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Episode 42: Martin Luther- The Protest Is Not Over

Adam Ramdin
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Martin Luther’s protest 500 years ago has been debated at length. Is it still valid? Are the reasons for it still relevant? Is it now outdated or have people today simply forgotten the lessons of history?

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Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA

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  • October 31, 2017
    8:00 AM
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What was the heart of the Reformation was it a location was it. Geneva. Or. Something more than that the focal point was that the Bible was written for and could be interpreted and understood by the common man the result of this focus was the discovery of who the Anti Christ was and who Jesus Christ was and that he was freely accessible to all. On October thirty first fifteen seventeen some of the nailed his ninety five theses to the door with some castle oblivious of the ramifications of his actions Luther was thirty four and throughout the rest of his life he would be the engine that drove the Reformation inspiring countless generations to come at the time responding to John who was travelling through Germany selling indulgences essentially a fast ticket to heaven in order to fund the building of St Peter's Basilica in Rome. Based on Romans chapter one verse is sixteen to eighteen the believed in salvation through faith by greats while the papacy believe salvation requires some action on our behalf which in this case was the purchasing of indulgences. In one thousand nine hundred ninety nine the Catholic Church find a joint declaration with the Lutheran Church which was hailed by many as. Step in bridging the divide and weave a consensus on justification however the Catholic Church still affirmed the view of the Council of Trent on justification which declared upholding the justification by faith alone as anathema. The Roman Catholic Church is a Secu of salvation is still dependent on the mediation of the church the distribution of grace by means of the sacraments the intercession of the saints and purgatory even after the joint declaration of nineteen ninety nine. Prayed in John seventeen that his people may be one as he and the Father are one in the Bible at the end of time it says there will be one flock and one shepherd However truth must never be sacrificed the unity and peace cannot be attained through compromise. Today unity is often secured through shallow statements and a minimization of historical events and a reinterpretation of those same events to suit current agendas Martin Luther was not a saint nor were his beliefs completely without error but his understanding and conviction that the Bible could be understood by the common man and that salvation was available through direct communion between the believer and Jesus Christ still stands today. The issues that gave birth to Reformation five hundred years ago are still relevant to the church at large today while we should welcome all opportunities for clarification and cooperation we should also affirm as did the reformers that the Bible is our final authority and our salvation is through faith alone. Lou. Famously said unless I'm convinced by scripture I'm plain reason I do not accept the authority of Pope from council they have contradicted each other my conscience is captive to the Word of God I cannot and I will not recount anything to go against conscience gives me the right. I stand I cannot. Help a man. Today it will be well for the church and each one of us individually to take this ONE GOD IT IS need a right to go against conscience and scripture accompanied by sound reason and the Holy Spirit needs to be our teacher and be faithful to God's word gracious in how we share it. And. In our conviction.

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