Certainly, he has his foibles: he drinks a bit, is harsh on the kids, has some problems with racial bigotry and the like. For many years, he was married to an unfaithful spouse. She slept around and was quite disrespectful of the entire institution of marriage. Finally, enough was enough, and Marty divorced her.
Years and years have passed, but every year on the date of the divorce, October 31, he pulls the family together for a rip-roaring divorce anniversary. It’s such a grand occasion where everyone in the family can come together and remember what a whore his ex- was, and how great it is that he traded her in for a new model (who, arguably, is not much better than the previous one, but just not as blatant about it).
Sounds like a grand old time, eh?
I have lots of friends who have gone through a divorce, and not a one of them do I know who consider the anniversary of their divorce to be a time to remember, let alone celebrate. Marty and his family, though, they revel in it, creating entire ceremonies around how great it was to give the old skank the boot.
Obviously, I’m dealing in allegory here, but I find it completely unsurprising that the same folks who celebrate the day of the greatest ‘divorce’ in church history, Reformation Day, are the very same ones who are pretty much tone-deaf when it comes to hearing Christ say ‘love your neighbor as yourself’. It all fits in the same flawed ’system’ they bought into when they traded one flawed spouse for another.
I also find it funny that these same folks will curse the harvest festival celebration which falls on the same day because of its ‘goulishness’, yet they will dress up and give out candy as an historical German figure known for writing such things like:
In brief, dear princes and lords, those of you who have Jews under your rule– if my counsel does not please your, find better advice, so that you and we all can be rid of the unbearable, devilish burden of the Jews, lest we become guilty sharers before God in the lies, blasphemy, the defamation, and the curses which the mad Jews indulge in so freely and wantonly against the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, this dear mother, all Christians, all authority, and ourselves. Do not grant them protection, safe-conduct, or communion with us. . . . With this faithful counsel and warning I wish to cleanse and exonerate my conscience.
[...]However, we must avoid confirming them in their wanton lying, slandering, cursing, and defaming. Nor dare we make ourselves partners in their devilish ranting and raving by shielding and protecting them, by giving them food, drink, and shelter, or by other neighborly acts…
[...]Accordingly, it must and dare not be considered a trifling matter but a most serious one to seek counsel against this and to save our souls from the Jews, that is, from the devil and from eternal death. My advice, as I said earlier, is:
First, that their synagogues be burned down, and that all who are able toss sulphur and pitch; it would be good if someone could also throw in some hellfire…
Second, that all their books– their prayer books, their Talmudic writings, also the entire Bible– be taken from them, not leaving them one leaf, and that these be preserved for those who may be converted…
Third, that they be forbidden on pain of death to praise God, to give thanks, to pray, and to teach publicly among us and in our country…
Fourth, that they be forbidden to utter the name of God within our hearing. For we cannot with a good conscience listen to this or tolerate it…
[...]He who hears this name [God] from a Jew must inform the authorities, or else throw sow dung at him when he sees him and chase him away.
[...]But what will happen even if we do burn down the Jews’ synagogues and forbid them publicly to praise God, to pray, to teach, to utter God’s name? They will still keep doing it in secret. If we know that they are doing this in secret, it is the same as if they were doing it publicly. For our knowledge of their secret doings and our toleration of them implies that they are not secret after all and thus our conscience is encumbered with it before God.
[...]If we wish to wash our hands of the Jews’ blasphemy and not share in their guilt, we have to part company with them. They must be driven from our country.
They [rulers] must act like a good physician who, when gangrene has set in proceeds without mercy to cut, saw, and burn flesh, veins, bone, and marrow. Such a procedure must also be followed in this instance. Burn down their synagogues, forbid all that I enumerated earlier, force them to work, and deal harshly with them, as Moses did…
If this does not help we must drive them out like mad dogs.
[...]My essay, I hope, will furnish a Christian (who in any case has no desire to become a Jew) with enough material not only to defend himself against the blind, venomous Jews, but also to become the foe of the Jews’ malice, lying, and cursing, and to understand not only that their belief is false but that they are surely possessed by all devils. May Christ, our dear Lord, convert them mercifully and preserve us steadfastly and immovably in the knowledge of him, which is eternal life. Amen.
Given the choice between this guy (no, it’s not Adolph Hitler, though his works were well-used by der Fuhrer) and Freddy Krueger both handing out candy, I’m thinking the latter is less dangerous, since he’s a) fictional; and b) has no real associated world-view.
Do not get me wrong, there was good reason to depart from the direction taken by the systematic theology of the Roman Catholic Church, which was – and is – off the rails in many regards, though it is up to God to judge if it is so far off the rails as to be eternally damnable. The need for the split with the RCC was likely inevitible, for numerous reasons, but I can’t think of any reason to celebrate such a sad occasion as a massive church split.
Regardless, I like holidays because they create greater-than-normal interaction between people, and often result in greater opportunities for living and sharing the gospel, and I hope that any and all that celebrate tomorrow – for whatever reason – will find those opportunities, but will also keep the roots of the festival in perspective – be it a pagan fall harvest or a sad, massive divorce – and not fall into the traps of the roots…
“Pastor” Ken Silva has seen fit to write an entire post based upon a single sentence in this article:
Clearly the writer of that post should stick to things he may actually know something about because this is exactly what the Refomation was; a judgement of God. Through the Reformersâ€“His chosen instrumentsâ€“the Lord condemned the spiritual whore which is the Church of Rome and called His children out of its apostate Roman Catholicism with its false gospel (seeâ€“Gal. 1:6-9). I for one, as a former Roman Catholic myself, will be eternally grateful that the Lord set us free from the sordid spiritual bondage of The Deceivers.
Wow – maybe I need to get a new Bible with books written in the 1500’s… So much for the sola Scriptura he claims to believe and hammers everyone else with.
My apologies, as I forgot that Ken is a prophet, to whom his “lord” speaks directly. I for one, will be eternally grateful that the Lord will one day set us free from the sordid spiritual bondage of The Deceivers like “Pastor” Silva. The Lord be praised that “Pastor” Silva is only pastor to 4 other poor deluded souls…