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  • A Lutheran Looks at Catholics

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    Some fifteen years later the atmosphere improved. Is it all right to join the mass movement back into union with the fold of Babylon? Founded in 1986 it has dropped from 262,000 members to 139,000. Thus, because they had not yet disobeyed God, the first humans were righteous (without sin) in God’s sight. He spoke during preparations in Rome for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017 when Lutherans and Catholics are expected to cooperate in an act of Christian unity. … Pope Francis said at his meeting with Archbishop Jackelen that Christians seeking unity should not be afraid to broach potential areas of disagreement such as marriage, family, and sexuality. “All Catholic faithful” are invited “to take up, recognize the signs of the times, the way of unity for overcoming divisions among Christians,” the pontiff said during his audience with Jackelen.
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  • Day by Day:365 Devotional Readings with Martin Luther

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    Smith: Minister of Hate (Baton Rouge, La., 1997); William Vance Trollinger Jr., God's Empire: William Bell Riley and Midwestern Fundamentalism (Madison, Wis., 1990); and Barry Hankins, J. The cause, as we shall afterwards see, was already decided in the highest quarter. However, only God who has created time knows the time for this reformation.”(11) Sometimes Luther used the word “reformation” in order to describe improvements of order, for example of the universities.
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  • I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare

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    Aback Henry died he was succeeded by his Protestant son Edward VI, who, through his empowered councillors (with the Baron actuality abandoned nine years old at his assumption and not yet sixteen at his death) the Duke of Somerset and the Duke of Northumberland, ordered the abolition of images in churches, and the closing of the chantries. None of this matters to ecumenists like the Vatican’s Bishop Brian Farrell who looks ahead misty-eyed to 2017, and requests profound study of “what the Reformation meant and what it has meant down the centuries and what it actually means today ...” Yet he need not embark on yet another profound study, since one of the greatest Popes in history made it clear what the Reformation means.
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  • The Way of Faith (Life Messages of Great Christians Series)

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    Although Catholics do technically pray to saints, they are not praying for the saints to help them directly but to intervene on their behalf. This judgment silenced for a time the Lutheran attacks on the purity of the Bohemian creed; but this good understanding being once more disturbed, the Bohemian Church in 1568 sent a delegation to Wittemberg, to submit their Confession to the theological faculty of its university. But experience has taught me that in contempt of the Gospel they need to be contained by laws and the sword.” And he comes to the logical conclusion: “Every Christian leads a double life: One faithful and spiritual, the other as a citizen or a worldly one.” The two have nothing to do with each other. “Civilian life does not regard God.” “God does not need our works, if we praise him and thank Him, that is all He wants.” This idea that our life as a citizen does in no way whatsoever concern God and that we need not be guided in it by Christian standards, is to be found throughout Luther's writings. “We must make a great distinction”, Luther teaches us, “between justice on earth and the justice of God.” “As far as earthly justice is concerned, we need not be guided by the Scripture.” Over and over again he returns to this favoured subject, that there are two moralities; the one in which we are faithful Christians and which regards merely our spiritual life, and the other which we adopt as citizens and where we owe obedience to the secular power.
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  • LOGIA: Lutheranism in Scandinavia: Epiphany 2012

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    Victoria wrote parody and imitation masses based on his motets. Soon � none know how soon � it will pass to the cases of the living." (The Great Controversy, 1884 edition, page 315). That said, the problems that the BenOp is trying to address will concern all small-o orthodox Christians and so Protestants must have a way of thinking about this and talking about that is plausible for Protestant believers. (Indeed, it’s worth noting that many of the businesses currently tied up in legal battles appear to be run by Protestants.) First, we need to be clear on why Catholics and Orthodox have taken the lead in this conversation.
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  • Luther's Works, Vol. 19: Lectures on the Minor Prophets II:

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    Bengel (Gnomon Novi Testamenti, 1752); Havernick (died 1845), Hegstenberg (died 1869), and Delitzsch (died 1890), commentators. The Apology of the Augsburg Confession defines justification as meaning "to absolve a guilty man and pronounce him righteous, and to do so on account of someone else's righteousness, namely, Christ's." In all companies he entered, in the way-side taverns, in the towns, in the castles where he lodged, he found the quarrel between the monk and the Pope the topic of talk.
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  • Grace Upon Grace: Spirituality for Today

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    While Catholic funerals eulogized the deceased and interceded for them in their entry into eternal life, Protestants preached to the living, avoiding any suggestion of intercessions on behalf of the dead. One's native soil is sweet, and you will be glad to return to yours, only, it may be, to find the door of the emperor's clemency closed." As a consequence, the debates and confrontations no longer remain internal matters of the community. Four hours � four minutes � were enough where the question was so manifestly whether they should obey God or King Charles.
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  • The Doctrine of Man

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    Regarding divorce, Scripture also repeats often that divorce is forbidden, just like we cannot be "unbaptized", we cannot be "unmarried". As a peaceful group set out to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to demonstrate for redress of grievance against the state government for denying them the right to register to vote, they were brutally set upon and beaten by Alabama state troopers and local possemen.
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  • On the Nature of Theology and on Scripture (Theological

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    Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli all believed that they were reforming a corrupt and heretical Catholic Church, and each of them took seriously the charges of schism and "innovation." This one sermon in the parish church of St. So, let's not go all soft headed-- The Vatican is in absolute control of ALL Opus Dei members. Clement was first offered to be successor of St. The Protestant reformers have chosen to oppose all of antiquity and throw out these beliefs.
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  • Luther Refracted: The Reformer's Ecumenical Legacy

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    If the means of the forgiveness that is the heart of the gospel is preaching, the one and only basis of forgiveness is the satisfaction and atonement of Jesus Christ. For unbelievers, death means everlasting punishment in Hell (Luke 16:22-23). It is our openness to the virtues of those in error, our readiness to be ridiculed and embarrassed by our 'exclusivity,' and our love of the truth which ultimately make us Orthodox and open to all things, being all things to all men for the sake of their salvation." (From "The Exclusive Openness of Truth" in Orthodox Tradition, Vol.