Today in Church History – April 18, 1521

Martin Luther - Diet of Worms

It was on this day in 1521 that Martin Luther offered the following response to the Archbishop of Trier at the Diet of Worms:

“Unless I am convinced by Scripture or by clear reasoning that I am in error – for popes and councils have often erred and contradicted themselves – I cannot recant, for I am subject to the Scriptures I have quoted; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. It is unsafe and dangerous to do anything against ones conscience. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. So help me God. Amen.”

After the conclusion of the Diet, Luther was taken into hiding by Prince Frederick and spent an extended period of time at Wartburg Castle, where he began work on his German translation of the Bible.

Martin Luther Books Available From Christian Focus Publications:

Martin Luther: The Man who started the Reformation by Thomas Lindsay Martin Luther: What Should I Do? by Catherine Mackenzie Martin Luther's TabletalkLuther and His Katie

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