Martin Luther on Preaching and Its Results… (and Beer…)

“We should preach the Word, but the results must be left solely to God’s good pleasure . . . I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything.” (LW 51:77)

HT: George Hicks


3 responses to this post.

  1. Love this quote. Almost like Luther is saying that he just set loose his big dog and then went on an all-inlcusive to Cancun and his dog just decimated his enemies 😉


  2. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” — John 3:29-30

    The words of John the Baptist in this passage remind us all that it is not we speaking, but Christ through us. We are not glorified, but Christ Alone.


  3. BEER, and the WORD…cool!


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