MARTIN LUTHER QUOTES II

German friar, priest and professor of theology (1483-1546)

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us.

MARTIN LUTHER, Luther's Catechism

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Through faith we are restored to paradise and created anew. We have no need of works in order to be righteous; however, in order to avoid idleness and so that the body might be cared for an disciplined, works are done freely to please God.

MARTIN LUTHER, The Freedom of a Christian

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The devil and temptations also afford us occasion to learn and understand the Scriptures, by experience and practice. Without these we should never understand them, however diligently we read and listened to them.

MARTIN LUTHER, "Of God's Word", Table Talk

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We do not become righteous by doing righteous deed but, having been made righteous, we do righteous deeds.

MARTIN LUTHER, "Disputation against Scholastic Theology"

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Amen meaneth assuredly, namely, that I am sure that petitions of this kind are accepted by my Heavenly Father, and heard by him, because he hath commanded us, that we should pray after this manner, and hath promised that he will hear us. Amen, Amen: that is, truly, certainly, so be it.

MARTIN LUTHER, Luther's Catechism

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Whoever does not accept my teaching may not be saved -- for it is God's teaching and not mine.

MARTIN LUTHER, Against the Spiritual Estate of the Pope and the Bishops Falsely So Called, July 1522

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What can only be taught by the rod and with blows will not lead to much good; they will not remain pious any longer than the rod is behind them.

MARTIN LUTHER, The Great Catechism

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He who wholly renounces himself, and relies not on mere human reason, will make good progress in the Scriptures; but the world comprehends them not, from ignorance of that mortification which is the gift of God's word.

MARTIN LUTHER, "Of God's Word", Table Talk

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Christ ought to be preached with this goal in mind--that we might be moved to faith in him so that he is not just a distant historical figure but actually Christ for you and me.

MARTIN LUTHER, The Freedom of a Christian

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I greatly fear that the universities, unless they teach the Holy Scriptures diligently and impress them on the young students, are wide gates to hell.

MARTIN LUTHER, To the Christian Nobility of the German States

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As for myself, let me say that I am a doctor and a preacher. I am as learned and experienced as any of those who are so presumptuous and confident. Yet I do as a child that is learning the Catechism. I read and repeat in the morning and whenever I have time, the Ten Commandments, Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Psalms, etc. I daily read and study the Catechism, and still I am not able to master it as thoroughly as I wish. I must remain a child and a pupil of the Catechism, and this I do very willingly. Yet these dainty and fastidious fellows affect to be doctors of the first rank upon reading the Catechism once -- to know all there is to be known. Here is evidence enough that they regard not their office and the souls of their people, nay, not even God and his Word. They cannot fall, since they are already abominably fallen. Truly do they need to become children and begin at the alphabet, which they imagine they have long ago outgrown.

MARTIN LUTHER, Luther's Large Catechism

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A fiery shield is God's Word; of more substance and purer than gold, which, tried in the fire, loses nought of its substance, but resists and overcomes all the fury of the fiery heat; even so, he that believes God's Word overcomes all, and remains secure everlastingly, against all misfortunes; for this shield fears nothing, neither hell nor the devil.

MARTIN LUTHER, "Of God's Word", Table Talk

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There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.

MARTIN LUTHER, Table Talk

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Our preaching does not stop with the law. That would lead to wounding without binding up, striking down and not healing, killing and not making alive, driving down to hell and not bringing back up, humbling and not exalting. Therefore, we must also preach grace and the promise of forgiveness--this is the means by which faith is awakened and properly taught. Without this word of grace, the law, contrition, penitence, and everything else are done and taught in vain.

MARTIN LUTHER, The Freedom of a Christian

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Whenever the word is rightly preached, and attentively heard, it never fails to bring forth fruit.

MARTIN LUTHER, Sermon XI, A Selection of the Most Celebrated Sermons of M. Luther and J. Calvin

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In a word, the Holy Scripture is the highest and best of books, abounding in comfort under all afflictions and trials. It teaches us to see, to feel, to grasp, and to comprehend faith, hope, and charity, far otherwise than mere human reason can; and while evil oppresses us, it teaches how these virtues throw light upon the darkness, and how, after this poor, miserable existence of ours on earth, there is another and an eternal life.

MARTIN LUTHER, "Of God's Word", Table Talk

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True Christian love is not derived from things without, but floweth from the heart, as from a spring.

MARTIN LUTHER, Sermon XI, A Selection of the Most Celebrated Sermons of M. Luther and J. Calvin

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It hath been said, that there is of nothing so much in hell as of self-will. The which is true, for there is nothing else there than self-will, and if there were no self-will, there would be no Devil and no hell. When it is said that Lucifer fell from Heaven, and turned away from God and the like, it meaneth nothing else than that he would have his own will, and would not be at one with the Eternal Will. So was it likewise with Adam in Paradise. And when we say Self-will, we mean, to will otherwise than as the One and Eternal Will of God willeth.

MARTIN LUTHER, The Theologia Germanica

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Whoever teaches differently from what I have taught, or whoever condemns me therein, he condemns God and must remain a child of hell.

MARTIN LUTHER, Deutsche Antwort Luthers auf König Heinrichs von England Buch

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God indeed tempteth no man; but yet we ask, in this petition, that he would keep and preserve us, lest the devil, the world, and our own flesh delude and draw us away from the true faith, and throw us into superstition, distrust, despair, and other grievous sins and wickedness; and that, if we should be tempted therewith even to the highest degree, we still may conquer, and at last triumph over them.

MARTIN LUTHER, Luther's Catechism

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