THE TOP 15 QUOTES BY MARTIN LUTHER
Released by Billion Souls Network in coordination with the Wittenburg Congress celebrating the first 500 years of the Protestant Reformation, October 30 – November 1, 2017.
Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses on Castle Church door (October 31, 1517) began the second greatest event in the Church since the Day of Pentecost. From the time, he first began to question Church authority, to when he nailed the Theses to the doors of Castle Church in Wittenberg he had only wanted answers. When no answers were forthcoming, he tried to drive the Church to reform, and when this was rebuked he stripped the church’s authority over him. His protest for reform challenged countless others to do likewise.
This in turn had sparked not only a call for reform, but a demand for religious and spiritual changes throughout Europe. The Protestant church’s calendar is filled with “Holy Days”, but none are more central to its existence than that of October 31, known as Reformation Day. On this day, Protestantism celebrates Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses. The document is heralded as the beginning of the end to the Catholic Church’s claim to control of all religious affairs, and to what many of that time saw as its claim to control over salvation.
The Protestant Reformation would change Christianity forever from a religion with one omnipotent power, the Catholic Church, to now encompass a myriad of new beliefs using a separate Protestant context. That context is based on differing scriptural interpretations, not only different than that of the Roman Catholic Church, but in many instances, different from one another. This pluralism has continued to this day and can be found in the great number of denominations within Protestantism, and those that stand outside of that framework as well. All modern day Christian streams have as their fountainhead the Protestant Reformation that began in Wittenberg, Germany.
The Top 15 Quotes of Martin Luther
1. “The first thing I ask is that people should not make use of my name, and should not call themselves Lutherans but Christians. What is Luther? The teaching is not mine. Nor was I crucified for anyone. How did I, poor stinking bag of maggots that I am, come to the point where people call the children of Christ by my evil name?”
2. “Faith cannot be inherited or gained by being baptized into a Church. Faith is a matter between the individual and God.”
3. “What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.”
4. “All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. “Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.”
5. “Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”
6. “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.”
7. “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”
8. “God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”
9. “I cannot choose but adhere to the word of God, which has possession of my conscience; nor can I possibly, nor will I even make any recantation, since it is neither safe nor honest to act contrary to conscience! Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God! Amen.”
10. “Christ is the Master; the Scriptures are only the servant. The true way to test all the Books is to see whether they work the will of Christ or not. No Book which does not preach Christ can be apostolic, though Peter or Paul were its author. And no Book which does preach Christ can fail to be apostolic, although Judas, Ananias, Pilate, or Herod were its author.”
11. “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”
12. “The fewer the words, the better the prayer.”
13. “No one can believe how powerful prayer is and what it can effect, except those who have learned it by experience. Whenever I have prayed earnestly, I have been heard and have obtained more than I prayed for. God sometimes delays, but He always comes.”
14. “All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.”
15. “He [Christ] died for me. He made His righteousness mine and made my sin His own; and if He made my sin His own, then I do not have it, and I am free.”