-Martin Luther: “Devil…Kiss My Backside”

Martin Luther, 1529

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A great quote from Martin Luther:

"It’s the supreme art of the devil that he can make the law out of the gospel.

If I can hold on to the distinction between law and gospel, I can say to him any and every time that he should kiss my backside. .  

Once I debate about what I have done and left undone, I am finished.

But if I reply on the basis of the gospel, ‘The forgiveness of sins covers it all,’ I have won."
— Martin Luther

Hat tip: The Journeyman’s Files

Response: They don’t call him the accuser of the brethren for nothing. If the devil applied his considerable talents on Luther you can bet that he’s coming after us also. We really do need the insights that Luther displays here and apply them to those times when we are under attack.

In reality Satan tries to take our faith in God’s Word, Gospel, and promises right out of us and if you are anything like me sometimes he does succeed. That’s why I really appreciate Luther’s retort here to the Devil.

One of the most helpful books that I have ever read that deals with the wiles of our enemy and the many different and subtle ways that he gets to us is: “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis. However it isn’t really ‘easy reading’ and I found it best to take and digest one ‘letter’ at a time.  

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