98 Thought-Provoking Martin Luther Quotes That Are Still Relevant
Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer
Martin Luther was a composer, professor of theology, monk and a priest of German descent. He was a central figure in Protestant Reformation and perhaps the most well-known revolutionary of the 14th century. He severely criticized the Roman Catholic Church because he sincerely believed that it was the Bible and not the Church that should determine the legitimacy and interpretation of the Lord's word. To make holy teachings more accessible to the German public, he translated the book into German language. Having completed his studies from the Efurt University, Luther followed Aristotle's philosophy and theology concepts. Being fed up with materialism, he switched to spiritualism and reflected on his personal failures, sins and weak points. This gave him the strength to emerge as a spiritual leader. Luther strongly believed that money cannot purchase freedom from God's punishment for our sins. With repentance, one can earn salvation. He proposed high-quality academic discussions in this regard and published Ninety five theses to bring a drastic change to traditional ideologies. Despite the Emperor condemning him as an outlaw and the Pope asking him to renounce all his writings, Luther protested against religious extremists that brought him in positive light. Nevertheless, in the last few years of his life, his antagonistic views against Jews made him a controversial character in history. Martin Luther has been one of the most influential people and quoted extensively. Luther's writings and influence on the church are still important today and quoted quite extensively. We have scanned his work, speeches and writings to get some of his most popular quotes and sayings. Presenting a collection of Martin Luther quotes that are still relevant today.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone. If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest. Everything that is done in this world is done by hope. You have as much laughter as you have faith. True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue. Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly. Beer is made by men, wine by God. I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth. There never yet have been, nor are there now, too many good books. Let the wife make her husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry to see him leave. God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess. There are two days in my calendar: This day and that Day. Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer! The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship. All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. A unjust law, is no law at all. All the cunning of the devil is exercised in trying to tear us away from the word. I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my Guide. Peace if possible. Truth at all costs. Here I stand; I can do no other. There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage. One Book is enough, but a thousand books is not too many! They are trying to make me into a fixed star. I am an irregular planet. Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. The fewer the words, the better the prayer. It is neither right nor safe to go against my conscience. It is better to think of church in the ale-house than to think of the ale-house in church. God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does. Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.. The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn. A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all. Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness. Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music. No great saint lived without errors. I've got so much work to do today, I'd better spend two hours in prayer instead of one. As long as we live there is never enough singing. The sin underneath all our sins is to trust the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ and must take matters into our own hands To be convinced in our hearts that we have forgiveness of sins and peace with God by grace alone is the hardest thing. He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long. The gospel cannot be truly preached without offense and tumult. Many pass for saints on earth whose souls are in hell. Be thou comforted,little dog;thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail. Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding. Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God, your functional savior. This is the most dangerous trial of all, when there is no trial and every thing goes well; for then a man is tempted to forget God, to become too bold and to misuse times of prosperity. One learns more of Christ in being married and rearing children than in several lifetimes spent in study in a monastery. Here I stand, I can do no other, God help me. Amen! The truth of the matter is rather as Christ says, "He who is not with me is against me." ... He does not say "He who is not with me is not against me either, but merely neutral. Thus every matter, if it is to be done well, calls for the attention of the whole person. Pestis eram vivus ... moriens tua mors ero - "Living, I was your plague ... dying, I shall be your death. In his life Christ is an example showing
us how to live in his death he is a sacrifice satisfying our sins in his resurrection a conqueror in his ascension a king in his intercession a high priest. The soul can do without everything except the word of God, without which none at all of its wants are provided for. How soon 'not now' becomes 'never'! Every book is a great action and every great action is a book! By faith we began, by hope we continue, and by revelation we shall obtain the whole. Maternity is a glorious thing, since all mankind has been conceived, born, and nourished of women. All human laws should encourage the multiplication of families. This is the reason why our Theology is certain: because it seizes us from ourselves and places us outside ourselves. We are nothing with all our gifts be they ever so great, except God assist us. Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge. Thus, dear friends, I have said it clearly enough, and I believe you ought to understand it and not make liberty a law... Philosophy is the Devil's Whore False preachers are worse than deflowerers of virgins. If you want to interpret well and confidently, set Christ before you, for He is the man to whom it all applies, every bit of it. Great thieves go Scott-free, as the Pope and his crew. Here again you confuse and mix everything up in your usual way. Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason. God made man out of nothing, and as long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us. And though this world with devils filled, Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear,
for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us. Strange, though I am saved from sin, I am not saved from sinning. Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God. It is not imitation that makes sons. It is sonship that make imitators. Faith is a living, unshakable confidence in God's grace; it is so certain that someone would die a thousand times for it. People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions. All we who believe on Christ are kings and priests in Christ. He [Christ] died for me. He made His righteousness mine and made my sin His own; and if He made my sin His own, then I do not have it, and I am free. To preach Christ is to feed the soul, to justify it, to set it free, and to save it, if it believes the preaching. I see a word that hates evil more than it loves good. God does not need our good works, but our neighbor does. Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. How can a reason which hates God be called sound? Blood alone moves the wheels of history From you, my dear Erasmus, let me obtain this request, that just as I bear with your ignorance in these matters, so you in turn will bear with my lack of eloquence. It is easy enough to do good once or twice, but to keep on doing good without getting disgusted with the ingratitude of those whom we have benefited, that is not so easy.
Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.
The Pope is a mere tormentor of conscience. The assembly of his greased and religious crew in praying was altogether like the croaking of frogs, which edified nothing at all.
Let the man who would hear God speak read Holy Scripture.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
I frankly confess that even if it were possible I should not wish to have free choice given to me, or to have anything left in my own hands by which I might strive for salvation. I compare it with a lie, which like to a snowball, the longer it is rolled the greater it becomes.