N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

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SPEAKING OUT

Most clergy are hesitant to take on those who are in a higher position than themselves.  This was not the case with the Great Reformers of the Protestant Reformation.  Many of them were burned at the stake for opposing the hierarchy of the church. One of these reformers was Martin Luther.

Martin Luther posts the 99 thesis

The German theologian Martin Luther lived from the end of the 15th through the middle of the 16th century. He is most well-known for his 95 Theses, which he famously nailed to a church door to officially announce his philosophical separation from the church. He called for reform in the practices of the church itself, but even more so, in the ways that people thought about their relationship with God. Luther caused a great divide among believers of Christian Europe, and his words have rippled through history in unforeseen ways. Today, there are over 80 million Lutherans around the world and over a billion Christian Protestants, all because of Martin Luther’s influence.


Recently, a Catholic friend of mine sent to me an amazing video of the sermon given by Fr. James Altman of LaCrosse, WI

St James the less in La Crosse WI

It is rare to have a Roman Catholic speak out against the words of an Archbishop.

Yet, this young man may be the one to lead the way among Christian groups, whether Catholic or not, to speak up for right and wrong according to the Holy Scriptures.  He uses what we know best…the Ten Commandments to address to his congregation (and now the world) God’s message to this age in which we live.

Priest at St. James the Less in La Cross WI

Fr. James Altman preaches about the riots sweeping the nation and comments on Archbishop Wilton Gregory. It takes courage to speak out when public sentiment is against such speech. The rule of mobs and the potential for persecution or even death does not give many the “guts” to proceed.

 

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Whether you are a Catholic, Episcopalian, as I am, a Baptist, Pentecostal or any other denomination of the Christian faith, hear this message from a courageous priest. Perhaps there will be other Christian leaders who will lend their voices to his. As people of this nation and the world, we could use another Great Reforming.

For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

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Turn up your sound and enlarge the screen. (Be certain to push the red line back to the beginning if it is already moved forward.)

 

 

 

 

 


One Solitary Monk “Here I stand…”

From time to time, one finds a series of videos that speak to the heart.  The bravery of certain men or women is remarkable.  They have lived  fearlessly, making their lives mean more than one can calculate to the centuries that continue after their death. 

  All of us  would like to think that our life is that important.  Only history tells us of those  followers who came after our Saviour, Jesus Christ…to make a difference for Him and those who believe in  Him…to actually change the course of history.   One of these people was Martin Luther.

  A little history:   As Martin Luther, a German  priest in  the Roman Catholic Church, stood before his accusers at the Diet of Worms, he refused to recant of the charges against him.

He was challenging the powerful Christian  Church  and the Pope of Rome  that certain of  their doctrines  and practices were wrong, according to the Holy Scriptures.

He believed to receive salvation and forgiveness of sin, one need only to open one’s heart..and receive the Gift.  Salvation or forgiveness cannot be bought. It is between  you and God.

After posting his thoughts upon the door of the Church, he  said to his accusers,  “Here I stand.  I can do no other.  God help me.   Amen”

This priest brought to Christians world-wide  a personal and institutional freedom.  He brought liberty of conscience.   His famous 95 Thesis, which criticised the selling of indulgences for forgiveness of sins and other faults of the Church, became the revolutionary manifesto of the Christian faith. 

The invention of the Guttenberg printing press was the vehicle that carried this message to the German people of the day.   Rome had a name for one such as Martin Luther…a heritic…and heritics died.

To the right of this screen, I have included a series of six videos for you to watch at your leisure.  Take each video and ask yourself what this part of  Luther’s life means to you.  I think God will reveal something special to you.      These videos are beautifully researched and  each is a fascinating look at the life of one solitary monk and his contribution to the Christian faith as we know it today.

Go to the right of the screen and click on the the videos as numbered.

  For best viewing, click on screen enlarger after video comes up.  If you have any trouble with the video continuing, simply go back to the writing…refresh the screen…and click on the one you are viewing again.   

  Enjoy.