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Hey everyone!

Over Inktober, I created a 16 page comic on the life of Martin Luther up until he posted his 95 Theses to the doors of All Saint's Church in Wittenberg.

I've started a Kickstarter to collect the Luther comic and last year's cartoon theologian drawings into a book for print.

I would love your support by pledging to, or sharing the Kickstarter. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/127412588/post-tenebras-lux-af...

You can see all of the pages and images here: http://www.paulcoxillustration.com/inktober/

Thanks so much!

Paul

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Martin Luther's 95 theses are world famous, but he later became violently anti-semitic, a hater of the Jewish people.. Many feel that this brought a curse upon Germany which was subsequently fulfilled in Adolf Hitler (who quoted Luther a number of times in Mein Kampf). 

From Wikipedia:

On the Jews and Their Lies

In 1543 Luther published On the Jews and Their Lies in which he says that the Jews are a "base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth."[13] They are full of the "devil's feces ... which they wallow in like swine."[14] The synagogue was a "defiled bride, yes, an incorrigible whore and an evil slut ..."[15] He argues that their synagogues and schools be set on fire, their prayer books destroyed, rabbis forbidden to preach, homes razed, and property and money confiscated. They should be shown no mercy or kindness,[16] afforded no legal protection,[17] and these "poisonous envenomed worms" should be drafted into forced labor or expelled for all time.[18] He also seems to advocate their murder, writing "[w]e are at fault in not slaying them".[19] Luther claims that Jewish history was "assailed by much heresy", and that Christ the logos swept away the Jewish heresy and goes on to do so, "as it still does daily before our eyes." He stigmatizes Jewish Prayer as being "blasphemous" (sic) and a lie, and vilifies Jews in general as being spiritually "blind" and "surely possessed by all devils." Luther has a special spiritual problem with Jewish circumcision.[20][21] The full context in which Martin Luther advocated that Jews be slain in On the Jews and Their Lies is as follows in Luther's own words:

There is no other explanation for this than the one cited earlier from Moses - namely, that God has struck [the Jews] with 'madness and blindness and confusion of mind' [Deuteronomy 28:28]. So we are even at fault in not avenging all this innocent blood of our Lord and of the Christians which they shed for three hundred years after the destruction of Jerusalem, and the blood of the children they have shed since then (which still shines forth from their eyes and their skin). We are at fault in not slaying them.[22]

Full article on Luther's "On the Jews and Their Lies":

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Jews_and_Their_Lies

I would choose another hero if I were you.  A born again follower of Jesus Christ would never do what Luther has done.  Luther's quotes are found at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and at the one in Israel. 

Cal,  Thanks for this bit of research and insight.  I will take issue however with your last paragraph. Wishful thinking aside, we can not say who will be accepted or rejected as a born-again believer on the "Judgement day of Christ"(1 Cor 4:5-5, 1 Cor 3:12-15). 

     Martin was born in a time of plagues and violent death, was under a perpetual death sentence himself(Edict of Worms 1521) and saw his beloved country ripped by massacres and warfare. He saw himself and true believers locked in battle with the kingdom of hell and the Catholic antichrist that would lead to the final return of Christ.   I condemn his hatred of the Jewish people and I am disgusted with his antisemitic vitriol;  but I will also sing "A mighty Fortress is our God" with gusto and toast Martin as a hero who yanked the Christian world out of senseless obedience to church authority and kicked our collective butts back toward the word of God. 

    I will be standing before the Judgement Seat of Christ(2 Cor 5:10) and will have to give an account for my actions and words, verbal and digital. I certainly will be among those who cry for God's mercy over fairness.

Wow, thanks Brien, I couldn't have said it better myself!

Martin Luther was theologically opposed to Judaism, and rightly so, but his opposition to their theology turned into terrible feelings toward the people of that religion. He said and wrote some terrible things, and I do not condone what he said about the Jews. However, God truly does use crooked sticks to make straight paths. Whether you like it or hate it, this is our church history.

@Calvary Comics I take issue with your last statement as well. Surely you don't believe that a true follower of Christ would never do what Luther has done. Have you looked into your own heart recently? I know mine is filthy (Jer. 17:9). Would you say Peter was not a truly regenerate when he denied Christ 3 times in one night?

Until we reach glory, we are all just like Luther; inconsistent in our actions and beliefs.

That's a total cop-out, Paul.  Giving you the benefit of the doubt in a best-case scenario:  you didn't do your homework and wanted to honor someone who has been touted as a great man of God for centuries, but in fact Luther has been 'outed' for some time now.  Nevertheless you still want to solicit Kickstarter funds for a project that should be buried, but you're going ahead anyway. 

The Reformation was a very dark time, and most people in it had very dirty hands.  Ulrich Zwingli, a famed Lutheran leader in the Reformation, starved people to death in a tower for disagreeing with his theology.  John Calvin had 32 people burned at the stake after his alleged conversion to Christ.  His theology (Calvinism) is just that of Roman Catholic theologian Augustine repackaged.  William Tyndale was one of the few famous leaders in that era to keep his hands clean.   

Ya blew it, kiddo!  Luther was a wicked fellow, and inspired Adolf Hitler.  "Every seed bears after its own kind."  Much of the Lutheran denomination has come back to "Mother Rome" ---  just in time for the coming One World Religion of the Antichrist.  Who knows?  He might like your Luther comic. 

I had this same discussion with Sherwin Schwartrock, artist of the LUTHER graphic novel .   He was quite interested in these facts, and wanted to speak to the publisher about them.  Furthermore, Martin Luther's theology was terrible.  He believed that the epistle of James was a "gospel of straw" (his words).  Not recognizing God's voice in holy writ, the Bible - that is spiritual blindness of the first order.  He's no leader in my book.  That he withstood the Romish religion in a dark day with those 95 theses, bravo!  But beyond that I give him no applause. 

Hey Paul. Do you already have a printer for your T-shirts? I own a screenprinting business. I live in the IL/WI border in Antioch, IL. Not too far.

There is a place here in Janesville that I have lined up if the Kickstarter is fully funded. Does your business have a website I can check out though?

Thanks!

Lance Rengel said:

Hey Paul. Do you already have a printer for your T-shirts? I own a screenprinting business. I live in the IL/WI border in Antioch, IL. Not too far.

Martin Luther Changed and/or Discounted 18 Books of the Bible

Protestant Reformer Martin Luther 

Although Protestants like to think positively about Martin Luther because of his supposed belief in sola Scriptura (the Bible alone), the truth is that Martin Luther changed parts of the Bible and discounted the value of many books.

Notice a change he admitted to regarding Romans 3:28:

You tell me what a great fuss the Papists are making because the word alone is not in the text of Paul…say right out to him: ‘Dr. Martin Luther will have it so,’…I will have it so, and I order it to be so, and my will is reason enough. I know very well that the word ‘alone’ is not in the Latin or the Greek text (Stoddard J. Rebuilding a Lost Faith. 1922, pp. 101-102; see also Luther M. Amic. Discussion, 1, 127).

This passage strongly suggests that Martin Luther viewed his opinions, and not the actual Bible as the primary authority.

Regarding the New Testament Book of Hebrews, Martin Luther stated,

It need not surprise one to find here bits of wood, hay, and straw (O’HarePF. The Facts About Luther, 1916–1987 reprint ed., p. 203).

He also wrote,

St. James’ epistle is really an epistle of straw…for it has nothing of the nature of the gospel about it” (Luther, M. Preface to the New Testament, 1546).

Perhaps none of Martin Luther’s writings on the Bible are as harsh as what he wrote about “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 1:1). Specifically he wrote,

About this book of the Revelation of John…I miss more than one thing in this book, and it makes me consider it to be neither apostolic nor prophetic…I can in no way detect that the Holy Spirit produced it. Moreover he seems to me to be going much too far when he commends his own book so highly-indeed, more than any of the other sacred books do, though they are much more important-and threatens that if anyone takes away anything from it, God will take away from him, etc. Again, they are supposed to be blessed who keep what is written in this book; and yet no one knows what that is, to say nothing of keeping it. This is just the same as if we did not have the book at all. And there are many far better books available for us to keep…My spirit cannot accommodate itself to this book. For me this is reason enough not to think highly of it: Christ is neither taught nor known in it” (Luther, M. Preface to the Revelation of St. John, 1522).

As the following quotes show, Martin Luther did not care for several books in the Old Testament either:

“Job spoke not as it stands written in his book, but only had such thoughts. It is merely the argument of a fable. It is probable that Solomon wrote and made this book.”…

“Ecclesiastes ought to have been more complete. There is too much incoherent matter in it…Solomon did not, therefore, write this book.”…

“The book of Esther I toss into the Elbe. I am such an enemy to the book of Esther that I wish it did not exist, for it Judaizes too much…”

“The history of Jonah is so monstrous that it is absolutely incredible.” (as quoted in O’Hare, p. 202).

Furthermore, Martin Luther had little use for the first five books of the Old Testament (sometimes referred to as the Pentateuch):

Of the Pentateuch he says: “We have no wish either to see or hear Moses” (Ibid, p. 202).

Martin Luther hated the Jews, which may be why he was against Esther, the first five books of the Bible, and other parts of the Hebrew scriptures.

Notice that Martin Luther advised his followers,

…to burn down Jewish schools and synagogues, and to throw pitch and sulphur into the flames; to destroy their homes; to confiscate their ready money in gold and silver; to take from them their sacred books, even the whole Bible; and if that did not help matters, to hunt them of the country like mad dogs (Luther’s Works, vol. Xx, pp. 2230-2632 as quoted in Stoddard JL. Rebuilding a Lost Faith, 1922, p.99).

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Paul Cox said:

There is a place here in Janesville that I have lined up if the Kickstarter is fully funded. Does your business have a website I can check out though?

Thanks!

Lance Rengel said:

Hey Paul. Do you already have a printer for your T-shirts? I own a screenprinting business. I live in the IL/WI border in Antioch, IL. Not too far.

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