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  • 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...
  • The Reformation Polka

    10/31/2011 8:46:10 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Godtube.com ^ | Robert Gebel
    When I was ein younger man I studied canon law; though Erfurt was a challenge it was just to please my pa. Then came the storm, the lightning struck; I called upon Saint Anne: I shaved my head, I took my vows – an Augustinian. Refrain: Papal bulls, indulgences and transubstantiation: speak your mind against them and face excommunication. Nail your theses to the door, let’s start a reformation, papal bulls, indulgences and transubstantiation. When Tetzel came near Wittenberg, St Peter’s profits soared, so I wrote a little message for the All Saints’ bulletin board; ‘you cannot purchase merit for...
  • Luther & the Reformation

    10/31/2011 1:04:53 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 61 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | 10/31/2011 | R.C. Sproul
    On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther tacked up 95 theses on the church door at Wittenberg. With this act, he hoped to provoke a discussion among the scholars about the abuses of the indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church. He was not trying to create a public furor by any means, but within a fortnight, these theses had spread through the country like wildfire. The last thing Luther had in mind was to start some kind of major controversy, but nevertheless major controversy did begin. From the discussions at Wittenberg, the disputations began to accelerate and escalate. Copies of the...
  • Trick or Treat? It's Martin Luther

    10/31/2011 2:02:29 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    Desiring God ^ | 10-31-2011 | David Mathis
    It was 494 years today that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. He wanted to debate the sale of indulgences with his fellow university professors. He wrote in Latin, but a nameless visionary translated the theses into German, carried them to the printing press, and enabled their dispersion far and wide. Luther ended up with more than he bargained for, but he proved to be no coward in defending the discoveries he was making in Scripture. When the Roman church wouldn’t serve him the treat of sufficiently addressing his concerns, he was consigned to...
  • "'Fear God and Give Him the Glory!': The Slogan of the Lutheran Church Reformation" (Sermon)

    10/30/2011 10:52:15 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 30, 2011 | C. F. W. Walther, Joel Baseley, and Charles Henrickson
    “Fear God and Give Him the Glory!”: The Slogan of the Lutheran Church ReformationReformation Festival Sermon on Revelation 14:6-7 by C. F. W. Walther (1881) Translated by Joel Baseley. Abridged by Charles Henrickson.“Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth, all the earth is full of your glory.” This we cry out today, O Lord our God, along with the cherubim and seraphim. For today we remember the glorious work of the Reformation of the church, which you began and gloriously brought to completion in the sixteenth century. Your glory had been taken from the very midst of your church, the glory...
  • The Insanity of Luther

    10/30/2011 10:50:07 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 31 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | Based on a lecture by R.C. Sproul
    “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...
  • LETU socratic club to present free film on life of Martin Luther

    10/29/2011 8:31:28 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    KETC ^ | October 25, 2011
    Longview, TX — LeTourneau University’s Socratic Club will present a free showing of a film on the life of Martin Luther at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the Berry Auditorium of Glaske Building. The public is invited to celebrate with students the beginning of the Protestant Reformation when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany on Oct. 31, 1517, which is Reformation Day. The film runs 90 minutes. “Martin Luther is a man who changed the world,” said Martin Batts, professor of English and Socratic Club faculty adviser. “We will celebrate Reformation Day...
  • Pope Benedict addresses ecumenical gathering (in Germany)

    09/23/2011 1:12:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 23, 2011
    On Friday Pope Benedict addressed representatives of the Protestant EKD (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland), a federation of 22 Lutheran, Unified and Reformed Protestant regional church bodies in Germany, headed by Council Chair Nikolaus Schneider. The encounter took place in the former Augustinian Convent in Erfurt, which was once the home of Martin Luther. The full text of the Pope’s remarks is published below:Ladies and Gentlemen, As I begin to speak, I would like first of all to thank you for this opportunity to come together with you. I am particularly grateful to Pastor Schneider for greeting me and welcoming me...
  • The Protest of a Protestant Minister Against Birth Control

    06/09/2010 7:16:01 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 9 replies · 31+ views
    Mercy Seat Christian Church ^ | Rev. Matthew Trewhella
    The Protest of a Protestant Minister Against Birth Control by Rev. Matthew Trewhella Sunlight was just beginning to break over the darkness of the morning as my wife and I headed toward the entrance of the cold brick-faced building. Fear and apprehension gripped me each step of the way. A thousand questions and thoughts raced through my mind. "How much pain will there be? Why the heck did I ever do this in the first place? Maybe I should just leave." As I entered the door, I figured these were my last moments to bolt and run. I thought back...
  • The Washington Post on the evil of contraception

    10/23/2010 1:50:52 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 196 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post | March 22, 1931 | Editors
    Until the Anglican Lambeth Conference of 1930 no Christian denomination had ever said that contraception could ever be objectively right. The Washington Post, in an editorial on March 22, 1931, said of the Federal Council of Churches' endorsement of Lambeth: “It is impossible to reconcile the doctrine of the divine institution of marriage with any modernistic plan for the mechanical regulation of or suppression of human life. The Church must either reject the plain teachings of the Bible or reject schemes for the ‘ scientific’ production of human souls. Carried to its logical conclusion, the committee’s report, if carried into...
  • The Pelagian Captivity of the Church

    08/06/2011 5:31:10 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 52 replies
    Modern Reformation ^ | 08/06/2011 | R.C. Sproul
    Shortly after the Reformation began, in the first few years after Martin Luther posted the Ninety-Five Theses on the church door at Wittenberg, he issued some short booklets on a variety of subjects. One of the most provocative was titled The Babylonian Captivity of the Church. In this book Luther was looking back to that period of Old Testament history when Jerusalem was destroyed by the invading armies of Babylon and the elite of the people were carried off into captivity. Luther in the sixteenth century took the image of the historic Babylonian captivity and reapplied it to his era...
  • That Martin Luther? He wasn’t so bad, says Pope Benedict

    08/02/2011 8:54:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    Times Online ^ | 03/2008 | Richard Owen in Rome
    Pope Benedict XVI is to rehabilitate Martin Luther, arguing that he did not intend to split Christianity but only to purge the Church of corrupt practices. Pope Benedict will issue his findings on Luther (1483-1546) in September after discussing him at his annual seminar of 40 fellow theologians — known as the Ratzinger Schülerkreis — at Castelgandolfo, the papal summer residence. According to Vatican insiders the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic. Cardinal Walter Kasper, the head of the pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said the move would help...
  • Corapi corrupted part V: an orthodox Catholic schools a modern Lutheran

    07/24/2011 9:11:58 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 40 replies
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 7-21-11 | Tom O'Toole
    It's sad to see the Roman Catholics feed on each other like this. How unsavory! As a Lutheran, I find it more important to look for the positive Christian contributions of Mr. Corapi, which are significant. And while Luther reformed the "pay for indugence" [sic] scams of early Popes, Mr. Corapi may correct the misguided investigation procedures directly related to the anxiety ridden child abuse chronciles [sic] of the Roman Catholic Church. --Anonymous, 7-10-11 [F]irst to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will...
  • Did Martin Luther Act Infallibly in Defining What Books Belong in the Bible?

    01/23/2011 5:12:54 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 455 replies
    Self | January 2011 | Aquinasfan
    Did Martin Luther Act Infallibly in Defining What Books Belong in the Bible? If Luther did not act infallibly: - How can Protestants be certain that they have an infallible collection of Books in Holy Scripture? - How can the Bible be the sole rule of faith, if no one knows with certainty which books belong in the Bible? If Luther acted infallibly: - How do you know?
  • Here I Stand

    01/19/2011 3:55:36 PM PST · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | Tuesday, January 18, 2011
    There was once a great man who managed to upset the religious leaders of his day. They were screaming for his blood because he had both bypassed their own power structure, and had gained a large popular following. He had taught those under his influence that the traditions they had received were wrong, distortions of the Word, and called them to something far older, something far more biblical. And the world was being turned upside down. Those in authority accused the man of heresy, demanding that he cease and desist. And then, the most amazing thing happened. The history tells...
  • CAIR Hijacks Martin Luther King Day to Advance Islamic Supremacism Over All

    01/17/2011 9:29:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    atlas shrugs ^ | 1/16/11 | Pamela Gellar
    It is not lost on me that the Hamas group CAIR would hijack the annual day of remembrance from the passionate zionist and anti-supremacist, Dr. Martin Luther King. They have no shame and no respect for anyone or anything except advancing Islam and the sharia in the West. CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator and Muslim Brotherhood proxy in the largest Hamas funding trial in US history. Acccording to a captured internal document entered into evidence in that trial, their stated goal is "eliminating and destroying western civilizartion from within." CAIR is vulger, debased and utterly morally bankrupt, but they...
  • Acton Institute Partners with Refo500

    01/04/2011 6:49:44 AM PST · by Alex Murphy
    Earned Media ^ | Jan. 3, 2011 | John Couretas
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 3, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty is joining forces with Refo500, a project that aims to bring international attention to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Leading up to the anniversary in 2017 of Martin Luther's posting of his "Ninety-Five Theses," Refo500 is engaging with a variety of partner organizations to promote the importance of the Reformation period and its relevance for today's world. "Refo500 has the potential to help Acton bring its message about the relationship between faith and freedom to a broad and diverse audience...
  • Happy excommunication dayMartin Luther excommunicated

    01/03/2011 10:40:41 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 538 replies
    This Day in History ^ | 01/03/2011 | not stated
    On January 3, 1521, Pope Leo X issues the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem, which excommunicates Martin Luther from the Catholic Church. Martin Luther, the chief catalyst of Protestantism, was a professor of biblical interpretation at the University of Wittenberg in Germany when he drew up his 95 theses condemning the Catholic Church for its corrupt practice of selling indulgences, or the forgiveness of sins. He followed up the revolutionary work with equally controversial and groundbreaking theological works, and his fiery words set off religious reformers all across Europe. In January 1521, Pope Leo X excommunicated Luther. Three months later,...
  • Reformation Day

    10/31/2010 6:58:53 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 62 replies
    Monergism ^ | 10/31/2010 | none given
    Reformation Day is a religious holiday celebrated on October 31st or the last weekend in October in remembrance of the Reformation. Martin Luther posted a proposal at the doors of a church in Wittenberg, Germany to debate the doctrine and practice of indulgences. This proposal is popularly known as the 95 Theses, which he nailed to the Castle Church doors. This was not an act of defiance or provocation as is sometimes thought. Since the Castle Church faced Wittenberg's main thoroughfare, the church door functioned as a public bulletin board and was therefore the logical place for posting important notices....
  • "Justification: It's What Holds the Reformation Together" (Sermon on Romans 3:19-28)

    10/30/2010 9:08:56 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 31, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Justification: It’s What Holds the Reformation Together” (Romans 3:19-28)Today is Reformation Day. It was on this day 493 years ago, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, thus sparking the great Reformation of the Christian church. We are the heirs of that Reformation, blessed to be so, and so we join with Lutherans all around the globe today in celebrating that historic event and all the blessings of pure doctrine and sound practice that came from it. How do we celebrate the Reformation? By believing in and...
  • THE UNREDEEMED CONSCIENCE IS UNRELIABLE

    10/17/2010 5:39:48 AM PDT · by rhema · 4 replies
    David Barnhart ^ | 10/ | David Barnhart
    Truth is timeless! Neither God nor His Word are subject to change. “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Yet, we are being told today by preachers and politicians that we must change with the times and not be so unyielding in our positions regarding correct doctrine and morality. Such advice is a slippery slope to hell. In this critical hour, it is imperative that each Christian examines his or her heart in light of the Scriptures to determine exactly what God has spoken and...
  • Lutherans' Ecumenical Journey Highlighted by Unexpected Moments

    09/30/2010 6:33:05 PM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 30 September AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA NEWS SERVICE September 30, 2010 Lutherans' Ecumenical Journey Highlighted by Unexpected Moments 10-256-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Two Lutherans retracing Martin Luther's 1510 journey from Erfurt, Germany, to Rome report that "unexpected company or hospitality" from people they've met are among the best moments they've experienced so far. The Rev. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson and her husband, Dr. Andrew Lars Wilson, left Erfurt on foot Aug. 22 and are now in Italy. Luther was an Augustinian friar who created controversy with his 95 Theses. Luther's statement, which he nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in...
  • Catholic Reform vs Protestant Reform

    07/01/2010 10:50:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    CMR ^ | June 29, 2010 | Taylor Marshall
    Taylor Marshall, a Catholic convert, is one of our favorite bloggers. We've asked him to write a few guest posts for us this month and he kindly agreed. He's a lot smarter than us so be prepared for some high falutin poly syllabic words. And check out his blog as well. A Protestant reader of Canterbury Tales recently asked why Catholics believe that tolerating heresy is "noble," and also wondered why the Catholic Church condemned the Protestant Reformers who sought to bring about reform. The reader writes: So heretical teaching within the Catholic Church should be kept unchecked because that...
  • Aquinas vs. Luther: A Brief Excerpt from Chesterton

    06/19/2010 10:55:53 AM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 17 replies · 263+ views
    gutenberg.net (how's that for irony?) ^ | 1923 | G. K. Chesterton
    ...For there was one particular monk in that Augustinian monastery in the German forests, who may be said to have had a single and special talent for emphasis; for emphasis and nothing except emphasis; for emphasis with the quality of earthquake. He was the son of a slatecutter; a man with a great voice and a certain volume of personality; brooding, sincere, decidedly morbid; and his name was Martin Luther. Neither Augustine nor the Augustinians would have desired to see the day of that vindication of the Augustinian tradition; but in one sense, perhaps, the Augustinian tradition was avenged after...