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700 Club Interactive - October 31, 2017

Part one of a compelling 3-part series highlighting Martin Luther and his impact on modern thought, religion and politics in the 500 years since the Reformation. Read Transcript


THE CHURCH HAS BECOME

AN INSTITUTION WITH

TREMENDOUS POWER, THE

POWER OVER LIFE AND DEATH,

THE POWER OVER ARMIES.

Gordon: HOW ONE MAN

CHANGED HISTORY, AND LIFE

AS WE KNOW IT TODAY.

PLUS...HOW ONE MINISTRY

IS FOLLOWING IN THE

FOOTSTEPS OF THE GREAT

REFORMER.

THEY WOULD COME BACK

AND SAY, SO JESUS EXISTED

BEFORE HE WAS BORN?

WE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE

UNCHURCHED.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

THIS WEEK WE'RE

CELEBRATING THE 500th

ANNIVERSARY OF THE

REFORMATION.

LATER IN THE SHOW, WE'LL

BRING YOU THE STORY OF THE

MAN WHO STARTED IT AND

CHANGED THE WORLD AS WE

KNOW IT.

Terry: MARTIN LUTHER

WANTED TO GET SCRIPTURE

INTO THE HANDS OF PEOPLE

IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE.

ONE MINISTRY IS USING

ARTISTIC WAYS TO TEACH

GOD'S WORD SO ALL PEOPLE

CAN UNDERSTAND AND KNOW

JESUS CHRIST.

RECENTLY "STUDIO 5's"

EFREM GRAHAM TRAVELLED TO

CHICK DHIK FOCHICAGO FOR A

BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT

"STREET LIGHTS."

SPHRIRM Efrem: CHICAGO,

WINNER OF THE 2016 WORLD

SERIES.

BOASTING MORE RESTAURANTS

PER SQUARE MILE THAN NEW

YORK CITY, AND,

UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S DAILY

STRUGGLE WITH VIOLENT

CRIMES.

SINCE JANUARY 1st,

THE CITY IS AVERAGING A

SHOOTING EVERY THREE

HOURS.

Efrem: BAD NEWS MAY

OVERSHADOW THE CITY, BUT

THERE ARE PEOPLE WORKING

TO BE A LIGHT, "STREET

LIGHTS," TO BE MORE

SPECIFIC.

THIS BELONGS TO GOD,

THE FATHER, THE LORD JESUS

CHRIST.

THERE WAS REALLY A

MOMENT WHEN I LOOKED OVER

AND THERE WAS A STREET

LIGHT IN A DARK ALLEY IN

CHICAGO, AND I'M, LIKE,

MAN, WHAT MAKES THE

DIFFERENCE HERE?

LIGHT.

AND IT GIVES LIGHT TO A

CORNER.

IT BRINGS SAFETY.

IT BRINGS KNOWLEDGE.

IT BRINGS TRUTH BECAUSE

YOU SEE.

Efrem: MEET AARON

LOPLOPEZ, AND THESE OTHER

TWO.

THEY MET AT STUDENTS AT

MOODY BIBLE COLLEGE.

THEY BECAME FAST FRIENDS,

AND NOT LONG AFTER

MEETING, ESTEVAN SHARED A

MINISTRY IDEA: BLENDING

SCRIPTURE AND HIP-HOP IN

AN AUDIO BIBLE.

AARON WAS ON BOARD

IMMEDIATELY.

LOREN WAS A BIT RELUCTANT.

AT THE TIME, I WAS

WORKING AT A HOSPITAL IN

THE CITY OF CHICAGO, AND

DOING FAIRLY WELL.

OFFERED A POSITION AS A

CONSULTANT.

AND THAT VERY WEEK,

ESTEVAN CALLS ME, AND HE

SAYS, WOW, WE'VE BEEN

PRAYING, AARON AND MYSELF,

AND WE FEEL LIKE YOU ARE

THE PERFECT THIRD MEMBER

OF THIS TEAM.

SO, YEAH, I WAS RELUCTANT,

AND I WAS, LIKE, NO, LORD.

IT DIDN'T MAKE MUCH SENSE,

BUT WHEN SOMETIMES THE

LORD CALLS YOU OU OUT OF THAT

BOAT,DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.

YOU HAVE SOME MUSIC

HERE.

I WAS, LIKE, I'LL START

TONIGHT.

FROM THE GET-GO, I WAS ON

BOARD.

THIS IS ANOTHER

INSTALLMENT...

Efrem: NONE FOR HIS

VIRAL YouTube VIDEOS,

CHICAGO NATIVE JOSEPH

SOLOMON LENT HIS VOICE TO

THE PROJECT.

AND THE ENDURING HOPE

YOU HAVE BECAUSE OF OUR

LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Efrem: WHAT MADE YOU

SAY YES?

WHAT MADE YOU SAY, I WANT

TO DO THIS?

I WAS ALREADY A FAN OF

"STREET LIGHTS," AND I WAS

FAN BEFORE THEY WERE EVEN

PROMOTING IT.

Efrem: IT IS BIRTHED

HERE IN CHICAGO, AND YOU

WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IN

CHICAGO, AND ARE YOU ABLE

TO SEE THE IMPACT OF

"STREET LIGHTS?"

YEAH.

I HEAR TESTIMONIES ALL OF

THE TIME.

WHETHER IT IS SHARING WITH

THE PEOPLE I KNOW, PEOPLE

CONNECTED THAT THEM

TELLING ME ABOUT IT, AND

THEN YOU HAVE THE SPECIFIC

STORIES YOU'RE GETTING,

WHO HAVE PEOPLE WHO WERE

LISTENING TO "STREET

LIGHTS," AND THEY WOULD

COME BACK AND SAY, SO

JESUS EXISTED BEFORE HE

WAS BORN?

AND THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO

ARE UNCHURCHED.

AND THEY'RE JUST LISTENING

TO THE BIBLE.

Efrem: ONE OF THOSE

YOUNG MEN WHO LISTENED IS

LUTHER BASS.

DRUGS, HANGING WITH THE

WRONG CROWD, DRUG DEALERS,

DRINKING -- I GREW UP IN

THAT LIFE.

Efrem: WHA SOME OF THE

DIFFICULT THINGS FOR

CHRISTIANS, WE'VE GOT THIS

THING CALLED A ROADMAP

THAT GOD HAS LEFT US TO

FOLLOW, THE SCRIPTURES,

AND IS THAT EASY TO DO?

IT'S NOT.

SOMETIMES IT IS NOT.

I GET SO ANGRY BECAUSE MY

READING IS NOT WELL.

I GET DISCOURAGED.

HAVING JOHN AND HAVING MY

MENTOR TOGETHER WORKING

WITH ME REALLY HELPED ME

BECAUSE I FELT LIKE THEY

WERE FATHER FIGURES I

DIDN'T HAVE.

LUTHER BECAME A PART OF

OUR CHURCH ROUGHLY THREE

YEARS AGO.

WE WERE TRYING TO DISCIPLE

HIM IN THE WORD OF GOD,

AND WEED NOTICED HE HAD

THE HEART AND THE DESIRE,

BUT JUST WAS STRUGGLING TO

SIT DOWN AND READ AND

COMPOSE HIMSELF TO READ

THROUGH THE TEXT.

SO "STREET LIGHTS" WAS

REALLY DEVELOPING, AND WE

SAID, THERE IS ANOTHER WAY

TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD.

JOHN TOLD ME ABOUT

"STREET LIGHTS."

AND I REMEMBER THE FIRST

TIME HE PUT IT ON.

HE WAS READING.

AND I WAS, LIKE, HUH.

JOHN IS LITERALLY SITTING

THERE, AND I'M LISTENING

AND SAYING, JOHN, IT

SOUNDS LIKE YOUR VOICE.

WHERE S SHOULD WE BUY

BREAD TO FEED ALL THESE

PEOPLE?

I GOT THE PRITCH T PRIVILEGE TO

DO THE VOICE OF GOD IN

GENESIS 1-6, AND THE VOICE

OF JESUS IN THE BOOK OF

JOHN.

TALK ABOUT INTIMIDATING.

I'M REALLY FEELING IT.

I'M UNDERSTANDING HOW

IT IS, AND I'M

COMPREHENDING THIS.

THIS MAN, TO SEE HIM

EMBRACE THE WORD OF GOD,

HE EMBRACED WHAT IT MEANT

TO BE A FOLLOWER OF

CHRIST, AND HE HAS TAKEN

IT ONE STEP AT A TIME.

ONE STEP FORWARD, THREE

STEPS BACK -- IT HAS BEEN

A JOURNEY WITH THIS

BROTHER, BUT WE'VE SEEN

THE TRANSFORMATION COME.

HE PROVIDES HOPE FOR

ME.

"STREET LIGHTS" IS

MOBILIZED AN ARMY OF

MISSIONAL ARTISTS, TO

TRANSLATE AND TEACH THE

WORD OF GOD SO ALL CAN

UNDERSTAND.

TO SEE LIVES TRANSFORMED

IN JESUS CHRIST.

JUST SEEING HOW GOD HAS

TAKEN THIS IDEA THAT

STARTED IN THE BASEMENT OF

A LOCAL CHURCH IN THE CITY

OF CHICAGO, AND I GET THE

E-MAIL FROM A BROTHER OR

SISTER IN THE PHILIPPINES

OR IN SWITZERLAND OR

SOMEWHERE IN SOUTH AFRICA

WHO SAYS, MAN, LIKE, MY

WALK AND MY FAITH HAS BEEN

GROWN SINCE I LISTENED TO

"STREET LIGHTS."

Efrem: EFREM GRAHAM,

CBN NEWS, CHICAGO.

Gordon: IT'S A

WONDERFUL PROJECT.

FAITH COMES BY HEARING,

AND HEARING BY THE WORD.

IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD THE

PLEASURE OF LISTENING TO

THE BIBLE, NOT JUST

READING IT, BUT LISTENING

TO IT, YOU GET A WHOLE

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.

IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO

MIGHT BENEFIT FROM THE

"STREET LIGHTS" AUDIO

BIBLE, YOU CAN VISIT THEIR

WEBSITE AT

streetlightsBible.com.

Terry: COMING UP, HOW

ONE LITTLE GIRL HELPED

CHANGE HER FAMILY'S LIFE.

YOU'LL MEET THE REMARKABLE

Terry: MILANI IS A

LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES IN

SOUTH AFRICA.

SHE LOVED GOING TO SCHOOL,

UNTIL HER PARENTS COULD NO

LONGER AFFORD TO SEND HER.

THEN A SOCIAL WORKER TOLD

HER AND HER MOM ABOUT

"LIFE CHILD," A MINISTRY

SUPPORTED BY CBN'S

"ORPHANS' PROMISE." TAKE A

LOOK.

MILANI LOVED GOING TO

DAYCARE CENTER, BUT HER

DAD COULDN'T FIND WORK,

AND WHEN HER MOM LOST HER

JOB AS A STREET SWEEPER,

THEY COULDN'T AFFORD THE

SCHOOL FEES ANYMORE.

MILANI PICKED UP

CRAYONS AND DREW AND

PRETENDED SHE WAS GOING TO

THE DAYCARE.

AND THEN I WOULD EXPLAIN I

DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO

SEND HER, AND THEN SHE

WOULD CRY.

IT WAS A DIFFICULT TIME

FOR ALL OF US.

Terry: TO MAKE

MATTERS WORSE, EVER SINCE

MILANI WAS A BABY, SHE HAD

ASTHMA.

SHE WOUND UP IN THE

HOSPITAL THE AT LEAST

TWICE A MONTH.

HER PARENTS FEARED FOR HER

LIFE, BUT MILANI JUST

WANTED TO BE LIKE THE

OTHER KIDS.

I CAN'T PLAY AND RUN

LIKE OTHER CHILDREN,

BECAUSE WHEN I DO, MY

CHEST HURTS.

Terry: ONE DAY WHEN

MILANI AND HER MOM WERE

GETTING WATER, ONE OF OUR

SOCIAL WORKERS SPOTTED

THEM AND INVITED MILANI TO

COME TO "LIFE CHILD," A

MINISTRY SUPPORTED BY

CBN'S "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

*

THIS IS MY FAVORITE

PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD.

I LOVE LEARNING NEW

THINGS.

I CAN EVEN WRITE MY NAME.

I LOVE PLAYING WITH MY NEW

FRIENDS.

WE LEARN ABOUT JESUS, AND

I ACCEPTED HIM INTO MY

HEART.

I KNOW THAT JESUS LOVES

ME.

AND I LOVE HIM THIS MUCH.

NOW WHEN TIMES ARE

HARD, MILANI IS THE ONE

WHO SAYS, MOMMY, LET US

PRAY.

THAT IS MONTH SOMETHING WE NEVER

DID BEFORE.

Terry: THEY PRAYED

FOR MILANI'S FATHER TO

FIND A GOOD JOB.

AND SOON A DOOR OPENED FOR

HIM TO START WORKING AS A

DELIVERY MAN FOR A BAKERY.

I PRAYED WITH MILANI

ABOUT HER ASTHMA, AND SHE

IS MUCH BETTER NOW.

IT IS A PRAYER THAT HAS

HEALED HER.

IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN SIX

MONTHS WITH NO INCIDENT.

I CAN FINALLY RUN AND

PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS.

I KNOW THAT JESUS HEALED

ME.

I AM SO HAPPY.

THANK YOU, CBN.

Terry: THAT PROGRAM

IS A PART OF CBN'S

OUTREACH TO VULNERABLE AND

OORPHANED CHILDREN AROUND

THE WORLD.

CAN YOU IMAGINE A CHILD

WHO WANTS TO GO TO SCHOOL

SO BADLY SHE PACKS HER BAK

EVER DAY, BUT THEN THE MOM

HAS TO TELL HER, I DON'T

HAVE THE MONEY TO SEND

HER.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING.

TO HELP MILANI TO BE ABLE

TO GO TO SCHOOL, TO BE

ABLE TO INTERACT

CULTURALLY AND SOCIALLY,

AND MAYBE MOST IMPORTANTLY

TO FIND OUT THAT SHE HAS A

SAVIOR WHO LOVES HER.

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AND HER FAMILY'S LIFE

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Gordon: UP NEXT, 500

YEARS AGO, ONE MAN

LAUNCHED A REVOLUTION.

FIND OUT HOW IT STILL

AFFECTS YOUR LIFE TODAY.

DON'T GO AWAY.

Gordon: 500 YEARS

AGO, ON OCTOBER 31, 1517,

A DEVOUT GERMANY MONK

CHANGED THE WORLD WITH

JUST A QUILL PEN AND A

HAMMER.

HIS NAME WAS MARTIN

LUTHER, AND HE RISKED HIS

LIFE TO CHALLENGE THE

CHURCH.

AND WHEN HE POSTED HIS 95

PIECE ON WHITTENBURG, HE

LAUNCHED A REVOLUTION.

JOHN WILKS, BY THE

ROMAN EMPIRE, YOU ARE

SENTENCED TO DEATH BY FIRE

FOR REFUSAL TO RECANT

AGAINST THE BOOK AND THE

HOLY ROMAN CATHOLIC

CHURCH.

MAY THESE FLAMES BEAR UPON

YOUR SOUL.

Reporter: IN THE YEAR

1415, JUAN HOOTS, A

CHRISTIAN PREACHER, WAS

BURNED AT THE STAKE IN

WHAT IS NOW THE CZECH

REPUBLIC.

I PATIENTLY ENDURE THIS

CRUEL DEATH.

I PRAY TO THEE TO HAVE

MERCY ON MY ENEMIES.

Reporter: HE CALLED

FOR A RETURN TO THE HOLY

SCRIPTURES AS THE SOURCE

OF AUTHORITY OF CHRISTIAN

DOCTRINE.

AT THIS POINT IN TIME,

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

IS THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN.

THIS IS THE ONLY CHURCH.

THE MOMENT THAT SOMEBODY

STOOD IN OPPOSITION TO THE

TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH,

THE CHURCH WOULD REACT

RATHER SWIFTLY.

AND IT WAS QUITE COMMON

FOR FOLKS NOT ONLY TO GO

THROUGH A LARGE SCALE

INVESTIGATION AND A COURT

CASE AND CONDEMNATION, AND

SOMETIMES THEY WOULD FACE

EX-COMMUNICATION, AND

QUITE OFTEN THE PENALTY

WOULD BE DEATH.

THE CHURCH BECAME MORE

AND MORE OF A POLITICAL

ENTITY, AND THE POPES AND

THE CARDINALS BECAME MORE

AND MORE SECULAR LEADERS.

THE POPE HIMSELF, IN

ADDITION TO BEING THE

SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE

CATHOLIC CHURCH, WAS THE

PRINCE OF ITALY.

AND SO THEY HAD THE

ABILITY TO CRUSH DEFENSE.

THE CHURCH WAS NOT THE

HUMBLE PEOPLE OF GOD.

THE CHURCH HAD BECOME AN

INSTITUTION WITH

TREMENDOUS POWER, THE

POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH,

THE POWER OVER ARMIES.

Reporter: AND IT

WOULD REIGNITE IN A YOUNG

GERMANY MONK NAMED MARTIN

LUTHER.

LUTHER IS A VOLCANO OF

A PERSONALITY.

AND, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN'T

TELL THE STORY OF THE

REFORMATION WITHOUT HIM.

I THINK MARTIN LUTHER

IS VERY MUCH A MAN OF A

CERTAIN TIME AND PLACE.

AND IT WAS A TIME AND

PLACE WHEN REFORM OF THE

CHURCH, AND EVEN RADICAL

REFORM OF THE CHURCH WAS

POSSIBLE, IN A WAY IT

HADN'T BEEN 100 YEARS

EARLIER.

HE WAS THE MAN THROUGH

WHOM GOD BROUGHT THE

FUTURE, AND THE FUTURE OF

THE MODERN WORLD IN WHICH

WE LIVE, IS THE WORLD WE

TAKE FOR GRANTED.

THE IDEA OF LIBERTY, THE

IDEA OF FREEDOM OF

RELIGION -- MANY OF THE

THINGS THAT WE TAKE FOR

GRANTED AS PART OF THE

WORLD DID THE NOT EXIST

UNTIL MARTIN LUTHER WAS

USED BY GOD TO BRING THEM

INTO EXISTENCE.

Reporter: MARTIN

LUTHER STUDIED LAW IN

GERMANY FROM 1501 TO 1505.

BUT HE WAS MORE CONCERNED

WITH HIS SOUL THAN THE

STUDY OF LAW.

MARTIN LUTHER IS DEEPLY

TOUCHED BY THE INICITIES INEQUITIES

OF THE UNIVERSITY.

HE REALLY FELT THAT THE

MOST IMPORTANT THING IN

THE WORLD IS GOD, MY

SALVATION.

HOW CAN I GO INTO LIFE AS

A LAWYER?

WHAT ABOUT MY SALVATION?

WHAT ABOUT THE MOST

IMPORTANT THINGS IN THE

WORLD?

YOU CAN SEE THAT WAS

REALLY DISTURBING HIM.

HE GOES ON A NUMBER OF

TRIPS.

AND ON ONE OF THESE TRIPS

HE GETS CAUGHT UP IN A

THUNDERSTORM, A VIOLENT

STORM.

IT SEEMS THAT THUNDER

STRUCK QUITE CLOSE TO HIM.

AND HE PRAYED AS ANY

CATHOLIC AT THE TIME WOULD

PRAY.

HE SAID, ST. ANNA, SAVE ME

AND IF SAVED, I WILL

BECOME A MONK.

IT IS VERY COMMO CATHOLIC

THAT HE PRAYED TO A SAINT.

AND HE PICKED WHAT WOULD

BE THE HOLIEST LIFE YOU

COULD HAVE, AND THAT WOULD

BE A MONK.

Reporter: IN 1605, HE

BECAME A MONK.

STILL, HE STRUGGLED TO

FIND PEACE WITH GOD.

GOD WAS THIS FORBIDDING

FIGURE, FULL OF WRATH AND

ANGER.

THE JUDGE CON SIGNIN CONSIGNING MEN

AND WOMEN INTO HEAVEN AND

INTO HELL.

AND HE WAS TOO FULL OF SIN

AND GUILT AND ALL OF THE

THINGS THAT TURNED HIM

INTO HIMSELF.

HE GOES OVER BOARD IN

HIS OWN EXAMINATIONS.

AND WE HAVE NUMEROUS

ACCOUNTS OF HIM GOING TO

HIS CONFESSION AND SAYING,

I CANNOT BE SAVED.

I AM TOO SINFUL.

LUTHE LUTHER TELLS US, I WAS

A MONK'S MONK.

I TOOK EVERYTHING REALLY

SERIOUSLY.

I FASTED ALL OF THE TIME.

I PRAYED ALL OF THE TIME.

I GOT UP FOR ALL OF THE

PRAYER SERVICES.

I REALLY -- I THINK HE AT

ONE POINT SAID, I REALLY

CRUCIFIED JESUS.

I REALLY SUFFERED.

HIS QUEST WAS TO FIND A

GRACIOUS GOD.

HOW CAN I KNOW THAT GOD IS

FOR ME, NOT AGAINST ME?

WHAT CAN I DO TO PLEASE

GOD, TO SATISFY GOD?

THAT IS THE QUESTION THAT

DROVE LUTHER INTO THE

MONASTERY IN THE FIRST

PLACE.

THIS SYSTEM OF

UNDERSTANDING GOD,

STUDYING GOD, IT BECOMES

SO CODIFIED, THAT IT DOES

NOT OPEN A WAY TO GOD,

BUT, RATHER, BLOCKS AN

AVENUE TO SEARCH FOR GOD.

THERE WERE ALL KINDS OF

ACTIVITIES THAT WERE

RELIGIOUS, BUT THEY DIDN'T

REALLY SATISFY THE DEEPEST

HUNG GERGHUNGERS OF THE HUMAN

HEART.

THEY SIMPLY WORKED TO

INCREASE A SENSE OF GUILT

AND A SENSE OF SHAME AND A

FEAR OF THE IMPENDING

JUDGMENT OF GOD.

HE DENIED HIMSELF ALL

KINDS OF THINGS.

HE FASTED TO THE POINT OF

BECOMING SKIN AND BONES.

HE DID EVERYTHING YOU CAN

DO TO CLIMB YOUR WAY UP TO

GOD.

AND HE FOUND THAT IT

WASN'T WORKING.

AND HE SAYS, IF EVER A

MONK COULD HAVE BECOME

HOLY BY HIS MONKERY, I

WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE.

NOBODY TRIED HARDER

THUNDER I DID.

THAN I

DID.

AND BECAUSE HE TRIED SO

HARD, HE ALONE COULD SEE

IT DOESN'T WORK.

THIS IS THE ESSENTIAL

QUESTION FOR MARTIN

LUTHER: HOW DO WE GET TO

GOD?

HOW DO WE FIND OUT ABOUT

GOD AND OUR OWN HUMAN

CONDITION?

AND PERHAPS THE MOST

IMPORTANT.

QUESTION: HOW

ARE WE SAVED?

Reporter: LUTHER WAS

ADVISED TO READ THE HOLY

SCRIPTURES, SOMETHING THAT

WAS NOT OFTEN DONE, EVEN

AMONG CHURCH LEADERSHIP.

WHEN IT COMES TO THE

QUESTION OF TRUTH, THERE

WAS THIS COMMON BELIEF

THAT, YES, THE SCRIPTURES

ARE IMPORTANT, BUT THE

TRADITIONS, THAT HAVE BEEN

CODIFIED, EXPRESSED BY THE

CHURCH, ARE OF EQUAL

IMPORTANCE.

THE CHURCH WOULD LIKE AS

THE POPE FOR THE ULTIMATE

INTERPRETER OF SCRIPTURE.

HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND

SCRIPTURE ITSELF?

HE WAS LED, REALLY

THROUGH THE COUNSEL OF A

GREAT WISE PROFESSOR TO

STUDY THE BABEL BIBLE, TO DIG

DEEPLY INTO THE

SCRIPTURES, AND TO CALL

OUT TO GOD FOR FORGIVENESS

AND SALVATION.

LUTHER THOUGHT, THERE IS

NOTHING GOD IN ME THAT

COMMENDS ME TO GOD.

THERE IS NOTHING I COULD

DO FOR MYSELF TO SAVE

MYSELF.

THEREFORE, WE DON'T HAVE A

LEG TO STAND ON.

WE THROW OURSELVES UTTERLY

AND COMPLETE E LY AT THE COMPLETELY AT THE

MERCY OF GOD.

IT WAS RECOGNIZING HOW

DEEP SIN IS, SO MUCH SO

THAT WE CANNOT JUST ROOT

IT OUT BY OUR OWN EFFORTS,

TOGETHER WITH THE UTTER

GRACIOUSNESS OF GOD, HIS

MERCY AND HIS GRACE.

WHEN PAUL SAYS THE JUST

ARE SAVED BY FAITH, IT WAS

A BREAKTHROUGH FOR LUTHER,

AND HE REALIZED THAT NONE

OF THE GOOD WORKS THAT HE

DID OR ANYBODY DID WOULD

BE ENOUGH THAT MAKE UP FOR

OUR SINFUL NATURE.

THE ONLY WAY IT WAS GOING

TO HAPPEN IS WHEN GOD

REACHES OUT AND FORGIVES

PEOPLE.

SO HE STARTED TO FORMULATE

THE DOCTRINE THAT WE NOW

CALL JUSTIFICATION BY

FAITH ALONE.

HE USED TO SEE THE

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD AS

THIS HORRIBLE THING, THAT

IT IS JUDGING ME.

IT'S MAKING ME FEEL

HELLY-BOUND.

AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN

HE SAID, NO, THE

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IS

GIVEN TO ME.

AND BY FAITH, HE GIVES ME

HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.

SO SUDDENLY WHAT WAS BAD

NEWS BECAME THE BEST NEWS

IN THE WORLD.

IT JUST TURNED HIM INSIDE

OUT.

AND IT TURNED HIM INTO THE

MAD MAN WE NOW KNOW.

HE SAID, I WILL DO

ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO

TELL THE WORLD ABOUT WHAT

I HAVE DISCOVERED.

HIS WHOLE THING WAS TO

POINT PEOPLE TO THE CROSS.

LOOK AT THE CROSS.

LOOK AT JESUS CHRIST ON

THE CROSS.

DON'T LOOK TO YOURSELF.

DON'T LOOK TO YOUR PASTOR

OR YOUR PRIEST.

DON'T LOOK TO THE CHURCH.

LOOK TO JESUS CHRIST ON

THE CROSS, AND YOU WILL

FIND IN HIM SALVATION AND

REDEMPTION.

Reporter: LUTHER'S

NEWFOUND UNDERSTANDING OF

SALVATION STOOD IN

CONTRAST TO THE CATHOLIC

MESSAGE.

IT WAS CODED IN THE

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN

THE FOLLOWING WAY: YES,

SALVATION WAS POSSIBLE

THROUGH THE SACRIFICE OF

CHRIST, BUT THE CHURCH

MEDIATED, MODERATED THAT

GIFT.

AND SO SALVATION WAS

CERTAINLY AVAILABLE, BUT

IT WAS AVAILABLE ONLY

WITHIN THE CHURCH, AND,

AGAIN, MEDIATED THROUGH

THE MINISTRY OF THE

PRIESTHOOD.

THE ONLY WAY YOU COULD

RECEIVE FORGIVENESS WAS

FOR THIS FORGIVENESS TO BE

GRANTED BY A PRIEST.

Reporter: WHILE

LUTHER HAD HIS SPIRITUAL

AWAKENING IN GERMANY, POPE

LEO THE 10th BEGAN

RAISING MONEY TO RAISE THE

CATHEDRAL IN ROME, THROUGH

INDULGENCES.

THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION

WOULD BE, "AS SOON AS THE

COIN IN THE COFFER RINGS,

THE SOUL FROM PURGATORY

SPRINGS."

THIS IS AN ABUSE.

YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER

LUTHER WAS NOT ONLY A MONK

AND A PROFESSOR, HE WAS

ALSO A PASTOR.

HE WAS A BUSY GUY.

HE PREACHED EVERY WEEK AT

ST. MARY'S CHURCH IN

PITTENBERRY.

AND HE WAS CONCERNED WHEN

MANY OF HIS PARISHIONERS

BEGAN TO GO ACROSS THE

COUNTY LINE AND BUY THESE

INDULGENCES THAT WERE

BEING SOLD.

YOU GIVE SO MUCH MONEY FOR

AN INDULGENCE, AND YOU CAN

BUY YOUR MOTHER, YOUR

FATHER, YOUR FRIENDS, OUT

OF PURGATORY, AND BUILD UP

SOME CREDIT FOR YOURSELF

WHEN YOU GET THERE.

AND THIS WAS THE SELLING,

IN THE MOST CRASS WAY

POSSIBLE, OF THAT WHICH

COULD NOT BE SOLD.

IT WAS UTTERLY FREE, THE

GRACE OF GOD.

NOT CHEAP, BUT FREE.

LUTHER PROTESTED THAT.

HE SAID, THE SHEEP ARE

BEING SKINNED, FOR TAKING

THEIR MONEY, AND THEY'RE

SENDING IT OFF TO ROME TO

BUILD THE CATHEDRAL.

WEE NEED NOW SPIRITUAL

LIFE COMING INTO THIS

CHURCH.

HE BECOMES DEEPLY UPSET

ABOUT THE SELLING OF

INDULGENCES.

SO HE MAPS OUT AREAS OF

DISAGREEMENT THAT HE

PERCEIVES BETWEEN WHAT THE

CHURCH WAS SAYING AND WHAT

HE FOUND WITHIN THE

SCRIPTURES.

BECAUSE IT IS GREED --

ONLY GOD SAVES SOULS.

BLASPHEMY, WHEN GOD IS

PREACHED LESS THAN THAT OF

INDULGENCES.

THE MAIN PART OF THE

CHURCH SHOULD BE THE

GOSPELS.

Reporter: LUTHER

PENNED 95 POINTS OF

DISAGREEMENT WITH THE

CATHOLIC CHURCHES TEACHING

ON INDULGENCES, AND NAILED

THEM ON THE DOOR OF THE

WHITTENBURG CATHOLIC

CHURCH.

HIS ATTEMPT TO BRING THESE

ISSUES TO DEBATE BECAME

THE FIRST STRIKE IN A NEW

BATTLE OVER THE

UNDERSTANDING OF THE

GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.

AND IT WOULD ULTIMATELY

LEAD TO THE PROTESTANT

REFORMATION.

Gordon: THE HISTORY

OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION,

THE REFORMATION, STANDS

OUT AS A SIN SINGULAR MOMENT,

THE WHOLE CONCEPT THAT YOU

CAN HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO

GOD, THAT YOU CAN READ THE

SCRIPTURES ON YOUR OWN --

OUR ENTIRE EDUCATIONAL

SYSTEM IS BUILT ON THAT

PREMISES.

PREMISE.

AND THAT WAS THE DRIVE TO

LITERACY, BECAUSE YOU

WANTED EVERY PLOWMAN TO BE

ABLE TO READ THEIR OWN

BIBLE.

IF YOU WERE ABLE TO DO

THAT, YOU COULD CHANGE

SOCIETY.

> TOMORROW WE'LL BRING

YOU PART TWO OF THIS

THREE-PART SERIES.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE

YOUR OWN COPY OF MARTIN

LUTHER, THE REFORMATION,

IT IS YOURS FOR A GIFT OF

$10 OR MORE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

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OR GO TO THE WEBSITE,

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> HERE IS A WORD FOR YOU

FROM PSALMS: "THE LORD IS

MY ROCK AND MY FORTRESS

AND MY DELIVERER.

MY GOD, MY STRENGTH, IN

WHOM I TRUST."

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