Theologia est doctrina Deo vivendi per Christum - Theology is the doctrine of living unto God through Christ

MartinLuther

 

When Martin Luther (1483–1546) preached from the Gospel passages on John the Baptist, he always emphasized how John’s finger pointed to Christ, and how the church must follow in John’s footsteps and point people to the Lord without fail (refer to the picture below where Luther is doing the same).

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Salvation can only be found in Jesus and in no one or nothing else; that is the message the church must constantly preach.  But preaching this isn’t always as easy as it sounds:

“…The devil does not intend to allow this testimony about Christ.  He devotes all his energy to opposing it and will not desist until he has struck it down and suppressed it.  In this respect, we humans are weak and stubbornly perverse and are more likely to become attached to saints than to Christ.  Within the papacy they have preached about the service rendered by…

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