Definition of False Teacher: One who presumes
to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent him.
False Teacher - Martin Luther
Unleashing the Man of Sin
Read Martin Luther and you can hear the essential spirit and approach of what is commonly called Christianity today, which is presumed and accepted by many to be true. But it is not. Hear what Luther was missing, and what you are missing if you follow him, whether under his name or another.
I picked up a little book entitled Luther’s Small Catechism,
and was quite surprised by what I found. Although written almost five
hundred years ago, the hallmarks of modern false Christianity - its
doctrines and approach - were just as fresh as if I had heard them
from the apologist of any denominational or evangelical church down
the street. But why should I be surprised? As can be the case with
many doctrines of men, apparently Luther's erroneous ideas caught on
and became the status quo, readily passed along and unimpeded
contradict the Truth spoken by Jesus Christ and His apostles.
Initially, Martin Luther’s stance created upheaval and brought
change in the western world, and there’s no question that much
of it was for
say this up front: I am very thankful to God for Luther’s instrumentality
in standing up to, and breaking, the power of the Roman Catholic Church’s
tyranny. That was indeed a marvelous thing for which all should be
thankful to God. Every person living today is a beneficiary, including
Although the freedom of conscience that Luther was involved
in bringing to the world is good, we are concerned with the world
to come, the Kingdom of God that comes from within. The death grip
religion over men’s external affairs did not prevent, or take
precedence over, the Kingdom of God. Having loosened that grip and
allowing people the freedom of reading the Bible in their own tongue,
a particular legacy of Luther, still does not equate to knowing God
through His Son revealed from Heaven.
Luther labored to reform a corrupt religion, bringing great benefits
to the outer man, but the Lord Jesus Christ comes to transform the
inner man and remove corruption within. This is the coming of the Kingdom
of God on earth. Luther’s teachings actually block the entrance
to God’s Kingdom and the ultimate and most needful liberation
of mankind. They block the way because they largely contradict the
Truth spoken by Jesus Christ and His apostles - the Word of God Who
brings true emancipation to humanity.
Luther’s teachings have been erroneously labeled as the gospel
of Christ - but no longer…. God has determined this time as well.
Luther couldn’t lead others to where he hadn’t been, and
he plainly confessed he was not in Heaven. He was cut from the same
against whom he protested, even continuing some of the same repressions
and superstitions. His “Christianity” was a reformed version
of man’s earthly, dead religion, rather than the pure Living
Truth from Heaven. The plain fact is that Luther didn’t know or preach
the present ministrations and reality of Jesus Christ, Who comes in
the flesh in His people.
The word “catechism” means “a book of instruction
in the form of questions and answers.” This was Luther’s
simple and straightforward way of declaring and explaining “Christian” doctrine.
The result has been that his erroneous doctrines permeate the mindset
of what is considered foundational Christianity to this very day. What
could be better than to have these dead-end assumptions of conventional
religion removed, so that one may enter the hope, love, peace, and
power of a righteous life available to all those who believe?
Being religious and righteous
is not the same as becoming a child of God.
Something else about the man propagating these errors: Luther
struggled greatly during his days as a Catholic monk in various religious
works and denials of the flesh in order to abase himself into a state
of grace. That didn’t work any more than sand rather than oil
would lubricate an engine. It only led Luther into greater torment
and frustration. He was then given a revelation from God, which relieved
his torment and gave him to know that one should count only on the
grace and mercy of God in Christ, and not on one’s works. He
“It is plain insanity to say that man
of his own powers can love God above all things.”
Indeed, nothing could be truer. Luther was right! Where he went wrong,
however, was that while he acknowledged only Jesus Christ was able
to fulfill the Law, he never went on to receive the power of the Lord
to do the same. Being religious and righteous in many things is not
the same as becoming a born-again child of God. Jesus said:
“For I say to you that unless your righteousness shall exceed
that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into
the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:20 MKJV).
Luther didn’t know or acknowledge that the Lord’s victory over
death effectively confers, to those who believe, God’s power
to completely overcome the sin nature in this life. This is the victory
of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus’ victory over death is our victory
over sin, which is the cause of death. Jesus Christ‘s victory
is not merely a historical one with definite implications - it is our
real, present victory over sin and death!
“Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life! He who
believes in Me, though he die, yet he shall live. And whoever lives
and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John
Luther never left dead religion
behind, as one must if he will become God’s son.
Luther pointed in the right direction, but he stopped short. He considered
pointing to having faith in Christ to be an arrival, rather than just
a departure point from the darkness, bondage, and false doctrines of
Catholicism. He thought he was justified by faith, but that is like
saying one is full and nourished by having a revelation of food’s
existence. One must eat, digest, and process all the food meant for
energy and life. Luther didn’t fully take and eat the Bread of Heaven.
He never left Catholicism and the heathen bread of deception, the occult “mass,” behind
This explains why Luther is called a “reformer” and “protestant.” He
protested against, and tried to change, the form of dead men’s
works rather than leaving them altogether and experiencing the grace
of becoming a new creature, a son of God that is separate from the
paths of the destroyer. He never left dead religion behind, as one
must if he will become a born-again son of God:
“Therefore come out from among them and be separated, says the
Lord, and do not touch the unclean thing. And I will receive you and
I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18 MKJV).
Otherwise, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Galatians
Luther didn’t believe James’ epistle to be inspired of
God, because in it James writes that “faith without works is
thought faith was enough, and he was right inasmuch as the faith of
Christ is our sole provision for salvation and every good work, but
unless the works of God follow our faith, the faith we think to have
is theoretical, at best, and essentially powerless. James called it
dead faith, and contrasted it to living faith:
“But be doers of the Word, and not only hearers of it, blinding
yourselves with false ideas. Because if any man is a hearer of the
Word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in
a glass; For after looking at himself he goes away, and in a short
time he has no memory of what he was like. But he who goes on looking
into the true Law which makes him free, being not a hearer without
memory but a doer putting it into effect, this man will have a blessing
on his acts” (James 1:22-25 BBE).
James’ assertion was not that works in and of themselves could
prove or provide faith, but that genuine faith would be demonstrated
by works, as rays of light are spontaneously produced by the sun. He
didn’t advocate works to accomplish a righteous life; he simply
asserted that genuine faith produced righteous works. If those were
he would say, “Get faith, so that there will be the true righteous
life demonstrated by works.” Never did he advocate placing the
cart (works) before the horse (faith) or, as Luther may have misinterpreted
him to suggest, disregard the importance of, or even dispensing
with, the horse altogether.
Luther talked grace, but he lived by law, even when his law meant
dispensing with the Law! He didn’t have the Spirit
of grace, as one must and does who is Christ-ian.
If he did, he would have known that the works of faith are the evidence of
the Presence of God in a human being. He would have known that these
works, of which James spoke,
were a fulfillment of the Law in every aspect, since Christ was manifested “so
that the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk
not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans
acknowledge that you not only could, but must,
Walking in the Spirit is a living demonstration of the Law of God,
yes, works of faith. If Luther would rid us of all works, he would
rid us of faith and God Himself. If you consider the Law something
to be discarded, you are discarding God. The choice is not Law
and works or no Law and no works, but carnal thinking
and being or spiritual
mindedness in Christ:
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded
is life and peace because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for
it is not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can it be” (Romans
Luther didn’t acknowledge that you not only could, but must,
overcome, through the Spirit and faith of Christ, the adversary within
at enmity with God, opposed to His Law, and incapable of comprehending
His ways. If you profess Christ, it is incumbent upon you to come to
the place where you do understand and manifest His Nature; otherwise
you will be held guilty for taking His worthy Name in vain:
Luke 13:6-9 EMTV
(6) He also spoke this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree
planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found
(7) Then he said to the vinedresser, 'Look, for three years I have
come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and I haven't found any. Cut
it down; why does it even waste the ground?'
(8) But he answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also,
until I dig around it and fertilize it.
(9) And if it produces fruit, fine. But if not, in the coming year,
you can cut it down.'"
Without the Spirit of God and grace, Luther didn’t recognize
the difference between the works of faith and trusting in one’s
works to gain God’s favor and salvation. He rightly threw out
the notion of men being righteous with God by their own works of the
he wrongly threw out the truth of the Law being fulfilled in us by
the miraculous power and work of God through righteous works of faith.
Yet this is salvation. Luther didn’t come this far; he was not saved.
(He also contradicted himself by advocating dead works for salvation,
such as baptizing babies - a superstitious and ungodly rite.)
Luther recognized that Christ fulfilled the Law in our stead, but
he never knew in practice and reality that we must also fulfill the
Law by the power of His faith:
“Therefore do we nullify the Law through faith? Certainly not!
On the contrary, we establish the Law” (Romans 3:31 EMTV).
“For He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become
the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians
Jesus Christ’s living
faith leads to the working out of your personal salvation.
Instead of affirming these truths, Luther said:
“We find salvation only in the Gospel,
which tells us that Christ as our Substitute fulfilled the Law and
suffered and died for us.”
In other words, Luther was saying that Christ fulfilled the Law on
our behalf, and our salvation is in simply believing this. Those are
true words, but not necessarily spoken
in true faith. The belief that brings salvation is in Jesus Christ
Himself, not in the Biblical
account of Him. The saving belief is expressed through the obedience
It isn’t just a belief of what Christ did,
but a belief that causes you to do as He commands,
both in the Bible and personally, taking up the cross and enduring
Him to the end of yourself. Without
this, there is no salvation; all else is mere doctrine of words or
mental belief about Him, as accurate as it may seem to be. Jesus Christ’s
living faith leads to the working out of your personal salvation. Unless
you have this present, living, personal faith, you are taking the
Name of God in vain (if you have taken His Name upon yourself).
It is the faith of the living God, not of, or by, man. Christ Himself
is the Source of the belief that causes obedience leading to salvation.
“I have been put to death on the cross with Christ; still I
am living; no longer I, but Christ is living in me; and that life which
I now am living in the flesh I am living by faith, the faith of the
Son of God, Who in love for me, gave Himself up for me” (Galatians
Notice the “of.” It is His work, His grace, His Spirit,
His faith. The International Standard Version puts that portion even
“I no longer live, but Christ lives in me, and the life that
I now live in the flesh I live by the faithfulness of the Son
Who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 ISV).
“And we are His witnesses of these things. And so also is the
Holy Spirit, Whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts
This is the effectual grace of God. If there is no obedience and
works of faith, there is no grace of God.
But if He, the Spirit of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ, is in you,
you will walk as He walked:
“He who claims to abide in Him ought himself also to walk just
as He walked” (1 John 2:6 EMTV).
Which means, contrary to what Luther taught, we are to be perfect
as our Master.
The Lord Himself commanded it:
“Therefore be perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect” (Matthew
The saints affirmed it:
“But after you have suffered for a little while, the God of
all grace, Who calls you to share His eternal glory in union with Christ,
will Himself perfect you and give you firmness, strength, and a sure
foundation” (1 Peter 5:10 GNB).
“But let patience have its perfect work, so that you may be
perfect and entire, lacking nothing” (James 1:4 MKJV).
“For the Law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a
better hope did, by which we draw near to God” (Hebrews 7:19
“All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that
the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good
work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 MKJV).
Luther denied the righteousness
of Christ that is our inheritance in this life.
Luther acknowledges several true things – we are born sinners
and cannot do anything to deliver ourselves from this state; Jesus
Christ died on the cross in our stead to absolve us of our sins and
to deliver us from these bodies of death into His Kingdom of righteousness.
But Luther put this deliverance into the future, after physical death.
He didn’t know the cross with its present
death sentence that leads
one into eternal life now. He thereby denied the righteousness
of Christ that is our inheritance in this life, not
only for himself, but for all those who would listen to him. That turns
out to be almost everyone
who thinks him or herself a Christian. If that is you, you are really
a reformed Catholic, which means you have nothing to do with Jesus
Christ in reality!
According to Luther, though Christ has forgiven your sins, there is
no escape from the fact that you will continue to sin. Your final deliverance
only becomes reality after you physically die. This is nothing other
than unbelief and defeatism! Where is Christ’s glorious victory
over death in this realm of death, wherein He expects the fruit of
a new life? Better to never come to Christ if coming to Him means you
will become conscious of being a sinner, but remain stuck with waiting
for death to escape your degraded nature. That is Hell! It is not the
of the apostle Paul, however:
“O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body
of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans
The most confounding and wicked part about Luther’s doctrine
is that, though you remain imperfect, he says you are now considered
righteous and blameless in the sight of God because of Christ’s
substitutionary death. In essence you continue being a devil while
God considers you a saint, absolved for all time!
This is the mindset of many or most of those who call themselves Christians
today; they think to be justified because they profess His worthy Name
they walk in sin (consciously or not) and don’t know Him at all.
Tell them about their sins, and they hate you for it. “Christ
doesn’t see us this way!” they protest, “We’re saved!
Who are you to judge us?! You’re putting us under condemnation!
Jesus never did that!”
These add sin to sin by covering over their wretched condition with
false piety, ornamenting themselves with religious language and works
like one puts cheap tinsel on a Christmas tree. It may look nice to
some, but the tree is still cut off from the Root and destined for
It is “another Jesus” men
are following, aided by Luther and his teachings.
How can those who walk in darkness and sin, rejecting correction,
be the children of God?
“If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons,
for what son is he whom the father does not chasten? But if you are
without chastisement, of which all are partakers, then you are bastards
and not sons” (Hebrews 12:7-8 MKJV).
His children receive correction. It is “another Jesus” men
are following, aided by Luther and his teachings.
Here is what the apostle John said about the work of the living Christ
in the lives of those who believe (and a promise fostering hope in
those who seek Him):
“Little children, let no one deceive you. The one who
practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who practices
sin is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.
For this reason the Son of God appeared, that He might destroy
the works of the devil. No one who has been born
of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been
born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil
are manifest: Everyone who does not practice righteousness
is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother” (1 John 3:7-10
Luther, unwittingly I would say, gave license to sinners to continue
in their sins, many of which he would not recognize as sin; without
the new nature of Christ one receives when one receives His Spirit,
one cannot discern between good and evil.
This is Luther’s legacy, a carnal Christendom, with men parading
as something they are not, even knowing they are not, yet considering
that what they expect they “will be” after death gives
them a free pass for this life, or else they are defeated and resigned
to their sins. Such is the deceitfulness of so-called Christianity
But, as Jesus said, not all who say, “Lord, Lord,” are
accepted with God now, or in the next life. Jesus also said, “You
shall know them by their fruits.” He did not say, “You
will know them after you are all buried in the grave,” but you
will know them in this present life. We distinguish
what is and what is not of Him, our Standard, when our eyes are opened
by Him. We aren’t deceived by the fancy religious footwork of men and
their glib sayings.
lead to confusion.
Just as Luther’s doctrine justifies the wicked, it also condemns
the righteous. Should one be truly cleansed of his or her sins and
walk in the Spirit of God, where there is no condemnation, Luther’s
doctrine says that person is tainted because still captive to the sin
nature (in other words, condemned). How can Luther receive Christ’s
authority in one of His brethren whom He sends to minister, if by his
accounting, that minister is in the flesh? He would be judging after
the appearance, according to his doctrine, rather than after the spirit.
Such is the way of the religious who rejected Christ.
Luther’s teachings lead to confusion. How can God promise us
a life without condemnation, yet leave us perpetually confined to
a lower nature that is condemned by its unbelief and inability to be
as He is? You can’t be two things at once. Jesus said a good
tree doesn’t produce bad fruit and vice versa. He plainly meant for
to know that good trees with good fruit can exist and do exist because
they are His work. This is the calling and inheritance of the saints,
who are His children, His brethren, His followers, His servants.
Luther didn’t know or express these things because he didn’t
have the Spirit of Christ. He knew by his reading of the Bible that
flesh of man wasn’t righteous and was condemned in the sight
of God. Because he also red that Christ forgave us our sins freely
without works, he assumed the work of salvation was
done (at least for this life). This left him in the awkward and unsound
justifying the works of the flesh in false or carnal believers, as
though they were of Christ. His experience, or lack of experience,
allow him to get past this erroneous logic to the reality of becoming
a child of God with the New Nature from above that manifests the righteousness
of God here and now.
For Luther, the Kingdom of God was yet in the future, not present
and having come. This creates an insoluble problem for the one presumably
administering Christ’s authority on earth, because he is not
perfect with God, yet the perfection of God is required in His ministration.
Great are the abuses that come of men thinking to represent Christ,
yet lacking His Presence and perfect wisdom. What I say of Luther applies
to the masses of those who call themselves evangelical and nominal
Christians today, because he participated in the fathering of these
Luther’s foundational error - substituting a doctrinal righteousness
for the Reality of Christ’s righteousness that is manifest by
works of faith - led him into other errors, which I will identify so
that you might know the difference between bogus religious ideology
and the true life promised by God Who speaks to us.
Without the judgment of God, no man can be
made a fit vessel of honor.
Luther preached that the judgment of God comes only after one dies
or Christ physically returns. This stemmed from his belief that total
renewal and redemption are only possible after death. But the Scriptures
speak of a present judgment of God, especially for the believer:
“For I am conscious of nothing, but I have not been justified
by this; but He Who judges me is the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:4
Paul the apostle, writer of these words, was saying that our flesh
knows nothing and cannot deal with sin (Luther agreed), but
that does not justify continuing in corruption (Luther didn’t
understand or agree). For this reason judgment is
not just something we deserve as offenders; it is something
we absolutely need as believers to be saved:
“But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that
we should not be condemned with the world” (1 Corinthians 11:32
Again, we see that Luther didn’t know or experience the walk
with God to the extent he needed to. Yes, he was a great man, with
of courage and conviction, but the Kingdom of Heaven isn’t about the
strength of man’s will and the things he accomplishes thereby.
The Kingdom of Heaven is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Spirit
Without the judgment of God, no man can be made a fit vessel of honor
to serve God in the judgment that leads to life for others. Luther
said that no man can see into another’s heart to perceive whether
that man believes. That is true of the carnal man, but not of the spiritual
man who discerns all things:
1 Corinthians 2:11-16 EMTV
(11) For who knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man
which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except the
Spirit of God.
(12) Now we did not receive the spirit of the world, but the Spirit
which is from God, in order that we might know the things granted to
us by God;
(13) which we also speak, not in words taught in human wisdom, but
in words taught by the Holy Spirit, comparing spiritual things with
(14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit
of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned.
(15) But he that is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is
discerned by no man.
(16) For "Who has known the mind of the LORD, that he may instruct
Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
If you can’t know another’s heart, it means you haven’t
known your own. But if your heart has been made open to you and judged,
beam taken out of your eye, then you can see clearly to remove the
speck from your brother’s eye; you can then judge righteous judgment.
If we see their fruits, how could we possibly not know their hearts?
Luther speaks from his own lack and the shortfall of his religion,
but not of the way of the saints in Christ:
“But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an unlearned person
comes in, he is reproved by all, he is discerned by all. And so the
secrets of his heart become clear; and so, falling down on his face,
he will worship God, reporting that God is truly among you!” (1
Corinthians 14:24-25 EMTV)
We call you to repentance
from dead works, that you might have life.
Luther also contradicted himself by saying no man could see another’s
heart, while calling the pope an anti-Christ (which he is). What gave
Luther the right to call another anti-Christ if he couldn’t see the
heart? But in seeing the pope’s corrupt fruits, Luther did see
the heart. Today we see the fruits of these conflicting doctrines and
acts in a world full of self-righteous religious hypocrites who say
no one can judge (them, in particular), while they are free to judge
whomever they please.
The question for you is, why should you listen to Luther when God
is not among him and his people, even as he freely admits by his doctrine?
We don’t condemn Luther for his error or lack, but we can’t follow
him or approve of his presumption in teaching such things. We are here
to call you and him to repentance from dead works, that you both might
Luther said in his little book:
“I know and accept the Christ of the Bible
as my personal Savior and trust only in Him for my salvation.”
Here is a mainstay, if not the central pillar, of today’s false
gospel. This gospel is centered on man and what he does – “I know, I accept, I trust.” And what does he know, accept, and
trust? “The Christ of the Bible.” Which Christ is this?
This Christ is whatever men make of what they see in the Scriptures.
It depends on “I,” not Him.
The Christ a person sees in the Bible is not the living Lord Jesus
Christ, unless God is revealing Himself to that person. The Bible is
not God, and God is not the Bible. Paul the apostle didn’t go
out preaching the Christ he only heard about from Stephen or the apostles
who wrote the Gospels; he said:
“Paul, an apostle (not from men, nor through man, but through
Jesus Christ and God the Father, Who raised Him from the dead)... And,
brothers, I make known to you the gospel which was preached by me,
that it is not according to man. For I did not receive it from man,
nor was I taught it except by a revelation of Jesus Christ...when it
pleased God, Who separated me from my mother's womb, and having called
me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him
among the nations, immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood” (Galatians
1:1, 11-12, 15-16 MKJV).
Paul didn’t come to know Christ by reading the Bible, but by God’s
revelation of Himself to Paul, which was in harmony with, and gave
Paul understanding of, the inspired Words of the Bible.
We also proclaim the Christ Who has revealed Himself to us as Lord
God Almighty. Yes, He is in the Bible, which we quote as proof, but
reading about Him in the Bible doesn’t mean one has known, and
directly and personally heard from, Him. Those who hear Him don’t
refer to Him
as their “personal Savior,” but as the Lord from Heaven
Who is Savior of all men, especially of those who believe and obey
“And being perfected, He became the Author of eternal salvation
to all those who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9 MKJV).
Luther set up a throne at
the altar of the Bible.
Luther thought to have found his gospel in the Bible, but the gospel
he preached isn’t there. He only believed and preached to you
what he thought to see there. He didn’t have the Spirit or mind of
Luther said: “Because all that I confess
in this article is plainly taught in the Bible, therefore I firmly
Every person plainly sees what he or she sees, but because the Bible
is a spiritual book and man is a carnal creature, what everyone sees
and hears is not what He is saying, unless there is God’s supernatural
intervention and change of nature, as with Paul.
Let me put this in perspective: Luther helped to make the Bible available
to everyone (a great service to humanity), but he also opened the door
wide to Bibliolatry (a great disservice to humanity), by teaching that
one could entirely rely on what he or she saw in the Bible. He didn’t
distinguish between flesh and spirit. What he did, in effect, was set
up a throne at the altar of the Bible, upon which each and every
uncrucified person could sit as their own authority to determine what
the Bible says.
The result after 500 years is that thousands of sects claim the authority
of the Bible to back up their existence. Each of these sects is filled
with individuals who are able, ready, and willing to exercise their
judgment at any moment and split off into yet another cult.
(Don’t think this is out of control; it is God Who has sent
strong delusion on mankind for the very purpose of judgment. This won’t
be the first time He has confounded tongues and scattered men over
the face of the earth.)
doesn’t come by the Bible, even if one is taught true understanding.
Things that Luther thought were plainly taught in the Bible are not,
and things that are plainly taught in the Bible, he didn’t see. The
reason for this is, again, the Bible is a spiritual Book, and Luther
was still in his flesh. The understanding of the Bible comes from the
Spirit of God, not human intelligence or perception:
“But you need to realize that no one alone can understand any
of the prophecies in the Scriptures. The prophets did not think these
things up on their own, but they were guided by the Spirit of God” (2
Peter 1:20-21 CEV).
Christianity, as men practice it today, is an invention coming from
man and not from God’s Spirit. Martin Luther contributed greatly
to this invention in its present form. According to his precepts, every
person who makes a profession of faith and is equipped with a Bible
is able and justified to decide for him or herself what is true and
right. He or she can tell anyone else to take a hike, based on what
he or she sees in the Bible. If there is unity in this scenario, it
is by coming together in agreement on doctrine and personal preferences,
not in the Spirit of God and His Precepts.
What Luther didn’t know is that his gospel leads men to eat
from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, not from the Tree of
The Tree of Life is guarded by a flaming sword, signifying one must
die to eat from It. This is the cross of which Jesus Christ spoke,
and which every person who would follow Him needs to take up.
Life doesn’t come by religion or the Bible, even if one is taught
true understanding. Abraham, for example, had no Bible, yet he is known
as a friend of God, having laid down his life. He believed God, the
Scriptures declare, and it was faith - not Biblical knowledge, or even
faith in the Biblical record - that was accounted to him for righteousness;
faith in God, personally, directly. This is the faith of all God’s
children, who are known as the children of Abraham.
of sin will be put away,
and Luther will have his reward.
Life comes by the laying
down of one’s life, which is the love
of God at work in the soul of one who believes. This is the gospel
that sets free and brings one into the
Kingdom of God, where there is peace, joy, and life everlasting.
The Lord Jesus Christ rules over all. He gave Luther what he needed
to do for the sake of His holy purpose for the time. Yes, Luther had
not come all the way in the gospel of Christ, but he served God’s
greater purposes in the loosing and ultimate unveiling of the man of
sin. This has been so very needful. Now will this man of sin be put
away by the Spirit of Christ’s mouth, and Luther will also have
“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes,
Who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and will
make manifest the counsels of the hearts. And then shall each one have
praise of God” (1 Corinthians 4:5 MKJV).
For those who would like more on Luther’s errors, you may read
the following from Diabolical
teach the Biblical truth versus his false teachings, such as:
Eternal Torment: Never-ending
Catholic Mass: The “Lord’s
The Trinity: The
Is Three Persons)
Is the Sabbath
The Law: Believers Are No Longer under
Law, but Grace
Food: All Flesh
Is Clean for Eating
Pagan Feasts: Christmas & Easter
We don’t have a special entry for Infant Baptism,
but when did anyone ever see an infant repent?
“Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let each of you be baptized
in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins; and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38 EMTV).
Also, for those who aren’t already aware, Luther’s virulent
anti-Semitism towards the end of his life is well documented. Hitler
even used Luther’s writings to promote his campaign of Jewish
genocide. Contrast Luther’s hatred with the words and attitude
of the apostle Paul, who was persecuted by the same people Luther persecuted:
Romans 11:25-29 EMTV
(25) For I do not desire you to be ignorant, brothers, of this mystery,
lest you be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has
happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
(26) And so all Israel shall be saved, as it is written: "The
Deliverer shall come out of Zion, and He shall turn away ungodliness
(27) For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins."
(28) As regards to the gospel, they are enemies for your sake; but
as regards to election, they are beloved for the sake of the fathers.
(29) For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
I cite this unpleasant but true aspect of Luther’s life as a
blatant manifestation of the man of sin he unleashed through his unholy
and confounded religion, having never truly escaped from Roman Catholicism
and his own carnality, which is only possible by God’s complete
saving work of grace in Jesus Christ.