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Lightning in Luther’s Life April 26, 2007

Posted by larrylaz in Quotes.


As you have been busy in Spain, so too have I been busy here; that accounts for my lack of posting yesterday. I have a break from preaching until the first Sunday in June, but that time is being put to use with a lot of other good things. So this morning I am going to share a quote I read in Sproul’s The Holiness of God, and then this afternoon I will, Lord willing, share why the quote has been meaningful to me over the past couple of days. It’s a quote from Roland Bainton, a church historian and biographer of Martin Luther:

“On a sultry day in July of the year 1505 a lonely traveler was trudging over a parched road on the outskirts of the Saxon village of Sotternheim. He was a young man, short but sturdy, and wore the dress of a university student. As he approached the village, the sky became overcast. Suddenly there was a shower, then a crashing storm. A bolt of lightning rived the gloom and knocked the man to the ground. Struggling to rise, he cried in terror, ‘St. Anne, help me! I will become a monk.’

The man who thus called upon a saint was later to repudiate the cult of saints. He who vowed to become a monk was later to renounce monasticism. A loyal son of the Catholic Church, he was later to shatter the structure of medieval catholicism. A devoted servant of the pope, he was later to identify the popes with Antichrist. For this young man was Martin Luther.”

Truly an amazing story, and one that I had not known until just the other day. I’ll try to get back to you in the afternoon to share with you what I have been thinking about since I read that quote. Until then, let the Blog Nation feel free to chime in with their comments!

Thankful for the cloud of witnesses that has gone before me,




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