Good friend and fellow pilgrim, Travis Hughey, recently wrote and sent this to me. So poignant considering I have been thinking of doing a series called ‘The (Not So) Quotable Church Fathers.’
Following quote from Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians (page 108)
Can you see the contradiction (one of many)?
VERSES 8, 9.
Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
This concludes Paul’s discourse on justification. From now to the end of the Epistle the Apostle writes mostly of Christian conduct. But before he follows up his doctrinal discourse with practical precepts he once more reproves the Galatians. He is deeply displeased with them for relinquishing their divine doctrine. He tells them: “You have taken on teachers who intend to recommit you to the Law. By my doctrine I called you out of the darkness of ignorance into the wonderful light of the knowledge of God. I led you out of bondage into the freedom of the sons of God, not by the prescription of laws, but by the gift of heavenly and eternal blessings through Christ Jesus. How could you so soon forsake the light and return to darkness? How could you so quickly stray from grace into the Law, from freedom into bondage?”
Contrast the apostle Paul’s statement concerning the Galatians “ye knew not God,” with Martin Luther’s blind assumption “recommit you to the Law.” See the word “recommit”? Luther falsely assumes the Galatians were formerly under the Law, Paul preached freedom to them and now they are returning to that same Law.
How could they be under “the Law” if, according to the apostle Paul, they did not serve God, know God or were even known of God in the first place? The simple, and correct, answer is, they couldn’t. The “the weak and beggarly elements” Paul is speaking about is their temptation to return to the traditions of men (man’s ways masquerading as the ways of God). How can the words from the very mouth of Yehovah be “the weak and beggarly elements”? They cannot or we have no Messiah.
The Galatians were redeemed from worldly pagan worship practices and were being seduced by Rabbinic Judaism (see 2 Kings 17:19, the “traditions of the elders” being sold as Torah, Mark 7:5-9, Acts 15:1 (circumcision for salvation is not in Torah)).
History is repeating itself. The Protestant church of today has embraced the ways of Rome rejecting the Father’s Feast Days (His appointed times for fellowship with His people by His Word) and wholeheartedly embracing Sunday worship (Rome’s observance, the opposite of Sabbath), Christmas (Rome’s observance, birth of the sun), Easter (Rome’s observance, spring fertility ritual), Lent (40 days BEFORE Easter fasting for Tammuz v. Yahshua fasted 40 days AFTER Passover), etc….
In fact the “church” of today has no festival or observance according to Yehovah’s specific instruction.
Maybe we should be asking why?
Are you redeemed “from” God or “to” Him?