Martin Luther’s speech at the trial of Worms, 1521

Luther nailed his 95 theses to the cathedral door at Wittenberg October 31, 1571. On April 18, 1521 he delivered his famous speech ending with:

“Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Holy Scriptures or by evident reason-for I can believe neither pope nor councils alone, as it is clear that they have erred repeatedly and contradicted themselves-I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Thus I cannot and will not recant, because acting against one’s conscience is neither safe nor sound. Here I stand; I can do no other.  God help me. Amen.” Source Martin Luther’s speech at the trial of Worms, 1521

Luther’s life was in danger at this trial and afterwards he would likely have been killed except for the protection of Frederick.  Luther was captured by Frederick’s men and taken to Wartburg castle, near Eisenach, Germany for protection.

The persecution of Christians is escalating all over the world including the United States.  When the time comes when we are faced with a threat to our life for standing for Jesus Christ what will we do?  Are we preparing for that day by being conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ?

Major events in life of Martin Luther

Henry Luke 6/15/2017

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