Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 7)

We return to Luther’s sixth sermon following his sojourn in the Wartburg Castle. In this sermon he addresses the reception of the sacrament. How should we receive the sacrament (Lord’s Supper)? ‘It is very necessary here that your hearts and consciences be well instructed and that you make a big distinction between outward reception and … Continue reading Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 7)

Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 6)

In Luther's 5th sermon he begins to pick apart the incredible hypocrisy and contradictions of the papal man-made laws. For instance, he writes, 'You have heard how I preached against the foolish law of the pope and opposed his precept, that no woman shall wash the altar linen on which the body of Christ has … Continue reading Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 6)

Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 5)

In the fourth sermon that Luther preached, he addressed the use of images and the eating of meats. Taking a slightly different tact to what the later Reformed churches would, Luther writes, 'On the subject of images, in particular, we saw that they ought to be abolished when they are worshipped; otherwise not,—although because of … Continue reading Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 5)

Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 4)

As a pastor returning to the mess that Karlstadt had begun - in trying to bring revolution - Luther explains the method he uses to decide whether something is to be considered 'free' or a 'must'. Remember this is Luther's third sermon having returned from Wittenberg from isolation in Wartburg Castle (although he probably didn't … Continue reading Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 4)

Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 3)

Luther begins his second sermon with a summary of his sermon from the day before: ‘Dear friends, you heard yesterday the chief characteristics of a Christian man, that his whole life and being is faith and love. Faith is directed toward God, love toward man and one’s neighbor, and consists in such love and service … Continue reading Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 3)

Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 2)

Luther has come back from isolation in Wartburg to a congregation and city that has in many ways revolted against the Roman Church but they have done the right thing, in the wrong way. Luther continues his first sermon, ‘And here, dear friends, one must not insist upon his rights, but must see what may … Continue reading Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 2)

Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Introduction)

Following the Diet of Worms in April 1521, Luther was confined to the walls of Wartburg Castle - for his own safety - and in his absence radical changes were being made in Wittenberg by Andreas von Karlstadt. It seems statues were being destroyed, monks and nuns were being forced to marry and physical violence … Continue reading Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Introduction)