Thoroughly Disgusted by Luther

I considered myself Lutheran for around 10 years in my Christian walk, and was proud of the fact that my denomination came from this great man that I revered, Martin Luther, after all, he posted the 95 theses against the Catholic Church for their corruption.  Wasn’t this a great reformer of the church to get them back on track again?  I remember watching the movie “Luther” several times (as I owned it) and was inspired by what he did to ‘reform the church.’    I am now completely saddened (and disgusted) to discover that certain aspects of Luther’s life was not shared with me while I was learning about his “heroic” side.  Now, I pretty much consider him a ‘heretic’ against the faith of the God of Israel.

Luther despised the people of Israel, and he was not soft spoken about it.  In fact, he decided to publish a book called, “Of the Jews And Their Lies” in 1543 and it, to me, takes anything that he may have done in a “positive light” and disqualifies it.  No follower of the God of Israel can say such completely inhumane and vulgar statements of God’s chosen nation, or any people group, as God created all of mankind in His image.  If Martin Luther claimed to be a follower of the “love of Jesus,” he surely didn’t walk the walk.  In fact, he was opposite.  He was one of the first who was spouting propaganda to kill the Jews as you’ll see blow.

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And, you may find it interesting that a company in Poland is working on a movie to be released on what they discovered was the real life of Martin Luther (and they are by far not the first to make these claims).  They were also not the first to make the statement that Hitler was highly influenced by Martin Luther’s fierce anti-semitism.  In fact, what Luther professed, Hitler took over to accomplish the work:

“The filmmakers, while working on the movie, were stunned when they realized that the “majority of the memorials, monuments, museums and academic narrations about Luther and his revolution were produced for propaganda purposes by those brutal (Hitler) regimes.” “

Here’s an article about the movie

Let’s see how Wikipedia summarizes Luther’s book:

From Wikipedia:  On the Jews And Their Lies

Wikipedia:  “In the treatise, he argues that Jewish synagogues and schools be set on fire, their prayer books destroyed, rabbis forbidden to preach, homes burned, and property and money confiscated. They should be shown no mercy or kindness,[2] afforded no legal protection,[3] and “these poisonous envenomed worms” should be drafted into forced labor or expelled for all time.[4] He also seems to advocate their murder, writing “[W]e are at fault in not slaying them”.[5]”  “In the treatise, Martin Luther describes Jews as a “base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth”.[6] Luther wrote that they are “full of the devil’s feces … which they wallow in like swine”,[7] and the synagogue is an “incorrigible whore and an evil slut”.[8]  In the first ten sections of the treatise, Luther expounds, at considerable length, upon his views concerning Jews and Judaism and how these compare to Protestants and Protestant Christianity. Following the exposition, Section XI of the treatise advises Protestants to carry out seven remedial actions. These are

  1. to burn down Jewish synagogues and schools and warn people against them;
  2. to refuse to let Jews own houses among Christians;
  3. for Jewish religious writings to be taken away;
  4. for rabbis to be forbidden to preach;
  5. to offer no protection to Jews on highways;
  6. for usury to be prohibited and for all silver and gold to be removed, put aside for safekeeping, and given back to Jews who truly convert; and
  7. to give young, strong Jews flail, axe, spade, and spindle, and let them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow.[9]

Sounds like a nice book, huh?  Boy, if this book was written today about a minority group in the USA, that minority group would label it “hate speech” and make life living hell for Luther and everyone associated with him.

This wasn’t the only publication by Luther whereby he reduced the Jews to the status of dog vomit, but he also published another several months later: the 125-page Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi (Of the Unknowable Name and the Generations of Christ), in which he equated Jews with the Devil:

Here in Wittenburg, in our parish church, there is a sow carved into the stone under which lie young pigs and Jews who are sucking; behind the sow stands a rabbi who is lifting up the right leg of the sow, raises behind the sow, bows down and looks with great effort into the Talmud under the sow, as if he wanted to read and see something most difficult and exceptional; no doubt they gained their Shem Hamphoras from that place.

“And, shortly before Luther’s death on February 18, 1546 Luther preached four sermons in Eisleben.[24] He appended to the second to the last what he called his “final warning” against the Jews.[25] The main point of this short work is that authorities who could expel the Jews from their lands should do so if they would not convert to Christianity. Otherwise, Luther indicated, such authorities would make themselves “partners in another’s sins”.[26]” (Wikipedia)

What a great religion Luther was pushing!  “Let’s evict everyone from the land, kick them out of their homes, if they don’t agree with us, or better yet, burn their houses and even kill them if they don’t convert.”

Luther began by saying:

We want to deal with them in a Christian manner now. Offer them the Christian faith that they would accept the Messiah, who is even their cousin and has been born of their flesh and blood; and is rightly Abraham’s Seed, of which they boast. Even so, I am concerned [that] Jewish blood may no longer become watery and wild. First of all, you should propose to them that they be converted to the Messiah and allow themselves to be baptized, that one may see that this is a serious matter to them. If not, then we would not permit them [to live among us], for Christ commands us to be baptized and believe in Him, even though we cannot now believe so strongly as we should, God is still patient with us.[27]

Yep, let’s deal with those Jews in a “Christian manner” which, to me, is equivalent to the radicals in the Muslim faith.  “Covert or die!”

The ironic part is that many scholars will tell us just how influential this man was in the life of Hitler and his followers, and it is evident because of Hitler’s intense hatred for the Jews and his wish to destroy all of them, just as Luther’s books (and speeches) so clearly discusses.

The Nazis organized Luther Day celebrations, calling Luther “the first German spiritual Führer,” and enlisted his teachings to support the idea that German exceptionalism and anti-Semitism were inseparable. ”  Link for full article

From the Times of Israel (2017 Article):  LINK  “Reformation Day will be celebrated next week as a special national holiday throughout Germany….Germany has plunged into a commemoration frenzy replete with daily radio programs devoted to Luther with pastors, priests, rabbis, bishops, psychiatrists and other prominent individuals. …Yet a shocking part of Luther’s legacy seems to have slipped though the cracks of the collective memory along the way: his vicious Anti-Semitism and its horrific consequences for the Jews and for Germany itself. At first, Luther was convinced that the Jews would accept the truth of Christianity and convert. Since they did not, he later followed in his treatise, On the Jews and Their Lies (1543), that “their synagogues or schools“ should be “set fire to … in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christian.“ He advised that the houses of Jews be “razed and destroyed,“ their “prayer books and Talmudic writings“ and “all cash and treasure of silver and gold“ be taken from them. They should receive “no mercy or kindness,“ given “no legal protection,“ and “drafted into forced labor or expelled.“ He also claimed that Christians who “did not slay them were at fault.“ Luther thus laid part of the basic anti-Semitic groundwork for his Nazi descendants to carry out the Shoah (Holocaust). Indeed, Julius Streicher, editor of the anti-Semitic Nazi magazine “Der Stürmer,“ commented during the Nürnberg tribunal that Martin Luther could have been tried in his place….All the more stunning that Germany should proclaim a special national holiday in the name of the anti-Semitic Martin Luther only 70 years after the Shoah. Although the general public may mostly be unaware of Luther’s views, the responsible clergy certainly is aware and has still chosen to declare a nationwide holiday….Looking at the Lutheran legacy in the greater historical context, the Shoah took place in a Christian environment, yet the churches did next to nothing to prevent it, despite their deeply-rooted influence in society. Church institutions have at best shown only lukewarm empathy or public support for the most prominent Jewish community of our times, the State of Israel. “

And, on (1) “Luthers theologisch testament”, René Süss, 2006. Published by: VU University Press, ISNB 9789086590155:

“Although one cannot declare Luther guilty of the Nazi crimes, he also cannot be found innocent of his co-responsibility for the rise and the criminal history of this anti-Semitism. One has to at least say that Luther has seriously lowered the threshold from ousting to the liquidation of the Jews”, Süss writes. What Hitler did, Luther advised, with the exception of the gas chambers. Luther was a trailblazer to the Shoah. That’s the inevitable conclusion one has to draw from Luther’s writings. In “On the Jews and Their Lies” he had developed a seven point pogrom plan which the Nazi’s strictly followed, starting with the Kristallnacht on November 9th, 1938. “First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them”, he wrote. He furthermore called to destroy the homes of the Jews, to take away their holy books, to kill rabbis who still want to teach, to disallow Jews on the streets, to forbid their “usury”, to take all their money and jewelry, and to impose forced labor on strong and young Jews. And when the rulers didn’t want to do all that, to at least drive them out of the country, towards Jerusalem. He influenced German rulers to persecute the Jews more. The Nazi’s didn’t need to exaggerate the demonization of the Jews to be able to use it gratefully. In 1923 Hitler praised Luther, and called him the greatest German genius, who “saw the Jew as we today are starting to see him.”(1) In the days after the Kristallnacht, the Bishop of Thüringen wrote happily that Luther, who was born on November 10th 1483, couldn’t wish a more beautiful birthday gift. During the Second World War many religious leaders called upon Luther to justify the liquidation policy against the Jews. And during the Nuremburg trails after the war, Julius Streicher, chief editor of the anti-Semitic magazine Der Stürmer, defended himself by saying that even a “genius” like Luther hated the Jews, and he was loved by friend and foe alike. “He would today have been in the dock in my place, if “On the Jews and Their Lies” would have been brought in by the prosecutors”, Streicher claimed. ”

“Luther is still popular nowadays. In 2003 the reformer landed on the second place during a TV show about the greatest German ever. And in the movie “Luther” he was shown as the “German hero who ended the Middle Ages”. Even the Social Democratic SPD and Die Grünen (Greens) have promoted Luther as liberator and symbol of the German nation state.(5) The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) does distance itself from anti-Semitism since the eighties, but refuses to acknowledge Luther’s co-responsibility for the persecution of the Jews by the Nazi’s. Luther didn’t want a Kristallnacht, the Dutch Lutheran professor Boendermaker said in reaction to Süss’s study. But a pogrom against the Jews was exactly what the church reformer proposed. The newly founded Protestantse Kerk in Nederland (PKN, Protestant Church in the Netherlands), with it’s 2.3 million members, amongst which Lutherans, will have to discuss Luther’s anti-Semitism more thoroughly. As LWF member the PKN wants to also support the “Lutheran tradition” within Dutch Protestantism. The question is whether the organization will distance itself enough from the “Lutheran tradition” of anti-Semitism.”

“About the translation. Most English quotes from Luther’s “Von den Juden und ihren Lügen” have been taken from a translation by Martin H. Bertram on the Humanitas International-website, see note (4). Other English quotes are our own translations of a Dutch translation by Süss of the German original. ”

Well, that’s information that I was never taught in Lutheran Church!  Ugh!  Why would any pastor in Lutheran seminary not study the roots of their faith to know whether they could support its founder or not?  Why would anyone take sides with this corrupt man?  I’m so sad for all those people within the Lutheran Church who don’t have a clue about all of this.  That was me for so long.

 

 

 

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