He had a true zeal to learn the word of God for himself and pass it on to other. “Luther trusted Christ, and that Christ was with him in his and all people’s suffering; God was accompanying, calling, bringing him and all fellow sufferers into the life of hope and resurrection.” “Most fundamental is the first step, Luther’s teaching that by faith alone we are united with Christ. Protestants loved to talk about “accepting Christ by faith,” which certainly owes a great deal to this fundamental teaching of Luther’s. Usually, however, it is presented as a decision we must make, as if it were by our own free will. Luther, by contrast, hates the very idea of free will when it is applied to matters of salvation, for our confidence in our own free will lies at the core of our efforts to be justified by good works rather than faith alone.
What made Luther different from previous reformers was that while the others attacked the church and its corruption, he argued based on the root of the problem. The church 's doctrine of salvation and God 's free gift of grace. His opinion can also be considered reliable because of this. The words of God cannot be touched, changed of wronged, therefore as a source, the Bible is quite reliable. And what if Luther tried to change the scriptures?
He then became a monk through reading a verse in the Bible. As he went through lecturing about it over the time, he began to question himself about the ways of salvation. His individual opinion made him think that the Catholic Church’s way of salvation was wrong. From studying the Bible, Luther found that it wasn’t all about the good deeds that they did or the money that you pay to be salvated. To him, all they needed to be salvated was
James 4:17 tells us, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doth it not, to him it is sin.” (KJV) God teaches what is right or wrong while we make our own decisions, but God had enlightened and it is up to us how we respond. Convictions that are contrary to the Holy Spirit can cause division in the church. Paul told the people of Cen΄chre-a΄ in Romans 16:17, “ Now I beseech thee brethren, mark those which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” (KJV) Dr. Dale A. Robbins (victorious.org) explains in his book that ‘we may not be able to stop offensive things from happening, but by applying God’s principles, you can stop them from hurting you.’ Knowing and applying the word of God brings peace to those who want peace. Proverbs 6:16-19 tell us there are six things the Lord hates but seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devised wicked plans, feet that are swift in running in evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren. This scripture speaks loudly to the different types of convictions discussed above.
Faith does not reduce the autonomy of reason, but reminds people who is at work, causing the events that we attempt to break down with reason: God of Israel. He then goes on to explain how Jesus’ death on the cross holds so much weight in the teachings of philosophers and how it stumps many who ponder its details. “Man cannot grasp how death could be the source of life and love; yet to reveal the mystery of his saving plan God has chosen precisely that which reason considers "foolishness" and a "scandal" (John Paul pg. 21). The main justification that Paul provides is the truth about the deeper meaning of the Cross of Christ.
According to the model, an ontological critique of these phenomenological events must involve a careful examination of how they line up with Christian theology derived from Scripture (ch.14). Following that step, the community of believers, aided by the Holy Spirit, is able to arrive at an agreed upon perspective that will ensure the continued advancement of transformational ministries focused on evangelism, discipleship, teaching, and prophecy of correction and hope to their community
The contribution of Luther: Luther’s preaching and teaching was influenced by his personal experience. He tried to correct the one sided emphasis, which existed in the church of his time. The theology of medieval period was the doctrine of sacraments. But, Luther tried to construct the doctrine of the Word of God. So Luther’s theology is called as the theology of the Word of God.
Edwards and Henry two very different men in history remembered for different things offer different approaches to reasoning. Edwards’ appeal to reason is fear he uses fear to convert and encourage the people at his church to appease god and follow his teaching devoutly. Yet Henry’s appeal to reason is logic, freedom from oppression and fulfilling a religious duty to god. Henry’s approach considerably more civil and reasonable compared to Edward direct approach of instilling fear to keep people from sin. Henry’s approach is constructive in bringing people together to fight for a cause.
With a clear view of Calvin’s teachings about election, it will now be shown from select passages in the Thessalonian letters that Calvinistic election is false. There are two aspects to these letters that need to be investigated: historical and immediate context. Historically, the Thessalonian Christians were just beginning their walk with Christ when Paul was forced to leave them amid persecutions (Acts 17:1-10). He admired their endurance, but he still feared for their faith. His fear drove him to write these two letters so that he could comfort and encourage them (1 Thess.
How do we return Christianity to a place of relevancy in our world? By doing all things with love (1 Corinthians 16:14). We Christians claim that our words and actions are always “out of love”, but given the state of the world today and Christianity’s place in it, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Christians have somehow come to the assumption that anytime we stand up for what we believe is right, regardless of how we stand up - be it using physical violence or hate speech, that as long as we have the right intention then people should just understand our motive. Even if we believe that our motive in condemning and attacking that transgender person in the bathroom is pure, we are being hypocritical Christians who are not abiding by Romans 12:21, ““Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” but rather perverting its