I’m a real Lutherphile. I love reading his works and find him enigmatic. I find him courageous, sincere, exceptionally brilliant, and an insightful writer.
But I disagree with him to a large degree on several issues…
Why would the Lord leave a Church to flounder for 1,500 years until a Reformation?
Why would Christ allow His Church to be sacerdotal and based on holy orders for 1,500 years only to convert “back” to a priesthood of all believers?
Why would apostolic succession be so crucial, so central to authority and holy orders for 1,500 years only to no longer be a must?
Why would the works equation that is obviously a major part of Orthodoxy and Catholicism be thrown out in favor of faith-alone, grace-alone after over a millenium
Why would the notion of the Church being the authority suddenly shift completely to the Scriptures alone when this was never true for 1,500 years? The Church didn’t even have the NT cannon for hundreds of years in their current form? Authority was from the Church, not scripture?
Why would one man think himself wiser than all the saints, bishops, cardinals, popes, great doctors of the faith, etc.?