Today is Reformation Sunday. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther made public his grievances with the church of his day nailing them to the church door. Books are filled with various Luther quotes which have become quite famous. But on the lighter side of things – here are several of the most famous things he never actually said, but often are credited to him.
1. “If I believed the world were to end tomorrow, I would still plant a tree today.” Not bad – good thought though.
- “The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays.” True as well, but again it wasn’t from Luther.
3. “I’d rather be ruled by a wise [pagan] than by a foolish Christian.” Hey, I’ve said that before!
- “Here I stand; I can do no other.” Most scholars say this was inserted in Luther’s famous speech at his trial some 40 years later. One historian has said Luther wishes he had said it!
And one final pun …
- “Nailed it.”
Let us celebrate the meaning of the Reformation – by faith alone, through grace alone in Christ alone.