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700 Club Interactive - November 2, 2017

Part three 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


Gordon: FROM GREAT

REFORMER, TO THE CENTER

PIECE OF A REAL-LIFE CRIME

DRAMA.

SOME PEOPLE SAY HE WAS

KIDNAPPED.

SOME PEOPLE SAY HE IS

DEAD, HE HAS BEEN

ASSASSINATED.

NOBODY KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED

TO HIM.

Gordon: WHILE IN

HIDING, MARTIN LUTHER

TRANSLATES THE BIBLE.

HE TRANSLATES THE NEW

TESTAMENT IN 11 WEEKS.

THIS IS CRAZY.

Gordon: HOW HIS LIFE

IMPACTS YOU MORE THAN YOU

MIGHT REALIZE.

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

HERE IS A LOOK AT THIS

WEEK'S TOP FIVE FROM

"STUDIO 5."

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FIVE...PRAYERS FOR NBA

STAR AND TALL MAN OF

FAITH, JEREMY LYNNE.

OH, BOY, JEREMY LYNNE

IS DOWN.

Efrem: HE WILL NOW

MISS THE SEASON BECAUSE OF

A RUPTURED PATELLA TENDON

OF THE RIGHT KNEE, BUT HE

IS TAKING IT WELL.

IN THIS RECENT INSTAGRAM

POST, HE SAYS: "THANKS FOR

ALL OF THE LOVE.

FOR REAL.

I'VE BEEN BLOWN AWAY WITH

THE SUPPORT.

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

STARTS NOW."

HE ENDS, JOKING, "KEEP THE

SEXY HAT."

> AT NUMBER FOUR...

OON AS SOON AS I GOT THE

KIDNEY TRANSPLANT, MY

ARTHRITIS WENT AWAY.

Efrem: ACTRESS SELENA

GOMEZ OPENS UP ABOUT THE

KIDNEY TRANSPLANT FROM HER

BEST FRIEND AND FELLOW

ACTRESS.

THEY BOTH SAY IT IS

THEIR FAITH THAT GUIDED

THEM THROUGH THIS VERY

EMOTIONAL AND PRIVATE

PROCESS.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE

FRANCEA SAVED YOUR LIFE?

SHE DID.

I GOT TO THE POINT WHERE

IT WAS REALLY KIND OF LIFE

OR DEATH.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

THREE...

WE'RE C.E.O.

CHURCH-GOERS AT BEST.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

CHRISTMAS AND EASTER AT

BEST.

Efrem: THE ACTOR AND

SHOW CREATOR SHARES HIS

FAITH, SAYING, "MY FAITH

AND BELIEF IS WHAT KEEPS

ME GOING."

[APPLAUSE]

[CHEERING]

HALLELUJAH!

WOW, SIX SONGS.

EACH ONE MORE UPLIFTING

THAN THE LAST.

Efrem: ANDERSON ALSO

SHARES, I BELIEVE I HAVE

BEEN BLESSED WITH A

GIFT -- NOT A TALENT, BUT

A GIFT.

AND IT IS MY

RESPONSIBILITY TO SHARE

THIS GIFT WITH AS MANY

PEOPLE AS I POSSIBLY CAN.

AND THAT GIFT IS PRODUCING

GROUNDBREAKING,

THOUGHTFUL, AND FUNNY

TELEVISION.

HOLD THAT CRESCENT.

ALL RIGHT.

AROUND HERE, WE SAY GRACE

FIRST.

ALL RIGHT.

SHALL WE?

PLEASE.

I DON'T KNOW IF I FEEL

COMFORTABLE LEADING GRACE

WHEN I'M NOT SURE IF I

BELIEVE IN GOD.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

TWO...

MY GUY, PASTOR CARL,

WELCOME BACK.

Efrem: HILLSONG NEW

YORK PASTOR CARL LINTZ IS

CHATTING UP HIS NEW BOOK.

DON'T BE SO FIXATED ON

THE FUTURE THAT YOU MISS

THE POWER OF THE PRESENCE.

I THINK PEOPLE NEED

REMINDERS THAT WE CAN'T DO

A LOT ABOUT A LOT, BUT WE

CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT

WHAT IS IN OUR HANDS RIGHT

NOW.

THAT'S WHY I WROTE IT,

BECAUSE THESE ARE

FRUSTRATING TIMES.

Efrem: CARL'S NEW

BOOK, "OWN THE MOMENT," IS

OUT THIS WEEK.

> AT NUMBER ONE...

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO

WORK ON A GOSPEL ALBUM?

Efrem: "STUDIO 5"

SHARED THE NEWS OF SNOOP

DOGG'S PLAN TO PRODUCE A

GOSPEL ALBUM MONTHS AGO.

WE'RE WORKING ON THIS

GOSPEL RECORD.

Efrem: WE CAN NOW

REPORT IT IS NEARING

RELEASE.

HEY, MAN, THIS IS A

GOSPEL RECORD.

* H'MMM H'MMM

Efrem: AND THE RAPPER

IS PREVIEWING SOME OF HIS

SONGS ONLINE.

*

Efrem: HE IS GETTING

RAVE REVIEWS FROM GOSPEL

LEGENDS LIKE FRED HAMMOND,

WHO HEARD AND WORKED ON

THE PROJECT.

AND WHEN I HEARD IT, I

WAS SURPRISED BECAUSE THE

HOOK IS JUST CALLING ON

JESUS OVER AND OVER.

AND MY HEART GOT GLAD WHEN

I TALKED TO HIM.

AND I FELT HIS HEART.

Gordon: WELL, FOR ALL

OF THE LATEST IN

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, WHERE

ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO FIND

OUT THAT SNOOP DOGG IS

COMING OUT WITH A GOSPEL

ALBUM?

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

CHECK OUT EFREM'S SHOW,

"STUDIO 5," AND YOU CAN

WATCH IT ONLINE ON

cbn.com/studio5.

> COMING UP, HIS CAREER

IN SHOW BUSINESS IS WORTH

CELEBRATING.

FIND OUT WHY PAT BOONE IS

CELEBRATING ISRAEL, RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: THE OLD

SAYING GOES, THERE IS NO

BUSINESS LIKE SHOW

BUSINESS.

AND THOSE OF THOSE WHO

MAKE IT, DON'T HAVE

CAREERS QUITE AS

LONG-LASTING AS PAT BOONE.

Reporter: 54 YEARS

AGO, ONLY ONE PERFORMER

RIVALLED ELVIS PRESLEY,

AND THAT WAS PAT BOONE.

HE HAD SIX NUMBER ONE

HITS, 13 CERTIFIED GOLD

SINGLES, AND TWO GOLD AND

ONE PLATINUM ALBUM.

HE IS STILL PERFORMING AND

PRODUCING, WITH NO SIGNS

OF SLOWING DOWN.

Gordon: IT IS GREAT

TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

I USED TO LOOK LIKE

THAT.

Gordon: YOU STILL

LOOK GOOD.

YOUR PAPA CAN STILL

LIFT A THOUSAND POUNDS.

Gordon: HE IS NOT LEG

LIFTING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE

HE FELL FROM A HORSE --

I KNOW.

BUT HE IS LIKE A TIMEX

WATCH, HE CAN TAKE A

LICKING AND KEEP ON

TICKING.

Gordon: I UNDERSTAND

YOU HAVE A JOB NOW WITH

THE ISRAEL GOVERNMENT?

WELL, IT IS NOT A JOB.

IT IS A DESIGNATION.

I'VE BEEN SO INVOLVED

PROMOTING TOURISM OVER THE

MANY YEARS, AND IT IS NOT

SOMETHING THAT I SOUGHT

FOR MYSELF, BUT I'VE BEEN

TO ISRAEL SOME 20 TIMES.

I PROMOTE IT ON MY RADIO

AND SOMETIMES TV SPOTS,

TOURISM.

EVENTUALLY THE MINISTER OF

TOURISM -- THERE I AM WITH

YAD BASHIM AND BEN YAHUDA,

BECAUSE I WROTE THE WORDS

TO THE THEME SONG FOR

EXODUS, BOM, BOM, BOM --

IT'S NOW THE SECOND JEWISH

ANTHEM.

AND I WROTE THE WORDS ON

CHRISTMAS EVE.

SHIRLEY WAS SAYING, PLEASE

HELP ME GET THE PACKAGES

UNDER THE TREE SO WE CAN

GO TO BED.

I SAID, I'M TRYING TO GET

AN IDEA FOR A LYRIC TO

THIS MELODY.

THERE WERE NO WORDS.

AND I PUT THE NEEDLE ON

THE ALBUM FOR THE 40th

TIME, BOM, BOM, BOM -- AND

IT WAS LIKE A NEON SIGN.

* THIS LAND IS MINE

AND I THOUGHT, THAT IS THE

WHOLE STORY OF EXODUS,

THIS LAND IS MINE.

BOM, BOM, BOM.

GOD GAVE THIS LAND TO ME.

AND I THOUGHT, THIS IS IT.

AND I GOT A PIECE OF

PAPER, WHITE PAPER, AND IN

20 MINUTES, LIKE I WAS

TAKING DICTATION, I HAD

WRITTEN ALL OF THE WORDS

TO WHAT HAS NOW BECOME THE

SECOND JEWISH NATIONAL

ANTHEM, THE THEME SONG

FROM THE MOVIE "EXODUS."

AND YAD BASHEM, WHEN I WAS

THERE WITH MIKE HUCKABEE A

COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, CAME

UP WITH TEARS IN HIS EYES

AND SAID, THAT SONG MEANS

SO MUCH TO US.

YOU MUST HAVE WRITTEN IT

ON SOMETHING, THE WORDS.

WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO

LET US HAVE THAT WHEN

YOU'RE THROUGH WITH IT?

WE WANT TO PUT IT ON THE

WALL ON THE RIGHTEOUS

GENTILE, ALONG WITH

SCHINDLER AND OTHERS.

I SAID, I CAN LET YOU HAVE

IT RIGHT NOW, BUT I HAVE

TO LET YOU KNOW I WROTE

THOSE WORDS ON THE BACK OF

A CHRISTMAS CARD.

AND HE SAID, WONDERFUL, HE

SAID, BECAUSE THAT

UNDERSCORES WE KNOW THAT

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS ARE

OUR BEST FRIENDS AND

SUPPORTERS IN THE WORLD.

SO THIS IS PERFECT.

I WENT BACK A YEAR LATER,

AND THERE I AM SUBMITTING

IT TOAD TO YAD BASHEM, WITH MIC

HUCKABEE, AND IMIKE HUCKABEE, AND IT IS

FRAMED ON THE WALL.

AND FOR ME, A KID FROM

NASHVILLE, WHO GREW UP

KNOWING THAT THIS BIBLE

WAS WRITTEN BY JEWS, FOR

JEWS, AND ABOUT JEWS,

TOTALLY FROM GENESIS TO

REVELATION, OLD TESTAMENT,

NEW TESTAMENT, AND WE

GENTILES, WE COULD GET IN

ON IT BECAUSE OF OUR

BELIEF IN THE JEWISH

MESSIAH, THAT WE WERE

ADOPTED JEWS AND NOW WE'RE

THE HAHYM.

AND MANY ASK ME, ARE YOU

JEWISH?

AND I SAID YEAH.

I'M AN ADOPTED JEW.

AND PAUL SAYS WE'RE

GRAFTED INTO --

Gordon: WE'RE GRAFTED

IN.

-- GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE.

AND I'M HOSTING A TOUR NOW

BECAUSE THE MINISTER OF

TOURISM NAMED ME THE

CHRISTIAN AMBASSADOR OF

TOURISM BECAUSE I'VE BEEN

SUPPORTING IT SO MANY

YEARS.

AND SO IT IS LIKE AN

AMBASSADOR WITHOUT

PORTFOLIO.

BUT BY GOVERNMENTAL

APPOINTMENT.

I'M HOSTING MY LAST TOUR

NEXT MAY, MAY 9th --

Gordon: DON'T SAY IT

IS YOUR LAST.

WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG

I'M GOING TO GO.

AND I'M DOING A CONCERT.

I CONCLUDED WITH EXODUS

LAST MARCH AND IT WAS SOLD

OUT IN TEL AVIV.

WE'LL DO ANOTHER IN TEL

AVIV, ANOTHER IN

JERUSALEM, AND THEN A TV

SPECIAL FROM THE ROMAN

AMPHITHEATER.

Gordon: AND WHAT ARE

THE DATES FOR THIS?

MAY 9th THROUGH THE

20th.

AND PEOPLE OUGHT TO SIGN

UP.

GO TO

PatBooneIsraeltour.com,

AND GET ALL OF THE

INFORMATION.

Gordon: THEY CAN GO

TO ISRAEL WITH YOU?

WITH ME.

Gordon: AND MEET YOU?

MEET ME.

I'LL BE ON EVERY BUS.

WE'LL GO MEET WITH PRIME

MINISTER NETANYAHU, WHO

CALLS ME SPEEDY.

WHEN HE WAS AT M.I.T. AS A

COLLEGE STUDENT -- THERE

IS A PICTURE, I WAS WITH

HIM LAST MARCH.

HE SAYS, HELLO, SPEEDY,

COME ON IN.

SPEEDY GONZALES, MY

RECORD -- HE LOVES IT.

SO HE CALLS ME SPEEDY.

I'M SURE HE WILL MAKE TIME

TO MEET WITH OUR TOUR

GROUP.

Gordon: THAT WILL BE

SOMETHING ELSE.

IT WILL BE GREAT.

Gordon: AND THE TOUR

WILL BE IN THE AUDIENCE

FOR THE CONCERT.

OH, YEAH.

AND THE TV SPECIAL.

IT IS THE 70th

ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEW

MODERN STATE OF ISRAEL.

Gordon: A LOT OF

PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHY THAT

IS SO SIGNIFICANT.

GOD SAID, ONE OF THESE

DAYS I'M GOING TO BRING

YOU BACK.

AND WILL A NATION BE BORN

IN A DAY?

AND I HAD MY BIBLE OPEN

HERE TO THIS, THE PROPHECY

OF JEREMIAH, WHICH SHOULD

BE IMPORTANT TO EVERY

CHRISTIAN, EVERY BELIEVER,

EVERY JEW.

NEVERTHELESS, JEREMIAH

SAYS, THE TIME WILL COME

AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN

PUNISHED FOR THEIR

DISOBEDIENCE.

I WILL HEAL JERUSALEM'S

WOUNDS AND GIVE IT

PROSPERITY AND TRUE PEACE.

I WILL RESTORE THE

FORTUNES OF JUDAH AND

ISRAEL.

I WILL CLEANSE THEM OF

THEIR SINS AGAINST ME AND

FORGIVE ALL THEIR SINS OF

REBELLION.

AND THEN THIS CITY,

JERUSALEM, WILL BRING MY

JOY, GLORY AND HONOR,

BEFORE ALL OF THE NATIONS

OF THE EARTH.

THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD

WILL SEE ALL OF THE GOOD I

DO FOR MY PEOPLE.

AND THEY WILL TREMBLE WITH

AWE AT THE PEACE AND

PROSPERITY I PROVIDE FOR

THEM."

THIS WAS PROPHESIED BY GOD

THROUGH JEREMIAH.

IT IS HAPPENING IN OUR

DAY.

THEY ARE NOW THE NATION

THAT WAS REBORN IN A DAY,

1948.

AND WE BELIEVERS OUGHT TO

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ANY AND

EVERY OPPORTUNITY WE CAN

HAVE TO GO AND STAND ON

THE VERY GROUNDS THAT

ABRAHAM WAS PROMISED.

IT WAS THE LAND OF CANAAN.

IT WAS NOT A SAMARITAN

NATION.

IT WAS JUST A LAND OF CAN

NAN.

CANAAN, BUT GOD RAN ALL OF

THE PEOPLE OUT, GAVE IT TO

ISRAEL IN PERPETUITY, AND

HE SAID, I'M GOING TO

BRING YOU BACK AND RESTORE

EVERYTHING, AND YOU WILL

NEVER LEAVE JERUSALEM

AGAIN.

NOBODY WILL EVER TAKE IT

FROM YOU.

THERE ARE LOTS OF EFFORTS

BEING MADE TODAY, EVEN THE

U.N. WANTING TO DIVIDE

ISRAEL --

Gordon: THEY STILL

WANT TO DIVIDE IT.

AND IT IS NOT GOING TO

HAPPEN.

Gordon: IT IS THE

50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE

REUNIFICATION FROM 1967,

THE SIX-DAY WAR.

YEAH.

Gordon: AND THE

SIGNATURE VERSE FOR ME

THIS YEAR HAS BEEN PSALM

126: "AND THEN THEY SAID

AMONG THE NATIONS, THE

LORD HAS DONE GREAT

THINGS."

YES.

Gordon: WHAT BETTER

WAY THAN TO GO TO ISRAEL

AND TO DO IT THERE.

STAND ON THE GROUND.

Gordon: AND TELL THE

ISRAELIS, WE'RE HERE WITH

YOU.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE

GOING TO DO, IN SINGING

GOD'S PRAISE TOGETHER.

CHRISTIANS AND JEWS.

RABBI ECKSTEIN IS ONE OF

THE CO-SPONSORS OF THE

TOUR.

HE AND I AND YOUR DAD AND

ALL OF US HAVE HELPED HIM

BRING JEWS FROM ALL OVER

THE WORLD, FROM BEHIND THE

IRON AND BAMBOO CURTAINS

TO LIVE AGAIN AND SETTLE

IN THE PROMISED LAND.

AND NOW WEE CAN GO AND

CELEBRATE ALL OF THAT

TOGETHER.

IT IS A TIME OF JUBILEE

AND A TIME OF GREAT

CELEBRATION.

I WANT FOLKS TO COME AND

BE PART OF IT.

I'M GOING TO BE RIGHT IN

THE MIDDLE OF IT.

Gordon: YOU CAN BE A

PART OF IT.

IF YOU WANT MORE

INFORMATION, YOU CAN GO

TO cbn.com AND WE'LL

HAVE A LINK THERE.

OR YOU CAN DO

PatBooneIsraeltour.com.

THAT'S GOING TO BE THE

HOLY LAND.

LET'S GO TO THE HOLY LAND.

LET'S GO TO THE PROMISED

LAND.

Gordon: UP NEXT, THE

DISAPPEARANCE OF MARTIN

LUTHER.

AND SOME PEOPLE SAY HE

WAS KIDNAPPED.

SOME PEOPLE SAY HE IS

DEAD.

HE HAS BEEN ASSASSINATED.

NOBODY KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED

TO HIM.

Gordon: FIND OUT WHAT

HAPPENED TO HIM AND HOW

HIS DISAPPEARANCE BENEFITS

Gordon: ON

OCTOBER 31st,1517, A

GERMAN MONK NAMED MARTIN

LUTHER CALLED FOR A DEBATE

OVER SEVERAL CHURCH

PRACTICES.

THAT SIMPLE ACT OPENED THE

FLOODGATES TO A CHRISTIAN

REFORMATION.

WHAT HAPPENED OVER THE

NEXT FEW MONTHS AND YEARS

CHANGED THE WAY WE THINK

OF LIBERTY, SALVATION, AND

COMMUNICATING WITH GOD.

HERE I STAND; I CAN DO

NO OTHER.

Reporter: IN THE YEAR

1521, MARTIN LUTHER MADE A

COURAGEOUS STAND AGAINST

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND

THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE AT

THE IMPERIAL DIET OF

WORMS.

HE REFUSED TO RECANT HIS

WRITINGS CRITICAL OF THE

CHURCH UNLESS IT COULD BE

SHOWN HE WOO WRONG THROUGH WAS WRONG WITHI
N

THE WORD OF GOD.

SO RIGHT AFTER THAT,

WHEN EVERYBODY IS TALKING

ABOUT THAT AT THE COUNCIL

AND PEOPLE IN THE CITY

ARE -- IT IS A BIG EVENT,

LUTHER DISAPPEARS.

SOME PEOPLE SAY HE WAS

KIDNAPPED.

SOME PEOPLE SAY HE IS

DEAD.

HE HAS BEEN ASSASSINATED.

NOBODY KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED

TO HIM.

FREDERICK THE THIRD,

WHO IS WANTING TO PROTECT

LUTHER, SAYS, I HAVE AN

IDEA.

WE'RE GOING TO KIDNAP

LUTHER.

WE'RE GOING TO STAGE A

FAKE KIDNAPPING.

AND SUDDENLY IN THE WOODS,

TWO COME AND KIDNAP HIM.

Reporter: LUTHER WAS

TAKEN TO A CASTLE WHERE HE

REMAINED PROTECTED FROM

THE EMPIRE FOR SEVERAL

MONTHS.

WHY SEWHILE SEQUESTERED, HE

DEVOTED HIMSELF TO A NEW

TASK, TO MAKE THE BIBLE

AVAILABLE TO THE MASSES.

HE TRANSLATES THE NEW

TESTAMENT IN 11 WEEKS.

THIS IS CRAZY.

HE TRANSLATES IT FROM THE

ORIGINAL GREEK, WHICH HAD

JUST BEEN RECONSTITUTED BY

THE GREAT SCHOLAR ARASMUS.

AND LUTHER SAID, I'M GOING

TO USE THE ORIGINAL TO

CREATE A NEW GERMAN

TRANSLATION FOR THE

PEOPLE.

NOW, BECAUSE OF PRINTING

PRESSES, THE WORD OF GOD

WAS AVAILABLE TO THE

COMMON MAN.

THEY COULD READ IT FOR

THEMSELVES.

THEY COULD BE TAUGHT ABOUT

IT IN A WAY THAT JUST WAS

NOT POSSIBLE BEFORE.

Reporter: YEARS

LATER, LUTHER ALSO

TRANSLATED THE OLD

TESTAMENT.

BY 1534, THE WHOLE

BIBLE WAS AVAILABLE IN

GERMAN.

THAT BECAME THE FIRST

BEST-SELLER IN HUMAN

HISTORY.

THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

COPIES OF LUTHER'S BIBLES

BEGAN TO ROLL OFF THE

PRINTING PRESSES OF

WITTENBERG, AND BEFORE

LONG, THERE WAS A REAL

CHANGE TAKING PLACE IN THE

LIFE OF THE CHURCHES.

IT WAS A RENAISSANCE IN

BIBLICAL STUDY AND

LEARNING.

LUTHER CRACKED OPEN A

SPACE BETWEEN THE

INSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH

AND GOD AND TRUTH.

BEFORE THAT THE CHURCH

SPOKE FOR GOD.

THE STATE SPOKE FOR GOD.

THE CHURCH AND THE STATE

WERE ONE.

WHAT THEY SAID WAS GOD TO

THE PEOPLE.

BUT LUTHER SAID, THERE IS

SOMETHING THAT IS ABOVE

THE CHURCH, AND THAT IS

THE WORD OF GOD.

THE WORD OF GOD IS PURE.

THE WORD OF GOD IS

INCORRUPTABLE.

IT IS POSSIBLE FOR US,

FALLEN HUMAN BEINGS,

INCLUDING THE POPE, TO GET

THAT WRONG.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME

ANYONE HAD GOTTEN AWAY

WITH SAYING THIS.

AND THIS WEDGE BETWEEN THE

TRUTH, THE TRUTH OF GOD,

AND THE INSTITUTIONAL

CHURCH, WIDENED AND

WIDENED, AND IT BROKE OPEN

HISTORY.

WE HAVE NEVER GONE BACK.

BY 1524, THE

REFORMATION HAD TAKEN

ROUTE ACROSS GERMANY AND

OTHER PARTS OF EUROPE.

SOON HIS FOLLOWERS WERE

CALLED LUTHERANS AND

PROTESTANT, DESPITE HIS

OBJECTIONS.

HE DIDN'T LIKE THE FACT

THAT EVEN IN HIS DAY,

PEOPLE WERE BEGINNING TO

BE CALLED LUTHERANS AND

LATER ON ANGLICANS OR

SOMETHING ELSE.

AGAIN, LUTHER, AND ALL OF

THESE REFORMERS, WANTED TO

CALL PEOPLE BACK TO JESUS

CHRIST.

THEY DID NOT WANT TO

PERPETUATE THE DIVISIONS

IN THE CHURCH THAT DID

SPRING UP OUT OF THE

REFORMATION.

HE IS NOT STARTING A

NEW CHURCH IN HIS MIND; HE

IS RESTORING THE ORIGINAL

CHURCH.

IT IS WHAT HE CALLS THE

ROMANISTS, THE CATHOLICS,

WHO HAVE GONE OFF THE

PATH, AND THEY PERVERTED

THE GOSPELS AND JESUS'

PLAN.

WE HAVE TO THINK OF THE

REFORMATION AS A

REDISCOVER REOY OF SOMETHING

THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN TRUE.

THE IDEA OF REFORMATION IS

TO GO BACK, TO REFORM, TO

RENEW, TO WHAT THE CHURCH

WAS SUPPOSED TO BE.

Reporter: BEFORE THE

MID-16th CENTURY, OTHER

REFORMERS BEGAN TEACHING

AND PREACHING FROM THE

BIBLE WITH NEW ZEAL, AS

THE REFORMATION QUICKLY

SPREAD.

LUTHER WERE INFLUENCE

HUNDREDS, IF NOT

THOUSANDS, OF THE LEADERS,

MINISTERS, AND THINKERS IN

HIS DAY AND AFTER HIM.

PEOPLE LIKE SWINGLEY, LIKE

CALVIN, AND MANY OTHERS

LATER WOULD LOOK TO LUTHER

FOR THE THEOLOGICAL

FOUNDATION OF THEIR OWN

REFORM.

THEIR OWN REFORM THAT THEY

WOULD EXPERIENCE THROUGH

THE POWER OF GOD'S SPIRIT.

FROM 15 TO 17 THERE IS

JUST AN EXPLOSION OF

DIFFERENT TYPES OF REFORMS

AND MOVEMENTS.

EVERYONE LIVING IN THE

WORLD TODAY, WHETHER THEY

KNOW IT OR NOT -- AND MOST

OF US WOULDN'T KNOW IT --

OWE MUCH OF WHAT WE TAKE

FOR GRANTED, OUR

LIBERTIES, THE IDEA OF

DEMOCRACY -- ALL OF THIS

WE OWE ULTIMATELY TO THE

FAITH OF MARTIN LUTHER AND

TO HIS WILLINGNESS TO LIVE

OUT HIS FAITH BY STANDING

AGAINST THE POWERS OF HIS

DAY.

Reporter:

DISAGREEMENTS AROSE

BETWEEN REFORMATION

LEADERS.

DIVISIONS MULTIPLIED AS IN

INTERPRETATIONS OF

SCRIPTURES VARIED.

YET AT THE HEART OF THE

REFORMATION FAITH POINTS

TO GOD ALONE AS THE SOURCE

OF OUR SALVATION.

LUTHER DISCOVERED THAT

GOD'S MERCY AND GRACE

CANNOT BE MINGLED AND

MIXED WITH OUR HUMAN

EFFORTS AND OUR ATTEMPTS

TO BRING OURSELVES RIGHT

WITH HIM.

THAT HIS MERCY IS POURED

OUT TO US, U UNDESERVEDLY

THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

THE BOOK IS COMING INTO

THE LIVES OF MEN AND

WOMEN, CAUSING THEM TO

TURN TO CHRIST AND BE

SAVED.

ON THE BASIS OF FAITH

ALONE -- FAITH, NOT AS A

WORK OR AN EFFORT, BUT

FAITH AS A GIFT.

THE REFORMATION IS A

DOXOLOGICAL EVENT, AND IT

IS INTENDED TO INVOKE

PRAISE AND WORSHIP THAT IS

WORTHY OF A MAJESTIC GOD.

TO GOD ONLY BE THE GLORY.

THAT'S THE FINAL LINE OF

THE REFORMATION FAITH.

Reporter: IN THE 500

YEARS SINCE THE

REFORMATION, THE GOSPEL OF

JESUS CHRIST HAS SPREAD

AROUND THE WORLD, AND THE

BIBLE HAS BEEN TRANSLATED

INTO THOUSANDS OF

LANGUAGES.

THE NEED TO CLING TO JESUS

AND HIS WORD REMAINS AS

VITAL FOR THE CHURCH TODAY

AS IT WAS FOR MARTIN

LUTHER DURING THE

REFORMATION.

WE CAN'T DO ANY BETTER

THAN GO BACK TO THE VERY

FIRST OF LUTHER'S 95

THESIS.

WHICH SAYS, WHEN OUR LORD

AND MASTER JESUS CHRIST

HAD REPENTED, HE WANTED

HIS WHOLE LIFE TO BE ONE

OF CHANGE, OF

TRANSFORMATION, OF

REPENTANCE OF RENEWAL.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE

CHURCH NEEDS TODAY.

WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE OUR

UTTER POVERTY WITHOUT GOD.

WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT

ALL OF OUR EFFORTS TO PULL

OURSELVES UP BY OUR

SPIRITUAL BOOTSTRAPS HAVE

FAILED AND THEY WILL FAIL.

AND AT THE END OF THE DAY,

WE HAVE TO THROW OURSELVES

ON THE MERCY OF GOD.

WE ARE BEGGERS, THIS IS

TRUE.

I'M HOPING THAT OU OUT OF

THIS RENEWAL OF INTEREST

IN LUTHER AND THE

REFORMERS, PEOPLE WILL DIG

DEEP TO THOSE SOURCES OF

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

ESPECIALLY IN THE BIBLE.

READ THE BIBLE AND STUDY

IT WITH AN OPEN HEART AND

AN OPEN MIND, AND FIND IN

THERE A MESSAGE THAT IS

FULL OF DELIVERANCE, THAT

IS FULL OF REDEMPTION, AND

THAT IS FULL OF HOPE IN A

WORLD THAT SO DESPERATELY

NEEDS THE HOPE OF THE

GOSPEL.

IT IS CLEAR TO ME THAT

IN EVERY GENERATION, GOD'S

SPIRIT HAS WORKED WITH HIS

CHURCH TO RENEW HER, TO

REFORM HER, AND TO BRING

HER BACK TO THE TRUTH.

I THINK IT IS PIVOTAL THAT

THIS YEAR, THE 500th

ANNIVERSARY OF THIS

EXTRAORDINARY SCREENT, WE EVENT, WE

HAVE TO STAND TALL FOR THE

TRUTHS THAT WERE

REDISCOVERED DURING THAT

TIME.

AND WE CONTINUE TO ASK THE

QUESTION: WHAT ABOUT THE

NEXT 500 YEARS?

ARE THERE AREAS WITHIN THE

CHURCH THAT NEED TO BE

REFORMED TODAY?

WE SHOULD SEARCH THE

SCRIPTURES WITH THE SAME

INTENSITY THAT LUTHER DID.

WE SHOULD BE DEPENDENT ON

THE POWER OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT TO HELP US

UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES,

TO ONCE AGAIN ASK THIS

QUESTION: ARE THERE

SYSTEMS, ARE THERE

PRACTICES THAT BLOCK THE

ACCESS TO GOD, THAT

CONTRADICTS THE WORD OF

THE LORD?

AND LET'S HAVE THE COURAGE

TO STAND UP, LIKE LUTHER,

AND TO ASK THOSE DEEP AND

DIFFICULT QUESTIONS.

AND, LIKE LUTHER, TO SAY

UNLESS WE CAN SEE THIS IN

THE WORD OF GOD, IT SHOULD

NOT BE SO.

THAT THIS IS THE

FOUNDATION FOR ALL TRUTH.

Gordon: THE

FOUNDATION FOR ALL TRUTH.

THE SCRIPTURES AND THEN

THE DRIVE ON THE PART OF

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE

REFORMATION TO TRANSLATE

THE BIBLE, TO MAKE THE

BIBLE AVAILABLE FOR EVERY

ONE.

AND ALONG WITH THAT, A

DRIVE FOR LITERACY IN THE

BIRTHING OF ALL KINDS OF

UNIVERSITIES AND SCHOOLS

SO PEOPLE COULD READ THE

BIBLE.

AND THE EMPHASIS: READ THE

BIBLE IN THE ORIGINAL

LANGUAGES OF HEBREW AND

GREEK.

SO YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND

THE TEXT.

IT WAS REVOLUTIONARY, AND

IT CHANGED WESTERN

CIVILIZATION AND GAVE US

THE FAITH THAT WE HAVE

TODAY.

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WE NEED TO REVISIT THE

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HOW DOES HE IMPACT WESTERN

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HOW DOES HE IMPACT OUR

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LAW."

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