Anyone want to help me think this through? I have friends so hostile to Martin Luther it might be impossible.
I have read a lot about Martin Luther, but I’ve only read a little by Martin Luther. Almost everything I’ve read has been from the 7 or 8-volume series of his Complete Sermons.
Here is my debate proposal. Like a high school debate team’s proposal, I am proposing it not because I have one side or the other, but because I am hoping to discuss it. If you have friends that would care to give their input, please invite them.
1. that Martin Luther rejected only the good works that he described as “monkery” (prescribed by monasteries)
2. that Martin Luther would have rejected the doctrine of eternal security
3. that Martin Luther required good works to prove a person was a Christian
I will tell you in advance that this is not a bizarre proposal. I can find, and am collecting, a number of quotes to back up these proposals. I suspect, however, that he contradicted himself on these subjects. Anyone care to take up one side or the other?
1. We discuss this in the comments, and I will pull pertinent comments for ongoing posts to keep the discussion going.
2. I give someone, or maybe two or more someones, the opportunity to debate this on the blog. I cannot take the negative side because it requires too broad a familiarity with Luther’s writings, though I hope to increase my knowledge through this debate. I could do an acceptable job on the pro side if I can’t find someone to do it better.
3. I’m going to try a Reformed blogger to take the negative side if one of my readers does not volunteer.