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Martin Luther and John Calvin: “Killers”?

July 2, 2013
Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgent...

Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum, 95 theses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is in reply to this statement found on another web site I follow:

Luther, Calvin et al the supposed stalwarts of Protestant Christianity, are wolves in my opinion and the complete opposite of the apostle Paul. They were responsible for killing people AFTER their supposed conversion and break from Catholicism. They may not be Jesuit agents but they have walked right into the Devil’s schemes.

Calvin is known to have given his enthusiastic support for an execution for heresy in Geneva, in one case I know of. That’s just one. Calvinists are very adept at defending him and I won’t address that right now. The case of Martin Luther is not so simple.

If he supported the brutal suppression as reported, this would be another flaw. Some of the peasant actions were those of going into the churches that were built with their own contributions, in the clerical “theft by fraud” scheme of the penitence payments. They began destroying those evil idols that filled those buildings.

In my opinion, Martin Luther is partially or completely exonerated by Matthew 7:20, By their fruits ye shall know them. His was the pivotal moment, at great risk to himself, to expose the clerical autocracy. His opposition to the peasants uprising, by the way,  was based on a strange and unworkable hybrid of libertarianism and authoritarianism.

Libertarianism because he opposed the stealing and looting that the peasants were apparently saying was their right, and that only voluntary sharing of goods as in Acts 2 and Acts 4 was encouraged. Share your own voluntarily, but not someone else’s by force.

Authoritarianism because he invoked a misinterpretation of Romans 13 that is common to many. People forget to consider, even Martin Luther, that not all governments are “of God“, and not all government agents are “ministers of God”. If they are not “God’s ministers” (Rom 13:6), or “ministers of good”, they don’t qualify.

Also, the takeaway from Matthew 17 is that Jesus did not have much regard for any government taxation scheme. The children of tax collectors (the ones who tell you how much you have to pay in “tribute”) “are free”, he said, meaning that taxation is a form of “not free”, or “involuntary servitude”. Because the taxation deciders make sure of their own advantage in these schemes.

It usually holds though; David referred to “the wicked” as God’s sword, meaning God uses them to implement his judgements upon the people that are known by his name.



Sabbath commandment? How about the Love commandment? Works religion vs. Grace

June 9, 2012
English: Resurrection of Christ

English: Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus violated the rules and regulations set down in the laws of Moses over and over again, and the Pharisees used the Sabbath over and over to condemn even his good works, and picking corn on the Sabbath to eat. Gleaning corn on the Sabbath so you can eat another day –which you did because you broke the Sabbath laws that told you to pick your Sabbath corn the day before– is comparable to taking a job where you have to work on the Sabbath to get your paycheck.

If the Sabbath is or was at an end, there is no good reason to believe that not one of the disciples or even Paul had the guts to come right out and say that the Sabbath day God created was at an end. None of them ever did or taught this and all of them were murdered save John.
Why don’t we see in Revelation woe unto those who keep the false seventh day Sabbath instead of the right one the catholic church made?
 Instead we see the opposite in Rev 22:14 Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

It’s amazing how works religions push for the commandments they can handle. But the most important commandments given both in the tablets handed to Moses and from the mouth of Jesus Christ, are the ones nobody talks about when they talk about how you have to keep the law:

Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Matthew 22:35 Then one of them, [which was] a lawyer, asked [him a question], tempting him, and saying,

36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

IF you don’t keep those two commandments, which are MUCH more important than the Sabbath, then you deserve hell fire and brimstone as much as any Sabbath-violator or Sunday observer, for violating God’s commandments.

That’s why when the rich man came to him in Matthew 10 asking what he should do to have eternal life. It was a lesson to us. Jesus’ response was to list the easier commandments and ask if he had kept them: no “adultery, Do not kill, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and thy mother”.

Check. Check. Check. Check. Check. He kept those all his life. Maybe Jesus left out the Sabbath because he knew something about this young man.

So Jesus pointed to the one commandment he could not keep, to love the Lord thy God with all thy might, and thy neighbor as thyself.

What good is the Sabbath if you break the two greatest commandments every day all day? We all break those two commandments constantly.

Which brings us to Jesus Christ for the redemption of sins.

Churches: Constitutionally non-taxable or exempt?

May 31, 2012

Churches were always considered non-taxable due to the First Amendment recognition of free exercise before the 1950s and 1960s, when Senator Johnson pushed religious clauses into the tax code and like magic, like always, another government law created a total new industry of accountants and lawyers to show pastors and churches how to get exemptions from taxes that they did not owe in the first place.

A few IRS officials were amazed that religious institutions were so dumb as to run to beg exemptions from the IRS from taxes they were not subject to in the first place.

The idea is that a truly mutual separation of church and state will not subject the free exercise to the whims or confiscations of the state.

That was one of the reasons Thomas Jefferson insisted in the Virginia constitution on banning ANY state recognition of ANY religious organization, meaning granting incorporation was banned for churches.

Jerry Fallwell, eager to subject the church under the thumb of the state, filed a lawsuit demanding Virginia allow his church to get a corporate charter, and the state was all too eager to make his religion a subject under the state.

I cannot stand it when I hear a pastor say he’s marrying people “by the authority vested in me by the state of…” Marriage is no business of any state, really.

That’s the problem with trying to enforce Christian doctrines with enforced laws. It gets turned on its head against them eventually.