Throw back Thursday, posted originally on October 25, 2016

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” Plato

There are times when you can’t be quiet.  I believe Martin Luther had no intention of stirring up such a controversy, but he found himself in a situation where he could no longer remain silent.

The church of Rome had become corrupt.  Not only had they taken scripture out of context, but they’d convinced the people that they must buy their way into heaven or earn it through good deeds.  Words from the pure truth of the Bible had been corrupted and the church, in fact, was lining its pockets and building great edifices along with commissioning wonderful works of art to adorn them.

The Renaissance was a time of revival.  For many years, people had been living in darkness.  With this new period of renewal, corruption was bound to occur. Sound familiar?

Today we’re faced with similar problems.  Only this time the truth has been corrupted in order to conform to the desires and lifestyles of a deviant populace.  Anything goes and the minute you speak out against it, you’re accused of being intolerant.

Luther was a common monk.  He spent his time in the monastery searching for truth.  He beat himself, deprived himself, prayed incessantly, and believed that there was no hope for him, because he couldn’t do enough to win his salvation.  He spent so much time in confession, that the priest hearing it would often send Martin away because it was so long.  When works righteousness is taught, the  constant need to prove self can leave you wonting – habitually going through the same rituals without results. When he stumbled across the following Bible verse, he could no longer be silent.

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”(ESV)

We cannot sit back and let the powers that be, get away with convincing us that lies are truth.   We must be, not only diligent, but also fearlessly vocal.  When we remain silent, we’re as much as saying we accept the lies as truth.

When our church is being attacked from all sides and seen as purveyors of gloom and doom, rather than a place of sanctuary – we have to look inward and yet hold to God’s truths.  It takes courage to do that.  Some call it being stubborn, while others believe it can be no other way than God’s way.

Luther defended the pure teachings of the Bible and a reformation began.  When we stand up for the truth of God, we cannot do otherwise.


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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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