The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation

"You Impious and Sensate Papist!"

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Dwight K. Nelson

Since 1983, Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the “New Perceptions” telecast, teaches at the theological seminary and has written some books, including The Chosen. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two married children and 2 granddaughters.

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"The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation:
'You Impious and Sensate Papist!'"

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  • The Reformer
    • December 10, 1520
    • Luther Against the Execrable Bull of Antichrist: "Peter said that you should give a reason for the faith that is in you, but this bull condemns me from its own word without any proof from Scripture, whereas I back up all my assertions from the Bible. I ask thee, ignorant Antichrist, dost thou think that with thy naked words thou canst prevail against the armor of Scripture?... O meticulous ignorance!... you impious and insensate [comatose] papist.... [A]s they excommunicated me... so I excommunicate them in the name of the sacred truth of God. Christ will judge whose excommunication will stand. Amen.” (Roland Bainton Here I Stand: A Life of Luther 125-126)
    • Luther: "Since they have burned my books, I burn theirs. The canon law was included because it makes the pope a god on earth. So far I have merely fooled with this business of the pope. All my articles condemned by Antichrist are Christian. Seldom has the pope overcome anyone with Scripture and with reason." (Bainton 128)
    • James Kittelson: "This focus on Christ could give even the most tormented soul absolute assurance. Where was the release from accusations of conscience or God’s law? 'Nowhere save from Christ and in Christ. For if some complaint should be registered against a heart that believes in Christ, and testify against it concerning some evil deed, then the heart turns itself away, and turns to Christ, and says, "But he made satisfaction. He is the righteous one, and this is my defense. He died for me, he made his righteousness mine and made my sin his own; and if he made my sin his own, then I do not have it, and I am free."'" (Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career 95)

 

  • The Reformation
    • The Five Sola’s: Solus Christus—"Christ alone"  Sola fide­­—"faith alone"  Sola gratia—"grace alone" Sola scriptura—"Scripture alone" and Soli Deo gloria—"glory of God alone"
    • L. E. Froom: "Luther’s break with Rome was a spectacle equaling, if not surpassing, in moral sublimity any other scene unfolded in the Christian Era.... [I]t was evident that nothing in this old world is more powerful than a prophetic truth whose time has come. It has impelling force and power within it. Thus it was with the Reformation, which was really born of a twofold discovery—first, the rediscovery of and His salvation; and second, the discovery of the identity of and his subversions." (Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers 2:243)
    • Martin Luther’s understanding of Bible prophecy:
      • 1 John 2:18, 22—The Antichrist (GK: " Christ") is coming.
      • 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4—The man of lawlessness/the man of sin will assert himself to be on earth.
      • Daniel 7:25—The "little horn" power of Daniel 7 will speak against the , persecute the saints and change times and laws.
      • Revelation 13:3ff—Luther identified the beast of Revelation 13, the fallen woman in Revelation 17 and Babylon in Revelation 18 with the .
      • Not only Martin Luther, but subsequently William Tyndale, John Calvin, John Knox, John Wesley and a host of other lesser known Reformers saw in Rome the coming of the as prophesied in Scripture. (L. E. Froom 2:528-531)
    • "From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation    in 2017":
      • "1. In 2017, Lutheran and Catholic Christians will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. Lutherans and Catholics today enjoy a growth in mutual understanding, cooperation, and respect. They have come to acknowledge that unites than divides them: above all, common faith in the Triune God and the revelation in Jesus Christ, as well as recognition of the basic truths of the doctrine of justification.” (http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/lutheran-...)
      • "16. What happened in the past cannot be changed, but what is remembered of the past and how it is remembered can, with the passage of time, indeed change. Remembrance makes the past present. While the past itself is unalterable, the presence of the past in the present is alterable. In view of 2017, the point is not to tell a different history, but to tell that history ."
    • John 17:17—"Sanctify them by Your truth; Your word is truth."
    • Pew Research Center:
      • About half of U.S. Protestants (%) say both good deeds and faith in God are needed to get into heaven, a historically Catholic position. The other half (%) say that faith alone is needed to attain salvation.
      • U.S. Protestants also are split on another issue that played a key role in the Reformation: (%) say the Bible provides all the religious guidance Christians need, a traditionally Protestant belief known as sola scriptura. But (%) say Christians should look for guidance from church teachings and traditions as well as from the Bible, the position held by the Catholic Church.
      • Just (%) of all U.S. Protestants affirm both sola fide and sola scriptura. (http://www.pewforum.org/2017/08/31/after-500-years-reformation-era-divis...)
    •  Ellen White: "The Roman Church now presents a fair front to the world, covering with apologies her record of horrible cruelties. She has clothed herself in Christlike garments; but she is . Every principle of the papacy that existed in past ages exists today. The doctrines devised in the darkest ages are still held. Let none deceive themselves. The papacy that Protestants are now so ready to honor is the same that ruled the world in the days of the Reformation, when men of God stood up, at the peril of their lives, to expose her iniquity.... There has been a change; but the change is not in the papacy. Catholicism indeed resembles much of the Protestantism that now exists, because Protestantism has so greatly degenerated since the days of the Reformers.” (The Great Controversy 571)
    • "The Reformation did not, as many suppose, end with Luther. It is to be continued to the close of this world’s history." (148)
      • "There was a present truth in the days of Luther—a truth at that time of special importance; there is a present truth for the church today." (143)
      • "Those who present the truth for this time should not expect to be received with greater favor than were earlier reformers. The great controversy between truth and error, between Christ and Satan, is to increase in intensity to the close of this world’s history." (144)

Anybody left after Martin to take a stand one more time?

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PMC Traffic Team Volunteers Needed

The Pioneer Traffic Team is in need of volunteers to commit one Sabbath a month to help with the flow of traffic during Sabbath services. If interested or for more information, call or text (732) 379-1300.
 

RMES Kindergarten Parent Night and Visitor's Day

Kindergarten Parent Night at RMES
Come meet Mrs. Curnutt and check out the developmental, hands-on program. Get a $50 coupon for tuition credit. Enjoy refreshments & meet other parents.

April 2, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Ruth Murdoch Elementary School
 

Kindergarten Visitor's Day at RMES
There will be singing & worship, crafts & stories, P.E. & music classes, play in some of 20+ centers and have outdoor play time.

April 3, 8:15 - 11:30 AM
Location: Ruth Murdoch Elementary School

Call (269) 471-3225 to register.

Seeking a Volunteer

We need an individual willing to volunteer 8-10 hours per week to keep the WIN! Wellness web site updated.  If you are interested or need to ask questions, please contact Candice at the email provided. Please make application to John Youngberg and Candice Hollingsead at the following email address. Tell us why you are interested and what skills you can bring to the task.

Contact: Candice Hollingsead - cchollingsead@gmail.com

PMC Youth Missions Lebanon

On Wednesday (March 13), the 26-member youth missions team flew to Beirut, Lebanon for missions and ministry. The team will conduct the week of spiritual emphasis at Middle East University and the local Adventist elementary school and academy. These schools have a minority Adventist population. Our mission team includes 16 physical therapy students and clinicians led by Kim Ferreira, chair of the Physical Therapy department, who will be partnering with a medical clinic for Syrian and Iraqi refugees and the local population. As special aspect of the mission will be partnering with John Bradshaw and the It Is Written team conducting evangelistic meetings. Thank you for your support of PMC Youth Missions and we solicit your fervent prayers for God to do a mighty work in this challenging mission field. For further information contact the mission team director, Glenn Russell.

Contact: Glenn Russell - glenn@andrews.edu

Volunteers Needed at Neighbor to Neighbor

Now that N2N (neighbor to neighbor) thrift store is now open every Wednesday, we need more volunteers!
We need volunteers in the following areas: cashier, sorting clothes, general organizing, praying with customers (Spanish and English speaking volunteers needed), unloading donations, sorting donations, restocking shelves & clothing racks, vacuuming, dusting, food shelving and more! Pray for us and please consider volunteering at neighbor to neighbor thrift store and client services Monday through Thursday any time between 9-5.

Family Life Game Night

The evening of March 9 had no lack of options for activities and entertainment around the campus and community, yet the Family Life Committee hosted a good crowd for a Game Night in the Commons. The evening began with Pastor Ben sharing the importance of gathering together not only as literal families, but also as a church family. In a church our size, not only is it a blessing to get to know the people we worship with week after week, but it's important to our cohesiveness and connection to each other in Jesus. While Pastor Ben was talking with us, his son, Arlo, ran up to him to be picked up as if to emphasize the point his daddy was making. It's good to be with family, whether we're family by blood, family by choice, or family through Christ.

After sundown, out came an incredibly wide variety of games: Clue Jr., Yahtzee, Journey to Egypt, Bible Bingo, Rummikub, Scattergories, Connect 4, and even a game called "Farkle", to name just a few. Kids also burned off energy by playing Hide & Seek and Tag. Everyone had plenty of snacks & beverages to keep their energy up during their grueling matches. Laughter, groans, cheers, and a lot of good conversation went on until the last call for snacks was announced. Clean-up was quick & easy thanks to those who stayed behind to help pick up food, wash and dry dishes, wipe down and put away tables and chairs, vacuum, sweep, and empty trash before locking up for the evening. Watch for future events from your Family Life Committee!

N2N (Neighbor to Neighbor) Thrift Store will now be open EVERY Wednesday

N2N (Neighbor to Neighbor) Thrift Store will now be open EVERY Wednesday beginning in March. March 6 we will still have 50% off for the first Wednesday of the month as before. The following Wednesdays, each week will feature a different Wednesday FLASH SALE yet to be determined. N2N Thrift store is open to the public and hours are Tuesday, WEDNESDAY, and Thursday 10am-6pm. N2N Client Services hours are Tuesday, and Thursday 10am-3pm. We are located across from the Berrien County Youth Fair near Apple Valley in Berrien Springs.

Equipping Missionaries to Cuba

After 60 years of strict communist rule, the doors have opened to equip Cuban pastors and Bible workers with crucial resources like technology, transportation, and ministry materials. Help today by adopting a project like a computer, a smartphone, a bike, or tablet. In addition, we are also conducting a special musical instrument drive. Bring these items to the church and visit www.CareforCuba.org to donate online. Your donation of any amount is 100% tax deductible. For more info mdivstudytour@andrews.edu.

Resolve to Be Healthier This New Year!

PMC Health Ministries offers free co-ed exercise classes for anyone 18+ years old:

ToBoFit (Total Body Fitness)
Tuesday & Thursday • 5:00-5:50 PM
Lamson Hall Health Club Aerobics Room

H2OFit
Monday & Wednesday • 7:30-8:15 AM
AU Beaty Pool (free admission to class members)

Tai Chi
Wednesday • 4:30 - 5:00 PM
James White Library (begins mid-Jan.)

Check www.healthtent.org for updates.

Ways to Help Children and Youth in Benton Harbor
  1. Pray for the children, youth, their parents, teachers, and the leaders in the Sabbath School classes.
  2. Order Rada Cutlery and Gifts- Affordable and durable. Proceeds go directly to Harbor of Hope. www.radafundraising.com/?rfsn=1862551.e0e1d5
  3. To help and support children and youth of Harbor of Hope contact: Terry Trecartin at fundraising4hoh@gmail.com or 423-645-5684, 2601 Pixley Ave. Saint Joseph, MI 49085.