Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Martin Luther Breaks Christian Bondage to "Church"


Christ is the Center of all of our lives, that goes without saying. What about his modern day apostles such as Martin Luther. I knew what he did, but didn't fully realize what he did until I saw the movie based on the man's life. Christ set us free from sin. He taught us that his message is about the heart, about substance, and not about procedures created by man. God is interested in what is inside, not what is outside. The Pharisees were concerned about being called Rabbi, having the right clothes, having the right seats in church. Christ taught us that we can have a personal relationship with God through him. "Where two or three are gathered, there I will be".

Over the centuries, the christian faith evolved from the start up churches started by the apostles, to an overbearing theocratic organization that that choked out the message of Christ by restricting the access of that word to the masses. The church did not serve God, it served itself. This is the Roman Catholic church that we see today. Do they really think those robes and hats bring them closer to God or bring their followers closer to salvation. No. They serve to show the inter church hierarchy, like merit badges for a cub scout.

Martin Luther saw the hypocrisy of his day just as Christ saw it in his age and all ages to come. The message in the new testament was meant for all ages, for the pharisees of old and the Catholics of new. What Marti Luther did was to point out clearly that you can have a relationship outside of the a Pontiff or cardinal or Bishop. It didn't say the only way to the Father is through the bishop and then through the Son. Luther translated the new testament out of Latin, which few but the church could read, into German, so that all could see the message. The Church knew that if anyone could read the Message, they would lose their power. And they did with the Protestant Reformation that continues today.

The legacy of Martin Luther as I see it is beware of any church or other organization that preaches is big on process and rules and titles that don't jive with what is in the Bible, but are there to serve the Church.

4 comments:

Jimi said...

Seen Amazing Grace yet?

jrchaard said...

No, I plan on watching it over Christmas

Jimi said...

its at McDonald's Redbox $1/day. A must see.

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