Was Luther Insane?

Written by Andres Ortiz on February 8, 2013

If anyone in the history of Christendom was “clash” material, it was the 16th century German monk Martin Luther. Not only did he go against his father’s wishes and everyone’s expectations of him becoming a renowned attorney, but he stood against the powers that be at the time mostly alone.

In this teaching series by professor and theologian, R.C. Sproul, we see a different side of Luther, much different than even the Hollywood renditions of the great protestant. Luther was called a “wild boar” and a “drunken german” by Pope Leo, he was excommunicated, he was a hypochondriac, constantly paranoid about death, and at the beginning of his ministry he answered the question “do you love God?” by saying “love God? Sometimes I hate God!”

Still, the fact remains that those who condemned Luther as irrelevant and insane did not leave a mark on history like Luther did. If you have a banal view of Martin Luther we encourage you to watch this lecture and learn more about the man that, despite his oddities, changed the world for the kingdom of God and gave us a new looking glass by which to look at Christ and the Scripture.

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Andres Ortiz is the founder of The Saving, a ministry that plays heavy music with heavier Christian content. His new album "David Star", based on the life of David, comes out March 9th, 2014. Follow @andresaving on twitter.