Luther held up his Sword and said, “You can get forgiveness of sins alone through the mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ..Then all Germany was aflame, and all France, and Spain, and Holland, and England, and that flame came across the seas to America in the Mayflower, and with the followers of Luther himself, until today we have in all the world living seventy million Lutherans, to say nothing of the other Protestants who are living and enjoying the liberty which that man of God, by the help of his Master and the holy angels, brought into existence three hundred and eighty-seven years ago.
If one does not read the Bible in such a way that thereby he desires to do the will of God, and to seek and to find God… or if a man even reads the Bible in such a way as to allow human reason to sit in judgment over this book… such a one will not find God in the Bible, nor will he gain the conviction that the Bible is God’s Word; on the contrary, he will be offended at the Bible, it will be a stumbling-block to him, and he will become more and more estranged from God.
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Richard Wyche was vicar of Deptford, England and follower of John Wyclif. Following is a letter he sent to John Hus, and its reply. All content is taken from the wonderful and faith-strengthening book The Letters of John Hus.
This little poem was written and recited by Martin Luther at one of his Table Talks. Imagine sitting around the table with the great reformer, listening, learning, and considering this great treasure we have been given in the New Testament.
“A Christian pastor said, I’ve never liked Paul. What are his epistles? They are just letters to people. We only have the one side of them, so we have to guess what he’s talking about anyway.
You may have been taught that the Old Testament is accurate in terms of morals and values, but not in terms of historical details. While this idea may sound reasonable, it quickly breaks down.
It seems to me that we are in far too great a hurry to rush people anyhow, somehow to Christ. We are so anxious to get results. But we are to be governed in our methods as well as in our message by this Word of God…
The real God has provided an owner’s manual which explains everything you need to know in a language you can understand. It’s sane and logical. His Book confirms everything we’ve observed about scientific and physical reality.
Protestant Christians used to consider the Bible their ultimate authority. Being a faithful Christian meant you not only said you believed it, but you actually knew what it said. A real Christian knew that God breathed, recorded, and preserved each word on every page.