In 1521, just a few years after nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the castle door in Wittenberg, Martin Luther was called to assemble before the Diet of Worms in the city of Worms, Germany. Luther arrived in a covered wagon, and the city was pulsating with intensity over the controversy. Thousands of people were crowding the streets passionately trying to get a glimpse of the Augustinian monk. No matter the cost, Luther was determined to enter the city of Worms and give a defense of the gospel.
The following day, the imperial herald led Luther to the place where he would stand trial before the leaders of the world. The crowds were so large that he was led through a back alley to the bishop’s palace. As Martin Luther stood before the royal leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and Europe, he was dressed in a humble monk’s attire. When given an opportunity to speak, the emperor’s spokesman pointed to a collection of Luther’s books and asked if he would acknowledge his writings or would he be willing to recant of everything.
Luther spoke up with a soft voice and asked for additional time to consider his answer. He was given until the following day to provide his decision publicly. On the following day, when he was once again led to the bishop’s palace and asked to recant of everything he had written, Luther spoke up and said the following:
I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me. Amen.
After being escorted to his quarters, Luther turned to a friend and said, “If I had a thousand heads, I would rather have them all lopped off than abandon my gospel.” The Reformation had begun, and the stakes could not have been higher. It was a matter of life and death. It was more than standing against the Roman Catholic Church. It was about standing for the gospel of Christ. Luther made his stand for the glory of God.
As we look back at Luther and the Reformers, we must be reminded that the Reformation continues in our day. With the perversion of justification by faith alone still continuing to thunder from Rome and from liberal denominations, we must continue to stand. Today the church in America is being tested in ways that she has never experienced. With the recent LGBTQ decisions that continue to morph along with other cultural hurdles, we as Christians are faced with a Luther moment. Will we continue to stand today?
Join us in January for the 2017 G3 Conference: This will be more than a celebration of Martin Luther’s stand. We will look at the importance of biblical preaching, prayer, and church leadership in a day of compromise. If you want important updates from the G3 Conference, subscribe to our VIP list here.
Date: January 19-21, 2017
Location: Georgia International Convention Center — Atlanta, GA (see travel page for details)
Registration: $179 (price increases August 22)
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Breakout Sessions: Customize your own conference experience.
Plenary Sessions: Through singing and preaching – we will worship God together for three days as we commemorate the historic Reformation and prepare to stand firm as the Reformation continues.
Speakers: 20 speakers — 3 days — 1 location.
- Paul Washer
- Steven Lawson
- D.A. Carson
- Voddie Baucham
- James White
- Tim Challies
- Conrad Mbewe
- Phil Johnson
- Josh Buice
- David Miller
- Rosaria Butterfield
- David Hall
- Todd Friel
- John Crotts
- Nathan Busenitz
- Chip Thornton
- Chris King
- Anthony Mathenia
- Scott Klusendorf