Luther and Salvation: A Catholic Response

Luther and Salvation: A Catholic Response

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Ken Hensley  —  (4 CDs)

Discover Why Luther’s Doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone Is Unbiblical

From his own writings, it is obvious that Martin Luther was a terribly tormented soul. As a young man, he struggled for perfection, believing that this was the way to please God. And while many Protestant historians blame Luther’s inner agony on Roman Catholicism, careful research indicates that much of this personal anguish stemmed from a harsh upbringing and a poor relationship with his own father. Such suffering appears to have distorted Luther’s image of God who he mistakenly misconstrued as a stern, unloving judge who could never be adequately satisfied.

Citing reliable Protestant historians and respected reformed theologians, as well as his own personal testimony, Ken Hensley imparts a thorough explanation regarding the Lutheran understanding on the topic of sola fide (by faith alone). Careful to make clear distinctions and site the subtle nuances as taught by later Reform scholars, you will soon discover that much of what Luther proposed simply does not correspond with the apostolic tradition as rooted in the Gospel and the Church’s 2000-year-old tradition.  Instead it's because this doctrine became “the unquestionable presupposition of the Protestant worldview,” it had to be protected at all costs—even though it twists and tortures other passages in the Bible!

Highlights:

  • How Protestants reconcile Luther as both a “man of conscience” and a tormented soul

  • The four basic points of salvation according to Reformed theologians and the Catholic vision of salvation

  • How justification is viewed as an imputation in a strict legal sense making believers righteousness in God's sight according to Protestantism

  • How sola fide was “the summary of Christian doctrine” and “the sun that illuminates God's holy Church” for Martin Luther

  • What were the distinct differences between Rome and the Reformers regarding the doctrine of justification

  • Some of the positive reforms that Luther brought about within the Church by challenging apparent abuses and moral corruption

  • How faith and good works interrelate with each other for Catholics and more!