History sure has a way of repeating itself, and I have to wonder why people never pay attention. As I see our country pretty much in a heap at the bottom of that slippery slope that our Founders fought against, and warned about, I see the world continuously forgetting their own warnings of “Never Again!”
From lessons unlearned about our own nation’s founding, and the almost prophetic foresight of our Founders to the world’s turning away not just from a dramatic rise of Antisemitism, but also the very real genocide of Christian believers in the Middle East and Africa, people just seem to be idiotic in their beliefs that “we’re more enlightened now” when it comes to tolerance and their version of peace.
I can’t blame some, because those who aren’t taught don’t know, but I do blame them when those who do know dare to speak out, and are shouted down by the ‘tolerant’ ones who know nothing of what they speak.
I’m talking of course about the rise of Islam and how quickly North America is following in the footsteps of the Islamized countries of Europe.
Daisy passed an interesting article to me the other day, which I had never heard about. I never mind admitting that there’s a ton I don’t know, but I’ve been studying Islam for a long time, and I had no idea that Martin Luther warned Europe about Islam 500 years ago.
Just as Americans ignore the writings of men like Jefferson, and our own History including the creation of our U.S. Marines because of Islam, Europe has ignored their own entanglements and past wars with Islam, and is suffering the ramifications of their appeasement and submission.
I have never really studied church history, preferring to focus more on following Christ than traditions, but I have studied some, and even in the church I see some of the same ignorance that I can understand Christ’s warnings to the seven churches at the end of the age. We have to remember that people, even though they might be intelligent, and have the best of intentions, they are still human, and therefore aren’t perfect. We can look back on historical figures with the gift of hindsight and see them not only in their brilliance, but also in their humanness. The question is, do we look past their imperfections to the warnings and know that they knew what they were talking about, or do we look past the warnings, and keep on focusing on their imperfections?
I’d rather learn from their experiences and take the warnings seriously, especially given what I’ve learned myself over 20 years and discovered that nothing’s changed. Islam is what Islam has been, and as it was in Luther’s day, it was in Jefferson’s day, and is in our day. Here’s part of the article:
On Oct. 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted 95 debate questions on the door of Wittenberg Church, which began the movement known as “the Reformation.”
In 1521, 34-year-old Martin Luther was summoned to stand trial before the most powerful man in the world, 21-year-old Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
Charles V of Spain’s empire spanned nearly 2 million square miles across Europe, the Netherlands, the Far East, Philippines, North and South America, and the Caribbean.
At the Diet of Worms, Charles V initially dismissed Luther’s theses as “an argument between monks” and simply declared Martin Luther an outlaw.
Martin Luther was hid by Frederick of Saxony in the Wartburg Castle, where he translated the New Testament into German.
During this time, Muslim Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent invaded Europe on land and sea.
In 1529, 35-year-old Suleiman the Magnificent sent 100,000 Muslim Turks to surround Vienna, Austria.
Martin Luther wrote:
“The Turk is the rod of the wrath of the Lord our God. … If the Turk’s god, the devil, is not beaten first, there is reason to fear that the Turk will not be so easy to beat. … Christian weapons and power must do it…”
Martin Luther continued:
“(The fight against the Turks) must begin with repentance, and we must reform our lives, or we shall fight in vain. (The Church should) drive men to repentance by showing our great and numberless sins and our ingratitude, by which we have earned God’s wrath and disfavour, so that He justly gives us into the hands of the devil and the Turk.”
In an attempt to unite the Holy Roman Empire against the Ottoman Muslims, Charles V agreed to a truce recognizing the Protestants, as Eric W. Gritisch wrote in “Martin – God’s Court Jester: Luther in Retrospect” (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1983, p. 69-70):
“Afraid of losing the much-needed support of the German princes for the struggle against the Turkish threat from the south, Emperor Charles V agreed to a truce between Protestant and Catholic territories in Nuremberg in 1532. … Thus the Lutheran movement was, for the first time, officially tolerated and could enjoy a place in the political sun of the Holy Roman Empire.”
As the Islamic threat intensified, reformer John Calvin wrote to Philip Melanthon in 1543 (“Selected Works of John Calvin: Tracts & Letters,” I: 373):
“I hear of the sad condition of your Germany! … The Turk again prepares to wage war with a larger force. Who will stand up to oppose his marching throughout the length and breadth of the land, at his mere will and pleasure?”
If you’re interested in learning more, here’s a couple more links you can check out,
Oxford Research Encyclopedias- Martin Luther, Islam and the Turks
Martin Luther—Translations of Two Prefaces on Islam- PDF file, https://wordandworld.luthersem.edu/content/pdfs/16-2_Islam/16-2_Boyce-Henrich.pdf