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18 thoughts on “Here I Stand!”

  1. donsands says:

    Happy Reformation Day!

    To you too. And have a happy Halloween.

    And most of all, have a wonderful Lord’s day worshiping our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

  2. Nate Archer says:

    Here is a link to one of the better techno-industrial music videos about Martin Luther’s struggle with anfechtungen. (I know, there are so many of them out there it’s hard to decide which one is the best.)

  3. Nathan says:

    I can’t remember if I saw this here at some point, but this 95 theses rap is also pretty awesome.

  4. PJ Lincoln says:

    You run an interesting blog, Justin.

    If you all would, please take a look at my blog this morning. I’ve got a few words about Hope. Perhaps they will help?


  5. Jason Engwer says:

    Thanks, Justin.

    Below are some comments about the Reformation from the Protestant historian Philip Schaff. I pulled these passages years ago while reading some of his material on the Reformation:

    “The Reformation went back to first principles in order to go forward. It struck its roots deep in the past and bore rich fruits for the future. It sprang forth almost simultaneously from different parts of Europe and was enthusiastically hailed by the leading minds of the age in church and state. No great movement in history – except Christianity itself – was so widely and thoroughly prepared as the Protestant Reformation. The reformatory Councils of Pisa, Constance, and Basel; the conflict of the Emperors with the Popes; the contemplative piety of the mystics with their thirst after direct communion with God; the revival of classical literature; the general intellectual awakening; the biblical studies of Reuchlin, and Erasmus; the rising spirit of national independence; Wiclif, and the Lollards in England; Hus, and the Hussites in Bohemia; John von Goch, John von Wesel, and Johann Wessel in Germany and the Netherlands; Savonarola in Italy; the Brethren of the Common Life, the Waldenses, the Friends of God, – contributed their share towards the great change and paved the way for a new era of Christianity. The innermost life of the church was pressing forward to a new era. There is scarcely a principle or doctrine of the Reformation which was not anticipated and advocated in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Luther made the remark that his opponents might charge him with having borrowed everything from John Wessel if he had known his writings earlier. The fuel was abundant all over Europe, but it required the spark which would set it ablaze. Violent passions, political intrigues, the ambition and avarice of princes, and all sorts of selfish and worldly motives were mixed up with the war against the papacy. But they were at work likewise in the introduction of Christianity among the heathen barbarians. ‘Wherever God builds a church, the devil builds a chapel close by.’ Human nature is terribly corrupt and leaves its stains on the noblest movements in history. But, after all, the religious leaders of the Reformation, while not free from faults, were men of the purest motives and highest aims, and there is no nation which has not been benefited by the change they introduced….The Reformation was a grand act of emancipation from spiritual tyranny, and a vindication of the sacred rights of conscience in matters of religious belief. Luther’s bold stand at the Diet of Worms, in the face of the pope and the emperor, is one of the sublimest events in the history of liberty, and the eloquence of his testimony rings through the centuries. To break the force of the pope, who called himself and was believed to be, the visible vicar of God on earth, and who held in his hands the keys of the kingdom of heaven, required more moral courage than to fight a hundred battles, and it was done by an humble monk in the might of faith. If liberty, both civil and religious, has since made progress, it is due in large measure to the inspiration of that heroic act. But the progress was slow and passed through many obstructions and reactions. ‘The mills of God grind slowly, but wonderfully fine.'” (The Master Christian Library [Albany, Oregon: AGES Software, 1998], History Of The Christian Church, Vol. 7, pp. 20-21, 48)

  6. Chris says:

    Thanks for posting these. I love the reformation for its truth and for its history.

  7. WoundedEgo says:

    John (the Big Dipper) had his diet of locusts, but I guess Luther preferred worms.

  8. Thanks for posting!!!

  9. I posted this at my blog as well. And a guy goes off on Luther’s anti-Semitism. Any good websites that deal with that? It has been a long time since I’ve read anything about it. Thanks.

  10. Daryl says:

    Excellent documentary. How frustrating when those with a different axe to grind with the Pope used Luther’s writings to justify war. But what hope and light Luther helped bring to the world and the church!

    Sometimes foolish, often wise, always extreme.

    God’s man, and thank God for him.

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