Across the world, Protestant and Catholic Christians are honoring the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, initiated by the Germany monk, Martin Luther. Luther also composed, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”. His arguments challenged his time’s religious establishment, the status quo, the theology and hierarchy of the Catholic Church, the “middle man” who had positioned itself as gatekeeper to God. The Church required humanity to pass through its narrow gate, teaching they must earn access to Christ through good works as defined by the Church. Luther pointed out otherwise.
I’m not so sure that much of today’s Protestant Church, since its cleansing of human additives, hasn’t steadily morphed and currently harbors as much corruption as the Catholic institution Luther abhorred 500 years ago.
Is it not common to see increasing numbers of individuals, churches, and percentages of denominations present themselves as gatekeepers to God? Do they not require of humanity that they conform to their theologies, politics, and values in order to access God?
While all the while there has always been, and continues to be an unattended gate for any and all to pass through if they so desire …
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. Matthew 7:13
Words of Jesus: All who came before Me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate, if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.… John 10:8-10
Luther’s rebellion against the Catholic Church of the time had a lasting impact — it altered the course of history. Time will tell what will become of the current Church.
Just because something is being done, even by a vast majority, doesn’t mean it should be done.
All you Martin Luthers out there who have the courage and wisdom to challenge corruption in The Church, bring it on. We need you.
Music credit: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Words and Music by Martin Luther.Additional Words and Music by Matt Boswell. Performed by Matt Boswell On “Messenger Hymns, Vol. 2”