Protestants Worldwide Venerate Statue Of Martin Luther In Honor Of Reformation Day

November 1, 2017 by  
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Protestants from across the globe flocked to Wittenberg, Germany Tuesday to venerate a statue of Martin Luther in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Many in the Lutheran and Lutheran-leaning community including pastor of Torrential Downpour Church Morgan Kremin attended ceremonies that started with a morning veneration of the statue of Martin Luther located near All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg and concluded with a collection to help fund the building of several new mega-churches.

“Could the money have gone to the poor–yes,” Kremin admitted to EOTT. “But it’s important that we build these churches so that everyone, be they rich or poor, can come to worship the Lord, even though praying to Jesus is no different in a large church than it is in a home, or even though we know that, for the most part, the homeless don’t actually ever come to our church, and that asking our people, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet, to spend their hard-earned income on exorbitant churches is one of the issues we had with the Catholic Church during the Reformation. But the fact remains that building large things and paying for ridiculous salaries cost money. There’s no way around it.”

Kremin went on to clarify, saying that it wasn’t at all like the selling of indulgences since the selling of indulgences meant that people were essentially paying for their salvation, while what Kremin was saying was that being a true Christian and therefore being saved is contingent on Christian’s paying for such expenditures.

“Totally different.”

  • FatherWagner

    It well never be as nice as my statue of Nestorius I have in my back yard.

    • Hotrod1962

      I had a statue of Nestorius in my backyard too…..but watch out……my Virgin Mary Statue knocked it over.

      • FatherWagner

        Whoa… Bet he never saw that one coming!

        • Hotrod1962

          Never scorn the Mother of God.

    • Okay, that was legitimately funny.

      • HermitTalker

        Agree Adam. Satire, not the tut-tutting by some, rejection of good humoured comments I make to some and one Gentle Soul who is obsessed by my Lower Region Low Class Jibes. They actually match Luther’s Table Talk that not all Anglo Saxons “get.” Witness the current outrage over any hint or suggestion of sexism.

  • pegleggreg

    nailed it

  • JabbaPapa

    Don’t forget that if you don’t pay your German Church Tax, you’re not a Christian !!

    Render unto God what belongs to Caesar, and there’s your salvation by sola fide in a nutshell.

  • Heinz

    And I thought this was about people praying to the statue of Martin Luther that he might smite the personality cult that catholics have with the pope.

    • HermitTalker

      Heinz our fascination is with Jesus whom the Bishop of Rome stands in for. Look at USA citizens’ idolatry of Reagan, Obama and Trump. Not to mention Kardashian, Beyoncé and the rest.

      • Heinz

        I know. I was referring to the personality cult performed on Martin Luther. I mean, all events have a Luther or Reformation spin this year. There are posters of him everywhere, there are blogs, talks and sermons about what how great a person he was and what good he has done to all of us. Germany had a free day to celebrate the aniversary and some polititians want to make it an actual bank holiday.
        That’s why I wondered why this title is ontop an article about money for mega-churches. Those are not really a thing in Europe.

        • HermitTalker

          Agree. They forget he was trying to undo the harm in his dying years. Also his contemporary followers flatly deny Bible-Catholic doctrines he believed. Even if Mother Church goes slightly bananas. She is still Mother. As the old saying goes, “Never piss against the Cathedral Wall,” or “Nail your silly-ass bitching to the door.”

  • William of Orange

    I venerate a beautiful statue of Byzantine Emperor Leo III.

  • PDT

    Fact is, the statue pictured is in Dresden, not Wittenberg.

    • HermitTalker

      Did it survive the English WW 11 bombing?/

      • JabbaPapa

        I must have missed a few volumes — what happened in World Wars 3 to 10 ?

        • HermitTalker

          Buy a hip and become a perfect butt

          • samton909

            I knew it.

        • Monk

          One would think that a fervent Roman Catholic, such as our beloved HT, would exhibit a better mastery of Roman numerals.

          • HermitTalker

            666 VI-VI-VI or D-CLXVI. Go back to pray for my sorry soul. I insulted my brother JabbaPapa. Kyrie Eleison. Mea Maxima Culpa. Pray also for humourless santon909.

          • Monk

            I think DCLXVI is the proper form of Diabolus numero, without the hyphen. And I never considered that number would use the first six Roman numeral symbols in descending order. Augustine oddly, occasionally resorted to numerology.
            But your speedy satisfaction, penitence, pleas for mercy and prayers for your enemies are inspiring. I think you should receive the appellation, Pious, as in “HermitTalker, the Pious”.

          • HermitTalker

            Thanks Monachus. IF I were pious I would simply be HERMIT and not TALKER. I decided to stay after earlier frustration.

  • Hotrod1962

    If they really wanted to celebrate the 500th anniversary, why don’t they put back the 7 damn books that Luther yanked out of the Old Testament.

    • HermitTalker

      Not to mention he tried to dump James, Revelation and two others

      • Hotrod1962

        Yeah, he called James “the epistle of straw”. All that “works” stuff got him down.

        • JabbaPapa

          he called James “the epistle of straw”

          Good jolly old sola scriptura, eh ?

  • Madison Thompson

    I swear I’ve had that exact conversation with some of my Baptist friends… 😀

  • samton909

    Lutheran Lives Matter has called for all statues of Martin Luther to be torn down, since he did not own slaves.

    • PGMGN

      Intriguing that “Lutherans” are venerating a statue.

  • Idolaters!