On this day in 1517, the priest and scholar Martin Luther approaches the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and nails a piece of paper to it containing the 95 revolutionary opinions (theses) to the door of the church that would begin the Protestant Reformation.
In his theses, Luther condemned the excesses and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church, especially the papal practice of asking payment—called “indulgences”—for the forgiveness of sins. At the time, a Dominican priest named Johann Tetzel, commissioned by the Archbishop of Mainz and Pope Leo X, was in the midst of a major fundraising campaign in Germany to finance the renovation of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Though Prince Frederick III the Wise had banned the sale of indulgences in Wittenberg, many church members traveled to purchase them. When they returned, they showed the pardons they had bought to Luther, claiming they no longer had to repent for their sins.
Luther’s frustration with this practice led him to write the 95 Theses, which were quickly snapped up, translated from Latin into German and distributed widely.
A copy made its way to Rome, and efforts began to convince Luther to change his tune.
He refused to keep silent, however, and in 1521 Pope Leo X formally excommunicated Luther from the Catholic Church. That same year, Luther again refused to recant his writings before the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Germany, who issued the famous Edict of Worms declaring Luther an outlaw and a heretic and giving permission for anyone to kill him without consequence. Protected by Prince Frederick, Luther began working on a German translation of the Bible, a task that took 10 years to complete.
The term “Protestant” first appeared in 1529, when Charles V revoked a provision that allowed the ruler of each German state to choose whether they would enforce the Edict of Worms. A number of princes and other supporters of Luther issued a protest, declaring that their allegiance to God trumped their allegiance to the emperor. They became known to their opponents as Protestants; gradually this name came to apply to all who believed the Church should be reformed, even those outside Germany.
By the time Luther died, of natural causes, in 1546, his revolutionary beliefs had formed the basis for the Protestant Reformation, which would over the next three centuries revolutionize Western civilization.
Now on the eve of the celebration of Martin Luther’s protest, Kenneth Copeland after his previous visit to the Vatican is flying high on the idea of unity with ‘The Great Whore’, the Roman Catholic Church by holding another unity conference this month.
This is the latest attempt to merge American Charismaticism and Roman Catholicism than the Kairos 2017 event that held in Kansas City from October 24-26 2017.
The “International Meeting of the Kairos” was invented by the Roman Catholic church as a part of it’s “Great Jubilee” in the year 2000.
The goal of the ecumenical organization was to – very explicitly – merge together both Rome and charismatics.
The meeting of Kairos cannot be considered a simple ecumenical event among many, but it should be considered a new ecumenical Pentecost. Bari has been called an ecumenical city par excellence by the testimony of Bishop Nicholas of Myra. Because of the presence of the Basilica dedicated to Nicholas, Bari is considered a Holy City of the Churches of Eastern Europe. It has for centuries been a destination of pilgrimage by the faithful, especially from the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches and, more recently, by the Christian Communities of the Reformation and the Anglican family, all seeking to restore Christian unity…
The spiritual ecumenism indicated by the Second Vatican Council is accomplished through the experience of a strong presence of the Holy Spirit, which is manifested in ever new and extraordinary ways in the starting of the prophetic mission. Participation in the meeting of Kairos representing various Churches and Christian Communities is one of the concrete gestures of the unity in the diversity, which testifies to the ecumenical journey undertaken with the universal Church for the realization of the desires of the heart Jesus “that all may be one so that the world may believe.”
This year’s Kairos conference, there will be a whole gaggle of false teachers who will be doing the blasphemy truffle shuffle in a virtual conga line of charismatic chicanery. The speakers-list is like a roll-call for infamous heretics.
Speakers will include Kenneth Copeland, Mike Bickel (of Kansas City IHOP), Dutch Sheets, Lou Engle (NAR Apostle), Gordon Robertson (son of Pat Robertson), Billy Wilson (of Oral Roberts University), and a whole enclave of Roman Catholic officials and Eastern Orthodox idolaters.
As you can see below, from the Kairos website, the organization has a deliberately ecumenical design.
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