Many professing Christians foolishly view Martin Luther (not to be confused with Martin Luther King Jr.) as a hero for his work in separating us from Roman Catholicism even though it was God who preserved His church. Not a crowd of reformers.
Matthew 16:18- And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Not only is this the issue, but there are obviously many Luther idolaters that don’t have the first clue of a lot of the doctrine which he taught. In this article, we will thoroughly look into these doctrines.
Doctrine 1: Sin away
“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.” – Martin Luther
There is much wrong with this ignorant statement. Yes, it is true that no matter what we do, we are eternally sealed with the gift of eternal life once we put our faith in Christ’s work on the cross, but even if you are saved, sin is still wicked, and God will still be disgusted with you if you “kill or commit adultery 1000 times each day.” I covered the “license to sin” heresy in this article.
Doctrine 2: Good works are dangerous
“Those pious souls who do good to gain the Kingdom of Heaven not only will never succeed, but they must even be reckoned among the impious; and it is more important to guard them against good works than against sin.” – Martin Luther
Martin Luther is right about the first part of the statement. Salvation is not of works, but he says that sin is less dangerous than good works and in the first statement of the article, he pretty much said to just sin away. Consider the following verse.
Isaiah 5:20: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Doctrine 3: Peasants deserve what they get
“Like the mules who will not move unless you perpetually whip them with rods, so the civil powers must drive the common people, whip, choke, hang, burn, behead and torture them, that they may learn to fear the powers that be.” -Martin Luther
This isn’t so much a doctrine as it is an opinion, but it doesn’t make it any less cruel. He strongly endorsed the cruel treatment of peasants during the “Munzers Peasants War of 1525.” He claimed to be separating from Roman Catholicism, but supported the same thing they did to Chrostians who lived by the Bible and not by the doctrines.of wicked “popes” during the medieval inquisition. Martin Luther doesn’t seem like a hero to me. He seems like a vicious, nasty, horrible person.
Doctrine 4: Polygamy is permissible
“I confess that I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict the Scripture. If a man wishes to marry more than one wife he should be asked whether he is satisfied in his conscience that he may do so in accordance with the word of God. In such a case the civil authority has nothing to do in the matter.” – Martin Luther
Marrying several wives DOES contradict scripture.
Matthew 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh
Notice how Jesus said “wife” and not plural “wives?”
Doctrine 5: The Bible is bad
“The history of Jonah is so monstrous that it is absolutely incredible.” – Martin Luther
“The book of Esther I toss into the Elbe. I am such an enemy to the book of Esther that I wish it did not exist, for it Judaizes too much and has in it a great deal of heathenish foolishness.” -Martin Luther
“to my mind it (the book of Revelation) bears upon it no marks of an apostolic or prophetic character… Everyone may form his own judgment of this book; as for myself, I feel an aversion to it, and to me this is sufficient reason for rejecting it.” – Martin Luther
These are two of many quotes in which Martin Luther attacks the scriptures including the book of Revelation. Not a smart move considering below.
Revelation 22:19- And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Martin Luther also believed much Catholic doctrine.
Doctrine 6: Mary worship
“What the Hail Mary says is that all glory should be given to God.” -Martin Luther
Doctrine 7: Confessional sacrament
“a person receives absolution or forgiveness from the confessor, as if from God Himself” – Martin Luther
Doctrine 8: Baptismal regeneration (including infant baptism)
“In baptism God forgives sin” – Martin Luther
Doctrine 9: Holy communion sacrament
“It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under bread and wine for us Christians to eat and to drink, established by Christ Himself.”
It would be wise to conclude that from doctrines 6-9, Martin Luther only left Roman Catholicism superficially, not doctrinally.
Martin Luther was no hero. He did not save us from Catholicism. Stop giving the glory to this wicked man and give it to God. Since Martin Luther trusted the Catholic way of salvation, he obviously was not a saved man. Those 99 theses will not take him out of that fire. In the name of The Lord Jesus Christ (not Martin Luther) I write unto you. Amen.
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