Why was Martin Luther martyred?

First off, let me start with a clear proclamation…

I am not interested in offending anyone who is not a Christian.

However, having no other more appropriate podium to announce my concerns, I will venture into an area of theological debate that will cause many to become polarized.

Over the last several years, I have observed an increasing trend within the Church that causes me great concern. Early on, I stood by and watched churches embrace a modern marketing approach to managing their church. An approach that placed marketing surveys and trendy schemes over teaching the Word of God. Many of these churches are simply emulating the numerical and financial success of a small number of massive churches. An important note to observe would be that no where has anyone observed tremendous life change or transformation, just a lot of people “praying the prayer” and giving their cash.

Then I began to witness as many of these churches and many more begin to take the post-modern mantra into their elder meetings. The embracing of an attitude of rebellion began to permeate their whole church, manifesting itself in as many ways as possible. This movement decided that they were emerging from something that needed to be emerged from. The most concerning acts I’ve seen here are the embracing of practices that have traditionally been considered hertical and pagan. The two most scary influences seem to have been the meditative approach of the Hindus (eastern religion) and what was once considered Christianity, the Roman Catholic church.

Now, catholics, I’m really not trying to attack you here. What I am saying is that if modern day Protestant Christianity agrees that the Reformation was necessary, then we must come to a place of nonagreement over what is Christiandom.

So, if what Martin Luther had to say was relevant, then Protestant Evangelical Reformed Christianity must NOT accept the teachings of any catholic after the Reformation. And if anything close to Christianity wants to admit that the Bible is THE Word of God, then nothing the East has to offer should even be allowed on our Tivos.

Here’s a couple of real men of God sharing their perspective:

So, you can take your yoga, contemplative prayer, secret prayer closets, and your ex-catholic monks and take a hike.

Me? I’ll be over here, reading the Word of God.

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2:1

“For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.” Mark 4:22

“Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones.” Jude 1:8

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Author: TREVOR

Leukemia survivor. Son of The Most High. Father. Man.

7 thoughts on “Why was Martin Luther martyred?”

  1. Wow! Thank you all for your thoughts and input.

    I wrote this post, based upon months and years of frustration and debate. So, thanks for your responses.

    I must say that Raoul echoes my sentiments quite well. It’s all about the Word, and nothing more.

    As far as my thoughts on meditation..
    Of course, I don’t reject meditation. Throughout Scripture, we see references for us to meditate;

    “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8

    “I remember the days of old;
    I meditate on all that you have done;
    I ponder the work of your hands.” Psalm 143:5

    “On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.” Psalm 145:5

    One very important note is that we are being directed to meditate on God, His works, and His Word. This will be directly contrasted against the disease of Eastern meditation, rooted in Hinduism, and mirrored in Transcendental Meditation. That kind of meditation will direct you to do many things, all of which are not godly and not righteous.

    Karoli, BTW, it’s Richard Foster. Steven Foster was a great composer. Richard was the Quaker.

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  2. Greetings in the name of our Lord Christ.

    I appreciate your comments and thoughts. Your readers might appreciate a special edition of the Lutheran confessons of faith, contained in the Book of Concord. In it they will find several key documents by Martin Luther.

    It is an edition designed specifically for lay readers and offers a multitude of special features, commentary, historical backgrounds, introductions, and many black and white and full color plates.

    Cordially, in Christ,
    Rev. Paul T. McCain

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  3. I think you’ve got your finger on the pulse of it, Trevor. Protestant Christianity is in serious danger of losing its roots and leaning either toward new age practices, or toward Catholicism. The latter would negate the existence of Protestantism altogether, and would be, in my opinion, a horrible, catastrophic loss.

    There’s been an Ecumenical movement in the works for decades, one that seeks to find common ground between Protestants and Catholics, and while Protestants were hopeful of finding resolution, we all know how a recent development disappointed everybody. Remember what Pope Benedict said recently? If you don’t, see page 5 of this PDF document, particularly the section entitled ‘The Purpose and Structure of the “Responses”‘. Basically, the Pope said the Catholic church is “the only true church on earth instituted by Jesus Christ”. You can imagine the disappointment of major protestant leaders on hearing that remark, after decades of work spent trying to convince the Catholics otherwise.

    You’re absolutely right, we need to stick to our roots, and to our Bibles. That’s where salvation lies, not in trends, formulaic prayers, new age meditation or ecumenical movements.

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  4. He wasn’t martyred, he died of natural causes.

    That aside, you’re right regarding many of the methods in the modern church.

    Regarding meditation, depending on which translation you may have, we are encouraged to meditate upon God’s precepts (Psalm 119:15). And in Psalm 1:2 it says “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.”

    Shalom,
    Phillip

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  5. Christianity has more flavors that Baskin Robbins has for ice cream, so I guess I can understand that if you practice brand X you would have reason to reject some aspects of brand Y.

    That said it would have to because specific tenets of Y are in conflict with X, not simply because they’ve been asserted by proponents of Y. Is your issue with particular Catholic ideas?

    I’m also unclear on the issue of meditation. Meditation has a long history in the world, not only with the Hindus, but in a variety of cultures. Is there a particular type of meditation that you feel is incompatible with your type of Protestantism?

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  6. I’m not sure which specific practices you’re talking about, but have you read Celebration of Discipline by Stephen Foster? He makes the Biblical case for meditation and simplicity as part of a disciplined Christian life. That’s not all, of course – tithing and fellowship are also included in his book.

    I’ve been having an ongoing discussion with my oldest son, who after 4 years in the Army and another 3 in the academic world of college, cannot relate at all to what we would view as “the practice” of traditional Christianity. I have been arguing that there is a clear difference between rejecting the idea of sin (which, in my opinion, is twisted theology), and encouraging meditative prayer.

    I did read the wikipedia link here and if you are referring to the rejection of the ‘harder parts’ of the Christian faith such as sin, judgment, forgiveness, etc. then I’m with you. On the other hand, if you’re referring to how worship is interpreted and/or conducted, or whether meditation is biblical (I argue that it is, since Jesus often went by himself and prayed…is prayer always strictly a verbal act or can prayer be meditative?), then we part ways.

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