Rom. 1:17 For in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith”.
We all have to have something to believe in. Without a final authority, man wanders through life doing what is right in his own eyes. Public opinion, or political correctness, rules the day unless we have something of substance to stand on. That is where Martin Luther found himself when he was summoned to appear before the emperor and the representatives of the Pope at Worms. His answer began to break the chains of spiritual darkness that had strangled our faith and hindered man’s creativity and freedom for hundreds of years. His words “Here I stand” reverberate through the halls of history. Here are Luther’s own words when threatened with death by the powers of the political and religious world.
“Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the scriptures or clear reason, for I do not trust in the Pope or in the councils alone, since it is well known that they often err and contradict themselves, I am bound to the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. I cannot do otherwise. Here I stand. God help me. Amen.”
Luther had found somewhere to stand, he would make his stand on the written word of God. His commitment to the scripture caused him to translate the Bible into the common language of Germany, that’s when the floodgates were opened, the Bible began to be available for all mankind. The results have been hard to fathom. Here is how Eric Metaxis describes the importance of that event.
“There isn’t a historian the last five centuries who could argue against the idea that Luther’s stand that day at Worms—before the assembled powers of the empire, and against the theological and political and ecclesiastical order that had reigned for centuries, and therefore against the whole of the medieval world—was one of the most significant moments in history. It ranks with the 1066 Norman Conquest and the 1215 signing of the Magna Carta and the 1492 landing of Columbus in the New World. And in its way, it far outweighs all of those historic moments. If ever there was a moment where it can be said the modern world was born, and where the future itself was born, surely it was in that room on April 18 at Worms.”
So what are you standing on? We live in another time similar to Luther’s when God’s word is being threatened and abandoned. We are being challenged everyday for our faith. You have to make a decision like Luther, recant your belief in the Bible or take your stand.