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Martin Luther and his Theology on Worship in the Church during the Reformation
Religion and Theology
Pages 9 (2259 words)
Martin Luther’s Theology of Music and the Reformation of Faith for Protestants . Even before Martin Luther (1483-1546) was excommunicated from the Catholic Church, he cherished and furthered revolutionary ideas of worship and liturgy in the church. Luther’s position and contributions to music cannot be understood apart from his reformation theology.
“Luther thought music to be a gift from God and considered it of the highest importance next to the preaching of the Word (i.e., theology)1” . Luther’s theological views on music and his instigation of different methods of worship in the Catholic Church have helped Christians during the reformation era revitalize their faith. Catholicism is not compatible with Lutheran’s brand of liturgy because their religious principles are widely distinct. Catholicism embraced superstition. Catholicism’s worship was grounded on tradition, rather than on the Word of God. Catholicism’s worship remained locked in an incomprehensible language to the masses. Catholicism’s liturgy was static, predictable, meaningless and therefore, not spiritually edifying to the congregant. With such doctrines as the Eucharist, purgatory, the worship of relics, indulgences and Latinized readings, the masses were not being fed nourishing spiritual food which would be salvific in nature and lead to their salvation. Catholicism instructed the multitudes in errors, primarily concerned with death, which warped their perceptions of God, causing them to deviate further from the truth. The Eucharist service is one in which Catholic believers are encouraged to equate the presence of the Lord Jesus with the bread and wine of Communion. ...
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