By David J. Stewart | May 2005
Lutheranism is straight out of the pits of hell! I will not defend ANY religion that ADDS works to faith alone in Jesus Christ! When I was growing up in a Baptist church, I had always been taught that Martin Luther was a former Roman Catholic priest who realized one day that salvation is through faith and not works. I held that view into my adulthood. I always thought Martin Luther was a good guy because that it what I had been taught.
Then one day I was greatly saddened when I learned about the Catechisms of Martin Luther and his heresies concerning salvation. Without a doubt, Martin Luther was no Christian! It will be obvious to you after reading my article that Martin Luther may have come out of Catholicism, but Catholicism did NOT come out of Martin Luther. The Lutheran religion is nothing more than a spin-off of Catholicism.
I am going to give you a lot of information here, irrefutable facts about the cult of Lutheranism. I am NOT trying to be judgmental, I am simply EXPOSING damnable heresies that are going to condemn hundreds-of-millions of people to hell if they don't come out of the Lutheran religion (it's not a church).
Though not to the idolatrous extent that the Catholics idolize Mary, the Lutherans follow in the same adulterous steps of the Great Whore, Roman Catholicism. The photo at the right is one depiction of the Lutheran Mary. Though the Halo around Mary's head is missing, it is still disconcerting (and unbiblical) for anyone to recognize her at all. Mary is no more to be praised than any other godly mother. In a poem titled “Swept Up In Joy” by David Miller, a Lutheran Minister, he says the following:
I tried to pray through my distress as the choir sang of Mary: "Hail favored one, the Lord is with thee." But my thoughts connected only with my anxiety.
"Hail favored one?" Excuse me, but where in the Bible are we ever commanded to recognize Mary at all? Jesus never even hinted for anyone to praise Mary. This is a MANMADE TRADITION, and it came out of the Great Whore of Catholicism. Just as Catholics deny that they worship Mary (which they obviously do), so do the Lutherans deny that they worship Mary to a lesser degree.
Barbara Owen, a member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Annapolis, Md., is the editor of Daily Readings from Luther's Writings, Augsburg Fortress. The following quotes are from her article “Luther On Mary”:
The Scriptures always point to Christ as the one who saves. Luther characteristically said: "Oh, how many kisses we bestowed on Mary! But she did not redeem and save me."
But Luther also honored Mary and her "unique place in all of [humankind]." He insisted "the festivals of the Purification and Annunciation of Mary may be continued, and for the time being her Assumption and Nativity." He could even imagine her as a heavenly intercessor.
The first couple of sentences are ok (and this is all that MOST people see when they look at Lutheranism), but take a look at the sentences which follow. This is shocking! Martin Luther said that he could even imagine Mary as a “heavenly intercessor.” Folks, that's devilish doctrine! In one breath Martin Luther admits that Mary CANNOT redeem anyone, and in the next breath he speaks blasphemy against God.
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” —1st Timothy 2:5
Mary is NOT an intercessor and you had better get that straight because Martin Luther was a doctrinal mess. Here is a whole bunch of demon doctrine from Martin Luther (the source is from the same article above, “Luther On Mary”):
Luther noted Mary's humility: "So the wondrous pure spirit of Mary is worthy of even greater praise, because having such overwhelming honors heaped upon her head, she does not let them tempt her [to pride]. ... [In] truth she thrusts [pride and honor] from her and would have us honor God in her and come through her to a good confidence in His grace."
Mary is a model for us and a comfort. Luther wrote: "O Blessed Virgin, Mother of God, what great comfort God has shown us in you, by so graciously regarding your unworthiness and low estate. This encourages us to believe that henceforth He will not despise us poor and lowly ones, but graciously regard us also, according to your example."
Mary isn't "a goddess who could grant gifts or render aid, as some suppose when they pray and flee to her rather than to God," Luther wrote. "She does nothing, God does all. We ought to call upon her, that for her sake God may grant and do what we request." Luther biographer, Martin Brecht, describes Luther's thoughts: Mary is "the model for believers, and, above all, the example of God's action. It is God's grace that we are to admire in Mary, nothing else."
Through faith, Luther wrote, a person "may boast of such treasure as that Mary is his real mother, Christ his brother, and God his father.... By this token you sit assuredly in the Virgin Mary's lap and are her dear child."
The Catholics teach that Mary is a "co-redeemer" with Christ. Of course, that is a lie of the devil. Jesus is the ONLY Redeemer. Though the Lutherans deny this heresy, they are woefully guilty of creating their own heresy by praying to Mary. Did you read what Luther said above? -"We ought to call upon her, that for her sake God may grant and do what we request." Heresy! Show me that in the Word of God! I triple-dog dare you to show me one verse in the Bible that says we should pray, admire, praise, or seek to contact Jesus' mother in ANY way. You CANNOT! Show me where the Bible teaches that we should expect God to answer our prayers for Mary's sake.
The Lutheran church in NO church, but a bastard child of the Mother of harlots (Roman Catholicism). Luther prayed..."O Blessed Virgin, Mother of God, what great comfort God has shown us in you..." Like I said, Catholicism never came out of Martin Luther. Even more sickening is Luther's comment above..."a person "may boast of such treasure as that Mary is his real mother, Christ his brother, and God his father." Whoa!
Martin Luther is guilty of the same thing that Roman Catholics are guilty of... ELEVATING MARY! Martin Luther speaks out of both sides of his mouth—He tells us that Mary does nothing, yet we should praise her greatly. But what does the Bible say...
"I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images." -Isaiah 42:8
If Martin Luther were alive today, he would be another ecumenical heretic like Billy Graham. Read the shocking heresy found at http://orthodoxlutheran.fws1.com/bvm/books.html...
In 1996, Pope John Paul II concluded that the title 'Mother of God' "proclaims the nobility of woman and her very high vocation. God, in effect, treats Mary as a free and responsible person and does not fulfill the Incarnation of his Son until after he has obtained her consent." Lutherans fully agree with this understanding of Mary.
Are you getting this? Lutherans believe that God could not come to the earth incarnate without Mary's PERMISSION. If you'll read the Bible, you'll quickly learn that Mary was ALREADY pregnant before she or Joseph knew what was going on. God did NOT need or ask for Mary's permission.
Lutherans are basically unofficial Catholics. They read out of the Apocrypha like the Catholics. They recognize Catholic saints, holidays and festivals. They baptize infants like the Catholics.
Baptismal Regeneration Heresy
According to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on their baptism page...
In Holy Baptism, God liberates us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Born children of a fallen humanity, in the baptismal waters we become God’s reborn children and inherit eternal life. By water and the Holy Spirit we are made members of the Church, which is Christ’s body. As we live with him and with his people, we grow in faith, love and obedience to God’s will.
That is a lie of the devil. Our sins are NOT forgiven when we are baptized. What does the Bible teach?
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." -Romans 10:9,10
I don't see anything in there about being baptized. Romans 10:13 is very clear, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Why are the Lutherans teaching damnable heresy by ADDING the work of baptism to faith in Christ. By the way, the Lutherans (as do the Catholics) make baptism a SACRAMENT. The Bible only teaches baptism as an ordinance.
Luther’s Large Catechism (IV, 83) instructs that Baptism "overcomes and takes away sin."
The following is quoted from the Augsburg Confession (What Evangelical Lutherans Believe, Teach and Confess)...
- Article 9 - Baptism
- We believe, teach and confess that Baptism with water in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit is necessary because Christ commanded it so and that the grace of God (forgiveness and renewal) is offered through it (Matt. 28:29; John 3:5; Eph 5:26; 1 Pet. 3:21). Children should also be baptized, for in their being offered to God through Baptism the too are received into His grace (Mark 10:14; Acts 2:38-39).
Lutherans teach the heresy that baptism is NECESSARY for salvation, but the Bible clearly denies such foolishness. Charles Spurgeon preached a sermon against baptismal regeneration. In 1st Corinthians 1:17, the Apostle Paul firmly declares "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel..." Surely Paul would NOT have made such a statement if baptism were essential to being saved. I actually heard a Church of Christ minister insist that the Apostle Paul had assistants who baptized the converts. The Bible never teaches any such foolishness.
By the way, the Church of Christ is straight out of the pits of hell too...DANGER! The world is filled with deceptive cults. Lutheranism is DANGEROUS!
The Seventh-Day Adventists (SDA's) actually teach that you need to get born again. They believe that Jesus is God. They believe in the Godhead. Unfortunately, they also teach that trusting Christ is NOT enough in and of itself to be saved. SDA's believe that one has to be deemed "worthy" by Jesus Christ in order to go to heaven. My point is that the Seventh-Day Adventists come so close to looking like their Christians that it's SCARY. They are a cult. Lutheranism is also a cult, though much less obvious to the person who is not knowledgeable of the Word of God, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2nd Timothy 2:15).
Holy Communion (Eucharist) Heresy
Lutherans believe that the Holy Communion is absolutely NECESSARY to their salvation. Martin Luther made this clear in his Catechism writings and so did the Augsburg Confessions as follows...
- Article 10 - The Holy Supper of Our Lord
- We believe, teach and confess that bread and wine distributed and received in the Holy Supper (for the forgiveness of sins and for eternal life) are truly the body and blood of Christ (Matt. 26:26-28, ; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 10:16; John 6:48-58).
This is damnable heresy, the Bible NEVER teaches anything about a holy communion being necessary to our salvation. The Bible simply teaches the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. This is simply a time when the church stops everything from moving (a time out) to REMEMBER what Jesus did for us upon the cross. We drink unfermented grape juice and eat unleavened bread.
It is wrong to use ferment or yeast (which are mold) to represent the sinless precious blood and body of our Lord and Saviour. There is NOTHING magical about the Lord's Supper, it is just a time of remembrance... no more! It surely is NOT required for the forgiveness of sins or salvation.
We obtain the forgiveness of sins by trusting in the blood which Jesus shed for us at Calvary.
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" -Ephesians 1:7
Where do the Lutherans come up with their heresies that you MUST be baptized and partake of the holy communion? Not from the Bible! The Lutheran church has adopted the Satanic traditions of the Vatican. Mary worship is wrong! The Lutherans can try to downplay their role in Mary Worship, but they are guilty because the Bible NEVER in any way leads us to recognize Mary AT ALL!
Hail Mary! Hail Satan!
Confession and Absolution
Wake up folks! The Lutheran religion is a child of the Great Mother of Whores, Catholicism. Again, in the Augsburg Confessions (upon which the Lutherans admit their religion is based), we find more heresy...
- Article 11 - Confession of Sins
- We believe, teach and confess that private absolution has a rightful place in the Church and should be retained and not be allowed to fall into disuse (Matt. 16:19 18:18, John 20:21- 23). However, in confession it is not necessary to remember all trespasses and sins for this is impossible, "Who can discern his errors?" (Ps. 19:12).
Another lie of the devil. We are supposed to confess our sins to God alone, NEVER to a priest or pastor. The Bible does NOT record any human being EVER forgiving sin other than the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 9:2).
According to Dr. A.L. Barry, President of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Lutherans are supposed to confess their sins to their church leaders (pastors). The following quotes are taken from an article written by Dr. A.L. Barry titled "What About Confession and Absolution?"
"What is confession?
Confession has two parts. First, that we confess our sins, and second, that we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven."
"Forgiveness from the pastor as God Himself?" You've got to be kidding? I'm amazed that anyone would even e-mail me to ask what is wrong with the Lutheran religion. Listen friend, your pastor is NOT capable of forgiving anyone. The Pope is a phony and cannot save or forgive anyone, and neither can your phony Lutheran minister. Do you know why the Lutheran religion is so popular? Simple because it gives wannabe Catholics a scaled down Catholic church. You've got most of the traditions and doctrines of Catholicism REPACKAGED into a less offensive religion. Lutheranism is nothing more than diet Catholicism!
Lutheran ministers are just as arrogant as the beastly Catholic priests...
"What is the Office of the Keys?
The Office of the Keys is that special authority which Christ has given to His church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners, but to withhold forgiveness from the unrepentant as long as they do not repent."
Wow! Now that's arrogant. So if your pastor doesn't like you and thinks you need to repent, he has a right to deny you forgiveness. I can't believe how arrogant these pastors are while hiding behind a cloak of humility and sincerity. It is a SIN to confess your sins to any human being in an attempt to gain forgiveness. "...Who can forgive sins, but God alone?" (Luke 5:21). Your Lutheran pastor CANNOT forgive your sins. Jesus never gave any mortal man the power to forgive sin. Again, this is a Catholic Tradition that the Lutherans have clung to.
For some strange reason, we Christians are slow to see what the devil is up to. I am amazed at how few websites there are EXPOSING the heresies of the Lutheran false religion. The Lutheran religion is even MORE dangerous than Roman Catholicism because it does claim salvation by grace through faith. But what people FAIL to realize is that EVERY Lutheran also ADDS baptism and holy communion to that faith in Christ. It is no longer faith.
There are an estimated sixty million Lutherans (60,000,000!). Lutheranism is one of the biggest cults in the world next to Buddhism, Islam and Catholicism. Why are the churches silent? I am an Independent Fundamental Baptist. I wish I could wake up more Christians to contend for the faith against these less obvious cults like the Lutheran religion. It is a good indicator of the apostasy of our generation that so many believers actually think that Lutherans are Christians. Are you a Christian?
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" -2nd Corinthians 13:5
The Apostle Paul didn't take any chances, he warned the people that churchianity doesn't give us Christianity. Sadly, I fear that most Lutherans have churchianity without Christianity. I can confidently say that if you follow the teachings of the Lutheran church that you WILL end up in hell. Why? Because you are ADDING works to your faith. Romans 11:6 warns that you cannot be saved by grace and works, it's one or the other.
For Lutherans to claim that they are NOT trusting in works, while REQUIRING baptism and holy communion for salvation is a hypocritical contradiction. On the surface Lutherans speak of faith alone in Christ, but delve deeper into their beliefs and you'll find doctrines of devils, Satanic Catholicism, straight from the depths of hell. Don't be fooled. Salvation can ONLY be obtained through childlike faith in the Saviour.
Many Lutherans STRUGGLE with their beliefs because of the unsettling matter of baptism, holy communion and faith. The Lutheran religion is confusing at best. They evidently want Christianity and Catholicism, but that is impossible. Catholicism is a cult, not Christian. Though the unsaved world considers Catholicism as "Christian," the Bible CLEARLY reveals that it is not. The best way to expose the darkness is to shine the light of God's Word upon it. Lutheranism is a mess, a conglomerate of Catholicism's manmade traditions and Biblical Christianity.
The devil is a master deceiver and knows that he must corrupt the truth if he is to deceive the masses. Satan will NOT come to us in a direct lie, he always changes the truth. Satan begins with the TRUTH and then starts changing it into a lie. When the devil wants to create a false religion, he simply starts with Christianity as a template and then changes a little here and there until it is corrupted.
EVERY false religion has elements of truth within it. The Satanic Jehovah's Witnesses have some good articles and TRUTHS within their religion, yet they teach damnable heresies that curse people to hell's destruction. My point is that Satanic lies are always found amongst truth! This is deliberate, just the way Satan wants it. The Bible is our ONLY hope, a lamp unto our feet in this dark miserable world of wickedness.
Infant Baptism Exposed
Damnable Lutheran Doctrines
The Truth About Martin Luther
Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Ecumenical Protestants Praise Mary
Martin Luther was a Mary Worshipper
What's Wrong With The Lutheran Religion?
Who Can Forgive Sins? (by Dr. Max D. Younce, Th.D.)
Martin Luther — Master Of Deceit
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