Martin Luther's unrelenting efforts at reforming the church were the stimulus that initiated the Protestant Reformation, but ultimately, he was part of a larger movement that stirred a great change in the practice of Christianity. He was not the first who sought to reform the church--some who spoke out against the church before him were excommunicated or even killed--and he was not the last.
Martin Luther's plunge into life as a reformer began as he dealt with his own faith struggles. This small seed grew into a revolution because he had a great deal of support along the way. Others picked up the banner of reform and carried it when he could not. After Luther's death, others continued to refine the doctrine behind the reforms being sought. The Reformation usually took hold locally through the efforts of the parish priest, town to town. The pope and the church hierarchy could stop one individual, but they could not crush a movement of ideas spreading among the people.
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On Divisions in the Corinthian Church
3 And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? 4 For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?
5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. 9 For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.
How do you think God views all the different splits and quarrels among church denominations?
What message does it send when churches work together despite their different practices?
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