By way of commentary, therefore, I’ll be writing a series of posts on the theological and historical background of the Protestant Movement…
Dear L. C.:
Thank you for your comment on my post, “The true Church: Catholicism or Orthodoxy?” in which I gave a short overview of the issues that led to the division between Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. It was most appreciated, as it let me know that someone actually read the post and examined its import. I had originally planned to write the 2nd installment of Deceive and Conquer, but I decided to write this instead in view of your comment, which went thus:
I would just like to add some information about another division in Christendom which was brought about in the 16th century by Martin Luther, founder of Protestantism.
Luther used to be a Catholic theologian who didn’t believe in the catholic teachings on indulgences–you can give money to the church so that you will spend less time in purgatory/hell. He also wanted to publish the Bible in their own language rather than in Latin, so that more people would understand the good news.
Luther’s ideas did not sit well with the Pope and his leaders and it created quite a controversy. In 1529, he was declared a heretic. But he already had followers then and they started the “Lutheran movement” which became today’s “born-again” Christians.
By way of commentary on your comment, therefore, I’m starting a series of posts on the theological and historical background of the Protestant Movement. The first post will focus on the classical Catholic doctrine of grace, which Luther opposed, and the second, on Luther’s theory of salvation; and the next ones will discuss the issue of indulgences, the controversy over the Bible, the other causes of Lutheranism, and on the evolution of the modern “born again” movement. Hopefully, this series won’t suffer from the same work-related stress that kept me from continuing Deceive and Conquer for too long. I’m afraid, though, that I’m a wordy writer, so I hope you don’t mind reading my long missives.
God bless you, and again, thank you.