“Would Martin Luther be a Catholic If He Were Alive Today?” (The Patrick Madrid Show)

In this episode of The Patrick Madrid Show, Patrick chats with John, a doctor from Orlando, about Martin Luther and his impact on the Catholic Church. Here are the highlights:

👨‍⚕️ John’s Question: John talks about trying to bring his Protestant patients, especially Lutherans, back to Catholicism. He suggests that if Martin Luther were alive today, he might return to the Catholic Church, noting that Luther originally respected sacraments and devotions. He wants to know if this was accurate.

🗣️ Patrick’s Take:

Luther’s True Intentions: Patrick strongly believes Luther wanted to destroy the Catholic Church entirely, becoming a “fanatical hater” over the years. He thinks using Luther as an example of a potential Catholic isn’t helpful since it’s just guessing.

Conversion Stories: Instead of focusing on Luther, Patrick recommends sharing stories of people who have recently converted to Catholicism. These real-life testimonies are powerful and relatable, showing how the truth of the Catholic faith transforms lives.

🚫 Luther’s Legacy: Patrick calls Luther a “disaster on stilts,” driven by personal guilt and scrupulosity, leading to his flawed doctrine of justification by faith alone. This doctrine, Patrick explains, wrongly suggests that righteousness is just “imputed” rather than transforming the person.

📚 Look to the Church Fathers: For effective evangelization, Patrick advises looking at the early Church Fathers and their teachings to show the Catholic Church’s authentic foundation and continuity from Christ’s time.

The best way to listen to the Best of the Week is on our #1 Free Catholic App. It’s free, and always will be! To get and share the Relevant Radio app, check it out here.

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.