The Reformation can be summed up in six words, according to our pastor in his Reformation Day sermon last Sunday. Not the solas, not some version of “Here I stand,” but the words written down on a scrap of paper that Luther had in his pocket on his deathbed: “We are beggars; this is true.” After the jump, read what Pastor Douthwaite says about these words.
Rev. James Douthwaite, Reformation Sunday, St. Athansius Lutheran Church
There are a lot of famous sayings attributed to Martin Luther – some of which he actually said. But that’s what happens when you’re famous. People attribute things to you, even if they don’t really know that you said them; even if it just sounds like something you might say. It gives whatever is being said instant credibility . . . or discredibility.