I Did Nothing; I Let the Word Do Its Work

In short, I will preach it [the Word of God], teach it, write it, but I will constrain no man by force, for faith must come freely without compulsion.  Take myself as an example.  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 Phillip 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.  Had I desired to foment trouble, I could have brought great bloodshed upon Germany, indeed I could have started such a game that  even the emperor would not have been safe.  But what would have it been?  Mere fool’s play.  I did nothing; I let the Word do its work.

– Martin Luther

as quoted by Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page  199

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