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The Insanity of Luther: The Holiness of God with R.C. Sproul


I’d like to begin this session with a
question from church history. See if you can identify for me the famous theologian
who was once described by a contemporary who had more authority than he did as a
wild pig. Well by now, obviously, the name has popped into your mind. I’m referring,
of course, to Martin Luther, and the one who referred to him as a wild pig was Pope
Leo. In the papal bull that excommunicated Luther, the name of the bull was Exsurge
Dominae, which is taken from the opening lines of this papal statement that was
sent from the Vatican, and the opening words mean this: “Rise up, oh lords.
Defend your cause, for,” as the Pope goes on to say, “there is a wild boar loose in
your vineyard.” According to legend Pope Leo had other things to say about Luther
after Luther had posted his ninety-five theses that had created such a stir
throughout Germany and that controversy that spread across Europe and had reached
the Vatican in Rome. When it came to the attention of Leo, Leo said, “Ah! He is a
drunken German. He’ll change his mind when he’s sober.” And I say that to call
attention to the fact that in the Sixteenth Century it was acceptable in
theological disputatio to discuss matters not in a genteel, polite form of dialogue,
but rather in a rather acerbic form of polemical debate. And so if you read the
writings of the Sixteenth Century, on both sides of the controversy, it seems as
though these people are ruthless in their attacks upon each other. But even in that
crowd of ruthless debate, Martin Luther was in a class by himself. He was so
intemperate, so bombastic, so rude at times that people have even suggested that
he suffered from a mental problem. That’s what I’d like to consider in this session:
the judgment from the perspective of twentieth century psychoanalysis is, or
has been made, that Martin Luther was in fact, insane, and if you are a Protestant
and that verdict is true, that means the roots of your own religions persuasion
could be traced to that of a madman. Now it’s somewhat fascinating to see how
historians can think that they can go back into the past and watch the grass growing
from a perspective of two thousand years later. Well there’s no boundaries to the
optimism of certain psychoanalysts who think that they can go back into the pages
of history and from a large distance be able to diagnose the psychological state
of somebody who lived four hundred years ago or five hundred years ago, or however.
And there have been those who have actually come to the conclusion that
Martin Luther was crazy — that he was insane. But what I want to ask is this:
why? What would people see in Luther that would provoke them to think perhaps the
man was out of his mind. I’ve mentioned already this extraordinary intemperance of
Luther. You read, for example, his famous work on the bondage of the will, which is
a response to the sophisticated, humanist scholar Erasmus of Rotterdam, where
Erasmus had written a word against Luther entitled “The Diatribe.” And when Luther
responded to Erasmus, he would say things like this: “Erasmus, you fool, you stupid
idiot.” He said, “Why is it that I even take the time to listen to the flimsy
arguments that you give?” He said, “Oh, you — you are eloquent. Your pen is
magnificent.” He said, “But reading the material that you have written,” he said,
“is just like watching somebody walking down the street carrying gold and silver
plates that are filled with dung.” That’s the way Luther would engage in theological
debate. I won’t translate those words into the vernacular, but I think you get the
idea. Not only was Luther intemperate in his speech, but he was clearly neurotic,
particularly about his health. He was a hypochondriac. He suffered from nervous
anxiety and a nervous stomach his whole life, and I can relate to that. He had
kidney stones. I can relate to that. He predicted his death six or seven times.
Every time Luther got a stomachache he was sure it was a fatal disease, and he was
always looking over his shoulder, thinking that the Hound of Heaven was about to
pounce on him and visit him with some kind of judgment. And his phobias were many and
legendary. He had such a fear of the wrath of God that early on in his ministry
somebody put this question to him: “Brother Martin, do you love God?” You
know what he said? He said, “Love God? You ask me if I love God? Love God? Sometimes
I hate God. I see Christ as a consuming judge who is simply looking at me to
evaluate me and to visit affliction upon me.” Imagine a young man preparing for
the ministry declaring that he goes through periods of hating God, and that
hatred was inseparably related to this paralyzing fear that Luther expressed that
he had about God. We know that as a young man his father had plans for Luther to be
a distinguished lawyer, and old Hans Luther, who was a coalminer in Germany,
saved his money to make it possible for his son to go to the finest law school on
the continent, and when Luther became a law student, he distinguished himself very
quickly as one of the most brilliant young minds in the field of jurisprudence in all
of Europe. But in the midst of that experience, he was coming home one
afternoon, riding on horseback when suddenly this storm arose without warning,
and Luther found himself trapped on the road in the midst of a violent electrical
storm. And the lightning was flashing, and the thunder was banging, and suddenly a
lightning bolt came and landed so close to his horse that Luther was thrown from the
horse onto the ground, and he had to feel his body to see if he was still alive. And
there, what he did in the midst of that narrow escape from death, he cried out,
“Saint Anne, help me! I will become a monk.” And he took this narrow brush with
death as a divine omen on his life and as a call to the ministry. So he — to his
father’s everlasting displeasure — he dropped out of law school and enrolled in
the monastery and began to take training to become a priest. Now there aren’t too
many people that have that kind of a reaction to a close encounter with
lightning. I remember a few years ago that the Western Open, outside of Chicago,
three prominent members of the Professional Golf Tour were injured by a
close bolt of lightning, including Lee Trevino. And they survived this difficult
experience, and shortly thereafter Trevino appeared on a talk show — a late-night
talk show — and the host said to him, “Now Mr. Trevino, what did you learn from
this experience of almost being killed by a lightning bolt?” And Trevino smiled, and
he said, “I learned that when the Almighty wants to play through, you get out of His
way. ” And then Trevino went on to quip, he said, “I’ve also learned to take
precautions any time that I’m involved in a lightning storm now.” And the host
said, “Well what do you do?” He said, “Well now if I see lightning, I
immediately pull out my 1-iron and walk down the fairway holding it in the air.”
And he said, “Why in the world would you hold a metal stick up in the air? It’s
like a lightning rod.” And he said, “No, no, no.” He said, “Even God can’t hit a
1-iron.” So Trevino responded to his close brush with death from lightning with
typical jocularity and flippancy, where Luther was driven to change his entire
life, to enter into the monastery, to give up his career — not out of a love for God
but out of a phobic preoccupation with the wrath of God. Well then the day finally
came where Luther was to be ordained and to celebrate his first mass, and finally
his father and family had somewhat made their peace with their son’s precipitous
decision, and Hans Luther decided to come and attend the celebration of the first
mass that his son is going to perform. And as you know, Luder — Luther — had
distinguished himself in school as an outstanding scholar and as an outstanding
speaker, and so people were waiting in eager anticipation for his presentation
and performance of his first mass. Now you have to understand this: that in the Roman
Catholic church, in the celebration of the mass, the belief of the Roman Catholic
church is that in the midst of this observation, a divine, supernatural,
immediate miracle takes place where, during the prayer of consecration, that
can be offered by one who has gone through holy orders and has been consecrated as a
priest, during the prayer of consecration the miracle takes place — the miracle
that is called transubstantiation where even though the appearance of bread and
wine remains the same and no one can discern any observable change in these
elements, nevertheless Rome believes that there is a substantive change, an
essential change in these elements that they call transubstantiation. That is,
that the substance of the bread and wine are changed into the substance of the very
body and blood of Christ while the accidens — that is the external,
perceivable qualities of bread and wine — remain the same. This is the miracle, and
Luther had prepared himself in his training for this moment when he would
make this prayer over the elements and the divine mystery would take place so that
after the consecration happened, in the hands of the son of a coal miner would be
not bread, not wine, not the common elements from the earth, but nothing less
than the holy body and blood of Jesus Christ. And so the moment in the mass came
where the prayer would be uttered, and everyone waited for Luther to say the
words of consecration. And he came to that point in the mass, and this one who was so
arrogant, so obviously capable of public speaking, he approached that moment, and
suddenly he froze. He began to tremble, and his lips moved, but no words came out.
And it’s like the people sat in the congregation trying to will the words out
of his mouth, and his father was hiding his face in embarrassment that his son
couldn’t even get through the simple celebration of the mass that he had
memorized a thousand times. Everyone thought he simply forgot the lines. He
didn’t forget the lines. He finally just mumbled them and rapidly completed the
mass and left the chancel in profound embarrassment, but he explained later that
it wasn’t a mental lapse, but rather he began to contemplate the idea that this
one who was a sinful human being would dare have the audacity to hold in his
filthy hands the precious body and blood of Christ. And Luther was so overcome with
his unworthiness that he froze at that moment. Oh, there are other stories about
Luther that indicate the extraordinary character of his behavior. We remember
that after the reformation was underway and a dispute came up between the
Calvinists and the Lutherans about the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and
there was every effort to reach an agreement between these two strong forces
of Protestantism, and they met at a very important symposium, and there they were
discussing their differences. Luther insisted on the corporeal presence of the
body of Christ in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and he just took his fist
and began to bang on the table over and over again. “Hoc est corpus meum. Hoc est
corpus meum,” like Nikita Khrushchev did at the United Nations decades ago when he
took his shoe off and started pounding on the table for attention. Luther wouldn’t
debate; he wouldn’t discuss. He just kept saying over and over again, “This is my
body.” He was a strange fellow. They say perhaps the thing that would most indicate
his insanity is the apparent commitment to megalomania. I mean how else can you
explain a person being willing to defy every authority structure of this world
and to stand utterly alone as a young priest against all of the authorities of
the church, against the pope, against church counsels, against the finest
theologians in the land. Well he went through all of these debates at Leipzig.
He debated at — with Martin Eck. He debated with Cardinal Cajetan. He went and
got himself in trouble with the pope, and now, finally the whole discussion comes to
a climax where Luther is invited to the Diet — the Imperial Diet of Worms — and
at Worms Luther is on trial, and he is going to be asked to recant of his
writings. And he’s to be on trial not only before the ecclesiastical authorities but
also before the secular authorities, and he’s granted safe conduct to come to this
momentous occasion for his trial; and before he gets there, in typical fashion
they ask him, “Well what are you going to say when you get to Worms?” And he said
this: He said, “Previously I used to speak of the pope as the vicar of Christ, but
now I’m going to say that the pope is the adversary of Christ, the vicar of Satan.”
I mean that’s the kind of statements that he would make — less than tactful and
diplomatic. So the world was watching when the stage was set for the Imperial Diet of
Worms, and Luther came into the hall; and Hollywood would have you look at it this
way: that Luther marched into the judgment hall, and he stood there alone as the
center of attention as the gallery, the crowd, the princes of the church and
princes of the state peered down at him from their lofty seats, and the inquisitor
stood up and read the charges and pointed to the books that were on the table next
to Luther, and they said, “Martin Luther, will you recant of these writings?” And
the Hollywood version is this: that Luther looked up into the gallery and he saw the
representatives of the emperor, of the Holy Roman Empire, and he saw the princes
of Germany, and he saw the bishops and the representatives from the Curia in Rome,
and he said, “Unless I am convinced by sacred Scripture or by evident reason, I
will not recant! For my conscience is held captive by the Word of God, and to act
against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. God help me, I can do
no other!” Boom! And on with the Reformation. That’s not how it happened.
At that moment in church history, when the question was put to Martin Luther, “Martin
Luther, will you recant?” do you know what he said? He answered the question, and
nobody in the hall could hear what he said. They said, “What did he say? What
did he say? Speak up, Luther? What did you say? Will you recant of these writings?”
And he looked at the authorities, and he said, “Could I have twenty-four hours to
think it over?” He didn’t know if he was right, and he was granted the additional
time, and he retired to his cell for private prayer and meditation; and he
wrote a prayer that night, which has survived to this day. And I’d like to read
a portion of that prayer to you so that you can get a feeling for the anguish of
soul that Martin Luther endured the night before the final verdict. For Luther, this
was a private Gethsemane, and he prayed like this: “Oh, God, Almighty God
everlasting, how dreadful is the world. Behold how its mouth opens to swallow me
up, and how small is my faith in thee. Oh the weakness of the flesh and the power of
Satan. If I am to depend upon any strength in this world, all is over. The knell is
struck; sentence has gone forth. Oh, God, oh God, oh thou my God, help me against
all the wisdom of this world. Do this, I beseech thee. Thou shouldest do this, by
thine own mighty power. For the work is not mine but thine. I have not business
here. I have nothing to contend for with these great men of the world. I would
gladly pass my days in happiness and peace, but the cause is yours, and it is
righteous and everlasting, oh Lord. Help, oh faithful and unchangeable God. I lean
not upon man. It were vain. Whatever is of man is tottering. Whatever proceeds from
him must fail. My God, my God, dost thou not hear? My God, art thou no longer
living? Nay, thou canst not die; thou dost but hide thyself. Thou hast chosen me for
this work; I know it. Therefore, oh God, accomplish thine own will and forsake me
not for the sake of thy well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ, my defense, my buckler, my
stronghold.” And it goes on like this. And on the morrow, when Luther returned to
the hall at the Diet of Worms, and again the inquisitor put the question to him, he
said, “Brother Martin, will you now recant of these teachings?” And again Luther
hesitated for a moment, and he said, “Unless I’m convinced by sacred Scripture,
or by evident reason, don’t you see I can’t recant. My conscience is held
captive by the Word of God, and to act against conscience is neither right nor
safe. Here I stand. I can’t do anything else. God, help me.” Megalomania? Visions
of grandeur? Maybe. One other point — in fact the aspect of Luther’s life that
really makes people think he was nuts. It goes back to his years in the monastery.
It was the function and the practice of every young priest in the monastery to go
through the order and the rule of the monastery to give a daily confession to
his father confessor, and as a matter of routine the other brothers would come into
the confessional, and they would say, “Father, I have sinned, and hear my
confession.” He’d say, “Well what did you do?” “Well last night after lights out I
used a candle, and I read an extra three chapters in the Psalms when I wasn’t
supposed to.” Or, “Yesterday afternoon I coveted Brother Henry’s chicken leg at the
lunch hall.” I mean how much trouble can you get in in a monastery? These guys
would give their confession, and the father confessor would say, “Say so many
“Hail Marys,” do these penance,” and send them back to their labors as monks.
And then Luther would come to the confessional. He would say, “Father,
forgive me for I have sinned. It’s been twenty-four hours since my last
confession,” and he would begin to recite the sins that he had committed in the past
twenty-four hours. And it would take him not five minutes or ten minutes, not a
half an hour or an hour, but there were days after days where Luther would spend
in the confessional reciting his sins of the past day, and it would take him two
hours or three hours, and four hours, to the point that it was driving the
superiors in the monastery crazy. And they complained to him. They said, “Brother
Martin, stop this preoccupation with peccadilloes. If you’re going to confess
something, make it a real sin.” But all Luther was doing was all these small,
little things that it was — and it began to feel that he was goldbricking. They
said, “What is it? You like to spend your time here in the confessional? You don’t
like to do the tasks that are assigned to you as a priests” But his confessor
understood that Luther, whatever else, was earnest about this, and Luther revealed
later that he would come out of the confessional after a three or four-hour
marathon, and he would hear the words of the priest saying, “Your sins are
forgiven,” and he would feel light-hearted and joyous as he returned to
his cell until suddenly he would remember a sin that he had committed that he forgot
to confess. And all of the joy and all of the peace vanished. Now that’s crazy if,
by modern psychiatric terms, we understand that a person has normal, built-in defense
mechanisms to defend against our own guilt afflictions. We are very, very adept at
guilt-denial and guilt-justification as human beings. They say sometimes that
there’s a thin line between insanity and genius, and that those who are geniuses
sometimes transverse back and forth across the line. And I suspect, perhaps, that’s
what happened with Luther because the thing that the psychiatrists overlook
about this man is this: that before Luther ever studied theology he had already
distinguished himself with brilliance as a student of the law, and he took that
sharply, acute, trained legal mind, and he applied it to the law of God; and then he
would look at the law of God and its demands — the fullness of the demands of
perfection — and he would analyze himself in light of the holy law of God, and he
couldn’t stand the results. He kept evaluating himself not by comparing
himself to other human beings but by looking at the standard at the character
of God, the righteousness of God. As he saw himself so awful in comparison to the
righteousness of God that after awhile he began to hate any idea of the
righteousness of God. Then one night, as he was preparing his lectures as a doctor
in theology, to teach his students at the University of Wittenberg in the doctrines
and the teachings of the apostle Paul in the book of Romans, as he was reading the
first chapter and reading the commentaries and reading a passage that Augustine had
written centuries later, he came to Romans one, and he read these words: “For the
righteousness is revealed by faith, and the just shall live by faith.” And
suddenly the concept burst upon his mind that what this passage was teaching in
Romans was that it was discussing the righteousness of God — not that
righteousness by which God himself is righteous, but it was describing the
righteousness of God that God provides for you and for me graciously, freely to
anyone who puts their trust in Christ. Anyone who puts their trust in Christ
receives the covering and the cloak of the righteousness of Christ. And Luther said,
“It broke into my mind, and I realized for the first time that my justification, that
my station before God is established not on the basis of my own naked
righteousness, which will always fall short of the demands of God, but it rests
solely and completely on the righteousness of Jesus Christ, which I must hold on to
by trusting faith.” He said, “And when I understood that, for the first time in my
life I understood the gospel, and I looked and beheld the doors of Paradise swung
open, and I walked through.” And it’s like Luther said to the world, from that
day forward, to popes and to counsels, to diets and to kings, “The just shall live
by faith — justification by faith alone. God is holy, and I am not is the article
upon which the church stands or falls, and I negotiate it with nobody because it’s
the gospel.” Is that crazy? Ladies and gentlemen, if that’s crazy I pray that God
would send an army of insane people like that into this world that the gospel may
not be eclipsed, that we might understand that in the presence of a holy God that
how we, who are unjust may be justified, is by the fact that God, in His holiness,
without negotiating His holiness, has offered us the holiness of His Son as a
covering for our sin that whoever believes on Him should not perish but have
everlasting life. That is the gospel for which Luther was prepared to die. Let’s
pray. Father we thank you for the testimony of this madman, that he
understood how desperately we need a righteousness that is not our own to cover
our own lack of righteousness. Father we thank you that you have not dangled us
over the pit of hell like you did to Luther, that you have not driven us to the
point of despair before we’ve been able to see the sweetness and the glory of Christ;
but if that’s what it takes for anyone who hears this message to embrace, and I pray,
oh God, that the Hound of Heaven may be sent to the conscience of everyone who
refuses that grace until, like Luther, they are ready to leap for joy in
understanding that their righteousness is in Christ and in Christ alone. Amen.

Otis Rodgers

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57 COMMENTS

  1. VenetianSnus Posted on April 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    What a complete and total waste of sperm RC Sproul is.

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  2. gdscjs Posted on May 7, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    VenetianSnus needs prayer. All — please pray for him! I read RC Sproul's book "The Holiness of God" several years ago and this was the definite turning point in my Christian life. As an uninformed Christian who knew very little about God and His character — this one realization revolutionized my walk with Him. He IS worthy! He IS holy! He IS Almighty! And someday all creation will witness His majesty — deservedly so. The Almighty more than deserves our worship and adoration and I personally can thank RC Sproul for opening my eyes to God's worth and holiness. Thank you, RC!

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  3. Anonymous Watchers Posted on June 9, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Luther taught baptismal regeneration.  Which means he claimed water baptism is needed for salvation.

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  4. Phillip Pasteur Posted on October 11, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Is this elder or RC, Jr?

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  5. Sheldon Bass Posted on February 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Truly, I enjoy having the truth "Sprouled" out in front of me, that I might easily comprehend. Thank you Dr. Sproul (No offense intended with the affectionate play on his name).

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  6. DR in TX Posted on February 21, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Thank you God for saving us from the heretical, anti-Biblical Roman Catholic 'church'. Thank you for Luther!

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  7. Elly Baerman Posted on September 18, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    I've been on a Luther kick lately, learning more about him. So many details to pore over. This was a shorter version and fun and insightful. I am glad I saw it! thanks!

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  8. LINTON BROWNE Posted on November 13, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Thanks DR Sproul , Truth must continue to be told. The only way to find our way home.

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  9. Wee Fishy Posted on March 30, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    This shows how little the Catholic Church was using the Bible to teach its clergy. Martin Luther was Biblically ignorant.

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  10. Joseph Mauro Posted on April 18, 2018 at 12:38 am

    You know, R.C. always thought of himself as more of a teacher than a pastor. That is why he spent much of his time in theological academia, teaching at the college and seminary level, rather than becoming a pastor of a local church body (although in later years until his passing he was pastor at St. Andrews in Sanford Florida). But in my estimation this man was, perhaps unknowingly on his part, one of the best pastors of modern times when he was teaching. He had a way of communicating the gospel that was readily received by the listener on whatever level the listener stood.

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  11. Robert Burke Posted on May 16, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvUHsqRCALg Best Sermon on Revival & The Third Great Awakening – Our Next Real Azusa Street!

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  12. Mike Morgan Posted on May 19, 2018 at 12:30 am

    This! A thousand times this!!

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  13. Rose Mary Morin Posted on July 30, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    AWESOME!!!!!!!

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  14. PlanetRockJesus Posted on August 22, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Sproul is saved and loves God, yet he embraced the lunacy of Calvin, and spread Calvin's idiocy far and wide.

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  15. Friendly Fire Posted on January 18, 2019 at 6:11 am

    16 ppl got in trouble in the monastery…

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  16. runs with sharpobjects Posted on April 2, 2019 at 12:11 am

    This is a man that could teach any subject and make it incredibly interesting and meaningful. So few like him.

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  17. ergia Posted on April 25, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    The Word of God and the Holy Spirit is your teacher who will guide you to all truth. Jesus didn't leave us orphans. "Christ in you the hope of Glory." The Gospel is supernatural. The denominations must teach what the Word teaches. Your source and loyalty is to Christ, not your denomination.

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  18. Rooije Merwe Posted on May 4, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    amen. I dont always have the patience to sit through a whole clip to get to the turn around. Why not get to the point earlier? Pitty you never referenced Luther's commentary on the epistle to the Galations. Galations was Luther's favourite book btw.

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  19. g6ge Posted on June 3, 2019 at 3:04 am

    still one of the best things ive ever listened to, blessings friends

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  20. Bob Saturday Posted on June 13, 2019 at 7:21 am

    why call it the "insanity" ??? he was one of the few sane ones of that time , though possibly drunk occasionally
    does sound like some of the extreme supposed outbursts indicate a dedicated young man approaching his studies and life with the passion and depth that ultimately changed history .

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  21. Michael Boyd Posted on July 2, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Is this wear the limateanuty cam form out of the timpeal of Muslims

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  22. John Browne Posted on July 6, 2019 at 1:01 am

    I don't believe a single thing that comes out of Sproul's mouth about Luther or anyone else. He's a fake Christian and a traitor to Jesus Christ.

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  23. Mandy Côté Posted on July 8, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Ephesians 4! The denominational system is an enemy of Christ and is NOT part of the bride for they are an enemy of the Church…the bride and the Church are one of the SAME just as the God-head are ONE of the same!!! Divided you stand the GREATER you WILL fall…scripture has SPOKEN and has said it ALL!!!

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  24. Mathieu van Leeuwen Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:19 am

    RC reminds me of mr. Beal from the movie "Network".

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  25. The Martas Posted on July 20, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Luther was so honest. Almost impossible was it for him to sew fig leaves on himself. He is a great friend and helper to me! At times when I am depressed his words pull me up to my feet, such as when he reminds me of this” your depression is none other than the flaming arrows of Satan and his emissaries”.

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  26. TA3P - The Annex 3 Project Posted on July 24, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Cult versus cult, exciting? 😎

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  27. LD LR Posted on July 26, 2019 at 11:18 am

    If a person needs 24 hrs to think about their stance on Lord Jesus Christ that says enough. A true believer will not hesitate for 1 second.
    Martin Luther was a sick man. No one needed Luther for a translation of the Bible.
    Many men before him were spreading The word of Lord Jesus Christ and were martyrs in doing so.
    I need need not Martin Luther for my salvation nor translation of God's Word.
    Martin Luther hated Jews and mocked Jesus Christ because the Jewish people did not bow down and follow him after his catholic church problem.
    People need to seek out and learn about true men of God and gave their lives for spreading the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ.
    Martin Luther will not be one.
    Again remember he needed 24 hrs also he tried to get the book of James taken out of the Bible………….
    Read up and seek out the truth for yourself

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  28. icdab ty Posted on July 28, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Martin Luther saved people tons of money. They can now read the Bible and see that they are not required to pay the Roman Catholic Church to forgive their sins or pay for their salvation. Also, people can say that the Earth is not the center of the universe without being put in prison. Thank you and bless you Martin Luther.

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  29. Ray Hernandez Posted on August 2, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    He told the truth

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  30. M C Posted on August 4, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Incredible as it seems, for over twenty centuries the Orthodox Church has continued in her undiminished and unaltered faith and practice. Today her apostolic doctrine, worship, and structure remain intact. The Orthodox Church maintains that the Church is the living Body of Jesus Christ. Hundreds of thousands of wonderworking lives throughout the centuries have validated the life-giving bond to the person of Christ. Many of us are surprised to learn that for the first 1000 years of Christian history there was just one Church. It is believed by Orthodox Christians that their Church has preserved the tradition and continuity of the ancient Church in its fullness compared to other Christian denominations which have departed from the common tradition of the Church of the first 10 centuries. Today the Orthodox Church numbers approximately 300 million Christians who follow the faith and practices that were defined by the first seven ecumenical councils. Recommended Books: Why Orthodoxy Is the True Faith. A lecture by A.I. Osipov; Way Apart: What is the Difference Between Orthodoxy and Western Confessions? by Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky; The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism by Louis Bouyer; The Church, the Treasury of Salvation: by St. John of Kronstadt

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  31. M C Posted on August 4, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Incredible as it seems, for over twenty centuries the Orthodox Church has continued in her undiminished and unaltered faith and practice. Today her apostolic doctrine, worship, and structure remain intact. The Orthodox Church maintains that the Church is the living Body of Jesus Christ. Hundreds of thousands of wonderworking lives throughout the centuries have validated the life-giving bond to the person of Christ. Many of us are surprised to learn that for the first 1000 years of Christian history there was just one Church. It is believed by Orthodox Christians that their Church has preserved the tradition and continuity of the ancient Church in its fullness compared to other Christian denominations which have departed from the common tradition of the Church of the first 10 centuries. Today the Orthodox Church numbers approximately 300 million Christians who follow the faith and practices that were defined by the first seven ecumenical councils. Recommended Books: Why Orthodoxy Is the True Faith. A lecture by A.I. Osipov; Way Apart: What is the Difference Between Orthodoxy and Western Confessions? by Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky; The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism by Louis Bouyer; The Church, the Treasury of Salvation: by St. John of Kronstadt

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  32. Michael Hoerig Posted on August 7, 2019 at 4:07 am

    By any standard, especially by the standards of the early Church, Luther would be considered to be a heretic. His notions violate Holy Tradition and Biblical teaching. One has only to examine the various heresies during the early years of the Church to see that Luther's ideas fall into many of the same categories. His biggest sin is the destruction of church unity, a command evident in the Bible. Luther was an intelligent man; he knew exactly what he was doing and he did so out of arrogance and defiance. He was an Augustinian monk who had taken the vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty, all of which he violated.

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  33. D. Williams Posted on August 10, 2019 at 8:29 am

    One look At This "Charlatan"…..Phony.

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  34. J Emerton Posted on August 12, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    If anything Luther saw things clearer and saner than anyone involved in making this video. The Man stuck a sock in that Church's mouth and there are clearly a lot of folks still Butthurt over it.

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  35. Schmuelsons Radang Posted on August 19, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    He made it all so clear that man is saved by God's grace alone and His righteouness made us right and in peace with God, nothing else could. What a joy to know and being convinced that a sinner like me could be made righteous in His righteousness, and though I am a sinner he died for my sins, His grace saved me though I do not merit His love and salvation. But He did it all, for sinners like me. For I can never merit His salvation, peace and righteousness on my own, my deeds nor works for Him. God in His own righteousness, holiness and grace alone, accepted me as I am, a sinner who put my trust and hope in His holiness and righteousness, and by His grace I am a free man, freed from the burden of sins and guilt. A free man in His righteousness and grace. What a liberating message this has been. Today at 23:05 the truth shared by this speaker through the power of the Holy Spirit, I am writing this conviction; that I am a free man, by God's grace alone through my acveptance of His Son, who died for me while I was still a sinner, He paid it all on the cross a thousands of years ago. Yet today, this message struck me with the reality, a liberating knowledge that I could be saved by faith in His Son, through His grace alone, and I am made right with God through His righteousness alone. I can't wait to share this wonderful liberating message with anybody who want to be free of guilt and sins. There is a way to be right and be at peace with God, and I have just seen it. Glory be to God alone. May He bless you and your ministry to reach the lostbsouls of the world.

    (Love and gratitude from Malaysia)

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  36. Agata Piety Posted on September 5, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Reformer founder, Martin Luther, followed the heretical Apocrypha and

    left out the Book of the Maccabees due to Purgatory conflicting with his new ideology.

    Reformer minister, Tyndale,

    is also noted as the first to use the word "Jehovah" as a name for God.

    Tyndale didn't believe in Purgatory,

    due to Luther eliminating it from the already Hebrew edited Apocrypha.

    Yahweh, YHWH, is the name of God in the Old Testament.

    JEHOVAH IS TYNDALE'S ENGLISH TRANSLATION.

    Behold, a Virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,

    and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God is with us.

    (The Gospel of Matthew)

    Jesus is a masculine given name derived from the name Iēsous , in Greek,

    the Greek form of the Hebrew name Yeshua.

    ST PAUL WROTE THE NEW COVENANT SCRIPTURE IN KOINE GREEK.

    SIGNIFYING THE END OF THE OLD COVENANT, HEBREW.

    THE 7 DEURO CANNONICAL BOOKS WERE FIRST WRITTEN IN KOINE GREEK.

    ++++++++++++

    St. Thomas More, in his Dialogue Concerning Reformer Tyndale,

    wrote against Tyndale's edited New Testament.

    St. Thomas noted "there were wrong and falsely translated above a thousand texts",

    and took as examples three words; "priest", "Church" and "charity",

    which Tyndale changed to "senior", "congregation" and "love".

    Possibly minor changes as far as the language is concerned,

    but these were considered fundamental for the doctrinal positions involved.

    In other verses Tyndale removed "grace", "confession", "penance", and "contrition",

    changing the biblical text to correspond with his abolition of the Mass.

    Tyndale is also noted as the first to use the word "Jehovah" as a name for God.

    ““This cup is the New Covenant in my blood. (1 Corinthians 11: 25)

    The Jews sought all the more to kill him,
    because he (JESUS) not only BROKE the (OLD COVENANT)Sabbath,

    but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God" (John 5:18).

    Since Hebrew wasn't spoken or written by most Jews,

    the 7 Deuro Cannonical Books were first written in the more popular ancient Koine Greek.

    3 Jewish sects and the first century Christians followed these books.

    Then, 2 of the Jewish sects translated these books into Hebrew

    while changing words like VIRGIN TO WOMAN,

    in order to further distance themselves from the Christians.

    This heretical version was called the Apocrypha.

    Yet, the Septuagint Jews and the Christians still followed the
    original, unedited Koine Greek books,
    now called the Septuagint texts

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  37. Agata Piety Posted on September 5, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Reformer founder, Martin Luther, inserted the word, alone, into Romans 3:28,

    inorder to create his bogus faith alone doctrine.

    Scripture states that you must be born from above
    in water and the Holy Spirit of baptism.

    You must cooperate with your restored grace, in order to be a faithful Christian.

    The only time you actually do see the words faith and alone together in a sentence

    is in James 2:24, where James says,

    "See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone”. (James 2:24)

    After heretical Martin Luther, a Reformer minister, named John Calvin,

    stated that God created some men to be dammed to Hell,

    which was different from ML's ideology.

    ML opened the doors for reinterpretation of God's Word and ML's word.

    ML 10/31/1517- Everyone is allowed to interpret Scripture for himself,

    without any outside influence.

    It is the inflation of the individual as its own interpreter,
    unassisted by any outside force.

    The revival of paganism.

    Now, there are 30,000+ Reformer sects, each with their own ideology.

    +++++++++++++

    INDULGENCES

    The undeniable fact that individual Catholics

    (perhaps the best known of them being the German Dominican Johann Tetzel
    (1465-1519)

    did sell indulgences

    –but in doing so they acted contrary to explicit Church regulations.

    This practice is utterly opposed to the Catholic Church's teaching on indulgences,

    and it cannot be regarded as a teaching or practice of the Church.

    In the 16th century, when the abuse of indulgences was at its height,

    Cardinal Cajetan (Tommaso de Vio, 1469-1534) wrote about the problem:

    "Preachers act in the name of the Church
    so long as they teach the doctrines of Christ and the Church;

    but if they teach, guided by their own minds and arbitrariness of will,

    things of which they are ignorant,
    they cannot pass as representatives of the Church;

    it need not be wondered at that they go astray."

    The Council of Trent instituted severe reforms in the practice
    of granting indulgences,
    and, because of prior abuses,

    "in 1567 Pope Pius V canceled all grants of indulgences

    involving any fees or other financial transactions"

    This act proved the Church’s seriousness
    about removing abuses from indulgences.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    LUTHERAN REVOLT

    The slaughter of hundreds of thousands of devout German Catholic peasants

    by the German Lutheran King was justified by German Reformer founder, Martin Luther.

    Reformer founder, Martin Luther teaches:

    “Peasants are no better than straw.

    They will not hear the word and they are without sense;

    therefore they must be compelled to hear the crack of the whip and the whiz of bullets

    and it is only what they deserve.”

    “To kill a peasant is not murder; it is helping to extinguish the conflagration.

    Let there be no half measures! Crush them! Cut their throats! Transfix them.

    Leave no stone unturned!

    To kill a peasant is to destroy a mad dog!” –

    “If they say that I am very hard and merciless, mercy be damned.

    . Let whoever can stab, strangle, and kill them like mad dogs”

    “I, Martin Luther, have during the rebellion slain all the peasants,

    for it was I who ordered them to be struck dead.

    All their blood is upon my head.

    But I put it all on our Lord God: for he commanded me to speak thus.”

    “God has given the law, and nobody observes it.

    He has in addition instituted rod masters, drivers and urgers;

    so then are rulers to drive, beat, choke, hang, burn, behead,

    and break upon the well of the vulgar masses.

    “Like the drivers of donkeys,

    who have to belabor the donkeys incessantly with rods and whips,

    or they will not obey, so must the ruler do with the people;

    they must drive, beat throttle, hang, burn, behead and torture,

    so as to make themselves feared and to keep the people in check”

    “Wherever the princes take their power from, it does not regard us.

    It is the will of God,

    irrespective whether they have stolen their power or assumed it by robbery”

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  38. Esteban Burguete Posted on September 21, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Martin Luther also insulted the pope in the same way.

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  39. Agata Piety Posted on November 3, 2019 at 2:18 am

    THE HERETICAL WORDS OF REFORMER FOUNDER, MARTIN LUTHER:
    VS
    THE TRUE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST /FIRST CENTURY TENETS OF THE
    COUNCIL OF JERUSALEM IN 50 AD

    THE COMMANDMENTS :

    Christ taught: “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the Commandments

    ON SIN:

    Christ taught: “He that commits sin is of the devil: for the devil sinned from the beginning.

    For this purpose, the Son of God appeared that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
    – 1 John 3:8

    Luther teaches: “A person that is baptized cannot, thou he would, lose his salvation by any sins

    however grievous, unless he refuses to believe. For no sins can damn him but unbelief alone.”

    "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."

    "Do not ask anything of your conscience; and if it speaks, do not listen to it;
    if it insists, stifle it, amuse yourself;

    if necessary, commit some good big sin, in order to drive it away.

    Conscience is the voice of Satan,
    and it is necessary always to do just the contrary of what Satan wishes."

    FAITH AND GOOD WORKS:

    Christ taught, “Let your light shine before men,

    that they may see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven.”

    Christ taught (in the words of St. James)
    “What shall it profit, my brethren,
    if a he has faith, but has not works?

    Shall faith be able to save him? So faith also, if it have not works is dead in itself.”

    Luther teaches: “For we account a man to be justified by faith alone, without the works of the law.”

    On Translation and on the Intercession of the Saints

    “It is more important to guard against good works than against sin.”

    "Good works are bad and are sin like the rest." –

    “There is no scandal greater, more dangerous, more venomous, than a good outward life,

    manifested by good works and a pious mode of life.

    That is the grand portal, the highway that leads to damnation."

    “He that says the Gospel requires works for salvation, I say, flat and plain, is a liar.”

    MARRIAGE AND WOMEN:

    Christ taught: “For this reason shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife,

    and they shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh.

    What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder. . .

    Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives:

    but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife,

    except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery:

    and he that shall marry her that is put away, commits adultery.”

    Luther teaches: “If the husband is unwilling, there is another who is;

    if the wife is unwilling, then let the maid come.”

    “Suppose I should counsel the wife of an impotent man, with his consent,
    to giver herself to another,
    say her husband’s brother,

    but to keep this marriage secret and to ascribe the children to the so-called putative father.

    The question is: Is such a women in a saved state? I answer, certainly.”

    “It is not in opposition to the Holy Scriptures for a man to have several wives.”

    “Know that Marriage is an outward material thing like any other secular business.

    The body has nothing to do with God.

    In this respect one can never sin against God, but only against one’s neighbor.”

    “As to divorce, it is still a debatable question whether it is allowable.
    For my part I prefer bigamy to it.”

    “The word and work of God is quite clear, viz.,
    that women are made to be either wives or prostitutes.”

    “In spite of all the good I say of married life,

    I will not grant so much to nature as to admit that there is no sin in it

    . no conjugal due is ever rendered without sin.
    The matrimonial duty is never performed without sin.”

    VIRTUE AND VICE:

    On LYING:

    Christ taught: “You are of your father the devil: and the desires of your father you will do.

    He was a murderer from the beginning: and he stood not in the truth, because truth is not in him.

    When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof.”

    Luther teaches: “What harm could it do if a man told a good lusty lie in a worthy cause

    and for the sake of the Christian Churches?”

    “To lie in a case of necessity or for convenience or in excuse –

    such lying would not be against God; He was ready to take such lies on Himself

    On GOD:

    Christ taught: “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul

    and with your whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.

    Luther teaches: “I look upon God no better than a scoundrel”

    On DRUNKENNESS:

    Christ Taught (in the words of St. Paul):
    “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God?

    Do not err: Neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers:

    Nor the effeminate nor liars with mankind nor thieves nor covetous nor drunkards”

    Luther teaches: “We eat and drink to kill ourselves, we eat and rink up to our last farthing.”

    On PRIDE:

    Christ taught: “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled”

    Luther teaches: “St. Augustine or St. Ambrosius cannot be compared with me.”

    “What I teach and write remains true even though the whole world should fall to pieces over it”

    On the PERSON OF CHRIST:

    Christ taught, “Which of you shall convince Me of sin? If I say the truth to you, why do not believe Me?

    He that is of God, hears the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God.

    Luther teaches: “Christ committed adultery first of all with the women at the well
    about whom St. John tell’s us.

    Was not everybody about Him saying: ‘Whatever has He been doing with her?’

    Secondly, with Mary Magdalen,
    and thirdly with the women taken in adultery whom He dismissed so lightly.

    Thus even, Christ who was so righteous, must have been guilty of fornication before He died.”

    “I have greater confidence in my wife and my pupils than I have in Christ”

    “It does not matter how Christ behaved – what He taught is all that matters”

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    THERE IS ALOT MORE, BUT TOO MUCH TO LIST.

    LUTHER PROMISED THE GERMAN KING THAT HIS NEW FAITH WOULD ALLOW HIM
    2 WIVES AT THE SAME TIME, BUT THE NOBLES REBELLED AGAINST IT.
    HOWEVER, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CATHOLIC PEASANTS WERE MURDERED
    BY THE KING AND NOBLES' ARMIES IN THE THE LUTHERAN REVOLT AGAINST
    LUTHER'S REFORMER RELIGION.

    Social Justice

    Christ taught: “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.”

    Luther teaches]: “Peasants are no better than straw.
    They will not hear the word and they are without sense;
    therefore they must be compelled to hear the crack of the whip and
    the whiz of bullets and it is only what they deserve.”

    “To kill a peasant is not murder; it is helping to extinguish the conflagration.
    Let there be no half measures! Crush them! Cut their throats! Transfix them. Leave no stone unturned!
    To kill a peasant is to destroy a mad dog!” – “If they say that I am very hard and merciless,
    mercy be damned. Let whoever can stab, strangle, and kill them like mad dogs”

    “I, Martin Luther, have during the rebellion slain al the peasants,
    for it was I who ordered them to be struck dead. All their blood is upon my head.
    But I put it all on our Lord God: for he commanded me to speak thus.”

    “God has given the law, and nobody observes it. He has in addition instituted rod masters, drivers
    and urgers; so then are rulers to drive, beat, choke, hang, burn, behead,
    and break upon the well of the vulgar masses.

    “Like the drivers of donkeys, who have to belabor the donkeys incessantly with rods and whips,
    or they will not obey, so must the ruler do with the people;
    they must drive, beat throttle, hang, burn, behead and torture,
    so as to make themselves feared and to keep the people in check”

    “Wherever the princes take their power from, it does not regard us. It is the will of God,
    irrespective whether they have stolen their power or assumed it by robbery”

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  40. Geo fromNJ Posted on November 6, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Luther and the pope. Two guys fighting over whether the suits of leprechauns are forest green or lime green.

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  41. GodsTruthMinistries Posted on November 6, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Too bad ol' RC didn't really believe in justification by faith alone. He believed in justification by faith and repentance from sin.

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  42. TroddinSod Posted on November 6, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    It bothers me that R.C. never bother to care for his bodily health. He grew to a morbidly obese state, probably due to eating a nutritionally diet in excess. Where is the concept of 'Christian Stewardship' applied to such a great theologian, who so poorly stewarded the health of his body.

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  43. Contending for The Faith Posted on November 9, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Would be curious to know the year of this presentation

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  44. Jane Kay Posted on November 9, 2019 at 1:32 am

    having a fear of the wrath of God is a healthy thing..

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  45. Jaikee DE Posted on November 9, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Luther is a totally biblical type of character. The difference is that we have much more information about Luther's character and behaviour. If we had the same insight into the lifes of certain old testament characters we would realise that they had similar issues. It's these kind of flawed people God likes to use for his good purposes.

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  46. SamOddy Posted on November 10, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Overdramatic and unsanctified humour.

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  47. frances brisco Posted on November 11, 2019 at 12:05 am

    FAITH opens closed doors

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  48. Warren Goss Posted on November 17, 2019 at 5:35 am

    When Martin Luther called for the extermination of the Jewish people he crossed the line from sanity to insanity.

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  49. JT Posted on November 24, 2019 at 8:39 am

    The Roman Catholic Church claims to have started in Matthew 16:18 when Christ supposedly appointed Peter as the first Pope. However, the honest and objective student of the Scriptures and history soon discovers that the foundation of the Roman church is none other than the pagan mystery religion of ancient Babylon.

    While enduring the early persecutions of the Roman government (65-300 A.D.), most of professing Christianity went through a gradual departure from New Testament doctrine concerning church government, worship and practice. Local churches ceased to be autonomous by giving way to the control of "bishops" ruling over hierarchies. The simple form of worship from the heart was replaced with the rituals and splendor of paganism. Ministers became "priests," and pagans became "Christians" by simply being sprinkled with water. This tolerance of an unregenerate membership only made things worse. SPRINKLED PAGANISM is about the best definition for Roman Catholicism.

    The Roman Emperor Constantine established himself as the head of the church around 313 A.D., which made this new "Christianity" the official religion of the Roman Empire. The first actual Pope in Rome was probably Leo I (440-461 A.D.), although some claim that Gregory I was the first (590-604 A.D.). This ungodly system eventually ushered in the darkest period of history known to man, properly known as the "Dark Ages" (500-1500 A.D.). Through popes, bishops, and priests, Satan ruled Europe, and Biblical Christianity became illegal.

    Throughout all of this, however, there remained individual groups of true Christians, such as the Waldensens and the Anabaptists who would not conform to the Roman system.

    The Papacy and Priesthood

    In the Bible there are no popes or priests to rule over the church. Jesus Christ is our High Priest (Heb. 3:1; 4:14-15; 5:5; 8:1; 9:11), and all true Christians make up a spiritual priesthood (I Pet. 2:5). Jesus Christ has sanctified all Christians who believe on Him (Heb. 10:10-11), so all priests today are unnecessary and unscriptural. Furthermore, the practice of calling a priest "father" is forbidden by Jesus Christ in Matthew 23:9. There is only ONE mediator between God and men (I Tim. 2:5).

    The Catholic church teaches that Peter was the first Pope and the earthly head of the church, but the Bible never says this once. In fact, it was Peter himself who spoke against "being lords over God's heritage" in I Peter 5:3. Popes do not marry, although Peter did (Mat. 8:14; I Cor. 9:5). The Bible never speaks of Peter being in Rome, and it was Paul, not Peter, who wrote the epistle to the Romans. In the New Testament, Paul wrote 100 chapters with 2,325 verses, while Peter wrote only 8 chapters with 166 verses. In Peter's first epistle he stated that he was simply "an apostle of Jesus Christ," not a Pope (I Pet. 1:1). The Roman papacy and priesthood is just a huge fraud to keep members in bondage to a corrupt pagan church.

    The Worship of Mary

    Roman Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, remained a virgin after the birth of Jesus and was sinless all of her life. She is worshiped in the Catholic church as the "Mother of God" and the "Queen of Heaven." St. Bernard stated that she was crowned "Queen of Heaven" by God the Father, and that she currently sits upon a throne in Heaven making intercession for Christians.

    The Bible teaches otherwise. In the Bible, Mary was a sinner just like the rest of us. She said herself that she needed a "Saviour" (Lk. 1:47), and she even had to offer a sacrifice for her sins in Luke 2:24. Jesus was only her "firstborn" son, according to Matthew 1:25, because she later had other children as well (Mt. 13:55; Gal. 1:19; Psa. 69:8). There's only ONE mediator between God and men, and it isn't Mary (I Tim. 2:5). The last time we hear from Mary in the Bible she is praying WITH the disciples, not being prayed to BY the disciples (Acts 1:14). The Bible never exalts Mary above anyone else. Neither should we.

    Purgatory

    The Catholic Church teaches that a Christian's soul must burn in purgatory after death until all of their sins have been purged. To speed up the purging process, money may be paid to a priest so he can pray and have special masses for an earlier release.

    This heresy began creeping into the Roman Church during the reign of Pope Gregory around the end of the sixth century, and it has no scriptural support. In fact, Jesus warned us about this pagan practice in Matthew 23:14 when He spoke of those who devoured widows houses and made long prayers for a pretence. Psalm 49:6-7 tells us that a person couldn't redeem a loved one, even if such a place did exist: "They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:"

    Peter addresses this issue in Acts 8:20 when he says, "Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money." God's word is clearly against the doctrine of purgatory.

    The Mass

    By perverting the Christian practice of the Lord's Supper (Mat. 26:26-28; I Cor. 11:23-27), the Catholic Church has created the Mass, which they believe to be a continual sacrifice of Jesus Christ:

    "Christ…commanded that his bloody sacrifice on the Cross should be daily renewed by an unbloody sacrifice of his body and blood in the Mass under the simple elements of bread and wine." (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 10, Pg. 13, Article: "Mass, Sacrifice of")

    Jesus never made such a command. If you'll check the above references in Matthew 26 and I Corinthians 11, you'll see for yourself that the Lord's Supper is a MEMORIAL and a SHOWING of Christ's death until He comes again. It is not a sacrifice. The Catholic Encyclopedia states the following:

    "In the celebration of the Holy Mass, the bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Christ. It is called transubstantiation, for in the Sacrament of the Eucharist the substance of bread and wine do not remain, but the entire substance of bread is changed into the body of Christ, and the entire substance of wine is changed into his blood, the species or outward semblence of bread and wine alone remaining." (Vol. 4, pg. 277, Article: "Consecration")

    The Catholic Church teaches that the "Holy Mass" is a LITERAL EATING AND DRINKING OF THE LITERAL FLESH AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. The priest supposedly has the power to change the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.

    Now, what does God's word say about such practices? If you'll read Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17:11-12, and Acts 15:29, you will find that God absolutely FORBIDS the drinking of blood all through the Bible.

    Rome teaches that the Mass is a continual "sacrifice" of Jesus Christ, but God's word states that Jesus made the FINAL sacrifice on Calvary! This is made perfectly clear in Hebrews 10:10-12:

    "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God."

    The mass is unnecessary and unscriptural.

    Image Worship

    The Catholic religion is filled with all sorts of symbols, images, and relics. The Catechism of the Council of Trent states these words:

    "It is lawful to have images in the Church, and to give honor and worship unto them…"

    It's lawful to honor and worship images? Not according to God's word. Exodus 20:4-5 says, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me." Image worship is unscriptural and will end with the eternal damnation of those who practice it (Rev. 14:11).

    Salvation by Works

    Through infant baptism, keeping sacraments, church membership, going to mass, praying to Mary, and confession (just to mention a few), the Catholic church has developed a system of salvation through WORKS. God's word says that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not through works:

    "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9)

    "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." (Romans 4:5)

    Jesus Christ came into this world to lay down His sinless life for YOU–to pay for your sins, because you couldn't. Jesus is your only hope for salvation. Only by receiving Him as your Saviour can you enter the gates of Heaven. There is no other way.

    "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6)

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  50. Darrell Damon Posted on November 24, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    In my opinion you have made more converts to Luther than the Roman Catholic Church, since you are not really describing a mad man but another apostle Paul

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  51. Louis Accardi Posted on November 26, 2019 at 3:55 am

    Sproul did his homework in studying Luther. His portrayal was extremely dramatic and he drove the point home as no other. What a wonderful and powerful message. Thank God.

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  52. ClasSiccS_TDO Posted on November 28, 2019 at 1:06 am

    A young Sproul!

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  53. Emel Sabri Posted on November 28, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    SPIN DOCTOR. do not listen to this nonscence

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  54. James Wiliams Posted on November 29, 2019 at 7:37 am

    The Church of Rome and all other Churches created after the scism in 1054 AC do not belong to the Church as created by the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost thereby do not enjoy the presence of God in the Holy Sacraments because of disobedience to [Ephesians 4, 5-6 ] 5“One Lord, One faith, One baptism"
    . Ii is not possible for God Logo to be present in His Church in disbadience of His own Comandments!

    After His Ascension Lord Jesus (God Logos) became the "head of the body the Church".

    A head, is a head of a body and a body belongs to a head in a way they are undivided. Lord Jesus/God Logos became the source (causation) of everything that that takes place in the Body the Church (Holy Sacraments http://orthodoxwiki.org/Holy_Mysteries )

    by becoming High Priest. [Hebrews 4: 14] “For we have a great Priest who has gone into the very presence of God” He became High Priest and Mediator to His Father enabling those baptized and receiving the Holy Spirit within TO BE REDEEMED FROM ALL SIN, to purify the heart (only God can forgive sins) and become MEMBERS OF A BODY [Α Colossians 1:18] “He is the head of his body, the Church; He is the source of the body’s life” http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/stjohn_church.aspx

    During Baptism a person receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit however it is up to each and every individual to energize them or set them in motion at will based on their greatest gift from God which is their freedom.

    Without Baptism as delivered by the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost ( no redeeming from all sin) life after death conditions will remain the same as before the coming of Lord Jesus and the creation of His Church where there was no hope no Salvation! [Exodus 33:20] And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

    Spiritual life (according to the experiences of the Saints) is not the learning of spiritual truths, but the union and relationship that mankind was made to have with God [ 1 Corinthians 3:16]

    The term "Orthodox Psychotherapy" does not refer to specific cases of people suffering from psychological problems of neurosis. iI refers to people disabled from ever being able to having communion (PERSON to person) with God.

    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/orthodox_psychotherapy.html

    TO BE AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN

    Is to experience the Apostolic Faith …

    https://orthodoxwiki.org/What_is_Orthodoxy

    Greek Orthodox by country

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Orthodoxy_by_country

    God bless

    https://wordpress.com/posts/jameswiliamsblog.wordpress.com

    God bless

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  55. Amber Rushing Posted on December 4, 2019 at 3:55 am

    hes right.luther was crazy . but luthers interpretation was dead wrong. we are not saved by faith alone. its nowhere in scripture.

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  56. Richard Read Posted on December 13, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Words have consequences, and many Jews died because of Luthers words.

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