Martin Luther’s reply at the Diet of Worms to the question of whether or not he stood by his writing:
“Since your Imperial Majesty and Lordships demand a simple answer I will do so without horns or teeth as follows: Unless I am convicted by the testimony of Scripture or by evident reason – for I trust neither in popes nor in councils alone, since it is obvious that they have often erred and contradicted themselves – I am convicted by the Scripture which I have mentioned and my conscience is captive by the Word of God. Therefore I cannot and will not recant, since it is difficult, unprofitable and dangerous indeed to do anything against one’s conscience. God help me. Amen.”
If only in today’s church, men would be so strong as to stand by the testimony and conviction of Scripture over the traditions of man, of a church, or of a denomination.
Sola Dei Gloria – To God be the Glory Alone!