The Devil Will Afflict You

For as soon as God’s Word becomes known through you, the devil will afflict you, will make a real doctor [teacher of doctrine] of you, and will teach you by his temptations to seek and to love God’s Word.  For I myself…owe my papists [Roman Catholic adversaries] many thanks for so beating, pressing and frightening me through the devil’s raging, that they have turned me into a fairly good theologian, driving me to a goal I should never have reached.

– Martin Luther

as quoted by

– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 134-135


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