Yesterday marked the 499th year since Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenburg, Germany. Luther wanted to discuss what he saw as unbiblical practices within the Catholic Church. This sparked a revival that swept across Europe and with it religious war and persecution.
Now, all these years later, we see the head of the Catholic Church calling for unity between themselves and the Lutheran Church. And as seems to be his habit, this call was done with an air of relativism.
Christian News reports
Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” marked the 499th anniversary of the Reformation on Monday with an ecumenical prayer gathering in Sweden, where he called for reconciliation between Lutherans and Roman Catholics.
“As Catholics and Lutherans, we have undertaken a common journey of reconciliation,” Bergoglio said during the service. “Now, in the context of the commemoration of the Reformation of 1517, we have a new opportunity to accept a common path, one that has taken shape over the past fifty years in the ecumenical dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church.”
“We have the opportunity to mend a critical moment of our history by moving beyond the controversies and disagreements that have often prevented us from understanding one another,” he stated.
So, basically, Francis wants us just to overlook the theological differences. No matter that the Catholic doctrine that led to Luther’s stand and the murder of thousands of Protestants over the last 500 years has never changed. These differences are not of style but salvation. These “controversies and disagreements” deal with the extent and efficacy of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lutherans are now just supposed to overlook these things?
This shows that to people like Pope Francis, there is no such thing as truth. Because if there is truth, then we must recognize that it will cause division.