Tuesday, 29 March 2011

“To be a Christian” by Martin Luther :


"To be a Christian is to have received the Gospel and believe in it. This belief brings the forgiveness of sins and God’s grace. It came alone from the Holy Spirit, which works through the Word, without our help or assistance. It is God’s work alone, and not with any power from us or our free will.

It just endures and lets itself be prepared and shaped by the Holy Spirit, like clay or loam is made into a vessel by the potter. Such a person, who knows and believes in Christ, believes that through Him sins are forgiven, that eternal life and everlasting bliss come from pure grace and mercy, without being earned by us and without any good works or being deserving of it, this person will certainly be tortured and tormented by the world.

But the Holy Spirit will stand by him, give him comfort and strengthen him, and give him a joyful heart so that he may disdain everything, for He will not abandon us.”

–Martin Luther

H.T. Tolle Lege

2 comments:

SonlitKnight said...

It has always intrigued me how the very same people who claim the authority of scripture, embrace the words of a madman like Luther, while rejecting the words of those who actually lived in the Scripture age and taught what is pretty much 180 degrees out of phase of Luther's teachings. Luther's novel doctrines are interesting, to be sure...though they appear no where in the Bible.

dale mcalpine said...

sonlitknight asked: "It has always intrigued me how the very same people who claim the authority of scripture, embrace the words of a madman like Luther"

That's a simple question to answer, Luther was a man who knew God and also knew His word. God saved Luther even though he was a Roman Catholic monk, then Luther with his new found love for truth went on to expose the corruption in the vatican, Luther exposed the RCC for it's love of money, under the vaticans orders John Tetzel was instructed to go to the poor people of Germany and sell them indulgences to buy their dead relatives out of purgatory.
** A Reminder**
Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. Hebrews 9:22
This was done so that the RCC could have enough money to build st peters basilica.
Thankfully God had other plans and through Luther, God brought freedom to billions of people through the reformation.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

sonlitknight also said: "Luther's novel doctrines are interesting, to be sure...though they appear no where in the Bible."

From the reformation came these wonderful truths of scripture :
Sola Scriptura - Scripture Alone
Solus Christus - Christ Alone
Sola Gratia - Grace Alone
Sola Fide - Faith Alone
Soli Deo Gloria - The Glory of God Alone

Unwarranted confidence in human ability is a product of fallen human nature ... God's grace in Christ is not merely necessary but is the sole efficient cause of salvation. We confess that human beings are born spiritually dead and are incapable even of cooperating with regenerating grace. We reaffirm that in salvation we are rescued from God's wrath by his grace alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life. We deny that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques or strategies by themselves cannot accomplish this transformation. Faith is not produced by our unregenerated human nature. - Cambridge Declaration

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