its demands we can never meet. Free from our bondage to death and the grave, free to live forever. Yes, “if the Son...
  • Luther: Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong (Reformation Day 2013)

    10/23/2013 5:57:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Beggers All ^ | 19 January 2011
    The following is from the web page Luther, Exposing the Myth, under the heading "On Sin": "Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides... No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day" ['Let Your Sins Be Strong, from 'The Wittenberg Project;' 'The Wartburg Segment', translated by...
  • Martin Luther Believed in Devotion to Mary? (Reformation Day 2013)

    10/22/2013 7:32:08 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    Beggers All ^ | October 18, 2013
    Recently-across-the-Tiber Jason Reed says:"And then, as I started reading the reformers, they're Catholic! Luther believed in the devotion to Mary." While Luther said nice things about Mary, his mature Mariology is not modern-day Roman Catholic Mariology. Saying nice things about Mary is not the same thing as Roman Catholic Marian devotion, both then and now. Young Luther, Saints, and the Virgin Young Luther was enveloped in a religious climate consisting of a host of saints and superstitions. All worked together in a grand scheme of relief from the ravages of medieval life as well as appeasing the always-watching wrathful God....
  • 10 Reasons Why We Should Sing the Psalms

    07/15/2013 5:03:05 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7-15-13 | Uri Brito
    Many of us grew up in theological backgrounds where the psalms were known, but not sung. These theological backgrounds are anomalies throughout the history of the Church. E.F. Harrison observed that "Psalmody was a part of the synagogue service that naturally passed over into the life of the church." Calvin Stapert speaks of the fathers' "enthusiastic promotion of psalm-singing" which he says, "reached an unprecedented peak in the fourth century." James McKinnon speaks of "an unprecedented wave of enthusiasm" for the psalms in the second half of the fourth century. Hughes Oliphint Old argued that Calvin appealed to the church...
  • The Newbie flamewar provocation is NOT THE WORK OF GOD. It is ZOT.

    04/11/2013 6:40:37 AM PDT · by Vermont Crank · 335 replies
    Doctrinal Catechism ^ | 19th century | R E V.   S T E P H E N    K E E N A N.
    THE PROTESTANT PRETENDED REFORMATION
IS NOT THE WORK OF GOD CHAPTER I.     Q. Can any one reasonably believe that the change in religion brought about by Luther is the work of God?     A. No one can believe it, unless he be utterly ignorant of the true nature of religion, and very unlearned in the matters of history.
     Q. Why do you make this answer?
     A. Because, in the first place, the author of the Reformation is not a man of God; secondly, because his work is not the work of God; thirdly, because the means which he...
  • What drove Luther's Hammer

    10/31/2012 7:54:19 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    Modern Reformation ^ | Rod Rosenbladt
    Luther sensed deeply the stare of Christ the Judge standing over him, demanding of him an impossible level of inner purity. Luther's Upbringing Luther was the second son in a family of eight children. His father and mother were sturdy German Bauern (peasants): coarse, credulous, and devout. Often in the beliefs of these untutored folk, elements of old German paganism blended with the Christian story: woods, winds, and water were peopled by elves, gnomes, fairies, mermen and mermaids, sprites and witches; and witchcraft was taken for granted throughout Europe. Young Luther had ample opportunity to witness the mischief and grief...
  • Monday music-The Reformation Polka X2

    10/31/2012 4:13:16 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Biblical Christianity ^ | 10-29-12 | Dan Phillips
    I hope your church is celebrating the Reformation this Wednesday in some joyous, contentful way. If so, surely you'll be singing....
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Martin Luther" (1953)

    10/28/2012 1:00:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1953 | Irving Pichel
    In honor of today being Reformation Sunday, this week's feature is "Martin Luther" (1953), an independent film produced by the Lutheran Church about the founder of the Reformation.
  • "A Lonely Monk, Now Long Ago" (Sermon and hymn for Reformation Day, on Psalm 119:46)

    10/25/2012 1:01:08 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 28, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Lonely Monk, Now Long Ago” (Psalm 119:46)A Lonely Monk, Now Long Ago A lonely monk, now long ago, Nailed truth upon a door; The echoes of that hammer blow Rang out to many more. And when he spoke his “Here I stand,” Although he could be slain, Throughout the realm a growing band Soon followed in his train. Confessors, princes, duty bound, To Augsburg bold they came; Before the king they stood their ground And were not put to shame. Their good confession made that day Proved not to be in vain; Gird us their sons, Lord, that we...
  • THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PACIFISM & NON-VIOLENCE

    01/13/2012 10:30:01 AM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 2-17-2011 | Mark Krikorian
    Soft-headed liberals (sorry for the redundancy) too often confuse non-violent protest with pacifism. In many cases, peaceful protest is an important tool in fighting for liberty. But renouncing the use of violence in principle, under any circumstances, simply makes one an accomplice to evil and is an abomination.
  • Children of the Reformation: A Short & Surprising History of Protestantism & Contraception

    11/13/2011 12:39:39 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    Free Dominion / Pincipled Conservative ^ | May 2007 | Allan Carlson
    It is a reckless analyst who risks reopening sixteenth-century disputes between Roman Catholics and the Protestant Reformers. I do so in the interest of a greater good, but my purpose is not to say who was right or who was wrong. I would simply like to explore why the Protestant churches maintained unity with the Catholic Church on the contraception question for four centuries, only to abandon this unity during the first half of the twentieth century. I write as a historian, not an advocate. (I am a “cradle Lutheran.”) Orders & Disorders To understand the change in Protestant thought...
  • Christ Vs. Moralism

    11/08/2011 5:58:15 PM PST · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Monergism.Com ^ | John Hendryx
    Death is the wages of sin (Rom 6:23) and Jesus Christ had none (Heb 4:15; 1 Pet 2:22; 1 John 3:5; 2 Cor 5:21). Death, therefore, had no rightful claim on Him thus Jesus died an unnatural death. This means that Jesus, the true remnant of Israel, alone fulfilled the covenant from our side, pleasing God. And all who are united to Him share in His distinction that death has no rightful claim on them (6:23b). So Jesus alone is our focus, our religion, our righteousness. Yet we still, as Christians often get caught up in our own spirituality. That...
  • Is the Reformation Over? by R.C. Sproul

    11/03/2011 7:39:32 AM PDT · by fishtank · 51 replies
    Ligonier ^ | Oct. 31, 2011 | RC Sproul
    Is the Reformation Over? by R.C. Sproul Is the Reformation over? There have been several observations rendered on this subject by those I would call “erstwhile evangelicals.” One of them wrote, “Luther was right in the sixteenth century, but the question of justification is not an issue now.” A second self-confessed evangelical made a comment in a press conference I attended that “the sixteenth-century Reformation debate over justification by faith alone was a tempest in a teapot.” Still another noted European theologian has argued in print that the doctrine of justification by faith alone is no longer a significant issue...
  • The Errors of Martin Luther's German Bible

    11/01/2011 6:08:48 PM PDT · by rzman21 · 488 replies
    Sola Scriptura or Prima Luther? What Did Martin Luther Really Believe About the Bible? By COGwriter Most people realize that the Living Church of God (or any of the true Churches of God) cannot be part of the Roman Catholic Church. However, some do not realize that the Living Church of God is not part of the Protestant reformation movement led by Martin Luther (our history predates Luther, and the actual Roman Catholic Church for that matter, please see the History of Early Christianity). Regarding the Bible, the Living Church of God believes that "All Scripture is given by inspiration...