Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1). #LCMS#Lutheran#liturgical#HopeBham
📖 Legacy of Faith Library, vol. 5 - Martin Luther (Broadman & Holman, 2017) 📖 🔸
The fifth volume in the “Legacy of Faith Library” is courtesy of famed reformer and founder of the Lutheran denomination, Martin Luther. This volume contains his vaunted “Ninety-Five Theses” and his theological masterpiece “Bondage of the Will.”
Ninety-Five Theses - This was the first significant shot in the battle that would become known as “The Protestant Reformation”, however what Luther proposed is not as much a departure from Catholicism, as it is an attempt at fixing what he felt were the most egregious errors that had crept into the church, such as indulgences and The Pope’s attempted identity theft of Christ’s ultimate authority.
Bondage of the Will - This is one of the earliest, and possibly the best attempt at laying out what would become an outline for “reformed theology.” The book was written in response to Desiderius Erasmus’ work “On Free Will.” The sarcastic condescension that Luther treats Erasmus with is, in my opinion pretty comical, if not entirely effective. How he referred to him as the “Diatribe” on many occasions was quite frankly hilarious. Luther posits that before Christ’s redemptive work in us begins, we are bound to our sinful nature, and thus cannot seek God of our own volition, without The Holy Spirit first drawing us. While Luther’s barbs at Erasmus we’re interesting, his soteriological arguments were quite honestly captivating. It is no wonder why he is mentioned right alongside Calvin in the pantheon of reformed theologians. 🔹
While I enjoyed his volume, a few things did make me think that Luther was not entirely removed from Catholicism, the most alarming being his holding to the belief of the transubstantiation of the eucharist, which some would call a false christ.
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