We are now starting out journey for another 100 post of The Quotable Round-Up. Let’s start it with a unique book by John Hamon titled The Real Martin Luther. And as always, if you love this book, get the Kindle or physical copy over your favorite bookstore or on Amazon.
“Martin now considered himself to be a man of war, a pioneer, not a man of the cloth. He felt he was going first on the trail and had to battle devils and the people who would divide him from the truth. Martin found himself angry and fueled by that anger. He made no excuses, because Martin felt his pen was an ax and he looked to have others feel the might of his words. Martin’s enemy was the devil, why should he be concerned with Satan’s feelings? Or the feelings of his minions?”
“Martin wanted to make sure the Bible was preached and the music was good. The rest he left up to the next generation. He was concerned with the theology of the average German, not the color of the carpets or church governance.”
“Martin leads Christianity into the Renaissance by giving the Bible to people in their own language. He wasn’t the first to translate into a vulgar language, but his work is one of the most influential. A wave of translations followed over the next 50 years, in enough languages that allowed most of Europe to read the Bible in their respective native tongues. This amount of translation wouldn’t be seen again until the 20th century.”
“In reviewing church history, it’s easy to find great leaders who feared the arts and great villains who gave us reasons to. Martin stands in the face of that archetype. He felt that the power of music to touch people’s emotions was given by God, not the devil. People’s ability to connect to music was valuable, not dangerous. He is almost unique within church history for this perspective at this point in time.”
“On the Bondage of the Will is Martin’s groundbreaking work. By a mile. Whether people can save themselves solo or are equal partners or are totally dependent on God is a big deal. Martin said we are totes in need of God, otherwise God is not independent of people.”
“More important than how the 95 Theses reached the masses is that they did. Martin certainly didn’t have any idea of the repercussions to follow. So it’s unnecessary to add magic to the moment as if he knew the future. He posted the 95 Theses in between going to the supermarket and picking up his dry cleaning, not with WWE-style theatrics.”
“Martin is arguably most famous for going to church on All Hallows’ Eve, nailing the 95 Theses to the door and sparking the Reformation. It was actually an attempt at internal reform, not creating a new Christian denomination. You may have heard that, historically, this was the common practice for starting a debate. It was their version of an open letter or a social media post… with a nail in it.”