Martin Luther quote on Preaching

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ.  Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and discrace if he flinches at that point.

As quoted in A Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy, Crossway, 1990, pg 11, in relation to the need to address various cultural shifts that reflect where people are intellectually at present in any given culture (referring to shifts away from belief in absolute truths).

Agree or disagree?


7 responses to “Martin Luther quote on Preaching

  1. The statement is true, whether Luther said it or not. We only serve ourselves when we are unfaithful to any of His truth by dismissing what we do not desire. This is serving God on our own terms, and He will not accept it. Those who are not being conformed to Christ in the purposes of their heart do not belong to Him.

  2. Simply put, if we are silent about homosexuality, pluralism, injustice, etc as antithetical to the gospel and the standards of God, no matter how much we preach other things, we are still denying Him where the battle is the thickest.

  3. Absolutely the truth. I’ve been thinking on this quote often lately, and thankful to track it down again. 1 Timothy says we, the church, are “the pillar and support of the truth” (3:15).

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