500 Years Ago

David Garman

500 years ago German monk, Martin Luther, nailed up his 95 theses. This bold move started what could be called the Protestant Reformation of the Universal Church world. A good and important start indeed, placing the once cloistered Bible into the hands of the people. The repercussions are still being felt today, still expanding from its epicenter. Moving out, and out, and still further out of catechism and into the Bible. Some went so far and stopped, then others advanced the bar a little further and didn’t go beyond. It is completely understandable, this incremental stepping away. Because every generation has fought tooth and nail, risked life and limb, reputation, livelihood, et al, to bring in each new morsel of truth.

We now find ourselves at a place where the momentum toward truth seems to have slowed to a crawl. A bit confused we are, at a fork in the road. A collective assessment, and all of the splintered factions sought a democratic solution; a turn to the right or to the left. The natural trajectory was to return, to put it another way, to repent. The cultural trajectory was toward rebellion. Right or left, the latter was chosen, under the guise of tolerance. That’s a foundational Christian belief, isn’t it?

Now we find ourselves with all kinds of hard left eruptions in the “Church.” (We needn’t go into precisely what these manifestations are, it should be obvious.) Yet there is somehow an uncomfortable tinge to a rudderless ship drifting toward the abyss. So the splintered daughters of the Reformation would seek a little stability and come home to Mother Rome. Fitting and no coincidence, that Mom would resemble the girls now in so many ways. Or is it the other way around?

They muse, a unity party is what we need. Hey, while we’re at it, lets bring Islam and Judaism into the mix. After all we worship the same god, just a different name – and what’s in a name, they reasoned. Great idea! The pope can be the big guy, because he has all of the pretty stuff. Or maybe a guy with a fancy turban because he gets really mad when he doesn’t get his way. We will have to adjust some of our thinking and they will do the same, won’t they? It’ll be wonderful.

Yep, they’re really going to do this. In fact, the pope pulled a nifty sleight of hand, perhaps he thought no one would notice. While addressing in the most pontifical way, the Halloween eve terror attack in New York City, he actually compared the misuse of the Islamic war cry to the breaking of the Third Commandment! You know, the one about taking the name of the Lord in vain. Here’s what he said: “Let us ask the Lord to convert the hearts of the terrorists and to free the world from hatred and from the homicidal lunacy that abuses God’s name to sow death.” Isn’t that nice?

Seriously now, few people realize that Luther was forced to deal with the Islamic Ottoman Turk Caliphate. Seems we’ve come full circle. At first they say Luther was only moderately concerned with the Islamists. However, there was eventually military preparation involved in the response to the Turks. But those with discernment realized that the Islamic invasion into Europe was judgment. Prayer and repentance was stressed as a defense against the horde. As the Turks advanced, Luther admitted that, “It is a fact that the Turk is at our throat.” Said he, “I believe that the Turk’s Allah does more in war than they themselves. He gives them courage and wiles; he guides sword and fist, horse and man”

Again the pattern emerges, and is good council for us right now. “We must reform our lives,” Luther warned, “or we shall fight in vain.” “We must pray against the Turk as against other enemies of our salvation and of all good, indeed, as we pray against the devil himself.” “Let everyone pray who can that this abomination not become lord over us,” wrote Luther.

We should recognize as well, the Hungarian’s courageously strict opposition the present influx of “immigrants.” They’ve gone up against the EU hierarchy, defying orders to take upon themselves their quota of these foreign elements. They said absolutely not! They built fences along their national borders and kept them out. The Hungarian President exposed, unabashedly, the Ashkenazi, Hooton, Soros, combination with Islam, in an effort to breed out the European. (It is much deeper than these facades and the efforts here in the US are composed of the same synagogue of satan.) This collaboration was in force in Luther’s day. And, in 1526 Suleiman slaughtered the Christian kingdom in Hungary. The Hungarians have no appetite to open their doors to the enemy.

“Every pastor and preacher ought diligently to exhort his people to repentance and to prayer exhort. They ought to drive men to repentance by showing our great and numberless sins and our ingratitude, by which we have earned God’s wrath and disfavor, so that he justly gives us into the hands of the devil and the Turks.” What Luther penned here is of paramount importance right now. Sin is transgression of the Law. Carefully and humbly read Exodus 20:1-17 as a beginning to your repentance, and 2 Chronicles 7:14 for the attitude toward it.

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