it’s definitely time to get back in this dialogue. if you are reading this, wake up the slackers you hang with and tell them to start reading again. this is important. make sure you go back and read all the “pastor” posts. we’ve got to keep digging on this subject.
one of the champions of the modern protestant movement was martin luther. probably the biggest name and the one with the most profound impact. he was a german monk who led the protest against the catholic church over issues such as: the authority of the bible, the authority of the papacy, salvation by grace, and the role of indulgences. but before we fully embrace him as our hero who led us from the captivity of the roman catholic domination, we need to look carefully at some of what he said…
luther wrote (in an excerpt from the book “The Ministry in Historical Perspectives”, pp. 114-115):
“God speaks through the preacher . . . A Christian preacher is a minister of God who is set apart, yea, he is an angel of God, a very bishop sent by God, a savior of many people, a king and prince in the Kingdom of Christ . . . There is nothing more precious or nobler in the earth and in this life than a true, faithful parson or preacher.”
looks to me like the priesthood (not of believers!) is very much alive and well in the heart of this great leader of the reformation.
so exactly what is he reforming?