In much of the contemporary Church, Martin Luther is venerated as a saint who fought for simple piety, a “return” to the pure and humble reading of scripture that falsely is attributed to the early Church as well as advocate for individual liberty and conscience. Luther then for many Novus Ordo Catholics is a Reformer who was repressed by the Count Dracula Counter Reformation Church and has thankfully been freed from guilt by the cool post-Vatican II popes.
Those Novus Ordo who venerate Luther are, in a certain sense, not wrong to do so, for much of post-Vatican II theology is inspired by Luther. Luther, however, is decidedly not a Christian thinker in any sense of the word.
I would like to point to one quote of Luther’s that is especially disturbing. As I have mentioned before, one of the fundamental doctrines of Gnosticism is freedom from the harsh laws and discipline of the Old Testament, the Catholic Church and even the Gospels themselves. Spontaneity, the movement of the “spirit,” and freedom of conscience and enlightenment are all characteristics of Gnosticism as well as what will later in the 19th and 20th century become known as formal Satanism. Well, dear reader, Martin Luther is in full agreement with the ancient mysteries when he writes in the Babylonian Captivity of the Church: “I shall lift my voice simply on behalf of liberty and conscience, and I confidently cry: No law, whether of men or of angels, may rightly be imposed on Christians without their consent, for we are free of all laws.”
Luther’s statement sounds remarkably like the credo of the founder of modern Satanism Aleister Crowley: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”
In his magisterial work, Philip II, William Thomas Walsh suggests that there was an active Kabal behind the Reformation. Might there be more to Luther than simply a scrupulous monk with bad ideas?