“If we want truth, every man ought to be free to say what he thinks without fear. If the advocates of one side are to be rewarded with miters, and the advocates on the other side with rope or stake, truth will not be heard.” Erasmus letter to Cardinal Campeggio urging justice for Martin Luther.
Definition of a miter: “A tall headrest worn by bishops and senior abbots as a symbol of office, tapering to a point at front and back with a deep cleft between.” It is also said to be “derived from the miters of the ancient pagan fish God Dagon and the goddess Cybele. The papal miter represents the head of Dagon with an open mouth, which is the reason for the pointed shape and split top.” There is also a fish eye on the side of the miter. It is Babylonian in origin.” In Challenge times, the head of the church was the representative of Dagon, he was considered to be infalliable, and was addressed as ‘Your Holiness. “Nations subdued by Babylon had to kiss the ring and the slipper of the Babylonian god-king. The same powers and same titles are claimed to this day by the Dalai Lama, and the Pope.”
An excellent quote and photo from Martin Luther from a fellow believer. Something we all need to be reminded of periodically.
“In heaven we are citizens; on earth we are pilgrims..
“Conduct yourselves as those who are no longer citizens of the world, for your possessions lie not on this earth but in heaven; and although you may have lost all temporal goods, you still have Christ, who is more than all else. The devil is the prince of this world and rules it. His citizens are the people of this world. Therefore since you are not of the world, act as a stranger in an inn, who does not have his possessions with him but merely procures food and spends his money for it. For this world is merely a place of transit, where we cannot stay; we must travel farther. Therefore we should use worldly goods only to shelter and sustain ourselves before we depart and go to another land. In heaven we are citizens; on earth we are pilgrims…”
On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses concerning indulgences on the door of the church in Wittenberg as he had witnessed much abuse “by traders in indulgences, so misunderstood by the people, that if the pope knew what was going on, he would rather see St. Peter’s church go into ashes, than see it built of the skin and bones of his sheep.”
Luther said, “Whatever your heart clings to and confides in that is really your God. The Bible is alive; it speaks to me; It has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”
“Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason-I do not accept the authority of popes and councils for they have contradicted each other-my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I can not and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can not do otherwise. God help me. Amen.”
As Christians we do not celebrate Halloween, but Reformation Day which honors Martin Luther and the many believers who have fought for the purity of the Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ, who have consistantly held to the faith as delivered to the Apostles, His Church, which have solidified her historic doctrines and creeds. Here is a brief playlist including the Luther film and a documentary on Luther produced by Ligonier’s.
EGL–Suggested Resources. It’s October and 500 years ago, the Roman Catholic Monk, Martin Luther who would lead a movement reclaiming the purity of the pilgrim church built ipon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets of the first century historic Christian faith, called the church to Reformation and nailed his treatises to a Church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
I just discovered this excellent resource on Luther on the Ligonier’s website, a ministry founded by the late R.C. Sproul, well worth supporting. Here’s a link to their site and the podcast and various other resources for your edification.
“It’s been three years since Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door at Wittenberg. Now the pope’s envoy is knocking on Luther’s door, and the message is dire. Today, travel back to October 10, 1520, to witness why Luther was called to recant his teachings and what was at stake if he refused.