Friday, June 28, 2013

BOND REFORMATION TOUR: Worms, "Here I stand!"

The rainy weather broke for a little while we toured the place where Luther took his intrepid stand. We look back and see that Luther walked away with his life from this trial before the most powerful temporal power in the European world. But Luther took his stand believing full well that it was most likely to cost him his life. Here's the text of what Luther said and a few pictures from our visit.

"Your Imperial Majesty and Your Lordships demand a simple answer. Here it is, plain and unvarnished. Unless I am convicted [convinced] of error by the testimony of Scripture or (since I put no trust in the unsupported authority of Pope or councils, since it is plain that they have often erred and often contradicted themselves) by manifest reasoning, I stand convicted [convinced] by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God's word, I cannot and will not recant anything, for to act against our conscience is neither safe for us, nor open to us. On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen."
Maguskirche, Worms
For Grandma Bond!

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