Wednesday, November 13, 2019


Luther on the Pope and the Bishops

Hartmann Grisar (1845-1932), Luther, Vol. IV, tr. E.M. Lamond (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1915), p. 321:
Of those who awaited the decision of a Council he writes: "Let the devil wait if he chooses.... The members of the body must not wait till the filth says and decrees whether the body is healthy or not. We are determined to learn this from the members themselves and not from the urine, excrement and filth. In the same way we shall not wait for the Pope and bishops in Council to say: This is right. For they are no part of the body, or clean and healthy members, but merely the filth of squiredom, merd spattered on the sleeve and veritable ordure, for they persecute the true Evangel, well knowing it to be the Word of God. Therefore we can see they are but filth, stench and limbs of Satan."10

10 Ibid., Weim. ed., 33, p. 458; Erl. ed., 48, p. 222.


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