Martin Luther Quotes: 21 Powerful Sayings

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Martin Luther was a musical man and as a child he was in a boys’ choir. I am happy to also report that he was a flautist, just like me. He is well known as the author of many hymns and even published his first hymnal in 1524. Perhaps Martin Luther was most famously known as the German Monk who became intolerant of the Roman Catholic Church over teachings on the subjects of clerical celibacy, papal abuses, the denying of the scriptures, sainthood, salvation by works, and other Catholic doctrines.[1] In 1521 Luther was excommunicated from the church when he refused to recant his teachings which were against what the Catholic Church taught. Luther asked the Papal Legate to show him “scripture and right reason” or he would not, nor could not recant. It was a very serious offense for which he was forced to go into hiding.[2]

Martin Luther is credited with the European Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century. This reformation began in Germany and spread throughout other Scandinavian countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Lutheranism came to America as folks from those countries moved to the “New World”.[3] “Lutheran” as they were labeled by their enemies was how followers identified themselves. Martin Luther did not like the name “Lutheran”, in fact he is quoted as saying:

“The first thing I ask is that people should not make use of my name, and should not call themselves Lutherans but Christians. What is Luther? The teaching is not mine. Nor was I crucified for anyone. How did I, poor stinking bag of maggots that I am, come to the point where people call the children of Christ by my evil name?”

No doubt Martin Luther did a lot of teaching and preaching; he has said some amazing things. Take a look at these other powerful sayings and quotes from Martin Luther.

Faith and Faithfulness

“Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense and understanding.”

“Faith cannot be inherited or gained by being baptized into a Church. Faith is a matter between the individual and God.”

“What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.”

“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.”

“Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.”

Marriage

“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”

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

Music and The Word of 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.”

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

“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.”

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”

“I cannot choose but adhere to the word of God, which has possession of my conscience; nor can I possibly, nor will I even make any recantation, since it is neither safe nor honest to act contrary to conscience! Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God! Amen.”

“The devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God….Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity, and other devices.”

“Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.”

“Christ is the Master; the Scriptures are only the servant. The true way to test all the Books is to see whether they work the will of Christ or not. No Book which does not preach Christ can be apostolic, though Peter or Paul were its author. And no Book which does preach Christ can fail to be apostolic, although Judas, Ananias, Pilate, or Herod were its author.”

Prayer and Praying

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

“The fewer the words, the better the prayer.”

“No one can believe how powerful prayer is and what it can effect, except those who have learned it by experience. Whenever I have prayed earnestly, I have been heard and have obtained more than I prayed for. God sometimes delays, but He always comes.”

Salvation

“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.”

“Is it not wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside ourselves?”

“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.”

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Sources:

[1] religionfacts .com

[2] Christian Classics Ethereal Library, Biography of Martin Luther

[3] Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

YouTube video “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” sung by Chris Rice, written by Martin Luther

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AmbiVictoria September 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Thank you, I truly enjoyed reading this article.

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Stella September 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

You are such a blessing.

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Nicholas September 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm

I have heard so many preachers quote from Martin Luther , this was interesting to me , I had never actually put it together where the name Lutherans had came from . I have attended a Baptist Church most of my life , and I know John The Baptist always said one greater than I is coming , and he was just setting the way for him . He felt uneasy about baptizing Jesus also of course , and he like others went through a time where you knew he was not perfect . I’ve seen where so many chosen men are in the Bible , and each is seen for their fleshly ways some time during their life , all for the exception of Jesus .

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Bernard Fwamba July 18, 2013 at 6:49 am

Sister Pamela Praise God
surely Am much inspired with your calling!
your are the vessel of blessings to desperate kid s and to me you are my source of theological Knowledge for through your web am able to do research paper about Martin Luther.

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Robert January 14, 2015 at 10:56 pm

Greetings MRS Williams from Quemado ,New Mexico.
I Go their A few times each year one of my sons daughter in law and grand kids live in Rio Rancho..

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Robert Boe January 15, 2015 at 12:38 am

Just read your whole article about Martin Luther and enjoyed it.. he did how ever finally started using the name Lutheran him self yet you Propably know those quotes.. Luther no longer fearing it would be used wrongly .. he taught us well The meaning of the first commandment .. and how only Jesus lived up to it perfectly ..

“the paradox is that God must destroy in us, all illusions of righteousness before he can make us righteous”
― Martin Luther

and of course

their a song on how God does that.
and a Luther quote that inspired it.
ENJOY

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=chris+driesbach+youtube&FORM=VIRE7#view=detail&mid=0573CE37F3491199AE420573CE37F3491199AE42

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Robert January 15, 2015 at 1:03 am

Sorry the link I gave DID NOT WORK

the Luther quote that inspired THE song

YOU ARE MY RIGHTEOUSNES
and sung by Chris Driesbach
ON YOU TUBE can be googled easily if you want to hear it and see the songs SHORT video that has the Luther quote.
enjoyed your webpage

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