Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
In our sad condition our only consolation is the expectancy of another life.
Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see.
A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all.
I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.
The first thing I ask is that people should not make use of my name, and should not call themselves Lutherans but Christians. What is Luther? The teaching is not mine. Nor was I crucified for anyone. How did I, poor stinking bag of maggots that I am, come to the point where people call the children of Christ by my evil name?
Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.
To do so no more is the truest repentance.
Faith is a living and unshakable confidence, a belief in the grace of God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.
So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”
I would not give one moment of heaven for all the joy and riches of the world, even if it lasted for thousands and thousands of years.
Is it not wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside ourselves?
My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.
Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
If you young fellows were wise, the devil couldn’t do anything to you, but since you aren’t wise, you need us who are old.
Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. Now choose what you want.