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Tragically, unbeknownst to most believers, Martin Luther was an unsaved heretic who taught damnable heresies until his death. Don't believe it? I'll prove it with Martin Luther's own words. Martin Luther preached on the Feast of the Visitation (July 2, 1532) AFTER his break with Rome, here's Martin Luther speaking heresy about Mary...
"She, the Lady above heaven and earth, must have a heart so humble that she might have no shame in washing the swaddling clothes or preparing a bath for St. John the Baptist, like a servant girl. What humility! It would surely have been more just to have arranged for her a golden coach, pulled by 4,000 horses, and to cry and proclaim as the carriage proceeded: 'Here passes the woman who is raised FAR ABOVE all women, indeed above the WHOLE human race.'"
Mary Was Never Blessed ABOVE Other Women, But AMONG
This is blasphemy! Nowhere in the Scriptures does God elevate Mary, not even a little bit. We read in Luke 1:42, “And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou AMONG women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” Notice carefully. The Word of God does NOT say that Mary was blessed “above” women; No, the Bible says Mary was blessed AMONG women.
Furthermore, there are MANY Scriptures throughout the New Testament which speaks of others who were also called "“blessed,” with the same Greek word, as was Mary. One example is in Revelation 14:13, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, BLESSED are the dead which die in the Lord...” So according to the Bible, EVERY born-again believer is also blessed of God.
The Bible Never Leads Us to Recognize Mary
Indeed, Mary was greatly blessed to be chosen by God to be the vehicle through which the Godhead would become incarnate (Colossians 2:9), but every born-again believer is ALSO BLESSED. God NEVER said anything in the Bible about Mary being ABOVE anyone. Jesus NEVER called Mary His mother. God NEVER leads us in any way to recognize Mary. Though Mary realized that people throughout the ages would call her “blessed” (Luke 1:18), she never thought anyone would be so foolish and idolatrous as to bow down and worship her.
To recognize Mary is a sin because it is CHANGING the Word of God into a lie, “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator...” It is wrong to sing, pray, praise, or worship while including any mention of Mary. Why? Because the Word of God doesn't do it. If God NEVER recognized Mary, nor told us to recognize Mary, then why in the name of common sense would people adore and uplift Mary as being something special?She is not! It's time that people got back into the Bible and stopped listening to their lying Lutheran minister.
Mary Needed a Savior
Even Mary herself referred to Jesus as her “Saviour”...
“And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in GOD MY SAVIOUR.” —Luke 1:46-47
If Mary was immaculately conceived without sin (as Catholics teach), then why would she need a Saviour? The Truth is that Mary was a dirty-rotten sinner just like any other “good” person (Romans 3:10). I'm sure Mary was sweet, godly, virtuous, and obedient, just as a few Christian women are today; but she was still a sinner deserving of Hell, and she needed a Savior as we see proof of in Luke 1:18.
There are good sinners and bad sinners, but we are all sinners. There are some very honest and good people in this world (in man's eyes), but when compared to the inspired Words of God, they fall short and are nothing less than wicked sinners. The Bible proclaims that There is none righteous (Romans 3:10). Mary was a wicked sinner and needed a Saviour, just like anybody else.
Jesus Denied His Mother, Calling Believers His Mother Instead
Here's some more heresy from Martin Luther. Luther writes...
“a person may boast of such treasure as that Mary is his real mother, Christ his brother, and God his father.”
Luther gives the Blessed Virgin the exalted position of "Spiritual Mother" for Christians:
It is the consolation and the superabundant goodness of God, that man is able to exult in such a treasure. Mary is his true Mother ... (Sermon, Christmas, 1522)
Mary is the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all of us even though it was Christ alone who reposed on her knees . . . If he is ours, we ought to be in his situation; there where he is, we ought also to be and all that he has ought to be ours, and his mother is also our mother. (Sermon, Christmas, 1529).
Is this what Jesus taught? Who did Jesus claim was His mother? Let's look at Matthew 12:48,49 to find out, “But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!” Clearly, Jesus was once and for all placing to rest the idea of Mary being ABOVE anyone else. Why didn't Jesus just say... “Ok, tell my family to come in.” Everything Jesus said and did was for a purpose.
So what was the purpose for which Christ shunned his own earthly family? The answer is simply because Jesus wanted to eliminate the idea that his family was more SPECIAL than anyone else, they were not. Jesus set the example for every believer concerning Mary when He exclaimed, “Who is my mother?” (literally, who is Mary?). So what, Mary's here, big deal. Mary was nothing, just as you and I are nothing!
In fact, Jesus taught that all believers are His mother, sister, and brother as we learn in Matthew 12:50, “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Notice that Jesus didn't include Mary and his brothers. Jesus clearly said that ONLY those who DO THE WILL of the Father in Heaven are His brothers, sisters, or mother (i.e., His family). Obviously, Jesus was speaking on a spiritual level. What is the WILL of the Father Who sent Jesus into the world to atone for our sins? John 6:40 reads, “And this is THE WILL of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life...”
There it is folks! It's that simple! Just believe upon the Christ of the Word of God to forgive your sins. You must have the correct Jesus! The Biblical Jesus is God Almighty (John 10:33), the Creator (Colossians 1:16), the Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6). Many people are following another Jesus, such as the Jehovah Witnesses cult, who deny that Jesus is God Almighty. They are antichrists according to 1st John 2:22 because they falsely teach that Michael the archangel became Christ.
Jesus Said John the Baptist was the Greatest, Not Mary
Jesus said in Mathew 11:11, “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” Notice carefully. John the Baptist wasn't just the greatest MAN born amongst women. The Word of God says that John the Baptist was the greatest AMONG THEM THAT ARE BORN OF A WOMEN.” This means of women too. Hence, John the Baptist was the greatest child ever born, over all other men AND WOMEN.
This means that John the Baptist was greater than Mary, and Jesus said so. Thus, the least person in Heaven will be greater than Mary. And please note, throughout the entire Bible, Mary was NEVER called the greatest woman born amongst women. The Bible is clear that there was no greater human being ever born than John the Baptist, yet God allowed John to remain in prison until Herod cut his head off.
Mary was NOT greater than John the Baptist, yet why don't Lutherans and Catholics recognize John with such devotion and admiration as they do Mary? The answer is because the practice of Mary worship originated in Pagan Babylon, NOT from the Bible. Lutheranism is nothing less than DIET Catholicism.
Martin Luther was an Unsaved Heretic
It is a sin to idolize Mary. Martin Luther only came out of the Catholic church superficially, but not in his doctrines. Listen again to the woeful words of Luther:
'Here passes the woman who is raised FAR ABOVE all women, indeed above the WHOLE human race.'
SOURCE: The Feast of the Visitation (July 2, 1532)
There is NO such foolishness taught in the Bible. Martin Luther was a heretic who mandated that people be baptized and partake of communion to be saved.
Furthermore, the terms "holy baptism" and "holy communion" often used by Martin Luther are NOWHERE found in the Scriptures. Biblical baptism and the Lord's supper are only symbolic of the faith in our heart. Baptism identifies us with the Gospel of Christ, thus showing our faith in the Lord's atoning work. The Lord's supper, as even Christ Himself taught (Luke 22:19), was only done in REMEMBRANCE of our Lord, nothing more. Religion magnifies the wrong things in the Bible. False religions, such as Lutheranism and Catholicism--magnify Baptism, Communion, good works, Mary, and so forth; But the Bible magnifies Jesus Christ! It's Jesus or Hell friend, turn or burn!
All the religion in the world won't save you. Getting baptized will just get you wet. Eating the Lord's supper won't bring you any closer to heaven, than eating a Big Mac meal at McDonalds. You need Jesus, plain and simple. Religion is the worst thing to ever happen to this world. Salvation is NOT found in a religion, but in a Person--The Precious Lord Jesus Christ.