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This revolution reverberated through the last years and will continue to do so for many centuries to come.
Luther wrote on a host of issues, but particular to his concerns, was a hunger to recover proper worship in the Church. The Luther-revolution began as he opened his Bible and examined the practices of the Church in light of scriptural teaching.
Furthermore, The German Reformer observed that the Eucharist was also misunderstood. Fixed in the Aristotelian  philosophy of the day, the medieval church contended that at the moment of consecration the bread and the wine change in substance becoming the body and blood of Christ.
The right hand of God, however, is everywhere…. He asserts that in baptism the divine promise of salvation is given.
Luther believed that baptism cannot be separated from faith. Indeed the only sin that can undo the grace of baptism is the sin of unbelief. Interestingly, though Luther speaks dogmatically on many of these issues, there are questions where Luther seems silent.
This forms the sacramental triad for Luther; that is, the acceptable sacraments of the Church. Luther believed in the validity of penance as a sacrament, as long as it is acted in faith.
It is not so much that Luther denies their practice as rites of the church, but he rejects that they are sacraments instituted by Scriptures.
As Luther himself defines: To constitute a sacrament we require in the very first place a word of promise, on which faith may exercise itself. There is no promise of grace—in its divine efficacious sense—  for a man who takes a wife.
Further, a sacrament is something distinctly reserved for the Church. And since unbelievers partake of the gift of marriage there remains no reason to see matrimony as a sacrament. The church was captive to another supposed sacrament, namely, concerning orders. Luther makes his point rather quickly in the first line: Holy orders, like many other rites, have no promises attached to them and thus are not to be considered a sacrament.
Luther grounds his rejection of orders on the basis of theology and the consistent voice of the church. Practices that do not comport with the biblical agenda are to be rejected.
At this period, the Reformer had already received the strong condemnation of the church. The captivity of the church stemmed from captivity to a relatively recent tradition; innovations not grounded in ancient sources ad fontes.
One could say that Luther attempted to give sight to the blind and make the lame to walk. Alas, the medieval church chose blindness and biblical paralysis. For Luther, the sacraments needed to be exercised by faith and experienced by faith and that faith is a gift from God, not of works lest any man should boast.
Matters  On the Babylonian Captivity.The Babylonian Captivity of the Church – Martin Luther MARTIN LUTHER, FIRST PRINCIPLES OF THE REFORMATION, OR THE 95 THESES AND THE THREE PRIMARY WORKS OF DR.
MARTIN LUTHER () ON THE BABYLONISH CAPTIVITY OF THE CHURCH. Martin Luther was born on 10 November in Eisleben. His father was a copper miner. Luther studied at the University of Erfurt and in decided to join a monastic order, becoming an.
The Trinity Foundation attempts to bring the clearest and most accurate explanation of the Bible. It was also known as the Church of England.
This began in about This religion believes that the English monarch is the head of the church, salvation by faith alone, bible is the sole source of revealed truth, worship based on ritual and preaching, and believers interpret the Bible using tradition and reason.
The Fallacious Arguments of Neo-Universalists by Sandy Simpson This DVD is a message based on this article..
The new Universalists are not as vocal about their Universalism ideas but are far more deadly to the Church as they are not rejected like classic Universalists were decades ago.
Jun 01, · He attacks the sacramental system of the Roman Church, by which she accompanies and controls the life of the Christian from the cradle to the grave, and brings every important act and event under the power of the priest.
This system he represents as a .