Christianity 201

September 8, 2010

Martin Luther and Solo Scriptura

Sometimes devotional thoughts are found in most unlikely places.   This is the opening three paragraphs to an article from Christianity Today on the “crisis of authority” in modern Lutheranism.  You can read the entire article here, but this is the part that struck me:

Almost everyone knows Martin Luther’s famous defense before the Diet of Worms: “Here I stand, I can do no other. God help me. Amen.”

Not as many people can quote what he said just before that. “Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I cannot and will not retract.”

That quotation sums up the way the Lutheran movement began: as a demand for the church to operate under Scriptural authority.


  1. I can’t figure out what you want your readers to do about what you say.

    Comment by Katherine Harms — September 12, 2010 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

    • This is a devotional blog; I’m not asking anyone to DO anything. The point is that Luther wasn’t just advancing a theology based on his own whims or preferences, but it was thoroughly anchored in scripture.

      Try again in the context of the whole article contained in the link.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — September 12, 2010 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

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