Luther's principles in religion and ethics alike must constantly be borne in mind if he is not at times to appear unintelligible and even petty.--Roland H. Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther (1950), 213-14
The primary consideration with him was always the pre-eminence of religion. Into a society where the lesser breed were given to gaming, roistering, and wenching--the Diet of Worms was called a veritable Venusberg--at a time when the choicer sort were glorying in the accomplishments of man, strode this Luther, entranced by the song of angels, stunned by the wrath of God, speechless before the wonder of creation, lyrical over the divine mercy, a man aflame with God.
For such a person there was no question which mattered much save this: How do I stand before God?
20 August 2013
Why Bainton's Here I Stand Is a Classic
Posted by Dane Ortlund at Tuesday, August 20, 2013