Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Quotable Luther #10: Be Armed With Scripture

Therefore it is necessary for simple people to understand this passage and similar passages well and to contrast the pope’s rule with these statements when one wants to question and examine them. Then they can answer and say: “Thus Christ spoke and did. But the pope teaches and does the very opposite. Christ says yes. But the pope says no. Now because they are at loggerheads, one of them must surely be lying. Now Christ surely does not lie. Therefore I conclude that the pope is a liar and, in addition, is the real Antichrist.” Thus you must be so well armed with Scripture that you not only can call the pope an antichrist but know how to give clear proof of this, that you can confidently stake your life on this and prevail against the devil when you die.[LW 30:137]

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