Brad Littlejohn states that, "One of the most frequently-misunderstood Reformation doctrines is Luther’s assertion of the 'priesthood of all believers'" and gives an in-depth, historical look into this doctrine.
The question about the 2nd commandment is just as relevant today as it was in the sixteenth century. Yet, if we could transport a handful of the Reformers from the sixteenth century to the present day and ask them whether it is appropriate for us to make images of Jesus, we would likely be surprised by their answers.
These Reformation-age dilemmas illustrate how the tenuous relationships between Christians and their political leaders were no less complicated in the past than they are today.
In honor of Reformation Day on October 31, we reflect on the importance of a good, patient and persistent mentor, like Martin Luther's mentor, Johann von Staupitz.