500 Years After Reformation, Many Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther
In 1517, Martin Luther staked his soul on two revolutionary ideas: sola fide, that salvation is dependent on faith alone; and sola scriptura, that Scripture is the only ultimate authority for Christian belief and practice and that it does not need oversight from church leadership or tradition to be read and understood.
The 95 theses Luther nailed to the door at Wittenberg served as the catalyst for one of the worldâs largest religious splits, as thousands broke off from the Roman Catholic Church. His legacy, 500 years later, is 560 million Protestants across the globe, making up more than a third of the worldâs Christians.
But many of them donât actually agree with him.
Today, half of American Protestants say that both good deeds and faith in God are needed to get into heaven (52%); the same number believe that in addition to the Bible, Christians need guidance from church teachings and...
âThe goal of the the Sanhedrin is to intimidate the Messianic believers into leaving Israel, deny their faith in Yeshua, and to prevent new believers from making Aliyah (moving) to Israel. âŠ they want all believers out of Israel. Just as in the days of Yeshua.â
I'm not peddling for sales for an author. Ladybug, taministries/Australia, Terry Arnold, ex Catholic priest has a wonderful read "to Catholics whom I love" Elder brother Frank has checked out his website and I'm sure he'll vouch that it's a sound ministry
Thx! Reminds me of Pilgrim in Bunyan- "particularly affected by such texts as the following: Jesus said: âThey that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.â âAye,â says he, âI understand this. If we had not been sinners we should not have needed a Savior.â Again, âI am not come,â said Jesus âto call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.â âO how comfortable! I am a sinner; He came to call me among others.â Again, âGod so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believ- eth in him should not perish, but have everlasting lifeâ (Joh 3:16). âYes,â cried Andrew, in a transport of admiration, âthis is love indeed! that God should send His Son upon such an errand.â But, recollecting himself, âAlas!â cried he, âwhat reason have I to be delighted with this news? How do I know that I have anything to do with it?â Such passages as the following used to wound him to the very soul: âThe wicked shall go into everlasting punishmentâ (Matt. 25:46). âKnow ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?â (1Co 6:9). âGod will render unto every man according to his deeds. Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doeth evilâ (Rom 2:6, 9) such passages a "burden"
I posted this before, it is worth a second post. This is the story of the conversion of Andrew Dunn, an Irish Roman Catholic God called out of darkness and into His marvelous light - http://www.chapellibrary.org/files/3713/7643/2880/adai.pdf
Reformation test of the 1st fundamental Bible requirement: faithfulness to the inspired Word. Apostate age versions "Fail in this, they also fail the second test: clarity - they do not clearly give the reader the very Word of God. They either corrupt or hide important doctrines of Holy Scripture: creation; the Trinity; the Deity of Jesus; total depravity; predestination; and others. " https://www.prca.org/pamphlets/pamphlet_10.html
Martin Luther is quoted as writing that translating is hard work. "Translating is certainly not everybody's business, as the mad saints imagine. It requires a genuinely pious, faithful, diligent, God-fearing, experienced, practiced heart. Therefore I hold that a false Christian or a sectarian spirit is unable to give a faithful translation." W30 II, 640-E65, 115-SL19, 978)
Engelsma quotes Luther on the cover of Modern Versions pamphlet
Westminster Confession of Faith 1646 (Article One, Paragraph Eight)
The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which, at the time of the writing of it was most generally known to the nations), being immediately inspired by God, and, by His singular care and providence, kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentic; "
Early Colonist's Bible- what was it? -/ As James White speaks of "conspiracy theories"
Pastor Faust gives occult conspiracy against the authorized Bible. -- tinysa.com/sermon/421132035495 And he is quite certain of it- Joey Faust's investigations are similar to my own. -- And Pastor Hoggard's take is interesting also.
Hoggard's recent seminar on the issue was good.
I got saved at a time when Dean Burgon's books were widely available.
Now one can find his perspective in bite sized doses
Thank you another Michael, please check out Dr. Michael Brown's thoughts on the "King James only Controversy" www.askdrbrown.com And James White debate with Jack Moorman, Gail Riplinger, Dave Hunt, Steven Anderson, etc.
Another Michael wrote: Thank You, Christopher000 Your post encourages me to keep learning and growing and to be thankful to our Savior for the work He has begun in me and you and will perfect in us. Unrelated to the topic here but not to growing up in Christ. I met a man with one leg and one high tech artificial one; I believe you would have liked meeting too. I felt drawn to him to speak with him. Talk about being honored and humbled; I asked him who he was, and about his leg, he told me he was a pastor from Nigeria and while he was preaching one day Boko Haram set off a bomb that kill 200 people and took his leg. Christopher000, it is so humbling to meet a man who knows personally the cost of following Jesus and continues to love Him and to genuinely love people with no bitterness or self-pity. I have much learning and growing to do, and am thankful I can love brothers like you. God's best to you.
Beautiful comments brothers. May God be glorified.
Christopher000 wrote: Another Michael, just felt the need to butt in to make a quick comment on how
Thank You, Christopher000 Your post encourages me to keep learning and growing and to be thankful to our Savior for the work He has begun in me and you and will perfect in us.
Unrelated to the topic here but not to growing up in Christ. I met a man with one leg and one high tech artificial one; I believe you would have liked meeting too. I felt drawn to him to speak with him. Talk about being honored and humbled; I asked him who he was, and about his leg, he told me he was a pastor from Nigeria and while he was preaching one day Boko Haram set off a bomb that kill 200 people and took his leg.
Christopher000, it is so humbling to meet a man who knows personally the cost of following Jesus and continues to love Him and to genuinely love people with no bitterness or self-pity.
I have much learning and growing to do, and am thankful I can love brothers like you.
Another Michael, just felt the need to butt in to make a quick comment on how I really like the way that you're handling the conversation. I hope that doesn't sound patronizing or condescending, but not many can discuss certain topics, with this being one of them, without becoming defensive fairly quickly. Everyone's being civil, but sometimes that doesn't matter, and I wish everything could be discussed in such friendly, thought provoking, and fact-filled ways where all can take something positive away.