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Deformed Lutheranism and Unreformed Rome
Commemorating the Reformation Together

Rev. Angus Stewart

published in the Belfast News Letter, 29 January, 2016


The title of an article in the News Letter (23 January, 2016) on the joint Lutheran and Roman Catholic "commemoration" of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 requires the change of the first letter of its first word. Instead of "Reformation brings churches together," it is the "deformation" of Lutheranism that unites them with Rome in common prayers.

Rome still holds the theology against which Martin Luther thundered—indulgences, purgatory, the papacy, prayers to the saints, Mariolatry, the mass, etc. Salvation is by faith and human merit, according to Rome, with man's will (not God's) being the decisive factor, so that, without a direct, divine revelation, no one can be sure of their salvation for true children of God can fall away and perish!

But for Martin Luther and historic Lutheranism, justification is by faith alone in Christ alone through grace alone to the glory of God alone according to Scripture alone. Yet most of modern Lutheranism has rejected the Spirit of the Lord for the spirit of the age, and jettisoned its biblical and confessional teaching regarding God's Word, creation, marriage, original sin, the sole mediation of Jesus Christ, salvation, the true and the false church, etc.

Some 500 years after Luther's gospel breakthrough, deformed Lutheranism commemorates the Reformation it no longer believes, along with unreformed Rome which sought to kill the Reformer and desires to end the Reformation!

Martin Luther on the Roman Church

"Since the papal church not only neglects the command of Christ but even compels the people to ignore it and to act against it, it is certain that it is not Christ’s church but the synagogue of Satan which prescribes sin and prohibits righteousness. It clearly and indisputably follows that it must be the abomination of Antichrist and the furious harlot of the devil."

"What kind of a church is the pope’s church? It is an uncertain, vacillating and tottering church. Indeed, it is a deceitful, lying church, doubting and unbelieving, without God’s Word. For the pope with his wrong keys teaches his church to doubt and to be uncertain. If it is a vacillating church, then it is not the church of faith, for the latter is founded upon a rock, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it (Matt.16:18). If it is not the church of faith, then it is not the Christian church, but it must be an unchristian, anti-Christian, and faithless church which destroys and ruins the real, holy, Christian church."