Martin Luther (1483-1546) is surely one of the most significant figures in church history. A German monk, he was captivated by the grace of God, as he rediscovered the wondrous Biblical truth that salvation comes by faith alone, and not by any works which we can do.
Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on the door at Wittenberg sparked the Protestant Reformation—a great spiritual revival which brought saving knowledge and the freedom that flows from it to countless millions of people.
For centuries, the term “Lutheran” has been a respected one, reflecting the liberating truths which Luther promoted. But over the past several decades, churchmen (and churchwomen) who do not respect Luther’s God or Holy Scripture have hijacked the name “Lutheran” in order to bring it into disrepute.
We have just witnessed another example of the dastardly deeds of these purveyors of darkness. At its biennial meeting in August 2009, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) opened the door for those who engage in same-sex abominations to be ordained to the ministry.
This travesty was a long time coming, and it was predictable. These so-called “Lutherans” had long ago abandoned the teachings of the Reformation. Playing footsie with homosexuals followed a flirting with those who deny divine grace, and a watering down of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. The truths of sola fides (by faith alone) and sola scriptura (Scripture alone) go hand-in-hand: abandoning one leads to a rejection of the other.
It is abundantly clear that these apostates in Minneapolis, masquerading as Christians, don’t have a clue as to what Luther was all about. Or, if they do, they obviously don’t care to embrace his teaching, but are intent rather to twist and distort the Lutheran conception of grace into a perversion of Scripture—a position which turns grace into licentiousness.
A Baptist pastor up in Minneapolis blogged about the strange weather that coincided with one of the scheduled sessions of the ELCA Synod that was discussing whether to allow various views on sexuality in the denomination. Out of nowhere came a tornado that hit the convention center where the Synod was meeting, and took off a portion of its roof. The twister also toppled and ripped the steeple of Central Lutheran Church. That pastor noted that it is the Lord who rules the winds, and that this was a gentle reminder from the Almighty that He is not to be mocked. These supposed Lutherans, however, chose to ignore this timely warning as well as Scripture.
Thankfully, Luther is with his Savior, and therefore not perturbed by such wickedness and folly as was perpetrated by those who claim his name. But here on earth, anyone who is a genuine Christian will recoil from and repudiate the embrace of such perversions, no matter what the denominational pedigree that is claimed or the piety that is pretended.