In a time of great chaos and anarchy within the Church, it is necessary to identify the source of chaos and disorder, and thus seek to bring back order as Christ intended. More than ever before the modern Church has become less like the Bride of Christ and more as the Whore of Babylon. People have often asked the question of ‘Why?’ but have never identified the root cause of this anarchy. Instead, there has been an ever-growing increase in godlessness and infidelity along with sin being promoted in the name of ‘grace’. Whether it is the sins of heresy and unbelief, as manifested in modernism; New Age teaching or some denial of Christian doctrine or Higher/Lower Criticism along with any other mockery of the Holy Scriptures or the Christian Faith. Or whether it is the open flouting of sin in the churches: promotion of sodomites/homosexuals and paedophiles in leadership; adultery amongst church leaders; open support of blasphemous material and teaching in the pulpit and so on. Whatever the situation, few have bothered to go to the historical root source and ask the right questions.
In an age of political correctness and false ecumenism, the Church has sunken deeper into apostasy as manifested in the above mentioned sins. It is expected to kowtow to the errors and false doctrines of Satan, the god of this world and prince of the powers of the air. (II Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2), rather than be the Bride of Christ, unspotted and unblemished (Ephesians 5:25-32). What is grossly tragic is that few have taken the time to examine the Holy Scriptures and the history of the Church to see where the modern evils are coming from.
Amongst Christians, few have bothered to examine their roots and seek to correct the evil inherited. Many have grown around a myth or fable regarding personalities in the history of the Church, without fulfilling the Scriptural command to prove all things (I Thessalonians 5:25). Amongst the greatest and most destructive of these myths or fables that Scripture has warned about, is the legend built around Martin Luther. A number of Christians have been deluded into thinking that Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation, was a great hero who defended the Holy Scriptures and brought Scriptural knowledge to the world. When one begins to even make one criticism of this idol that has been made after deluded hands, then automatically he/she is accused of being a “Papist” or “Catholic sympathizer”.
Luther is dead but his evil legacy has still continued throughout the world and in all Christian denominations. It is time for genuine Christians to undo this evil legacy before it destroys their souls and the Church altogether.
I do not fear the accusations and I wish to urge all Christians, regardless of denomination, to prove all things and to renounce the root of rebellion and anarchy in the churches. Let God be true and every man a liar. (Romans 2:4). By facing the reality of Luther, a genuine Christian can place the Holy Trinity, the True God (I John 5:7, 20) in the rightful place of the soul and banish the antichrist spirit that has spoken through Luther and other deceivers (I John 4:1-3). I provide the quotes in full lest anyone accuse me of distortion or taking statements out of context.
And now, I dedicate my life and soul to the most Holy Trinity and bring the whole Church before the throne of God. May the Church experience genuine revival out of the spiritual slumber of death and gain back the first love due. Glory be to God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus. (Apocalypse/Revelation 22:20).
Yours in Christ,
1) MARTIN LUTHER AND HOLY SCRIPTURE. HIS ACTUAL VIEWS AND THOUGHTS ON BOOKS IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURE; VIEWS ON CHRIST OUR GOD; THE HOLY PROPHETS AND APOSTLES.
Amongst the first of these myths that a number of Christians have been deceived regarding Martin Luther is that he was the one who supposedly brought the West back to a return to the Holy Scriptures. This will shock many Christians who have held such a high opinion of Martin Luther as the supposed man who brought the West to a return to Scripture. However, all preconceptions aside, let us actually see what he actually said and taught which flies against both the Holy Scriptures and against the Holy Fathers. Ultimately, we find that only the traits of Lucifer are in this man, not our Lord Jesus Christ.
a)Denial of the authenticity of the Apocalypse/Revelation
This will surprise many of the dear Protestant Christians who hold to a firm belief in the Holy Scriptures. In fact, as a fellow Christian, I wish to extend my sympathies to such. However, facts are that the very founder of the Protestant Reformation did not have any reverence for the Holy Scripture, especially when it clashed with his subjective thinking. Before we consider this, let us consider the warning by the Blessed Apostle St. John in Revelation 22:18, 19: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecies of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” However, we find that Martin Luther had the gall to attack even any belief in the very Apocalypse itself as inspired of God. Let us consider this quote by Martin Luther:
“to my mind, it [the book of the Apocalypse/Revelation] bears upon it no marks of an apostolic or prophetic character…Everyone may form his own judgment of this book; as for myself, I feel an aversion to it, and to me this is sufficient reason for rejecting it.”
(Sammtliche Werke, 63, pp169-170, ‘The Facts About Luther’, O’Hare, TAN Books, 1987, p203)
Is it no wonder then that a certain Lutheran priest many centuries later in the 20th century stated on a radio program that both James and Revelation should be removed from our Bible and instead it should have the Shepherd of Hermas instead? (See Gail Riplinger’s New Age Bible Versions (1997), 2nd Edition, A.V Publications Corporation) In fact, it is known that the classical Reformed position on Revelation is one that allegorizes at best or negates at worse. [For that matter, Papism is no better either]. Is it no wonder also that because of this, a number of the modern translations [or perversions] of the Holy Scripture have not only excised many verses and phrases in the New Testament but also have mostly Protestants as their source for translation in their committees? No serious minded Christian who has the new birth from above, will ever question the authenticity of any book of the Holy Scripture, most especially the New Testament. By the words of Holy Scripture, Luther has brought damnation upon himself and this should serve as a warning to others.
- b) Denial and contempt for the Epistle of James and contempt for the Book of Esther and the Book of Jonah
If there was any book in the New Testament that was more subject to attack by Martin Luther it was none other than the Epistle of James. This was simply because Luther had become an antinomian and thus wanted an easy salvation that was devoid of repentance in accordance with faith. Sounds like most of Protestantism today, doesn’t it? Let us see what his actual words are regarding the Epistle of James:
“We should throw the Epistle of James out of this school [Wittenberg], for it doesn’t amount to much. It contains not a syllable about Christ. Not once does it mention Christ, except at the beginning. I maintain that some Jew wrote it who probably heard about Christian people but never encountered any.”
(Lecture at Wittenberg, 54, 424-425)
For Luther to blasphemously accredit the Blessed Apostle James as an unbelieving Jew who had no contact with Christianity is laughable to say the least and blasphemous at worst! No wonder we have in a number of Protestant churches and theological colleges, people who have no reverence for anything sacred and also who attack our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Apostles!
In other writings, he referred to the Epistle of James as “a straw epistle” and even entertained the notion of doing damage to the Epistle of James saying that he wanted to throw it into the oven. [See Luther’s Preface to the New Testament where he refers to James as “the epistle of straw” and also Althaus, P. (1966) The Theology of Martin Luther , translated by Robert Schultz, Fortress Press, Philadelphia]
His contempt for Holy Scripture does not end at just the book of James, but also extends to attacking even the book of Esther and Jonah in the Hebrew Bible, which he supposedly based his version of the Bible on for the Old Testament. Here are his words on the matter:
“The book of Esther I toss into the Elbe. I am such an enemy to the book of Esther that I wish it did not exist, for it Judaizes too much and has in it a great deal of heathenish foolishness.” (‘The Facts About Luther’, O’Hare, TAN Books, 1987, p202)
“The history of Jonah is so monstrous that it is absolutely incredible.” (Ibid.)
Are we not surprised therefore that Lutheranism was the first to succumb to the blasphemous and ridiculous theories of Higher and Lower Criticism, and also to find her priests wanting to eliminate both James and Revelation? Let us not forget the earlier example of the Lutheran pastor/priest who stated on a radio program that both the Epistle of James and the Apocalypse/Revelation should be eliminated from our Bible. They are only following their wicked founder! Luther has in fact incurred God’s anathema on himself already. Many of these modern day Lutherans have become twice the sons of hell than Luther. Let us be warned.
- Deliberate adding of the word ‘free’ to Romans 3:28 along with deliberate, Satanic arrogance in elevating himself above even the Holy Fathers and Holy Apostles!
The very thought of excising from the Word of God should already cause one to cringe in disgust and make one wary of the eternal consequences. It should cause one to cringe even more to add to the Word of God as well. Unfortunately, this cannot be said for Martin Luther. Martin Luther in a deliberate attempt to support lawlessness in the Christian life, deliberately added the word “free” to his German bible, despite the fact that there is no serious evidence for this in the Greek text of the New Testament. To this he stated as his reasons for his deliberate distortion:
“If your Papist annoys you with the word [‘alone’-Romans 3:28], tell him straightaway, Dr. Martin Luther will have it so: Papist and ass are one and the same thing. Whoever will not have my translation, let him give it the go-by; the devil’s thanks to him who censures it without my will and knowledge. Luther will have it so, and he is doctor above all doctors in Popedom.”
(Amicable Discussion, I, 127, ‘The Facts About Luther’, O’Hare, TAN Books (1987), p201)
To add insult onto injury, he goes so far as to elevate himself greater than the Fathers, St. Ambrose and St. Augustine by stating:
“St. Augustine or St. Ambrosius cannot be compared with me.”
(Enlangen, Vol. 61, p422)
To show his utter egotistical attitude, which has carried on down through the rest of Protestantism, he states:
“Not for a thousand years has God bestowed such great gifts on any bishop as He has on me”
(Luther’s Works, Erlangen ed., 61:422)
If this really is the attitude of Luther towards God and His Truth, then God help today’s Protestants who have behaved in the same manner, if not worse. This is the very thing the Blessed Apostles Peter and Jude warned against. The Blessed Apostle Peter warned against private interpretation (II Peter 1:20, 21) and also warned that there are: “they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” (II Peter 3:16). The Blessed Apostle Jude also stated: “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ…Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities…But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Co-re.” (Jude 3, 4, 8, 10, 11)
Alexei Khomyakhov, a 19th century Russian Orthodox theologian, when speaking on Protestantism described it as an error with a continual minus sign. In fact, he described it in no uncertain terms:
“Protestantism means the expression of doubt in essential dogma. In other words, the denial of dogma as a living tradition; in short, a denial of the Church… Protestantism is one world simply negating another. Take away this other world which it is negating and Protestantism will die, since its whole life consists in negation. The body of doctrines it still holds, the work undertaken by the enterprise of a few scholars and later received by the apathetic credulity of several million uneducated people, is surviving only because the need is felt to oppose the Roman confession. As soon as this feeling disappears, Protestantism at once breaks down into private opinion with no common bonds whatever.“ (On The Western Confessions of Faith, 1900) Tragically, this is true today with disastrous results of infidelity, heresy and cults constantly created.
- c) Blasphemous references to both our Lord Jesus Christ, to God the Father, and also to the Holy Prophets and the Blessed Apostles.
This comes as a great shock to many Christians who have had high hopes in Martin Luther. However, if we were to actually look at what he said regarding our Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father and also the Holy Prophets and Blessed Apostles, it should cause even the most elementary of Christian believers to cringe with disgust.
In regards to our Lord Jesus Christ, Luther had the gall to accuse Him of committing fornication with the Samaritan woman at the well (Photini in Holy Tradition) as well as with Mary Magdalene. [Maybe one should wonder where the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, got some of his heresies from, seeing that he too taught the same thing in Doctrines and Covenants!]. He stated:
“Christ committed adultery first of all with the women at the well about whom St. John tells us. Was not everybody about Him saying: ‘Whatever has He been doing with her?’ Secondly, with Mary Magdalen, and thirdly with the women taken in adultery whom He dismissed so lightly. Thus even, Christ who was so righteous, must have been guilty of fornication before He died.”
(Trishreden, Weimer Edition, Vol. 2, Pg. 107)
Obviously, Luther was distorting the meaning of the Scripture passages and in fact goes against our Lord Jesus Christ, Who stated: “Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” (John 8:46, 47)
Worse yet, is that Luther expressed that he had: “greater confidence in my wife and my pupils than I have in Christ.” (Table Talk, 2397b) and equally blasphemous, he dared to say regarding God:
“I look upon God no better than a scoundrel”
(Weimar, Vol. 1, Pg. 487. Cf. Table Talk, No. 963)
In addition to this, the blasphemous notion that the behaviour and conduct of Christ is not important compared to His teachings, is found in the mouth of none other than Luther himself and is today reiterated by so-called: “Christians” of a modernist/liberal persuasion. Here are his words on this:
“It does not matter how Christ behaved – what He taught is all that matters.” (Erlangen Vol. 29, Pg. 126).
This is exactly what one would expect to hear from the mouth of Lucifer himself. Therefore, Luther is clearly of Satan not of God.
To add insult onto injury, Luther also goes so far as to attack both the Holy Prophets and the Holy Apostles. This was slightly touched on earlier when we mentioned his attitude towards James. As an extension to his rebellion, he also attacks the Holy Blessed Prophet Moses as well. In fact, due to his antinomianism, it was logical for him to attack the Blessed Prophet Moses, which clearly puts Luther under the rebuke of our Lord Jesus Christ, who stated: “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of Me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” (John 5:46, 47) Let us see what evil Luther stated of Moses and the Law of Moses:
“If Moses should attempt to intimidate you with his stupid Ten Commandments, tell him right out – chase yourself to the Jews” (Letter to Melanchthon, August 1, 1521, American Edition, Luther’s Works, vol. 48, pp. 281-82)
“I will not have Moses with his Law, for he is the enemy of the Lord Christ”
(Tischreden (Table Talk), L.C.12.s.17)
“Moses must ever be looked upon with suspicion, even as upon a heretic, excommunicated, damned, worse than the Pope and the devil” (Commentary on Galatians)
“If we allow them – the Commandments – any influence in our conscience, they become the cloak of all evil, heresies and blasphemies” (Comm. ad Galat, p.310)
“When the devil comes to tempt and harass you . . . indulge some sin in hatred of the evil spirit and to torment him . . . otherwise we are beaten if we are too nervously sensitive about guarding against sin . . . I tell you, we must put all the Ten Commandments, with which the devil tempts and plagues us so greatly, out of sight and out of mind.” (Table Talk in De Wette, 5.188; De Wette was a Protestant scholar who collected the most significant sayings of Luther in several volumes)
“We must remove the Decalogue out of sight and heart” (De Wette, 4.188)
This reveals not only Luther’s filthy heart and spirit, but also shows that he hated what is holy and reveals himself to be a false accuser. To accuse the Ten Commandments and Moses as being the cause of blasphemy is something Satan would love to hear many times over and repeat in the ears of unbelievers to lead them away from the Holy Trinity.
We thus can prove that since Luther rejected Moses, he could not possibly accept Christ who urged the unbelieving Jews in His day to look to Moses for the answers. Luther being a filthy minded individual, could not cease blaspheming at that point and also called God the author of evil as well as good, which clearly goes against the Scripture. This is what he used to support his blasphemous antinomianism and thus stated that men were damned not on lack of faith and repentance towards our Lord Jesus Christ, but that God made it a necessity that some would be damned and some would be saved. This is a distortion of Scriptural predestination based on foreknowledge and response, rather than a blind ballot. Here are his words on this matter:
“Therefore, necessity, not free will, is the controlling principle of our conduct. God is the author of what is evil as well as what is good, and, as He bestows happiness on those who merit it not, so also does He damn others who deserve not their fate.” (‘De Servo Arbitrio’,7, 113, quoted by O’Hare, op.cit. pp266-267)
Therefore, since the likes of Luther and his followers who followed his blasphemous conclusions to their logical end to the point of attacking the Holy Trinity and the Word of God, we can only conclude that Luther damned himself to hell. (See Revelation 21:8).
2) MARTIN LUTHER AND SIN. TURNING THE GRACE OF GOD INTO PERVERSITY AND LIVING IN A DIABOLICAL MANNER.
Since Luther despised Moses and also despised the Law of God, it was only logical for him, due to his antinomianism, to encourage others to be lawless and wicked as he was. In a word, Luther was nothing short of a spiritual Jezebel and a Balaam to the Christian Church, or even a modern day forerunner of Nicolaitinism. (See Revelation 2:14, 15, 20-23). Here are his words at this point to show his blatant antinomianism and Nicolaitine behaviour:
“If you are a preacher of grace, then preach a true and not a fictitious grace; if grace is true, you must bear a true and not a fictitious sin. God does not save people who are only fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly . . . as long as we are here [in this world] we have to sin. . . . No sin will separate us from the Lamb, even though we commit fornication and murder a thousand times a day.” (Letter to Melanchthon, August 1, 1521, American Edition, Luther’s Works, vol. 48, pp. 281-82)
In addition to this, he speaks against any idea of repentance from sin in his own translation of the Holy Scripture by removing the word for “repent” in Matthew 3:2 and changing it altogether to: “mend” or “do better” which is totally different in meaning to repent. Is this really worthy of entry into the kingdom of heaven? Our Lord Jesus Christ says otherwise. (Matthew 7:21-23). Luther even dared to call the God-given conscience as even something of Satan himself! Here are his words:
“Do not ask anything of your conscience; and if it speaks, do not listen to it; if it insists, stifle it, amuse yourself; if necessary, commit some good big sin, in order to drive it away. Conscience is the voice of Satan, and it is necessary always to do just the contrary of what Satan wishes.” (J. Dollinger, La Reforme et les resultants qu’elle a produits. (Trans. E. Perrot, Paris, Gaume, 1848-49), Vol III, pg. 248)
This sounds exactly like something the Nazis and the Communists would say! They had their predecessor in none other than Luther even before Hitler or Karl Marx. No wonder the former was so successful in Germany amongst Lutherans and the latter came out of a traitorous German Lutheran background that rebelled against God altogether.
In equally a wicked fashion, Luther advocated lying, something that not only goes against the Decalogue (which Luther expressed contempt for), but also against our Lord Jesus Christ, who is not only Truth, but also taught against lies because He called the Devil, “the father of liars” (John 8:44). Luther, on the other hand, taught otherwise:
“What harm could it do if a man told a good lusty lie in a worthy cause and for the sake of the Christian Churches?” (Lenz: Briefwechsel, Vol. 1. Pg. 373.)
“To lie in a case of necessity or for convenience or in excuse – such lying would not be against God; He was ready to take such lies on Himself” (Ibid. p375)
This can only be expected of a follower of Satan, not a follower of Christ. Such is Luther.
As is typical of Satan, Luther also spoke against doing good works, contrary to what our Lord Jesus Christ taught us (Matthew 5:16). He stated:
“It is more important to guard against good works than against sin.” (Trischreden, Wittenberg Edition, Vol VI, p160)
Luther was shameful enough to even call marriage as sinful, even though Scripture clearly teaches otherwise:
“The matrimonial duty is never performed without sin” (Weimar, Vol.8, p654)
Since Luther has inverted good for evil and evil for good, then God clearly pronounces His woes upon him. (Isaiah 5:20-25). Luther clearly shows himself once again not only to be a heretic, but even worse, an antichrist and a devil.
3) MARTIN LUTHER AND THE FATE OF THE SOUL. DENIAL OF THE JUSTICE OF GOD AND OPEN HERESY.
Shocking but true, and in fact, Luther has his admirers in none other than the Seventh Day Adventists, for this heresy of annihilationism also known as soul sleep. Luther clearly taught this:
“ Salomon judgeth that the dead are a sleepe, and feele nothing at all. For the dead lye there accompting neyther dayes nor yeares, but when are awaked, they shall seeme to have slept scarce one minute.”
An Exposition of Salomon’s Booke, called Ecclesiastes or the Preacher, 1553, folio 151v. (A direct English translation of Luther’s German done in 1553)
“But we Christians, who have been redeemed from all this through the precious blood of God’s Son, should train and accustom ourselves in faith to despise death and regard it as a deep, strong, sweet sleep; to consider the coffin as nothing other than our Lord Jesus’ bosom or Paradise, the grave as nothing other than a soft couch of ease or rest. As verily, before God, it truly is just this; for he testifies, John 11:11; Lazarus, our friend sleeps; Matthew 9:24: The maiden is not dead, she sleeps. Thus, too, St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, removes from sight all hateful aspects of death as related to our mortal body and brings forward nothing but charming and joyful aspects of the promised life. He says there [vv. 42ff]: It is sown in corruption and will rise in incorruption; it is sown in dishonor (that is, a hateful, shameful form) and will rise in glory; it is sown in weakness and will rise in strength; it is sown in natural body and will rise a spiritual body.”
—”Christian Song Latin and German, for Use at Funerals,” 1542, in Works of Luther (1932),Vol.6, pp.287,288.
“Thus after death the soul goes to its bedchamber and to its peace, and while it is sleeping it does not realize its sleep, and God preserves indeed the awakening soul. God is able to awake Elijah, Moses, and others, and so control them, so that they will live. But how can that be? That we do not know; we satisfy ourselves with the example of bodily sleep, and with what God says: it is a sleep, a rest, and a peace. He who sleeps naturally knows nothing of that which happens in his neighbor’s house;”- Am Zweiten Sonntage nach Trinitatis,” “Haus-Postille.” in Schriften, vol. 13, col. 2153; “Predigt uber 1 Cor. 15: (54-57),” (1533), “Auslegung des neuen Testament,” in Schriften, vol. 8, col. 1340
It is no marvel then to see both Seventh Day Adventists and other annihilationist heretical sects endorsing Luther. Luther, as usual, quotes Scripture out of context in the above, by quoting from Ecclesiastes as doctrine, even though Ecclesiastes was written to show the contrast between Solomon’s godless apostate thoughts and the godly thoughts. Not only has Luther and the annihilationists gone against Scripture many times over, but also have both the condemnation of the Holy Scripture against them and also the condemnation of the Council of Constantinople in 1082 which decrees:
“If anyone denies the existence of the soul, and thus denies eternal reward or eternal damnation, thus giving license for sin, let him be anathema.” (Decree V)
This decree was also reiterated in 1583 and in 1672 by Patriarchs Jeremiah II and Dositheus of Jerusalem respectively. The teaching of the Holy Scripture is also equally clear that there is eternal reward and eternal punishment. Our Lord Jesus Christ in fact defined it so clearly in Luke 16:19 onwards and also in Matthew 25:31-46 and so did the Apostles in their epistles many times over. We do not need to discuss this continually here since the subject is Luther rather than a whole doctrine unto itself. Suffice to say, that Luther was a manifest heretic and servant of Satan.
4) MARTIN LUTHER ON BOTH PEASANTS AND THE JEWS: ADOLF HITLER’S SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION
Our Lord Jesus Christ clearly had a heart not only for all people, but particularly the poor and always maintained His love for the Jewish people, despite being rejected by them as their Messiah. We discover this in not only His commandment to love both God and man (Matthew 22:37-39) but also in His actual words regarding the poor and His own people, the Jews. In the account in Luke 16:19-31, regarding the eternal bliss for Lazarus and eternal damnation for the rich man, we discover that the rich man had the beggar Lazarus outside of his gates every single day and he would not even show him the slightest of compassions. This obviously would work against him on the eternal scale of events. Our Lord even told a rich young ruler to distribute his goods to the poor before coming to follow him. (Matthew 19:16-26; Mark 10:17-27; Luke 18:18-27). In addition, the Lord Himself stated: “For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.” (Mark 14:7). I am not advocating that merely by helping the poor, one will attain salvation, but rather I do say as the Lord does state that doing good to the poor is a reflection of the work of grace of God being evident in a life of a person. This however, was not the case for Luther. He taught either ill-treatment of peasants or outright murder of peasants, merely because of his hard hearted attitude towards them:
“Peasants are no better than straw. They will not hear the word and they are without sense; therefore they must be compelled to hear the crack of the whip and the whiz of bullets and it is only what they deserve.” (Erlangen Vol 24, Pg. 294)
“To kill a peasant is not murder; it is helping to extinguish the conflagration. Let there be no half measures! Crush them! Cut their throats! Transfix them. Leave no stone unturned! To kill a peasant is to destroy a mad dog!” – “If they say that I am very hard and merciless, mercy be damned. Let whoever can stab, strangle, and kill them like mad dogs”. (Ibid.)
“I, Martin Luther, have during the rebellion slain all the peasants, for it was I who ordered them to be struck dead. All their blood is upon my head. But I put it all on our Lord God: for he commanded me to speak thus.” (Tischreden; Erlanger Ed., Vol. 59. p. 284) If that was not enough, he advocated abuse of power by the lords over the peasants, abusing the name of God as justification.
“God has given the law, and nobody observes it. He has in addition instituted rod masters, drivers and urgers; so then are rulers to drive, beat, choke, hang, burn, behead, and break upon the well of the vulgar masses.” (Sermon delivered by Luther in 1526. Ref. Erlanger, Vol. XV, 2p. 276)
The Holy Scripture clearly teaches that a ruler should only be a terror unto the wicked, not unto the masses in general, and that if a ruler does abuse his power to hurt others for his own selfish ends, he too would be cut down by God sooner or later, as clearly evidenced in Romans 13 and also in the case of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel, as well as Pharaoh’s abuse of the Israelites in Exodus. Shame on Luther for advocating tyranny!
His evil heart does not stop there. He goes so far as to advocate total eradication of the Jewish people, and damns each and every one of the Jews beyond hope of salvation. This is not what our Lord Jesus Christ did. Our Lord Jesus Christ clearly wept for Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37-39; Luke 13: 34, 35) and even prayed for the forgiveness of His Jewish people (Luke 23:34). Even the Holy Martyr, St. Stephen in Acts 6-8, prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would not impute the sin of the Jewish people against them. Although the Blessed St. Paul received persecution by the Jews, yet he always held out hope for the final repentance and restoration of the Jewish people as evidenced in Romans 10-11. Not so with Martin Luther. Now before my Reformed Protestant friends point the fingers back at St. John Chrysostomos regarding his sermon, we should point out that there is a vast world of a difference between St. John Chrysostomos and Martin Luther. For starters, St. John Chrysostomos was not actually dealing with Jews proper, but with Judaizers. Unfortunately, the Latin translation along with other translations have compounded the misunderstanding by translating his sermon as “Against the Jews” when the actual Greek states: “Against Judaizers”. Secondly, St. John Chrysostomos actually had more to praise of the Jewish people than criticize them. For instance, he expresses his admiration at their keeping of the Old Testament and their reverence for their rabbis. Whilst he may have criticized Judaism, he never attacked Jews and always held out his arms for their reception into the Church. In fact, St. John Chrysostomos would be equally critical of Nazism had he lived in that period, as he was critical of all manner of pagans and heretics. However, back to Luther. Luther did not even hold out one conciliatory trait to the Jews. He even dedicated a whole attack against them and never ceased in this attack, even to his dying day. He wrote a whole tract against the Jews, but we need not quote the whole tract to understand his diabolical mindset. Here are his words:
“My advice, as I said earlier, is: First, that their synagogues be burned down, and that all who are able toss sulphur and pitch; it would be good if someone could also throw in some hellfire… Second, that all their books– their prayer books, their Talmudic writings, also the entire Bible– be taken from them, not leaving them one leaf, and that these be preserved for those who may be converted…Third, that they be forbidden on pain of death to praise God, to give thanks, to pray, and to teach publicly among us and in our country…Fourth, that they be forbidden to utter the name of God within our hearing. For we cannot with a good conscience listen to this or tolerate it…” (“On the Jews and their Lies” translated by Martin H Bertram, Fortress Press, 1955)
“Burn their synagogues. Forbid them all that I have mentioned above. Force them to work and treat them with every kind of severity, as Moses did in the desert and slew three thousand… If that is no use, we must drive them away like mad dogs, in order that we may not be partakers of their abominable blasphemy and of all their vices, and in order that we may not deserve the anger of God and be damned with them. I have done my duty. Let everyone see how he does his. I am excused.” (Ibid.)
“If I had to baptize a Jew, I would take him to the bridge of the Elbe, hang a stone round his neck and push him over with the words I baptize thee in the name of Abraham” (Grisar, “Luther”, Vol. V. pg. 413.)
“The Jews deserve to be hanged on gallows seven times higher than ordinary thieves.” (Weimar, Vol. 53, Pg. 502.)
No wonder the Nazis were able to use Luther to convince the German people to hate and murder the Jewish people! In fact, it is not surprising to see the Lutheran “Church” being the first to collaborate with the Nazis. The Muslims even love Luther for this and have even published his hatred of the Jews on their website: http://www.abbc2.com/luther/index.htm
How ironic that a man who believed in using (but not necessarily believing) the Hebrew Old Testament for one half of his ‘bible’ would be the fervent enemy of the ones who are responsible for the ‘oracles of God’ (Romans 3:4)! In fact, whilst there are Lutherans and other Protestants who have opposed the Nazis, my kudos to them, but it does not change the fact that Luther was a bitter hater of the Jews. For that matter, may I take the opportunity to state clearly that any Orthodox who participates in the same anti-Christian hatred towards the Jewish people and blames them for all manner of ill, is not a true Christian but will end up accepting the Antichrist when he comes along. Our Fathers [see also St. John Damascene, who clearly stated in his “Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith”, that the Jews in the last days of the 2 witnesses of the Apocalypse will repent] as well as Scripture held out hope for them, so why can’t we as Orthodox do the same?
5) MARTIN LUTHER AND ISLAM: ULTIMATE TREACHERY MANIFOLD
This will again come as a shock to those whom hold Luther in high esteem, but Luther held Islam and her armies in admiration. It is true that he wrote a tract entitled: “On War Against the Turk”, whereby it appears that he is opposed to Islam on theological grounds and urges the German people to resist invasion. Nonetheless, he is more tolerant towards Islam than he is towards the Jews. In fact, he even states as much:
“Let the Turk believe and live as he will, just as one lets the papacy and other false Christians live.” (On War Against the Turk)
But that is not all. He even goes so far as to claim that a Muslim ruler (a Turkish ruler) is better than a Christian ruler:
“A smart Turk makes a better ruler than a dumb Christian” (Ibid.)
It is no accident since Luther hated Jews and the Pope more than he did the Islamic religion and therefore, despite knowing what was wrong with the Islamic religion theologically and also in terms of what it would do given full swing over Europe, he urged his followers to side with the Muslim Turks in defeating Europe. After calling the Jews and the Pope some foul names such as “Antichrist” and “Devil incarnate”, he then urged his followers to look at the Turks in the best manner and even went so far as to say that some of his German contemporaries (read traitors), “actually want the Turk to come and rule, because they think that our German people are wild and uncivilized – indeed that they are half-devil and half-man” (Found in The Ottoman Empire and early modern Europe, by Daniel Goffman, Cambridge University Press, 2002, p110). What is most interesting about the whole matter is that Suleiman the Magnificent, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire during Luther’s time, that he sent a letter to Luther’s followers in Flanders, Holland which stated that he felt akin to them since: “they did not worship idols, believed in one God and fought against the Pope and Emperor” (Found in The Ottoman state and its place in world history by Kemal H. Karpat p.53). Suleiman the Magnificent extended his kinship further and wrote letters to German princes who were sympathetic to Luther to form an alliance with him to fight both the Emperor and the Pope as well giving protection to Luther and Calvin’s followers in Hungary and Transylvania. (See Muslims and the Gospel: Bridging the Gaps by Roland Miller, Lutheran University Press, Minneapolis, 2005 p208). In fact, one of the biggest collaborators with Suleiman the Magnificent was a Unitarian, John Sigismund, who not only was dependent on the Sultan for rule of Hungary, but the establishment of this wicked heretical Unitarian “Church” of Transylvania. [On a side note, the first Unitarian, Michael Servetus, was initially supportive of the Reformation of Luther, only to fall out of grace with John Calvin, due to his heretical denial of the Trinity. Evil company can always fall in and out of each other! This is evident by the fact that Luther hated both John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli, who were also responsible for the Reformation!]
It was no accident that a century later, a Muslim diplomat from Morocco sent to cement an alliance between Protestant Holland and the Ottoman Empire along with the Islamic kingdoms of Morocco and the Moriscos, by the name of Al-Hajari, would state in his book, the following:
“Their teachers [Luther and Calvin] warned them [Protestants] against the Pope and the worshippers of Idols; they also told them not to hate the Muslims because they are the sword of God in the world against the idol-worshippers. That is why they side with the Muslims.”
—Al-Hajari, The Book of the Protector of Religion against the Unbelievers
That is why it was so easy for Luther’s followers and the followers of John Calvin to collaborate with the Islamic forces attacking Europe. Luther laid the groundwork for this in his half-hearted statements regarding Islam along with his actions. But it gets worse from here on in. After the demise of Suleiman the Magnificent, Murad III, his successor wrote a letter to forge alliance with the Lutherans in both Flanders and Spain that stated:
“As you, for your part, do not worship idols, you have banished the idols and portraits and “bells” from churches, and declared your faith by stating that God Almighty is one and Holy Jesus is His Prophet and Servant, and now, with heart and soul, are seeking and desirous of the true faith; but the faithless one they call Papa does not recognize his Creator as One, ascribing divinity to Holy Jesus (upon him be peace!), and worshiping idols and pictures which he has made with his own hands, thus casting doubt upon the oneness of God and instigating how many servants to that path of error”
—1574 letter of Murad III to the “Members of the Lutheran sect in Flanders and Spain”
It was also no accident that in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 that amongst the Ottoman forces were to be found Lutheran and Calvinist allies from Holland and England. Treachery continues and in the Battle of Vienna in 1681, the leader of the Protestants in Hungary, Imre Thokoly in conjunction with the Ottoman forces was attacking Vienna. It is the grace of God that prevented this Islamic scourge from succeeding with Vienna as they had with Constantinople, due to the intervention of John Sobieski, king of Poland. Nonetheless, it is clear by now that the followers of Luther and Calvin were willing allies and traitors to the forces of Islam due to the groundwork laid by the Reformers. In fact, it became a common saying among the Dutch Protestants in the 16th century that they would “rather a Turk than a Papist”. Sadly, the same was said by a number of Orthodox Christians before the fall of Constantinople in 1453: “Better the turban than the tiara”, for which the Orthodox Church has paid a bitter, bloody price as evidenced in the number of Saints and New Martyrs during the Ottoman and Caliphate eras. History repeats itself indeed when others fail to learn from it! Orthodox Christians should wake up and learn from St. John Damascene and not be blinded by sugarcoat that Islam promoted using fair words and fair speeches stating that they worship the same God as us or that we have more in common! St John Damascene was in the second most powerful place in the court of the Caliph of Syria, and yet he was never corrupted by Islam. In fact, he saw its full reality and in his book, The Fount of Knowledge, even named Islam as the “heresy of the Hagarenes (Descendants from Hagar, the mother of Ishmael)”, and even named Allah as “Baal” as well as calling Muslims: “Mutilators of God” to counter their accusations towards the Christians as being “Associators of God”. Such a Saint and Father saw right through it all and pulled no punches whatsoever. Orthodox Christians have no excuse for treasonous collaboration with Islam. Those who have done so have betrayed the Church and have become as Judas Iscariot. If the persecutions do not teach us anything, then should not the actual blasphemies against Christ our God be enough along with the vitriol that is leveled against both Jews and Christians in the Qu’ran be enough?! Unlike Luther and Calvin, we have no excuse since we have the example of Saints and New Martyrs and some of the Fathers (e.g. St. John Damascene) to teach us the evils of Islam, both theologically and in practice. History should have taught us that collaboration only worked against the Church in the end. Anathema be upon all the Quislings in the Church, be they hierarch or layman!
I digress slightly, but evidence is enough to show, even in this present day, that Luther and his evil fruit have been responsible for the Islamic threat that is now threatening the West more than ever before. It is no accident that the Muslims and left-wing liberals have named “Martin Luther”: Tariq Ramadan. The connection is not so far-fetched when you consider that both have a hatred for the Jewish people, both are deniers of Christ and both have advocated evil rulership. Mr. Tariq Ramadan is in fact a direct descendant of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder, Hassan al-Banna. As is typical of Muslim theology, he practices “al-taqqiyah”, or lying for the sake of Islam and this is also not different from Luther who advocated, as quoted earlier, the teaching of lying for the cause of God in the name of grace.
Another evil fruit of Luther’s duplicity with Islam is that many of the Lutheran churches today are anti-Israel and pro-Islamic terrorist. This is evidenced in many of the statements made by official leaders in the Lutheran World Council and other Lutheran officials, whereby Israel was always accused of “atrocities” for defending herself and her citizens, both Jew and Arab, from Islamic terrorist attacks by Palestinian terrorist groups. You only need to check the official records to see what is stated is the truth.
Suffice to say, Luther has not only been worthy of Lucifer, but also Judas Iscariot and the Antichrist and has shown so by his sympathetic gestures to Islam, despite knowing their theological errors. Any Christian in Lutheran circles today who does not wish to participate in either Luther’s hatred of Jews or his pandering to the antichrist religion of Islam should have the courage to name him as a “firstborn of Satan”, as the Blessed St. John the Apostle named Cerinthus, and hopefully, leave Lutheranism for a genuine Christianity.
It is clearly evident that the behaviour of Martin Luther as well as his thoughts reflect that of Lucifer rather than a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. It would be accurate to refer to him as “Martin Lucifer” since he reflected exactly the character traits of Lucifer such as denial of the Word of God; encouragement to sin; hating the people of God’s First Covenant (the Jews); along with morally supporting the antichrist religion of Islam. I would genuinely urge all genuine Christians who have received God’s new birth from above regardless of denomination, to throw off any vestiges you may hold of Martin Luther, since the end result of the Reformation has led many to anarchy and spiritual death.
Based on the above, what are some of the most harmful fruit that Luther’s legacy has left for many? Here is a list that will cause one to shudder:
- Criticism and negation of the Scriptures in theological colleges and in the churches. This began with the schools of thought called: “Higher and Lower Criticism”. The first to begin this destructive trend since the 17th century is none other than the Lutheran Church. That is not too surprising considering that Martin Luther was a Scripture critic himself. We only need to consider what he said earlier regarding the books of James, Apocalypse/Revelation, Esther and Jonah. In short, Luther is the spiritual father of the Western churches’ modernism and liberalism.
- Allegarization of the Holy Scriptures to the point of negating both the beginning of Creation and the events of the Last Days before Judgment. Since Luther was already a denier of Scripture, it was not so surprising to see Protestants being the first to deny Creation and advocate Darwinism/evolution theory as well as to allegorize all the events relating to the Second Coming of Christ. This was obvious with the likes of Benjamin Warfield, who is considered the No. 1 Reformed apologist in modern times! Shame on any Orthodox, both clergy and layman, who has picked up this damnable trend from the Reformation’s evil fruit! Anathema be upon all such deniers of the Word of God, whatever their denomination, even if they are within Orthodoxy.
- General toleration of sin and promotion of sinful behaviour in the churches, especially in the leadership, all under the name of “grace” (really turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, to quote the Blessed Apostle Peter, I Peter 2:16). This was alluded to earlier in my foreword, whereby it was indicated there has been an immense toleration for sodomites and heretics in the leadership. But equally worse, is the way in which sin has been treated lightly in the churches to the point of using “grace” as a cover to bring in blasphemous heresies and tolerating evil behaviour that goes against Holy Scripture. This also includes tolerating devil-possessed rock music into the churches along with other evil practices. All this is thanks to Luther’s idea of “be a sinner and sin boldly” coupled with false grace. In fact, out of this evil mentality stems a damnable heresy of “easy believism” advocated in a number of Protestant churches. This heresy states that one can make an outward profession of ‘belief’ in the gospel and live an unrepentant, evil life, and still be on their way to heaven. Nothing could be further from the truth and Luther is the ancestor of this damnable heresy!
- Hatred of Jews. This manifests itself in many forms. Two of the most popular forms are: negating any validity of the Old Testament and blaming the nation of Israel for every manner of ill. The first is manifest in many Reformed circles and others by stating: “It is all Old Testament. We are under the New Testament.” By using such a phrase, such irresponsible people do not realize that the Law is the schoolmaster (Galatians 3:24) that makes the New Testament/Covenant possible. The Law makes the due preparation that grace may truly work. In addition, to negate Moses, as Luther did earlier to the point of personal attacks on Moses, means to negate our Lord Jesus Christ since that is exactly what our Lord Jesus Christ pointed out. (John 5:46, 47). To negate the Old Testament also means negating the New Testament too. In fact, it is not surprising to see tolerated in mainstream Protestantism due to Luther’s evil seed, the negation of both! The second attack on the Jews via attacking Israel and blaming her for all manner of ills is a potent one since it often means siding with the Islamic enemy at the expense of Christians suffering at the hands of Muslims in the Middle East. Israel is not perfect, yet Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that has given total freedom to all Christians and others outside of Judaism, something that is taken for granted in the West. Yet how many times do we hear mainstream Protestant churches and their spokesmen in leadership attack Israel and side with Islamic terrorists in Palestine! We can indeed thank Luther for this, based on his unrelenting attack on the Jews. It is equally sad to see this going on in Orthodox circles, and we have no excuse for this behaviour! I digress slightly, but the point being that Luther’s hatred of the Jews has continued even into the churches of today.
- Collaboration with Islam and Muslim fundamentalists and extremists. How many times in mainstream Protestantism, whether conservative or liberal, do we hear the blaming of Israel for every ill on the Palestinians, most of which is really self-inflicted. How many times do we hear in mainstream Protestantism, Lutheran churches and today’s Anglican churches being the worst culprit, do we hear of “building bridges of understanding” between Islam and Christianity, not for the purpose of leading Muslims to saving faith in Christ, but for this disease of ecumenism. This applies to Orthodox hierarchs committing the same sins, but they should know better and are without excuse! How many Islamic terrorist imams in the Western world have shaken hands with these treacherous Protestant clergy, all pretending to be “moderate” Muslims. How many wicked leaders do we have such as Gordon Moyes, Tim Costello, Robert Schuller, Bill Crews, Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Tony Campolo and others who promote the unity with Islamic terrorism trend. Thank you very much, Mr. Martin Lucifer! You have done your good work!
- Formation of myriads of pseudo-Christian, pseudo-biblical cults and sects that often deny all the core Christian doctrines and use exactly the same premise as Luther: “Scripture only”. One only needs to see the likes of such heretics such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christadelphians, Seventh Day Adventists and so on to see exactly what is meant. “Scripture only” has become an excuse for not accepting correct teaching in the Scripture and substituting private, personal interpretations as authority. It is no wonder that Khomyakhov (a Russian Orthodox theologian) stated that Protestantism and Papism are 2 sides of the same coin. Protestantism with a continual minus and Papism with a continual plus. Both of which are damaging to the Truth.
- Most importantly and most damaging of all is the One World Church trend using all of the above evil results. This is also known as the “Emergent Church”. Indeed it is emerging from the pits of hell and the world as centre stage as detailed in Apocalypse/Revelation Chapter 17. Luther is also to be thanked for this trend since all that was against the Law of God and sinful was being promoted by him. It is also no surprise to note that many of the Emergent leaders love Luther no end. [e.g Mark Driscoll]. Evil companions have their company. Equally disgusting and without any excuse is to see Orthodox members, both clergy and laity, even engaging with these wicked minded people. What treachery! What antichrists!
It is now for genuine Christians who have genuinely received a saving faith from above and thus a new birth, to make a serious decision, regardless of your denominational trappings. Will you serve the Lord Jesus Christ or will you follow Martin Luther/Lucifer? Choose you this day whom ye will serve. But as for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15).
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. Both now and always, and unto the ages upon ages. Amen.
Δόξα Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ καὶ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι,
καὶ νῦν καὶ ἀεὶ καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν (Greek)
תהילה אל האב, ועל הבן של רוח הקודש, גם עכשיו ותמיד, ואל הגילאים הגילאים. אמן
ال مجد ل لآب والاب ن ال روح ال قدس و،
داهري ن.والآن وإل ى الأب د وإن ا دهر ال . آم ين (Arabic)
아버지와 아들과 성령에 영광을, 연령의 그리고 영원 토록하고 귀속될 연령대. 아멘 (Korean)
Слава Отцѹ и Сынѹ и Свѧтомѹ Дѹхѹ,
И нынѣ и приснω и во вѣки вѣкωмъ. Аминь. (Slavonic)
Gloire au Père, et au Fils et au Saint-Esprit. et maintenant et toujours, et dans les siècles des siècles. Ainsi soit-il. (French)
पिता और िुत्र और िपित्र आत्मा की जय, और उम्र के अब और हमेशा के लिए और उम्र के इधार. आमीन. (Hindi)