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This engraving is by Albrecht Durer who is considered to be the Michelangelo of Germany and he was a contemporary of the early years of the Reformation. He was sympathetic to the Reformation.

Frederick III, the Wise (1463-1525)Elector of Saxony from 1486. Called “the Wise” because of his vision and astuteness, which raised little Saxony to the rank of the most influential power in Germany. At the death of Maximilian I (1519), Frederick was offered the Imperial crown, but he declined it. Frederick was largely a nationalist and worked toward strengthening his own government rather than that of the Empire and the Church. He was a devout son of the Church. In 1493, he went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and returned with a thumb of Anna, his favorite saint. This he added to the more than 5,000 relics he kept in the Castle Church at Wittenberg. (1) In 1502, he had established Wittenberg University, to which Luther was called (1508). When Luther’s reformatory activity began to attract public notice, Frederick protected Luther. He would have no one condemned unheard and unconvicted, nor would he have an offense that had been committed in his country tried at Rome. (2)Frederick and Luther communicated through Spalatin, Frederick’s secretary. Gradually the Gospel exerted its power on this devout Medieval man and Frederick became a Lutheran in faith—if not in public confession. He abolished the exhibition of his precious relics in 1523 and discontinued Masses in the Castle Church. Two years later, on his deathbed, he received Communion in the Lutheran and Scriptural form. (From Concordia:  The Lutheran Confessions, A Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord, Concordia Publishing House)

(1)  “The collection included one tooth of St. Jerome, of St. Chrysostom four pieces, of St. Bernard six, and of St. Augustine four; of Our Lady four hairs, three pieces of her cloak, four from her girdle, and seven from the veil sprinkled with the blood of Christ. The relics of Christ included one piece from his swaddling clothes, thirteen from his crib, one wisp of straw, one piece of the gold brought by the Wise Men and three of the myrrh, one strand of Jesus’ beard, one of the nails driven into his hands, one piece of bread eaten at the Last Supper, one piece of the stone on which Jesus stood to ascend into heaven, and one twig of Moses’ burning bush. By 1520 the collection had mounted to 19,013 holy bones. Those who viewed these relics on the designated day and made the stipulated contributions might receive from the pope indulgences for the reduction of purgatory, either for themselves or others, to the extent of 1,902,202 years and 270 days. These were the treasures made available on the day of All Saints.” (From Here I Stand by Roland Bainton)

(2) After the dramatic confrontation at the Diet of  Wurms, Luther, a declared heretic and under the Imperial Ban, could have been killed on sight, so,                                            “Frederick the Wise had decided to hide him, and gave instructions to court officials to make the arrangements without divulging the details, even to himself, that he might truthfully feign innocence. Spalatin, however, might know. Luther and one companion were apprised of the plan. Luther was not very happy over it. He had set his face to return to Wittenberg, come what might. With a few companions in a wagon he was entering the woods on the out skirts of the village of Eisenach when armed horsemen fell upon the party and with much cursing and show of violence dragged Luther to the ground. The one companion, privy to the ruse, played his part and roundly berated the abductors. They placed Luther upon a horse and led him for a whole day by circuitous roads through the woods until at dusk, loomed up against the sky, the massive contours of Wartburg Castle. At eleven o’clock in the night the party reined up before the gates.” (From Here I Stand by Roland Bainton) Luther was so imprisoned for nine months and he called this castle, “My Patmos” but while there he began another momentous event in the history of the Reformation and indeed, the whole Church:  he began translating the Bible into German.

The Wartburg


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Please watch the video in Jesus Prayer Rug: Miracle or Scam?

Obviously a scam.  I post it as a warning and a possible teaching moment. According to the  Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, why is this a scam?

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