Luther’s Heresy

Thus saith Dr. Luther: “Many sweat to reconcile St. Paul and St. James, but in vain. ‘Faith justifies’ and ‘faith does not justify’ contradict each other flatly. If any one can harmonize them I will give him my doctor’s hood and let him call me a fool.”

Here stands the great ‘Reformer’ pitting Sacred Scripture against Sacred Scripture. Here is a man who calls the Holy Spirit into contradiction.

Many do not know that Luther himself added the word “alone” to Romans 3:28 in his German translation of the Scriptures, even though it does not appear in the original Greek. Such a man has no veneration for the Word of God.

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  • ben d.

    Oh no! The Reformation has been undone! Thanks for sorting that one out for us.

  • William Scott

    Greetings in Christ.

    Luther at least partially retracted his statement regarding James(although that is certainly no excuse for the way he spoke regarding sacred scripture of James, nor does it justify his addition of the word “alone” to Romans 3:28).

    In the Apology of Augsburg Melancthon gives an interpretation of James 2 that is “unified” with the understanding of imputed righteousness.

    The doctrine of imputed righteousness which, brought out forcefully by Luther was, I believe, in accordance with what had come before(although that is not to say that Luther didn’t make errors in how he applied this as regards the moral responsibility of all men, for example).

    From the Apology of Augsburg
    “Well does Augustine say: All the commandments of God are fulfilled when whatever is not done, is forgiven.”

    Clearly, according to Augustine it is taught that through forgiveness one has a “positive” righteousness reckoned/imputed to their account-ie as having kept the whole law(thus being perfectly righteous before God according to imputation, though still sinful/imperfect in regards to personal righteousness)

    I do believe that innovation in doctrine is dangerous and that true doctrine should be development which is in continuity to the doctrines which have come before, according to the Sovereign Will of God.
    (An example of this is the innovative Calvinistic Perseverance of the Saints versus the doctrinally sound Augustinian Perseverance of the saints)

    I’ve believe that the Homily on Justification(along with the Aplology to the Augsburg Confession) gives a strong exposition of this doctrine(as well as being the official fleshing out of the 39 Articles on this doctrine). The key element in understanding this doctrine in an orthodox sense is the central role of Baptism(as the instrument of God’s imputation of righteousness/forgiveness), as both the Anglican and Lutheran formularies declare.

    Homily on Justification
    (modern english)
    (old english)

    God Bless and Merry Christmas.

    In Christ, Whom we have put on in Baptism


    p.s. Luther did admit that “Justify” could have an “infused” sense to it, but he was correct in understanding that the clear emphasis of the word is “imputed righteousness” in Paul’s Epistles.
    (Sorry for grammatical errors, etc)

  • Michael

    I am so sorry you misunderstood Luther, the German Language (or you wouldn’t say that about the word, alone. Of course you don’t read german, so I forgive you for your ignorance.) the Word of God and the Apostle Paul.