Martin Luther was not the first “protestant” after Christianity became the exclusive religion of the Roman Empire. There were other groups, some of which had a greater claim to Biblical Christianity than Martin Luther did. The Waldenseans, for example, were centuries before Luther and their basic theology was much more in line with what the New Testament teaches than Lutheranism.
This is probably because Martin Luther never planned to leave the Catholic Church. He merely wanted to reform it. The Catholic Church chose to excommunicate him instead, thus creating the Reformation.
Romans was Luther’s favorite book of the Bible. Surely, he knew the popular interpretation of Romans 13:1-7 was that Paul had declared that all rulers derive their authority from God. Therefore, resisting any law of the ruler is to resist the will and command of God. Civil disobedience is rarely, if ever, an option for Christians, who are willingly to…
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