Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, may do so by letter. In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

  1. Christians are to be taught that unless they have more than they need, they are bound to keep back what is necessary for their own families, and by no means to squander it on pardons.

  2. Christians are to be taught that the buying of pardons is a matter of free will, and not of commandment.

  3. Christians are to be taught that the pope, in granting pardons, needs, and therefore desires, their devout prayer for him more than the money they bring.

  4. Christians are to be taught that the pope’s pardons are useful, if they do not put their trust in them; but altogether harmful, if through them they lose their fear of God.

  5. Christians are to be taught that if the pope knew the exactions of the pardon-preachers, he would rather that St. Peter’s church should go to ashes, than that it should be built up with the skin, flesh and bones of his sheep.

We now come to the core of what Luther wanted discussed "amore et studio elucidande veritas": out of love, and desire for elucidation, of the truth. He described his motivation and inspiration in his cover letter to his superior John Staupitz, on Trinity Day 1518 (May 30), asking him to forward Luther's defense to the pope. Luther regarded Staupitz as influential in the journey to peace he had traversed as a pilgrim ("Hebrew") in repentance ("metanoia").

He describes his first reaction to the study of repentance being his "pity for many consciences, and for those tormentors who teach, with rules innumerable and unbearable, what they call a way of confession", arising from the true despair of one's inability to do anything in oneself. He adds, "Then we heard thee say as with a voice from heaven, that there is no true penitence which does not begin with love of righteousness and of God, and that this love, which others think to be the end and the completion of penitence, is rather its beginning." He recapitulates his journey through the Bible, writing, "There began a joyous game" where Scripture "laughed and gamboled around this saying," as a process of coming to his senses and crossing over in his mind from despair in self to hope in another. Thus the theses begin with the realization that repentance is the life of the heart that drives outward behavior, and arrive at the conclusion that the way of the cross is no burden and tribulation is a true source of peace.

Luther's heart was that believers shared his joy and hope, a course of assurance that permitted him to comport himself confidently before Christ as he interacted with the pope, and then to recommit himself solely to Christ by burning up the pope's notice of excommunication years later. His guidance to the sheep hardly needs further elucidation. He held the truth to be self-evident that he who does not provide for his own house is worse than an infidel; provision more clearly includes those we can see than those we cannot. He explained to Staupitz that nobody had ever taught any differently than that making up for one's sins personally was always better than paying another to do it and neglecting it oneself.

If provision for one's house is a duty, then purchase of an indulgence can be no more than a privilege. So the sinner should not enter such a contract through threat, duress, and coercion, regarding it as the Lord's command though it be misrepresented by the preacher. "New trumpets of indulgences and bugles of remissions began to peal and to bray all about us," Luther wrote, which were marked by him as heralding the personal preacher of peace rather than the message of spiritual warfare, and denigrating the practice of repentance in favor of the clinging of the coffer. He could not, then anyway, conceive that the pope had the intent of permitting this proclamation, or had the financial pressure to do so to conclude the project begun by his predecessor Julius II to erect St. Peter's as a work of unparalleled magnificence. Rather, the pope was presumed by default to desire true prayer above Mammon.

In a rhetorical flourish, Luther compares the indulgencers to constructing this edifice "with the skin, flesh and bones of his sheep." We do not know what tales he heard told of the "ministrations" of Tetzel's henchmen upon the wallets of his fellow parishioners, although we know he counseled his close friend George Spalatin to direct his money to his poor neighbors instead of indulgences, as long as he had them. But it could hardly be denied that one would prefer that one's own sanctuary building burned down than that a single sheep, who is the true sanctuary of God, become corrupted into distrust by the fire of deception. For the preaching as it was testified to Luther was actively harming the sheep. Pardon was to be proclaimed as a confirmation of works arising from a life of true repentance, not as a lucrative exchange of goods arising from a life possibly devoid of good. The preacher could deny responsibility for it, but his whole presentation was to press the moral conclusion in the listener that neither fear of God nor trust in him were relevant when one could be assured in a transaction of other men than Christ.

Anyone done anything like this?

In the early Church, oral tradition was popular for a bit which would have relied on memory and speaking the ideas rather than reading them

I believe Augustine referenced using memory palaces to memorize things

Here's how a memory palace works: https://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Memory-Palace

This can be applied to many things, but for memorizing the Bible I was going to for example translate the names of the books of the Bible in to images and then put them on a "journey" to remember

like you choose a few points in a room you know and then I might visualize something like 4 crowns together in a specific spot to remember the four books of Kings, and could create other symbol pictures to visualize to create a mental visual cue to remember the name of each book

(list of Bible books in the Douay version: http://www.catholicbible.online/)

Then, you can do the same thing within each book, like if we skip to the Gospels, I might make a list of each story, like if I was remembering the parable of the mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-32) I might visualize a bottle of mustard.

I wasn't going to memorize beyond this, because once I know of the parable, from memory then I usually can kind of remember the details of the parable or story.

I've thought of some other memorizing challenges, like do you know the names of all 12 Apostles?

To take this simple system a step further, if you have a digital or physical library of books, you could make a big journey of all the books you have, and then a journey of the table of contents in specific books, and then a journey within those chapters further if desired on specific chapters

rote memorization can help to get down certain specifics, or just repeating things over until it's memorized

Thoughts on the importance of memorization in life and with respect to memorizing the Bible?

Dear Father I ask that you would bless all that read this prayer. Thank you for your Son, He freed us to serve you...I pray that we all would take an honest inventory of our walk w You...I ask that you continue to conform us to the image of your Son Jesus...I ask that you would give us the courage to face ourselves in an honest way and allow the Spirit to convict our hearts of what needs to go, or what isnt of you...you know best Father...thank you for your patience and thank you for victory. Amen.

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Complacency Encouragement
posted ago by some_anon_yes ago by some_anon_yes

I was watching the below tiktok and it had me seriously reflect on my current beliefs. I don't go to church anymore as I feel it's a den of thieves and hypocrites. However, she does have a valid point. We need to get out of comfort zone and preach the gospel instead of interacting in our 'safe spaces'. Whether that is going back to church or talking to people, we need to make that attempt. Posting or making memes is not enough. Social media will only show the user on what THEY want to see. They most likely won't even see it. I think we're guilty of only interacting amongst ourselves instead of trying to spread the gospel. I know I'm guilty of it.

I was thinking about going back to church until I saw someone on the streets with a speaker box out in the streets preaching the word of God. Why am I not out there with him? What's stopping me? I'm sick of making excuses.

That's why I ask for your help. Help me make posters or at least guide me on how to create a poster to get people to think people about the Word of God. I'm planning to stay outside for a straight month for at least 2 hours every day. I don't care if it's raining, snowing, or hot. I'm losing my job soon anyways so more time to be out there!

TikTok https://files.catbox.moe/it6uzz.mp4

Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, may do so by letter. In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

  1. Christians are to be taught that it would be the pope’s wish, as it is his duty, to give of his own money to very many of those from whom certain hawkers of pardons cajole money, even though the church of St. Peter might have to be sold.

  2. The assurance of salvation by letters of pardon is vain, even though the commissary, nay, even though the pope himself, were to stake his soul upon it.

  3. They are enemies of Christ and of the pope, who bid the Word of God be altogether silent in some Churches, in order that pardons may be preached in others.

  4. Injury is done the Word of God when, in the same sermon, an equal or a longer time is spent on pardons than on this Word.

  5. It must be the intention of the pope that if pardons, which are a very small thing, are celebrated with one bell, with single processions and ceremonies, then the Gospel, which is the very greatest thing, should be preached with a hundred bells, a hundred processions, a hundred ceremonies.

Pope Julius II, whose reputation for extravagance followed him everywhere, had the cornerstone of the new St. Peter's Basilica laid in 1506, but in Luther's day it remained a pile of construction rubble marring the old basilica. Raphael was in charge (three prior chief architects had already died), and Michelangelo contributed later in his old age, but they, like others, died without seeing the vision completed. The vision all along was to create the largest dome in the world, a record which still stands, and to build it not upon a continuous wall but upon four enormous piers, an unrivaled ambition. The entire Reformation proceeded, the Council of Trent concluded in 1564, and only the drum of the dome had been finished and work stalled again. The basilica was finally completed and dedicated in 1626.

When we compare this to other great works of men seeking to glorify God with them, we see both the good intentions and the alleged necessity of political machination to achieve the ends. It is simple to point to preachers of human righteousness who ask for donations that their construction ends be achieved, and who promise nebulous intangible spiritual benefits almost, but not quite, in exchange for cold hard cash on the barrelhead. Megachurches and prosperity preachers are nothing new, nor were they in Luther's day. The difference with this one was that no mere scholarly objection had ever risen, through inability to reconcile and hardening of positions, to be welcomed by a great mass of believers who then rebuilt their own structures from what they could retain of apostolic tradition and rivaled the original structure. Surely this division, like that of the Orthodox, was from the Lord for his purposes.

Luther's objection to the monetary aspects, the purchasing of intangible prosperity beyond jurisdiction, was brief compared to his theological objections, but remains incisive in its appeal to common men. Still hoping that the pope was not personally entangled, he held that the pope would be wiser to sell St. Peter's and its grand vision than to face the risk of it being ridiculed in its construction, as our Lord once intimated by parable. But the pope had accounted his goods and determined to continue, instead of expending equal effort conducting means to reduce poverty among his parishioners. Because of this, his entrusting Tetzel to construct and propagate a winsome but fatally flawed rhetorical theology entered the arena, beyond the pale, and was exposed as vain, and it is only by God's grace that his headstrong vision was permitted to persist another century to its questionable fruition.

Tetzel had engineered, partly by volunteers, partly by social pressure, and probably at times by the full threat of force of the papal office, that churches would cancel their own preaching to encourage attenders to hear the indulgence gospel instead. There was no consideration that the simple proclaiming of God's Word rivals any bilateral transactional gospel, especially one that tempts people to regard both faith and good works as unnecessary. Luther, who was very sensitive to the balance of time in conducting his own services, not rushing them as he had seen done in Rome, immediately recognized that the indulgence transaction was deliberately the bulk of sermons structured by Tetzel, and the exposition of God's Word had become a garnish. Logically, the bellringer and parade that Tetzel had hired to drum up business were for no special message from God; so Luther used the Lord's hyperbolic hundredfold principle to illustrate how much more the true gospel message meant to him and should be heralded.

In our day all these themes recur: the planning of expensive works of questionable glory, paid for by the many who believe themselves spiritually bettered by the transaction; the use of networks to favor only preachers of an approved message, who then focus on the sale of books, videos, and paraphernalia with more infomercial time than they give to the words of God themselves; and the asymmetrical investment in facades that offer, through calculated practices, a much greater financial return, which can then be spent at leisure. Tetzel himself died in 1519, but the crusade against Luther to quell his exposure of false gospel went on; the enemy who had infiltrated so far and been repulsed continued spewing out malice upon whomever he could devour. Both sides fortified themselves against the enemy, but then were drawn into bloody warfare and, after that lost its appeal, to the carrying on of deception by other insidiousness. We continue fighting today, our only protection being the Lord who issues us armor and weapons of warfare, and truth will conquer lies.

Daily, moment by moment, crucified with Christ, denying self will, following the will of the Father, as Jesus did in everything, and every moment, daily taking up the denying of the self, and daily keeping it on the cross, and daily doing the will of God only as our Savior Jesus Christ did, so we are to do, and He is always with us as we do so.

Cedarmont Kids (www.cedarmont.com) Praise & Worship
posted ago by infra ago by infra

The present reality is I am crucified with Christ, my old Adam man is crucified with Christ, and yet I live, the life in me is Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Son of God.

It's time we scan our spiritual armor with a full diagnostic scan! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYzByQjzTb0 Star Trek TNG - Diagnostics

How do you think your armor and weapons fare? Turns out I'm missing some and my armor is badly damaged ALWAYS on decks 5 thru 9 before spreading to the other decks if I don't catch it in time.

Heavenly Father we love you so much. You are always there for us, to pick us up and guide us to better ways. We often rebel against u, yet u stay patient, loving, and full of grace. We constantly let u down and go against your will, yet you are always there waiting next to us, loving us all the same. We thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ to die so we may have a chance at redemption. Please strengthen my connection with this awesome, amazing, perfect, savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. I accept him in my heart and completely surrender to you Father. Stregthen me and make me into a pillar of light that can help bring glory to your name. I submit to your will in all ways and put all my faith hope and love into you. In Jesus Christ glorious name amen

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posted ago by OnlyCaleb ago by OnlyCaleb

Of the 15 theophanies in Genesis, 35:9-13 uses some interesting language: "Then God ascended from him in the place where He talked with him." This is when Jacob was renamed Israel, who named the place Bethel.

EO teaches that all these are God the Son. While examining this I haven't read through all the places where it reads "and the Word of the Lord came to," but I am noticing a pattern here. Jesus is God. Nobody else shows up a couple thousand years before being born to have a nice little discussion announcing how the world to come will be shaped.

All Glory to God Most High, Hallowed be Thy Name (media.communities.win) Bible Research
posted ago by DR534 ago by DR534


Exsurge Domine (Latin: Arise O Lord) is a papal bull issued on 15 June 1520 by Pope Leo X. It was written in response to the teachings of Martin Luther which opposed the views of the Church. It censured forty one propositions extracted from Luther's 95 theses and subsequent writings, and threatened him with excommunication unless he recanted within a sixty-day period commencing upon the publication of the bull in Saxony and its neighboring regions. Luther refused to recant and responded instead by composing polemical tracts lashing out at the papacy and by publicly burning a copy of the bull on 10 December 1520.

Full encyclical: https://www.papalencyclicals.net/leo10/l10exdom.htm

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Heavenly Father we love you so much. Thank you for the gift of life, the beauty of love, and the bliss that comes from surrending to you and your will. Thank you for this site, the mods, the anons and all the wonderful hearts and minds that are here with us on this journey of GREATAWAKENING. Continue to bring people here so they can be awakened to the truth. Let the truth spill out into the world and to wash away all the lies, deciet, and evil plans of the powers of darkness. Remove there grasp on the innocent souls that are caught up in there clutches. Father thank you for leading me back to your son Jesus Christ. Thank you for my renewed faith, hope and love. Let my words reach new hearts and minds. We ask that u look after the Prayer Garden as we build up a place for your light to shine. In Jesus Christ glorious name amen

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Therefore we will not fear (media.communities.win) Encouragement
posted ago by DR534 ago by DR534

Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, may do so by letter. In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

  1. Apostolic pardons are to be preached with caution, lest the people may falsely think them preferable to other good works of love.

  2. Christians are to be taught that the pope does not intend the buying of pardons to be compared in any way to works of mercy.

  3. Christians are to be taught that he who gives to the poor or lends to the needy does a better work than buying pardons.

  4. Because love grows by works of love, and man becomes better; but by pardons man does not grow better, only more free from penalty.

  5. Christians are to be taught that he who sees a man in need, and passes him by, and gives [his money] for pardons, purchases not the indulgences of the pope, but the indignation of God.

If it is true that the theses were indeed enumerated to "one-up" the written instructions Tetzel gave to his ministers, which were said to contain ninety-four paragraphs, this responsive nature is in no way a detriment to its form. It is generally underappreciated that the "five points of Calvinism" were a hasty response to an earlier five points of Arminianism; that Cardinal Newman's masterful Apologia Pro Vita Sua was fully just a response to a pamphleting attack; and that most of the great canons and creeds against heresies were written in response to fallacious and weak arguments, often now lost. Indeed, the Lord taught that knowledge of good and knowledge of evil arise together, that he forms light and creates darkness; and it is doubtless that divisions must arise between us to show which of us are approved.

Theses 42-52 present a central core of teaching that Luther proposed as the basis of the preaching that ought to supersede the preaching of indulgences (and now essentially has). He was not yet prepared to abate indulgences entirely, but emphasized that, if they have any legitimacy, they require great caution because of their multifarious risk of misinterpretation. In particular, though, the chief objection to the abusive preaching is that it fails to preach the law of love. Love does no ill to its neighbor, so love is the fulfillment of the law.

These core doctrines that Luther set in opposition to the multiple levels of sophistry erected in favor of pardoners, in part to establish cashflow for the strapped archbishop, began with the solid conclusion from the prior logic that there is no way in which purchasing of indulgences is superior to the direct acts of mercy to the suffering that relieve their pain on earth. The pretense, such a manipulable area in the public mind, namely that the false doctrine could allow one to alleviate pain of loved ones in the afterlife, allowed people to hold out that doctrine as superior for emotional reasons while hiding from them what ought to be their natural servant response to God's love by loving others.

When apples are compared to apples, the believer with earned value has the choice to spend his money on either indulgences or direct gifts to the poor and needy. The moral equivalence of the two was straitly taught by Tetzel. Yet Luther emphasized that the direct transaction is not only an obvious labor of love before men but also an organic seed of more charity. Casting one's bread on the waters means after many days the growth will be found again. In this way "love grows by works of love." The only thing indulgences can grow is avarice, because once the penalty has been released there is nothing organic to continue its force.

And this makes the choice simple. Luther may have in mind the parabolic priest and Levite who had the opportunity to help a fellow Israelite who had been beaten and robbed. They rejected love for the brother in favor of the holiness of their service that commended them to avoid touching a person who might die in their hands. The real leaders who were represented by this parable actually rejected father and mother by "accounting up" the good service they admitted owing their parents and then contributing the dead sum of those labors to the congregation, which in practice meant the Pharisaic party. It is a small wonder that Luther wanted to put the fear of God into these people, by preaching that their neglect of their fellow man earned up more indignation than the purgatorial penance the pope was said to control. He had taught this from the pulpit for years. His hope was that those easily swayed by fearmongering may possibly be turned to the true fear known as the reverence of the Lord; and this fear of God once explored becomes precisely identical to love of God.

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Do you believe all of Isaiah to be inspired? What are your thoughts on reading Isaiah 45:7... do you accept that yes indeed - God creates evil?

How are you able to reconcile this with the overall message of the Bible especially in light of Christ?

Lets take a look at Luke 4:17-21

and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Lets read where the passage came from Isaiah 61:1-2

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a] to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn

Christ PURPOSEFULLY did not read the second half of verse two... He rolled up the scroll, gave it back and sat down.

Why would Christ do this?

Again is this community accepting of God creating evil? Does this community worship their bible instead of Christ?

The answer will determine whether or not I continue participating in this community and I think will shine a light on what this community is about. Non-answers is also very telling...


A family wage is a wage that is sufficient to raise a family. This contrasts with a living wage, which is generally taken to mean a wage sufficient for a single individual to live on, but not necessarily sufficient to also support a family. As a stronger form of living wage, a family wage is likewise advocated by proponents of social justice. Family wage campaign was aiming to maintain the traditional family structure, as a concept connecting economics and family structure it is one of the examples of how economic structure of family, which is a subject of the field family economics, affects overall economy beyond the family.

The term "family wage jobs" has occasional contemporary use in American political rhetoric and is most associated with Catholic intellectuals, in the Catholic social teaching tradition

The debate about "living wages" vs. minimum wages ignores structuring jobs for the needs of the family and (typically male) breadwinners

  1. Which hell of the four (tartaroo, shoel, hades, geheena) are everlasting?

  2. Since God is the beginning and ending of the all, (ta panta), where do all four hells end?

  3. All are made sinners through the disobedience of Adam, are the same all included in the Last?

  4. To what degree are the seed of Adam made righteous in the Last, (the Master of reconciliation)?

  5. We are required by our Father to love our enemies, can we safely infer that God loves His? (Matt. 5:44)

  6. If God loves His enemies, will He punish them more than will be for their good?

  7. Would endless punishment be for the good of any being?

  8. Since our God loves His friends, if He loves His enemies also, are not all mankind the objects of His love?

  9. If our Father God only loves those who love Him, what better is He than the sinner? (Luke 6:32-33)

  10. "Love thinketh no evil," can our Father design the ultimate evil of a single soul? (1 Cor. 13:5)

Ta panta = Open Discussion
posted ago by FineLinen ago by FineLinen

By these three prepositions Paul ascribes the universe (ta panta) with all the phenomena concerning creation, redemption, providence to God as the

Ex= The Source

Di= The Agent

Eiv= The Goal

The koine, ta panta, is the strongest word for all in the Scriptures; it literally means the all.

Ta panta in the absolute sense of the whole of creation, the all things, the universe, and, everything in heaven and earth that is in need of uniting and redeeming.

**It is not in the limited sense of nearly all, panta minus ta.

The final preposition [eiv) reveals the ultimate goal of all that is. What has been provided in Christ is a re-turn, a re-storation, a re-newing, a re-demption, a re-concilation, a re-surrection, a re-stitution.

The prefix "re" means back again, again, anew and all the words with this prefix speak of something that left its place and has now made its circuit and come back to the point of its beginning.

Psalms 119 75-77 Bible Research
posted ago by Heyall ago by Heyall

I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant. Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight. Psalm 119:75‭-‬77 ESV https://bible.com/bible/59/psa.119.75-77.ESV

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