"Creature of the Word": A Liberating Captivity

Thursday, 01 Mar 2007

The Word of God is not only a canon that regulates our beliefs and practices... it is actually alive, accomplishing everything God intends.
The modern age sees Martin Luther as a hero for standing up to the might of both pope and emperor with his famous trial at Worms: "Here I stand." Yet such admirers often forget that the German reformer was not inaugurating a new era of the enlightened and autonomous individual. We recognize that simply by noticing the basis for his lonely stand. After allowing that he could be refuted by Scripture, Luther declared, "My conscience is captive to the Word of God…. Here I ...

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