Friday, April 18


Brought to the city of Worms to recant by the Emperor, Charles V, Martin Luther uttered immortal words that launched the Reformation on this day in 1521:

"Since your majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convicted by scripture and plain reason--I do not accept the authority of popes and councils for the have contradicted each other--my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right not safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen."

With a victory gesture he then slipped out of the room.

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