Martin Luther

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Faith, its role in salvation

“It’s the devil who puts such ideas into people’s heads and says, ‘Ah, you must believe better. You must believe more. Your faith is not very strong and is insufficient.’ In this way he drives them to despair.”

(Martin Luther, Table Talk, vol. 54 of Luther’s Works, p. 453)

Satan

“Almost every night when I wake up the devil is there and wants to dispute with me. I have come to this conclusion: When the argument that the Christian is without the law and above the law doesn’t help, I instantly chase him away with a fart…No man should be alone when he opposes Satan. The church and the ministry of the Word were instituted for this purpose, that hands may be joined together and one may help another. If the prayer of one doesn’t help, the prayer of another will.”

(Martin Luther, Table Talk, vol 54 of Luther’s Works, p. 78)

“In the article [of the Apostles’ Creed] of the forgiveness of sins we have the knowledge of Christ, which alone can comfort us and lift us up. Apart from the forgiveness of Christ, which alone can comfort us and lift us up. Apart from the forgiveness of sins I can’t stand a bad conscience at all; the devil hounds me about a single sin until the world becomes too small for me, and afterward I feel like spitting on myself for having been afraid of such a small thing. So only the knowledge of Christ preserves me.”

(Martin Luther, Table Talk, vol. 54 of Luther’s Works, p. 34)

Self Justification

“Sin doesn’t harm us as much as our own righteousness.”

(Martin Luther, Table Talk, vol. 54 of Luther’s Works, p. 34)