Worship: Luther’s Separation From Rome / Wellness: Raw, Raw, Raw

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  Foremost among those who were called to lead the church from the darkness of popery into the light of a purer faith, stood Martin Luther. Zealous, ardent, and devoted, knowing no fear but the fear of God, and acknowledging no foundation for religious faith but the Holy Scriptures, Luther was the man for his time; through him God accomplished a great work for the reformation of the church and the enlightenment of the world. {GC 120.1} (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake  Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, recommends a diet that includes lots of raw foods. Raw foods provide live enzymes and energy for the body. They also increase elasticity for joints and alkalinity for the blood. Those with chronic conditions will find that this is the best diet. He cautions, however, that fruits are to be eaten in a separate meal from vegetables. The exception would be neutral fruits, like lemon and avocado, which are great for vegetable salads. Romaine lettuce contains far more nutrients than iceberg lettuce, he warns. And eating mostly of cooked foods increases the likelihood of indigestion and constipation, which causes toxins to remain in the body, which then increases the risk of disease.

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TOPICS THIS WEEK – October 15 – 21

Worship  Sunday – Luther’s Separation From Rome; Monday – Luther Before the Diet; Tuesday – The Swiss Reformer; Wednesday – Progress of Reform in Germany; Thursday – Protest of the Princes; Friday – The French Reformation; Saturday, the Sabbath – The Netherlands and Scandinavia [All topics per The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White.]

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Words of Encouragement

1 Corinthians 13:3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

1 Corinthians 10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

For Heaven’s Sake…

Luther had been “a true son of the papal church and had no thought that he would ever be anything else. In the providence of God he was led to visit Rome. He pursued his journey on foot, lodging at the monasteries on the way. At a convent in Italy he was filled with wonder at the wealth, magnificence, and luxury that he witnessed. Endowed with a princely revenue, the monks dwelt in splendid apartments, attired themselves in the richest and most costly robes, and feasted at a sumptuous table. With painful misgivings Luther contrasted this scene with the self-denial and hardship of his own life. His mind was becoming perplexed. {GC 124.2}

“By a recent decretal an indulgence had been promised by the pope to all who should ascend upon their knees ‘Pilate’s staircase,’ said to have been descended by our Saviour on leaving the Roman judgment hall and to have been miraculously conveyed from Jerusalem to Rome. Luther was one day devoutly climbing these steps, when suddenly a voice like thunder seemed to say to him: ‘The just shall live by faith.’ Romans 1:17. He sprang to his feet and hastened from the place in shame and horror. That text never lost its power upon his soul. From that time he saw more clearly than ever before the fallacy of trusting to human works for salvation, and the necessity of constant faith in the merits of Christ. His eyes had been opened, and were never again to be closed, to the delusions of the papacy. When he turned his face from Rome he had turned away also in heart, and from that time the separation grew wider, until he severed all connection with the papal church. {GC 125.1}

“Rome became more and more exasperated by the attacks of Luther, and it was declared by some of his fanatical opponents, even by doctors in Catholic universities, that he who should kill the rebellious monk would be without sin. One day a stranger, with a pistol hidden under his cloak, approached the Reformer and inquired why he went thus alone. ‘I am in God’s hands,’ answered Luther. ‘He is my strength and my shield. What can man do unto me?’—Ibid.,b. 6, ch. 2. Upon hearing these words, the stranger turned pale and fled away as from the presence of the angels of heaven. {GC 140.1}

“Rome was bent upon the destruction of Luther; but God was his defense. His doctrines were heard everywhere—’in cottages and convents, … in the castles of the nobles, in the universities, and in the palaces of kings;’ and noble men were rising on every hand to sustain his efforts.—Ibid., b. 6, ch. 2. {GC 140.2}

“It was about this time that Luther, reading the works of Huss, found that the great truth of justification by faith, which he himself was seeking to uphold and teach, had been held by the Bohemian Reformer. ‘We have all,’ said Luther, ‘Paul, Augustine, and myself, been Hussites without knowing it!’ ‘God will surely visit it upon the world,’ he continued, ‘that the truth was preached to it a century ago, and burned!’—Wylie, b. 6, ch. 1” {GC 140.3}

“Precious was the message which he bore to the eager crowds that hung upon his words. Never before had such teachings fallen upon their ears. The glad tidings of a Saviour’s love, the assurance of pardon and peace through His atoning blood, rejoiced their hearts and inspired within them an immortal hope. At Wittenberg a light was kindled whose rays should extend to the uttermost parts of the earth, and which was to increase in brightness to the close of time.” {GC 126.2}

(This study is based on chapter 7, “Luther’s Separation from Rome,” in the book The Great Controversy (GC), by Ellen G. White.)