The Pastor\’s Pen

An Independent Baptist Preacher\’s Musings and Observations

Was Luther Even Saved?

Posted by Pastor Szekely on August 21, 2006

LutherWhy is it that there are Baptists who like to quote Martin Luther and even go so far as to think that he was a great man of the Faith? I believe it’s because these same ones don’t really know what Luther believed…stop listening to commentators and Protestant historians who say that Luther came to the conclusion that man is not justified by his own works but rather by faith alone, i.e. justification by faith alone in Christ alone…listen to what Luther himself says and how he defines his position on justification in Christ!

“To put it most simply, the power, effect, benefit, fruit, and purpose of Baptism is to save (my emphasis added). No one is baptized in order to become a prince, but as the words say, to ‘be saved’. To be saved, we know, is nothing else than to be delivered from sin, death, and the devil and to enter into the kingdom of Christ and live with him forever” — Martin Luther (Quoted from his Large Catechism)

*For more proof that Luther did not believe in salvation by grace alone, check out his small catechism: www.immanuelevluth.org/catechism/c-iv.htm

Martin Luther – a persecutor of the Baptists – held to a sacramental gospel! As a Catholic, he wanted to reform his Church, not leave it. Luther believed that a person should have faith in the sacraments that [he thought] saved, and not that a person have the sacraments forced on them against their will…Sola Fida?

From his own writings, we find that Luther believed in baptismal regeneration, or that people [along with infants] will gain eternal life via baptism…If Luther truly held to justification by faith alone in Christ alone, he would have rejected this damnable doctrine…but he did not.

Now before you comment that I’m judging that Luther is lost, let me say this: If we are saved by Grace though Faith in Christ ALONE, plus or minus nothing – and we are how could Martin Luther even be saved and in Heaven today? I mean, if baptism does not save – and it doesn’t – and if Luther still trusted in baptism to save…friends, I wouldn’t want what he’s got!

Just think about it before you attack…let reason overtake emotion…and Baptists, was Luther truly a “great man of the faith”? I don’t think so.

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10 Responses to “Was Luther Even Saved?”

  1. SRGROFF said

    Excellent!! Why is it that we Baptists hold up men that do not hold to true biblical doctrine. We must take great care of who we lift up as “great men of the faith”, when in truth, they do not stand upon the truth.

    Good job brother. Keep it up.

  2. Bro. Davenport said

    Thank God Matthew 3 doesn’t talk about John the Lutheran! I know why so many indipendent, fundamental Baptists get duped into thinking Luther was a great man – the persecutors of Baptists wrote the history and made him such a hero! The battle has ALWAYS been over baptism one way or the other. Such people as VanImpe and Graham are doing the same thing today by useing there large platform to promote their cute little heresies and saying the Pope was a good Christian. I’m thankful I’m not a protestant that has to bow down to the “brethren”.

  3. Could not agree with you more, 100%.
    Thanks for setting the Baptist record straight.
    We Baptist know little or nothing about our
    heritage nor the persecution meeted out to our Baptist ancestry by protestants like Luther, Zwingle,Calvin,Knox etc.

  4. Bro. Szekely said

    I pray we Baptists would know our history and teach it unto our children and children’s children! It’s a shame that many Baptists today have never been educated on our forefathers’ “trail of blood”…We’ll never learn from history if we do not know it…and unfortunately, it shows today in our churches.

    But God is good! I believe if we keep on waving the “Blood-Stained Banner”, and as we preach and teach “here a little, there a little, precept upon precept”, God will give us wisdom of our past. We must get back to a healthy fear of God: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom”…without that reverence of God, there can be no true wisdom!

    Thank you for your reply ~ Lord bless!

  5. Billy Schultz said

    What you do not seem to understand, sir, is that Luther NEVER said anything about having faith in the sacraments. To make that claim is utterly absurd. Luther clearly believes in the saving work of Baptism as GOD’S WORK, which I do as well. Christ, as the only perfect man and fully God (perfectly following God’s law) living fully as a man in this sinful world, died on the cross to save us from our sin, forgiving us completely. Just as Christ’s saving death on the cross is God’s work, so is Baptism. God’s work (and Word)is what makes it saving, not believing in the sacrament. I hope this makes some sense, and I encourage you to read what Luther wrote in both the small and large catechisms. You will find that he did have faith in Christ alone and a clearer picture of his Baptismal views

  6. SRGROFF said

    Salvation comes by faith in Christ — ALONE. Baptism is but a mere picture of the work Christ did on the cross. Luther’s faith in the “sacrement” of baptism is exactly why — he was not saved.

  7. Bro. Szekely said

    G’day Billy…thank you for your comments…

    You stated, “Just as Christ’s saving death on the cross is God’s work, so is Baptism.” Can you tell me in the Bible where it says that? I’m in total agreement with you that Christ crucified is His work…but we do the act / ordinance of Baptism. To say that I must trust in and go through the water to be saved…well…is absurd. Trusting in, having faith in, baptism would add a work to the work of Christ on the cross.

    Please just answer me these, Billy…could a person be saved WITHOUT Baptism? AND, what does “baptize” mean…doesn’t mean to dip, plunge, immerse ONLY? Is that how Lutherns baptize? If not, why not? Has the mode been changed somewhere in Scripture, which (the Scriptures) should be our ONLY rule of faith and practice?

    P.S. – I’ve actually come to my conclusions about Luther by reading his catechisms. From my article above: “To put it most simply, the power, effect, benefit, fruit, and purpose of Baptism is to save. No one is baptized in order to become a prince, but as the words say, to ‘be saved’. To be saved, we know, is nothing else than to be delivered from sin, death, and the devil and to enter into the kingdom of Christ and live with him forever” — Martin Luther (Quoted from his Large Catechism)

  8. Bro. Szekely said

    Amen, brother Groff…great comment.

  9. Here is what Luther taught, in his own words, from his book “the babalonian Captivity of the Church”

    Now, the first thing in baptism to be considered is the divine promise, which says: ” He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.” This promise must be set far above all the glitter of works, vows, religious orders, and whatever man has added to it. For on it all our salvation depends. We must consider this promise, [of forgiveness in Christ] exercise our faith in it and never doubt that we are saved when we are baptized. For unless this faith [assurance of forgiveness in Christ] be present or be conferred in baptism, we gain nothing from baptism. No, it becomes a hindrance to us, not only in the moment of its reception, but all the days of our life. For such lack of faith calls God’s promise a lie, and this is the blackest of all sins. When we try to exercise this faith, we shall at once perceive how difficult it is to believe this promise of God. For our human weakness, conscious of its sins, finds nothing more difficult to believe than that it is saved or will be saved. Yet unless it does believe this, it cannot be saved, because it does not believe the truth of God that promises salvation [as a free gift].

  10. Thanks for the quote and input – it just backs up the whole post!

    As you quoted, Luther says, “We must consider this promise, [of forgiveness in Christ] exercise our faith in it and never doubt that we are saved when we are baptized.”

    Wow…saved when we are baptized…can’t get any more plain than that! Luther definitely believed in baptismal regeneration.

    Thank you for weighing in on this, Gary!

    Lord bless!

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