Zitat: 'The Word Did Everything'

Unless I'm way off base with my basic translating skills (and have completely forgotten how to perform an accurate Google search!), I believe the English word "quote" (used as a noun) is translated as "zitat" in German.

That will help to explain the strange "Z" word listed in the title of this post. That being said, I'm always keeping my eyes and ears open for quotes that stir my soul. Here's the latest.

I just love this quote from Martin Luther I came across yesterday!

Here's what Luther once said about those who would like to bring about change through physical action/efforts (or by "violence" as he put it in reference to bringing about the "Reformation through violence") when he insisted that we need to remind ourselves that true change or, at least the kind we Christians would like to see for God's glory, honor, and praise, can only come solely based on the power of God's Word as it is confessed and preached...faithfully.




"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 [Melanchthon] and [Nicholas] 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." [emphasis mine]

Martin Luther, "Sermon on Monday after Invocavit" (March 10, 1522)
Luther's Works 51:77.


Now I'd say that's genuine humility and a proper understanding of the Christian's role in God's master plan for all of humanity.

In a Lutheran Layman's terms, God is sovereign, not man, and His Word has the power to cause and effect change (Hebrews 4:12; Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

However, don't let the heretical "Word of Faith" crowd (you know, those of the "Name-It-And-Claim-It" variety) twist this truth to suggest that you can wield the kind of power that only belongs to the Lord. We are not "little gods" just because we are His in Christ Jesus.

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with Lutheran doctrine -- in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word -- so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]

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