Saturday, October 31, 2009

Reformation Day

Today we remember Martin Luther's posting of the 95 protests against the Roman Church in 1517.

The above picture is Luther's "trial" at Worms. Below is the 2003 rendering of the same in a decent movie about Luther. A funny little story about this movie- when it came out a bunch of us Redeemer guys went to see it, 10 or so of us. The theater was relatively empty, but when Luther made his final stand as depicted below, we all stood in unison and cheered as though Rocky had just knocked out Apollo Creed. Great stuff!

Also, there has been a great discussion going on under my earlier post. Check it out here. It will give you a good picture of the main differences between Roman Catholicism and Reformed Christianity.


Rick Calohan said...

A monk, a hammer, 95 thesis and 492 years later and the debate between Rome and Biblical Christianity still rages. It would be nice if the producers of Luther did kind of a Star Wars trilogy and followed up with Calvin and Knox and after that did a prequel featuring Wycliffe, Hus, and Savonarola.

I came across this yesterday it was a tract that the Reformers used at the time of Luther’s trial at the Diet of Worms. It’s a parody of the Apostle’s Creed that is just as applicable today as it was then.

“I believe in the pope, binder and looser in heaven, earth, and hell, and in Simony, his only son our lord, who was conceived by the canon law and born of the Romish church. Under his power truth suffered, was crucified, dead and buried, and through the ban descended to hell, rose again through the gospel and Paul and was brought to Charles, sitting at his right hand, who in future is to rule over spiritual and worldly things. I believe in the canon law, in the Romish church, in the destruction of faith and of the communion of saints, in indulgences both for the remission of guilt and penalty in purgatory, in the resurrection of the flesh in an Epicurean life, because given to us by the Holy Father, the pope. Amen.”

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton.


Epistula Ad Romanos 1:17 iustitia enim Dei in eo revelatur ex fide in fidem sicut scriptum est iustus autem ex fide vivit


Roemer 1 17Sintemal darin offenbart wird die Gerechtigkeit, die vor Gott gilt, welche kommt aus Glauben in Glauben; wie denn geschrieben steht: "Der Gerechte wird seines Glaubens leben."


Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

"Unless I am convicted by scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen." "Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me, Amen!" - Martin Luther

Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda

Michael Lockridge said...

While in the Army, stationed in Germany many years ago, I fellowshipped at a mission of the Overseas Christian Servicemen's Centers. We took a little trip to Worms, and were strengthened and inspired.

It is a most worthwhile destination for anyone traveling in Germany.

Rick Calohan said...

Max McLean is offering at his website a complete download of his CD Here I Stand for free.

available at

Yours free to download through Sunday, November 1st. Share with Friends and Family!

Joe said...

I get chills watching that!

Woody Woodward said...

I must confess, looking back now, standing in and on His absolute Sovereignty, for the first 30 years of my walk with Christ, I knew nothing about the Reformation nor of great men like Wycliffe, Hus, Calvin, and Luther. By faith I was indeed walking with the Lord, but I think it was more like walking blindfolded with My dear friend leading. Thank the Lord that He lead me to the true light of the abundant life. What beautiful new sights and rights has been illumined unto me since coming to Redeemer.

Jim said...

If you really want to celebrate Luther, then read the Book of Concord.

Luther himself is not the point -- as Luther himself would have been the first to say. (Luther would have disapproved of the title of "Lutheranism.") Rather, it is the unleashing of the Spirit through the Word.

Article IV of the Apology of Ausburg (on Justification) is a tour de force.