Luther Contrasts His Understanding as Reformer with Truth
In this mediated message Martin Luther contrasts his understanding as reformer with the real truth of salvation. He wants his followers to learn the truth and is hoping that these message will help. For related information, go to this page.
Martin Luther Contrasts His Understanding as Reformer with Truth
and Is Very Anxious That the Truths That He Now Knows Be Made Know to His Followers.
(May 29th, 1916 | Received by James Padgett)
I AM HERE. Martin Luther, one-time monk and reformer. I desire to continue my message, if it is agreeable to you. Well, we will try.
When on earth, I firmly believed what was contained in our doctrines and teachings, and was sincere in trying to induce others to believe as I believed and taught. But after my long experience in the spirit world, and my communications with Jesus and his apostles and others to whom the Truths of the Father have come, I realize and know that many of my teachings were erroneous and should no longer be believed by those who worship in the churches that bear my name.
My doctrine of faith—that is, justification by faith—is all wrong when its foundation is considered. It is impossible to understand just what can be intended by faith from my teachings and the church’s tenets.
Our faith was founded on the assumption that Jesus was a part of the “Godhead” and the only begotten son of the Father. Further, that God so loved sinful man that He caused His sinless and beloved son to die on the cross in order that Divine Justice might be “appeased,” and the burden of men’s sins might be lifted and placed on Jesus. Oh, the terrible error of it all! And how it has misled so many of the believers to a condition of darkness and deprivation of the Divine Love of the Father! No, such objects of faith have no foundation in fact, and such a faith does not justify sinful man or bring him in at-onement with the Father so that he becomes a redeemed child of God.
Jesus was not a part of the “Godhead,” and neither was he begotten in the way that I taught and my followers believe. He was the son of man and only the son of God by reason of the fact that he had received the Divine Love of the Father in his soul, which made him like the Father in many of His Attributes of Divinity.
God did not send Jesus to earth for the purpose of dying on the cross, or for the purpose of paying any “debt,” or for the purpose of appeasing the “wrath” of his “angry” and “jealous” Father, for these qualities are not Attributes of the Father. His Attributes pertaining to the salvation of men are only Love and Sympathy, and the Desire that men turn from their sins and become reconciled to Him. No death of Jesus could make any man the less a sinner or draw him any nearer to the Father. And faith in this erroneous proposition is faith in an error, and man has never been justified by it.
JESUS CAME TO EARTH WITH A MISSION TO SAVE MANKIND FROM THEIR SINS. AND THAT MISSION WAS TO BE PERFORMED IN TWO WAYS ONLY: THE ONE, BY DECLARING TO MAN THAT THE FATHER HAD RE-BESTOWED UPON HIM THE PRIVILEGE OF RECEIVING THE DIVINE LOVE; AND, THE OTHER, BY SHOWING MAN THE WAY IN WHICH THE PRIVILEGE MIGHT BE EXERCISED SO THAT THIS DIVINE LOVE WOULD BECOME HIS, THEREBY MAKING HIM A PART OF THE FATHER’S DIVINITY AND INSURING HIM OF IMMORTALITY.
IN NO OTHER WAY COULD, OR CAN, MEN BE SAVED AND MADE AT-ONE WITH THE FATHER. AND FAITH IN THESE TRUTHS, WHICH MAKES THEM THINGS OF POSSESSION AND OWNERSHIP BY MEN, IS THE ONLY FAITH WHICH JUSTIFIES.
I WRITE THIS MORE PARTICULARLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF MY FOLLOWERS, SO THAT THEY MAY LEARN THE VITAL TRUTHS OF THEIR SALVATION AND CHANGE THEIR FAITH IN THE DEATH AND BLOOD SACRIFICE OF JESUS TO FAITH IN THE REBESTOWAL OF THE DIVINE LOVE. I WRITE THIS ALSO TO ADVANCE THE FURTHER TRUTH THAT JESUS WAS SENT TO SHOW THE WAY TO THAT LOVE, AND THAT HE THEREBY BECAME THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.
I KNOW THAT THE ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TRUTHS WILL TAKE FROM THEM THE VERY FOUNDATION OF THEIR BELIEFS, AND MANY WILL REFUSE TO ACCEPT MY NEW DECLARATIONS OF TRUTH. NEVERTHELESS, THEY MUST ACCEPT, FOR TRUTH IS TRUTH AND NEVER CHANGES. AND THOSE WHO REFUSE TO ACCEPT IT ON EARTH WILL HAVE TO ACCEPT IT WHEN THEY COME TO THE SPIRIT WORLD, OR ELSE EXIST IN A CONDITION WHERE THEY WILL SEE AND KNOW THAT THEIR OLD BELIEFS WERE FALSE AND RESTED ON NO SOLID FOUNDATION. THE DANGER TO MANY WILL BE THAT, WHEN THEY REALIZE THE UTTER FALSITY AND NON-EXISTENCE OF WHAT THEY BELIEVED TO BE TRUE, THEY WILL BECOME EITHER INFIDELS OR WANDERERS IN SPIRIT LIFE, WITHOUT THE HOPE OF SALVATION OR OF BECOMING REDEEMED CHILDREN OF GOD.
I FULLY REALIZE THE ERRORS OF MY TEACHINGS ON EARTH AND THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT RESTS UPON ME FOR THESE TEACHINGS WHICH ARE STILL SPREADING, AND I AM ALMOST HELPLESS TO REMEDY THEM. AND, SO, I WRITE THIS MESSAGE, HOPING THAT IT MAY BE PUBLISHED IN YOUR BOOK OF TRUTHS.
I, LUTHER, THE ONE-TIME MONK AND REFORMER, DECLARE THESE TRUTHS WITH ALL THE EMPHASIS OF MY SOUL. THEY ARE BASED ON KNOWLEDGE IN WHICH THERE IS NO SHADOW OF ERROR, AND WHICH I HAVE ACQUIRED FROM EXPERIENCE THAT IS NOT FOUNDED ON THE CLAIMED REVELATIONS OF GOD SPEAKING TO MAN. MY KNOWLEDGE IS TRUE, AND NOTHING IN OPPOSITION CAN BE TRUE. AND THE BELIEFS AND FAITH OF A MAN, OR OF ALL THE INHABITANTS OF EARTH, CANNOT CHANGE THE TRUTH IN ONE IOTA.
THE ROMAN CHURCH TAUGHT THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS, AND I DECLARE THE COMMUNION OF SPIRITS AND MORTALS, BE THEY “SAINTS” OR SINNERS. THAT CHURCH TAUGHT THE DOCTRINE OF PURGATORY AND HELL, AND I DECLARE THAT THERE IS A HELL AND A PURGATORY, AND THAT PROBATION EXISTS IN BOTH PLACES. FURTHER, THAT BOTH PLACES WILL BE EMPTIED OF THEIR INHABITANTS AT SOME TIME IN THE LONG AGES TO COME. AND SOME WILL BECOME REDEEMED CHILDREN OF GOD AND DWELLERS IN THE CELESTIAL HEAVENS, AND OTHERS WILL BECOME PURIFIED IN THEIR NATURAL LOVE AND INHABITANTS OF THE MERELY SPIRITUAL SPHERES.
I PRAY AND DESIRE THAT MY FOLLOWERS MAY BECOME INHABITANTS OF THE CELESTIAL HEAVENS, AND PARTAKE OF THE DIVINE NATURE OF THE FATHER AND IMMORTALITY.
TO THEM, I SAY: HEARKEN TO THE TRUTHS, AS JESUS HAS AND WILL REVEAL THEM TO YOU IN HIS MESSAGES. FOR, IN THE TRUTHS WHICH HE SHALL THUS DECLARE, THEY WILL FIND THE ETERNAL LIFE AND THE AT-ONEMENT WITH GOD WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN SEEKING IN DARKNESS AND DISAPPOINTMENT FOR SO MANY YEARS.
I will not write more tonight, but will come again soon and reveal other vital Truths, if you will find the opportunity for me.
So, with my love and blessings, I am
Your brother in Christ,
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