MARTIN LUTHER AT THE DIET OF WORMS
I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. (Psalm 78:2-4)
INTRODUCTION: BIBLE PROTESTANTISM HAS A GLORIOUS HISTORY. It is an epic story of a deadly struggle from under the heel of the Roman system to the glorious liberty of the sons of God. In our ecumenical and apostate age, this story needs to be retold that the battle may continue. This is the EIGHTETH of a number of posts (hence entitled: Protestant8) and is just another shot fired in this great battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. We are deliberately aiming at brevity, leaving it to other works (listed later) to satisfy any hunger for further information. These pages may therefore be viewed as tasty appetisers. May God give us the faith of these old Protestants who loved not their lives unto death and of whom, the world in its sin, was not worthy.
LUTHER - DEFENDING THE GOSPEL AT THE DIET OF WORMS
IT WAS A GOOD DAY in 1521 when Luther confronted Eck, the Pope's man at the Diet of Worms. When commanded to withdraw his "heretical" teachings as contained in his books, Luther's answer must rank as one of the most inspiring ever recorded outside of Scripture: "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 can do no other. So help me God."