I have been a lover and student of Christian history for many years. As a result, I have always greatly admired the courage of Martin Luther and other Reformers of his era who were used by God mightily to bring Christianity out of the dark ages of Roman Catholicism. I also recognize that Luther made some mistakes – particularly his Anti-Semitic theology regarding the Jews. But for the most part, he was right-on about the majority of his teachings; especially that Salvation is by grace through faith, and not of works.
Luther the movie is the true story of a godly man of integrity and a spiritual leader, a German monk named Martin Luther (played by Joseph Fiennes), in opposition to the religious orthodoxy of the time (the 1500’s). His goal: to bring God to the people and to do away with Roman Catholic doctrines of money, fear, guilt, and shame. It made him a reformer to some, and a heretic to the Roman Church. His defiant actions changed the world, in this epic, “ravishingly beautiful” (The New York Times) film that traces Luther’s extraordinary and exhilarating quest for the people’s liberation. Regional princes and the powerful Church wield a fast, firm and merciless grip on 16th-century Germany. But when Martin Luther issues a shocking challenge to their authority, the people declare him their new leader and hero. Even when threatened with violent death, Luther refuses to back down, sparking a bloody revolution that shakes the entire continent to its core.
An excellent film that will inspire your faith, and make a prized addition to your movie library.
– Luis Josephus
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