Friday, November 2, 2007

Reformation Day Martin Luther's quote

I have been reading Desiring God by John Piper. I am really enjoying this mainstay book that he wrote. On page 153 in dealing with Scripture and the joy that we should have in digesting God's Word he gives a little history of what went on during Martin Luther's trial.

The Archbishop of Trier poses Luther the question one last time: "Do you or do you not repudiate your books and the errors which they contain?

Luther replies:

Since then Your Majesty and Your Lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason--I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other--my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me.

I praise God for this man who stood for the word of God despite all obstacles. How much are we standing for the Word of God today as churches fall into apostasy?