Five hundred years ago my country, India, had more wealth than Europe. Then, suddenly, some countries rapidly overtook us. What happened?

It is tempting to credit the West’s success to greed and guns, germs and steel. These did play a role. A responsible analysis, however, cannot overlook the impact of the Protestant Reformation.

Economics has become such a complicated subject that it is difficult for many to understand a simple secret of the West’s progress. That secret was a woman — Mrs. Katherine Luther.

Katherine von Bora was a runaway nun who married a monk, Martin Luther. She began the change that Sociologist Max Weber discussed in his classic, “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.”

The newly married nun and monk had no money to buy a house. Therefore the local Prince, the patron of Luther’s university, gave them the empty monastery.

But how was Katie to maintain a large house on her husband’s meagre salary? She turned her home into a paying guest-house for university students. That required her to feed 30-40 people every day. How do you feed so many people?

Katie started growing her own fruit and vegetables. Then she turned her home into an animal farm. The money she saved was invested in a second, third, and fourth piece of land. One had a creek flowing through it. Katie turned it into a fish-pond!

By 1542, the Luthers owned more real-estate in Wittenberg than any other citizen. As soon as she bought land, Katie began developing it. Farms needed buildings for agriculture as well as housing her employees, so Katie became a builder, too.

Back then, cities did not provide clean drinking water. Therefore, Katie ran a brewery. One can still buy “Luther Beer” in Wittenberg.

Martin taught the Bible’s work-ethic. Katie practiced it.

Had Martin Luther followed the Buddha as his guru, he would have remained a religious ascetic, begging for his food. But Luther followed the Bible. It condemned laziness as sin. God’s commandment, “You shall not covet” meant that people must create wealth. The eighth commandment, “You shall not steal”, meant that every person had a right to his property. While the state was responsible for protecting a citizen’s property, the family and church were responsible for producing citizens that would not steal a neighbour’s produce.

I grew up in North India. The land and climate were perfect for all kinds of vegetables and fruit. This could have created vibrant agro-industries. But the average peasant did not grow them, because upper-caste men would come to his farm in broad daylight to help themselves to his produce. If he left his wife to protect his farm, she would be raped.

Had Katie lived in the Soviet Union, she would have had no motivation to buy lands and develop them. Atheism does not believe that “You shall not steal” is God’s command. That gives the powerful the right to take your land.

Katherine Luther did much more than feed a few dozen students. Every day, Katie helped her husband disciple Germany’s future spiritual and intellectual leaders. She transmitted to German pastors the Bible’s spirit of economic enterprise: the art of making money with whatever little you have.

At dinner, the boys would often ask her husband questions and take notes. These discussions applied the Bible to everyday life, including the economic life of ordinary families. They were published as Martin Luther’s Table Talks. They enabled scholars such as Max Weber to understand how Luther’s exposition of the Bible created Europe’s spirit of Capitalism.

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Evangelism and Apologetics – Lesson 3

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In this lesson Pastor Dan Adams talks about the topic of ultimate proof of creation.

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From Homosexuality to Christ

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Emily’s Testimony: From Homosexuality to Christ

Whiteboard Wisdom: The Gospel

Posted: February 11, 2018 by revivalbiblestudy315 in Bible Study
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In the afternoons when I have Bible studies with my sons I occasionally use a whiteboard to write the key points I want them to remember. I will post pics of the whiteboard here, not only for my reference but in hopes that others are edified. Hope you enjoy.

Session 3 | Sola Gratia

From The Gospel of Grace and Glory: The Reformation at 500 and Counting held by RTS Charlotte and Christ Covenant Church.

James Anderson — “The Glorious Offense of God’s Gospel Grace”

Dr. Voddie Baucham delivers an extremely challenging message at the JeremiahCry Ministries “Evangelism Reformation Conference 2017” in Fort Worth Texas.

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Justification by grace alone may be the most famous sola of the Reformation. It creates the main barrier between Catholics and Protestants. Do we contribute good works to our justification? This is an essential question for our salvation. So, what does the Book say?

In this lab, Pastor John brings James and Paul into a discussion over justification. Catholics often try to refute faith alone by citing the only place in the Bible that the exact phrase is used — “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24). Protestants often cite texts from Paul like Romans 3:28, “We hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Romans 3:28). Do these texts contradict each other?

In this lab, Pastor John wrestles with these and other texts to show that if people are justified, they are justified by faith alone.

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Lesson 4- Survey of Church History

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In this lesson Pastor Jonny White covers Monasticism and Augustine.

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