The ever-pressing financial undertakings of the papacy kept Leo X in constant need of new means of raising revenue. The wars with France, his lavish support of the arts, the construction of St. Peter’s, and a projected Crusade against the Turks all contributed to the financial needs of the papacy. One important source of revenue had long been the dispensing of indulgences (remission of the temporal penalty for sins) for money. During the reign of Julius II, indulgences had been authorized for financial contributions for the construction of St. Peter’s. Leo, who was very much interested in continuing this work, reaffirmed the indulgence shortly after his ascent. Nevertheless, because of its unpopularity in northern Europe, based primarily on economic reasons, it was not until early in 1517 that Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar, actually began to preach the indulgence in the archdioceses of Mainz and Magdeburg in Germany. In response to this preaching, Martin Luther circulated his Ninety-five Theses. – Britanica.com
Martin Luther rejected the doctrines of the Christian Church thus he was labeled a heretic then, but now he is praised as the father of the Protestant movement.
It would seem that only time reveals the significance of you standing for your beliefs and sticking to your convictions when they are against popular thought.
I wonder if our modern day Christianity is so different from the Christianity Martin Luther protested?
People of faith need an alignment every now and then and the genuine seeker of truth and redemption need those of us who are fearless to point us back to the path.
Some in his time may have used the claim,”your deceived or your delusional” or my personal favorite “it doesn’t matter”, but time revealed that it MOST CERTAINLY MATTERS.
I would like to encourage those of you who are genuinely seeking truth to be brave! the Most High is the root of Truth and I pray that you allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to the path which is the Messiah.
“My prayer is that we would find our identity in Christ and relish in our heritage as Hebrew people not slaves from Africa. Slavery isn’t even the genesis of our history here in America although that is what is presented and taught in the educational system. My prayer is at the very least you will come to the conclusion that truth is not given freely by the ruling class or those that have power especially if that truth works in contrary to their narrative.
Deuteronomy 28:68 states,” And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.”
As we begin to study the word free from any agenda and with a pure heart not as it was drilled into us from a perspective of servitude and submission we slowly begin to understand the word. American history and Sunday school at church taught of the bible from the understanding passed down by those in power. When we start researching the scriptures free from the perspective instilled in us by former slave owners we slowly develop a clear picture and deeper understanding. We slowly realize that truth is never freely given by those in power. If you desire truth you must become a student of scripture and be a discipline follower of the word of God.
Egypt as stated in Deuteronomy 28: 68 means: “place of bondage.” The Hebrew people were told by God that if they turned from Him and served other gods He would curse them by sending them into slavery by “ships”.
My Black sisters and brothers we are those Hebrew people!
Those slave ships are actually the cargo slave ships that brought Black people from Africa to South, Central and North Americas and until we turn back to OUR GOD we will continue to languish.
It doesn’t matter what politician we elect or how many miles we march until we repent and turn back to AHAYAH through His son Yeshua we will continue to be a rejected people.” – The Revolution that Killed Hip Hop
If this labels me a heretic then so be it.
Time will tell if my stance is a significant truth that proves to influence our walk in faith.