Sunday, October 31, 2010

Remembering Luther’s Stand on Reformation Sunday

On Reformation Sunday, it's always good to remember what the great reformer Martin Luther actually said and stood for.  Here are his famous words before Emperor Charles and the German Diet in the City of Worms.
Since then your serene majesty and your lordships seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner, neither horned nor toothed: Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scripture or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. [He then added in German] Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me! Amen
 Hat Tip:  Chris Castaldo » Blog Archive » Luther’s Stand

Here's the scene from the movie Luther, starring Jospeh Fiennes ( a great film, BTW):