Lex Luthor and Martin Luther

Comic book villan Lex Luthor grinning diabolically. Martin Luther standing behind Lex and staring at him.

Is it wrong to mention the arch-villain from the Superman comics and the founder of Protestantism in the same breath?  Hardly.  Both are scoundrels.  While we’re at it, we might as well throw in Henry VIII, probably the only serial killer to start his own religion.

While our separated brethren prepare to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s revolt, Roman Catholics around the world have absolutely nothing to celebrate, and should think twice about joining in on the festivities.

Martin Luther was a heretic.   Contemporaries of Luther who willingly followed him in his errors are heretics as well.  The rending asunder of Christendom which Luther initiated has continued unabated for five centuries, so that now the number of protestant denominations and sects number in the tens of thousands.  There’ll probably be a couple new ones out by the time you read this.  The two dozen folks who break away from the Maple Avenue Four-Square Bible Rock of Salvation Church in order to found the Reformed Four-Square Bible Rock of Salvation Church of Birch Street will consider themselves a church every bit as legitimate as the one which Christ Himself founded two millennia ago.  They’ll come up with their own particular interpretation of the Bible, perhaps form a new doctrine or two, and continue merrily along until a handful of their congregation get pissed about something and break away to form yet another church.

Gee…thanks Luther.  Thanks a bunch.

Has the Church Christ founded required course corrections periodically?  Yes, and at every critical juncture the Holy Spirit has raised up men and women of heroic virtue who remained loyal and enacted needed reforms within the Church, keeping her intact.  These reforms were not doctrinal in the sense that the Church had developed a false doctrine.  The reforms had to do with practices, procedures, and norms which had gotten out of kilter due to the errors of sinful men and women.  The mechanics of the Church require fine tuning and occasionally, even a complete overhaul from time to time, but the bedrock of the Magisterium requires no such tinkering.

Luther’s big mistake (and it was a whopper!) was not the pointing out of practices requiring reform, but rather his determination that the Roman Catholic Church was in and of itself utterly defective and requiring abandonment and replacement with a church of Luther’s own invention. Lex and Martin

That  act of hubris on Martin Luther’s part, and the ensuing sorrow and chaos it created, the number of souls it led astray…well nothing Lex Luthor could accomplish with mere kryptonite could even come close.

 

 

2 comments

  • Cybercatholic has certainly hit the mark in this concise and abbreviated summary. Some writers are capable of expanding the topic of Luther’s heresy to a comprehensive treatise of no less than 75,000 words, but your “cut to the chase” summary reaches the same conclusion and saved me a heck of a lot of time. I like how you tied Martin Luther to Lex Luthor; may I suggest adding a paragraph that exposes the heresy of one James Martin. MARTIN Luther –> James MARTIN. Martin’s delusions and creative interpretation (he conceded he’s no Theologian, that may be a gross understatement) are theoretically as dangerous as that of Luther.

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  • Maybe James Martin will be addressed in an upcoming haiku entry…

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