I'll try to give a Lutheran perspective --
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I've never really understood Protestant's views of Martin Luther. How can they argue the fact he took seven books out of the Old Testament.
Luther certainly questions the canonicity of the Deuterocanonical books, but he did find them to be useful for study.
Revelation 22-18-19 "I warn everyone who hears the prophetic words in this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
and if anyone takes away from the words in this prophetic book, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city described in this book." That kind of sums it up...
At the time Revelation was written it was not part of the canon of Scripture. This warning could only apply to Revelation itself.
He also added to Romans 3:28
"Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.
Others have already shown that this phrase is not unique to Luther's translation of the Bible.
Someone please explain how Protestants really view him,and the fact there theology is based on his?
As a Lutheran, I view Luther as a man of many facets -- some admirable and some not so admirable. Growing up, the first introduction to Luther, as it is for most who are raised as Lutherans, was through his Small Catechism. I doubt that anyone could read through this and take issue with any of his teachings on the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, the Apostles' Creed, and the Sacrament of Baptism.
As a Lutheran who has developed a great deal of respect for the Catholic Church, I suspect that if Luther was alive today he would see the Church in a much different light than he did in his own time. If Luther had been able to experience the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI his views of the Church probably would not have become as antagonistic as they did. Instead, he had to deal with Leo X (who, according to the Catholic Encyclopaedia, was one of the lesser lights among the successors of Peter).
As far as his theology goes, it was not as radically different from Catholicism as that of some of the other reformers -- Zwingli, Calvin, etc. I don't mean to minimize the differences that did (and do) exist -- just to point out that Luther didn't set out to separate himself from the Church, although as things developed he became separated.
Just a few thoughts.