Luther’s errors have probably taken a lot of people to hell.
I know it is a tuff thing to say but if you follow this blog to the end, you may begin to understand. His errors have separated people from the normative process of transforming grace. God gave us tools to rise above our fallen nature, Luther reversed the process. God established the true faith to assist our fallen nature, after 1500 years of truth man in order to separate from the Catholic Church began to create an alternate construct of Christianity, in fallen nature. What is created by man in order to replace what was created by God, will always have very dangerous consequences.
We are not called to faith alone.
Luther took credit for creating this so obviously he did not see it in the historical record before him.
In living obedience to the faith of the New Covenant, we are called to a religion and ritual that God put in place through an agonizing death on the cross. We are called to a focus on what is holy. Why? Because God knows what our fallen nature needs for transforming grace much better than we do. Everything that God does for us is to return our souls to the state of being they were in while they were in the Garden of Eden before the fall. Before ego entered the world. Therefore part of returning to the garden is a practice of humility.
" This IS my body.
"Be holy for I am holy."
We do this through a focus on what he has given us, which is holy.
In not properly defining Jewish law, Luther created generations that despise works and even separated people from the religion and ritual of the New Covenant God established that is all across the New Testament. Think about this. In a diabolical deception a false understanding of justification separated people from being Bible believing Christians. There is no belief without obedience.
The only works Paul put down was the law of works. This was the boast of the “ Pharisees who believed “. ( Acts 15:5) It was the law of works which is the ceremonial law of Moses and keeping circumcision which is fulfilled in baptism.
16Let no man therefore judge you in meat or in drink or in respect of a festival day or of the new moon or of the sabbaths, 17Which are a shadow of things to come: but the body is of Christ.
So Satan has people denying this in order to separate them from the fullness of the Christian faith Jesus established. All of Christianity in order to live the new covenant, is called to obedience to the faith in the religion and ritual of the new covenant until Christ comes again.
For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. 1 Cor 11:26
How do you truly call yourself a Christian while you are accepting some things in scripture according to how you want to understand them and ignoring others completely?
The works that Paul called the boast of the Pharisees who believed, was understood in the early church to be known as the second legislation. Catholics do not believe in a works based salvation we believe in a transforming grace based salvation but Protestants become confused by not seeing the second legislation in scripture.
The second legislation of mosaic law is the curse of the law given for worshipping the golden calf. This is literally the law of WORKS. It is the curse of the law that has been nailed to the cross. This is the law that Christ paid the debt
for by going to the cross. He took on the Jews curse who swore on their lives to keep the law. The debt had nothing to do with once saved always saved. It has to do with giving the Jews entrance into the promise of Abraham.
Christ going to the cross paid the debt for the curse of the law the law of WORKS.
We find reference to the second legislation in the Didascalia written or added to, around 230 A.D. Many of the ancient documents are hard to date because of additions written at a latter dates.
“Him they denied and said : We have no God to go before us; and they made them a molten calf and worshipped it [Ex 32.1, 8] and sacrificed to a graven image. Therefore, the Lord was angry; and in His hot anger -- (yet) with the mercy of His goodness -- He bound them with the Second Legislation, and laid heavy burdens upon them, and a hard yoke (p. 109) upon their neck. And He says now no longer: If thou shalt make [cf. Ex 20.24-25; Dt 27.5-6], as formerly; but He said: 'Make an altar, and sacrifice continually' as though He had need of these things. Wherefore He laid upon them continual burnt offerings with a necessity, and caused them to abstain from meats by means of distinctions of meats. For from that time were animals discerned, and clean and unclean flesh; from that time were separations, and purifications, and baptisms, and sprinklings; from that time were sacrifices, and offerings, and tables; from that time were burnt offerings, and oblations, and shewbread, and the offering up of sacrifices, and firstlings, and redemptions, and he-goats for sin, and vows, and many other things marvellous. For because of manifold sins there were laid upon them customs unspeakable; but by none of them did they abide, but they again provoked the Lord… For the Second Legislation was imposed for the making of the calf and for idolatry. But you through baptism have been set free from idolatry, and from the Second Legislation, which was (imposed) on account of idols, For in the Gospel (p. 110) He renewed and fulfilled and affirmed the Law; but the Second Legislation He did away and abolished.
The gospel “affirmed” the law of unconditional love, and released the Jews from the second legislation through the cross by way of baptism into the body of Christ.
The marriage between man and God begins with baptism which is being saved by the blood of the Lamb.
I will espouse you to me forever. I will espouse you to me in justice.
He who has the bride is the bridegroom.
When Paul put down works it was the second legislation of mosaic law only.
Paul does not put down works of charity, works of commandments, works of religion and rituals in the church, this is crazy thinking.
The cup of benediction that we bless, is this not participation in the blood of Christ? What is the answer to this rhetorical question from the church of the baptism living the religion and ritual of the New Covenant? Of course they are going to respond that it is the blood of Christ after the blessing. This is the Christian faith.
We are more responsible for the true nature of the commandments now than the Jews were who had the law on stone for hearts of stone, because through the cross, they have been raised to their heavenly reality and have been written on our hearts.
Heaven and earth will pass away but my law never will.
I will write my laws on their hearts.
This is grace given freely as opposed to mosaic law of rule, fear, and temporal punishment for Jews only.
The law on stone has been raised to the law of faith which is to covenant with God.
This is my blood of the New Covenant, do this…
What is the obedience of the faith Paul calls us to?
It is living the narrow road of the New Covenant.
Where is then thy boasting? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? ( The second legislation of mosaic law, the curse of the law given for worshipping the golden calf is literally the law of WORKS. ) No, but by the law of faith. Rm 3:27
For we account a man to be justified by faith, without the works of the law. ( Rm 3:28)
Faith as in transforming grace/ law as in the second legislation no Gentiles were ever under.
19For whereas I was free as to all, I made myself the servant of all, that I might gain the more. 20And I became to the Jews, a Jew, that I might gain the Jews: 21To them that are under the law, as if I were under the law, (whereas myself was not under the law,) that I might gain them that were under the law. To them that were without the law, as if I were without the law, (whereas I was not without the law of God, but was in the law of Christ
1 Cor 9:19
The law of Christ is the law of faith. It is living the narrow road of transforming grace in the religion and ritual of the new covenant.
The apostles were Jews who never understood faith outside of a covenant relationship with God. Obedience to the faith.
Who was predestinated the Son of God in power, according to the spirit of sanctification, by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead: 5By whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith, in all nations, for his name
For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature those things that are of the law; these having not the law are a law to themselves: 15Who shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness to them, Rm 2:14
Laws on stone raised to holiness of conscience
21You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. 22But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment.
Law of conscience
27You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery. 28But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Law of conscience
4Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; 5Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Law of conscience
Be holy for I am Holy.
Be perfect for your Heavenly Father is perfect.
Christianity must be inside the law of faith in transforming grace or you are not living as a Christian.
And we all, who with unveiled faces ( This is my body. O you foolish Galatians who before your very eyes Christ is portrayed as crucified before you ) contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
( 2 Cor 3:18)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.( Rm 12:22)
And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. ( Eph 4:24)
Do you not know that you are the body of Christ ?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ( Mosaic)
( 2 Thess 3:5)
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God ( 1 Cor 1:18)