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October 31st, 2016 by Joel Watts

Martin Luther – Here I Stand

Martin Luther, for all of his faults, and those who followed him, accomplished more than many who had gone before him. In refusing to bow to logical Tradition, he made a stand which could have cost him his life. Today is Reformation Day. Regardless if you are Reformed or not, today is a day to remember the men and women who turned Western Christianity on it’s head.

‘Unless I am convinced by testimonies of the Scriptures or by clear arguments that I am in error – for popes and councils have often erred and contradicted themselves – I cannot withdraw, for I am subject to the Scriptures I have quoted; my conscience is captive to the word of God.

It is unsafe and dangerous to do anything against one’s conscience.

Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


10 Responses to “Martin Luther – Here I Stand”
  1. you really should read martin brecht’s 3 volume bio of luther.

  2. Polycarp says

    I’ll do that. I assume that this is the first volume?


  3. Heiko Oberman’s one volume Luther bio is still a good read also. But this from Martin Brecht is a must read! Thanks… it is so very good that all of our Reformers are read! The Swiss Lutherans continue also, Gustaf Aulen, Yngve Brilioth, Anders Nygren, Nathan Soderblom. Not always equal, but worth reading to my mind.
    Fr. R.

  4. Just Sayin' says

    Life is too short to read three-volume biographies.

  5. As if no one else but Luther ever risked death for writing or speaking their minds throughout history.

    • Luther had the support of the ruler of Saxony. And refused to be taken to Rome.

      • And then once Lutheranism became the new established religion of Saxony, Catholics were on the run, and Luther wrote the new catechisms that everyone must learn, and woe to any Protestant sectarians, like Anabaptists, whom Melanchthon interrogated and had imprisoned or tortured in Saxony. In fact Melanchthon drafted and Luther and other ministers signed a paper submitted to the rulers that demanded death for Anabaptists and anyone daring to go against the Apostle’s Creed.

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