Something different for Reformation Day – Katharina Luther


On this special day I want to  remember Katie who had been a nun and became a married woman. My thought is this, if only all the nuns who taught me (so long ago) could have escaped in the way she escaped, marrying and having love and a normal life with a loving husband and children! Praise God for the complicated but godly man she married!


1 Timothy 4

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Apostasy

But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.


CH376219 Portait of Katharina von Bora (oil on panel) by Cranach, Lucas, the Elder (1472-1553); Private Collection; (add.info.: future wife of Martin Luther (1483-1546), leader of the Reformation in Germany;); Photo © Christie's Images; German, out of copyright

Portait of Katharina von Bora (oil on panel) by Cranach, Lucas, the Elder (1472-1553); Private Collection; additional info: future wife of Martin Luther (1483-1546), leader of the Reformation in Germany; Photo © Christie’s Images; German, out of copyright.

“Katharina von Bora (German: [kataˈʁiːna fɔn ˈbɔʁa]; January 29, 1499 – December 20, 1552), after her wedding Katharina Luther, also referred to as “die Lutherin”,[1] was the wife of Martin Luther, German reformer and a seminal figure of the Protestant Reformation. Beyond what is found in the writings of Luther and some of his contemporaries, little is known about her. Despite this, Katharina is often considered one of the most important participants of the Reformation because of her role in helping to define Protestant family life and setting the tone for clergy marriages.”

 


 

Trick or treat, or neither

Luther Bible, 1534, photo taken by Torsten Schleese in Lutherhaus Wittenberg, 1999, Public Domain, via Wikimedia.

As an heir of the blessings bequeathed to us by the Reformation, I have said goodbye to Halloween – praise God! Before coming to the Lord Jesus Christ in repentance and faith, in my Catholic worldview, I had no clue about Reformation Day and its occurrence on the same date. In my world the Reformation meant only the man Martin Luther, whom I thought of as a kind of bestial person because of having read Jacque Maritain’s remarks about Luther’s appearance – that it matched his heretical soul.

Now I understand that a man may not be handsome but yet be a child of God, and rejoice that Luther, in his newly found faith, nailed his theses to the cathedral door. It’s all history from long ago – almost 500 years, 500 years in 2017. Other than blogging about this day, I don’t celebrate it. But I’m anxious about the approaching 500th celebration because from what I hear and also know about human nature, people are going to use this celebration to try to undo the work of God it represents by throwing a party with those who are deluded by Roman Catholicism, happy that they’re able to reunite with it. I can hear the party horns and firecrackers, see the party hats, imagine the raising of the cups to toast the demise of godly separation.

Let’s pray.

What Made the Reformation Unconquerable

This Saturday, October 31, we celebrate Reformation Day. In memory of this important age, I’m reblogging this. As this blogger demonstrates, being true to the Lord and recognizing the enemy were hallmarks of the Reformation. These saints are with God, and it can be said of them, that like those before and after them:
Revelation 12:11
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

The Antipas Chronicles

606px-Foxe-martyrs-iconoclasm-1563Wikipedia on the Historicist understanding of Daniel 2 and 7:

Just as scholars note parallels between the prophetic chapters, so too have historicists since the Protestant Reformation. “The Reformation … was really born of a twofold discovery–first, the rediscovery of Christ and His salvation; and second, the discovery of the identity of Antichrist and his subversions.”[11] “The reformers were unanimous in its acceptance. And it was this interpretation of prophecy that lent emphasis to their reformatory action. It led them to protest against Rome with extraordinary strength and undaunted courage. … This was the rallying point and the battle cry that made the Reformation unconquerable.”[12]

Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_7

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Celebrating the goodness of God in the Protestant Reformation

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Light after darkness

October 31, 1517

Some Christians belittle the Protestant Reformers as men and as Christians, and even slander them. Others proclaim that “the Protest” is over and rejoice about this. Perhaps some of us don’t have an understanding of history, but whether or not that is true, it is as if many of us see nothing of value in the hard work and sacrifice and Biblical wisdom of our brothers and sisters of former days.

Shouldn’t we be grateful for the Reformers and the Reformation? Isn’t the Reformation one of the greatest blessings the Lord has given us, and one of the greatest works of His Spirit? Today we are looking for and hoping for a wonderful move of the Spirit before Jesus returns, but while this is a good and glorious desire, we should never forget or dismiss what He has done already.  

95 Thesen facsimile

95 Thesen facsimile

Three years from today, on 31 October 2017, if God is willing, we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the day on which the much maligned Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” to the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, inviting his fellow faculty members to debate errors and questionable practices of the Roman Catholic Church. The Theses were written in Latin. His students translated them into German and published them far and wide. From this humble start of paper and ink, and the questionings of a troubled conscience, the Reformation took off.

Ever since then, there are people who have been working to undo what God did through it, and to injure and destroy the church that He set free to worship Him in spirit and truth. Ever since then, people have been undermining the Reformation’s power to inspire us, by pointing out the sins, biases, failures, mistakes, and foibles of the men whom God chose to use to help us. Of course it is wrong to put the Reformers on pedestals – yes! But it is also wrong to reject them, and to think of ourselves more highly than we should by believing that we are above them, when it was God Who gave them to us for our good.

As a result of the Reformation, we have the Bible in our own languages. As a result of it, the Gospel was recovered and preached in power and faithfulness. Because of this particular day and particular period of history, faithful Christians have preached to you and me, so that we came to trust in Jesus Christ alone and possess the promise of forgiveness and eternal life made certain in His Word.

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my story

Most of my childhood and teen years were overshadowed by a kind of darkness or dimness. No bright summertime, white winter, or holiday glitter could relieve this for long. My Father had died, and by the time I was 7, my Grandpop was gone too. My Mother and I lived with Grandmom. Both my Mother and Grandmom were very sad, though they did their best to love me and provide a good home. Being sent to Roman Catholic schools added to the gloom.

For one thing, the way of life of the sisters who taught us was unnatural and depressing. But most importantly, the knowledge of God was suppressed and therefore withheld from us. The Gospel of the love of God in Jesus Christ was unknown to our teachers, and so they couldn’t share it with us. At school, only temporary joys existed, like friendship and fun – firecrackers that lit the gloom – but there was no deep abiding happiness that could replace the night of my selfishness, because my teachers were in darkness themselves and therefore ignorant of God’s way to help us.

My generous and faithful Mother sacrificed to send me to Catholic school. She tried to give me what she believed was best, but she had no plumbline to measure the rightness of her decisions because she wasn’t schooled in the Bible but in the dogmas of this religious system. My education was very fine in many ways, but it fell eternally short. I thought the Gospel was a book, that is, Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. I never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached.

Things haven’t improved at this school, and I’m grateful that I attended when I did, because now it has taken up the banner of social justice (“educating young women to live mercy and seek justice”). Of those students who graduated in 2014, almost 30% of those deciding to further their education chose Jesuit institutions: Fordham, Marquette, Georgetown, Saint Joseph’s, University of Scranton, and Boston College.

The Fall 2014 issue of the school magazine consists of 53 pages, the front and back cover, and inside cover matter. There is no mention of Jesus Christ anywhere.

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Some questions and answers

Why did the Reformation happen?

It was God’s sovereign will, His good pleasure:

Psalm 115:3

But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

Psalm 119:68

Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.

After all this time, what should our attitude toward it be?

We need to say, “Thank you, Lord!” Abraham’s descendants were delivered from slavery to serve Him, and so were we.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Revelation 15:4

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

How about the Reformers? Don’t we understands things that they didn’t? Aren’t we beyond their concerns?

We need to humble ourselves and admit that we’ve lost many  of the things that they knew. 

Proverbs 13:20a

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise

Jeremiah 6:16

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

What should we do for the Catholics we know?

Pray for them and love them, and be very clear with them about the Gospel, and be patient, for at one time we were all like them: 

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

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Wittenberg-1536

Wittenberg – 1536

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