Captive to the Word of God

“Since then Your Majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convicted by Scripture and by plain reason–I do not accept the authority of the pope and councils, for they have contradicted each other–my conscience is captive by the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.”

– Martin Luther, Here I Stand, quoted in the Holiness of God, p. 117-118

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