But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Here's a brief interaction on a difficult subject, Martin Luther's antisemitism. I do not condone Luther's treatises against the Jewish people, nor should anyone. However, if your own church is guilty of harsh rhetoric against a particular group of people... well... best not bring up Luther's...

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Here's a Luther quote (along with commentary) from one of Rome's defenders:
From the onset Martin Luther's goal was to destroy the Church. ‘Reform’ or ‘correction’ was mere pretext for civil war. We only see 'reform' being used only to convince the illiterate surfs of...

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Here's a John Calvin quote that appears on a number of web-pages:Calvin wrote King Henry VIII, "It is better to burn a few [Anabaptists] at the stake, than for thousands to burn in hell."This particular version of this quote comes from the web-page, Fathers of the Reformation put together...

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Here's a John Calvin quote that repeatedly appears on polemical Roman Catholic web-pages:
"Elizabeth called Mary Mother of the Lord, because the unity of the person in the two natures of Christ was such that she could have said that the mortal man engendered in the womb of Mary was at the same time...

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I've covered Luther and the term "Trinity" before. See my entries, Luther Condemned the Word "Trinity? and Luther on the term "Trinity."  Recently, I was involved with a brief conversation on this subject which derailed as follows below. There were some deletions from the moderators. It was...

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Sunday, 30 December 2018 13:00

Happy New Year

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Another year of blogging has come to end. Do people still read blogs?If you stop by regularly, thank you! I started this little experiment back in December 2005. Here it is, 2019, and the Reformation is the topic that keeps on giving. This past year I've tried to post one entry per week.  This...

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I was asked about this Martin Luther quote:
All things whatever arise from, and depend on, the divine appointment; whereby it was foreordained who should receive the word of life, and who should disbelieve it; who should be delivered from their sins, and who should be hardened in them; and who...

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Here's a Martin Luther quote that appeared on the CARM discussion boards:“Our bodies are always exposed to Satan. The maladies I suffer are not natural, but Devil’s spells.” (Martin Luther)This quote appears to have been posted by someone with sympathies to the Mormon...

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I was asked about the authenticity of this quote:
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This image above is typical of the many presentations of this quote. A simple Google search demonstrates its popularity; it's been cut-and-pasted endlessly. What I found interesting is that I didn't come across a lot of Lutheran websites...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 13:10

Luther's Polygamy? A Response to Mormon Apologists

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There was a derailed discussion on a discussion board concerning Mormonism and polygamy  (some of the discussion was deleted, some was moved here).  As is standard per this topic, a Mormon defender entered the following Martin Luther quote into evidence as proof that the great...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 13:00

CARM Discussion: Luther and Romans 3:28

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Here's a conversation with one of Rome's defenders from the CARM Roman Catholic board on Luther and Romans 3:28. I began saving these interactions because the tend to vanish, There was no editing.
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Sunday, 11 November 2018 13:00

Luther Maintained that Penance was a Sacrament?

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imageHere's a  few snippets from an old discussion in which one of Rome's defenders said Luther "maintained" penance to be a sacrament:
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Patrick Madrid is a popular Roman Catholic apologist, authoring many books and hosting various Roman Catholic shows. He's engaged in moderated debates in defense of Rome and actively works to bring people back to the Roman church (as his sample press release mentions).  David J....

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:01

A Reformation Day Summary

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Luther's Reformation Breakthrough (by Church History, Historical Theology Professor Ryan Reeves, Gordon-Conwell Seminary)Dr. Reeves summarizes Luther's Breakthrough on Justification by Faith Alone:Dr. Reeves then goes back to explain the 95 Theses:I confess I have not had time to post much over the...

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In an attempt to link Reformation day and Halloween, Here's a Martin Luther quote that appeared on the CARM discussion boards:
“When I was a child there were many witches, and they bewitched both cattle and men, especially children.”
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In a recent discussion, I was provided with a link to "6 Beautiful Quotes on Mary You Won’t Believe Are From Martin Luther,  given to demonstrate Luther "had a strong devotion to Mary and her intercessory role." The link is to a hip-looking Roman Catholic website, Church...

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In their article, "Martin Luther and antisemitism," Wikipedia currently links to my old article, Martin Luther's Attitude Toward the Jews.  While I appreciate their nod to my paper, there is a quote used that I would like to explore and demonstrate misuse, Luther's antisemitic comment, "we...

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Here's something from the CARM Lutheran discussion forum, submitted by someone against Lutherans and Martin Luther:
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The founder of your religion would not tolerate people disagreeing with him.........don’t you Lutherans long for the...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 14:27

Mrs. John Wesley Says, Me Too!

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Even though John Wesley wasn't a sixteenth century Reformer, I thought I would seize the current zeitgeist and discuss the difficult life of Mrs. John Wesley.John Wesley married Mary (Molly) Vazeille in 1751. Mary was 41 years old at the time. She was "originally a domestic servant," and also a...

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Here's a curious Roman Catholic use of a quote from John Calvin:
We all know obedience is a bad word in Protestantism. People LOVE doing what they want to do and not being told they can't. That's the heart of Protestantism. "Nobody tells me what to do or think, even about my own salvation." It's...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 14:00

Luther: The Pope is not Subject to God's Commandments?

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Rome's defenders often voice severe disapproval with Luther's private counsel to Jerome Weller. Weller, a man plagued by despair and depression, was instructed by Luther in a letter to "put the whole law entirely out of our eyes and hearts." A review of this letter and advice can be found here....

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Her'e's a tidbit from Jerome Weller's, Luther's Guide for the Proper Study of Theology, 1561. Weller was a pupil and friend of Luther's. The document is a short read (7 pages), but has some interesting tips, and even some humorous stuff. For instance:
Fifth: concerning the prevention of just boredom...

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Here's a Martin Luther-tidbit from one of Rome's defenders on the CARM boards:
You do realize that Luther admits that he didn't add the word alone due to the rules of language but because he said that is what Paul meant to say. That's Luther's own admission, so yes, Luther added the word alone so...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 14:00

Calvin on the Atonement: Limited or Unlimited?

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Did John Calvin believe in the "L" of T.U.L.I.P, limited atonement? This has been studied and debated for quite a few years. It's been a while since I've looked at this subject. Some years back I caught Norman Geisler fabricating a Calvin quote on the atonement in his book, Chosen But Free. Back in...

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Here's a tidbit from a blog entry entitled, John Calvin: Heresy Hunter with an Axe to Grind:In addition to Servetus, Jerome Bolsec was arrested and imprisoned for challenging Calvin during a lecture, then banished from the city. Calvin wrote privately about the matter saying that he wished Bolsec...

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