Note to James Swan of the BeggarsAllReformation blog who attempts to defend Martin Luther from a Reformed viewpoint: Learn from this Luther, the Martin Luther presented by C.F.W. Walther (The American Luther) and you will learn how to truly defend Luther... against not only the Romanists, but also the sects. Which of the following do you subscribe to now... who are those you highly regard among the sects?:
Walter Martin († 1989), Donald Grey Barnhouse († 1989), R.C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, James Montgomery Boice († 2000), Carl F. H. Henry († 2003), D. James Kennedy, Norman Geisler, Henry M. Morris († 2006), John F. MacArthur, Ken Ham, James Dobson, and others from the signers of the "Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy", and The International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI). I scoured your Christian Book Distributors (CBD) catalogs and your Christian book stores. I listened to your Christian Radio. ...
Underlining follows Walther's emphasis in original. Hypertext links have been copiously added for reference to original sources and on several subjects. Highlighting is mine.
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A rather famous popular song, My Sweet Lord, was written by George Harrison of the Beatles that speaks to the point that Luther makes of the followers of fanatics and enthusiasts... of those who seek God apart from the Way (John 14:6) that He has given. I remember the words of Harrison's song quite well and thinking how I (back then) agreed with the plea of George Harrison, that I wanted to "see" and "know" the Lord. It seems that Steve Jobs followed the same path. But Luther says:
...these people also grope for God and would like first to feel and surely have Him, so that He does not escape from them.Luther had already countered the false teachers, the enthusiasts, earlier when he said:
The second characteristic of faith is that it does not desire to know, nor first to be assured whether [a person] is worthy of grace and will be heard, like the doubters do...There are some credible reports that George Harrison went back to the Way ("traditional Christianity"), the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6)... especially when it was mentioned that he "quoted scripture". What did Luther remind us about how to find God? By
His Word, there you shall meet, hear, and see Him, and that there is neither wrath nor displeasure there...Maybe someone will want to deny that George Harrison returned to Christianity with all the evidence from his earlier life espousing Eastern religions. Well then, I can show you a noted LC-MS seminary professor from Fort Wayne, Indiana who publicly wrote that "salvation by grace is not unknown in Hinduism".
In the next Part 19...