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    Favorite Monks: Martin Luther

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Image: Martin Luther, in Monk's Habit, holding a Bible.   Martin Luther  _______________

Have you received Christ as your Lord and Saviour? 

Find out how to do so on our page:

Plan of Salvation _________________

Tell others about Jesus like Martin Luther did:

Though not all Christians are called to the ministry of an Evangelist, we are all called by God to share our faith (witness) with those who are not Christians.  Some Bible verses that you will find helpful for doing this, and that you may want to commit to memory are found on other pages on our  web site (see: Memory Verses; 2nd Set: Salvation!, Plan of Salvation, and Statement of Faith). _________________

 

 

By Monk Preston ______________________________

"St. Anne, help me! I will become a monk."

-Martin Luther (At age 23, after being knocked down by a bolt of lightning which struck nearby.  Later in life Luther rejected praying to Saints as being un-scriptural).

"I was a good monk, and I kept the rule of my order so strictly that I may say that if ever a monk got to heaven by his monkery it was I.  All my brothers in the monastery who knew me will bear me out.  If I had kept on any longer, I should have killed myself with vigils, prayers, reading, and other work."

-Martin Luther (Writing as a former Augustinian Monk).

An Augustinian Monk

Martin Luther was an Augustinian Monk.  He wore the Augustinian Habit for a total of 19 years.  He was released from his Vows by the Vicar of his Order (Johann von Staupitz).  After this, and even after being excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church, Luther continued to wear his Monk's Habit for three more years.

Image: Martin Luther, wearing his Augustinian Monk's Habit, at his first hearing (trial).     Martin Luther's First Hearing (Trial)

The Protestant Reformation

Luther's intention as a Monk was to reform the Roman Catholic Church, not to start a new one.  He was the one person most responsible for the Protestant Reformation, which restored the New Testament teaching (and that of the Early Church Fathers, including Augustine) of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) as the Christian's final authority in matters of Faith and Doctrine.  ______________________________

"As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from Purgatory springs."

-Johann Tetzel (Seller of Indulgences)

The Catholic Reformation

 He was also the one person most responsible for the Catholic Reformation, which corrected many of the abuses involving corruption that were occurring at that time, including the sale of Indulgences and Church Offices.

Lutheran Monasteries

Martin Luther considered retaining the monasteries as schools, but decided instead to end them.*  He felt that the Monks should not be "forbidden to marry."  

We agree with Luther that Monks should be allowed to marry.  The Prayer Foundation Knights of Prayer Monastic Order  allows married Monks, as did the Pre-Roman Catholic, early Celtic Christians (300-600 A.D.).  

We think that the closing of the monasteries by Martin Luther was "throwing the baby out with the bath water."  

It is our belief that the idea of monks and monasteries should have been subjected to the light of the Scriptures for reform, as Luther did with many other Christian practices.  

We are apparently not the only ones who feel this way.  Since the founding of The Prayer Foundation in 1998, we have come to learn of the existence today of Lutheran Monasteries. __________________________________

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Image: Martin Luther, with a dove over his head. Doctor-Martin-Luther-Evangelical-Scripture

*Why did Luther End the Monasteries?

     Luther's decision to end the monasteries was to a large extent a reaction against two doctrinal errors concerning the way in which monks and monasticism were viewed at that time.

The  Doctrinal Errors:  

        (1.) Becoming a monk was viewed as the best way to "attempt" or "hope" to attain salvation.  

It was considered as efficacious as if it were a "second baptism," in the following sense...  

      Baptism was considered to be an act (Sacrament) that removed Original Sin.  

     (2.) Becoming a monk was considered to be an act that removed all of your sins up to that point in your life, so that you started over with a tabula rasa (clean slate)...as though you had been baptized again.  

     Luther, in correctly rejecting these two doctrinal errors, unfortunately rejected monasticism also, instead of reforming it, thus, in our opinion, "throwing the baby out with the bath water." 

What the Bible Teaches:  

     The Bible teaches that we are forgiven of all of our sins when we receive Christ as our Saviour.  That Baptism; whether considered to be  an ordinance, a sacrament, or an act of obedience; is something that we are indeed commanded to do, but is not necessary to Salvation (as exemplified by Christ's words to the thief on the cross: "Today you shall be with me in Paradise"). 

Dr. Luther in his Small Catechism explains: 

"It is not the water indeed that does them, but the word of God which is in and with the water, and faith, which trusts such word of God in the water. For without the word of God the water is simple water and no baptism."

The Bible also teaches that we who have received Christ have assurance of Salvation (I John 4:15); that we can indeed "know that we are saved" (I John 5:13).     

     To view some of the verses of Scripture from which the statements in the above paragraph are derived, see our pages Plan of Salvation and Statement of Faith _________________________________

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