Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Luther, Being Luther

“I understand that this is the week for the church collection, and many of you do not want to give a thing.  You ungrateful people should be ashamed of yourselves. . . . I am sorry I ever freed you from the tyrants and the papists.  You ungrateful beasts, you are not worthy of the treasure of the gospel.  If you don’t improve, I will stop preaching rather than cast pearls before swine.”

Martin Luther, exhorting his congregation, according to Roland Bainton, Here I Stand(New York, 1950), pages 351-352.

HT: Ray Ortlund

1 comment:

  1. Spoken in the gutteral German language... I like to imagine him spitting a bit and maybe an obscene gesture at the end