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

Thursday, 28 May 2020 02:17

Luther: The Soul is Not Immortal?

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Did Luther deny the immortality of the soul? Here's the "go to" Luther quote proving he did:
"But I permit the Pope to make articles of faith for himself and his faithful, such as [1]The Bread and wine are transubstantiated in the sacrament. [2] The essence of God neither generates, nor is...

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I came across a discussion in which a Lutheran was explaining the existence of relics to one of Rome's defenders:
"Luther commented on relics in his day. The one on the cross was something about having enough pieces to build the ark. He may of added many times over. It seems he said animal bones...

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Here's a John Calvin tidbit that's made the cyber-rounds for a number of years:
Despite theological affinities, Bucer had quite a low opinion of Calvin: "Calvin is a true mad dog. The man is wicked, and he judges of people according as he loves or hates them."  (113;v.1:467)
This quote poppe...

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Martin Luther's dramatic decision to become a monk while cowering in a thunderstorm is popular in print and throughout cyber-space.  Examples could be endlessly multiplied, but for simplicity sake, let's use that provided on-line by Ligonier Ministires in which Stephen Nichols stands...

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Sunday, 19 April 2020 15:29

Luther Believed in Mary's Perpetual Virginity?

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A favorite tactic of Rome's apologists is to find quotes from Martin Luther in which he says things sounding blatantly Roman Catholic and confusingly un-Protestant at the same time. Luther's argumentation for Mary's perpetual virginity is a perfect example.  Below, a convert to Rome presents a...

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020 10:30

The Facts About Johann Tetzel

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I came across a Roman Catholic stating Johann Tetzel "is one of history's most unjustly persecuted figures by Protestantism," and also, "Tetzel didn't sell nor could he have sold indulgences." It was asserted that to "portray Dr. Tetzel an ignorant goof-ball by Luther is shear arrogance...

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Did Martin Luther say, "The Bible is alive; it speaks to me. It has feet; it runs after me. It has hands; it lays hold of me"? I'm not so sure he did. This is a murky quote people love to mention but have no idea where it came from. The picture to the left is one of many found on the Internet.Here...

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Do You Have the Gift of Discernment?I've been in a number of conversations with Christians convinced that the Holy Spirit has endowed them with the gift described in 1 Corinthians 12 as "the distinguishing of spirits," or, sometimes referred to as the gift of discernment.  Sometimes I wonder...

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 03:08

Luther: Affliction is the best book in my library

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Here's a popular Martin Luther quote making the cyberspace rounds, even finding it's way into Christian History Magazine:"Affliction is the best book in my library." Another version says, "The best book in the library of my life is the Book of Affliction." Did Luther say it? I don't think so.Documen...

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Did Luther say "God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars"?  If one bases their proof on the number of hits from a quick Internet search for this quote, he most certainly did! But as the axiom should go: something isn't true simply because a...

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In chasing down a John Calvin quote, I came upon a citation of Augustine. In Institutes III.23.8, Calvin says,
Here they have recourse to the distinction between will and permission. By this they would maintain that the wicked perish because God permits it, not because he so wills. But why shall we...

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Here's some anti-Protestant commentary and an obscure Luther quote I recently came across:
A Protestant is not obliged to follow the 10 Commandments or practice what he reads in the Scriptures. The founders of the Protestant revolt teach that works are useless and even injurious to salvation. Every...

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"Let anybody try this and he will see and experience how exceedingly hard and bitter a thing it is for a man, who all his life has been mired in his work righteousness, to pull himself out of it and with all his heart rise up through faith in this one Mediator. I myself have now been preaching and...

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This picture and title was linked to this web-page.  The web-page has a plenteous supply of adds and click-bait (beware!). The hosting site "Francis Mary" uses the same picture and title here.I admit, other than knowing the name, I don't know all that much about Padre Pio. The article though...

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A participant on the Catholic Answers Forums asked about Martin Luther's interaction with the Devil:
Hello, does anybody have Luther's book “De missa privata et unctione sacerdotum” (1521) in english? I read here and in another source (a book about Holy Mass written by a Bishop...

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The Preterist Archive has resurrected one of my old papers: Martin Luther's Attitude Toward The Jews(2005).  I appreciate that! for the last few years, the paper has only been available via the Internet Archive. No, I'm not a Preterist (as the term is popularly understood), but the Preterist...

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This is the first of 25 lectures on Historical Theology from the early church up to the Reformation.  I have not listened to them all, but jumped around some; and still have a long way to go.  Overall, it looks really good.  See the side-bar on You Tube for the rest of the 25...

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Here'a tidbit about John Calvin's Geneva floating around cyberspace:
Children were to be named after Old Testament characters. A rebellious father served four days in prison for insisting on naming his son Claude instead of Abraham (source).
Simply search the phrase "insisting on naming his son...

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Here'a  tidbit about John Calvin's Geneva floating around cyberspace:
A woman was JAILED FOR ARRANGING HER HAIR to an "immoral height" (source).
This fact can be found in some weird places. The Jehovah's Witnesses say: "John Calvin enacted laws specifying the color and type of clothing his...

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019 04:32

John Calvin Had 58 People Executed in Geneva?

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Here's a John Calvin tidbit found on a number of web-pages:
From 1541 to 1546, John Calvin caused 58 people to be executed and seventy six were exiled. His victims ranged in age from 16 to 80 (source).
In this snippet, John Calvin is painted as being the direct cause for fifty-eight executions,...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 23:24

Luther's High Regard for John Calvin?

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What did Martin Luther think of John Calvin? Here's a curious comment from the Table Talk in which Luther appears to consider Calvin highly:
NOT all are able to bear tribulations alike; for, if an human creature were merely flesh without bones, then the body would fall into a lump, or...

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imageA recent email asks,I know you love chasing sources for Luther quotes. I know he's widely quoted as saying "I have so much to do that I shall have to spend the first three hours in prayer", but I can't find a source for it. I thought I'd flick you an email to see if you've ever tried tracking a...

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It's hard to imagine a time in which monasticism was one of the hottest topics of the day. The pens of the Reformers were busy attacking this well-established societal institution, intending to tear it to shreds. Like the other magisterial Reformers, John Calvin was highly critical of monasticism....

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