Part Two Running The Race With Christ and Its Heart Aches The Reformers Point View Part Two

And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14
4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. 3 But every spirit who does not confess Jesus[b] is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; you have heard that he is coming, and he is already in the world now. 1 John 4; 1-3
24 False Messiah and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. False Messiah and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.25 Take note: I have told you in advance. 26 So if they tell you, ‘Look, He’s in the wilderness!’ don’t go out; ‘Look, He’s in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. Matthew 24; 24-26
Martin Luther
Martin Luther was born in 10 November 1483 and died on 18 February 1546. Well he was returning to school in the summer of 1505. He encountered a thunderstorm, and a lightening bolt struck near to him. Terrified, he cried out, “Help, St. Anne! I’ll become a monk!” Spared of his life, but regretting his words, Luther kept his bargain, dropped out of law school and entered the monastery there. He fully dedicated himself monastic life, to do good works and please God; however, he found no peace. The more he tried to please God. The more he became aware of his sinfulness nature. Until he started to read the Scripture in-depth, slowly he began to realize salvation is found only through Jesus Christ not by good works. The church has lost site of several central truths. To Luther, the most important verse was found in Roman 1;17 that brought him peace with God through Jesus Christ. With great joy, Luther now believed and taught that salvation is a gift of God’s grace, through faith, and he trusted in God’s promise that he was his sins forgiven through Christ’s death on the cross, he believed it was God’s work from beginning to end.

In 1521 he met with, Johann von Eck, by then assistant to the Archbishop of Trier to talk to Luther writing von Eck opened discussion by asking Luther whether the books were his and whether he would retract the doctrines espoused. He said “I think the books are mine,” Luther replied. When the titles of the books were read, Luther answered more certainly: “Yes, the books are mine.” When asked, “Will you retract the doctrines herein?,” Luther answered cautiously saying it “would be rash and dangerous to reply to such a question until I had meditated thereupon in silence and retreat, least I incur the anger of our Lord.” While expressing surprise that a professor of theology couldn’t immediately answer his question, Eck granted Luther’s request to think things over. He told Luther to come back the next day at the same time with his answer.
While waiting in his cell he uttered this prayer, “O God,. Almighty God everlasting! how dreadful is the world! behold how its mouth opens to swallow me up, and how small is my faith in Thee! . . . Oh! the weakness of the flesh, and the power of Satan! If I am to depend upon any strength of this world – all is over . . . The knell is struck . . . Sentence is gone forth . . . O God! O God! O thou, my God! help me against the wisdom of this world. Do this, I beseech thee; thou shouldst do this . . . by thy own mighty power . . . The work is not mine, but Thine. I have no business here . . . I have nothing to contend for with these great men of the world! I would gladly pass my days in happiness and peace. But the cause is Thine . . . And it is righteous and everlasting! O Lord! help me! O faithful and unchangeable God! I lean not upon man. It were vain! Whatever is of man is tottering, whatever proceeds from him must fail. My God! my God! dost thou not hear? My God! art thou no longer living? Nay, thou canst not die. Thou dost but hide Thyself. Thou hast chosen me for this work. I know it! . . . Therefore, O God, accomplish thine own will! Forsake me not, for the sake of thy well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ, my defence, my buckler, and my stronghold.
Lord – where art thou? . . . My God, where art thou? . . . Come! I pray thee, I am ready . . . Behold me prepared to lay down my life for thy truth . . . suffering like a lamb. For the cause is holy. It is thine own! . . . I will not let thee go! no, nor yet for all eternity! And though the world should be thronged with devils – and this body, which is the work of thine hands, should be cast forth, trodden under foot, cut in pieces, . . . consumed to ashes, my soul is thine. Yes, I have thine own word to assure me of it. My soul belongs to thee, and will abide with thee forever! Amen! O God send help! . . . Amen!
The next day when was facing von Eck Instead retracting his works He uttered“Unless I am convinced by the testimonies of the Holy Scriptures or evident reason (for I believe in neither the Pope nor councils alone, since it has been established that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures that I have adduced, and my conscience has been taken captive by the Word of God; and I am neither able nor willing to recant, since it is neither safe nor right to act against conscience. God helps me. Amen. Hence these words Here I Stand starting Reformation Period

The Emperor issued his Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw. Banning his literature, and requiring his arrest: “We want him to be apprehended and punished as a notorious heretic.” It also made it a crime for anyone in Germany to give Luther food or shelter. The citizen of Germany were permitted anyone to kill Luther without legal consequence.
Like Jesus Christ he constantly lived under a pressure cooker knowing that people would have killed him because of the gospel, Hence the phase,” Here I Stand”.

Martin quotes
“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

“Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly.”

“ I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word Till soul and body sever,
For, though all things shall pass away, HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER!”

Impact On Society
Shaped and started the Reformation movement .

He nailed his 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg, accusing the Roman Catholic church of heresy.
Shaped and started the Reformation movement .

He nailed his 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg, accusing the Roman Catholic church of heresy.
His works consist of The Luther German Old Testament and New Testament.

Wrote Bondage Of The Will
Like Jesus Christ he constantly lived under a pressure cooker knowing that people would have killed him because of the gospel, Hence the phase,” Here I Stand”.

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