Protestant Reformation Study Guide

• Romanism and the Reformation by H. Grattan Guinness

🏁 (essential) ✔ ✔ (intermediate)

“The Reformation of the sixteenth century, which gave birth to Protestantism, was based on Scripture. It gave back to the world the Bible. It taught the Scriptures; it exposed the errors and corruptions of Rome by the use of the sword of the Spirit… We have suffered prophetic anti-papal truth to be too much forgotten. This generation is dangerously… indifferent to truth and error on points on which Scripture is tremendously decided and absolutely clear.

• Discourses on Romanism and the Reformation by Emanuel Greenwald

🏁 (essential) ✔ (primer)

Rev. Greenwald gave these talks in response to an incendiary series of Jesuit lectures given in Lancaster, PA which were sharply critical of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. This primer is an excellent answer to Pope Francis’s 2015 claim, “The Reformation is Over.”

• Sermon: “John’s Vision Of The Reformation. Rev. 14:6-11. For Reformation Sunday.” in The Great Gospel by Simon Peter Long

✔ (primer)

Is Martin Luther found in the Book of Revelation?

“It was necessary in that day that the true worship of God should be restored… The real truth is that the people had lost their Savior; they had lost the Bible; they had lost true worship; they were living amid the fruits of the Dark Ages, and had found another taking the place of Jesus Christ. Oh, before those Dark Ages, the messenger of God tells John, there is one coming who shall proclaim the everlasting Gospel again. What is the Gospel? I never could find a better definition than I found in Luther’s catechism:

“The Gospel is the glad tidings that Jesus Christ has come into the world to save sinners, and through faith to make them forever blessed.”

• First Principles Of The Reformation – The Three Primary Works Of Luther And The 95 Theses by Henry Wace and C. A. Buchheim

🏁 (essential) ✔ ✔ (intermediate)

‘Luther writes with “…astonishing vigor, frankness, humor, good sense, and…intense moral indignation… So tremendous an indictment…could hardly be paralleled in literature.’ — from the Introduction.

Address to the Nobility of the German Nation

“Luther’s central assertion,” says Wace, is that, “the functions of the clergy are simply ministerial (exercising) on behalf of all, powers which all virtually possess.”

In the section, The Three Walls of the Romanists Luther uses Scripture and logic to destroy the three barriers the Roman Catholic Church erects against any opposition. These are:

  • 1 Temporal power has no jurisdiction over spirituality
  • 2 No one may interpret the Scriptures but the Pope
  • 3 No one can call a Council but the Pope

Concerning Christian Liberty

Luther’s “peace offering” to Pope Leo X is a working out in the life of a person Justified by Faith.

On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church

To Luther, the freedom granted through faith is bounded by the Word. Here he applies this principle to the seven sacraments recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. The result is a rejection of all but Baptism and the Lord’s Supper which hold to the Biblical conditions of (1) visible sign, (2) instituted by Jesus Christ, and (3) marking a Divine promise.

• Little Journeys With Martin Luther by William Harley

✔ (primer)

“The series of strange events which I mean to record here, if so be God grant the needful time and strength, began in the city of Washington in the Year of Our Lord 1898. It was Lord’s day evening and I was sauntering towards Thomas Circle, near which the Luther Memorial Church is located. As you no doubt know, a bronze statue of Martin Luther stands in front of this edifice. That statue has a deal to do with my story. But I must not anticipate: I will speak of that at the proper time and place.”

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