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  1. For the record, I really don't need to study the garbage you are currently swallowing. I know the whole Hebrew Roots thing way better than you may assume, and yes, I think Hebrew Roots teachers are frauds. When you've been around as long as I have, you soon figure it out. My relatives in Israel (yes, I have relatives in Israel) also think they are frauds. Two of my family (my father and I) are both converts from Judaism, and we both think they are frauds. My Jewish family thinks they are frauds. Why? Here's why: few of them are actually Jewish, and they get their Judaism from Rabbi Google, which ain't kosher. Secondly, they always have something to sell. Thirdly, they always have attack the Body of Christ, because the only thing standing in the way of their fame and "ministry" is Christ and His Church of 2000+ years. They have no respect for the people that wrote, preserved, translated and died for the Bible they now misquote. GET BETTER TEACHERS.
  2. Good words. I usually don't go down the "Jewish bankers" path because I don't know much about that side of it- other than it is the most cited reason behind Luther's rant. But I would add that apparently Luther wanted the government to set up a kind of public purse, and the Elector of Saxony approached the banks to lower the usury rate to help the poor, and they refused. That certainly would have negatively influenced the scenario.
  3. You've got to be joking. The whole world is anti-semitic. Hitler used Luther as a convenient tool on an complicit populace who were already prejudiced against the Jews. If you think Luther was the first German anti-semite, or the most influential, then you've got a lot to learn about European history. The foundation for Hitler's holocaust happened way before Luther was born. In fact, a lot of Jews I know blame the Apostles. Some state that Jesus turned John into a self-hating Jew, as John is clearly the most "anti-semitic". Or perhaps the Prophet Ezekiel- his words against Israel- in particular Jerusalem- are pretty rough. Just face it, anti-semitism is part of world history, and Luther was born into it. Did you seriously just link to Bereans Online??? Those people are meshuggah (crazy)! They claim to be hasidic and to have a Torah understanding of Orthodox Judaism- yet they are also Calvinist. That's absolutely ludicrous. They wouldn't know frum if they had shabbos with the Satmar Rebbe. (translation: they wouldn't know Torah observant hasidic/orthodox Judaism if they had a Friday night dinner with the chief rabbi of the Satmar sect) No one believes in Replacement theology as taught by Hebrew Roots bozos. They've invented a red herring and straw-man theology used to entice people to leave Christianity and their own Christian roots.
  4. Oh Please...not this half-truth again. I am a convert from Orthodox Judaism, and a Lutheran Pastor. Thus, I think I am a bit of an expert on this very topic, as I had to struggle with it for a long time. For a start, let me fill you in on a little secret- find me just ONE Christian teacher from the 16th C who was especially kind to the Jews or Judaism. Just one. OK, let me save you some time, there aren't any, other than one- Martin Luther. Luther was a man of his time, born into a Church that had no love for the Jews or Judaism- and he actually wrote works in praise of the Jews! Bet your "Hebrew Roots" teacher didn't tell you that one, did he/she? Yes, go and search for a copy of "Jesus was born a Jew" and you'll soon see that it goes against the grain of every other Christian teacher of that time. Luther was bold enough to praise the Jewishness of Jesus at a time when the Church was still praying anti-semitic prayers every Easter Vigil. Did you know Luther was good friends with the Jews in his neighborhood? He discussed Hebrew with them too. His works are filled with praise for their language and culture, but not their doctrine. But as time went on, things changed for Luther. Conflict with the Emperor and the Catholics heated up the political and religious landscape. This led to an incident that few know about. Enter Anton Margaritha- son of a rabbi and Jewish convert to the Evangelical (Lutheran) faith. He writes the infamous book Der gantze Jüdisch Glaub (The Whole Jewish Belief) in which he pretty much calls out the Jewish religion as blasphemous and anti-Christian. He sent a copy to Luther and I believe it's pretty clear that it influenced Luther (this is what happens when converts play the "I can teach you about Judaism and the Bible because I'm Jewish card" on Christians but really know nothing about Judaism themselves- I'm looking at you, TorahResource, First Fruits of Zion etc). So, a Jewish convert led Martin Luther astray regarding the Jews. However, the Jews didn't put up with this slander and managed to get Margaritha thrown in jail and eventually exiled from the Kingdom. It's most likely Luther saw this as a further attack on the Reformation by both the Jews and the Romans and the result is "The Jews and their lies"- the retaliation of an aging and war-weary Luther. It's a complete 180 backflip on the earlier works of Luther. It is largely against the Jewish religion, but is clearly out-of-line and unsanctified when it comes to the Jewish people. It is clearly anti-semitic on certain points. However- it's not his last word on the Jews. I bet your Hebrew Roots teachers aren't telling you that either. In Luther's last sermon, he pleaded with Christians to treat the Jews with Christian charity (be careful to find the correct translation of this if you are going to try to find it- there's lots of apocryphal stuff out there). It was clear that God was not finished with Luther's heart, and that is something every person should desire. But I will say this - Lutherans do not follow Martin Luther. Our Confessions are penned by many authors, and the source is the Holy Bible. Plus, Lutheran doctrine seeks to be that of the first Christians, but this claim is backed up, not left as a mere assertion. We back up our claims. On the other hand, Hebrew roots teachers are false teachers. They claim to be like the first Christians, yet the evidence clearly demonstrates that they are in fact like the first heretics. They are confused about the mitzvahs (mitzvot- laws) of Israel, they are confused about both the Old and the New Testaments and they are guilty of making light of God's holy word by their over-the-top "Hebraic" cosplay. They seek an authority to teach that they have not received. This is sinful.
  5. Then the matter is settled. Maybe this is why Starbucks is not being blessed. They've nearly closed every store in Australia.
  6. We believe that baptism is God's work, not ours. Thus never fails and is always valid. It's power is in the Word, which is where we are told the Spirit works. If you agreed to that, would you now have any regrets about having yourself re-baptized? Just curious.
  7. This is a "Lutheran" reaction to Rome's declaration in Nostra Aetate that people can be still be saved by Christ through a different covenant than the Christian one. Just garbage.
  8. Well, Starbucks turn people away for voting Trump now. Looks like the question is not whether we boycott SBs but whether they boycott others.
  9. The Reformers believed it is ok to do business with sinners and heretics. I'd find some references but I just don't have the time right now.
  10. a) I'm sick of new translations. It's a money making racket, contributing to the demise of the English language and mental dullness of the modern Christian. b) As no translation is perfect, the ESV remaining as it is is fine by me.
  11. Regarding Luther's commentary on Rom. 1:16-17, one should tackle his Preface to his commentary on Romans first: http://www.christianity.com/bible/co...=luth&b=45&c=1 This will give the background to his specific comments on those verses. It's a classic read.
  12. I have a few comments about this. First of all, Scriptural ignorance. While I know that every Roman Catholic apologist will jump up and down in protest that the Church read the scriptures during the Medieval era, I believe that while scripture was read in churches every mass, far too often it fell of deaf ears, as Latin was not the language of the people. Likewise, to disagree with the hierarchy on doctrine- scriptural or not- was often punishable by death. So scriptural ignorance certainly is the fertile soil of heresy. Certainly there were scholars who knew the scriptures and kept the faith alive in those times, but sheer numbers against them brought the church to needing a reform and return to paleo-orthodoxy. There's a lot more on this point we could add. Secondly, the marriage of Church and State. Never works. For a person to become a bishop or Pope in the church most often one had to have the right political connections and pedigree, and even money. Knowledge of Christian doctrine was sometimes not even a factor. This clearly is the worldly way of seeking power and not way of the ministry of Christ. This not only contributes to ignorance of the scriptures, it compiles it. If your local archbishop got his title when he was a teenager by way of a generous "gift" to the church (it happened) and not after decades of study of the word and service to God's people, then it should be no wonder that all those appointed under him to positions within the church are clueless political animals and not preachers of the Gospel. Where there is no word, there is no life. It is no coincidence that the true Reformers of the Church were all humble clerics and scholars. There were people who understood justification before the Reformation, but they were hidden and burdened under a pile of politics, the love of money, false doctrines, false traditions and under threat of death if they made too big a deal out of it.
  13. Actually, I really enjoyed that film. The earlier movie on Luther (the 1953 one starring Niall MacGinnis) was also excellent, with some good doctrinal comments within. Here's a link:
  14. I'm not sure which church Kalendar you use, but on Reformation Sunday I like to preach on on Luther and Sola Fide and what needs reforming in Christendom today. I will cover the other key points up until Advent as best I can.
  15. Hey Thanks William for that excellent summary of Calvin's position!
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