Analysis Of Martin Luther's Temporal Vs. Spiritual Stance On Christianity

Martin Luther and His Temporal vs. Spiritual Stance on Christianity “God has given us authority, not to ruin Christendom, but to build it up!” Luther references the Bible Passage of 2 Corinthians 10:8, in his Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation (“Martin Luther”, 102). Luther reassures Christians that the Church, as a people or body, is not merely a building with walls. He connotes it as more of a safe haven built around the Lord, God’s Son, whom died for their sins. A Christian is one who has sinned, but has been forgiven, and one whom makes up a community of believers in the triune God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Luther asserts that one does not need to be of clerical authority to spread the good news of Christ and in aiding the creation of a Christian community. That being said, Martin Luther argued that the political authorities should lead the Roman Catholic Church’s reform efforts due to the morals it upheld in the church’s inflexibility towards reformation. …show more content…
He also held truth that the spiritual council were not superior to the Christ-followers, except when it came to administering the word of God and the sacraments. Luther felt that in order to control some of the power, and for the best interest in the church, temporal authority should reign over the reform efforts. The political authorities are those that punish the wicked and protect the good. This reign would be righteous, because they would fairly dictate what shall happen with matters of the Church. Ministers, priests, and the bishops would continue to run the worship services, and deal with the matters and concerns of the

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