Do you go freely to a Baptist / Presbyterian / E Free / miscellaneous / independent church that preaches the Word of God faithfully, preaching the free Gospel of God's free grace in Jesus Christ alone, received through faith alone? And do Roman Catholic armies not break down the doors and throw you all into prison, or burn you all at the stake?
Then thank God for this man, for Martin Luther, and for what He did to and through him. The world you live in is not the world he lived in, and that because of this widespread movement of God.
What does Luther teach us? Many things. To single out but a few: to be used of God, you do not have to be might. You do not have to be perfect. You do not have to start with the majority at your back.
What you need is the Word of God, and that you cling to it faithfully and boldly.
Luther undid Rome, and he still does. Mention him to Romanists, and the apologists become unhinged. They cite this and that absurd and foolish thing that Luther said or did; and, sadly, Luther said and did more than his share of foolish things.
But even this undoes them. I always respond in two ways:
- Imagine that. So foolish, so weak — and yet even Martin Luther could grasp the Biblical gospel of justification by grace alone though faith alone in Christ alone. What does that say about Rome and all its scholars, who still deny and pervert that Gospel?
- Thank God we're not chained to human tradition, and bound to repeat the errors of our elders — as Roman Catholics, by definition, are! Thank God for the Word and its liberating power and supremacy!