On True Preachers: Martin Luther

“It is a great thing to set a true preacher in motion, and unless our Lord God himself gets him going, nothing will come of it. It requires a mighty spirit to serve people in body and soul and yet suffer extreme peril and the basest ingratitude for so serving. [Jesus] therefore asked Peter, ‘Do you love me?’ and then said, ‘Feed my lambs’ [John 21:15]. It is as if he would say, ‘If you wish to be a true pastor, only the love with which you love me will do. Otherwise it is impossible, for who will suffer ingratitude and give up money and health to study, only to expose himself to the gravest danger?’ Therefore he says, ‘It is necessary that you love me.’ ”  — Martin Luther

4 thoughts on “On True Preachers: Martin Luther

  1. David Willner 19 Aug 2011 at 10:10 am

    Hard to take anyone very seriously who espouses this kind of drivel…

    On the Jews and Their Lies (German: Von den Jüden und jren Lügen; in modern spelling Von den Juden und ihren Lügen) is a 65,000-word antisemitic treatise written in 1543 by the German Reformation leader Martin Luther.

    In the treatise, Luther describes Jews as a “base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth.”[1] Luther wrote that they are “full of the devil’s feces … which they wallow in like swine,”[2] and the synagogue is an “incorrigible whore and an evil slut”.[3]

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    • Jim 19 Aug 2011 at 10:16 am

      I see- so because Luther was a child of his time and had views that are utterly reprehensible on one subject he’s worthy of complete contempt and nothing he wrote on any other subject is worthwhile? that is utter nonsense. discounting one of the reformation’s most important theologians because you find his ideas about jews unpleasant is like saying that every kind of cereal is bad because you dont like lucky charms. that’s a profound absurdity. and grossly unfair. and really kind of ridiculous.

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  2. Mike H. 19 Aug 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Rumor has it that God has some pretty choice words for his people when they are in apostasy too (read the prophets much?). At least Jesus never said anything bad about anyone or mentioned the eternal condemnation that is the inheritance of those who would not receive him.

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    • Jim 19 Aug 2011 at 12:28 pm

      indeed- they even called the people whores. amos called the women of the northern kingdom cows. i suppose these days that would be deemed particularly wicked.

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