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Luther Quotes
Dr. Martin Luther (1483-1546)


I hardly know where to begin with Martin Luther. I will mention that I was born and raised as a Lutheran, and I attended confirmation class and was confirmed in the early 1970’s and I will say that none of this was ever mentioned – In Sunday school and confirmation class Luther was only portrayed as only the founder of the denomination. It was until I had left and started attending fundamentalist and Pentecostal Churches that I was told that Luther was a spiritual giant, and it was Luther that had discovered one day in a monastery “Justification by faith.” That he was the founder of the reformation, and from that time on a restoration process has been going on in the Church.

Later when I went to bible school these same things were repeated – making Luther the father of the reformation and Justification by faith. It was not quite apparent but it is now that they entire protestant movement has hitched itself to this man and that this doctrine as well as others that he taught that are not as well known have had an immeasurable negative effect upon what we believe today.

First and foremost we need to understand that Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic Priest – the monastery that he is depicted as being in was a Roman Catholic Monastery. Luther was a student of Greek Hebrew Latin and this was good. Luther was a student of ancient writings including the Apostolic Fathers it was according to Luther that when he read these writings that he became aware of how far the church had strayed. Luther does not say that a voice from heaven or a light shone on him and he suddenly understood Justification by faith. He read the same writings that I have in some part made available on this website.   We need to understand that from Martin Luther’s own words he NEVER desired to leave the Roman Catholic Church. Martin Luther in his own words tells us that he believed in worshipping and praying to Mary. And perhaps worst of all Martin Luther’s concept of justification by faith is utter heresy and if any would repeat his words as their own in a fundamentalist church or a Pentecostal church they would be cast out and branded a member of a cult.

What I am saying is that the whole of Protestantism is irrevocably hitched to Luther and his doctrinal wagon – so he has received facelift after facelift to preserve faith in the movement.

But there is more, much more Luther was not alone. There were several men involved in the founding of the reformation they were most notably  Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Menno Simons. There was a forth man named Zwingli, that had a huge influence on our current beliefs on Holy Communion. But Luther, Calvin and Simons were the core. These men were all contemporary – they not only lived at the same time but they also corresponded with one another in the early days and collaborated on their doctrines. One should know that all three of these men were roman catholic priests – they had received all their doctrinal training from the Roman Catholic Church and ultimately where they had no “light” and I use the term loosely here they reached into their bag of Roman Catholic doctrines and dusted one off and made a few minor changes so that they could call it their own.

John Calvin’s doctrines of election, predestination, and eternal security were not personal revelations as has been espoused they came directly from Martin Luther, Calvin claim to fame is that he focused specifically on these doctrines instead of a broader scope.

Menno Simons is important because he was the father of the fundamentalist movement. And he was fundamentalism’s doctrine man. Menno Simons was a prolific writer who wrote between 1200 – 1500 books, all of which are with us to this day and many of which are strictly adhered to this day. In his writings he defined everything about the church, all our doctrine, how church services were to be held and the ministry. This is why there is such uniformity in fundamentalist and evangelical churches, in their buildings the way they conduct services and doctrinally though in the past 100 years evangelicals have wandered far afoot from their forefathers.

In my writings on this site I have repeatedly made the charge that the Church of this day that is evangelicals and fundamentalists and the thousands of offshoots that includes Pentecostals and Charismatics have more in Commons with Menno Simons, John Calvin and Martin Luther and hence the Roman Catholic Church than with Christ and the Apostles. It is not that we do not have Christ and the Apostles words – it is that virtually everything they said or taught has been filtered by these three men. How can this be you say I’ve never read a single book by these men. I only read the bible. They have a virtual lock on Christian doctrine – that is how we interpret scripture because they redefined the terms. So how if you “Only read the Bible” do their words get to you. The truth is that you do not read only the bible. There is virtually not a man living that opened the bible and started reading and “Became saved.” How do the bulk of Christian’s get saved? Through someone else’s preaching. And how did were did they get their teaching they went to bible school or read books or used a correspondence course. Generation upon generation the words of Menno Simons, John Calvin and Luther’s words have been carried abroad by ever preacher and believer they have become a leaven. The whole lump that is called the church has been leavened by these men’s words. And dare I say even the Roman catholic Church admits these men have influenced doctrinal changes within their church. Only those who truly have a love for the truth will search out these matters to see if they be so. For all the rest, they are following a pied piper to oblivion. They have been beguiled, but not by the serpent but by his surrogates that is every preacher, teacher and ministry that bears his redefined terms and corruptions of God’s word. 

I will now let Luther speak to you the evil and corrupt words he taught his followers.

Luther: God must become the devil sometimes; what is believed conceals itself in the appearance of the opposite

a) (Another translation of this passage) God cannot be God; first He must become a devil … I must grant divinity to the devil for a brief hour, and let devilishness be attributed to our God. But it’s early days yet. In the end we can indeed say: His kindness and loyalty rule over us.”

 (a) WE 31, p. 249 f. b) WE 18, cited from H. G. Pöhlmann, Abriss der Dogmatik [Outline of Dogmatism], Gütersloh 1980, 3rd Ed., p. 82)

"God does not work salvation for fictitious sinners. (God can not work salvation in you if you only think you have sinned) Be a sinner and sin vigorously.... Do not for a moment imagine that this life is the abiding place of justice; sin must be committed."

"Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We are conquered if we try too conscientiously not to sin at all. So when the devil says to you: do not drink, answer him: I will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to."

"The imputation of righteousness we need very much, because we are far from perfect. As long as we have this body, sin will dwell in our flesh. Then, too, we sometimes drive away the holy spirit; we fall into sin, like Peter, David, and other holy men. Nevertheless we may always take recourse to this fact, that our sins are covered, and that God will not lay them to our charge. Sin is not held against us for Christ's sake."

"your sin cannot cast you into hell"

"No sin can harm me"

"Sin cannot tear you away from him [Christ], even though you commit adultery a hundred times a day and commit as many murders."

(The following two quotes are regarding when you vigorously sin to receive salvation, and when you commit adultery and murder 100 times a day – According to Luther it is not that you are sinning against God and leaving behind a trail of human wreckage, it is that you are having sex with demons – so there is no harm or foul. This is so deluded I have no words to say here.)

"We may well lie with what seems to be a woman of flesh and blood, and yet all the time it is only a devil in the shape of a woman."

"The Devil can so completely assume the human form, when he wants to deceive us, that we may well lie with what seems to be a woman, of real flesh and blood, and yet all the while 'tis only the Devil in the shape of a woman. 'Tis the same with women, who may think that a man is in bed with them, yet 'tis only the Devil; and...the result of this connection is oftentimes an imp of darkness, half mortal, half devil...."

Here Luther advocates the use of the sword to convert is not only that he justifies it but he boasts elsewhere of having killed 100,000 peasants.

"As to the common people, ... one has to be hard with them and see that they do their work and that under the threat of the sword and the law they comply with the observance of piety, just as you chain up wild beasts."

"They (The Common People)  should be knocked to pieces, strangled and stabbed, secretly and openly, by everybody who can do it, just as one must kill a mad dog!"

”Such strange times are here that a people can earn heaven with bloodshed rather than others usually with praying … Stab, beat, throttle here, whoever can. If you remain dead in the process, happy you, you can never attain a more blessed death. For you die obedient to the divine word and command.”

(Wider die stürmenden Bauern [Against the storming peasants] Weimar Edition of Luther’s Writings (= WE) 18, pp. 357-361)  

”Preachers are the greatest killers of all. For they admonish the authorities that they should administer their office with resolution and punish the pests. I have killed all the farmers in the rebellion; all their blood is on my neck. But I lay the blame on our good Lord; he ordered me to say such things …”

 (Tischreden [Tabletalk] WE 3, p. 75)

In this next quote Luther advocates burning people to death in ovens.

"I almost feel like throwing Jimmy into the stove, as the priest in Kulenberg did."

In this next Quote Luther advocates killing usurers

”… as one breaks on the wheel and beheads the street robbers, murderers … how much more shall one break on the wheel and bleed all usurers and chase away, curse and behead all skinflints …”

(An die Pfarrherren wider den Wucher zu predigen. [To the Pastors for Preaching Against the Usurers] Vermahnung [Admonishment] D. Martini Lutheri, Anno 1540, Tomos 7 p. 415)

In this next Quote Luther advocates killing unfaithful partners

”… it would be better: kill, kill him, in order to avoid more evil examples … It is the fault of the authorities: Why does one not kill the adulterer?”

(Martin Luther, Vom ehelichen Leben - Das ander[e] Teil (About Married Life - the Other Part] First Edition Wittenberg 1522, cited from Böhm, ob. cit. p. 153; there cited from Lorenz, Vom ehelichen Leben, Reclam, 1978, p. 16f.)

In this next Quote Luther advocates killing prostitutes

”If I were a judge, I would want to have such a French, poisonous whore broken on the wheel and bled.”

(”Ernste Vermahn- und Warnschrift Luthers an die Studenten zu Wittenberg, am 13.5.1543 öffentlich an der Kirche angeschlagen” [Serious Writing of Admonishment and Warning by Luther to the Students in Wittenberg, publicly nailed to the church on May 13, 1543], Tomos 8, pp. 172-172 b)

In these next quotes Luther advocates killing women with spiritual and magical abilities

”You shall not let the sorceresses live … It is a just law that they are killed. They cause much harm … They can also cast a spell on a child so that it continuously screams and no longer eats or sleeps. If you look at such females, you will see that they have a devilish face. I have seen it on several … one can only kill them.”

”Therefore, kill them, because they have dealings with the devil.”

”When they do not confess, we will hand them over to the torturers.”

 (a) Sermon from 1526; WE 16, p. 551;
 b) 1526, cited from Esotera, 3. 3. 1985, p. 245
 c) Cited from Hans-Jürgen Wolf, Sünden der Kirche [Sins of the Church], Erlensee 1995, p. 717 ff.)

Here Luther advocates burning to death all who are accused of witchcraft.

"I should have no compassion on these witches; I should burn them all."

For those who doubt that these things were actually done I have read of one of Luther’s disciples who claimed to have read the bible 365 times cover to cover boasting that he has personally seen to the deaths of 10,000 witches and heretics in his municipality

Here are a few more quotes from Luther on demons and demon possession.

"At Poltersberg, there is a lake similarly cursed. If you throw a stone into it, a dreadful storm immediately arises, and the whole neighboring district quakes to its centre. 'Tis the devils kept prisoner there."

"Demons live in many lands, but particularly in Prussia."

"In Switzerland, on a high mountain, not far from Lucerne, there is a lake they call Pilate's Pond, which the Devil has fixed upon as one of the chief residences of his evil spirits...."

"Many demons are in woods, in waters, in wildernesses, and in dark poolly places ready to hurt...people."

"Some [demons] are also in the thick black clouds, which cause hail, lightning and thunder, and poison the air, the pastures and grounds."

"The Devil, too, sometimes steals human children; it is not infrequent for him to carry away infants within the first six weeks after birth, and to substitute in their place imps...."

"The winds are nothing else but good or bad spirits. Hark! how the Devil is puffing and blowing...."

"We need not invite the Devil to our table; he is too ready to come without being asked. The air all about us is filled with demons...."

Luther blamed everything on he did not understand or feared on the devil. The man seems to have been driven by demons in his beliefs – the only person in my say that comes close to this was Kenneth Hagan who claimed to have daily conversations wit the devil. 

Here Luther suggests that women and girls that go wading into ponds and lakes are taken over by demons – I am sure this somehow relates to his talk above of adultery with demons.

"How often have not the demons called 'Nix,' drawn women and girls into the water, and there had commerce with them, with fearful consequences."

Luther here identifies some children as being literal physical children of demons. In other places he says this of the handicapped and retarded and advocates killing them.

"I myself saw and touched at Dessay, a child of this sort, which had no human parents, but had proceeded from the Devil. He was twelve years old, and, in outward form, exactly resembled ordinary children."

"Idiots, the lame, the blind, the dumb, are men in whom the devils have established themselves: and all the physicians who heal these infirmities, as though they proceeded from natural causes, are ignorant blockheads...."

Luther rejects the book of James and claims James was written by the Jews to subvert the Church.

"I maintain that some Jew wrote it [the Book of James] who probably heard about Christian people but never encountered any."

"Many sweat to reconcile St. Paul and St. James, but in vain. 'Faith justifies' and 'faith does not justify' contradict each other flatly. If any one can harmonize them I will give him my doctor's hood and let him call me a fool."

Here Luther decries wisdom -- spoken of in Proverbs Christ and the Apostles. Aand understanding or might we say a love of the truth so that we would not take Paul the Apostles word for it but to search the scriptures daily to see if these things be so? And Yet Luther wants absolute sway where no one questions his words but blindly follows him. This carnal corrupt attitude has taken over the ministry in church

"No gown worse becomes a than the desire to be wise."

"Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spritual things, but--more frequently than not --struggles against the Divine Word...."

"Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and ... know nothing but the word of God."

"The damned whore Reason...."

"To be a Christian, you must pluck out the eye of reason."

"Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason."

Luther advocates killing Jews and exterminating their entire race. He and his perverted Lutheran followers killed tens of thousands of Jews. And some 400 hears later Adolf Hitler did all that Martin Luther had commanded. When I read the quotes below I wept.

"We are at fault for not slaying them [the Jews]."

"What shall we do with...the Jews?...I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings...are to be taken from them."

"What shall we do with...the Jews?...I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews."

"What shall we do with...the Jews? I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach on pain of loss of life and limb."

"What shall we do with...the Jews?...set fire to their synagogues or schools and bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them."

"What shall we do with...the Jews?...their homes also should be razed and destroyed."

This is a timeless quote from Luther on the place of women.

"Women...have but small and narrow chests, and broad hips, to the end that they should remain at home, sit still, keep house, and bear and bring up children."

Most of these quotes above came from Luther's “Table Talk" or from Martin Luther: “The Christian Between God and Death” 

Martin Luther Believed Christ had commited adultery

Christ committed adultery first of all with the woman at the well about whom St. John tells us. Was not everybody about Him saying: "Whatever has he been doing with her?" Secondly, with Mary Magdalene, and thirdly with the woman taken in adultery whom he dismissed so lightly. Thus even Christ, who was so righteous, must have been guilty of fornication before He died.

(D. Martin Luthers Werke, kritische Gesamtausgabe [Hermann Bohlau Verlag, 1893], vol. 2, no. 1472, April 7 - May 1, 1532, p. 33)

Christ was an adulterer for the first time with the woman at the well, for it was said, "Nobody knows what he's doing with her". Again, with Magdalene, and still again with the adulterous woman in John 8 <:2-11>, whom he let off so easily. So the good Christ had to become an adulterer before he died.

(Luther's Works, American Edition, Volume 54, p 154)

Luther believed in and Prayed to Mary

Luther indeed was quite devoted to Our Lady, and retained most of the traditional doctrines about Saint Mary which were held then, and are still heald to this day by the Catholic Church.

This is often not well-documented in Protestant biographies of Luther and histories of the 16th century, yet it is undeniably true.

Along with virtually all the Protestant Founders (e.g., Calvin, Zwingli, Cranmer), Luther accepted the traditional belief in the perpetual virginity of Mary (Jesus had no blood brothers), and her status as the Theotokos (Mother of God):

Christ . . . was the only Son of Mary, and the Virgin Mary bore no children besides Him . . . "brothers" really means "cousins" here, for Holy Writ and the Jews always call cousins brothers.

(Sermons on John, chapters 1-4, 1537-39)

He, Christ, our Savior, was the real and natural fruit of Mary's virginal womb . . . This was without the cooperation of a man, and she remained a virgin after that.

(Sermons on John, chapters 1-4, 1537-39)

God says . . . : "Mary's Son is My only Son." Thus Mary is the Mother of God.

(Sermons on John, chapters 1-4, 1537-39)

Probably the most astonishing Marian belief of Luther is his acceptance of Mary's Immaculate Conception, which wasn't even definitively proclaimed as dogma by the Catholic Church until 1854. Concerning this question there is some dispute, over the technical aspects of medieval theories of conception and the soul, and whether or not Luther later changed his mind. Even some eminent Lutheran scholars, however, such as Arthur Carl Piepkorn (1907-73) of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, maintain his unswerving acceptance of the doctrine. Luther's words follow:

It is a sweet and pious belief that the infusion of Mary's soul was effected without original sin; so that in the very infusion of her soul she was also purified from original sin and adorned with God's gifts, receiving a pure soul infused by God; thus from the first moment she began to live she was free from all sin.

(Sermon: "On the Day of the Conception of the Mother of God," December 1527; from Hartmann Grisar, S.J., Luther, authorised translation from the German by E.M. Lamond; edited by Luigi Cappadelta, London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, first edition, 1915, Vol. IV [of 6], p. 238; taken from the German Werke, Erlangen, 1826-1868, edited by J.G. Plochmann and J.A. Irmischer, 2nd ed. edited by L. Enders, Frankfurt, 1862 ff., 67 volumes; citation from 152, p. 58)

She (MARY) is full of grace, proclaimed to be entirely without sin- something exceedingly great. For God's grace fills her with everything good and makes her devoid of all evil.

(Personal  {"Little"} Prayer Book, 1522)

Luther held to the idea and devotional practice of the veneration of Mary and expressed this on innumerable occasions with the most effusive language:

The veneration of Mary is inscribed in the very depths of the human heart.

(Sermon, September 1, 1522)

[Mary is the] highest woman and the noblest gem in Christianity after Christ . . . She is nobility, wisdom, and holiness personified. We can never honor her enough. Still honor and praise must be given to her in such a way as to injure neither Christ nor the Scriptures.

(Sermon, Christmas, 1531)

One should honor Mary as she herself wished and as she expressed it in the Magnificat. She praised God for his deeds. How then can we praise her? The true honor of Mary is the honor of God, the praise of God's grace . . . Mary is nothing for the sake of herself, but for the sake of Christ . . . Mary does not wish that we come to her, but through her to God.

(Explanation of the Magnificat, 1521)

Mary is the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all of us even though it was Christ alone who reposed on her knees . . . If he is ours, we ought to be in his situation; there where he is, we ought also to be and all that he has ought to be ours, and his mother is also our mother.

(Sermon, Christmas, 1529)


AND now what do those words of Christ, where He saith, "No one can come unto Me except My Father which hath sent Me draw him," (John vi. 44), leave to "Free-will?" For He says it is necessary, that every one should hear and learn of the Father Himself, and that all must be "taught of God." Here, indeed, He not only declares that the works and devoted efforts of "Free-will" are of no avail, but that even the word of the Gospel itself, (of which He is here speaking,) is heard in vain, unless the Father Himself speak within, and teach and draw. "No one can," "No one can (saith He) come:" by which, that power, whereby man can endeavour something towards Christ, that is, towards those things which pertain unto salvation, is declared to be a nothing at all.

Nor does that at all profit "Free-will," which the Diatribe [the Discussion by Erasmus] brings forward out of Augustine, by way of casting a slur upon this all-clear and all-powerful Scripture—'that God draws us, in the same way as we draw a sheep, by holding out to it a green bough.' By this similitude he would prove, that there is in us a power to follow the drawing of God. But this similitude avails nothing in the present passage. For God holds out, not one of His good things only, but many, nay, even His Son, Christ Himself; and yet no man follows Him, unless the Father hold Him forth otherwise within, and draw otherwise!—Nay, the whole world follows the Son whom He holds forth!

But this similitude harmonizes sweetly with the experience of the godly, who are now made sheep, and know God their Shepherd. These, living in, and being moved by, the Spirit, follow wherever God wills, and whatever He holds out to them. But the ungodly man comes not unto Him, even when he hears the word, unless the Father draw and teach within: which He does by shedding abroad His Spirit. And where that is done, there is a different kind of drawing from that which is without: there, Christ is held forth in the illumination of the Spirit, whereby the man is drawn unto Christ with the sweetest of all drawing: under which, he is passive while God speaks, teaches, and draws, rather than seeks or runs of himself.

Sect. 163.

I WILL produce yet one more passage from John, where, he saith, "The Spirit shall reprove the world of sin, because they believe not in me." (John xvi. 9).

You here see, that it is sin, not to believe in Christ: And this sin is seated, not in the skin, nor in the hairs of the head, but in the very reason and will. Moreover, as Christ makes the whole world guilty from this sin, and as it is known by experience that the world is ignorant of this sin, as much so as it is ignorant of Christ, seeing that, it must be revealed by the reproof of the Spirit; it is manifest, that "Free-will," together with its will and reason, is accounted a captive of this sin, and condemned before God. Wherefore, as long as it is ignorant of Christ and believes not in Him, it can will or attempt nothing good, but necessarily serves that sin of which it is ignorant.

In a word: Since the Scripture declares Christ everywhere by positive assertion and by antithesis, (as I said before), in order that, it might subject every thing that is without the Spirit of Christ, to Satan, to ungodliness, to error, to darkness, to sin, to death, and to the wrath of God, all the testimonies concerning Christ must make directly against "Free-will;" and they are innumerable, nay, the whole of the Scripture. If therefore our subject of discussion is to be decided by the judgment of the Scripture, the victory, in every respect, is mine; for there is not one jot or tittle of the Scripture remaining, which does not condemn the doctrine of "Free-will" altogether!

But if the great theologians and defenders of "Free-will" know not, or pretend not to know, that the Scripture everywhere declares Christ by positive assertion and by antithesis, yet all Christians know it, and in common confess it. They know, I say, that there are two kingdoms in the world mutually militating against each other.

—That Satan reigns in the one, who, on that account is by Christ called "the prince of this world," (John xii 31), and by Paul "the God of this world;" (2 Cor. iv. 4), who, according to the testimony of the same Paul, holds all captive according to his will, who are not rescued from him by the Spirit of Christ: nor does he suffer any to be rescued by any other power but that of the Spirit of God: as Christ testifies in the parable of "the strong man armed" keeping his palace in peace.

—In the other kingdom Christ reigns: which kingdom, continually resists and wars against that of Satan: into which we are translated, not by any power of our own, but by the grace of God, whereby we are delivered from this present evil world, and are snatched from the power of darkness. The knowledge and confession of these two kingdoms, which thus ever mutually war against each other with so much power and force, would alone be sufficient to:" seeing that, we are compelled to serve in the kingdom of Satan, until we be liberated by confute the doctrine of "Free-will a Divine Power. All this, I say, is known in common among Christians, and fully confessed in their proverbs, by their prayers, by their pursuits, and by their whole lives. . . .

Luther persecuted Christians, for example, the so-called ”Baptists, (Ana-baptists.)Elsewhere Luther orders the death of spirit-filled Ana-baptists.”

 ”On the other hand, it is now important for us to damn these and to make them known as damned, so that those who follow, are freightened off by their heresy an the doubting and vacillating consciences will be helped.”

They are to be considered as ”rabble-rousers” and ”murderers”. (Note: …even though almost all of them live peaceably)

”Therefore, without doubt the authority is obligated … and should … with physical violence and according to the circumstances also punish with the sword,” … ”hand over to the hangman” (= kill).

(a) Tischreden, Luther Deutsch [Tabletalk], Luther German, ob cit., p. 272
b) and c) The 82nd Psalm written and interpreted by D. M. L. Anno 1530; Tomos 5, p. 74 b-76 b)

Luther: Faith alone is sufficient for salvation – All is good just as long as you believe

”And so, in us we are sinners and nevertheless, as long as God sees us as righteous, righteous through the belief.”

(Scholien zum Römerbrief [Lectures on Letter to the Romans] WE 56, p. 271 ff.)

Luther: Wishes to kill the pope and the bishops:

”Just as we punish thieves with rope, murderers with sword, heretics with fire, why do we not much more attack these noxious teachers of corruption, like popes, cardinals, bishops and the entire ulceration of Roman sodomy, with all sorts of weapons and wash our hands in their blood ...? But God, who speaks here: The revenge is mine, will indeed find in good time these enemies, who are not worthy of temporal punishments, but must have their punishments eternally in the abyss of hell.”

”The pope is the devil; if I could kill the pope, why do I not want to do it?”

”Luther urged that one should tear out the tongues of the pope and the Curia all the way back to the throat and should nail them like seals on the papal bulls according to order of precedence on the gallows.”

(a & b) Martin Luther, Zwo harte ernstliche Schriften Doct. Martini an den Christlichen Leser [Two hard, earnest writings from Dr. Martin to the Christian readers], 1518, Tomos 1, Point II, pp. 24 & 24b; c) E. Erikson, Der junge Mann Luther [The Young Man Luther], 1958, p. 229, cited from Friedrich Heer, Gottes erste Liebe [God’s First Love], Esslingen 1967)

Luther called for killing preachers who could not prove ordination by an official church, even if they are angels from heaven and teach the pure Gospel

”… even if they wanted to teach the pure Gospel, indeed, even if they were like angels and Gabriel from heaven … If he wants to preach, then he must prove the calling or order … If he does not want to, then the authorities should hand over such scoundrels to the proper master, who is called Master Hans (= the hangman).”

(The 82nd Psalm through D. M. L., written and interpreted Anno 150, Tomos 5, pp. 74 b ff.)

Luther indirectly threatened with the death penalty citizens who do not betray the person who preaches without ordination by an official church

”And a citizen is guilty where such insidious scoundrels [preachers without ordination by an official church] when someone comes to him, before he has heard this person, that he tell his authority and also the pastor whose pastoral child he is. If he does not do this, then he shall know that he acts as one disobedient to his authority against his oath and as one who despises his pastor (to whom he owes honor) he acts against God, and thus is guilty himself and like the hypocrite [Who will be executed] becomes a thief and a rogue …

(The 82nd Psalm through D. M. L., written and interpreted Anno 150, Tomos 5, pp. 74 b ff.)

Luther attributes truth to himself and considers, for example, his Jewish and Christian opponents, whom he fought against, as ”enemies” of God

”For along with Paul I dare to attribute to myself the knowledge and to confidently deny it to you [his conversation partner].”

”My dear Creator and Father, you will graciously see it as good, that I … must talk so despicably against your accursed enemies, devils and Jews. You know that I do it out of the heat of my faith and to honor your divine majesty.”

(a) WE 18, p. 601 - Luther’s statement refers to an argument with the learned Erasmus of Rotterdam.
 b) WE 53 (1920), p. 605)


Luther distinguished between the sacramental and the sacrificial side of the service.  These two parts, he says, must form every service and though they are distinguished from each other, they must never be separated.  In the Sacramental side, God offers his grace to the congregation through the means of the Word and Sacraments.  This is the most important part of the service.  Here the congregation is more receptive, but in the sacrificial side it gives its answer in confession, prayer, praise and thanksgiving to what God has given.  The Medieval Church completely upset the healthy relation between the two sides of worship and laid undue stress on the sacrificial side to the detriment of the sacramental side.  Holy Communion in the Roman Church, as the continuous unbloody sacrifice by the priest, became the work of man.

 Already in 1520 Luther in his treatise “Concerning the Babylonian Captivity of the Church” attacked the doctrine of the mass as sacrifice, calling it the worst and most deceitful of offences.  At that time he regarded the error so seriously that he suggested the abolition of the whole service and the introduction of totally new ceremonies.  In his “Sermon concerning the NT, that is the Holy Mass” of 1520, he refers to the distinction between the sacramental and sacrificial sides of the service.  He says: “God’s Word and work must come before man can do anything or offer anything to God.  The Mass is not sacrifice, but a testament through which God offers to His people the gift of forgiveness of sins.  The Roman Church has inverted this healthy order and has given to man that which properly belongs to God, and has given to the mass that which actually belongs to the people.  The mass must remain a sacrament otherwise we lose the Gospel, Christ and every comfort of grace.  Man cannot offer to God that which God offers to man.”

 While Luther was at the Wartburg, Carlstadt had set to work to put into practice the suggestions for a reformed common service (at Wittenberg).  His attitude, however, was the revolutionary historical one, which throws out everything that is not commanded by Scripture even though it does not contradict Scripture.  Luther, hearing of this, felt the need to return and in eight forceful sermons he pointed out the error of Carlstadt’s methods.  Luther restored the Mass and the entire service with the exception of the fundamental error of the mass as sacrifice.  On this point he was uncompromising.

I will theorize here and now that Martin Luther and John Calvin were so guilt ridden for their killings and crimes that there knew that they knew that they knew that they were hell bound. So for personal vanity they chose to believe that they were predestined, that they by faith were absolved of all sin no matter how heinous it was, and that they were eternally secure. THOSE WHO ARE MADE RIGHTEOUS AND WALK UPRIGHTLY BEFORE THE LORD NEED NO SUCH DOCTRINE. Only the most perverse of sinners, need such assurances and to give such assurances to their followers so that they would not abandon them as prescribed by scripture.

These corrupt doctrines to assure corrupt believers of a salvation they shall never see    has become the underpinnings all of the evangelicalism, fundamentalism, and Pentecostalism, for all those who confess that they hold no such doctrine in word and deed affirm that hey also believe they are eternally secure – and that is why the church is in the state that it is today.  

Isaiah 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

Amos 6:1 Woe to them that are at (careless) ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!