Martin Luther

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

2 Timothy 4:2-4

Martin Luther on the inspired books of the Old Testament:

“Job spoke not as it stands written in his book, but only had such thoughts. It is merely the argument of a fable. It is probable that Solomon wrote and made this book.”…

“Ecclesiastes ought to have been more complete. There is too much incoherent matter in it…Solomon did not, therefore, write this book.”…

“The book of Esther I toss into the Elbe. I am such an enemy to the book of Esther that I wish it did not exist, for it Judaizes too much…”

“The history of Jonah is so monstrous that it is absolutely incredible.”

(O’HarePF. The Facts About Luther, 1916–1987 reprint ed., p. 202).

Martin Luther on the authority of the Pentateuch:

“We have no wish either to see or hear Moses”

(Ibid, p. 202).

Martin Luther on the Epistle to the Hebrews:

“It need not surprise one to find here bits of wood, hay, and straw”

(Ibid. p. 203).

Martin Luther on the Epistle of St. James:

“St. James’ epistle is really an epistle of straw…for it has nothing of the nature of the gospel about it”

(Luther, M. Preface to the New Testament, 1546).

Martin Luther on the Book of Revelation:

About this book of the Revelation of John…I miss more than one thing in this book, and it makes me consider it to be neither apostolic nor prophetic…I can in no way detect that the Holy Spirit produced it. Moreover he seems to me to be going much too far when he commends his own book so highly-indeed, more than any of the other sacred books do, though they are much more important-and threatens that if anyone takes away anything from it, God will take away from him, etc. Again, they are supposed to be blessed who keep what is written in this book; and yet no one knows what that is, to say nothing of keeping it. This is just the same as if we did not have the book at all. And there are many far better books available for us to keep…My spirit cannot accommodate itself to this book. For me this is reason enough not to think highly of it: Christ is neither taught nor known in it”

(Luther, M. Preface to the Revelation of St. John, 1522).

Martin Luther on Romans 3:28 and faith “alone”

“You tell me what a great fuss the Papists are making because the word ‘alone’ in not in the text of Paul…say right out to him: ‘Dr. Martin Luther will have it so,’…I will have it so, and I order it to be so, and my will is reason enough [that the word ‘alone’ be added to the canon in this passage]. I know very well that the word ‘alone’ is not in the Latin or the Greek text.

(Stoddard J. Rebuilding a Lost Faith. 1922, pp. 101-102; see also Luther M. Amic. Discussion, 1, 127).

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