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From: "Andrew Strom" <prophetic@...>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2003 14:26:59 +1300
The Movie "LUTHER" - two emails on this are below:
From:     "Ms. Terry Mosley" <prayer@...>

The Time of Reformation that the church went through was

Most Christians have no history on the warfare that
surrounded those events, and some don't even know what

The recent release of the movie LUTHER is like a Big
Giant Sign in the sky saying "LOOK, this is where we are
now.  The Church is about ready to go through another

From: "M Woelk" <hizgateway@...>

"Movie Must See"
-Mike Woelk.

The newly released movie Luther carries a prophetic word to
the 21st Century Church that it dare not miss.  The film will
attract a Church audience because its hero is the author of
the most dramatic move of God through the first two millennia
of Christendom.  Whether the Church hears the message of
this movie and acts on it is another matter.

A dramatic visual movie, the viewer experiences the castles
and majestic cathedrals of Germany, the dress, the street
squalor of 16th century Rome, and the dull desperation of
daily rural life.

This movie succeeds in turning theology and political
principle back into the life-and-death events of an
abrasive 5’3” monk and the millions he moved—some to
love, some to hate, some to serve, some to murder, some
to be martyred.

Painfully aware of his own infirmity, Luther was moved by
the weaknesses of those he was responsible for pastoring.
His compassion for the oppressed masses became a
linchpin between the Christ he found in the New Testament
and a tyrannical Church that, alongside the feudal German
princes, controlled their hopeless daily lives.

Luther sacrificed his position, his place in the Church,
and his future to be sure that the truth of Christ was not
squelched.  Jesus said, “He who seeks the glory of the
One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in
Him.”  This was also true of Luther.  Luther cared but for
two things: to reveal the reality of a loving God, and to give
his followers the liberating Gospel.

At the 1521 Diet of Worms, Luther is called to church
court. Many of them knew in their hearts Luther was right
and that the Church badly needed his revelation. But as I
watched them choose the stability and survival of Church
hierarchy and organization, I too experienced a dark futility
as I realized that good men were about to betray the truth
and God’s servant in favor of their own future.

Hear this well: when leaders do not sacrifice themselves for
God’s truth, suffering resounds through the lives of their
followers like a deadly bacterial plague through an
unprotected village.  In the case of Germany, perhaps a
hundred thousand died at the hands of compromised
churchmen.  The Catholic Church had become the enemy
of God, just as the Pharisees became the enemies of God
when they beheld, and immediately rejected, Christ.

But there was a more dramatic revelation: today it is not the
Catholic Church who is becoming the enemy of God—it is
the entire church, wherever and whenever organizational
stability and reputation take precedence over obedience,
the voice of the Holy Spirit, and a simple love for lost people.

The Father expects no less from the Church than He did
from His Son: "The hour has come that the Son of Man
should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a
grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains
alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves
his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world
will keep it for eternal life.” It can be said no simpler or more
effectively: Today’s Church must die.

In most world cultures the Church is weak compared to the
medieval Catholic behemoth—yet the church remains the
oppressor.  How can a weak church oppress?  Because it
represents Christ, carrying the good news of freedom in
Isaiah 61 and Luke 4, and at the same time it does not set
the captives free.

The world is crying out for a church of Luthers. The
established Church will do more than just cry out against them.