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RWGR
04-11-2016, 03:16 PM
Luther trusted in his own distorted sense of guilt rather than the guidance of his confessor and the teachings of the Church. This led him to do away with his community's ascetical practices and substitute his own, harsher ones in attempt to purge his feelings of remorse. This homegrown penance reflected his warped psyche and his out of control emotions, and were subsequently extreme, and drove him further down the path of despair.

Since nothing he did could ease his pain, he began to curse God and desire to never have been born. Eventually, he concluded, based off his own experiences, that man must be utterly depraved and wicked. Since Luther couldn't stop sinning, nobody must be capable of not sinning. Everything everyone did must be a sin, he concluded, and salvation therefore came by simple faith in God:

"Be a sinner and sin on bravely, but have stronger faith and rejoice in Christ, who is the victor of sin, death, and the world. Do not for a moment imagine that this life is the abiding place of justice: sin must be committed. To you it ought to be sufficient that you acknowledge the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world, the sin cannot tear you away from him, even though you commit adultery a hundred times a day and commit as many murders."

http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/the-downloadthe-fall-of-luther

RWGR
04-13-2016, 09:01 AM
The Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) denounced on Monday the five centuries-old antisemitic teachings by founder Martin Luther, the NL Times reported.

The first-of-its-kind condemnation from the PKN states that the church “absolutely disagrees” with Luther’s antisemitism, adding that it is reflective of the “dark pages” in Lutheran history.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/04/13/dutch-protestant-church-issues-official-condemnation-of-martin-luthers-antisemitic-teachings/#