Martin Luther and Our Lady of Guadalupe By Rick Salbato, Knight of Our Lady In the 1500’s Catholic kings fought each other all over Europe. Twenty-five million people lost their lives to the Black Plague, many being priests and nuns because they were the only ones who would care for the sick and bury the dead. So many priests and nuns lost their lives to the Black Plague that priests were quickly ordained with only one or two years of training, and many bad priests were the result. Two anti-popes fought for the Chair of Rome. The Moors occupied Spain and Portugal all across the Mediterranean Sea. This was the situation of the Kingdom of God on Earth at the turn of the 14th Century. When all seemed lost, God sent a woman, Isabella of Spain, to save the Kingdom. Isabella became Queen of Spain and, although constantly pregnant, she rode her horse all over Europe to defeat the Turks and the Tartars, pushing Mohammed out of Europe, stopping the King of France and saving the Holy Father. A pregnant woman on a horse saved the world from the first of the Antichrists of the world, Mohammed. She, and she alone, financed Christopher Columbus to discover the new world of the Americas. Because of Isabella of Spain and Columbus, eventually all the wealth of Spain and Portugal would migrate to the Americas and drain the power from Spain and Portugal. Before her death in 1504, a child was born in Germany of a poor peasant miner, named John Luder. This child would eventually change his name to Luther because the word "Luder" in German means "beast". The child was rebellious and full of pride, hateful of authority figures, and attitude which never changed despite training as a Augustinian. One day he was almost struck by lightning, and this so frightened him that he made a promise to God. If God would save his life from the storm, he would become a priest. And so, he did. He became an Augustinian priest. When he was still a priest, Luder wrote: "If Christ had not entrusted all power to one man, the Church would not have been perfect. There would have been disorder, and each person would have been his own master claiming to be led by the Holy Spirit. "The principle sin of heretics is their own pride. With pride they insist on their own opinions. Frequently they serve God with great devotion. They do not intend any evil, but they serve God according to their own will. "Even when refuted they refuse to change their words. They think they are guided by the Holy Spirit. The things that have been established for centuries and in which countless martyrs have lost their lives, they treat as doubtful questions. They interpret the Bible according to their own heads, and carry their own opinions in it." Luder did not understand "grace". He wanted to acquire sanctity by his own efforts, his own justice, his own works, and he did not like anyone helping him - not even God. He still hated authority, in whatever form it took, including God. But he did understand Church canon, the devastating role of pride, and the sin of heresy. Leo X issued a Bull on Indulgences, and the Dominican, Tetzel, traveled throughout Germany preaching indulgences and collecting money to rebuild Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Tetzel angered Luder because Tetzel said that man did not rely on himself, but needed the grace of God to do any good work. Tetzel taught that the grace stored up in the Church by all the saints, martyrs, monks, and cloistered nuns could be tapped.. By appealing to these graces stored up in the Body of Christ, the Church, we could gain power from God to do good and to gain the remission of sins. So angry was Luder that on Halloween Day in 1517 ( 500 years before Fatima) he nailed up on the Church doors 95 objections against indulgences. Luder wrote to the Holy Father, "Whatever your decision I will accept as Christ speaking through you." However, when his errors were pointed out to him, Luder rebelled with outrageous heretically preaching and writing. Finally, in 1520 he was excommunicated. Regarding his excommunication, Luder said, "I maintain that the author of this excommunication (the Pope) is the Antichrist." The Bible did not support his views. He needed a new bible. In the Sixteenth Century, it could be said that if anyone could not read Latin, he could not read at all. In spite of this there were 17 versions of the Bible in the German language alone before Luder came out with his own version from the Newenburg Version of 1483 in only 10 weeks and never stopped changing this version until his death. "These Popish asses are not able to appreciate my labors." And regarding the doctors of the Church - Augustine, Jerome, Basil, Aquinas, Luder wrote, "they are untrustworthy teachers. Bores, out of which Christians have been drinking. Naive blasphemers, infernal asses, knowing nothing of the gospel, deceived by the devil, and deserving of hell rather than heaven." Then he proceeded to take out whole sections of the Bible: Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiastics, Tobias, Machabees I and II, parts of Ester, parts of Daniel, the prayers of Menasseh. Regarding Revelation he said, "I feel an aversion to it, and this is sufficient reason for me to reject it." Now, armed with a Bible that supported his views, he placed copies of it into the hands of the peasants and the princes. To flatter them, he told the peasants that anyone’s interpretation of Scripture had equal value to anyone else. "Among Christians there should not be any authority," he said. The peasants led by a man named Mussner, they revolted against the kings, princes and the Church. They demanded the right to elect priests, the elimination of serfdom, the elimination of subjects, the elimination of princes, and the elimination of kings. They used the new Gospel of Luder to claim the right to kill all until authority was destroyed and the new Kingdom of God was established. To arouse the masses even further, Luder had cartoons pasted all over Germany showing the Pope and the Cardinals being born out of the devil’s behind. Monasteries, churches, and the palaces At first Luder wanted to use the peasants to destroy the Church in Germany before he realized that if the peasants gained control, he would lose control. So he wrote a declaration against the peasants, and the kings posted his declaration all over Germany. "Pure deviltry is the peasants. They rob and rage like mad dogs, therefore whoever is able to mow them down, slaughter them or stab them, openly or in secret, let them do so. Remember, nothing is more poisonous, noxious or devious than a rebel. You must kill them like you would a mad dog." In 1531 peasants were slaughtered like cattle. Luder wrote, "I, Luder, slew all the peasants because I said they should be slain. All their blood is upon my head, but I put it upon the Lord, God, by whose command I spoke." Luther celebrated by marrying a nun, and becoming the author of the "State Church" because he said, "He who owns the country owns the Church. He who makes the laws for you, has the right to make the religion for you. No finer government in the world is there than that of the Turks, who have neither a secular nor spiritual code of law, but only the Koran." So began all state-controlled religions. Eventually some governments would go so far as to outlaw all religions, as in the case of the "French Revolution" and "Communism". By 1984 Communism would outlaw religion in 74% of the entire world.