Catholics were not the only ones is opposition to Luther and his works; many protestants assailed his doctrines and old friendships were shattered. Carlstadt, once a confidant, often found himself on the outside of Luther’s inner circle; the break in their friendship resulted in Luther speaking out against Carlstadt: pg 61
Luther referred to him as a “pretended” reformer and refused to believe he had the sanction of heaven … and wrote of him:
__"…God does not break up the old order for a new one without working great signs. Therefore we cannot believe a person, who appeals to his own spirit and to his inward feeling, and rushes head-long against the usual order of God, unless he also performs miracles."_
It seems Luther fails his own test, but I’m certainly interested to hear of any miracles attributed to him.
I’m also interested to hear an alternate explanation of any of the behaviors /occurrences presented in the booklet that someone believes to be false … If what is presented is wrong or misleading, give me the facts, help me change my mind on…
his 20+ page conversation with the devil resulting in the devil giving his stamp of approval on Luther’s doctrine of faith alone, getting rid of private masses, and eliminating devotion to Mary and the saints; [see pgs 13-19]
his part in the German Peasant’s War having published a treatise on how the peasants should be hunted down and killed by the nobles without mercy, (which they were). [“Against the Murderous, Thieving, Hordes of Peasants”] [pg 41-50]
his views on marriage and adultery including his advisement to a German prince to commit bigamy, but to lie about it [pg 29-34]
Or any of his statements that seem to sound like “regrets” where he notices the outcome of his Reformation has bitter fruit: contempt for the word of God, little esteem for the Eucharist, lack of charitable contributions, lessened contributions to the church, neglect of the poor and sick, and a reported increase in drunkeness, suicides and immorality? [pgs 50-57]
Asking if Luther was a reformer sent by God is a fair question. The answers I’ve gotten to that question so far mostly appear to point to “No”. If you have facts / substance that point to “Yes” being the answer to that question … this would be the opportunity to share that knowledge, supported by facts, examples, etc.