“Luther always wrote that Baptism removes the guilt of original sin, although the material of sin, as they call it, viz., concupiscence, remains.”*
Nope. Original sin in the Augustinian sense is total rubbish. Scripture doesn’t know it and Augustine made it up out of his own fevered and delirious mind. And if you turn to Psalm 51 you need to read the Hebrew text and not the Vulgate and its heir, the KJV.
Luther was bright, but he was a Papist about baptism, and thus wrong.
*Heinrich Schmid, The Doctrinal Theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Verified from the Original Sources (trans. Charles A. Hay and Henry E. Jacobs; Second English Edition, Revised according to the Sixth German Edition.; Philadelphia, PA: Lutheran Publication Society, 1889), 257.
With appreciation to the BBC for putting it together, along with others not here included:
Public notice: ‘The Shack’ is not Christian theology. It’s imaginary Hollywoodism. If you get your theology from Hollywood, well you’re nuts.
Has its own website. Enjoy.
The University of Basel is hosting this event:
I cannot imagine how there can be peace between us and the Papists, for neither part will yield to the other, and there is an everlasting war between the woman’s seed and the old serpent; they never are weary of wars. Temporal Kings and Potentates (when they are weary of warring) do agree upon cessation of arms; but in this case, there can be no such conditions and means hoped for; for we neither can nor will depart from the confession of true Christian religion and God’s Word, neither on the other side will they desist from their idolatry and blaspheming; the devil will not suffer his feet to be chopped off, neither will Christ have hindered the preaching of his Word; therefore I cannot see how any peace or truce may be between Christ and Belial. — Martin Luther
Maybe Pope Franky should read a bit of Luther before he ‘celebrates’ the Reformation.
Is it not the height of stupidity, in the first place, to attempt the impossible, to try to avoid God, whom they cannot avoid? In the second place, to attempt to avoid Him in so stupid a way, that they believe themselves safe among the trees, when iron walls and huge masses of mountains could not save them?
When confidence in God has been lost in this way, there follows an awful fright in the will; and when the superb gifts of wisdom and understanding have been lost, there follows the utmost stupidity, so that they attempt the impossible by the most stupid means. To such an extent original sin is an inexhaustible evil. – Martin Luther
From the lovely folk in Anhalt-Sachsen
Soon after Luthers death, visitors came to Coburg in order to see “Doctor Luther’s rooms”. In the 19th century, the remembrance of the Reformer’s stay gained increasing significance for the self-conception of the house of Saxony-Coburg. In 1844, in the context of the historicized refurbishment of the Veste, a heavily decorated “Reformer’s Room” was built, which has partly been preserved and can be visited.
February 18, 1546: Martin Luther dies in Eisleben of an apparent heart attack in the early hours of the morning.
Martin’s health had been a concern of his for years. Long periods of depravation in the monastery had contributed to digestive and kidney problems. Katie had nursed her husband through many bouts of illness but now, not even his doctors could help him. His work in Eisleben had finally been completed even as he lay in his sick bed. His sons Martin and Paul had returned from Mansfeld, where they had been visiting relatives, and were able to be at his side when he died. His final words were “Father into your hands I commend my spirit. You have redeemed me, faithful God.” One of his companions then asked him if he would die steadfast in Christ and in the Gospel which he had preached. He answered with a clear, audible, “Yes.”
Shown are the house in Eisleben where Luther died and an artist’s depiction of the room at the time of his death.