490 Years Ago…

On April 18, 1521, Martin Luther delivered his famous speech regarding his books and teachings, delivered at the Diet of Worms before the Holy Roman Emperor. When asked to respond plainly, Luther replied:

“Since 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 popes and councils for they have frequently erred and contradicted themselves – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I can do no other, God help me. Amen.”

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