Luther Quote of the Day

For if we believed for sure that this Jesus is the Son of God, what would we fear, since it is certain that He stands by us and has been sent by the Father for our welfare?

Luther’s works, vol. 12: 
Selected Psalms
p 46

The Interpretation of the Second Psalm
by Dr. Martin Luther
Presented Publicly in the Month of March, 1532

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Ante-Nicene Father Quote of the Day

Error of doctrine in the churches must necessarily have produced various issues.  When, however, that which is deposited among many is found to be one and the same, it is not the result of error, but of tradition. Can any one, then, be reckless2149 enough to say that they were in error who handed on the tradition?

Tertullian

Anti-Marcion Writings
The Prescription Against Heretics 

ch xxviii

Luther Quote of the Day

Therefore, even if other kings must also make laws and govern through laws, nevertheless their chief function is not to teach or to pass laws, but to punish evil men with the sword and to defend good men. 

Luther’s works, vol. 12: 
Selected Psalms
p 41

The Interpretation of the Second Psalm
by Dr. Martin Luther
Presented Publicly in the Month of March, 1532

Ante-Nicene Father Quote of the Day

Whereas all doctrine must be prejudged as false which savours of contrariety to the truth of the churches and apostles of Christ and God. It remains, then, that we demonstrate whether this doctrine of ours, of which we have now given the rule, has its origin in the tradition of the apostles, and whether all other doctrines do not ipso facto proceed from falsehood. We hold communion with the apostolic churches because our doctrine is in no respect different from theirs. This is our witness of truth.

 Tertullian

Anti-Marcion Writings
The Prescription Against Heretics 

ch xxi

Modern Lutheran Quote of the Day

We do not interpret God’s word by the Creed, neither do we interpret the Creed by God’s word, but interpreting both independently, by the laws of language, and finding that they teach one and the same truth, we heartily acknowledge the Confession as a true exhibition of the faith of the Rule – a true witnes to the one, pure, and unchanging faith of the Christian Church, and freely make it our own Confession, as truly as if it had been now first uttered by our lips, or had now first gone forth from our hands.

Charles Porterfield Krauth
The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology
p 169

Luther Quote of the Day

We must firmly believe that all persecution, even that spiritual persecution which through Satan takes place in our hearts, occurs for the sake of Christ. For to believe in the forgiveness of sins through Christ is the highest article of our faith. And it is true that whoever believes this article has the forgiveness of sins. Therefore Satan tries so greatly to tear this faith from us. That man sins who follows the thoughts with which Satan plagues us, that one should throw away the hope of the remission of sins. Let us, therefore, not follow the thoughts of our heart accusing us of sin and holding that the hope of the forgiveness of sins does not extend to it. For that would be to follow Satan himself, vexing us not only by means of the princes and tyrants, but also directly through sin and our heart. But we should oppose him with great spirit and say: “You shall not sadden and frighten me at all. For He has arisen from the dead who has commanded me to be at peace. I shall, therefore, laugh and not wail, as you wish it, as though I were alone and without a helper.”

Luther’s works, vol. 12: 
Selected Psalms
p 27-28

The Interpretation of the Second Psalm
by Dr. Martin Luther
Presented Publicly in the Month of March, 1532

Ante-Nicene Father Quote of the Day

We are therefore come to (the gist of) our position; for at this point we were aiming, and for this we were preparing in the preamble of our address (which we have just completed),—so that we may now join issue on the contention to which our adversaries challenge us. They put forward the Scriptures, and by this insolence of theirs they at once influence some.  In the encounter itself, however, they weary the strong, they catch the weak, and dismiss waverers with a doubt. 

Accordingly, we oppose to them this step above all others, of not admitting them to any discussion of the Scriptures. If in these lie their resources, before they can use them, it ought to be clearly seen to whom belongs possession of the Scriptures, that none may be admitted to the use thereof who has no title at all to the privilege.

Tertullian

Anti-Marcion Writings
The Prescription Against Heretics 

ch xv