So instead of changing his doctrine to line up with scripture, Martin Luther decided to change scripture.
And tragically, much of today’s willfully-sin-and-still-go-to-heaven ‘Christianity’ is based upon Luther’s unbiblical, unworkable theory.
From: “The life and letters of Martin Luther” by Preserved Smith, Ph.D., 1911 (CHAPTER XXIII—THE GERMAN BIBLE, page 269). Also available here.
In the introduction to Romans (1522), he says : “This epis-
tie is the kernel of the New Testament and the clearest of all
gospels, worthy and worth that a Christian man should not
only know the words by heart, but should converse with them
continually as the daily bread of the soul. It can never be too
much read nor considered, but the more it is used the more
precious it becomes.” Then, by way of explaining the apostolic
use of such words as law, sin, grace, faith, justification, flesh,
and spirit, he gives an excellent summary of his own doctrine.
Revelation he holds neither apostolic nor prophetic, for
Christ is neither taught nor recognized in it.
Again, when he was asked what were the best books of the
Bible, he said the Psalms, St. John’s and St. Paul’s epistles for
those who had to fight heretics, but for the common man and
young people the first three gospels.
The often quoted condemnation of James as an epistle of
straw is far better known than the more drastic things he said
about it to his table companions: —
Many sweat to reconcile St. Paul and St. James, as does Melanch-
thon in his Apology, but in vain. “Faith justifies” and “faith does
not justify” contradict each other flatly. If any one can harmonize
them I will give him my doctor’s hood and let him call me a fool.
Let us banish this epistle from the university, for it is worthless. It
has no syllable about Christ, not even naming him except once at
the beginning. I think it was written by some Jew who had heard
of the Christians but not joined them. James had learned that the
Christians insisted strongly on faith in Christ and so he said to him-
self : “Well, you must take issue with them and speak only of works,”
and so he does. He says not a word of the passion and resurrection
of Christ, the text of all the other apostles. Moreover, he has no order
nor method. He speaks now of clothes, now of wrath, jumping from
one topic to another. He has this simile : “For as the body without
the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” Mary, mother
of God ! He compares faith to the body when it should rather be
compared to the soul ! The ancients saw all this and did not consider
the epistle canonical.
Luther’s marginal notes in one of his own Bibles are equally
trenchant. To James i, 6 (But let him ask in faith, nothing
wavering), he remarks : “That is the only good place in the
whole epistle“ ; to i, 21 (Receive with meekness the engrafted
word), “Others engrafted it, not this James” ; to ii, 12 ff.,
“What a chaos !” and to ii, 24 (Ye see then that by works
a man is justified, and not by faith only), “That is false.”
From: Canterbury Tales, Chasing Down the Luther Quotes about James
For your awareness, I provide a few more authentic quotes from Luther:
Therefore St James’ epistle is really an epistle of straw, compared to these others, for it has nothing of the nature of the Gospel about it.
(Luther’s Works 35, 362)
The epistle of James gives us much trouble, for the Papists embrace it alone and leave out all the rest…Accordingly, if they will not admit my interpretations, then I shall make rubble also of it. I almost feel like throwing Jimmy into the stove, as the priest in Kalenberg did.
(Luther’s Works 34, 317)
We should throw the epistle of James out of this school [i.e. Wittenburg], for it doesn’t amount to much. It contains not a syllable about Christ. Not once does it mention Christ, except at the beginning. I maintain that some Jew wrote it who probably heard about Christian people but never encountered any. Since he heard that Christians place great weight on faith in Christ, he thought, ‘Wait a moment! I’ll oppose them and urge works alone.’ This he did.
(Luther’s Works 54, 424)
Martin Luther’s Subordinate Bible Books: Hebrews, James, Jude & Revelation
[WordPOWER!] James on Salvation – chapters 1 & 2: We will be judged by the law of freedom, “You shall LOVE your neighbor as yourself.” • “FAITH apart from WORKS is dead.” • ”BLESSED is the man who endures temptation, for WHEN HE HAS BEEN APPROVED he will receive the CROWN of LIFE….”
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Martin Luther: Sin Boldly — “No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day”
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Reverse-Christian LUTHER: “To Kill a Peasant is Not Murder… Crush them! Cut their throats! … To kill a peasant is to destroy a mad dog! If they say that I am very hard and merciless, mercy be damned. Let whoever can: stab, strangle, and kill them like mad dogs” • “Like the mules who will not move unless you perpetually whip them with rods, so the civil powers must drive the common people. Whip, choke, hang, burn, behead and torture them, that they may learn to fear the powers that be”
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Hating, unforgiving, James-3 cursing, Biblically disqualified MARTIN LUTHER: “When I die, I want to be a ghost…So I can continue to pester the bishops, priests and godless monks until that they have more trouble with a dead Luther than they could have had before with a thousand living ones.”
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